Friday, August 13, 2010


So we've all seen this, right?

Um-hmm. So what do I think?

You wanna know?

You REALLY wanna know?

At least she sounds better than Charlotte Church, but you can tell she’s been trained to do this like a trick – she can sing that one aria (and maybe a couple of others) because she’s listened to recordings and is imitating them. How can you tell? She sang two notes and I said, “Renée Fleming.” SHE’S JUST IMITATING RENÉE FLEMING’S RECORDINGS!!! Right down to some of the little things about Renée that some critics don’t like. Even Charlotte Church had better knowledge of the mechanics of how to sing (even though she couldn’t do it very well). And our 10-yr-old divette (can’t be bothered to remember her name) is gonna tear up her vocal cords before she’s twenty if she keeps singing things like “O mio babbino caro.” Heck, HANS BUCHHIERL knew more about singing than this girl does (and he did it far better, too). So I am unimpressed. Lil’ Miss Divette will have her fifteen minutes and when she turns 13 they’ll tart her up like they did with Charlotte Church after someone finally told her, “Honey, you ain’t no feckin’ Callas!” And we’ll all forget about her by the time she’s twenty, unless she implodes like Lindsay Lohan. I hope Lil’ Miss Divette’s stage mother is happy. Grump. I’m gonna go put on a Renée CD!


P.S. Oh, Jackie darling, Renée Fleming called? She'd like her hair back.

Hans Buchhierl, best boy soprano ever. He could sing rings around Lil' Miss Divette. Freaking...RINGS!!!

Idiot's Kitchen

Claudia White is one of my oldest friends! Er, I mean, she's been my friend for a long time!!! Anyway, we both love cooking and I'm very excited to introduce Claudia's new cooking blog, Idiot's Kitchen. Claudia uses lots of pictures along with detailed, step-by-step lessons about how to fix terrific meals! Her first recipe went up today: Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Sage, Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Couscous. I've had those pork chops before and they are awesome, so go check it out! Flute proficiency not required. Congratulations on a great blog, Claudia!

What I really wanna know is, who's gonna play Claudia in the movie?


Monday, August 9, 2010

Come Fly with the FLYING FOX!

My story “Flying Fox” is now up at The Piker Press! This adventure tale will be run in four parts, so check back for updates each Monday. It’s the story of a tenacious young girl with a unique way of getting to school who has to call on all of her skills and cunning to rescue her brother when danger threatens. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a wild ride with “Flying Fox”!


Flying Fox Part 1
Flying Fox Part 2
Flying Fox Part 3
Flying Fox Part 4