Thursday, September 15, 2011

If I Could Be Anybody Else...

In honor of the release of our good bloggy friend Talli's brand new book, Watching Willow Watts (link), we've all been asked to write about who we'd like to be and why. Other than ourselves, of course.

I confess. This was hard for me! I'm too analytical. I know everybody's got their own set of problems, even if it looks like they've got it made in the shade.

We all have our unique challenges and insecurities to round out the good things in our lives, so it's best to be thankful for who we are, enjoy our blessings, and learn from our hard times.

But that's boringAnd I like games, so I sat down and thought about it.

Who would I want to be... Who looked like they'd done the most interesting stuff, who had the coolest setup, who I'd like to emulate... hmm...

It was a tie.

My first choice: Frank Lloyd Wright. Remember my post about starting my very first novel? Back in 2009, when I decided I was also possessed by the spirit of FLW in the creepy Indian artifact museum during the freak hailstorm in Sedona, Az.? (link)

Me as FLW
In follow-ups, I told someone I thought it was so cool that FLW was able to live his life doing what he loved, that he got recognition in his lifetime, and that he was able to do it until he died at 91 (at his drafting table, sketching). And his creations still live on, admired and preserved...

Yep, that's what I want.

My second choice: Rosalind Russell. (The actress for you youngsters.)

I was about nine when my grandmother introduced me to the fabulous world of classic movies. She rented The Big Sleep for me, and we watched together. I was instantly hooked, and I spent the next 31 years watching, rewatching, and loving old movies.

Me as RR (that's JRM as Carey Grant)
Of all the actresses, Rosalind Russell is my favorite. At least onscreen. She was tough and sassy. She was hilarious and full of heart. Think about it. From her early films The Women to His Girl Friday, to musicals Auntie Mame and Gypsy, all the way to The Trouble With Angels. She was just fantastic.

She created unforgettable characters, worked with amazing people, and she always looked like she was having a blast doing it.

That's the other thing I want.

So there you have it. And now you all need to get Talli's new book! Take it from me, I read (and reviewed!) Talli's first book, The Hating Game (link), so I can only imagine this one's even more fun. It sure looks that way.

Here's the link to the ebook version of W3 on Amazon (link). The paperback's coming in November, but you Kindle kids, at $2.99, there's no excuse not to grab it and spend the weekend happily reading.

Have a great week-end, reader- and writer-friends! Til Monday~ <3

33 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

A day late. Naughty naughty I was looking for this yesterday! ;o) Great actress you chose. And oh so stunning! Just like you. xoxo

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

heeheehee! love the visual aides!

Clarissa Draper said...

Awesome choices. I love how you photoshopped yourself in. Can't wait to get to her book.

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting people and you clearly had fun crafting your post. Well done.

Kelly Polark said...

Ha! I love Face in the Hole. I use it all the time.

I love your choices; so unique!

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! LTM! You make a most beautiful Girl Friday and a most handsome FLW!!! Wow!! Rosalind Russell is another fave actress of mine!! Love her!!! Yay! take care
x

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Leigh,

Glad you finally made it to the party. I love your two choices.

I do remember you post on Wright. Fascinating man. And Rosalind Russell is an ICON. Auntie Mame is one of my favorite all time movies and the "Angels" movies are classic.

You make one cute Wright... lol.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I would have a hard time with this too, but I love your choices! (also the mash up pixs LOL!)

Angela Felsted said...

What an awesome Frank Lloyd Right wig! Congratulations, Talli!

Matthew MacNish said...

I don't know Rosalind, but FLW would be awesome.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I don't know... I think I like LTM as LTM. FLW is having a bad hair day. I vote RR. ;)

Have you read Loving Frank?

Stephen Tremp said...

Better late than never. I don't know who this actress of old is, but I do like to watch the old B&W movies. There are some real classics there and great acting.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Leigh .. Frank Lloyd Wright ws certainly an interesting character - and amazing to be working til he died - yes .. that'd be a great way to go.

I love your pics .. I hate dressing up .. but these look fun! Cheers Hilary

Myne Whitman said...

I love how you cut in your face into the pictures, and specified what you liked about them too. Nice..

LTM said...

@Stephen--Ahh... Rosalind Russell is a STAR! Check her out main. Yep, good stuff~ :o) <3

@Hil--He was, and I love love love his stuff. I agree, great way to go. (And you realize I cut-n-pasted those pix, right? ;o) <3

Thanks, guys!

Michelle Fayard said...

Not only are these refreshingly different choices, Leigh, but I love how you did the photos. :)

Julie Musil said...

This blog tour of Talli's is so fun! I've loved reading who others would be, if given the choice. My favorite part of your post? Your little face pasted over your favorites. You totally crack me up!

Theresa Milstein said...

Like me, you picked two.

You make a lovely Frank Lloyd Wright.

DEZMOND said...

I've been seeing this book all around the blogosphere in last two days and I have absolutely no idea what watts are?

Summer Ross said...

Both sound like great choices! I love how you put your picture in them. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Good choices! FLW has brilliant buildings and RR is lovely!

LTM said...

@Summer--Thanks, honey! Yeah, these are great peeps, and the picture part's easy. See faceinhole.com~ :o) <3

Pk Hrezo said...

You look lovely with poufy gray hair, dahling! ;)

RosieC said...

Great choices. And I love your pictures :) I think FLW is amazing, and I love visiting his sites when I'm able. Definitely one of my favorite architects!

Shannon said...

Excellent choices. And fun, too. I learned something new. <3

LTM said...

@PK--thank you, dear! I worked all day on my hair... :D *snort*

Liz Fichera said...

Oh, those are great choices--FLW, especially!

Michelle Merrill said...

Because I'm an old movie fanatic, I'd have to lean toward Rosalind Russell. I actually own Trouble with Angels! Love her :)

And Yay for Talli's new book! I'll go check it out.

Have a great weekend!

Talli Roland said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to get over here. I am severely hung over - I won't go into the details, lol!

I love your choices! Those photos are too freaky, though.

Thank you so much for taking part, lovely lady, and for your kind words! *mwah*!

Elle Strauss said...

Geeze, I feel so lazy now--great and very thoughtful choices! I'm sure you've already left your mark in this world!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've loved this game. No one (of the blogs I visited) picked the same individuals.

Kari Marie said...

Love FLW and all he was able to do with his life. Rosalind was sooo beautiful too. Great choices!

Janet Johnson said...

That is the best picture ever of FLW! :D I was totally cracking up.

And I think you've hit it on the head. I want to do what I love and have a blast doing it, too. :D