…. Rodney King’s new book THE RIOT WITHIN: MY JOURNEY FROM REBELLION TO REDEMPTION was released last week just in time for the 20th anniversary of the LA Riots. Although he never actually participated in the riots, King will forever be linked to the turmoil, chaos and tragedy that began on April 29, 1992. The riots erupted after four LAPD officers were acquitted of beating King. I remember watching the live broadcasts of people looting stores, starting fires and beating one another to bloody pulps. I watched all of this unfold from the safety of my college apartment far, far away in Orange County. But this weekend as I watched anniversary coverage on TV, the footage made me cringe and wince just as it had that day two decades ago. Reviews of the book say that King, despite subsequent troubles, is now turning his life around and says he even forgives the policeman who beat him. As for the city, different opinions exist on whether it too has changed. Twenty years ago, King asked that infamous question during a press conference after the riots – “Can’t we all just get along?” Perhaps, one day, the answer will be “Yes.”
…I had planned on recommending the memoir I’ve been reading, but since I’m not done with it yet, I decided to talk about a book I read a few months ago. THERE’S CAKE IN MY FUTURE by Kim Gruenenfelder focuses on a cake charm pull during a bridal shower. The bride-to-be supposedly rigged the charms so each friend, including her, would get the future they wanted. But there’s a mix-up and the rest of the story follows each friend as she deals with the ramifications of her “new” future coming true. It’s a fun read with lots of humor and sweet romance. Heat level is 2 Besos. I recommend if you enjoy Chick Lit novels!
…April 29 also marked another important anniversary. It was one year ago that the world watched Prince William marry Kate Middleton in a fairytale Royal wedding. Women and girls everywhere felt both happiness and, go ahead – admit it now, a little bit of jealousy that Kate had indeed found her prince. It’s the Happily Ever After that romance novelists write about. But this wasn’t a work of fiction – it was reality. By the time the wedding actually happened, I was so sick of all of the pre-hype coverage that I planned to boycott the live coverage. But turned out I had nothing better to do in the middle of the night so I tuned in with everyone else. Want to relive that magical day? Check out the link below:
…Speaking of reality, I realized the other day that I’m officially burned out on Reality TV. I’ve stopped watching American Idol, The Voice, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Amazing Race and Storage Wars. The only Season Pass on my TiVo that is not a scripted show is Dancing With The Stars. My husband is pleased because he isn’t subjected to what he has labeled “crappy shows that make the TV mad to have to play them.” I actually don’t regret not watching them, even when I hear on the radio the latest “shocking” decision or other water cooler gossip item. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I’m so focused on writing fiction or make-believe that I’d rather spend an hour or two on quality shows with developed characters and creative plot lines. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t have time to watch every single thing on TV.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you prefer – scripted or reality TV?
…I’m ending the month just like I began it – writing. The writing boot camp closes today and I made some progress on my WIP. Unfortunately, I’m still about 10,000 words or so from finishing. I plan to continue working on it so I can finally say it’s complete. But even then, I won’t technically be “done.” I have lots of editing ahead of me and it could be another few months before it’s ready for submission. So stay tuned!
…Finally, I must share that on May 2 I will be celebrating 14 years of marriage to my own prince. Yes, 14 years, three kids, two dogs and all kinds of craziness later – we are still totally in love. Of course, as with any marriage, the “like” sometimes comes and goes (especially when my prince “accidentally” deletes an episode of GLEE or doesn’t replace the toilet paper roll), but he is still my best friend and my biggest fan.
So to my prince: I love you and happy anniversary!
Have a great week,