Finally, the final “Poldark” season

The 5th and final season of “Poldark” airs July 14th on BBC. It will generally be four months to air on PBS in America, so that would be November? Possibly. Sources say this season will deviate considerably from the books, for those who’ve read them all. Meanwhile, there is a trailer out there:

This is all so sad for me, as I truly enjoyed the series, but life goes on. I wish the cast the best of luck, especially Aidan Turner. I know he’s got another movie done, called “Love is Blind,” which looks like a cute, modern-day romantic comedy. I’ll keep my eyes open for it – no pun intended.

Also, it’s been announced that Season 4 of “Preacher” will be the last one for that show, meaning Graham McTavish/Saint of Killers will be riding off into the sunset. No word yet on when that series will air. I confess, I didn’t watch much of Season 3 as the show took a pretty dark turn. I did see him ever so briefly in “Colony,” and of course “Aquaman” last year. This year he’s already starred in another series, “Lucifer,” which was picked up by Netflix. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to watching it.

Graham is also working hard on his directorial debut, “This Guest of Summer.” Filming is supposed to begin this summer sometime, and according to a recent tweet, production has moved to England. Well of course three of the stars, Stephen Walter, Duncan Lecroix and Adam Brown live in England. Graham relocated to New Zealand, but he’s just been all over the place promoting just about everything. He must have enough frequent flyer miles to be able to commute from NZ to England anytime! (Maybe he can even pay for Dean O’Gorman’s ticket!) Graham launched a GoFundMe account to partially finance this film, and I bid on one of the 3 gold coins from “The Hobbit” to help fund this. (Sometimes I have more dollars than sense, I guess.) It took awhile, but I finally got the gold coin. Hopefully I’ll get the DVD of the film soon, LOL!

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That’s all for now. Currently my alter-ego, K.D. Carter, is working on her first SciFi/Fantasy crossover. A new adventure awaits us all – and good luck with yours!

Bye Bye “Berlin Station”

Well it’s now official: “Berlin Station,” the Epix series starring Richard Armitage, has been cancelled after 3 seasons. Not that I’m surprised, since they killed off Richard’s character. And it’s partially my fault, as I was one of many Armitage Army fans who responded angrily and vowed never to watch the show again! Killing off the lead character does tend to end the show, and I have no idea why the writers did that. Maybe Richard wanted off the show – it’s possible, he has a record for not lasting more than 3 seasons on other TV series. Jeez, Richard, can’t you stick around a little while longer? But I admit S3 of “Berlin Station” was pretty poorly written, and many of the things that happened made absolutely no sense. Throwing in a plot twist just to have a plot twist can mess up a storyline, and the writers did this like three times? After awhile you just have to wonder if the writers have ANY IDEA what they want to say.

But I also realize Richard’s been very busy lately, forming his own production company. And he’s moving on to a Netflix series called “The Stranger,” which will be filmed in Manchester, U.K. An eight-part suspense thriller, production began in March. Also, his movie “The Lodge” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was quickly snatched by Neon for distribution, and we may get to see it in theaters this August! It’s more of a creepy/scary thing, and was compared to “Hereditary” which is a movie I’ll NEVER see. Richard may never play Bond, but the reviews say this movie will leave you both shaken and stirred, so I’ll take my chances on it.

Richard has also been busy narrating more audiobooks, and has a deal with Phillipa Gregory to narrate “The Other Queen.” And he’s completed Season 2 of the “Wolverine” podcast, “The Long Night.” Maybe he’ll stay with this series for more than 3 seasons??? Honestly, between this, “Castlevania” and Audible books, I’m beginning to fear he’s just going to be a voice actor, but never fear! He has another movie, “My Zoe,” in post-production, and after he finishes “The Stranger,” he should begin filming another movie where he plays a Catholic priest working for the Vatican, sent to investigate a 17th century church in Seville. Interesting, it’s referred to as both “The Seville Communion” and “The Man from Rome.” Hopefully this means we’ll be able to see Richard’s handsome face for a few more years!

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Hopefully I’ll have an update on a few other Hobbit Dwarves in the near future – stay tuned!

Tragic news from New Zealand

By now I’m sure everyone has heard of the horrible massacre in Christchurch, NZ. It’s heartbreaking to me that something that has sadly become so commonplace in the USA should work its way over there. I went to Christchurch in 2016, which still hadn’t recovered from a terrible earthquake that killed around 180 people. And now this.

As I’ve said, the country is absolutely beautiful, but I can’t say enough about the people living there. Everyone was so cheerful and friendly, but how much will that change after such an event? How could the people NOT be affected? Jed Brophy tweeted the following:

I’ve been asked today by caring folk if I’m Okay . But I’m not . Sorry I’m not okay . I’m crushed. I cannot stop crying . I feel broken. This did not happen to me personally but it has affected me in a way I cannot fully fathom . But this I know only love will help.

This morning the NZ government proposed a type of gun ban, and I don’t want to get into the politics of such a thing. I only want to send my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand, along with a prayer that this horrible thing will never happen to them again. And Jed, along with others in NZ, have been promoting “StoptheHate,” and if anyone can replace Hate with Love, it’s the people of New Zealand. God bless you, Jed Brophy.

Do Hobbits like poinsettias?

For Christmas, my husband got me a potted poinsettia plant, and now we seem to be arguing about the fate of these plants. My original plan was to recycle the planter for growing lettuce, but my husband believes as long as the poinsettias are alive, I should keep them. I wonder, keep them for what? I once kept a poinsettia alive for 5 months, but I believe they are annual plants, at least in the United States. Of course, Wikipedia says they are perennials, but they are also tropical plants, and I don’t live in the tropics. Further, I have cats. They are supposedly poisonous to cats, and I think one of them did chomp on a leaf once. He also thought better of it, thank goodness! I found the chomped leaf laying near the planter.

Anyway, I’d really love to have a salad garden. Last year my hubby got me a hydroponic kit, and we grew cherry tomatoes almost all year. But those plants are pretty well worn out. I cut them back & gave them some plant food today, just to see if they’ll revive. But if not, well, time to grow some lettuce. I have some hydroponic pods for six different varieties of heirloom lettuce, some of which sound tasty while others just sound, um, weird. And since they’re a year old, I don’t know if they are any good.

I’d forgotten about those pods, and already picked up a couple of seed pods for red & green leaf lettuce. Now I need to find something to plant them in. The hubby is offering to buy me another planter – but I don’t need one, I just need to reuse what I’ve already got! I’m not nearly the gardener that Bilbo was, but this past year I kept a few herbs growing on a windowsill. I’ve pruned them out as well, hopefully the basil will recover but if not, I’ve got some seeds. Also planted some parsley seeds in a smaller planter today. Yep, my life is exciting, haha! But as Bilbo says in FoTR, it’s no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.

I never finished my blog series on my trip to Ireland last year, so I’ll try to get back to that as soon as possible. And there will be photos if I get some leaves & sprouts going!

First post of 2019

Well, it’s been about six months since my last post, and alot has happend in that time. My father died unexpectedly at the end of July 2018, and needless to say that threw me off for a few months. After that, I worked on finalizing and publishing my third book, titled The Saving Blade.

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It’s available as an ebook on Amazon.com. It should be available in paperback soon. And finally I’ve started a WordPress blog under my pen name, which I call K.D.CarterBooks.Wordpress.com. This is where I’ll be promoting my books, but I also plan to blog about other books that I’ve read. I plan to read at least one self-published book a month, to help promote other self-published authors. I hope you will check it out!

I will certainly try to keep this one a little more active, but it will strictly be my personal, fan-girl type blog. I’m sure I’ll mention any future books I self-publish, but for the most part I plan to keep these two blogs separate.

 

Day 3 – Kinsale

We spent two nights in Kinsale at the Actons Hotel, and I must say that was probably my favorite of the three. The rooms were clean & functional, and the staff was TERRIFIC!!! I promised them a five-star review, & would give them six if possible. Why I didn’t get any pics of that hotel is beyond me.

Truth be told, we had a traumatic time getting there. Perhaps I didn’t mention that the smaller towns have very narrow roads? Well, we drove through the city of Cork to get there, probably in quitting-time traffic, and once we finally got to our hotel in Kinsale I was thinking maybe a self-drive was a bad idea! I’d planned to go to Cork the next day, see the English Market & go on a “haunted gaol (jail) tour,” but instead we spent the day hiking around Kinsale. Kinsale has an interesting history of it’s own, and we went on a “haunted” tour that first evening. It was kind of fun, and since the tour started & ended in a pub, we had a few drinks while we were at it. Here is a lovely view of the harbor:

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On the 26th we started just exploring the shops of the little town, finding some candy (of course) and other little things. We also hiked up to their Church, which was gorgeous!

After this we had lunch in a nice seafood restaurant – lots of seafood in Ireland! And then Ron & I hiked out to Charles Fort on the other side of the harbor. Margaret decided to just hang out in the town instead. Charles Fort has a long history of conflict, starting with the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. It also saw action during the fighting between James II and William of Orange in England. For “Outlander” fans, James II was the grandfather of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The fort was used up through WW 1, but then when the Free State of Ireland was formed in 1922 it was abandoned & fell into disrepair. Efforts have been made to restore parts of it. Some of the buildings were relatively intact, while others were missing roofs and parts of their walls.

Our tour finished with a monument to the various brigades that served there:

And then Ron & I took the long hike back into town. I was pretty exhausted by then. Did I mention that Ireland was experiencing the hottest temperatures in 46 years? And we saw no rain the entire time we were there – and guess who didn’t pack sunblock? Ah well, had a great time anyway. Walking through those ruins reminded me of the siege of Gondor in “Return of the King.” Of course, I’d be the one to think of that! Also found that the theme of Rohan from “Two Towers” made me think of Celtic music, or at least what I imagined Celtic music would sound like. But more on that later, in the meantime I hope you enjoy the pics!

Day 2 in Ireland – Co. Tipparary

I was told that J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration for Hobbiton from the rolling green hills of Ireland. I can believe it. We set off after breakfast on our second day towards Kinsale in County Cork. On the way we drove through Tipparary, to see the Rock of Cashel. This was a Middle Age church that legend says was once the castle of the King of Munster, who was baptized by St. Patrick.

There were castles and churches like this all over Ireland, in various states of repair. This one has been somewhat restored, and has a long history of occupation. There’s a museum on the inside displaying lots of artifacts.

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And this is the legendary Cross of St. Patrick.

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There once was a support on the opposite side, which sadly has broken away. There were some splendid decorations inside as well, and this doorway was IMO beautiful:

There was a cemetery in the courtyard with lots of Celtic crosses. Again, the artistry was amazing!

We had lunch in a nearby cafe before continuing the tour.

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Two of my favorite people! Margaret was less thrilled about the second tour, which was the ruins of a Cistercian monastery known as Hore Abbey – “Hore” being the old English word for the color gray. Apparently the monks wore gray cloaks. It was founded in the 12th century. Right now it’s in the middle of a cattle field, and there’s no road leading directly to it, so we had to hike across the field (and watch our step!). Here are a few of the pics I took:

Yeah, Margaret wasn’t so thrilled, but I LOVED IT! After an hour or so in the ruins, we were finally on our way to Kinsale. Here is a parting shot of those gorgeous, green rolling hills.

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Aidan & Orlando, plus Dublin!

So I’ve been back from Ireland for nearly one week, and am finally getting around to posting some photos. But first, I’d like to share a little tidbit about two Hobbit alums who are literally killing it on the London stage. First up is Orlando Bloom, starring in “Killer Joe” on the West End:

http://www.playbill.com/article/first-look-at-orlando-bloom-in-tracy-letts-killer-joe-in-the-west-end

And Aidan Turner is also starring in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” here:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/04/the-lieutenant-of-inishmore-review-aidan-turner-martin-mcdonagh

Like Orlando, Aidan is slaying the audience – and apparently cast members – in this play. Both of these Hobbit alums are playing very different roles from what we’re used to. Well, Aidan DID play Phillip Lombard in “And Then There Were None,” who was a mass murderer, and it was a brilliant performance! Sadly, I won’t be able to see either play, although “Poldark” is back on for Season 4. But more on that later.

Aidan is from Dublin, and that was the first stop on my Irish vacation. We landed on June 24th at about 5am. We were able to find the Castle Fitzpatrick hotel easily enough (I’ll spare you the terror we felt about driving on narrow streets on the left side of the road), and were told we could possibly check in early. So, we had a fabulous breakfast and then went for a short walk through a nearby park:

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On the way we passed by a lovely Church, and once in the park we had a terrific view of the Dublin coastline:

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And I got a great picture of this black & white bird – they were all over the place, but sadly I don’t know what kind of bird this is – does someone else know?

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After we checked in, we walked to the small town of Dalkey and caught a train into Dublin. We had lunch at this charming little pub:

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After that we tried to see the Dublin castle, but there was some kind of U.N. event going on, and the castle was closed to the public. But we did get a few pics:

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We didn’t get to spend nearly enough time in Dublin, there was just so much to see! I wanted to make it to the Temple Bar district, but we weren’t able to find it. We did see Trinity College, and the big canal that runs through Dublin, but our time was short. We caught the train back to Dalkey, and that was our first day. I’ll have more pics of our next day very soon.

Also, I’m still looking for reviewers of my latest book, “The Death Doll,” a historical fiction set in New Hampshire during the Salem witch trials. I’ll send a free copy to anyone who’s interested – just send me a line!

 

New writing goal – NANOWRIMO in July!

First, I am back from Ireland, and will have lots of pics & posts from that vacation. Second, and more importantly, I am running a free download of my newest book, “The Death Doll,” for Amazon Kindle. In honor of our 4th of July holiday, the free download runs from July 2-4, which gives readers two more days to download. And of course, reviews are highly encouraged!

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The link is here: https://amzn.to/2IL7JMU

I am somewhere around 3 – 5 chapters away from finishing the 2nd book in my “Celtic Rings” series, but after my trip to Ireland I’m also anxious to start on Part II of my Irish Celt book. This book will incorporate my “Last One Alive” short story that I wanted (but was unable) to publish as a Kindle single. My original plan with that one was to write three Kindle singles that could be combined into one book. Well, since I can’t publish three separate singles, I might as well just write the book!

And that’s why I’ve decided to make July my NanoWriMo month. My goal is to write 50K words over the next 30 days (today included). That comes to 1600 – 1700 words daily, and I wouldn’t even consider doing this except for the fact that July is the slowest month at the University where I work. So yes, some of those words will be written during my “downtime” at the office – sometimes I really do like my job! I’ll be keeping track of the wordcount on a spreadsheet, and will report back regularly on my progress! This will keep me honest, and hopefully will give me a first draft on TWO books! Well, gotta wrap up todays writing assignment, but keep an eye out for Irish posts! See you soon!

“Ocean’s 8” with Richard & Kate

I caught “Ocean’s 8” last Friday and while it’s not the best movie, it was very good. If you like heist films you’d probably like this one. Of course Richard’s part was smaller than Kate’s, as she was Sandra’s right-hand gal. And I must say Kate’s accent was all over the place. I couldn’t tell if she was supposed to be from Texas or Australia, but that’s really a minor quibble.

Like I said, it was a good movie, but it had some problems similar to ones seen in the Hobbit movies. Namely, they pertain to a large ensemble cast. Kate, Sandra and Anne Hathaway (who probably had the best character) carried the movie, while sadly the other ladies were necessary cogs in the plan but little more than that. Helena Bonham Carter had some fun lines and a good tense moment, but it was a small moment. I would have liked a bit more of Mindy Kaling, but her dialog was limited, however she had more dialog than Rhianna and Awkwafina. There was a definite popularity pecking order in the film.

And then there was Richard playing Claude Becker, the back-stabbing ex. Thorin Oakenshield he was not, in fact the character was a bit wimpy – but I assume that’s what they wanted. His true purpose is probably not hard to figure out, but it was still good to see him looking so handsome!

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I did see a less than flattering Tweet from someone named Dana, calling him a “forgettable no-name actor.” The young lady got over 800 tweets in reply from outRAged Armitage Army fans, myself included!

Since I do follow him on Twitter, I also learned that his mother died recently. He wrote a beautiful memorial for her here:

https://margaret-armitage.muchloved.com/

I do send him my condolences. She had a long-term illness, which kept him from doing much besides audiobooks for the past few months. I guess you can record them anywhere. He has finished filming “The Lodge,” and started filming “My Zoe” finally. And it’s been announced that “Brain on Fire” will finally air on Netflix on Friday, June 22nd. That’s the night before I leave for Ireland, so I will probably have to wait until I return to watch this. And my next post will be all about Ireland, so stay tuned!