Denise Dances: A Return to Perfect Health - Body, Mind & Spirit!

Friday, June 12, 2009

"One of the Last Great Places"

Hi! I am just back from a recent stay on Block Island, Rhode Island. One of the things that impresses me the most about this island full of independent business owners and free spirited working artists is the diligent conservation effort being made to preserve "one of the last great places," in particular, Rodman Hollow, a glacial outwash basin, preserved open space on the island. In my next post, I will write more about the land preservation on Block Island, as well as descriptions of the unique animals who live on the Manisses Farm. It took me two hours to drive from Pt. Judith in Galilee, Rhode Island, the farthest I have ever driven from home. I was lost; now I'm found! I know my good buddy Paula was watching over me the whole time. It is fast approaching the two year anniversary of her passing, thus, the trip to Block Island, to ease the pain and pursue my dreams of earning a living as an artist. And to ease the pain of my good buddy "Rasta Ron," a gardener and retail merchandiser, whose mother faces a difficult illness, and who hails from Woonsocket, RI, my mother's own hometown! Take care, Ron! Go visit your mommy! You'll be glad you did. Until next time, Denise...Denise Dances...2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Ladies Literary Guild"

Following the eve of the 63rd annual Tony awards for the best of Broadway musical theater, live from Radio City Music Hall -- I am pleased to present my recent experience at a publishing workshop which met at the Groton Library. (Where else can you be rewarded for bad behavior, temper tantrums, kicking and screaming, crying, showing too much emotion in public -- Drama Queen??...:)***! (There's hope, Denise.) Note: "the highest grossing season in history, with about 43 new shows which opened this season. LADIES LITERARY GUILD...(Sat., June 6, 2009, Groton, CT) From the smooth, elegant writings of femme auteurs of Southeastern Connecticut to a budding contemporary author still a college student in upstate New York to a poet laureate who refers to her work as "pieces," to a woman writing a poignant tale of adoption, to a world reknowned screen writer from California on a prolonged visit to Connecticut, to a gentleman whose screenplay has a movie deal in the works...and a hopeless romantic with something too hot to handle!...they came to the publishing workshop held on a Saturday afternoon at the Groton Public Library and endured under the balmy outdoor conditions...hosted by Literary Agent Jan Kardys of Black Hawk Publishing Co., based in Redding, CT. Thirty years experience in the bizz. Taking turns reading our stuff aloud, I was the first to jump in with what I hope was constructive criticism. (I am hoping to read and edit manuscripts for pay in the future.) Creating controversy wherever I go -- it seems -- upon reading my query letter aloud -- the ladies eagerly jumped in at once. "You wrote too much bio." "Take the first sentence out." "I think you've got something there." "It's a sit com. You could do a pilot for Fox TV. Enter the next contest in June 2010." "'All That Glitters' is already a book." "How about 'Fools' Gold?'" "You should describe just a few of the main characters." I will take out the first sentence. I will probably leave my bio and the main characters. How do I do a "brief bio" with the life I've lived?? (Proximity is the mother to opportunity...) Lights...Camera...Action...! Denise...Denise Dances...2009 (