I've had the pleasure of meeting many great people during my time at Cable 14, and Jamie Tennant is one of them. He wears a million different hats and almost always has a smile on his face (or at least when I've seen him). Now, Jamie is releasing a novel titled The Captain of Kinnoull Hill. I don't know about you, but the title is enough to sell me.
Check out my Q&A with him:
This book asks the question of what happens when we can no longer abide by our own nature - can you tease the answer to this question?
I don't know if the book answers the question entirely. It certainly suggests that, when you reach a certain point, you either realize you have to try or you don't. Either way facing that reality is never easy, and it never comes easy. You need to have a certain amount of self-awareness, and not everyone has that...and it's difficult if you suddenly arrive there and learn, jeez, I'm really not the person I thought I was, and the way I see myself is a result of lying to myself for decades. It's not exactly a Matrix like red pill/blue pill thing, but there's a metaphorical similarity there. You either continue on and deal with the problems you cause, or you say that's it, enough is enough.
How do you decide how to communicate the different vibes you want your book to give readers? Does this take up a huge chunk of the writing process?
It was easy in my case, because I wrote in what I think is called a "close third person" voice - meaning while it's not written in first person, the perspective is always that of the main character. So while it wasn't a story told by Dennis, the narrative voice was really just an extension of his voice and his worldview. So, with that voice, it was easy to maintain a vibe - pop culture-centred, slightly sarcastic, conversational. It's no big surprise that the story takes a hard left out of reality at one point (it's in the book jacket description, after all). I chose to have these strange events occur without changing the vibe of the story, or at least as little as possible. Kind and generous people have likened the tone to Nick Hornby or Roddy Doyle. I'd never say I'm at that level, not even close, but I liked the idea of maintaining that tone while leaving 'realism' in the dust.
What's next for you after this - or is it too soon to think that far ahead?
Two things. First, this book - doing appearances, readings, anything I'm asked to do, basically. A book tour would be nice but it's difficult to even think about that when no one know who you are (or, more hopefully, who you are "yet"). In terms of writing, though, there's lots happening. I have another novel finished. I wrote it a long time ago, so it probably needs a lot of updating, but it's done. There's also two other ideas I have that I'm working on simultaneously, though I think I've decided which one to pursue at this time. They're all kind of in my wheelhouse - they're either music-related, guy-coming-to-terms-with-life related, or have some vaguely supernatural element in them (but you won't find all three in any of them). At this point it's all about carving out the time to do the work.
You can grab a copy of Jamie's novel October 15th!
It's been a good fall TV season so far as I have found more new shows that I love than I loathe. Last night was the night to sit my behind on the couch and not move until I watched some of this season's new programs. Check out my favourites below:
Consider this my new favourite TV show. Anything with Kristen Bell or Ted Danson is guaranteed to be a success. Together? Perfection. The Good Place follows Kristen character as she ends up in "the good place" in the afterlife by accident, while Ted play's a God-like character. Please, please, please give it a watch so that it can stay on the airwaves until the end of the time.
Bull is the polar opposite of The Good Place. It's more of a dramedy inspired and produced by Dr. Phil. Michael Weatherly completely slays and the pilot had me guessing right up to the last second. It's safe to say it's left me wanting more.
Even if this show completely sucked, I would still watch it because of the stellar cast. You have Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz on your screen - what more could you want? I can't give you the backstory without giving away the crazy ass twist that's revealed at the end of the pilot.
It has been 6 months since I began the process of rebranding and I'm still going strong. I didn't realize how much goes into branding yourself, but I feel like it will all pay off in the end.
My theme has changed from youthful leopard print to mature and responsible white and gold. The site name has changed from Saverina Scozzari to SaverinaScozzari.com. I have brainstormed how to best showcase my strengths and how to improve my weaknesses. Next on the list? Social media - probably the hardest part (or most tedious).
I have cleared my Facebook and Instagram feeds to start somewhat fresh. For Facebook, I deleted my public page representing me and created a page for this blog. I learned that it's important to separate myself from the website to create more opportunities and to avoid double dipping when it comes to the content I share. It certainly hasn't been easy regrowing my following. Feel free to give it a LIKE here.
Then, we have Instagram. That was way easier to manage because my followers stay the same, but the content is new. I have more control of who I want to target with my posts and I'm slowly learning little tricks to make the most out of it. The Insta Stories is a whole other ballgame. I'm not a big Snapchatter, so I suppose it's a good feature. However, I have yet to figure out how to use either. I have only posted three photos since rebranding - cheesy behind the scenes pictures - and have tried to use Insta Stories to capture all of the times my name is spelled wrong when I get my Starbucks fix. Give me a follow here.
Lastly (or at least the only other social media outlet I'm using), Twitter. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I haven't gotten this far yet. It terrifies me to think of all of the time and energy needed to make this change.
There you go, a post filled with self-promotion and in attempt to be real about all of the work that goes into blogging. Most people think I spend my days with my feet up on my desk, drinking coffee, scrolling through Instagram as a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio hangs above me (they're not totally wrong). I actually do all of that while thinking of ways to be successful and if I have already achieved my goals, set new ones.
I'd be totally fine writing about Lochte again this week if it meant it would prevent this from being a reality.
According to TMZ, the one Hollywood power couple that I love is parting ways. Not exactly the #TrendingTuesday headline I wanted to wake up to. Angelina has reportedly filed for divorce listing September 15 as the date of separation and is requesting physical custody of their 6 children leaving Brad with only legal custody and visitation rights. The reason for filing? All of the stars' go-to: irreconcilable differences.
Sure, the way they came together was all kinds of wrong (I'm sure Jennifer Aniston is getting bombarded by media outlets now), but I wouldn't wish any bad on this family. I hope that they do what's in their kids' best interest and that it doesn't get too nasty, like Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
Sources are coming out saying Angelina wasn't a fan of Brad's parenting methods hence the reason she's asked that he only has legal custody. I refuse to fully believe anything until they release a statement.
What are your thoughts on this? Comment below or tweet me @MissSaverinaS!
I think I'm starting to set my expectations for award shows a little too high because this is the second show to disappoint me (the other being the MTV Video Music Awards).
It's not that the 2016 Emmys were awful, they just didn't get me excited like last year. However this time around, I actually felt good about the TV shows I chose to watch because they took hardware home compared to past years where shows I didn't even knew existed were winning. I think I may prefer the latter of the two because I was always shocked and excited to watch something new. My #ManCrushMonday Rami Malek won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Mr. Robot - no surprise as he's taken home hardware before. Sarah Paulson won for portraying her date for the night Marcia Clark in People vs OJ. Veep took home as many awards as they could. The only shocker of the night was when Canadian Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama Series (I'm not complaining, I'm beaming with pride).
Jimmy Kimmel was Jimmy Kimmel. Obviously, Matt Damon had to make an appearance at some point during the show. He ended up heckling Kimmel for losing to John Oliver for Outstanding Variety Series and even added in a comment about his mother. Speaking of Jimmy's mother, she made the whole audience PB&J sandwiches and the kids from Stranger Things handed them out. It reminded me of the time Ellen handed out pizza at the Oscars. The opening monologue was predictable. It featured some Carpool Karaoke with James Corden (they belted out Wake Me Up Before You Go Go), Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Veep, Jeb Bush, and Modern Family. Any jokes made throughout the night revolved around the obvious - OJ, gender, race, Cosby, etc. He could have done better.
There weren't really any "WOW" moments. Okay, maybe I'm lying. Kate McKinnon was all of us when she accepted the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy repeatedly saying "Jesus Christ". But other than that, nothing. The 2016 Emmys get a 7/10 from me.