Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ivy B Cringing!

Hello, hello Sweet Bees

I'm sorry that I've been absent from blog land for a while. Other things going on and I just...well, there's no need for a list of why I haven't posted. I just haven't.

However, here I am; back and close to hitting the two week-a-versary of being 40. I'm happy to report that my birthday, all day, was fantastic. I was happy the whole day! I received many greettings via phone and email, I had visits before my party and then there was my party! Well, it was awesome and yes, yes. I remember the event in vivid detail. You see, I discovered a way to not get rip roaring toasted on your birthday. Are you ready?

Break your wine glass!

I have a habit of talking wildly with my hands and while describing something that needed a lot of hand flourish to really drive the point home, I the bottom of my wine glass and WAH...I held my breath as I watched glass and the red wine contained in it spin away from me and land on the floor with a crowd quieting crash. Now under normal circumstances, I would have been slightly embarrassed. I'm a clumsy person and fairly used to making a spectacle of myself, but in this case, I felt much, much worse.  You see, the wine glass I was using while chatting and drinking and feeling oh so in love with the world was a glass that I had been given MAYBE 15 minutes earlier as a gift! It was lovely and had cute pictures on it and said "Girls just want to have wine" and in one overly enthusiastic coverstaion about I don't even remember, the glass was gone.

sigh...yes, I could have gotten a new glass and added more liquid fuel to my happy fire, but, I just couldn't bring myself to do so. My buzz was enough without the wine and I just couldn't bring myself to get a new glass and continue the drinking...

Again I say...sigh...and I still cringe...2 weeks later...

But now, I have something else to cringe about! I may be 40 now, but that doesn't mean I can't, from time to time, get a horrible, horrible blemish! No sir! The other night, about 3 or 4 zits decided to gather together to form one giant zit on my lower lip so that it looks like I've been involved in some sort of gripping lip drama with a badger. It's a thing to behold and even though it's really obvious, I'm hoping people will just sort of, not look directly at it, like an eclipse. It's hurts like hell, is as red as a tomato and today could bring a bout of peril to the planet because it's so big that I'm almost positive that it has it's own gravitational pull and will bring something from beyond to the stars to hang dangerously in the earth's atmosphere until the stupid thing has disappeared off my face.

So, when you're out today, if you notice something a little off, something up in the sky that shouldn't be there, just remember that it's being brought to you by, Ivy's planet altering blemish.

It's the last day of February so let's make it one to remember.

Until next time,

Ivy B feeling a lot less than 40 and apologizes for her whining about her face and apologizes to her friends, again, for "the wine event".

xoxo

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ivy B 40 today...and for the next year...

Hello my Sweet Bees

This is an edited version of post some of you may have read earlier. Things got a bit behind at Joyfully Reviewed and I will be on their site sometime near the end of the month. I'll keep you posted! 

So, as the title of this post heavily suggests, today is my 40th birthday! That's right, Sweet Bee's: Ivy B striding into a new decade; no, no STRUTTING into a new decade. I've been looking forward to this for a while now. I can't put my finger on why exactly and I'm not sure if I'll fee the same way in 10 years, but today, I feel ready for whatever my 40's may bring me. Yesterday, the last day of my 30's, the last day of my being 39, I said to my husband that I never really felt 39. Last year wasn't me being 39, it was the "Next year I'll be 40" year or "I'm almost 40" year. Strange...and a thought I really haven't flushed out enough to put into words.

Perhaps it's because being 39 I felt as though I was on the brink of something amazing and something undiscovered. What today is revealing to me is that as I start my forties, I am starting it with the encouragement of friends and family to try new things and be more me than ever. I just had the most wonderful visit with a lady I met a few years ago, but have only recently started to get to know. She wrote me a poem and gave me one of her paintings; a painting she did years ago and has been holding onto in hope of finding a home for it. She feels this painting which is full of colour, light and beautiful spirits belongs with me. I love it and feel so touched that she saw in me a home for something that means to much to her. 

It may be cliche to say, but I don't feel like I'm getting older, but getting better and I know a lot of has to do with the support I've found from my family and my friends (both my in person and online friends).

Today is my 40th birthday and I'm embracing it. My hope for you all is that you have a special something or someone in your life that you feel ready to embrace if you haven't already done so.

Until next time,

Ivy B smiling from ear to ear and gearing up to get her karaoke on! That's right "Every Rose has it's Thorn" and everyone at my party is going to hear about it.

xoxo

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ivy B Wishing You A Happy Day

Hello my Sweet Bees

And Happy Day to you. Perhaps you celebrate Valentine's Day or perhaps you don't. Whatever today is bringing you, I hope it's things that are happy. I'm having a very nice February, 14th. My friend just came over for lunch (with food that she purchased! Thanks L!) and my lovely husband is an artist and he just sent me this.


:) How can I not love him? (and I mean that. There's no sarcasm here.) He also gave me a beautiful care this morning which made me smile and get teary at the same time. I'm completely spoiled and I love it. No, my books may not be 100% Happily Ever After kind of books, but I'm happy to say that in my real life, I've found that kind of love.

Until next time,

Ivy B sending you love on this February, 14th.

xoxo

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ivy B Still Dreamin' the Impossible Dream

Hello my Sweet Bees.

Happy Saturday to you.  Any big weekend plans? I plan on...getting dressed...I know, I know. A mighty plan, but someone has to carry out these things in order to keep the universe from spinning into chaos....

So, I'm being a big "Cheater Bob Pants" this morning: I'm re-posting my list from yesterday. If you didn't read it yesterday, you can read it today and for those of you who read it yesterday, I've added an item to my goal "Regarding Chat Shows".

Why am I posting it again? Well, Fridays can be a busy blog day and sometimes wee blogs like mine can get lost in the shuffle of more popular blogs and so I'm taking another crack at drawing people into my world. Plus my hope is that my list will inspire you to create something similar. Even if they are goals that are really beyond reason, it's still fun to dream because, well, you never know.

So, here it is again...

Ivy's List of Impossible and Yet Possible Dreams

 

1. Regarding Play Writing


Realistic Goal: I love to write plays, not that I'm forever writing plays, but I've written a few and have had them performed. The cast has been myself and/or friends and I have always had a lot of fun doing that. However, I would like to have a play of my published and for it to be available for theatre companies all over the globe to perform.

Pipe Dream: Have a play published and picked up by a producer or director of a major theatre company and be invited to help direct with director at the major theatre company, or at least be invited to be there to nod and agree a lot. I will of course have to be invited to the star studded opening night.

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will be commissioned by Brent Butt or Michael J. Fox, or one of the Kids in the Hall, or Rick Mercer or another Canadian actor or actress or entertainer that I adore and admire and be asked to write a play or a pilot for a TV series that they will be in and I will also be asked to be in the play or in the pilot with them because they find me just so darn irresistible.

 

2. Regarding Novel Writing


Realistic Goal: I participated in Nanowrimo 2012, and although I reached the 50K finish line, I didn't finish the story. I WILL finish this. Perhaps this doesn't seem like that challenging a goal, but finding the time to do so seems impossible these days.

Pipe Dream: Finish this novel and get it published in paper form by a major publishing house. 

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: The novel is successful enough to be noticed by some major Hollywood Players (or the Canadian equivalent) and is optioned for a movie. I will also be asked to choose the cast and everyone I hope will say yes, will say yes. I of course will also be asked to do a cameo.

3. Regarding Music


Realistic Goal: I really enjoy playing the guitar. I'm not super at it, but I get by. I also enjoy songwriting and have penciled a few tunes, music and all, more than once. However, I have not done this for a while. I would like to write more songs and to reach this goal, I should set a time limit. Ok...let's say 5 songs in the next year. Yes, that's doable.

Pipe Dream: Be contacted by someone I really admire in the music industry and be asked by this person or people...I don't know...let's pick some people...how about Michael Buble or Adele or Great Big Sea or Iva Davies (lead singer of the amazing Australian band Icehouse for those of you who said "Who?")...to write a song for them. Or, send someone I admire a song and have them like it enough that they would like to perform it.

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will not only be asked to write a song for a musician I really admire, but will also be invited to one of their shows and asked to perform said song with them on stage.

4.Regarding Chat Shows


Realistic Goal: I really don't think I'd like to host a chat show, but I would like write a play based on a chat show. I already have an idea brewing and know to whom I'll pitch it too..

Pipe Dream: Be on a British Chat Show. More specifically, be on Alan Carr (AKA Chatty Man) and I'd like suggest to Alan that he have me on his chat show as part of a new segment: "Getting All Chatty With a Stranger" and I will go on and promote by books or plays or other things I have on the go or just talk about what it is like to be me. :) Or, as I am also a fan of the Graham Norton show, being called up to just come on for a chat about this and that would be marvelous as well. Alan or Graham; either would be grand!

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will be asked to be on Alan Carr or Graham Norton the same night as David Tennant is on the show and both of them (Alan and David or Graham and David....depending on whom asks me first to be on their talk show) will  think I am such a hoot that I'll be asked to stay on the couch, drinking from Alan's fancy globe bar, or sipping wine provided by Graham, for the duration of that night's show.

 

5. Regarding Performances


Realistic Goal: It is my intent, as it is a great love of mine and it has been since I was nine and will continue to be for as long as people can stand watching me, to continue to act on stage often. I feel very alive when I'm on stage and I don't think I will ever tire of it.

Pipe Dream: I will audition for a professional play, be cast in the play and have to live abroad for a while to keep being in the play. I would love to perform at Stratford one day or perhaps in New York or London. I mean, why not?

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: Because of meeting David Tennant while on Alan Carr's chat show or Graham Norton, we will become great friends and he will tell me that he is "Dying to act in something wonderful with me!". I will respond in kind, probably too heartily, and suggest that we commission Neil Gaiman to write something deliciously beautiful, frightening and mesmerizing just for us to perform in together; perhaps a play featuring just the two of us or perhaps a short film that will be sent to film festivals all over the world and will be critically acclaimed and become a great hit; so great a hit that it will be turned into a longer film.

Tah Dah!


And there you have it: a list of possible and ever increasingly, more than likely impossible goals and as I said yesterday, these are not my only  goals in life. I would like to start writing more short stories and I hope to find magazines and/or anthologies that will want them. I would like to keep up my blog and perhaps work on a project with my husband. (As a side note, my husband is pleased to be mentioned in this post. After all the David Tennant talk I think he was concerned that I'd  forgotten that he was around.) I've also embraced a script writing opportunity for a possible children's show which I think could be very exiting.

However, as I said yesterday, my basic and fundemental goal is to live as creatively as I can and with the right attitude, who knows where my creative endevors will take me?

 So, I'd best dash. Those cloths aren't going to dress themselves.

Until next time,

Ivy B working on reaching her goals

xoxo


Friday, February 1, 2013

Ivy B Pipe Dreamin'


Hello, Hello, Hello My Sweet Bees

And welcome to Friday and not just any ol' Friday, but the last day of our Breathless Press Blurb Blitz...assuming we are still a go with the blog below...



and also, the day of the big reveal! Today I present to you a list of probable and more than likely impossible goals and dreams that I would love to accomplish as a writer, actor or both before I....well...let's not go there...a list inspired by the wonderful Neil Gaiman.

Now, if you've been following along, you will know that I've been in a wee debate with myself about whether or not this should be a serious list or a crazy list full of things that more than likely will never be accomplished.
So, in order to appeal to both my serious side and sunny "reach for the moon" side, I've decided to do both! I will list a realistic goal, a goal that I feel I could accomplish given a certain amount of drive and hard work followed up immediately by the pipe dream equivalent, followed up immediately by the Extra Big Pipe Dream equivalent.
 
Here we go!

 

Ivy's List of Impossible and Yet Possible Dreams

 

 

1. Regarding Play Writing


Realistic Goal: I love to write plays, not that I'm forever writing plays, but I've written a few and have had them performed. The cast has been myself and/or friends and I have always had a lot of fun doing that. However, I would like to have a play of my published and for it to be available for theatre companies all over the globe to perform.

Pipe Dream: Have a play published and picked up by a producer or director of a major theatre company and be invited to help direct with director at the major theatre company, or at least be invited to be there to nod and agree a lot. I will of course have to be invited to the star studded opening night.

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will be commissioned by Brent Butt or Michael J. Fox, or one of the Kids in the Hall, or Rick Mercer or another Canadian actor or actress or entertainer that I adore and admire and be asked to write a play or a pilot for a TV series that they will be in and I will also be asked to be in the play or in the pilot with them because they find me just so darn irresistible.

 

2. Regarding Novel Writing


Realistic Goal: I participated in Nanowrimo 2012, and although I reached the 50K finish line, I didn't finish the story. I WILL finish this. Perhaps this doesn't seem like that challenging a goal, but finding the time to do so seems impossible these days.

Pipe Dream: Finish this novel and get it published in paper form by a major publishing house. 

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: The novel is successful enough to be noticed by some major Hollywood Players (or the Canadian equivalent) and is optioned for a movie. I will also be asked to choose the cast and everyone I hope will say yes, will say yes. I of course will also be asked to do a cameo.

3. Regarding Music


Realistic Goal: I really enjoy playing the guitar. I'm not super at it, but I get by. I also enjoy songwriting and have penciled a few tunes, music and all, more than once. However, I have not done this for a while. I would like to write more songs and to reach this goal, I should set a time limit. Ok...let's say 5 songs in the next year. Yes, that's doable.

Pipe Dream: Be contacted by someone I really admire in the music industry and be asked by this person or people...I don't know...let's pick some people...how about Michael Buble or Adele or Great Big Sea or Iva Davies (lead singer of the amazing Australian band Icehouse for those of you who said "Who?")...to write a song for them. Or, send someone I admire a song and have them like it enough that they would like to perform it.

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will not only be asked to write a song for a musician I really admire, but will also be invited to one of their shows and asked to perform said song with them on stage.

4.Regarding Chat Shows


Realistic Goal: I really don't think I'd like to host a chat show, but I would like write a play based on a chat show. I already have an idea brewing and know to whom I'll pitch it too..

Pipe Dream: Be on a British Chat Show. More specifically, be on Alan Carr (AKA Chatty Man) and I'd like suggest to Alan that he have me on his chat show as part of a new segment: "Getting All Chatty With a Stranger" and I will go on and promote by books or plays or other things I have on the go or just talk about what it is like to be me. :)

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: I will be asked to be on Alan Carr the same night as David Tennant is on the show and both of them will  think I am  such a hoot that I'll be asked to stay on the couch, drinking from Alan's fancy globe bar, for the duration of that night's show.

5. Regarding Performances

Realistic Goal: It is my intent, as it is a great love of mine and it has been since I was nine and will continue to be for as long as people can stand watching me, to continue to act on stage often. I feel very alive when I'm on stage and I don't think I will ever tire of it.

Pipe Dream: I will audition for a professional play, be cast in the play and have to live abroad for a while to keep being in the play. I would love to perform at Stratford one day or perhaps in New York or London. I mean, why not?

EXTRA BIG PIPE DREAM: Because of meeting David Tennant while on Alan Carr's chat show, we will become great friends and he will tell me that he is "Dying to act in something wonderful with me!". I will respond in kind, probably too heartily, and suggest that we commission Neil Gaiman to write something deliciously beautiful, frightening and mesmerizing just for us to perform in together; perhaps a play featuring just the two of us or perhaps a short film that will be sent to film festivals all over the world and will be critically acclaimed and become a great hit; so great a hit that it will be turned into a longer film.

Tah Dah!


And there you have it: a list of possible and ever increasingly, more than likely impossible goals. I'm not trying to paint this post in a negative colour at all, but I am a realist. I am very hopeful that I can accomplish the Realistic Goals on my list, but the rest of them...well...I suppose there's always a chance. No matter how tiny it may be, the chance will always be there.

I'm happy with my list and these are not my only goals in life. I would like to start writing more short stories and I hope to find magazines and/or anthologies that will want them. I would like to keep up my blog and perhaps work on a project with my husband. (As a side note, my husband is pleased to be mentioned in this post. After all the David Tennant talk I think he was concerned that I'd  forgotten that he was around.)

However, my basic and fundemental goal is to live as creatively as I can and with the right attitude, who knows where my creative endevors will take me?

What about you my Sweet Bees? What are your goals? I hope you too have dreams; both the possible and otherwise.

Until next time,

Ivy B filling her pipe with even more and more crazy dreams.

xoxo