It’s Friday, so it’s time for my weekly wrap-up post.1. Earlier this week, the temperature outside went above 60°F in Brooklyn, which is not really normal for December. This has not stopped the cast and crew of the upcoming film Winter’s Tale from filming in Park Slope all week. I haven’t read the book on which this movie is based, but I’m guessing based on what I’ve seen on the film “set” (by which I mean, “the street I walk down on my way to work every day”) it involves Victorian period costumes and horse-drawn carriages and takes place during a time in which it would be snowy in New York. I learned also that fake snow kind of looks like quilt batting. Some of it may indeed be quilt batting, actually, and once the dead leaves that have accumulated in the park get stuck to it, it does kind of look like snow. Yesterday morning, actually, a woman who was casually walking along Prospect Park West stopped me and asked if it had snowed the night before. (It hadn’t.) Anyway, go look at the IMDB page linked above and take a gander at the cast and then revel in my sadness that I haven’t actually seen anyone famous, although not for lack of effort on my part.
(My theory is that it’s only possible to see celebrities in New York when you aren’t expecting it, like the time I almost literally collided with Viggo Mortensen at the Met or the time, a few weeks ago, when I was walking with a friend to her apartment in the West Village and there was Susan Sarandon crossing the street like a normal person, and while I sputtered and pointed, my friend was just like, “Yeah, she lives on this block, whatever.” But, like, the time Paul Rudd filmed a movie in my neighborhood? He was nowhere to be found.)
2. Speaking of the neighborhood, I had dinner with Damon Suede at my favorite local sushi place for dinner on Sunday. He was amused that there is a special roll on the menu called “the Obama roll.” I was like, “Welcome to Brooklyn.” (My favorite local coffee shop has an Obama latte.)
3. I’m currently outlining a book set in London, reading a book set in London, and listening to an audiobook narrated by a British woman, and I feel like it’s only a matter of time before I start speaking with a British accent. I don’t know if it’s actually possible for me to eradicate the North Jersey from my voice—I had a native Italian speaker tell me I spoke Italian with a New Jersey accent once, which seems about right—but I’m finding it easy to slip into British-sounding voices when I’m writing, so I guess that’s good. (Or inauthentic. “Why does her proper English like she’s on an episode of The Sopranos?” *sigh*)
4. I have a related discussion question for this week, but my explanation of the topic turned into this 500-word epic, so I’ll put that in a separate post. Two posts in one day! Crazy!
So, an aside: I had to do some research involving YouTube at work this week. Because YouTube is apparently linked to my Google account, the sidebar of other videos I might like is about half topics relating to my work research (how to teach grammar to 5th graders) and half boys kissing each other. So, um, that happened.
5. In book news:
I already posted about the Rainbow Awards.
Four Corners is getting translated into Italian. (I finished a minor in Italian Studies in college, for what it’s worth, but my conversation skills are seriously rusty. Eight years of Italian classes and all I really have to show for it is that I can pronounce the food on menus correctly, albeit with a New Jersey accent.)
Show and Tell went off to the proofreader yesterday.
And that’s all the news that’s fit for now!