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April 30, 2005

Some People!

Okay, I'm seriously over these people.


So, this Georgia chick is overwhelmed by the fact that she's getting married and has invited 600 people to the wedding. So, she runs away from home (leaving no note), and the world launches a search for this missing woman. Resources are used up, dogs are sniffing for her, posters are being put up, a reward for her safe return is created, her fiancé is questioned, the family is distrought.

Finally! She calls 911 from New Mexico. Woo hoo! She's alive! She's safe! She's going to be okay--despite the fact that she's been kidnapped and driven across the country in a van. Bless her heart, she sounds so emotional on the 911 call. What an ordeal she must've faced! Thank God she's alive!

Today, bitch comes clean about the whole effin' hoax. Cold feet.

Police say they won't charge her with any kind of criminal act.

PLEASE, though, could they BILL HER for the expense her little game surely cost "the system" (not to mention those who worried so)?

Reminds me of the dillhole who parked his SUV on the beach last summer. He drove right past all the signs that said NO DRIVING ON THE BEACH and parked, drank, watched the ocean. Watched 'til it came right up and swept his car out to sea.

He jumped out and used his cell to call 911. Tons of emergency workers poured out to the beach, but when they realized they were going to have to wrangle the SUV out of the clutches of the sea, they decided to simply wait for the tide to go out. It was really all they could do.

This bozo goes on the news talking about how he's going to sue the authorities for NOT doing anything to save his SUV from further damage. Look, fucknut, I want them to sue YOU for having needed rescue personnel at all that day, as you blew off the rules and took care of your needs to drink at the beach in your ride.


Some people!

Anyway... when I need to call off a wedding, I say, "It's off." I don't concoct a story about being kidnapped and driven cross country. WhatEVER!

Posted by bonnie at 1:19 PM

Snarky? Me? Nah... Tony Would've Said So!

A quiz zoinked from the greatness that is sm00bs.

You Are a Snarky Blogger!
You've got a razor sharp wit that bloggers are secretly scared of. And that's why they read your posts as often as they can!
What kind of blogger are you?


Posted by bonnie at 12:04 AM

April 29, 2005

That Was Intense

Ooh! That little quake was actually pretty intense.


2.8 four miles outside of Santa Monica.


Ack! Shook me up--seriously.


I'm beginning to notice that I always mention something about the weather just before a quake happens.

Earthquake weather: myth or truth?

Posted by bonnie at 1:21 PM

Mr. Blue Sky

Something so wonderful about having signed off on the book, having *gulp* paid for the printing of the book, and waking up to a gorgeous, blue sky day.


Fun fact: my first concert was ELO at the Omni in 1980. I wore my (hand-me-down) red Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and a rainbow-metalic belt (on loan from my cousin). I was soooooo dang cool. And, man, what a GREAT show!


Now, what I'd love to do is go outside and enjoy this lovely day. What I must do, though, is schedule a hundred actors (out of 3500 actors who submitted on this film since the breakdown went out late Monday night) for auditions next week, meet with a magazine editor who wants me to do a piece for him, write next week's column for Showfax, finish my SAG Life Raft course proposal, send press releases to college and university drama professors for Self-Management for Actors, get early sales materials to SCB for both of our 2005 books, update Roxbury's website, read Blake's film script, contact the EIGHT actors waiting to hear back from me about career counseling (sheesh, I'm ashamed to have let that go so long while in Book Mode), figure out whether I can do anything social (Faith's bridal shower, rockstar karaoke, ARK benefit BINGO, Eric's LA memorial service, wrap party for the last film I cast, hanging with a friend who's in town for a graduate showcase, another friend's acting class visit), and maybe--just maybe--catch up on at-home admin stuff like paying bills and cleaning the kitchen.

Okay... now I'm depressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Can I just go outside and play? Pretty please?

Posted by bonnie at 10:53 AM

April 28, 2005

Proofers Speak!

Hey, now that the book is at the printer (Woo hoo!), it is now totally cool for you--my lovely wonderful amazing proofer patrol--to tell the world. ;)

I have seen a few "hints" at the proofing gig on some blogs, and I want to thank you for having been so discrete throughout the editorial process. I owe you all such big thanks and so much alcohol.

Meanwhile, since it's time to get the PR machine cranking and do some major advance sales of Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors, feel free to brag about the awesome proofing job you did, the inspirational things you read, and the excitement you feel about this cool new book (in stores everywhere mid-June). Hee hee.

Now, as for that happy hour to celebrate the proofing work you did... we're on for mid-May, once I finish this casting gig I'm doing right now (and before I start... hopefully... this wicked cool next one). Yee haw! And THANKS, Super Proofers!

Posted by bonnie at 3:16 PM

April 27, 2005

Bleecker vs. Bleeker

Oy! You're kidding me!


This is getting really frustrating.


I am pretty sure this street is spelled Bleecker, based on my research. That said, I have been able to find a kajillion places where it's also spelled Bleeker.


And people are VERY sure when they tell me how it's spelled, either way.


As it now stands, the book went to print with Bleecker as the spelling, when an actor mentioned Bleecker in his interview.


Right on? Big mess? No biggie? What? Weigh in, blog-readers. (And could I get away with "B'lker" in the book? Hee hee.)


PS--Have much to say on other issues, but way too busy to blog in detail, at present. Hang in there. There's gooooooood stuff to share. Woo hoo!

Posted by bonnie at 12:57 PM

April 23, 2005

Surreal Moment of the Day: II

My last surreal moment of the day was similarly odd.*


Months ago, a friend of a friend sent me an email and told me he loved my name, wanted to use it in something he was writing, asked if it would be okay.

"Sure!" I said. Then I added something about how she'd better be cool and not victimized or degraded, etc. "Ha ha."

Fast-forward to today: Found the story. Found the character. Found the genre. Yup. Bonnie Gillespie is now a character in an adult tale ("adult" even though the story is set in a high school) of sex and experimentation.


* I realize now that the image is a little more upset than I am. I'm more like "mildly amused" and fascinated, with the passage of time.

Posted by bonnie at 3:19 PM

What career will suit your personality?

Nabbed from sm00bs, quiz lives at iVillage.


My results:

You would be very happy in a career that utilised your people skills. You want a career that allows you to stimulate your senses and your mind. Some careers that would be perfect for you are:

* Actor
* Recruitment Consultant
* Politician
* Marketing
* Psychologist
* Religious Minister
* Teacher
* Social Worker
* Human Resources Manager
* Sales
* Lawyer
* Advertising

You are a great leader. You genuinely enjoy being around other people. Your relationships with others are very important to you. You love talking and meeting new people. You are very enthusiastic about work and about all that you do and have in your life.

You know how I loves me some quizzes!

This description is a generalisation. If it rings true, you've found your career type. If it doesn’t, return to the quiz, decide whether you answered truthfully, and not by what you think you should answer. Redo your answers and read your new results.

You would be very happy in a career that utilised your people skills. You want a career that allows you to stimulate your senses and your mind. Some careers that would be perfect for you are:

* Actor
* Recruitment Consultant
* Politician
* Marketing
* Psychologist
* Religious Minister
* Teacher
* Social Worker
* Human Resources Manager
* Sales
* Lawyer
* Advertising

You are a great leader. You genuinely enjoy being around other people. Your relationships with others are very important to you. You love talking and meeting new people. You are very enthusiastic about work and about all that you do and have in your life. You love being the focus of attention. You enjoy a fast pace. You are very socially oriented. Therefore, you are much happier being with others than you are alone. You crave interaction with others.

You are very spontaneous and often act before you think. You are always quick to answer when you are asked a question, even if you aren’t sure of the answer. It is easier for you to improvise as you go along. You enjoy thinking out loud, and are most creative when brainstorming with friends or colleagues. You enjoy being involved in many activities.

You are very easy to read, and often wear your heart on your sleeve. You are never afraid to tell people what you think. You are very empathetic and genuine. You can sometimes be seen as over-emotional or too involved by others. But that is only because you tend to get so involved in the things you do that they become personal.

You want to be adored, loved and appreciated. You like to please others and to make sure people are happy.

You trust what is certain. You only like new ideas if they can be practically applied to the situation. You value what is real. You use your common sense. You like to utilise the skills you have instead of learning new ones. You are very specific and detailed when writing or talking to others. You follow directions well. You like things to be laid out for you to do instead of working them out for yourself. You like decisions to be made. You don’t like leaving things in limbo. You like to know what you are getting into before you commit to something.

You like to focus on the here and now. You enjoy completing projects. It is important for you to achieve and succeed. Therefore, you believe in working hard and playing later. You like to set goals and work towards them.

Posted by bonnie at 1:21 AM

Matzah Rap

I got an email this week about this kid's cartoon on JibJab.com.


He's an actor, I'm on his email list I guess, and he wanted me to know this cartoon would get its first public screening on Leno last night (which it did). It was way funny. So... here 'tis. Go see. Laugh. Word.

Posted by bonnie at 1:08 AM

April 22, 2005

So Cool!

So, I read Dan's blog and learn about this way cool thing:


PostSecret. It's art. It's confession. It's mail. I love it.

Posted by bonnie at 2:13 PM

I Also Want...

Yes, I'm realizing I'm awfully want-y lately. But I've been reading about this film over on a Canadian actors discussion forum.


I'd like to see this. But it's Canadian. And NBC told DirecTV to take away my Trio. Grr.

It's not on Amazon. I don't do Netflix. Any ideas how I could see Camp Hollywood without much bother?

Posted by bonnie at 1:04 PM

I Want...

This camera.


It looks way cool.

Make note, Santa. Thanks.

Posted by bonnie at 1:24 AM

April 20, 2005

In Loving Memory

I learned yesterday that an extremely talented actor friend passed away.


Learned today how Eric Gelman died. It's sick and wrong and horrible and tragic. I pray I will remember his humor and grace, not the mugging and stabbing that took his life Sunday.

I'm so grateful that I got to know Eric (we met two years ago when his good friends (the Harley Crew) recommended him for a film I was casting--and I continued to bring him in to audition for pretty much every film I cast after that) and I send my prayers and love to his family and friends, as they will be holding a memorial for him back in Florida tomorrow.

Rest in peace, dear Eric. I will never forget your dancing elbows, silly tongue shapes, and instant-red-face. You had the best special skills!!

Posted by bonnie at 2:41 PM

April 19, 2005

So Dang Cool

Okay, so I talked about how cool this thing Chip was doing is, right?


Well, in the, "Ask and ye shall receive" department, Chip delivered. Click here to see the original photo. Click the thumbnail above for a bigger version of comic-Bon-and-Keith (photo taken July 2001, yo).

Posted by bonnie at 6:52 PM

April 18, 2005

And... They're OFF!

Paul Revere had his Midnight Run. Mine was to Kinko's. And $109 (and 40 minutes) later, the typeset book was copied thrice for my Queens of Style (Courtney, Nini, and Robin), who will now give the book the once-over.


Meanwhile, I'll continue culling quotes for the What Others Are Saying section and busting ass to get the manuscript fully, accurately indexed (now that it's been put into the publishing software).

*contented sigh* (but a brief one, as I can't really stop work just yet)

I did take a break long enough to sleep for four hours and take this quiz. Seeing as I've never seen The OC, I have no idea what these results mean. But hey, the chick is hot, yo.

You scored as Julie. You are obsessed with status and prestige because you are invested in what other people think. Learn to find happiness by figuring out (and pursuing) your own internal desires instead of society's.
What OC character are you?
created with QuizFarm.com

Huge big yay for Ali, who got the all-clear at the doctor today! Woo hoo! And, again, yay!

Finally, I really really really want a photo of me done up Comic Book ala PhotoShop style. That's just way effin' cool.

Pff. Like I need another project!

Did I mention I start casting two films next week? ACK!

Oh, one more thing. Is it weirder to encounter someone (who you KNOW reads your blog) who asks, "So, what's new?" or to encounter someone (who you are certain doesn't even know you have a blog) who quotes your blog to you?

Posted by bonnie at 11:59 AM

April 15, 2005

Munkey Trouble

I love this cat, but she's making work a little difficult.


She has learned how to start up the printer--yes, she knows how to stand on the GO button, causing whatever last printed to print AGAIN--because she loves a good game of get the printer to suck back duplexed paper so I can chase it.

That's fine. (Unless I've just printed a few chapters of the book at once.)

But I've realized--since we trained her to fetch crumpled up paper balls when she was a kitten--that she now has a love for knocking over wastepaper baskets to get out balls of scrap paper.

Be careful what you create, people.

PS--Book-related: only need a bit more indexing and then it's all over. What's next? Casting two films, it seems! Woo damn hoo!

Posted by bonnie at 7:46 PM

April 14, 2005

Google Me This

Okay, so now I need this kind of help:


Look up the interviewees in the book, the photographers who took photos of them for the book, and the good people involved in frontmatter content (that part's easy: it's me, Blake, and Tom Fontana), to see whether they have official websites.

Post a comment if you want to do such a thing and I'll get you a master list and a deadline.

Also would love someone who loves to find names in manuscripts to go through each interview tagging names for the index in the back. I know that one's a bear, and I'm working on that task too, but I'd love a li'l help from anyone who loves that sort of geeky thing too.

I now see why Courtney said she feels like a private investigator, being a copy editor. I'm actually having mini-celebrations every time I find a typo to fix. It's like, "A-ha! I caught you, you bastid!"

Posted by bonnie at 3:56 PM

April 13, 2005


Since having to give up my beloved matzoh ball soup from JFD when I went gluten-free...


...a delicious carrot ginger soup has become my new favorite belly-warmer. I've always loved carrot ginger soup, but finding a FAVORITE that I can eat frequently makes me very happy. Thank you, Bistro Gardens of Burbank. You rock!

Re: last night's editorial request, THANK YOU. I still have a few chapters to send out, but huge thanks to those who have already helped so very much!!

Posted by bonnie at 12:33 PM

April 12, 2005

I Have/I Need

I have... five new chapters that need a once-over.

I need... volunteers who can each read and proof a chapter and turn around comments/notes to me within 15 hours.

Any takers? (Click the book and check the list of interviewees if you want to request a particular person's interview. I'll try to hook you up. Yes, Becca, I've saved TES for YOU.)

Man, we are ever ever ever closer to the typeset-proofer eyeballs version! Eek! This is happenin' baby!

Posted by bonnie at 6:22 PM

No Time To Blog

Until the book is in the printer's hands, I have no time to blog. So...


...'til I can steal another moment away, I'll tell yaz that you must read this stuff:

Courtney Spies (about her life as a copy editor)
This Is This (another brilliant haiku from Cliff)
Boom Boom Beautiful (about Def Jam Becca MC and her cute kids)



Oh, and huge thanks to Julie for the photos of the hummingbird momma. This is exactly what it looked like! Thanks!

Back to work. Happy Mercury-Direct, y'all!

Oh, PS--I am still totally blissed out from the spa weekend and my skin is simply divine! So so so so so glad I went! Love these long-lasting after-effects of self-indulgence.

Posted by bonnie at 9:51 AM

April 11, 2005

Bliss Bliss Bliss

Oh, my. I had such an awesome weekend.

I got to know cousin's dearest friends better. I got some good work done on the book.

I had a huge emotional breakthrough during my Percentology about the ways in which I have not yet grieved the loss of my mother. I connected with some people who inspired me to do things such as write an article for Cosmo or SELF, fall more deeply in love with Keith, and demand higher rates of pay for my work.

I have come home more relaxed than ever (and my skin is simply gorgeous, as are my toenails). Nell told me about (and then Rachel showed me) a hummingbird nest with a momma hummingbird sitting on her two little babies, keeping them warm. So precious!

Keith and I will be celebrating our fourth nonaversary at CopperWynd. I can't wait to go back! It was worth every penny and then some. We're already picking out the treatments we'll get, when we go. Such delightful stuff--and a wonderful staff. Everyone was super.

Okie doke... back to work!

Posted by bonnie at 10:53 AM

April 7, 2005

Gone Fishin'

I've not actually GONE FISHIN' of course. I'm actually somewhere in these parts.

Click to enlarge.

Color me Copperwynd. Aahhhhhhh. Spa weekend, here I come!

Posted by bonnie at 6:35 PM

April 6, 2005

Pamprin: NOT Gluten Free

Dammit. As if I felt GREAT before I took the dang thing...


...NOW I've got a serious gluten reaction on top of cramps. Lovely.

Posted by bonnie at 1:01 PM

April 5, 2005

I Love You, Pink Dot

I love you, Pink Dot. You take care of me. You come over and bring me things like a yummy salad with fresh avocado, boiled egg whites, crispy bacon, and ripe tomatoes. Yum!


I thank you for making me take a short break in the editing process for only a $3.50 delivery fee.

Watching these actors "take a moment" before shooting an emotional scene on The Starlet* makes me laugh, considering I have now transcribed a book full of interviews in which actors talk about how no one has time for that sort of thing, once you're on the set.


Oh, and while we're on the TV topic... there is nothing to make me miss Cowboy Hootie more than the return of the plastic-faced king on the BK commercials. *shudder* And, in the "God Bless America" files, there's a commercial in which an anti-depressant is touted as having "no sexual side-effects" about a dozen times. The speed-reader doing the "small print" info talks about one of the drug's side effects being attempts at suicide. Back to silky voiceover: NO SEXUAL SIDE-EFFECTS. *tsk* *tsk* What do we value, here? Don't worry, silly. You can still have sex. Right up 'til you off yourself! Eesh.


I've managed to get some irritant into each eye over the course of two days. Keith says the Santa Anas and the heat are what makes me more likely to feel such things. I, of course, am certain it's more fuel to derail my timeline for having the book to the printer. In fact, I'm brilliant. Tonight's eye irritant: Lady Speed Stick. How did I manage to get a fleck of deodorant into my eye? TALENT.


Oh, my. Just saw an OnStar commercial in which the kids make you feel like you're a PARENT WHO DOESN'T CARE ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM SAFE if you drive a car without OnStar.

Do you SEE why I never watch TV unless the show is TiVoed? Ugh.

Okay, break's over. Back to work.

* = Vivica... you should know what you just critiqued in that poor girl's scene is an EDITING issue of tightening up... NOT an actor issue. Faye... are you KIDDING me? Did you just tell that girl that she couldn't have had fun doing a dramatic scene? WTF?!? Ugh. No one who heard me on KROQ in 1993 doubts how I feel about you, Faye, but you're way off on this. Ugh. I'm glad I didn't follow this show.

Posted by bonnie at 9:10 PM

Ghost Dog

Because I am so freekin' busy working on the book, I'm sending you to Chip's funny blog...


...about a ghost dog (yes, I see a dog theme lately in my blog).

Enjoy Chip's story from 2000 (he's running Best Of blogs while away from the computer). I'll post more at a break in the editorial process, I'm sure.

No, really.

Posted by bonnie at 11:14 AM

April 2, 2005


I just took a quiz at Jo-D's blog that called me a horny smiley.


Then, I yelled, "You won't describe me as pretty no matter how hard I smack you!"

And Keith fell into the floor in a giggle fit. In his underwear.

Someday, when Keith is famous, they'll ask what we do on a hot, Saturday night. The answer will always be: CHEAP CHAMPAGNE AND COPS ON FOX.


Posted by bonnie at 10:09 PM

¿Cómo se dice...?

I don't know if I'll be able to describe this correctly, but it's really cool and I dig it, so I'll try.


There's this dog in our 'hood. And when his owners walk him, he always stops to climb the palm tree in front of our apartment. It's way cool. He gets up about four feet higher than the guy in this shot, above, and he just chills.

He's standing sort of on the sides of his feet and just holding onto the side of the tree, straight up. Sure, the trunk is a shade thicker than the rest of the tree, but HOW does this dog balance his 45 pounds or so up there? It's so freekin' cool! And he just hangs out!

I love that!

I also love that I spoke at the Creative Actors' Alliance brunch today. It was rockstar. Way fun.

Now, Keith is at his silly movie and I'm working on the book again. Good thing I don't have to speak. I have totally lost my voice. HUGE thank you to Amy for the AWESOME secret present you left at my door. You are SUCH a good egg! I can't wait to try it! Manah manah!

Posted by bonnie at 3:52 PM

April 1, 2005

Updates to the Book's Site

So many goodies added to the book's website (especially check excerpts from the actors' interviews).


I'm seriously fried from all the work, but so incredibly proud and happy. Hey, proofer buddies, shall we plan a big night of food, drinks, and cheer for after the book goes to the printer? And out-of-town proofers... wanna fly in? ;)


Posted by bonnie at 11:16 PM

20 Hours Computer-Free

I turned off my computer 20 hours ago. I slept for six hours and here's what I did-slash-observed during the other 14. (Note: I did not get any phone calls returned. *sigh*)


1. Dined out for breakfast with my lover. His treat!

2. Did a casting workshop at AFTRA and saw 30 really great actors in just 90 minutes. Very cool!


4. Bought gluten-free groceries, toiletries (also gluten-free, I guess), and pretty flowers (was charged twice for those... grr).


5. Bought clothing items, shoes, and handbags originally totalling $254 for a whopping $100.01. I'm a very good bargain shopper. I now have a very cute spa weekend wardrobe.

6. Spent about a half-hour in quiet contemplation about the book's contents and felt very, very proud. Also very grateful to my wonderful proofer patrol. What amazing friends I have!

7. Got a jumpstart on next-next week's column, as that one will be due while I'm at the spa! (Have I mentioned I'm excited that I'm going to have a spa weekend?)


8. Sang along with the cool new radio station, lauging at people driving in such a very hectic manner in these wonky Mercury-Retrograde days. *tsk* *tsk* Don't you know better? Just take your time.

9. Noticed my fingernails are amazingly healthy--proof that this gluten-free lifestyle is very good for me. Oh, and I haven't had a migraine since going gluten-free, despite enduring some very typically migraine-enducing conditions. Yay!

10. Reflected on my visit to LMU and how bizarre it was to have a student quote me (from my second book, which is their class' textbook).

11. Sent happy good vibes to Keith, who had his THIRD pilot season audition for Liberman/Patton today. Rockstar!

Posted by bonnie at 5:57 PM