Hello everyone! So my short break took longer than expected, but I am back and ready to go.
It's been a good year, but my life outside of the blog has been crazy busy. I went to London for the first time in May; it was a fantastic trip. One happy incident was stumbling across one of those "so and so lived here" markers, and this one was for Daphne du Maurier in Hampstead, where she lived for two years in the 1930s after marrying. You have to believe she was working on "Rebecca" during that time, so it was a fun find.
I have been mentoring a young man for many years who recently graduated with his bachelor's -- first in his family to do so. He took a film course this past spring, and I'm happy to say he really loved "The Maltese Falcon" and "Public Enemy." He even had kind things to say about "42nd Street," although "The Magnificent Ambersons" was not a favorite. I did sit him down to watch "The Best Years of Our Lives" on my birthday, and he did like it (I may have hurt him if he didn't!).
So ... I'm back here at my blog. Why the long break? For one, I work in PR, so in my free time I tend to get away from writing. Also, I was losing the joy of watching classic films as I rushed to see movies simply for a blog post. That was unexpected, and during the past eight months I've watched plenty of films just to enjoy them.
And, I've always known that I am my own worst enemy. I expect nothing less than the best from myself when good enough will do just fine. Last fall, I was frustrated that I didn't have time to produce my best, and that left long gaps between posts.
I am but one voice among the many fine movie bloggers out there, and CMBA is a tremendous organization that includes many of these voices. I don't believe I am offering anything that cannot be found elsewhere and better. But I also know that this is the best group with which to share my love of movies, and I just can't contain my love of movies for long periods of time.
So I am back for what I hope is a long while. If I post twice a month, I think I will be content with that. I thank everyone for their patience -- especially CMBA, which has graciously allowed me to linger in limbo during the past eight or so months. If I don't participate as much in CMBA as I should, I apologize but please understand it is due to a shortness of time, not a lack of desire.
And I miss my Audrey of the Month! Dear Audrey -- how I do love her.
Next week I will return. And in two weeks I have a special interview to post. And ... after that, I actually will finish my Ginger Rogers-a-thon that I started last year. I can hear my mother saying "Finish what you start" in the back of my mind, so that I will do!