So NOT Another Mundane Memoir (Both Heartfelt & Hot!!)

Published May 1, 2017 by glgiles

My Review of “So L.A.:  A Hollywood Memoir” by Staci Layne Wilson

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Back of So LA

 

Right from the onset, Wilson reveals that she was “born in Hollywood to a rock star dad and a pinup model mom.” If anyone deserves the title of ‘Hollywood Royalty,’ then she most certainly does!

I had the good fortune of ‘cyber meeting’ Staci way back when MySpace was stylized just that way:  MySpace. Even before it changed to Myspace. I think it must’ve been circa 2005, as I don’t think Staci even had her trademark look blue-streak hair yet (Hmmm…I wonder where Blue Streak Productions got its ‘roots?!’). Speaking of hair, that’s what drew me to her  MySpace page, initially. Well, that and her wonderful sense of humor! She had a profile picture up on MySpace of her long locks (a la Cousin Itt, with her back to the camera) and the caption “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” That still makes me smile even as I write this.

Her knowledge of ‘Old Hollywood’ is extensive (perhaps par for the course with her Hollywood Royalty Roots). Yet, it’s not just the famous names she honors that makes this memoir a captivating read, it is the city of Los Angeles itself. She breathes life into the buildings and landscapes of old and new with her detailed and richly layered insider knowledge.

Though she’s definitely the product of her parents’ journeys, she also, quite remarkably, forged her own more darkly delightful artistic paths while at the same time rescuing horses, rats, cats, ferrets, et cetera. But, that doesn’t mean her own journey was easy. It wasn’t. In fact, she struggled both emotionally and monetarily for years, but she overcame all with a non-judgmental attitude, even against those who’d caused her so much pain.

Her creativity is boundless, and in a society where much art has become homogenized from fear of social media backlash, etc., hers stands out for both its perfection and almost resistance to the mundane tide. I admire the hell outta that!

 

G.L. Giles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Kitty’s Parkour Palace”

Published April 3, 2017 by glgiles

My abecedarian children’s picture book has been accepted for publication. I had great fun both writing and illustrating it as Feline Steward. Below are two of my drawings included in the interior, and here’s my ‘Author’s Note’ (which in this case serves as a longer synopsis)Cover Art.png:

 

Author’s Note:

 

 

 

As a fan of abecedarian books, I thought it would be challenging fun to attempt one myself—and make it loosely rhyme and employ alliteration at times. So, I chose 26 primary activities/items (each one representing a letter of the alphabet) for Anubis, the kitty, to engage in daily to keep him both happy and healthy as a kitty who enjoys hours of indoor play daily along with safe and structured outdoor play.  It can be considered a complex, though delightful, environment which the kitty maneuvers in and out of in an efficient way without equipment assisting him—therefore, it’s a sort of ‘kitty parkour.’ Plus, I have included vocabulary that will challenge children to learn and hopefully not be intimidated by both ‘big words’ and whimsical made-up words.  I don’t subscribe to the notion of ‘dumbing things down’ for children’s sake. Indeed, it’s for children’s sake that I have not ‘dummied’ our beautiful language down. Finally, Anubis’s house (including grounds) is a palace in the sense that he’s an exalted cat living in his idea of a splendid abode. 

 

***I also had great fun placing ‘easter eggs’ throughout the book, so when it’s published, let me know if you’ve spotted them.

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“Bridged”

Published December 29, 2016 by glgiles

Goddess Be with Ye, 2016! (A year of challenges with lots of brilliant artists of many kinds passing, et cetera. Yet, it was also a year of wonderful new beginnings for me~~~)

Hel-o, 2017! (Speaking of Goddesses, I have been fond of the Norse Hel for some time) So looking forward to you, New Year~~~

 

 

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***I have titled this piece I painted “Bridged.” It is symbolic of bridging the old year with the new, etc.~~~

***2017 is also the year that my fun-filled ‘gap years’ come to a close, as I am excited to be inspired again creatively, so 2017 will (hopefully) be the year that the fictional world inside my head is successfully bridged by real world publication again.

***In addition, there are also plenty of hilarious high jinks already ensuing with me playing around on the illustrating side of things thanks to my new iPad Pro (I so dig it!)

Love, Light & Darkness,

GL Giles

 

Had a Rollicking Time at XCON World in Myrtle Beach, SC!

Published May 27, 2016 by glgiles

***Best part of being there:  Meeting a lot of cool people!

***Worst part of being there:  Typing with my stiletto nails! 🙂

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Moi, with my warpaint freshly applied, getting ready to head out to Myrtle Beach, SC on 5-20-16.

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My stiletto/coffin nails~~~

Hair done in prom curls

Nothing straight about my hair~~~LOL

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Now I know why it’s bigger on the inside—for more storage, of course! 🙂

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Fortunately, nobody was exterminated whilst there. 🙂

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Not saying I’m crazy about the DC Universe, but I was wearing these boots. 🙂 ^V^ ❤

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Why, yes they are!

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Forget YOLO, I’m thinkin’ YODO (You Only Die Once) would be cooler~~~

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Not at Xcon, but at a store in Myrtle Beach. 🙂