Mr. Solverson the Janitor in Everyone Loves Bulldog
Hello My Family and Friends!
PILOT SEASON 2019
Here we are at the end of 2018 and I hope you're in the middle of a joyous Holiday Season! I am enjoying this time a little differently than usual. While I feel all of the happiness and joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus and everything I have to be thankful for, my heart is a little heavy this year. My Laurie and I have been together for 27 and a half years - 21 and a half of those as Man and Wife. In all that time - even the six years before we were married when I chased her tirelessly ;) - the most we've ever been apart is two weeks. Well, that's about to change. Some of you know, but most of you don't. I'm HEADING OUT to LOS ANGELES for my first PILOT SEASON just after New Years. I'll be staying with my friends, Tim and Denise Goodwin, who have graciously and generously offered to put a roof over my head. Pilot Season traditionally lasts about four months - give or take, so I'll be out there at least that long. As things stand, the plan is not to have them adopt me, but to eventually find a place for Laurie and me out thattaway somewhere. Of course, there are NO PLANS for us to move out there permanently - yet, but I'd love to be at least successful enough to warrant living in both places. Bi-Coastal, that is. Swimming pools. Movie stars.
Of course, this Christmas is also a little different after the loss of my sister, Susan, earlier this year. She was a virtuous Christian woman whose price was far above rubies. She was nearly 17 years my senior and therefore took on a second mother quality when I was younger. As I got older our relationship became more that of siblings. She was smart and funny and could sing like an angel. I have a memory of her singing O Holy Night at a Christmas Eve service when I was only six or seven years old. That song still always gives me chills because of that night. She was a treasured daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother and grandmother. She taught me so so so many things, as a sister does. She first turned me on to The Carpenters and Neil Diamond which are mainstays in my record rack to this day. She co-signed for my first car, which allowed me to drive back home from The DMV far more often than I had been previously able. I could never list everything she meant to me, so I won't try. I just pray that I was at least half the brother to her that she was a sister to me. I love you, Sissie! I'll see you again someday. Not too soon. :)
Susan Candice Loar Ritchie. October 16, 1947 - August 15, 2018
Since learning earlier this year that I'm not the king of the regular bloggers that I had thought I could be - but may still be yet, I accrued a little backlog of projects that I'll slip in here in the coming weeks. Or months, let's be real. :) Meantime, below are some links to some things that you maybe haven't seen.
Philip J. Cook's AMAZING Malice Trilogy on Amazon Prime isn't really new, but I'm so proud to be a part of it that I'll be telling people about it pretty much forever. Watch ALL THREE movies BY ALL MEANS, but I start showing up in the third movie - Malice: Emergence. As a matter of fact, make sure to watch ALL OF PHIL'S STUFF on Amazon Prime! He's been at this a LONG time and is very, VERY good at it!
Everyone Loves Bulldog is a short written and directed by Garrett Kennell & Nicolas Hurt and features a wonderful performance by its star, Michelle Khare. Michelle is crazy successful in the world of YouTube, but this is her first film role and she is terrific!
Chance came together at the last second. I was a HUGE fan of the series written by Autumn Canaday, shot by my talented friend Jared Michael Leon, and starring my on-again off-again movie wife Kathy Sanders. I was going to be out of town for this shoot - Episode 10 - and would not be able to participate. Well, our travel plans changed a few days before the shoot and I was praying that Autumn hadn't cast the role! Turns out she had seen me in Dawn and had NOT cast the role yet. Woo-hoo! So once again I was blessed to join a cast and crew that I had already been a HUGE fan of! :) Again, please watch the ENTIRE FIRST SEASON, but if you INSIST on being ORNERY - I show up in Episode 10.
BTW, a little dip into LAKE ME! If Barbara Walters were to ever ask: The word most often used to describe little Mike Hansel as a child... without a doubt... ORNERY! The STUBBORN meaning. Not the FOUL-TEMPERED meaning. :) What a GREAT old word! And I OWNED it, mister! The second place word wouldn't even be close. But it would be... CUTE! Like a PUPPY. Not like a SMART-ALECK. Hey, back off! This is my blog! ;)
Little Mikey. Ornery. Cute. :)
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Charles in Chance: The Series
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