I Bought a Real Cowboy Hat Because of Django Unchained

February 26, 2013 § 11 Comments

I continued the tradition this year of throwing my Oscars viewing party. The theme? Django Unchained, of course.

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There is a serious run on Django posters. So I made my own by printing out the pictures from the iTunes soundtrack booklet and taping them over an existing poster.

Django Unchained Poster Art

For the Django outfit, I easily found the coat and belt at a nearby thrift shop. The hat, on the other hand, was another matter. I thought it would be a piece of cake finding a cowboy style hat in New Mexico.

“Not a good one, honey,” said my Texas-born, cowboy boots-wearing friend Martha.

Shannon as Django

Saturday morning I caved and ventured into Hillson’s Western Wear on Route 66, pretty much feeling like the salesmen were thinking “What are you doing in here?” But that was my prejudice talking. Turned out, they’d gotten plenty of requests for Django-style hats lately. They even had a country-western magazine with a hot cover photo of Jamie Foxx and Leo DiCaprio in Django gear on hand.  I picked out a standard chocolate brown that could be customized and shaped to look like the one Jamie Foxx wore. I also picked out a hat band that looked the most similar to Django’s. The hat guy at Hillson’s used the magazine photo for reference while he shaped and trimmed my hat.

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The men (and woman) working in the Western store were friendly, down-to-earth, and really knew their stuff. Did I spend five times as much as I had originally planned on a hat? Yes. Was it worth it? Hell, yeah! My cowboy hat looks awesome! And it was so necessary to make the classic Django outfit work.

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This is what is so great about the movies. They make you venture out into places you never would have considered going otherwise. You meet some new people, and discover that we all have a lot more in common than we ever thought.

Vickie as Django

My friend Vic came as early fancy Django. We all lost it when she walked in. “I hope your neighbors don’t think this is what I normally wear,” she said.

Dia as Sheba

My friend Dia came as Sheba. If only her husband had dressed up as Calvin Candie, that would have been sweet!

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Two Djangos walk into a bar . . . .

Week Eight: Dragons, Doodling, and Drama

February 28, 2012 § 2 Comments

February 26, 2012

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So, okay, I did NOT finish Third Grave Dead Ahead as I had dearly hoped I would. This weekend was a bit crazy. Next week for sure! I did delve into my perpetually piling up stack of Rolling Stone mags and read a little gem of an article about Christopher Paolini, the young author of the Inheritance fantasy series. I might just have to check out these books about a boy and his dragon. When I was in high school, I loved the book Dragonsong, about a girl and her dragon. Has anyone read the Inheritance series? What did you think??

Write
It’s a good thing I attended the Script and Screen conference this Saturday, because I am seriously bogged down in my novel’s return/resolution and need some serious help. I had to resort to a timeline! “2nd week of April, hero does this.” Not my favorite thing to do. Darynda Jones loves plotting. Janet Evanovich loves plotting. I do not love plotting. I like to come up with characters and their crises and grope for plot later. I am now groping for plot later. Not a good time.

Viola Davis, Nominee for Best Actress

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On Saturday I attended the day-long Southwest Writers Script and Screen Conference. It  was fantastic and I will post more about it this week. I learned a lot about character arc and the three act structure and how the goal is the driving force of the story. I could have listened to Doug Eboch (writer of Sweet Home Alabama) discuss want vs. need in movies all day. Inspired by his talk, I added Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, Little Miss Sunshine, and Almost Famous to my “watch this again!” list. Speaking of the movies, the  84th Academy Awards show was on last night, and it had to be one of the most boring Academy Awards shows EVER. Billy Crystal and his “seven cupcakes” dig at Jonah Hill left a bad taste in my mouth. Viola Davis was robbed, robbed, I say. On the positive side, Octavia Spencer’s and Cameron Diaz’ dresses were just gorgeous, and I now really want to see My Week with Marilyn and The Muppets.

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