Little Women (2018) Movie Review

Imagine the Little Women you read (and loved) as a child set in modern-day times. Instead of Mr. March being deployed to the Civil War he’s…deployed overseas. Instead of Beth becoming sick with scarlet fever and recovering she’s…sick with cancer and goes into remission. Instead of Amy moving to France and marrying Laurie she…moves to France, becomes a crazy-successful painter and hooks up with Laurie. And instead of Jo moving to New York City to allow Laurie and Beth to fall in love (and ends up falling in love herself) she…moves to New York City in search of a book deal (and ends up falling in love herself).

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So, basically Little Women (the 2018 version) is amazing and although it sticks pretty true to the original story there are enough modernizing tweaks to make the experience the teeniest bit surprising amidst the nostalgic heart bursting and eyes brimming with tears. The. Whole. Movie.

I loved the re-telling and re-imagining of this classic story and I can’t wait to read the book again. In fact, the whole way through the film I was thinking how much I needed to read Little Women again. And Little Men. And Jo’s Boys. And the others.

Even 150 years after it was written, the story holds up. The love between sisters is timeless—no matter how different they are, theirs is an impenetrable bond.

“I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.” Louisa May Alcott

On September 28, 2018 Little Women releases in theatres everywhere.


So, basically Little Women (the 2018 version) is amazing and although it sticks pretty true to the original story there are enough modernizing tweaks to make the experience the teeniest bit surprising amidst the nostalgic heart bursting and eyes brimming with tears. The. Whole. Movie.

Little Women synopsis

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theatres for the first time, a modern retelling of Little Women brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one…by heart.

On the 150th anniversary of the beloved classic, Little Women, the first-ever modern retelling, brings the same sisters to a new generation to celebrate dreams, family and unconditional love in theatres September 28.

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Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars [book review]

When you think of marketing what comes to mind? I’m betting it’s not an authority marketing system. I know this because when people come to me needing marketing help they have a specific solution in mind, which they hope is a silver bullet to solve their business problem. And sometimes gimmicks or marketing tactics can be effective but they’re not a long-term solution.

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That’s why I love Authority Marketing from authors Adam Witty and Rusty Shelton. It’s a straightforward how-to for building a sustainable marketing strategy for your business.

The big idea with building authority as a marketing strategy (and authority marketing in general), is it starts with the end in mind—you build your strategy around reaching your business or personal goals and take a systemized approach to achieving them. It’s organized, focused and calm. I love calm.

Witty and Shelton take their readers on a no-nonsense journey through the why’s and what’s of authority marketing before diving into the how’s. Broken into seven pillars, their marketing approach mirrors mine in many ways.

  • Branding/Omnipresence
  • Lead generation
  • Content marketing
  • PR and media
  • Speaking
  • Events
  • Referral marketing

I think the most important thing to notice is these are seven pillars, not seven stand-alone items you can try sometimes. It’s seven elements you need to have working systematically in order to keep your marketing machine running.

And yes, that seems like a lot of work. Because it is. And you don’t get all seven pillars up and running overnight—it’s a long game. You identify your goals, you build your strategy, you devise ways to implement these seven pillars and then you systemize it so it’s sustainable.

This is such an amazing process and once you have all the pieces in place it is awe-inspiring to see how well it works. Trust me on this, if you want a comprehensive overview of what a long-term, sustainable marketing strategy looks like, Authority Marketing is an excellent place to start.


Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant synopsis

Learn how to use Authority Marketing® to build thought leadership and dominate your competition by playing a game no one else knows is being played with this ground-breaking book!

Are you the Authority in your field? Are you recognized as a stand-out thought leader, a published author, a keynote speaker, or a media personality? Are you viewed as a commodity? A hard-working expert who is a commodity and has to compete on every level, including price?

One thing is for certain: Authority doesn’t just happen; Authority is built through a systematic process called the Authority Marketing System.

But how can you make this shift in an environment that is noisier and more crowded than ever before? If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or professional who is frustrated with the traditional approach to marketing and wants to grow your business and make a bigger impact, this book will show you how to use the Authority Marketing System to create a clear and trackable blueprint to shift yourself from a commoditized expert to a highly visible Authority.

In this book you will learn:

  • What Authority Marketing is and how to use it to grow your business
  • The 7 Pillars of Authority Marketing
  • How others have used Authority Marketing to create unimaginable success
  • Why thought leadership is your most important secret weapon

Authority Marketing isn’t about ego or attention—it’s about accelerating the speed of trust so you are viewed not as an expert with something to sell, but as a thought leader with important insight to teach. Start growing your Authority today!

The big idea with building authority as a marketing strategy (and authority marketing in general), is it starts with the end in mind—you build your strategy around reaching your business or personal goals and take a systemized approach to achieving them. It's organized, focused and calm. I love calm.

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Get the Hell Into It by Sarah Beth Moore [book review]

Procrastinating on a big project? Letting Big Shiny Object Syndrome get the best of you? It might be time to Get the Hell Into It.

Get the Hell Into It

The subtitle of Sarah Beth Moore’s newest book may cut to the quick even more than her title: Stop Bouncing from Idea to Idea and Learn to See Things Through. Ouch. Also, thank you.

For 12 chapters of teaching and exercises, Moore takes us on a pointed yet lighthearted journey reminding us making our dreams come true is our job, not something we sit around wishing for. Since she’s also a creative soul, Moore speaks from experience about starting projects with great enthusiasm only to quit before beginning (it will probably fail anyway, right?). She also offers strategies for combating the dual devils of procrastination and big shiny object syndrome with the smart takeoff, the 5-percent rule and working forwards (I swear by this one!).

Chapter 9 talks about getting lucky, which I found both uncomfortable and refreshing. I know there’s no luck…but maybe deep down I wonder if I’m just unlucky. You know? Why am I still here, all these years later hustling my butt off watching those who came after me see more success? Moore says don’t even worry about it—becoming successful is not your job. “One more time: You don’t get to pick the timing of your break. It will come when it comes.”

It may be possible to put aside comparison and jealousy if only I can remember my job is to get the job done. Success is not my job. Success is not my job.

If you can accept that you are not in control of your break—that you are not in control of anything but your ability to work hard—then you have a way better chance of getting that break at all.

Yes the artistic, creative life is filled with insecurity and emotion. And it’s important to be gentle and build each other up. But at some point there’s work to do and you need some tough love. You need to get the hell into it and do your job.


Get the Hell Into It: Stop Bouncing from Idea to Idea and Learn to See Things Through (Weenie-Proofing the Artistic Brain Book 2) synopsis

Stop Falling Prey to Shiny Object Syndrome and Start Seeing Ideas Through

What if instead of starting new projects every other week, you actually finished the ones you already have going? What if in a few weeks you started seeing real progress, and in a few months could hold finished manuscripts, paintings or websites in your figurative hand? What if your creativity became a source of empowerment and financial freedom rather than dread, resentment and ever-present bathtub crying?

Professional copywriter and creative Sarah Beth Moore has helped clients double their conversions, written copy for hundreds of entrepreneurs, and coached dozens of amazing creatives in sucker-punching procrastination and actually getting things done. (She spends a lot of time opining about aliens as well, but fewer people pay for that.)

In the course of working with so many aspiring writers, artists and business owners, she’s noticed that beating procrastination doesn’t require superhuman strength. All you need is the right mental mindset, available to anyone willing to look for it. In Get the Hell Into It, you’ll learn:

  • How productivity can work against you BIG TIME
  • What actually lies at the root of the creative urge
  • The real reason creatives quit projects before they even begin (or soon after)
  • Why you’re shooting yourself in the foot with the way you start projects
  • How successful people maintain enthusiasm throughout the entire creative cycle
  • What the 5-Percent Rule is and why it’s so critical to your success
  • What to do when you don’t have a whole day to work on your creativity
    The true meaning of luck (it’s not what you think, dude)
  • How to win big by giving up control
  • The secret nature of doubt and how you can deal with it on REAL terms
  • What editing really means to creatives
  • How to kick booty and see every project through

Get the Hell Into It is the definitive step-by-step guide to overcoming procrastination and Shiny Object Syndrome and actually finishing projects and launching creative dreams—and it’s a process you can follow for life.

Procrastinating on a big project? Letting Big Shiny Object Syndrome get the best of you? The  creative life is filled with insecurity and emotion. And it's important to be gentle and build each other up. But at some point there's work to do and you need some tough love. You need to get the hell into it and do your job.

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The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn’t ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM!

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series

Before we get into the review of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James, did you know Holmesian lore was a thing?

I looked it up and “Holmesian lore” is circa 1903 (!?!) for fans of Sherlock Holmes, which also includes fanlore, fanzine, and Holmesian Federation. However, since 2010 it’s more common in North America to call yourself a “Sherlockian.”

So.

I was going to say I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes stories and consume basically anything Sherlock Holmes-related except I’ve never heard of a Holmesian or Sherlockian and I’m not sure I’m comfortable calling myself one. So I think I will step back a smidge, say I enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories, and leave it at that.

These are fun stories. Focusing more on the new heroine, Lucy James, you get to experience the world of Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of a young American actress who seems to run into trouble wherever she goes. Staying true to what we love about Sherlock Holmes adventures you’ll experience wacky capers and dangerous escapades while racing the clock to figure out who did it, why they did it, and how Lucy got wrapped up in it again!

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If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

Ready to read The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series for yourself?

Get your free copy of the novella The Crown Jewel Mystery, the prequel to The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series.

Other books in the series:

  • Remember, Remember
  • The Jubilee Problem
  • Death at the Diogenes Club
  • The Return of the Ripper (coming soon)

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series synopsis

Since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the fictional detective has gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic pop culture characters of all time, spawning thousands of stage and radio plays, television shows, films, and books.

Now, father-daughter author duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott have introduced the world to a fresh yet faithful reimagining of Holmes with The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series—praised by Publishers Weekly as a “winning” addition to the Holmesian canon that “readers will look forward to further adventures [in].”

Introducing readers to Lucy James—an independent, modern-minded young woman who inherited her father’s intelligence and detective skills – and a Sherlock who must contend with the mysteries and challenges of being a parent, the 2017 releases in The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series—available in a special boxset edition as of ‘Cyber Monday’ (November 27, 2017)!—include Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club.

Preceded by The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016)—books #1 and #2 in the series, penned by Charles Veley—the Ellliott-Veley collaboration on the Sherlock & Lucy series has been praised by critics as “a new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries” (The Santa Barbara Independent) and “a very delightful way to spend an afternoon” (History From A Woman’s Perspective).

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott to date includes The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016), and the 2017 releases Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club. As of November 27th, all of the 2017 releases in the Sherlock & Lucy series will be available in a special box set edition (ebook & audiobook formats only) via Amazon. All titles are available for purchase in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats via Amazon and Audible.

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn't ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM! This series is super fun. If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

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Extraordinary Movie DVD Giveaway

Here’s what to expect in the Extraordinary movie: The seemingly endless road beckons. Well beyond exhausted, his body trudges onward—quitting is never an option. Aiming toward the finish line of another transcontinental race, he senses his prize this time is much greater than any medal or honour. Every step leads him closer to home.

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I know this looks like a movie about a guy running across the United States. And it is. But it’s also about that guy’s wife. What happens to the family when an ultra-marathoner goes on a months-long race? How do they cope? What happens to their normal? It’s an interesting question.

Although I haven’t seen a running movie before, this was not what I expected. There was a lot of heart. There was the core relationship story between a husband and a wife but there were others at play too—between father and child, teacher and student, runner and runner, and man and God.

Throughout the film I often wondered where the title Extraordinary came from. My first guess was the run itself, but—and I won’t spoil it for you—it’s so much more than just a race. Where Extraordinary comes from, is worth the watch.

Extraordinary releases on DVD and digital January 16, 2018 from Universal Entertainment.

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Extraordinary Movie Synopsis

Based on the real-life events of acclaimed ultra-marathoner David Horton and his wife Nancy, Extraordinary is coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand on January 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. An impactful and perfect story for the entire family, the inspirational film stars Shari Rigby (October Baby), Leland Klassen (Altar Egos), Karen Abercrombie (War Room) and Kirk Cameron (Fireproof) and follows Horton as his dream of tackling a nearly 3,000-mile run takes its toll on his body, and brings his marriage to the breaking point.

Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his racing shoes for good and focus his boundless energy on their family. Instead, feeling called by God to “inspire people one last time,” Dave sets off for a 2,900-mile race across America.

Extraordinary Movie DVD and digital bonus features

  • The David Horton Story
  • The Extraordinary Woman Featurette
  • Filmmakers of Extraordinary
  • Keys to an Extraordinary Marriage

Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his racing shoes for good and focus his boundless energy on their family. Instead, feeling called by God to “inspire people one last time,” Dave sets off for a 2,900-mile race across America.
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