And the Oscar goes to...

OSCARS-2014The 2015 Oscar nominees were recently announced, and I'm always struck by how many of these movies I've never heard of, let alone seen. That got me thinking about movies and entertainment and human nature. Watching movies is actually a very complicated, subjective process, influenced by a variety of factors.


I know people who love going to the movie theater. For them, it's an adventure that requires Dolby Surround Sound, a bucket of popcorn drenched in artificial butter, a box of Jujubees and sitting in the dark with 100 strangers. Then there are the folks who prefer to watch movies in the comfort of their own home, stretched out in their La-Z-Boy, a bucket of popcorn drenched in real butter, an icy glass of Coke soaking the coaster underneath it, occasionally hollering at the kids to keep it down.


The next classification is movie genre: action-adventure, romantic comedy, sci-fi, musicals, animated films, historical drama, thriller, animated and international films. A person's genre preference may be influenced by their mood, age, ethnicity, education level and even who they are watching the movie with.

Favorite Actors, Themes, Settings, Plots

Patrick Swayze was one of my favorite actors, primarily for his dance moves. If he headlined a movie, I was likely to watch. Same thing for any movie set during the Regency period. On the flip side, there are some movies I'll never watch because I dislike the lead actor, story line or some other element. I think most people are similarly influenced.

Reviews and Awards

I'm not sure films which win awards are actually better than movies which do not, but many people rely on reviews, rankings and awards in order to determine what movies to view. Curiously, it seems like even negative reviews, such as the Razzies, can motivate people to shell out money for a movie ticket.

What factors influence your movie viewing habits? Think about it and pass the popcorn!

Suncadia Writers' Retreat - 2016

Today on the BEACH, we're talking about Writers' Retreats, specifically The Suncadia Retreat that takes place in late March near Seattle, Washington. It is an annual getaway for authors to congregate and share information, ideas, and inspiration. Read on...

3rd Annual Suncadia Writer’s Retreat
Weekend Getaway in the Pacific Northwest
Suncadia, Washington

*Write * Network * Learn * - All in a Gorgeous Setting

When: March 18-20, 2016

Where: Luxury Mountain Lodge/Private Home; Suncadia, WA; The number of attendees will determine which house I rent for the weekend but all choices resemble the photo above.
Suncadia is a new resort and housing development just east of Snoqualmie Ski Area, Roslyn, WA 1 ½ hours from Bellevue WA, 2 hours from Seattle, WA

Who: Up to 14 Writers will hunker down in a gorgeous lodge-style home for the weekend to write, do optional workshops, and be inspired and be recharged. In the past, the home has had 5-6 bedrooms, 4-5 bathrooms, and includes a dining room, great room, den, and hot tub and/or fire pit. The Suncadia houses are nestled in amongst the conifers with loads of property and a view of the forest and golf course. Each attendee will have a twin bed with an excellent mattress and cozy bedding. 
BYOB and Snacks

Cost: $230 per person. Includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe mountain lodge-style home, 5 meals, and three optional workshops, as well as scheduled brainstorming sessions and talks on marketing and media.
We usually carpool from Issaquah (on I-90) or you can choose to drive.

1:30  Leave Issaquah Highlands’ meeting point
3 - 4  Arrival and check in at the deluxe luxury home in Suncadia.
4 - 5 Get Together,Talk and Introductions, Wine and Appetizers
6 - 7 Optional Workshops- Choose 1) Writing Technique Roundtable or 2) Marketing for the Indie Author with me, Kim Hornsby 3) Or Write!
7 - 8  Pizza and Salads (BYOB) Break out the chocolate!
8 - 10  Write/Mingle
10  Hot Tub, Fire Pit, Write. Bed
11  Quiet Time/Sleep

The lodge-style house has a main room with a grand fireplace and other gathering places as well as a chef's kitchen, dining room with huge table and is on a trail system (for glorious walks) overlooking the pristine golf course. Attendees are usually 3-4 in a room in a comfortable bed unless you come with a friend and are willing to share a queen-sized bed. Then you get a private bedroom.

8 - 10 Coffee! Continental Breakfast of Fruit Salad, Muffins (Gluten free too!), Juice
10 - 11 Optional Workshop with Christine M. Fairchild, the Editor Devil
11 - 12 QUIET TIME to Write
12 - 1 Lunch - Soup & Sandwich Bar!
1 - 4 QUIET TIME (Buckle In/ Hunker Down and WRITE)
3 - 5 Optional Workshop/Round Table for Published Authors - Promo and Collecting Readers
5 - 6 Wine and Cheese/Appetizers
6 - 7 Dinner- Barbequed Chicken, Quinoa, Veggies, Bread and Salad
7 - 9 Optional Workshop/Brainstorming on Branding
9 - 11 Talk/Hot Tub/Fire Pit
11 Quiet Time in the house/Bed

8 - 12 Brunch Buffet/Write
10-11 Roundtable discussion – Topic will be announced and pertinent to all
11 - 12 Check Out

Bring your laptop, your creative muscles and enjoy the gorgeous setting, the quiet moments set aside especially for writing, and the sharing of information.

$230 for the Weekend Includes Everything except Wine and Chocolate!
Registration closes January 31st 

Update: As of Feb 9, I have one spot left and I'm excited to say that I can extend the weekend invitation to the Sunday night at no extra charge! 3 nights in Suncadia for only $230! Includes food!
Here is the exact house we will be staying at, with outdoor hot tub, fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, den, office, great room, deluxe kitchen, beamed ceilings and a view to die for.

Grand Fir Lodge

This Retreat is run by Kim Hornsby, Indie Author in the Seattle area and is an event without profit. All of your fee goes towards the house rental, incidentals and food.
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Questions and Registration

kim hornsby @ yahoo dot com