Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Special Holiday Release! "A Twist of Christmas Fate"




I'm excited to announce my new FF Christmas short, "A Twist of Christmas Fate"!


When inclement weather ruins Kate’s plans to fly out of state and spend Christmas with her family, she fears her holiday might be ruined. But out of the blue, a photographer friend calls to ask if Kate would be willing to play Mrs. Claus at the Christmas photo booth in the mall. Kate agrees to do it, and once she’s there, she meets a stunning beauty named Mickey who is playing an elf at the same booth. As sparks begin to fly between the two women, Kate realizes what she thought was bad luck might instead be a fortuitous twist of fate.


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Monday, November 26, 2018

An LGBTQ Anti-Cyberbully Guide



If you have any sort of social media account, odds are, you've been harassed at some point. If you're LGBTQ and you have a social media account, you probably really know what I'm talking about. Most likely, you have not only been the recipient of unwanted attention, but you also probably have been cyberbullied in some way. According to vpnmentor.com, 73% of LGBTQ people have experienced abuse online. But you don't have to let this statistic scare you away from the fun and other positive benefits of having an online presence. 

A contact of mine pointed me to a guide that gives the basics on what you can do to protect yourself from online harassment, especially if you are LGBTQ. It also suggests a variety of support groups if you've been struggling with being bullied: --> Click Here <--

Almost every social media platform has a way of blocking people. The key is to be brave enough to do it! I remember when I started out promoting myself as an author, I put up with all sorts of unwanted attention, mostly in the form of online sexual harassment, because I was too afraid to ignore or block these people. I was worried that it would come across as rude (as if they weren't being rude in the first place) or that it would somehow negatively impact my book sales. Well, if you are an artist like myself and have this concern, let me assuage your fears.

The people out there in cyberspace who are trying to engage you in unwanted messages most likely have zero desire to purchase your product anyway. They're not online to support you; they're online to fulfill some desire they have, be it feeling powerful by bullying someone or getting off on trying to pursue someone sexually. Blocking and ignoring these people is the best thing to do because by giving them attention in an way, you are negatively affect your own state of mind. I've learned from lots of experience that the best thing to do is simply block (which the above guide can show you how to do) and refocus your attention on why you're online in the first place: to connect with people in your field, to make respectful new friends, and to share your art.


- Scarlett

www.scarlettknight.org


Monday, November 12, 2018

Thankful For You



During this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to say thank you to...you!

Yes, you!

If you are reading this blog post, I am directing my heart-felt gratitude to you. Those of you who take the time out of your busy schedules to click on my blog posts, and those of you who go the extra step and purchase and read my novels and short stories, you make this writing thing even more fun!

So this year, my appreciation goes out to you. I send you a big hug from my warm, cozy desk in Texas to simply say THANKS!



XoXo

Scarlett


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COMING DECEMBER 4th, 2018!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Classic Lesbian Film Review: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2

Once again I want to start out by saying thanks to my good friend Vanessa Clark for mailing me the DVD of this film. (If you want to see my review of BOUND, --> click here! <--. )

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And now for the second review in my series of 3 classic lesbian films!




If These Walls Could Talk 2 is a series of three short films that follow stories about different lesbian couples in separate decades. It is a sequel of sorts to If These Walls Could Talk, which is a series of short films about abortion. But other than the themes being "controversial," the two movies are not related in any way.

The first story in If These Walls Could Talk 2 is called "1961" and is the most heart-breaking of the three. It stars Vanessa Redgrave who is the surviving partner of her companion of 50 years.




Since the story takes place in 1961, Vanessa has virtually zero rights, from not being able to visit her partner in the hospital to not being able to inherit the home that she and her partner bought and lived in for many years. It was so painful to watch. It just broke my heart!

The second story is called "1972" and stars Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny. Williams's character is a strong feminist and out lesbian, and one night she and her lesbian friends decide to go to a gay bar they've never been to. There, Williams befriends Sevigny's character, a confident, lone-wolf butch lesbian sitting at the bar.


 

Williams's friends don't like the fact that Sevigny wears men's clothing. After all, being such strong feminists, they're against anything related to the patriarchy. The episode explores some political themes of the 1970s as well as themes of gender identity, and it also contains a very romantic love story. There is a pretty steamy sex scene in this one as well!

The last of the three shorts is called "2000." It takes place in modern day (although now it's almost 20 years old). Ellen Degeneres and her partner Sharon Stone are on a quest to find the right sperm donor so they can have a baby. This episode was the sweetest and funniest out of the three, and Ellen had me laughing out loud several times. After following Ellen's TV show for many years, it was certainly different to see her topless in a love scene with Sharon Stone! The two make an adorable on-screen couple, though.




All in all, this film is a must-see for fans of lesbian romance. Even though the first episode didn't have a happy ending, the other two make up for it. Each one tugged at my heartstrings in different ways. I wish Hollywood would come out with more sweet lesbian shorts like these! I'd be first in line to watch them!


XoXo

Scarlett

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Classic Lesbian Film Review: BOUND

First off, I want to say a big THANK YOU to my buddy Vanessa Clark (VC) for mailing me the DVD of this film, as well as two other films which I'm planning on reviewing here on the blog. Love ya, VC!

And secondly...holy shit, what a movie!




Are you old enough to remember the clout of Siskel and Ebert, and their coveted "Two Thumbs Up"? Well, this 1996 gem garnered two thumbs up, and I am old enough to respect the thumbs, so I was automatically intersted. And I should have known that this would be more than your typical lesbian fantasy thriller due to those thumbs.

And, oh, it was...

Right off the bat, we see Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon play the most delicious "we shouldn't be doing this" lesbian couple. At first, I thought I'd stumbled upon a soft porn with Gina playing the bad-girl plumber, and Jennifer playing the wanton housewife who "lost her earring down the drain." (I had actually heard of this moment that would lead into an infamous lesbian love scene before because it's on a bunch of Top 10 Hottest Lesbian Movie Sex Scene lists... BTW--it delivers!)

But this movie is so much more than hot FF moments!

Now, don't get me wrong, I loved the love scenes. The two leading ladies have great chemistry. I could listen to Gina Gershon dirty talk in her husky, sexy voice all day. But the real story starts when we realize Jennifer's character is hooked up with a member of the mob, played by Joe Pantoliano in one of my favorite performances by him ever. You think you know his character from the get-go, but that son of a bitch is clever... That's all I'll give you on that! I don't want to give away too much of the plot because I want you to watch this movie if you haven't seen it.

But a disclaimer: this film isn't for the squeamish! It is a serious nail-biter! There were a couple of bloody scenes I simply could not watch because I was so anxious! Instead I grabbed my iPhone and played on Instagram to distract me until the scene was over. As the movie went on, the tension just mounted and mounted, and the plot thickened and thickened, and as much as I wanted to hide in my phone, I was glued to the screen. It was a movie so well done that, frankly, I am shocked I hadn't seen it before now.

After a satisfying ending, as the credits rolled, I gave a cheer when I saw that the Wachowski (then brothers - now sisters) directed it! Well, of course they did!

If you haven't seen this classic lesbian film, do yourself a favor and check it out. It made my Wednesday night way more exciting than it normally would have been, in more ways than one!

Have you seen this movie? Are there any other classic FF movies you think I should check out?

Look for more reviews coming soon!


-Scarlett


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Sarah Brightman Announces New Album/Tour

Oh. My. God. Sarah Brightman is coming out with a new album called HYMN on November 9. She just announced a world tour. And...




...yours truly is going to see her live in February!

I even splurged and got special tickets with VIP meet-and-greet because I love her so much. I am so stoked I can barely sit still!

For those of you not familiar with Sarah, let me introduce you! She was the original Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. She was also married to Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the two divorced. She is, in my opinion, the best soprano performer in the world.

She's taken a lot of risks over the course of her career, not only with the songs she's recorded (from traditional opera to pop to rock to electronic) but also for being daring with her looks. She's used her sex appeal, dressing to please the eye, on album covers and onstage, which some critics have knocked, but I say, if you're drop dead gorgeous, why not play that up as much as your voice? She's also starred in films, such as Blind Mag in the edgy musical Repo! The Genetic Opera.




I first discovered Sarah when I was a teenager. I was browsing CDs in the classical section at my local book and music store when I discovered the Harem album.




I was not familiar with her before then, but that gorgeous cover caught my eye. (See, sex appeal can get people's attention...) I bought the album knowing nothing about her, or her voice, or her history on Broadway. Needless to say, I absolutely fell in love with her and have been a life-long fan ever since.

Another favorite album of mine is Symphony, which I highly recommend.




Five years ago, I got to see Sarah live when she went on tour for her Dreamchaser album. It was one of the most amazing concerts I have ever been to. I am not ashamed to admit I was moved to tears a number of times during the show. She was perfect!




Sarah is 58 years old and still has an outstanding voice. If you've never heard her sing, here is one of my favorite live performances of the famous song "Phantom of the Opera" from a concert in 2008 (duet with Chris Thompson):






I urge you to explore her discography. There are plenty of live and pre-recorded songs of hers on YouTube. And if you like what you hear, grab tickets for the HYMN tour and attend the concert nearest to you! I promise you won't be disappointed!

-SK

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

"Sex Tips" Guest Post on Moctezuma Johnson's Blog

Happy Hump Day!

This week I'm over at author Moctezuma Johnson's blog, sharing some personal sex tips to spice things up before you even get to the bedroom.

Curious? --> Click Here! <--

XoXo
Scarlett