About rithebard

I love to both read and write fan fiction. I have written two books Murder Inc. and now I will have a new book Fantasy Time Inc. Is now avail for purchase on line at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

What J.K. Rowling’s universe means to me.

I’ll never forget it, my best friend, who knew I loved myths and legends said I had to read this series.  When she told me it was Harry Potter, I was a bit surprised, it was in the Children’s Section, I thought it was for kids.  Two adults walking into that department is a bit weird when you’re looking for a book for yourself.  She handed me Harry Potter and Sorcerers Stone and said, “If you don’t like it, you can always return it.” It was true, Bookstar had a return policy that I rarely used but appreciated.

So I bought the book and I fell in love.

Truly, it was love at first read.  I read it in two days, I read it at work, at home, I even slid it into my purse and took it to a party with me. ( I was always doing that, I took a paperback to parties, dances, even a New Years bash I went to.)  I just loved this book!  So of course, I gave it to the person who gave me my book-mania, my Dad. He loved it and gave it to my brother who loved it too. (Sorry, my Mom was not a fan but she ended up going to all the movies with us. And we ended up going to all her choices, I think she was disappointed that we loved them as much as she did. 🙂 )

As much as I love the series, (and I do,) my Dad loved it more.  He was full of enthusiasm and ate it up.  In his 70’s, he was like a little boy waiting for the next book to come out, it was so adorable.  He bought companion books and watched all the movies avidly, waited impatiently for my brother and I to catch up to where he was so we could have a lively discussion about it. (Dad was a whiz of reader, he could read a book in a day. And then he re-read it right away, just to catch any parts he might have missed. )

Sadly, he passed away before the last book came out.  My brother and I read it thinking of him though out the read, we kept saying, oh he would be surprised by this, Dad would love this, Oh my, he would be stunned by this part. (Actually I think he would be most shocked by Snape in the last book, it sort of messed up his whole theory.)  We would visit his grave and after saying hi, and laying flowers, my brother and I would catch him up on what was happening with Harry Potter, though we both knew he probably knew all about it before we did.

My Mom came to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the movie that came out the year my Dad passed,) wanting to do it in my Dad’s memory. After the movie we talked about how Dad would have felt, and Mom said what she thought about how Dad would react to some of the parts.  We went to a deli, one of my Dad’s favorite places and just chattered away.

Since then when I pick it up, I think of him, especially since my Mom asked my brother and I to take the copies of the books in hardback that we didn’t have.  I love my Dad with all my heart but he was a bit sloppy with his books, I still see his food stains in them, but that is ok I get very sentimental about those stains. I have my copies and his intermingled.  I miss him so much.

Now I have lost my Mom, which has been very overwhelming to us both, I keep thinking of something Cyrus said to Harry, “The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here.” Harry Potter is all about love and loss, and lately I have been thinking a lot of about that, how the series helped me after the loss of my Dad and now my Mom.

Though I don’t know you, I will probably will never meet you, thank you, Jo Rowling, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. ❤


Miss Fisher movie is being shot as we speak!!!

When we last saw our intrepid sleuths they were saying goodbye and neither they nor their audience knew for how long.

Then last year those brilliant people at Every Cloud; Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger set about to produce the Miss Fisher movie called; “Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears,” and they allowed us to come along for the ride.  They started a Kickstarter Campaign and who better than the stars of our favorite show to tell us all about it.  Essie Davis and Nathan Page in an adorable message on Instagram and Facebook asked us to help out so they can expand the movie and make it even more wonderful than the TV Series. Which we did, it was an honor to.

And now they are still taking us on the adventure through Instagram; Nathan Page, Tony Tilse and Roger Lanser have been showing us their adventures behind the scenes in Morocco where they were shooting last month, and now they have begun shooting in Melbourne, which they are busy doing right this very second.  Exciting!

A bit surprising to me,was that though a press release was sent out and these lovely gentleman have been keeping us informed of their adventures, some fans,  who I know are avid fans don’t know about the films progress.  So I thought I would do my part and let everyone who is follow me know that our Phryne Fisher and Jack Robinson are on their way to save the day!  We will get to see it next year and I can’t wait!!!!

A Weird Oscars

I don’t about you, but this year’s Oscars seemed weird to me. First I want to congratulate all the winners who I really like and respect, especially the actors;  Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman.

And there is an excellent reason it felt off, I lost my Mom and it is the first time I watched it with out my beloved Mom.  It was always traditional that we would watch it together, even when we were in different parts of the country we would be on the phone with each other discussing it.  I really miss her. As much as I miss her and that connection, that was not what was off. It was something else.

Usually there is a wave or sometimes two separate waves of wins that tells you who is the hot movie (or hot movies) that year. It starts with the technical awards, one or two show catch all the awards in those categories and you see that it the beginning of the wave. Then the supporting cast and writers win for a certain movie and by the end it is very clear who is the head of the pack when its time for the top award to come up, you know who is most likely to take the top prize.

In fact, last year there were two waves and they crashed into each other (confusing for those on stage, but I am sad to say, it really amused us,) and the wrong film was called out as the winner.  (I felt sorry for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.)  This year they allowed Warren and Faye to redeem themselves and give out the big award to the right movie.

It seemed to me, that it was a really stiff show this year, not just because of all the scandals but in every way you can think of it was uncomfortable to watch them this year. They were all trying so very hard to be honorable and respectable they kind of lost a bit of the fun for me. I much rather they be human than perfect.  There were cute exceptions Frances McDormand, she was just adorable and I love what she said.  I was a bit amused that there was top search for Inclusion Writer instead of Rider on Google. And Gary Oldman talking about his kids and wife not naming every producer and agent he ever worked with, he was lovely.

It was great as always to see wonderful classic actors like Rita Moreno and Eva Marie Saint who both looked beautiful and were charming.  It was exciting to see James Ivory finally win for writing at his age.  I grew up watching the wonderful  Merchant/Ivory movies. And I kind of hoped that the magnificent Christopher Plummer would have won,but it was lovely to see him, he’s so talented.

I was really disappointed in the, In Memoriam  they left so many people out. At least this year they didn’t move so far away from the screen that you could hardly see some of the people they were saluting like they did last year.  They left out at 10 wonderful creative artist that I could think of and my friends thought of more that they left out.  I forgive them for not having David Ogden Stiers because he just passed but why forget people like Adam West?  Sad for fans who love them.

Also I guess I was expecting it be like the 70’s with protests, streakers and people sending someone else to accept their award.  (I was young but I remember it very well, especially Marlon Brando sending that lovely Indian Woman up, I had no idea what she was talking about I was about 11 years old but I thought she was beautiful.) I was disappointed that there was nothing original or really interesting.  Even the clothes were disappointing. So very sad.

Sometimes a movie can change your life.

As I look back there were many movies that influenced me but this one movie changed my life.  From the title and what the movie was about you wouldn’t think it could possibly do that.  It was “Julie and Julia” written and directed by Nora Ephron.  I always loved her movies, my favorite up to that point was “When Harry Met Sally”. The reason why you wouldn’t think Julie and Julia would change my life was I don’t cook.  I love to eat andI was brought up with great food both from my Mom and Grandma, I also went out to eat a lot. Our parents took us out to the best restaurants in the world so we were spoiled. Even so I would not call myself a foodie.  But I love good stories, I loved the all the actors in it and I love Nora’s sense of humor.  So I was flipping through cable and decided to watch, I was home sick from work and I wanted something that would take my mind off my stuffed head and fever.

When I was a little girl in the sixties maybe 5 or 6 an early memory was watching Julia Child on PBS with my family,  I didn’t really understand much about it except I thought she talked funny, and that she acted funny too, so I laughed. She made me smile.  (I was a child, so I was allowed to think that way, besides other than smiling and giggling, I don’t think anyone knew what was going through my little 5-year-old mind.) And though I found that part of the story fun and fascinating and even romantic, it was not the part that changed my life. No, the part that changed everything for me, what made a light bulb go on in my head was when Julie Powell’s husband Eric helped her to start her blog.  How easy it was.  Julie was a writer who had not been published.  Even if she was published she had no platform or followers, just like me.  Other than an occasional short story in an anthology, and an article in newsletters no one knew me at all.  I had written a poem that was published in a book of poems and I published my novel but after the initial flurry, mostly from my readers in fan fiction, my sales stopped dead in their tracks. And here in a movie was a women who had not even been published, who created a blog and became famous.  Wow!

Now, I didn’t become famous, not even a little bit, but it gave me a platform that changed my life.  My first blogs were about trying to get over the writer’s block from the loss of my beloved father. I wrote about movies and TV shows.  I wrote about fan fiction.  Pretty much what ever was happening to me and slowly, people started to respond.  But what I didn’t expect was that I would develop a platform that would let me explore things that I thought was dormant inside me. (Actually not dormant, dead really.)

I wrote a second book (finally, after my Mom and brother said my Dad would be pissed that I would stop just because he passed away,) and I did things I never even tried before.  I went after signings and panels and speaking engagements.  I mean, I am actually shy, but I did it.  It was from a spurt of confidence from my slowly building group of followers.  And that added more followers and more.  Then I tried to go on some radio shows to promote my second book, block, I tried to get on Blogtalk shows, no answers.  I sat there and thought why is this such a brick wall?  I kept doing it and I finally got an interview. The girl I was interviewed by, was actually not a great interviewer.  Then I was supposed to go on a web-interview, and she flaked.  And I thought, well this sucks I could do better than they do and at least I have a background from my days as an actress.

So I went to Blogtalk and started to interview people I knew from book groups and fandom.  And boom, I had an even bigger following.  Not just for my shows but for my writing and blogs and books…Wow!  Then I had entered a contest for a play I had written a long time ago and won, the prize was a bit of money (needed of course,) and professional actors reading my play in library. And I said to myself, “Self, I can do this for other people as well as my own work and I already have a platform, Blogtalk.”  And Sherri’s Playhouse was born. And from that, I have had opportunities to write plays and see them produced, Wow!

Why am I telling you all this now?  Well I guess because I was watching a documentary by Jacob Bernstein about his mom, Nora Ephron called;”Everything Is Copy” .  And as I watched it I realized that she was such an influence though I have never met her or was able to talk to her.  She inspired me to do what I am now doing.  I am so grateful.  Thank you Nora, and thank you Jacob for reminding me.

The Casting Couch is nothing new.

Sadly, the casting the couch has been around for years but I am very gratified that women (including myself) and some men, are finally standing up and saying, “No More!” Fear is a great weapon and powerful people have used it for years to abuse and use women. (And men too, there are a lot of men coming forward to give their own horror stories.  I think that is very powerful too because it is less known.)

I have heard that it has been around for years, going back to the Actor/Mangers in the 19th Century but there is no written accounts of that I could find. The earliest I could find was from; The Boys From Syracuse: The Shuberts’ Theatrical Empire by Foster Hirsch. In the 1900’s Lee Shubert kept “an elegantly furnished boudoir, reserved for leading ladies and promising ingénues, and a shabby, spartanly furnished room with a single couch where he met chorus girls and soubrettes.” “If you didn’t sleep with them you didn’t get the part,” dancer Agnes de Mille later recalled about the Shubert brothers. “The Shuberts ran a brothel: Let them sue me.”

In the 1910’s the Studio Bosses made it into an art form.  They had secret rooms just for liaisons with their actress. Tales told about women of the old Hollywood System and how they were used and abused are legendary. Some of the stars that were abused are, Marilyn Monroe, Shelly Winters, Evelyn Keyes, a very young Joan Collins, Even Shirley Temple was a victim!  And the powerful men were; Harry Cohn, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jack L. Warner, Buddy Adler, Spyros Skouras,Arthur Freed and Howard Hughes!

And a line that is sometimes used as a punchline today, but was and is a real threat, “You’ll never work in this town again.”  Harvey Weinstein was even said to use it a few times in the horror stories recently told about his abuses of young women.

It happened to me when I was young but I was lucky, my Dad was right on the other side of the door and I told the casting director that I would scream and my Dad would come in to rescue me. The reason my Dad would never allow me to go to any audition alone was because he knew of the casting couch and was always worried for me, even when I had an appointment with a woman, he said, “You never know.” Later, I found out that he was right. Abuse can come from anyone in power. It’s been years and I blanked out the casting director’s name, I don’t even remember the name of the horror movie I was trying for, I just remember leaving the room crying with verbal abuse ringing in my ears and pulling Dad out of the office.  I didn’t tell him till we were in the car and then I begged him not to go back, I was afraid of what my Dad would do to the man, not for my career. Dad was fiercely protective, he was a pacifist, but he when we were threatened,all his Brooklyn came out.

As any women can tell you I have had sexual harassment and attempted abuse all my life, that I never actually was assaulted was pure luck, I think.  I have had men touch me inappropriately at work that were old enough to be my Grandfather.  I have had several really, really close calls that I either, talked my way out of, cried my way out of, screamed or ran.  I am sorry to say, I have never been elegant and regal when faced with an attempted assault against me, all I wanted to do was get away.  Lucky for me I did.  Not everyone is lucky.  That is why this “Me Too” movement is so very important.  Whether you have been abused or you love someone who has.  Speak up.


Fans get to help Miss Fisher movie get launched!

This is not the first Kickstarter Program for a movie, and it is not the first time fans helped with a launch in this way.  There are many instances of such group efforts even before mass media came around.

But this is an example of how a group of really enthusiastic fans got to bring about their dream.  It is not a secret that I am a fan of Miss Fisher and the stars of the show.  I have had the privilege of interviewing three members of the cast; Nathan Page, Anthony Sharpe and Travis McMahon!  Nathan has been on my show twice and his second show was the first one of all my shows after 5 years to reach over a million downloads so quickly, so no one has to tell me that he is a popular fellow.

So those very clever people at Every Cloud Productions, (the producers; Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger) asked Mr. Page to put out a video appeal to the fans to help with the Kickstarter Campaign; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468758721/miss-fisher-the-movie/description.  It’s rather adorable isn’t it? It’s special guest star (the star of the show) Essie Davis helps out with a special appearance and of course that part is just what we fans want too.  We want Jack and Phryne to finally come together.  Not just a kiss but maybe a chat about it? We also love the whole family so the more that we get this around to everyone and help out, the better the chances that the whole cast will be able to be a part of it.

Anyway this my pitch to help out, as you can see by the counter the campaign is doing very well but some fans that are not on Tumblr, Facebook or Instagram and might not have seen it.  Also some fans may not be following groups, Phryne is an individualist and so are many of her fans.  So if you have not heard about it and can afford to, please help out.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/468758721/miss-fisher-the-movie/description.

Talented actor Nathan Page answered our fan questions!


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This amazingly gorgeous photo of Nathan Page is by the talented  © Sam McAdam-Cooper.

I am so proud to have taken part in this interview with the talented and diverse Nathan Page. I am so excited to finally get to see his answers to my questions and now I finally get to read everyone else’s questions as well as his answers to those great questions too. I am so excited!!!!

Here is a sneak peak, below is just my questions and answers you can read the rest here at his fantastic site;  https://nathanpagetheactor.com/2016/08/01/nathan-answers-your-questions/

From @Rithebard:

From your posts on Instagram, you love to read. What literary character would you like to bring to life from any time or genres?
There are so many wonderful novels being written that it’s hard to choose. In that sense I don’t feel obliged to classics or the past. I do love a thriller though and the Bourne series would’ve been my recent choice (Damon does it brilliantly).

If you could have any job in the world what would you like to do, and what job would you hate to do?
I’ve always had a quiet place in my heart for understanding and observing nature. And I love the remoteness so in that sense gardening on some level works for me. Form has always sparked my interest and I love looking at buildings of all sorts including interiors so there’s that architectural element. I always, since a young boy, wanted to be a sniper but Bradley Cooper nailed that character so perfectly. Worst job….Definitely ambulance. There’s a reason the suicide rate in ambo’s is 4x higher than any other profession. They see what you shouldn’t see and there’s no coming back from that.