Thoughts on the wild, the weird, and the romantic from author Joy Nash

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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Thursday, June 22, 2006

July Manga Girl

Sorry to have missed posting Jun 30 - and again two days ago. I had a good excuse, though, I was on vacation in the UK, visiting sites that appear in my past and future books, and I've just arrived home! Watch this space for some travel pics, including notes about where the places I've visited show up in my stories.

In the meantime, here's a manga girl for July. Some people have emailed to ask if these manga drawings are my own. The answer is no - the talented artist is my daughter.

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

The Omen...take two

Went to see The Omen last night. I'm old enough to remember seeing the original, and to remember being scared out of my wits.

This remake is pretty good, I guess, but I was expecting it to be a lot scarier than it actually was. The most frightening scenes turned out to be snatches of dreams. I kept waiting for the monsters in the dreams to show up in the waking scenes, but they never did. There were also crosses in the background in many, many scenes. Not subtle, either. I found myself watching for them. There were also a few illogical elements in the plot and action, I won't go into them here, because they might be spoilers. It's my writer's viewpoint intruding on my suspension of disbelief.

The action was good, the movie never dragged, and there were a few heart-stopping moments, and a few very creative deaths. In my opinion, Mia Farrow, nanny to the antichrist, was far and away the best part of the movie. This character just could not get any creepier. Sweetness and evil with curly blond hair, a smile, and a sing-song voice. Whew. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

Next on my summer movie gotta-see list? Pirates that Johnny D!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

» Friday, June 16, 2006

Brokeback Bunnie?

Got half a minute? Check out the 30-Second Bunnies Theatre from Angry Alien Productions ( There are some hilarious 30 second animations of popular movies, re-enacted by bunnies!

Some movies available in Bun-o-Vision (not a complete list):
Superman (new)
The Excorcist
Freddie vs. Jason
It's a Wonderful Life
The Shining
Star Wars
Titanic favorite...Brokeback Mountain!

Have Fun!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

» Friday, June 09, 2006

Grail King Contest Coming...

I've been trying for days now to get a good picture of my Druids of Avalon pendant -- I think I finally got one that's postable. The pendant is a piece I had custom made from my Druids of Avalon logo.

It was cool to see my idea come to life in sterling silver. It's about 1-1/4 inch in diameter and the interweaving effect of the silver is beautiful. Right now there are only three of these pendants in existence - one is mine, one belongs to my daughter, and the third could be YOURS!

I'll be giving one pendant away on my website in a contest that will run from August 1 (release date of The Grail King) until November 30. All you'll have to do to enter is go to my website and answer one simple question. Hint: the answer is in the book (she said with a sly smile).

The significance of the Druid Pendant? In The Grail King and the upcoming books in the Druids of Avalon series, this is the silver pendant worn by all the female Druids of Avalon. (The male Druids have the sign tattooed somewhere on their bodies.) The design is a meld of Celtic and Early Christian symbolism, symbolizing the beliefs of the Druid clan - Keepers of the Holy Grail - that I've created for the series.

Watch my website, -- details on the contest will be posted in July!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

» Friday, June 02, 2006

DaVinci Code, The Movie

Tossed my $9 on top of the hundreds of millions grossed by The DaVinci Code movie last weekend. I was a little hesitant, since the first critics to see the movie had given it such lackluster reviews.

I'm glad I didn't listen.

I kept hearing that the moving was plodding, slow paced, bogged down with too much explanation. That Tom Hanks was miscast--the critics wanted a young Harrison Ford-type character. I heard complaints that you couldn't understand Audrey Tautou's accent. And that it was hard to follow the plot twists and the long discourses on symbology.

I disagree. I thought The DaVinci Code's pacing and cinematography, courtesy of director Ron Howard, were excellent. The location shots were wonderful. Tom Hanks was a very good Robert Langdon. If you've read the book, you know his character is a stodgy Harvard professor and reluctant adventurer--not at all the rogue treasure hunter and physically active hero Indiana Jones was. The critics were projecting their own vision with those complaints, disappointed their preconceived notions of what the movie was supposed to be didn't play out on the screen.

I didn' t have a problem understanding Audrey Tautou. Although my husband joked he couldn't understand anything she said when she was talking French. Luckily for him, there were subtitles for those lines. Could there have been more chemistry between Tautou and Hanks? Definitely yes, the relationship was more father-daughter or uncle-niece than anything man-woman. It would've been nice to have a bit of romance going on between the wild dashes from danger to danger. Dialogue? Another weak point, it could have been a lot snappier.

As for the long explanations about Leonardo DaVinci, the Last Supper painting, Mary Magdelene, etc.--they weren't that long and couldn't have been any shorter without missing the whole point of the story. The mystery plot has some wild twists, with a good number of characters involved. It can be confusing if you're not paying attention. Sure, you'll understand it better if you've read the book first, but you'll do just fine if you haven't. Just be warned: The DaVinci Code is not the kind of movie where you can leave your seat to go get popcorn and expect to know what's going on when you get back.

The supporting actors were great--I loved Paul Bettany as Silas the albino monk and Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing the haughty British professor.

I give the movie a 7.5 out of 10. Very much worth seeing if you liked the book, or if you're just curious about the last few years of hype and controversy.

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash