she liked Imaginary Men best of all


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I’ve written a book!

So it is clear that my attention to this blog has fallen by the wayside the last few years. There are many reasons for that including, but not limited to: a real, non-imaginary-man boyfriend, a house and a dog.

There is another reason that will be far more interesting to you which is that I have been writing a book! If you’ve liked what goes on here (when things were, you know, actually going on) then I guarantee you will like

The Fangirl Files

True Tales and Tips from the Fandom Frontlines!

Click to connect to my new book-centric website!

Click to connect to my new book-centric website!

The book is an expansion of this blog so if you enjoyed my tales of chasing Brandon Flowers on his Flamingo Tour, unapologetic love for Boy Bands, devotion to Pacey Witter and all things that celebrate being a Fangirl then get your copy and join the Fangirling Revolution!

May I interest in you a fabulous book trailer?

Buy now in Paperback or Kindle!

And follow along with #fangirlfilesbook on my social media (just look over there to the right, and up, and there you are!)


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James Dean is Still Cooler Than You

Today is the 59th anniversary of James Dean’s death. The man would be 83 years old now and who knows what he would have done with his life and career had he survived a car crash. He may have gotten fat or bald, made terrible movies or been hawking products in TV commercials. Instead he is frozen in time just like this:

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Eternally young, handsome and cool. Recently my boyfriend and I watched East of Eden because we were going to the central California coast where the movie is set. I watched Dean’s movies a lot when I was a teenager and spent most of that time alternately swooning and grieving that he was so stunningly beautiful and so tragically dead. Watching it now with an adult perspective I really appreciated how incredibly talented he was and how he certainly was one of the first true archetypes of the Wounded Misunderstood Man Child Who Just Wants to be Loved that so many of us are drawn to (paging Dr. Doug Ross, looking at you Tim Riggins.)

On our trip we drove out to Cholame where Dean died and is memorialized around a shady tree next to a diner right out of a movie set. The first time I saw it in the early 90’s there had been small sort of cameos of his face as part of the memorial that had been filled over with plastic to keep them preserved. But over the years fans had chipped away at the plastic attempting to get to the image underneath. Those were no longer there and I figured that this long gone, not many people stop there to see the memorial anymore.

Inside the Jack Ranch Cafe next door with its walls covered in Dean memorabilia, country music playing in the kitchen and warm cherry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream we learned from our waitress that every single day people still come in there because of James Dean. EVERY. DAY. That’s some pretty amazing longevity for someone who is probably more well-known by Kids Today for merchandise with his face on it rather than his film work or cult of celebrity.

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So rest in peace James Dean – nearly six decades gone and we’re still watching you, talking about you and looking for you.


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Empire State of Mind

I found this:

… in Art Deco Postcards. I love that even though it is from the 30’s it is kind of sassy and potentially saucy!

Personally I like:

Dear Sweetheart,
I am swell. The place here is magnificent. I do lots of night clubs. I need loving. Business is in the bag. I wish you would come here. I miss my liquor. Yours forever.


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Run from the Darkness in the Night

I’m watching Long Way RoundMy Scottish Boyfriend Ewan McGregor and his best mate Charley Boorman traveling by motorcycles from London to New York City “the long way round.” It’s very entertaining and sort of mind boggling the amount of planning and effort that is needed to cross through so many countries, not to mention the TIME. 3 months of sleeping in tents in Russia. How many fancy pants movie stars would do THAT??  (although I can think of plenty of celebrities I’d like to send to a tent in Russia. Permanently.)

From what I’ve watched so far, Ewan could not be a cooler guy: he’s funny, self-deprecating, loyal, passionate, polite, calm under pressure and a total boy who thinks dick jokes are funny and gets giddy at the idea of not having to wear clean clothes regularly. He also likes to strum a guitar and sing a song:

HE SINGS U2!!! HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU WANT ME TO LOVE YOU EWAN MCGREGOR?!?? 😉