Monday, June 1

Interview With William Mortensen Vaughan

William Mortensen Vaughan  in black tophat and Royal Stewart Tartan tuxedo
William Mortensen Vaughan
Today marks eight years since we published the first issue of La Libertad, so we decided to celebrate by interviewing our Senior Editor, William Mortensen Vaughan, whom we last interviewed  in February, 2019. Thanks to COVID-19, he has probably been spending more time at home, so we decided to ask him what he's been doing this year.

La Libertad:  Have you been spending more time at home since the outbreak of the Corona Virus?

William:  Yes, I have. My wife and I went shopping on March 3, 2020, and I didn't go out again that month, except for one trip to a U.S. Post Office, around the 10th, and to my dentist, on March 19th. I self-quarantined from my wife for a week after that. Since then, we haven't gone anywhere, except to visit her parents, who live a few blocks away from us, and to make a couple curbside pickups at Walmart and Lowe's. We wish we had been using curbside pickup before! This month [June, 2020], we're probably going to try curbside pickup at a Kroger store, in Richmond. I want to get some Crabbie's ginger beer, and maybe some Old Rasputin. I'd also like to get some Butterscotch Beer from Publix, if they have curbside pickup by the time we go.

La Libertad:  How safe is curbside pickup?

William:  Walmart's curbside pickup seems to be the safest. They ask you a few questions through the window, but you never need to touch anyone or anything. You can release the trunk from inside your car, and they load your groceries and close it for you.

The first time we went to Lowe's for curbside pickup, they insisted that one of us sign a paper receipt, which we passed back and forth through our car window. Like Walmart, they made it so we didn't need to sign anything the next time we went, but they seemed much less prepared to fill our order.  When we arrived and called, an automated message asked me to select "2" for "curbside pickup," which I did. This took me to a live operator, who asked me how she could direct my call. I said "pickup," so she transferred me, and I ended up hearing the same automated message. I went around and around like this for about fifteen minutes. Finally, I told the woman what was happening, and that someone needed to come and load my giant, white cargo truck.

Then they were missing a roll of concrete reinforcement mesh, and twenty paving stones. Luckily, we checked the order before we left. What should have taken fifteen minutes turned into a forty-minute ordeal.

La Libertad:  What improvements have you made to your website, A U.S. Christmas Carol?

William:  I try to update my website at least once a week. Since our last interview, I've added some reviews and quizzes, and some plaid/tartan wallpapers.

The main review that I've been creating quizzes for this year, is my review of A Christmas Carol, starring Guy Pearce, which was released last December. It's a three-part mini-series, with a total runtime of almost three hours, available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Three hours is long enough to have quoted every word of the original, unabridged novel. Several unabridged adaptations on Audible are available, which have run times of about three hours. For examples, A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry is three hours and thirty-one minutes long; A Christmas Carol (AmazonClassics Edition) and another, narrated by Andrea Fox, are both three hours and six minutes long; and A Christmas Carol: Dickens on Dickens is three hours and forty-three minutes long, but it includes an epilogue by the narrator, Gerald Dickens, who claims to be Charles Dickens' great-great grandson; his narration of his great-great grandfather's novel is probably about three and a half hours, like Tim Curry's. Abridged narrations, on the other hand, tend to be less than two hours long; the Simon and Schuster Adaptation, narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, for example, is only an hour and forty-seven minutes long.

La Libertad: You previously told us that whenever you "Google" "us christmas carol" or "christmas carol us," A U.S. Christmas Carol is the first "hit" returned - even before any Wikipedia article. Is that still true?

William:  Yes, it is.

La Libertad:  How extensive is your collection of adaptations of A Christmas Carol now?

William:  I still don't know for sure, but I've probably collected a dozen adaptations since the last time you asked me, so about eight dozen, I think. I've started burning some downloadable adaptations onto Compact and Digital Video Discs.

La Libertad:  What are some of the best  and worst adaptations you've seen, heard, or read since our last interview?

William:  At least five adaptations of A Christmas Carol were released in 2019, including :

A Christmas Carol, starring Guy Pearce (see above)

A Christmas Carol, starring Kate Katzman

A Christmas Carol,* starring Martin Prest

"A General Hospital Christmas Carol," starring Michael Easton

A Christmas Carol, starring David Hardware

And I've seen all of them.

Offhand, I would say that that Martin Prest's one-man adaptation is the best of those five, but I've spent a lot more time watching and rewatching Guy Pearce's adaptation. Otherwise, I would say it's the worst.

It has foul language and delves more deeply into Scrooge's sexuality than any adaptation that I've ever seen. Overall, it also has a dark, dismal tone, and a nitty, gritty feel to it. It's as if it were a cross between A Christmas Carol and the television series "Deadwood."

Perhaps the least notable adaptation is David Hardware's, which reminds me of Stuart Brennan's.

The best Audible adaptation I discovered is an unabridged adaptation by Gerald Dickens, who is, apparently, a great-great grandson of Charles Dickens. Allegedly, Gerald's father was David Kenneth Charles Dickens; whose father was Gerald Louis Charles Dickens; whose father was Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, K.C. (Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath); whose father was Charles Dickens.

I also obtained a DVD copy of the movie based on the Kindle and Audible novel titled A Shoe Addict's Christmas. Candace Cameron Bure plays the Shoe Addict.

La Libertad:  What upcoming adaptations, if any, are you looking forward to?


William:  I'm still waiting to see Humbug! starring Ice Cube as "the Scrooge," which should have been released last year.

I'm also looking forward to Christmas on the Square, starring Dolly Parton, to be released on Netflix; an adaptation starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds, to be released on Apple; an adaptation told from Marley's point of view, titled Marley, to be released by Disney.


La Libertad:  What else have you been doing since our last interview?


William:  I've been gardening more than ever before in my life. The first apple I ever grew appeared this spring, as did the first few roses I've ever grown. I have a magnolia tree which started out growing like a weed, which is now a significant little bush. I recently published a photo album on Facebook, titled They Toil Not; Neither Do They Spin, featuring pictures of flowers in my yard, most of which I didn't plant.


La Libertad:  Are your Twitter accounts blocked?


William:  Yes, I've lost control of both of my Twitter accounts. I lost control of one because they did not, apparently, agree with some of the things I said. I lost control of the other, simply because someone hacked it, and I had neglected to update my phone number on that account. I had the honor of being followed by Steven Seagal 's on the previous account, and by Kathy Ireland's verified account on the other, so I'm sorry I lost them.


La Libertad:  Do you still do genealogy?


William:  Yes, I do, although I've been banned from WikiTree. I find that they are a bunch of "genealogy snobs" and bullies, and I'm tired of their abuse. I'm also tired of people I don't even know changing the profiles of my forebears, as they do on other genealogical website, such as FamilySearch and Geni. Therefore, I've started spending more time publishing my own genealogical pages, so I can write the histories of my forebears and cousins without worrying about whether or not anyone is going to edit it - at least until I can no longer afford my web-hosting fees, which will probably be when I die. By then, I will probably leave a lot more of my online work on DropBox.


La Libertad:  What are the most exciting genealogical discoveries you've made since our last interview?

William:  As far as I'm concerned, the most exciting genealogical discovery I've ever made in my life is how closely related I am to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon! He's the Marine whose expedition "to the shores of Tripoli" are memorialized in the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn.

His father, Continental Army Captain William O'Bannon, served in the Revolutionary War. William had a brother named Benjamin. Benjamin had a daughter named Eleanor. Eleanor married Joseph Vaughn, who had a son named John Vaughan, who had a son named Luther Clay Vaughan, 

Furthermore, I've recently discovered that I am the first cousin, four times removed, from James Dunlavy, who received a Congressional Medal of Honor for capturing General Marmaduke, during the Civil War.

I also discovered that not just one, but two of my great grandfathers were veterans of under-age military service, during the Civil War: Luther Clay Vaughan, and Luke Wright Osborn. Luke was promoted at least twice, by the way, to Second and then First Corporal. I'd never even heard of a First or Second Corporal before, although I knew the U.S. Marines had Lance Corporals. 

I previously traced my Welsh lineage back to Lords such as Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor and Casnar Wledig, but I've since discovered that a person who I thought was my great-great grandfather was not my great-great grandfather, and my known Welsh lineage ends with a man named Malachi Vaughan, born in Wales, circa 1740. This is the second time I've changed my mind about who my great grandfather Luther Clay Vaughan's father was. I used to think that he was John M. Vaughan, but I couldn't find any official record placing him in Luther's home, or visa-versa. Then I thought Luther's father was John Vaughan, based on a U.S. Census record from 1910, showing that he was living with a daughter named Susan Frazier, but then I found a U.S. Census record from 1880, showing that he had a different wife, and different children, none of whom were Luther Clay or his known siblings. Now I believe that John W. Vaughan was Luther's father, as proven by U.S. Census records for 1850 and 1860.

La Libertad:  Are you related to anyone else who is famous?


William:  During our last interview, I mentioned that I had recently discovered that Charles Dickens was a distant cousin of mine.  (By the way, the 9th of this month marks one hundred fifty years since his death.) Since then, I've been adding the names of actors, directors, writers, and producers, who created adaptations of A Christmas Carol for film and/or television, to a list called "A Christmas Carol," which I created, on RelatviveFinder.org. As a result, I've discovered that Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, and Carrie Fisher are all distant cousins of mine.


I also mentioned that I presume that I'm related to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Viggo Mortensen, and Taylor Swift, but I had yet to make the connections.  Since then, I've found a genealogical connection between me and Taylor Swift. Oddly, it's not through my great grandmother, Mary Catharine Swift.

La Libertad:  Are you still among the top players of any video games?


William:  I do remain among the top one percent of all-time card counters on BlackJack by FilGames

I was a High Roller on Governor of Poker 3, but I have lost access to that account, and I've found that my Internet connection is too weak to play it anymore, so I don't play that anymore. However, I am among the top one percent of poker players on Governor of Poker 2, which, unlike 3, is offline. Apparently, only one percent of us have won the Gold Mine. Furthermore, on the desktop computer version, I beat the Governor of Texas, which proved to be a huge disappointment, because I was no longer able to play anywhere I wanted to in their "Texas." I basically needed to start over. It was extremely anti-climactic. What's the point of becoming the Governor of Texas if you can't play poker wherever you want to, in Texas?

Speaking of losing access to accounts, I've lost access to both of my Twitter Accounts:  @Vaughanster1962 and @DickensianCarol. This is particularly sad, because Steven Seagal was following my Vaughanster account with his verified Twitter Account, and we were getting along. Kathy Ireland was following my Dickensian Carol account, with her verified Twitter Account, and she and I were also getting along. 

La Libertad: Did Steven Seagal and Kathy Ireland actually send you personal messages, via Twitter?

William: Yes, they did.

La Libertad:  About what?!?

William:  Well, initially, I unintentionally offended Mr. Seagal with an insensitive remark about Sean Smith, one of the four Americans killed during the Benghazi massacre, on September 11, 2012. One of the survivors, Kris Paronto also contacted me, via Twitter, as a result, and accepted my apology. Steven Seagal later followed me.

Kathy replied to several of my posts, on topics including art and Passover. She also liked several of my posts about upcoming theatrical performances of adaptations of A Christmas Carol.

La Libertad:  Do you still play Chezz?

William: Yes, and I am in the top half of the top one percent of the players of Chezz in the world, with three different accounts: Lord Vaughan, AUSXmasCarol, and XmasCarolUS. Chezz is currently my favorite game.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled since our last interview?

William:  I don't think I've done much traveling in the past year or so. I think the most unusual trip I made, since our last interview, was to the McCormick and Schmick's in Virginia Beach, on Veterans' Day, 2019, which was a little embarrassing.

La Libertad:  Why was that embarrassing?

William:  Every year since I don't know when, McCormick and Schmick's has offered U.S. Military Veterans like me a free meal, in celebration of Veterans' Day, although not always on Veterans' Day. Last year, I mistakenly made a reservation for Veteran's Day, and didn't realize, until I saw the menu, that they weren't offering us the free meal on Veterans' Day, but the day before. To their credit, no one batted an eye. When I informed the waitress that I was a Veteran celebrating Veteran's Day, she simply brought me the special Veterans' menu, and took my order without saying anything about it, except to thank me for my Service.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

William:  Just

www.AChristmasCarol.US

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

William:  I invented a new mixed drink for Cinco de Mayo, this year:  The Molasses and Orange Juice Margarita...

La Libertad:  Doesn't that taste gross?

William:  Honestly, I thought it might turn out tasting gross, but I was surprised by how good it tastes. I think the molasses and orange juice complement each other nicely. I would not, however, recommend it to anyone who doesn't already like molasses.

Personally, I like molasses, and dark beers, such as Guinness and Old Rasputin, which are made with molasses.

Photo and interview by Libertad Green


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* There seems to be a discrepancy in the dates of release; IMDb indicates that it was released in 2017; Amazon, in 2019.

Thursday, May 21

Interview With Brian C. Schilling



Brian C. Schilling introduced us to himself as an "awarded humanitarian," a Producer, and an actor. One of his mottos is, apparently, "I'm-possible," a twist on the word "impossible." 

His publicist, Josh Mitchell, from PUB.LIE.SIZE, referred him to us, as a "former hockey player turned entrepreneur and investor," and "the owner of a host of businesses around the world." Josh tells us that Brian, having been "compared to Zach Galifianakis and hailed by Directors as 'a fresh comedic face,'" is also an "actor, humanitarian and supporter of the arts," who "is facing the Hollywood scene with panache, patience and grace," because he "feels that life should be met with fearlessness," and that "the boogeyman is not real. The greatest asset to your advantage is your mind. Your determination will fail you; your drive will fail you; your talents will fail you, but your WILL is immortal." 

Brian has a web series, titled "STUCK," about a "mob couple...at war for [the] throne of their dead marriage."


La Libertad: Where were you born?

Brian: I was born in Chicago, Illinois.

La Libertad: Where do you currently reside?

Brian: I currently live in Los Angeles.

La Libertad: What is your occupation?

Brian: I am an entrepreneur, actor, producer, content creator...

La Libertad: What do you love most about your work?

Brian: I love that I can change someone’s life for the better - change the world for the better. All through the roles I play and the projects I produce...

La Libertad: What inspires you?

Brian: My promise to make Hollywood brand new.

La Libertad: What is the hardest part of your job(s)?

Brian: Making sure that everyone is on the same page.

La Libertad: What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Brian: I speak English.

La Libertad: Where have you traveled?

Brian: I live traveling to warm places. Mexico is my favorite vacation spot.

La Libertad: What are your career goals?

Brian: To be an established, working actor, producer and content creator in Hollywood.

La Libertad: What projects are you working on?

Brian: Two series and a feature film. The Series “STUCK." Amazing. Logline: A mob couple is at war for [the] throne of their dead marriage.

La Libertad: What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Brian: As many as I can. Sincerely!


La Libertad: What, if anything, would you like to tell us about what appears to be a pink, zebra print item below your white T-shirt in the photo of you on the red carpet, wearing a purple suitcoat?

Brian: I wore those pants to help celebrate diversity. When I produce projects, I am all about inclusion.

La Libertad: What links would you like to share?

Brian:

www.instagram.com/thinkschilling

www.twitter.com/thinkschilling

www.TikTok.com/@thinkschilling

www.thinkschilling.com

www.imdb.com/name/nm10588194

www.youtube.com/thinkschilling

La Libertad: What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Brian: I am an awarded humanitarian.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Introduction by Josh Mitchell and William Mortensen Vaughan

Tuesday, March 24

Interview With Davi

Davi
Dave Ris of A.I.O. Management in Youngstown, Ohio, introduced us to his client, Davi, as an artist, singer, songwriter, and performer. Davi was kind enough to answer our questions.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Davi:  Youngstown, Ohio.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Davi:  Warren, Ohio.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Davi:  Professional singer, songwriter, performer...

La Libertad:  Love do you love most about your work?

Davi:  Making good music and taking it to my fans... Performing live, and giving my fans/audiences a fun, memorable experience.

La Libertad:  What talents, and/or hobbies do you have?

Davi:  Stage presence, originality with fashion... That started off as a hobby.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Davi:  Originally, both in music and fashion...debunking the [theory that] "It's all been Done!"

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your job?

Davi:  Working on being the best I could be as a music artist, and then not [seeing] results!

La Libertad:  What foreign languages do you speak, read, and/or write?

Davi:  Spanish... (Not Foreign!)

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Davi:  All over the U.S.A., Mexico, and Canada.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Davi:  Make change for the good!

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Davi:  All the above!

La Libertad:  In what upcoming events if any, do you intend to participate?

Davi:  Working on putting together the best of talented musicians to form a take-it-to-the-road tour band. Dates, shows [and] events to be announced; stay tuned!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Davi:  Too many to mention. You can look up Davi - "You got me wantin' you," or:

Twitter

NumberOneMusic

ReverbNation

La Libertad:  What  else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Davi:  Look for me; I will be looking for you. Nothing but good music - a good time... See you then!

Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan












Friday, January 31

Interview With Lynette Coll

Lynette Coll
photo by Bjoern Kommerell
Lynette:  Thank you so much for the opportunity of being interviewed for La Libertad Magazine... It was very inspirational. It was a real pleasure... Thank you!

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Lynette:  I was born in Puerto Rico, la Isla del Encanto [the Isle of Enchantment].

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest film project?

Lynette:  I had the opportunity to work alongside actor and comedian, Affion Crockett (The Wedding Ringer) and Jason R. Moore (The Punisher) on Worlds From Home (trailer), a film I produced and star in, written and directed by Delmar Washington from Ximen Media Group.  It is a sci-fi project about a father and son who go... on a road trip to rekindle their relationship, and while on the trip, which is filled with challenges, they encounter a creature from another planet that forces them to come together to fight for their lives against both alien and man. I play Tosha, the ex-girlfriend and mother to the most beautiful kid, Tommy, played by Eli Rubio.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about being an actress?

Lynette:  I love the moment we are living right now. Being a Latinx actress or artist in general right now feels like never before; people are listening; stories are being written with more weight and a lot more depths and layers.  I audition more and more for female characters that are less stereotypical, and I love that. I love that we have so many more voices emerging that are executive producing, writing, and acting in their own projects. This is becoming the new normal.  A great example of this is Gina Rodriguez, directing, acting and producing her own show on Disney Plus, "Diary of a Future President."

Don't get me wrong; there is a lot of work to be done; there are only three percent of Latinos being represented in our industry, but this is an exciting time to be us.

La Libertad:  Three percent? Please elaborate.

Lynette:  This is the study made by U.S.C. [University of Southern California] Annenberg:

assets.uscannenberg.org/docs/aii-study-latinos-in-film-2019.pdf

In 2019, 3,616 films were produced, and only three percent of those films were produced by Latinos; of the one hundred top grossing films from 2007-2018, only three percent featured leads or co-leads that were Latinos. So we are super underrepresented; only three percent of us are represented in front of, or behind the camera, which is a very low and very scary number. I hope this helps.

Of the 3,616 "Produced by" credits, only three percent were held by Latinos. Seventy-eight of those credits were held by Latinos, and nineteen were held by Latinas; this is a gender ratio of four male producers to every one female.

Only four percent of Directors were Latinos, out of the 1,335 holding top jobs. Forty-eight of those directors were male, and one was female (Patricia Riggen). A total of twenty-eight individual or unique Latino Directors worked across the 1,200 top films studied. Twenty-nine percent of the twenty-eight Directors were U.S. filmmakers and seventy-one percent are international filmmakers.

Across the one hundred top grossing movies from 2007-2018, only three percent of films featured leads or co-leads with Latino actors. Females represented forty-nine percent of the leads or co-leads. However, five of those seventeen roles went to one female actress (Cameron Diaz). Summing across protagonist types (leads, co-leads, actors driving ensemble casts), the most frequently hired Latino actors were Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Eugenio Derbez, and Jessica Alba. Only eight male and two female leads, co-leads or members of an ensemble cast that were forty-five years of age or older at the time of theatrical release. Both female leads were played by Jennifer Lopez.

Only 4.5% of all speaking characters were Latino.

La Libertad: 

[NOTES:  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.3% of the U.S. population is Hispanic or Latino. According to WorldoMeters, "Latin America and The Caribbean population is equivalent to 8.42% of the total world population."

"Latino" means different things to different people. Merriam-Webster defines "Latino" as "a native or inhabitant of Latin America." Dictionary.com defines "Latino" as "a person of Latin American origin or descent, especially a man or boy" or "of or relating to people of Latin American origin or descent, especially those living in the United States."  The U.S. Census Bureau defines "Latino" as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race." Some people regard Latinos as people raised speaking a language derived from Latin, such as Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, or Catalan.]

What talents and hobbies do you have?

Lynette:  I draw. I love it so much,  I can be drawing for hours. One of my hobbies is being in nature... hiking or skiing.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?
Lynette Coll
photo by Jeremy Bringadner

Lynette:  Music, traveling... You get to meet new people and see other parts of the world. I also get inspired by artwork and museums, or other artists that are doing great work out there, like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of "Killing Eve" and "Fleabag."

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of producing?

Lynette:  Having to tell a director or filmmaker, "No, you can't get that shot you really love; the budget doesn't allow it."

 The other hard part of producing is keeping a good balance in life; it is very easy to get caught up in the madness of the long hours, and it is very hard to keep work and life in balance. Not to get into the gender discussion, but sometimes it is hard to be the only woman in the room; you have to hold your own and make sure your voice is being heard, and that you are being taken seriously.

La Libertad:  What are your main goals at the Sundance Film Festival, Thursday, January 23, through Sunday, February 2, 2020?

Lynette:  I am here to meet with industry folks and to talk about my company, and see if we can find a point of collaboration and co-produce exciting new projects. To me, Sundance is the place to discover new talent, writers, producers, [and] directors that I would like to support, and perhaps take their stories to the next level. I'm here to discover the new voices in our industry. There is something very special about Sundance and the creative and exciting energy that emerges during these two weeks; to me, Sundance dictates what happens in the industry for the rest of the year, so let's do this!

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Lynette:  Mexico, the South of France, Berlin, Montreal...  And  I am about to go to Colombia to produce a T.V. series, and, while I'm up there, I will stop in Peru. I love traveling; it expands my horizons, and it makes me a better human.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Lynette:  After working with my mentor, the late Joel Sadilek (producer of Ingrid Goes West), I found my voice. Joel always believed in me, and told me that, if I wanted to change this industry, I had to be in the room where decisions are getting made, and carve my own way into the industry. Ever since, I've been passionate about diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera.  And I'm certainly carving my own space in this industry. I've been passionate about telling big stories that connect, engage, disarm, activate, and unite the globe. I have studied both acting and production, so I am a storyteller at heart; my career goals are to own my own boutique studio, with two other partners, to develop, produce, and distribute in house projects of all genres, and support new and diverse creators with big stories and grand characters who reflect and mirror our own experiences. I want to be able to tell stories that are not the norm. I do not like stereotypes; I love thinking "outside the box," so the stories I would like to support and/or create are those that are unique but epic, and that can move people's consciousness. And who knows? Maybe, in the future, I'll also direct something of my own. For now, I'll be concentrating on acting and producing.

La Libertad:  What else would you like to tell our readers about your new production company?

Lynette:  My new company is the start of that future career goal I just mentioned. I am not allowed, yet, to give away the name; it is a very good one, coming soon, I promise. The idea is to develop, produce, and distribute projects to support new and diverse voices. We want to work with diverse creators with big stories that can disarm, activate, and unite. We thrive on stories with big characters that are flawed and that reflect who we are as humans. We are genre-agnostic and we want to be able to unite creators and audiences as one. Our company has a film and a series in development, and we are actively looking for two more projects from creators - not only from the U.S., but from somewhere else in the world. Bottom line:  We want to stir the masses.
Lynette Coll
photo by Joanna Degeneres


La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Lynette:  Follow me on Instagram for the latest news:

@lynettecoll17

Check out the details of a my upcoming project with Josh Whitehouse and David Lynch, called The Happy Worker.

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Lynette:  Always lead with your heart; tell your truth; believe in who you are; and never allow someone else to dictate your future.

Friday, December 6

Women Creating Change November 17, 2019

Women Creating Change - photo by Michael Tullberg
Arab and Israeli women in film and television united for an unprecedented evening, proving that art can transcend religion and politics, at the ‘Stand Up 4 Her’ event, in Los Angeles, California, on November 17th, 2019. The founder of Women Creating Change (WCC), Lee Broda, along with her founding team Inbal-Rotem Sagiv, Nawal Bengholam, Natasha Kermani, Shelly Skandrani, Natalie Marciano, Reem EdanEliya Reis, Reem Kadem, Micky Levy, and dozens of other members, presented an awe inspiring event which featured powerful performances by renowned female comedians, poets, storytellers, artists, performers, and musicians from Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, Palestine, and Israel.
Reem Kadem & Gal Macadar - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

The sold out, star studded event, including patrons such as Yael Grobglas ("Jane the Virgin"), Alon Aboutboul (The Dark Knight Rises), and Sarah Idan (Miss Universe Iraq 2017), had the audience laughing, crying and cheering! The guests came in expecting to be entertained, but they also left so inspired, buying raffle tickets, and donating to the non-profit, proving WCC’s mission of bridging communities, to be a success!

The evening began with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from Chef Oshri Vaknin and a hosted cocktail reception sponsored by Stella Artois and Dulce Vida. As guests mingled and took pictures on the red carpet, they were introduced to astonishing works showcased in the art exhibit, including the original artwork of Fadia Afashe (Syria), Pooneh Rafsha (Iran), Tasneem Rahman (Pakistan), and Ilanit Maghen (Israel), curated by Lauren Annette Schoth.

Zain Shami - photo by Jonathan C. Ward
Lee Broda opened the show with a moving introduction to Women Creating Change’s mission to bring together women of different beliefs, religions and political views from the Middle East.

According to Lee Broda, "We seek to inspire change and bridge cultural divides; we believe that together we are stronger, because our similarities are greater than our differences.”

“Stand Up for Her” kicked off with Muslim-Iraqi Comedian Reem Edan and Jewish-Israeli actress Gal Macadar “arguing” over who would serve as host. “Let’s settle this like men. Meet me outside in five,” Edan said. “Or we can settle this like women and talk about it,” replied Macadar. (The women decided to co-host.)

Natalie Marciano - photo by Jonathan C. Ward
The show featured outstanding comedians Crystal Marie Denha, Melissa Shoshahi, Noam Shuster, Nina Kharoufeh, Natalie Marciano, Zain Shami, and Mona Shaikh, who shared saucy insights into being a modern Middle Eastern woman, revealing through humor, that they all share the same plights.

Crystal Marie Denha made the audience blush with her jokes about sex.

Natalie Marciano had them ululating loudly saying “If Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t know what it is, it must be some messed up shit!”

“I see you undressing me with your eyes,’ said hijab wearing Zain Shami. “Do you want to make me your second wife?”

To balance out the evening, poets and storytellers entered the stage with emotionally provoking performances, reading original and borrowed work.

Nawal Bengholam read a poem by Salma El-Wardany. Lee Broda shared her poem, "The Vow," from her book of poetry, Whispers from the Moon:  "I promise to honor the woman in me… water her with light, feed her kindness, kiss her scars, bathe her with love.”

Shelly Skandrani performed her poem "Social Reconditioning."
Shelly Skandrani - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

“Too busy convincing me that I don’t know my own desires, and the world admires your strength and
conviction, my smile and submission.”

Inbar Lavi (Lucifer) spoke of how women create the feeling of home, and what connects the WCC members is that they’ve left their homes behind and built a new one in Los Angeles. Storyteller Ayser Salman shared moments about her childhood as an immigrant from her book The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In.

Guests also enjoyed a special musical performance by Inbar Starr and beats from DJ Karina Kay.
The event was wrapped up with a dessert reception hosted by The Baklava Factory and Mamilla Restaurant, and the VIP guests even received gift bags with Converse Shoes and other goodies.

All proceeds achieved from the evening will benefit WCC programs for female filmmakers. WCC is fiscally sponsored by Women’s Voices Now. The event was held in partnership with Women In Film, Alliance of Women Directors, New Filmmakers LA, Film Fatales, Women In Media, and Saddle Ranch Pictures.
Inbar Lavi & Lee Broda - photo by Jonathan C. Ward

“Women Creating Change was founded by female filmmakers and artists from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA),"stated WCC Founder, Lee Broda. “I was excited to help celebrate these talented female storytellers at this year’s event, Stand Up 4 Her, as we continue to strive to create a space for peaceful co-existence and honest, substantive dialogue around today’s issues.”

In a time when women are fighting for or against something, and rightly so, it is however, refreshing to come together for an evening and celebrate each other.

Attendees reveled in the evening’s ambitious program! Inbal-Rotem Sagiv, Executive Director, said “[We were] planning this event for a while, and were excited to share our vision, but little did we know it would incite such a magnificent reaction!

Saturday, August 3

Interview With Actor, Producer, Nik Goldman

Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity referred actor Nik Goldman to us.

 La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Nik:  Leeds, England.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside? 

Nik:  Leeds, England.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest film projects?

Nik:  I acted in a big film in Poland last year called Squadron 303. I then acted in a TV Pilot. I have two films coming up, called The Au Pair and Breckenridge, which I am producing and acting [in]. Plus four other films which I am due to act in...

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Nik:  I love the creativity and working in a team. The best is seeing a film come to life from script to screen. From acting point of view, I love getting into the character, and giving all my energy into the role. Seeing the films you have produced or acted in, being put on the big screen, or even streaming TV, is a real buzz, and achievement. It makes it all worthwhile when you achieve this. 

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Nik:  Playing football, tennis, and golf. I am also an avid Leeds United football supporter, in which I attend many Leeds games, each season.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Nik:  Storytelling, and true life stories. My family and wife also inspire me. As they back me in what I do... which is a very tough profession.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of the film industry?

Nik:  Getting films made is the hardest part of producing and filmmaking. Finding the equity finance to start off the film is definitely the most difficult. There are very good stories and scripts out there, but finding money is what makes it difficult. With regards to acting, trying to get to casting directors and seen for auditions on the big films or television shows, are super tough. It's keeping going and not getting disheartened when you don't get seen for a role, or no one calls you back!

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Nik:  I speak a little French, as I have spent much time in France over the years.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Nik:  I have been all over the world, from most cities in Europe...Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, to far away places like the U.S.A., South America, Mexico, Thailand, India, South Africa, and China.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Nik:  I want to make films as a producer and to also act in great productions. To be respected as an actor and as a filmmaker for many years to come... I think to get any film made or be successful as an actor in a production is my goal everyday.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Nik:  I have two films I'm producing, The Au Pair and Breckenridge. Which I'm also acting in, and playing lead roles. I will also be acting in some other films, which I have been cast in. These are in the U.S.A., but because of the non disclosures I've signed, I cannot say too much about them! 

The Au Pair is a psychological thriller. Breckenridge is a controversial, political drama.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in? 

Nik:  I have Venice and  Toronto film festivals coming up, which I will hopefully be attending. Plus Berlin and Cannes in 2020, which I usually attend...

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Nik:  

My IMDb:  www.imdb.com/name/nm1157708

My Spotlight:  www.spotlight.com/3177-1203-7298

My Instagram:  www.instagram.com/nikgoldmanactor

My Twitter:  www.twitter.com/nikgoldman


La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Nik:  To please support the arts and film! It's vital; without an audience and readers, we couldn't continue to make films and perform arts. 

Please look out for all our productions coming to cinema and T.V., and...please support us. Any info on me can be found at the links above, so please follow me. I always love to interact with like-minded people and those who who love film and television.        


Tuesday, April 23

Interview With Marina Shron

Marina Shron
Marina Shron
photo by Karen Shasha
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced Marina Shron to us, and she was gracious enough to grant us this interview.

 La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about The Fruit of Our Womb?

Marina:  The film is a behind-closed-doors look at the life of an affluent Manhattan couple and a homeless teenage girl (Christina) who they rescue from the streets and take into their world. It's the story of an instant family - one that starts as a utopian dream, which blossoms, but quickly degenerates into a vicious nightmare.

At its core, it’s a social parable set in a society where child sex abuse is at once the biggest taboo and the most lucrative enterprise.

La Libertad:  What was the short film that the feature is based on?

Marina:  The feature is a sequel to [my] award-winning short film "Lullaby for Ray" - a miniature film-noir that follows Christina and her partner, Ray, who transforms in the course of the film, from her “daddy” to her “lover” to her “pimp. By the end of the film, Ray is dead, and Christina embarks on a search of a new home.
Lullaby for Ray
Estelle Bajou

La Libertad:  What are the perks of your Kickstarter campaign?

Marina:  We have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, and we offer some pretty amazing perks,  from a limited edition tote bag and an autographed poster with the film’s logo to the Producer credits. Everyone who contributes $20 and above gets [a] digital download of the film, a film credit, and [an invitation] to our wrap-party. Some of the most popular perks include a walk-on background talent role in one of our larger scenes (perfect for aspiring actors) and a PHOTOWALK – a guided tour of the film sites in New York, with photography advice from myself and the film’s D.P. [Director of Photography].  Oh, and there’s a script-consulting session with me; in addition to making films, I’ve been teaching screenwriting for many years.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about filmmaking?

Marina:  Film is an inherently poetic medium. It’s the most direct way to convey my vision - my experience of the world without explaining or rationalizing it. My background is in writing – writing for theater, to be exact. When writing plays, I had to rely on dialogue – but images are so much more powerful than words! I also love the collaborative nature of filmmaking. It’s hard but joyful work!

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Marina:  I’m not quite sure what it is that inspires me to create. It’s a certain kind of hunger… I just have to do it to stay alive!

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of producing a movie?

Fundraising. And again – fundraising. It’s the part that takes the longest, and it’s the hardest, the most tedious one - at least, for me it is. I’ve been lucky to work with producers who actually enjoy that part of the process!

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Marina:  I’ve traveled to many countries – Italy, France, Germany, SpainColombia, where I made another short film, "Sea Child"... If time travel counts, I would include Russia; I was born there, in St.Petersburg. Along with New York, where I currently live, it’s one of the most influential cities in my life – a source of my “dark” inspiration.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Marina:  My short term goal is to make my feature film debut, The Fruit of Our Womb. My overall goal is to carve a niche for myself as a female film director. I’m pretty certain that the kind of films I want to make have not been made yet.

La Libertad:  What other projects are you hoping to work on?

Marina:  I'm currently working on another screenplay, a political thriller, and a T.V. pilot. But I believe The Fruit of Our Womb should take most (if not all) of my time in 2019. My plan is to shoot the film in [the fall of] 2019, and complete post-production by January, 2020. We have recently launched the Kickstarter campaign to help us meet these goals.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?
Marina: 

The Kickstarter Campaign [which ends May 1, 2019]:

kck.st/2TGvTh3

The Film’s Website:

www.thefruitofourwomb.com/

And you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/tfoowmovie/


https://www.instagram.com/tfoowmovie/

Judas Kiss
Madi Hall & Amy Gordon, photo by Charles Fara
La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Marina:  Don’t let anyone tell you what kind of life you should or should not be living, [or] what kind of films you should or should not be making.

And, if you have a rebel streak in you, please join our Kickstarter campaign and become a part of The Fruit of Our Womb team!

Warm regards...

Friday, February 22

Interview With Webmaster, William Mortensen Vaughan

William Mortensen Vaughan  in black tophat and Royal Stewart Tartan tuxedo
William Mortensen Vaughan
We last interviewed our Senior Editor, William Mortensen Vaughan, in April, 2017.  We decided it was high time to catch up with him again.

La Libertad:  The last time we interviewed you, you were hosting a contest or give-away on your website, A U.S. Christmas Carol.  How did that go?

William:  It didn't.  No one entered.  I'd had contests before, which attracted several participants, but I offered hundreds of dollars in prize money.  No one seems to be interested in cheap prizes, such as D.V.D.s [Digital Video Discs]. They want cash.  Unfortunately, I'm no longer willing to offer prize money.  Perhaps I will again, another year.

The good news is that I've apparently done something right as far as S.E.O. [Search Engine Optimization], because for months now, whenever I "Google" "us christmas carol" or "christmas carol us," A U.S. Christmas Carol is the first "hit" returned - even before any Wikipedia article.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear on the first page of "hits," when you "Google" "christmas carol."  Of course, I'd really love it if my site were the first hit returned whenever anyone "Googled" "christmas"!

La Libertad:  How extensive is your collection of adaptations of A Christmas Carol now?

William:  I don't know for sure, but I've probably collected a dozen adaptations since the last time you asked me, so about seven dozen, I think.

And that's just on D.V.D. and V.H.S. [Video Home System].  I've also started collecting audio-only adaptatations on C.D. [Compact Discs], and Audible, as well as literary adaptations via Kindle.

La Libertad:  What are some of the best  and worst adaptations you've seen, heard, or read since our last interview?

William:  I've seen some of my least favorite video adaptations, starring Stuart Brennan, Matthew McConaughey, and Brian Cook.

A Christmas Carol (2018), starring Stuart Brennan as a modern, Scottish Ebenezer Scrooge, features a Ghost of Christmas Past (Rebecca Hanssen) who looks more like a lingerie model in white lace and garter belts than a spiritual messenger.  This adaptation also replaces the Ghost of Christmas Present with "the Goose of Christmas Present" (Mark Lyminster).  Apparently, "goose" is slang for "homosexual," and this particular homosexual man seems to "hit on" Scrooge with sexual innuendo. 

The McConaughey adaptation, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), is almost pornographic, and features a scene in which McConaughey's character is caught in a rainstorm of used condoms.

The sexuality is more subtle in the Brian Cook adaptation, My Dad Is Scrooge (2014), but, disturbingly, it's there.  It also features child who urinates on the floor, and another who refuses to change his stinking socks.  Furthermore, it features farm animals who walk around indoors, and ride inside luxury sedans.  The fact that they speak English isn't necessarily a good thing, either.

For me, the best part of this adaptation of A Christmas Carol, is Brian Cook's refusal to dye the white spots in his hair.  When I first saw him, which was in this film, I thought it was snow, because his first scene shows him being struck with a snowball.  Then I thought perhaps he'd been moonlighting as a painter, and that he and all the film crew members (not to mention the video editors) missed a few spots of white paint before his appearance on set.  Then, curious, I Googled "brian cook," and discovered that his brown hair really has white spots in it, and he and those who employ him could not, apparently, care less.  More power to him!

I also discovered an adaptation, in the form of an episode of Sanford and Son, starring Redd Foxx; I bought the whole series on D.V.D., since it's nostalgic for me, and I'm ashamed to admit that I apparently missed this Christmas episode.

The best adaptation I've seen since our last interview, is The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), starring Christopher Plummer as Scrooge, and Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, which I saw at a cinema soon after the date of its release, November 10, 2017.  Since then, I've watched it it on D.V.D. and BluRay innumerable times.

The first audible adaptation I listened to was Jonathan Winters', which I found, on C.D., at a secondhand store.  Then I discovered A Shoe Addict's Christmas on Audible.  I've been hooked on audibles ever since.  I've heard Sir Patrick Stewart's audible adaptation, not to be confused with the movieNeil Gaiman has a good one on SoundCloud.

I downloaded a Western adaptation featuring the voice of James Stewart, with Howard McNear providing the voice for Ebenezer Scrooge in that adaptation, which was an episode of a radio show about a man named Brit Ponset, also known as "The Six-Shooter."  Howard McNear later played Floyd the Barber on "The Andy Griffith Show."  What I find particularly entertaining about Jimmy Stewart's adaptation is all the ways "Brit Ponset" is spelled:  Brit Ponsett, Britt Ponset, Britt Ponsett, Brit Poncett...  Not to mention the fact that his character and his revolver are both  nicknamed "the Six-Shooter," as if he were a "bad hombre," but his character sounds like a milktoast.

It's hard to believe Jimmy Stewart was, in reality, a Commanding Officer and a bomber pilot who flew twenty missions in combat during World War II.  He retired later as a Brigadier General.

The best audible adaptation that I've heard is Tim Curry's unabridged adaptation, not to be confused, again, with his video adaptation.  Three and a half hours, including Dickens' slight about U.S. Securities being worthless!  And Tim Curry makes every moment of those three and a half hours a pleasure to listen to.  Amazing!

There are spin-offs, too, which I've listened to, such as "Jacob T. Marley," "Miss Marley," and "Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge."

The worst audible adaptation I've heard is "The Indian Christmas Carol," which is prose followed by an instrumental musical number.  It should have been marketed as a song - not an Audible.

I've had less luck with literary adaptations.  I read an  H.P. Lovecraft spoof adaptation by John Sheehan, and a set of plays for children to perform by authors Brendan P. Kelso and Khara C. Barnhart.  I found both of these literary adaptations slightly amusing - emphasis on "slightly."

La Libertad:  What upcoming adaptations, if any, are you looking forward to?

William:  Ice Cube is starring as "the Scrooge" in an adaptation called Humbug! which is scheduled for release this year [2019].

Candace Cameron Bure has already appeared in a film adaptation of A Shoe Addict's Christmas, which aired on the Hallmark Channel, but which I have yet to see, when it's released on the HallmarkNow "app" [application].

La Libertad:  What else have you been doing since our last interview?

William:  Today [February 20, 2019], I received notification that my Google Knowledge Panel has been verified by Google.  I applied a couple of days ago.  Now I can recommend changes, which will have greater weight than if I were someone else.

Unfortunately, I am not, apparently, important or notable enough to be verified on Facebook or Twitter.

I've also taken a greater interest in my genealogy than ever before.  I've tenuously traced my lineage all the way back through Vikings and Trojans, such as Thorgil Sprakling and King Priam, to Norse and Greek "gods" such as Zeus and Thor, and from them to Adam - emphasis on "tenuously"!

More believably, I've traced my Welsh lineage back through Lords such as Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, to Casnar Wledig, born circa 500 A.D. [Anno Domini], about the time the legendary King Arthur was allegedly pulling the legendary Excalibur out of the legendary stone, and the historic Battle of Badon Hills.

More recently, my great grandfather Luther Clay Vaughan was perhaps born in Kentucky, but went to Indiana to join their Infantry to fight for the Union during the Civil War.

My great grandfather Rasmus Julius Smith, on my mother's side, was a Pony Express Rider between Utah and Idaho.

La Libertad:  Are you related to anyone famous?

William:  I recently discovered that Charles Dickens was a distant cousin of mine.  We are both descendants of a Scottish Earl named Alexander Gordon.

According to RelativeFinder.org, I have a lot of famous, distant cousins, including Queen Anne Stuart, who ruled over England and Ireland in the early Eighteenth Century (circa 1700 A.D.); P.T. Barnum, of circus fame; Johnny Cash; Johnny Carson; Jimi Hendrix; Elvis Presley; Janis Joplin; Richard and Karen Carpenter; Gene Autry; Jim Morrison; David Bowie; Walt Disney; Humphrey Bogart; John Wayne; Buddy Holly...  I find it particularly amusing that I might be related to Buddy Holly, since, over the years, people have called me that, and/or suggested that I resembled him.

I have also discovered links to dozens of the Defenders of the Alamo, including the Garrison Commander, Lieutenant Colonel James Bonham; Colonel Davy Crockett; and Jim Bowie, the alleged inventor of the Bowie knife.

I believe that I am related to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Viggo Mortensen, and Taylor Swift, but I have yet to make the connections.  The same goes for a somewhat famous photographer, for whom I am apparently mistaken online, named William Mortensen, who was born in Park City, Utah, and moved to California.  We are both descended from Danish Mormons who emigrated from Denmark to Utah during the 1800's.

I alo believe that a certain Jessica Vaughan is my second cousin, but I have yet to prove that.

La Libertad:  What are your favorite genealogical websites?

William: My favorite, where I "do" most of my genealogy, is WikiTree.com

I also like the Mormons' FamilySearch.org and RelativeFinder.org

Unlike Ancestry.com and Geni.com and others, they do not offer anything for money.  Unfortunately, they are open to the public, like Wikipedia, so anyone can potentially log in and change things.  One day your lineage is traced back to Adam, and the next it doesn't even make it back to Thorgil Sprakling.  I haven't had as many problems like that with WikiTree, although the opportunity for genealogical vandalism is also there.

Perhaps, another reason I gravitate to WikiTree is that it's so easy to get recognition there.  I've only had a WikiTree account for about four months (since November, 2018), and already I have sixteen badges.

I consider FamilySearch invaluable, though, because of all the sources it has, such as U.S. and State Censuses.  RelativeFinder uses the same database (and you use the same user I.D. [identification] and password to log in); it generates lists and spreadsheets of famous relatives.  You can sort by entertainers, U.S. Presidents, and Defenders of the Alamo, as well as many other groups you might be interested in, such as people who came over on the Mayflower, or signed the Magna Carta.

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers about?

William:  In the past few weeks I've reached the Top Ten on the Leader Board of Luxor BlackJack by Yazino.

I am also in the top one percent of all-time card counters on BlackJack by FilGames, and I'm a High Roller on Governor of Poker 3.

I've reached the rank of Master on Chezz.  Chezz is like Chess online, but you don't have to wait your turn. You play in real time, against real opponents.  It makes for very intense Chess matches, because you're not just racing against a clock, but every moment that you let go by is a moment your opponent can be moving any or all of his pieces, depending on how long it takes you to make a move.

There is also an offline section, in which you play against artificially intelligent opponents.

By the way, I've done all this without spending any money on virtual currency, such as poker chips, gold pieces, or diamonds, et cetera.  Also, I've placed in the Top Ten on Luxor Blackjack's Leaderboard above many people who are at higher Levels than me, which enables them to play in a tournament I'm not ever allowed to play in, because I'm only at Level 15, and it requires Level 17 to even see its name, let alone play in it.

I can't say that about Paradise Bay by King, where I've spent dozens of U.S. Dollars on virtual purple diamonds in order to obtain virtual pets, such as a pair of koalas and a panda; I recently unlocked and adopted a pair of pink flamingos.  I've reached the maximum Level, too, which is 80.

I use these games to advertize my website.  In Paradise Bay, I have spelled out the U.R.L. [Universal Resource Locator] to my website, and the date of its last update.

On Google Play and Dragon Soul, I actually changed my name to AChristmasCaroldotUS and USChristmasCarol, respectively.

Unfortunately, Dragon Soul is taking their game down.  I'm not sure why.

I hate it that games often require online connections to play them, now-a-days.  In some cases, it makes the C.D.'s obsolete, when the online support evaporates.  I still pay early versions of Warhammer 40,000; once they required an online connection to play, I stopped upgrading.

On Dragon Soul, I created a line-up of Heroes which I think resemble characters from Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol:

A tophat-and-ducktail wearing Plague Mogul is my "Scrooge."

A Raging Revenant is my Jacob Marley.

A blonde Dragon Lady in golden armor is my Ghost of Christmas Past

A giant Orc Priest is my Ghost of Christmas Present.

A Skeleton King is my Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

A pair of Stepladder Brothers are my Bob and Tim Cratchit.

A Shadow Assassin is my Mrs. Cratchit.

A Plant Soul is my Martha Cratchit.

An Ancient idol is my Peter Cratchit.

A Goblin Trio is my Belinda and two other young Cratchits.

A Huntress with white war paint is my charwoman.

A Groovy Druid is my laundress.

A magician and a thief are my Fred and his wife.

Rotbeard the Pirate is my Old Joe.

Anyway, I'm proud to say that I'm one of the best virtual blackjack players in the world.  How many people do you know whose names you can find on a constantly updated leaderboard, which welcomes competition from all over the World-Wide Web?  And I'm on two of them.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled since our last interview?

William:  We've returned to Virginia Beach a few times.  We went to South of the Border and Myrtle Beach for our "Meeting Anniversary."

Best of all, we went to the Biltmore for Christmas, 2018!

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

William:

www.AChristmasCarol.US

And the following U.R.L.s, which redirect themselves to that site:

achristmascarol.today

achristmascarol.club

achristmascarol.world

achristmascarol.online

theghostsofchristmas.online

yourchristmascarol.info

achristmascarol.reviews

dickensiancarol.com

I am also proud to introduce my SoundCloud, and associated playlists:

soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol

soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol/sets/wassail

soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol/sets/a-christmas-carol
(audio adaptations of the novel)


soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol/sets/fezziwigs
(Christmas Carols played predominantly on a violin, by masters of the violin such as Ji Hae Park and my fellow Utahn, Lindsey Stirling)

soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol/sets/toppers

(Decrease the surplus population!  Songs that make you feel like "topping" yourself...)

soundcloud.com/dickensiancarol/sets/dodecahedron
(Throw down the gauntlet, drop the gloves, and take off the mittens!  This is where I intend to collect one hundred forty-four of the best Christmas songs ever recorded!)

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

William:  I invented a new mixed drink for National Margarita Day:  The Purple Iguana!  A margarita spiked with (preferably) one hundred percent cranberry juice...

On a more somber note, Albert Finney recently passed away.  He was the star of one of my favorite adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge (1970).  As his character would say, "Thank you very much!  Thank you very much!  Thank you very, very, very much!"

Photo and interview by Libertad Green