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AMERICAN WINTER DOCUMENTARY

From time to time Feng Shui By Fishgirl gets behind worthy causes and lets you readers know about them. It’s good for your feng shui to contribute support to charities, causes, and to do good deeds. My friends Joe Gantz and his wife author Corine Gantz introduced me to my life partner. Now THAT was a good deed, indeed! So I want to tell you about Joe’s latest project and how you can  help.
AMERICAN WINTER is a documentary feature film that shines a light on the dramatic personal stories behind the country’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Produced and directed by Joe & Harry Gantz (creators of HBO’s Taxicab Confessions & executive producers of the CBS series The Defenders), AMERICAN WINTER is a powerful documentary film about families struggling to keep their heads above water right here and right now. To make this film, they partnered with the nonprofit organization 211info in Portland and were given full access to monitor and record calls from distressed families calling 211’s emergency hotline in search of help.
Then the filmmakers began following the stories of some of these callers in more depth over several months. The film follows several families as they struggle to get by while facing overwhelming challenges and dwindling resources available to help them, creating a powerful firsthand view of Americans caught in today’s financial undertow. The goal is to complete American Winter and release it before the 2012 American elections so that both the public and legislators making choices about who will be taxed more or less, and whose services should be cut or preserved, can take into consideration the overwhelming challenges facing so many families today.
Wanna help get this film off the ground? The filmmakers are in the process of finishing the film but some funding is still needed. Check out indiegogo crowdsourcing to donate whatever you can to the American Winter film project.

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HIDDEN IN PARIS COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY

Kindle Fans! Food Fans! Hidden in France Fans! Hidden in Paris Fans! Feng Shui By Fishgirl Fans! Author Corine Gantz is giving away free downloadable copies of her Hidden in Paris Cookbook through Sunday April 15th. I just got mine and it is yummy. I’ll be reviewing this after I try some recipes in my own kitchen so stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can read my interview with Corine here. Bon Apetit!

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HIDDEN IN PARIS: An Auspicious Interview With Author Corine Gantz

I am thrilled that my friend Corine Gantz has published her
first novel. Corine is an inspiration to all of us aspiring
writers–she found the time to write despite being a full
time wife and mother. Corine’s been entertaining us for
years with her blog “Hidden in France”. Some people
say I feng shui’ed myself out of California but in fact,
it’s Corine’s fault that I moved—she introduced
me to my mate six years ago and I consequently began
a new life–Hidden in High Point and the sequel, Hidden
in Stonington– on the east coast with my delightful life partner.

You can read about Corine’s adventures in matchmaking here.

Author & Blogger Corine Gantz

My exclusive interview with Corine reveals her wicked
sense of humor. See my review of her novel and then
go out and get it for your summer beach reading–you
won’t be disapppointed.

FSBF: Your blog is called “Hidden in France” and your
book is called “Hidden in Paris”. Will you continue the
“hidden” theme or the “French” theme in your next book?

CORINE: Ahem… my husband has already bought domain
names for ‘hidden’ followed by a dozen cities and countries,
and I appreciate his enthusiasm but definitely no.
“Hidden in France” was the original title of the novel,
I started a blog with that name, then realized that oops,
there already was a book by that name. You can’t copyright a
book title but I did not want to step on anyone’s toes, especially
the toes of someone who survived the holocaust by hiding in France.
You know what I mean, one does not mess with holocaust survivors,
it’s just plain bad feng-shui.

FSBF: You have 2 sons and your main character
Annie has 3 sons. Coincidence?

CORINE: Absolute coincidence, see she has 3 and
I have 2.  I’m perfectly disguised!

FSBF: One of my favorite–and hilarious– passages
in “Hidden in Paris” was the way Annie’s young
boys got away with the “no swearing” rule by using
the popular internet expression of spelling out
the letters WTF. Did your boys help you with that?

CORINE: No one bothers with acronyms at my
house, I’ve long lost this battle.

FSBF: You seem to have a deep understanding of how
many women lose themselves in relationships.
Not just relationships with their partners but also
with their parents, for example. In the book all 3 women
have lost sight of their authentic selves
through their codependence on others.Why did you
choose to focus on  this particular issue?

CORINE: I’m interested in women and the kinds
of limitations we put on ourselves, and how we
manage to break free of them.  The breaking free
and the strange forms this takes is the interesting
bit for me.  In the past it was true that society
and men conspired to limit women, but this is
no longer the case. Yet modern, smart, functioning
women often take every (unconscious) step to impose
limitations on themselves.  It’s as though it is so
anchored in our collective unconscious that we
cannot help but reenact it.  We can so easily become
our own jailors out of love, fear, guilt, anger. And
when we realize that we own the key out of
that jail it’t a beautiful moment.

FSBF: Do you have a lot of close female friends
or are you a loner like Annie?

CORINE: I’m definitely an introvert.  It doesn’t mean
I don’t want to be with people, but that I need
far more alone time than I need together time.
I’m not the easiest of friends, which is perhaps
why my close friends happen to be very
tolerant women (and especially tolerant of me).

FSBF: Another important character in the book is
food and French cooking. What’s cooking in your kitchen?

CORINE: Everything is cooking in my kitchen at all times.
I get a bit obsessive about food. A few days ago
I met a woman on a school field trip who said
that—how did the conversion lead to this I will
never know—she prepared meatballs by boiling them
in water first.  It sounded disgusting, this visual of boiled
animal flesh, but she was from Morocco, home of
some of the best cuisine in the world.  I had her detail
the recipe step by step. She probably thought I was a
mad woman. Once I got home I had to try it–had to!
At 7 pm I was shopping for ingredients and at 8 we
had Moroccan boiled meatballs on our plate.  By that
time we were so starved no one cared if it was
good or not, we wolfed it down.

FSBF: What authors dead or alive would you like
to have a dinner with over your kitchen table?

CORINE: An alive one, definitely.

FSBF: You took the unusual route of self-publishing
and requested your readers to help you improve
your book by sending in any typos or grammatical
errors so you can update the next printing
of your book. Was publishing a less than perfect
manuscript a risky decision or a wildly clever
marketing scheme on your part to engage your
readers with interactive participation—much like
comments posted to a blog–so that they would be
more vested in passing the word out about your book?

CORINE: Oh this wasn’t done out of cleverness,
but rather out of sheer need. My only regret was
that I did not start this edition with the disclaimer.
Finding typos in a book is like finding sand
in your oysters, it can really ruin an otherwise
enjoyable experience.  I just hope that my first readers
will be as kind and supportive as my blog readers
and that they won’t resent my asking for their help
and forgiveness. I priced the kindle ebook version
of Hidden in Paris at 2.99. When the typos are
gone maybe I’ll charge more!

FSBF: Anyone who reads your blog knows about
your infatuation with President Obama. Do you
have any ideas for catchy phrases for his 2nd term
campaign speechwriters or for his bumper stickers
perhaps?

CORINE: Let’s Obama-copter Out of this Mess!

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Click the picture to find out where you can buy “Hidden in Paris”.
And do come back to post your own reviews in my comments
section! PSSST: Corine you are welcome to share your Moroccan
meatballs recipe with us anytime! 🙂

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