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Last week I was cast in a movie as a featured extra. No lines, but I was in a couple of scenes with the star. It’s a romantic comedy. The star, I think, is a fairly well known TV actress. Unfortunately, I didn’t recognize her and I was too embarrassed to ask who she was. But she was very nice and she hugged me at the end of the day. (Actually, I think I know who it is. But I don’t want to say, in case I’m wrong.)

Anyway, here I am relaxing in the glamorous Extras Holding area (a pop-up tent in the parking lot):

My role was “Sleeping Woman” or “Wardrobe Woman.” In the main scene I was in, I was sitting on a bench, having fallen asleep. I’m holding a big wad of clothing. The star walks past me talking on the phone, and she stops to give me a Christmas present. Very challenging acting! I had to sleep! LOL. The director actually gave me the instruction to “sleep more.”

I was in two other scenes backstage at the fashion show. In one I had to cruise past pushing a big clothes rack (the biggest challenge was to not run over the model crossing in front of me). In the other scene, they dragged me onto the set to block a camera reflection in the mirror.

These are the shoes I had to wear:

Those of you who know me well know I don’t wear heels like this anymore! Well, it looks pretty uncomfortable but it wasn’t too bad. At least I didn’t embarrass myself and trip and fall on my face.

This was a pretty large-scale production. There were at least 25 people on crew–A director, first and second assistant directors, make-up and wardrobe and prop people, several lighting guys, sound guys, PAs aplenty. The set was at a studio in Glendale. I was there for more than ten hours–all for that one little part.

Extras don’t get paid much, but usually we are fed well. This was not a union shoot, but they were adhering to union rules. We had a very nice catered lunch. This is me going through the buffet:

I really love acting. I’m hoping to get to do more of it. There’s always a lot of down time on the set–I think a career as an actress would complement my writing perfectly, if I can discipline myself enough to actually use the down time to write, instead of staring wide-eyed at everything going on around me.

This week, I really need to buckle down on the writing. I have a project that is ready to send out into the world! The long-suffering vampire novel is finally finished and ready to go.

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Haven’t blogged in a while, but I have a couple of things to talk about this week.

First, big book giveaway! I’ve teamed up with six other Harlequin Authors. Together, we’re giving away SEVEN packs of SEVEN autographed books. We’re doing this on Facebook, and it’s super easy to enter for the drawing. Here is the link to the contest page: http://www.facebook.com/kara.lennox/app_455995934413715

Second: Do you need an agent? How do you find the right agent? What can agents do for your career? These questions and more will be addressed in the online workshop “All About Agents,” I’m teaching at Savvy Authors,  Class starts June 11! Here’s the link:http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/showevent.php?eventid=885

Other writing news: I just turned in a new proposal to my Superromance editor for three more Project Justice books. Fingers crossed!

So what else is going on?

I’ve revived my acting career. I got a little part in an industrial film shot by Sony (an in-house marketing kind of thing) and I had so much fun! My actress friend Marie said if I want to do more, I should sign up at Actors Access. So I did, and I’ve been submitting myself for all kinds of roles. And, OMG, I got one! I get to play “Sleeping Wardrobe Woman” in a low-budget feature film.

On the home front, I had a contractor out to look at our back porch (which basically doesn’t exist) and give us a quote for building a new one. I really, really want a porch. It’s going to be expensive because we have to match the houses’s historic details. But I’m hoping we can do it in phases. I’m supposed to get a quote this week.

In the garden, we’re harvesting raspberries, strawberries and cherry tomatoes almost every day. I’m afraid the other tomato plants are something of a disappointment. I don’t know why, but they aren’t making tomatoes. Last year we had tons! Only the cherry tomato plan seems to be happy. But I did harvest our first yellow squash, and we have loads more coming. Can’t wait to eat it tonight!

And, finally, I dusted off my metal detector and went over the whole front yard, while it’s still mostly soft dirt. I found a Ziploc bag of what I thought, at first, was silver coins. But it tuned out to be some miscellaneous chrome hardware, parts of a chair or something. ::sigh:: I also found 4 pennies. Then I went to the beach, where I found a number of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, nothing old.

As you can see, I have way too many interests and hobbies. I wish I could clone myself. Lately I’ve been neglecting my Etsy stores. Haven’t done much in the way of art, and I have stacks of vintage items sitting around waiting to be cleaned up, photographed and listed for sale. (Got an antique silver plate water pitcher for $1 the other day!). But only so many hours in a day.

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