Celluloid Diaries: My favorite Robert De Niro Quote

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My favorite Robert De Niro Quote

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This is a guest post by Hilary Grossman.

When you think of a women’s fiction / romantic comedy author you’d expect their favorite movies to be in the same genre. But I have always been a bit of a contradiction. And that is why, hands down, my favorite movies all have some sort of tie-in to organized crime. I love me a good mafia story!

Robert De Niro, by far, is my favorite actor. I actually had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back and shaking his hand – it was an unbelievable moment. I think of all the movies I have seen him in, the scene that resonates with me the most is one from The Untouchables.

De Niro portrays Al Capone and says, “A man becomes preeminent, he's expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms... Enthusiasms... What are mine? What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy? Baseball! A man stands alone at the plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? Part of a team. Teamwork.... Looks, throws, catches, hustles - part of one big team.”

Every time I watch this scene I can’t help but think about writing. As an author, when you sit alone on your couch glued to your laptop, typing away feverously as your characters take over, it is an individual achievement. But once the book is finished, when other authors and bloggers read it and share it, you become part of a team. And the team is big! Much bigger than I ever expected! I’m always blown away by how generous and supportive other authors and bloggers are with their time, knowledge and insights.

Writing and publishing a new book is exciting and scary at the same time. It is like sending your kids off to school on the first day. You hope people like them and are kind. But you also have to prepare for the fact that someone may tease them or hurt their feelings. But by being part of the bigger team, the fears decrease. Regardless of what happens, your team will be by your side.

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Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually, she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

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51 comments:

  1. I would worry less than I did in the past!

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  2. to get together with my family more.

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  3. not work 7 days a week and enjoy time more

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  4. There is indeed a team standing with us.
    I like my present too much to give it up.

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    1. I would change my relation with my family while growing up.

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  5. Thank you so much for helping me spread the word about Plan Cee - you are the best!

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  6. I would spend more time with my family!

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  7. I would "lean in" more at work!

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  8. i would spend more time with family!

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  9. I'd definitely make more friends.

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  10. I would go to college for accounting

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  11. I would finish college instead of partying so much. :)

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  12. I would have choosen a different major in college.

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  13. Honestly there isn't anything I would change as I'm a firm believer of everything happens for a reason.

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  14. I honestly wouldn't change anything.

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  15. I would find my son before he died.

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  16. I would have spent more time with my mom before she passed away.
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  17. spend more time with my grandma

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  18. I would spend more time with family/friends and realize work, while important, cannot take over your life

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  19. I would spend more time with my family

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  20. I would have spend my money more wisely and been smarter with my credit.

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  21. I would have made better financial choices! Save more, spend less.

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  22. I would have spent more time with my granny.

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  23. I would have studied harder in high-school.

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  24. i wouldn't, because my choices made me who i am today. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  25. I would focus more than I did on my education.

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  26. I would have worked harder to make some friendships last.

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  27. Worry less about pleasing others and do as I want!

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  28. I would love more and serve others above myself more. Selfishness sucks.

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  29. I would have paid more attention at school.

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  30. I would have been less shy in high school.

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  31. I would have taken my health seriously and insisted that doctors find a correct diagnosis instead of wasting years.

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  32. I would have spent more time with my grandma before she became ill. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you! Happy March!!

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  33. I would have been more forgiving of my husband when we were newlyweds. I am loving and forgiving now, but I hate how I was in the beginning.

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  34. I would spend more time asking and listening to my grandmother's stories about traveling the world as a Christian missionary.

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  35. I would have applied to some better colleges instead of assuming I wouldn't get in.

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  36. I wouldn't have wasted time in college pining after the wrong guy!

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  37. With a second chance, I might have made different post-college decisions related to an occupation.

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  38. I would try harder to become more athletic.

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    I would be a better housekeeper,

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  40. I would definitely have made the time to travel more.

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  41. Change my relationship with my family while growing up.

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  42. I can't think of anything I would want to change. It made me who I am today.
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  43. I would spend more time with my mom.

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  44. I would go back and do better in school

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  45. I would go back and start stashing money because there would be some hard times ahead!

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  46. If I had it to do all over again, I would be a doctor. It would help save lives.

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