July 16, 2005.
After experimenting with the blog's content in the first two or three years -- hence the name "Miscellaneous Musings"! -- my focus gradually sharpened to the things I enjoy the most, and the blog evolved into its familiar format of the last few years: Movie and book reviews, TCM and DVD release news, Disney park photo posts, coverage of local screenings and film festivals, and more.
Among the exciting things I'll be covering in the weeks ahead: next month's Disney D23 Expo and, in October, the 2015 Lone Pine Film Festival.
One of my favorite things about blogging is when someone lets me know they enjoyed a movie or book after reading about it here. Just one recent example is when a longtime reader said hello at UCLA and let me know he'd come to see WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951) after reading about it here -- and he loved it! Experiences like that are special.
I continue to be so grateful for the many wonderful people I've met thanks to this blog, as well as the marvelous opportunities which have come my way. It's a privilege to be able to share my thoughts on the "good things" I enjoy with all of you.
In honor of completing a decade of blogging, as well as reaching 3000 followers on Twitter in the near future, I'm doing something extra-special to celebrate -- a giveaway! Thanks to our friends at the Warner Archive I'm giving away three sets of Warner Archive DVDs to three lucky winners:
First, a set of three new film noir and crime releases, TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (1945), JOHNNY ANGEL (1945), and SPECIAL AGENT (1935):
Next, a pair of early James Stewart films, THE MURDER MAN (1935) and SPEED (1936):
Finally, Errol Flynn and Kay Francis in ANOTHER DAWN (1937) paired with Greer Garson and Robert Mitchum in DESIRE ME (1947).
My reviews for each of these films can be accessed by clicking on each hyperlinked title.
To enter, simply leave a comment below. I'll put all the names in a bowl, and my husband will draw three winners ten days from now, on Sunday, July 26th. Be sure to calendar to check back here on that date for the names of the winners; winners will need to email me a mailing address by clicking "Contact Me" on the upper left margin of the page. If I don't receive someone's address by the end of the month, I'll draw another winner's name.
With apologies to my faithful readers in Canada, Europe, and beyond, this drawing is only open to residents of the continental U.S. If you live in those areas you are greatly appreciated and most welcome to comment below; if I don't already know your location, just be sure to let me know if you live outside the U.S. when you comment.
Ten years ago I never dreamed where blogging would take me, including the friends I'd make and the experiences I'd have. I'm excited to see what happens in the decade to come! My deepest gratitude to all of you who have been part of the journey.
Previous blog anniversaries: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
July 26, 2015 Update: Here is the announcement of the winners!