My favorite movies

After writing about my favorite villains, I’ll continue with the list making exercise from the book “Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II” by Alexandra Sokoloff.

This time I’ll list my favorite movies, dividing them by genre:

Science Fiction


1. Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

And only those first two, after all, the other films were made mostly for children. After being extremely underwhelmed by the Return of the Jedi (silly Ewoks) and the Prequel Trilogy, I’m still considering whether “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is worth watching. But I can’t deny that I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” so many times I caught Han Solo’s cowboy accent to spice my English. 🙂

2. Blade Runner
Awesome director, actors, and screenplay in one of the best science-fiction cult films of all times. The future setting is awesome, the story the best ever, and all characters make this film nothing less than Legendary!




3. Ladyhawke

I saw this film still as a teenager, but it stayed with me forever. Special stories are never forgotten. Rutger Hauer gives a show here, like in Blade Runner. He’s the kind of actor you could watch forever.

4.The Dark Crystal

Together with the Wizard of Oz, this was a childhood favorite. The whole world and the characters were just magical and for years I pulled up my ears so they would look like Kira’s.




5. Tampopo

This is a cult Japanese comedy about love and food. I saw it as a child and never forgot it. I just wish I could have a bowl of Tampopo’s noodles after watching the film.

6. The Little Shop of Horrors.

This has been a favorite since I was fourteen. I watched both versions, though I prefer the one with Rick Moranis and Steve Martin who will make you roll on the floor laughing as Orin Scrivello, the crazy dentist. I also loved it as a theater musical.

7. What’s new Pussycat

The first produced screenplay from Woody Allen and IMO one of the best comedies of all time.  Petter Sellers and all other actors make you laugh non-stop in this awesome comedy.

8. Some like it hot

I’m a fan of Marilyn Monroe and most of her films, and this is the funniest of them. A classic is a classic and this film belongs among the best ones.




9. Thelma & Louise

Another awesome cult film from director Ridley Scott and the actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Pure art, with an original story.



10. Shakespeare in Love

Romantic setting with the story playing in 1593 London, and Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare in one of his best roles.  I’m usually not a huge fan of romance, but this film was way too good to miss.

11. The English Patient

An awesome film based on the novel of the same name from Michael Ondaatje. All the actors are great, and Ralph Fiennes as Count László Almásy is unforgettable. He and Juliette Binoche are wonderful together as in the film 12. Wuthering Heights which is also one of my favorite romantic films.

And finally, a romantic film where things end up well:

13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

To explain why this film is one of my favorites I just need to say two words:  Audrey Hepburn. But the underlying theme of a girl pretending to be superficial and mercenary while she’s lost is a deeply touching story. The song “Moon River” helps too.

After this list, the following warning is advisable
Some films will mean something greater to you than just two hours sitting on a movie chair. Those you will not forget. And they will remain with you and be part of you forever.



If the Characters in my WIP had a Theme song.


I won’t say much about each character due to the fact that my novel isn’t yet ready. But here are the theme songs I picked for them. The songs aren’t meant to disclose if they are good or bad in the story, they have more to do with their personality or a characteristic moment.  So here it goes:

AnitaLaura Branigan – Self Control


Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)


Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart (this video has some strong images, don’t watch if you have fear heights)


Milky Chance – Stolen Dance


Lily Allen “The Fear”


Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime


Sting – Englishman In New York


Six delightful places and things I saw in my Tuscany vacation

1. The medieval San Gimignano


Once an Italian friend told me that this small town is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, and I agree with her. It looks like a magical fantasy setting, especially at night when the stone towers, walls, and houses seem even more lost in time.


2. Etruscan tombs.


Which, according to my son, look like the entry to the lost city of Ouroboros in Ninjago. 🙂

3. A delicious candy made of milk powder.


These sweets made of milk powder, honey and yogurt were my main fuel in my Tuscany tours.


4. Decorative objects made of Alabaster.


Alabaster, a white soft stone from Tuscany, is so beautiful white I couldn’t resist buying decoration objects made of them.


5. The Pisa Tower does justice to its fame.


I had seen pictures of it before like everybody else, but to see it live is still an amazing, surprising and breathtakingly experience. It was much more beautiful than I expected.

6. The Devil’s Bridge


Also called The Bridge of Mary Magdalene, it has the classic medieval “hunchback” design, but what makes it different (according to the prospect from the Borgo a Mozzano Comune) is its asymmetrical arches and the gravity-defying central arc.

I never saw such a glorious gothic bridge before and loved crossing it. I wonder how the eleventh-century pilgrims must have felt back then.

44 Odd Things You Don’t Know About Me:



I saw this intriguing quiz on  author  Jen Ponce’s website ( Go check out her books! Visit her Amazon page by clicking here ), so I considered myself nominated to answer it. 🙂


1.Do you like blue cheese?

No. Mozzarella, though, is a great invention.

2.Last concert?

It was ages ago, Travis, one of my favorite groups.

3.Do you own a gun?


4.What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It changes, a lot. Sometimes raspberry, sometimes chocolate or even just cream. But the best place to have ice cream is still Italy.
5.Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?
No, but I would prefer never to go the doctor.


6.What do you think of hot dogs?
I like the ones they sell at Ikea. There you can put as many pickles, onions, and sauce as you wish.


7.Favorite movie?
I have a list I’ll post it in a future blog post. But one of my favorites is a comedy called Tampopo.


8.What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Black tea with milk and sugar.
9.Do you do push-ups?
Never. But I miss going to the fitness academy.


10. What’s your favorite piece of Jewelry?
A necklace with two pendants,both in the shape of a small boy. My mother gave me each pendant when my sons were born.


11. Favorite hobby?

My hobbies always have the habit of becoming much more than a hobby so let’s say reading, I don’t take that yet so seriously it has overstepped those boundaries.


12.Do you have A.D.D.?
No. But I’m an easily distracted, right-brained kind of person.


13.What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself?
Being over sensitive. I wish I would always be good modded, but then I’m too sensitive for that.


14.What is your pet’s name?
At the moment I have no pets. I had a cat called Susi some years ago. I would like to have another cat, but it’s difficult when you don’t have a place to leave them when you go on vacation.


15.Name three thoughts at this moment.
1. It’s late and I should get some sleep.
2. I never learn and always sleep too late.
3. Tomorrow I’ll surely do the same thing again.


16.Name 4 drinks you drink on regularly?
Water, I love drinking water. Black tea with milk (4 cups in the morning to get on with my day). Can’t remember any other I drink regularly.


17. Current worries?
I usually keep most of my worries to myself. But sometimes I wonder about where our world is going to.


18.Current annoyance right now?
Too many compromises, too little energy. It happens with most mothers, I think.


19.Favorite place to be?


20.How do you bring in the New Year?
At home with family, sometimes we go to see the fireworks. Nothing too fancy.


21.Where would you like to go?
Sri Lanka, The Maldive Islands, Greece, a cruise through the east of the Mediterranean, and many other exotic places. Or also not so exotic. I love traveling.


22. Favorite TV show?

I’m always watching some DVD with historical,sci-fi or fantasy series. I almost never watch regular TV.

23.Do you own slippers?
Yeah, but right now I’m using Havaianas like any good Brazilian.


24.What color shirt are you wearing right now?
A white one with cats, stars, and moons, part of a pajama I like.


25.Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
No. I’m not the heroine of a romance novel. 🙂


26.Can you whistle?


27.What is your favorite color?


28.Would you be a pirate?
Only in the imagination of my sons.


29.What songs do you sing in the shower?
I usually never sing, but come up with plot twists.


30.Favorite girl’s name?
Sarah, Tatiana, Hannah, Bianca, my female character’s names, my own name. 🙂


31.Favorite boy’s name? Rafael, Liam, Simon, My male character’s names, both my son’s names.


32.What’s in your pocket right now?
I usually carry a bag with tons of things, therefore no use for pockets.


33.Last thing/person that made you laugh?
Both my kids are always doing funny things.


34.Best toy as a child?
Small dolls called Fofoletes. They illustrate this post.


35.Worst pain you ever had?
I prefer not to talk about the worse ones. But when it comes to mild pain, if you are a woman you get used to getting up and work despite it.


36.Where would you love to live?
A magical land where all my far away friends are nearby.


37.How many TV’s do you have?
One, but I often watch DVDs on my computer.


38.Who is your loudest friend?
My hubby. He’s my beloved parrot. (Hey! Perhaps I’m a pirate after all).


39.How many dogs do you have?
None. I’m more of a cat person.


40.Does someone trust you?
I hope so, lol. I think most people nowadays have trust issues, so more or less at the time they start trusting a newcomer like me after a couple of years, it’s already time for me to move to another place. And the difficult process of making new friendships with your real life neighbours starts all over again.


41.What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m waiting for a new book of Ilona Andrews to arrive from England. But I usually read about ten at the same time.


42.What’s your favorite candy?
Caramels made with salty butter from France. To.Die.For.


43.What’s your favorite team?
At the moment the reconnaissance team from Stargate Atlantis.


44. Favorite month?
Summer: August in Europe. December, January and February in South America.


My 10 favorite blogs on writing



Here they are, not in sequence, since I like all of them. When I’m looking for writing advice here is where I look. Many of these bloggers have awesome books on writing I surely recommend.


1. Helping Writers Become Authors


2. Live Write Thrive


3. Writers Write


4. Rayne Hall, Making Good Books Great


5. Marcy Kennedy


6. Jane Friedman


7.Writers Helping Writers


8. What is a plot?


9. Jami Gold


10. She’s Novel

My physical copy of the magazine Far Horizons arrived. How cute!

After contributing for around five months to the online magazine Far Horizons, I decided to order a physical copy of it, just for the fun of having a magazine with a story from me in my bookshelf.

And now it arrived! It has 83 pages, its size a bit smaller than A5. The inside layout of my story with the pearls it quite nice too.

Here are a couple of pictures:







My 10 Favorite Facebook Pages

1- K.M. Weiland – Author

2 – For Reading Addicts – Book

3 – Electric Literature – Magazine

4 – Aerogramme Writers’ Studio – Media/News/Publishing

5 – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – Non-Profit Organization

6 – Open Culture – Education Website

7 – The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards – TV/Movie Award

8 – Writers Write – Media/News/Publishing

9- Far Horizons e-Magazine – Magazine

10- And, of course, my own page: Leticia Toraci – Author