Golf this morning - and I have to say, I am quite proud of my performance. I haven't played since August - I'm having some shoulder trouble - and I birdied the first hole, had a couple of pars, won 2 skins, and we ended up in positive point territory, though we lost the day's game. Yes, I gamble on the course. It's just a dollar here and there, but it makes it more interesting. When I was a competitive golfer, the edge I got from needing to win was all the impetus I needed. Now, much older and humbler, I play for skins, and love it.

Playing down here with my dad and his friends is always fun, too. We had a good time, and if it doesn't rain, we'll be back at it tomorrow morning. 

Spent a couple of hours working on my year-end wrap up, setting up my new day runner, then we went to see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Fabulous, vulgar, funny, sobering movie.

It strikes me there is a certain expansiveness in the movies I've been seeing this week. Between WOLF and AMERICAN HUSTLE, the performances were absolutely stunning - actors unleashed, allowed to mine their parts and work with such freedom, completely unrestrained. We need to praise the screenwriters for this as well, for creating characters that force actors to take chances. It's very inspiring to me. I feel a few chance-taking short stories coming on...

Sweet dreams!

J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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