It’s Just Me…

Hey! I’ve always been a little embarrassed about it, but I give up. After over a decade I finally admit it- I’m a writer. The reason for my embarrassment is that if you solely go by my sale numbers, I’m not a very successful writer. However, I can’t help it even without much attention, lol, I enjoy writing- A LOT! That’s why I keep doing it. I have learned that I am incredibly bad at marketing. I really like telling stories- stories that interest me about people who look like me and come from where I come from. I wish that was enough, but I guess not. Anyway, thought I’d make a post showing a few of my finished stories I’ve self pub’d on Amazon and B&N. Intention was never to get rich from my writing, but I do like to entertain folks. I particularly like to write stories set in my hometown, which I don’t think gets written about enough in any positive way. I’m talking about Mississippi- that’s where I grew up. For most of my life I lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Between the folks, the culture and the weather, lol, there is enough material to write a million stories. I don’t have a million but the few I do have I hope you’ll check out and tell me what you think. If you do and feel inclined- please leave a review here or the site where you got it from.

Thanks for reading 🙂 —–>

Southern Fried Honeybee Query

Here’s a copy of my query for the thriller Southern Fried Honeybee! now AVAILABLE on B&N

southern fried (adjective)

definition: crazy, ambitious and/or driven; term of endearment.

SFH is a thriller mystery about local celeb chef Charlie Daniels, an African American woman from Biloxi, MS who is being hunted by an unknown enemy. Full of diverse characters, SFH is unlike anything that is currently on the shelves. When I first wrote it, Charlie was a complete figment of my imagination. However, now I “see” her as a Tabitha Brown type just without the vegetarian restrictions 😉 .

No southern belle, dynamic Charlie Daniels is owner of the hottest restaurant on Biloxi’s Gulf Coast. Known as the place for good food, good fun, and good friends, the Southern Fried Honeybee is the talk of the town and poised for national success. Charlie has worked hard to cultivate a sweet as pecan pie image but she has an enemy that not only wants to kill her dreams but her too. With the support of her family of friends, Charlie fights to save her life and her dreams- southern fried style!

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HEROES: A Comedy Skit

INT. APARTMENT WITH LARGE PICTURE WINDOWS THAT LOOK DOWN UPON THE CITY- DAY

Kendra is African American woman with a Ceasar cut, yellow top, red pants. She is frazzled and running out of patience. The story starts with an argument in progress. Kendra is trying to explain humanity to a very confused, arrogant alien on a mission to destroy the heroes of Earth in order to set himself up as supreme ruler. 

KENDRA:

“DON’T YOU GET IT? THEY’RE JUST PEOPLE!” 

ALIEN:

(the ALIEN’S tone is as flat as its large black eyes staring at KENDRA as she struggles to keep her cool.

“PEOPLE? WHAT IS PEOPLE?”

KENDRA:

“I AM PEOPLE. THEY ARE PEOPLE. WE ARE PEOPLE!”

ALIEN:

(the tall alien nods at the television screen.)            

“BUT THESE ARE YOUR HEROES? IRON MAN, THE HULK?”

KENDRA:

“YES, BUT THEY’RE NOT REAL!”

ALIEN:

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY’RE NOT REAL?” (A COMMERCIAL COMES ON;

AN IMAGE APPEARS ON THE TELEVISION SHOWING IRON MAN, AND THE HULK FLYING THROUGH THE AIR.) “THAT IS REAL.”

KENDRA:

“THAT IS A MOVIE! WAIT, THAT’S WHY YOU’RE HERE? BECAUSE OF

SOME CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE? THEY’RE NOT REAL. NONE OF IT’S

REAL!”

ALIEN:

“I CAN SEE IT. THEIR POWERS ARE SIGNIFICANT. NOT AS

SIGNIFICANT AS MINE, BUT SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH. ENOUGH FOR THE RULER TO SEND ME TO EXTINGUISH THEM.”

KENDRA:

“YOU’RE GOING TO KILL THEM? BUT THEY’RE JUST PEOPLE. REGULAR MEN AND WOMEN IN DRESS UP.”

ALIEN:

“I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SPEAKING OF WITH DRESS UP, BUT IT SEEMS ALMOST TOO EASY.”

KENDRA:

(KENDRA scrambles for the remote control and begins flipping through channels trying to pull up different movies, tv shows. every time she pulls one of the streaming channels there’s a fee.)”LOOK, LOOK. WAIT A SECOND…. $14.99? FUCK THAT.”

(she runs to the closet and pulls out boxes and a dvd player.

she throws them on the ground, hooks it to the tv, then sticks a movie in- fast forwards.) “SEE? THAT’S ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. RIGHT THERE. SEE? NOT IRON MAN.” (the being focuses on the television screen leaning in closer.)

“YOU SEE? HE’S JUST A PERSON PLAYING A PART. HE PLAYED THE

PART OF A COMEDIAN HERE. SEE? AND IRON MAN….THAT’S JUST A PART HE PLAYS. IT’S NOT REAL, IT’S MAKE BELIEVE.”

ALIEN:

(the being leans back his eyes looking up as he ponders the new information. his eyes close for several moments.)”YOU MEAN, THERE IS AN IRON MAN, AND THERE IS A, WHAT YOU SAY? A COMEDIAN?”

KENDRA:

“YES, YES. HE’S PLAYING A PART.”

ALIEN:

“BUT HE IS IRON MAN?”

KENDRA:

“YES.” 

ALIEN:

“AND THERE IS A COMEDIAN?”

KENDRA:

“YES.” ALIEN:

“WELL, I’M HERE FOR THE IRON MAN.”

KENDRA:

“IT’S THE SAME PERSON! HE’S JUST AN ACTOR PLAYING SEVERAL PARTS!

ALIEN:

“THERE ARE THREE? IRON MAN, COMEDIAN, ACTOR.”

KENDRA:

“NO! THERE IS ONE MAN- A PERSON, PLAYING THE ROLE OF IRON

MAN, COMEDIAN, ACTOR. NONE OF IT IS REAL. IT’S FAKE, MAKE BELIEVE.”

ALIEN:

“BUT WHY?”

KENDRA:

“I DON’T KNOW! ENTERTAINMENT?”

ALIEN:

“ENTERTAINMENT.”

KENDRA:

“FOR FUN, TO PASS THE TIME, TO LAUGH, CRY. TELLING STORIES, DON’T WHATEVER YOU ARE TELL STORIES WHERE YOU’RE FROM?”

ALIEN:

“FIRST OF ALL I’M A SHRYA, BUT YES WE TELL STORIES. BUT IT’S

BASED ON THINGS WE’VE ACTUALLY DONE.” (THE BEING STEPS TO THE WINDOW TO LOOK OUT AS HE PONDERS NEW INFORMATION.)

“INTERESTING, BUT MY MISSION REMAINS.”

KENDRA:

“BUT YOU CAN’T GO AROUND KILLING PEOPLE. I MEAN NOT FOR

SOMETHING THAT’S NOT REAL. WHY KILL PEOPLE THAT ARE NO THREAT TO YOU?”

ALIEN:

“IT’S MY MISSION.” (a screen appears out of thin air and four faces float on its surface. one of the faces is darkened- iron man.)

ANGEL: ENTERS APARTMENT (african american woman with goddess locks and nose ring. she’s wearing a kimono over jeans and white tshirt)

“WHOA!”

(a loud voice breaks the silence followed by a door slamming closed.)

“WHAT THE HELL?”

KENDRA:

“ANGEL, GET OUT OF HERE.” (the alien ignored the new arrival.)

ANGEL:

“WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?”

(angel points at the alien then turns back to kendra) “AND THAT?” (pointing to the hologram screen still floating in the air showing the four faces.)

KENDRA:

“GET OUT, ANGEL!”

ANGEL:

“WHY IS IRON MAN’S FACE DARK?”

ALIEN:

“BECAUSE HE’S DEAD.” 

ANGEL:

“COOL.”

KENDRA:

“WHAT?! YOU KILLED IRON MAN?”

ALIEN:

“THAT’S WHAT I SAID.”

KENDRA:

“WHY? HOW? WHEN?”

ALIEN:

“I HAVE A MISSION. IT WASN’T HARD, ACTUALLY. THIS MORNING.”

KENDRA:

“BUT YOU CAN’T DO THAT!”

ANGEL: (LAUGHS)

“HE SAYS HE DID.” 

ALIEN:

“I DID. IF THESE ARE YOUR PROTECTORS, IT’S A WONDER THAT YOUR PLANET HASN’T BEEN ANNIHILATED BEFORE NOW.”

ANGEL:

“SOMETHING TELLS ME HE’S NOT FROM HERE.”

KENDRA:

“SHUT UP ANGEL.”

ALIEN:

“I’M FROM PATO. A COUPLE OF LIGHT YEARS AWAY. WE RECEIVED

SIGNALS FROM YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM, AND I WAS SENT TO ELIMINATE THE SO CALLED HEROES BY OUR RULER.”

KENDRA:

“JUST YOU?”

(The alien shrugged.)

ANGEL:

“RESPECT.” 

KENDRA:

“YOU CAN’T JUST COME AND START KILLING PEOPLE. THESE ARE

PEOPLE THAT HAVEN’T HURT ANYONE. THEY ARE NO THREAT TO YOU!”

ALIEN:

“YOU’RE RIGHT.”

(the being made an adjustment to his screen causing it to flicker. images and symbols scroll through.)

KENDRA: “YES.”

(the screen stops flickering. several symbols are on the screen but the language doesn’t make any sense to kendra.   ALIEN is quiet as he reads through until suddenly he stops and the screen disappears.)

ALIEN:

“THE MISSION HAS CHANGED.” (the alien goes to the kitchen and opens the cabinet door. he starts pulling things out and placing them on the counter.)

ANGEL:

“YOU HUNGRY? I MEAN WE DON’T HAVE MUCH, BUT I CAN PULL SOMETHING TOGETHER.” (angel’s voice faded as the being helped himself to the refrigerator.)

KENDRA:

“HOW HAS THE MISSION CHANGED?” 

ALIEN:

“ARE THERE ANY OTHER PEOPLE MORE POWERFUL THAN IRON MAN, THE HULK?”

(ALIEN says around swallows of food he shoves in his mouth.)

ANGEL:

“THE HULK? NAW, MAN AIN’T NOBODY STRONGER THAN THE HULK.”

KENDRA:

“IT’S NOT REAL! THE HULK’S NOT REAL. SHUT UP ANGEL, YOU’RE

ONLY GOING TO CONFUSE HIM.”

ALIEN:

“I DON’T GET CONFUSED. YOU JUST HAVEN’T BEEN GIVING ME THE

PROPER INFORMATION. ANGEL? IS THERE ANY REAL PERSON WHO IS STRONG LIKE THE HULK?”

ANGEL:

“NAW, MAN. I MEAN WE GOT SOME BOXERS, ATHLETES WHO ARE

STRONG, BUT NO ONE CAN LIKE LEAP OVER SKYSCRAPERS AND DROP FROM A PLANE AND LAND ON HIS FEET. NAW, WE AIN’T GOT THAT.”

ALIEN:

“HMPH,” (the alien sticks a chicken leg in his mouth whole. there are several loud crunches as he bites through meat and bone.)

ANGEL:

“DAMN, YOU REAL HUNGRY, HUH?”

KENDRA:

“HOW HAS THE MISSION CHANGED?” 

ALIEN:

“THERE IS NO MISSION NOW.”

KENDRA:

“BUT YOUR RULER, HE WANT’S OUR HEROES DEAD.”

ALIEN:

“NEGATIVE. YOU HAVE NO HEROES. HENCE YOU HAVE NO PLANET. THIS IS MY PLANET NOW.”

KENDRA:

“WHAT? YOU CAN’T JUST TAKE A PLANET.”

ANGEL:

“WHOSE GONNA STOP HIM?” 

KENDRA:

“YOU CAN’T JUST ROLL UP ON A PLACE AND STAKE YOUR CLAIM AND SAY THIS IS YOUR PLANET NOW.”

ANGEL:

“HE CAN’T?” 

KENDRA:

“NO, HE CAN’T.”

ANGEL:

“NEGRO IN WHAT WORLD DO YOU LIVE IN?”

(ANGEL said grabbing a piece of chicken. she hesitates when ALIEN looks toward her hand.) “MAY I?” (ALIEN shrugs taking another bite.) “BESIDES WHITE FOLKS BEEN TAKING LAND AND SETTING UP WHOLE CIVILIZATIONS ON THE CORPSES OF THE PEOPLE THEY KILLED.”

(the crunching of bones stops.)

ALIEN:

“WHO ARE THESE WHITE FOLKS.” 

ANGEL:

“WHITE PEOPLE, LIKE THE GUY THAT PLAYS IRON MAN. OH, HE DON’T GET IT? YOU SEE, WE…” (ANGEL rubbed the skin on the back of one hand with her other hand) “ARE BLACK FOLKS, PEOPLE OF COLOR, BROWN WHAT EVER. BUT NOT WHITE. WHITE FOLKS ARE IN CHARGE OF THIS WORLD.” 

ALIEN:

“I THOUGHT YOU SAID THERE WERE NO HEROES.”

ANGEL:

“OH, WHITE FOLKS AIN’T NO BODIES HEROES. THEY JUST DECIDE

THEY WANT A SPOT AND THEN THEY TAKE IT. THEY WILL KILL BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY ANYONE WHO GETS IN THEIR WAY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THEY SOME REAL BAD MOTHAFUCKERS!” (the being stops eating again as the screen returns and starts flickering again.)

KENDRA:

“ANGEL, SHUT UP.”

ANGEL:

“WHAT, KENDRA? I’M JUST TRYING TELL HIM ABOUT WHITE FOLKS.”

KENDRA:

“BUT YOU SEE THAT SCREEN, IT’S GIVING HIM THE RUN DOWN OF

HISTORY, RUNNING NUMBERS, EVERYTHING HE NEEDS TO KNOW FOR STRATEGY.” (the screens stops flickering. the angel turns back to angel and her sister. he now has a look of respect on his face as he stares at the two young women.)

ALIEN:

“THESE WHITE PEOPLE- TAKE ME TO THEIR LEADER.”

ANGEL & KENDRA:

“OH SHIT…”

Southern Fried Honeybee (**completed Novel) Now on BN.com

The place for good food, and good fun!

A page turning suspense thriller Southern-Fried Honeybee (previously published as Southern Fried Honeybee by alias- Alexandria Butler) has it all: romance, mystery, sinfully good food and murder. Chef Charlie Daniels is the talk of the Biloxi Gulf Coast’s foodie scene. Everyone knows her restaurant, the Southern Fried Honeybee. However, the ambitious restauranteur has enemies despite her sweet as pecan pie persona. When freak incidents threaten to destroy all she’s worked for, Charlie partners with her handsome competitor, Trace Johnsonne, to find the culprit before she loses everything.

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Check it out! Excerpt- Southern Fried Honeybee, a novel #free

“You are shitting me,” Rob said.

“You’ve got to be making this stuff up,” Sam added still laughing. Offended, Charlie yelled for Sue. A few seconds later the petite woman’s shiny dark head popped out of the kitchen.

“Sue what did we use to call the honeybees when I first started making them at USM.”

“Dick on a Stick,” Sue yelled back before ducking back in the kitchen. Charlie raised her eyebrows at the two stunned men. Shaking his head in disbelief, Rob reset the camera before hitting the record button again. Once again, the little red light came on and Charlie continued with her story.

“So, as I was saying the Honeybees initially were called Dick on A Stick mainly because of their, you know, phallus shape, and the cream- well, you get the picture. Now this was not Grand’s name this was something I came up with to sell them. You know how raunchy college kids can get especially late at night when they’re looking for something to get into. Everyone on campus loved the naughtiness of it, but, of course, as the treats gained a more shall we say, “off campus crowd appeal” the name became a problem. No matter how progressive a lot of people claim to be they don’t appreciate having to ask for an order of dicks on a stick. The imagery is kind of hard to get over. The college crowd didn’t mind but by then the non-college crowd was growing even quicker especially when I changed the name. Grand couldn’t stand the name either, so you know, got to do what granny says. Plus, Cyndi, my PR person, although back then she ain’t have no title. But it was her idea that if we wanted this thing to grow, we had to give it a more family friendly name. That’s when I decided to call them honeybees, in homage to my Grand, of course. The Southern Fried moniker, I thought, gave them a regional appeal, but it’s kind of taken on a life of its own. We, meaning my staff, all consider ourselves Southern Fried Honeybees. That really gave Cyndy something to work with too. She stepped it up big time with branding once I got set on a name. She slapped a honeybee on everything she could. So, with her marketing, and my cooking it became a big hit.”

“What about Sue?”

“Oh, Sue,” Charlie laughed, “she’s the brawn of the deal.” The men laughed considering the barely five-foot woman that had stepped out earlier. “No seriously, Sue may be small but she’s mighty. Sue makes sure we have what we need with all the buildings, contracts. And if we need some folks smacked around verbally to get them, in line, we send Sue in. If she were two feet taller and had a few more pounds on her she could probably do it for real too. Don’t get it twisted, Sue about that life.”

“I understand where the honeybee name came from, but what does southern fried mean?”

“Means you’re a little crazy, just a little nuts, and a lot weird, but it’s all love. You know like: that boy is southern fried as hell, but he’s still good people. That’s what southern fried means. It’s like crazy, but harmless crazy. You know us Southerners, we’re all a little southern fried, or touched in the head as my Grand used to say something to do with the heat and hurricanes you know. Not dumb, just different. I mean you got to be to live down here. Mississippi ain’t for the faint of heart, lord no.”




#STRONG FEMALE LEAD, 6 short stories

Six very different stories with characters you don’t usually get to see. Get ready for a ride!

From Empath:

The first body I jumped into was an old man. The reason: he wouldn’t leave me alone. I’d go to the store and he’d be there. I’d go to school he’d be across the street. At first, I thought nothing of it- of him. I figured it was a coincidence at first.

I was ten, the same age as my daughter. I didn’t know evil existed then.

I finally took notice when I saw the old man standing outside my house. Then he was on my porch, and then he was inside my house. Before he touched me, I already knew what his intentions were.

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Inventing Anna #millions #nospoilers

I did it! I watched every episode of Inventing Anna and yes, I do regret it. But I also kind of don’t. This series had me very conflicted. It was a very long watch, but what kept me going was that I had to know how it was going to end. I didn’t watch because I wanted to find out why someone like Anna did what she did. Like could her behavior be justified? Was she abused as a child, was she misunderstood, was she mentally unstable? No, I didn’t care about any of that. I watched because I wanted to see how far she would get. How far would people bend over to validate this woman’s dream/lies? Come to find out: pretty, pretty far. I also realized something~ this is why people transplant themselves to large cities. People flock to large cities for several reasons but this particular type of person does it because it gives them the opportunity to have this Cinderella like story where you can start from nothing and magically end up the princess of the ball with little to no merit. This would never happen in a small town. You may dazzle for a couple of days, maybe weeks but years, heck no! Folks in a flyover state would have smelled the BS within minutes but would have just kept it to themselves and enjoyed the show until the stink got so bad nobody would go near. But in NYC Anna only became bigger over the years as she faked it til she made it to the top of society. Either way I think I get the appeal. Regardless of how ridiculous Anna’s behavior was- it almost worked. That’s why I kept watching and I imagine why people kept helping her. Each of them: the bankers, the lawyers, the architects, the opportunists, despite their intuition thought maybe just maybe she might be able to pull it off and make me rich(er) too. Which kept me thinking: who was worse? Anna for trying to pull off the impossible, or the enablers who kept her lie going. Either way I don’t feel bad for anyone involved after watching all that time because no one was innocent. Overall, I feel Inventing Anna is a great blueprint for anyone ballsy enough to try to rise above their station in life with flair. If you’re gutsy enough to try it, just know it can end amazingly with great success in a Park Ave penthouse wearing couture, or horribly in a jail cell wearing a tacky orange jumpsuit. ~SRI did it! I watched every episode of Inventing Anna and yes, I do regret it. But I also kind of don’t. This series had me very conflicted. It was a very long watch, but what kept me going was that I had to know how it was going to end. I didn’t watch because I wanted to find out why someone like Anna did what she did. Like could her behavior be justified? Was she abused as a child, was she misunderstood, was she mentally unstable? No, I didn’t care about any of that. I watched because I wanted to see how far she would get. How far would people bend over to validate this woman’s dream/lies? Come to find out: pretty, pretty far. I also realized something~ this is why people transplant themselves to large cities. People flock to large cities for several reasons but this particular type of person does it because it gives them the opportunity to have this Cinderella like story where you can start from nothing and magically end up the princess of the ball with little to no merit. This would never happen in a small town. You may dazzle for a couple of days, maybe weeks but years, heck no! Folks in a flyover state would have smelled the BS within minutes but would have just kept it to themselves and enjoyed the show until the stink got so bad nobody would go near. But in NYC Anna only became bigger over the years as she faked it til she made it to the top of society. Either way I think I get the appeal. Regardless of how ridiculous Anna’s behavior was- it almost worked. That’s why I kept watching and I imagine why people kept helping her. Each of them: the bankers, the lawyers, the architects, the opportunists, despite their intuition thought maybe just maybe she might be able to pull it off and make me rich(er) too. Which kept me thinking: who was worse? Anna for trying to pull off the impossible, or the enablers who kept her lie going. Either way I don’t feel bad for anyone involved after watching all that time because no one was innocent. Overall, I feel Inventing Anna is a great blueprint for anyone ballsy enough to try to rise above their station in life with flair. If you’re gutsy enough to try it, just know it can end amazingly with great success in a Park Ave penthouse wearing couture, or horribly in a jail cell wearing a tacky orange jumpsuit. ~SR

KIMI Review on HBO Max*with spoilers #strongfemalelead

Ok, I really, really, reeeally liked this movie- I’ll just say that off the top. As a lover of movies with #strongfemaleleads it wasn’t hard to press play, but it was the unexpected twists and turns of the plot that kept me hooked. Let me tell you there were multiple times when I said out loud, “oh she dead, dead” but then OMG no- she wasn’t. Furthermore, the lead character’s survival felt plausible. Not going to lie I doubted Zoe Kravitz plastered on the movie poster with the blue hair looking like a 90s alt girl model. I wasn’t sure what the movies was even about, which I’m thankful for because when things started going left I felt intrigued and that feeling just kept building. This pandemic as surreal as it has been, I heavily identified with the WFH annoyances and isolation but also unchecked medical issues (i.e. toothache) but the way that all of it was woven together to both move along the story and also used to help save the main character was brilliant.

Ok, let’s get started- (spoilers begin now)***

We start with Angela working from home for a company that produces an Alexa type smart home device that follows users verbal commands (i.e. controls lights, music, phone, etc.). Angela’s job is to listen to misinterpreted commands by users and provide corrections to the system so that the user has a more improved and personally tailored future response. Everything comes to head when Angela is assigned a suspicious sounding recording. After further investigation Angela is convinced that the user was the victim of a violent attack and takes it upon herself to do something about it even though she has zero power and her immediate supervisor orders her to just forget about it. Despite not being supported, Angela persists and is directed to a special department that handles calls like this. After many attempts to make contact, Angela is told she must come into the main office and present the head of the department (along with the FBI) her recordings. Because of her desire to help, Angela agrees to deliver the recording in person. This is when we begin to see just how precarious of a mental health position Angela as her impromptu meeting sets a chain of events in motion by unseen forces who are desperate to destroy the recordings at all costs. Come to find out the woman Angela heard was killed by an ex-lover who also happens to be the owner of the company that produces KIMI.

Here’s the tricky part: Angela lives alone, has few relationships and the ones she does have are strained. There’s her Mom who seems to be over Angela’s increasingly moody behavior, and the man across the street who seems to be less and less willing to put up with Angela’s confusing wishy washiness. Additionally, anxiety has made Angela agoraphobic and despite excruciating pain unable to follow through with her dentist for a much-needed root canal or her therapist for her scheduled sessions. We gather from her interactions that Angela has issues, we just don’t know immediately why. ***SIDEBAR- this is what I really liked about KIMI. I hate movies that tell me everything. I like when a story is told in a way in which you have to infer what is going on, and KIMI does this wonderfully!

Later we find out Angela has had several traumatic recent events: her father, who she was close to (he helped renovate her amazing apartment) has died, also sometime in the last year or so, she was the victim of a brutal attack. Both of these incidents added to the backdrop of a global pandemic makes it believable that Angela would not want to leave the safety of her home. However, throughout the movie we are able to see in her interactions with people who knew her before, which makes who she has become all the more tragic. It makes you sympathize even more with the timidity in which she now moves through the city as she risks everything for a woman she believes is in danger. ***SIDEBAR- this was another part of the movie that I loved– I kept waiting for a woman to reach out to help Angela- but none of these witches ever did. Here Angela was doing everything she could for a woman she’d never met but she THOUGHT was in danger and at every turn each of the women she came across didn’t have her back (not her Mom, not her coworkers, not the therapist (who felt a little antagonistic) or the female operative that helped drug Angela then served her up to her killers. It was like all of the women in the movie had no sympathy nor empathy for Angela and I took that in two ways: as women we’re often met with on the regular: “it’s hard out here for women, so suck it up, buttercup”, and worse, “it’s hard out here, and if I have to screw you to make sure I’m covered best believe I will”. Fortunately, Angela doesn’t do any of this which truly makes her the heroine. The other thing I loved is that she doesn’t wait for a man to save her. Although Angela is a tiny thing she is mighty and she takes her attackers out with her smarts not brawn which makes it all the more believable. She fights for her future and past self so when she prevails it’s all the more sweet. By the end of the movie I was cheering for her and the fact that when she had her attackers on their back she didn’t walk away, she made sure she put them all the way down (thanks to her handy nail gun). There was no whimpering or simpering, there was no fake falls or damsel in distress moments. Angela kicked ass and took names making sure every step of the way despite her own personal anxiety that she stayed on task using that rock hard focus to wear her opponents down and in the end she was rewarded with her life which she wrestled back with her own two hands.

PROS: not your stereotypical damsel in distress movie; fast paced movie that was believable in how the heroine saved herself.

CONS: it was only 89 minutes; it could have been longer, nonetheless it was a tight well-paced plot/movie.

So, check KIMI out and let me know in the comments what you think!