|Fiona Johnson, the author of the book My Wild Ride.|
|Fiona Johnson, the actress from The Matrix (1999).|
I bought the book My Wild Ride at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival
just after I heard a talk Fiona Johnson was involved in with
Steve Bisley and Hanabeth Luke.
The Steve Bisley Sync: BBWF
|Byron Bay Writer's Festival 2013 |
(Fiona far left)
I doubt if I would have bought a book like this one if I hadn't of heard the talk at the BBWF pictured above.
Although I am sorry it took me until last week to finally read Fiona's book.
I guess that's the problem when someone like me buys about 20 books a year from this Writer's Festival, some authors books have to sit on the shelf until I get the urge to read them.
I was looking for a book to read on the Christmas / New Year's break
and saw My Wild Ride on my bookshelf.
I picked it up and thought I really shouldn't let any more time pass without reading this book as it's been sitting in my "to read" pile for a year and a half now, and seeing the horse on the back cover a thought came into my head that the Chinese Year of the Horse is nearly over, so perhaps it's a sign that I should read it now?
So I decided to start reading it right then.
But before I did, I decided to Google "Fiona Johnson" and see if there was any recent news about her, as the last time I saw her was in August 2013 in Byron Bay.
|Fiona Johnson who was in the film The Matrix.|
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
Although, blink and you will miss her appearance
as Hayde Gofai in the Star Wars movie.
|Attack of the Clones?|
So after reading about the two Fionas on Google I couldn't get the 1999 movie The Matrix out of my head while reading the book.
Especially as Fiona the cancer patient would be plugged into so many drips and machines in the book and would be told to take pills for her own benefit, as well as given other life and death decisions to make about the reality of her own life.
But here are some more Matrix coincidences in relation to Fiona's story and the film.
Fiona tells how she was engaged on August 8th, 1999, to become the future Mrs Johnson and that her maiden name was Smith.
|Me and Nan.|
As film fans would know The Matrix came out in 1999, was filmed in Sydney (where Fiona grew up), and that the agent chasing Neo throughout the whole three Matrix films is named Agent Smith in the movie trilogy.
So, if you "look again" at the You Tube above Neo gets distracted by the Woman in the Red Dress (actress Fiona Johnson) and then turns around to see Agent Smith has a gun pointed at his head.
|Agent Smith and a quote from The Matrix Trilogy.|
Douglas Noel Adams (or D.N.A as he sometimes liked to point out) passed away - 2001.
Del Rey and the 11th of May Syncs
2001 was also the year mentioned in Kubrick's film about re-birth -
The next clip is the ending of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey showing the re-birth sequence.
While the book My Wild Ride was no Dying to be Me, Fiona did share a vivid dream about her baby everyone thought was going to be a boy turning out to be a little girl and a song that came on the radio just at the right time to make her and her husband Mat wonder if it was more than just coincidence.
That song in the book was Tracy Byrd's song in the You Tube below.
The thing that hits home though while reading Fiona's story is that everyday is a bonus, and everyday you are in full health should be seen as a true blessing.
Update: 2nd March, 2015
A blogging friend of mine, David Isnes, brought this Matrix dress parody to my attention today in light (pun intended) of the viral dress mindf#ck going round the net, so I thought that I should add it to this post, since the lady in the dress does share the same name as the author of the featured book in the post.
The guy who plays agent Smith in 'The Matrix' played Tick/Mitzi in the movie 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', if you didn't get the above joke.