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11 July 2014 @ 06:11 pm
So. Guess who just spent an exuberant amount of time researching lunar eclipse from the 17th and 20th century for a plot detail that--at minimum--is only going to be relevant for a few lines? Guess who now knows how to decipher NSA's lunar cycle charts and how to change Universal Time into EST? Guess who's been humming Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" since 4 o'clock in the afternoon?

(It's ME, in case nobody got that.)

("Lunar eclipse" doesn't even look like a word anymore.)

(If anyone was wondering, the next blood red moon is on October 8, 2014. You're welcome.)

(And before anyone asks: NO! none of this research is for The Book. *does shifty eyes*)
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler

Today is the 5th year anniversary of this little blog. I wish I had something profound to say.

I'm happy that this blog/site lead me to finding more writer friends and my wonderful beta reader, and for their continuous support after my many, many whiny, self-pitying posts. You guys are AWESOME! (Although. . .guess who just chucked out those 3K words? *points to self*) I'm happy to have gotten a teensy bit involved with fandom through Doctor Who and Hannibal. I'm glad for all the conversations and discussions--those I've participated in and those that I've only watched--that have challenged my mind. I'm thankful for the tiny community of horror movie lovers that reassured me that I wasn't strange for indulging in the spooky and macabre. You guys are also AWESOME!

Here's to 5 more years as LiveJournal limps along the social media scene.
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24 June 2014 @ 07:24 pm
It's been 4 years and 2 months since I've finished a manuscript.

It's been 2 years, 7 months, and 23 days since I've begun a new manuscript.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,434 words for The Book.

Today, I wrote 1,627 words.

Total, I've written 3,061 words in two days, after 2 years of not writing anything.

The sad thing is, probably about half of that 3,061 is going to be cut/deleted.

As I've been writing, part of my brain says, "You know, you're kinda just writing things down." I don't have a good grasp on Millicent's voice yet. I feel like the story isn't atmospheric enough. I'm not doing the story justice. It's just. . .there. It's 3,061 words arranged and re-arranged into sentences that end with a period.

The other, louder part of my brain is like, "Shhh! Just get it down and fuss with word choice and voice later." Because after almost 3 years of not-writing, pulling out those 3,061 words was murder on my brain. I don't feel rewarded for my effort; especially since I've convinced myself that those 3,061 words are going to get cut in the end.

It has been 4-plus years since I've written a story beginning to end. I've accepted that it isn't going to be perfect on my first try. I'm basically starting over and it's going to take time to get my MC's voice down. It's going to take time to develop the atmosphere. It's going to take time and a lot of words--a lot, a lot of words--to create something that resembles a story.

But those 3,061 words. . .as shitty as they are, as likely as I'm going to not use them. . .those 3,061 words are mine. That's something to be proud of right now.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: "Start Another Story" - Emilie Autumn
17 June 2014 @ 11:32 am
Technically I saw it a couple weeks ago and I meant to write something up sooner to help the word-of-mouth buzz this movie needs. I don't really understand the marketing--or lack thereof--Warner Bros. is doing with this movie. Like, I understand that Tom Cruise isn't as beloved in the States as he was in the '90's. But come on; it's built right into the premise that if you HATE Tom Cruise, you get to watch him die over and over again. (I also get the "white washing" criticism since the movie is based off a "light novel" from Japan that starred Japanese characters.)

Still, it's one of the best reviewed movies of the summer (92% audience-rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71 Meta Score). Vague Spoilers for Edge of Tomorrow but nothing that'll ruin the movieCollapse )
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Current Music: "Time's Arrow" - Thursday
13 June 2014 @ 07:41 pm
Because I know rhoda_rants is working on a post about the recent dust-up about YA novels and who should and shouldn't read them, here is a very articulate article defending and supporting YA novels. It's in part why I read mostly read novels and why I choose to write in the category myself.

My opinions on the matter are concise and basic: Who gives a shit about what another person reads? I'll read whatever I want, when I want, and where I want.

And here, for reference, is the original article that instigated the kerfuffle. (For the record, I'm choosing not to link to the original page, as I don't want the author/website to gain any more viewership for an article that grinds my teeth.)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: "Baba O'Reilly" - The Who
11 June 2014 @ 08:02 pm

I got Will Graham again. I think choosing the Rottweiler skewed my results.

If you any of you get Hannibal Lecter, I'm never speaking to you again, I swear. Conversely, if any of you get Freddie Lounds, I keep my blinds shut at all times. Go stalk someone else.

And I can't rightly link to this test without linking to the hilarious segment that started the whole thing. (For context, Cleo is a regular guest on the podcast--which I highly recommend for all your Hannibal/horror interests. Everyone pray for Cleo.)
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
So. I posted my "OMG WTF did I just see?" thoughts in Cleo's discussion post here. Actually, I'm all over her discussion post that I feel like I've already covered a lot of things and I'm all talked out. I'm trying not to repeat myself too much in this wrap-up post; so if I don't touch on anything specific about the finale here, bring it up in the comments and I'll be happy to talk about it there (because there's a lot of stuff to cover).

ETA: Although this post by itself is pretty long, so I hope you all packed a snack.

First: I take back everything I said regarding the finale being over-hyped. Hannibal Finale Discussion and overall thoughts on the seasonCollapse )

Onto some Season 3 speculation:

Season 3 Speculations with bonus Fuller Interview linksCollapse )

*whew* We have a long 9 months ahead of us. Welcome to the He-Ate-Us, Rhoda!
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Current Music: "All By Myself" - Celine Dion
23 May 2014 @ 03:17 pm
All the NBCHannibal stuff--the tumblr and twitter--better knock it off with the "this finale is going to blow your brains" because the last time something was hyped up to this degree it was the DW 50th, and we all know how I feel about that. (To wit: It was not good.)

(Speaking of: BBC released a teaser for the Season 8 trailer. . .which isn't anything exciting. Although we do know the season premiere is August.)

Two things I don't want to happen:

Spoilers from Hannibal Season 2 and speculationCollapse )

I'll have an actual, final Hannibal post this weekend, complete with Season 3 speculations. *sniff* What are we going to do with ourselves for 9 months?

11:30pm EDIT: Before anyone asks, I'm totally okay even though one of the things I dreaded happening happened. A little annoyed; but not angry. Also:
My finale prediction was pretty darn accurate (minus the Abigail thing, which I'll discuss later) *does Snoopy dance* *runs off to buy some lottery tickets* *sobs into a bowl of ice cream*
Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
19 May 2014 @ 02:05 pm

I may or may not have watched this trailer 6x while I ate lunch. I'm getting a lot of The Fifth Element vibes, which is high praise as that's my favorite space opera movie. COLORS ABOUND! And I love how much personality they've given to Rocket and Groot. I love the attitude oozing through a freakin' 2 minute trailer. (Although I may like the first trailer a teensy bit more.) I love stories about anti-heros or misfits banding together. LEE PACE IS PLAYING RONAN THE ACCUSER and Glenn Close is the HBIC. I love that they're keeping with the '70's - '80's era music. ("Hooked on a Feeling" better play during the credits, if not in the movie itself.)

In the words of Stephen Colbert: "GIVE IT TO ME NOW!"
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: "Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Swede
*rushes in*

NBC renewed Hannibal for another season!

*rushes out*

*rushes back in*

We're 3 episodes and a season away from Red Dragon!

*rushes out screaming, "GIVE ME RED DRAGON OR GIVE ME DEATH!"*

ETA: Natalie Portman seems very. . .orgasmic over this news. *blushes*
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Current Music: "Celebrate" - Kool and the Gang