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Sanity's Last Gasp

Writing Is The Fine Balancing Act Between Shard-Sharp Words And Purple Prose.


Oh, Movies! How I Love A Good Movie!
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And the Hobbit movies... well, they were interesting fanfiction with good singing, at the very least. Any kid who tries to substitute them for the book is going to miss an excellent story, though. In the book, Thorin was a Very Important Dwarf that was prone to fancy speech, there was no overt hostility between the elves and dwarves, Thranduil was suspicious solely because the dwarves refused to tell him what they were doing in his land after scaring his court three times... and the dragon was covered in gold and jewels!

I really think computer graphics are overused in movies today. I would much rather see a fantastic creation from Jim Henson's creature house or a skillfully transformed actor than a computerized addition. The Hobbit Trilogy is one victim, but so is the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It lost a lot because the actors never interacted properly with Splinter or the Turtles. I couldn't understand why the 90's movies appealed to me more, until I watched super-closely and saw that April never looked at the right place when she was talking to Splinter, and she and the videographer always were just a smidge off when reacting to the Turtles.

A couple of days ago my best friend recommended The Secret of Kells, though, and I was completely enraptured. It's a 2009 offering from Ireland-France-Belgium, and it is full of everything animation used to be. Traditional animation, no computers, and the art, music, and story are all absolutely stunning. Set 200 years after St. Colmcille passed away, the story centers around the boy that will finish the saint's final work. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys animation.

If you are also a fan of Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma mysteries, The Secret of Kells will make even more sense. St. Colmcille is the monk who set the rules for the Celtic Catholic Church, which stayed closer to the teachings of the Bible than Rome's increasingly misogynistic human-based teachings. The church of Rome eventually eradicated the Celtic Church between the 9th and 11th centuries.

Another awesome movie that I just saw is The Book of Life. Love this movie! Very accurate with the interactions between the family members... it reminds me of some of my friends from Jr. High and High School, since I live within a day's drive of the border. I like all of the casting (especially Placido Domingo as Jorge Sanchez!) except for Ice Cube. His performance as the Candle Maker falls flat, especially with the vi-va-voom of the other's character's patter.

It's a complete contrast to most U.S. animation, since it doesn't foster the anti-family agenda I feel has marked animated films (especially Disney) from the past two decades. Kids have to do what the parents say, and get in trouble if they break the rules. The fathers may not like what their kids want to do or their friends, but they genuinely care about their children and thier futures. There's no feminist anti-man agenda, just a girl who tells the boys 'I belong to no one' and seeks to improve herself while enjoying the boy's reactions to her. And the boys? They love it when she's herself! And they aren't stupid or calculating... that's left to Xibalba, the god of the Land of the Forgotten, who is excellent at it.

Eyes to Gouge and Booty to Divide!
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I decided that since I haven't come up with anything new lately, I'd make a new story collection out of stories that I've had forever but can't get the inspiration to finish. They make lovely one-shots.

The Story That Started Out

So, I didn't realize how bored I've been till I looked at my Final Fantasy X-HD save file. I had 175 hours logged, and hadn't even made it to Mt. Gagazet. LOL. Well, I have all my grinding out of the way, I guess! I stopped and went onwards with the storyline... and man, I've never had an easier time with Lady Yunalesca! Stole everything from her I wanted, then two Aeons took her out with no casualties. Lovely.

There Are Shrines I Should Be Sacking, Ribs I Should Be Cracking!
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Or, in other words, I should be writing on Second Chances.

I love 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum'. In college we'd have movie nights, but few of us had transportation to the rental store or the money to spare for the movie. So we'd raid the library... this movie was a favorite. It was funny, and the boys got their jiggling half-naked women fix. We girls got Miles... and his opinion of himself. LOL.

We'd bring over what food or snacks we had, and one friend had this entire 'bar' setup where he dispensed espresso and Italian sodas to the lot of us. This was the nineties, (pre-Starbucks if you can believe that!), so espresso, cappuccino, and Italian sodas were marvelously 'new' and 'trendy'. This was the same friend that had his family mail him 'Jolt' sodas during finals... the soda with the highest caffeine content available. If I ever get to meet him again, I'm going to see if he's a fan of energy drinks...

Lovely August Time
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Did you know that Japan will introduce a new holiday next year? August 11 will be National Mountain Day. But for this year, this is the last day of the Tanabata festivals, and Obon will be soon, the thirteenth through the fifteenth.

I've been working on ebooks this morning. I taught myself how to use Sigil ebook software, Calibre library software, and GIMP image manip software over the past few years, and it's been a lot of fun, designing my own ebooks. I can make all the artwork - covers, lines, small images, illustrations - and do up things even better than many publishers. It's fun, too!

From the deep depths of the countryside, Greetings
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Recently spoke to Paynesgrey and she encouraged me to come back to LJ... so here I am. I don't
know how often I'll be able to post, but I will try. I don't have internet, so I have to go to mom's to get online.

But Silver, you've been gone for over five years, I hear you say. Excuses, excuses...Collapse )

I have not stopped writing, though. In 2013 I started spending time at the keyboard again. I can't write for long blocks of time, but I think what I have come up with is fairly good... and honestly I'd love to hear some feedback on it.

Stories!Collapse )

Whew, that's a lot of typing. So, yeah, I haven't been completely unproductive. And I hope you enjoy!

And Ravynstone Abbey and KnittingKnots, thank you so much for keeping At First Tweak active! It made me feel so good to know the community I started is still going strong thanks to your hard work.

A Puzzlement
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Burlington Coat Factory has very few coats.

*vixen scratches her head*
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Tagged by royalbk! Tell us about the fandoms I pick from your favs type thingy. If you want to comment, do so freely. I won't tag unless you ask.

Bleach, Rurouni Kenshin, and InuyashaCollapse )
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Congratulations Canada!
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First Gold Medal won on home ground! Men's Mogul Skiing.
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Migraines Suck
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My head feels like it's surrounded by a thick liquid and it's gonna get overbalanced and guush all over the place. Eyesight is blurry, and ears are extra sharp.

Just waiting for my prescription to be filled.

Did you know that your entire head can pulse to the beat of your heart?
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If you & I woke up in jail together...using only FOUR words...what would you say to me? Copy and paste this in your status and see what funny things your friends say....(And if you make a comment, you gotta put this in your status. Fair is fair!)
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