Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
"Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values."Willa Cather
Scrip Frenzy ends at midnight tomorrow so I'm a bit preoccupied with my own snarl.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Well, the silk shawl is finished and will be handed over to its intended, my MIL, in a few hours now. Here are three poses to enjoy.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
- chain stitch
- slip stitch
- single crochet
- half double crochet
- triple crochet
- shell stitch (clusters of single, double or triple made in a single space and not bound at top sometimes with a single chain stitch separating two equal clusters, usually three or four, which creates a fan shape)
- crossed (single, half double, double or triple)
- inter-weave (where a double crochet is alternated with the next size up or down and the taller stitch is wrapped around the post of the stitch below)
- Solomon's Knot aka Love Knot
- picot (basically a chain of 3 to 7 with the top attached to its base forming a tiny loop)
The density and texture of the stitch makes the fabric useful as a scrubber safe for those special pan surfaces that don't handle metal scrubbers. It probably doesn't have the strength of a nylon pad but for those lightly stuck on materials on glass and plastic that won't come off with a simple wipe of the cloth but don't really need a heavy-duty scrubbing pad I believe this will work.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
this is one of those days when I'm not just having a hard time coming up with a post idea but a hard time coming up with a reason to post at all.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Spring is late. Miserable, dreary, drizzly, chilly, grey day after day. We're averaging 20 degrees below normal for April. Plus we haven't had a single day with temps out of the 70s and we've usually had a couple 88 to 90 degree days by now.
This past weekend was supposed to be the second weekend of dirt track racing but was canceled again. The track, I hear, is so wet it may take a week or more of steady sun to dry enough to prep for the races.
I'm not a dirt track fan so why do I care? Because race day Saturday from April to October has been my day to roam the house and yard at will, have free use of the living room TV, the broadband, the washer and dryer. Even though it is often mostly about chores--cleaning our room and doing laundry and such--I still cherish those days for the freedom to move about the house without worrying about where everybody else is. A single-wide trailer is far from roomy with four adults and a dog roaming about and when two of those adults have serious visual impairment it is even less so.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I spent the afternoon watching season one of Mad Men the Emmy award winning drama (soap?) on AMC. This was my first exposure to it. It came up in my 'you might like' lists on Netflix but I found it at the library.
Before I became convinced the story was worth my time and attention, I was already attached to the music and hankering after the soundtrack. It features a lot of original Jazz pieces along side Jazz and pop music from the 1940s.
I can't get enough of the music. Especially David Carbonara's original pieces.
I adore Carbonara's version of Babylon. I've heard a lot of them over the years. Sung one a number of times at church youth events. But this is my all time favorite version. I've played about fifteen times while preparing this post.
And last, a recap of the first two seasons. Since I just reached season 1 episode 6 I saw some spoilers in this. But they serve to reinforce my growing inclination to stick with the story.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I watched the entire six hours of the HBO mini series of Angels in America adapted from his original stage play by Tony Kushner.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today is Earth Day so I thought I would honor it by discussing the role fiction plays in spreading the word about the need to care for our environment and respect nature. So I went on a search of memory, my library online catalog and Google for various combinations of fiction or drama with nature, conservation, ecology, environment, green, earth day, climate change, global warming, pollution, endangered species etc.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I devoted many hours today to watching The Mist and all of the special features on both discs. Except for rewatching the movie with the commentary from writer/director Frank Darabont. I was very tempted to do even that but if I wanted another Netflix DVD before Monday I had to get it to the post office before 5.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I'm on a bit of a horror movie binge this week. On Netflix DVD I watched the remake of John Carpenter's The Fog. I've never seen the original so I don't know how to compare. The FX are more extreme of course with over 20 years between them. In the extra features they showed clips from the original and compared them side by side with the remake. I'd like to see the original though. Special effects are not enough to salvage a bad script or mediocre acting. I don't know who starred in the original but the stars in this one did not impress me all that much. But I'm not really sure how to tell whether it is the actor's, director's or writer's fault when I'm finding myself noticing the acting, FX, or plot hiccups instead of remaining caught up by the story. Something was just a bit off though.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tuesday was one of those days it might have been better to never have gotten out of bed.
Monday, April 18, 2011
And it aint prolific.
Oh the things I get up to to avoid looking at my script. When I'm not watching DVD or streaming videos or month old news on podcasts, I'm cleaning out my email inbox and electronic files, downloading and installing updates, clipping my fingernails, picking at cat scratch scabs, or staring at the white half-moons on my thumbs as they lay on the space bar as though I've not seen them since I was six months old.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
In the last two days I've been watching You've Got Mail over and over. The first time as a normal feature film the second with the commentary from director and producer, the third with the music sound track only, the forth normally once again and I was in the middle of the fifth time when Ed came to bed and I had to turn off the TV.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I've been contemplating humor a lot this month as I work on my script, read, watch movies, peruse LOLcats. What makes funny funny? I haven't any words of wisdom or profound insights to share. I'm just sharing the fact that it is on my mind.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I don't have any progress to show on any thread projects. Supposedly that's because working on my script is taking priority. Yet I haven't any progress to show on that either. At least not the visible kind of progress. And as I try to explain that my mind turns itself into an inside out pretzel. Which looks quite similar to the shape it takes when I'm working on a story. Hmmm. Interesting.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!
Claire has Mr Linky this week
These were among my loot from last week as I stocked up for last weekend's read-a-thon. Though I read instead a book with an approaching due date.
Of bees and mist--Erick Setiawan
Of Bees and Mist is an engrossing fable that chronicles three generations of women under one family tree and places them in a mythical town where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, and prophets and clairvoyance are an everyday reality.
Meridia grows up in a lonely home until she falls in love with Daniel at age sixteen. Soon, they marry, and Meridia can finally escape to live with her charming husband’s family—unaware that they harbor dark mysteries of their own. As Meridia struggles to embrace her life as a young bride, she discovers long-kept secrets about her own past as well as shocking truths about her new family that push her love, courage, and sanity to the brink.
Erick Setiawan’s astonishing debut is a richly atmospheric and tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak that is altogether touching, truthful, and memorable.
The memory keeper's daughter by Kim Edwards
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this beautifully told story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.
Lucky you [text (large print)] : a novel / Carl Hiaasen
Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles--the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money--an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back--and get revenge. The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered. Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems--the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck. The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia--Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress. The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.
Full dark, no stars / Stephen King
Prolific author Stephen King presents a collection of four new novellas. In the story 1922, a man plunges into the depths of madness when his wife attempts to sell off the family home. A mystery writer, who was beaten and raped while driving home from her book club, plots her revenge in Big Driver. Diagnosed with a deadly cancer, a man makes a deal with the devil in Fair Extension. And in A Good Marriage, a woman discovers her husband's darker side while he is away on a business trip.
The exile of Sara Stevenson : a historical novel / Darci Hannah.
In 1814, Sara Stevenson, the well-bred but high-spirited daughter of celebrated Scottish lighthouse designer Robert Stevenson, falls in love with a common sailor, Thomas Crichton. On the day of their clandestine elopement, Thomas mysteriously disappears, leaving Sara heartbroken, secretly pregnant, and at the mercy of her overbearing family. Refusing to relinquish her hopes that Thomas will someday return to her, Sara is banished to an eerie lighthouse on lonely and remote Cape Wrath. There she meets William Campbell, the reclusive yet dashing light-keeper who incites her ire—and interest. Soon Sara begins to accept her life on the cape and her growing attraction to William—until a mystifying package from an Oxford antiquarian arrives, giving intriguing clues to Thomas’s whereabouts. Through her correspondence with the antiquarian, Sara slowly uncovers the story of her beloved’s fate. But what she doesn’t immediately grasp is that these letters travel an even greater distance than she could have imagined—as the boundaries between time and space unravel to forge an incredible connection between a woman and a man many years apart.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Several hours ago, I was preparing to write this post on the To Do List and or GTD (Getting Things Done) them again when I got a phone call from my sister in Washington and we ended up visiting for two hours. Our first such visit in months. Now I'm too mind numb to organize my thoughts on the topic of organizing time and space. So I'll leave you with this image from icanhascheezeburger.com featuring a cat lost in space--the grassy and rocky space of a field. It took my tired eyes several minutes and 400% zoom before I found it.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Share what you (are, have been, are about to, hope to be) reading or reviewing this week. Sign Mr Linky at Book Journey and visit other Monday reading roundups.
I read Elizabeth Berg's The Last Time I Saw You for Dewey's Read-a-Thon this weekend. You can read my first reaction in my thon post.
Essentials of screenwriting : the art, craft, and business of film and television writing by Richard Walter
This is my favorite of the four scriptwriting how-to books I checked out last week. I've actually read a dozen or more pages in a row while I've mostly browsed in and read glossary entries and checked the indexes for specific topics in the other three.
The screenwriter's bible : a complete guide to writing, formatting, and selling your script by David Trottier
The complete book of scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski
Straczynski has appeared in the credits of several TV series. Babylon 5 for one. Which is one of my all time favorite. So I am going to give him a serious listen.
The green mile : the screenplay / screenplay by Frank Darabont ; introduction by Stephen King.
William Goldman : four screenplays. Containing: Marathon man -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid --Princess bride -- Misery
Slumdog millionaire / screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
So funny. So cute. So joyful. And Yoga? The epitome of serenity right?
Saturday, April 09, 2011
This post will be organized like a blog inside a blog with recent updates stacked atop previous ones.
I will post a notice at Twitter whenever I update this post. Or at least whenever I remember to. Be sure to scroll to bottom of this post for advice on how to ward off those scary nap attacks. You won't be sorry.
I'm going to be spending a good portion of time today reading scripts and books on screenwriting as compensation for taking the weekend off writing my Script Frenzy script. But I do have a pool of other books--NF, short stories, novels. Some in large print or audio to resort to when my eyes tire. I can also listen to audio books while I crochet on the silk shawl or work on the baby afghan fringe. Two time-sensitive projects I'm way behind on. later--urm well best laid plans and all that jazz
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
4AM -- This is for the hour 22 mini-challenge hosted by Quirky Girls Read which was to post a book trailer. I chose this one for Joy Preble's YA Dreaming Anastasia as watching it made me immediately head to the my library catalog to order it but alas it is not in the system.
2AM -- This is for the hour 21 mini-challenge which is to find a picture or pictures that relate to the book you are reading. Elizabeth Berg's The Last Time I Saw You. was about a 40 high school reunion. This picture was taken by Marko Georgiev/ For The Star Ledger
and is actually of a daughter and father at his reunion. But it reminds me a lot of the elderly Einer in Berg's novel who attended his neighbor, Mary Alice's 40th reunion because she was his relief caregiver and her reunion fell on the night his full time nurse had off. The woman in the picture though reminds me less of Mary Alice as described by Berg and more of Candy who had been the class beauty.
Sunday 12:30 AM -- So. Best laid plans and all that. I just now finished the Elizabeth Berg novel, The Last Time I Saw You. Eyestrain, distractions on and off line (shoulda kept the lid closed on my netbook) and a two hour nap attack after dinner added up to many unintended breaks. I knew I shouldn't have laid down to read! It just seemed the most comfortable position for the stiff neck that developed around 3PM and got progressively worse.
1PM -- Well I've only spent two hours reading so far. I was so busy doing mini-challenges and visiting blogs, twitter and fb I didn't start reading the novel until after 8am and then stopped at 11 to fix my lunch and after that did another mini-challenge. I've done the intro challenge, the Where in the world are you map, the collaborative fiction and just now I did Sheila's 'recommend a book worthy of a good book club discussion' at Book Journey.
2)Three random facts about me…
- I love crochet and fine needlework.
- I'm an awful procrastinator ie since August I allowed my email inbox to back up to 3800+ and yesterday finally worked it down to 20 odd
- I'm also participating in Script Frenzy this month but am taking the weekend off for this.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
- don't forget to get up and move every once in awhile
- don't forget to eat and drink. dehydration plays havoc with vision and concentration
- have a variety of reading material to choose from in a variety of formats to accommodate moods and fatigue and eyestrain issues.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Just sharing some script writing relevant fun stuff I came across while procrastinating this week. Above a pun from So Much Pun about text formating.
Fussing with script formatting is yet another way to procrastinate.
Below is a trailer for Tales From the Script, a video I streamed on Netflix that I hoped would give me insight into the script writing process. I thought it might be motivational but if anything it was probably demotivational.
And maybe now that I'm less attached to the fantasy of a movie ever actually being made from my script I can transfer the energy of that fantasy back into the story.
Meanwhile after my glorious first twelve hours last week which garnered me three pages of script, I haven't added a single page. I have done other related writing--character sketches, descriptions, outlines and so forth. Just no work on the script itself. I got all tangled up in my mind about what whould happen in what order and froze. Once again just like with my novels I get first draft confused with final draft...
Well, I will try to get back into the spirit of play again. But not until Sunday evening now as Saturday is the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon which begins at 5am for me. I'm probably not going to sleep again until after its over as I tried to stay up today to flip my hours but crashed at 1pm and slept until 10pm. Which means I'll hit 24 hours at 10pm Saturday and have to make it another 7 hours if I want to participate to the end at 5am Sunday.
I am planning to make a good percentage of my reading Script Frenzy related though. I have several scripts at hand to read and four books on scriptwriting. But I will be reading at least one novel as it has been over a week since I've lost myself in a fiction story on the page. I also have some audio books I can listen to while I crochet or work on the baby afghan fringe. I'm behind on both the baby afghan and the silk shawl and just went 9 days without picking up my hooks.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
It's Thursday and for some time now I've made Thursday the day I report on my current thread projects--crochet, needlework, etc.--but due to the (less than productive) efforts I've been putting into my Script Frenzy project this past week I've not made one single stitch or loop since last Thursday.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Yesterday's funk was a combination of sleep deprivation and angst buildup over the widening gap between the number of script pages I have and the number I should have by day .
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Some days just bring it home to you.
Monday, April 04, 2011
I watched In the Good Old Summertime this evening and while Judy Garland was performing I Don't Care, I really got into it, hoping it might be contagious. I was wishing it in connection to my last three New Year's Resolutions to make that year the year I submit a manuscript somewhere. Something always gets in the way. Sure I could list a number of those somethings. But what it all boils down to is that I need a little, no a LOT more of this attitude:
Sunday, April 03, 2011
As part of my April Script Frenzy education in script writing and film making, I watched two animated films this weekend. The one I watched today was Brendan and the Secret of the Kells.
Here's a bit of the historical context with a few glimpses at the beautiful Book of Kells.
Here someone as put together what is essentially a slideshow that I'm guessing shows every page of the Book of Kells.
Yesterday I watched Percepolis. Twice. Once in French with English captions. Then in English, still with English captions as a nod to my hearing impairment.
I learned something interesting about the difference between a movie's release in America vs the UK (still in English) and other countries. For Americans, even for a movie meant for adults, they clean up the language. But the captions apparently escape the scrub, which is how I discovered it was happening.
Also in the American release the Government official who offered to offered to make the father of the Shah seen overthrown here Emperor in exchange for the oil, was a British Naval Officer whereas in the French original it was an American spook. (I imagine they might both be true.)
I wonder how often such things are done? Not governments subverting other governments for profit but film producers releasing different versions in different countries with an eye to coddling their prejudices.
One of my fav scenes. And apparently is so for many as it was the most frequently posted on YouTube after the trailers.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
My screenplay for Script Frenzy this year is set in the same story world and has the same title as my NaNo novel from 2008 which is set in a mobile home park.