Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WHY do I read true crime right before going to bed? WHY. I had to unshield the light of my clock-radio because I had the bugger-boos that somehow, even though he's probably dead, the Zodiac was going to break in and kill me.

My mom yelled at me for going out yesterday in flip-flops and a light jacket when it was 35 degrees outside. You'd think she was my mom or something!

I really want to go to the movies today. Nothing specific, just for the experience, and because it's been a few weeks. So, of course, there is nothing out. I'd see Quantum of Solace (...what does that mean?), but I still haven't seen Casino Royale, so.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I was at Starbucks yesterday, writing, and came to a scene at a memorial service. I don't know whether to be impressed or embarrassed about the fact that I actually got teary-eyed while writing it. I've reached the point where the characters are so real, I have to remind myself that they're, y'know, not. Good news, though; I have two scenes left to draft, then it's rewriting earlier scenes that changed as I went along, and polishing up, and I think I'll have a really, really good script. I've written about 80-90 pages in the last two weeks, and I'm always surprised when a strong, creative surge comes along. I try to figure out what prompts it, but I don't usually realize I'm in it until it's too late. Because I started in August and only managed about 30-40 pages before then, and was having a really hard time with them. I'm feeling pretty good about the ol' writing, that's what I mean to say.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Things that have made me happy this past week:

-Christmas music! We have an entire music channel that's just traditional holiday music; none of this awful contemporary pop crap.

-Grilling outside at 6:00pm, already pitch-black, hands and face numb; there is nothing that tastes better once you come in to eat.

-Hot cocoa from scratch.



-Playing with Jack in my Grandpa's backyard, as he runs through the piles of leaves that come up to his head; at one point, he ran so fast he fell down and rolled completely over, then jumped up and barked at me with such great insistence I too became convinced the fall was somehow my fault.

-Putting a quilt and a comforter on my bed. At the same time.

-My first peppermint mocha at Starbucks this year.

-Making the banner up above, starting The Silmarillion, realizing they start principal photography on The Hobbit next year, exactly ten years after they began photography on The Lord of the Rings.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's getting to be that time of year again, when Thanksgiving is something you plan for and not just a vague, turkey-scented possibility on the horizon, when you start thinking about Christmas presents and finding decorations. You know. The time of year I start rereading Lord of the Rings in preparation for watching all the movies and specials and behind the scenes features, a process that if I start now, I might finish by New Years.

It's also the time of year when Canada's like, "Oh, hey, WANT SOME WIND?" I had to close my car door with both hands today.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I voted first thing today, and waited for five minutes. Ha. My vote honestly doesn't matter at all, as Kansas is obviously a red state (I think we were 66% for Bush in '04) and will be this time, as well, but my mom would have yelled at me otherwise. I will just say that, as far as media coverage goes, I wish there had been more mention of the fact that this is a historic election no matter the outcome: either we will have our first black president, or our first female vice-president, and I have seen very little about the latter.

Saw Changeling, which was good, although the third act dragged on far too long, and someone needs to keep Eastwood from "writing" his own music. Angelina was fab, though, and I hope she gets a nomination this year.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Books
52. The Scourge of God, S. M. Stirling. 10-8.
53. Watchmen, Alan Moore. 10-11.
54. Bottomless Belly Button, Shaw Dash. 10-11.
55. Sandman: World’s End, Neil Gaiman. 10-18.
56. The Grass Crown, Colleen McCullough. 10-20.
57. Everything’s Eventual, Stephen King. 10-23.
58. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman. 10-26.

Movies
29. Infamous (2006). 10-6.
30. Deliver Us From Evil (2006). 10-11.
31. A Very Long Engagement (2004). 10-13.
32. La Vie En Rose (2007). 10-27.