Archive for July, 2011

Movie: Technically I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but…oh whatever, it’s my blog, it counts.

Wordcount: I actually handwrote a bunch last night, but I don’t have a wordcount.

Fiber Spun: ~0.73 oz.

Movie Review: CoS is still the most book-loyal movie, I believe, but it’s never really been my favorite.  I think the actors were still growing into the roles, and take that as you will.  Still enjoyable, and certainly sets off my arachnophobia.  I am acutely aware that there are two spiders downstairs by the front door.

Overall: 4/5

Writing Report: It’s been a long time since I’ve been struck by the urge to write just before going to sleep, but that is always when it strikes.  I’ve missed that feeling.  I have a full page in my huge tablet notebook that wasn’t there before, and I fell asleep with ink smeared on my fingers.

Yarn Progress:



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Movie: None.  I’m a flake.

Wordcount: Yeah, about that.

Fiber Spun: Plied the last few days singles for a total of 1.16 oz. and 73 yds.  That made the singles at least 218 yds.!

Movie Review: I’m actually watching movies I’ve already seen, today, so nothing to see here!

Overall: La de dah…

Writing Report: I have some new plans for a potentially epic fanfic?

Yarn Progress:


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Day 3

Movie: Deadline

Wordcount: …oops

Fiber Spun: ~0.43 oz.

Movie Review: Most of the movies on my Netflix queue are actually horror or thriller movies.  I’m not actually sure why, but they are.  I decided to watch this before the sun went down.  Just to be on the safe side.

Up and coming screenwriter goes to a big ol’ plantation house all by herself without a car to escape?  What could go wrong?  Oh, and she’s recently had some trauma and had some sort of mental breakdown?  Okay.  That makes sense to leave her all alone, then, well done, girlfriend (yay, bisexual characters).

Then she finds some tapes and watches them to unravel the mystery of the previous owners.  It’s like someone married Marble Hornets with a more traditional horror film.

I won’t give away the ending.  There were quite a few jump moments, and some downright creepy parts (fast-moving ghosts are scary.  Period.), and it was pretty atmospherically scary.  And then at the end it got really confusing, and of course everyone’s whispering and the music is all loud and suspenseful.  So I may have missed something.

They did some kind of neat things, though, and others that make no sense.  I have a theory that explains the ending, but…I don’t know if it holds up.  And it seems a little contrived.

Overall: 4/5

Writing Report: I was supposed to write today?  Oops.

Yarn Progress:


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Movie: I cheated and watched a few hours of the Twilight Zone on Syfy

Wordcount: 2488 and counting

Fiber Spun: ~0.65 oz. (Total of ~0.8 oz.)

Movie Review: I’ve always loved the Twilight Zone.  And I’m talking about the old ones, y’know, in black and white.  Syfy always does marathons on New Year’s and on the 4th of July, and I always watch.  My last words of 2009 were “It’s a cookbook!

And every time, I am always surprised by how well most of the concepts of the episodes hold up.  While some elements are subject to the rigors of time, most are still relevant today–human nature, broken families, unhappy marriages, cosmetic surgery, individuality.

Overall: 5/5

Writing Report: Well…I scribbled down some elements of a conversation.  Regrettably, am heavily considering dropping out of Camp NaNoWriMo.  Having said that, though, I am appreciating the exercise that it’s proving to be by writing at least some every day so far.  I’m not throwing in the towel yet.  Just…considering it.

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Movie: X-Men

Wordcount: 2218 and, god willing, counting

Fiber Spun: ~0.25 oz.

Movie Review: I’m going to start off by saying that I haven’t seen any incarnation of the X-Men in ages.  I used to watch the cartoon when I was a kid, and much more recently, I read the first volume of Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon, and of course my friends talk about it fairly often, but my knowledge of the world, &c. is still very shaky.

But I am not sure how it has taken me over ten years to see this movie.

I quite liked it!  It gave enough history and context that a newcomer (or a distant returner) could jump right in.  The main conflict was intriguing, and could anyone be more made for each other than Rogue and Wolverine?

Overall: 5/5

Writing Report: I will tell you, when I sat down to write today, after watching the movie, it was like pulling teeth.  Is it Week 2 already?  I think my problem is that yesterday, I left off with a feeling of satisfaction with what I wrote and with having written it, but no idea where it was going after that.

Yarn Progress:


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Busy July

I guess it’s been about time for a change of pace.  I’ve got a lot going on this month!

First is Camp NaNoWriMo!  It kind of sprang up on me unexpectedly.  I had completely forgotten it was launching by the time I (luckily) saw a tweet by Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, and I rushed to sign up.

Now, for me, the preparation for NaNoWriMo is half of the fun, but this time, I wanted to jump in with the rewrite of the novel I worked on last year, He Sees Me.  At the beginning of the summer, I’d just about heard the last of that novel, but a couple weeks ago, while talking with my friend Maria, I had a realization that changed the whole thing and revolutionized the idea in a way that was so much more organic and true to the origins of the story.

So needless to say, I had an idea, one that has been developed for over 6 months now.  And, surprisingly, I am ahead of the game by a few hundred words.  I call that success, given the fact that I haven’t written anything substantial all summer, apart from this.  (My Tumblr is home to many pretty things that interest me, and, this month, all things Harry Potter.)

My Camp NaNoWriMo profile can be found here, if anyone is interested.

Second, as alluded to above, is Harry Potter.  I’m incredibly excited about this.  I’ve been working on the Invisibility Shawl, but it’s been kind of slow-going.  Or at least not as fast as I would like.  Having said that, I love what I’m getting as a result.  I may or may not be cosplaying Harry at the midnight premiere.  Short haircut + old glasses = Harry Potter, according to my mom, so, y’know.  How can I resist?

And third, and most excitingly, if you ask me, is the Tour de Fleece!  No, not a typo, it is fleece!  It’s a challenge to spin fiber, not bicycle wheels!  I have about 10 oz. of fiber (a decent amount) to spin between July 2 (which is in less than an hour!) and July 24th.  I’ve only done a little spinning before; I took a class last summer, but I’m gaining more and more control the more I do it, and I’d really like to see if I can get some lace out of this!

To go along with all the spinning, considering that’s one of those activities that becomes infuriatingly boring when you aren’t pairing it with another activity, I would like to try to work through my Netflix queue a bit.  I’m going to try to make it a goal of mine to watch a movie while I spin, and maybe write a little review up here on the blog.

We’ll see.

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