WIP meme

Dec. 15th, 2014 02:27 pm
xerinmichellex: (stock: fountain pen)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] rhoda_rants: If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNaWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current works in progress in your journal.

The Book (tentatively titled THE IRON CITY):

The morning after my father disappeared, they said the air around the Porter Building tasted sharp and foul, as if the proud tower knew something had happened to its king and it now turned away anyone who dared approach it.


Then, I pulled other lines from other WIP's in various stages of completion that I'll (eventually) return to. Let's start in order:

Sci-Fi, Horror, and a Fairy-Tale Retelling under the cut )
xerinmichellex: (stock: snowing downtown)
Some randomness updates, I guess:

1. We can downgrade from Level Green to Level Yellow because I didn't have to go into jury duty!



#blessed

Relatedly: I'm in Level High Purple because I have to miss the Homeland finale due to the family's Christmas get together on December 21st. One thing people should know about me: Don't fuck with my television schedule. Ever. Secretly, I'm hoping I can flounce out of there before 8pm; but my mom only wants to take one car up to my uncle's house; and while I could leave her and my brother behind, I don't think she'd appreciate that.

Also: Gracepoint Speculation, Christmas shopping, and a podcast in a pear tree )
xerinmichellex: (tv: Doctor Who)
So another Doctor Who season has come and gone. I know I haven't talked much about S8 but--and this may come as a shock, so brace yourselves--I've enjoyed much of the season. It took a weird turn in the second half, which I'll talk about. For the most part, though, S8 was infinitely better than S6 and S7 combined.

It's hard to rank episodes in numerical order. They basically fall into 3 categories which are "Highly Enjoyable" (I'd watch them again in a heartbeat), "Okay" (I wouldn't change the channel if they were on), and "Meh" (most likely boring and/or the stuff that I hated outweighs the things I enjoyed).

Doctor Who Season 8 and finale spoilers are under here. You've been warned. )

Oh! Since this is a S8 finale/wrap-up post, let's assume the comments are riddled with spoilers, so don't venture into them unless you want to be spoiled. I can't be arsed enough to play with the spoiler-tag at the moment.
xerinmichellex: (stock: Halloween)
Here's the "fun" post I warned you about.

I absolutely love when things that are part of my childhood get a dash of creepy thrown in. Actually, anything that's supposed to be "for the kids." I've watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer five times already; 4 of those 5 times was to listen to the creepy remix of "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio. No regrets.

So, for Halloween, here are a few "innocent" movies given the horror treatment:

Scary Mary



The Sound of MURDER



Mrs. There's-Not-Enough-Therapy-In-The-World-To-Deal-With-Dad's-Issues



Aaaand to balance things out, here's American Psycho re-envisioned as a romantic comedy:

An American Psycho in Love

xerinmichellex: (film: GWTW - Scarlett O'Hara)
OMG NOVEMBER 4th BETTER HURRY UP BECAUSE I AM DONE WITH THE POLITICAL CALLS. D-O-N-E. STOOOOOOOOOOP! I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, DEMOCRAT, GREEN, INDEPENDENT, A DOG RUNNING FOR OFFICE, OR WHATEVER. I'VE HUNG UP ON ALL OF YOU SO STOP FUCKING CALLING. AND DON'T THINK YOU CAN FOOL MY CALLER ID BY HIDING YOUR IDENTITY BEHIND "ILLINOIS CALL" OR "NAME NOT KNOWN". I KNOW IT'S YOU. GO AWAY!



P.S. AND TAKE YOUR MAIL FLIERS WITH YOU!!!
xerinmichellex: (stock: autumn)
Some updates:

1. Reason #Oh-I-Can't-Even-Keep-Track-Now why I shouldn't be allowed to engage in the "outside" world when I'm trying to write things: This week's Sleepy Hollow (the one with The Weeping Lady) sent my brain into a tizzy for a story idea that I've been waffling on. I'm scrambling now to get some research and plot things pinned down in time for NaNo. Yes, I'm gonna do NaNo. No, I don't expect to hit 50K in a month because there's a very loud part of me that KNOWS I cannot just throw things on a paper without a reason. My hope, though, is that the "frenzy" of NaNo and the basic "pushing yourself through the writing process" will help quiet that voice of self-doubt. My goal isn't the 50K or finishing a novel; rather it's to get back into the constant flow of writing every day and re-gaining some of my confidence.

The basic premise for the NaNo novel is a Hatfield/McCoy type rivalry between two families (that may have supernatural ties, I'm not sure at the moment) and the two youngest members of each family try untangling the centuries long feud and put an end to a curse affecting both families. It'll be part mystery, part ghost story, heavy on the gothic tones, and maybe have some witches thrown in. . .? Again: I haven't decided on a lot of things.

(Additional info: This was the shiny idea that caused me to look up lunar cycles back in July.)

2. I'm trying to finish up my Christmas Wish List because HOLY SHIT October's almost over and then it's Thanksgiving and THEN "the era of pumpkin will fall and the northern winds whisper peppermint everything" (source) AND THEN it's Christmas AND THEN IT'S 2015, and I've basically wasted another goddamn year of doing nothing and getting nothing done and BOOOOOOOOOOO!

3. I'm pretty. . .grumpy overall, and feeling exhausted for no reason (although I should probably try to go to bed earlier than I am), and over everyone's shit, and over being over everyone's shit because I, in turn, feel shitty because of how unproductive I'm being. Basically, I've been like this towards all things lately:



A couple upcoming posts (hopefully):

--I promise a Sleepy Hollow post (this one on Tim Burton's version) is on the horizon and I'd like to post it near-ish to Halloween because, fuck it, I've accepted it as my favorite movie ever for a ton of reasons.

--A fun* Halloween post

*Note: The word "fun" may only prove to be fun to the poster and not to the actual reader of the post.

--I guess since I'm doing NaNo, I'll be posting weekly updates on wordcounts (or lack thereof) and other nonsense. Woo.

GIF meme

Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:14 pm
xerinmichellex: (film: GWTW - Scarlett & Mellie)
Yanked from [livejournal.com profile] rhoda_rants

Rules:

(You know, if you want to be a conformist and follow them.)

Rule 1: Always post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked with gifs, and write 11 new ones or don’t, whatever~
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post.
Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them.

Not safe for slow internet connections )
xerinmichellex: (stock: Halloween)
First thing's first and NOT Halloween related: I got my paws on Winterspell, the Nutcracker retelling I've been needlessly bitching about for the past year I've been eager to read since my own retelling has petered out, then rose like the undead, then drifted off again. I'll probably do a proper review once I get through the thing (I'm only past the first part, which is roughly 100 pages). BUT! I can already see some similarities between Legrand's version and what would've been mine. And I can see where the story's would've diverged. So, there's that.

Now!

It's officially October/Halloween season! I can hum "This is Halloween" without any shame or regret. Which, I've been doing a lot since I linked to this all strings version of the song. (THE STRINGS! THE STRINGS!) I also re-tracked down my favorite Halloween song from grade school. No lie, I do hum the chorus every time I have to spell "Halloween".

I've jazzed up my layout for Halloween. I've perused the TV guide for the spooky movies. Incidentally, I'm extremely excited for TCM's Ghost Stories Thursdays. Particularly the Gothic Ghosts on October 23rd. The Innocents AND The Woman in White AND The Others?! Fuck yeah, it's Halloween!

And with that, I'm off to bed.
xerinmichellex: (stock: vintage mask)
I know there's a Myers Briggs/Character personality test going around. I decided to do a "twist" on it, and use it for my 3 main characters from The Book.

(For those wondering, I ended up with "ISFJ". I sorta fit it; but previously I had gotten "INTJ" which I think fits me a little more. Guess it depends on the day I take the thing.)

For The Book:
Yeah, but. . . )
xerinmichellex: (stock: fountain pen)
So this made for an interesting read this morning: Perfect is the Enemy of Good

I kinda want to print this out and stare at it. Because: This. "This" is all I have to say. Bracken perfectly captures what I've been going through for the past 4 years. The paralyzing need to get it "right" the first time; the futile attempts of telling yourself you can't correct what isn't there; the internalized self-doubt and self-loathing.

The thing is, I'm sure reading this article isn't going to suddenly make everything all right. But, on some level, I think knowing I'm not alone helps. In the end, it does come down to me figuring out a way to stick to a single story idea. To write down that story idea. To understand that a terrible, no good first draft is okay. To accept that I don't need to be so hard on my writing.

To stop being so hard on myself.
xerinmichellex: (film: Nosferatu - Count Orlok)

(source)


1. Happy first day of autumn, everyone! I love autumn--and not just because that means Halloween is around the corner. Autumn weather is perfect weather where it's just becoming cold enough for longer sleeves and wearing layers; but not so cold that I lose the feeling in my toes and have to spend an extra ten minutes prepping to go outside with the dog.

2. Fox's Sleepy Hollow returned yesterday, and I forgot how much I missed the show and Ichabod and Abbie's stupid faces.


(source)


3. Finally! I mentioned to Rhoda about how my story ideas tend to be "time capsules" of things I'm interested in in the moment. Well. . .as is usually the case whenever autumn, Halloween, and all things spooky roll around, a particular WiP rears its head and says:



To be honest, I want to indulge the story. It's old enough where I wouldn't have to sit down and seriously think about stuff; but new enough where not every, finite detail is worked out. (I've mentioned that I think I plotted too much for The Book for it to hold my attention.) So, I think to satisfy the voice in my head, I'm going to take a chance and go with the horror WiP. Besides, I've heard that YA horror is in demand. . .somewhat.

We'll see how this goes. . . .
xerinmichellex: (tv: Doctor Who)
Because [livejournal.com profile] gothrockrulz asked what I thought about the episode and this turned into a longer reply that befits its own post rather than be in the comments section.

Overall: I thought it was "meh". It wasn't "Let's Kill Hitler" or the last 15 minutes of "The Day of the Doctor" levels of bad for me; nor did it knock my socks off like "Doomsday" or "The Doctor's Wife". The stuff it did right was VERY good; but mainly it was comprised of boring parts and things that I did not enjoy. I don't care about the Paternoster Gang (Vastra, Jenny, and Strax), so the first 45 minutes (in US time, with all the commercials) bored me. But once Clara and the Doctor were actually together and doing stuff, the episode picked up.

(Rhoda, I know you mentioned not being all that into Doctor Who since Matt Smith's departure. I'd let a couple weeks go by, and then maybe binge watch them because it's hard to gauge right now what kind of Doctor Peter Capaldi's going to be.)


The Positive

--I'm glad they gave Clara stuff to do, because when she was on her own she proved to have a spine and be interesting and work outside of being the Doctor's Impossible Girl. I liked her calling out that half-robot, half-man (I'm gonna call him Two Face from now on) and standing up to him and using her mind. Sometimes being clever is just as important as being "hot" or witty or strong.

--I liked Clara and Twelve at the restaurant, and this is where the episode picked up for me. I was engaged with them and that's always important in a Doctor/companion relationship. I really think Capaldi and Coleman are the strongest pair of actors this show has had since the re-boot. I liked their banter; I liked that Clara wouldn't allow Twelve to steamroll over her. The creepiness set in when they tried to leave and the automatrons slowly surrounded them.

--I like the darker side of the Doctor they seem to be headed with Twelve. (He totally pushed Two Face out the window. I refuse to accept the alternative!) But. . .just because you say he's darker doesn't mean he will be if you don't back it up with evidence. I'm still on the fence with Twelve, but I like Peter Capaldi and how he "handles" the Doctor's serious tones. (I wasn't a fan of the beginning where he was stumbling around. It felt forced.)

It's a shame they've wasted "this is the Doctor's darkest moment" stuff on Eleven, though, if they intend Twelve to be darker than Eleven. We shall see.

--My favorite moment, and the one that really resonated with me, was when Clara stuck out her hand, knowing that if Twelve was the Doctor, he'd be right there for her. It's these "small" character moments that I like over the grandiose speeches and BIG! ideas and goofiness that Moffat sometimes relies on.

I also liked Clara after Twelve abandoned her. I like when characters push through their fear and press on. It tells me more about them than calling them a "control freak" or "egomaniac".

The Negative

--I can't believe how much time they spent on the "he's so ~old" conversations. On some level, I get that Moffat was probably addressing the fans. But come on, of all the people to complain about the Doctor being old, Clara should be the last one. She's been in the Doctor's timestream. She's seen older versions of him. She just met John Hurt's War Doctor, who isn't exactly a spring chick. And don't try and tell me that this is because of Clara's "crush" on Eleven. I have more on that below.

I'm also not here for Twelve's monologue on "I've seen this face before" and "where do these faces come from". I honestly don't care that Peter Capaldi's played two, different characters in the Whoverse. Colin Baker played a small role in Doctor Who before he became Six and it was never addressed. I've grown up on Law & Order, where they regularly recycle actors who go from criminals to a detective or an ADA. I DON'T CAAAAAAAARE!

--I can't figure out who I despise more in the Paternoster Gang: Strax or Vastra. Both are on my shit list. Strax isn't funny with his attempts to undress Clara. (It's creepy that Moffat keeps throwing in these moments where he wants Clara to be naked or the audience to view her naked. That kind of stuff doesn't belong in a children's program.) Vastra was really a snot to Clara. Boy, was it eye opening to see her treat Jenny, her goddamn wife, in such an appalling manner. Jenny deserves better. Everything with them felt like filler--and not even interesting filler. A lot of it was annoying and gross and sadly things that I've come to expect from a Moffat script.

--Clara and Eleven crushing on each other makes no damn sense and I'm resistant to the entire thing. For one, I never bought this overt flirtiness when you compare it to Eleven and River. I always got a "just friends" vibe off Clara and Eleven. Then again, I'm asexual so maybe I'm less inclined to notice subtle methods of flirting. Still! Given Eleven's actions towards Clara throughout Smith's farewell episode, I don't see how Eleven valued Clara in the same way Ten valued Rose.

But the biggest thing that makes me so resistant to it being a positive relationship, or a tragedy on Clara's part that she's lost her "crush", is the circumstances surrounding Eleven and Clara. Eleven's sole interest was figuring out why there were versions of Clara throughout time: A fact he deliberately kept secret from Clara. A fact that Clara never got the chance to confront Eleven about once she realized what he'd done.

Throw in Eleven's call to Clara after she's decided that she can't--won't--travel with Twelve, it's Clara once again losing her choice to make her own decisions. Which brings me full circle on how I hated that Clara, of all fucking people, threw a fit, and whined and moaned about the Doctor changing his face and getting old and grey and wrinkly. It made no sense and it felt like a cheap way to introduce conflict. (Much like the Ponds' divorce in Season 7's opener.)

Since I had issues with the largest components of the episode, this is why it's a major "meh" for me. Hopefully with Twelve's introductory episode out of the way, we can hit the ground running and see what kind of a man Twelve is. Whether he's a good man or a bad man, I want an interesting man. I believe Peter Capaldi can deliver.


Note: Since this is a post specifically about 8x01, let's just assume there will be spoilers in the comments and forgo those annoying spoiler tags. I can't stand how unformatted they are.
xerinmichellex: (tv: Doctor Who)
Which Doctor Who Companion Are You?

I ended up with Clara both times I took the test. (I altered my answer to the alcoholic beverage one because I don't actually drink alcohol so I didn't know which one to choose. They should really have a non-alcoholic choice.)



My dear impossible girl, only someone with a tremendously big heart and infinite bravery would splinter themselves along a friend’s time stream to protect them from the evils of a villain like The Great Intelligence. You’re the person everyone wants on their side, the person everyone is glad to call their friend.


I don't know how self-sacrificing I am. To be honest, I can be pretty selfish sometimes and I'm not exactly the bravest person you'd ever meet. On the other hand, if that means I get to dress like Clara--and I LOVE her wardrobe--then okay!

All this is to remind anyone that Doctor Who begins again on Saturday. Because, if you're like me, it might've slipped your mind until a couple hours ago.
xerinmichellex: (stock: steampunk)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] gothrockrulz's post on being a disorganized writer, I thought I'd give a glimpse into my chaotic madness of organizing and keeping track of my various notes, research texts, inspiration, plot tomfoolery, and the actual writing stuff. My method has evolved extensively since I started work on The Book. Before this, I used multiple notebooks for one WiP, left scraps of paper everywhere with notes and post-its with additional notes, and a chaotic mass of documents saved on my computer.

First, the physical stuff:

TIC_notebooks&stuff2 TIC_notebooks&stuff1


Everything you knew you didn't need to know about me and my organization skillz )
xerinmichellex: (film: The Wolfman - Gwen Conliffe)
So. This wasn't the post I intended to make tonight, but with Robin Williams's sudden passing, I don't know how I could make another post.

Robin Williams is--was one of those people who, for as long as I can remember, existed in my life. It's hard to pinpoint when I first "knew" him. Probably, like most kids my age, it was Aladdin. Then came Jumanji, then Hook, then Mrs. Doubtfire, and then countless others. (For the record, his role as Armand Goldman from The Birdcage is my favorite of his. And in going through his IMDB page, there's a lot of his movies I haven't seen, but have always meant to.) He's the first movie star that I can remember who transcended past being someone who showed up in my favorite movies.

On the first day of Dance Camp at the YMCA, I remember that we had to fill out these "getting to know you" surveys. One of the questions, was "who's your favorite actor?" I recall that "Leonardo DiCaprio" came up a lot (this would've been a couple years after Titanic came out) and. . .others. (Seriously, who was the teen heartthrob of 1999?) I wrote down "Robin Williams" and got a few "Really?" responses. Yeah, really.

For me, Robin Williams has always been a physical manifestation of "life". Whether it be bouncing around on stage or flipping through impersonations like turning the pages of a book, I will always remember his energy. And even when he talked openly about his struggles with alcohol and depression, a spark of this energy seemed to vibrate underneath it all. I'm sad that that spark has gone out.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go hunt down our VHS copy of Jumanji.
xerinmichellex: (stock: ballerina)
Fuck you, Katy Perry. Fuck you and your stupid video and fuck my dumbass luck for turning on MTV when they, shockingly, were playing music videos. Because now, thanks to you, and thanks to imagery like this:


(credit to impossiblystill)


My brain is "wow, that kinda looks like your Nutcracker retelling--" "NO, SHUT UP, BRAIN! DON'T THINK IT!!!" Because you know what, brain, if you would've gotten your shit together 4 years ago, you could've beaten the other Nutcracker retelling. Because, brain, you've already pilfered material from the retelling idea for The Book. (But, brain, you don't want to write The Book. You've been stuck on Chapter One for weeks now.) (SHUT UP, BRAIN!) I would have to go through and figure out what to save for The Book and what I'm willing to part with. (Both male MC's are called "Wilhelm"; the villains in both stories are copies of the Mouse King; Millicent/Clara were kinda, sorta, maybe similar in personalities. I don't want to part with any of these in either story.)

On the one hand, it's clear where my heart is leaning towards.

On the other hand, I know which is the more unique, compelling story.

Back to the first hand, I know why I'm stuck with The Book: I planned too much; so my brain's like "we already wrote this, didn't we?" (NOT ON PAPER. IF PEOPLE COULD READ MY THOUGHTS, BELIEVE ME, WE'D ALL BE HAPPIER, BRAIN.) So if I could just push past this. . . .

But then, my brain sometimes works like a tape recorder and if I "record" over it, I may reset my mind back into The Book mindset and it would be new! and fresh! after writing something different. I also, since I'm basically starting over, may want to do a "practice manuscript" to get back into the swing of things.

But, brain, you don't want to spend a couple months writing something that you aren't even going to put out there because you don't really have anymore time to dick around. (YOU'RE DICKING AROUND RIGHT NOW BY ASSUMING THAT THERE ISN'T ROOM ON THE SHELVES FOR ANOTHER NUTCRACKER STORY.) (There isn't. I know this.)

So I'm left with this: Fuck you, Katy Perry.
xerinmichellex: (film: Guardians of the Galaxy)
So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday because duh! I've only been anticipating it since February. I already have plans to see it again next weekend, so that should tell you all how I feel about it. But more specific things:

Minor GotG spoilers, larger spoilers are marked as so )

I'm still in that after-movie high right now; but I think it's safe to say that Guardians of the Galaxy is second behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier in terms of favorite Marvel movie. I'll definitely be back for more in 2017.
xerinmichellex: (film: GWTW - Scarlett O'Hara)
Last Hannibal related post, I promise. I'm putting it behind a cut to hide my capslock of rage. You've been warned.

RAAAAAAGE )
xerinmichellex: (tv: Hannibal - Hannibal Lecter)
So. . .if I'm reading this recent article from Deadline correctly (it's the one called "Comic-Con: Bryan Fuller Reveals ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Details, Returning Characters & Emmy Disappointment"; LJ won't let me link to it), it looks like we're getting Red Dragon smashed into the end of next season.

I'm. . .I'm not sure how I like this. I mean, I was curious how they'd expand Red Dragon to fulfill a 13-episode arc. But, I was hoping they'd use the time and space to flesh out Dolarhyde and Reba and their relationship and move away from the Hannibal/Will murder husbands. So, right now, I'm extremely nervous about Dolarhyde's characterization and Alana being slotted into Reba's role to cut down on the number of new characters. (NGL, I'm pretty furious if that's the direction they're taking Alana.)

Upside: if I am reading Fuller's quotes correctly, at least I won't have to live in fear that Hannibal will be cancelled before the Red Dragon season.

But. . .Fannibals Three, I'm really scared now. Really, really scared.
xerinmichellex: (film: Sherlock Holmes - Irene Adler)
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 NASA'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*)

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