Up!

Going back to the Film Friday thing that I used to do (sporadically) last year.  My lovely hubby and I watched a film on the TV last night called UP.  Now I know this film came out ages ago but hubby and I had never seen it before so we sat down to watch it together and we both really liked it!

There’s a part at the beginning where they show the story of a couple’s marriage and it’s really well done but the amazing thing is that it is done without a word of dialogue being spoken!  I found it very moving.

All the characters are really interesting and the whole story has a touch of magic to it.  It was funny and silly and exciting and moving.  Just a really great film.

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2013; Here I Come!

Ultimate Blog Challenge

To start off 2013 I have signed up for the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  The idea is to blog everyday for the month of January and it kick starts your blog into a new year.

Goals:  to try and stop fretting and worrying less and live more in the present.  This is an ongoing project.  I think I made a bit of progress last year but definitely not enough.

To read more, or at least to read some of the books I’ve been madly buying up and not getting around to reading yet.

I’m planning, rather ambitiously, to write four books this year!  Sounds horrendous I know, but they’re only going to be short books, of a maximum of about forty pages each.  I’m doing one on numerology now (that’s the occult power of numbers), and I have two short books about astrology planned as well.

Then the fourth book is going to be a collaberation with my lovely husband, who loathes all forms of publicity so I won’t mention his name.  He used to be a film journalist for a German film magazine and he interviewed amongst others, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Terence Fisher.  He self published a book himself years ago called The Films of Peter Cushing and I’ve been nagging him for ages to self publish it on Amazon.

He says its too short but then he told me he still had other interviews tucked away with various other Hammer Horror people, so I said that I could type up the interviews and collate it all for him and then I could publish it on Amazon for him under both our names and eventually he has agreed.  All he has to do is remember where he put all these interviews.  You know what it’s like when you put things somewhere safe!

I’m also doing background work on another novel; I’m not sure if I will actually start writing it this year, I might leave it until November and use it for NaNoWriMo, I haven’t decided yet.  I’m doing character sheets and fine tuning the plot at the moment.

Well I think that’s enough for now.  Let me know what you lot are up to because I’m nosy like that!

Film Friday – Lawless

Gary and I both liked this film a lot though the fact that its set in one of our favourite time periods goes someway to explaining why.  Its set in 1930s Mid-West just before the end of prohibition.  The cast is pretty stellar too with a cameo from Gary Oldman, who is always one of my favourite actors, and Guy Pearce plays one of the meanest baddies I’ve ever seen.

However I must say, if you don’t like the sight of blood and graphic violence then don’t go and see this film.  It even includes a brief glimpse of a pair of testicles in a jar!  The script is by Nicholas Cage and I thought it was really good and the soundtrack is to die for!  It’s all folk songs and stuff like that which I love and includes performances by Emmylou Harris and Wille Nelson and a really original version of the Lou Reed song White Heat/White Light.

The photography was very beautiful in parts as well and it was very atmospheric.  As a historian I didn’t spot any obvious historical inaccuracies.  I think Hollywood is getting a bit better at the research.  All in all, a great film that we both enjoyed very much!

ROW80 Check-In 08/08/2012

Well like Arnie in the Terminator, I’m back.  Dropped out of ROW for a bit as you know but I didn’t get on the M.A. course so now I’m dropping back in again.  I have done a bit of work on Emily Swann but not much.  I did about five hundred words yesterday and the day before but didn’t work on it last week except for one day, I forget which one, when I did another five hundred words.

I think I need to set new goals so I’m going to do at least five hundred words of Emily Swann every day and on good days, of which I hope they’ll be many I’m going to try and do one thousand words a day.  I will read at least one chapter of a book every day and one poem.  I will do at least four blog posts a week, of which two will be ROW.  And I will do my best to remember to do the 750 words every day as well.

I did my 750 words for today just after lunch and I’m doing the blog post ROW check-in now so that’s those two out of the way.  Still have five hundred words of Emily Swann to do plus the reading.  I know the reading won’t be a problem because it never is.  When everything else slips I still always manage to read so that’s good.  I am a bit behind on my 50/50 challenge.  To be honest, I’m way behind on the films but I’ve given up on that part but I’m just about five books behind on the reading which isn’t too bad.

I hope everyone else is getting on fabulously and look forward to getting back in to reading and commenting on all the blogs.

Film Friday – John Carter

Gary and I went to see John Carter on Wednesday and we both really enjoyed it!  It’s based on a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs called The Princess of Mars.  It’s exciting and funny and romantic and quite thrilling; the scenes set on Earth are almost always filmed at night or in the rain and the scenes on Mars are always in full sunshine giving the film a slight Wizard of Oz feel.

He gets this doggie sort of alien pet about half way through which is the cutest thing.  It has a big blue tongue and slobbers all over him.  It’s also so playful and loyal just like a real dog and I want one!

It’s not the greatest highbrow entertainment but it is a fun entertaining film.

Film Friday

In honour of Film Friday Gary and I sat down and watched a film together last night called The Gundown and I can honestly say it was probably the biggest load of rubbish I’ve ever seen in my life.  Gary said it looked like a made for TV/Cable movie with crap sets and a crap cast.  From a writer’s point of view, the plot, such as it was, was totally contrived and the characters were cardboard.  Most of the cast were young and some of the men were relatively good-looking and the women were pretty but that was about the best thing about the whole film!  What a disappointment!  I’m picking the film next time!

ROW80 Check-In 04/03/2012

Woo Hoo!  Have made significant progress on Emily Swann!  And did it in a typical ROW way ie by changing and adapting all my plans because they weren’t working.  The plan was to finish the second draft of Emily Swann by St. Patrick’s Day but my progress was getting slower and slower and I couldn’t understand why I was finding it so hard!  It wasn’t until I abandoned the second draft and started on a third that I realised that the second draft wasn’t working because it was crap!  And inside of myself I knew it was crap which is why I didn’t want to work on it.  Since I’ve (metaphorically) thrown the second draft out the window and started on the third my progress has been great!  Did three pages in one day and the whole book is clearer and has turned from a gooey morass into a structured story in front of my eyes!  In just one day!  I still can’t believe it!

The change came when I got my new manual typewriter, which I have christened Remmie because he’s a Remington, working.  As all writers know every way of working has a different rhythm; it’s a whole new ball game to type on a manual typewriter and it’s so different from a computer keyboard or laptop.  And writing by hand is a different thing again.  So little Remmie is doing my third draft with me and so far(!) it’s going very well!

Other goals are on course; should mention that I’m doing very well with reading other people’s blogs and commenting on them.  This isn’t one of my official goals but I do it anyway.  Every Wednesday and Saturday I read all the ROWers blogs that come up on Facebook and comment on the ones that don’t require an inside leg measurement before you type!

Watched another film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, for my 50/50 Challenge.  Have persuaded Gary to make Thursday night ‘Film Night’ so if we don’t go to the cinema that week we’ll watch a film at home instead.