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13 June 2007 @ 12:00 pm
SPN Olympics, and other news  
I finished my story-- on time!-- for spn_heraea yesterday. It crept mightily for over a week, but I finally beat it down! God, my SPN muse needs thrashing-- most of the stories are a struggle to write.

For those who don't know, spn_heraea is an "SPN Olympics" competition of stories written for a series of prompts-- one entry per day by Team Angst and one by Team Schmoop. I could have gone either way, but Team Angst was full so I'm on the Schmoop List-- and we could use your voting help, as the angst automatically tends to seem more vivid/better to most readers (hence the theme of the Olympics). There are many truly fantastic authors participating(including f-list people! Hi!), and now that my story is finished I can read the others. Oh, yes. *happy sigh*

Movies: Saw Mr. Brooks this weekend (current pickings are slim). This was despite Kevin Costner (he's a "meh" for me) and because of William Hurt (awesome in all genres of acting). The movie started off, and I was all "Whee-- Portland!" And then Demi Moore showed up, and I was all "Uh-oh." But she did all right, and the most iffy part of the movie (William Hurt is the alter-ego of the serial-killer Mr. Brooks, and they... have conversations. Really) actually worked really well. Costner was very flat and not that believable as a serial killer (which is why the alter-ego is needed). Marg Helgenberger was pretty and that was basically her role. And the daughter in this story... I don't know what was up with that. Her storyline was unbelievable, and she had a disturbing and overly-sexualized sort of behavior with her father. Creepy.

What stays, after the film, is William Hurt! And Portland! The rest kind of fades off, which isn't a suprise...

Books: Finished both The Eyre Affair (fun!) and Od Magic this weekend. The latter is one of Patricia McKillip's books, an author I really like aside from her annoying insistence on using the word "loose/loosed" where other people use the word "release/released." Truly pretentious, and I wish she'd quit it. But I love her prose (some people hate it), and I do love her as a Fantasy author. So many of her stories deal either with crossing the lines of Reality/Unreality or with how different people see the same situation in different ways (both favorites of mine). This particular book has wonderful descriptions of a man with magic talents who doesn't really understand his gifts. He communes with plants/stones/nature and becomes part of them, losing vast amounts of time, and from this he learns things that there is no language to explain. This fascinates me.

Gardening: Argh! Trying to plant the backyard, and all those times I told contractors not to dump gravel in the garden area... La-la-la-la. :( Some areas had concrete removed but the supporting gravel left behind with dirt packed over it! I'm spending more time separating rocks out and rehabilitating the dirt than actually planting. Meanwhile, the temperatures went from Spring to Scorch overnight. :(

Running: Last week's run bombed out at about 3 miles because I went too fast and overheated. Monday night, I went out in low-90s heat (with fortification-- ice water, wet rag in sports bra, and cooling-pad on neck) and made myself go sloooowly. Four miles! Whoo! Especially in the heat, which is where this summer's headed. Only one more heat-beating measure, which is to soak the shirt before going out. Yick. I'm saving that for the high-90's heat. :(

How's everybody? Lost in reading Big Bang fics?

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Deadbeat Nymph: pensivedeadbeat_nymph on June 13th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Okay, so, can you confirm for me how voting works? I just leave a comment, replying to the entry itself and not the linked fic, with a number? Do I need to post anything aside from, eg., 8.7?

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I had to hunt the answer down for this one: vote by leaving comments to the actual fics, where the votes would incorporate your opinion of story/use-of-theme/use-of-schmoop-or-angst (depending).

I think people are forgetting to vote in general (authors can't vote) as time goes on. :0 Great stories, though!
the reluctant lobotomist: because I'm a rockstarfourfreedoms on June 13th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Jasper Fforde kind of owns my soul. Especially in later books. OH MAN.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 13th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm possibly liking "Lost in a Good Book" more than "The Eyre Affair," at least to start with.

Plus, anybody who creates a "People's Republic of Wales" gets my love. Liberation for Y Pobl Cymraeg!
the reluctant lobotomist: blissfourfreedoms on June 13th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh it is better. Well, in my opinion. For me I love the anger management therapy she gives to Wuthering Heights. I had just finished reading Heights when I read that and it was so perfect.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm really enjoying the second book so far. The TV show disaster at the beginning was hilarious-- Uncensored Interviews at their most censored, now with gratuitous product mentions!

And I giggle a little everytime Thursday's dodo says Plock, for no good reason. :)
bluesister on June 14th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Cool, we watch all the Portland movies too. We'll get to that one eventually.

I hung out with Kevin Costner in 1972 but, yeah, even that connection doesn't make his acting spark.

Got The Eyre Affair for my wife based on your recommendation (I don't need to say I ordered through the library, right?). I started LA Confidential today...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 14th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't always watch all of the Portland movies-- though there's a list at imdb.com, which is great! It even includes the UPN show "Nowhere Man" that I desperately loved and which was cancelled after one season. Grrrr.

One of the first Portland movies I saw, other than the Gus Van Sant ones, of course, was that dreadful NC-17 Madonna/Willem Defoe movie. I can't stop thinking that Madonna's a skank, but I like Willem Defoe for no good reason, and the Portland parts made me kind of homesick. *sighs* The courthouse they used was beautiful, and the light inside of it-- that dark mix that clouds create-- is so Pacific NW.

Hope your wife enjoys The Eyre Affair! I do much of my ordering of books through the library or friends (I borrowed the book from a friend at work).

If you or your wife likes fantasy at all, I highly recommend Patricia McKillip's The Alphabet of Thorn. Unfortunately, all of her other really great stories will pale in comparison to that one, because it's a masterpiece. Still... she had me at the title, and I had to wait 2 years before I could read it finally. It is, in fact, about an alphabet that is written in thorns, and the translator who decodes its puzzle.
bluesister on June 14th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation.

We watched that Madonna movie and laughed as she and Willem drove east and west and east and west on one drive across the Burnside bridge.

The courthouse that's downtown? It's a PO now but was the courthouse, yes? My grandparents were married there 80+ years ago. I have PNW roots, yo.