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07 June 2011 @ 01:09 pm
Thank G*d that's done...  
I finished painting all the detail work in Lauren's room on Saturday, and after 4 weekends of home projects I'm ready for a break. I'm also ready for Spring/Summer—our local paper had an article on Global Weirding which summarized our plight as, "Our weather keeps coming from Alaska, and it shouldn't." We're supposed to creep into the low 80s this week, about 2 months overdue. *hopes*

I got voted out at tvnetwork1_las last week, along with 5 other people (a highly unfortunate voting situation). The feedback for why I got a "worst story" vote, though? The person felt that anything mirroring canon was not a "real story." That's happened once before, and that's such an issue of personal taste that it's hard to consider that valid feedback. About 25-30% of what I write probably falls into that category! It still surprises me, though—THAT was worse than the two-paragraph story with the unparsable opening paragraph? Or the one with painfully forced exposition in the dialogue? Or the stories that referred to the male characters as "the redhead" and "the brunette"? Or the Castle fic where Becket is woefully out of character (again)? Huh.

Well, back to the drawing board. Or should I say, "keyboard," and couple it with the vain hope that I can write myself out of the corners both my White Collar fic drafts have backed me into. What is that all about? It's like an accidental, unwelcome hobby. :0

We finished watching Dexter, S4 over the weekend (*cries over the finale*). We mainlined four S4 Chuck episodes, but aren't done yet (8-10 more to go!) We watched Cloudy, With A Chance Of Meatballs with the kids on Saturday (MUCH better than I could have imagined—yay for weirdness!), and then Steve Martin's Roxanne on Sunday. Roxanne had some uncomfortably racy parts, but we all survived. I hadn't seen it in about 12-15 years, but I told Christopher that certain parts stick with you (and not always the ones you might expect):
  • All Things Dead

  • "Err more sessions by sleeving"

  • Steve Martin's impression of a suction-cup-handed alien

  • Steve Martin's made-up song at the beginning, which includes the lyrics, "Now I'm having... a small heart attack."


  • I'd completely forgotten that Fred Willard was in that movie, and I didn't even know who Damon Wayans was when it first came out. However, the "All Things Dead" guy's face is very clear in my memory, and I think of him every time I go into a shopping mall and run across an "All Things Remembered" store. ;)

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    a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on June 7th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
    Roxanne! I always remember the part when he was trying to apply make-up to conceal the size of his nose.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
    And the drugstore lady (who looks a lot like Toni Collette, actually) trying to be so tactful and subtle in helping him. ♥

    Until we rewatched it on Sunday, I actually thought that "All Things Dead" was my misremembering the name of the store based on what was in it. But, as it turns out, no. :0
    cindytsuki_no_bara on June 7th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
    that person who thought your fic mirrored canon too closely - do they think only au fics count as "real" stories? hmph. that is indeed kind of useless feedback.

    i've never seen roxanne, but i vaguely remember the commercials....

    also it's 84º here right now. i hate to rub it in that we have summer and you don't, but, well, i guess i kind of just did. *cough*
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
    That person apparently thinks that making up new adventures for the characters is the only thing that counts as "real" fiction. Writing behind-the-scenes, or inside the head of the character whom you saw externally, etc., is not a "story" in that voter's mind. Not everyone likes that kind of story, but I certainly wouldn't say that it is NOT a story.

    My definition of "story" is pretty broad, including things like poetry, vignettes, crack which combines pics with narrative (like the "Penguin Break" thing I showed you).

    Roxanne is a lot of fun, though revisiting the 80's hairstyles is a little scary.

    You East Coast people have moved well into summer! That Alaskan weather trough of dooooom apparently is only hitting the West Coast, from mid-California northward (into Oregon and Seattle). It sux. It was 65-ish and rainy on Saturday. Again. :0
    shaitanah: castielshaitanah on June 7th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
    Dexter S4 finale was so shocking. T_T I couldn't believe my eyes. It just refused to compute.
    Ugh, sorry to hear about your story being voted out. :( It's just sad how people are more inclined to vote for OOCness and bad writing, though heaven knows why... But honestly, that feedback seems dumb.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Dr. Horrible Ragehalfshellvenus on June 7th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
    Dexter S4 finale was so shocking.
    It was! We were thinking, "Ahhh. Whew." and then, "NOOOOOOooooooooo!"

    :( :( :(

    But honestly, that feedback seems dumb.
    It does to me, too. It makes me think of (get this) the rant some guy has been on at imdb.com for ages now about, "The Hurt Locker is not a film!"

    Well, in fact, it IS a film. Even if you think the matchup of technology vs. setting is off, or you didn't like where the character arcs ended... there was still a story there, very well told, and it was on film, SO....
    Port: dean pendesertport on June 8th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
    THAT was worse than the two-paragraph story with the unparsable opening paragraph? Or the one with painfully forced exposition in the dialogue? Or the stories that referred to the male characters as "the redhead" and "the brunette"?

    *shudder* I'm not sure which of those is worse than the other, but the redhead-brunette thing is edging ahead of the other two. *l* I think you need some worthy competition, m'dear. :)

    Hope you get that good weather at last. It's been about 80 here the last few days and such a relief after the long winter.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on June 8th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
    but the redhead-brunette thing is edging ahead of the other two.

    It made me cringe, but the overall writing in the others was worse.

    There were some good writers this round, but unfortunately, several of them got eliminated in that 6-author sweep, and some of the people who wrote badly are still in the game! Not me, sadly. It's frustrating. :(

    It's been about 80 here the last few days and such a relief after the long winter.

    !!! That's our weather! Yours is supposed to be cooler than ours. That "Alaskan Trough" report noted that all of the Pac NW and Northern California were getting hammered by those atypical weather currents, though. We've been having the same weather as you down here, forever. But probably a couple of degrees warmer (should typically be about 10 degrees warmer than you).