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28 August 2011 @ 11:01 pm
Coming out of the fog...  
Both kids' birthdays are past, which means I can see daylight ahead. Between our family vacation, camping, and the kids' birthdays, I tend to disappear for most of late-July through August every year. I've been lurking here off and on, struggling to write (i.e, to finish a couple of stories and just get anything out), watching movies, etc.

We saw Burn After Reading a few weeks back, which apparently was the Coen Brothers' version of Pulp Fiction. I didn't hate it as much as the other, but it wasn't especially clever or fun. Because we went to a live movie last night, and there was a trailer for The Descendants, I find myself already predisposed to see that simply because it features George Clooney in something other than a Coen Bros.' film.

Our date-night movie was One Day, which we generally enjoyed. Ann Hathaway really suited both the hopelessly geeky and sleekly beautiful aspects of her character, and the film's young man was charming.

Our family movie was Gnomeo and Juliet, which was surprisingly fun. I thought the story might have boxed itself too far into the setup of the original play, but it all worked. With movies like that, it's the details that really sell it—the lawnmower races, the monster-truck-like Terrafirminator, the little stone yard bunnies, the chips and missing paint from the various gnomes.

We also watched Terminator: Salvation last weekend, which was much better than I expected. I even found myself tearing up at the end! Loved the pathos.

Fanficwise, what with various writing frustrations, I've found myself veering back into some Slash from the Past: Star Trek Enterprise Tucker/Reed stories. I've rediscovered Kylie Lee's marvelous Acceptable Risk series, which is incredibly hot, passionate, and makes outstanding use of show canon. Now if only I could find the story where Tucker & Reed are stranded on an alien planet and Trip is blind...

What, pray tell, is up with all of you? And can you help me get my writing going again? Thoughts? Suggestions?

ETA: I was a little disappointed that the voice of Gnomeo's blue leader was Maggie Smith and not the actress I'd expected. I like Maggie Smith, but the blue leader looks almost exactly like this woman. See the eyes? They're a match!

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Kronette: TW-CoEkronette on August 30th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Interesting that you brought up Enterprise. I'm putting up my Archer/Trip vid online as I type this :) I think this was the only show where I slashed the minority pairing. And I just bought a ticket & autograph ticket for Leonard Nimoy for October in Chicago. He's claiming it's his last con; we'll see. But he's the only TOS actor I haven't seen in person, so I had to go.

Sis took the kids to Gnomeo and Juliet and thought it was adorable; they liked Tangled, too. I haven't seen either, but Tangled just hit Netflix, so I'll put it in my queue.

Basically, I've been digitizing my old vids, trying to get them up on megavideo (and vidders.net for the newer/better looking ones), getting over the Cold From Hell and writing Red Dwarf. Not overly exciting, but when I was barely able to function with the cold, I was lucky to even get out of bed.

Afraid I won't be much help on the fic motivation front, either. I've got four going and they're all stalled. It's incredibly frustrating. Maybe if I let them simmer for a week, something will happen. I've been very prolific lately; came out of nowhere, basically and I think I burned myself out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I had an LJ friend who loved Enterprise slash, but she was an Archer/Trip 'shipper, and she complained about the lack of that pairing. However, the author I mentioned at that site has a few Archer/Trip stories there too. I liked Archer/Trip, but Trip/Malcom was what really worked for me. And Archer/Reed not at all. Yoiks!

I'd totally see Leonard Nimoy in person! Hope you have fun!

Gnomeo and Juliet is available via Netflix, and it was definitely fun. Click the underlined link for "Terrafirminator"-- it takes you to the commercial from the movie: "Unnecessarily powerful!" It doesn't get much better than that. ;)

I can't recommend Tangled, though. The beginning was good, but the music was awful and the leads both sound like they're from present-day SoCal. The horse, though, is marvelous. ;)

I so hate the stalled-out fic situation! I've got one that I began before Christmas that is stalled at the same place where it quit back then. I cannot make it go forward (and it's for a donation, so I really want to honor the prompt). Gah!
Kronette: TW-CoEkronette on September 1st, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
And Archer/Reed not at all

I admit, I didn't get that appeal at all. It takes all kinds :)

I so hate the stalled-out fic situation! I've got one that I began before Christmas that is stalled at the same place where it quit back then. I cannot make it go forward.

I have an odd suggestion. If you're stuck because you don't know where the plot/story is going, I could read it for you and tell you my thoughts on what I'd like to see happen in the story. Do you think that would help any? I may or may not know the fandom, but storywise, I should be able to tell you if something's going somewhere or you're spinning your wheels (which I fear I'm doing with my stories, but I've only been at them two weeks. Not six months!)
Maz (or foxxy!): Nice cup of bunnytuesdaeschild on August 30th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're back in circulation after such a busy couple of months, sweetheart. :)

I'm half afraid to go and see One Day because apparently Ann Hathaway's Yorkshire accent is not very good! Which is perfectly understandable, given it's a regional accent. But I have heard it's a very good film so maybe...

Ahhh!! That woman is Liz Smith, an 87-year-old national British treasure, just like Maggie Smith! But they're not related! I think I want to see Gnomeo and Julie now!! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, now I see why there have been complaints about Hathaway's accent.

I thought it was decent enough... but that was for a generic London accent! Yorkshire is halfway to being Scottish, and she doesn't sound like that at all. At all. Yikes.

Hah! Someone not only recognized Liz Smith from the picture, but knew her name! Her original name apparently is something else (like, Betty Geadle or similar). I don't know why she picked such a generic-sounding stage name. I've only ever seen her in her "later" roles (i.e, well past 50), and really enjoyed her. My first encounter with her was in Apartment Zero, and I don't think you can ever forget her after that.

And if you see Gnomeo and Juliet (which I recommend), you'll understand why I expected hers to be the voice of that character. Good lord, if you've drawn the character to look like someone in particular, why AREN'T you using that person's voice?
Maz (or foxxy!): Foxy 01tuesdaeschild on August 31st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's only the English who are complaining but I'm sure you've heard people attempt American regional accents and get them wrong too. Yorkshire is certainly very different from a generic London accent. The best English accent I've heard from an American actor was Rene Zellweger's in the Bridget Jones movies but that was probably because it required a slightly more upper-class accent.

Liz Smith was indeed born Betty Gleadle (you were very close!) and I think she was about 50 before she actually made a break-through in acting. She's certainly an excellent character actor and particularly good at comedy!

It certainly would have made sense to have cast the actor who physically resembles the character; perhaps she was unavailable? A pity. But you've certainly made me want to see the film! :)