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"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all."

I've been awake since 7:26 a.m. This has become normal. Fuck me if I know what to do with all that morning. Anyway, it's presently sunny and a scorching 57˚F here in Providence, heading for a sweltering high of 59˚F. Meanwhile, it's 76˚F in Birmingham, and the high will be 88˚F. Once upon a time, years back, winter was the season that I feared, but now cold spring is my enemy. I get through winter far better these days than I deal with March and April and May and, for that matter, June. Thank you, Rhode Island.

It has now been one week since we left Leeds.

There really is nothing much worth mentioning about yesterday. It was a bad day. It was a write off.

Someone on Facebook yesterday declared I could "have fun" writing another vampire novel. Setting aside the idiocy of anyone writing another vampire novel, I do not write "for fun." Which is fortunate, as I do not ever "have fun" writing. I honestly have trouble imagining that anyone enjoys writing, but I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. Humans are capable of enjoying almost any damn thing. If there are people who derive sexual gratification from being shat on, there are surely people who enjoy writing.

On Tuesday we saw James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I enjoyed even more than the first film. We also saw the trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, the first time I'd seen it on the big screen. I'll go see it, sure, and I may even enjoy it, but it's not the film I was hoping would follow Prometheus. Not the film that Scott intended to follow Prometheus before he made the mistake of listening to a lot of bullshit criticism. Aliens: Covenant will likely be little more than rehashed elements of the first four Alien films, cobbled together with snazzy new movie gimmickry. It will be pretty, and fun, and scary, and hollow, and pointless. Scott is a far better director than a film like Aliens: Covenant. This is what often comes of listening to our detractors, listening to people who "don't get it" and never will. Which is why I don't. Anyway, the loss of Alien: Paradise Lost (originally to be simply Paradise) for just another tired retread of the rampaging space monster story, that's our loss. And Scott's. We listen to the critics at the risk of our very souls.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

11:08 a.m.


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Mark Orr
May. 11th, 2017 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, although while when I was working I slept until the very last minute before I absolutely had to get up to get to work on time, now that I'm retired I find myself perfectly content to jump out of bed as soon as the wife's alarm goes off (if not sooner). I make the coffee and fix her some breakfast, and see her out the door well before I ever had to rise from my nightly coma prior to last September 30th. I know, weird.

Also, I drove through Birmingham day before yesterday on my way home from Tallahassee. The old town did not seem to have suffered appreciably from your visit, so there is that. :)

I know what you mean about hating writing. Love the story-making-up-in-my-head part, but the sitting-down-and-pounding-it-out part is a bear. That's my excuse for turning out a novel every eight to fifteen years, instead of every few days like John Creasey. Just started Number 3, Elvish Has Left the Building. I've already warned my (new!) publisher to expect it about the time the sun starts to turn red and fade out.
May. 12th, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm very much in agreement on Covenant. I said almost the same thing to the boyfriend when I saw the trailer; that it would it likely be entertaining but also hollow and dumbed down. That's the unpleasant reality of most films, these days. Sometimes I feel awfully jaded for a 31 year old and, like you, I often feel like I was born in the wrong decade. I can hardly watch most modern films without doing a good bit of eye-rolling, while my boyfriend and other friends will find them super entertaining. It is my opinion that the enemy of most modern art, be it film, literature, or even games, is the obsession with making things accessible to even the grandest idiot. I long for the days when art was allowed to be mysterious, even confusing, and would receive praise for being such rather than derided for not being easy to understand for common everyday thought-avoiders.
May. 12th, 2017 05:23 am (UTC)
Not the film that Scott intended to follow Prometheus before he made the mistake of listening to a lot of bullshit criticism.

I saw the trailer this afternoon with my father. It looked like everything the Alien films avoided being.

What had Scott said about his planned follow-up to Prometheus before it turned into Covenant?
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