November 15th, 2008

talks to wolves another journal entry...

The new story, "The Colliers' Venus (1893)," has been giving me fits (no, not seizures, just fits). For all intents and purposes, as far as writing and my deadlines are concerned, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were a loss. Then, yesterday, I finally found my footing again, and the story began to move forward once more. I wrote 1,402 words. I am cautiously optimistic. This sort of stalling out doesn't often happen to me, thank fuck. But I'm now quite behind, and I have to be in Manhattan on Wednesday, which means I'll also lose Thursday. The good news is that I have an idea for a new Sirenia Digest piece for #36. I was hoping to have "The Colliers' Venus (1893)" done before NYC, but that now looks very, very unlikely.

A string of grey days here in Providence.

The car situation is sorting itself out. We were talking about a 2004 Suburu Outback, but then a local mechanic warned us about persistent head gasket problems, so we're looking at Toyotas and Hondas, instead.

Last night, for Kindernacht, we watched David Yates' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). I liked it quite a lot better than when we saw it in the theatre. But I still say that this is the first of the Harry Potter films that really needs the audience to have read the book. And I'm still amazed that the screenwriter and director made such a success of the novel's muddled climactic action scene. And there's still far too little Tonks. Though, the "Trailing Tonks" featurette on the DVD helps with that. As for the handful of deleted scenes included in the "Collectors' Edition," they don't add up to much. We see that Emma Watson had two good scenes chopped, and that a longer (and more effective) version of Umbridge's "I hate children" speech exists. In the end, I'm impressed by the film, but do hope for better from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Not sure what we'll do next week for Kid Night, now we're out of Harry Potter films.

I've posted a couple more entries to the crk_blog_vault. Little annotations are finding their way in.

And now it's eleven thirty, and I should go.
Blood elf

Addendum: Unexpected Entry

Marvelous weather in Providence tonight. There's a wind, 21 mph, gusting to 41 mph (it was gusting to 50, earlier). It's howling around the eaves of the house. There's been rain, off and on, downpours so loud it's hard to be heard over the sound of the rain hitting the windows and roof. We actually have a tornado watch. It's 68F. Anyway, no, I'm not being sarcastic. I love this weather.

And I think I'm going to formulate a WoW-related list, "101 Ways to Know That Someone Just Really Can't Be Bothered."

1. If they've named their blood elf character "bloodelfph."

2. If they've named their human Death Knight character "Badknight."

I actually saw these tonight. And I just have to wonder, is this 1) a complete absence of imagination, 2) total indifference, 3) people who don't grasp the concept of proper nouns, 4) or miserably failed attempts at humor? I'm going to go 1, though, I suppose, all four might apply.

Now, I return to my storm, already in progress.