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Well, actually, there probably is not "& etc.," but it looked good in the header. Maybe this explanation is, itself, the "& etc.," which makes a wonderful sort of loop.

As of this evening, three of the Ravens Four have bids. Only poor Raven Blue languishes unbid upon. I'm sure this situation will soon be remedied, but raven wizards...you know how they get. Touchy beasts, that lot. So, yes, a reminder that the Ravens Four auctions continue apace. And by the way, anyone who wants to keep up with Spooky's wild pagan doll makin' exploits, have a look at squid_soup.

Speaking of Spooky, she's become quite taken with ditl, or "Day in the Life." She's done a few of them now, the most recent just yesterday. I'm in love with the swirly coffee and cream galaxy photo. The ichthyosaur pin, that's mine, of course. Have a look at her most recent ditl, if you're the curious sort. I think I may soon do a ditl of my own.

Some part of my mind continues to toy with Herzog's The Wild Blue Yonder, and, upon this further reflection, I've come to think what's most important about the film is not whether the Andromedan refugee is just a lunatic or the problems with the wonky science. What matters most about The Wild Blue Yonder is its very simple message: screw up this planet so badly humans cannot live here, and despite all your "science fiction fantasies," there's really nowhere else to go. Nowhere within reach. This is most cogently and poignantly expressed in Brad Dourif's rambling explanation of the vastness of space and the problems presented trying to reach even the nearest stars with conventional rocketry or at even a relatively significant fraction of the speed of light.

Oh, wait. There was an "& etc." after all. The thing about ditl. Though I haven't gotten around to vanity yet. Just wanted to say I was emphatically not fishing for either compliments or comments in this mornings post. Just talking, that's all. That's all this journal is, just me talking (but, yes, it's nice to know people are listening).

Okay. Now I must rest and amuse myself...

Comments

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robyn_ma
Feb. 9th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: The Wild Blue Yonder: I just watched it last night, and, not having read my friends list yesterday, had no idea you'd seen it the night before. I was actually going to recommend it to you, but it's just as well I didn't, since I would then have looked a fool.

Why I would've recommended it to you is that I found it, as per usual with Herzog, tantalizingly oblique yet fiercely committed and moving. And I find it very odd that it struck me as very much a CRK film, and there you were, less than 24 hours before, watching the damn thing. Also very odd: that I apparently, independently of anybody, decided to watch it last night after the disc from Netflix had been sitting near the TV collecting dust for several weeks.

I'm afraid to go outside now, lest I find Herzog standing on my front steps, speaking to me in his German accent: 'It is not a coincidence, yes? Surely you see this now. You must therefore accompany me now to Atlanta...' and then we all meet up with seven others who were randomly compelled to watch The Wild Blue Yonder this week, and we have weekly adventures on NBC or something.

I wouldn't put it past Herzog...
greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm afraid to go outside now, lest I find Herzog standing on my front steps, speaking to me in his German accent: 'It is not a coincidence, yes? Surely you see this now. You must therefore accompany me now to Atlanta...' and then we all meet up with seven others who were randomly compelled to watch The Wild Blue Yonder this week, and we have weekly adventures on NBC or something.

Herzog Haus, a new reality series!

Why I would've recommended it to you is that I found it, as per usual with Herzog, tantalizingly oblique yet fiercely committed and moving. And I find it very odd that it struck me as very much a CRK film, and there you were, less than 24 hours before, watching the damn thing. Also very odd: that I apparently, independently of anybody, decided to watch it last night after the disc from Netflix had been sitting near the TV collecting dust for several weeks.


Cue Twilight Zone theme.
robyn_ma
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
'Herzog Haus, a new reality series!'

I was thinking more along the lines of Heroes. I'll be Ali Larter and you could be Hayden Panettiere. 'Save the disgruntled writer, save the world.' listeningowl the Japanophile will, of course, be Hiro. Herzog himself could appear from time to time as himself, wandering out of an alley holding a waffle, or sniffing things for no apparent reason.

But a Herzog reality series...ah, if American TV were not so creatively bankrupt, that would be a concept to conjure with.

Regarding the score we were so enamored with: some of it is available on this CD along with the same composer's music for another Herzog film, The White Balloon.
setsuled
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say I was emphatically not fishing for either compliments or comments in this mornings post.

For my part, I didn't comment out of the assumption you were doing either. After all, you did say "that's okay, 'cause it bores me to."

I in fact commented simply because I disagreed with your apparent statement--I didn't think people refrained from commenting because the subject bored them. If my argument happened to cast you or your writing in a favourable light, it was a peripheral point.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
After all, you did say "that's okay, 'cause it bores me to."

I did.

And it does.
setsuled
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I guess the grass is greener when you're not the one mowing it every day.

But while we're on the subject, I just read the scene where Soldier disciplines Saben White, which I didn't see coming and I thought it was great.

And Sid Haig's an interesting casting choice for the Bailiff, but I was picturing Sydney Greenstreet.

greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)

But while we're on the subject, I just read the scene where Soldier disciplines Saben White, which I didn't see coming and I thought it was great.


That scene...I have to say so myself. It's just frelling sexy.

And Sid Haig's an interesting casting choice for the Bailiff, but I was picturing Sydney Greenstreet.

Two very different but equally valid directions.
sharonafyre
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
from the peanut gallery
I'm very interested in your comments on the process of writing, and what it is like for you. Because I do not write and I envy you. Because I like your writing so well.

But I am even more interested in reading what you have written.

I'm reading Candles for Elizabeth and The Weird and Distant Shores just now (copy 105, to be exact). Gotta say, The Comedy of St. Jehanne d'Arc *completely* flipped my lid. SO PLEASING, what you have done with the history, weaving strands together... and SO POWERFUL, all that you said by omission. Jeanne d'Arc is one of my intended fiction topics, the only one I ever spent serious effort on. What you did with it was BRILLIANT. I would eagerly read this expanded story!

[All this said, I appreciate both your occasional comment on your process and your lack of navel gazing, which can be quite unattractive in practice when taken to extremes...]
smu
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
Wow, that ditl looks really fun. Too bad I have a boring college student life. Spooky's pictures were lovely.
reverendcrofoot
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
The raven red is similar to a character that makes an appearance in my novel. Not that anamorphic ravens dressed in red robes are too uncommon. Just weirded out is all.
sfmarty
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I tried to email you something the other day and got rejected (pout). I sent it to the lowred addy. Obviously that is now defunct. Would you send me your new one? Fanks.

Addendum, the dolls are wonderful, but have gone quickly out of my price ability. All of them.
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