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It seems that, in the past twenty-one hours or so, I have suffered a massive reversal of fortune. Suddenly, I am no longer debt poor (though a few publishers still owe smaller advances, some of which are horrendously late), our guild was able to transfer to Faeblight (Riftspeak, ignore), and Spooky is off retrieving the automobile from the team of gorillas who have been holding it hostage! (She just returned, and we had a belated "breakfast").

So, um...better now. My agent made me promise to buy another coolerator. I considered naming it after her – Merrilee – but think, instead, I'll named it Astor, as Writers House is in one of his old banks. Anyway, suddenly life sucks a lot less, and bills can be paid, and cats can go to the vet, and I can get my office in better order, and all manner of things have been made good again.

If you've not yet ordered Two Worlds and In Between, do so!

Yesterday, I sat here in the heat (I did not adjourn to either middle parlour or bedroom – the two coolish rooms – as I am a fool) and wrote 1,117 words on "The Granting Cabinet," which I began back before Readercon 22. They were 1,117 words written mostly in a fever, I think. But then, clouds came, and there was rain, and the temperature Outside plunged ten degrees in about half an hour, and a sweet, cool breeze blew in through my office window.

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I forgot, yesterday, to mention two movies we watched during the con (while hiding in the room between programming obligations). The first, Jonathan Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles is an oddly forgettable film. We rather enjoyed it while we were watching it. Good SFX, a serviceable script, Michelle Rodriguez, halfway decent cinematography, and so forth. A good summer B-grade flick. But the next day, my memories of it made Battle Los Angeles seem, at best, only half as good as it had seemed as we watched. This same thing happened when I saw Sin City (2005), and it's happened with other films. There's a magic, for me, while I'm watching, that appears to fade upon reflection. Anyway, I'd still say it's worth a rental or free streaming. If you like blow-'em-up marines versus extraterrestrial invaders films (and I generally do), you could do worse.

But the next film we watched was pure celluloid shit. Unless no one uses celluloid anymore, in which case it was shit of some other sort. Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Of course, this is the woman who made the screen adaptation of Twilight, so I was hardly surprised. It's sort of hard to explain how perfectly awful this film is. Even Gary Oldman didn't help. He just looked bored and trapped and recited his lines like a sleepwalker. Though set in some vaguely Medieval village, the costumes all looked like they'd come straight from a ren-fair. You could tell sewing machines were involved, and colors that would not possibly have been available were everywhere. Shiloh Fernandez (Peter) is a dead-ringer for Edward Cullen, right down to the hair gel and the terminally blank expression. Massively uneven art direction. The only thing that didn't stink of the fecal matter of aardvarks was the werewolf, which was a case of very creepy, effective CGI. But it couldn't save this turkey. Avoid it like the plague. Had I paid to see this film, I actually would have walked out halfway through and asked for a refund. I could have written a long and insightful review of this film, but it's just not worth the time and effort.

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In the first paragraph of Sunday's blog entry I typed self when I meant to type shelf, which has to be indicative of some unconscious glitch.

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My thanks to cucumberseed for a truly superb mix CD. Also, thanks to readingthedark for going far above and beyond to help me and Spooky retain our sanity during Readercon.

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I've played this round, I've played your lover.
I've played it out and to the hilt.
You're coming on with something so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel.

You love it.
You hate it.
But you want to re-create it.
Now this is here. This is me.
This is what I wanted
You to see.
That was then. That was that.
That is gone. That is what
I wanted you to feel.
-- R.E.M.

To the hilt,
Aunt Beast

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cucumberseed
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the CD! I'm also very glad things are looking up.

I might have access to an air conditioner, window unit, courtesy of my mom. I need to check to see if she still has it, but I was planning on giving her a call and I live close enough that arrangements would not be impossible to make for delivery or transfer.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you liked the CD!

It's quite awesome.

I need to check to see if she still has it, but I was planning on giving her a call and I live close enough that arrangements would not be impossible to make for delivery or transfer.

A kind offer, but it's best we get something that's going to be just the right size for my oddly sized office windows.

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stillsostrange
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting paid. Hopefully your luck will rub off, since I'm also waiting for a check from my publisher.

Someday I'm going to be drunk and masochistic enough to watch Red Riding Hood. When I'm rocking and keening afterward, I'll remember that I should have listened to you.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)

Someday I'm going to be drunk and masochistic enough to watch Red Riding Hood.

Gonna take a lot of masochism.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
congrats on getting paid and ransoming the vehicle.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)

Thanks.
strange_selkie
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
The red, red, red cloak in the Medieval Village and the actress who had done quite a good job in Mamma Mia! warned me off that one. Because one of those films was not like the other.

(Re Mamma Mia!, Colin Firth is the reason I am only a silver-star lesbian. I'm sorry. I really am.)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)

The red, red, red cloak in the Medieval Village

Admittedly, it was necessary to any telling of the story, and it was stroking against the snow. The first 100 times we were shown long, loving shots of various incarnations of the damned thing.
joshrupp
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I liked the sets. It was like Whoville. The image of a werewolf ripping apart Whos gave me the warm fuzzies.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)

You might be more twisted even than me. This movie was too awful even to redeem itself with its awfulness.
kylecassidy
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
... and Neil Gaiman tweeted about our Top Sekret Projekt!
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)

Yes! I saw!
unknownbinaries
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Avoid it like the plague. Had I paid to see this film, I actually would have walked out halfway through and asked for a refund.

Ended up mocking that movie mercilessly with wolven and his father (whose idea it was to order it on the OnDemand) last time we visited the family. Some of the filming was pretty, and the wolf was great, but, yes. I felt guilty that *someone else* paid for it.

Looking forward to something the roommate passed us, The Troll Hunters, which has been billed as a fantastic Norwegian Blair Witch Project.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)

Ended up mocking that movie mercilessly

It was too bad too even have fun mocking.
r_darkstorm
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
As much as would love to preorder Two Worlds and In Between, I have a negative cash flow and no credit cards... I'll have to wait til it hits shelves, then special order through Barnes & Noble... Because they apparently refuse to stock you (I've asked). So there's that. Still, definitely want a copy. You're one of a handful of authors that can evoke an emotional response in me. While reading, that is.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)

Because they apparently refuse to stock you (I've asked).

They usually stock the Roc stuff, but not the subpress books.
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ardentdelirium
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Here's hopign your fortune reversal rubs off on me, I need some good fortune and lately all is falling apart. But YAY for yours, even if it doesn't rub off.

I knew Red Riding Hood would be awful, but I want to see it anyway, because it has some people I like and I have an unfortunate obsession with 'fairy tales done different.' Maybe I can turn it into a drinking game?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)


I knew Red Riding Hood would be awful, but I want to see it anyway, because it has some people I like and I have an unfortunate obsession with 'fairy tales done different.' Maybe I can turn it into a drinking game?


No. Not even a drinking game. Anyway, you've been warned.
robyn_ma
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
'Comment, kittens.'

Should we talk about:

(a) the weather
(b) the government
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)

POP!
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)

I was left with a dull, speechless feeling.
robyn_ma
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
On an actual commenting tip, Lucky McKee's The Woman will be the best horror movie you see this year, if you see it this year. It will make all else in its field look like that which you hold on a toothpick. It is worth the digging through a hundred Red Riding Hoods to find the true hard gem that is The Woman.

Angela Bettis is in it and she gives the third best performance, which is no slight on her work here but rather an indication of the very high acting caliber in this film. Usually she's top. Here she graciously gives the floor to others.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)

AS we are huge fans of the director and actress in question, we WILL see it. Release date?
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stsisyphus
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Anyway, suddenly life sucks a lot less, and bills can be paid, and cats can go to the vet, and I can get my office in better order, and all manner of things have been made good again.

Very glad to hear that the cats can get the attention that they need to get, and that you might be suffering slightly less during the writing process.

Glad you all could transfer the guild over. I'm just hoping transfers are still open by the time I get home.

Battle: Los Angeles is an oddly forgettable film.

Yeah, I kinda saw it as a rather simple gung-ho military-porn flick. Certainly not really sci-fi, and the movie is without the epic scope of historical war films. This felt like a movie pretty much made for the current generation of American military personnel. It's as if they wanted to make a "kick ass modern war movie about Our Boys", but without the political baggage of being about Afghanistan or Iraq. In fact, it didn't want any baggage at all - other than the Burdens of Leadership. Basically it was the movie about soldiers for soldiers.

Eh. It might have made a decent survival horror movie if they had wanted to play that up, but yeah, no. They went Michael Bay.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)

Glad you all could transfer the guild over. I'm just hoping transfers are still open by the time I get home.

It was a great relief, and yes, I hope so, too!

This felt like a movie pretty much made for the current generation of American military personnel.

Agreed. It could almost have been a recruitment film.
melissaleeg83
Jul. 19th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Glad you got paid some
I don't care what anyone says, everything is better with money. Only rich (well off, comfortable, whatever rich people call themselves who won't admit it) people say money doesn't matter.

Thank you for the warning about the movie. I will take it off my list. I like fairy tales gone awry, and everything I've seen with Gary Oldman, but it sounds too bad to enjoy. Maybe, like I say about some people, Gary Oldman wanted to do a movie that kids could see, and that was the reasoning behind agreeing to do it. Or he wanted a paycheck.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you got paid some

Or he wanted a paycheck.

Bingo!
firebirdgrrl
Jul. 19th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
So happy you get an air conditioner and other good mojo!
Likewise, thank you for the Red Riding heads-up; I was considering it, but I think I will just put on The Company of Wolves</b> instead.

greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)

but I think I will just put on The Company of Wolves instead.

Wise move.
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