Book Workin

I thought I would pop in and offer up some writing updates! I haven’t been blogging much lately, so I’m probably overdue.

I recently finished the first round of rewrite on the sequel to What the Dead Fear. That was a giant pain in my rear that went on far longer than it should have. The rough draft was about 26000 words, while the rewrite version was about 36000.

It was very intensive with changes to almost every paragraph. So, what went wrong in the first round? I was off my game; that much is clear. The story wasn’t as developed as it should have been. I also had some realizations about the story toward the end, which resulted in many changes throughout. The whole rewrite was very tedious, but worth the trouble, I think.

The current project is my first read of the middle grade novel. I was worried that this would be in bad shape like the novella. Thank God it’s okay because it’s about 95,000 words right now. It’s the longest book I’ve written, and if I had to spend the next year rewriting it, I might have cried. I actually took a 4-day weekend to get a jump on it, during which time, I got through about half of the book.

I’m very pleased with it, not only because of the whole ease of edit thing. I think if I can get someone to really look at it and give it a chance, they might want to publish it. I’m going to give that road a go. Someone will want this book.

I plan to get through as much of the read as I can this weekend, so I can send it off to lady editor. I’ve got about 1/6 of it left. I anticipate smooth sailing. *knock on wood*

And that’s all I have to say about that…for now.

movie twofer and a trailer

Greetings, my internet homies. I have been absent, yes I know, but I am here now. And I have movies.

Movie: The Wolverine

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Description from IMDB: When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.”

I am quite fond of the x-men. I am quite fond of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. However, I didn’t really love this movie.

The story takes place in Japan and often has the vibe of a cheesy kung-fu movie. It was too long, the villainess, Viper, was too over the top bad. There were actually a few characters who were over the top bad, but she was the worst offender.

Jean Grey made a couple of appearances in his dreams. She seemed to be trying to talk him into dying, which was weird. Yes, I know she was just symbolic of his struggle to want to keep on living, blah, blah, blah, but it was still creepy.

The fight scenes, which consisted of martial-arts style combat, were pretty awesome. One occurs on the top of train. That was pretty kickass. And, of course, another bright point of the movie is shirtless Hugh Jackman. Yes! I’m always up for that.

One character who I thought could’ve been a bigger part of the story was Yukio. She had this bright pink hair and badass fighting skills, and reminded me a bit of Leeloo in The Fifth Element. For much of the movie, she was kind of sidelined. Lame.
The Wolverine is okay but not awesome. It gets a C.

Movie: The Great Gatsby

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Description from IMDB: “A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.”

I haven’t read this book in forever and a day, so I apologize that I can’t tell you how faithfully it keeps to the book.

Everything about this movie, especially at the beginning, is artful and deliberate. The action has a kind of rhythm to it, like the characters might break into song at any minute. Don’t worry; they don’t. The actual soundtrack fuses old with new, which is cool and befitting of a movie that energetic.

I also liked the fanciness. There’s plenty of it. Glamor, money, shiny cars, mansions like castles. It’s all so very pretty look at.

The Great Gatsby has substance as well. The sadness is almost as intense as the happiness. I really just want to give Gatsby a huge hug. The movie gets an A.

Now for trailer time. HAVE YOU SEEN the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? I have! Okay, at first, I was unfamiliar with Guardians of the Galaxy. I figured it would be dorky like the Green Lantern, and let’s face it, no one wants that. After seeing the trailer, I know that I must see this movie in the movie theater. It reminds me a little of Ice Pirates. Does anyone but me remember that little flick from the 80s? It has this gritty kind of crude, yet comic vibe to it that I dig.

movie: Elysium

I am glad to report that the fish is still living. Is he better? Who knows? I can’t tell.

This weekend, we watched Elysium.

elysium

Description from IMDB: “In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.”

Elysium has some great visual effects. The space station is very cool, a blend of slick technology and mansions with manicured lawns in outer space. Yes.

I wasn’t really feeling the main character, Max, all that much. He was kind of boring and seemed to be Mr. Magoo-in’ it through most of the movie. Supposedly, he had this crazy criminal past but none of that really came through in his personality. His friends were more interesting than he was.

The story didn’t seem all that well-developed, either. There was almost too much going on for any of it to be fully developed.

Elysium was your typical downtrodden common man versus the upper class rebellion story. The movie was decent. Not life-altering but worth a watch. It gets a C+.