movie: Twixt





What is up? I have a movie this week!

Description from IMDB: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

– Written by Production”

I watched this movie on Netflix streaming. I had my eye on it and finally got around to watching it this past weekend.

Twixt is very visually interesting. There’s a lot of play on color. Filming shifts to black and white at night (hey, that rhymes!) with only shades of red poking through, a la Sin City, and sometimes lamplight, if I remember correctly. In fact, there were a few spots where the filming reminded me of Sin City in other ways.

Another thing I liked about the movie was the fact that Edgar Allan Poe was a character. He visited in ghost form at night and talked in a Poe sort of way, which gave me very happy feelings. It was kind of odd, though. In fact, there were a few odd things about this movie.

The plot itself was kind of all over the place. They might’ve tried to do a little too much. We have the ghost named “V”, the writer, Hall Baltimore (dorky name, right?) and his various personal issues, Poe and his interactions with Hall, the goth people partying on the side of the lake and the weird religious guy and a bunch of kids on the other side of the lake, a sheriff investigating some local murders.

It’s a lot to take in, which doesn’t necessarily make it a bad movie, but Twixt definitely isn’t for everyone. I enjoyed watching it well enough. It’s not the best movie ever. I am glad that I finally got around to it.  


Long Overdue Writing Updates

I thought I would do some updates because I haven’t done any in a while. I have been working, despite my lack of blog posting. I seem to be under a greater time crunch that usual. Today I decided that my video game regimen is becoming…perhaps a little excessive. I’m currently playing Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil does that to me. I’m on the 3rd storyline of 4.

Sooooo, I’m going to set that aside for a while because that is not very grown-up of me. And also because I have things that I would really like to accomplish, things that are more important than hunting virtual monsters.

First, the middle grade novel. I started that project last year. The rough draft was done quite a while ago. I put that aside and circled back around. I think it’s on edit 3 right now. I’m going to start fishing for an agent this weekend.

I also have a 3rd (?) draft for the sequel to What the Dead Fear, which is the novella. I had a rather traumatic rewrite earlier this year on that one. I’ll get back to it soon. It probably doesn’t even need that much work, she says hopefully.

What else? Oh, I did randomly start another novel. It’s a weird project. I’m not even sure how to describe it. I guess the closest description might be psychological romance? It has some psychological thriller elements but also a whole lot of romance. I know. I’m fully aware of how strange that sounds. I think the end result might be a little Hitchcock?

My notes for that book are over 10,000 words, which seems excessive to me but whatever. I have this grand idea that I can bang the thing out in like a month. I guess that was the thought process when I made notes. It is all plotted out. I’m sure it would probably go quickly if I can get a span of time in which I work on nothing else.

Maybe if I had a month-long writing retreat.

I think that’s it for now.