Movie: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Have you ever had one of those days that technology just wants to smack you around a bit? That’s been my whole day, battling uphill against the stuff not working, and as I type this, there is an internet outage. I actually have to use my phone as a hotspot to post this. I also can’t play Destiny 2, which displeases me greatly.

But enough whining. I have a movie post! I haven’t done one in quite some time, but I feel strongly about this movie.

Valerian is based on a French comic book that I never heard of before I watched the movie. It’s also directed by Luc Besson, the same guy that directed The Fifth Element, which is one of my favorite movies. Here’s a quick description from IMDB.

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“A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.”

Like The Fifth Element, Valerian is colorful and funny. The action scenes and the special effects are very well done. The characters aren’t as endearing as the ones in The Fifth Element, but they have their merits.

The acting was mostly decent. All in all, the movie was exactly what I hoped it would be: butt-kicking, fun scifi.

I might need to check out the comic book.

 

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Back on the Audio Horse

Okay. I started recording a new audiobook today. I made it down to my chilly, makeshift sound studio and got the thing done. I still have to edit it, of course. That’s always the far bigger thing.

I think I lost my narrator that signed on for Destined for Darkness. The book was supposed to be finished by the end of October, and she has vanished into thin air. That’s the 2nd audiobook narrator I’ve lost.

Look, cats and kittens, if you want to get into audiobook narration, that’s fine and dandy. There isn’t much of a barrier to entry for auditioning. Know what you’re getting into so you don’t waste someone’s time getting involved in a contract that someone will later have to beg ACX to cancel. That’s not fun. It causes delays and is, in fact, quite annoying.

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Given that I don’t have thousands of dollars to drop into audiobook production (it typically runs about $200 per finished hour), this is going to come down to me, myself, and I getting ‘er done.

So I’m working on Beneath Oceans of Sky right now. Then when/if…no when (it must be when) that’s done, I’m going to work on Love and the Dark and/or The Blood of Guardians.

I figure one chapter at a time probably won’t be too bad. I just need to make sure that I edit each chapter before I start the next one so I don’t have 1000 hours of editing ahead of me at the end of recording.  *shudders to think*

 

 

OMG is this all she does?

She just like redesigns her covers over and over again?

Yes.

This is the last redesign for a while. This one is for Love and the Dark. Leftie is old cover. Rightie is new cover. I might still brighten the graphics on it. They might be a smidge too dark.

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I didn’t totally despise the old cover, but the new one is more dramatic. I think this may be the first time that I did a whole cover from start to finish in Photoshop. I usually bounce back and forth between Fireworks and Photoshop.

The new design involved a lot of thinking and sketching. I knew I wanted blood, roses, and a gun. My original thought was that I would have the gun sitting in a puddle of blood with the roses above it and then petals falling from them, into the puddle. That didn’t really work out. It was probably too complex for my skill level.

Anyway, the roses are actually a photo of some roses the hubby got me for my birthday. Now they shall live FOREVER!

The print edition will be updated at some point. I thought it would be cool to put the same roses on the back  cover, only flip them so the blooms are right side up and the stems are at the bottom of the book cover, then maybe have the blood drops above blooms.

A New Cover and a NaNoWriMo Update

Man, I don’t know if I’m going to make my Nano deadline. I’m at 42,000 words, which is nothing to sneeze at, but I have like 3 more days to write 8,000 words. Yarg. I’m still trucking, though, and I plan to continue trucking.

I redesigned the cover on my most recent release already. What can I say? I’m indecisive. This one was for Beneath Oceans of Sky.

On the left, we have the original. Rightie is the new one.

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I think the new one is more interesting. I don’t know how I feel about the green. I tinted it that color to make it more Christmassy. It originally looked like this.

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I still might use the gold color. I don’t know. I just really need someone who makes all the right decisions to follow me around all day and tell me what to do.

You might be asking yourself why I was working on a cover redesign when I should’ve been Nano writing. I worked on the cover when it wasn’t a good/quiet enough time in my house to write.

Now, I’m going to go write some more.

On a Monday

Greetings, internetizens! NaNoWriMoing is going okay. Current word count is 30276. I’m still a bit behind. I’m hoping to make up some ground this weekend. I have 4 days off!! WOO!

This pleases me greatly.

There was this part of the story I was having trouble getting past. I didn’t do a good job of deciding what I wanted it to be beforehand. I did have my notes, but there was a kink in those, so I had to scrap about a page of them and work that part up from scratch.

The good part of having the notes is that I can see what doesn’t work in the story before I actually write that part of the book. It saves some story editing.

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The boy gave me this accurate button.

That’s all for now. Smell ya later.

Behold the Pretties! Canterbury Classics

Because what I needed was DEFINITELY more books. Ahem.

I bought these at the Costco. They are magnificent. I’m in love with them and hope to one day have the time to read every last one, except for the duplicate parts. A couple of stories appear in more than one of them.

Please excuse my horribly grainy photos. I think the camera on my phone may be getting tired. It doesn’t seem to be as cooperative as it used to be.

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Interior cover of the SciFi/Fantasy book

 

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They even have built-in ribbon bookmarks. Be still my heart!

The Lovecraft book is my favorite, of course. I actually had to buy that one twice. The boy pretty much claimed my first copy as his own. I tried to remind him it was borrowed but then he gave me the puppy dog eyes. What am I supposed to do, not give the kid a book?