movie: World War Z

I successfully administered medicine to a fish this weekend. It was successful in that I did not kill the fish. I do not know if the medicine will help him yet, but I can say that he seems significantly more energetic. We think he has the fin rot. My daughter figured that out. It’s either that or tuberculosis. Yes, apparently, fish tuberculosis is a thing.

We also watched World War Z.


Description from IMDB: “United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.”

I didn’t care much about this movie when it came out in the theaters. I was probably suffering from zombie fatigue. I was feeling a little bit better about it when we finally got it from the Netflix.

It has much in common with other zombie movies. There are a few things that set it apart. The zombies have this recklessness about them. They hurl themselves mindlessly and crawl over each other. They also do this weird teeth clamping thing. It’s pretty creepy.

I liked Brad Pitt’s character, Gerry. He seemed more thoughtful than the usual zombie movie protagonist, not really as much of a badass. He was more brains than brawn, which was good.

World War Z had a good mix of action and thought. It gets an A.




How was everyone’s holiday? Good? Yes?
I’ve been slacking off on the blog posting lately. My husband occasionally reminds me of this. I have not been slacking off on movie watching, however, so today, I’m doing short reviews of what we’ve been watching. Here we go.

Red 2
Description from IMDB: “Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.”

I really, really, really love these movies. I like when old people kick ass. I like when Bruce Willis makes his angry face and John Malkovich makes his slightly-off-kilter face. I adore Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins and pretty much everyone else in this movie, mostly because they are all very good at the kinds of roles they play in this story.

If you liked the first Red movie, you will probably like the sequel. I read a couple of reviews of this second installment and they weren’t very flattering. Apparently, it didn’t make as much money as the first one. I found that very surprising. There is every bit as much excitement as the first one, shooting, fighting, cloak and dagger. The story keeps the attention. If they made 100 of these movies, I would go out of my way to see every one of them.
Red 2 gets an A.

The World’s End

Description from IMDB: “Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.”

This movie is WEIRD. It gets off to a very slow start. So slow in fact, that about 20 minutes in, I actually considered turning it off. The characters start out whiny and boring. The main character is a sad, desperate guy. No one is having much fun, really.

Once the action gets going, there’s plenty of it. They fight and run around a lot, which is better than the boring. Then the movie just gets weirder and weirder until the weird end.

I didn’t love this one. I thought it would be better.

The World’s End gets a C-.

The Conjuring

IMDB: “Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.”

This movie is pretty cool. If I remember correctly, when it was out in the theater, it got props for being “low budget” but still being awesome. I thought it was kind of old-school, which is a good thing. It didn’t need crazy special effects. It relied on good acting and STORY, not just random gore. Always important.

I like this.

The Conjuring gets an A.

movie: Lovelace

Hey there! I’ve been terrible about blogging lately, haven’t I? I have a book I hope to finish by the end of the year, so the trend will likely continue. Work, work, work.

This weekend, we watched Lovelace.


Description from IMDB: “The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.”

I think my husband was expecting another Boogie Nights. There are similar shades to this movie (how could there not be?), but that wasn’t really the vibe.

Lovelace was more about the abusive relationship with her boyfriend/husband. Basically, she meets this skeevy guy. He manipulates her into doing all sorts of things, keeps her on a really tight leash, intimidates her, etc. A lot of the story is very sad and difficult to watch.

It did keep my interest, however, as few movies like this do. There was a kind of suspense to it, I think. I wasn’t familiar with the real Linda’s life, so I had no idea what would happen to her. The stuff he subjects her to is just over the top nuts.

Lovelace is good. It gets an A.

the Chicago trip in pictures

I went to Chicago this weekend! Mommy dearest was kind enough to cover the deal. Thanks, mom!

Here are some pics from the trip.




Recognize this fountain? I’ll give you a hint. Love and marriage. Love and marriage. That’s right. It’s the fountain from the opening sequence to Married with Children!


This was the coffee bar in the lobby at the hotel. How friggin’ cute is this room? I loved it and the hotel in general. It was a really nice place to stay. Mile North, I think, was the name.


These items were placed on our table at the restaurant at the top floor of Neiman Marcus. The pink stuff is this really yummy strawberry butter stuff. The tiny mug holds chicken broth. What do you do? I laughed at my mother at first because she drank the chicken broth. Later, the girl child did a google search and determined that you are supposed to drink the chicken broth. I just dipped my bread in it. Nom.


Willis Tower and assorted buildings.


I have never felt so judged by mannequins.





A pig man in Millennium Park. There were several of them painted in various, equally vibrant color schemes. Some of them had blue nipples.



The Bean. How cool is this? It was also in Millennium Park.


Standing under the bean, looking up, looks like this. I’m in this picture somewhere.


An amphitheater that looked sort of like spaceship wreckage.






very true. Sope IS Hanz best friend! I approve this message.

nightmare fodder. you’re welcome.

My husband showed me this earlier today. Have you ever seen a human skull with the baby teeth still in? We are monsters on the inside, my friends, even the adorable versions of us.

nightmare fodder



In book working news, I have almost completed updating the book trailer for Pestilence Rising, complete with character concept illustrations. This post is actually an attention deficit moment while I should be adding the music. I’ll probably post the trailer to the blog here within the next couple of days.

pics from the canal

My favorite place to hang in Indianapolis is the canal in the White River State Park. There are all kinds of interesting sites to see down there, art and waterfalls and bridges and such, even gondolas when the weather is warmer. We went there this weekend. I present to you pictures for your viewing enjoyment.

The canal passes beneath some streets and the walls under the bridges are painted. Here are a couple.

The girl looks very Banksy to me.

bubble girl

dragon bridge


Here’s a huge goldfish. We saw many that were the size of bass.

This was a group of musical people who happened to end up in my picture of that pretty waterfall fountain thingy to the right. We had the misfortune of being near them for about half of our walk. They moved slightly slower than us, making their music, which meant when we finally passed them, we couldn’t stop without them catching up to us…with their music. argh.
music people


This last one isn’t from the canal but from either the 24th or the 30th floor of the JW Marriott hotel. FYI, they have a LOVELY executive lounge with fantastic cookies and just about any kind of granola bar you can think of.

Indy skyline from the marriott


That’s it for now. Catch ya later.



miscellaneous rambling about recent events

Hello! I am currently on writing vacation, which is great! I needed it after the obsessive editing I just went through. I am currently reading Last Days by Joyce Carol Oates. It’s a short story collection. She’s very good. I dig the intensity of her writing and the way her descriptions dig down to the marrow of a thing.

I finished up the book for the contest. It probably isn’t perfect, but I had to let it go. What is perfect? Anything? I keep having these rushes of insecurity, like did I double-check this or what if that punctuation was wrong? Then I push the doubts away. I did the best I could in the time I allotted for the project. Regardless of win or lose, I like the book. It’s a good read, I think. And to keep my perspective about this whole contest business, I keep this quote in mind.

“The goal is the work itself.”

– W. Eugene Smith

He was a photojournalist I recently read about. I love that quote because it’s so simple and true. Whenever I feel myself slipping into a particular, undesirable mindset, I use that idea as a kind of compass to lead me back to where I began.

There was no movie watching this past weekend because we were at a monster truck thing. This was our second year going. It was dusty and dirty and the stadium was filled with carbon monoxide. In other words, it was quite fun. Here are a couple of pictures of my favorite moments.

The first one is from when the Lucas Oil Crusader plowed through an RV. Nice, right? The second pic is from Maximum Destruction who should have changed his name to Efficient Destruction because he was on the track for 14 seconds before he flipped that thing onto its back. In his defense, he did continue to drive it, somehow, while it was upside down.

This coming weekend, we’re going to the Naptown Roller Girls bout. I’ll probably have pictures of that as well. Ah, I hear tell it’s Star Wars Day.