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Monday night, sleepy
marie sleep
cleolinda
All I wanted to say about last night's entry--besides "thank you" for all the comments and well-wishes--is that I felt better after writing it. I usually do, and I think it helps me to articulate "I'm going to do this" and put it on paper (uh... e-paper?) and see it out there. It may not have sounded terribly optimistic, but it's cathartic writing about it, and I've found over the years that I'm far from the only person who goes through this kind of thing. People tell me it helps them to read about someone else going through this crap, and then I feel better because I'm not the only one going through this crap, and together, we all feel a little more normal. So that's why I do it from time to time.

And apparently I felt so much better that I ripped through 3200 words in about three hours today, wtf. (Chapter 7, woot woot!) Maybe it was the cathartic relief Mountain Dew? I will have another tomorrow. Although I did realize that the material as written gives away something I didn't want to give away until the next chapter, and there's pretty much no way around that, because it's now part of a chain reaction that causes that next chapter to happen. So. Uh. I'm just going to keep writing and leave it to my first readers--my mother, my agent, my best friends, whoever--to tell me if it works or not. I've also decided that from now until December 14 is simply for writing--filling in holes, making sure it's a complete, coherent narrative, all that, and if I have to say that Lady Something walked down Whatever Street, so help me, I'll do it, and I'll leave last-minute spot research (usually regarding exact geography) for the second half of the month. That seems fair, and it seems like a good way from preventing myself from getting bogged down in details. Also, a good bit of what I've asked for for Christmas and my birthday is books for research--some of them for this book, some of them for the second one (set in Paris). Also: if anyone knows of a good book about the 1889 Exposition Universelle--the Paris World's Fair--that's 1) on par with The Devil in the White City and 2) IN ENGLISH, I will love you forever.


Linkspam:

NBC, dicksmacks par excellence: NBC fires entire SNL staff; 'SNL' show live from N.Y. but not on TV; NBC sending out force majeure letters to actors ("But it appears the actors and their reps are planning to fight this idea of putting actors on indeterminate hold without pay under a 'too bad we own you' power play").

TV writers, studios to talk.

Evil Lincoln: "And a heads up: take everything you read from Variety with a brick of salt. They're the AMPTP's propaganda machine of choice."

Wannabe writers out of work, too; How much DO the writers make exactly?

callie: "Because there's no problem that can't be solved by sending people a bunch of crap, pencils to media moguls in support of the strike." Joss Whedon explains. I was concerned about the mailroom workers, but it looks like they'll be delivered directly to the CEOs in bulk by truck.
Point the fans to http://unitedhollywood.blogspot.com/, where there will be a banner or button allowing them to click through to buy boxes of pencils. The pencils are plain wooden #2’s, and the company uses sustainable farming for the wood (seriously. They do.) The pricing will be “a buck a box.” (Sustainably harvested wood pencils + PayPal cost per transaction puts us a little higher than the cost of a box if you buy at Office Depot, sorry.) If there’s any money left over, it will be donated to the Union Solidarity Fund, which is a nonprofit for non-WGA members affected by the strike.

When fans click to buy the pencils, they can choose to identify the show they are supporting if they want. (This will generate a database of fans by show – among other things, allowing showrunners to thank fans by group if they want to.)

The pencils will be delivered in bulk, by trucks, like the peanuts were. The deliveries will be to the 6 CEOs of the 6 congloms (Disney, News Corp, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS, GE) one by one – we’ll probably start with GE. If we get enough to pencils to do all 6, then we will. If we don’t, we’ll concentrate on one or two.

GE, by the way, is currently in control of NBC.

Jim Macdonald lays out a timeline of the Megan Meier suicide as the story begins to hit the mainstream media.

Whale found deep in Brazil rain forest.

David Lynch's "invincible university" effort off to bad start in Germany.

Rosie O'Donnell fends off eagle attack. Wait, what?

IT ARE SNOW: A lolcat with a twist.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers arrested in Irish airport.

More Sweeney Todd posters; official "Epiphany" clip.

What the "James Potter and the Elders' Crossing" thing was all about.

Kenneth Branagh Hoped To Call Harry Potter A Son.

First Golden Compass review: “Special effects shine more than the stars”; When Ice Bears Attack.

Beowulf Sets New IMAX Record; Writers Enhanced Beowulf.

Gaiman Previews Coraline.

trailer_spot: 21, Cloverfield, Teeth, Charlie Wilson's War, Strange Wilderness. Also: Empire Online analyzes the Cloverfield trailer; TEH MONSTAR (although, truthfully, Empire's shot is better, if smaller, than mine).

Documentary Oscar shortlist announced.

G.I. Joe , The Lovely Bones Release Dates.

MTV Visits The Set Of Frank Miller’s ‘The Spirit.’

Cruise's Tropic Thunder Cameo.

Bruce Willis Joins Sci-Fi Thriller The Surrogates.

On the Set of Gerard Butler's New Sci-Fi Action Flick Crank.

Will Mulder and Scully stumble across Frank Black in X-Files 2?

Fanboy Bites: Cross Playing Spock's Dad, 'Riddick' Sequel Sees Light and T-Bag Scores 'Wolverine,' 'Birds' and 'Bond' Roles. Huh, no kidding--my mom the Prison Break fanatic's going to be interested to hear this.


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The Meier parents are actually trying to have the other family charged: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21882976/?GT1=10547

Thanks to a friend out in the business, we are now proud owners of a Sweeney poster. It is shiny.

Are we surprised that Sam Elliot rocks as Lee? Best casting choice of all time.

That Epiphany clip makes me happy. So happy.

I was very glad to see the Meiers on the Today Show. Well, not glad that they have to be there in the first place, but glad that more pople will know about their story and hopefully it will advocate some change.

Ooh, Coraline. I heard a rumour several years ago that Stephin Merritt was set to do the score. Can you confirm that he is still doing it, Cleo?


"Coraline": The Movie Pedant Strikes

chris_walsh

2007-11-20 01:02 pm (UTC)

Stephin Merritt wrote some music for the audio book of Coraline, mainly a song called "You Are Not My Mother and I Want to Go Home." The film of Coraline will include songs by They Might Be Giants and -- according to IMDb, though I can't know if this is accurate -- a score by Bruno Coulais, who scored Winged Migration.

I saw the 3-D preview for Coraline this weekend. My reaction: make this work make this work please make this work...

Re: "Coraline": The Movie Pedant Strikes

kelcea

2007-11-21 07:56 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Joss quotes/parodies Newsies.

I fall in love with him all over again.

*trundles off to send pencils*

What? Where? *Newsies fangirl*

"CBS and Fox, they think were nothin'!
Are we nothin'? NO!
CBS and Fox they think they got us,
Do they got us? NO!
Even though we all wear scarves and glasses,
We're a union, just by sayin' so...
And the world will know!"


:)

1. There is now juice all over my monitor. Joss Whedon owes me a new monitor.

2. *fangirls Joss Whedon also*

Now I feel better about the fact that every mention of the strike makes me want to watch that movie again.

No kidding. I'm not ashamed to say that a part of me is still in love with that movie. I still get choked up over some of the songs, hehe, but I fully embrace my lameness.

Personal reaction to the "Epiphany" clip: underwhelmed. I keep waiting for the singing to catch up to the cinematography and costumes - and I don't know if I'll get what I'm waiting for.

Sweeny sadly might be one to wait for cable on.

Today must've just been a day for writing. I was able to get through a very stubborn section that I'd been avoiding for months, but now it's behind me and it makes me so happy =D


Bugger Frank Black and the (Pale) Horse he rode in on, Unless X FILES 2 ignores the godawful seasons 8 through 9 and brings back my boy Alex :icon: it can stay in the event horizon it sucked itself into...

TEETH- I didn't think it possible, but I am now more Gay than I was before I watched this...

OMG JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS PLEASE GET BETTER. AM TIRED OF HEARING THE WORD "ARREST" IN ASSOCIATION WITH YOUR NAME, HOTNESS.

Favor to ask?

Would you mind throwing a link to a poll I have in my journal in somewhere in your next linkspam? It's about regional differences in the 'Miss Suzie/Lucy/Mary had a steamboat' song, I want to see if the lyrics you learn to the song are due to where you grow up, or if it's something else. You'd be my hero for life.

"Writers Enhanced Beowulf."

They're using the plot of Christopher Lambert's Beowulf. No, seriously. No, SERIOUSLY.

"Riddick Sequel Sees Light"

I'm oddly excited by this news. I completely realize that the first Chronicles and even Pitch Black weren't spectacular, or even really all that good, but I still really liked them. They're great movies to watch on a Sunday when you just don't want to think about anything and long to zone out.

It's London, not Paris, but...

valancy_s

2007-11-20 10:22 pm (UTC)

As someone else writing a novel set in the Victorian era, I'll tell you what book I've found to be absolutely priceless: Dickens's Dictionary of London 1888. I bought it in the Dickens House Museum in London; the writer is his son, Charles Jr. It includes detailed maps of the city, paragraphs on all the clubs and theaters, locations of police courts and railway ticket offices, timetables and just about any useful fact you can imagine. It was written for tourists. It's such a beautiful little book, it's almost painful to tell someone else about it!

Re: It's London, not Paris, but...

cleolinda

2007-11-21 12:22 am (UTC)

You know, I think I'd seen that title on victorianlondon.org (they have a lot of full texts, including similar tourist guides), but I'd never noticed the date before, which is PERFECT. Thanks!

Re: It's London, not Paris, but...

valancy_s

2007-11-21 08:16 pm (UTC)

Ooh, that website is really useful. Thanks in return! I can't imagine how I missed that in a year of research.

...and the guy who created the site has already used the book title I wanted. CRAP.

Hope the Dickens book works out for you!

If I did not already love your mom, I definitely do now. Yay Prison Break! Also, while I admit to not knowing much about Wolverine, I do know that he would be no match for T-Bag. He has powers of implausibility.

Frank Black
I've heard this possibility and I think it blows
hoping that it's just a case of 'same actor, new character'

Although I do appreciate the comment on one fan, "Can't Sarah Michelle Gellar cameo as Buffy?"

Um, the Gerard Butler link goes to Bruce Willis, which to me is sort of like getting Spam when you expected bacon cheeseburger.

Hey, Cleo, I was wondering if that PO Box address in your profile is still good.

Um... no reason.

>.>

Hee, it should be. I need to go check it and make sure it's paid up, but it ought to be.