September 22nd, 2006

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God, my head hurts

A business deal (well, as much "business" as you can have at a non-profit) fell through for my stepfather, and while I feel bad for him, I am so relieved because this means he and my mother won't be going to a related convention in Orlando next weekend. The problem, you see, is that poor little Meko is blind and diabetic now, and she has to have an insulin shot with food in the morning and at night. Well, I say "poor little," but actually she's quite chipper, still very opinionated, and prowls around pretty well on her own. She's gotten very, very thin, though--this from a dog whose nickname used to be Wide Load ("Y'all! That's so mean!"). But my mom was predicting that Meko was in her final decline... back last November. I said I thought she'd troop on for a good while longer, if only because I saw how much energy she had. I mean, it's not a lot of energy, because Meko's always been a quiet curl-up kind of dog. But there was no change in that energy level, you know? She still sits there and pants and smiles so hard that her eyes have to shut to make room for it.

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In other news, I had a burst of creativity and decided on the title for the second Black Ribbon series--the first is still The Black Ribbon, and the second will now be The Red Queen. Given that you want the thing to have a thematic unity, that's a big thing to decide. I also decided on--well, not the final scene, because I'd always had that in mind, but "the ending" in the sense of how I'm going to dispatch one of the major antagonists. It's always hard to figure that kind of thing out, because you've got to think of something that's both appropriate and resonant without being just hideously clichéd. You don't want to go too far with the poetic justice thing, you know? And this ending came in the form of a major twist that I would have to start setting up in the second or third volume (I love how I've already assumed there's just going to be four because there are four in the first series), which gave me a huge amount of structure in terms of what I've got to have happen in order to set that up. Let's put it this way: if you were writing The Sixth Sense Collapse )

Today's Poem Hunter delivery: "And how the chief / Of joys seems--not to suffer pain?"

From eyemage: omg paper dolls. This completely made my day yesterday.

I have no idea what the hell went through some people's minds here. "KATE MOSS IN BLACKFACE WILL TOTALLY MAKE WHITE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT AFRICA!"

Premiere Magazine Honors 5 Actresses: "Annette Bening, Cate Blanchett, Sofia Coppola and Sally Field received Premiere magazine's Icon Award for their achievements in the entertainment industry at its 13th annual Women in Hollywood event. Evan Rachel Wood received the Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent at the dinner ceremony, held Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel."

You Won’t See Your New Boyfriend Naked Until You Shoot Him In The Chest Day! Despite how grim it often is, I love Girls Are Pretty. I seriously don't know how they crank out a piece every single day.

An intriguing review for Gondry's The Science of Sleep.

The Fountain Wins $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award.

Trailers for The Good Shepherd, 300, Bobby, Déjà Vu, Letters from Iwo Jima. (My understanding is that the 300 clip may have been taken down.)

Aww, Chuck.

Kate Bosworth blames her suicide murder paralysis multiple sclerosis homeless insanity breakup with Orlando Bloom on the Superman curse. Bitch, please. If that's the worst thing that happens to you because of that, you ought to break out the champagne.

ETA: This made me laugh really hard just now.

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