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As an homage to my favorite series of all time, yes that's a lot to consider, I'm posting quotes from "Dead Like Me" on here. Season One episode "Dead Girl Walking"
Dead Girl Walking - Dead Like Me
05 June 2010 @ 06:39 pm
 While on the great search for the remote of my circa 1992 TV/VCR I found my unviewed copy of Tim Roth's film, "The Legend of 1900". Since partaking of my "Lie to Me" obsession, I've re-watched my favorite Roth films. For some unknown reason I hadn't gotten around to this DVD.

So far I've only seen the first 5 minutes, and I already am in love with the tone of the film. It's Ennio Moriccone's opening score of which I already am in love with; guess it doesn't take much for me...but I love films that contain a sense of the classic noir and sentimental feel. Giuseppe Tornatore is the director of the film, and made such classics like "Cinema Paradiso". Tornatore's magic is his ability to tell a story with heart and an acute poignancy you would be inhuman not to feel something.

I'm gonna finish watching right now, and post the full review.
Current Mood: happyhappy
31 May 2010 @ 04:06 am
 I'm in the middle of reading "The Gargoyle" which is a great read! I'll save more of the details for tomorrow when I'm wider awake. What I can say without question, despite my bit of exhaustion, is the book isn't for everybody. The details and somewhat masochistic nature the narrator goes through in describing his trauma may put people off. Yet, it almost is necessary in order to appreciate the innate transformation he goes through in the book. In the end it is all about love, and wherein lies its mysteries. 

To take the bit of edge off of the intensity of "The Gargoyle", I'm switching to "Lie to Me" which has new episodes premiering in June 7th!
All I'm gonna say is that I love Ria & Cal, hopefully I'm not the only one who feels that way.

 So I joined a Book of the Month Club recently, I figured my love for books at this stage warrants joining one. It's kind of a NetFlix for Books, and the titles are great, actually. I pay ten bucks minus shipping/handling fees and I get one from my compiled list. Just like I would in any fine used bookstore or library, I go peruse through my options meticulously. What did I want to read as my first book? You see, work and personal damas have lessen my reading time. I miss the days I could languish in reading something great, wake up in the morning looking forward to the next chapters; when I was younger I got so engaged with the books I read that sometimes I would come home from school and mistakenly believe I was missing out on taping a show...much to my surprise, I realized it was the book I was reading earlier in the week whose plot kept me in suspense. It's weird, I know, but that's the magic of reading. If you allow your imagination and attention to hone in on a good story, it's as good as any movie...it's actually better.

After debating between the standard horror genres like Stephen King or YA paranormal tale like "Beautiful Creatures",  I stumbled upon a highly reviewed book called "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson. The buzz around the book seemed familiar, but I never got a chance to read the synopsis. I was, shallowly enough, intrigued by the cover art.

The Gargoyle: the mesmerizing story of one man’s descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation.

On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.

Past lives, grotesque gargoyles, and a love story? It sounded odd and the sort of thing that I could go for right now. The thing is that if I'm going to jump back into reading without any brakes, I might as well kick the door open. I have only started a couple of pages of the book, but Davidson's narrative is oddly entrancing, a very fatalistic sort of despair, but I can't seem to get it out of my mind. The first words of the book, have stayed with me:

"Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love." 

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Frozen Heart by Emily Jane WhiteFr
25 May 2010 @ 06:13 am
Days when I need to write are best summed in the words of my teacher Mr.Finch, "Sit your ass down, and write something." Grant it, tact wasn't his forte but there was truth behind all that abrasive sheet of armor. Mr.Finch, who for all intensive reasons, is not the real name of my writing teacher. But haven't we all known a "Mr.Finch" at some point?  And in many ways he kind of resembles a bird, long beaky nose, and a decisive manner at pecking at student's work-so the name suits him perfectly. 

At the start of the class period, Mr.Finch had the entire class write for a continuous length of fifteen minutes. The only sound he wanted to hear was that of crinkled notebook paper, pencils being sharpen, or pen caps being chewed on with frustration. Fifteen minutes to write a couple paragraphs of complete thought: a beginning, middle, and end.

I didn't always get a coherent story, but it was imaginative. I remember one time I wrote a paragraph about the summer I ran off to join the freemasons whose lodge happen to be located at my best friend's treehouse. Mr.Finch found it whimsical at best, but not quality material for a St.Denis Catholic School education.

Umpteenth years later and that catholic school education hasn't brought to fruition much other than religious guilt, and fear of nuns named Sister Bernadette.

But what I do remember most about those writing exercises the crazy stories that emerged from the 15 minute pressure, as I called it.

So today, as I continue to struggle in finding the motivation and wherewithal to write my "Werewolf Novel" - name still to be determined - I'll try to start and write a series of 15 Minute Stories as exercises as well as a challenge to see what I'll come up with at that moment.

That's about all there is today kiddies, just remember all ya would-be writers, "Sit your ass down, and write something!"
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: California - Emily Jane White (Victorian America Album)
14 May 2010 @ 05:32 pm
Today I finally mustered the guts to sign up for the Werewolf Creative Writing Challenge (a.k.a werewolfbigbang ). Although the werewolf genre has seen its day, I have faith the mythical creature can make a resurgence, as long as it can find the means to reinvent itself by expanding on the awesome qualities which first attracted people to the lore.

As for myself, I plan on friend locking all my noted details concerning my writing and researching process; yes I'm a bit paranoid in that way. I just don't want to publish something public at the moment unless there are people who genuinely care to read it. So if anyone is interested, by all means please send me a note to "friend" me.

This is also not to say I won't be posting some updates or news about my works in progress, I just know that if I plan on getting any works published I need to pick and choose what I want to showcase.

I think this Werewolf challenge is going to be great in helping me with the other pieces of work in progress. I like to create a visual board to help me prepare for it.

I'll make a new tag for it so you guys can find it easier. It'll be "visuals: on writing, visuals: on location, visuals: on characters"
Current Music: RJD2 "Smoke & Mirrors"
23 April 2010 @ 12:00 am
If you're visiting my journal chances are you're here because a) you've seen me around various fandoms b) you're interested in my original fiction c) you happened upon this by chance.

Regardless of how you ended up at my journal, I'm glad you've stopped by! I hope to continue to use this journal for all my thoughts and ideas about my current work.

Due to the nature of my work, I'm making this journal, "Friends Only", specifically because I like to control the amount of people who actually see my writing and to avoid spam.
Current Mood: creativecreative