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Camp Nano Update

Author’s Note:  This was written on time, but then not posted till 2 days after it was supposed to be, so the dates are off in this.  

This post was a bit late in being posted.  I usually try and post around noon ET/EST but it doesn’t always work that way.  Part of it will be explained later in this post.

Today is the 18th, which means we are a bit past the halfway mark for April’s Camp Nano event.  For those of you just turning in, Camp Nano is a twice a year event in which writers gather to attempt to reach writing goals.  Its a spin off of the larger event, NanoWrimo that is held every November.  Unlike the Full Nano, Camp Nano is more personizable.  You can choose your word count, make cabins withyour friends who are also partispating and in general just have a good time.  Nano is a bit more focused, though just as fun.

This year, my goal was to write 30,000 words.  Not that hard for me usually, but it seems that life has other plans.  This month I have been continuously sick with a cold-slash-sinus infection which not only makes me an unhappy camper, it also makes my ability to write go down.  I just don’t feel like doing much of anything other then lay down and watch a show where people screw up cakes.  Most of my writing this month has been posts for this blog, and an email to my mother.

I’m still endeavouring to met my goal. I have a few days off in a row in the near future where I plan on resting (to get better) and writing (to get ot my goal).  Hopefully at the end of the month I can tell you I actually made it.  I’m probably about 15,000 words behind at this point, but I shall conquer the writer’s block!

I do think however that my goal of finishing two of my long-awaiting to be finished stories will not happen.  I’m almost finished with them, so hopefully within the next month I will finish.  I just don’t think it will happen this month at the rate I am going.  However, I will be finishing the pre-planned posts for this month.  Including Friday’s Women of History post, this time featuring astronaut Sally K. Ride, and Monday’s post which will be a list of writing resources.  If you have any favorites of your own, feel free to tell me.  I always welcome new suggestions to try out.

Hope your month is going well for you, and that this spring-in-winter’s-clothing ends soon so the germs will lay off.

Posted in fanfiction, general, writing

Spring & Camp Nano

Hope everyone is having a fantastic April.  Spring seems to be a little sluggish in waking up and arriving.  I’m writing this while looking out a window at snow.  Had a brilliantly sunny day yesterday, today is snow.   But that is what I get for living in the Northeast.

This month is Camp Nano, so there is going to be some writing posts.  A while back I did a series of essays on starting to write fanfic, so I won’t be redoing those right now.  But there are some other topics suggested to be that I’ll be covering.  It’s mostly to do with fanfic writing,  but some of it has original fiction writing connections too.  These include using triggers, why it’s a bad idea to villianize a character to make your character look good, and its good policy to ship and let ship.

I also have two bookit reviews coming and every Friday remains my Women of History series.

For those of you who don’t know what Camp Nano is, its a month-long writing challenge.  Every November is National Novel Writing month, where in people try to write a 50,000 word story.  It’s not quite a full novel, but it’s getting there and allows you the pleasure of knowing you wrote something.  In April and June they run Camp Nano, where you can work towards any writing goal.  Some use it to help them prepare for Nano, others for finishing up outstanding WIPs they have (I am one of those people).  But it’s basically up to you whether you write 1000 words or 100,000.  You get to set the goal.  My goal this year is started at 30,000 and I want to complete two chapter fics and a series of drabble challenges I haven’t finished yet.  It’s possible to adjust your word count so I may raise it later on.  On the 18th I have planned an update post, so I’ll talk more about my goals for Camp Nano then.

If you feel interested and or want to learn more, you can visit the Camp Nano Website.

Hope you all have a great month, and that spring finally arrives – and sticks around!

Posted in book vs Movie, essay, film, general, movie reviews, rant, Star Trek, Star Wars

Remakes & Reboots and Film Fatigue

Yesterday I stumbled upon the reality that the movie Overboard is being remade.  Now, I was never a huge fan of the film, it was okay and I’d watch it if it happened to be on.  I have friends who are much bigger fans.  But I always figured it was one of those movies that had been left alone.  Till Yesterday.

It made me wonder at what point does a movie get to ‘remakable’ status?  Is there a time limit?  A quality level?  Perhaps nothing at all (and I’m starting to think this is the reality.)

They made the first Spiderman movie with Toby McGuire in it in 2002.  Since then, they have made 2 sequels, rebooted it, made a sequel to that one and rebooted it again.  All in 16 years.  At least with the latest guy, its because the ownership changed hands therefore contracts were different.

But seriously.  16 years, 6 movies (8 if you include Captian America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers movie), 3 actors.  That is roughly a new Spiderman movie every 2-3 years and only a few are actually connected to each other.  Toby McQuire came out with one in 2002. 2004, and 2007.  Andrew Garfield got 2012 and 2014.  Tom Holland got 2017 (with 2016 (CA:CW) and 2018 (Avengers: Infinty Wars) as honorable mentions).

Seems a lot.  (Although I wish Tom Holland luck with the role.  He seems like a sweetheart.)

It makes the Star Trek reboot look like they took way too long (almost 50 years).

Of course there is Star Wars, creatively sourced as a continuation rather than a reboot.  They are using the same basic plots so I find the last series to be generally less impressive than the other two (yes, I’m a freak who loves the Prequels.  Not as much as the original trilogy, but I do love them).  I don’t want to watch The Original Trilogy with Anakin 2.0

The Mummy was recently remade, though I did not see this version due to an aversion of all things Tom Cruise.  Plus the Brendan Fraser Trio was a big part of my middle school years.  I don’t want to ruin them with whatever this new one is.  Which doesn’t appear to be anything like the 1932 original, or the Fraser 1999 remake.  So I’m not sure if it’s so much a remake as its “Hey, we got the rights to this film franchise and a budget, want to film?” type deal.

There are times I adore remakes.  It just seems that recently the board has been pretty flooded with remakes and reboots and sequels. And some of them run pretty close together.  I can understand a remake/reboot if enough time as passed (King Kong, Godzilla and Star Trek for example).  Book adaptations happen all time (Look up the many many many versions of Pride and Prejudice.  I did once.  I think there were thirty some at the time).  I just don’t get why I’m getting remakes/reboots of films that have been released since I was in high school.  Sure, its been over a decade but barely and still within memory.

At the very least a decade should be the minimum amount of time unless the movie was awful (ex. The Incredible Hulk movies.  We don’t talk about the Incredible Hulk movies).

I remember reading somewhere that someone had boiled down the general narratives of the world to about 6 storylines.  And that everything basically followed one of them.  But there are a million ways to be creative with a prompt.  Just look at any writing group and ask them their responses to a prompt.  You are bound to get a bunch of variety even with the same building blocks.

So I don’t think its a hard task to find something out there that is creative, even if its something old.  At least something not made in the last decade.  At the rate we are going, The day I turn 40, Harry Potter will be releasing its remake of A Deathly Hallows.

That being said…I’m probably going to be watching the new Overboard.  If only because the fact they genderswapped it sounds intriguing.

I believe I wrote about this before, but it was just a recent rant in my mind that needed to come out.  What are your thoughts on the matter?

Posted in general, movie reviews

Christmas Movies Edition 2017

Last year I wrote a post about my favorite Christmas movies.  This year I’ve decided to search through my streaming accounts and find various christmas movies to watch/review over the next two weeks.  So consider this an introductory post (or warning).

  1.  White Christmas (via Netflix or DVD)
    This is a traditional christmas movie.  I’ve seen it, but I’ll be looking at it more analytically this time around.
  2.  Christmas Prince (Netflix)
    Netflix has released its own christmas movie about a News Reporter who goes to investigate a Prince who is supposed to be crowned on Christmas but may abdicate.  I’ve watched in bits so I kind of have an idea of whats going on but haven’t watched it in full.  Looks like it will be cute.
  3. Home Alone 3 (Amazon/Starz)
    Ok, so I’ve grown up with the first two but never watched the third movie.  So hopefully I will be finally watching this weird sequel (Where’s Kevin?).   THere are actually 5, which surprises me.
  4. Die Hard.  (rental from Amazon)
    For Alan Rickman.  And I’ve got to see what’s so good about this movie that they’ve made half a dozen sequels.
  5. Love Actually (Netflix)
    Its tradition.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?

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December Overview

Four red candles burning in a snow bank
Source: PixaBay

It’s a week into December, so I thought I would do an overview of what I am planning this month.

November was Nano, which is why my posts were infrequent and not coming out on time.  Hopefully this month the normal schedule will resume. On my off days during Nano, I wrote a few posts for the upcoming month, so at least that is there.

For those of you interested in my reviews, I plan on continuing my Orville reviews on this blog.  They should come out every Friday following the airing.  I watch it on Hulu, so I can’t put up reviews till its up on Hulu (which is usually the day afterwards).  I try my best to remain relatively small on the spoiler fare, but avoid the bulk of the post and scroll to the end if you want the actual grade.  I am planning on reformatting my reviews so the grade is closer to the top to help those with strict spoiler avoidances.

Other TV reviews will be moved to a new blog coming next year that I plan on sharing with a friend.  We plan on reviewing currently airing shows we seem to like as well as older shows.  If anyone remembers my talk of a Star Trek rewatch, the idea will be going forward in this blog.  Whether I will redo my lost rewatch, I have yet to decide.  I’ll post more about the new blog when its closer to being functional.

Book reviews will continue on this blog, although not many will happen this year due to various proirites that keep me from reading.  But next year I’m trying for 50 in a year.  (Have a recommendation?  Leave a comment below).

For those who wander here for the history essays, I have some planned for this month.  At the very least I have a mostly written essay on Catherine of Aragon, my favorite Tudor Queen, and a half written essay on her mother Isabella I of Castile.   I’m also accepting more sugestions for more ladies to add to the list of articles.  Right now, my sphere of knowledge is sadly very Euro-American centric, but I hope to have women from other cultures as well.

I also plan a few posts outlining some plans for the new year over the course of this month, integrating some art/writing posts back into my life.

Hope everyone has a lovely December, and a happy holiday of your preference, (in my case MERRY CHRISTMAS).

Posted in book vs Movie, film, general, movie reviews, rant

Scarlet O’Hara (Bubblews Repost)

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind trailer-9

EDIT NOTES:  This post was made several years ago on Bubblews, a site that is no longer online.  I found it while cleaning out some folders on my google drive, and decided to repost it, with some minor grammatical corrections.  According to my file, I wrote this on October 9, 2014, 11:55 AM.  I plan on eventually reading the novel, and rewatching the movie to see if my views still hold true. Also this post doesn’t focus on GWTW portrayal of slavery, which is at times very awkward because of its avoidance of the reality.  This just focuses on their main plot around Scarlet.

On Sunday, I saw Gone With the Wind in Theaters.  It was a great experience, although I hate to tell the movie people that 5 minutes is not enough to allow people to get to the bathroom and/or go to the concession stand to refill their drinks.  Should have been fifteen, but that is not the point of this post. Continue reading “Scarlet O’Hara (Bubblews Repost)”

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So…Today is Chocolate Day

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Chocolate!  (photo source)

When searching for topics to write about this month, I came across a website that claimed that July 7th is Chocolate Day.  They don’t know who created it, where it was first celebrated, except they suspect that it was candymakers.

I don’t even mind.  I love chocolate, and I know many of you do too. My personal favorite candy bar  is a Reeses, which is chocolate and peanut butter.  I also am a big fan of Nutella (chocolate and hazelnut spread).  There are many ways to eat chocolate, or make use of chocolate.  Sadly I did not eat any today, although my diet is probably happy I refrained.

My second favorite chocolate bar is actually not even a bar, its nuggets.  It’s the Hershey Nuggets with peanut butter or caramel inside.

So if you are up to it, and like chocolate, feel free to eat some today in honor of Chocolate day!  I’m going to go see if I still have some of my chocolate milk left.  That counts.

Posted in general

Happy July Everyone

Its hard to believe the year is already half over   Sadly I’m not doing very well with my goals this year, but I’ve made some progress so at least there is that.  Its also time to start looking at the last six months of the year and start planning things out.

I still have my content poll open for anyone who would like to participate.  Hopefully I will have some interesting posts for you in the coming weeks.  I have a new essay series coming, as well as one on the Declaration to finish out the Starting Documents of the United States series I seem to be having.  There is at least one book-it review coming in the next week (a new author for me), and possible some movie reviews.

I hope everyone is having a fun (and safe) summer.  This month appears to be the month of celebrating one’s country for the North American Continent, with Canada Day (July 1) and Independance Day (July 4).  It’s a good time to celebrate the past that got us to where we are today, as well as hope that we can still improve in the future (because none of us are there yet as countries)

Posted in general, music

The Beatles

June 1st was the anniversary of the the release of Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles are one of my favorite bands.  They have a song for almost any mood, and have been arguably one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years.

But I just like their music.  My favorite song is actually from an older album.  It’s been remade several times. “In My Life” was even a tv theme song to the show Providence.

Over the course of their time together the Fab Four expiramented with themes, styles and instruments.  They even came up with a few recording techniques. Therefore there is quite a variety of songs in their catalog.

They have songs for kids and road trips, angry break up songs, angry activist songs, feel good songs, and iconic songs.

They are up on spotify and other streaming /downloading services and you can also find many of the awesome covers of their music on the same services and youtube.