Monday, June 21, 2010

I figured out something

I'm not sure exactly what brought this on - probably a number of things. Most of my brilliant thoughts or ideas are a collaboration of previous thoughts and ideas I've either already had or that have been put to me by something else.

I figured out the two most important questions you can ask about a character.

1. What makes him different than everybody else?
and
2. What makes him the same?

They might seem like really simple questions on first examination, but look again. An almost endless amount of possibilities reside in those questions. Because there are a million different answers for every character. You just have to answer them. Also, I just watched Gattaca. Movie of the Month next month. I'm loving the soundtrack, too.....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Doctor Who Spoilers/ Rant

RORY DIED! Okay, not SO SO awful, since he's coming back in the Pandorica Opens. BUT I knew this was going to happen. What I didn't know was how wonderfully acted it was going to be, how heart-wrenching, and then AMY FORGOT HIM!

And then the Doctor pulled a thumping piece of the Tardis out of the crack in time! AAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Movie Cuts

Goood Moooooovies!

Okay, the three I picked are sort of obscure, but very good.

1. The Fall

Really sweet, original indie film about the friendship between two patients at a hospital. Imaginative, magnificent.



2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Obscure Johnny Depp/Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Wonderful drama, not at all generic. Superb acting, kooky characters, fun soundtrack (if you get temporary obsessed with the movie as I did.) I think I like this movie so much because the characters are incredibly real. They're not archetypes, they're not stereotypical, they're just really believable. Everything makes sense. I. Love. It.



3. Moon

Okay, last one! This was great. Sam Rockwell did an outstanding performance. The language is rough and there's some really brief nudity at the beginning, but the rest of the movie is brilliant. Just watch the trailer, you'll be very curious if you like science fiction or space at all.

Reads. Every three months is becoming a bad habit.....there might be four read posts this year. O.o


March:

1. Star Trek Academy by William Shatner

I really did enjoy this a lot. It made me laugh, it was interesting, and it was a fun couple of weeks. (Lazy reader this year.) I found out that Shatner is not planning a sequel, because this one did not do well. That's disappointing. I'll be returning for more, though - he's written other Star Trek novels about Kirk. I strongly recommend it for Trekkies.

April:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

These are books that I think I'm going to end up re-reading through every two years. Last year I read the last four, because I had read the first three the year before that. I love J.K. Rowling. Wish she would give me some of that writing talent...

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
I, of course, read the second one after wards. I actually really like the second one, and I collected fun quotes from each of the books this time, but I won't post them just now. Lockhart is funny.

3. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


My first full introduction to Shakespeare's pure genius! I loved it. I took lots of notes, collected quotes, and thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to his works. I read the whole thing in a single day - I was traveling all day via plane with my brother, so when I wasn't talking to him or rushing through a random airport somewhere, I was reading. I also discovered where the whole 'greatness' speech came from.

...Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

:D It was fun to find that. I used a 'Shakespeare Made Easy' copy, so it was fun to see how everything translated (partly because some of it is funnier in modern English, some of it was just jibberish to me.)

May:

1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I enjoyed this. Such a fresh, new take on fantasy. Very dark, but it was refreshing. but it had such an excellent ending! I was drawn into the characters - Richard and Door immediately, the marchis de Carabis more slowly. I really did not like Hunter at all. I did like Anaethesia - or however you spell her name - and I was sorry that she never appeared again. I was misled on something by the summary on the back cover, but since it did not happen the way I thought it would, it combined with another idea to form a short story idea, so I'm quite happy about that. :)

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


I started this expecting it to be fairly good. I was wrong. It was thumping brilliant. I loved it. The style is extremely unique - written in first person present, and occasionally dropping into first person past when the main character, Katniss, was remembering something. The psychology of this character is excellent, the imagination of the author better. It's a jewel in the world of mediocre teen novels. It's romance, adventure, post -apocolypse and science fiction all rolled into one with brilliantly developed characters. I. Loved. It.

3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The sequel to the Hunger Games might have been better than the first - I was already attached to the characters, and I am know furiously voting for Peeta. Katniss had better not disappoint me. All of the characters are done so well...Finnick makes me laugh. More brilliance.

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


I loved this one! I liked it a lot better than Twelfth Night, possibly because I was able to watch an extremely well done movie adaption starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It has some fast-forward scenes in it and a bit of irritating crude humor, but all the acting was superb. The soundtrack made the movie - it was brilliant. Oh, and weird thing: Michael from Lost was Mercutio! He was great. A very far cry from Michael. The guy is a great actor.

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

5. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Reread this in preparation for the movie. I forgot how much I hated Jacob at the end. Jerk. He was so much better in New Moon. Bella really made me mad too, though. Half of it was her fault.

June:
1. A Praying Life by Paul Miller

I reread this book again - this has got to be the best book I have ever read concerning the spiritual Christian life or theology. I love it. Such a big help. I think I'll be returning to it another two or three times this year. Every page has got gold on it.

2. Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis


The first Dekker book I've read this year - wonderful. Emotionally moving, and extremely thought provoking. Anyone interested in the Middle East, The Good Samaritan, modern parables and Jesus' greatest commandment should think about reading this. It's a challenging book. Wonderful.

3. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis


I reread Perelandra for the second time picked up on a ton of things that I missed the last time around - the psychology/thought process of Ransom is phenomenal, as is the logic that Lewis uses in which to build his fantasy world of planets, which include eldila and Oyarsa. It is very difficult to keep straight that it's fiction - the way he explains all of it makes so much sense. The book is an excellent science fiction/fantasy story with great theology elements. Now I've got That Hideous Strength to look forward to reading...for the first time. Never read it. :)

4. Star Trek 4 by James Blish

This was pleasant and fun. It made me eager to go watch some of the episodes that I have not seen in a while - specifically The Enterprise Incident and Devil in the Dark, both of which were novelized in this one.

That's all, for now - I'm still working on other books, and will hopefully post reads more frequently now. I'm reading The Making of Star Trek right now. Can't remember the author's name. Stephen Whitfield maybe?

Anywho.

Cuts for recommended books of the month are:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (and the sequel)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

Friday, June 11, 2010

O.o

Well, I had never heard the original before I saw this. I knew some of it would be funny.

But some of it is a little bit....haunting, in a really weird way. Anywho. Saw it via 22 words.



Monday, June 7, 2010

Deadline.....horror.

June 25th draws near. AAAAAAH!!!!!

I've given myself a very strict writing schedule for the summer. I must edit and rewrite (and finish) the entire Great Elation book by June 25th, and then get the formatting properly done and all that so that I can send it in for my free printed copy.

But I don't want to fall anymore behind on my short story project. And just think! To be finished with The Great Elation! At least for awhile. Someday I'm sure I'll go back to it and edit and rewrite again, someday. But to finish it....

I also have to finish a very long short story this week (The Phantasm Battery) and write a whole other short story.

And again next week with yet another short story.
And again the week after that.
And again the week after that.
It's a year-long thing. Every year, I hope. My cousin's ideas and me stealing Ray Bradbury's technique combined.

I must finish Bumping Midnight this year. This summer? I don't know.

Book in a Week in August. *quakes*

I don't know how much of this I've already posted. Pfft, no I'm not scatterbrained....

Oh, darn. so behind in reading too.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Saturday of A.E. Hedges

1. I gave my dog a haircut today. Poor thing....

2. Spent most of the afternoon writing - I was forced to split my short story in two. It was reaching the short story limit, twenty-thousand words. I was kind of planning on splitting in two anyway, so I went ahead and did it. I expect I'll cut out quite a bit in the editing/rewriting stage (whenever that is) but it also gave me a sense of accomplishment to be able to say, "I finished the first half of my story today!"

3. I do have an excuse for this short story being so long. It is the first in a series of short stories I've decided to write, *almost* in the tradition of a TV series. This is the pilot, and the pilots are usually two to three hours long; double the length of time for a normal TV episode. Thus, this first one is doubly long.

4. I have some really good ideas for this short story project, but I'm not really ready to share them at de momento. Someday.

5. I ate lots of whoppers. It is HARD to quit those things once you start. I can quit chips. Weird thing: chips and popcorn, not my faves. But whoppers? Heck yes.

6. I started the second part of my story (titled The Phantasm Battery) but have quit for the day, even though I'm still horribly behind on it. Editing and rewriting of my Great Elation novel beckon me. I'm running out of time, and I need to get caught up on some of that tonight. I have until about June 25 or so to edit and rewrite it and have it ready to be made into a free bound copy on Create Space. I have a coupon from NaNoWriMo for it, so I have to work on that!

7. Plus, Doctor Who will be starting in the next few hours. Mustn't miss that. I wonder what the Eleventh Doctor'll say tonight? He's had some ger-reat lines this season, I'm telling ya. ("Tardis bang bang, Daleks BOOM!")

8. Reading also beckon me. Behind already. I needed to finish a book, start and finish another, catch up on Les Mes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

9. Darn Coldplay, gave me an idea for a painting I'm itching to do. Well, I've been fairly productive, come up with ideas for further short stories, and I'm getting to the point where I think I can actually make a routine of writing. :)

10. Have I ever mentioned that list-making is so addicting that I just want to keep doing it?