Parallel Tuesdays

Living the Fantasy Life

The following was originally posted at Nicole Basaraba‘s Uni-Verse-City during her Writing in Different Genres series. I was pretty darn excited to be part of it. Here is the article in its entirely, free from commercial interruptions…

Living the Fantasy Life by Sonia G Medeiros

image via wikipedia

I blame my parents for my obsession with love of fantasy. As a child, I had what you might politely call an active imagination. I was often in trouble at school for daydreaming (though, really, I had already finished the work…usually). But did my parents act quickly to contain this? Did they enforce the boundaries of reality and the dangers of  dwelling in imaginary worlds?

Nope. Continue reading “Living the Fantasy Life”

Killer Thursdays

Movies You Never Knew You Always Wanted to See

Does it seem like every movie these days is a based on a video game,  tv show or a remake? Maybe a remake of a remake? They’re making movies out of board games, for goodness sake.

Maybe you’re asking yourself “so what?” Maybe you like movies based on video games, cartoons and tv shows. Hey, maybe the remakes are better than the originals. And let’s not even get started on sequels.

Either way, here’s a few movies, compliments of the comedic geniuses at CollegeHumor, you probably won’t see in the theater but wish you could.

Couldn’t get enough of Hermione? Wish you could see what she’d do after Hogwarts? Check out Dangerous Wands… Continue reading “Movies You Never Knew You Always Wanted to See”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Favorite Movie Lines to Quote

Around my house, quoting movie lines is an olympic sport. This activity sometimes delights innocent bystanders and sometimes causes them back away slowly, never taking their eyes off us, until they reach a safe distance.

Here are a few of our favorite lines…

“Release the kraken!” Zeus, Clash of the Titans

Kraken, Clash of the Titans 2010

Such a versatile line. It can signal the start of an epic adventure or Continue reading “Favorite Movie Lines to Quote”

Parallel Tuesdays

Are You Brave Enough? – A Not Quite Review of Pixar’s Brave

*What follows is not exactly a review, just my take on Disney-Pixar’s Brave. It may or may not contain spoilers (depends on your definition of spoiler, really).*

Brave is the story of Merida, a princess who prefers riding, exploring and archery to her “proper” duties and her mother, who wants her daughter to grow into a great queen and carry on the ancient traditions of the land. The two cannot see eye to eye and it sparks a conflict that could tear the kingdom apart. Continue reading “Are You Brave Enough? – A Not Quite Review of Pixar’s Brave”

Killer Thursdays

Abe Lincoln, President of the Vampire Hunters

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterI caught this movie over the weekend with my hubby (usually he doesn’t go for movies like this but he’s been listening to audiobook and was intrigued).

And…I enjoyed it. The vampires were reasonably scary and, perhaps most importantly, they didn’t sparkle or pine for teenage girls.

I also enjoyed the way history was woven into the story. Sure, it might not be the most historically accurate piece but, hello, it’s fiction. The vampires are kind of a dead giveaway, you know. It’s just a story that asks, “What if vampires were real and what if one of the least glamorous-looking presidents was actually a Buffy-meets-The-Matrix vampire hunter?” Continue reading “Abe Lincoln, President of the Vampire Hunters”

ROW80 Check Ins

Night of the Living ROW

Final ROW80 Check in for Round 2, 2012

yawning kitty cat
Having reached the end of another ROW80, Mortimer decides to take a well-deserved nap.

We’ve reached the end of another round of ROW80. This round, I haven’t been as attentive as I would have liked. Of course, lots of life intervened. But all we can do is all we can do.

My plans for this round:

  • Update ROW80 page, for last round and this one: I updated the page at the beginning of the round but it needs another update.
  • Spend 15-30 minutes minimum 4 days a week on new novella. I’m working on expanding Postcards from Hell and its sequel, Ants in the Mailbox into a novella. My MIP is on hold for now: For the last month, I’ve tried to catch up with work projects and a big move. I put a hold on writing work until I get settled. Continue reading “Night of the Living ROW”
Parallel Tuesdays

My Little Brony

Rainbow Brite custom MLP by Smantha Claridge as featured on Blog.Spoon Graphics (see link below).

Recently, when we talked about our favorite Saturday morning cartoons, the topic of bronies came up. What are bronies? Bronies are teen/adult male fans of My Little Pony, or MLP (and now I’m hearing Will Smith’s MIB…thank you very much). You know, bro + pony = brony.

And, then, a little light bulb went off…hey, my son is a brony too. Okay, he’s only six, so maybe it doesn’t really count. But he does love the MLPs. Continue reading “My Little Brony”

Parallel Tuesdays

Ray Bradbury Lives On

Last week, I was in the throes of the move (the last one for the next 20 years, at least, if I have anything to say about it) and bereft of Internet. Since I rarely bother to turn on the TV (unless it’s to watch Netflix or something from the DVR) and even more rarely bother to pick up a newspaper, I did not hear about the passing of the great Ray Bradbury until last Sunday.

I wonder what Mr. Bradbury would say about our reliance on the digital word. E-books. Blogs. Google News. Yahoo! News. Search engines. Chat boards. Wikipedia. Facebook. Twitter. Books can be burned at the digital word can be altered. While I delight in the digital, I wonder… Continue reading “Ray Bradbury Lives On”

Parallel Tuesdays

There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr

*Looking for the Summer (June – August) Writing Challenge – Every Picture Has a Story? See below for details.*

Flickr is my favorite site to scout for images to use on my blog. There’s a wealth of Creative Commons licensed images and it’s easy to search for them. The images vary widely in quality and artistic value but I’ve rarely failed to find just the right one for a post.

And, of course, it’s all free…which might be the most important factor to a blogger who isn’t making money off her blog.

My Favorites stream over there is already jammed with more images than I can use in a couple of years but I just keep adding more. So many of the images I’ve encountered have captured my imagination, inspiring blog posts, stories and stories-to-be. Here are some that have really stuck with me even though they have no story…yet: Continue reading “There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr”

Tuesday Toss-Up

Do You Remember Those Saturday Morning Cartoons?

Recently, my offspring have fallen in love with an old favorite of mine…

…the 1967 Spiderman cartoons. Hearing the theme song again for the first time in decades brought such a smile to my face (Thank you, Netflix!). Although the show originally aired before my time, I fell in love with Spidey it through reruns and could generally quote episodes word for word *blush*. Sure, it’s cheesy as only cartoons from that era could be but it’s still just plain old fun. Continue reading “Do You Remember Those Saturday Morning Cartoons?”