Killer Thursdays · ROW80 Check Ins

Thrill Me: Summer Movie List

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post

Ah, yes, it’s summer again. Around here, summer lasts roughly half the year and the temperatures average 542°F.

Okay…maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much.

Fortunately, there are a few good movies to watch while we hide out from the heat.

This summer, I’m all about the thrill. Give me some horror, a little adventure, a touch of psychological disturbance and maybe a super hero or two.

There are two upcoming releases I’m super-duper excited to see:

The Dark Tower series is my all-time favorite Stephen King story. I can hardly wait to see how they’ve translated it into film.

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I read IT around sixth grade (clearly, I needed more adult supervision with my reading choices). It’s still on my list as one of the scariest stories ever.

I’m planning to reread the novel before I see the movie.

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There are several movies I missed in the theater, but I’ll be just as happy watching them on video:

I’m a little hesitant with M. Night Shyamalan movies. Sometimes they work for me, other times… But Split was highly recommended to me, so I’ll give it a chance.

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The original Resident Evil movie is one of my favorites. Of course I have to see all the installments, including Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

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The trailer for A Cure for Wellness reminds me a bit of Shutter Island and American Horror Story: Asylum. How could that not be fun?

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Ah, Life. We all know alien life forms are always evil. Why do people keep looking for them?

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Alien: Covenant is another case where the original movie is one of my favorites, compelling me to see how the rest of the story turns out.

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I’ve grown rather fond of the seemingly endless Spider-Man reboots. I hear Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t another origin story, so that’s a plus.

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And here’s the ROW80* update:

This week’s goals are coming along nicely. Now, I just need to keep up the pace for the rest of the week.

Writing

Still working on the STO scene. I’d hoped to have it done by today, but I knew that’d be a stretch. I think I’m on track to finish by the end of the week.

Cello

I’m putting in lots more than the minimums I set, to the tune of 45-50 minutes daily. I’m tempted to raise the minimums but reluctant to do so until I know I can consistently put in these kind of hours.

Health

Now that I’m back to a normal routine, the intermittent fasting is no problem, and I’ve been able to increase my workout time for each session.

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*ROW80, also known as a Round of Words in 80 days is an opportunity for to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep you accountable and cheer you on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

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For my fellow ROWbots (or anyone working on a goal or two): How’s it going?

For everyone: What’s on your summer watch list?

ROW80 Check Ins

ROWmancing the Goals

It’s that time of the week again, folks. Yes, I’m talking about the Sunday ROW80* check in. Time to evaluate the progress so far and decide whether to continue in the same direction or chart a new course, if necessary.

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Your goals are right through there. Head on in.

I’m calling this week a win. I fell down on some of my goals (mostly because I didn’t think about balancing everything I needed to do last week), but I made it through my biggest challenge.

Let’s check in, shall we? Continue reading “ROWmancing the Goals”

Friday Share · just for fun

A Little Musical Magic

For the last week, my daughter and I have been participating in a strings camp (she on the violin and I on the cello), and tonight is our finale concert. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but a roughly equal amount of fun.

Yesterday, during the 433rd play through of the most challenging song in our lineup, there was a moment where we were all completely in sync. The difficult rhythm came together, and something magic happened. I don’t know about anybody else, but I felt relaxed, calm and totally in the moment. Although it’s a fast tempo piece, I felt like I had all the time in the world to make each bow stroke.

The magic lasted only a few lines, but it made me want more. If I wanted to play well before, I want to strive even harder now. I want to be able to slide into that little magic zone as often as possible, whether I’m playing alone or in group. I’m hooked.

In honor of the end of strings camp and that magic moment, I want to share a cellist that inspires me. Everything he does with his music is magic:

just for fun · ROW80 Check Ins · Uncategorized

Do You Let Your Imagination Run Wild?

*ROW80 update at the bottom of the post.

I’m almost never bored. My imagination is far too active to allow that (it’s entirely possible my imagination is far too active period). Whenever I’m stuck in a situation (especially if I’m stuck without a book) where my brain is not otherwise engaged, my inner theater usually queues up some dramatic cinema feature to entertain me.

Those features (or featurettes, if I don’t have time for a full length show), usually start with a “what if.” What if I walked outside right now and everybody was gone? What if I started growing wings? What if alien soldiers dropped through that skylight up there? What if I open this closet door, and there’s some kind of portal in there instead of my shoes?

What if? What if? What if?

Some of these what ifs turn into stories or will someday. Most of the time, they just entertain me briefly. And save me from the horror that is boredom.

I suppose they sometimes “save” me from stuff I should be doing or thinking about instead. Oh well, blame it on my imagination.

Now, as wild as my imagination is, I think this guy’s imagination may be a bit wilder (which is what makes his videos so fun):

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Alrighty, time for a quick ROW80 update.

Overall, I feel like I’m doing well. I need to change up a few of my goals because they’re not fitting what I can realistically do this week. I’m comfortable with that because I think it’s important to be flexible as well as diligent .

Writing

Still working on the STO scene. It’s coming a lot slower than I hoped. There’s a lot going on this week, so setting a writing goal may have been a bit of a stretch. I’m going to keep working it though.

Cello

I’m solid for practice so far. In fact, I’ve clocked about an hour more than the minimums I set.

Health

I think I’m going to cancel my intermittent fasting goal for the week. I’ve been eating very healthy, but not fasting, due to the strings camp.

As for exercise, I took a day off on Monday but am otherwise on track.

Family

Haven’t instituted game/movie night yet. I’m thinking that’s going to have to wait until after next week.

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ROW80, aslo known as a Round of Words in 80 days is an opportunity for to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep you accountable and cheer you on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

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Tell me, do you let your imagination run wild?

For ROW80 folks, or for anyone who’s working on a goal, how are you progressing?

 

ROW80 Check Ins · Uncategorized

ROWses Are Red…

…Violets are blue.  We all know setting goals is good for you.

Roses Red

It’s been a very long time since I participated in ROW80 and a recent post by Nicole Evans detailing her progress on her long and short term goals inspired me.

The current ROW80 round began July 3, but folks are welcome to jump in at any time. So here I go.

Goals

Writing

Long Term Goal: Complete the “official” first draft of my WIP manuscript by the end of this year.

Short Term Goal: Finish the scene I’m currently reworking (let’s call it STO) and begin the next.

Cello

I’ve got a strings camp coming up next week. My daughter, who plays the violin, and I are both participating. She’s been playing for 2.5 years, and I’ve been playing for 2.5 months, but the camp is for all levels. We’ve both been working on the music for several weeks now, and most of my cello goals revolve around gaining the skill necessary to make it through the camp and the finale performance. Continue reading “ROWses Are Red…”

community · Friday Share · just for fun

That’s Just Neat

Adam at writet.wordpress.com kindly shared the Real Neat Blog Award with me.  If you’re looking for great conversation on writing and book reviews, hop on over to Adam’s blog.

Now, on to this award business.

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First, the rules for sharing the Real Neat Blog Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs.
  • Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love.
  • Notify the nominated folk.
  • Ask your nominees seven questions of your own.

Next, Adam’s questions:

What is your favourite scene(s) from a book / movie / comic / any other media?

I could go on all day about favorite scenes, but I’ll pick just one: The scene in Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, where Roland must choose between letting his young friend Jake die or catching the Man in Black. Jake tells Roland “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” And Roland lets Jake fall to his death, a choice that will eat at his soul. Continue reading “That’s Just Neat”

just for fun

What a Scene: Favorite Movie Scenes

Summer is in full force here. That means temperatures in the hundreds. Really, you can’t be expected to set foot outside in weather like this. Not when you have air conditioning and brownies indoors. The only thing a reasonable person can do is stay home and watch movies.

And, since I’d rather not trek to the theater to see a new one (at least until the temperatures drop below 95), I might as well watch a few old favorites.

Sometimes, what makes me want to re-watch a movie is not so much the whole movie but a single spectacular scene. Here are a few of my favorites:

Kill Bill

It’s next to impossible to pick just one favorite scene from the Kill Bill series. But, if you held a katana to my neck, I’d have to pick the one where O-ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) collects Boss Tanaka’s (Jun Kunimura) head for bringing up a taboo subject. The only taboo subject, in O-ren’s opinion.

*Note: You may already know this, but this scene might not be safe for work. But only for a little violence and language. 

Lucy Liu is absolutely perfect in this scene.

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Sadly, I wasn’t able to find clips for the following scenes. Youtube let me down on this one. But, if you haven’t seen the films, I highly recomend them.

Poltergeist

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s surprisingly well written and has a few truly touching moments (something I love in a horror film).

My favorite scene takes place just after Diane (JoBeth Williams), the mom, has rescued her little girl Carol Anne from the Beast on the other side. Continue reading “What a Scene: Favorite Movie Scenes”

Friday Share · just for fun

Show Me How You Feel

It’s that time of the week again. Time for a little laugh and (maybe) a little nostalgia.

Anybody remember awkwardly slow dancing to this at a school dance?

Wow.

That thought maybe brings back some memories better left forgotten. Anyway…

You know, this song is excellent advice for writers. We’re always being counseled to show more and tell less. Now, when you’re tempted to tell too much, just picture Jimmy and Jack telling you to show them how you feel.

You’re welcome.

Parallel Tuesdays · parallel worlds · Uncategorized

Who Was Your First Fictional Love?

Arrakis, Dune, the desert planet

Do you remember the first fictional character you fell in love with?

Sure, they might only be the product of someone else’s imagination, but that doesn’t mean we can carry a torch. Am I right?

I’m right.

I’ve had a few fictional loves over the years, but my first is still my favorite: Paul Atreides of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Oh, Paul, you can still make my heart go all wobbly (*shhh* don’t tell my husband…okay, he already knows, and he’s resigned to it).

I first fell in love with Paul as a young teen. My mom had a wonderful library full of science fiction and fantasy. I picked up Dune and fell in love from the first page.

When we first meet Paul, he’s a fifteen year old boy who is both unusually gifted and fairly ordinary. His family takes an assignment on the desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune, which is the only source in the universe of the precious spice, a drug which can, among other things, allow some to see the future. Continue reading “Who Was Your First Fictional Love?”