What I did on my summer vacation

I actually did get a week of vacation this summer, but mostly all I did was hang out with family, eat great food, and drink. I did manage to get half a page of handwritten stuff done during that week, so I’ll call it a success.

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Sadly, not my cat

Over the summer break from the critique group, I decided to take the time to figure out what I really wanted to get out of the group, and then go from there. I love the feedback I get, and the constructive suggestions, but the problem lay in the fact that all I have are long, incomplete novels to hand over. Some of it is fine, but some of it… not so much.

My novels aren’t quite dumpster fires, but they do need to be a) completed and b) go through a rough edit before hitting the critique group.

Sigh.

It just seemed like too much work, so I let my brain wander for a bit. After a few weeks, it occurred to me that one possible solution was to focus on writing shorter stories, which would be faster to finish and easier to rough edit before handing them over. I had been feeling really bad about showing them stuff and then never letting them read more; it seemed like a tease. Writing a comparatively short story, on the other hand, would be far more satisfying for everyone.

The only drawback – I haven’t written short fiction in twenty years. Ugh.

I’m really good at blathering on, not so good at brief. In fact, I’m not sure this will end up as a true short story, the wordcount might go to novelette or novella length.  So, fingers crossed, and I hope this experiment goes well! I’ve got approximately 1500 words written so far, and with any luck I’ll have enough rough edited for October’s meeting.

 

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Jessica Jones ruined me for Daredevil

I probably shouldn’t have watched the two Netflix series out of order, but to be fair, originally I had no interest in watching either. It wasn’t until I had seen some really great reviews of JJ that I decided to watch it. Eventually. I still probably wouldn’t have seen it if it hadn’t been for Eldest rather cunningly putting it on in the background, drawing my attention and addicting me.

So it made sense that once I had finished watching JJ, I could go ‘back’ and watch DD. But I found myself losing interest halfway through. It took me a bit, but finally I realized that the things I love about JJ  aren’t in DD.

DD has the standard masked vigilante plotline, with some better scripting and acting, but still, under it all, it’s the same standard comic book plot. The women are people (a plus), but both women on team DD are supportive caregivers while the woman on team evil is, well, a fucking awesome villain**, but we don’t see much of her. Oh, and the woman dating the evil lead villain is the basic romantic leading actress type, so I pretty much just want to smack her for being both a stereotype, and for thinking her gangster dude is somehow *different* from other gangster dudes. Blech. I know, she’s canon, but still!

JJ is a vengeance stalk*. JJ (season one, anyway) is driven, from beginning to end, by one force; Jessica must stop Kilgrave. Though there are lots of twists and turns, with surprises both good and bad, the story never stops moving toward that goal. I loved that, and wish more TV series could do this sort of thing.

I am really looking forward to season 2 of Jessica Jones. I want to see how she reacts, now that her raison d’être is gone.

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*Apparently ‘vengeance stalk’ is a regionalism, since no where else in the world seems to use it. It’s a quest for vengeance, where the main character stalks their antagonist down like prey (fun role reversal, right?).

**SPOILER, so written in white: It’s the little old Chinese lady, who is both evil and kickass.

Happy Holidays

May your days be merry and bright, and may your stress levels go down without any effort!

I’ve been pretending that the holidays weren’t stressful for the last week, finally gave in and am dealing with the anxiety now. Sigh. Getting there, step by step. But I’ve also been ignoring my blog, and anything to do with writing; I just wanted to rest. Now I’m just waiting for my anxiety to drop enough to feel bored, lol, then I’ll be back to writing.

Have a holiday video from my favourite German band.

Halloween movies

I was reminded of favourite ‘halloween’ movies that I watched as a child (usually rented on VHS!), so I thought I’d share some of them here.

Actually, this trip down memory lane has led me down a rabbit hole of really weird 80s movies I’ve seen, so I’m gonna include a couple that weren’t specifically watched at Halloween, but were definitely a part of my late kid/early teen years. And I’m not including all the B&W dracula/frankenstein/wolfman movies, because that’d make this list far too long!