Sunday, December 30, 2012

Condensed Double Review: Les Miserables and Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

  • go see it
  • now
  • there's Biblical application every five minutes
  • it's funny but with absolutely no crude humor
  • but also extremely epic
  • so all you dubious people
  • just spend the $10.27 already 
  • so worth it
  • in fact
  • I've seen it three times already
  • it's a beautiful, beautiful film
  • more in-depth later when I have time/energy
Les Miserables
  • good golly miss molly
  • gorgeous
  • perfect casting
  • heart wrenching
  • technically amazing
  • I definitely wouldn't have wanted my 14 year old sister to watch it
  • if I had known the more mature content in the beginning of the story
  • yeah a little tmi for such a sweet and innocent babe
  • but still
  • they handled the sexual content delicately
  • even if it was a tad more 411 than I would want
  • anyway yeah
  • I probably won't see it again for at least a few months
  • because it was super deep
  • but definitely worth the money to see it at least once on a big screen

OK people I've told you everything you need to know so go watch movies already. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's A Very Avengerous Christmas!


So, about two weeks ago I received a package in the mail marked as being from the Avengers.

It also said 'Open Before Christmas.'

Naturally, I then proceeded to open it before Christmas.

I was too excited to remember to take very many pictures, but let's just say I got a gift and a letter from every single Avenger, as well as their one-eyed director and the villain. Among the gifts was a scented candle from Bruce Banner, a handmade scarf from Steve Rogers, a box full of ninja stars from Natasha Romanoff, and a deck of cards from Nick Fury.

I would go into each and every one in detail but.......... this would be a very long post.

Here are the few pictures we got, though!



After much deliberation, I figured out who the culprits were, too.

The completely insane sweethearts who took who knows how long to put together an entirely in-character gift to me were our very own Hannah Joy and Jess!

They entire thing was a huge push to get me back into blogging, too. It pretty much worked ;)




Anyway, this is much shorter than I meant it to be, but I'm just glad to be able to thank them and to share their insane work with you. 

By the way, Hannah and Jess, I rearranged and painted my bedroom. It's now a very smooth pink, and when I have the candle lit in there, it literally smells pink. Let's just say that that candle is one of my favorite objects in the world :D Thank you guys so much. You're crazy. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Back with a queue!


Sorry, I was without internet for a *cough* few days. This post commencing, the Avengers Christmas post is queued for tomorrow, and right after that, a review for one of the best movies ever created. And surprisingly enough, I don't mean The Hobbit.

Anyway, I was going to publish the Avengers post today, but in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting today, I just wanted to give y'all an exhortation.

A few weeks ago there were two high school student suicides in the same week. And more recently, it's been a rough few days as far as the news go. The other day a man walked into a shopping mall near where my dad works, and killed two people and injured a fifteen year old girl. There would have been more if his gun hadn't jammed. Then this morning, a gunman shoots 27 kids and also his mom who worked at the school.

Guys, this stuff is insane. And the problem isn't higher security or gun control. Neither of those things get to the issues of the heart.

I know it sounds like a sappy facebook post or something, but honestly here, we as a nation have pulled out from under the covering of God. People are so shocked that these horrible things happen and they shouldn't be. It's because the devil is having a frickin' heyday with people because they aren't covered in the truth and grace of Jesus Christ, and they lose perspective and hope and the darkness goes in and messes them up.

It's beyond depressing. But I don't say any of this to discourage you. Rather, I say it to rally all of you.

We all are bearers of light. We are workers, harvesters of souls for the God who died to save us. And the daylight is ebbing away, and before you know it, the time we have allotted to work here will be over.

So what are you going to do about it?

My mother was encouraging me this morning to not get distracted, and to really get filled up and to not slack off and live life for your own enjoyment. And I share that with you. Look at the people in your life that don't know the Lord. Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone.

Consider this a challenge. Don't worry, I'm going to do it too. But see if today you can share the Gospel, or pray with someone that doesn't know the love of God. Because you never know what the rest of the day is holding for you. Time is short, and we gotta dig in and do everything we can to save people. You with me?

Anyway, I promise you all two more posts in the coming week. Sorry for slacking off. Lord bless you all- now go forth and conquer!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I'm here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative

Dun dundundun dun dun dun DUN!!!



So basically, I'm back. I hope to regularly post now- at least once a week.

Why am I back?

It will all be clear in my next post, but let's just say for now that there was a collective effort by the world's greatest superheroes to get me back into blogging.

(Ok for some reason now I have Back In Black stuck in my head. You all should be very grateful that you don't have to hear my rendition.)

I'll bring y'all up to speed on the stuff that's kept me from the ol' blog.

  • I'm very pleased to have been a finalist in my first film festival. I didn't win, but I plan on using my finalist prizes to further my screenwriting abilities. The Interlochen Academy hosts film & screenplay courses in the summer. (I might go next year.)
  • Since watching seasons 1 & 2 of BBC Sherlock, I've been on a song writing kick. I wrote an entire set of Sherlock fansongs a few weeks ago. I was sick when I recorded them, though, so they're a little painful to hear. 
  • My sister and I have started watching another BBC show called Merlin. We're six episodes into season one. It's glorious so far. 
  • Continuing the account of my personal life, I'm getting a haircut on Friday for my role in the Nutcracker ballet. My hair reaches almost all the way down my back. It'll be above my shoulder after the cut. I'm excited.
  • Oh yeah, and I've been writing freelance articles and teaching beginning violin lessons. 
  • But basically, nothing has happened that's been interesting enough to blog about. 

Later on this week I'll chronicle the day that the Avengers sent me Christmas presents. 

And then after that.... I'll finally catch up on movie and book reviews! Wa-hoo! 

So how are you all doing? Splendid, I hope :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In which I owe all of you a thank-you


Sorry it's been a bit, y'all.

I want to show you guys something. It's a screencap from an email I got yesterday morning.



Yes, oh yes, my friends.

The FOCFF is an international festival, open for 13-18 year olds only. And they have a Short Script category, which meant I could qualify all around. This is the first festival I've ever entered. Crazy, yo.

Anyway, I polished and edited that lovely little piece of work one more time, and submitted it last month. And basically, just found out my piece is a finalist.

The actual festival takes place November 1-3, in Michigan, which is when the final results are announced. I'm invited to attend, but I'll be performing in a play all three of those days. Which is a bummer in some ways, but this in and of itself is cool enough. There'll always be another festival ;) I'm sending a hard copy of the script in my stead, though.

Anyway, the reason why I'm bringing this to your attention, is so I can thank all of you.

Because the only reason I'm a finalist in the first film festival I ever enter, is because of you.

You, my wonderful followers, are the people that humored me with my "Script-A-Month" thing. It was you guys that encouraged me and gave me ideas and were there when I needed inspiration.

In other words, it's all your fault. And I say that in the most grateful way imaginable.

There are a few people in the blogosphere that I need to thank in particular. Those people are:

Stephen, aka Farjag, who gave me the piece of dialogue that cinched the story, and is in the final draft. I'm blaming any awards I happen to get on you, man.

Corey Poff, aka The Ink Slinger, for reading and critiquing. Your input helped so much.

For another blogger, Kid In The Front Row, who took the time to take apart that script and give me the final push to make it tighter and cleaner. You might be pleased to know, I got it down to 15 pages for the final draft.

and also for Charley Robson, Kismint, and Hannah Joy, who all have been vastly encouraging, and whose great comments I tend to go back and re-read a lot. Yeah. Thank you, girls :)

Even if I didn't mention you by name- in a way, you all are a fanbase, but even more than that, all of you are an extension of my family. You're my blog family. And you have all been amazing and sweet and are exactly what I have needed. Even when I'm a slacker and never comment on your blogs, or forget to email you back or... I don't know. I just kinda suck at that kind of stuff a lot.

But this goes out to all of you. A sorry, and a huge thank you.

You guys are the best.

And don't worry, I'll keep you updated on the script stuff. (Also, did anyone feel like having another Idea Pool, or what? Actually, I have some ideas, but that's for another post.... ach, look, here I go, I'm rambling again... )

Alright, well, that's all for now. I'll be back soon. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

This is important

You MUST watch it right now.

Stop whatever you are doing.

Even if you've seen it already.

Because it's The Hobbit, and The Hobbit is important.





(voice your opinions ecstatic rantings below!)

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Hobbit 3 - Your Reaction?



Yes! Oh yes, fans, it's true. Using The Hobbit novel, as well as material from the appendices (history in between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, I believe), Peter Jackson and crew shall be making not two, but three Hobbit films. 

I, for one, am all for it. At first, I thought this was a rather bad move, since it seemed like a ploy to make more money. Upon thinking it over again, however, I am very eager to see how they bring un-novelized history from Middle-Earth to life. 

So. Whaddya think? Think it should have been just one movie? Two? How do you feel about the material they will be potentially using? 

Speak up in the comments! And give the article above a quick look-see, too, there's a bit more information to be gleaned there.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BBC's Sherlock: Massive Review

This is late, I am ashamed I am so sorry. o_O





It's exciting, it's addicting, and it's utterly brilliant.

The Splurge is gonna be a little massive for several reasons:

1) I will do a mini-review on each episode. Which is six reviews. This won't be overviews on the plots, not really. I'll just splurge on each episode, trying to be as articulate as possible. 

2) Pictures.

3) Quotes/Clips/Fanvideos

4) A general Pros/Cons list at the end

5) It's Sherlock and I can't shut up about it. So there. Don't say I didn't warn you.

***

I'm prefacing this with the fact that before watching, I knew very little about Sherlock Holmes. I knew he lived on Baker St. and he had a sidekick named John Watson; that he smoked a pipe and had a hat and solved something to do with dogs and Baskerville. But I had never read any of the stories (this has been remedied now, I assure you). 
I shall assume you know at least as much as I did. If you know more, then very, very good for you. 

Now. Let us begin. Bear in mind, Sherlock is has a rating of TV-14.

***




S01 E01
A Study In Pink

This is the introduction. This is where we meet John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Baker Street... and how those two met each other. The case is as exciting as all get-out, and as intelligent as the books. The translation of Sherlock into the modern world was completely believable. They include a lot of little tributes to the original stories, instead of trying to copy them, and that makes it work.
Benedict Cumberbatch is THE perfect Sherlock Holmes. And there is no other John but Freeman. Sorry, Downey Jr./Law fans. Sorry.
Anyway, translating Sherlock's brilliant but rather eccentric character and making him work in the 21st century was..... amazing. There are no words. I pretty much guarantee you will love it.
Swearing aside, there is one inappropriate (mutable) conversation and one awkward (skippable) conversation. Otherwise fantastic. (Email me if you would like my edit notes for all the episodes.)
Yeah. A Study In Pink is a very "classic-y" feeling Sherlock episode. The perfect introduction to 21st-century Sherlock. And it's much more brains than brawn.
The sort of disconnect Sherlock has with the real world, and yet somehow seeing it more clearly than the rest of us, it's shown perfectly. The practical John Watson, the rather presumptuous Anderson, sweet Mrs. Hudson and steady Lestrade are a fantastic balance for his..... Sherlockness.



S01 E02
The Blink Banker

This one is a case dealing with Chinese smugglers, two murdered bankers and much strangulation. A lot more intensity as far as action/peril goes. This one is just as brilliant as the first, if not more so. The one thing with watching Sherlock is, you really have to stay on your toes. It's easy to miss something.
Anyway. Not too much so say. This is a good episode. Enough funny, enough brains, and quite a bit of action and intensity as well. And nothing really objectionable (There is one statue at the museum that is singled out for a reason in the episode. But it could use some... clothing. This could be a problem for some people. But that's it.)


"I always hear 'punch me in the face' when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext."

S01 E03
The Great Game

And here is where we meet Moriarty. This episode involves a series of puzzles that Sherlock has to solve  within a certain number of hours. If he doesn't solve one within the time restraint, someone with a bunch of bombs strapped to them is blown up. Yeah. It's a fantastic episode though. The relationship with Sherlock and his older brother Mycroft surfaces again, and also we get to see Sherlock when he's bored. Hysterical.
The one thing, which seems slightly less absurd by this time, is the severed head John finds in the fridge. Sherlock has all sorts of things lying around he uses for experiments, all of which, we assume, have some sort of importance. But yeah.... there's a head in the fridge.
Moving on. A lot of things culminate in this episode, and we finally get to meet Moriarty, who has been lurking in the shadows of the previous two episodes.
And if you watch The Great Game, the ending will pretty much guarantee you will be watching Season 2.


"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a highly functioning sociopath, do your research!"

S02 E01
A Scandal In Belgravia

.....this epsiode. It requires some SERIOUS editing. Irene Adler is a rather... bold character. And yeah, that's an understatement. There's an entire scene that is much better skipped, and several short sequences as well. Watching an edited version with someone that's seen it before (or, again, if you want my notes...) is a good idea.
However, the raciness aside, it's a very good episode. Perfect balance of wit and brains and humor. There are three cases that float through this episode. And there's actually quite a bit of character depth that wasn't quite reached before. (Sherlock actually makes an apology?!)
There's a lot that makes Belgravia worth a watch. Once is fine. It's not an episode that I feel a great need to watch over and over again. One watch is plenty. You just kinda need to it balance out the following episodes.
Which leads us to Baskerville.



S02 E02
The Hounds of Baskerville

This one is rather the thriller of the season. My least favorite in some respects, my favorite in others.
The thing is, there's quite a lot of comedic relief, which is important since The Reichenbach Fall is the next episode. The great thing about the humor in Sherlock is that it's always, always in character, which is why it's so funny.
Baskerville involves genetic mutations, a gigantic hound, and a guy who's slowly going crazy after his dad was killed 20 years ago. There's quite a bit of screaming and rather intense scenes. However, it's quite worth a watch because of 1) Sherlock showing up at the flat with a harpoon. 2) Him telling someone to shut up and smoke. 3) His mind palace. 4) More character development. 5) Fantastic quotes.
Yeah. I really love and really dislike this episode. Love because there is so much.... Sherlock. And dislike because it's got an overly thrillish edge. Which, I mean, I'm not really objecting, it's just that thrillers aren't my thing. But I would totally watch this episode again.
Plus, the ending segues into.....


"It's going to start very soon Sherlock. The Fall. Because I owe you a Fall."

S02 E03
The Reichenbach Fall

THIS EPISODE.
It is very much full of emotions. But I'm a girl. Pardon me.
This is where Moriarty makes his move. He has everything a criminal mastermind could want. Except the ruin of his only rival. And seriously.... he plays the game well. The final showdown between Moriarty and Sherlock is NOT something to be missed.
Reichenbach is really the payoff for watching the first five episodes. It's deep, much deeper than the previous ones. We have developed characters that we are fully familiar with, who are now in a treacherous game laid out by our favorite, chewing-gum loving psychopath villain. (Moriarty, I don't think, stays completely accurate to Doyle's character. However, translated into a different time period, I've gathered that they did a good job.)
Again, a lot of tributes to the original stories instead of translating it directly. Reichenbach is definitely my favorite episode, but not one I would watch all the time simply because the gravity of it. But it's brilliant. Fantastic, and nothing really objectionable, as far as my memory serves me.

But really. Watching Sherlock is worth it for Reichenbach.



***

General Pro/Con list:

Cons:
• Fair bit of swearing in each episode
• Smoking/nicotine patches, etc. Though, to be fair the original Sherlock did drugs too. It's not like they added that or anything.
• Some sort of gay reference in probably every single episode. (It's clear that Sherlock and John are not, of course. However, people allude to them being so, on multiple occasions. That would be the topic of the awkward conversation in A Study In Pink; the first time we meet Jim Moriarty in The Great Game, he pretends to be gay in order to make a very forgettable first impression on Sherlock. Irene Adler professes to be at one point, and there's a gay couple in the Baskerville episode.)
Half the references are on the subtler end. The other half, not so much. Very few of these instances are actually important to the story.
• THREE EPISODE SEASONS.
This here is just wrong. Season 3 doesn't even start shooting until January.


Pros:
• The pure brilliance of Sherlock, much thanks to Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch.
• The quite humorous relationships between Sherlock and: Mycroft, John, and Lestrade. (When you've got a friend who's a sociopath....)
• Brilliant casting.
•Good music.
•Good editing
•Fantastic little effects like the way they show text messages. (Just watch it to see what I mean. ^_^)
• The wit.
• The humor. (Seriously, Sherlock is so much funnier than it may appear.) The pure sociopath insanity that Sherlock is....  it's undeniably hysterical at times.
• Martin Freeman as John Watson. Seriously. He's perfect.
• The complete joy of seeing another rendition of England's most celebrated character ever. I would have gone into mourning and attacked Doyle in the street too, if I had been around when he wrote the story that killed Sherlock off.

The brilliant thing about this Sherlock is, in the words of Moffat, they "blow the fog away from him." Meaning we, in a way, get to see the inner workings of his brain, we get to see how his minds works in the moment. His observations are open for us to see, and it's really quite fantastic.

And really, there's just something about Sherlock Holmes. You just can't help but admire, and totally love him. And as far as film/TV reincarnations of him go, I would say BBC's Sherlock will top them all, always. The completely appropriate use of technology, the intriguing and quite complex cases, the aloof but impossibly irresistible Sherlock, a very grounded and down to earth John, a fantastic Mrs. Hudson, a great Lestrade, and unforgettable Moriarty.... they just did a really, really good job. Nothing more to say than that. They did an incredibly good job.


So. Whaddabout you? What do you like most about Sherlock? Biggest dislike? Have you even seen it?

(Hope this was sufficient, Teenage Writer :D)

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Director

Note: The title  does not refer to me, but the position of a director in general. Just to clarify ;)


***

The Director
They are magicians. Dream-makers, dream-catchers. They spin tales, open wardrobes, show us portals to worlds we never knew of. Worlds we would give our hearts to be a part of. The imagination is their playground. The things we wished could be reality, they make it so. They give us a small inkling of how things ought to be. They show us heroes we can cheer for, villains we can despise, or seek to understand. They take us away from life for a few hours, giving us a place to escape. To put the glimmer back in our eye and make us kings and queens and wizards and warriors for a time.

Or at least, they should.

In this day and age, the director has misused the weapon known as media. The lens they use to weave their tales show us things we ought not to see. The sacredness of physical intimacy in marriage is destroyed and shown as something far less valuable. The horror of violence is flaunted and glorified. Decency has disappeared. The line between lending enough information to tell a story and showing far too much has been crossed, over and over again.

Now the director, the filmmaker, tells lies with a loud voice. And when he is not doing that, he is merely putting on an elaborate show to distract you. Explosions and blood and cursing and skin and twisted humor is nothing but an act to keep you ineffective. What has become of good films, good stories?

The job of the director is to take us to another world, not drown us in the carnality of our own. The tale may take place on our very own Earth, but that should not stop them from showing it beautifully. The job of the director is to tell truth, and tell it well. Is that done?

Francis Schaeffer once said, "Whoever controls the media controls the culture." And he is not the least bit wrong. Media is not a tool to be used lightly. The director ought to tremble as he wields it. For in using it, he tells the audience something. He teaches them. Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing as such we will incur a stricter judgement.

Of course that passage is meant for the one who teaches scripture. But should it not also be held in the forefront of the mind of he who sits behind a camera and shouts, "Action!"?

Yes. Yes, I think it should. Because the director has a weighty job. One that, these days, is rarely done right.

The director should not be someone who uncovers things that should stay covered. Should not be one who flaunts that which is evil. No. The director is a bard, a minstrel, a herald of wondrous tales not yet heard. He ought to be the one who, when he escorts us from our seat into a world of his own creation, we hold no shame for being part of it.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hey you guys :) aka 7 Random Things


1. I really am a distracted writer. It turns out, Chesney Street wants to be a feature, and so does The Seed (that's a working title by the way, I already don't like it). Unfortunately, I only have one of them outlined according to action. And it's not Chesney Street. That one will take a bit to complete. I'll post what I have of it... eventually.

2. I have been, at long last, caught up in the wonderful, wonderful world (and fandom) that is BBC's Sherlock. Oh, yes, tremble with fear at my obsession, world. [Again with the unfortunates: I've only seen Season 1, but and watching Season 2 this Sunday and already know more about it than I should due to some seriously well done, and heart-wrenching fanvideos. I've have to release my fangirliness in a massive post one of these days. Look out, my friends, it's coming!]


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2.1- Sherlock was actually the first thing I had seen Martin Freeman in, besides The Hobbit trailer ;) He is officially one of my favorite actors. The problem is now, I shall watch The Hobbit trailer and think to myself, "What is Watson doing there?" *headdesk*
Oh and Benedict Cumberbatch is lovely, of course. If there was anyone born to play Sherlock, it is him. He's extremely fantastic. 

3. Skyping with blogger friends is infinitely more delightful than Skyping with people I have already spent considerable time with in person. For one thing, with people I already know well, Skyping seems primitive and distant and a difficult way to communicate, whereas when I've never even seen the other person's face, or heard their voice, it seems like the greatest invention ever :)

4. I'm still not done with my freshman year of high school, and my sophomore year is due to start rather soon. Which means I should probably close the computer and get to work. o_O

5. I promise, there shall be a glorious giveaway once I reach 200 followers. Not that I need anymore, you all are more than I ever could hope for. (As I said to someone recently, I wouldn't give up my 20-so closest followers for 1500 who aren't half as nice.) I just thought it would be a good reason to give stuff to you guys :P

6. Perhaps it is due to... other obsessions *cough*, but I've barely had any time to blog. I try not to make these paltry little posts, but it's all I can manage at the moment. Just know, there are lots of things the Lord has been doing, and lots of fun things I've been up to, and I promise I shall share at least some of it with you sometime soon. 

7. I tried thinking of something funny, or at least relevant, to make the 7th random thing, but I couldn't think of anything. The only things I had were along the lines of Sherlock, and I have a feeling I shouldn't release all my pent-up thoughts and emotions about it yet. :P

So, please, I've splurged about life.... kinda. How about you? How's writing, or reading, or school or life or whatever? Gimme your Seven Random Things. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

And it's the first CQC Idea Pool!


Ready for this?

Don't forget, if this goes on and you have an idea as to how to make it more awesome, do not hesitate to speak!!

Alright, first up we have some submissions that some fantastic people need some help with.

Hannah Joy
I need a name for my villainess (is that even a word?). She is a lady in her mid-twenties who was excommunicated by her father on account of marrying the man she loved. Her husband was murdered and she's after the killer--as well as being up against the government (wants the demise of the rich and the uprising of the poor basically). I don't want a weird name--I want a pretty normal name since she's, for the most part, a pretty normal lady. It is actually set in a different world, but it's not fantasy, really. It is basically Industrial Revolution type era, so if we could go off that that'd be awesome. 

Madison
I'm looking for three character profiles, one of them is the girl protaginist and the other two, a boy and a girl are the protaginist's best friends. I've already chosen names, but I'd love personalities. But only one of the characters can be sweet.
The protagonist's name is Philadelphia (Dellie) Malbrey, her best friends are Tyler (Ty) Mason and Chloe (Clo) Richardson. Dellie later finds her real name, her elvish name, is Freya Cobalt Galendrof. 

Here's a summary of the story:

After five hundred years of oppression, Azeroth is beginning to wake again, with only one goal. To convert The Gifted; or destroy them.

Dellie has lived her whole life believing she’s just like every other normal teen, only to find one day that she is not normal. She’s not even human.

The Council of AlagaĆ«sia calls them The Gifted, we call them Angels

OK so it's very confusing, basically Dellie finds out that she is a very special elf, and is one of The Gifted, and elf breed that is trained to protect humans. In the end she has to make a decision of her life or her friends, she chooses hers, so her character has to be the typical protagonist in that in the end she is a hero. 

The Director
My next month's screenplay is set in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian-ish time, after a deadly virus has wiped out a lot of the world's population. In a dry, desolate desert, a former killer, a suicidal teenager and a biologist who is trying to develop a cure for the virus have to somehow get along and survive... or join the billions of already dead. 
The title of the script is The Seed.
I just need a little boost in the right direction-- maybe motivators for the characters, or a common goal/destination for them. Anything that strikes your fancy to enhance the story ;) 

Eruantien Nenharma
Basically, I don't know what the MacGuffins (things that the heroes have to get a hold of and the villains also want to) for my fantasy trilogy should be. It was originally three magical stones, but that's been done so many times it's not even funny. So I'm trying to figure out what three things the antagonists and protagonists should be fighting over--some sort of weaponry, scrolls? I just have no idea.

(Basically, she has the same problem I have with Dantere's story: what should the great object of power be, and what should it do? To be honest, anything you have to come up with, no matter how 'silly' or 'stupid' you may think it is, will help. That's what brainstorming is anyway.)

***
And now ve haf de freebies!

From Hannah Joy: 

So...my freebie is a title for a book/short story, anything. It caught my attention when I thought of it, but I never really went anywhere with it. So, here it is:

A Town Called Remembrance 

From The Director:
I had a character that was a peregrine falcon in a long-gone story named, in various forms, went from the name Thora, to Reana, and she was my MC's closest companion. Feel free to use her if you'd like. She's protective of her master, and very faithful. Does well in hot, dry climates. ;)

From Reformed Squirrel:
Totally at random, a story title popped into my head. Here's the title:

Then There Were Twenty-Nine 

From Eruantien Nenharma:
Here are some names I came up with but never used...

Rani
Gaston
Mira

And from Madison:
A whole handful of snippets to use at will!

•I sat there watching golden dust dancing in a beam of sunlight...

•What was the use of it all? Beauty was worth nothing, it faded and withered like the petals of a rose given time. And fame? Fame was a bubble that swelled with it's own importance till it bursts and was gone. And I could forget happines too, after all it was never truly found, and if found it certainly couldnt be kept....

•Rigelis threw the water in the bucket upwards, and for a second it hung, suspended, in seperate drops, each drop catching the radiance of the sun set, before they fell...

•The only thing slower than Bill's walk was his drawl...

•This whole day had felt like one prison door after another, and now mother's worrisome comment slammed the jail doors shut with an ominous clang...

•The way his hands would glide over the keys-it was almost a caress. It was like watching someone dance with technology....

***

And there it is folks, the problems and freebies for this month's Idea Pool!

If you have some ideas to help us ailing folk, please do not hesitate to speak up!

And if you find you have a problem of your own, go ahead and take a freebie-- or let us know in the comments!

Have fun people!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I have failed you all.


I promise I shall post the finished "Clerks of Chesney Street," however poor form it is in, sometime this month.

But for now, we'll just move on and let the Idea Pool start tomorrow.

See you there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

You just never know.



Warning:


I do not claim to be coherent or organized. 


You have been warned. 


***


It just surprises me how many people I influence. How many lives I seem to touch.

And the fact that most of the time, I am completely oblivious.

It totally blows me away, really.

'Cause most of the time I'm like this:


(Okay not all of them at once... well, I don't know... anyway...)

With no thought at all to much else but whatever I'm flitting around in. 

And sometimes, I'm just like, 


And yet somehow, I'm not an utterly useless human being. 

Every once in awhile, I'll get an email from someone telling me how much they love my blog. Or someone will write on my wall on FB about how I'm one of their best friends and love hearing about all my songs and screenplays that I'm working on. Or I'll just get a sudden flood of totally sweet comments on a post I hadn't even thought twice about. Or I'll get some way out-of-blue message from a follower who, believe it or not, wants my advice for something. 

And I'm like, 



Not even kidding. 

Those kinda things make my day. 'Cause they're so unexpected. 

But the thing is, those little things remind me that we, as human beings, are always affecting each other, and even when we can't see, other people are moved by the things we do. 

I don't know if I explicitly said this when I posted that song "Knife" that I wrote, way back a couple months ago, but the beginning of this year was a little rough for me. I... naturally have mild suicidal tendencies. Mild, mind you. 

But it's still something that I've had to struggle through, and take to the Lord and let Him deal with. To stop wallowing in self-pity and just live, do the next right thing and stop angsting about stupid stuff. 

I'm pretty good right now, so don't get all concerned ;) ;) ;)

But anyway. 

That something in me that people seem to see and love, it isn't me at all. It's the Spirit of God inside me, and using me in spite of myself. 

And that's encouraging. 

When you're walking in the way of righteousness and you're in the will of God, even if you can't see, you never know what's the Lord's doing, or who He's blessing in all your little insignificant things. 

Who knows who's watching you? Who's affected and influenced by you?

We have quite a responsibility, us humans. 

But it's not on us. It's doesn't have to be on us. 

If you let Him, someone else is quite willing and far more capable of scripting your life than you are. 

You are all writers, on some level or another. You know how it feels to construct a character's life, the joy and thrill of shaping a lowly MC into something incredible. Creating something amazing. Spinning tales of adventure. 

We know all this, and we are but mere mortals. 

So how much greater will the adventure of our lives, if told from the pen of our Everlasting Savior, be, if we let him? 

Also, we all know the feeling of frustration when dealing with a character or situation that just won't cooperate with us.

But He's not frustrated.

He's just waiting for you to willingly surrender the pen to Him.

Trust me.

He'll do a great job.

This is to any of you who feel like nothing special ever happens; that nothing you do matters. That nobody sees; that no one appreciates anything you're doing. That no one cares.

It all matters. People do care. And you were created for a glorious purpose.

Surrender that pen... and just keep doing the next right thing.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
~Ephesians 2:10

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

gah





















This is where I'm at today.

People, I am so brain dead.

This script is going to be such a "first draft" it's not even funny.

My current brain power is not going to help this script achieve it's full potential the first time around.

Anybody else have these kind of days? 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trailers are powerful things.


So are spontaneous crushes.

Three guesses as to what convinced me to watch Rise of the Guardians in November:



I also hope it will be a good movie. I hope it has no crude humor. And I hope the plot is good.

I promise to give a fair review.

But regardless, I will be spending $10.50. at least once... for one reason.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Idea Pool is OPEN!



I delayed this so long because I wanted to come up with some sort of fun logo-picture. But laziness has kept me from it o_O Google saved the day.

So, anyway, this is to say that from right here, right now, until August 1, you can submit your things for the idea pool!

If you want something featured in the post you have to submit it to me before the deadline.

Here are the guidelines:

There are two types of submissions: Freebies and Problems.

Freebies are ideas that YOU have that you want to just throw out there for other people to use. There will undoubtedly be many of those after the pool has begun-- but if you want to submit one that will show up in the initial post and not in the comments, go ahead and email me with the subject line "Idea Pool Submission: Freebie." These things include character/place names, a storyline, sentences and titles.

Problems are things that you are struggling with-- need a bio for a character? Need a name? Some help with your plot? These are the things that we can all help and brainstorm together with. To submit a problem that needs some help, email me with the subject line "Idea Pool Submission: Problem," with a summary of your problem and what you are looking for help with. If you need to explain the current plot, or describe a character, be as clear as you can while being as efficient as you can.

My email address is acertainjedi[at]gmail[dot]com.

A submission email should include:
-subject line
-the content you want published in the post
-a name, and a link if you want credit linked back to you

Ah, yes, that matter of credit:

Warning! If you submit ideas for other author's use:

Freebies, ideas, may be used or altered by whoever chooses to use them.

You may or may not ever get credit in people's finished products. If work is published on blogs, I would expect that authors would be courteous enough to link back to whoever inspired them.

But outside the world of blogger, there can really be no guarantee that you will ever get credit. If you have a problem with that, don't submit an idea.

You have been warned ;)

***

Now, since this is the first time, I don't know what will work and what won't. So this first go is a bit of a test, and your input is the most helpful thing to make this epic for everyone. So, if you have an idea to make the idea pool better, or if you want to see something added to it, whatever, be sure to let me know! Honestly I don't know what I'm doing :P

Well, I can't wait to see how this will go! See you all soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Teaser For The Chesney Script


What if the world you knew was destroyed? What if you were floating through space on an artificial Earth where the economy is restricting, life is harsh, callous even, and you have the sudden murder of your father to investigate?

Welcome to the world of "The Clerks of Chesney Street."

Here's an itsy bitsy peek!




I think I'm getting better at this pitch/hook/summary thingy! How did that thing at the beginning of the post sound? Intriguing? ^_^

Monday, July 2, 2012

Movie Review: Thor



And the reviews begin! Yay ;)


★★★★☆


Thor

The Rating and Cautions
Rating: PG-13 (for adventure action violence, and brief language)

Objections:
Violence- Large amount, minimal blood/gore though
Language- Also minimal, but there. 
Sexuality- Chris Hemsworth missing a shirt at one point. And an unnecessary kiss. 

The Credits
Screenplay by Ashley Miller, and  Zack Stentz among others



Based on the Marvel comics. 






The Summary
When the young god Thor rashly disobeys his father and brings about the threat of war, Odin Allfather strips him of his power and casts him out-- and straight down to Earth, where he learns about the true sacrifice of leadership . 



The Director's Take
This is coming long after the Thor hype, and Avengers hype too, for that matter. But for those that still haven't seen it....

It is very wonderful.

Never fear, I shall elaborate!

Thor's homeworld of Asgard is so well done and gorgeous. I announced while watching that I wanted to live there. I still do ;) Generally speaking, the sequences on earth are quite believable, and humorous as well. And as with every other Marvel film, this one is full of crossovers and cameos (we get to see Hawkeye as "Agent Barton" make a short appearance here), and there are so many things that set up for only the bestest film ever, Avengers.


Thor is epic on an otherworldly scale, with action and humor and yes, romance, scattered throughout. It leaves you with a heroic feeling inside. My only complaint was the length. Too short. I've seen some of the deleted scenes, and I wish they kept everything. Thor and Loki's relationship could have been set up more, as well as everything going on once Thor gets to earth.

The sense of adventure in this film is a little irresistible. Asgard and Jotunheim are incredibly real, and I loved the rather "old-fashioned," maybe even Shakespearean feel of the Norse world (yes, that was a slight allusion to Iron Man's line from Avengers).

Also, I really liked the way all the characters played off each other. It felt really natural to me, though a lot of depth you wouldn't notice as much in the viewing as in retrospect.

It was actually interesting for me: I saw Avengers before Thor, so I had met the more completely developed Thor and Loki before I saw their origin film. And actually, I like the order I saw them in, strangely enough. For me it added more depth, more than I would have perceived if I had seen them in the "correct" order.

But anyway, it is a fantastic film that I would willingly watch over and over again.

Cinematography: Fabulous. A little overly fond of Dutch angles but I'm not complaining.
Music: Patrick Doyle nailed it. Heroic and epic and absolutely beautiful. I'm aching to have it in my iPod. 
Editing: Two thumbs up. 
Effects: Perfect. Couldn't have been better I think. They completely blended in and were part of the film. 
Plot/Script: Like I said, great, great story. They could have taken even more time with it. 

As well, there are some pretty quotable one-liners. ANOTHER!



The Cameos (Biblical Application) (HERE THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!)
My mom was actually the one that pointed out the great Biblical parallels. Here they go, speed-style:

Putting aside the fact that it was because he was being disobedient, Thor was sent to Earth stripped of his godly figure (and power), and made to walk among men. It is after he sacrifices his own life that his powers are returned to him and he is resurrected. And at the end of film, where do we see him? Standing at the right hand of his father.

It totally sounds like Jesus. Waaay too cool.

Obviously, there are some serious flaws in the analogy when you view the whole story. But the film still echoed so much truth that was hard to ignore. It made me very happy that even a superhero film about Norse gods can reflect Jesus to such an extreme.  




10 Things I Learned from Thor:
  1. Chris Hemsworth has a great smile. Don't get concerned, though, Loki is still my favorite :P
  2. Norse gods can get hit by cars and be fine.
  3. ...but after getting tasered, not so much. 
  4. Loki is just like Scar. You know, Lion King. Thor is obviously Simba.
  5. Coulson isn't quite the wonderful hero I thought he was merely from Avengers....
  6. .. yup, he's still from S.H.I.E.L.D. -_-
  7. It pays off to always sit through the credits of films. Always. Otherwise you would miss epic extra clips that set up for epic extra movies. 
  8. Adopted kids are waaay the big thing in epic tales for some reason.
  9. Never call your dad an old man and a fool. You might get exiled. 
  10. It's not easy being blue..... :P

The Closing Line 
Thor is the perfect film to satisfy the craving for a epic, action & adventure superhero film. Supremely casted and acted, great graphics and a compelling story with a couple laughs along the way. Light enough to enjoy more than once but deep enough for it to be worth every view, this is definitely in my Top 10 favorite movies. 


It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't 
have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.