Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight--Thoughts on the Movie

Well overall I disliked more than I liked about the movie.

Pros:
–James and Victoria–they were great. James was so good that he made anyone in a scene with him look bad.
–Alice and Emmett--perfect casts
–Jacob–although I’m not sure how they are going to make him the Jacob in New Moon; he'll need to start lifting(a lot) and growing(a lot)
–Bella’s father–he cracked me up
–Edward–I’ve liked RP since he was Cedric so he gets a pass from me :)

Cons:
–the staring–how many scenes were there where they were just staring at each other? Way too many for me. It reminded me of a really crappy soap opera. Dialogue(the audience can hear) is a good thing in a movie.
–numerous little things-–starting with Bella’s hair blowing in the fan scene--that was sooooo cheesy.
–the fact that Bella went from thinking Edward hated her to not being able to live without him in about 5 minutes. I’d be interested to know what the actual elapsed time for that was in the movie. To me that whole transition and acceptance thing is critical in establishing their relationship through the next 3 books.
–Jasper–nice looking guy, really horrible character(I’m hoping that was through no fault of his own; maybe he made the best of the script he was dealt–not that he had many/any lines?). Did Jasper skulk around all the time in the books?
–Bella–I didn’t like KS as a cast to begin with and she didn’t prove me wrong, unfortunately.
-The soundtrack--I never realized how much a good score affects the way I feel about a movie. A lot of the instrumental music in this movie was very "soap opera-ish". Maybe they should look into Hans Zimmer or John Williams.

It is really disappointing to me how badly it seems to have been done. Maybe they threw it into production too quickly. During the movie I just kept telling myself–maybe all teen movies are this bad. Are they? Along the same lines, did anyone else have people laughing at times that I don't think were intended to be funny?

I’m just curious. If you hadn’t read any of the books, would you even want to after seeing the movie? I’m not sure I would and I loved the first three books. It reminded me of when I saw Eragon--I loved the book and hated the movie and I saw it with people who had not read the book and they didn't understand what was going on.

So I don't know if seeing it a second time will change how I saw it on Thursday night. I doubt it and I'm not sure I want to waste more money doing it. It is sad to me really because the book gave the movie so much potential and I really, really, really went into the movie wanting to like it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Creature Comforts

What could be better than sitting in a comfy chair with a good read and a mug of something warm and steamy?


I picked up the new issue of Artful Blogging today and while I was in Barnes and Noble I wandered into Starbucks and what did I find:


Only the coolest cable knit mug which I had to have.

I also got a new Laurell Hamilton book(the next in the Merry Gentry series) and Mary Englebreit's Home Companion--which has a great article on Amy Butler in it. And if you haven't seen Artful Blogging before check it out. It is kind of pricey but you could get a Starbucks and read it at the book store. I just found this magazine with the Autumn 2007 issue and it really is worth the $14.99. The pictures are stunning and the articles are interesting--makes me want to be a "real" blogger ;)

Horcrux Socks

I'm a couple weeks late for Socktoberfest but here are the socks I was working on:

Finally, after a false start(back in 2007) and a long vacation in the WIP pile, my Horcrux socks are done.

Here are the stats:
Needles: 2.5 dpns
Yarn: Jojoland Melody
Pattern: Horcrux socks from the Six Sox KAL

I loved this yarn because the colorway is the same as the cover of the Half Blood Prince, but the yarn itself is kind of pain to work with; it's very splitty.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Nanowrimo--Ugh!

Feel free to completely disregard this post if you do not want to read my National Novel Writing Month Ramblings.

I am having a crisis of sorts because I am absolutely NOT feeling "it" with my story right now. I have written 12,300+ words so far and so I am not behind but I have not written in the last two days.

I think the first problem is that I am trying to bridge my story from my first year with a short story I wrote over the summer containing the same characters just in the future from where the first story took place. The bridge itself is not the problem. I have an outline of major storyline things that are supposed to happen along the way. The problem is that I need to focus on two characters. Two characters that need to develop a very serious relationship so that the bridge to the short story will make sense. I am just not in the "building a relationship writing place" if there even is such a thing. Also, I have a character in the story who I happen to love and he seems to be asserting himself more than the characters that need to be the focus of this part of the story.

Part of me wants to soldier on and at least get a basic story down on paper which will hopefully lead to 50,000 words.

Part of me want to stop, I'm not going to say quit because I know I will write this eventually(I need to know what happens). I love these characters and this story and I don't want to push myself through part of it because I feel like I "have" to.

At this point I am at a stalemate but I am sort of leaning towards shelving this year's Nano(even though there is a part of me that does not want to do that).

So to sum up, UGH!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Yarn that Followed Me Home ;)

October yielded some sock yarn shopping and even though I shouldn't have, I did :)

Some Socks that Rock in Basan and two in Lenore(I have been lusting after Lenore since I first saw it as a Club offering last year).


Some Red Rocks Fiber Works Aspen Sock in the No Repeat colorway. Limited addition and on sale--I just couldn't resist.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

October Wrap Up and November Goals

October Wrap Up:

Knitting:
**one pair of Socktober Socks--almost one pair(sock 1 done/75% of sock 2 done)
**gifty knitting--Done, still working

Stitching:
**HAED SAL Challenge--QS Swimming with Dolphins--Nope, and that's 3 strikes and out for that SAL for me.

Other:
**lose 5 pounds--gained 2 pounds--ugh! I was not very focused this month.
**finish half of my new 60 in 60 challenge--I did not get halfway but I did workout quite a bit. I don't know my current minutes off the top of my head but I want to say that I'm around 1000.

November Goals:

Other:
**lose, at least, the 2 pounds I gained in October
**see if I meet my 60 in 60 goal this time(round two if you're counting)
**finish my 4th Nanowrimo Novel

Knitting:
**finish the Horcrux/Socktober socks
**maybe finish a square or two
**gifty knitting

Stitching:
**chip away at the two pages I want to finish on I Love Thee

Serendipity

Diva, Rage, and I embarked on a trip to WalMart a couple of days before Halloween on quest for candy and a couple of random household items. Of course, we also took some time to wander around the store.

Rage HAS to spend a good amount of time looking at the LEGO isle--the boy has a very serious Lego addiction.

Diva also likes to wander through various sections of the store: toys, videos/video games, haircare products, nail polish, and bags.

Of course, the last of which warms my heart as I have created a little bag worshipper much like myself. Truly collecting different knitting bags is almost as a much of a hobby for me as knitting itself. We were wandering around the area of haircare products and nail polish when I happened upon this little bit of girly skully goodness and knew I had to have it:

Do you love it? Well, aside from all the pink, I do. I figured that since I have two Lexie Barns bags with a black and pink skully print this wouldn't be too much of a departure. It's a good size for a couple of smaller projects and the print is almost exactly something I have been looking for. Plus it was ultra cheap, as is the WalMart way.

Serendipity at its finest.