Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Books of July! And yes. yes I am the worst blogger ever.

In the last week I have packed, moved, and resettled into my new home. I plead guilty in the case of non posting. I was busy :^)

Anyway, even though there are still two days left in the month, I thought I would talk about the books I read in July. Last month I guessed at how many books I read in June, and the comments got me thinking - why not keep track of what I read? For a month anyway. So here they are:


The Good
These are the books I enjoyed, even if they didn't really completely win my heart.
Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
The Cave by Anne McLean Matthews
To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and other stories by Richard Matheson

*update* apparently I'm not so good with lists after all. I forgot to add Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop to The Good.*

The Better
These books wowed me into silence and awe. Most wonderous and magical, and should be read immediately!

Into the Woods
and The Likeness, both by Tana French
These two are mysteries with a touch (but a very light touch) of the supernatural. Very beautiful, very moving, and very readable.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This one has already been hyped up, so I'll keep it short: it won't go down as the best book I've ever read, but I will reread it again. Child Vampires are not happy creatures.

And the Rest

The books I didn't enjoy are not on this list, simply because I don't finish the ones I don't like. If I can't get into a book, I return it to the library. So while the following books did not blow me away - I did finish each and every one. These were not bad books. They just were not my favorites.
Come Closer by Sara Grann
Down River by John Hart
The Sculptress by Minette Walters
Blue Heaven by CJ Box
Bones by Jan Burke

So that is my list! Enjoy and write well

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Movie Meme - Because I need a post

So like the brave ones before me, like K.C. Shaw and Jameson Caine I've decided to do a blog about movie things. Because I can.

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Beauty and the Beast. What? I mean at least some of those times occured during my childhood.

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.

Eh, when I was in middle school I remember going to see Titanic a bunch of times. I was young, I make no apologies.

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

.... Not really anyone.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.

Tom Cruise.

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.

Clerks II. Though most of the quotes are not blog friendly.

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.

Not quite all of, but most of Rocky Horror Picture Show I've got down.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
This is the last question over isn't it. Wait! DISNEY MOVIES. I forgot. I can easily sing along to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and sorta the other ones, but not as much, because they two I said are the best obviously.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Eraserhead. Because I did. And everyone should suffer as I have suffered.

9. Name a movie that you own.

What's one I own that not everyone else owns (yeah I jazzed up the question)? The Great Mouse Detective. Do kids watch that one now?

For some reason this movie questionnaire is pulling the kid out of me. Can't answer in non cartoons.

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Paris Hilton. She started out as a model, and by God, one day she'll get that Oscar!

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?

12. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
The Midnight Meat Train.

13. Ever walked out of a movie?
No but I've wanted to. What was that one Travolta movie. A Civil Law, Civil Rain, something (too lazy to google). Boring.

14. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Not the answer to 15. Okay maybe the answer to 15.

15. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Up. Another Cartoon.

16. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Horror. And cartoons apparently.

17. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

Look I grew up in what I consider (looking back in my old age of young adult) to be the key era of Disney cartoons okay? So maybe I've seen a lot of the animated films in my time! but they are all glorious!

The Little Mermaid.

18. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

Everyone who is going to go see my movie recommedation skip this part:
Eraserhead. NO. NO NO NO NO NO. Boring, boring, AND THEN NO.

19. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
I'm going to need an operational definition of "weird" here.

I heart Huckabees was a little off I suppose, and I liked that.

20. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?
Not my favorite question. I don't know, for me scary movies are mostly about the setting. My setting, not the movie's setting. I do have a thing about Japanese Horror. Creepy children.

And I'm not allowed to watch The Changeling alone. (not Changeling, that Angelina Jolie movie. The Changeling, 1980's Horror. Guy from Patton.)

21. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Clerks II. Who were we studying to be, Batman?!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Best Horror Stories Ever. Part 3. The Stephen King Question.

Where the hell is Stephen King on these lists the reader might ask (or Lovecraft, Blackwood, James, Matheson, etc. the bigwigs. the head guys. the... major cheeses). And the answer is... well okay I don't have an answer. There very well could be a blog and list devoted to some of the writers I mentioned in the future. There very well may not.

Here are a few more of the stories I read over and over again. Only this and nothing more.

Oh and if you haven't guessed already, the writing is still moving... slowly :^)

11.) "The King', in Yellow" by Brian Keene: This story advises that one should not follow the recommendations of homeless men. Though in the twisted way of horror, I bet if I looked hard enough, I could find a story that recommends the oppposite. Hm a challenge.

12.) "A Trick of the Dark" by Tina Rath: One of my favorite vampire stories. Subtle. Short. Like this write up.

13.) "The Candle in the Skull" by Basil Copper: A story for Halloween. And one that recommends you don't trust children

14.) "Dark Wings" by Phyllis Eisenstein: This story has the type of ending that most of us (and by us, I mean me) can only dream about. The type of ending that takes your trust and uses it against you.

15.) "Closing Time" by Neil Gaiman: I know I love this story because how often I try to take elements of Gaiman's ending into my own work. An ending, that by the way, I'm not sure I even understand (please free feel to explain it to me. Where is Neil Gaiman when you need him?). Yet dsspite the confusion, here it is, number 15.

16.)"The Veldt" by Bradbury: Because it was open in front of me. And because you should never trust children. I may have mentioned it before. But it's a lesson worth knowing.

Current watching: True Blood. My fav TV show.
Current reading: Let the Right One In. Have I mentioned that you shouldn't trust children?

Apparently Vamp is the word.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

WIP Wednesday/June Wrap up

It's that time again. June has ended. And what do I have to show for it? Hm... Let's see.

Number of books read: A million. No. Um. Probably about 12.

Best Book Read in June: Deerskin by Robin McKinley.

Number of Stories Sold: 0

Number of Stories Written: See above

Number of Times Opened Word Documents Only to eventually close without changes: Oh. A thousand or so.

Number of Dog Bites: 1. It wasn't the dog's fault. And it wasn't serious.

So that was my productive month.... So far summer has not been kind to me. Or it has been too kind. Either way, there is little to no writing.

And earlier today Jameson Caine was good enough to post a video of what happens in the sewers over which I buy my groceries. What a kind kind man :^)