January 24th, 2007


Movie Meme

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to list ten movies: five favorites and five guilty pleasures. Tag five friends. This explanation should be included.

The Favorites
1) Scrooge
2) It's A Wonderful Life
3) The Man With No Name Trilogy*
4) Doctor Who**
5) Let It Ride

The Guilty Pleasures
1) Scrooge***
2) The Rundown
3) Brigadoon***
4) Fools Rush In
5) Conan the Barbarian

* - I could just cite The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but you really need to see all three, back to back to back, to appreciate Eastwood and Sergio Leone. I should just label this one spaghetti Westerns, because I also count Once Upon A Time in the West as one of my faves.
** - Any season, old or new Doctor.
*** - They're musicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Georgia On My Mind

A quick post to get my fingers typing so I can start writing today. Worked through lunch rather than opening the rewrite because I had the day off the phones to prepare for a work trip to Georgia in early February. I'm going to Dublin, Georgia, for a week, as I mentioned in an earlier post, updating a newspaper's 1990-era software to an early Ought version.

Dinner's made, garbage is ready for pickup tomorrow. So I'm going to try and finish before 9 p.m. so I can catch the new Mythbusters episode. If it wasn't already obvious I'm a fan. Three pages in three hours.

Two For One

Two different takes on the last section of today's Novel In 90 work. It took me two hours longer than I wanted to put together the three pages. Primarily because the main scene involved writing telegraph messages and researching substitution and transposition ciphers. Which I could have done during lunch today, since including an encrypted message was the plan from the start.

I haven't encrypted the messages yet. Composing the telegrams was hard enough by itself. Makes me appreciate Hemingway more.

The first example is an attempt at present tense and second person. I don't really have trouble with present tense, though my construction suffers and becomes passive at times. I don't use second person often. I considered it for this scene because I'm trying to create a character that's distinctive from the other in the chapter. The second example is more traditional.

First Example
Fear is exquisite.
You master it and its infliction--from pinprick to deepest skewer--becomes an art. Becomes you.
You feel fear. You always feel it.
It is your intimate. You love it, and your children suffer for it.
Suffer gladly.
You relish the surprise Burr shows. Surprise is only another expression of fear, which makes it yours to control. Fear is your realm.

Second Example
Fear was exquisite.
Master it and its infliction--from pinprick to deepest skewer--became an art. Became him.
He felt fear. He always did.
It was his intimate. He loved it, and his children suffered for that love.
Suffered gladly.
He relished the surprise Burr showed. Surprise was only another expression of fear, which made it his to control. Fear was his realm.