So what have I been doing when I've not been working on the novel?
Wednesday night I saw Murmur of the Heart. I wasn't sure what to expect from it. The main character's looks reminded me of a boy a year or two behind me in school and he was the little brother of someone I dated in high school. And their older brother was one of the ambulance drivers from the night of my second eldest brother's death. So while I live in the capital of my state, sometimes relationships can get convoluted. :) There is a plot twist which was heavily foreshadowed which I found a bit shocking. I wonder what people thought when it was released 1971? I did enjoy the movie. I also saw the first thirty minutes of Zazie de lans Metro. I had a bit of a headache, couldn't get into it, and then started to get anxious about the time so I left early. The little girl was impish and there was a great shot with a mirror. If in the right mood I bet I'd like this one.
Thursday night I watched Survivor. I was a bit surprised by who was voted out. The editing made it seem like the big baby with the loud mouth was going to go.
Friday night I worked late, went to the grocery store and hung out at home. I did get sucked into Super Nanny (which I've never watched) for about 20 minutes because the family consisted of the parents, 4-year-old twin girls, and a 3-year-old autistic boy. Watching the mother ignore her children just made my jaw drop. It was amazing how her son started interacting with the family after they started paying him attention and including him in the family activities.
On Saturday we went to the newest movie theater in town and saw Shopgirl. I read the novella last year sometime and really enjoyed it. Steve Martin had to change things up a bit to make it come across on the screen. There were two scenes that made me cry. Overall, I liked it.
I'm not entirely sure I like the Gateway. I like how the theaters are crammed into a small space and it feels like you're in an urban movie theater. With one leg crossed over another, I could have easily kicked the head of the person seated in front of me. There wasn't anyone in front of me though. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to why some seats were one color and other seats were another. The movie was showing in theaters 3 and 4 at the same time. Just before the movie started one of the employees came in and told us that this showing was cancelled, the ticket people weren't supposed to sell tickets for this theater. He said we'd have to go to theater #3 for the movie. Someone asked if the movie started yet. He said he didn't think so. They were already on the trailers. Someone who has been in a few of the theaters told me there is at least one where the red exit sign throws a red glare onto the screen. That can ruin the colors in a movie!
On Sunday we saw Jarhead. I enjoyed the movie but the message of "war is bad and I made a big mistake joining it" got lost along the way. Some of my favorite men were in it which certainly helped it for me. I'd had the book on my shelf of books to read last summer and it was after seeing Anthony Swofford speak that I picked it up and read it.
There was an EverQuest update/patch at the end of October. Since then I'd not been able to get in to play. I wrote to Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and within a fairly short timeframe I got a response with an answer that worked! I'd been fiddling around with drivers and other files in an attempt to get things working again.
I've been reading Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block. It's a collection of articles he wrote for Writer's Digest. Because of this, I found some of it repetitive. Only because he'll use one of his own books as an example and it will be used again in another article a few pages later. Over a period of several months in magazines I wouldn't have noticed this. He uses humor as part of his approach and I like that. I'm nearly finished with it.
Also on my stack of books I've been reading this week is Magazine Writing That Sells by Don McKinney. Solid. Gives examples of how to start articles, how to end articles, different ways to organize them, etc.