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How is everyone's summer going? Mine is busy, sunny, eventful and fun so far. I really should get a job where I have the summers off. Truly. There's just not enough time to do all the fun things!

A few random things:

→ So from the beginning I was skeptical, but still mostly excited, about Go Set a Watchman. And then the first chapter's release last week made me even more skeptical, and a lot less excited. So I wasn't sure I was going to read it at all at that point... but I decided to go ahead and use one of my remaining audible credits to get the audiobook (narrated by Reese Witherspoon) and so I will report back what I think when I'm done. Is anyone else giving it a go?

→ I finished my third John Green book this week. I liked The Fault in Our Stars. I loved Paper Towns... and now that I've finished it I can definitely say that I (fugging) HATED An Abundance of Katherines. Sad, but true. I was considering giving Looking for Alaska another shot because that was actually the first John Green book I attempted to read several years ago but never got past the first couple of chapters. But now I am not so sure. Can't say I never finished it because the book was bad or good... I just... I start a lot of books.

→ I've been to the movies more in the past month than I have in the past year probably. I saw Aloha, Jurassic World (twice), Dope, Me Earl and the Dying Girl (good book), and Inside Out. After I see Paper Towns I might have to put the breaks on summer movies for a little while. It's a budget buster!

→ Switched from Netflix digital to the disc option and am enjoying that. Really liked The Good Lie with Reese Witherspoon (I'm really just trying to mention her as often as possible in one post... lol.) and also LOVED The DUFF with Mae Whitman. I've got Chappie at home right now (I'm in it for for Dev Patel!) and next up is This is Where I Leave You which... I wasn't all that excited about but somehow it ended up on my queue anyway. Anything you think I should put on my queue?

→ I haven't seen much from Comic-Con. Anything worth checking out? Was Reese Witherspoon there? (Third mention! Was it too obvious?)

→ I'm behind on PLL which is pretty much the only tv show I'm watching right now. Slight exception for Graceland but I'm just not into it so it barely counts.
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Wherein I recommend and/or warn you about some of the awesome/terrible things I read in 2014!

putting this under the cut because it's insanely long )
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Has anyone else read Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick?

I enjoyed the movie well enough and have actually heard a lot of great things about the book, so I bought it on kindle... because it was cheap, frankly. I then later regretted purchasing it. (Despite its cheapness) Because I kind of forgot (or chose to ignore?) that I usually LOATHE fiction (or thinly-veiled autobiographies) written by (usually white) men, about (usually white) men who are depressed, despondent, usually either single/divorced/in a failing marriage, middle-aged (or close to it) and who have daddy issues. I just.... blech. The plight of the unsatisfied-with-life middle-aged white man! NOT MY FAVORITE THING EVER. I usually can't get past the first couple of chapters if that's the picture I'm being given.

But this is different. The writer gives Pat such a unique, almost child-like, very stream-of-consciousness style voice. I am actually loving it so far. (CONFESSIONAL: It doesn't hurt that the chapters are short and I fly right through them.) Obviously I already know how it ends. In this case that's not helping or hurting. But yeah... so much better than I anticipated after the "crap, I totally paid for this book" remorse set in.
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So... THIS HAPPENED.


I know quite a few of you on my flist have read Savages by Don Winslow. I was pretty much beside myself this week when I learned that the prequel was coming out on Tuesday. Thank you, Don Winslow. I hadn't heard anything about it prior to finding it under the Savages tag at tumblr, so... I guess, because I have to... thank you, tumblr. I'm about a quarter of the way through and so far it is pretty much awesome. Just like Savages. And it is kind of disgusting just how I love Ben, Chon, and O. I'm making myself sick with it.

But I have to tell you a story now. The story is, I'm eating dinner tonight at my favorite sushi bar, minding my own business, reading The Kings of Cool on my kindle, when my regular sushi chef comes up, sticks his head over my shoulder and insists on knowing what I'm reading. I vaguely tell him what it is and what it's about and then one of the regular servers comes over and joins him, and begins, loudly insisting that I should read 50 Shades of Grey and that since "every woman is reading that book right now" I am sure to love it. Huzzuh? At this point, the chef starts backing away slowly and leaves us. I politely tell him, "Thanks, but no thanks. I wouldn't like it."

[livejournal.com profile] slybrunette suggested I tell him:
No. No. Fuck no. Come back when you have some taste.

Sadly, I didn't get the chance.

Truthfully, other than "keep it down, would you?" I wanted to say, "I can and have written better sex scenes." Though, mine suffer from the terrible affliction of way-too-vague, I'm pretty sure I could stand by that statement.

Anyway, the point of this whole post is. If you haven't read Savages? Please do. And if you have read Savages, but didn't know the prequel came out this week: YOU'RE WELCOME.
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] ozmissage:
Comment to this post letting me know you want to participate, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

ozmissage asked me about ot3s - tvd - broody vamps - vidding - etc )
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→ Is anybody else having issues with Firefox? I just upgraded to the newest version after holding out at 3.9 (I think it was 3.9) for the majority of the year. I haven't even had a chance to play with the new version really (I literally just updated it before making this post.) But I have been annoyed with all of the other updates I tried (and then abandoned) this year. We used to be so tight, but I feel like Firefox has had an identity crisis this year and it's almost time for us to just break up. (Our relationship is starting to resemble an abusive one.)

→ I am kind of POed at The Vampire Diaries right now. because BLANK and BLANK )

→ Watched and loved Attack the Block, for those of you playing along at home.

→ I don't know if I'm going to do cards this year. I'm feeling kind of scatterbrained lately and it's already later than I usually ask for sign ups. Some people have asked for exchanges and I'll do them, but I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to pull myself together to send a bunch of stuff out. I can barely keep up with stuff that's going on as it is. (And I still have fic to read, and holiday fic to get a head start on!) I'll probably make the decision by next week, no later.

→ Speaking of Christmas, I have started my shopping. So far I've purchased a kickass Lightsaber for a 4 year old girl who loves Darth Vader, a power rangers watch for one of my nephews, and a real legit FiOS remote control (from eBay) for a 1 year old with an irrepressible addiction to all electronics with buttons. (His parents will thank me.)

→ Finished Mindy Kaling's book this week. It was adorable and funny. I think it wasn't as good as Bossypants for me, although in some ways it was slightly better (if that makes sense). Definitely check it out if you have the slightest interest in it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

→ Everyone who hasn't needs to watch Shameless. Just saying. I sort of secretly revised my new shameless vid: fumbling through the gray and I'm burying this "announcement" in the middle of this post because this is something that I rarely (if ever) do. I just sneakily went in and replaced the source files. (Except on Tumblr which, as usual, hates me and won't let me edit the post at all - not even the tags!) This may be a dishonest and underhanded thing to do, but I had posted it in a sleep-deprived state at 5 in the morning and I just needed it to be more perfect, you know? [Guffaw.] Anyway, for those who care and who actually read this post, there is a new version up now.

→ I recently changed my ringtone from You Can Call Me Al, back to Twisted Nerve (the whistle from Kill Bill) which I have used for, literally, years. I can't really decided if this was a good move or not. I am kind of missing the Paul Simon.

→ I have 19 movies to watch before the end of the year to meet my standard goal of "100 new movies every year." Anybody have any suggestions for what to watch to fill in those last 19 slots? There are a couple of documentaries I've been planning on watching, but other than that and new stuff coming out in theaters I'm not sure. I may just end up binging on old noirs on Netflix streaming, if all else fails. what i've watched this year so far )
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→ Just watched Another Earth. Gorgeous. And it made me cry several times. Loved Brit Marling, and William Mapother was pretty fantastic in it. I enjoy indie dramas because you get the chance to see people in roles they wouldn't necessarily be in. I like seeing the actors get to work with unique and thought-provoking material. With exceptions, this is not what movies are generally about - and it really isn't for everyone. The script was fantastic and broke my heart on several occasions. I appreciated that it did feel like something was actually happening in addition to all of the pathos. The movie Rabbit Hole had similar plot elements to this, right up to the idea of alternate universes and alternate selves. I enjoyed both. God, I miss being a movie nerd.

So, the cosmonaut. He's the first man ever to go into space, right? The Russians beat the Americans. So he goes up in this big space ship, but the only habitable part of it's very small. So the cosmonaut's in there, and he's got this portal window, and he's looking out of it, and he sees the curvature of the earth. For the first time. The first man to ever look at the planet he's from. And he's lost in that moment. And all of a sudden, this strange ticking begins coming out of the dashboard. He rips out the control panel, right? Takes out his tools, trying to find this sound -- trying to stop this sound. But he can't find it. He can't stop it. It keeps going. A few hours into this, it begins to feel like torture. A few days go by with this sound and he knows that this small sound will break him. He'll lose his mind. What's he going to do? He's up in space. Alone. In a space closet! He's got twenty-five days left to go with this sound. So the cosmonaut decides: the only way to save his sanity is to fall in love with this sound. So he closes his eyes and he goes into his imagination, and then he opens them. He doesn't hear a ticking anymore. He hears music. And he spends the remainder of his time sailing through space in total bliss and peace.


→ I have not actually had much to say lately. People (lovely lovely amazing people) wrote me fic and everything and I've just been off in la la land. Lurking and reading books and making shameless vids.

→ Misfits is back. (Yay!) Lost Girl is back. (Not even interested in watching this based on reviews I've read.) And I'm still behind on a lot of TV from last week. Fail boat.

→ I am reading Mindy Kaling's book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and so far I'm enjoying her tone but I'm barely into it so I can't say much more than that.

→ I love you and I miss you!
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I really don't have any issue with the casting thus far, but I'd like to make these suggestion before John C. Reilly is set in stone. Will anyone out there hear me?

Dennis Quaid

See the Smart People Trailer below as an illustration:



Liev Schreiber

See last year's Every Day trailer:



"The Dad from The Last House On the Left remake" or "The Guy Who Killed Patrick Swayze in Ghost" (aka Tony Goldwyn)

Last House etc, etc... trailer


Bonus pic!

Tony & Liev arguing (in some alterna-universe timeline) about which of them gets to play Haymitch from the set of A Walk on the Moon.
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I really don't have any issue with the casting thus far, but I'd like to make these suggestion before John C. Reilly is set in stone. Will anyone out there hear me?

Dennis Quaid

See the Smart People Trailer below as an illustration:



Liev Schreiber

See last year's Every Day trailer:



"The Dad from The Last House On the Left remake" or "The Guy Who Killed Patrick Swayze in Ghost" (aka Tony Goldwyn)

Last House etc, etc... trailer


Bonus pic!

Tony & Liev arguing (in some alterna-universe timeline) about which of them gets to play Haymitch from the set of A Walk on the Moon.
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Here are two more really cool fanmade films/trailers for The Hunger Games that [livejournal.com profile] mfirefly10 linked to!




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Here are two more really cool fanmade films/trailers for The Hunger Games that [livejournal.com profile] mfirefly10 linked to!




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MEET KATNISS

So apparently Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone is going to be playing Katniss in The Hunger Games movies. I loved her in WB and I think she'll do a good job. I feel kind of ambiguous on the decision which I can honestly say is a good thing. I didn't really have any hopes for casting but I definitely think I could have been majorly disappointed in their choice and with Jennifer I feel pretty good about it. I won't get excited until we have our first trailer, I can pretty much guarantee you that. I don't have any favorite choices for any of the characters but I am eager to see who plays Gale. I am so cynical about it and I'm almost sure there's no way they'll find someone I'll approve of, haha. I don't even know of any good candidates to suggest. *shrug*

I also have very little on the supposed "whitewashing" of Katniss. Her full-blood sister has blond hair and blue eyes (just like their mother), I don't think there's any crime in casting Jennifer, who can easily "costume up" to fit the role, whatever all that entails. Besides, for all of the fans complaining, where was all the fan art with actresses of color? Yeah -- I didn't see any either.


MEET RACHEL & DARCY

I had no clue that this book was being made into a movie. I just finished reading it a few weeks ago and I found it enjoyable enough. I just saw something in an advertisement I got in my e-mail today and couldn't believe how not-in-the-know I was because apparently it's coming out pretty soon. I had a few issues with the book but overall I found it enjoyable. Apparently there is a sequel, but as it's from Darcy's POV I am hesitant to read it. I'll most likely see the movie anyway. It looks cute. Also, Colin Egglesfield, as Dex, is kind of super adorable. In the trailer anyway, I've never seen him before in anything.
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MEET KATNISS

So apparently Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone is going to be playing Katniss in The Hunger Games movies. I loved her in WB and I think she'll do a good job. I feel kind of ambiguous on the decision which I can honestly say is a good thing. I didn't really have any hopes for casting but I definitely think I could have been majorly disappointed in their choice and with Jennifer I feel pretty good about it. I won't get excited until we have our first trailer, I can pretty much guarantee you that. I don't have any favorite choices for any of the characters but I am eager to see who plays Gale. I am so cynical about it and I'm almost sure there's no way they'll find someone I'll approve of, haha. I don't even know of any good candidates to suggest. *shrug*

I also have very little on the supposed "whitewashing" of Katniss. Her full-blood sister has blond hair and blue eyes (just like their mother), I don't think there's any crime in casting Jennifer, who can easily "costume up" to fit the role, whatever all that entails. Besides, for all of the fans complaining, where was all the fan art with actresses of color? Yeah -- I didn't see any either.


MEET RACHEL & DARCY

I had no clue that this book was being made into a movie. I just finished reading it a few weeks ago and I found it enjoyable enough. I just saw something in an advertisement I got in my e-mail today and couldn't believe how not-in-the-know I was because apparently it's coming out pretty soon. I had a few issues with the book but overall I found it enjoyable. Apparently there is a sequel, but as it's from Darcy's POV I am hesitant to read it. I'll most likely see the movie anyway. It looks cute. Also, Colin Egglesfield, as Dex, is kind of super adorable. In the trailer anyway, I've never seen him before in anything.
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Randomly found Leonard Nemoy's twitter account and the above pic. Very cute.


→ I have decided that my hiatus is officially broken and not just so I can participate in five things. Things have been going on and I am not really feeling myself but, I guess I shouldn't punish myself any more than I already have been. So I'm back. In an official non-temporary capacity.

→ So I was thinking the other day that this year will mark six years since Brokeback Mountain. It kind of makes me wonder why we haven't seen too much else like this in the mainstream. Haven't really put much thought into it, but it did cross my mind.

→ I got off to a good start with five acts but then ended up totally crashing because I had to "cram" to finish up my festivids vid. Whoops.

→ I've been getting headaches at work almost predictably. They last almost my entire shift and when I come home I am totally exhausted. Sometimes the headaches persist but often they go away. I've never been prone to headaches, but I am thinking it could have something to do with not getting enough sleep? These headaches are not aided by pills at all it seems. (And yet I keep taking them, in vain.) I will try to adjust my sleep schedule and see what happens. If it goes on much longer I might have to break down and see a doctor.

→ It is slick and icy outside tonight and I was completely petrified when walking over to the neighbors house earlier. I feared for my life, not going to lie. I would much rather have snow. This winter is not as happy-making as it could be. And when I got home from this perilous journey, I promptly punched myself in the face. (Accidentally!)

→ I would really like to discuss this article: Generation Why? by Zadie Smith. It's in part a review of The Social Network and in part a really great examination of "facebook" itself and the culture of social media. Really thought-provoking. [I am not sure why I put "facebook" in quotes. It just felt right, I guess.]

→ I'm currently reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Not entirely sure how I feel about it. I'm halfway through. But it's entertaining enough anyway:

Janet was about as annoying as a person could be and still be your friend, but Quentin was never bored around her. She was passionately loyal, and if she was obnoxious it was only because she was so deeply tender-hearted. It made her easily wounded, and when she was wounded she lashed out. She tortured everybody around her, but only because she was more tortured than anyone. - The Magicians, Lev Grossman
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Randomly found Leonard Nemoy's twitter account and the above pic. Very cute.


→ I have decided that my hiatus is officially broken and not just so I can participate in five things. Things have been going on and I am not really feeling myself but, I guess I shouldn't punish myself any more than I already have been. So I'm back. In an official non-temporary capacity.

→ So I was thinking the other day that this year will mark six years since Brokeback Mountain. It kind of makes me wonder why we haven't seen too much else like this in the mainstream. Haven't really put much thought into it, but it did cross my mind.

→ I got off to a good start with five acts but then ended up totally crashing because I had to "cram" to finish up my festivids vid. Whoops.

→ I've been getting headaches at work almost predictably. They last almost my entire shift and when I come home I am totally exhausted. Sometimes the headaches persist but often they go away. I've never been prone to headaches, but I am thinking it could have something to do with not getting enough sleep? These headaches are not aided by pills at all it seems. (And yet I keep taking them, in vain.) I will try to adjust my sleep schedule and see what happens. If it goes on much longer I might have to break down and see a doctor.

→ It is slick and icy outside tonight and I was completely petrified when walking over to the neighbors house earlier. I feared for my life, not going to lie. I would much rather have snow. This winter is not as happy-making as it could be. And when I got home from this perilous journey, I promptly punched myself in the face. (Accidentally!)

→ I would really like to discuss this article: Generation Why? by Zadie Smith. It's in part a review of The Social Network and in part a really great examination of "facebook" itself and the culture of social media. Really thought-provoking. [I am not sure why I put "facebook" in quotes. It just felt right, I guess.]

→ I'm currently reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Not entirely sure how I feel about it. I'm halfway through. But it's entertaining enough anyway:

Janet was about as annoying as a person could be and still be your friend, but Quentin was never bored around her. She was passionately loyal, and if she was obnoxious it was only because she was so deeply tender-hearted. It made her easily wounded, and when she was wounded she lashed out. She tortured everybody around her, but only because she was more tortured than anyone. - The Magicians, Lev Grossman
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001. So I don't understand Tumblr. I admit it. I have no idea what the point is or what it's for. Is it just like a blog? Even if someone were to explain it to me, I can't promise I wouldn't continue to be confused.

002. I still haven't found any books in present tense. You Shall Know Our Velocity turned out to be just plain old past tense. Though, I'm still thinking of reading it. I also got this book Rendezvous in Black which looks like it might be a fun read.

003. I was working on this Dollhouse video about two months ago and just gave up. I don't know if I'll ever finish it or any other vid, ever again. It's sad. But possibly true.

004. Regarding Dollhouse. I'm slightly disappointed in the season thus far. I keep waiting for this to turn into a full-on ensemble and it's still just the Echo show. And call me crazy, but the Echo show mostly bores me. (As does the Paul show.) I almost think I wish TSCC would have been renewed instead. It always seemed like a toss-up, but not right now.

005. I really really like Eastwick. Well, maybe I just like Stars Hollow. Haha. Either way, I'm having fun watching this show.

006. I may have signed up for [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang which is just the most hilarious thing ever. I haven't picked a fandom yet, and it's possible I'll chicken out at the last second. But yeah, it's a thought.

007. Stargate Universe. I don't hate it. I am curious to see more. I enjoyed the first three episodes. I like a lot of the characters. I'm just confused and intrigued enough to make this a regular thing.

008. I don't know if I've even talked about it on my LJ before but I was watching The Big Bang Theory at the end of last season. I think I've officially decided that I am going to give it up this season though. I'm just not laughing. Never was much of a sitcom person. Though Community and Modern Family are definitely making me laugh a lot this season.

009. I watch too much TV.

010. I know I promised/discussed a "life" post, but this is just as good right?
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001. So I don't understand Tumblr. I admit it. I have no idea what the point is or what it's for. Is it just like a blog? Even if someone were to explain it to me, I can't promise I wouldn't continue to be confused.

002. I still haven't found any books in present tense. You Shall Know Our Velocity turned out to be just plain old past tense. Though, I'm still thinking of reading it. I also got this book Rendezvous in Black which looks like it might be a fun read.

003. I was working on this Dollhouse video about two months ago and just gave up. I don't know if I'll ever finish it or any other vid, ever again. It's sad. But possibly true.

004. Regarding Dollhouse. I'm slightly disappointed in the season thus far. I keep waiting for this to turn into a full-on ensemble and it's still just the Echo show. And call me crazy, but the Echo show mostly bores me. (As does the Paul show.) I almost think I wish TSCC would have been renewed instead. It always seemed like a toss-up, but not right now.

005. I really really like Eastwick. Well, maybe I just like Stars Hollow. Haha. Either way, I'm having fun watching this show.

006. I may have signed up for [livejournal.com profile] apocabigbang which is just the most hilarious thing ever. I haven't picked a fandom yet, and it's possible I'll chicken out at the last second. But yeah, it's a thought.

007. Stargate Universe. I don't hate it. I am curious to see more. I enjoyed the first three episodes. I like a lot of the characters. I'm just confused and intrigued enough to make this a regular thing.

008. I don't know if I've even talked about it on my LJ before but I was watching The Big Bang Theory at the end of last season. I think I've officially decided that I am going to give it up this season though. I'm just not laughing. Never was much of a sitcom person. Though Community and Modern Family are definitely making me laugh a lot this season.

009. I watch too much TV.

010. I know I promised/discussed a "life" post, but this is just as good right?

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