Mittwoch, 30. November 2011

Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice and his educated Rodents

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28) (Paperback)The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28) by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this so much!

First it is funny.

Second it is important. It is one of those books that everyone should read, I think. Because it is about humanity, and respect and tolerance and friendship and life and stories. Because it made me ashamed of being a human being because clearly, we really suck most of the time (don't argue, we do.. I mean, really, the things we do to each other every day?).

It's beautiful. And I encourage everyone to read it.

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Dienstag, 29. November 2011

Madrid

I spent the weekend in Madrid. I had tickets for a play with my beloved Viggo Mortensen and I regret nothing.

Here are some impressions:

beautiful weather to fly in
Plaza de Mayor - Christmas Time
uhm... I wasn't fast enough to run
Parque de Retiro- might I point out what I wear in 20 degrees C
This just cracks me up!
the former slaughter house from the hotel window...
which now holds the theater Matadero
sunset
Legazpi
on my way to the play Saturday
Sunday at 8 a.m.

back at the theater for a photo
he looked very convincing and he moved very Sparrow-ish
do I spot a theme?
to the Natural History Museum
flying home tired but good

The photos aren't the best quality because I took them with my smartphone or they were taken with a small pocket cam. 
I have shot some film though and I'll post them when they are developed.

Sadly there wasn't enough time to do some shopping for instance. But I might just be back.


Samstag, 26. November 2011

Donnerstag, 24. November 2011

Montag, 21. November 2011

Expired 1981

Revueflex
Kodak Plus-X pan, expired 3/1981, 125 ISO

I love expired film. It is grainy: yes. It sometimes doesn't produce anything useful. But it also does things like this. Early morning, fog.

I heart...

....Brothers because the actors are fantastic and I love movies that can hold silence.



... Evanescence is baaack! This is so wonderful (not the official video but still pretty):




...Stephen Fry:
http://natreides.tumblr.com/post/11768428170
 ... this is magical:





Road to the forest 2

... this is creepy and awesome:
http://hypnosa.tumblr.com/post/8437641299/long-exposure-shots-in-st-petersburg-russia

Sonntag, 20. November 2011

Nanowrimo Week 3: The Finish Line



40212 / 50000 words. 80% done!

Just some 9800 words left. I already wrote the Epilogue. There is only that one chapter left.

One ridiculous chapter that gives me hell because.. I know the content. I have established the setting, the people, the everything. But I just have to make it good. As in: spectacular. As in...the characters have an epiphany, all the knots are tied, all issues resolved. And I also have to make it funny and with lots of atmosphere. It is the last chapter! I hurried through the middle part. I wrote a beginning that I love. Now I need to end it, leaving the reader satisfied and feeling good.

So I continue to stare at the blank digital sheet (oh typewriter how I miss you sometimes). And I browse tumblr. And I write this entry. And I contemplate looking out of the window because the sun is shining and it looks crispy cold. Also, I'll go horseback riding again later, even though I am still going lame from last week.

I consider applying a  facial mask. Anything as to not write that last chapter.

On the other hand.. being done, at least word count related would be so awesome. (I try to ban the fear of 9800 words being too much... because let's face it... one chapter and that many words?)

The finish line seems to recede the more I approach it.

Do you have that feeling too?

Dienstag, 15. November 2011

Sonntag, 13. November 2011

Nanowrimo: Week 2 or My novel and I get a divorce



21368 / 50000 words. 43% done!

 This is where I'm at. So far so good. I didn't get as much done as I had hoped because my novel decided that it didn't like me anymore. Or was it the other way around?

I told it to shut up, because, look, I have a structure. I have a plan. The novel kept ducking the plan. And it always thought it should be narrated in the past tense. Which is a wonderful idea, in the beginning but not half-way through. So I was busy re-writing paragraphs or I would have written the rest in the past and completely confused myself. I want the present tense, you stubborn thing.

I plan to write a lot today. I always plan that. And then things happen. Yesterday, for  instance, I went horseback riding. And now I am immobile from the hip down because my legs are numb and my butt hurts. The things I do.

Today's novel quote: 
Did I mention that I fell on a Dragon once? Big fella. Lots of teeth. Bad breath.”

And that Dragon will re-appear. (So far, no Vampires though. Thank God I had them last year. I'll focus on the Dragon this year. When in doubt... add something big you can describe elaborately.. I think...)


Today I will totally write. Or I might go to the stable and then I might edit some photos because I have collected a wonderful film with black and white photographs that just make me happy.

And of course, I have to play with the cats. Actually, I should do that right now.




Samstag, 12. November 2011

Caturday

http://felinefriends.tumblr.com/post/11551993082

Thought I'd post some other cats as well, since they are too adorable to pass. :-)

Dienstag, 8. November 2011

Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree

The Halloween TreeThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Again I am in need for 1,5 stars. Not that I have anything against Bradbury, but I was bored by this. Maybe it works for younger readers, but I was expecting a bit more creepiness and less education. Also, he reused the mummies in Mexico :-) Have read about them in a short story before.

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Montag, 7. November 2011

I heart...

... this. I need the album now.



... Moon. Great performance and wonderful Soundtrack by Clint Mansell:




... this:
http://observando.net/post/5183632850
http://deatheating.tumblr.com/post/8974242829
http://society6.com/product/Duel-in-Space_Print