gwendolyngrace: (Sad!Sammy)
This week has been tech week for Fiddler.

Which would have been a lot easier had I not come down with a horrid cold Monday morning.

I am still impossibly stuffed up and snuffly, but at least I feel human again. My nose hurts like almighty whatever, though, from the copious tissue-abrasions.

The show is shaping up really, really well, however.


Meanwhile, a Netflix review: Lost in Austen. Cut for potential spoilers )

So, yeah. I'm not sure whether A would like it or hate it, since she hates Austen (which I find really interesting, because I also lose patience for the writing, but not the characters and I love film versions of the stories), but it's not *really* a faithful representation of Austen. It's more of a wink and a nod - it's kind to the material, but not slavishly reverent. Real fans of Austen should definitely check it out, but don't expect the same story you know!


In other news, I'm still unemployed. There are still few to no jobs I'm seeing that I'm interested in *and* qualified for. There are still too many jobs for which I'm grossly *over*qualified but that hold no interest for me. And while the weather was great this week, Monday was the *only* day I managed to get outside and walk, because the whole rest of this week, I've been so much with the headcold. This has to be the worst cold I've had in three years, easily. Gak.


Oh, and one little thing on the Infinitus front: SQUEE is coming. Serious, serious SQUEE. Wait for it....
gwendolyngrace: (Made of Awesome)
Fallen Angels gave BAF II 5 angels:

http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/July/CJ-BadAssFaeries2_JustPlainBad.htm


And she gave BAF (I) 5 angels and a recommended read:

http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/July/CJ-BadAssFaeries.htm

No specific shout-out for me (which is totally fine!), but good things to say:

"Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad fulfilled its promise…This is another one I could hardly put down! This is a must read for all you Faerie lovers out there!" - Reviewer CJ, Fallen Angel Reviews

w00t.
gwendolyngrace: (Ellen)
With my shiny bad-ass Ellen icon (not mine, you understand--[livejournal.com profile] thirdhex made it. I'm just using it. Um...).

Anyway, it's a very nice review, though the reviewer uses the word "nice" too much. But he gives a little blurb about each story:

Read them All

If you're just interested in me (and who isn't? ;^P), here's what he had to say about mine:

"The Seelie Seven” by editor Lee C. Hillman is another derivative tale modeled after the Lee Marvin movie, The Dirty Dozen. The Sergeant-Major here is a tiny garden fae with the disposition of a pit bull, with a drafted squad of supernatural prisoners convicted of various crimes by the Seelie Court of the light fae. Their mission is to retrieve a magical icon stolen from the Queen by the Unseelie Court of the dark fae. Much like Lee Marvin and his squad of convict commandos, the sergeant-major and his team infiltrate the dark fae headquarters and strike. Battle is joined! Surprises, reversals, and brave action abound. And betrayals occur, the team members not being chosen for their virtue. A nice action tale with plenty of twists and turns.


Pretty cool! (Especially considering I wrote the bloody thing in about 48 hours. After watching the movie three times in a row....)
gwendolyngrace: (Default)
So, yeah, a couple days ago I started reading the jpg version (bite me). I knew I needed to just Get It Over With and I also knew that I read too slowly to be able to spend all day reading....

I had got through Chapter 30 by 4 PM Friday.

We stood in line at Harvard Square for 2 hours for our wristbands, then Moony and I found dinner at the OMG slowest IHOP in the world, walked (way too far) to the hotel, changed quickly, and got a cab back to Harvard Square just in time to miss the Harry and the Potters concert. People were already starting to queue for the book, so we got in line, and aside from occasional forays to hand out Portus swag, stayed in line for another 2 1/2 hours until midnight. We actually got our books in half an hour! Got another cab back to the hotel, settled in to finish reading by about... 1:30? Ordered pizza. Took a couple breaks, for food, for vending machines, for a little breathing....

Finished it at 4:36 am.

I left the room at about 5:45, got home via bus and my two feet at 7:30, showered, tried to sleep, cannot sleep, and talked to Heidi.

I am now at 27 hours without sleep.

I wish I were not a. so tired; b. PMS'ing; and c. so Holy Crap, it's Over about the whole thing.

MASSIVE, SPOILERY, AND PROBABLY INCOHERENT REVIEW )


Well... 28+ hours, no sleep. Must sleep. Probably have to resort to Movie and/or some alcohol to help.... Can't stop crying. Damn PMS. 10 years.

Oh, and one more thing... )
gwendolyngrace: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] etakyma and I went to see Order of the Phoenix last night, in IMAX 3-D.

And let me say, the 3-D was SO FUCKING COOL. OMG, best 3-D I've ever seen. Greg Foster was not lying.

Cut for the rest, as if anyone out there who cares hasn't already seen it.... )
gwendolyngrace: (Froda's Remus)
So Bert, [livejournal.com profile] liamstliam, [livejournal.com profile] etakyma, and I went to the sneak preview of GoF tonight. We wound up getting dinner at Chili's, which was fine, except slow. Amy and I threw cash down and went ahead while the boys graciously stayed to settle the bill, and we walked into the theatre just in time for me to answer a trivia question and win a box set of the first 5 books in paperback. Sweet! Will probably donate to HPEF either as auction or library item.

When I went up to the radio guy to collect my doorprize, I announced that I had magnets and bookmarks. I was flooded by small children. Gave away all the magnets and many, many FA business cards and a few Lumos bookmarks. Heh. It was good work for about five minutes.

Bert and Bill arrived and we settled in. I'll tell you the absolute worst thing about the film, no spoiler required: The Audio and Visual got out of synch right around the time they pull the names out of the goblet. For some unknown reason, the video apparently skipped a chapter. So we were getting the sound of Dumbledore pulling the names from the goblet, but the visual of Harry walking into the room with the other three champions and the professors all having conniptions. The guy in the booth fiddled with it, couldn't get it fixed, and eventually got the audio to skip forward, so that we got back on track during Harry and Ron's spat. But they never rolled it back to pick up the scenes the right way. Bummer.

I definitely want to see this again, though I can wait for DVD if necesary. I warned the guys that I would be on extreme sides of the dial all night: either LOVING or HATING, no real in-between. I apologize again, gents, for being a fangirl during the movie.

Okay, on with the skinny. This is going to be jumbled and a bit cranky, so reader beware.
Now for the Real Good, Bad, and Ugly )

I'm sure I have a ton of other complaints, some more minor than others, just as I'm sure I have a bunch more squees to issue. Nargh. It was like for every thing they did very well, they made just weird-ass choices for so much else. That's always how it is, I know, but then, I knew it would be mixed. On the whole, I think I liked this more than PoA, though. At least I'm looking forward to seeing it again, which I really didn't feel about the others so much.

I have a new theory, though, based on four movies now. If you want to know what's important, pay attention to the films. No, really. If the information didn't make it into the Cliff's Notes version, if it wasn't a vital plot point, then it probably ultimately doesn't matter to the overall arc.

Well. I'm really glad I didn't have to pay for it, anyway.

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