Short Story · Writing

Succinctly Yours: Pool Wildlife

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 139 characters.

“Mommy! Mommy! A lizard! Mommy, look, look! A lizard, Mommy!”

“What have I told you about the wildlife?”

The girl sighed. “To keep away.”

flash friday · Writing

Friday Flash: Annoying Ex

This is my very first dialogue only piece! Have at it, people!

“Darling -”

“Don’t darling me! I am nothing to you.”

“You are everything to me!”

“Really? That’s why you decided to make out with another guy right in front of my door? Because I am your everything?”

“He’s my cousin! That’s how he says hello. Really, darling, you’re taking this too seriously.”

“A cousin. Uh-huh. When both your parents were only children?”

“He’s my neighbor; we grew up together. He’s as good as a cousin. Darling, why don’t you understand? I -”

“Out! And if you say darling one more time, I am going to break your lying throat.”

“Arrrrrr.”

General

Netflix and Drop Dead Diva

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Image by Cristal Filgueiras Bittencourt via Flickr

A couple months back, I discovered Drop Dead Diva. I was browsing shows similar to Dead Like Me (a really, really good show whose life was cut tragically short) and Netflix recommended Drop Dead Diva.

It’s really good! It’s about a model who was killed when she was in a car accident while talking and driving. Instead of going streight to heaven, she ends up in an office where someone evaluates her life. She presses a button and gets sent back to earth. That would be good, except she ends up in the body of a plus-size lawyer. The plus-size lawyer is everything she isn’t.

At first, I was skeptical, but it’s a lot better than it sounds. Also, except for Glee, I didn’t know there were any musical type TV shows.

Netflix has only the first season for streaming. The last episode ended with her finding out that her host body has a husband.

I really want to watch the second season, but Netflix doesn’t have the second season for streaming.

The show is currently in its third season and I am not sure I want to watch it because I haven’t seen the second season. According to the ads, in the third season the model’s ex (who is a junior associate with the host body’s law firm) is getting married and she, the model, is his best man. Yeah, I really want to know what happens there.

But Netflix does not stream the second season of Drop Dead Diva. I think this is the show’s way of giving away a sample to suck you in. Well, it’s working.

I think a lot of shows are doing this. Letting Netflix stream their stuff in a limited way to get viewers.

reading · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: Unnatural

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

What he saw made him disgusted, scared, but yes, just a little excited even though he knew what he was seeing wasn’t right. Tomorrow at church he would pray that it would all go away, that he would be able to change who he was, but tonight … tonight he would lock his bedroom door, block out the sounds coming from downstairs, and think about R.J. And he would convince himself that it was the most natural thing in the world.

– Unnatural by Michael Griffo

Short Story · Writing

Succinctly Yours: Gran’s Shop

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

I opened a window. Icy wind was better than stale air. A clean shop would make her happy, even if she couldn’t do a thing with broken hands.

General

Borders is Dying

Borders is going out of business and as a reader/writer, I feel like I should do a post lamenting its death.

But I’ve never actually shopped at Borders. I ever go into an actual bookstore (as opposed to Amazon or the library), I go to Barns and Nobel. There are lots of Barns and Nobel bookstores in the city and most of them are pretty easy to get to. I’ve even bought books from B&N online store (usually easier anyway!).

By contrast, I wasn’t even sure where the nearest Borders is. I had to look it up and there are two in the city, two in the airports. I suppose I must have seen one in passing, but I really don’t remember. Not that I am likely to go there just go to Borders, even for the going-out-of-business sale. All of them are about an hour away and there are other bookstores much closer.

As a reader, the closing of Borders just doesn’t effect me. A sad state of affairs.

fantasy · flash friday · Short Story · Writing

Friday Flash: Punishment for Adultery

Don’t ask me where this week’s Friday flash (or Friday drabble, as it were) come from. I don’t know.

The adulterer’s brother gripped the axe tightly and chopped off his head. Blood sprayed and dripped down the sides of the polished tin tub they stood in.

The adulterer’s sisters took the body and cut off the proper parts to give the headsman: the feet, the ears and the throat.

The adulterer was cooked, most deliciously, in oil. Except for the bits that allowed him to commit his crime; those were flavored with mint and baked.

The village enjoyed the feast. Such well-salted meaty goodness did not come by every day.

The spirit watched and wished he had been discreet.

fantasy · General

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in iMax 3D. Huge screen! Square shaped, which is odd, but huge. One of the guys said more than six stories and I believe it.

The 3D part was, well, the opening credits was the most 3D part of the movie. Which is sad. The rest of the movie had extra depth, but didn’t really use 3D too much. Parts of it gave me a headache (the dizzying ride into the bank’s vault. Still cool though). Avator’s 3D effects were a lot better.

You have to watch the previous one; it doesn’t summarize previous events at all.

The movie was really good. I loved pretty much all of it. The action is non-stop. There are no slow moments (There were a few slow moments in the last movie.) If they could have combined the two and made a four-hour movie, the balance between action and non-action parts would have been perfect.

The move stuck pretty close to the book, even if it did skim over somethings. It’s hard to pick just one favorite scene or part. The part when Mama Weasley kills Bellatrix was pretty good. The ride into the bank’s vaults was good (would be perfect as a theme park ride, btw). The part where he talks the ghost into revealing the location of the Ravenclaw diadem is good.

One of the best is Snape’s death and seeing his memories after. I don’t think the memories do the justice to the depth of his love for Harry’s mother, Lily, but it was still very, very good. Snape is such a well-done character, from villain to loyal hero (loyal to Dumbledore and the memory of Lily). If I have to pick a favorite part, this would be it.

I don’t remember the dragon part from the book, but it was pretty good. A lot of deaths happened off-stage (Fred, Mr. Weasly) and I am kind of disappointed about that.

For me, the ending was a little confusing. In the book, if I remember right (I might not, it’s been awhile since I read it) the end is about love. Okay, yes, it’s about the wand, but also about love. In the movie, Neville kills the snake, the duel between Harry & Voldemort resumes, and Voldemort dies. Did anyone else find it different from the book?

The epilogue was the same as in the book, but the way they aged everyone was utterly ridiculous. Not convincing at all!

Even if I’ve said so before, it bears repeating:

I loved the move!

I got no complaints.

reading · science fiction · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

It was not enough for Huxley to predict cloning, artificial wombs, recreational drugs and the social changes following on those innovations. Nor did his inventive style and daring characterization count for much. He was supposed to say something uplifting about science and to provide the emotional payoffs that come with adventure, mystery and romance. Otherwise, his novel might be literature, but it was not really sf.

– The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.

A reviewer apparently said something to this effect in an issue of Amazing Stories about Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Brave New World was published in 1932.

I was – am still! – quite amazed.

Short Story · Writing

Succinctly Yours: To Breakup

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 138 characters.

She knew she looked good in the pink tank-top and skinny jeans. Why did he look at her like he’d never seen anyone uglier? His words hurt.