Monday, April 5, 2010

Let It Spin

My days have certainly changed this past week. I have been reading on my breaks while walking in the skywalk. I edit while I eat. I am doing research slowly, setting it aside until I am done editing. I am doing a little bit every day, and it feels good.

I am a bit more lonely with the hubby starting his new job in a different building. We are both working different hours for the time being and I can now work longer and then work only a half day on Friday as the result. What will I do with that time? I am dreaming of going to a coffee shop or to the park to edit, having my hair trimmed, or going to the dentist. Could I manage it all in five hours? Probably. Maybe. We will see.

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We went to see Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief and that brush with Greek myth reminded me about how much I enjoy mythology. I went out and bought the nice hardcover box set of the Percy Jackson books (now "sold out" and the ones available $30 more than what I paid!) after seeing the movie and will probably read those after I complete Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy. I was completely drawn into Percy Jackson movie with its cast of young actors and a new type of mythology of the current day gods' children with the "old" of their parents. I also found out that the author will be writing a spin-off series, as well as a different one that dips into Egyptian mythology so I am excited to see where that will lead. It is just a good way to teach children of this myth, but also give them something that they can relate to at the same time since mythology can be, you know, a bit strange at times.

We went to see Clash of the Titans on Easter and I enjoyed it. I haven't seen the original movie, but was entertained by the story and some of the special effects (Pegasus!). It was interesting to see the gods so differently than in Percy Jackson. They are much more dramatic and "heavenly" with a gleam off their clothing (or armor). I saw a lot of reviews online, mostly on Twitter, that weren't very favorable. I didn't have high expectations and wasn't at all disappointed. As Roger Ebert put it, "I like the energy, the imagination, the silliness." So much, I want to pull out the original and watch it for the first time. I think it will bring out the similar giggles that I had while watching the first The Time Machine in my Science Fiction Values class in college when the Morlocks melted. It is hard not to appreciate their special effects for that time, but still, giggles ensue!

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I am going to be pretty busy over the next two weeks with Core Con coming up. We need to have a new water heater installed, organize the spare room in preparation for our first houseguest, work on my Kaylee costume, assign swag for contests and prizes, create book prize packs, and that is just my list! All good things, and I need to remind myself that my head doesn't need to spin. The world can do that for me.

Natasha

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