Monday, November 29, 2010

Fairy Tale Ending

Disney announced that their newest release "Tangled", and 50th animated feature, is the last fairy tale that they will tell (for now). Reading through the LA Times article, their reasons didn't make much sense to me. How can a genre run its course (Snow White, after all, came out in the 1930s!), do 6 year olds really want to give up their crowns to be "hot", and where is the wider audience appeal?

Audiences might have changed, but I am seeing all types of people enjoying "Tangled". The image featured is from my favorite scene in the whole movie that I hear really cause people to tear up. Disney really grasped onto some interesting fantasy elements and kept some of their old tricks. The two main voice actors, Mandy Moore and Zachery Levi, did an amazing job with their characters. The tavern scene felt like it was right out of the theme park with the song and just how the scene is set up with everyone doing their own thing and a cupid-man going around in circles.

I am really hoping that Disney will change their mind somewhere down the road (and it won't be too late). I would love to take my little girl or boy someday to a new fairy tale movie. I want to see their take, even if it isn't like the original tale. In the meantime, I think original stories would be a wonderful asset to the company. Maybe they could even write a new fairy tale or adapt books like Studio Ghibli. I would like to see them continue with having hand drawn animation with some of the new styles. The thing is, it is all about the story. We need to keep them coming and the old will always influence the new.

Go out and see "Tangled". Pull out some of the old "classics" while sitting at home. I already have some Disney music on my phone to get pumped up to our upcoming trip to Orlando where we will celebrate our five year anniversary. There is no better place to celebrate than an exciting place with stories--- and where you can make more.

Natasha

Thursday, November 25, 2010

About Being Thankful

Since I am vegetarian, I found this clip from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that I now completely adore. We watched the episode again and it reminds me that I need to watch the whole series again. I would like to see this episode as a tradition, really!


Also, what does a vegetarian eat on Thanksgiving? Well, it is easier if we go to a place with people that eat the same as we do or to bring some dishes of our own. For example, we are making a nut roast to take to the family dinner. We won't partake in their turkey, stuffing, and gravy. We will have our own. I am also bringing the vegetable (yams) and cranberries. It really isn't that difficult to substitute, it just means we always need to eat beforehand or bring our own food (which I am okay with).

As you can tell, I haven't updated my NaNoWriMo. I didn't do very well last week since I am now at the chapters that are the hardest to write right when difficult things were going on in real life. I lost someone that I love last Saturday and my dad had a triple bypass surgery yesterday (so thankful he is doing just fine). Today I am thankful such wonderful people in my lives that I care and love so much, people that have shaped my life in big and small ways.

There is so much to write about being thankful, but there will be much of that today. May your list be long and growing!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Natasha

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nanowrimo Update: Week 2

I am not one for outlines, and if I write one, I rarely follow it. I don't stop to edit and just keep pushing through the story, saying to myself that going forward is the goal.

This is a different kind of story. It is a rewrite of something already written. There is an outline and it is really good. Following it is in the best interest of a great story. It is open enough to insert ideas that like to appear when writing.

I have close to hitting 30,000 words in my novel, closing in on the halfway mark. This has caused a stand still. Do I go back to analyze the outline versus what I have written to adjust and add in different events? Do I just keep writing and adjust things as I edit?

That is the challenge that I will face tonight: to stop and write or to write, write, write. I do know that stopping is not an option.

Natasha

Monday, November 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Update

Novel Rewrite Count: 22,000 Words

I am down 5,000 words from I should be to stay on track. I am not too worried about it since my goal is to just write and hopefully complete this rewrite. If I write at the pace I am currently at, I should hit 50,000 words for the total novel. I am shooting for about 70,000 words. In short, I will have to beef up my count this week. How will I do that? I made up time at work on Friday, but this Friday I should have my half day again so I can go to a cafe or the library. I am thinking doing that at least once a week with no distractions will help.

Starting this week and for the rest of the month, I am using my lunch hours at work to write. I usually average about 500-600 words in that half hour period. Right now that plan is to keep that schedule until Kin is completed.

Hope everyone is meeting their goals or just writing. That is the point, right?

Natasha

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bringing a Smile

Sometimes it is good to have things that can cause the mood to rise. Over the past few years, one of those things is finding videos on YouTube. They can range from creative montages, a cheerful song's music video, or kitties (really, you know as well as I do that the Internet's basic foundation is showing off the magic that is kitties).

Without further ado, here are five video that make me smile.

1) Kittens Inspired by Kittens

2) Chad Vader
3) Comic Relief--500 Miles by the Proclaimers


4) Ok Go-- Here It Goes Again

5) Talking Cat Translation

6) Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody

Hope you enjoyed one or two! Now back to writing and I will have an update on Nanowrimo soon!

Natasha


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lois and Clark

Clark Kent: There are times when I think you don’t know me at all, and others where I think you know me better than anyone.
Lois Lane: That’s what I’m here for, Smallville – one save at a time.
-Smallville

The husband and I have never dressed up for Hallowe'en or conventions as a couple. We both have Jedi costumes, but we always stuck to our own thing. Over the past year or so, we started watching Smallville, the movies, and Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman. Over that time, we have both come to enjoy the characters Lois and Clark and their relationship as a couple. The thing that is really special about their relationship is that they make each other better and they are truly a partnership. Lois sometimes becomes the damsel in distress, but sometimes Superman/Clark needs her help too. They are good friends that understand each other, and not only that, they accept each other. Lois might try to get the truth of Superman's identity, but she always genuinely cares about him and will protect him with her own life. I see some similarities between Lois and Clark's personalities and relationship and my own with my husband. Otherwise, well, we probably wouldn't have bothered. I think that is one of the reasons why this picture works so well.

Lois Lane: You still think I'm crazy?
Clark Kent: I think you're brilliant. But there is a fine line between brilliance and lunacy.
-From Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman

This picture was taken at the Winnipeg Convention Center where we dressed up for the holiday and Central Canada Comic Con. It was great walking around and having people take our picture. We found Green Arrow and had a fun time talking to him (what a flirt!) and had our picture taken in costume. Joey had a lot of fun with the snaps that he sewed into his shirt that let him bust open the shirt to reveal the homemade "S" shield. He liked to walk around with it open so people could see, too. It was really fun, especially when I was always looking the opposite direction and calling him "Smallville".

I must say our first "couple" costume turned out a success and we have a pretty awesome picture to share.

Natasha