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Fairy Tale Ending

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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…

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 …

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

NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Update

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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

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

Lois and Clark

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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…