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( Jun. 2nd, 2009 02:37 am)
I first heard Harlan Ellison's name from Octavia Butler during her reading at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2001. Ellison was one of the first writers to buy one of Butler's stories.

In later years, my dad and I bonded over Babylon 5 and I saw the name again as creative consultant. Still, I hadn't read his work but the television shows Ellison contributed to (B5) and wrote ("City on the Edge of Forever" for TOS of Star Trek) and many more blew me away.

Finally, it wasn't until graduate school that my professor Victor LaValle gave me, as encouragement, two short story books by Harlan Ellison. Encountering Ellison's work for the third time was the charm! I immediately went home and I first read I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

Anyone who's read this short story knows that all the twists and turns, all the agony that this story takes you through is completely worth it when you get to that FINAL scene. Finishing his short story, I think, is the first time I've experienced ecstasy, both delight and despair.

I went on to read and buy other collections of his work. I'm nowhere near to having read everything he's written because Ellison is a writer with many years and many stories to his name; however, I pride myself on owning The Essential Ellison collection and am slowly making my way through this Bible. Sunday night, my good friend Kristie texted me: "You like Harlan Ellison. He's on the Sundance Channel."

Unfortunately, I didn't get to catch the entire documentary, Dreams With Sharp Teeth, but I was delighted with bits and pieces that I saw at the Sundance Channel's web site. Ellison's an outspoken (to say the least) man and regardless what some say, I have a lot of respect for someone who has made a living from doing what he loves and does best--telling a damn good story!

Here are some of his thoughts on how writers are treated by other professionals in the media. In this digital age, there are plenty who will disagree with his opinions but let's be real--he's old school. I think every writer needs to be reminded of what he says, if only to know that the work writers do is valuable. Check it out!

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( Jun. 1st, 2009 12:22 pm)
OMG to the max! I just found out that the dates for Moon have been moved up by a month!! It originally was supposed to be released only in NY and LA on July 17th but it looks like the campaign to have it released in more theaters worked. Woooo!!! I'm glad because I happened to be one of many fans to email Sony Pictures about distributing Moon to a wider audience.

So, I'll get to see Moon...NEXT FRIDAY!!! I tried to locate specific theaters but the information probably won't be updated until next week. If you aren't living in LA or NY and you'd like to see this film, check out the dates here.

The buzz on this sci-fi film has been great; everywhere I turn, someone's talking about this movie (or the upcoming District 9 film, which I'll post about later).

For now, we can stare at this juicy poster and count down the days to June 12th.

ETA: SciFi Wire's got an EXCLUSIVE clip of the film here.

I've been so busy with classes that I haven't had time to update my journal and tonight, I'm heading out for margaritas with the ladies. eta: not feeling so well allofasudden and no it's not swine flu. Once I saw this trailer, I knew I'd have to share it.

Sci-Fi film Moon starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey (as the computer) and directed by Duncan Jones looks awesome! I'm hoping Los Angeles will be one of the selected cities for the summer release.

While I'm on the subject of sci-fi films, is there ANYONE out there who knows where I can find more info on Cameron's Avatar? I've read the plot synopsis and the "trailer" is just a tease. Why so many secrets? I want more! December is an awful long time to wait, my friend.

Several bloggers have proclaimed Cameron to be "the greatest science fiction film director alive." Granted, I adored Terminator, T2, Aliens and The Abyss. I'm just hoping Avatar isn't a special effects fest (the film will be in 3D digital).

Stories make me want to watch any film, regardless of SFX and Moon has a great hook! What's even scarier is that someone is going to get to the moon first and whoever does will control the spice...uh, I mean the Helium 3. Hee, hee. How could I not bring up that Dune reference? :)

Anyway, check out the trailer for Moon; the hook is awesome!

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( Mar. 15th, 2009 02:22 pm)
I just saw "Let the Right One In." If you haven't seen this Swedish horror film, then rent it soon! It's bleak yet beautiful and haunting in a way that its characters linger after you've finished their story.

(I can't speak for the novel because I haven't read it yet. Looking forward to doing that soon.)

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( Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:00 am)
I hit the ground running this morning. Sundays are my days to prepare for the work and classes ahead. I'm posting an entry on my journal, hoping one or more of you can help me with a lesson plan problem.

My Composition I class already read the chapter on writing definition essays. I lectured and provided a topic for their papers. (Usually, I give them 1 of 4 choices for an essay topic but for the definition essay, part of the lesson comes from seeing how everyone defines the same topic in different ways.)

The topic that all of my students have to discuss in their papers: What is the meaning of Happiness?

It will be interesting to see how each defines this differently. They must use outside sources, such as the movie I plan to show in class next week.

Here's where I need help: does anyone know about any movies where happiness is a theme? It can be a dramatic movie, a comedy, an animated film. I'm open to suggestions.

I planned to use "The Pursuit of Happyness" with Will Smith (thinking that most of my students hadn't seen it since they're 18-19 years old) but half the class has seen this movie already.

I'd like some other suggestions, if possible. I'll be doing some searches today to see what else I can find online. Thanks for any suggestions!
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( Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:55 am)
So, like, 3 or 4 people on my friends list have recommended seeing this movie. I went ahead and added it to my Blockbuster queue. It's #5, underneath Mayo Clinic Solutions for Weight Loss (my mother), The Little Mermaid (my sister), Toy Story 2 (me), and The Black Cauldron (me again--this Disney movie is one of my personal favorites)!

Today was a good day. Not so much for the writing though. After struggling through more than 2,600 words, I decided to take a break and come back to the work later. I started watching "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," which is a long movie. I'm not even on disc 2 yet but I HEART Daniel Day Lewis. He his hotter than hot in my book. I think of him and my body temperature starts to rise.

I went to Best Buy tonight and got a free mouse. I also indulged and bought myself the entire series to Sex and the City. It was on sale and with my reward points, I only paid $119 for the collector's edition. I will have plenty to watch this Thanksgiving Holiday. Yipee!

Now, it's time for bed so I can wake up early and continue writing with a clear, and relaxed mind.
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( Nov. 3rd, 2007 09:44 pm)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,369 / 50,000

I'm VERY pleased with today's progress. Yesterday was difficult to get through. Going out with friends last night was the perfect remedy. We checked out a new lounge in L.A. called Beechwood. The music was cool. The drinks were yummy. Their sweet potato fries were KILLIN'! Those were a great appetizer choice. My entree was just okay. (Nothing surprising there. I would imagine most trendy Angelinos aren't interested in eating as much as they are in checking out the scene.) Also, I LOVED "American Gangsters" with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. To be honest, I enjoyed Russell Crowe's acting in the movie a little more than Denzel's. Denzel can sometimes overact but that's just my opinion. The movie should have been called "Gangsters" straight up! :o) I didn't find this film as raw as "The Departed" but it's a close cousin, for sure.

So back to today's wrap-up. I'm definitely learning about my process. So far, I'm averaging about 2K words a day and that's usually where I'm ready--and need--to stop each day. I also noticed that the first 1K is ROUGH to get through but once I reach that first mark, the scenes start to fill in, the characters are in lively interaction, and the ball is on a good roll! I'm having fun.

No more for tonight. I'm going to eat my dessert and watch a movie later.


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