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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Catching up


I've been quiet this week. I'd like to say it's because I've been preparing my A-Z challenge posts but, uh, no. (More on that in a moment). I have been trying to get a few things wrapped up before the mayhem begins on Sunday though. I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last week and it was enough to get me started reading the trilogy I've had since Christmas. I finished the last one last night and, although I thought they could have done with a serious edit, (really I don't care about all the specs of Lisbeth's laptop, just tell me it was 'top-of-the-range), I was hooked enough to read them one after the other. Yeah, that's my review.

I also went to see The Hunger Games at the cinema with the girls on Tuesday. I thought the last time I went to the cinema was to see Rugrats go Wild but the girls reminded me that I took them to see Nanny McPhee. That was in 2005, so going on Tuesday was a big deal. I would happily have waited for the DVD but it was lovely for the three of us to do something together. I was pleasantly surprised that, including us, there were only twelve people watching. I don't do well in crowds, so that helped me relax. As for the film, I thought it was okay. My biggest disappointment was the scene with the dogs. I'll say no more because of spoilers, but you probably know what I mean. On the plus side, there was nobody who I thought shouldn't have been playing the part they had. The stand-out for me was the girl playing Clove. I thought she was fantastic.

I had a great deal of trouble choosing a theme for the A to Z challenge so I'm going with … no theme. Big surprise, huh? I've got a few things written for other themes I was going to do (flash fiction, eighties stuff), so I'll still use those, but sometimes it might be pictures or other bits and pieces I've found. The only thing that hasn't changed since I signed up is the first post – it's a very easy one for me :-)

I've sent off the first chapter of one of the stories I'm revising to two different people for a critique. I'm plodding on with the rest of the work, so I'm happy with how that's going. I've also had an awesome idea for a new story, but I'm not quite sure how it's going to work, so I've written some notes and am just waiting for it to ferment some more.

To the nice people who have been inviting me to Google+ this week, I'm not ignoring you, I'm not on Google +. Thanks for asking though :-)

There will be a Musical Impression tomorrow, it's a special celebration one, so I hope you come back and share a friend's good news!

How has your week been?

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  1. I'm still stuck at the part where you hadn't been to the theater since 2005...

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    1. I do watch films, just a while later than other people :-)

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  2. My Week has been amazing, thank you for asking..Glad you got out with your girls.. I have a 15 year old who is long over due for a movie night with Dad, I'm pretty sure it's going to be the Hunger Games as she is a really big fan. I've been avoiding it because of that whole Rue thing {insert tearful sniff here}..

    Love your Blog..

    Have an AWESOME weekend :o)

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    1. Yeah, I'll admit to needing my tissues there. My girls are 15 too, it's really fun going places with them - and I'm happy they still don't mind being seen with me :-)

      And you too :-)

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  3. I was considering to go to the cinema to see the movie, but to be honest I am not sure! As for the challenge I am sure that no matter what our will write will be just right!

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    1. If you're not that fussed, I'd wait for the DVD. And thank you Claudia :-)

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  4. Ooooh, new story!

    I'm salivating, just like Pavlov's dog ;)

    ...hmmmm, maybe I should stop comparing myself to dogs...

    I do want to see the HG movie in the theatre. Mostly I don't care if I see something on video, but for the big action movies, having the enormous screen with the crazy speakers/sound set-up is totally worth it. Even better if it's on the IMAX screen ;)

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    1. Yay, someone else who uses the Pavlov's dog comparison :-)

      I know what you mean about the sound. Although, weird as it might sounds, 'action' movie is not a tag I would give this one.

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    2. I just learned about Pavlov's dog yesterday! I love when I learn stuff and then find people who use it. :D

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    3. You'll probably hear it all over the place now!

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  5. Glad your writing is going well - and that you also get to go out and have fun!

    I'll be here tomorrow ;-)

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    1. Good - it wouldn't be a party without you :-)

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  6. Apart from insomnia - and a need to buy chocolate and flowers to cheer myself up - I'm great! Well done for sending off your first chapter!

    I've been preparing for the A-Z too, but I'm still missing vital letters!

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    1. You have my sympathy. Insomnia plays havoc with routine!
      If I could, I'd send you flowers :-)

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  7. That's a long time in between movies!
    You're going to have fun with your posts for the Challenge, aren't you?

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    1. I don't like to overdo the movie going :-)

      And the A-Z is going to be an adventure, for sure :-)

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  8. Gosh, good for you in prepping for A-Z challenge. I'm bogged down with enough writing as it is:)

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    1. I should be, but unfortunately I'm not writing enough at the moment.

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  9. The last time I went to the cinema was when I was pregnant with my second child.......this year he's 44yrs. There is a reason it was a film which had many flashing lights , at the time I didn't know I was epiletic.
    I have seen films on TV AND DVDS.
    Enjoyed your post. Good luck with the challenge.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Goodness Yvonne, that must have been so scary. No wonder you've stayed away!

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  10. I've been quiet this week, too. I'm not doing the A to Z Challenge, but I look forward to reading your entries. No theme is a theme to me. :)

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  11. I know what you mean about the dogs, and I agree, the girl playing Clove was pretty fantastic.

    I'll keep my eyes out for your no-themed A to Z. :D

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    1. Apparently, the actress was the most googled name of the cast over the opening weekend :-)

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  12. Wow..You're busy. I'm in leadership training this week. Fun...

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    1. That sounds like hard work. Hope it went well!

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  13. I rarely go to the movies these days, maybe one or two a year. I will probably see THG when it comes out on dvd. And--I really admire anyone who manages the A to Z challenge--them or no theme!

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    1. Only 31 days to go and I'll have completed it ;-)

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  14. Yay for sending your stuff out for critique. I'm not doing th A to Z on my personal blog but I am on my group one and I'm glad to be sharing with others.

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    1. That's a great idea, sharing the load :-)

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  15. Wow. And I thought usually went a long time between visits to the theater...

    I'm not really big on crowds, either, so we're going to wait until next week to see The Hunger Games.

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  16. I hate movie crowds and most films aren't babysitter worthy anyway, so it's matinees or nothing for me!

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    1. I bet the last film you saw was a kids film :-)

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  17. I love going to see movies in the theater especially with a big bucket of buttered popcorn. But I don't mind crowds. I haven't gotten to see HG yet. Our babysitter got sick so my husband took my daughter while I stayed with the boy. My writing has been going better since I cut out the bloggig but I miss the regular updates. Glad you are writing.

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    1. Aww, that's a shame about the babysitter. Hope you get the chance to see it soon. And good news about the writing!

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  18. I agree re: the HG dogs, Sarah. But, in the filmmakers' defense, there just wasn't time to include the lead-up to that scene we both wanted. Otherwise, I think the movie was a great adaptation from the book.
    And jealous that you got an almost solo viewing! Our movie theater was packed for about 12 showings in a row.

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    1. Oh yes, I understand why the scene had to be cut down, it's just a shame.

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  19. I saw the HG this week too--prior to that, the only movies I'd seen recently in the theater involved cartoon characters. Overall, thought they did a pretty decent job with the subtleties. I agree about the dogs, though.

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    1. Yeah - that's why my movie going dried up - the kids got old enough to go without me :-)

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  20. Yay for not having an A-Z theme! I thought I was the only one!

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  21. Wow... no empty white pages here:)

    Suh-weet post... it was as if you were interviewing yourself and then answering honestly... I like it, and request a follow up interview by you, from you, for us...

    Or, I could interview you in June, if you're up for three rounds with the SIG-Meister and his Monster Munch stained fingers :)

    PS... Interesting to hear you don't do well in groups... I think you've a great soul and imagine you as the life of the part-ee :)

    Serious though, thanks for sharing and GOOD LUCK with A-Z... go with the '80s... sheesh, you know you want to :)~

    PPS... just finished Girl #2 (OK, that sounds *BAD*...)

    I mean the second book by Larsson and I loved your review - but felt you wrote a bit long-winded :)

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    1. Hehe, you can interview me any time - I imagine that would be a unique experience :-)

      Definitely not the life of any party. I can't bear it if someone I don't know talks to me, and believe it or not, I hate being the centre of attention. It was different when I was younger but my confidence came out of a bottle back then. Bit too much confidence, a few too many bottles and lessons learned - thankfully before I ended up in jail or the gutter ;-)

      I'll try to be more succinct with my next review:-) Since you've read two, I assume you're enjoying them?

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  22. I planned my A to Z posts and there's not a theme to them either.

    I'm going to try to see GWTDT this weekend.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I'd be interested to know what you think, if you get to see it.

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  23. Ugh, my week was exhausting, with 8 hours of parent conferences on top of still teaching every day. I can't believe there's still another work day to go in this week, but at least it's a shortened day. I was too tired to get any writing done, but I did read a fantastic book. I need to go hunt down the author and beg for an interview ...

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    1. Awww, I hope you get a chance to put your feet up for a bit and relax over the weekend. On behalf of parents everywhere, I thank you for putting the extra time in to benefit the kids.

      I'm intrigued to know what the book was :-)

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  24. I've been planning posts for the A to Z challenge... I've even written a few already! I enjoyed The Hunger Games movie. It's hard not to compare it with the book, but to be fair, you really shouldn't. Two different forms of media, two different approaches to the same story. But I thought it was still very faithful.

    All the best with the writing, Sarah! :)

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    1. Good on you for being organised!

      I agree with you about comparisons and I try not to do it. I actually think they were reasonably faithful to the book, the additions worked well, and I could see why they left out the things they did. Even the dog scene, I understood that the time needed to show the whole thing was too long. That's why I can't understand why I didn't love it as I expected I would. I'm still glad I saw it, though :-)

      And thank you!

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  25. Good for you in planning for the A to Z challenge. I seriously sucketh at that stuff. I just can't get past myself. But I will follow you and live vicariously through you for sure :)

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    1. 'I just can't get past myself'. Best description ever :-)

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  26. My theme for A-to-Z is Pixar. It shall be fun. I'm gonna go see the Hunger Games this weekend for a matinee.

    I just got my crits back from a beta reader for my sequel Oculus. Months and months of rewrites ahead. One of the two disliked half of the book lol. So funny. I'm not discouraged...just I know what you do when you put yourself out there.

    I think I'll take all of April to digest the crits and then start rewrites in May.

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    1. What an excellent theme! If you weren't already on my reader I'd add you just for that.

      You have a refreshing attitude to your crits. I hope I can be the same.

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  27. Good luck with the chapters and the A-Z challenge. I have yet to read or see Hunger Games ...

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    1. Thanks Madeleine. Do you think you'll get round to reading it, or aren't you bothered?

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  28. Oh, busy over here to, and guess what?! You and I chose the SAME theme for the AtoZ challenge. ha. Can you believe it? :) Have a great weekend!

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  29. Sarah - I have to agree with you about the Larsson trilogy, but it is absorbing. I'm glad you had a good time at The Hunger Games even if it didn't rank in your mind as one of the best you've ever seen. It's nice to spend time with family isn't it? Good luck with your story and the A-Z challenge, and I look forward to your post tomorrow!

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    1. Yes, I think Larsson is a definite example of substance over style! I wonder, if he had lived, would they have put the books through another edit?

      And yes, the film may not have been amazing but it was a fun night out, just us girls :-)

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  30. Thank you for not doing the spoilers, I haven't read Hunger Games yet. (I know, I know, I'm slacking), so when you said Clove and all that jazz, I had no idea what you were talking about :)

    This week, I managed to hurt my tail bone pretty bad after biting it on a huge patch of ice. Even sitting here to write this hurts..four days later. Was going to go to the mountain today since it's my day off, and go play some but...yea..I'm thinking not... :/

    Also, I feel you on the big crowds thing. I'm glad you had a nice night at the movies :)

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    1. Ouch! That really sucks, I hope you're feeling much better now.

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  31. See I have to catch up at times as well:)

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