Sorry this blog post is late . . . IIterally just got Wi-Fi back about 50 minutes ago. It has been out since Friday night. Eventually I will get this problem sorted, but it is very annoying to say the least.
Currently, working my way through 2 books: Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon (rereading) and Teen Titans: It’s Our Right to Fight (Graphic Novel). I love the idea of a young girl as a space captain which is why I love this series by Elizabeeth Moon so much! Later books go off the rails for me (they take the character too far from the roots by making her too much like Honor Harrington rather than fufilling the promise of interstellar trade/commerce with combat intermixed with shipping schedules.). The Teen Titans have always been a “guilty pleasure” for me. One of my first comic books was a Teen Titans title (the one where Starfire fights her sister–it also has the origin of X’Hale (?)). The storyline is from the mid-eighties, but it was intense. Another Teen Titans comic that I bought at the time was when Dick Grayson abandoned his Robin identity for Nightwing. I remember not being impressed by the suit, but the late 90s/early 2000s revision made him relevant.
I am approximately 1.5 sections (of 5 total sections) through Project Roland. I missed writing on Tuesday, so I’m approximately a section behind. I have a May 31 deadline, so I may need to step up the speed (as much as I can). I have decided to work around my network issues by writing/working Project Roland when I have Wi-Fi and working on (paper & pencil) rough drafts/notes for other stories. I worked on 2 ideas today while my network was out: Project Templar and Project Djinn. Hopefully, these 2 projects will turn into short stories over the summer.
Just rented White House Down last night and watched it via Amazon streaming. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed. I would give it 3 stars. It is very derivative and the narrative seems to try for over-the-top spectacle at the expense of the narrative/characters. It takes its cue from Die Hard, but I referenced scenes from The Matrix and an odd tone shift as we got a scene from National Treasure. The other movie that dealt with The White House that summer was a better movie (Olympus Has Fallen). It wasn’t great, but I didn’t have to work as hard to stay invested in it as I did with White House Down.
I plan to see the new Avengers movie next week. Internet willing, I’ll post (spoiler-free) impressions on the next blog entry.
I think I’ll end this post here–talk to you all next week!