Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vacation Thoughts

I took a few days of vacation this week, and I discovered I needed the break more than I thought I did.

I had ALL THE PLANS to do ALL THE THINGS.

I managed to do about half of all the things, hehe. But that's okay because I did things I didn't know I needed to do. Such as listen to hours of music with the volume turned up. Or sit down and read with no distractions.

And that is where a lot of my five free days went. I finished Lia Habel's Dearly, Beloved, which was absolutely amazing, and I also finished A Storm of Swords in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. Good stuff. Then I listened to all of my My Chemical Romance albums, A Perfect Circle, Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, Within Temptation, and so much more music.

I missed doing these things. I hadn't left myself time to just read or listen to music in such a long time, that I really, truly had come to miss them.

I also hung some Halloween decorations up, and I worked on my costume. Of course, there was writing.

Even though I didn't quite do what I planned, I still feel better for the time I took to do things I hadn't had time to do lately. But that's what a vacation is about, right?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Unsounded in Print is a GO!


About a month ago, I posted with all sorts of fangirl glee that amazing artist and world-building extraordinaire, Ashley Cope, had succumbed to the desperate pleas of her readers and had at last set up a Kickstarter page to print the first volume of Unsounded.

Shortly after that, I posted about the amazing turnout of the fans, and how, in their eagerness to get grabby hands on physical copies, they’d nearly doubled the drive goal.

Well, time is up, Kickstarter is closed, and with an astounding $43,383 pitched in by 1275 ravenous fans, Unsounded volume 1 is funded!

Funded times four, and then some!

Wow!

Ashley will have her hands full in the coming weeks fulfilling drive rewards and readying those lovely copies of Unsounded, but no doubt, they’ll be worth the wait.  Meanwhile, I’ll be watching for the progress updates, and waiting to get my grabby hands on my very own copy!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

TV Rambles: CW’s Beauty and the Beast


I’m a little late to the party on this, but I’ve been busy…and I can’t make the fiancĂ© watch everything.  So, while he was out, I picked up my DVR’d episode of the CW’s Beauty and the Beast. Now, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales. The prince is far from charming or handsome, and psychological arguments aside, it’s a lovely tale of falling in love with someone for who they are, faults and all.

Okay, huge fan of the fairytale. Check. Absolutely loved the 80’s series with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton. Yep. Thoroughly enjoyed the Disney version? You bet.

This new reincarnation, not so much.

I didn’t hate it. Honestly, if the next couple episodes pick up a little better, I’ll probably watch it. I’m not crazy about Katherine being a detective, mainly because I’m so very burnt out on cop shows, but I get it. A detective would be more likely to get in plot-inducing trouble than say, an assistant DA. I can live with it.

The premise was okay. Mom gets killed, Kat becomes a cop which leads her to evidence of a dead guy and DNA that links to her mother’s murder. All right. Of course, dead guy is our beast, the rather sexy Mr. Vincent Deller.

Wait, what? Did I say sexy?

And that, my friends, is my main problem with this show. I shouldn’t be looking at the Beast and thinking, “Oh, hey. He’s kinda hot.” He doesn’t even have that bad of an attitude. Sure he’s got a scar, but that doesn’t make him beastly, or even ugly. Some of us sort of dig scars…but that’s another topic. The brief outbursts of his temper were more HULK SMASH than anything, and when he did get down and beastly, it was against the baddies trying to take out Kat.

So, why is the Beast chock full of smolder? Should he be? Author and creator of some of my favorite zombies ever, Lia Habel, has an interesting post on that.

What do you think? Can you love a beast? Give me a shout in the comments.