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BOOKS

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and just started TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, which is the sequel to SILENCE, which I loved. (Review here.)

MOVIES

Had a mini-reunion with some of my law school bffs over the Fourth, and we went to see Magic Mike XXL. I haven't watched the first one, but XXL is ridiculous amounts of fun. Watching it brought more joy than any other movie I've watched this year, despite my love of the Marvel cinematic universe and Jurassic Park series. Surprised the hell out of me that it was one of the most body positive movies I've seen lately, too.

TELEVISION

Pretty Little Liars: I'm racing through season five. Each time I sit down, I plan to watch one episode during lunch, and then I end up watching two or three in a row. I don't even care where this story is going (well, more or less), I love the ride. The second half of the season has me filled with chosen family feelings. I love how those girls love each other and the people important to them. (Except for Ezra. Ezra can disappear any time.)

MUSIC

The road trip home from Chicago was basically All Covers All the Time because I found out J had never heard any of the "Radioactive" covers, so I played them, and then of course my second favorite song to be covered, "Bad Moon Rising." (My favorite is "Carol of the Bells" but I didn't have any on my device.)

Radioactive: Imagine Dragons, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling cover, and the Dirty Tees mix.

Bad Moon Rising: Mourning Ritual and Thea Gilmore.

GAMES

No time to play because of Chicago road trip + reunion, but we finally got the band back together for some Rock Band, so that was pretty epic.

(Originally posted at www.carlamlee.com.)
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Last night I ended up teaching a class about Twitter use with no more than five minutes notice. There's a local nonprofit computer group that meets each month, mostly seniors, and Jake usually teaches a short lesson on some sort of tech issue after their business meetings. This month, they requested a class on Twitter, but he doesn't use it. I freaking love Twitter, and that's how I ended up giving a lesson to a bunch of delightful, if super politically conservative, seniors using my 100% liberal twitter account. It was awesome.

The best part was bonding with them over pro wrestling. After we went through the technical part of setting up an account, fixing privacy settings, and starting to tweet, we talked about Twitter's appeal, and one of my examples was how it allowed me to connect with other people watching and loving the same thing I am. I used last weekend's Wrestlemania hashtag as an example, because locally, I don't know anyone who loves wrestling (and Jake and Nephew love to mock me about it), but I can watch live and interact with thousands of people all over the world. The class loved that concept in general (I also talked about how when I'm housebound due to illness, it helps stay connected, how news, local, national and international, breaks on Twitter before more traditional media, etc.), but all these little old ladies also started talking about their memories of watching wrestling as children, with their grandfathers and fathers, and how much they loved it. When I first mentioned pro wrestling as the example, Jake laughed. I don't think he expected it to go the way it did.

Basically, it was an awesome class, I loved it, and I can't wait to go back next month to teach one on Facebook.
seeksadventure: (Sons of Anarchy great wide open)
So many, many years ago (2001, I think, but maybe 2002), I first watched Walking With Prehistoric Beasts and adored Half Tooth, the sabre tooth cat. A FREAKING DECADE LATER, my roommate has been watching it, and we just hit the episode with Half Tooth.

GO HALF TOOTH GO. A FREAKING DECADE LATER, I'M STILL ROOTING FOR YOU OVER THE RIVAL MALES AND ALL THE DANGERS.

Half Tooth, you are my favorite.

(The fact that some of you will remember the first time I babbled about Half Tooth makes me grin, by the way. Particularly [livejournal.com profile] buhfly, who I remember talking to about it.)

Oh, life. So many cycles.

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Another thing I have done lately is watch movies and tv shows. (I am actually at this very moment rewatching Sons of Anarchy season two and enjoying it even more this time around.) The Kansas City area has two drive-in theaters, which I love (though it's been too hot lately -- and I've been too busy -- to go). Drive-ins are a cheap, fun experience I highly recommend.

+ Fast Five

Despite the big plot point that I hated in Fast & Furious, I knew I'd go see Fast Five simply because it featured Dominic and Mia Toretto again, plus added Dwayne Johnson's character. (Hell, the only reason I watched Tokyo Drift is because there's a tiny scene of Dominic Toretto at the very end.) I am so glad I watched Fast Five. Of course, watching Vin Diesel's and Dwayne Johnson's characters go at each other was hot as hell, but mostly, it was a fun, delightful heist movie full of characters of color. So much love for that. (Saw this at the drive-in coupled with Battle: Los Angeles.)

+ Battle: Los Angeles

I was so glad this was paired with Fast Five at the drive-in, because at least I'd get my Michelle Rodriguez fix. I almost skipped out during the first half hour, because it was such a slow movie, and I hate that the main character is the white guy as usual, but in the end, I enjoyed it well enough.

+ Super 8

I knew I'd see this if only to prove to the brothers M that it wasn't about a goddamn giant spider, okay? (Jake and I had this argument back and forth from the first time we heard about the movie.) I really liked it, though I thought the ending fell pretty flat. It was a fun summer movie about teens having adventures, and I love that. (I would love it even more if the story was about a group of girls with the token guy, but obviously I'm not going to get that.)

+ Green Lantern

Saw this when the brothers M were in town, and it was ridiculous. RIDICULOUS. I don't mind ridiculous comic book movies all that much, though, so it wasn't completely horrible. Typical issues with characters of color and women, though.

+ Priest

Nor horrible, and once or twice I was nicely surprised by where the story didn't go, but not great, either. The best part was I watched this at the drive-in by the Royals stadium, and had a perfect view of the fireworks. I have no idea how often they shoot off fireworks at Royals games, but I need to figure it out, because the price of the drive-in was worth THAT.

+ Scream 4

I saw this with Priest, and I hoped nostalgia would carry me through it, but oh, it drags on way too long. I liked it for awhile, but dude, trim that shit.

+ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Not all that thrilled with this. I was surprised by how much I missed Elizabeth and Will.

+ X-Men: First Class

Watched this with the brothers M (Joe loves comic book movies, though Jake hates them. I think Joe likes having someone else on his side), and was filled with delightful nostalgia and glee every time something or someone came on screen, but dear god, how very if you're not a white guy (or formerly a white guy), you're the enemy. Do not want.

+ Roswell

Seasons two and three were frequently ridiculous and overdone, but damn, I loved the characters and got sucked into a number of marathons until I finished it. I sort of wish I'd watched this when it first aired, because I was getting bored by Buffy at that point and this might have been a fun addition, but I had just started undergrad and was too busy to pick it up.

+ Friday Night Lights

I'm in the middle of this now; I never fully watched any season after the first season, and I'm really enjoying catching up now. Lots of heartbreak, of course.

+ Sons of Anarchy

Despite the racism, sexism, homophobia, and, oh yeah, all the killing, I love this show. It's not quite the same watching it alone as it is with the brothers M, but I like it more each time I rewatch it.

For not having cable, I manage to have lots of older shows. At some point, I want to finish Battlestar Galactica, and [livejournal.com profile] revena has been trying to hook me on Stargate Atlantis, so that will happen, eventually.

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I have been reviewing things lately. Here are links to those reviews.

For [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey's recent Reviewathon fundraiser, I reviewed
+ Urban Decay's Deluxe Shadow Box, Honda Shadows, Sons of Anarchy, D.E.B.S., and The Squad by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and
+ Hellcats, which Karen and I reviewed together in a conversation format.

I am reviewing The Vampire Diaries for Innsmouth Free Press again this season. Here are my reviews so far.
+ Lies and Lying Liars: Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.1: “The Return”
+ Carnivals and Boardwalks, Prime Hunting Grounds: The Vampire Diaries 2.02: “Brave New World”
+ A Howling Good Time: A Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.03: “Bad Moon Rising”

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It's that time of year, fall shows are about to begin. (TV Guide Fall Schedule.)

Here's my schedule:

Mondays
8pm Gossip Girl (CW)
9pm Castle (ABC)
8pm The Event (NBC) (Maybe I'll watch online. I haven't decided yet.)

Tuesdays
7pm No Ordinary Family (ABC) (Maybe.)
9pm Sons of Anarchy (FX) (DUDE! CANNOT WAIT!)

Wednesdays
8pm Criminal Minds (CBS) (This is the show I watch with my mother, though I'll probably keep watching even after I move.)
8pm Hellcats (CW) (Maybe. I like cheerleaders.)

Thursdays
7pm Vampire Diaries (CW) (I'm reviewing it again this season for Innsmouth Free Press.)
7pm Bones (FOX) (Damn but I miss my dvr. This will be the one I watch online, I guess.)
8pm Fringe (FOX)

Fridays
8pm Supernatural (CW) (Maybe. I haven't watched any of last season and I'm not sure I care to catch up.)

Saturdays
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Sundays
7pm-9pm FOX's cartoon comedy collection

What are you watching?

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seeksadventure: (Fat warrior)
So a friend of mine has a way of getting me hooked on reality tv shows. I almost never watch them on my own, but she got me watching Celebrity Apprentice (but mostly only with her, because I love our snarky comments) and now I'm watching The Biggest Loser, another show she watches and sometimes tells me about. I'm not watching it with her, so I'm not sure why I'm watching it, but I just finished my workout and am sitting down to finish an outline of a new short story.

I have some thoughts about Biggest Loser. I'm not sure I can keep watching it because of these thoughts. I'm sure other people have had these thoughts and I probably missed a lot of discussion when the show was new. Still, I have thoughts.

1) I absolutely hate all these people talking about how their loves -- particularly their love lives -- can't begin until they've lost the weight. This is bullshit, y'all. All these people talking about how they've never dated, they've never had lives, being fat has ruined their lives, etc. Yeah, I get that people who are happy being fat a) aren't going to be on the show and b) even if they are, anything positive they say will be edited out, but damn.

2) Actually, I'd like to read about more of the health issues of what this show does to contestants. I have some thoughts about it and the way it really isn't sustainable once they leave the ranch. Also, I know it's not actually about being healthier, etc., but about putting on a dramatic show. I mean, why else would they a) pretend to kick off two teams the night they get there, before they've ever even see the house? That's obviously not about "getting healthier" and "losing weight" but about getting viewers. Especially when they b) aren't really kicking them off but instead are sending them home to lose weight for a month and then come back, so they aren't really off the show. (Though I'm actually glad these two teams aren't off the show, because they're my two favorite teams so far.)

3) So I've never worked with a trainer, because hello, poor, but I'm pretty sure I don't want a trainer who is going to be snarky about my size. I am unimpressed with the trainers attitudes so far.

4) The show really wants to perpetuate the idea that if you're fat you know absolutely nothing about working out or being healthy. Because of course, you can't be fat and be working out hardcore on your own. This is also bullshit, y'all.

5) I love the getting the anger out with the boxing gloves and heavy bag thing. This is what I miss most about pre-law school life. (I've already found a boxing gym for when I move.)

Okay, I need to finish this outline, write the second draft of a proposal for one of my editors, and then do some more bar review.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire talks about bra shopping and fat shaming and the Lane Bryant ad.
seeksadventure: (AtRH Dee hazardous to health)
I didn't start watching Pushing Daisies until season two and didn't know a lot about season one, but I am highly disturbed by 1.03 "The Fun in the Funeral" so much that I'm torn about whether to cut my complaint, because I surely wish I'd been warned.

mental illness )
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I hate Michigan. I turned on the heat Saturday, which is way too early to need heat. It's only October. (Though last year I turned it on October 1, so at least I made it a few more days.) Only one last winter here, thankfully.

I'm not here to complain about the cold, though! I'm here with a publications update.

My reviews of The Vampire Diaries are going up regularly, even though I don't link to them here each week. Here's the set so far:

+ Gossip Girl Gets Fangs? The Successes and Failures of The Vampire Diaries 1.01 "Pilot"
+ Harbingers of Doom are Super Romantic: Themes of The Vampire Diaries 1.02 "The Night of the Comet"
+ Pun Already Provided: The Vampire Diaries 1.03 "Friday Night Bites"
+ Sometimes Vampires Burn in the Sun. Sometimes They Don't. The Vampire Diaries 1.04 "Family Ties"
+ Never Ages? Bites Girls? Drains Blood? What Are You Again? The Vampire Diaries 1.05 "You're Undead to Me"

I'm really having fun with this show, which surprised me. It's making me think about pacing and storytelling a lot, and at times it's just plain fun.

Finally, I've been adding Halloween icons. Yay Halloween! I bought caramel apple suckers earlier when I went to pick up more tissues. I've been watching horror movies like crazy. Halloween episodes on some of my favorite shows will soon air. I think we're going haunted housing this weekend.
seeksadventure: (Lilo & Stitch vampire!Stitch)
I reviewed The Vampire Diaries 1.01 "Pilot" over at Innsmouth Free Press: Gossip Girl Gets Fangs? The Successes and Failures of The Vampire Diaries"

Excerpt: Basically, the trailers were exactly what I expected from a teen vampire show on the CW, but not really what I wanted after reading the books. This was exacerbated when I saw the still advertisements, in particular the one where the image was focused tightly on Elena’s face and one vampire had his hand around her throat and the other vampire stroked her cheek. Though it could have been a consensual display of dominance and violence, the image itself gave us nothing of that. Instead, it showed Elena helpless, on the verge of tears, and simply waiting for whatever fate was to become of her. I hated this as an advertisement in general, but in particular, for stripping Elena’s agency from her. When I read the books, one of the things that struck me was the way she actually acted: she didn’t simply wait for the vampires (or the boys, before she knew they were vampires) to come to her. She wasn’t a helpless victim, she fought back no matter what went on around her. With that stripped out of the advertisement, I worried the creators would strip it out of the show, too, because it wasn’t what the creators thought would attract viewers.
seeksadventure: (Lost Boys David hate you)
I would really like to be smoking (probably menthol cloves) right now and drinking Coronas out in the darkness until I can't overthink things anymore, but instead I played computer games for awhile, watched The Vampire Diaries pilot for the second, third, and fourth times while finishing my review, and am working on the rewrite of "Rock and Roll Love Story" which will be at least partially in first person. I've never finished anything longer than a short story in first person. I'm not sure why I decided this was the way to go.

I am at least being a productive person instead of driving out into the middle of nowhere to party, but I would much rather have the ability to do that. Or at least to be sitting on one of the porches in Missouri smoking and drinking.
seeksadventure: (lost boys why is Michael so hot here?)
Originally posted at my website here.

As a part of The Vampire Diaries Week at Innsmouth Free Press, and to introduce me as the reviewer of TVD season one, my article "Pleasure and Pain: The Good and the Bad of The Vampire Diaries" is now available at IFP.

In it, I briefly review the first four books of TVD, talk about why I love horror, and mention The Lost Boys, my favorite vampire movie, quite a few times. I also talk about werewolves, because no matter how awesome vampires are, I love werewolves best of all.

Basically, I really enjoyed a couple of the books and I'm looking forward to reviewing the show. Innsmouth Free Press will be publishing my episode reviews a few days after each episode airs.
seeksadventure: (Pitch Black strength)
Am really considering going to take a nap, even though I have a ton of stuff to do. Sleep might be a better option. I've just finished double checking my dvr settings and reading what everyone else is watching, so here's my list. (Fall schedule here.)

Monday
9-10 Gossip Girl
10-11 Castle

Tuesday
8-10 So You Think You Can Dance (I'm still undecided about this. I may record it to watch some of the dancing.)
10-11 Sons of Anarchy (OMG It's almost time for new Sons of Anarchy. I can't wait. This is probably the show which excites me most.)
10-11 The Forgotten (I don't know if I'm watching this one, either.)

Wednesday
9-10 Glee

Thursday (As with everyone else, Thursday is my day of doom.)
8-9 Bones
8-9 Vampire Diaries (I'm reviewing this for Innsmouth Free Press and am looking forward to that.)
9-10 Fringe (YAY! I'm still shocked that I went from being unable to finish the pilot to loving this show.)
9-10 Supernatural (Maybe. I still haven't finished last season. I have no interest in Castiel.)

Friday
9-10 Ugly Betty
9-10 Dollhouse (Again, maybe. I'm still not a fan.)

Saturday
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Sunday
8-10 The Simpsons/The Cleveland Show/Family Guy/American Dad

Plus the repeats I dvr of things like Roseanne and Futurama.

So what are you watching?
seeksadventure: (twilight badass jasper and the bat)
(Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey for the link.)

Just in case you haven't seen this: Preview for Glee, a new Fox show about glee club underdogs and high school popularity levels and jocks v. singers, etc. I am a little bit leery about what looks like a skinny white girl gets the popular quarterback plot, because I've seen enough of that, thanks, but who knows what the show will actually do. (I mean, yeah, it's Fox, so that's probably exactly what they'll do, but I don't know for sure.)

I just got back from a Holi celebration, so I am multicolored. Whee. So badass with my pink and purple and orange and green and yellow hair and skin and clothes. (Not really. I've already changed and washed off most from my arms and hands so I could sit and enjoy my soda and the pretty sun coming in through my window.)
seeksadventure: (Firefly Wash & Zoe love)
I am currently watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? season one. I have been living in a sort of time warp lately, but this is truly ridiculous. My childhood love of horror has come to life again! (Not that it ever went away, but oh, man, I used to LOVE this show. Strike that, I still do, even with all its cheesy special effects glory.)

Jake got me hooked on two shows. First we watched October Road, which is excellent, and I adored it, and most episodes made me cry, and I really wish there was more to it, because I can't believe it's over. Then last night we started watching Sons of Anarchy and oh, man, I love it. I'd really like some more female characters, but I love two of the three main ones, and the dynamics between the various characters is fantastic and though I don't actually like those bikes (Harleys, pah), I love motorcycles and motorcyclists and leather and well, yes, this show pushes a lot of buttons and it is awesome.

TV IS AWESOME.
seeksadventure: (Blue Crush start again)
Jacob has become addicted to Angel the Series. This is both good and bad, as he will now stop and watch it whenever he sees it on television, which is good for me, because I get to see episodes I haven't seen, but bad because he expects me to explain them all to him when he doesn't understand, and unlike when we watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I don't know all of what happened in every season. So we both get confused.

However, this does mean that he won't have any room to complain when I buy seasons two, three, and five, so we know what's going on.

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what's been in the mail and thank you notes )

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Stressed now, over paying bills and Jake being out of work and hating my job so much. Don't even want to talk about it, or how in the world I'm going to find the money to send the Berkeley application and fee this week. University of Hawaii, Manoa contacted me and I'm going to email the woman back and ask for a fee waiver, and Harvard's out, I think. The more I read, the less I want to actually go there, even though it was an honor to be recruited. I need to decide on the last two schools, then, and get my act together.

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Right before I fell asleep, I had a thought about the perfect end to the novel. At least, I hope it's the perfect end. It's writing easily, five hundred words in less than half an hour, it flowed so well. I need to get back to it, and I want to watch RotK:EE tonight and oh. So much to do and so little time to do it. So little money. Must stop talking now, until I'm in a better mood.

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