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Hello,

So, there's a fair bit of background to explain first, so let's get that done.

...because not everyone cares about the details )

Anyway... that's all been on my mind.

I guess my question to you guys would be: If I did a weekly video and/or podcast - what would you want me to talk about? Or do you think that too many people these days think they're own voices are the best and I should just shut up and continue living my nice private life, to which very few people are invited?

Let me know your thoughts, please.

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Hello!

Journal time -

So, yesterday, I volunteered at the Gala evening for the Leo Awards. The Leo Awards, for those who don't know, are the BC Film and Television awards. Basically, picture the Golden Globes, but JUST awards given to productions from California and awarded to only Americans.... and then switch California with British Columbia and Americans for Canadians, and there you go! Leo Awards!

I was stationed by the registration table as a "runner" (ie: where people check-in with their tickets before going to the red carpet (indoor red-carpet)), so I got to see everyone arriving in their fancy clothes. It was fun! I'm really not good with names or faces, and I hardly watch anything ever - but I DID end up recognizing way more people than I thought I would. Mostly, those from Dirk Gently or SPN which are the two locally filmed shows that I watch.

It was fun to see the Rowdy3 from Dirk Gently all dressed in suits. Osric was there too as a presenter. He wore a suit this year, not a dress (sadly) - my friend at Registration asked him "no dress this year?" and he replied that this year was a last-minute thing and he hadn't had the time necessary for a dress.

Anyway, Ty Olsson was there too and I ended up talking to him and his friends for a second - but it was literally just to give them information about the party already underway... and I was accidentally a little sarcastic. Oops. Anyway, later Ty won an award, so that was cool.

I also saw the twins from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - but they're pretty easy to recognize, and also they were wearing identical outfits/hairstyles, so that just made it all the more obvious. 

The guest stars I recognized from SPN (besides Osric and Ty) were numerous, but I couldn't give you names or episodes - just that they looked familiar enough, and I could picture them talking to Jensen, that I knew they'd been on SPN - though at this point, I think every actor in BC has been on SPN at least once, so yeah, technically, I probably should have recognized every single person there.

Oh, Dan Payne won an award too. He's been on SPN a few times, I think. 

Anyway, I didn't stick around until the final award, or the "mingling" afterwards - because I really don't like mingling or speaking with people that I don't know, in an industry I'm not a part of. Like - my friend who volunteers every year is the type of person who knows everything about everyone, and follows the industry stuff and whatnot, even though she works at Starbucks. But I... don't. I watch two shows, and then I promptly forget who was in them and what they looked like. :P

One of the highly nominated films of the evening was a film called Hello Destroyer that looked really good, but probably extraordinarily depressing. So, it was cool to learn about a movie that I hadn't heard of that I probably SHOULD have heard of, because yeah - really looked interesting... though, not sure I'll ever watch it, because of the inherent sadness.

Anyway, it was cool. Not sure I'll do it again. But it was a neat experience to have.
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I'm enjoying learning ASL.

I've only had 3 classes so far, but it's been a lot of fun. The classes are "voice-off" which is a cool experience, because you find that your communication immediately changes - which is the point. Some people still mouth words while they sign, and I seriously thought I'd do so too, but I don't. Like, it doesn't even enter my brain to do so, and I also instinctively become more expressive in my facial features. We're told that grammatically you have to raise your eyebrows to ask a yes or no question, but I think even if I weren't told that, I'd have done it anyway, because it happens without me even having to think about it. Same with lowering my eyebrows when I'm asking a more complicated question.

Anyway, it's super fun. I still have to do my homework for this week, mind you, but just because my procrastination habits bleed over into things I enjoy, and not just cleaning the house, isn't a mark of how much I'm enjoying something or not. I enjoy writing, but it's like trying to draw water from stone to get me to sit down and write for any length of time these days.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but I'm still not writing as much as I should be.

Did I tell you about the self-help/personal-improvement-whatever-the-heck-thing weekend that work is paying me to go on? I can't remember. Anyway, yeah... supposedly they're supposed to solve problems like this, but I've SO got a bad attitude when it comes to that kind of self-help/change-your-life-in-a-weekend stuff.  But, work is paying for it, so I'm going - because I like free things. Well, not entirely free, as I had to pay $33 and also it takes away a whole weekend... and in response, I'm taking the Monday and Tuesday off work, because screw you work, I need my weekends! But, since I'm on contract, that means that it's actually costing me two days worth of work... BUT, whatever, still "free" in some senses?

And who knows, maybe I'll momentarily feel like I'm a capable adult and I'll get some stuff done in the weeks that follow, before I revert back to old habits as we all do.

Speaking of writing:

I'm finally getting to the climax of the next (and final?) installment of the demented'verse... so, that's just a couple chapters away from being done, and then I can get it betaed and posted.

Epic Fantasy Novel is going okay, but just okay. I realized that I got bogged down in world-building and gender-politics, rather than what I originally wanted the novel to be about - which, like most fantasy novels, is the concept of good and evil and how it impacts our society. BUT, that being said, I'm getting closer to the climax of it as well, which means that I'm about 2/3rds done, which is something. It needs a second draft like a fish needs water though, so it's going to be a long-while before it's in any state to show anyone. But the first draft is just about getting the plot down, the second draft will be about making sure I get my descriptions and themes in there.

What else... what else... nah, that's basically it. I should probably actually go write something.  
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Tonight I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, quickly followed by a French documentary about love and toxic masculinity in the Paris projects.... remarkably, they both had similar themes. Though, of the two, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was far more hilarious.

I don't actually have much to say beyond that, because I don't want to spoil the film for anyone. 

But yeah... it was good? Like, it was funny, and had a good message - I laughed, I cried, I cared deeply for characters that SHOULD be absolutely ridiculous and yet aren't. I loved how every single character (nearly) was a super complex character who was never only good or bad. 

That's sort of what I wanted my fantasy novel to be more about, but I don't think I've gotten there yet. There's so many things I have to fix in the second draft, and I haven't even finished the first draft. Yarr.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, so that's all your getting in terms of a movie review.

Oh, except to say that Towards Tenderness really drove home the fact that men being in a position where they can challenge toxic masculinity instead of having it shackle them to a life of misery is a position of privilege, my goodness.

Okay, now THAT's all your getting. :P 

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I tried to use the "puzzle" shut-off for my alarm today. It didn't work - mainly, because I can do simple puzzles while half asleep, and once you do the puzzle, it's done and the alarm is off. Whereas before, even asleep, I'd be smart enough to hit "snooze" not "dismiss" and so be reminded that I'm supposed to wake up at some point about 15 minutes later. Instead of just going back to sleep for another hour and a half. (At least when I hit snooze for an hour and a half, I KNEW I was hitting snooze for an hour and a half.)

Anyway, I'm already off topic.

I spent today in meetings, and when not in meetings, researching software solutions for my company (this was the morning job). The afternoon job, I just did. Then, after work, I continued to sit at the computer and research software solutions for my hobby (video-editing software, for when I want to re-edit shows to my liking.)

The funnest part of that was that I spoke with one of the SPN VFX coordinators for a bit about video-editing (we're friends on FB, though we've only met once or twice IRL).... anyway, he uses adobe premiere - which I might have a lead for a free version of (from someone else), so that's cool. I think that's going to be my choice, because the other top runner was Lightworks, but their free version doesn't look as intuitive. I'm trying to remind myself that I don't like PowerDirector, because a very human part of me is hating the idea of change and just wants to stick with it... but honestly, I think it's probably better if I go with something else.

This was supposed to be short... I keep blathering. I apologize.

Anyway, my point is that I've been sat at this computer all day and my eyeballs are fried. I've been trying to get more exercise and I was doing well last week, but today was an absolute failure. Usually, during the workday, I take five minute breaks and do a bit of the ol' exercise bike... but I didn't even do that today.

On top of that, I realized that my grand goal of writing a bit of fic this week and spending another 2 hours getting S11 clothes up on If Clothes Could Talk isn't going to pan out, because I'm going to the movies tomorrow night and I've got an ASL class on Wednesday, and then on Thursday it's SPN... so, I'm not going to have time to do anything until Friday. And by then I'll probably just want to stare off into space. :P

This is why my fic isn't getting written, people.

I'm also not getting enough sleep at night. The past two weeks, I've only averaged 6.5-6.75 hours/night. Which is NOT enough to keep me healthy and happy.

Part of the problem is my incessant need to stay up past midnight. I really have to get over that. 

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. And it includes several mandatory walks - the first of which is in the morning, because I have to go vote. We're having a provincial election and everyone (I know) is really hoping that we can oust the Liberals (liberals=conservatives.... I know, it's confusing.) Anyway, we'll see. The problem is that the left is split between the NDP and the Greens (the Greens aren't even really left, but people think they are.)

Then I'm going to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, followed by a French documentary about love and disenfranchisement called Towards Tenderness (Vers la tendresse). So, that'll be quite the pairing!

So, there was my day. Now it's 11:20, so I'm going to brush my teeth, change computers, and then stare at another screen for an hour or two while I read fanfic.  

I might f-lock these journal posts in the future, but make sure that I friend people who want to see them, so they can keep seeing them. We'll see.

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