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Yesterday was just shy of a total loss. I was hit hard by the chronic stomach ailment I've had most of my life. I tried to write anyway. I wrote 344 words for of my piece for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, before I was too sick to think straight enough to write anymore. Then I went back to bed. Later, I made it through dinner and two bottles of Gatorade and almost felt like I wasn't dead. It was a joyous day. And then, when I was trying to go to sleep, there was a small seizure (the first in three weeks), which left me jittery and awake until five ayem.

I strongly dislike writing about health problems in a public forum. I find the act distasteful. But it all has a direct bearing on the abysmal word counts of late. So, I figure it's part of the story. It's not whining, or a cry for pity. It's just exposition.

At least I have David Bowie. And coffee.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. We're hoping to have a little bit of spending money when we go to Oregon for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon at the end of the month. Thanks.

We've watched two movies over the last week. Between reading, Second Life, and WoW, I've not been watching many movies lately. Anyway, it gives me something to write about this ayem (which is actually early afternoon).

First, we saw Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's After.Life (2009) on Thursday night. It wasn't a particularly good film, which was frustrating, because it could have been something just shy of great. Instead, it was weighed down by plot, and story, and subplot, and superfluous characters. The film has flashes of brilliance. Liam Neeson is surprisingly creepy as a mortician turned serial killer, and Christina Ricci was a perfect choice for a girl who is slowly being convinced that she is, in fact, a corpse. And that's the story, right there, all the story the movie needed. More than enough to deal with. But no, it kept dragging itself down into horror and slasher flick clichés, and made what might have been a powerful tale of psychological terror a lumpy, uneven mess. I can't even blame the director for fucking up someone else's screenplay, because it was her screenplay. I just wish someone could have told her to turn down the volume, lose the extra baggage, and tighten the focus. The film never should have left the one room in the mortuary.

Last night, we finally watched Louis Leterrier's remake of Clash of the Titans (2010). I saw the original in high school (1981, directed by Desmond Davis), and even at seventeen, I found the film tiresome and hokey. Even though I was a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen. So, what can I say about the remake? Well, it's still dumb as dirt. I'm still annoyed than the sea monster that comes for Andromeda is, inexplicably "the Kraken" (Norse), instead of Cetus. But, all in all, Leterrier's remake is less painful and not so dull. It has its moments (which the original entirely lacked, save moments of unintentional camp and irony). The whole thing was worth sitting through just for Perseus' battle against the gorgon Medusa (played by Natalia Vodianova, and never, ever has Medusa been so hot). The climactic showdown with "the Kraken" was at least a grand spectacle. So what if the monster design was pretty much lifted from Cloverfield. The 1981 Kraken just made me laugh. At least this one was a presence. The cast was unremarkable (more Liam Neeson, because Zeus = Aslan). I always enjoy watching Sam Worthington, though I'm not sure why. Ralph Fiennes made a fine enough Hades, because I could just pretend he was Voldemort. Alexa Davalos made for an entirely yawn-worthy Andromeda. I'm pretty sure Andromeda should inspire something more than a yawn. Who can blame Perseus for choosing Io?

Okay. Now, I see if this body is going to let me work today. Oh, wait. I have five cute photos of Sméagol:













All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

Date: 2010-09-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
My stomach used to hurt so bad all the time until I bacame a vegetarian. I know Kurt Cobain, Keats and Edna St. Vincient Millay had chronic stomach pains. Millay had the most trouble while in Europe from eating lots of cheap fried foods. But maybe your problem is different all together.
Anyway, my sister started experiencing unexplainable siezures about 6 years ago when our grandma was murdered. So they guess it has something to do with the traumatic stress.
Also I was wondering, if before you wrote "The Red Tree" did you ever hear the song by My Brightest Diamond called "We Were Sparkling". Cause she sings of a tree down by a river where they would use thread to hang empty bottles of wine, pieces of glass, feathers and.. whatever else she says.

Date: 2010-09-12 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

My stomach used to hurt so bad all the time until I bacame a vegetarian. I know Kurt Cobain, Keats and Edna St. Vincient Millay had chronic stomach pains. Millay had the most trouble while in Europe from eating lots of cheap fried foods. But maybe your problem is different all together.

It has nothing to do with eating meat. I actually tried vegetarianism a few years ago, and it got worse.

Also I was wondering, if before you wrote "The Red Tree" did you ever hear the song by My Brightest Diamond called "We Were Sparkling". Cause she sings of a tree down by a river where they would use thread to hang empty bottles of wine, pieces of glass, feathers and.. whatever else she says.

I've never heard it, but now I'll have to find it.

Date: 2010-09-13 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberite.livejournal.com
This may or may not be useful information, but it is better to have it than not to: I know someone who developed seizures as the result of celiac disease, which can also cause digestive problems and all sorts of utterly random-seeming health effects.

Date: 2010-09-13 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

We know the causes of both the seizures and the digestive difficulties. They're unrelated, and neither stems from cellac disease. But thanks.

Date: 2010-09-13 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberite.livejournal.com
Sorry the information is un-useful, then. Best of luck to you in getting your health difficulties sorted...

Date: 2010-09-12 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmpriest.livejournal.com
Oh! What a pretty cat - and with such marvelous thumbs.

Date: 2010-09-12 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

and with such marvelous thumbs.

He is opposable!

Date: 2010-09-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
Awesome photos :)

And "Slow Burn" is one of the greatest songs ever, especially given the current weather/season.

Date: 2010-09-12 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And "Slow Burn" is one of the greatest songs ever

It's one of my favorite by Bowie, and that's saying a lot.

Date: 2010-09-13 01:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
You also now have David Bowie with wolves (http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_krt4hysebh1qzoaqio1_500.jpg). (In case you've never seen those shots. [livejournal.com profile] rm had cause to post them.)

Date: 2010-09-13 07:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Oh. Wow.
Edited Date: 2010-09-13 07:57 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-09-13 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
that last shot is absolutely adorable.

Date: 2010-09-13 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Smeagol is quite cute...but hey, what happened to Hubero?

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