Monthly Archives: April 2013

Interesting Fact of the Day 4/25/2013

What I found out today:

In Spanish, there is a saying, “cada oveja con su pareja” which roughly translates to “each sheep with its partner” or something like that.

In English, we have a saying, “birds of a feather flock together.”

Same meaning, vastly different translation. All for the sake of rhyme.

All the time.

(no, I couldn’t resist)

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I’m Going to Go Ahead and Say It:

This just might be one of the worst weeks ever.

Between the Boston Marathon bombings and the MIT shootings, it can easily be called downright miserable and I’d be lying if I said this week hadn’t dampened my spirits quite a bit. It sucks to be reminded of how terrible humanity can be sometimes.

But.

Whenever terrible things happen in the world, I like to remind myself of this quote from the Great Mr. Rogers. I’m sure you’ve probably seen/heard this quote before and perhaps quite recently but I’m going to post it anyway because it’s worth repeating:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

Whether it’s the marathon runners who finished the race and kept on running for two more miles to donate blood at the hospital, random Boston residents offering runners orange juice and wifi/phones to contact loved ones or the flood of people who ran towards the explosions rather than away. The horrible devastation one or a handful of individuals can cause shouldn’t be the focus. It can’t be the focus because the moment it becomes our focus is the moment we’ve lost. Rather, it’s the hundreds and thousands and millions of people who decide to help in the face of such devastation that I look for. And so should you.

So thanks Mr. Rogers.

Catching Fire Trailer

Excuse me while I go squee for a while.

From here.

Okay, I’m back, I’m good now, I swear. A few thoughts:

1) Katniss’s hair appears to much darker in this trailer, as opposed to dark brown in the first movie. It is very close to (if not) black as it is described in the books. A superficial change but worth noting, since it may be an indicator of how closely new director Francis Lawrence is taking the source material.

2) The camera work appears to be crisp, clean, and without an abundance of SHAKY CAM. I realize this could be vastly different from the actual movie, but honestly, just compare one of the trailers for the first movie to the one above. The camera’s doing waaay more bobbing around during the beginning non-action scenes in that last trailer than it should be. This is a hopeful goodbye to dearest shaky cam and I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.

3) I was a bit concerned (and honestly still am) about the splitting of Mockingjay into two movies. It’s not a big book and while there are plenty of subplots that could completely fill two movies if they’re used correctly, this particular ploy has an impressively depressing chance of dragging the movies on without containing actual substance. To put it another way, it could easily become nothing more than a completely shameless money grab. (Whether or not it is already is still up for debate).

That being said, this trailer appears to be focusing mainly on the first half of the Catching Fire book. If the entire movie follows suit, or at least doesn’t cover the entire second book, there is a chance that the splitting of the final movie could work to the story’s advantage rather than detract from it. By spreading out, slowing down, but not straggling, an extra movie means more screen time for this fascinating story. I’m game.

4) The plot seems a little more subtle this time around as per the natural progression of the books, which, if you haven’t read yet, please go do so. In the first book/movie, the main challenge was somewhat simplified: kill or be killed. While there were other factors at play, they took the backseat when The Games came finally started. In Catching Fire (at least in the book) much of the story is spent not in direct conflict but in political and social maneuvering. That may sound boring but when you mix in a rebellion and keep the stakes of life or death equally high, if not higher, the results are surprisingly intriguing.

5) Katniss’s sassy “Do it.” at the end of the trailer. Seriously BA. Do you even need to ask why I love this girl?

In short, I’m excited, but wary. Now we only have to wait until November.

. . .

Sigh.

Outlining and Streamlining (With Surprisingly Little Whining)

Yes, that’s what I’ve been working on all this time (in addition to the normal activities of everyday life).

Now, if you hearken back to January (ah, yes, the good ole’ days when I. Colina actually posted more than crappy updates about how terrible stressed life was and strange yet somehow mesmerizing photos found/photoshopped at early hours of the morning) you may recall my extremely clichéd New Year’s resolution: to write a book. But not just any book, one that I felt was decent enough to share with the world. None of my previous novel-length works have ever passed this test (which I honestly consider a good thing because they’re fairly atrocious) but that’s what I was going for this time around.

The first step in the creative process for me personally is coming up with an awesome idea/characters/story and figuring out how those three work together. The second part is creating a rough outline which helps me to get a vague sense of where I’m headed as well as hash out some inconsistencies that could potentially become problematic plot holes later on.

The third step is actual writing. AKA the part where  90% of aspiring writers fail* and the step I’m about to embark on.

Now, in keeping with the whole “getting over the fear of showing/talking to other people about my work” New Year’s resolution, I’m going to be writing this month about some of the things that have inspired or do inspire me for this project as well as some of the concepts I’m trying to work through as I create the story. The idea is to create/share in a kind of continuum, with one aspect feeding the other and vice versa.

I’m also hoping this collection of original inspiration(s) or “sparks” for the story will be something that I can look back on when I get burned out or tired that will help me keep going. It’s also a way I can involve you guys without posting boring word-count updates and lame content-less pictures once a week.

So that’s what’s up this month. (And if you’re not a fan of the inspirery-wirey crap, don’t worry, I guarantee there’ll be plenty of ridiculous photoshops and bad puns as well).

*statistics legitimately made up

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