Weekend Streaming Thoughts

After finishing Altered Carbon (a series I’m still chewing on and definitely need to watch again before I know how I feel about anything other than the fact that Poe is 100% my favorite character) this last week , we set out to do something I’ve been meaning to get done for a while.

We started to chip away at the things on our streaming watchlist that had been there the longest.

iBoy: just ok.
Lovely effects, decent premise. I’m not a fan of rape-as-a-motivation (vengeance or otherwise) movies.

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: better than expected.
I actually laughed out loud at a few points, its over the top premises worked well, despite their absurdity.

Yoga Hosers: meh.
I was hoping for more, walked away disappointed. Felt like one big jab at Canadians, with an inexplicable nazi connection.

10 Cloverfield Lane: Could have done with a Die Hard reference.
We finally got around to watching this… which means we’ll watch Paradox in like… 3 years. (maybe not)

The Santa Clarita Diet: So fa…

Some Opinions on The Last Jedi

We finally got around to re-watching The Last Jedi last week and by the end of it, I realized why it had taken so long for me to get back in the padded chair before the big screen. Despite everything that was amazing and wonderful about the film… it leaves me overwhelmingly sad. The beginning is sad, the middle is sad, even the moment of renewed hope is sad....

That general gloom makes the jokes harder to hear, leaves a bitter taste after they’re gone.

There are so many things I wanted from the movie plot wise that didn't happen and I waited this long to write up my thoughts on it so that I could shove most of those aside and work with what we were given, instead of the rewrites I would needlessly suggest (though at least one made it into the text below.

But I can like things that make me sad, so it’s still toward the top in my rankings.

And now, an itemized list of the things I like and dislike in no particular order*….

(Except the best, that's definitely first)

Vice Admiral …

IWSG 02.18: Middle of the List

The other day, I took a look at my traffic numbers for these posts, and I noticed a steady decline based on where my name was in the list… that big ol block of names of all the awesome people who participate in this.

And I wondered how many people get lost in the middle. How many get discouraged and maybe drop their posting because of that.

Blogging takes time (anyone in IWSG knows that) and that time comes out of what’s normally set aside for writing.

Sometimes, drafting my blog posts is a fun break, other times, it’s restarting my creative brain by dumping out the stuff that doesn’t necessarily need to be there in the first place, others, it’s a way I visualize my analytics.

I’ve met some great, lovely people through the blog (seriously, talk to me and I talk back.) But restrictions and requirements tend to grate. At times, it feels like getting kicked from the list is less a punishment for failing to post, but an opportunity to reset and put yourself back on at the end where it’s …

January 2018 Numbers

Words Written: 46,140 in 24 days (Avg 1,923-words/day) 4 projects + Admin (24%)

January’s Total W/C was better than 3 of the 5 years that came before. Now, my ever-lofty-goal setting self isn’t super enthusiastic about that, because I wanted to be more focused. I wanted to get ALL the things done, but there were other things to do that required more time and less in the way of new words.

Goal: Finish 2 drafts (not met)

Books Edited: 2 It is amazing how one edit can take for-freaking-ever and the next goes by in a snap.
Along with everything else, I managed to almost finish two edits, one a final go through, one a first pass. Editing is always annoying and fun. Annoying because there are so many things wrong to be found. Fun, because I get to write myself angry little notes that would probably make someone else cry (note, on the rare occasion I do wind up doing a pass on someone else’s work, I always try to be nicer to them than I would ever be to myself.)
Goal: Finish 2 edits (not met)

Books Re…

Reading Goals 2018

Monday was the first time I’d been on GoodReads for a while.

I changed things around, logged the things I’d read in december, and set myself up for this year.

GoodReads has my goal set at 60 books.

To expand on that, my monthly reading goal this year is going to be this:

1 nonfiction title (research or memoir)

1 graphic novel (or as my mother calls them “cartoons”)

1 sff novel (because boy-howdy do I need to catch up) and

1 "other" novel (which might turn out to be another sff novel… who knows?)

I like nonfiction, but I never seem to make time to read it. That’s my bad. Hopefully, this year, I can fix that.