crowwitch: (Enjolras/Hugo)
Cool Christmas gift I got. Antique copy of Les Miserables with a 20th Century Fox movie tie in from the 1935 Charles Laughton film version printed in... well... 1935. Text is unabridged original Wilbur translation.

Scan of Cover Here )
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I keep saying I won't let myself abandon real online journaling for the micro blogging of twitter and myspace, but alas that's what seems to be happening.

So, I'll go ahead and post about my holidays.

Thanksgiving and Christmas were a lot of fun. Both were spent at home with my mother, just the two of us. Still, that's all right. It was peaceful, relaxing, and fun. New Year's Eve was nothing much. I had to work until 7:30 and be at work at 6am the next morning so there was no point in any festivities.

Boring as the holidays sound though, it really was pleasant. At the end of November, I entered a short-fiction contest. Two days before Christmas the winners and the runners up were announced. Sadly, I was not among them. But, I know that just because you got rejected doesn't mean what you wrote wasn't good. It just means that the person choosing the winners liked someone else's story better. It doesn't even mean that they liked it better, really. It just means that they thought something else fit better with what they were trying to do. So, I'm not discouraged, and I still wrote a story I wouldn't have written otherwise.

Last week I got sick, but I'm better now.

More about interesting Christmas gifts and New Year's resolutions in upcoming posts.
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Woo! Made it another year. I hope everyone is having a good and safe time and I wish a happy and prosperous year to you all.

Will most more about the holidays and new year resolutions soon, maybe tonight maybe tomorrow.

Holidays!

Dec. 28th, 2010 10:16 pm
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I hope everyone had a great time.
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For [livejournal.com profile] citizenjess! I hope you like it! Happy Holidays! :)

Fandom: Twilight
Warning: Cullen Family Weirdness
Disclaimer: Fanfic I don't own blah blah
Length: Look if you don't know what a drabble is...

Request yours Here: http://darlingfreak.livejournal.com/276870.html

Traditions )
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Fandom: Marvel
Warning: None
Disclaimer: Not as cool as marvel people
Length: Drabble, Duh!

Request yours Here: http://darlingfreak.livejournal.com/276870.html

For [livejournal.com profile] lady_erin Much Love and Happy Holidays.

Midnight Conversation )


P.S. I'm doing these in the order I got the requests. I hope to be done by tonight. :)
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Drabble for [livejournal.com profile] writingvixen! I hope you like it! Happy Holidays!

Fandom: Twilight
Warning: Team Jacob
Disclaimer: I'm not a fat Mormon housewife etc.
Length: Drabble, Duh!

Request yours Here: http://darlingfreak.livejournal.com/276870.html

Everyone Knew but You )
crowwitch: (Unexpected Jack want)
For [livejournal.com profile] hazeltea

Fandom: Yami No Matsuei
Warning: Implied naughtiness
Disclaimer: Fanfic I don't own blah blah
Length: Drabble, Duh!

Keep my glasses on )

Request yours Here: http://darlingfreak.livejournal.com/276870.html
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One last Holiday Related post.

As a gift, I offer every person on my friend's a free drabble (Short 100 word fic) by me! Please request the fandom/pairing here and I'll get it to you as soon as I can.

Fandoms I will write for:
Harry Potter, Les Miserables, Marvel Universe, Chronicles of Narnia, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Twilight, Watchmen, Phantom of the Opera, Interview with the Vampire, True Blood, Dark Shadows, Disney, Yami no Matsuei, ElfQuest, Wolf's Rain... um... and if there's one you want that's not here just ask.
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Step One
Make a post to your journal. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related (fics, picspams, fanmixes) to medium (dvds, books, bracelets, etc) to really big (a new computer, a car, etc). The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your e-mail address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Step Two
Surf around your reading list to see who has posted their list.
If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use - or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free - do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call. There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just... wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.



1. Broadway/Theater bootlegs. I know I make this one every year but I always want more. And, thanks to wonderful kind generous people (That I am very thankful for) I have some to trade too.

Actually? In particular I really want a video bootleg of "Lestat." I need to know if it was really that bad and see it for myself. Also, Les Miserables is my favorite.

Audio/video are both welcome, audio is preferred. I can download.

2. Fanfic/Fan Art. Let me request a fanfic or fan art from you. As above, I also do trades.

3. Sewing remnants. Cast off fabric, yarns, patterns, notions etc. I love them.

4. Books you've read/are done with/don't want anymore. I love books.

I'm supposed to do ten, but really? I'd be happy with just these four.

I'll do my best to fill some others too, if I can.
crowwitch: (Eddie: Fairy)
Conservative Christians claim that "Merry Christmas" should not be offensive to anybody at all ever. It is a harmless, well-intentioned seasonal greeting. And, anyone who has a problem with it is obviously insecure in their own faith, otherwise they'd just take it in the goodwill it was intended and move on.

On the other hand. "Happy Holidays" is extremely offensive. It denotes Christian persecution and hatred of Jesus and an effort to exclude Christians and Christianity from the American public. It's indicative of a "War on Christmas" and cannot be tolerated.

How does THAT make sense?
crowwitch: (Tink: Sigh)
I don't know what to say other than our beloved family dog Annie was put down tonight. She'd been ill with cancer for months and it was time.

She lived two years longer than the expected life span for her breed and was a sweet-tempered loving animal. She will be missed. She'd been ill for so long though in a way it's a relief that it's over and she's at rest.

I know this doesn't mean much to a lot of you but I felt the need to... I don't know... memorialize it somehow.

The best to all..

Nanowrimo

Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:09 pm
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So, I won nanowrimo again this year. This is good. Month in review is kind of bland.'

Basically my premise ran out early, as it happens. It was going good for a while, but then I ran out of steam. There were some serious efforts to inject life into the story by adding some new elements, but then resolution for these new elements escaped me so I spent the last 12k or so wading around character dreams, fan fiction, and plot outlines to stories my characters wrote who's titles were sprinkled liberally though the first sections.

Still, not too bad. At least I made it.

I've also got another super seekret project C. Please send any best wishes you can.
crowwitch: (Nano Boat)
To All Americans who Celebrate it! :)

Everyone else have a great day.

The Macy's Parade is always so much fun. I love the Broadway performances and the Rockettes.
crowwitch: (nano monkey)
First of all...



I'm a little behind, but it isn't bad. I'm going to make it still!

Last week was fun what with the Les Miserables concert theater-cast (or whatever they call it) AND the Harry Potter release. But, I've got some new hours with work and I've been just exhausted. Even in the theater Thursday night I knew my battery was running low. Friday and today my stomach has been blah, but oh well... took a nap today and am expected to be on the mend by Monday.

In other news, I actually got paid to write something. I got the check for the coloring book I was writing/drawing for the local water district. This week I actually got to hold a printed copy of something I wrote and drew in my hand... something published for public distribution. Ok, it's just a coloring book for the district to hand out to kids, but it's something.

That's not all though, this may lead to a contract to do work for some of the other districts. Apparently my work was shown at a district meeting so there's a good chance I'm going to get other work from this. Wow.
crowwitch: (Grantaire)
Photobucket

Go!

"So, if I make this face for three hours that means I'm acting, right?"

Your turn!
crowwitch: (Hogwarts)
It was wonderful... truly. I'm not even sure I can even write a review, I just love it. It's dark, it's elegant, and has an almost Tim Burton or Neil Gaiman quality to the filming over it... the misty woods and dark fairy tales and the light and somber mode... the spectacular at times and quite understated in others effects made it really an unforgettable installment.

Woo!
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Well, Wednesday evening was the 25th anniversary concert Theater broadcast.

I don't have a good job or a lot of money or means to travel. As much as I would love to be one of those people who follows all the companies and sees many productions a year, it's just not possible. If I'm lucky, I get to see a production every two or three years.

I maxed out my collection of cast recordings ages ago, and apart from the odd bootleg I don't get "new" Les Miserables recordings very often. So, you can imagine with the 25th anniversary new cast recording AND the concert video in theaters, well, my squee level went through the roof. It's been so nice to have a Les Miserables stuff to gush over again.

I enjoyed the new or orchestrations. I felt they were different enough to be fresh but not so much that they felt unfamiliar or wrong. If I had to contrast and compare there are probably some changes that were for the worse, but I actually liked listening to a Les Miserables that sounded fresh and new so much that it didn't bother me.

A few cast opinions:

Alfie Boe Alfie Boe OMG Alfie Boe!!!!!!! One of my new favorite Valjeans. Seriously! The voice, the face, the acting. I'm used to stage performances in concerts and video so I really didn't care that he seemed theatrical. He was WONDERFUL. If I ever see him on the street, I will propose marriage.

Norm Lewis: I loved him. It's not the type of voice I'm used to hearing for Javert. His tone is darker, huskier and a little less polished than your Quast or Mann, but like the orchestrations, I liked hearing something a little different. But I thought he had amazing stage/screen presence and was just stunning. He's also very handsome.

Nick Jonas: Nick! Nick! When the internet went apeshit about you being cast as Marius, I defended you. I figured, well on Broadway or the West End they might put a pop name in a lead to sell tickets, but not at the O2! Not for this! I so expected you to pull something awesome out of your hat and do a beautiful job and redeem yourself for your awful pop band. I was cheering for you to justify your place in the cast and prove to everyone you weren't just a Jonas Brother and would break out of that lame Disney crap and do something worthwhile.

You disappoint.

Oh my God... seriously, I wanted him to hit it out of the park and be good. I really did. I was on his side but it was awful... just awful... thin nasal voice, the same worried/in pain/constipated expression FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW, and the inability to even complete simple musical phrases without breaking them up with these jerky little breaths in the oddest and most awkward palaces made the performance truly painful.

Lea Salonga: Wonderful as always, not much to say. But HOLY FRIGGING CRAP! She has not aged in the last 15 years between the 10th anniversary concert and the 25th. She's hiding Dorian Gray's portrait somewhere. It's very creepy. She might be a vampire.

Matt Lucas: I thought he was wonderful! High energy, great command of the character and lyrics, awesome humor and a great stage presence. One of the best "Master of the House" I've seen in a long time.

Samantha Barks: Nice voice, good acting, very pretty. Brought nothing particularly new to the role of Eponine, but nothing to object to either. She was fine.

Ramin Karimloo: Really? As far as characterization goes he really wasn't the way I like my Enjolras. The word "Scrappy" has been thrown around and I agree. Bloodthirsty came to mind while I was watching him. Hugo's Enjolras is someone who is trying to (rather naively) bring justice and freedom and equality into the world, he's not a backroom brawler spoiling for a fight. So, really, it wasn't what I like to see as far as portrayal. However, I love his voice, his stage presence, and his acting. He more than earned his place on the stage.
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I love Halloween!

I got REALLY sick last week. I had some kind of blockage and was in a lot of abdominal pain. By the time the weekend rolled around I was better, but still feeling kinda delicate. Besides, I wasn't able to finish my costume anyway, so I just wrote it off.

Still, Halloween movies and passing out candy at home were a lot of fun! I finally saw "The Evil Dead" For the first time, and discovered "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Repo is phenomenal BTW. I love the goth trappings and death metal overtimes mixed with the traditional opera conventions. Really theatrical and nuts.. lots of fun.

Now, nanowrimo starts. And, I wrote 0 words yesterday. Would you like to know WHY?

Yesterday, my computer crashed. No, literally. My computer desk broke, the monitor was dropped into my lap, Cords were yanked around dragging everything into a big pile. Luckily, I've got one of those new flat skinny monitors. A big one would have killed me. LOL I wasn't hurt and nothing broke, thank goodness.I just had to extricate myself and extricate my computer and re-set it on the stool that goes to my dressing table. Ugh!

So here I am, in my computer chair, looking DOWN at my monitor on my dressing table stool with my keyboard on my lap. Fun. Very conducive to writing, let me tell you.

I'm so glad I have a laptop.

In other news, I got paid for my first writing gig. I deposited a check from a water district who paid me to write the text and do the artwork for a coloring book to teach kids water conservation tips.

I'm not happy with the drawings and the text is merely cute, but it was so nice to get paid for writing. Besides, it's resume fodder. Woo hoo!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween and good luck to those in Nanowrimo!
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I will not ignore you favor of the faster/easier twitter and face book. I will not I will not I will not.

I will try.

Look, Halloween icon.
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