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Morgan Briarwood ([personal profile] briarwood) wrote2014-10-26 05:12 pm

The week in Morgan-land

This week I've been busy working on the [ profile] sentinelbigbang. I am illustrating a story this year, not writing, but being a mod I also have to get all the stories ready for posting. I know, most big bangs make the participants do it and certainly some are so big there's no other way. With TSBB we ask writers and artist to send in their final copy and we do the posting. It gives us a little more control - no chance of anyone missing their posting date - and we get a nice, professional look. But it's a lot of work and it takes time.

Still, we have some fantastic stories this year. I kinda want to bring posting forward so I can post one of them on Halloween - it would be so perfect. But I'm not sure everything will be ready by then and anyway I shouldn't screw with the timetable. Posting in November!

Short Term 12 popped up on my Netflix recommendations today. I loved that movie when I saw it in the cinema last year, so I'm going to re-watch it tonight. It's an indie film about vulnerable kids in short term accommodation. I'd call it a feel-good movie, though not in the same way as most that get that label. It's about good people trying to do good things - to me, that's 'feel-good'.

Last week I also...discovered I once again have way too much annual leave saved up. Yeah, that's what happens when there's no chance to take it. And since they won't offer pay in lieu any longer I've got to take it. For the rest of this year, and maybe January, I'll be working 3.5 days a week. Good deal, huh?

Last week's movies were...Annabelle and Serena. Apparently it's my week for movies titled with girl's names. Annabelle was awful. I don't have high expectations of horror movies - there are good ones out there but most rely on cheap shocks and blood for the scares, or apparently forget they're supposed to be scary. This movie manages to do both and be boring and predictable besides. Oh, yeah - demon after your soul, so scary. Sorry - been there, done that, burned the t-shirt. Maybe Supernatural ruined the genre for me?

Serena on the other hand, was excellent. Another really strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence. The story wasn't as strong as it could have been, though. More focus on Serena herself would have been good. She completely transforms over the course of the film, and I would have liked more insight into some of her choices. It felt like the director was relying on the audience assuming 'she's female, so she's nuts' instead of explaining it. I felt no such confusion over the motivations of the men in the film, so why so shallow on the character the movie is named for? *shrug* Hollywood and strong female characters.

This week I am reading...TSBB stories! Reading while I work on them makes it go slower, but more fun.

This week I am listening to...The second half of A Storm of Swords. No surprises so far - it's all plot which has been covered in Game of Thrones on TV. I want to stop with the books before too much of the show gets spoiled for me; I'd rather see it on TV first. But the timelines seem a bit wonky and I wonder if I'll hit some major spoilers before I realise I should stop listening.