Kats (wildrider) wrote,

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I Ain't Gonna Make It

Words: 21,944

It's almost bedtime. I might as well call it -- for the first time since I started doing NaNoWriMo, I'm not going to win it. Ah, well. I got off to a VERY slow start and then vacation did nothing for me this time (the only writing I got done was on the plane going). I hope eventually I can do something with this one, since I think it has potential, but now I should get back to working on fixing up something that's finished, and that either means REALLY getting cracking on finding someone, ANYONE, who might publish Ring of Fire, or getting The Long Way Home prepped for submission, itself.

Because I was really proud of this one:

There are some people in my circle (you know who you are) who I need to get presents for still. While I pride myself on being VERY good at shopping for people, sometimes I get stumped. If you are one of those people, you can drop me a hint or two (it doesn't matter if I've already gotten you something; I file these things away for other occasions).

I recently re-read True Grit in anticipation of the Coen Brothers' take on same, and I was startled anew at just exactly how very true to the novel the John Wayne movie really was -- right down to huge snippets of dialogue (including my favorite exchange: Rooster: "I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which will you have {it be}?" Ned: "I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!" Rooster: "Fill your hand, you son-of-a-bitch!" The only change there in {}). Only the ending was smoothed over a bit, giving some closure the book didn't have; still, looking very forward to seeing the Coen Brothers version. Saw a couple of previews from it this evening. Jeff Bridges seems to have gone the only way one COULD go, stepping into an iconic role like that, and that's to completely throw out the old version and just do it from the ground up.

Of course, this one has probably been filmed in the Arkansas and East Texas country the book was set in, instead of the glorious Colorado Rockies, where the Hal Wallis production was shot (around the Silverton/Durango area, since John Wayne owned land there). It will also lack a cameo performance by the great character actor John Fiedler, known to many as the voice of Piglet in ALL the Disney Winnie the Pooh cartoons (provided voices for Disney until he died in 2005), as well as to Star Trek fans as "Red Jack." (Not to mention a million other roles throughout the sixties, including as one of the jury in 12 Angry Men).

ANYWAY... that wraps up November. Now let the festivities commence!
Tags: movies, photos, random stuff, writing
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