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I Ain't Gonna Make It

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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!


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
The gorilla looks very thoughtful. I like it.

Hey, if you got something done, then you made a start. There you go!

I'm sure I'm not one of the people you need hints from, since I like pretty much everything. :-)
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
He was being extremely cooperative. I got some lovely shots of him.

True enough! Now the (very) hard part...

Of all things, I am actually having trouble with you this year--but I think I've gotten some approved things. :-)

Dec. 1st, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
What a great gorilla shot!

::remembers that I need to pack a box for you and rahirah::
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
He was very cooperative!

(You were one -- I was wondering, no specific reason, what possible animals you're wishing for in fetishes?)
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh heavens, I have no idea. I just like fetishes that seem to speak to me, so I trust you to find one that calls my name, if that's OK.

ETA that you need to go see my Craig post. :-)

Edited at 2010-12-02 02:19 am (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, I saw one that did, but as much as I love you, I can't drop $80 on a glorious mountain lion carved from AMBER (it's so beautiful... but just a bit out of my price range!). :-)

I'll keep browsing. :-)

Dec. 2nd, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Wow! But no, that's way too extreme. Nice to know such things exist, though. *g*
Dec. 2nd, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
I was very wowed by the amber fetishes; some of them are bright, clear amber and others have some of the flecks and imperfections -- all some lovely carving. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Dec. 1st, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
sorry to hear it but yeah, sometimes it doesn't work out. Save that story for another day
Dec. 2nd, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
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