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I did it. I revised my mid-grade fantasy novel, The Scarlet Queen. Since I'm sleeping with a Hugo-nominated editor, I figured she should take a look at it before I give it to my beta readers.

I know it isn't perfect, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck. :-)

In other news:

1- We're at 4th Street Fantasy Conversation this weekend. Friends! Drink! Literary Theory! Venting about the Industry! Hooray! :-)

Lynne's on two panels. I'm just watching. We expect good times.

2- Unless, the universe screws us. Last night, a squall line hit the Chicago suburbs with 80 mph winds. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power, including my mother and aunt. If they don't have power by late Thursday night, we might have to bring Cait with us.

3- It looks like I'll be able to go to WorldCon with Lynne. I guess I need a new suit. :-)

4- We went to a movie last weekend. We all really enjoyed X-Men: First Class-- especially Caitlin after I reminded her that having Aicardi syndrome meant she was also a Mutant. She's now waiting for her superpowers to kick in. Based on all of her giggling after the movie every time I said, "Boom!", she seems to want Havok's abilities. Mystique, however, is her favorite.

Caitlin totally wants a "Mutant and Proud" t-shirt. :-)

5- CONvergence is next week. We're really excited about Lynne's first GoH gig. More on that next week. :-D
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Hey, we had a day off!

[livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne decided that the Thomas family should have some fun on Saturday.

1- We saw Iron Man 2. It delivered on our expectations. My inner 12-year-old loved it. In my youth, my comics of choice all involved the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, the West Coast Avengers). I had no interest in the Mutant titles. Many years later, I'm very happy to see the essence of what I enjoyed transformed into amazing action films. Caitlin loved the fights and explosions, and Lynne shipped Tony and Pepper like Fed Ex. Good times. The only thing that sucked was the theater eliminated its free-pass program for people in wheelchairs. Since they collect money for the Children's Miracle Network (which includes Children's Memorial Hospital), I momentarily considered asking the manager for Caitlin's cut instead.

2- The rest of the day involved eating, reading, lounging around, and watching Season 1 of Buffy. Caitlin really enjoyed the whole Buffy/Angel thing in the episode "Angel." I think Cait wants to be a Slayer when she grows up.

3- Since we live in THE FUTURE, Lynne and I kicked back with some wine and the live stream from the Nebula Awards after we put Cait to bed. We really wanted to be there, but this was almost as good. We realized how embedded we are in the community last night. The very first thing we saw was [livejournal.com profile] shsilver working his tux. For some reason, the cam stayed on [livejournal.com profile] justbeast and [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna for most of the banquet. Lynne and Cat exchanged a couple of OMG texts, prompting Cat and Dmitri to wave at us and [livejournal.com profile] tobiasbuckell who was doing the same thing with Cat on Twitter (yes, we are all tech goobers in the Gen X/Y SF scene).

It was a lovely ceremony. It seemed like every couple of minutes we would get excited because one of our peeps showed up on camera. It's Mary! It's David! It's Jack! Kathleen's there!

We were ecstatic that Cat and Kage won. Our only regret was, of course, that Kage didn't live long enough to finally get the major award she so deserved.

4- Remember all of those blogs a couple of years ago about how women, PoC,and Gen Xers weren't winning the major SF awards? It's probably too early to dub this a sea change, but it's certainly a promising trend.

District 9

Aug. 24th, 2009 09:47 am
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I haven't seen it yet, but I've been fascinated with how divisive the film has been amongst my friends. Some are hailing it as one of the best SF films of the last decade. Others are calling it the worst film that they've ever seen. The most interesting review for me came from author Nnedi Okorafor.

You see, Nnedi's parents came from Nigeria. She often visits her family there.

That's right; Nigerians are real people. So are Serbs, Russians, African Americans, Italian Americans, Arabs, Iranians/Persians, and every other ethnic, religious, or national group that Hollywood uses as shorthand for EVIL or corrupt.

When you use lazy stereotypes, real people get hurt. Entertainment and art is global. Just because you pick a "distant" country like Kazakhstan or Nigeria doesn't mean that the people there aren't going to find out. I'm not saying that there aren't bad people in these cultures, but it's insensitive to portray an entire group of people as being immoral. It's also just bad writing.

I am still willing to give this film a try, but I have a feeling that I'm not going to like it very much.
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Lynne is off at the American Library Association annual conference today. She's doing well. She actually got to meet her Special Collections 2.0 editor in real life. It seems that her editor adored the book.

Here are some random thoughts for the day:

1- We finally watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last night. Wow. I can't believe it took us so long to see it. Actually, I can. Lynne and I used to be big film fans up until about 7 years ago. Life with Caitlin, however, has made it hard to keep up with anything other than the big explosion films. Anyway, ESOTSM was exquisite. That's what an SF film can be. It was smart, funny, layered, and still accessible. 

Lynne and I ended up in our usual mock fight after watching a Kate Winslet movie. You see, I'm convinced that she resembles Kate Winslet. She thinks I'm wonderfully delusional. :-)

2- The kitten is teething up a storm. Cait now has some Barbies without hands and feet. At least he's left the Doctor Who figures alone. The big problem is that he thinks Caitlin is a big kitten. This would be fine except he keeps nomming her arms and ears. Cait doesn't mind her arms, but she cries when the kitten gnaws at her left ear. He isn't drawing blood, but we have to keep a close eye on the little scamp.

3- I'm reading [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's Dust

4- I haven't recovered from CONvergence yet. 

5- I finally finished the Doctor Who Magazine 200 Golden Moments Special. It was equal parts brilliant and mediocre. It would be nice if DWM could find some new contributors to these specials. I'm getting tired of always hearing from the same 50 people who wrote for the UK fanzines in the 80s and 90s. It's not that they're bad at what they do, it's just that I would like to hear some fresh opinions and insights.
michaeldthomas: (Han Solo)
when your child chooses to watch Star Wars: A New Hope over the Aristocats. She even giggled when making her choice.

It looks like we might have to see The Clone Wars after all.
michaeldthomas: (Doctor and Ace)
Well, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne is off training to be a leader in Grafton, IL. It’s just Caitlin, the kitties, and me until Thursday night. Par-tay!

*sigh*

There’s not too much else going on around here. We saw The Dark Knight yesterday (thanks to my mom who watched Caitlin), and it lived up to expectations. I do think that they missed a golden opportunity by not playing Prince’s Batdance over the end credits.

My week will pretty much consist of watching Caitlin and writing a little when she sleeps.

Just finished reading: Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
Currently reading: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
michaeldthomas: (House of Cards)
Caitlin is back to normal. Hooray!

Since [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne went to Disneyland without me, I watched the new Doctor Who episode without her. :)

Wow. I'm not sure if the second part can live up to that.

Caitlin, David, and I also saw WALL-E today. It was fantastic. One of the best SF movies ever made. Caitlin loved it.

I can't believe that CONvergence is next weekend.

Now it's time for Caitlin to go to her princess room. My chores are all done, so the rest of the evening is a Cubs game and a Doctor Who Magazine. 27 hours left until Lynne is home.
michaeldthomas: (Indiana Jones)
It’s a lazy weekend. The highlight was we took Caitlin to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We learned a few things from the experience.

1- Caitlin gets in free since she’s in a wheelchair. Add that to very short list of positives of being a child with severe disabilities.
2- Caitlin loved the movie. The size of the screen meant that she could clearly view the film, and the Dolby surround sound kept her awake. My daughter also loved the action scenes. She’s all about the roller derby.
3- I have no critical abilities while initially watching an Indiana Jones film. I become an eight year old as soon as that John Williams’s score kicks in.
4- Hellboy 2 looks amazing.

After some adult reflection, I think I know why Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull underwhelmed some people.
Spoilers )

Just finished reading: Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith (brilliant)
Currently reading: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
The AFI just released it lists of top ten films by genre. Like most AFI lists, they're arbitrary lists of crap. Here are the science fiction and fantasy lists:
Lists of genre movies made by people who hate genre movies )

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