Monthly Archives: June 2014

I Like Big Words…

dormivegliaOh, I really like this one,  the word, the definition, and the feeling.  When you wake up all warm and comfortable and just drift for a while, it is the best thing, especially when you don’t have to rush to get up and get moving.  Those moments feel like utter indulgence, so I guess it is fitting the word itself is Italian.  Having eaten at some amazing Italian restaurants and indulged in treats from Italian bakeries in Boston’s North End, I’m doing more than a little association with Italians and those finer things in life.

On the other hand, when you’re trying to wake from that cloying nightmare that you just know will drag you back down the instant you fall asleep again, it isn’t so blissful.  Hopefully, you get more of the good dormiveglia than the bad kind!
‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Star Trek Sweepstakes

Star Trek Sweepstakes

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is an opportunity to enter to win tickets to London to meet a member of the Star Trek cast…wait.  Why am I telling your this?  Doesn’t that decrease my chances of winning? Hmm….

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Growing A Seductive Vocabulary

Idarling love this little tidbit of a fact on so many levels.  “Darling” is something that tends to slip from my lips when I’m being particularly sarcastic, and seeing this makes it even more fitting.  What other terms of endearment may have come from something like “favorite minion”?  Just me, geeking out a little over how language evolves.

Ha!  Favorite minion.  I love it.  This is totally how I’m using “darling” from here on out.  It will be complete with mental pictures of the goofy little yellow guys from Despicable Me.  My friend with the minion ringtone will also know exactly what I mean when I call her “darling”.  Now my secret is exposed…I really suck at hiding my evil plans.  This is why I could never get away with world domination…not that I’m planning that or anything.  You believe me…right?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


OK Go’s New Video: The Writing’s On the Wall

The first new video out by OK Go in years is visually stunning…the song’s pretty dang good too.  The video’s directors are doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything at 4:30 ET, so check it out!

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Neil Gaiman Talks: What ifs, Why fors, and Hows

Have I mentioned lately that I love Twitter?  Well, I do.  I find some of the greatest stuff there!  For example, today I haven’t even been on Twitter, but I got an email from them with tweets I may be interested in.  (You know the one I’m talking about).  Typically, I just delete the email and move on.  Really, I get too many emails (especially since I started applying for jobs online, 30 emails a day with results from job searches!).  This time the title Neil Gaiman Follows the Guiding Light of Instinct caught my attention, and I opened it up.  My mom may read this and see a bit of inspiration from him in the story I just gave her to edit (it is based on something her sister told her that scared her when she was little.  Oh yeah, she’s thrilled to be my editor on this one). Seriously though, I love reading his stuff.  The Ocean at the End of the LaneFragile ThingsStardust, Smoke & Mirrors…really, I haven’t found anything I didn’t enjoy.

This New York Times article delves into a bit of why we like to be scared by horror and frightening stories, they discuss his Carnegie Hall performance that is coming up the end of June, and his creative process.  His thought process as a kid reminds me a lot of myself.  I was always thinking of “what-if” scenarios…then torturing my sister with them.  When I asked if she thought I could scare someone in 2,000 words or less she didn’t even pause.  She interrupted me with a resounding “Yes, definitely!”.  If anyone would know, she would.  I practiced on her for our entire childhood…maybe I still use her as a guinea pig.  (Sometimes, I wonder why my family puts up with me.  I just gave my mom her childhood boogeyman to edit for me…hmm…best not ponder this one too much.)

TheTruthIsACaveInTheBlackMountainsThe Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains has been released in a special edition with the Eddie Campbell artwork, and, for those of you lucky enough to attend the Carnegie Hall performance, you’ll get to hear him read this to music by FourPlay string quartet and see the artwork.  You can purchase an edition of the book with illustrations by Eddie Campbell as well.  (Since not all of us can score tickets to Carnegie Hall…)  If you are attending this show, please email me or comment to tell me about it!

Did you ever play the “what if” game?  You know, making up terrible scenarios and stuff?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Have I mentioned how much I want to go see this movie? Because I do. Marvel released a brand spanking new international trailer today.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Bradley Cooper as an enraged raccoon (Rocket) and Vin Diesel as a monosyllabic tree (Groot).  What’s not to like about that?  Zoe Saldana impressed me with her performance as Uhura in the Star Trek reboot, and I’m excited to see her take on the green assassin in Guardians.  To me, it looks like the perfect summer movie, funny and action packed.  What are you seeing this summer?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S.  I saw TFiOS!  Finally!  Once I dry my tears, I’ll you more, but, for now, it was good.  So good… Okay?  Okay.


X-Men Days of Future Past: A Movie Review

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Cast-poster-570x829I took my nephew to see X-Men Days of Future Past.  He, for good reason, didn’t want to go car shopping with my parents and my niece.  (Lord have mercy, my niece has a car…I..it…huh.)  Instead of being stuck at home by himself all day on a Saturday at the beginning of his summer break, we had lunch, a movie, some video games and Legos (well, he didn’t want to play with Legos, I did.)  Two of my favorite things about the day:

  1. The look on my nephew’s face when the girl at lunch asked me about my Doctor Who T-shirt and proceeded to tell my nephew not to hate on The Doctor.
  2. My nephew’s whining over my Assassins’ Creed philosophy, mostly because I don’t play it the way he does. (Which is basically running around killing everyone.)
  3. The latest installment in the X-Men franchise. (okay, so that’s three not two, but only because I forgot how much I enjoyed my nephew’s snark)

With the next installment already under contract for Hugh Jackman, this will make him the longest running actor to play a superhero.  X-Men Days of Future Past marks his sixth appearance as the Wolverine in a film.  (Yes, I counted.).  In an interview, I also saw him get ridiculously excited about being the only character to get to drop an F-bomb in the films, so far. (I have not watched them all over again to verify, but I believe him)  The interview with James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender on Graham Norton is pretty adorable.  They dance and Graham shows McAvoy and Fassbender fan art.  They also discuss off camera antics and pranks, and singing, yes, singing…totally worth a watch.

Wolverine has always been one of my favorite characters, and Jackman doesn’t disappoint here.  The gruff character may be mellowing a bit around the edges, but not too much.  Nostalgia maybe?  Going back 50 years and seeing your past self in a life you left behind…it has to be a bit trippy.  Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Mystique/Raven is stellar, as always.  Mystique’s character only became more intriguing to me after X-Men: First Class, and watching the evolution of Mystique/Raven is fascinating.  Things change in this film, and it left me with an intense curiosity about what’s next for the shapeshifter.  Actually, for all of them.  Magneto and his motley crew were always adversaries, but will they continue to be that foil?   They changed history when they sent Wolverine back in time, so….how much really changes?  It is a paradox.

Here are the basics.  Wolverine gets sent back to 1973 to prevent the Sentinel program from being launched, because 50 years later those Sentinels are not only killing off mutants but a bunch of humans too.  1973 finds the characters from First Class still suffering from the after effects of the events in Cuba, in many ways.

Now, I haven’t read all the comic books (yet), so I don’t know if you see Professor X trying to find his way after losing the use of his legs.  If you don’t get to see it there you definitely get to see it here.  McAvoy does a fantastic job with Xavier’s struggle.  A poignant story, he is in turns angry, frustrated, infuriating, stubborn…well, you get the picture. Professor Xavier always came across as calm, cool and collected, and even though we saw Charles Xavier’s youthful exuberance and passion from McAvoy in X-Men: First Class, the man always retained that stoicism that his character exhibits in the later years we’re more familiar with.  The trailer below shows him punching Magneto…that alone should clue you in to a different character than we’re used to seeing.

 

A stand-out in this film is Quicksilver, the young man who is fast…like, super fast.  Smart mouthed, irreverent, funny, and intelligent Evan Peters provides a great performance.  Now, comic book fans may be wondering how the Fox X-Men franchise and the Marvel’s Avengers franchise are going to handle a character that inhabits both worlds. (I may not have read all the comic books, but I’ve done a little homework.)  They made a deal, Quicksilver will appear in both franchises, but no mention will be made of the crossover.  Pietro Maximoff will be taking the role in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with the Quicksilver character.  As much as I adore McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, and Jackman’s characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver definitely shone.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this installment of one of my favorite stories, and it lived up to my expectations.  (Well, there was no Gambit.  I knew there was no Gambit, but I always want more Gambit.)  It is definitely worth a trip to the theater this summer.

I also got a look at trailers for some upcoming films, and Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson looks good.  Really good.  The trailer shows her kicking some serious butt, and although, I expect no less of the woman who took on the role of Black Widow, I can’t wait to see her do it again.  Several other films struck me as worth seeing, but Lucy stayed with me.  Guardians of The Galaxy  showed a trailer I hadn’t seen before, which does not lessen my desire to see that movie at all.  (Come on, Bradley Cooper is a rage filled raccoon!  Vin Diesel is a freaking tree.  How can you not want to see this movie?)  What movies have you seen?  Any I should be checking out?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 


I Lost My Job, Now What?

2045_wpm_lowresWhen I came back from Boston, I had a pretty big shock.  I lost my job.  This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Lately, I’d discovered I’d been yearning for quitting time and not putting my all into my job, and that’s just not who I am.  My big revelation of the amazing opportunity I’m presented with, came from the fact that I’ve slept better now than I have in months, and while there’s a lot of uncertainty in my life now, I’m honestly happier than I have been in a while.  Normally, Pharrell Williams’s Happy wouldn’t go along with unemployment, but we all know that “normal” isn’t applied to me often (if at all).

So, now I’m on this journey to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  It should be obvious to anyone who’s read about my obsession with Legos, fascination with comic books, or Young Adult Fiction that “growing up” really isn’t something I aspire to do.  What I have discovered is that I am throwing myself into this job search with all the enthusiasm I didn’t have for my job in the end.

Also, self-control isn’t one of my strong suits and while I knew the job search is unquestionably necessary, I’ve allowed that to take over my brain.  Netflix and Assassins’ Creed are awfully tempting after a long day of doing all the boring things that a job search entails, especially when you’re trying to avoid telling all your readers that you are…exploring new professional opportunities.  It didn’t occur to me that blogging had become necessary too.  As last week wore on, it became harder and harder to focus on the things I knew had to be done, because I needed to get words on the page/screen/napkin.

This is my apology to you and to myself.  I shouldn’t have forgotten about doing the things I really enjoy, and I shouldn’t have felt like I needed to atone for some massive wrongdoing by denying myself the things that make me who I am. (I also haven’t picked up a book since I lost my job.)  A good friend reminded me that you cannot search for a job eight hours a day, seven days a week.  You’ll go insane.

My promise is this.  A post will go up every day Monday through Friday.  Bear with me if some of them are not up to my usual, but I’m trying to pull my head out.  I will never find a job I really enjoy if I keep myself from the things I enjoy.  Hell, it took a long time to begin to figure myself out, and I don’t want to forget that all because I’m not working for the first time since I was 16 years old.

To keep myself from becoming incredibly lazy (or just playing through all the Assassins’ Creed games before I get a new job), I’m job searching in the morning and in the afternoon I’m writing, finishing projects around the house, cleaning out…everything and maybe a little Netflix or gaming. (well, except this morning, because the lawn has to be mowed before it rains again.  Send up some good thoughts that my mower and I can make it through the jungle.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Word of the Day

casuistryThis describes one of those things that I both detest and unintentionally practice.  More than once, I have been accused of either being so subtle that no one has any idea what’s going on or beating people over the head with…whatever.  The point is, apparently, I don’t have much of a middle ground.  What can I say, I’m working on it.  Do you have anything you need to work on finding a middle ground for?

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Wow, This Is A Powerful Video

Most of us have been guilty of this at one time or another. Our phone pings with a text message while we’re driving, and we take a quick second to look at the message. We know we shouldn’t. We know it is dangerous. We know “Don’t Text and Drive” campaigns are all over, but we do it anyway. Now my niece is driving, and I pray that my carelessness has not infected her.
‘Til next time,
Jessica