Schedule, Schmedule… Making Time with @meganslayer #iamwriting #schedule

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I’m trying a few different things this year. I’ve taken some time off from blogging when things got crazy at home. You’d think snow days would mean lots gets accomplished. Not at my house. I end up losing time on writing. I gain it with the family, but my writing gets pushed to the background. Someone once told me I needed to have a set time every day to write. I needed to be disciplined.

I’m a known pantser. I have plans in my notebooks, but I let the characters run when they start talking. Same thing goes with my writing. If I’ve got a set deadline, then I bust my hump to get the story done. If I’ve got a little more time or a loose deadline, then I go when the characters talk. I’m good under pressure, but I hate having pressure all the time.

But having a set period of time during the day to write? Yeah, that doesn’t happen in my house. Not because my family are demanding. They aren’t. But I’m not just a writer. I’m a mom, too. I’m a pet mom. Today was a good example of why setting out specific time to write isn’t my thing.

When I opened the laptop and brought up the document to start adding to my latest story, one of the dogs got sick. Computer down, cleaned mess up. Sit down, start reading through what I’ve written to get caught up and another dog has to go outside. Computer down, dog outside. It’s cold (it was -20 with the windchill at times), so I have to keep an eye on the pup while he’s out. Bring him in, sit down and start working. Dog behind the couch…don’t know what she’s doing, but it can’t be good. Still not sure what she’d found, but again, had to put the laptop down. This was the time I had to myself and planned out for writing. So much for writing. I just can’t get into the headspace to write bondage when a dog is getting sick in the background.

So I’ll wait until later to write. I’ve got a couple hours after everyone goes to bed and maybe I’ll get a few words down then. Maybe not. But you can’t say I’m not trying. Grin. What about you? Does this happen to you? Ever get bogged down with other stuff and don’t get down to whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing? I’d love to know.

But yes, I am writing. Grin.

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Movie Review ~ Goodbye, Mr. Chips ~ @meganslayer #movie #review #BWmovie

Monday Movie Rundown BannerDepressing, but worth the watch. I’d never seen Goodbye Mr. Chips. I kept thinking, this is an award-winning movie. I should catch it. Did I? Not until the other day. I wish I hadn’t waited.

This movie ticked a lot of boxes for me. There’s adventure, a bumbling, but lovable hero, romance, and a few tears. Mr. Chipping, aka Mr. Chips just wants to teach at an all boys school. How he goes through is life and his trials is interesting. By the end of the movie, I felt like I knew the character well.

I rooted for him. Hoped he’d get what he wanted, then cried more than once at the end. Greer Garson plays a good foil for him in his love interest. I almost wished she were on the screen longer. Their interplay was great.

I wish it hadn’t been quite such a depressing film. Gracious. What that poor man went through during his time as a teacher and master. I felt for him, though, which was the point. I wanted to see him succeed. It’s a long movie for the time, but worth the watch. If  you’re in the mood for a movie that will tug at the heartstrings, then this might be the one.

Movie Review ~ Now, Voyager @MeganSlayer #movies #review #thoughts

Monday Movie Rundown BannerI’ve been on a black and white movie binge for a while and the first one I watched happened to be Now, Voyager. I’ve wanted to catch this one for a while. I’m not sure why I hadn’t watched it before. I love a good Bette Davis movie and this one wasn’t bad.

I loved how Davis, as Charlotte, bloomed through the story. The way she grew and changed was great. Then there’s the romance that can’t be between Davis and Paul Henreid. I liked him in Casablanca, but here, Henreid shines. He’s a tortured man and trying to find happiness. Some of the reasons for his unhappiness are of his own making, but I could overlook it.

A few things I couldn’t overlook were how dated this movie truly was. Unfortunately, I initially watched it through the lens of current times. Just because Charlotte is brow-beaten doesn’t mean she should have to go to a sanitarium, but she does. She doesn’t get along with her mother–but who could! Mother was as coarse as they come. It’s no wonder Charlotte felt belittled. Then there was the scene with Tina. There’s no way someone who wasn’t the child’s biological relative would be able to not only take her out of the sanitarium for a camping trip without supervision, but to keep her out on said trip. No way they’d allow the pair, a motherly woman and a young teen to pair up the way they did or to allow the teen to move in with the woman. Without the parent’s approval? Oy. It bothered me. And how the father just went with it.

I liked the movie, but I had some serious issues with the emotional affair and the child situation.

Looked at through a more innocent lens, this movie is brilliant acting on the part of Davis. She shined in her role and the way she came out of her shell was great. Henreid played a handsome hero figure and the romance satisfied, despite it being doomed.

If you’re in the mood for a movie with an ending you won’t see coming, then this might be the one for you.

 

Thursday Movie Rundown ~ The DUFF #moviereview #review @meganslayer

Monday Movie Rundown BannerThis week, I’m a little late with the post, but it’s because I’ve been watching a movie I really love. The more I’ve watched this flick, the more I identify with the characters.

This week, I’m focusing on The DUFF. I wasn’t sure I’d like this movie because it seemed like yet another teen flick. What would make this one resonate with me? It’s about teens and I’m not a teen any longer.

It’s the pecking order thing and knowing your place. Bianca, the main character, has been labeled a Designated Ugly Fat Friend by her perceived as better looking friends. It’s all about perception. She thinks she’s not as good as the others, so she tries to find out why. Then there’s the social pecking order. The people who believe life in high school is only the start of how important they will be for the rest of their lives. This is a microcosm of high school. We want to find our places and how we fit into the world. Bianca chooses to try to improve herself, but all she really needs to do is be herself. High school only lasts for four years. Life goes beyond that.

I was that kid in high school that people knew, but didn’t pay much attention to. I sort of blended in until they needed something. Oh, and I was labeled. Not the DUFF, but a brown-noser. Yeah, how nice was that? I did my thing and didn’t complain, yet I was seen as someone who kissed up to the teachers. It took me a little longer than Bianca to realize I wasn’t just that one thing. So I was the weird kid? So I wasn’t like everyone else? Didn’t mean I didn’t want to be a little bit like them. Didn’t mean I didn’t want to be accepted. I’m older now and am comfortable in my own skin. The DUFF proves you should be yourself. It might not be the easiest thing to do, but it’s worthwhile. You’re being true to you.

Thursday Movie Review ~ Secretary #moviereview @meganslayer #movie #review

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There aren’t too many movies that make me squirm. Secretary was one of those movies. I can’t say I squirmed because of the sexual content. Honestly, that didn’t affect me all that much. What did bother me was the subject manner…the relationship between Lee and Mr. Holloway how hot and cold it could be…and her cutting.

Lee was a ball of confusion, stuffed into an awkward dress. She deals with her problems by cutting. I can’t imagine doing something like that to my body and seeing what she went through did make me cringe. I enjoyed watching her journey to find success, despite her background and family. Good grief was her family a mess…

There is definitely a sexy angle to the story. Lee enters into a BDSM sort of relationship with Mr. Holloway. James Spader is great as Mr. Holloway. He does unhinged, but with a tick of control very well. Maggie Gyllenhaal is fantastic as Lee. You feel for her, even when some of the things she does doesn’t seem to make sense. 

Watch this movie if you want a different perspective on BDSM relationships and healing. It’s not that other BDSM movie by any stretch and that’s a good thing. If it were hokey in any way, that would take away from Lee’s growth as a character. Her character must be handled delicately. There are some odd moments in this movie, but definitely worth watching at least once.

 

Monday Movie Rundown

This past week, mostly the week and not the weekend… I took in a few movies while I wrote. I did manage 13k during the week – great, but not the best. I had aimed a little higher, but oh well.
 
What did I watch? Oh boy, is there a selection.
 
Burnt – Bradley Cooper. I wanted to like the movie. I did. Daniel Bruel (I think that’s how it’s spelled) was in it and really good. I liked him from Rush. But overall… He came, he cooked, he threw Gordon Ramsey style fits, he acted like a jerk and he went. I never warmed to him and I like Bradley Cooper. Just… meh.
 
Maleficent – I really liked this one. Beastie. Hee hee. I liked how it wasn’t true to the cartoon, although I do love that cartoon. Angelina Jolie was pretty danged good. Oh and those outfits… holy moly. S&M dreams right there. I do have a soft spot for Sharlto Copley and kind of wished he hadn’t turned out to be such a crazy, but it worked for the movie and if I want to see him as lovably deranged, I’ll watch the A-Team again.
 
The Crowd Roars – never heard of it? This movie is most likely before ANY of our time, but that’s what makes it good. It’s an old James Cagney and Joan Blondell flick. If you haven’t seen anything by Joan Blondell, you should. This one features racing at Indy. It’s dirty, stinky and there is a lot of passion. Check it out.
 
She Done Him Wrong – Okay, I have to admit, I’m a sucker for Cary Grant. Pretty much ANY Cary Grant movie will do, but I’ve always liked Mae West. She wasn’t teensy. Wasn’t cutesy. She said what she meant and got what she wanted. I love the comedy in this one, too. They don’t make movies like this one and they should. Just not a remake.
 
Die Hard – Yep. I have a confession. I’ve NEVER seen this movie. Not until Friday. Never. And I’m not in the ‘this is a Christmas movie’ camp. Sorry. Maybe it takes place over Christmas, but that was about it. Silly. But lots of sh*t got blown up, so whatever. Plus Alan Rickman was delightfully evil. Not one I’d watch again, but that’s just me.
 
Ghost Rider 2 – Spirit of Vengeance – The only redeeming quality to this movie was Johnny Whitworth. I loved him in Empire Records and plus… look at him! But good gravy. Nic Cage phoned in his performance. The destruction of machinery was laughable. I guess someone wanted to take a decent plot (I’m sure the comic books HAVE to be better than that screenplay) and make tons of cash from it. I sincerely hope they didn’t. It was awful.
 
Those are my thoughts. What about you? Any good flicks? Recommendations? I’m listening and my watch list is getting LONGER… 🙂

Monday (er… Tuesday) Movie Rundown

It turns out I’m more of a movie buff than I thought. For the what… third or fourth weekend in a row… I’ve taken in more than a couple of movies. Shrug. I write while I’m ‘watching’. More often than not, I’m not looking at THAT screen. Grin.
 
So I ended up watching X-Men Apocalypse. James McAvoy. Enough said. But seriously and my (one of many) man obsessions aside, there were an awful lot of plot holes. Still, it was good entertainment. We got to see sh!t blow up. It was worth it.
 
Also saw David and Bathsheba. Still not sure how I feel about Susan Hayward as an actress, but Gregory Peck… with scruff… Holy hotness batman!
 
I saw Ghost Rider, too. Yanno… I thought I’d hate it. Thought I’d laugh. Eva Mendes didn’t really work for me, but it was like she played an angry caricature. The graphics were a little stale, but it’s an almost 10 yr old movie. Nicholas Cage was silly, but I kind of expected it. I liked Wes Bentley. The man plays deranged scary very well. And Sam Elliott. How can you not like him?
 
Because I can’t not watch it… X-Men: First Class. Yep, again. James McAvoy and the interplay between him and Michael Fassbender. Very much worth it. Yum!
 
Lastly… Prince Valiant. This one had a young Robert Wagner and Janet Leigh. The haircut they had on Robert Wagner distracted me. Too silly. I’m sure it had something to do with the time period, but it was just… fake. Oh well.
 
Maybe I can find another Tyrone Power movie to watch… Hmm…
 
What’s on the agenda for this weekend? Burnt with Bradley Cooper, and Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. Yep. Eventually I’ll get that movie seen. 🙂
 
Suggestions always welcome. I’ve put many of the ones before on hold at the library. I’m also dying to see Hail Caesar! If you’ve seen it and liked it or not, let me know.