Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 18

A long time I told an interviewer that I wanted to win an Oscar. I don't want that any more. I don't want to deal with everything that comes with that. I'm getting crotchety in my old age. Sue me.

Some times I think that it would be nice to be a multimillionaire. I'd have a penthouse in Yaletown and a flat in London. Of course I'd need my own jet to fly me back and forth between the two. Short of me winning the lotto or meeting a friendly genie that is not going to happen.

I've come to realize that what I really want is to finish this Hades spawn of a screenplay I've been working on (off and on). Then I need to finish the novel I was supposed to have finished two years ago. If I can do that I'll feel as if I've really accomplished something. I see more therapy in my future.

This week's card:
Bare Bones 
Reducing the distractions in your life can help free up time and space. It also can cut down your mental "to do" list. From gathering and taking out the recycling to cleaning off your desk, making tangible open space around you can help to clear mental space for a new creative project.

I've been trying to get up the energy to do a thorough clean in my apartment for a long time now. Maybe this is the time to actually do some of it. Wouldn't you know some vandal made off with our recycling bins last week. Looks like I'm going to have to pile things up in on the balcony again. Timing is everything.

Creativity Resources

Fly Lady - A simple system to  keep you from living in CHAOS.

Simple Living Manifesto - 72 ideas to simplify your life.

About the image: a look inside a beautiful private jet I found at Private Jets

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of Aug 28

Irene did a number on the weekend box office. Some are saying it was the worst weekend ever. I'm sure this weekend will more than make up for it. I'm thinking The Debt might be worth seeing. Or Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame which some people are calling Crouching Tiger meets Sherlock Holmes. According to Rope of Silicon, neither Shark Night 3D nor Apollo 18 has been shown to critics in advance of this week's opening. Plan your weekend viewing accordingly.

Sept. 2

Apollo 18

The Debt

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Shark Night 3D

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

Resurrect Dead: The mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Seven Days in Utopia

Love Crime


This is the last weekend of the summer season so I won't be doing any more movie posts for a while. I might start them up again for the Xmas season.

Friday, August 26, 2011

T.G.I.F. - Musical Prostitute Interview

Freddie Mercury interviews are always interesting. This might be the most famous one from 1984. I've always found it interesting that Freddie spends most of the time looking down instead of at the interviewer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 17

When I started this weekly series I had no idea I was in for three months of insomnia. Two weeks ago I got new meds that sent me for a loop. I've been doing the bare minimum since then. It's really hard to concentrate. I'm only sleeping six hours a night with the meds. I'm practically a zombie the rest of the time. I need the six hours of sleep but if I'm a zombie for the rest of the time it's not good.

Last week's card was about laughing at yourself. I know that a lot of the things I write about in this blog are not happy, shiny things. One reason is that there are HUGE parts of my life I'm not allowed to write about. There is so much I cannot say because of a few people who read this blog. I wish I could just say Frak it all and publish and be damned.

I use email a lot. I never talk about the contents of any emails without the other person's approval. Even when some of the stuff is pretty funny and I'm DYING to share it with the world. I hate those emails that start with “between you, me and the lamp post” because I know something really cool/funny/juicy is coming. I will respect anyone's wishes to keep our convos private, but some times it burns!

Anyway. The point of those last two paragraphs is that this blog is a tiny bit artificial because I am not completely free to say whatever here.

Now onwards and upwards.

A true story.

I used to go to Stanley park and feed peanuts to the squirrels. The squirrels love you if you have nuts for them. They will follow you anywhere and keep bugging you until they are absolutely sure that you do not have any nuts left.

One day I was about half way through my peanuts when all the squirrels disappeared. This had happened once before. The squirrels were gone and I suddenly got a tug on one of my pant legs. I looked down and there was a momma raccoon and her babies. That was the only time I'd ever had a raccoon come to me for a handout. After that I left peanuts in a bush they slept in.

Anyway, on this particular day, I looked down but there was no raccoon so I was perplexed. I looked behind me and a few yard away all the squirrels were gathered around a guy. I watched for a minute and I realized that he was giving out pecans. Me and my peanuts had been rejected for a better class of nut.

No rejection has ever stung quite so much.

This week's card:
Although the public expression of unbridled egotism is considered gauche, having a healthy ego and ambitious goals are often the first steps towards achieving them. You may not aspire to be a Madonna-size superstar but what about something a smidgen smaller? Without inhibitions, what would you aspire towards? What first steps can you take to get there?

Creativity Resources

Goals and Aspirations Blog  - lots of things to think about.

Setting Personal Goals - good info on how to set goals.

I know this isn't the point of this week's card but it is really funny:

About the image: Lightsabre Squirrels. I found it years ago. I have no idea who created the picture. Anyone?

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of Aug 21

I was seduced by the cute boy in leather pants. It's a weakness of mine. Cute boys but especially cute boys in leather pants. If I hadn't seen David Tennant in this promo for Fright Night I wouldn't have bought stock and I would not now be almost $7000 poorer.

I wouldn't have bought stock in Fright Night because I hate remakes. I think remakes (or “reboots” as they are calling them now) should be illegal. I want new stories. I want new ideas. I do not want metaphor or cliché I've heard before. Sigh. Fright Night had what they call a “soft opening” not as bad as Glee 3D but not good.

Aug 26

The Caller

Friday, August 19, 2011

T.G.I.F. - Live Aid

Live Aid took place on July 13, 1985. It was a benefit to raise funds for the people facing famine in Ethiopia. More than $200 million was raised. Many people soon became disillusioned when it was learned that most of the money did not go to the people who were actually starving. That continued disillusionment may be part of the reason people are slow to help with the current famine in Africa. There are things that can be done to help the people in Africa to get through this crisis and more. Check out Oxfam's GROW page.

While it didn't do everything people hoped it would do, Live Aid was one hell of a concert.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 16

So. Here it is Thursday. Again. I've been trying to get into Blogger for two days. I don't know what was wrong but it was very annoying. I've actually started making a “to do” list. I even found a cool website called TeuxDuex. It's very easy to use and I just might use the site because its name makes me smile. I like twisty titles. For years I started every grocery list by writing Chopin Liszt on the top. I know most of you get it. Way back when, I actually had a pad with Chopin Liszt printed across the top. I think I may start using it again.

Anyway, back to the “to do” lists. That's sort of like giving yourself deadlines. Which reminds me I have a couple of things to add to my list. I figure If I can get used to meeting everyday deadlines I can work my way up to meeting my creative deadlines. That's the theory.

This week's card:
Laugh at Yourself 
It is possible (and highly recommended) that keeping your sense of humor while exploring personal creative expression will make the process much more enjoyable. Which is not to suggest that your creative endeavor isn't a serious one, as much as to state that YOU are not your project. The ability to poke fun at yourself as you both fumble and succeed will keep you human while keeping your critical voices in check and your work in perspective.

I may seem like I take myself seriously but that's not really the case. I care about some fairly serious issues. That doesn't mean I don't know I'm a silly person. I do silly, self sabotaging things. I have some “issues” nothing that years of expensive therapy wouldn't help. Until then I'll muddle along.

Creativity Resources

It's Important to be Able to Laugh at Yourself  - A short article with some good points.

Laughter  – some funny quotes about laughter.

Eddie Izzard on the differece between being cool and looking like a dickhead.

About the image: A screencap from the I Love Lucy episode called Job Switching

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of Aug 14

I cannot believe Glee 3D tanked. I lost almost $7000 on the Hollywood Stock Exchange. I thought for sure the Gleeks would flock to it. Could it be the Loser reign is over? Maybe Ryan Murphy shouldn't have been such a public slime bucket.

August 19

Director – Marcus Nispel
Cast - Jason Momoa, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Rachel Nichols

Director – Craig Gillespie
Cast - Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant

Director - Robert Rodriguez
Cast - Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook

Director - Lone Scherfig
Cast - Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Romola Garai, Jamie Sives, Rafe Spall

Director – The Vicious Brothers
Cast - Sean Rogerson, Juan Riedinger. Ashleigh Gryzko, Mackenzie Gray, Arthur Corber

Director - Renny Harlin
Cast - Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui

The Inbetweeners
Director - Ben Palmer
Cast - Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Emily Head

Director - Marc Erlbaum
Cast - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alexa Vega, Jamie Kennedy, Madeline Carroll, Daniel Eric Gold

Director - Leon Ford
Cast - Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier, Toby Schmitz, Heather Mitchell

Director - René Féret
Cast - Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin

Friday, August 12, 2011

T.G.I.F - Don't Stop Me Now

It was 1979 and Freddie was all macho. sigh. Don't Stop Me Now was the first Queen song released as a "casingle" or a single cassette.

This song has turned up in a lot of weird commercials and whatnot. The oddest use has to be from Shaun of the Dead.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 15

My continuing search for sleep has lead me to try a new med which I am calling “Fukitdol.” I got it from my doctor on Friday and I've done as little as possible since taking the first one. I'm sleeping through the night which is great but I might as well be asleep when I'm awake. It's really hard to concentrate on anything. Last week's card was about doing it wrong. I didn't do it at all. I actually sharpened a pencil the other day but I have no idea what I did next. It's still sitting on my desk. I'm hoping I will adjust to this med soon so that I can get back to doing things.

Story of my life. I decide to do something – like a series of weekly entries on creativity – and my body finds one or more ways to mess it up. Normally I'd have abandoned this project after the second week. I'm going to chug along. Hopefully I won't break a bone or end up in the hospital.

This week's card:
Give Yourself Deadlines 
When it comes to biological clocks and IRS payments, deadlines are no fun at all. But for the creative person, deadlines can be a blessing – an easily administered self-cure for the dreaded, output-diminishing disease of procrastination. Punishing yourself with impossible expectations won't help; the trick is to create time-lines that are realistic yet challenging. Make a date next month with a friend to read the story you are writing. Buy tickets to a concert you'll attend on the day after you finish your stained glass window. Promise yourself that you'll finish weaving that rug in time for Christmas – this Christmas.

Deadlines don't work for me. In school I always wrote my assignments the day before they were due. Each year I try to do NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy. Every year I get sicker than a dog by the second week and give it up. I will always meet deadlines for job related things. Other than that I just can't bring myself to care.

Creativity Resources

DIASHO  – Time management software

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Movie Releases for the Week of Aug 07

Seems things are slowing down. Only five films being released this week. I don't have high hopes for any movie on this list. The Glee 3D movie will probably do well but I tend to put concert movies in their own category. Horror movies usually do well so FD5 may find it's way towards the top. I don't think it will knock that Apes movie out of top spot. Such a funny summer. Apes beat Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens.

August 12

Director – Steven Quale
Cast - Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Nicholas D'Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Meghan Ory

Director - Ruben Fleischer
Cast - Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Michael Peña, Jesse Eisenberg, Nick Swardson

Director – Tate Taylor
Cast - Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Director - Kevin Tancharoen
Cast - Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Cory Monteith

Director - Álex de la Iglesia
Cast - Carlos Areces, Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura

Friday, August 5, 2011

T.G.I.F - I Want to Break Free

The video for I Want to Break Free is probably the weirdest video Queen ever made. Supposedly, it's a parody of the British soap Coronation Street. I vaguely remember seeing it on the telly when I was very young.  This video was banned in the US. How times have changed since 1984! Check out the blonde doing dishes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New TV Show: Grimm

Coming this fall to NBC.

Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Well, those weren't stories, they were warnings. -- from the website

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Getting Creative - Week 14

Last week was supposed to be all about hiding little things that spark your creativity all over the place. True to my contrary nature, I found things all over and collected them in a box. I found a tube of purple sparkle glue in my knife drawer for Hecate's sake. Don't ask me. I have no idea.

I think surrounding yourself with things that spark your creativity is a very good idea. I keep telling myself I'm going to put some pictures on the two walls by my computer desk. I look at them all day and right now they're blank. Some day I may actually put something there.

When I worked in an office I used to put up pictures and cartoons that I liked on the walls I had to look at all day. People would come and stand around my desk looking at everything. Some of them would get annoyed if I hadn't changed anything lately. I always wondered why they never did something similar with their workspace.

It used to be that whenever I moved into a new home the first things I'd put up were posters. I can't remember the last time I had a poster on my wall. It suddenly makes me feel as if I've never really moved into this apartment. I might have to go through my posters and pick one.

This week's card:
Do It Wrong 
Rare is the person who hasn't had his or her creative process interrupted, blocked, or sabotaged by the insistent internal voice that proclaims, “You're doing it wrong! You're doing it wrong!” There's one surefire antidote to this defeatist message: go ahead and do it wrong. Instead of striving for perfection – just this once – paint the worst picture imaginable. Chisel out the silliest sculpture. Sew a skirt you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Then notice what does and doesn't, transpire as a result. Did the world, or your passion for your art, grind to a halt? No? Great! Have a laugh, rip up your imperfect creation (or not), and move right along.

I don't know if I can do this. I have this real problem that if I don't do something that is acceptable to my standards I don't finish. I just junk it and start over. I get frustrated with myself if I don't do things perfectly the first time. I know that's stupid. I have issues.

Creativity Resources

Classic Cat - Free and legal downloads of classical music.

Mr. Piccassohead - Yes. It's just what it sounds like. You're welcome.

Getting Creative is a 52 week project where I will try to work my way through 52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity by Lynn Gordon. You're welcome to come along as I do a card a week for a year.