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Something Strange & Deadly Movie Cast…if a movie actually existed

I know I’ve shared my various desired actresses/actors for Something Strange & Deadly, the Movie (coming to a theater near you in the summer of never), but I’m not sure I’ve ever shared my ideal movie cast on my¬†website.

So, as part of the Something Strange & Deadly Book Club, I thought I’d lay out all the faces I see in my one day award-winning film. ūüėČ

Something Strange & Deadly, the Movie

Eleanor Fitt

"I could keep quiet. But that didn't mean I would." (p. 89 in Something Strange & Deadly)

Played by Rachel Hurd-Wood. When she has blond hair, of course. But seriously, I love the way this actress can look so feminine and yet so¬†feisty. (Read more…)

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A Darkness Strange & Lovely giveaways, playlists, and Pacific Rim

So I saw Pacific Rim last night…

Guys, I¬†have been excited about that film for almost¬†a year now–ever since I first heard about it at San Diego Comic-Con last year. Honestly, it’s rare that I anticipate a film or get even remotely excited about its launch. It’s even more rare that I go see a film as soon as it opens.

But man, Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim, guys.

This movie blew my mind. It was everything I wanted and more. I’m not usually an action movie person–I like characters more than explosions…

But MAN, Pacific Rim!

It had characters that were developed just enough¬†for me to love and action that didn’t make my eyes glaze over. Plus, there was a kickass girl–like, kickass–and it was so refreshing to see her. And refreshing to not have romance.

It was the world, though, that really got me. The details was so¬†insane–from the Shatterdome to the Bone Slums to the inside of the Jaegers. WOW.¬†It was everything my inner tween, who was obsessed with Robotech/Gundam Wing, Blade Runner, and basically mecha & gritty sci-fi of any kind, wanted to see. Hell, it was everything the adult me wanted too, and I¬†hope-hope-hope we see more mecha and more Pacific Rim stuff in the future. (Read more…)

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The Legend of Korra: a TV show recommendation

6 out of 5 stars. Maybe even 10 out of 5. Or 20.

This. Show.

THIS. SHOW.

With only one episode left to wrap up the season, I am actually having pain in my chest at the thought of having to wait a year for more.

This story follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large. (Read more…)

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Sherlock: a TV show recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

This. Show. Is. AMAZING.

Period.

It is without a doubt the best TV show I’ve seen in ages–the first AND second seasons. Better than Downtown Abbey (YES! I DID JUST SAY THAT!), yet just as well-acted…

Season 1, Episode 1:¬†Wounded in Afghanistan while in the Army, Dr. John Watson returns to contemporary London and through a mutual acquaintance becomes the flatmate at Mrs. Hudson’s house at 221B Baker Street with the brilliant if eccentric private investigator Sherlock Holmes. There have been three identical apparent suicides, and Inspector Lestrade asks for Sherlock’s intervention over the fourth, the suspicious death of Jennifer Wilson. As she lay dying she wrote ‘Rachel’ in the dust and Sherlock deduces that this was not only the name of her stillborn daughter of many years earlier… (Read more…)

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The Chipettes Still Rock

Over the weekend, I was struck by a sudden memory of one of my all time FAVORITE childhood movies: The Chipmunk Adventure.

I grew up with Alvin and the Chipmunks as well as the Chipettes. Brittany, Eleanor, and Jeanette were some of the most important female role models I had. No joke. Brittany was stubborn as hell and never let anyone walk over her. Jeanette was smart and level-headed, and Eleanor was sensitive and caring. Sure, they were female versions of the Chipmunks, but rather than take on stereotypically feminine characteristics, the Chipettes were EXACTLY like the boys but with long hair.

In¬†other words, they could (and did) do anything the boys could do.¬†I mean, just check out this rockin’ musical number, and don’t tell me it’s not empowering for girl viewers. (Read more…)

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Protecting Our Children From Darth’s Secret (Star Wars Life Thoughts Part 2)

To continue my Very Deep Life Ponderings from Monday, I wanted to move to point #2. In case you forgot the important points Sarah & I came up with, here’s a refresher:

1. Boba Fett is THE HOTTEST character (possibly even more so than Han Solo)…but only so long as you ignore those silly prequels and their silly Boba Fett-backstory.

2.¬†Darth Vader’s “secret” as Luke’s father should be protected from our children at all costs.

Okay, so we’re going to address #2 today. I know not all of you lovely readers have seen the Star Wars¬†original trilogy, but you DO know Darth Vader is Luke’s father.

EVERYONE knows Darth is Luke’s father. It’s ingrained into our psyches…

But it wasn’t always.

When I was a kid, I had no idea who Darth Vader was, and I certainly didn’t know of his parternal relations to a certain Luke Skywalker.

And that ignorance made ALL the difference. Why? Well, indulge me for a moment as I share a story. (Read more…)

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Boba Fett is a Hottie (Star Wars Life Thoughts Part 1)

So, when I was visiting Sarah J. Maas over the holidays, we got to talking about our shared love: Star Wars. We‚Äôre both pretty obsessed, pretty familiar (she even more so than I‚ÄĒthat girl is a STEEL TRAP for movie quotes), and pretty anti-prequels (seriously, episodes I-III are BAAAD).

We actually talked A LOT about Star Wars…and we might have watched the originals…and analyzed them with far more depth than the average watcher. Ultimately, though, we came up with two VERY important points:

1. Boba Fett is THE HOTTEST character (possibly even more so than Han Solo)…but only so long as you ignore those da**ed prequels and their da**ed stupid Boba Fett-backstory.

2. Darth Vader’s “secret” as Luke’s father should be protected from our children at all costs. (I’ll talk more about that on Wednesday).

Now back to Boba Fett.¬†Why is he so hot, you ask? It‚Äôs all about the mystery, my friend. (Okay, and the rusted, rogue-ish armor, giant guns, and utility belt…but MOSTLY, it’s about the mystery.) (Read more…)

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Donnie Darko: a movie recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

Oh, Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s quite a talented actor, even back when he was just starting out–and Donnie Darko really showcases that.

The movie turns ten this year, but don’t let that scare you off.¬† Donnie Darko is a timeless film, and it is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITES (second only to Anastasia and Star Wars).

Though it isn’t a horror film,¬† it certainly has terrifying elements that make it the perfect flick for some Halloween chills. (Read more…)

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Steampunk Month Wrap-Up (or should I say Wind-Up?)

And so, my clockwork friends and tinkering colleagues, steampunk month comes to a close. But I must say, it was an enormous success!! Lots of participation, lots of interest, and best of all, lots of fodder for future steampunk KAPOW!

During the month, all sorts of new Steampunk Stuff crossed into my radar–some came from blog comments, some from emails, some from tweets, and some from other online shout outs.

A Giant Thanks to Everyone Who Passed More Steampunk Goodness My Way (Read more…)

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Giveaway Winners, Steampunk Birthdays, and More!

I really wish this steampunk cake were mine…

Oh my gosh, yesterday I got an AMAZING early birthday present!¬† It has been a goal of mine ever since I was a wee young writing lass to be a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)…¬† To be in the same institution as some of my writing heroes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, or George R. R. Martin.

And yesterday, my application got accepted!!! They EVEN ANNOUNCED ME ON TWITTER!!!! GAAAAAH!

Moving on.  Today is my 27th birthday.

I don’t feel 27.

I don’t look 27.

And I don’t think I act 27.

But it doesn’t much matter, for today is what it is, and according to my German friends, here in Deutschland, I give you gifts when it’s my birthday. Great tradition, huh? (That or it’s a great HOAX to trick me out of free stuff!) (Read more…)

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