Friday, December 30, 2011

Hugo Cabret and Automatons

I brought the twins to see Hugo. The movie was as wonderful as the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, about a boy in the 1930's living in the clockworks at a Paris train station. I can't remember when I've said that. It's different because the book had pages and pages of amazing drawings mixed with the narration. But they both have a place.

We didn't see it in 3D, but there was still that feel of movement through the train station and the clockworks. I think 3D glasses would have been inconvenient, actually, because I had tears in my eyes so often. It's such a bittersweet story.

The other nice thing about the story in film form- you get to see some original footage of the old old films such as A Trip to the Moon. I've watched it on YouTube, but something about seeing it on the big screen made it magical.

My girls and I were discussing if this was a fantasy or realistic story. Though it feels magical and quite steampunk, it's realistic, if you can imagine a boy living alone in a train station caring for clocks to be a reasonable situation. I do. :) Maybe there's a bit of magical realism in it. A new genre perhaps? "Steampunk Magical Realism."

I remember after I read the book, I searched out information about automatons. I'd like to share a cool video of one with you.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, blogger friends. :)
I began a Christmas short story but I probably won't have time to finish it in time for Christmas. No matter. Have a wonderful Christmas, or a happy Hanukkah. If that's your celebration, you've already begun and I hope it's a pleasant one! :)


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa is Here... in a Velomobile?

In spite of it being so close to Christmas I've gotten some writing done, do to the fact that I spazzed my back out in an ill-timed redecorating project. We had new flooring put in (something that looks not entirely unlike hardwood), which caused the walls to look horrid. So, I repainted several rooms.

So, I spend a couple of days sitting in bed, holding homeschooling classes there with the twins and writing.

I also finally got around to framing my niece's Syzygy artwork. I used the top one for the physical book. The middle one for the ebook, and the bottom one from my Twitter account.

Of course you'd think I'd have a lot of help from my trusty husband at a time like this and I did. He was kind enough to work on his human powered velomobile and ride it around. Whew! Glad I didn't have that job. Here he is in it. It's called a Mango. To me, it looks like a pedal car for grown men. Three wheels?  Weren't we all so thrilled when we went from a trike to a bicycle? I think he's reverting, but what to I know about aerodynamics, weight to power ratio, or whatever...?


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Have You Ever Seen Your Character in the Flesh?

Sometimes I spot people--actors or ordinary people--who look like my characters. Sometimes I try to draw them, but I'm not an artist. My niece, Jasmine, an amazing artist, did an adorable depiction of Bea, from my urban fantasy Syzygy, for the cover art.

Now, my characters from Syzygy, are coming alive in a new way.

A few weeks ago I posted about a lady who created a Machimima, a short animated fan film, for Carol Kean's novel, Left on Stonehaven. She's now making one for Syzygy. She posted an update on her progress at her Machinima blog.

First gazing at my character, Finn, was like giving birth! Okay, not quite, but it was an oh-wow-I-can't-believe-it! experience to see him "fleshed out." Not having any sons, maybe the young males are more my babies than the females. I don't know. I recently watched that interview between J.K. Rowling and Dan Radcliffe and she said how moved she was when they chose Dan for the part of Harry Potter because she didn't have a son yet.

Sorry, I'm wandering off on a tangent.

Here's one of the pictures of Finn. To see more, you'll just have to visit Rhonda's Machinima Site.  You'll even get to see one weird picture of the skin process which reminds me of that stretched skin character from Doctor Who, Cassandra.

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