Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Back ... for the Moment

My brother and sister-in-law are gone. They are driving north on I-5 as I type on their way back to the Portland area before flying back to Alaska this weekend. I miss them already but they said they’d come back at Christmas though.

I love Portland this time of year. I wonder if the roses are out yet? Just might be because the birds are twitter-patted already. Yesterday I had to wait for a few birds looking to make a nest up above the screen door to get out of the way before I could go outside. I stayed outside and shooed them off for long enough I hope they gave up on that idea. Above the screen door will not work for a safe nest. Last year when a pair tried to build there stapled cardboard to cover the open areas on the overhang and put up a commercial birdhouse. So far no birds have moved into that though. Hope they do. I like birds being around ... less bugs!

I stayed home to write and goof around online while my brother and them were in Vegas last week. As it turns out it wasn’t until this week I found work and I’ll start next week. So now I don’t have to be frugal with money to the same degree and that means I should have gone to Vegas! LOL.

Anyway, I was in a great mood to get this new job. But I was also thinking it'll curtail my online activities. I will have to find a new schedule to write and have fun online. I'm not really great with adapting to new time schedules. I get so used to doing things one way.

Well, in closing.... Here is a picture the family took in Vegas last week. Guess what I was teasing them about after they took this picture?

They tease me about writing erotic romance you see. So I was teasing them about taking pictures of naked ladies.

It is just advertising. Not too shocking. Put it on a romance novel and the same people who freak out wouldn't probably think twice at driving down The Strip and seeing a billboard like this. Hmm... wonder why that is?

More Vegas Pics

I love this pictures they took though. But still, I had to tease them about the naked lady theme going on.

If I'd been there with them, I would have been taking the same shots. Similar taste my sister-in-law and I have.


Did you know there was a casino named Mermaids in Vegas?

I didn't. I'd probably have taken an image of this one too because I like mermaids!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Ultraviolet Was A Lesson In How Not To Write Vampire Paranormal

Let's just say that I didn't enjoy the movie Ultraviolet. The only quality I liked was the heroine's hair color changes, so I don't think they did it enough. But I'd have to because I have a heroine that can change her hair color too. [ShallaMai, secondary in Starlit Destiny and the heroine in the follow-up that is a WIP.]

The vampires had fangs, yet not the need or desire to suck blood. Call me silly, but isn’t that one of the cardinal rules of vampiredom?

Their vampires were mortal. They went to great lengths to show that Ultraviolent wasn’t immortal. [A double negative. :)] The ending scenes screwed that up for them though. In futuristic and paranormals people are willing to have “the rules“ bent ... but not within the same story.

The whole light-sensitivity issue was another thing they played with to fit the scene. The heroine wasn’t light-sensitive, so she couldn’t see in the dark. Yet there were other characters that weren’t light-sensitive that could see in the dark. In fact, the movie pretty much took place in the daytime, so I couldn’t figure out why they bothered bringing up that vampires are light-sensitive at all.

Some purists don't like playing with light-sensitivity and vampires. That doesn't bother me. In Never A Sunset, I have day walking vampires.

Their explanation of how vampirism is caused was a “blood virus” so they used the term hemophage. But, by definition a phage is a virus that attacks bacteria and thus wouldn’t attack a multi-cellular organism like a human being. Apparently whoever wrote this comic book just got out their thesaurus and found an alternate for “blood virus” and didn’t bother looking up the meaning. I remember high school biology so I noticed.

The apparently realized there were holes in their plot because through portions of the movie the dialogue didn’t match the actors lips. I assume they rewrote huge portions of the movie after they filmed it. My question would be ... why not rewrite it before hand? Isn't that a lot of money to spend on a crappy script?

Anyway... I’m convinced if I’d written this story I would have not found a way to get it published. Had I read this poor review at the Horror Channel, I may have still wanted to see it to see if it was really that bad.

Cool hair color decision though.