Monthly Archives: May 2009

Sherlock Holmes!

Yay!  There’s a trailer up for the new Sherlock Holmes film.  It looks gorgeous.  I couldn’t quite tell if Robert Downey’s version of Holmes meshes with my version (I’ve been in love with Holmes ever since I discovered the stories and spent a month reading nothing else), but I’m willing to give him a shot, since I think Downey is brilliant.  And at least they’re not going to portray Watson as a bumbling idiot, which is the reason I will not watch certain other adaptations.  Gah.  Don’t even get me started!

But here’s the trailer (and be sure to watch in the HQ mode):

I’m far more excited about this film than I am about Harry Potter!

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The Song in My Head

I’ve never been a Coldplay fan.  They’re okay, but I’ve never felt the need to buy any of their songs.

Before now.

I stumbled across this song on someone’s blog and have been well-and-truly obsessed since then. Love, love, love this song!

Or how about this?  Violin?  Does it get cooler?

If you’re wondering, the reason he’s wearing three different shirts in the above video is that he’s playing three different parts on the violin.

Polyvore

Have you heard of Polyvore?  It’s an incredibly addictive time-waster.  But also incredibly fun.

From the brochure:

“Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.

Polyvore lets you create sets composed of individual images using an easy to use, drag and drop editor. After you have created a set, you can publish and share it with your friends and the Polyvore community.”

Here’s a sampling of “sets” I found in a quick browse through. Some are pure fashion fun:

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Some are artsy-awesome:

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And some are just obsessed.  With certain television shows.

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In case you can’t tell, that’s David Tennant as Dr. Who, standing in the winged nimbus of light. 🙂

Here’s a link to my creations:

http://www.polyvore.com/butterfly_marie/set?id=8762999

Gaiman stamps/mini stories

Copied from Neil Gaiman’s blog, because this is insanely cool if you like stamps, mythology, or Gaiman:

I mentioned here before that Dave McKean painted some Royal Mail stamps based around the myths of the British Isles. They look like this:

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(The last one, of a Mab-like fairy, was originally going to be a banshee, but then someone realised that the first time someone got a letter telling them bad news, in an envelope with a banshee stamp on it, it would be seen as a Stamp of Ill-Omen.)

The Royal Mail asked me to do something to go along with them, and seeing that I get very requests from Royal organizations, I agreed: my job was to write VERY short stories, one for each stamp, for the presentation pack. And my self-assigned job while I did it was to try and make the stories, the images and the stamps peculiarly British — why a fire-breathing Dragon rather than a good English Wyrm? And how do I get British with Unicorns?

The Royal Mail have just put the stamps (and the presentation pack, and the First Day Covers) on sale for pre-orders. Wherever you are in the world, you can order it from them directly: Lots of lovely Dave McKean art, some of it much bigger than stamp size.

This is the link to the presentation pack.

This is the link to the whole Mythical Creatures area of the website.

And on Twitter I learned that the Royal Mail solution, if anyone asks, is to enter US phone # as follows: 01 0 617 1234567. (I assume that the 01 would be whatever your local country code would be if you are not in the US.)

Steampunk Costume Video Tour

Had to share:

It’s starting to be finished…and you know what that means – I’ll shortly have time to begin working on my “Elizabeth Bennet Zombie Slayer” costume!

For more pics, and a making-of dress diary, check out my costume website:

www.freewebs.com/dragonflydesignsbyalisa

Happy Things I’ve Discovered Today

First of all….

Dollhouse has been renewed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I hardly dared let myself become attached to this show, so certain was I of its early demise.   But now life is all shiny.

Second, we found one of these in our yard:

Salamander

A little internet research told me it’s a Long Toed Salamander.  According to the experts, it’s common in WA State.  Who knew, because I’ve certainly never seen one before!  I love little squirmy reptiley things; one of the highlights of my trip to Florida was all the teeny little lizards that scurried everywhere.  It really surprised me to find a salamander in my front yard, though, because I thought they required nearby ponds, and we haven’t got one.  We are extremely lacking in water; we haven’t even got a convenient ditch.

Thirdly, read this:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i30b29365238b3652295a5a9e328518de

I wonder if this will give George RR Martin a little incentive to finish the series.  I mean, what’s going to happen, if he can’t write faster than HBO can film?  Do they get to make up their own ending, or what?

And yeah, I realize that’s usually what happens anyway.  Sigh. (Despite the sigh, still happy.)

The Tweet of Disappearing Authors

I was doing my daily check of author Neil Gaiman’s blog (for those of you who don’t know, he’s funny, witty, very down-to-earth, and his blog is frequently charming in a number of different ways), and discovered he’d answered an interesting letter from a fan.

The fan wanted to know if Neil thought that author George RR Martin was breaking faith with his fans by not publishing (as of yet) the next book in Martin’s epic series.  The fan wanted to know whether – in this age of Twitter, blogs, and Facebook – George RR Martin has a responsibility to keep his fans informed on his writing progress.

Neil’s answer (short version):  George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

Which made me laugh, because while I too am awaiting the next volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m also a writer.  And I understand how these things go, how you can’t always put a noose around your muse’s neck and drag her to your laptop.  And I can only imagine how annoying all those rabid fan emails must be, baying for the blood of your next-born novel.

But still.  If an author has made the effort to reach out to his fans via a blog or tweets, and if he knows he’s waaaay past his publishing deadline, wouldn’t it be at least common courtesy to let the fans know what’s happening?  I haven’t been following George RR Martin’s blog all that much, so I really don’t know what he’s done to notify the fans, but I’m thinking of another author here: Scott Lynch (whose book I am honestly more excited about than Martin’s).  Scott built up a relationship with his fans, answered letters, replied to comments on his livejournal, and then missed two book deadlines and…dropped off the face of the earth.  Completely gone.  As in nothing left to Google.

I really, really, don’t think I’m asking him to be my bitch because I’d like to know whether he’s still alive.  If he’s got personal stuff going on, fine.  He doesn’t have to go into detail – or any sort of detail at all.  But a brief note saying he’s alive would be nice.  Which, yes, he finally did – two years after his infamous hungover livejournal post (which led to all sorts of speculation that he had dropped of alcohol poisoning, that he had fallen to WarCrack, and all sorts of even more outlandish fates).

So please, to you authors out there with personal traumas, stubborn muses, or general visibility issues….just a little tweet next time before you disappear?