oh, dear.

Dec. 15th, 2010 07:08 pm
primroseburrows: (DT:and so it begins)
I don't know whether to be ecstatic or petrified to have discovered this.

I may be in trouble.
primroseburrows: (DT:and so it begins)
King's Dark Tower being turned into massive TV/film series

I don't know whether to be psyched or utterly scared. I agree with the commenters on the article. Dear TPTB: Please oh please oh PLEASE don't let this suck.

Oh, and um. You don't have to look for someone to play Roland, because I already found him. )
primroseburrows: (DT: nozz-a-la)
Hi, I want this:

Back to RL.
primroseburrows: (group w)
  • I took [livejournal.com profile] meresy's advice and now have a brand-new copy of Top 100 Unusual Things to See in Ontario. This will be v. helpful!

  • I'm finally starting the Lady Eleanor Stole from Scarf Style. I'll be using Classy Dream In Color Good Luck Jade. I tried to make it once before a couple of years ago, but got snagged up with the entrelac, and I was trying it in a solid colour which didn't look as stunning as I thought it would. The subtle variegation of the Classy yarn is close to the original and will make it look more romantic, which is a big reason I fell in love with the Lady in the first place.

    I got the yarn at Unwind, which is also where I signed up for a class in Viking Knitting, something I'd never even heard of before a couple of days ago. I've been wanting to work with metal for a while now--maybe learn to make some jewellery or chain mail. This looks like a good place to start. Plus, the people at Unwind are very helpful and they have drop-in knitting hours which will come in handy when/if I reach a snag with Lady Eleanor.

  • It looks like I'll be moving to Narragansett. Yeah, I know, I said I wouldn't move again until I finally really move (which, um, yeah, too far in the future to even think about), but I have a chance to share an entire house with someone I've known for years and have lived with before without a problem (and this was back when we both had young kids). It's a three-bedroom ranch on a quiet street with a back yard and a deck and a dog and cat. It's a little more of a commute, but not too bad, nothing like commuting from Tewksbury. I'll also be paying less in rent and sharing the cost of internet, telly, utilities, etc. I'm sure there'll be some stumbling blocks, there always are, but for the most part it seems like a win-win situation. And I can pay my mother back what she loaned me for the security deposit, so that'll be one less thing to worry about moneywise. And anyway, my thing about not moving was that I'd only move in-state again if someplace in Narragansett became available. It really is a lovely town. Here, see for yourself. :)

  • John McCain was on CSPAN this morning, basically saying how icky the new healthcare plan is and how it's going to OMG RUIN THE ECONOMY. It's interesting to go back and see that basically the same things were said about Medicare and Social Security. This debate is SO not over, because the Republicans are going to nitpick it as much and as often as possible. They keep saying that the Dems may have won the battle, but they'll lose the war. I can't wait to see what Rachel says about the whole thing. I HEART HER SO MUCH.

  • I found a new hostel in Ottawa. It's very pretty and clean and stuff, and I'm going to be making reservations there as soon as I know when I'll be getting there and where I'm going to stay.

  • Trying, really, really trying to get through . The Fountainhead, but I keep going back to my reread of Perdido Street Station instead. Eventually, I'll have to give The Fountainhead back to my chiropractor. It's not looking good for me finishing it. And I've not even got to any of the political-philosophical stuff yet, so I can't blame it on that. It's just not that good. I mean, changing POV in the middle of a scene is just plain careless, IMO, unless there's a really good reason for it (I couldn't find one). And it reads like a 1940s movie would sound. Probably because it's a 1940s novel, but still. Lovecraft reads like the era he wrote in, too, and I can still read that with no problems. *shrugs*

  • Caprica, OMG. It had better get renewed, is all I can say.

  • Have been teaching Amelia this poem, because she should KNOW it, and stuff. Also, If anyone knows where I can get the pattern for that turtle (which I only found a minute ago when searching for a link to the poem), let me know? I'd much rather make it than buy it.

  • I'd post a Song of the Day, but I really want to get back to winding my yarn. Lady Eleanor awaits!
primroseburrows: (DT:and so it begins)
Day 04 → Your favorite book

Just like my favourite song is an album, my favourite book is a series. Here's an excerpt from The Waste Lands, which, if I absolutely had to pick, would be my favourite book of the series (no major spoilers so it's safe):

He was the largest creature in the forest which had once been known as the Great West Woods, and he was the oldest. Many of the huge old elms which Roland had noticed in the valley below had been little more than twigs sprouting from the ground when the bear came out of the dim unknown reaches of Out-World like a brutal, wandering king.

Once, the Old People had lived in the West Woods (it was their leavings which Roland had found from time to time during the last weeks), and they had gone in fear of the colossal, undying bear. They had tried to kill him when they first discovered they were not alone in the new territory to which they had come, but although their arrows enraged him, they did no serious damage. And he was not conused about the source of his torment, as were the other beasts of the forest--even the predatory bushcats which denned and littered in the sandhills to the west. No, he knew where the arrows came from, this bear. Knew. And for every arrow which found its mark in the flesh below his shaggy pelt, he took three, four, perhaps as many as half a dozen of the Old People. Children if he could get them; women if he could not. Their warriors he disdained, and this was the final humiliation.

Eventually, as his real nature became clear to them, their efforts to kill him ceased. He was, of course, a demon incarnate--or the shadow of a god. They called him Mir, which to these people meant "the world beneath the world". He stood seventy feet high, and after eighteen or more centuries of undisputed rule in the West Woods, he was dying. Perhaps the instrument of his death had at first been a microscopic organism in something he had eaten or drunk; perhaps it was old age; more likely a combination of both. The cause didn't matter; the ultimate insult--a rapidly multiplying colony of parasites foraging within his fabulous brain--did. After years of calculating, brutal sanity, Mir had run mad.

full meme list under here )
primroseburrows: (dS: fraserhat)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] patchfire, which I'm finally answering:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

My answers (complete with video link, picspam, and too many words)are under here. )
primroseburrows: (DT: there is a boy)
A while ago I was pimping discussing the Dark Tower series with [livejournal.com profile] npirie, the main topic of which was casting a movie, which of course every DT fan does. She's never read the books, so I thought, hmm. Who would I cast as Roland? I mean, y'know, besides Retro!Clint Eastwood.

Definitely not Paul Gross, as was her suggestion (when she reads the story, she'll realise how many worlds of wrong this would be).

But she got me thinking, and what I came up with was this )

This is one of those subjects that I could waste time blithering on about for hours. However, since there's so much else to waste time blithering on about, I won't.

Anyone with any dreamcast!suggestions is welcome to chime in, though. Probably should add a couple of Americans, or it'll never get past Hollywood.

On second thought, maybe Bruce MacDonald should direct it.

Which brings up another question: Who should direct a DT film?

Credits: The first pic is from [livejournal.com profile] stormymouse's site, the second from [livejournal.com profile] c_regalis. I got the picture of Eddie Nick Lea from Google, so I don't know who to credit.

Okay, I'm done now.
primroseburrows: (SA: gtpoint)
You know, eventually I'll post about something important, like politics or activism or stuff.

Right now I'll just ramble on about television (insert *gasp* here) and the fannish butterfly effect and stuff.

In which Primrose natters on to the point of blithering about books, music, movies, good!television, and Paul Gross' mouth )

That's all. For your patience, here's a song I first heard while stuck in heavy traffic driving through Boston. Another example of stumbling into something I love.

Tom Waits - The Piano Has Been Drinking.

I obviously do not shut up well. Doing it now, for real. The rest, as it were, is silence.
primroseburrows: (ves'-ka gan)
Alphabet Meme time! )

Also, I'm rereading The Drawing of the Three. Try to get over the shock, y'all. Anyway, this has never been my favourite DT book even though I love it. I'm really not sure why. Because everyone's not in it, I guess. This reread's different, though. I feel like I'm reading it for the first time, and I keep getting new stuff screaming out at me.

spoilers for the Dark Tower Series )

Over a decade since I first began this story, I'm finally coming to love Roland. This is a very cool thing, so it is. It's also why rereading books isn't a waste of time, no matter what [livejournal.com profile] mr_tooby and others say.

So, yeah, this book is something else, all right. It's stuff like this that makes Roland's story (and it is Roland's story, singularly, even with all the rich characterisations we're given) so compelling that I want to reread and study and RP characters and have a piece of it in ink on my wrist. IMO, a writer is someone who tells a tale on paper. A good writer is someone whose tale is such that the story and the characters slip inside the readers' subconscious and become a part of it, become real to the reader.

Sai King is a damn good writer.

Oh, and I also bought this from iTunes for ten bucks. It was a big savings from importing it, like fourteen bucks American plus postage, but it was a big pain in the arse to get it from the computer to the iPod, because it was protected, because apparently I'm treated like a criminal when I want to play my own album that I bought legally. *screams, flails, etc.*
primroseburrows: (ves'-ka gan)
Link to [livejournal.com profile] mourning_souls for pretty pics and because woah. I think I shall also link this to [livejournal.com profile] fucking_19.

St. Cuthbert's Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland.

[livejournal.com profile] mourning_souls is a great community, btw, if you like cemeteries as much as I do. Which is quite a lot, actually. :)
primroseburrows: (skquarter)
Hey, kids, it's Emo!Roland!

Now is Now - Other Worlds

I had the mp3 on my old PC. I'd forgotten about it, but it all came back in a flash this morning. Of course I had to have it Instantly, so I started obsessively searching for it online, et voila!

The whole CD is for sale here. It has all kinds of story-inspired stuff. I think I shall buy it when I actually have a bank account again. I like it, despite the fact that, okay, upbeat-catchy-rhyming pop isn't exactly ideal for the scene being referenced, but I think emo just works like that. The heart's there, anyway, and the guy can sing.

The band is from (where else?) Maine. ;)

And you know? It's really sad when I can't use the line of lyrics I want to for the subject because it's a spoiler. Sad and pathetic. *facepalm*

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by, among others, might be interested in this:

Die Stephen King.de Fanpage.
primroseburrows: (skquarter)
So, I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] songdog to do this meme. It's a book meme, how could I refuse?

List five things you've been reading lately. Then tag five LiveJournal users to do the same in their own journals. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Oddly, as [livejournal.com profile] songdog is thinking about reading some (interesting, intelligent) fiction, I'm reading some (also interesting and intelligent) nonfiction. Still have my fiction in the mix, though. But it's ONE book, which is odd for me. Oh, and the reread.

1. Finishing up The Protector's War, which is a good read despite being a bit heavy on the SCA-becomes RL battle stuff. I only recently found out it's going to be a trilogy. I've already read the first book, Dies the Fire. It's a cool premise. Some unknown catastrophic event shifts the laws of physics just off-centre enough to prevent all modern technology that's run by power (electrical, gunpowder, etc) to not work anymore. Of course, Apocalyptic novels are my favourite kind, and I really like this one. The author could cut half the battles out and I'd be happy, though.

2. The latest edition of Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Elizabeth Davis, for my midwifery course. Much of it's a reread, since I read an earlier version for another course. Still, this is one of the best books on birth around, and it's an enjoyable read, required or no.

3. Judith Levine's Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping . This book is very good, and it's not what you think. Not preachy at all, the author describes her own experiences with boycotting shopping for one year except for necessities (although what she and her partner Paul consider "necessities" is up for debate). She goes into the pros and cons of the Voluntary Simplicity Movement without overly dumping on it or overly praising it. At the heart of it, though, it's a good autobiographical piece. There's a lot of wit in this book. And it makes me think when I buy (most of the time). The same author wrote Harmful to Minors: The Dangers of Protecting Children from Sex, which sounds like it will be VERY good. It's been on my "really want to read SOON" list for a while. It must be getting sorta close to Soon by now, right?

4. How Can I Keep From Singing: Pete Seeger by David King Dunaway. This is my bathroom book (no slight to Pete because of it--bathroom books do get read, but slower and in bite-sized pieces). I've only read the first couple of chapters so far, but I like the biographer's style, and he doesn't gloss over Pete's life or defer to his celebrity, which is most likely fine with Pete. It's a bit of a history book, as well, because Pete is an old man, and was involved with a lot of events, big and small, that spanned most of the twentieth century.

5. Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Kaplan Shanley. Only a couple of chapters into this one, too. It gets a little new-age-y, which can be a turnoff for me, but it's an interesting read. I've only recently started researching unassisted birth (not for class, but just because I'm a birth geek, and well, eventually someone's gonna ask me what I think about it and I should probably have an answer for them), and I'm finding that the more I read, the more I see UB as a very viable choice that can be as safe as any other homebirth (which is as safe as birth gets, btw)if the couple is well-prepared for the experience. This book isn't a DIY book for couples wanting to birth their baby on their own; rather it focusses on the experiences of the author and others, as well as Ms. Shanley's philosophy about the idea. I just found her website, Bornfree. Lots of readworthy stuff there. If someone's really interested in UB as a subject, though, I'd suggest another book that goes into a bit more nuts and bolts and not so much new-age jargon. Read this one after that one. Of course, like I said, I haven't gotten deep into the book yet. I think I'm going to get more out of the website and even more from Psalm and Zoya's birth video, when I get to see it.

Not part of the five book list, but I'm also going to be starting a reread (yes, a real, whole reread) of Stephen King's glorious Dark Tower Series, which isn't just my favourite SK story or my favourite dark fantasy story; it's my favourite story that's ever been written, ever (that I know about, of course. *g*). And since I really want to do justice to [livejournal.com profile] eddiecdean (and sai King, say true), I need to Refresh the brain. I've tried just reading the last bits of the last books. Not working for character study. It's a good thing that it's been long enough (has it really been a year and a half?!) that I actually CAN pick them up again. I've known these characters since somewhere around 1994. I know what it's like to wait years and years for the next leg of the journey and then all 700 and change pages in two days, only to wait again. Roland, etc. live close to my heart, aye, and the last part of the first read was so intense and heartwrenching (for joyful AND sad reasons) that I wasn't sure I'd be able to pick them up again (part of the reason was certainly that it was OVER, no book eight, nobody saying What Happens Next). I know I'll be able to do it now, though (mostly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] eddiecdean, so I'm all set to go. Now to find the time.

If anyone's ever looking for a story that has everything: humour, joy, tragedy, poetry, horror, romance, life, s/he should read this one. My heart is glad that it exists, although I'm entirely jealous of anyone who's about to read it for the first time. And really, if you don't like the first book, read the next one anyway. The first was started when SK was [livejournal.com profile] i_am_a_hannah's age (she'll be 19 this month, say thankya). The Gunslinger is bleak and dark and I like it, but not everyone does. The next books are in a different style, and not nearly as severe.

What I should really do is take the audiobooks out of the library. Woah. That's actually a great idea. SK doesn't read them, alas. I know some people are happy about this, as he's no Great Orator, but I like to hear an author read a book, with all the proper inflections and pronounciations (I mean, geez, I thought "Cuthbert" had a short U for years. It's key-youth-bert, people). Besides, I like his voice, as t00by and Maine-accented as it might be. The t00by and Maine-accented stuff is probably WHY I like it. SK is nothing if not Real, which is something that can't be said about quite a few of the rich and famous set. Apparently his neighbours adore him, and are fiercely protective of him. That says a lot, I think.

Okay, I tag...hmm. [livejournal.com profile] way2, [livejournal.com profile] robinhoo, [livejournal.com profile] mr_t00by, [livejournal.com profile] willysunny, and [livejournal.com profile] on_a_hill. And the bonus, because there seems to be an unwritten law that there should be one, [livejournal.com profile] phredlovesgoats. Also anyone else who'd like to have a go at it.

Now, off to bed. No double shift, it turned out, and I'm still up to the wee hours. Two days off, though (I think), so whee! Massive housework awaits inna morning.


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