RANDOM MUSINGS

Good Monday morning to you! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It’s been a very busy summer for me so far, but hopefully things will calm down a bit now. We’ve had family in town and swimming lessons, and my husband and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary last Thursday. It seems incomprehensible to me that we’ve been married that long! It really feels sort of like just yesterday. And yet, it’s been 10 years, 3 apartments, 1 house, and 2 (almost 3!) kiddos… and I love him so much more today than I did 11 years ago when I said, “Yes.”

Yeah, I’m sappy.

I’m also feeling just a bit scatter-brained, so you’re going to get a weird post today – mostly my random musings… in bullet-point style… and no particular order:

  • Why did Marvel feel the need to ruin the character of Cyclopes in the movies? It seems wholly strange to me that he is such a vastly different character in the movies than he is in the cartoon. I don’t read comics, so maybe he is a whiny, insecure character there, but in the 90s cartoons he was a hero, a leader, and he and Wolverine got along just fine. They weren’t buddies or best friends, but they weren’t really rivals, either. Cyclopes wasn’t threatened by Wolverine, and Jean Gray wasn’t torn between the two men. Yeah, she pitied Wolverine and her empathetic telepathy made him someone she was drawn to with a desire to help him heal… but she wasn’t ever in love with anyone but Scott. (At least, in the cartoons…)
  • If you like rice krispy treats and a combination of peanut butter and chocolate, you really have to try this recipe. Seriously. It’s simple and delicious.
  • Dwayne Johnson. I really have a hard time watching him in movies. I’m not sure if this is because I really don’t like him as an actor, or because my roommate in college freshman year decided to hang an almost life-size poster of him on our door (as The Rock) and I constantly felt like he was creepily watching me do my homework all year. Either way, I’m having a hard time getting at all excited about the new “Hercules” movie coming out soon.
  • I am currently re-reading Ender’s Shadow (yes, finally, it’s only been on my to-read list for 3 months now) and am being reminded all over again why I like this book better than Ender’s Game, and, correspondingly, why I love Bean so much more than I like Ender. More to come on that later.
  • I have also just started reading some of the Sherlock Holmes adventures for the first time. I know, that’s probably a bit shocking. I love the old movies, the new movies, the BBC show “Sherlock,” and even – to some lesser extent – the show “House” simply because of all the Holmesian parallels… but I’ve never read the books. Well, it’s time to remedy that! I’m actually surprised at how similar the plot-lines are, so far, to the BBC show. With Sherlock being set in present day, I just sort of assumed the stories themselves would be nothing alike.
  • It actually cooled off here for a bit last week, dropped down to the high 70s – low 80s, and we even had a few thunderstorms. It was glorious.
  • I got a ton of editing done last week, and I think I’ll definitely be finished with the first pass of content-editing and writing of new scenes that need to be added by the end of July. There will still be a lot that needs to be done: cover art, line editing, and any last-minute changes suggested by beta readers, but this first edit is always the most severe and the most time-consuming.
  • Speaking of beta readers, if anyone out there would like to be one for Yorien’s Hand, and has time to read a book quickly this Fall (October time frame is my best guess right now), please let me know – either in the comments, the “contact me” page, or by emailing me directly at: jenelle@jenelleschmidt.com
  • I am really looking forward to Doctor Who season 8… even if I’m not sure about the new Doctor (really, who is ever sure about the new Doctor right away? It always takes a bit to get used to the new actor, and I’ll probably never be quite “over” David Tennant)… but still… the trailers look amazing. Almost makes me wish I had cable. Almost. But then I’d have to deal with commercials. I’m happy waiting for the DVD version – even if it does mean I’m a bit behind. Nobody go sharing any SPOILERS now!
  • Speaking of sci-fi television, we’ve been watching Continuum, and I think I like it. I’m not sure, because they’re being cagey with their plot and not revealing a whole lot or giving away very many clues as to what this show is actually about (and we’re in season 2), but it’s intriguing. And fairly clean. So I think I like it.
  • What’s your favorite sci-fi show? Mine will forever and always be Stargate SG-1. Followed by Stargate Atlantis. Followed… probably… by Doctor Who. Hmmm, now I’ve got a hankering to go re-watch some SG-1. :)
  • I really want to see How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Scarlett O’Hara was a major jerk.
  • While I do enjoy the Wheel of Time books, I think Robert Jordan probably read far too much Charles Dickens before he ever started writing. Or possibly while he was writing.
  • This makes me laugh:

How about you, dear Reader? What are some of your random musings? (Or feel free to comment on any of mine that strike your fancy)! Happy Monday!

~ jenelle

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Deborah O'Carroll

Okay, it’s kind of creepy how much of this I want to reply to and how similar my thoughts are… o.o

1. Yay swimming. :) I went for the first time this summer last week. :D
2. Happy anniversary! That’s wonderful. ^_^
3. I finally got around to reading both Ender’s Shadow and Ender’s Game last October. Shadow’s really good and I like how it illuminates certain things from Game in other ways. I’m still not sure which I like better though. :P Both have their good points (and bad points. ;)). I was also shocked to find that this time around reading Shadow, I liked Colonel Graff. o.o Didn’t see that coming the first time I read it. XD
4. Holmes is fantastic in all his incarnations! :) I’m reading the books/stories too. :D (I’ve read most but not all of them, so I’m remedying that too.) And yes, part of the modern version was just twisting things. It IS a little surprising how much of the originals one can recognize!
5. We had cool weather and rain too! Yay!
6. Is there more info anywhere about Yorien’s Hand? I think I’ll be REALLY busy this fall, but it wouldn’t hurt to hear more about it. :D Is it fantasy, how long is it, is it in a series, what sort of feedback would you want, etc…?
7. I’m still in season 3 of Doctor Who, so… very behind. Haven’t even met 11 yet. And yes, I’ll never get over David Tennant either. XD
8. My favorite sci-fi show is Firefly, though it does have some ickiness. But the characters and writing are brilliant, and space-westerns are just a fun idea.
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was AWESOME and you need to see it! (Just be prepared for some tears… ;))
10. And… :O YES Scarlett O’Hara was a jerk.
11. I THINK I’ve heard good things of Wheel of Time (though I might be mixing it up with some other enormous fantasy series). A lot of those popular fantasy things I haven’t gotten into yet simply because I don’t have the TIME to read so many enormous books. o.o

So there you have MY random musings in the form of commenting on yours. :D Loved your post! :)

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jenelle

Thanks for stopping by! :)

2. Thank you!

6. Yorien’s Hand is fantasy, and it is the 3rd book in my “Minstrel’s Song” series. I need to write more about it soon, I have about 18 pages of editing left on the first pass. Currently it’s approximately 112,000 words (which is really short, for me) but I have some scenes and other details that need to be added back in. I’m guessing it will probably end up somewhere between 120,000-130,000 words when all is said and done, but it could surprise me and continue to be shorter. I will be able to tell you more once I’ve finished figuring out what all needs to be added!

8. I love Firefly, as well, and Serenity… and yes, it’s one of those I feel I can’t recommend, really, but I love it anyway. I love westerns, and sci-fi and love the idea of them together. I also really really love the movie Cowboys and Aliens… even though it’s ridiculous… it was supposed to be ridiculous, so it works.

3. I found myself liking Col. Graff a lot this read-through as well! Weird.

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Deborah O'Carroll

Thank YOU for writing awesome posts. :D

6. Neat! :) Does it stand alone fairly well, or does one need to read the first two first?

8. Exactly. :-/ I’m going to write a space-western book at some point just because I love Firefly/Serenity but they’re not user friendly. ;)

3. Really? That’s funny! Liking Graff is weird but I can’t help it. o.o

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jenelle

The first two both stand alone fairly well, but I think the third one relies a lot on King’s Warrior (the first book) and is less of a stand-alone. The story itself is fairly self-contained, but so much character development occurs in the first two books that a reader picking up Yorien’s Hand without reading at least the first book might feel a bit lost and not “get” some things. It’s so hard for me to know, really, I’m so close to the story.

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DJ Edwardson

Wow, you certainly covered the gamut there! I won’t touch on everything, but I too was bummed by the movie version of Cyclops. Don’t know what they were thinking because he totally made no sense. But the more I think about it, those movies weren’t really all that great overall. Yes, it was cool when they came out, but only because we’d been waiting for years for the X-men to have their own movie. I have no desire to go back and watch them now. There are so many better superhero movies out there today. Ironically, many of them are also from Marvel.

Yay on your editing progress! That’s so great to hear. That first edit is always the toughest.

I too have never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have a few of his books on Kindle and I’m hopeful that I’ll get around to him one of these days as well.

My favorite sci-fi show was the original Battle-star Galactica. Yes, I’m sure if I watched it now it would be chock full of 80′s cheese, but hey, I don’t watch much TV these days and that one will always have a soft spot in my heart.

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jenelle

I liked the first movie okay, mostly for the nostalgia factor. Then movie two was kind of “meh.” And movie three was just downright horrible.

I think Marvel is clinging to a cast list (specifically Hugh Jackman) too tightly. Instead of trying to reboot the existing franchise and “fix” their mistakes, they should just start over completely. Or abandon X-Men as a type of story that doesn’t fit will with the big screen.

I’ve never seen the original Battlestar Galactica. I watched a season or two of the new one and could not stand it. (We only kept watching as long as we did because a good friend of ours LOVES it and we kept hoping it would get better… it never did).

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Abbey

Did you have to cover Dwayne Johnson’s eyes when you changed? My friend had a giant poster of the characters from the Twilight movie in her room (I don’t know why on earth WHY) and she had to cover Jacob Black’s eyes when she changed.
My favorite sci-fi show is Star Trek… I wonder if a person’s favorite sci-fi show is based solely on the one they watched first? Or maybe not even watched first, but the one that they connected with/fell in love with first? Because I think StarGate has better plot, character, and maybe even world development than Star Trek (at least TOS and TNG; DS9 and VOY are wonderful), but even though I love SG-1 (and Atlantis!), Star Trek is, and always shall be, my friend… er, my favorite sci-fi show.
It sounds like you are having a fun summer with friends and family! I hope your family out in Washington are doing well with the fires. Strange that just when we need the water the most, the Pacific Northwest decides NOT to rain for once.

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jenelle

The poster was on the outside of the door, so that wasn’t an issue, thankfully! haha! But if the door was open while I was doing my homework, he was positioned to be staring at me.

My first sci-fi show was Star Trek Voyager, and I love it, but SG-1 has better plot, characters, and humor, and I just love it to pieces. I also saw Firefly and Andromeda while working our way through SG-1, so I don’t think it’s because it’s the one I saw first. But I can definitely see that being a factor for many. I actually have a hard time deciding between SG-1 and Atlantis… because despite being a bit skeptical about Atlantis, I absolutely fell in love with it. I love the more “fantasy”-esque elements of it.

I’m weird, though, I cannot watch movies/tv solely for entertainment. I can’t just “turn my brain off” while I watch, I’m constantly analyzing, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next, cataloging things I like/don’t like about the episode or the show, remembering my favorite lines, internally critiquing the story/characters/etc, and trying to figure out where I’ve seen the various actors in other things.

My family is doing well. Thank you for asking! Thankfully they are in an area where the fire did not quite reach, so they have been blessed not to lose their homes, water, or electricity. So many others were not as fortunate.

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Abbey

Haha, that’s good. xD I had a poster of the 13 dwarves from The Hobbit movie hanging up on my wall until recently (and then I got another bookshelf and, sadly, there was no more room for the dwarves) and the only one who semi-creeped me out were Thorin (and his brooding broodiness) and Dori.
Atlantis is wonderful. And who doesn’t love Rodney McKay?
That’s a pretty cool skill! It must help with analyzing your own work. I’m the same way when I read. I can’t not notice word choice, themes, character development, forshadowing, etc. The unfortunate side effect is guessing where the book is headed, and usually being right. Do you have the same thing when you watch movies/tv?
I’m so glad about your family! We’ll have to keep praying for those who have lost their homes or are threatened by the flames.

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jenelle

I do generally guess where things are headed in tv shows. Movies do more random things, so I can’t always guess, but I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out where a tv episode is going. It doesn’t really bother me, I feel quite smug when I can figure it out, and when I’m wrong it’s like a fun surprise… so either way, I’m happy. :) (Doesn’t always mean I LIKE the surprise or where the show went).

Yes, Rodney. Who knew he could be such a compelling character? Love him! And Shepard!

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