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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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I don't post nearly enough about the good things in my life. But Tuesday was a truly fantastic day. Not only did I find out that I don't have a deadly medical condition--always a good thing!--but it was just a good day. A great day.

Bobby and I celebrated that night with dinner at La Fiesta. I came home and had two really nice emails from fellow Critters for whom I'd done critiques, thanking me for my help with their stories. I don't expect notes of thanks from my fellow Critters--critiquing is why we joined the group, after all--but it is always nice to hear that some of what I have said is helping the person to improve their stories.

I realized how truly happy I am making a home with Bobby. Seriously, the poor guy puts up with more from me than is fair for any sane human being to tolerate. But when our world went from nagging worry and returned to normal, I realized how much I had missed it.

That night, we got enough snow that I got to take a half-day at work. I slept in (I slept for almost eleven hours!) and Bobby made us breakfast, and he and Alex drove me to work. Johnny wasn't in, so it was me, myself, and the muses for the whole day. (Though people insisted on bugging me on the telephone, but luckily, I managed to get them all taken care of pretty quickly.)

Strangely, I've had writer's block. I'm convinced that I have a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, more of a Seasonal Creative Disorder. I had this problem last year too, as soon as the weather turned. But, while stricken with writer's block, I've been critiquing like a madwoman with the goal of getting a Most Helpful Critter token. So what's the good of that? When I submit "Cold Hands" for critiquing, it will get bumped to the top of the list. I have to do ten critiques in a week. The week started yesterday, and I've done three already. w00t! After I finish posting this, I'm going to go download the next set.

Bobby and I have slowly been watching Fantasia, a couple of songs a night. Fantasia is good before bed. It puts me in a nice, relaxed, sleepy mood. The muses too, which is even better.
  • Fantasia? The real Disney's Fantasia and not Fantasia 2000 (or some other Fantasia)? Because that is my favoritest movie of all time! It's like I've been married to the Pastoral Symphony since age two because of that movie. And look, dancing alligator icon!

    If it's not the same Fantasia, then I'm sad, and you can ignore the randomness above.

    I hardly ever post about random good things, because they usually sound retarded to me. "I ate 'seafood pasta' without the seafood! Yay!" or "The windshield washer fluid in my car unfroze! Yay!!" (Okay, so the second one really was exciting. I was inordinately pleased. :P)

    It's okay, though, if you have Seasonal Creative Disorder, I have Permanent Creative Disorder! I try that forced writing thing as I can, but last time I tried (Tuesday), what came out was so unspeakably horrid that I would have burned the notebook had it not contained notes for my business management class. And so I would like to tell certain muses that I am SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING doing something drastic. Involving violence.
    • Yes! The one-and-only Fantasia! (Never seen Fantasia 2000...I find that "sequels" can rarely hold their own with the originals.)

      The Pastoral is probably my favorite. (And "Night on Bald Mountain," since I like scary stuff and all.) Nelyo the Unicorn also enjoyed the Pastoral and used it as an opportunity to remind Flour of how nice it would be to have a foal. Flour was not moved.

      He then went on to comment on how hott the pegasus was.

      As for SCD (Seasonal Creative Disorder), forced writing sometimes sucks. I've been working on Bobby's V-Day story, and I've gotten...half a page? If that?? Nrgh. It's frustrating. But I keep forcing it in the hopes that I'll get inspired and the rest will come...nothing so far. (Though I haven't tried in a few days due to obsessively critiquing stories for my own personal gain! Whee! I've done five with five to go! Whee!)

      This takes loads of sugar, you see.... ;)
      • Fantasia 2000 was not too bad. Definitely not the original though.

        Never much liked Night on Bald Mountain. When I was a kid, the movie ended after Dance of the Hours. ;) I haven't watched Fantasia in a long time, so none of my (current) pets/muses have seen it.

        And well, the Pegasus was pretty awesome. I wanted to be one. ;P

        Well, there is sucks, and then there is REALLY sucks. I've got gratuitous evil stories on my computer that I think suck less than this. *sigh* I want to try again today. Maybe I'll have better luck. (Actually, I have a small bunny nibbling on my ankle, so maybe I'll extract him...even though the end product might sit and rot afterwards, at least it will have been something.) I should work on my story for the Tale-within-a-tale challenge at HASA, but I am having waaaaaaay too much trouble with the middle section (the tale). O.o

        Sugar you say? Maybe I'll have to get some...;)
  • Yay for snow delays!

    And I loved Fantasia when I was a kid--I've been wanting to see it again for years! The dinosaur animation gave me the creeps, but I liked it a lot anyway...
    • Yeah, I was rather surprised at what could be done in a children's movie back in the Dark Ages of the 1940s. I mean the violence! And the naked animated breasts! This is rated G?? *appalled* (Actually, I think it's a rather sad statement that our movie ratings were more liberal in 1940 than they are in 2007!)

      But the dinosaur episode was surprisingly violent, if only because I'm so accustomed to the sanitized crap that marked the later animated Disney movies.

      And you should see it again! I found that I liked it more as an adult.
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  • Having pretty much memorized of the Disney movies over the last couple of years due to my little Maria/Carnistir's obsession with them, all the adults here agree that Fantasia is the best. She also really likes Alice in Wonderland and can sing the soprano part to the flowers' song perfectly. (We have high standards in our house--no sequels--only originals.)
    • I agree completely about only originals. One day, I was browsing in Best Buy (mostly because Bobby was browsing in Best Buy and I happened to be along for the ride), and I got really excited to see that they had The Lady and the Tramp! Only...it wasn't. It was the stupid sequel made recently because no one can have any original ideas anymore.

      I'm totally with Maria, though...I love the old Disney movies! (Bobby and I watched Alice and Wonderland a few months back too!) For my birthday last year, Bobby found a guy willing to sell the whole set of Disney classics on DVD for a very reasonable price, so that was my birthday present. We're slowly working our way through them.
  • *hugs* I'm so glad you're happy. :) Yay!
    • I sometimes feel like if I'm not ranting then I'm on a soapbox then I'm complaining about something menial....

      But one day, I would like to look back at my journal and say, "Yes, I remember when that happened! That was really nice!"

      *hugs back*
  • Oh, but I should've used *this* icon in honor of Fantasia

    Oh well, I'll use it now in a Gratuitous Icon Comment!
    • Re: Oh, but I should've used *this* icon in honor of Fantasia

      *wipes tears from eyes* That's priceless! :^D
  • Fantasia RULZ!! (sez the Disney animated fangurl)

    The first Fantasia is da bestest, but I also like Fantasia 2000. *shrug* can't help it.

    And I agree with the above. Originals, no sequels. I'm slowly building up my dvd collection of the classics.
    • I'm also an animated Disney fangurl! Hubs bought me the whole set of DVDs for my birthday so I can get a fix whenever I'd like. :^P

      I've never seen Fantasia 2000. I think that I could tolerate that one...but some of the other sequels I've seen on the shelves? Nah. It depresses me that their either isn't a market for another original animated feature or storytellers/animators lack the imagination to make one. Boo.

      So which is your favorite? Mine is, without a doubt, The Lion King.
  • I have to say, I have always enjoyed the "Sacre du printemps" section, even though they chopped up and reassembled the score. The animation is gorgeous, and so perfectly timed to the music. And let me tell you, the timing in "Sacre" is really really difficult. People have written dissertations on it. At the premiere, when the riot was in full swing, the dancers couldn't hear the music, and Nijinsky had to shout the beats at them from the wings.
    • I hope that you're happy. You've made me go off to Wikipedia. Again.... ;)

      I like that part in the movie too because it's evolution set to music! Very cool.

      When I was younger, I used to often practice skating to "The Rite of Spring" from my Fantasia soundtrack. I once started choreographing a whole show based around that piece complete with skating animals. I was nothing if not ambitious!
      • I hope that you're happy. You've made me go off to Wikipedia. Again.... ;)

        Sorry. Just one more side effect of having a music person on your f-list. Speaking of which. . . I read something the other day that might interest you. The first chapter of Marc Perlman's Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory (University of California Press, 2004) is all about cognition in musicians and how people perceive, or don't perceive, the theory underlying the music they play. It made me think of some of the chapters you wrote about Maglor in AMC, when he was struggling to explain what music looked like inside his mind. Perlman's writing is nicely accessible, and with your background in psychology, you should have no problem with it at all. French Pony hearts this book.

        I like that part in the movie too because it's evolution set to music!

        Screw evolution. It's volcanoes and dinosaur battles set to music!
        • As a bio-geek, evolution set to music is quite a treat. ;)

          And thanks for the book rec...I will definitely try to check that out! It sounds really interesting and like it would be of help to my writing, since music always seems to make its way into my stories, one way or another!
          • I finished Unplayed Melodies last night. There are bits where it gets kind of technical, but I think you'd appreciate the last chapter or so, and the conclusion, as well. I hear, at third hand, that Perlman himself can be kind of a jerk at places like SEM, but he writes very well.

            Speaking of books, I picked up one at the library today that you might also find cool. It's very new. It's Childhood in Shakespeare's Plays by Morriss Henry Partee (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York, 2006). The first half is an analysis of the changing ways that people viewed children during the Elizabethan era and a sketch of what childhood in those times might have been like, and then Partee goes on to analyze some of the plays where there are child characters, and how the characters' actions, and what people have to say about them, reflect on Elizabethan attitudes toward child-raising.
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