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13 October 2016 @ 12:18 pm
My sister and I have a list of horror movies we're watching this month (so far we've managed one, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil), but I think tonight I want to watch a good, old-fashioned, scary X-Files episode.  Any thoughts?  We both already decided that we've seen "Home" too many times.

Guys, I just really love October.  It's amazing how much plain happier I've been the last week or so; the colder temperatures, all the Halloween stuff, the leaves changing.  I feel like I'm coming back to life.
09 October 2016 @ 02:37 pm
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This is quite possibly the saddest, shortest list I've ever had since I've started doing this - and it's two months' worth!  Part of it is that I've been writing a lot more lately, but a lot of my TV consumption, which has always been the biggest part, hasn't been stuff that I'd keep track of here.  I watched quite a few of the 9/11 docs, then watched all the JonBenét specials (and reading about both of those on the internet has cut into my reading books time, too).  However, by far the biggest drain on my time is all the time I've spent lately watching and reading political bullshit.  I've never really followed the elections all that closely before, but I've just been captivated this year.  I read a comment somewhere comparing it to the ancient Romans and their love of gladiator matches; we're all just waiting for more and more blood.
Five years ago, the West Memphis Three walked out of prison.

I first saw Paradise Lost in 2001 or 2002, when I was at USC.  Like a lot of people around my age who'd had a fairly-sheltered, middle class childhood, it was my first real experience with how frustrating and terrible true injustice could be.  I went on to read the book Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt, getting more obsessed with the case.  I spent more hours than I could ever count on message boards, reading evidence amateur sleuths had uncovered over the years, finding myself convinced by this theory, then that one.  I followed the appeals and motions for years, and every time something new came up - another example of the courts' malfeasance, new exculaptory evidence - I would think, "this is it, this is how they're going to get out," only to have everything go back to square one.  And the whole time, Damien was on Death Row, getting sicker and sicker.  Five years ago, when I checked CNN in the middle of a desk shift at work, I hadn't heard a whisper of what was coming.  Yet there it was, the headline: "West Memphis Three Free."

If you've never seen it, I highly recommend the documentary West of Memphis.  Though the Paradise Lost films are very good, you have to watch all three to get the full story; and honestly, the second one suffers quite a bit in retrospect for suspecting the wrong stepfather.  West of Memphis follows the case from start to finish, from the murders, through the trial, through the painful eighteen years in prison for crimes they didn't commit, to their eventual release.  In fact, I'm planning on watching it (for like at least my sixth or seventh viewing) tonight.

To Jessie, Jason, and Damien: I'm still so proud and happy for you.  All the best.
02 August 2016 @ 04:17 pm
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So I've obviously been terrible about updating again.  It's been for a few reasons, all of which I'm very aware of, but it doesn't seem to make much difference.  For one, it's been summer reading at the library, so I've been very busy at work.  But I think more importantly are two things going on at home.  Firstly, I've really made an effort to not get on my home computer much.  I'd developed a very bad habit about coming home from work, where I'd often been on the computer all day, and just getting on the computer again for the rest of the evening.  But secondly, I've been doing a daily journal this year.  A lot of the time, once I write about my day in my journal, there just isn't the impetus to write it all up again for LJ.

Of course, part of it is not really being involved much in any kind of fandom, either.  I was doing pretty well with making icons for theiconthrone there for awhile, but that's fallen off my radar, too.

I continue to miss LJ, especially my first couple years on here; I miss having messages to respond to, and having assorted amounts of fun.  I don't know - it just seems more difficult for me lately to make the time for it.  I always go to bed each night thinking of all the things I didn't get done; there just isn't enough day for me anymore, it seems like.

(It doesn't help that I feel guilty for not keeping up on y'all's blogs.  Like, if I can't make the time to stay up-to-date with what's going on in your lives, what right do I have to post anything here and expect any of you to read it?  I have the oddest social media-related anxiety sometimes, IDK.)

Anyway, I'm going to try (again, as always, ad infinitum) to be a bit more dilligent about checking in at least weekly.  I need to, like, set aside one day in particular for LJ stuff.  Maybe that'll work, heh.
14 May 2016 @ 10:30 pm
Icon post!  Everyone over at theiconthrone submitted caps, and I selected 12 to make icons.  Multiple fandoms, multiple styles - I took this opportunity to experiment and have fun.

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Considering the amount of time I spend screenwriting, and how much of what I write is horror, and how influential the film "Vampyr" has been on my horror aesthetic, it should not be a surprise that when it came time to make icons representing me, I turned to a movie that so perfectly encapsulates what frightens me the most.

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