NaNoWriMo 2020: Day Eight

1617 words today over the course of five Starship Troopers movies. That’s day three where I’ve done both a movie marathon and writing at the same time. Not the best for productivity, (let’s ignore the 3k I wrote Friday) but I still got words down and am still ahead of the NaNo target. I’m not quite where I’d like to have been, but I need to balance my time off and writing so I actually get some down time. I can find that balance.

Such an awesome series, and one that I’ve found very inspirational over the years.

Tomorrow I need to get some editing done, it’s only a short story. Very short, so it won’t take long. I’d also like to get some work done on Penal Earth as well. I’m not the most gifted at sticking to one project so it’s time to dive into another one and get some words done on that one.

I am about to sit down and review my works in progress and set myself a little plan of action for the next week and try to stick to it! Which has always been my failing but I’ll persist and try and stick to what I list.

Something I am very guilty of is rewatching the same movies and shows, yes I’ve spent the last three days doing that but that was a special occasion. Time off work and a desire to watch some movies I’ve not watched in quite some time. So I’m trying to watch more that I haven’t seen before. I know I run back to old favourites when I’m not doing too well, it’s a comfort thing. But I need new input. I need to check mow out. Right now I’m watching Dead Space Downfall, never played these games but the film sounded interesting. So far I’m not disappointed.

With that said, I’m going to wrap this up now. Touch base with where I am with projects and make a small list of work for this coming week.

Have a good one folks!

3/10/20

Good evening folks!

My plan was to get up about 8am and get some words written before work. What really happened was I overslept till about 9:30am and quickly wrote 360 words before getting ready for work. Yeah, not even close to plan.

My sleeping has been all over the place of late, and I’m really hoping it settles down at some point.

Tomorrow I won’t get a lot of time to write but I’ll find some time to get some words down.

Tonight, I’m gonna watch a movie and then get to bed.

2/10/20

382 today. Technology faffed me about, I got distracted by TV and writing was hard.

Tomorrow, I’ll try again. Now, despite being tired I’m going to watch a movie. A part of me wants to go to bed but I need some input. I need something I have seen before. I’m still struggling to read, so a movie is the best bet. So I’m going to watch Death Trench.

Night all!

31st of August 2020

Good evening folks, only a couple of hundred words today. After work and a little shopping I had a bit of a chill out day. I feel like I needed it, but I still did a little bit of writing.

I’ve got edits to look at and want to have them done but Thursday, so I can get one story off to beta readers and bank the other one until I can get cover art and an editor to look it over. Both are lined up and I just need to give them both a shout to get them out into their schedules.

I’d have liked to end this month on a productive day, but I just couldn’t do it. A little bit too much fatigue and I did something for my personal life that is emotionally draining and it always knocks me a little. But tomorrow isn’t just a new day but it’s a new month, and I’d like to hit the ground running despite possibly not having much time. I’ve had a had a chill out today, so back at it tomorrow.

I’m chilling out I watched Birds Of Prey. It was okay, a few nice touches here and there but it did lack something for me. The story in part reminded me of Deadpool 2, and it was predictable. One thing that bugs me is there doesn’t seem to be any direction from DC for these movies. Like, are they rebooting it all? Or just going to keep going with what they have while doing stand alone films like Joker? I’ve not see that yet, so I don’t k ow if it fits in or not. And why can’t they get a solid design on Gotham? Batman Begins seem to get it right, but after that they just seem to film it where ever, in some generic downtrodden American city.

It was good to sit and watch something though, and something I’d not seen before as well. I almost fell into it and forgot the world around me.

Right, off to be I go. Tomorrow’s a new day, a new month. Let’s make the best of it!

24-7-2020

My plans to do a chunk of editing today crashed and burned before they started this morning when my desktop decide to faff about. So I retreated to my laptop and didn’t get as much done this morning as I’d planned.

This afternoon I tried to nap and catch up on some of the sleep I’ve lost recently. I know I’m never going to catch up on that sleep, but I needed to get a little rest. I didn’t though. It was very unsettled with lots of waking up throughout. Mainly thanks to Raven wanting attention.

When I gave up trying to nap I watched some Friday Night Dinner while editing. A brief stop for dinner and then I watched Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World while editing. At the end of play I’d worked through one chapter, which was about five or six thousand words.

I know I said I was going to focus on one project but my head really isn’t cooperating with that. So I think I’m going to try and jump between projects depending on where my head is telling me to go. Until I’ve built up some discipline I think I’ve just got to write whatever my brain is leaning towards.

Not distracting at all 🙄😂

I’m not expecting to get much done tomorrow, between work and a few calls I’ve got to make I can’t see me having a lot of time till later in the evening. So I’m going to try then.

22-7-2020

Good evening folks. Well, it was a busy day but not with writing. I got a little editing done this evening. I’m liking this story. It’s the first in the vampire series and one I hope is a strong start.

I am getting a bit of an itch to write something new, I might look up some submission calls and see what’s out there, maybe something will spark an idea. The editing is still my priority though.

Yeah I did a little editing tonight, but I spent most the evening watching movies.

First up was Waterworld with Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dennis Hopper. This movie gets a lot of shit, but It’s a fun one. Beautifully shot with a simple, but engaging storyline. It’s one I’d have liked to of seen more from that world as I find it really interesting to see how people survive in that world and the different cultures that have grown from that world.

Then, it’s an old favourite. Total Recall with a Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, and Michael Ironside based off a Philip K. Dick story and directed by Paul Verhoeven. This movie is just awesome! The story works, the actors are all on point, the gore is nice but not over the top (I don’t mind over the top gore, but it wouldn’t work here). It’s another beautifully shot movie as well. Definitely one that makes me smile.

18-7-20

Good evening folks, today I had a movie and writing day. Okay so it was more movies than writing. I’ve had a few busy days where I’ve been getting a lot sorted and I was wiped out. So I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a couple of other movies, and did a little writing.

Something I’ve realised is that I’ve already re-written a fair bit of the vampire book I’ve been working on. So I’ve looked over the bit I’ve been rewriting the last couple of days and merged it together. I’m going to go through it over the next few days and see where I am properly with it all though. I did write 771 words today though. Getting into editing the word count will drop but that’s part and parcel of the process. My head isn’t in the right place to be working on multiple pieces at the moment so I’m not going to try to do so.

I’ve got a busy week with work coming up but I’m going to try and make sure I’m working on these projects each day. I am thinking about goals through the rest of the year but am not comfortable with sharing them at the moment.

Right folks, thats it for now. I can hear a bed calling me so I’m off to it.

47 Meters Down Uncaged and Bait

I recently watched these two movies back to back and was quite impressed with both them. Although neither blew me away both films had me hooked pretty early on and were a great escape for a few hours.

47 Meters Down Uncaged is about four teenage girls who go cave diving threw caves that have old ruins in them and there happens to be a shark mooching about these submerged ruins. Obviously things go pear shaped and there’s people dying and lots of blood (awesome!), but the cast do pretty well and have you interested quickly. The story isn’t bad and I found the fact that four teenagers would do something daft like cave diving on their own with little experience quite believable. A few other moments had me raise my eyebrows a little bit never to the point of not believing the film, except one moment where someone dies and one of the girls is then swimming in that space. Like, wouldn’t the water still be somewhat bloody? But anyway. It works well, and the ending was pretty good I’d a little bit of a stretch. Well worth a watch.

Bait is another shark movie but this one takes place in a supermarket that is flooded after a tsunami and a shark or two gets in. Again, not the most complex of storylines but it works (it’s nice not seeing stories overly complicated for the sake of appearing smart). There’s a little more conflict amongst the characters in this one, a cops and robbers, grumpy employer, and daddy/daughter issues to name a few, but it works. Another decent cast that did admirable jobs while being soaking wet for the majority of the movie. There’s a few places where the writers stretch the imagination but overall it was enjoyable and a pleasant surprise. Another one that’s well worth a watch.

So two movies that I enjoyed and recommend. Both are on Netflix UK.

Terminator:Dark Fate

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a few years you’ll know my opinion of the various Terminator films we’ve had to date. Just briefly though; the first two movies are two of my all time favourite movies, with Terminator 2: Judgement Day being my favourite all time movie. The third film, Rise of the Machines is just about okay. I liked the idea they had but thought it was poorly executed. Terminator:Salvation is a much better film than people give it credit for. It had its faults but I think director McG had a vision, but it feels like he didn’t get his way with much of it. I don’t really want to talk about Genysis.

To Dark Fate though. I was more than a little anxious about this movie. I was comforted that James Cameron was involved, and that Linda Hamilton was coming back to reprise her iconic Sarah Connor role. I liked that Tim Miller was directing it, but I was still anxious. Genysis has left me with a bad taste in my throat and I was scared that my favourite movie of all time was going to be pissed on again. I liked that Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna were both in this movie. I liked Luna’s time on Agents Of Shield, and the two films I’ve seen Davis in (The Martian and Blade Runner 2049) I’ve liked what I’ve seen. I think both of them were good fits for the film and brought their characters to life. Luna’s REV-9 was just badass. He gave the machine an attitude that we’ve not seen from them in these films before. Davis had a desperation to her that worked well with what she was capable of doing. Natalia Reyes was good as Dani. She had a fight to her that worked and developed well as the film progressed.

Linda Hamilton brought her A-game with her like she always does in these movies. Her story starts hard and she is as much of a badass as she was in the first movie. Now, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s okay. I’m not really sold on his backstory in Dark Fate, but you know what, I can live with it.

We’re heading into spoiler territory now, so here’s your SPOILER WARNING!!!

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A random picture of Dizzy to prevent accidental Spoilers.

The big spoiler, John Connor getting shot dead in the first few minutes of the movie. I mean how it was all done was stunning to take us back to a moment that could have only been weeks after Judgement Day, but it was still a major slap in the face that changed the entire timeline. But I think to rejuvenate this universe it was needed. It’s not like Genysis where they pissed all over the first two movies. What they did here was much more respectful to what had come before.

Is this my Terminator universe? No, but you know what I can get on board with it. I liked the nods to the first two movies, Sarah Connor’s actions from her past do catch up with her at one point which gave me a smile, and I hope they make more. It is, in a way a retelling of the original film, although I’d guessed that Dani was the saviour of the human race and not an unborn child a while before it was revealed.

They’ve set up a new universe here, I’ll watch more if they make them (bring back Luna though. I’d like to see Davis again in the role but she’s the Kyle Reese of this movie), but the original two Terminator films are still above and beyond for me.

The Next Terminator Film

The second trailer for the next Terminator film, Terminator:Dark Fate, has gone online over the last couple of days. I had a look at it today during my lunch break and i still have some major reservations, but I’m not quite as anxious as I was.

A little background. Terminator 2: Judgement Day is my favourite movie of all time. I saw it at just the right time for it to embed itself into my DNA. It blew me away! After seeing The Terminator I found I loved that one as well. Terminator 2 is still my favourite movie, but The Terminator is a fantastic movie. Then Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out. If I was listed top to bottom my favourite Terminator films this would be second from bottom. I love the concept, showing how Judgement Day went down should have been a wet dream for me. It wasn’t. It tried to be too funny, I think the casting was off and I’d have liked to have seen it having a bigger scope to it. This was the film that should have sown the rise of Skynet. It should have detailed it and given us an epic movie showing this all happening. It didn’t though.

After Terminator 3 we had Terminator:Salvation. Now I like Salvation a lot. I was super excited with the thought of a movie showing us what we’d only seen in flashbacks before. I’ll admit I was worried about McG directing it. I’m also not the biggest Christian Bale fan, but I do enjoy it. I didn’t really care for the Marcus Wright storyline, and I’d have liked to of seen the piles of bones you saw in the flashbacks from the first two films. I didn’t like how Connor became the leader of the resistance. It felt lazy and has been done repeatedly on screen. It did have strong points though. Anton Yelchin was fantastic as a young Kyle Reese. I loved the fact that so much of it took place during the day. So many films nowadays have to have all the action at night. The visuals of the film, and the score, were really good.

Ugh, I suppose I ought to address Terminator: Genisys. Okay. I like Emilia Clarke a lot, but I’m not sure this was the role for her at this time in her career. I’ve a lot of respect for her for giving it a go though. Jai Courtney is a good actor, but he isn’t a leading man in my opinion. Just look at how good he is in Suicide Squad. Jason Clarke didn’t sell me if I’m honest. Arnold Schwarzenegger was good, but he was born to play this role. I wish they wouldn’t keep trying to make him comedic in these films though. What they did with him in Terminator 2 worked for that film. It hasn’t in any of the rest of these films. The storyline wasn’t great and had some huge plot holes in. What I really hate about this film though is it erases the first two films from the existence. That and the fact they waste Byung-Hun Lee, J.K. Simmons, and Matt Smith. You just have to watch Matt Smith in his few scenes in the film to see the quality he has. Why wasn’t he Kyle Reese? But that wouldn’t solve the plot problems. Something that also annoyed me was the big reveal about one of the main characters in the trailer! Like really? Don’t you think that would have been better to reveal when people are in the cinema!?!

Terminator: Genisys feels like a slap in the face of the fans who love this world. They tried to take away the two best films in the series, and I still don’t understand why?

Right, I’m going to (try to) stop ranting.

On to Terminator: Dark Fate. I’m comforted by Linda Hamilton returning. I’m a little anxious about Schwarzenegger though. Is he playing another old terminator? Will he be the comic relief? I’m 50/50 on James Cameron’s involvement. I seem to recall him praising Terminator: Genisys. I like that Tim Miller is helming the film. I liked what he did with Deadpool and I hope he pulls this off. I like the look of Gabriel Luna, he was really good as Ghost Rider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I like that Mackenzie Davis is in this. I’ve only seen her in The Martian and Blade Runner 2049 but thought she was good in both, especially Blade Runner 2049. I’m looking forward to seeing what they both do in this movie.

There was what I think of as a reveal in the trailer. I’m not sure it’s a big one but why not keep it vague so people learn it when they see the film for the first time? This isn’t jut a problem with Terminator films, its something that needs to be made extinct.

I am anxious about this movie. I want to go into the cinema and have all my sweet spots hit with it, but I’ve been burned before (damn you Genisys), so I’m not going to let myself get too excited about Terminator: Dark Fate.