rhoda_rants: (leia)
We were not in the path of Totality, but it was still pretty cool. It did a little ritual thing on the rooftop and read Mom's Tarot. That was my first time doing it for someone else. I'm getting more confident with this stuff, which was one of my New Year's resolutions which I almost never stick to, so that's good.

Anyway, it just kinda looked like someone dimmed the lights for supper for an hour or two, then it was back to normal. Glad I was here though! Incidentally, "THE TOTALITY" still sounds like some kind of a outer space movie monster to me.

In other news: I am officially on the payroll for Belladonna Magazine! The August issue is up here. I wrote an article about Gothic Cinema featuring Crimson Peak and Get Out. Also, there's a writeup about Mother Panic by someone else, if you're following the Young Animal comics! Always good to see some love for Young Animal.

More! )
rhoda_rants: (sam)

First, that thing I was vaguely hinting about (and probably should have posted about sooner but never mind that now): I had the opportunity to write a guest article for Belladonna Horror Magazine! Check it out, I did the Lost Boys article!

In other news: I did not get either of the two jobs I was holding out for earlier this month, but I just got a call for another interview--still library stuff, still full-time, so fingers crossed for that one. Interview is on Monday! Send good vibes! I also created a LinkedIn profile but I have no clue how to navigate it yet. Give me time. I'll get there.

Nextly, we are ALL over Convention Week at the moment, even locally. The library's free con, FantaSci, is happening this weekend, so I'm going to go and meet Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Tor's "Strangely Beautiful" series (which I haven't read yet, but I will). She's doing a panel on the history of Gothic literature. So OBVIOUSLY I gotta be there for that.

Lastly, I have somehow inadvertently introduced Mom to Supernatural. It's entertaining. And kind of bizarre, since I haven't revisited Season 1 since I got through my whole binge-watch. (THEY LOOK SO YOUNG! OMG!) I'm recapping the adventure on Twitter with the hashtag #MomWatchesSupernatural.

Happy Wednesday!
rhoda_rants: (rey)
Stuff I did on my mini working vacation:

  • Introduced myself to the college library staff and let them know I applied for the full-time job there, so they know my face now.

  • Met many dogs! So many dogs!

  • Hung out with [personal profile] orangerful! We had lunch and she showed me *her* library, and I am jealous of her rad desk space.

  • Got up to 20k in my WIP, have gotten through the copying/pasting/editing part, and on to the transcribing from my notebook part. Progress!

  • Started my letter writing project, the impetus for which will be made clear in my fangirl-heavy Doom Patrol review which I haven't posted yet. (It'll make sense eventually.)

  • Visited many bookstores, record stores, and ice cream shops, and picked up Mother Panic. Very nearly picked up The Black Parade on vinyl as well, despite the fact that I really can't afford it right now and already have THREE separate copies of the same album. (The original, the collector's box set, and the 10 year anniversary edition, if you're wondering.)

ANYWAY. Had a most excellent trip. The first couple days were hard though. Way more social interaction than I prepared for. Pro-tip: if someone is taking a five hour drive to come see you, don't force them to meet a house full of brand new people on the first day. Jesus. (On the upside: dogs. Many dogs in this house full of people. Which means many opportunities to hide in corners and cuddle them.)

Downside: I got a call from the IT department while I was there, and I didn't get that job. Sigh. I just don't have enough experience with the specific programs they're using. Which isn't as soul-crushing as it could be, since this other job is higher on my list anyway.

It'll be much easier going up next time if I need to. Fingers crossed! I'm totally qualified for this one. Please, let me get this job and relocate.
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )


Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (rey)

Here's a few of the things I've been up to in the Real World lately:

New IT position opened up at the library. Full-Time. Wants people experienced in computer-related stuff, customer service, data analyzation, and software specific to libraries. I CAN DO THIS. The application process is a little different though, so I have to figure that out and get it done. But yeah, I can do this. DATA COLLECTION IS WHAT FANGIRLS DO. Weirdly, I feel like I've been prepping for a job like this unintentionally since I first taught myself HTML so I my late '90s fanfics would format correctly on GeoCities. Our skill set comes from everywhere, my dudes. Find a way to capitalize on it.

Also--post up on the library blog about American Gods here! I also sent in a draft for one about Wonder Woman, and I'll let you know what that goes up.

I wrote a print review for Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology as well, so that should be in the paper and their website sometime next month. Stay tuned!

Over at Glitter n Gore I wrote this introductory post for my Bisexual WereWolf Series. I am working on a more detailed write-up about Lupin specifically, and since I asked this on Twitter as well I'll ask here too: Do you think Lupin is bi? Why or why not? Thanks for the input!

I also got permission to write another thing which I'm too excited about to jinx it but STAY TUNED!!!!

Lastly--Wonder Woman Icons! I got your Wonder Woman Icons right here:

Just a few to start with. There will (might?) be more. Take. Have. Enjoy. I saw the movie for the SECOND time last night by the way, and it's even better the second time around. AND THE BLACK PANTHER TRAILER DROPPED YESTERDAY!!!!! I am delighted about both of these movies and I need y'all to squee with me. (Seriously. Bury me in squee. It's been a hard week otherwise for reasons that elude me.)
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
I am unlocking this entry because I want it to be seen. Many people have already blogged about this, but I'm adding my voice as well because the more, the better.

SOPA stands for "Stop Online Piracy Act."

Depending on how long you've known me, some of you already know how I feel about internet piracy. To be blunt, I hate it. As a writer, I don't think it's fair that some hacker out there in the ether could take it upon him or herself to steal my work and put it up for someone else to gank for free. I think it's disrespectful to not be supportive of an artist, downloading their material instead of buying them.

That is my opinion, which I came to after careful consideration, and I share it when the subject comes up. I made a choice not to illegally download, and I encourage others to make that choice as well--but it's still their decision.

SOPA wants to make those decisions for everyone now. Many writers (and possibly other artists, but I mostly check out writers' blogs) have already made it VERY clear that whatever SOPA thinks they're doing on behalf of artists is not okay. I am vehemently opposed to this act now that I know how it will actually function.

But first, let's talk about the history of the piracy war:

Remember Napster? That happened when I was in college, which means this war has been going on for my ENTIRE adult life. I am passionate about my stance on it, and can be quite vocal and obnoxious if I'm allowed to get going. (Some of you on my f'list may have experienced this personally, so sorry about that. I do get on a roll sometimes.)

At first, I, like many teenagers, didn't see what the problem was. And I still don't believe most people who download music, movies, and TV shows do so with malicious intent. In the beginning especially, the most that passed through our heads was, "Hey, free stuff! Awesome!" Then the crackdowns started, and many of us felt real smug about sticking it to The Man and getting away with it.

Then, the musicians piped up and said, "Hey, guys, seriously, that's not cool. Quit stealing our stuff." This isn't about money and never has been. If these artists wanted to make their work available for free, that's what they would have done in the first place. Someone went behind their backs, including fans, and that's what stung.


Once we all had a better idea about how the people who actually created the work--as opposed to The Man--felt about it, some of us changed our minds. Me being one of them. What you ultimately decided is your choice, and I might disagree with you (sometimes loudly and obnoxiously), but the key thing is the choice itself.

I understand the desire to stop pirates in their tracks. But the recording industry tried slapping massive lawsuits on twelve-year-old music fans a while back, and did that stop the pirates? Hells no. Did it stop anyone downloading? Pfft.

SOPA will not stop them either. Internet pirates have always been smarter, faster and meaner than any of the people trying to stop them, and are probably figuring out a way to navigate around this massive potential firewall--or might have done by now already.

This piece of legislation is not targeting pirates. It's targeting EVERY website that could potentially contain copyrighted material not being used by its original owner.

What this means is:

All you people who make avatars, wallpapers and banners out of pictures that you didn't personally take yourself? Your blogs are history.

The social networking sites on which people use those avatars, such as the entirety of LiveJournal, Blogger and WordPress? Gone.

The image-hosting sites you went to to get those pictures in the first place, like Tumbler, DeviantArt, Photobucket? Outta here.

Search engines that may have brought you to those image-hosting sites, like Bing, Google, Yahoo? Forget it.

Text-based research and information wikis that use similar images on specific entries, like TV Tropes and WikiPedia? Not a chance.

Basically, this act will allow the US government to police, control and filter everything on the ENTIRE internet.


They can do it without any hard evidence, and without giving you a court hearing first.

This is not justice. This is a witch hunt, and pirates will be the last people harmed or even mildly inconvenienced by it.

I think it speaks volumes that the very people SOPA claims it's trying to protect--writers and artists--are NOT OKAY with this.

I am not okay with this.

We wanted you to make the pirates walk the plank. We did NOT want you to build us our own Great Firewall.
rhoda_rants: (gambit)
Rhoda's been a busy girl.

Firstly, the birthday haul: )

And on the LJ front:

I may need to f'lock this sumbitch. I didn't see the need for it previously, but now I do. So just...keep that in mind. If you're already on my f'list, then no worries, but if you've tagged me for whatever reason and I haven't tagged you back, there's a reason for it. I do have all those "Friends Only" banners that I made in an old graphix spam, even though I wasn't planning on using one myself, so I can pop one up no problem.

New discussion up over at Halloween Candy: Women in Horror. I hope to be one someday, so this is something I'm more than a little invested in. Come chat with us!

And random, annoying thing: I downloaded iTunes for PaqMan here, and hooked up my iPod Shuffle, but apparently this "syncing" thing is a one-way street. Meaning, you can move music from iTunes onto a device, but not the other way around. At least, not unless it's music that you've purchased directed from iTunes in the first place. This is aggravating to say the least, because while I'm a strong advocate against illegal downloading, there are other ways to get free music--such as reviewing stuff for ezines, which I've done, and getting freebies from artists' websites as promotional tools--and even beyond that, I have some CDs that have been damaged, lost, or otherwise fucked up that I backed up on the old lappy, and now I don't know how to transfer them onto here. I am disappoint! Help?

Anywho, now it's time to shower and watch another vampire movie. Or Jacob's Ladder. I'm kinda in the mood for Crazy Tim Robbins.
rhoda_rants: (kiro)
Ranting under the cut so you can avoid it if you want. )


I made a post in the MovieBuffs community concerning a goal of mine this summer. As you (probably) know, Eclipse is coming out in June. My goal? To watch no less than 30 "essential" vampire movies before that time. Oh yeah. I'm going all out. First up: Blade.

In WIP news: I'm very nearly done with the third draft of my sci-fi YA thriller. Once it's finished, I'm gonna print it out and give it one more sweep, then send it to the masses. (YIKES and at the same time, YAY!)

Also I finally got back my NaNo from the person who was proofing it for me, so that's going to go through edits shortly as well.

A couple new story ideas are knocking around in my skull at the moment. To share briefly:

"Dusty"--yet another vampire story, with a very different mythology than anything I've done before. And hopefully, different from what anyone's seen before. We're always looking for a new spin on vamps, right? Part romance and part horror. I'm enjoying it so far; we'll see how it goes.

"The Blue Rose Room"--a paranormal investigator goes to check out a supposedly haunted bed and breakfast, with his loyal dog in tow, and finds a very strange candelabra amongst the decor. Based on a true story.
rhoda_rants: (shin)

I'm still reeling over my OMG from last time, and I have good reason: the upcoming film, The Joneses, is one of the projects Screenwriter Guy name-dropped when we were talking last week, not only a real film with a real company, but it stars Demi Moore and David Duchovney and is currently 71% Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. *GLEEEEE* XD XD XD It's a limited release, but HELL to the YEAH!

However, I have more news than just that, mostly LJ-related. )
rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
This week has been made of awesome, for one simple reason: I made a decision to get my punk-ass out of the house, and actually, y'know, talk to people. Several things made the week awesome, but this one in particular I just have to share:

Wednesday I had off, which is unusual, but I happened to remember that Wednesday is official Getting Together For Drinks Downtown day for my former fiction workshop group and all the other folks associated with it--pretty much the entire microchasm that is the writing community of my town. So I met my old teacher, Michael, who was very glad to see me--and quite impressed that I'd written and completed two novels since we last talked, even though nothing's published yet.

But I also met a screenwriter who also runs a workshop for the same group that I used to take classes from. Michael introduced us, and we got to talking a long, long time. (I tend to be nicer to people when I've had a bit to drink--not sure why. My ever-present "Fuck Off" barrier just goes down.) And of course Michael was gushing over what a great writer I am, how I was one of the best students he's had, which he tends to do. And I love it, but I try to keep in mind that we're, like, friends too so I should be taking all this with a grain of salt.

GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? Screenwriter is not only a teacher for this writer's group locally. He's an actual, working screenwriter, who's worked on actual movies, with an actual agented producer/director. AND HE WANTS TO SEE MY MANUSCRIPT.

I am so filled with glee right now that I know, I know I can't be thinking straight. As much as I would love, love, LOVE to see my precious sci-fi story turn into a movie (!!!!) I have got to do some research. On the one hand, this guy is a friend of Michael's, and I've known Michael for years--they both work for the same writer's group, so my instinct is to trust him on those two things alone. On the other hand, I feel a need to look up the production company he works for to see if I recognize any of the films they've done. I'm thinking this is the movie/script equivalent of what they tell you to do when looking for a publisher--see if any of their books are in actual bookstores.

So I got his email address and told him I'd be in touch. I am equal parts SQUEE and SHEER TERROR right now.
rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
WOOO!!!! *happy dance* I love birthdays. I don't even know what I want this year--well, apart from [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's latest, because that comes out very shortly after my b-day, but I'm gonna get that myself with one of the giftcards I always get from someone.

Did anyone get April Fool'd this year? I didn't. Unless you count The Fates, because I got fucked over royally trying to get to work yesterday.

More ranting under the cut )
rhoda_rants: (gerard way)
...and I just got home from work. (Closer to 2 now, but it was 1 when I first started this post.) GAWD I hate pre-audit day. Elsewhere in the free world, "audits" have something to do with taxes, but in the restaurant business, it means the higher-up corporate types are coming in tomorrow to make sure we're doing everything we're supposed to. The practical upshot of which is that the closers stay way, way late to clean everything super-good to make up for all the months of neglect. Not that the cafe is dirty. It's not. I rule at cleaning things. It's a sickness, truly. But there are some details that just don't get done every night because it's bloody impossible to do it all and clock out by the time they want us out. Corporate folks have this weird dichotomy of giving the cafes--places that they own and order around, but don't actually work in themselves--ginormous checklists of things to do and an impossible timeframe in which to do it. See, they want us to clean to spec, but don't want to actually pay us for the extra hours it would take. What happens is the closing staff takes ALL those extra hours at once, and hopefully the auditors will check us off the following morning. If anything goes wrong, we can blame the day shift. (You may notice, if you ever work in a restaurant, that day and night shifts tend to hate each other.)

My left eyelid has been twitching since 4pm.

rhoda_rants: (living dead girl)
....in which Rhoda's week continues to suck. )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
I'll try to keep these brief this time, because there are SO many, and I don't want the post to become unmanageably huge. So, in a departure from my usual format, I'm going to put everything under one cut, book covers and all.

Reviews for City of Bones, Uglies, Three Days to Dead, etc.... )


Mar. 4th, 2010 12:06 am
rhoda_rants: (Default)
I has a new theme! (By the way, if anyone knows a simpler way to figure out which themes will allow you a header, please let tell me. What I'm doing now is just trying on different ones and crossing my fingers, going back each time if I don't get a "Enter Image URL Here" option.) I know I've said it before, but Emma Watson sure is growing up nice. In fact, if she's still able to pass as a teenager when I sell the movie rights to my WIP, she'd make a great Rachel. (That's my MC.)

Speaking of which, I finished Draft 1! *happy dance* It's called "Hoppers" by the by.

Let me lay a synopsis on ya: )

(I'm including that blurb in Draft 1 of my query. Whaddya think?)

So, I've been noticing all the books slowly but surely piling up around me, waiting to be read. Does anyone else have that problem? I do have a book report pending, and I know that I don't tend to read a lot when I'm working on a novel, but still--when I look at the sheer size of this stack, it feels like I haven't even made a dent in my overall reading.

Here's what's in my stack at this very moment: )

And that's not even counting the comic books and other crap I picked up at MarsCon two months ago. Eeeesh. It looks even more daunting looking at all spelled out like that.

In addition to the book report, I'm planning a big fat post of several capsule reviews to put up on the Movie Buffs community. One thing I always seem to be able to make time for is watching movies. I'm not sure whether that's good or bad.

In the meantime, it's a new week over at Halloween Candy, and now we're talking about funny horror movies. Not comedy horror, necessarily, but anything that makes you laugh--regardless of whether it's meant to or not. Come play with us!


Mar. 1st, 2010 08:40 pm
rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
One epilogue, and Draft 1 is FINISHED!! I actually hit my word count goal a day late, because I'd planned on reaching 60k by the end of last month, but you know what? February's a short month, so I'm claiming it as a win.

I also killed off seven characters, two of them major players. SEVEN. For my muse is an evil creature and demands constant sacrifice. They all had to go--couldn't happen any other way--but there's a part of me that wonders if, since this is supposed to be the beginning entry in a YA series, this is too brutal. The deaths are not graphic, it's just a lot of characters to lose right at the outset. However, I'm keeping the ones that'll wind up saving the world later on--that counts for something, right?

rhoda_rants: (heath)
It doesn't really, but that's what I'm watching right now. I kinda wish I'd seen this before I graduated from college, but it's oddly relevant now. In a hilarious yet terrifying way. And the craziest part is Winona Ryder in this is EXACTLY like my college roommate, down to her little mannerisms and the way she talks.

SO! In case you haven't been following it, my Halloween Candy community is up and running again. I'm trying to field a discussion on zombie movies and why they're enjoying a resurgance in popularity right now. If you have thoughts, I would LOVE to hear them!

I randomly went into the FYE up here yesterday, and guess what? They sell vinyls. Guess what else? They have a LIMITED EDITION printed-on-pink vinyl of Razorblade Romance that is so totally mine after Tuesday when I get my paycheck. Oh yeah. I'm gonna keep an eye on that store from now on.

WIP update: 48k, a little bit stuck though. I'm getting very near the end, which is good, but I'm unsure of how to shake it all out. As long as the words keep coming, I guess I'm okay. *fingers crossed*

Coming Out Adventure update: much, much, MUCH better now. After a few days of being distant and weird, Mom figured out I hadn't actually changed at all, and that she's still my best friend. In fact, today she told me a secret about herself that she's been angsting over for . . . hell, I don't even know how long, and we had this long heart-to-heart about all kinds of things. This might sound weird, but I feel like a grown up for the first time in my life. And it's really, really nice.

I have many, many icons and "friends only" banners than I'm planning to post shortly, many fandoms. Keep an eye out.
rhoda_rants: (jacksper)
So, this is how V-day went for me: )

Today was better. I had a nice long heart-to-heart with my mother, FINALLY came out--which was weird, because I was a nervous wreck and she was fine. Although she did throw a couple of daft "observations" my way, one being the classic, "Well that explains a lot." What does that even mean? It's good that she wasn't that surprised; I figured she wouldn't be, but getting Mom out of the way for this whole Coming Out Adventure was a HUGE step, and I'm glad it's done now. The other stuff is going to be much easier. (I think.)

WIP update: 42k (I think I'll hit my word quota by the end of the month at this rate!)
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Hey gang! So I cracked 30,000 words in my latest novel last night, which is very exciting. My goal for this one is 60, so I'm halfway there. I'm not as worried about pacing as I will be when I go back and edit, but I feel good about it as it is: my main conflict hasn't changed, but my main character has just uncovered a HUGE piece of the puzzle. The plot, she is thick. I'm hoping to have Draft One finished by the end of the month; we'll see how it goes. It's heavy on action from here on out, so I'm thinking that'll keep me rolling. *fingers crossed*

In Real Life: bought a new pair of jeans for only 15.99, which is quite a steal. Also, fyi--the flare is back. Again. This is good news, because I love flared jeans, and although I sometimes balk at wearing the "in" styles, they're just plain easier to find when the fashion Powers That Be start pushing them again. It's MUCH easier to wear chunky boots with flares. And I've been needing a new pair of jeans anyway.

There is still snow on the ground down here. You Northerners and Europeans might not get what a big deal this is, but believe me, it is a BIG DEAL. Not just because everyone South of DC can't drive for shit in the snow--and we can't--but because the stuff never sticks around this long. Last weekend was the big storm, and it's still piled up on medians and in the corners of parking lots. The fact that I'm starting to get a little tired of it, and that I'm not the only one who feels that way, speaks volumes about what a huge deal this is.

So, as we all know, V-day is looming. One of my coworkers has taken to making heart-stickered nametags for some of the associates, in lieu of their old ones, and we have heart-shaped shortbread cookies for sale pretty much until Easter. For the record, I hate V-day. Partly because I'm always single this time of year. ALWAYS. But I know now from observation that couples seem to dread this Hallmark beast as much as singles. With that in mind, I'm giving my dusty old Halloween Candy community a redux, and declaring it Bleeding Hearts Month. Because V-day notwithstanding, I do enjoy a good twisted romance, particularly with vampires and other varieties of undead. Stay tuned.

On that note, I'll end with a trailer spam of some of the movies I've got my eye on for 2010:

Trailers Ahoy! )


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