Random Friday


A little bit of random randomness. I’m not on Twitter but on Facebook some friends commented on the little bird’s trend #italiansareblack. Besides showing the usual American ignorance of history (the normans conquered Sicily in the 11th century, taking it from the Moors, and in Sicily there are blond and blue-eyed people) I’m still not sure what the fuss is about.

They usually have to ask me where I come from and then gape at me because I’m tall and blue-eyed (I wouldn’t count the blond hair, since it’s colored, LOL!). And where I speak the language (ex. France) they don’t even notice I’m not local.

I actually love different skin tones and racial features, since we’re all beautiful in our own unique ways. In the 80s there was a magazine who pasted together women’s best facial features (I don’t remember who were the beauties of the time except for probably Brooke Shields and definitely Farrah Fawcett’s hair – Charlie’s Angels original TV series rules, LOL!) and the result was… meh. Yuk. You get the point.

I was lucky enough to grow up in an international environment (Geneva) where there were children from all over the world and of all colors. But I already did a post about it six years ago.

Oh, and Mattel is now making different Barbie dolls and even different Ken dolls… glad I got a boyfriend for my Barbie Miss 1974 before this and that the princesses don’t need boyfriends with modern clothes or man-buns! πŸ˜€

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Anyway, back to the present. A friend of mine has become a citizen of Asgardia after reading a CNN article. And even though the concept is interesting, I’m kind of bummed… a Kingdom… in space? I don’t care if it’s a constitutional monarchy, it’s still a kingdom! In the 21st century!

So I’m still debating if I could write a story about it or join that off-world nation, albeit in a virtual way. I’m also gathering my research for the next novel even though it’s set more or less in one country (and its neighbors), where people have brown skin or so they say. I honestly don’t notice.

I’ll end with a link to Paul Mc Cartney’s idea for a song andΒ  list of my non-caucasian favorite actors whom I find particularly handsome. In no particular order… Aissa Maiga, Djimon Hounsou, Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Arjun Rampal, Omar Sy, Zoe Saldana, Barbara Mori, Indira Varma, “older” stars Victoria Abril, Denzel Washington, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rekha – and Da Muses, of course! πŸ˜‰ Have aΒ  great weekend! πŸ˜€

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Mmmmovie Friday! Watched Dilwale (which wasn’t on my wishlist, but the shopkeeper insisted on giving me) and obviously I didn’t miss the couple SRK-Kajol since I don’t particularly like her, but I had the nice surprice of an item song shot in the country of faeries…

I was like “Hey, that’s columnar basalt! Hey, a black beach! HEY, I KNOW THAT WATERFALL!!!”, yes, you even get a glimpse of the genie of the waterfall. So I’m posting a pic of the genie here and see if you can see it in the video below.

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seated genie watching the waterfall

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now find it in the video! Definitely Iceland! πŸ™‚

I also watched the DVD of a 25-year-old French movie that I can’t for the life of me remember if I saw it in French in some Roman cinema or only saw it dubbed. Anyway, now I have it in French, so that’s what I got. I don’t kiss is quite censored for a French movie! πŸ˜‰ But in the interview with the director, he explains why, so… all good! πŸ™‚

And since we’re in 80s revival/mourning, I also rewatched the whole Back to the Future trilogy. Now I really want my flying car. I feel cheated. Meh.

Have a great end of the year and see you next year! πŸ™‚

 

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And this is for Da Muse, who is probably at the Venice Film Festival for his latest movie, The Bad Batch! πŸ˜‰ I really should update the damn card, but I’m lazy like that! πŸ˜€

Anyhow, about Da Muse K and everything he’s been doing… I read this article that I think makes good points. And it goes well with what I’m learning from Writing With Color. So, I’m trying to be less white-centric in my stories, but then, I did have PoC characters before – I just wasn’t very good at describing them, haha!

Now, that happiness is…? It applied again this week. And I thought it happened only in winter, sigh. Still wondering why I hate AC? I wouldn’t have been mute for two days if it weren’t for that darn thing! 😦

In the next few months I’ll probably do some movie Fridays… since after shopping in Southall I shopped on Amazon FR. But I was looking on the internet to see if they showed the Venice movies in Rome (they sometimes do that) and saw a French movie that interest me because I like both protagonists (they are both very funny in comedies) and made me look up my French wishlist again.

DVDfranceSo I headed for Amazon FR and finished filling that cart that I started back in July and sent the order. That movie isn’t out yet, but I got six others. Now I have more than a dozen movies to watch… but I have three months until the end of the year (I don’t countΒ  October when I’ll be away for at least half month – and will probably come back with another DVD)! πŸ™‚

because this pile is not high enough!

Last night I didn’t feel too good, certainly had no brains for writing, so I started with a comedy, picking the almost shortest movie of the pile (the shortest is actually a sequel and I’ll watch it along with the original during the weekend). It was a good laugh – mixing races and religions in France! πŸ™‚

I was used to see Christian Clavier in Les Visiteurs… and now I see there’s a third Visiteurs movie coming out! That wishlist will never go down…

That’s enough rambling for today! Have a great weekend! I’ll be working on another POD and an ebook and… work work work – publishing is work, but writing is FUN! πŸ˜‰

 

 

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I had time to watch a couple of movies between stories (Barb can watch a movie only after she’s done with the current WiP). One I bought and watched immediately because it was “short” (the usual 90minutes), the others stayed on the “to watch” pile for a little longer.

So, first I watched Mustang. I found it at the newsagent and was intrigued by the blurb. As you should know by now, I love world movies, so I watched it in Turkish with Italian subtitles (I might watch it dubbed once, but I enjoyed listening to the real voices even if I couldn’t understand a word).

It’s a lovely movie and the little girl is the smartest of the lot! πŸ™‚ She is the true protagonist (and in case you can’t be bothered to follow the above link, here’s the blurb)!

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

It’s not a comedy, but it’s not total drama either, it does have a happy ending! πŸ˜‰ So if you’re sick of those Hollywood blockbusters for teenagers or superhero movies, go watch Mustang.

Then I watched Snow White and the Huntsman, and wasn’t impressed at all. I mean, Charlize is Charlize is Charlize, but the rest, I could live without. Yes, even without Mr Thor. For a Snow White retelling, Mirror Mirror was better IMHO.

Will I see the sequel/prequel? Probably not. But thank you for asking. Unless I really miss Charlize, but I still have to watch a few of her movies that sound more interesting first! πŸ˜‰ Like A Million Ways to Die in the West – anyone seen it? (And no, not interested in Mad Max either).

Now I have to watch Pan and the French Beauty and the Beast… but not until I finish the current WiP! Happy Friday 13! πŸ˜‰

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Movie and Art Friday! I’ve watched Tale of Tales (which is shot in English with an international cast, but it’s an Italian movie, believe it or not!) and I enjoyed it, even though I’m not familiar with the original fairy tales (but I do know at least one similar to the flea story – except it wasn’t a flea but a louse, and I know it in French).Β  And I loved watching the extras on how they created the sea-dragon and other special effects. Yes, there’s green screen, but not everything is CG! πŸ˜‰ So, some fantasy-fairy-tale-ish story in tune with my latest writing, LOL!

I’m also reading Fairy Tales Slashed (unbelievably it’s a group read this month, and I’m reading at the same time as the group – I had downloaded the sample before going to Japan, but since it was selected and I’m in fairy tale mood, I thought I might as well read it now) and I’m enjoying it so far, in spite of the typos and bad formatting and lack of sex! πŸ˜‰ Just kisses, but that’s fine – more or less what you get in Beautiful, LOL!

And I’m trying to start on Samantha the Witch and the Desi Vampire… I can tell I won’t be drawing for much longer if I go on like this! Here’s another cover attempt (I will mix the drawings to compose the cover and color them):

newcover_resizeThose remi-realistic portraits? I had a real hard time at drawing the details of the eyes – maybe because I wasn’t at my usual low table on the bed but at work and I couldn’t move the sheet like I wanted… I’m still good with chibi-style, though, since it’s less detailed! πŸ˜‰

I’ve considered drawing on the computer directly, but staring at the screen hurts my eyes even more. So yesterday I barely colored two new Happiness Is… and a Muse vignette and had to give up and do something else… Leaving you with the Muse vignette and the latest Happiness Is… Have a great weekend!

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Movie Friday! Lots of foreign directors either just starting or working with Hollywood! πŸ˜€ Did I mention how much I love subtitled world movies? πŸ˜‰

Starting off with a movie that came to my attention through the Google Alert on Muse K – apparently this is her first movie and now she’s working in Hollywood. After a black and white movie in farsi. What intrigued me was the idea of a vampire with a skateboard and a chador.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut and it’s impressing. Hadn’t seen b&w movies since 1984 – F.F.Coppola’s Rumble Fish! πŸ˜‰ And there’s a vampire with retractile fangs like my Indian vampires. And there’s a love story. And there’s a great soundtrack – I loved all the music and songs. And I can tell she’s a fan of Ann Rice – the scene where the vampire mirrors Arash’s father’s movements was a dejΓ  vu of Louis meeting Santiago in Paris! πŸ˜‰

I watched the extras – deleted scenes and interviews – as well. I probably would have kept most of the deleted scenes (she cut out most of the story of one character that now makes very little sense as is) and I can tell the young lady likes to throw the f-bomb when she speaks! πŸ˜‰ I do say the Italian equivalent when I’m angry, but not in normal conversation…

After so much of b&w, a deluge of colors in Mirror, Mirror. Lots of very kitch costumes and weird settings (and a fake forest) for this retelling of Snow White. Some things were really funny, others… not so much. I guess I’ll have to do my own retelling of that fairy tale at some point. The final dance number? Very… Slumdog Millionnaire (except in this case it’s an Indian director in a western movie, not a British director in a supposedly Indian movie)! πŸ™‚

And a good old flashback to the 1990s! I’ve followed Mira Nair from Salaam Bombay to Khamasutra, a tale of love – I think I saw the latter in cinemas, dubbed, but I’m not sure. I had the dubbedΒ VHS of Mississipi Masala, so it was the first time I saw it in its original form (with Spanish subtitles – the DVD was a Spanish edition) and I absolutely loved it as much as the first time I saw it. Sarita and Denzel are marvelous and the story made me cry again.

Last but not least, Bollymovie of the week – an old one (well, 11 years old): Lakshya. What can I say… Zoya is better! πŸ˜‰ It’s just me not liking war movies, I guess – no matter the country. So I’ll leave you with the “before the army” song. Have a great weekend! πŸ˜‰

Random Friday an another award


Oh, golly, it must be award season again in the blogosphere (might be the approaching Oscars? ;-)). I got another blog award from wonderful Ben at story multiverse (thank you, thank you, thank you!) and it’s called Kreativ Blogger Award (which sounds perfect for this creative barbwire here, LOL!)!

As it’s been some time since I wrote things about myself and there are plenty of new subscribers to this humble blog *waves*, I’ll try to go through the whole thing again. Rulz sez: pass on to 6 Kreativ Bloggers and tell 10 things people don’t know about yourself.

So, as I know some people don’t like blog awards and don’t have time to ask around for permission, well, you – yeah, you who are staring at the award button and would like to wear it on your blog, grab it, post it and leave me a comment so I can read the ten things I don’t know about you. And of course, pass it on! πŸ˜‰

Now, for the 10 things… *mumble mumble*…

1) I created Silvery Earth in my tweens, but even my sister couldn’t recognize it when she read a novel set in the actual Silvery Earth. I guess it evolved – much like its creator and this very planet, LOL!

2) As my nephew admitted he’s afraid of dragons, I’ll have to introduce him to Dragonheart AND my own dragons (a.k.a. Fajrulo). Poor babe confuses dragons and dinosaurs – NOT the same thing! πŸ˜‰ I forgive him only because he’s 7, and still has a lot to discover! πŸ™‚

3) For SKYBAND (see FB album) I bought a lot of tattoo mags (and googled “tattoo” a lot as well), as all the characters have at least two. I’d love to have one myself, but I don’t seem to be able to take a pick. Sigh.

4) For a couple of years I did beads jewelry, but as I didn’t sell much (tried to, but failed – I’m bad at marketing on all fronts! ;-)),Β  it’s still all there in a boots box next to the abandoned “lab” of materials. One day I’ll have to go back to it, hopefully.

5) I have a brand new (5 years old – and I’m 46) passion for world movies, subtitles. I’ve always loved movies, but for the duration of my life in the 20th century I was stuck with the dubbed versions available in Italy. Thank God my English is now good enough to watch foreign movies subtitled (thanks, Amazon!).

Oh, boy, I’ve run out of things you don’t know… sorry! Rulz sez 10, but I really have nothing else to say (and 5 is my favorite number anyway), so I guess I’ll end up here. NOT cheating! Here’s a list of the other blog awards and the posts that went with them!

Sunshine Award (May 25, 2010)

Versatile Blog Award (June 27, 2010)

One Lovely Blog Award & You’re Going Places, Babe (July 7, 2010)

Spotlight Award (Aug.18, 2010)

Stylish Blogger Award (Jan.26, 2011)

Memestatic Award (April 4, 2011)

Liebster Blog Award (Jan 25, 2012)

Speaking of world movies, along with The Promise I bought MoolaadΓ© because I was intrigued by the poster, and mostly by the pitch – when do I get the chance to see another African movie? In spite of winning Cannes Un certain regard, this movie was not dubbed at all, so the DVD was in original version (Bambara+some very bad French) with Italian subtitles. Like The Promise, sometimes people spoke but no subtitles came up. Sigh.

I loved the setting (Burkina Faso), so unusual from what I’m used to, and loved the story (yeah, I cried at the end, but it’s very powerful). I’ll have to watch it again to copy some clothes for SKYBAND, as my heroes have reached the former Black Empire which is based on Africa (and it’s 300 years after Fire, so my original cover for Fire won’t do. I’ll have to show a change in clothes, LOL).

So it was a great surprise and a great discovery (especially for 3euros) that probably never came out in theaters, but is certainly worth watching. IMDB summary: When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female circumcision, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart. Worth every second of it, if your curious about the world and other cultures.

A long time ago (last year?) the Mighty Caricaturist (who, by the way, deserves the Kreativ Blogger Award, so, please Shafali, grab it and paste it on your blog, so we can all smile with you!) suggested an Indian movie that was NOT Bollywood. So, as I’m discussing world cinema, I’ll be adding this specific title that is about India and it’s culture, but doesn’t have all the Bollywood songs that turn off mostΒ  westerners. It’s a thriller, so I won’t say anything.It’s also shorter that the usual Bollywood 3-hours-movies (less than 2 hours), so if you like non-action thrillers, go check “a Wednesday!“. And there’s nothing funny about it, which is funny considering the source! Thank you, Shafali, for the great suggestion! πŸ™‚

As (you guessed it) I got my latest Amazon purchases, the next reviews of DVDs will be… Bollywood again! πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend everyone! πŸ˜€

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