Home for the holidays

Just a quick update…

Stacey is halfway to Florida, where she will meet up with the kids and spend Christmas with her family. I’m home for the week. I’m staying home primarily because I may need to go in to work. So it’s just me and the cats and a bunch of projects I hope to make a dent in.

Originally Stacey was going to take a rental car down, but Enterprise fucked us over so I told her to take mine instead. So I’m stuck with her car, which has bald and fraying tires. So I won’t be going out much. If anyone is interested in visiting me, feel free to drop me a line.

We went to see The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I found enjoyably faithful to the book. There was some trepidation leading up to it, as I have gotten used to Disney shitting all over stories which are dear to me; but for once they got it right. Thank Eris for Peter Jackson and (gag) J.K. Rowling; they’ve made it safe for Holywood to make faithful adaptations of fantasy novels. Here’s hoping the trend holds out for awhile, at least long enough for a decent rendition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to be made. Of course I’d LOVE to see a loving and accurate adaptation of The Silver Chair, or The Horse and His Boy, but it’s hard to imagine anyone getting them right.

After I got home I broke down and cried for awhile. Not for any reason that I could clearly explain. The easy explanation is that I’m insane, and the only reason I’m not institutionalized is that mine is a terribly high-functioning insanity and I’ve learned to conceal it very effectively. But make no mistake, I’m nuts. And it hurts in ways I hardly ever let on.

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  1. hank Eris for Peter Jackson and (gag) J.K. Rowling; they’ve made it safe for Holywood to make faithful adaptations of fantasy novels.

    You’re kidding, right?

    1. No. I realize that there are those who feel that either the Potter movies and/or the Tolkien movies are travesties; but in faithfulness to the source material they are lightyears beyond anything which came before. Compare, well, anything at all that Disney made before they came out. “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book”, anyone? Part of it, of course, is that until recently special effects simply haven’t been up to the task of rendering high fantasy on the big screen. But a big part is that until LotR and Sourceror’s Stone, it seemed that no one in Hollywood believed you could make a movie that more or less just followed it’s source material word-for-word, with minor abridgements, and make money. Up till then fantasy movies – or ANY movie, really – had to be some director’s “re-envisioning” of some screenwriter’s edit of some writer’s “interpretation” of the original.

  2. I’ve had the same crying for no reason, followed by thoughts of high-functioning insanity before. You’re not alone, bache.

  3. You seem a little more positive about CS Lewis than Eric Raymond over at Armed and Dangerous, boss.

  4. i couldnt bring myself to see lww knowing how strongly c.s. lewis objected, but i am glad you found it enjoyable – i know all too well dilemma of facing what they will do with a much-loved tale.

  5. Damnit!

    I was hoping to at least get to meet you when you came down here.


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