calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
2014-11-21 08:42 am

This Is Unexpected

I just did a comparison between the current word count for my Yuletide fanfic this year, and the one I wrote for last year. I have surpassed last year’s total without meaning to.

A comparison:
Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 14,129 words
This year’s story: It’s currently at 14,610 15,034 words, before I alter the beginning.
calliopes_pen: (redscharlach lady of the lake cartoon)
2014-11-18 10:22 am

Another Progress Update

I am very close to wrapping up my Yuletide fanfic. I only have to work on the beginning, (something is slightly off in the first few paragraphs, but almost there) possibly expand a moment in the middle, and settle on a title. There's also a chance I'll add at least one or two more scenes, unless that makes things go completely off the rails for a particular section.

Current word count: 11,866 words.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier good show)
2014-11-15 11:37 am

Current Word Count

Right now, before I add anything else, the story has reached 8062 9657 words. I only need to add something to the start to make it gel better with the point of the film where it starts to diverge, alter one little bit to the middle, and fix a portion of the ending.

I just wrote for five hours straight, so I'm taking a break of a few minutes before I get on that.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2014-11-11 01:51 pm

Yuletide Progress

Currently, my fanfic is a bit over 3000 words. Thankfully, I have everything plotted out, so it's just filling it all in, getting it together into the right order as I come up with more, correcting scenes, etc...

I hope to have it completed by Thanksgiving. Whenever it's finished, I'll start a poll. To keep the fandom secret, I'll likely have two fandoms in the poll, and those that are able to do that particular fandom I'll contact.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Fright Night for real)
2014-11-01 07:17 am

How Many Came To The Door?

In the end, it was a grand total of 64 (20 came in 10 minutes) kids that came to my door, two of whom I recognized from when the local news showed the trick-or-treaters in a roped off area downtown.

After the 64th kid left, I turned out the lights and went off to watch Return of the Vampire on Get TV. It was 8:30 PM, and we were pretty much out of candy. The temperature had fallen down to 40 degrees before anyone arrived, with the wind at 25 mph, so I'm amazed anyone came at all.

There were no sightings of Michael Meyers, Jason Vorhees or Freddy Krueger walking down the road in a line (with a fairy princess with butcher knife behind them) this year. Instead, it was mostly kids (and many teens) bundled up. Aside from an undead nun, a scarecrow wearing a Scream mask painted brown, a court jester skeleton, and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton pirate. Oh, and the kid dressed as pepperoni pizza, and one teenage Red Riding Hood.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2014-10-30 01:47 pm

Yuletide Assignment

I have my Yuletide assignment now, after a two hour delay of being unable to check due to internet connection issues in the area. This is one I'm pleased to get, as I absolutely love the source material. I was planning to rewatch it for Halloween, and I think I can do this one. It’s a scenario that I wanted to see happen myself.

I’ll get started on the rewatch tomorrow, and take notes on the scene in question that is specified in their Dear Yuletide letter.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
2014-10-19 01:37 pm

Yuletide Sign-Ups Are Open

Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2014-10-15 01:15 pm

Dear Yuletide Author 2014

The fandoms I am requesting this time around include: Bewitched, Dark Shadows (1991), Ghostbusters (Movies), Legend (1985), Mockingbird Lane, and Sleepy Hollow (TV). Some of the instructions as to my likes and dislikes are copied over from my previous Dear Yuletide Author letters.

Beneath the cut, you will find this year’s Dear Yuletide Author Letter. )

calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2014-10-12 09:02 am

Watching Movies For Yuletide

For Yuletide*, I have now watched Freaks (1932), as well as Re-Animator. I may offer to write for the former, but I’m not completely sure of the latter. Once I’ve finished my rewatch of The Lost Boys (on VH1), I’ll follow that with a few I've never managed to see before: the original Dawn of the Dead, The Hidden (1987), and Phantom of the Paradise.

*This works for Yuletide, as well as for Halloween.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-10-10 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks has passed >away at the age of 57 after battling a serious illness. May she rest in peace. I never watched SNL, so I basically only know her as Carlene from Designing Women. I may have seen one of her episodes of 3rd Rock From The Sun at one point.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow Queen)
2014-10-08 11:35 am

The Yuletide Tag Set Is Open

You can see everything that has been nominated for Yuletide over here. I am slowly making my way through the list now, and am pleased to see that someone nominated Fright Night (1985) and Mockingbird Lane, in addition to the 60’s version of Dark Shadows and The Originals. I already knew that someone was planning to nominate the 90’s version for me.

I just know that I’ll either request or offer Peter Capaldi's Eyebrows Anthropomorfic. I can’t help it, it seems like it would be so bizarre.

Several movies and tv shows were nominated that I had plans to watch somewhere down the line. I’ll see if I’m able to watch a few between now, and October 19th-October 25th, when sign-ups start and end.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
2014-10-04 10:03 am

My Approved Yuletide Nominations

✔ Ghostbusters (Movies)
✔ Egon Spengler
✔ Peter Venkman
✔ Ray Stantz
✔ Dana Barrett

✔ Legend (1985)
✔ Lily (Legend)
✔ Darkness (Legend)
✔ Honeythorn Gump
✔ Oona (Legend)

✔ Bewitched
✔ Endora (Bewitched)
✔ Samantha Stephens
✔ Darrin Stephens
✔ Dr. Bombay (Bewitched)
calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
2014-10-03 01:44 pm

My Current Halloween Schedule

Tomorrow evening, I will be headed out to the annual Zombie Walk around 5 PM. Last year’s was at the start of November, so they ended up nearly freezing in their tattered clothing. This year shouldn’t be as bad for them, since the temperature is due to be in the 60’s tomorrow. (Now, what that falls to at or near sunset, which is when they’re normally ready to shamble onward, I don’t know.)

So far, unless something else comes along during the month, I plan to go to see Halloween (1978) on October 25th at 4:30 PM, and Psycho (1960) on October 26th at 2 PM. After doing a lot of reading up on it, I opted to avoid The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, playing this Sunday. It’s just not one for me.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-09-29 10:39 am

Rest In Peace, Sam Hall

Sam Hall has passed away at the age of 93. May he rest in peace. He was a writer for the original Dark Shadows, House of Dark Shadows, and Night of Dark Shadows, as well as the short-lived 1991 version of the series.
calliopes_pen: (joanie_dearest5 Bewitched magic duo)
2014-09-26 09:51 am

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Yuletide fandom poll is Bewitched, and I am now editing that into the nomination form. The definite character nominations will be Samantha, Darrin and Endora, due to a prompt I want fulfilled when the sign-ups open--the fourth slot might be either Abner or Gladys, unless someone is desperate for someone else.
calliopes_pen: (negiramenofdoom leave severed alone box)
2014-09-24 12:44 pm

A Correction To The Poll

From what I can tell from the Yuletide spreadsheet, someone else has nominated the Sleepy Hollow characters that I had intended to when I started the poll. Moloch was the only one I didn’t see that I would have definitely nominated, but I’m going to guess someone that didn’t fill out the form probably nominated him.

So if the people who voted for Sleepy Hollow could please go back to the poll and change their vote to either Murder By Death or Bewitched, that would be wonderful. The two of them are currently at 3 votes each. I’ll extend the poll to go until Friday morning, rather than tomorrow, as a result.

Also, I’m adding two more polls here, depending on which fandom you voted for. Or even if you didn’t vote for it, but still want to see a particular character receive a nomination, go for it.

Poll #15965 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

For Bewitched:

Poll #15966 I want to see these characters nominated
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

For Murder By Death:

As before, those on the Livejournal side, if you are unable to vote on Dreamwidth--please add your character votes in the comments.
calliopes_pen: (liviapenn Last Minute Yuletide rush Harl)
2014-09-23 11:04 am

Yuletide Nomination Poll

I’m currently torn on what to nominate for my third fandom for Yuletide. My first two are Ghostbusters and Legend (1985).

I was merely waffling on Murder By Death (1976), and Bewitched (the tv series). However, I’ve also learned that Sleepy Hollow is still eligible for Yuletide. So, here's a poll.

Poll #15956 Which Fandom Do I Nominate?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

Pick One--Or Two, If You Can't Decide Either

View Answers

Bewitched (TV Series)
6 (50.0%)

Murder By Death (1976)
4 (33.3%)

Sleepy Hollow (Fox series)
4 (33.3%)

And for those on the Livejournal side and unable to vote in the poll, please post your answer in the comments. I’ll factor it in when I close the poll on Thursday afternoon.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
2014-09-20 02:14 pm

Yuletide Fandom Nominations Are Monday

My plan was to nominate Ghostbusters, Legend, and Bewitched when the Yuletide nominations begin on Monday. However, I just rewatched Murder By Death (1976) and would love to see that included, too. Is there anyone on my friends list who doesn't have their three fandoms picked, and would be willing to throw that one in? Given how often Bewitched is on courtesy of Me-TV, Antenna TV, and Family Net at various points (which makes it easier to check up on something should I end up getting that fandom for an assignment) in the series throughout the day, I'd rather not switch it out.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-09-12 01:51 pm

Rest In Peace, Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel passed away on September 10th, at the age of 74. May he rest in peace. While most people know him as Jaws from a couple of James Bond movies, I remember him (and I might be the only person that went to the theater for this one) from The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991), where he played Eli Weaver. MST3K fans might also remember him from Eegah, The Human Duplicators and The Phantom Planet.
calliopes_pen: (vintageruby)
2014-09-08 08:58 am

Spreading a meme

Taken from [personal profile] moetushie:

Quote a bit of my writing at me. Find that one story of mine that you really like, and find a sentence or a paragraph that presses your prose-buttons in the right way, and comment here with it.