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First of all, I need to report that I saw Star Trek: Beyond this weekend. And I have nothing but love for it. Seriously, Simon Pegg needs to write every Star Trek movie until the end of time. There were call backs to possibly every Star Trek 'verse, each character had their time to shine, and there was Beastie Boys music. Need I say more? ::grins::

I have also, against my better judgement, signed up for a couple of writing things. Even though my track record of meeting deadlines and completing challenges this year has been pretty dismal. But this time around I have [ profile] nagi_schwarz at my virtual side to help motivate me, since she signed up for both challenges, too. I'll be doing the Conspiracy Theory challenge at [ profile] story_works (Nagi and I have a really cool idea for companion fics) and the [ profile] sgareversebang. Fingers crossed that I'll be super deadline girl this time around!

I have the worst possible schedule for second job this week, but I had the whole weekend off and yesterday I was writing like a woman possessed! LOL! I finished a long-ish thing, which still needs editing and betaing, but I clocked in over 4.5k words just yesterday. Woo! Some of that was on the fic I'm writing with [ profile] darkmoore, so yay for progress!

And I did share some fic after my last post, so here are the links:

Links Under Cut )
brumeier: (Stefon)
No, it's not his birthday. And as far as I know he hasn't passed away, whether in reality or via false internet rumor. ::grins:: But I was chatting with [ profile] draycevixen over at [ profile] ushobwri and Mr. Oldman just popped up in conversation, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell the world (or the handful of you on my flist, LOL!) how much I appreciate this fine actor.

Gary Oldman is the Lon Chaney Sr. of his time - the Man of a Thousand Faces. Don't believe me? Take a look:


pic courtesy of Niall Murphy

As [ profile] bikernurse says, the man is made of awesome. This man is such a chameleon. He sinks into whatever character he is playing so completely that sometimes I'm completely surprised to learn that I just watched a movie he was in because I didn't recognize him at all. I will gladly watch him in anything because even if the rest of the movie is crap (Bram Stoker's Dracula, I'm looking at you!) Gary Oldmine still shines through.

Even completely crazy, the man is a force to be reckoned with. So let's all celebrate the amazing talent of Gary Oldman!

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When I was a kid all I did was read. Seriously, I had no social life to speak of and didn't want one. One of my top-five book series was The Three Investigators, by Robert Arthur. I loved these books!


The Secret of Terror Castle was my favorite, and I must have read it a thousand times. The three teen boy characters were really interesting, they had diverse skills to bring to the group, and they had the best hideout in Jupiter's uncle's junkyard. They got to tool around in a Rolls Royce thanks to winning a contest, and in the first book became friends with Alfred Hitchcock (the series started in the mid-1960s). What wasn't to like?

During one of my random IMDB searches I saw that someone had made a Three Investigators movie back in 2007. Uh, yes please! Luckily The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island was available through Netflix, and I got it in the mail this past Saturday.


Picture me, sitting wide-eyed on my couch while I watched. The junkyard! The stuttering parrot! The secret door in the fence! The business card with the question marks! I was in fangirl heaven. Cut to the special features and what?? They made a follow up movie two years later? Of my favorite book, Terror Castle? ::swoons::

Of course, then I was in a funk. Because for some reason the movies were made in Germany and while the first one is finally available in the US, the second movie is not. In any form that I could find, and believe me I looked. And yes, perhaps it was a little silly for a 40 year old woman to be putting so much effort into finding a kid's movie when her own kid turned his nose up at it, but I'm not going to apologize.

Now all I can do is wait on Terror Castle and hope it will also find its way to Netflix sometime soon. Until then, maybe I'll dig out the book again and give it another read. The really good stuff never gets old!

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