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Watching Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on TV at the moment; watched it with my sister last year but I just happened to turn the channel to it right when he's visiting Hadamar, one of the Action T4 extermination sites. It's the first time, other than my sister's book obviously, that I've seen T4 addressed in popular culture and not only is it easy to be horrified and awed by the Nazis careless disregard for life, but it's intensely moving to see Ben Stein's own quietly emotional reaction. We hear so much about the actions of the Nazis that when we interact with a part of it on a very personal level, the depth of their corruption and degradation is still shocking.

And that's my deep thought of the day. I know, gentle flisters, that I've been rather FAIL lately regarding LJ. I am reading, and I try to comment where and when I can, but I find myself feeling rather... wistful as of late, suffering from a bit of the ol' ennui. I've been inundating you with Porn Battle IX entries and for that I apologize! I've really been hoping to shake myself out of the 'blahs' by cranking out a few fanfics.

My original Porn Battle goal was to write a story a day, but from the beginning I knew that wasn't going to happen, and also, if I tried, the quality was going to suffer a bit. Now, I think people have been exceedingly nice and generous to me and I've gotten dynamite feedback, but being the little A-type perfectionist I myself am, I'm a bit disappointed with some of my own writings. On the other hand, I think I've at least approached, danced around the edges, of some of my best work. So I'd call that a win!

I'm particularly proud of my Inglourious Basterds piece (and eternally grateful to [livejournal.com profile] lastwordslinger for giving me the inspiration for it!) and a little pissed at the fact that whoever archived that page of original posts somehow seemed to have skipped right over it. Sighs. So, my favorite of my pieces is now nearly impossible to find or even for someone looking to realize it exists! Poo.

Working on a Susan Pevensie/Caspian fic today. Trying desperately not to make it too dark. And not really succeeding, LOL! Yes, I'm one of those who have more than a slight problem with Lewis' treatment of Susan and that keeps sort of leaking into it. I still want to get that Lancelot/Morgana one done before PB ends as well. Heather Dale's Exile (also the prompt - exiles) is making for the perfect muse but i think I might actually be smutting myself out, bwahahahaha!

Peace, Ghani
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So, today I got the rare pleasure of watching my sister do one of her book presentations. A little background: every fall, the library district hires an author to come do a tour of the county's schools. Well, it was decided that not only was it awesome promotion for the book and for holocaust awareness in historical fiction, but pretty darned good for the library too to hire Ann on this fall. Now, most of her appearances are in schools but today she was doing a presentation for adults and asked me along. She was excellent; she really has the whole presentation down and when she reads from her book, it's really emotionally touching, even for someone who's been reading it since the rough draft nearly four years ago. I also got to meet all of her coworkers, which is always an interesting experience because I hear so much about them. I even raised a hand and asked a question just to try to encourage others.

I dunno, I guess I thought it might be weird, and it made Ann a bit nervous to have me there at first, but it felt very natural once she'd gotten going.

All in all, very lovely day. I got to see my sister in super-professional author mode and hear her marvelous presentation! Win!

Peace, Ghani

Day Three

Sep. 9th, 2009 12:05 pm
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For one week, recommend/share:


Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six: a quote
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy


Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
A retelling of the classic "Snow-white and Rose-red" fairy tale. But, unlike most retellings, this doesn't have some sort of gimmicky hook; it's not modern day or without the magic. It's just a different and very psychological take on the story. It's also interesting that the US is the only country it's being marketed as a young adult novel because it's... really not. To say I'm not easily shocked is a given, so when I tell you the climax almost blew my brain out, don't take it lightly. You don't read about rapists getting magically bummed to near death every day, I'll tell you that! The prose can be a bit dense, but the overall experience of the book, I wouldn't trade that for anything.


T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
Oh, you knew this was coming! A simple story eloquently told in simple free form verse but with all the emotional impact of denser prose (perhaps, in some ways, more). And, yes, the author is my sister and trust me, she has more good stuff on the way!


Peace, Ghani
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From [livejournal.com profile] rum_inspector: Hey, I think this might actually be the plot for one of RTD farewell Doctor Who specials, maybe the Christmas one! xD

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Titanic and Around the World in 80 Days.
The story should use a malevolent artificial intelligence as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator




And some FAIL:

fail owned pwned pictures
see more pwn and owned pictures

fail owned pwned pictures
see more pwn and owned pictures

My brother's reaction is what makes that last one priceless: "Ew, he has a vagina?! I KNEW it!"

And the association meme from [livejournal.com profile] moetushie:

Association Meme: Comment to this post with 'comment!' and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

Superheroes )

Supernatural )

Santiago Cabrera )

Merlin )

T4 )


Peace, Ghani
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This past Sunday, my sister was featured in The Gainesville Sun. You can find the article(along with a very nice picture) here.

Admittedly, we had a bit of a giggle about the way it was written, just because it sounded like a piece of, well, press and not necessarily like Ann. But cool nonetheless!

Peace, Ghani
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So, we're still under a tornado watch until this afternoon but, really, the worst of it is long over, thank goodness! We lost power a little yesterday but we were the only building to get it back almost immediately (in reverse, I think most of the buildings actually kept their power on Thursday when we'd lost it) and it was bad, even the front office was out and a bunch of us who live near the entrance went out in the rain to prop open the gates because, of course, they weren't working!

And, in other news, as the reviews continue to build on Amazon, we finally received the final hardcover version of T4! Oh my gosh, it is so cool! I was inspecting every inch of it!

And a meme snagged from both [livejournal.com profile] dreamybritactor and [livejournal.com profile] mzbehavin65:

1. One movie that made you laugh: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

2. One movie that made you cry: Titanic. Like a freaking little baby, and every time I watch it, too.

3. One movie you loved when you were a child: Anything Disney, really. I guess one of my very favorites was their version of Robin Hood, the animated one with the animals!

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once: Many! But let's do which movie I've seen the most, and that would be Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it: Heh, I basically have no shame, so it's pretty hard for me to be embarrassed by anything I could admit to. But maybe I'll choose the one that others are embarrassed by my liking, ha! And that'd be Daredevil: The Director's Cut.

6. One movie you didn't like: Pan's Labyrinth. Seriously. It made me feel gross all over by the end. In the immortal words of [livejournal.com profile] may_child, "It's just...nasty."

7. One movie that scared you: Night of the Living Dead, the original.

8. One movie that bored you: The Ruins. Jonathan Tucker and Joe Anderson, even your fabulous performances could not save this bowser!

9. One movie that made you happy: Ratatouille.

10. One movie that made you miserable: Waitress. It made me happy to begin with, but then the character of the husband was in it more and more and was just so disgusting and then she didn't even hook up with Nathan Fillion at the end! Pneh.

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see: Saw. James Wan just gives me the heebies! I've never seen Death Sentence either, despite the enticement of Garrett Hedlund!

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with: Indiana Jones.

13. The last movie you saw: In the theater, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. On DVD, The Orphanage.

14. The next movie you hope to see: I really want to see Pineapple Express but I don't know if that's going to happen. And they moved Harry Potter back to next summer, so I dunno. Whatever catches my fancy and I have money to pay for a ticket at the same time. On DVD, we just rented Amazing grace which my Horatian friends will be shocked and horrified to hear that I haven't seen yet. So I'm hoping to watch that. XP

Peace, Ghani
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An interview with Ann about T4 can be found over here on Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature @ Blogger.com (and more pics--and some fun anecdotes--of my sis as Carrie White on that wonderful Halloween Eve can be found right here on this, my very own journal!)

Peace, Ghani

w00t!

Aug. 1st, 2008 02:23 pm
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Yay, my sister's book has customer reviews over on Amazon.com: T4 by Ann LeZotte! It is, apparently, a "pithy, piercing book!" This is starting to get really, really exciting!

The official summary:

It is 1939. Paula Becker, thirteen years old and deaf, lives with her family in a rural German town. As rumors swirl of disabled children quietly disappearing, a priest comes to her family's door with an offer to shield Paula from an uncertain fate. When the sanctuary he offers is fleeting, Paula needs to call upon all her strength to stay one step ahead of the Nazis.


My favorite quote from a review:

Ms. LeZotte manages to meld history's big picture and Paula's little story into one narrative, the greatest challenge for historical fiction. History is nearer after one reads this book, through the eyes of one young woman. The straight, strong voice of the Deaf rings through these pages, and the spirit of all persecuted people burns here, flare-bright.

Peace, Ghani
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I think I've posted the news here before, but it deserves repeating so: My sister's book, T4, will be published on September 22nd, two days before her 39th birthday, hooray! No links to show off yet, like from Amazon.com or anything, though I think Borders has it listed without info, but we've noticed that Houghton Mifflin hasn't updated even their spring catalog so they wouldn't have done their fall yet either.

She's started--and in truth, has gone through it so quickly she's almost finished--with a sequel, The Signing Island. She's...not so encouraged anymore because both her fantasy, The Silent Census, and her picture book to help kids learn about sign language have been turned down by her publisher, but I think she has a much better chance this time. I keep telling her that and she won't entirely listen; she tells me, Yeah, well, you like it but T4 is the holocaust so that made it saleable, blah blah blah. But The Signing Island is American history--it's about Martha's Vineyard in the late 18th Century--it's about deaf history and it's a straightforward story quite like T4. I think it's what her editor was looking for from her as a follow-up.

I mean, let's use Gregory Maguire as an example, because she was just showing me personal pics she took of him and his partner Andy back when they were at an artist colony together and because he gave her a quote to put of the jacket of T4. So, Gregory is big juju with kids books already when Wicked is published, so we'll put those aside for the mo and focus on his adult books: As a follow-up to Wicked, he chose to do Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. Now, I happen to know that he got a truly pitiable advance for the latter novel (my sister met him when he was working on a finalized draft of it) but he was able to sell it to them because it was essentially in style if not content a follow-up to Wicked. Would he have been able to sell his next book at all if it had been, say, a serious nonfiction account of, say, how the sandwich was invented? My guess: probably not.

As much as I loved my sister's other work, and I do believe she'll be able to sell The Silent Census once T4 is published, I really think The Signing Island is the follow-up they want from her. Plus, it's a pretty bitchin' book, and I've only read part of the initial draft. Then again, I do like the period in American history and it's something I knew nothing about, so she's right in saying that I would like it!

Let's see, what else has happened since I last updated. Well, Charlton Heston passed on, which I found amazingly sad, and not just 'cause my mom wasn't around to point out, once more, that they have to change his last name in Greece because, according to her, it means 'shit on you' in her native tongue. Mr. Heston, you provided me with hours upon hours of pure, shameless entertainment and some of the greatest movies ever made, especially for a sci-fi aficionado such as myself. You will be greatly missed, sir!

Oh, and most importantly, I missed big sistah's birthday, DOH! So, [livejournal.com profile] lindsaygirl58, this one's for you:

As always, an inappropriate but delightful birthday wish behind the cut! )

Peace, Ghani

ETA: Hopefully soon, I'll be able to put my thoughts for the new season of Doctor Who down to LJ. Yes, they are highly favorable, but then again, I've always been one of Donna's biggest fans so it's not entirely surprising!

Hurrah!

Dec. 17th, 2007 04:10 pm
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T4 has a cover! Clicky on the tumbnails as usual.

This was the initial cover concept:






And the final image (though they spelled Ann's name wrong, they're fixing that):






There are some things she's not crazy about, like the fact that the Black Forest in winter now looks like a corn field or a tropical jungle with those leaves surrounding Paula. Also that it doesn't say, 'A Novel in Verse' anymore. Darkening the color on the hands (which were initially Ann's idea!) seemed a bad choice but I think it'll look different when printed out.

I absolutely adore the logo drawn as a swastika; we were worried at first because, well, you can't really tell the title, but someone in a meeting said they didn't know what "T4" was anyway and that was the end of that! XD

Peace, Ghani

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