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Okay, calling it quits on writing for the day: Almost up to 15,000 words! I hope to hit 30,000 in the next week or two so I can send it (and the complete Empire Ship) off to an agent before all my time is consumed by the SF Writing Workshop, Campbell Conference, and SF Teaching Institute.

Adventures of Jack and Stella progress:


PS: Saw Prometheus today, and it was THE GREATEST MOVIE I HAVE SEEN IN MANY YEARS. Haven't seen it yet? GET OUT THERE. I loved the original Alien movie so much - heck, it was my favorite movie for at least a decade, and it's still in my top five, but this one is even more satisfying without screwing up the original story for Alien fans. It has it all: Gorgeous space and planetary vistas, cool tech, fantastic aliens, truly horrifying cosmological terror, and great SFnal ideas. Oh, and super acting and writing all around. The only things I could complain about are nitpicks. LOVE IT.

After you go, check out the amazing Weyland Industries website. That right there is serious coolness. Speaking of which, here's my employee ID. Looks like I'll be wearing a red shirt on my first mission....

Best,
Chris

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bart_calendar
Jun. 10th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
What i don't get is why Scott is saying "this is not an Alien prequel."

I mean, it's clearly an Alien prequel.
clevermanka
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Ridley Scott is a weirdo who doesn't understand what he's doing, even though he does things really well. Or he's the most pretentious twit on the planet. Or both. He does amazing things--he just needs to shut up about them. Seriously, Ridley. Just STFU. He's a perfect example of someone makes things I love, but I can't respect as a person or an artist separate from his work.
mckitterick
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! True. This is another example of "Meeting your heroes will only lead to disappointment.
mckitterick
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think he just meant that it doesn't lead directly to the original movie, except to set up the horror of the crashed spaceship. But this really sets up a separate storyline....
clevermanka
Jun. 10th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Dude, you already have something coming at your head in your ID badge. You couldn't even make it out of employee training before getting attacked? Why am I not surprised.
mckitterick
Jun. 10th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aaaaargh!
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mckitterick
Jun. 13th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Every away-team needs a redshirt.

PS: Did you know that the women of BSG did a magazine photo-shoot?
purpledumbass
Jun. 11th, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm convinced. I'll just have to schedule seeing Prometheus sometime when nottygypsy is at work or something... I'm glad that it lives up to expectations!
mckitterick
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! Go with someone who'll be a great discussant right afterward; there's LOTS to discuss....
Patrick Ocampo
Jun. 18th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Prometheus
I agree that there's a lot of symbolism to discuss and the film itself is quite beautiful. I was disappointed with the fact that I was actually glad the characters were getting killed off. Horror is much more effective if you happen to care about the victims.
mckitterick
Jun. 18th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Prometheus
Good point, Patrick! One of the most important jobs of the writer is to get the reader to care about the fate of the characters, if not for the characters, themselves.
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