June 6th, 2004


Day After Tomorrow, Writing stuff

Went to see The Day After Tomorrow. I think it helped that I went into it with such realistic expectations. Going "oooo" at big, shiny special effects was my most important entertainment goal, tempered by the realization that the writing would undoubtedly be sub-par. So I was pleasantly surprised.

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But regardless of the flaws, I think the writers made a greater effort at scientific-sounding explanation babble than I thought they would, such that I was willing to suspend my disbelief regarding the "flash freeze" danger. And, true to my expectations, the EFX were fantastic! I leaned over several times to Matthew during the initial destruction scenes and whispered excitedly into his ear "Shiny! Shiny!" or "Splashy! Splashy!" while bouncing in my seat. That's how good they were.

So, flawed and gratuitous, yes, but also enjoyable, as long as you're not expecting anything more meaningful than great, big walls of water, and head-sized chunks of hail.

Writing Stuff:

Received the contract and check from Abyss & Apex for "Inside the Witch's Oven" yesterday. I must say, I'm quite impressed by these folks. Not only did I receive prompt payment and have no issues with their basic contract, but they also included an SASE for me to send their copy of the signed contract back to them in. It's a little thing, but pre-paid $.37 postage, a #10 envelope, and a printed label goes a long way to making me feel like they go the extra distance for their writers. It's a small, but extraordinarily considerate gesture.

Also received a "well-written but not a proper fit" from the Clash of Steel anthology. Grumble. I'm having a difficult time placing my high fantasy tales. Out it goes again.