Erm, several people on my flist (deannahoak, nwhyte, neil_beren, shawn_scarber, and snurri) have suddenly deleted their LJs in the last few hours. Did I miss something?
Watched V for Vendetta yesterday. I very much liked it. I bet Hollywood was biting its nails about this one, what with the hero using terrorist tactics and all. Natalie Portman did a very convincing job of portraying Evey, a woman whose conscience and sense of moral obligation are crippled by her fear. However, there was a certain gratuitous feel to the superhero element, like it wasn't necessary for the story. The dystopic vision and the call for the common people to rise up against a corrupt and abusive government were powerful enough without resorting to flashy fight scenes.
The mood of this movie was closer to 1984 than to Zorro, and the action elements felt a bit out of place. Still, there was a certain satisfaction to the beat-em-up parts in the opening, and the action did lighten a movie which otherwise would've been pretty grim. I haven't read the comic book, so I don't know whether the character of V was fleshed out better in the original source material.
Finished composing and sent off my answers to Lynne Jamneck's interview questions.
Also put down a bid for a freelance opportunity. This whole "bid" thing is totally new to me. How much I've been paid as a writer has been all across the board, and I've never been the one to dictate how much I get.
I definitely want this job, but I don't want to undervalue myself either. Just because I've accepted peanuts for writing something doesn't mean I think my writing isn't worth more. It's a pragmatist thing. If I only make a pittance, it's still a pittance more than I had.
I've got no idea whether my bid was competitive or not. It's for an article-writing gig which also involves some comprehensive research, and instead of charging an hourly fee for the research and pairing that with a per-word rate for the articles, I bundled everything together into a flat rate for the articles with research included.
Was that the right thing to do? I have no idea. I'm so out of my depth.
Yeah, it's the protest. I think a lot of people deleted them early. Tempted to do the same over here, but I didn't/haven't given much notice.
I think what everyone ought to do is organize an effort to simultaneously post naked primary user icons on the same day...
In a nutshell, in protest against Six Apart/Livejournal's decree that icons depicting breastfeeding women which display any part of the aureole or nipple is offensive and therefore account suspendable, people are deleting their LJs for one day, today the 6th. More details here.
Interestingly enough, the entire last third of the movie was nearly a complete reworking from the series.
However, I think the changes they made ended up being more effective in conveying the central themes of both the series and the movie.
You can get the whole series in a trade paperback. It reads more like a novel than a comic. I highly recommend.
Hey, I'm sorry to bug you, but I have a question that you might be able to help me with... do you know of a site that lists *reputable* literary agents? I'm trying to compile a list, for future reference (since many of the publishing companies I want to submit to ask that you go through an agent). If you can name a few sites, awesome... if not, that's cool, sorry to be a prat. ;)
If you are trying to get a foothold, piling everything into a flat fee is an effective way to do so, as long as you are good at estimating your research time. But don't do that too long in the same market area or they will come to expect that's the way you will always do it. If you are going to be doing a lot of freelancing or copywriting, I have a book I'll send you on that area.