Friday, September 23, 2011

9


On July 9, 2010 I started a blog post but this was as far as I got:

"Last night Sierra and I watched the movie "9." I had been excited to watch this movie ever since I saw the trailer in the theater and I gotta say, it did not disappoint."

Now it is September 23, 2011 and I am finally getting back to it. I totally blame this one on law school.

Anyway, this movie was incredible. How good was it, John? Easy. When I check a movie out from the library, I watch it once and then I return it. This film? I watched it twice before I took it back. I may be wrong but I think I even boldly accepted the late fee penalty for keeping it late just so that I could watch it one more time. I have only done that one other time (with Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," which is also excellent and I also highly recommend), so know that the film is of a special quality.

It is an animated film that stars Elijah Wood as the voice of the main character (whose name is "9"). I have no desire to ruin any of the plot so you won't get any here, but what I can say that it is visually stunning. This film is dark and eerie without being disturbing or overly scary (I'm terrible at this game but maybe children under the age of 8 shouldn't see it?) and it plays with colors and lighting so well. The story is a clever, the dialogue is well written, and the characters are very well drawn out. Please don't watch it thinking you are getting into a Pixar-style film, because it is actually a very mature animated movie. I'm sure I would have loved it as a kid, but children are not the target audience of this film.

I share this with you because (a) this is my blog and that is what I do, and (b) I don't feel that this movie got enough attention and it deserves more attention. So, what should you do? Step 1: get on your Netflix account and stream it or rent it, or go to your local Blockbuster (there's gotta be somebody who is still using that place, right?) or library and check it out. Step 2: watch it. Step 3: repeat step 2. Step 4: high-five John 9 times the next time you see him (I will totally understand what is going on and I will wink at you repeatedly).

Here is the trailer in case you want a little more to whet your appetite (you may have to watch another trailer before it... I did).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

National Novel Writing Month

Today I heard about a special month called November and how it has been dubbed by someone (I have no clue who so I'll guess... Shakespeare?) "National Novel Writing Month." Well it just so happens that I have big dreams of writing one of the novels that have floated around my head for years, having that novel published by some company who wants to pay me lots of money for it, and then having the novel be widely read and loved by at least 30 people.

So I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (stole that from Graham Bradley) this year. However, there are some realities of life that make me wonder if I can do the full out experience. I guess there are some groups that set guidelines on how many words you are supposed to write and what not. Some groups expect 50k. Yeesh. That is a lot of writing for a newbie like me. So instead I may just start my own "group" of first-time authors and set a lower threshold (maybe 20,000?). So, anyone interested in joining up? We could even come up with some sort of prize for the winner (I imagine that is determined by who writes the most words and is not based on the quality of writing; the whole point of this exercise is to make you write and not worry about how it is coming out).

So... who is in?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life

Since I don't have anything fun to share today, I'll instead just catch you up on where we are at.

School: I am in my second year of law school and I am enjoying it MUCH more than the first year. However, I'm very excited to finish and start working again (and making monies so Sierra can quit her job). This semester I am doing a judicial externship with my dad at the State District Court. He only does civil cases now so trials are not nearly as exciting as I would have hoped (criminal cases are the exciting ones). It has been a GREAT experience, though. It's a lot of fun to work with my dad and to see him in his element. I'm hoping to do another judicial externship next semester in the Bankruptcy Court (since that is the type of law I think I want to go into after law school). To that effect, I'll also share that I'm the President of my school's Financial Law $ociety (<-- did you catch what I did there? Eh? Not too shabby), which focuses on Bankruptcy and Tax Law. Also I'm pleased to say that I totally demolished my opponent in the election (I ran unopposed) so my confidence is running pretty high these days. I'm also excited because I got my first A in law school during the summer term. It was in my Evidence class, which was huge and is graded on a curve (meaning they only give out like 2 A's per class) so I feel very good about that. Nice (much needed) little confidence booster.

Work: I don't have a "real" job at the moment. I am still technically employed by a criminal defense attorney, but it is sporadic work when he needs help researching case law, and the case he is trying is sort of past that point now. However, Sierra is still working and is definitely my sugar momma. Her work-from-home application was approved for a one-year extension (which is awesome because her company rarely (more like almost never) grants that request). It is the best situation we could ask for right now, but it is very stressful on her. Lydia is a lovely little girl, but she is turning out to be one of those "high-need" babies (also referred to by some authors as "active, alert children"). We are very excited for the day when Sierra can stop working and be a full-time mom.

Church: My current calling is that of Ward Mission Leader. I really enjoy the calling, but often feel bad because I'd like to be able to put more time into it than I ever seem able to. Our ward has sister missionaries and it has been fun to work with them. Sierra is the primary pianist and likes that calling for the most part (sometimes Lydia won't eat on what some might call a regular "schedule" and then has a little meltdown and that can make it more difficult for Sierra to be able to go rock out with the kids).

Home: Sierra and I celebrated our fourth anniversary at the start of this month. That is pretty crazy to me. Things are going well for us, but we are in one of those survival stages of life, where there is too much to actually take care of in life so you start becoming selective in what you take on. What I'd like to be doing with my freetime: exercising, writing music and stories, and adventuring about with my family and friends. What ends up usually happening: watching TV and movies with Lydia and sometimes Sierra. I like movies and TV as much as the next guy but sometimes it gets a little old. It's hard to get into a good writing mood though when I'm just tired and want to plop myself on a couch and not think.

Anyway, there is a little update for you all on what my life is like at the moment. Lest there be any confusion, know that I am very pleased and grateful for my life. It is a great life and I am so pleased to share it with Sierra and Lydia. I'm just also excited to not have homework and be in a situation again where I can leave my work at the office, come home, and just be home.

Is This Thing Still On?

I miss blogging. I used to have so much fun stumbling upon random things that made me laugh or excited and then sharing them with whoever cared enough to read this here thing. I loved writing strange little poems and posting them for your (and mostly my) enjoyment. I miss having a place where I could publicly share my thoughts and likes. So I think I'll try to resurrect this thing.

Unfortunately, I don't have as much time as I used to for writing or even just general web surfing. I don't watch as much TV, as many movies, or listen to as much music as I used to. I (most sadly) hardly ever write songs, stories, or poems anymore. So I am not sure what it is that I will share (because I don't like uploading pictures every time I am going to post on here and that--at least in some ways--means that I won't be doing those nice family update posts with cute pictures of my awesome baby.

Anyway, welcome back me.