Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Hunger Games are Coming

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

Did you see it? The flames? The arrow? The trees?

Are you thinking “What the heck is she talking about?” 🙂

I’m talking about The Hunger Games teaser that debuted last night at the end of the MTV VMAs. Based on the book by the same name, it features a female lead named Katniss. But before I say any more, how about a peek at the teaser?


Like Twilight, The Hunger Games is another Young Adult book series trying to cross over to film. Instead of discussing the book or even the movie, per se, I’m curious about your reaction to this teaser. If you’ve read the books, did it make you excited for the movie? What struck you about the clip?

If you haven’t read the book, did it pique your interest? It’s pretty hard to tell what the book or the movie is about, so let me help you out. From

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Personally, I was hoping for a little more than trees on fire. I’m guessing fans of the book would probably have liked to have seen the “love interests” – Peeta and/or Gale. (I use “love interests” very liberally. The Hunger Games is not really a love story, in my opinion. But that’s a discussion for another day 🙂 ) Me? I might’ve shown Kat volunteering to take her sister’s place in the deadly games and then a shot of the dangerous foes she has to face. Something just a little more telling about the actual plot.

More will come, I’m sure. This wasn’t an actual movie trailer, only a teaser. A few seconds meant to whet the movie appetite.

Did it work?

Happy Monday,


ps. if you’d like to read my review of The Hunger Games, click HERE

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3D – Yes or No?

Paper glasses for viewing Anaglyphs.

Image via Wikipedia

The debate over 3D movies has been raging for a while, and I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan. For me, the “wow factor” of 3D isn’t worth the extra money most of the time (for a family of 4, it’s like buying an extra movie ticket). Given the choice, we watch in old-fashioned 2D.

On the other hand, I’ll also admit I LOVED seeing the 3D IMAX movie from the space shuttle at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (do not miss it if you’re in the area), but I’m not in a hurry to go out and watch the Lion King in 3D. Or buy a 3D TV. My son has a pocket video game that has 3D you can turn on and off, and while it’s pretty cool, he plays mostly in 2D. Somehow, watching the news in 3D isn’t really a draw for me, either.

So, am I behind the times? Am I missing out on “the next big thing” or is 3D TV like Sony BETA? Better, cooler, neater, but not what the market wants?

What do you think? Is there any movie or show you’d love to see in 3D?

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Photo Friday:

Have you heard of It creates a visual of any piece of text you put in. The size of the words depend on their frequency. Surprise, surprise, Jason is number one!

Wordle of Whirlwind

While this is a very cool app and makes a neat picture, it also is a tool. My eye goes straight to the word just. It’s WAY too big…and so I’ll be working on getting rid of my just habit in book 2. One habit I have been working on is my that obsession. I’m very glad to see that isn’t here! (…at least I haven’t found it yet.)

Have you wordle’d anything? What did you think? Helpful, fun, or meh?

I also wordle’d Concessions, my short story in the Summer Lovin’ Anthology:Heat Wave. You can see the result on the Concessions Fan Page on Facebook.

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Predicting the Future

Many a book and film has predicted the future with varying levels of success. 1984 is the first title that comes to my mind, but there’s many, many more. And with the popularity of apocalyptic and dystopian stories, I kind of hope they DON’T get it right!

Occasionally someone does get pretty close to the bull’s eye. This time, it was, of all people, the marketing department at AT&T. Maybe you saw these ads back in the 90’s?
(Thank you to Peter Kafka at All Things D for highlighting this blast from the past.)

Do you see yourself in any of those commercials? I know I was stunned by how accurate they were. Unfortunately for AT&T, the one thing that was really off was the “Who’s going to bring it to you?” line. Okay, maybe the A was a little right (Apple, Amazon…?).

Technology is changing so fast, it’s hard to predict what will be around next month, let alone the next decade (see my post on that here). We now have 3D movies, phones that do everything, and cars that just about drive themselves. I’d love for the guys at AT&T to put out a new commercial showing us how we’ll be living in the 2020’s. Just so long as it doesn’t look like this:

Cosplay 5th Element

Image by flexgraph via Flickr

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Photo Friday: The Forest for the Trees

Joshua Trees

Joshua Tree National Park

This is one of the most unusual forests I’ve ever visited. Though named “trees” the Joshua tree is more like a cactus. It’s related to the agave, but I don’t think you can get tequila from this bizarre plant.

What’s even more crazy is that this area, the Mojave Desert, is only about a hundred miles from the beaches where Baywatch was filmed (you remember Baywatch, right?). From endless water to arid desert on one short drive.

I could talk about how this picture inspires my writing, or symbolizes the “dry” times when creativity hides. But I’d rather hear from you! What does this photo stir in you? Writing ideas? Travel ideas? Thirst?

Happy Friday!


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