Reconnecting! Something about the pervasive festiveness of the holiday spirit and the pending end of the world has a lot of people, myself included, in the mood to meet up, check in, find out how friends and acquaintances are doing. It’s been so refreshing to see wonderful familiar faces, and to meet some new friends, too! (Photo: some of the DC MafYA; Photo by Robin Talley)
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The story of Bilbo Baggins and the mysterious ring goes way, way, way back for me. My mother loves fantasy books, and we read this one together when I was very small. One of my first and most vivid memories of a movie was this (terrifying) 1977 animated version of The Hobbit which, needless to say, haunts me still:
I completely understand people who struggle to get into the rich, strange mythology of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings as adults, because it can be cumbersome and bogged with detail. But the story’s been a part of my life since my Sesame Street days, so I’m loving this long-overdue reread and needless to say I am QUITE excited about the movie coming out this weekend.
Besides The Hobbit? I’m avoiding watching the final episode of Battlestar Galactica because I’m so, so unwilling for the show to end. I’m also watching so much football I’m starting to dream in Chris Berman’s voice—I have one team in the fantasy football playoffs and I am desperate to win, guys. GO DEMARYIUS THOMAS, GO!
This time of year has me thinking about the past. Both in terms of the year about to sunset (as usual it seems to have taken both forever, and a day to pass) and acknowledging and remembering a sad family anniversary that will forever haunt Christmas for me. But that’s the nature of life, and the full intention of the holiday. I won’t forget to think about all the wonderful things still in my life, either.
The future (when am I not?): finishing this book, preparing to query. 2012 was a touch stagnant in that regard, so I’m looking forward to a new year.
Plane tickets weren’t so expensive! Grr.
Making Me Happy
Trying to figure out how to make my own silly .gifs on my phone:
That one’s with the GifShop app, and it’s fun, but I wish it were less choppy! Do any of you have a .gif app you like? (I don’t have Photoshop, so I can’t go the legit route!)