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12 January 2014 @ 06:47 pm
(To my existing f'list--just trying to tidy up here, bear with me.)

Welcome to my journal!

I am Rhoda and this is my collection of random musings, graphix, movie and book reviews, and general fandom tomfoolery. Also in this journal are a number of personal posts regarding my sexuality, family-related stuff, work-related stuff, and other things that I'd rather not share with the entire internet for one reason or another, which is why this journal is Friends Only.

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If you're looking for my public journal (book reviews, progress reports on my adventures in the literary world, thoughts on trends in the horror and YA universes, reviews/retrospectives, etc.), that is here. All comments are welcome, including anonymous ones, but I reserve the right to screen them if you don't use common sense and decency. I also use this journal to talk about my adventures in trying to get published and share what I learn.

If you're looking for my horror movie community (reviews, director spotlights, discussion regarding current and upcoming films, Trailer Spams, and the 31 Days of Halloween Challenge), that is here. All LJ users can comment, only members can make new posts, and all posts are moderated.

If, however, you'd like to be added to this journal, comment below and let me know who you are, how I might know you, and why you want to be friends.

Things that will probably get you added:

-We've talked elsewhere in the blogosphere
-We have a mutual friend in the blogosphere
-You've commented before on one of my other journals
-We've interacted on a friending meme
-We've crossed paths in some other community either here or elsewhere on the internet.

Things that will get you ignored and/or banned:

-Your own journal is in a language I don't understand
-We've never interacted before, ever
-You attempt to 'add' me without telling me who you are or how you know me
-We have no 'interests' in common
-You do something that upsets/offends me and ignore when I tell you to stop

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but a few basic ground rules to start from.

*"Rhoda" is not my real name. I started calling myself "Rhoda Nightingale" sometime back in college, on some web forum or other, and decided to keep it. I may use it for a penname one day.
Current Music: L'Arc en Ciel, "Hoshizora"
11 January 2016 @ 11:15 pm
So, David Bowie is dead, and I don't know what to do with that. Because who was he, really? Artist. Musician. Actor. Storyteller. Legend. But to me? Oft-cited influence and inspiration to other people I'm actually a fan of. I realize I'm committing geek blasphemy by even admitting this, but I was never that fond of his music. I know, I know--hurl your rotting vegetables at will, I came prepared.

But honestly? There's only been one work he was involved in that really made me think and got under my skin, and that's Labyrinth.


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Current Music: Shiny Toy Guns, "You Are the One"
05 January 2016 @ 10:03 pm
So, every couple years or so I check in with Hanson. If you've been around any length of time on this blog, you've probably noticed. I've been a fan for nineteen years and six albums now--not counting the demo recordings, live albums, the Christmas album, songs written for movie soundtracks, and rare exclusives they throw in as a bonus disc if you buy the live DVDs or behind-the-scenes stuff. According to iTunes, I actually have fifteen albums. And I don't even have access to the fanclub EPs. (Yet.) The reason I check in with them every couple of years or so is that they are always working on something new. Also, since Taylor is my age, and I kind of grew up with this music as they were growing up themselves and growing as artists, I see particular albums as signposts for my life. Each release connects to a different memory. I imagine I'm not the only Fanson who feels that way. (Yes, that's what we call ourselves.)

You know what's weird about Hanson though? With the nostalgia for all things 90s wafting through the stratosphere these days, I feel like that first album--particularly the song "MMMBop"--has become retroactively cool in a way it just wasn't in 1997. I've talked before about the dismissive fuckery I have put up with my entire adult life for being a fan, and it was no easier in the early days. People lump them in with TRL regulars like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in terms of both fanbase and the surrounding culture, but that's not really accurate. When "MMMBop" first came out, young teenagers weren't listening to pop music. We were listening to Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, REM, Alice In Chains, Live, Garbage--it was a VERY different scene. So if you were the one 14-year-old in the mall covertly trying to buy a copy of Middle of Nowhere while your friends were in the back of the music store, you had no one to geek out with. And I mean no one.

Meanwhile, we Millennials have grown up into twenty-and-thirty-something bloggers, content creators, and artists, and we've started looking at the culture of our childhood with fresh eyes. There's a whole fleet of vloggers devoted to critiquing and analyzing our favorite things from the 90s. One such vlogger is Todd In the Shadows, Channel Awesome's resident pop music expert. Last year he did a One Hit Wonderland episode on Hanson, and "MMMBop," which is a pretty good refresher course on their career up till now.

Well, sort of:

ONE HIT WONDERLAND: "MMMBop" by Hanson from Todd in the Shadows on Vimeo.

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Current Music: Hanson, "I've Got Soul"
18 December 2015 @ 02:09 am
Short version: FREAKING LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Current Music: Nightwish, "The Greatest Show On Earth"
18 February 2015 @ 09:46 pm
And we're back! Maybe this time we'll actually get to the titular creepy-town. When last we left our plucky protagonist, Heather (aka Sharon, aka Cheryl, aka Alessa), she was cramming every Inventory Item she could grab into her Vest of Holding and preparing to flee the scene with Jon "Vincent" Snow. I don't think I mentioned this, but the police are after her because they think she killed Douglas Cartland.

Anyway. . .

On Route 666

During the drive, Heather uncovers two things in her stash. The first is a letter from her Not!Dad, explaining why that one guy who tracked them down a few moves and hair-colorings ago wasn't just a random burglar, but a member of the Order who wants to bring her back to Silent Hill.


Yeah, Heather's gonna ignore that.

The second thing is a Strategy Guide:

strategy guide

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Current Music: Black Veil Brides, "Legacy"
16 February 2015 @ 09:54 am
I've been threatening to do something like this for a while now. It is time. First, a couple disclaimers: I claim ownership of nothing except my copy of the DVD and a backlog of way more knowledge of the game-verse than anyone should have. And I am not even a gamer. This recap is partly for my own amusement, partly to help *explain* what I think is actually going on with the plot, because the script and the clunky exposition sure won't help you.

SPOILERS for the movie/games, of course, and it is rated R for language/violence, but I'll try to keep the screencaps Safe For Work.

Ready? Then let's recap Silent Hill Revelation!

Lakeside Amusement Park

Heather, our plucky protagonist, is having a nightmare. Empty stalls, Robbie the Rabbit plushies, dirty fishbowls, bad lighting, etc. Look, an empty carousel! Powered by a giant Pyramid Head thing! What could possibly go wrong!

Alessa: You will NEVER defeat me!

Mall Goth Alessa
Alessa's fire game is strong in this movie. Her Mall Goth look is not.

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Since we've just reached a Save Point, I think it's fitting to leave things there for now. To be continued!
14 September 2014 @ 11:49 pm

Do you like scary movies? Do you like Halloween? Then come hang out with me and mine at candycorncomm! The purpose of this meme is both Friending and Recruiting--finding some new contributers in time for the annual 31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon, and just tracking down some awesome people to chat with (which is why I'm putting this in my regular journal, as opposed to the community itself). So check it out, read some of the past reviews and discussions, and I hope to see you around!


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Current Music: Maroon 5, "Through With You"
ETA: This entry is now public, temporarily, because something's gone wrong with my layout and I need the tech folks to look at it and help it work out what the crap happened.

Yep, my internet's still a touch wonky. Restarting helps, but I don't want to do that every day if I can avoid it. Hm. Maybe the universe is telling me to get offline a bit more? I dunno.

Also, my iPod is throwing one of its semi-monthly hissy fits by not playing when I hit "play." It's a Shuffle, and not that fancy, so I don't know if it's just old or what, but I really don't want to buy a new one. I need my running mix, man!


Stupid machines. . .

SO! If you haven't heard about this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge business, my library has done it--not comfortable posting videos of Real Life people who aren't me, but trust me, it was hilarious. Here's the deal: in order to raise awareness, you A) make a donation and tell people about it, 2) dump a bucket of ice water on yourself WHILE FILMING, and "nominate" three others to take the challenge, 3) both. Some celebrities have gotten in on it too, including Matt Damon, George Takei, and Matt Smith. The thing is going viral on a Real Life and Fandom level for me, which is all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of awesome: At the library yesterday, this poor girl was trying oh-so-discreetly to ask me if we had any albums for One Direction and another boy band I've already forgotten the name of. (5 Something? I dunno--we didn't have it, still waiting on an order I think.) But she was all shy and worried about her "reputation" going down because of listening to this music instead of . . . whatever the kids think is ~Cool these days, I don't know. And I had the pleasure of saying, "Listen: I have five Backstreet Boys CDs in my car right now. You have nothing to be ashamed of." Maybe it's a leap to hope she'll assume that I'm awesome and worth listening to, but librarians are generally better thought of than, say, teachers or parents, at least from what I remember. I also remember how much shit I put up with back in the 90s when I was in high school, and how little any of that matters now. As an aside, all the One Directioners I've encountered have been consistently groovy and sweet. I'll probably never be a fan, but they must be doing something right, because their fans are such good kids.

Speaking of fandom: Yes, I've seen the Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who, and yes, I have a Thing to say about it. When I finish organizing my thoughts. I'll just leave you with this: What if my dream had come true and they HAD cast Emma Watson as Twelve? Just let your imagination run with that a bit. You're welcome! ^_^
Current Music: Jamie Campbell Bower, "Better Man"
18 August 2014 @ 10:12 pm
Because whenever I get me a new frontpage banner, you can bet I'm working on graphix. Huzzah!

(Thanks to xerinmichellex for letting me rant about Photobucket, even though I haven't yet found a better option.)

Mostly Brandon Lee / The Crow and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus a few other things since I'm feeling nostalgic.


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Current Music: After Forever, "Evoke"
04 August 2014 @ 10:51 am
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 adaptation of James O'Barr's The Crow. Which, sadly, makes it also the 20th anniversary of star Brandon Lee's untimely death.

"The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering." --Brandon Lee

I feel like The Crow is one of those movies like Jacob's Ladder and Silent Hill that I've seen dozens of times, and I talk around it every so often without going into a lot of depth. This week, before realizing thanks to an article in the current issue of Rue Morgue that it has been twenty years now (!), I had already started a mini-marathon focusing on Bruce and Brandon Lee's movies. I'm taking it as a sign. I'm also going to assume you've seen it already, and leave out my usual plot summary partly for the sake of brevity, but mostly because the plot is not really my main talking point here.

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Cross-posted to glitter_n_gore.