Why I go to Cinerama #354012685: Smaugette chased this Hobbit around the theater while the crowd cheered, clapped and whooped.
So after a couple weeks of promising, I’ve finally finished it. I’m really glad I saw Jennifer and Jules asking for Cumberbatch breathing fire. Cumbersmaug arose and I was really happy to make things for other people.
Smauglock is in that same spirit… it’s just that for some reason, I really wanted to go all out for it.
So, here it is.
I’m singing a Smauglock-variation of the TROGDOR theme song as I upload it.
Also… if you want to buy shirts, mugs or totes of it, it’s here. Proceeds go to me. And my empty coffee cup. And my self-esteem.
And another contribution I made to the Smauglock/Cumbersmaug canon over two years ago. Merry Smauglock, one and all!
Hope you like it. It’s my first gif ever. There’s a larger version on my website- for some reason Tumblr only let me upload the small version.
“I kill where I wish and none dare resist.”
- Smaug, The Hobbit
Now back to my actual work.
In honor of the soon-to-be-premiered “Desolation of Smaug,” I give you the amazing Cumberdragon! - This one, courtesy of sarahsamudre.
So I’m now, after a long day of filming, in line for The Hobbit. Time to reblog a gif I made almost two and a half years ago when casting news about tonight’s film was announced.
Feliz Cumbersmaug, everyone!
Spent the day in Port Orchard filming Mary Lou Slaughter: world-famous basket weaver, fourth generation great granddaughter of Chief Sealth and all around amazing woman. Vasant and I loved getting to know her and her husband, soaking in all their great stories. What a fantastic day.
Now we’re racing to get back home, drop off the gear and change for tonight’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiere. Fitting everything into this evening.
One dessert to rule them all. It’s Lord of the Crumbs, starring Cookie Monster as Gobble. Can he find his precious?
For your Tolkien-obsessed, holiday cookie baking, kid at heart.
Feeling good. Teaching on Saturday went great, our doc is in its second week of production and nothing has blown up yet, I’ve hit my quota for agent querying for this fall (which was part of my New Year’s Resolution) and as of right now… I’m officially halfway through Christmas shopping.
All this warrants the dancing Picard gif, and before I fall asleep, an update post with movies you should rent and replies I should make:
I’ve watched some great things lately:
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley/2012)
I grew up watching Sarah Polley on the Disney Channel, playing Sara Stanley, a character from the L.M. Montgomery novel The Story Girl and The Golden Road, which share a fictional world with my favorite series, The Anne Shirley Series (not officially called that, mind you.) If you know me, you know I love Anne Shirley and everything else L.M. Montgomery did, so imagine my delight to discover a couple years ago that this actress I watched decades ago grew up to become one of my generations most promising directors.
This documentary follows her examination of her mother’s life, the truth about her biological father, and the complexity of the way our memories preserve personal narrative. It is an incredible film for both its narrative and its beautifully intelligent execution. I can’t even talk about its production values, because one of the technical aspects of the film turns out to be a jaw-dropping twist in the way one view’s the story and our willingness to assign truth to anything told to us about “the past.” The film is also a beautiful tribute to her father, Michael Polley, who not only narrates the film, but narrates it from a story he wrote about Sarah’s journey. In the end, Michael might not be the biological father, but he ultimately, is the author of Sarah’s story. I cannot recommend this film enough.
The Wolverine (James Mangold/2013)
I skipped this in the theater. I love X-Men comics, but I gave up on a franchise I loved not just after X-Men: The Last Stand decimated everything I loved about the franchise without a promise of a follow-up film, but after X-Men Origins: Wolverine completely killed my belief that Fox cared about this property anymore. The first X-Men movies, as with the comics themselves, were incredibly important narrative myths to me, ones that I feel are among the most important to our fractured society today. So when I saw this arrive this summer, I shrugged and waited for it to come out for rent.
I shouldn’t have waited.
Not only would this have been a great film to see in the theaters (the train scene in particular,) it is essential to see for anyone remotely interested in next spring’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. It introduces both the next film’s threat; why Wolverine is interested in living, let alone being a hero after killing his beloved Jean; and why The Last Stand's devastating narrative is actually essential for providing not only the threat of the Sentinels but creates a necessity for Logan to travel back in time to avoid the very events X-Men fans decried in the third film.
And aside from a reveal at the end that sets up the next X-Men movie that actually made me jump out of my seat and shout, it’s just a really well-done action movie. It’s well-paced, decently written, well-shot and watching Rila Fukushima play Yukio is a treat. She is amazing to watch.
So do yourself a favor. Forgive Fox for The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They’re not only owning their mistakes, they’re using it to make an epic storyline that they couldn’t’ve have achieved without those movies.
And finally, some replies!
eebees replied to your photo“Pike Place is decked out in lights, wreaths and Christmas trees; the…”
- One year I want to come when there are Christmas lights
You have to. Not only is Seattle wonderful at Christmas, but we’d take you up to Leavenworth, a Bavarian Christmas village in our snow-capped mountain range, The Cascades. Also, there’s us. We’ll be here. We’re the greatest.
songbirdstew replied to your photo“Hiding in my sweater from this cold weather on the way out of Hugo…”
- I see you and I are sporting the same look right now. It’s a good look.
It is a good look. Better look: full immersion in said cowl neck sweater. I don’t need to know where I’m going if the cold has paralyzed me.
- beautiful!! <3 I love you. xoxoxoxo
And I love you, Jules! Your face is beautiful.
Hiding in my sweater from this cold weather on the way out of Hugo House after teaching at Write-O-Rama.
These writers pioneered the use of literary Twitter. (Gary Shteyngart took care of the dog photos.)
I’m on my way to teach a class on connecting with readers on social media at Hugo House’s Write-O-Rama. Hopefully I’ll get some people excited to join the online cabal that is social media.
Pike Place is decked out in lights, wreaths and Christmas trees; the buskers are singing carols; and Seattleites are fighting the freezing weather by burying our faces in giant cups of coffee. (at Pike Place Market)
My reflection captured by the morning ice.
Details about the film (which just went into production) are coming soon! We’re really excited to share with you all what we’ve been doing for the last six months. Until we give you the great big announcement about our film, we’ve at the very least got a teaser poster to share. Enjoy!
Guys. Vasant and I are doing a thing. You’ll get to know all about that thing soon. Until then, enjoy this thing above.
Godparent patrol at the bookstore. Abby reads better when suitably elevated.
We decorated the family tree earlier in the weekend; last night we stayed up late to decorate ours. We’re out filming all week, so we’re excited to have gotten the house ready for Christmas before things get crazy.
Every Thanksgiving weekend, Salcedo Family Christmas begins with three days worth of decorating the outside of my parents’ house, then inside, getting all our trees at Carnation Tree Farm, and then decorating the tree while watching Muppet Christmas Carol. Today, as with this entire year, we’ve been busy, and have had to fit in errands, work, and hospital visits, but even so the holiday returns every year whether we’re ready for it or not.
No matter how busy we are, no matter the pain we’re in, no matter who or what we lose, we make time for our traditions, a habitual rosary we observe and with each ornament we hang: we meditate on each other, the season, what we hold dear and what we will do to show our love to each other now and throughout the year.
Vasant builds a fort for Dani’s son (and our godson) Benji! She and the kids are down for the weekend!