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So, as I was saying, I saw the film The Sapphires. It's not a great movie, but it is a likeable, good movie. Especially I liked... well, the thing I liked first was recognising things in it -- the shower-block with corrugated iron walls and the big shower rose felt really familiar, and I guess the light, and the layout of the country town. It looked so much like rural Australia, or the bottom right-hand quadrant of rural Australia, anyway. But that was just a personal response, the warmth of recognition and I guess identification, to some extent.

The film itself - yes, I liked that, too. I liked its warmth and good-heartedness, and of course its recognition of Aboriginal women's history, and the Cummeragunja community (yes, he's a bloke, not a woman, but it's his mother's country he's singing about. This old-timey singer died last year, the same year the film was released, and is ...ah me! much missed, including by people like me who never met him). I love Deborah Mailman, who plays the group member with the least impressive voice (you know the film's about an Aboriginal girl singing group who head off to Viet Nam in 1968, don't you?) and she gives a sterling performance in this. And I really like the actresses whose names I don't know, who play the older women in the community; they give a really terrific feel for life in an ex-mission community (and also in the city, a bit) in the 1950s and 1960s. It's not hyper historically accurate, the language is more 1990s than 1960s, the Viet Nam aspects aren't really well evoked, but... it's heartening, it's got gumption, it's upbeat, it's smart as a tack (Deborah Mailman!) if not true in every particular, it's true enough in the broad sweep of things, and it's just great to see a movie about (okay, a bit fictionalised) four real and gutsy women. :)

And then there's the other stuff I mentioned in the heading. In order:

1. My, but it's hard to restart a story that has been interrupted. :( Not that I've managed to restart it. Then there's the horrible part when I read things I wrote not all that long ago, and think despairingly "I wish I could write as well as that now". Does that happen to anyone else?
2. Did you see the story about prairie dog language? We are so close to recognising that animals think and feel. And when we do - oh, there should be huge changes!
3. Some months after beginning to use "being human" as a tag, meaning things I was writing about just people being people,and the human condition and .. that sort of thing...I discover there's a television series (two! UK and US) of that name. Apologies to anyone who was misled by the tag. :)
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It's a year today exactly!
... since I first ventured to actually post in the fanfiction world.  I had lurked for a few months, first joining NFFRevolution just as it softly vanished into the night, and then ffnet, which I found a very strange and daunting place.
So I just read and wondered,and especially wondered at some of the malice and savagery that was around.  What spurred me to post at last was reading a call by one of the people there calling for more plain humanity, gentleness, kindness  in reviews, for people to treat each other with respect.  I thought "Yes, yes!  This is what I want to find!  Where is this?" and chased away to find a story by that person.   And read it and loved it.

Yep, it was Food for Thought by rthstewart, (who was the person who had posted the call which showed there was humanity and humaneness in fanfiction, which is something I feel enormously strongly about the need for, so strongly I'm not even tidying up that sentence.  :) )  and she replied so encouragingly that after -- good heavens!  I've just checked! -- after only five days (was I drunk?)  I launched into actually beginning a story of my own!  And foolishly leapt in at the deep end by making it, deliberately planning it, to be a long story.  That is, I planned it to be 20,000 words, ten neat chapters of two thousand words each, but in the end it came out at over 75,000.  That was Resistance, a story about Caspian's Nurse.

And starting from right then! I have enjoyed the plentiful encouragement, and all the fun of the weekly challenges on NFFR-Party, and the 3SF earlier this year, even to the extent of wildly launching into another story (which started from one of those weekly challenges -- the prompt was 'merchants' but the idea needed more than a short story to work out.  :) )

Truly, a lot of fun!  I've written and put up here and on ffnet and on AO3 nearly 130,000 words, and have seen so much in watching and reading through the year, and have learned a lot along the way, even if I've been too caught up, in getting the stories written and pinned down and out there, to remember to put all the learning into practice.  (I've been keeping track of the lessons learned though, in my profile, on ffnet.)

Oh, and had my mind just blown by some of the stories I've read -- brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Truly,there is some absolutely ... well, I said brilliant already.  Staggeringly good writing and thinking going on. (but you all knew that!)  I am really, no kidding, grateful to have had the chance to find and read it. Thanks!
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Tonight's episode was Vincent and the Doctor, and since I was so extremely cross in yesterday's entry, I've hurried online to post and say that I loved this one. It seemed like the episode when the visuals people (cameras, sets, lighting) were given their heads, and it was luscious to look at, even from the very opening shot of the field of wheat, and I loved the parts about Van Gogh's perceptions - the Starry, Starry Night fragment was beautiful. The  museum guide, too.  And the mildly serious way that depression/mental health was dealt with, especially that even one hugely amazing world-shaking cheer-up session might not be the magic cure.  (Liked that part very much, though, and how much it made the viewer want urgently for it to do that --- but it couldn't.)

So... just wanted to say that I thought this episode was really getting into the question of what makes human.  (or what breaks human, I guess.)


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