Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Plugging another destination

Hey Friends of fantasy,

I've got a new read for you, if you're interested. My good friend and critique partner Ruth Mills is launching a new blog this week, which will deal with movies, literature, and sometimes both at once. I'm sure she'd be thrilled if you dropped in, and since there's nothing to see here at the moment, hey, at least I pointed you to some reading, right? :)

I hope you enjoy, and if you do, drop Ruth a comment and let her know.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Where's My Windrider Installment?!

At least I hope somebody, somewhere asked that today.

But either way, I thought it only fair to mention why you've got no story, since here it is the first of the month. First of all, I had a post go live today on The New Authors Fellowship today, and I said I wasn't going to stack Windrider stories on top of NAF posts, so that has bumped Windrider, I fear. (I've committed to Sundays at NAF, so Windrider doesn't have the clout to mess with that.) So, I'm thinking the adjusted method of operations for Windrider is going to end up being the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. This will give a few breathing days between my pelting you with NAF links and new story segments. I appreciate we all only have so much time to read.

My other excuse for bumping Windrider back is that I didn't work on it while I was in UT. I just couldn't afford to subdivide my attention. The way I see it, I was paying about $18.75 an hour for the education I was receiving and writing I was doing there, so every moment I didn't give The Sword of the Patron my full attention was money slipping through my fingers. (Now that is only the most surface of ways I can assign value to that experience...the rest is less tangible but far more profound.) So, I regret to report that the story did not make enough progress to be be ready to post in the little bit of airport time I spent on it. Hopefully by next week, I'll have some other fix for Vinyanel to try to find his way out of. Mwahahahaha!

All right, enough of my excuses right? What about some content here?

I've been watching some of the updates Pater Jackson and Weta Workshop have been offering on The Hobbit movies that are coming up 2012 and 2013, and I've found fan speculation to be interesting. We're all watching for our favorite characters to be confirmed as to who's playing whom, and there's this one rogue character in there who caught my eye. The character of Itaril, female elf warrior. Who is she? I'll be darned if I remember her from JRR Tolkien's book. A bet she's not in there. (Some Tolkien aficionado mightier than me, correct me if I'm wrong, please, and let me know where she is.)

But here's my speculation. I think this warrior female is going to provide the romance angle every blockbuster Hollywood movie requires. They need some angst-filled looking pair of people occupying eachother's personal space to at least put in the trailer, don't they? My out-on-a-limb prediction is that if they confirm the casting of Itaril, then there's going to be some kind of romantic subplot involving her and Legolas. A wild guess? Yes. Completely without any backup? Yes. All except for the fact that I don't think big budget blockbuster movie makers would make these two movies sans romance, like the Hobbit, was originally written and write off a portion of their potential audience.

But since I have no inside scoop on the movie industry, only time will tell. What do you think? Will Peter, Fran, and Philippa create a romance subplot from nothing? It will be interesting to see if they can recreate the magic they worked on their first trilogy masterpiece now a decade old.