Saturday, January 14, 2006

A Killer Within on Lifetime!

Next week's a treat for Ben Browder and C.T. Howell fans. "A Killer Within," the independent murder mystery film by Brad Keller, comes to Lifetime this Tuesday. This suspense/thriller stars C. Thomas Howell, Sean Young, Ben Browder, Dedee Pfeiffer and Giancarlo Esposito. I'm both a Ben fan (no, really? *g*) and also a fan of independent films (and filmmaking) so this is a cool combo for me. =)

"A Killer Within" premieres on Lifetime this Tuesday (1/17) at 9pm est and repeats on Wednesday (1/18) at 4pm est.

* Please pass the word and tune in Tuesday night!

The movie's site is really cool, too, if you want to check that out as well. ; )

Thursday, January 12, 2006

101 in 1001 Days

from 101 in 1001 days.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as new year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: Friday, January 13, 2006
End Date: Friday, October 10, 2008

My 101
1. Get my ears repierced.
2. Publish this list on the web. (posted 1/12/06)
3. Go to the Chinese New Year celebrations in Boston’s Chinatown.
4. Video some of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
5. Read M.A. Bernier’s “Dragonstone.”
6. Read one of the Pratchett books that Digger lent me.
7. Cook something in my crockpot.
8. Take a dance class.
9. Get my driver’s permit.
10. Spend a day without once going online. (completed 11/24/07)
11. Go on a real, honest-to-goodness date.
20. Take a class through either the BCAE or the CCAE.
13. Complete at least five things on my 2006 New Years Resolutions list. (failed - alas!)
14. Write in my diary at least once a month until the 1001 days are over. (failed!)
15. Read at least two of the unread books on my bookshelf. (failed)
16. Get my driver’s license.
17. Take a film/video class. (completed 6/1/07: Making Media Now)
18. Read a book by Lois McMasters Bujold (the author Mreen always recommends to me).
19. Start an IRA.
20. Get my finances back under control (pre-2004 at least), specifically my credit cards. (failed)
21. Make a dentist appointment. (completed 2/22/06)
22. Go to the doctor’s. (completed April 2007)
23. Go one week without soda. (completed 3/8/06)
24. Go one week without a sweet frozen coffee drink. (completed 3/3/06)
25. Go one week without a sugary sweet junky snack food. (completed 3/8/06)
26. Go for a walk after I get out of work at night at least three times a week come this Spring. (failed! - it's already June, and I haven't been getting out of work early enough this Spring to go on any walks)
27. Take a Tai Chi or martial arts class.
28. Try one new thing every month, no matter how small, for at least six months. :)
29. Take a cruise.
30. Visit Missy.
31. Visit Martha’s Vineyard.
32. Visit Canada.
33. Take a Boston Duck Tour.
34. Go to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (completed 8/2/07)
35. Visit the Quincy Tea Room.
36. Finish a cross-stitch project.
37. Go on a picnic.
38. Go snorkelling again.
39. Take the MENSA test.
40. Buy Sims2. (completed 06/08/06)
41. Complete (and then post) the WIP meme that I saw on someone’s LJ awhile back.
42. Attend a fancy, dress up event in Boston or NYC (other than the Emmys).
43. See a play or musical. (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
44. Take a tour at the Day House.
45. Get a pen pal. (I used to have many. *g*)
46. Work on the possibility of an Escapade 2007/2008 convention. (it's not a financial possibility)
47. Get the Boston Scapers site up and running.
48. Look into having a FS or a film table for Norwoodopia Day.
49. Attend another Farscape convention.
50. Work on a film with Solonia.
51. Make another music video.
52. Submit the above music video to the 2006 Farscape Creation Con in Burbank. (completed 10/6/06)
53. Complete the NaNoWriMo 2006 challenge. (failed)
54. Finish at least one of my written works in progress. (failed)
55. Submit one of my finished stories for publication in a magazine.
56. Submit one of my finished stories for publication with a book publisher.
57. Film a movie of my own.
58. Submit the film to at least three festivals.
59. Finish my torturemazes website.
60. Work with S. on her video web series or make a video web series of my own. (failed)
61. Participate in the 26 Things meme.
62. Make the FS commercial I’ve wanted to make.
63. Produce something for the purpose of airing it on my local cable station.
64. Write a screenplay. (failed)
65. Organize Ella photos in an album.
66. Replace at least five of my VHS tapes with DVDs.
67. Make a plan for a family reunion.
68. Catalogue all the CDs I own.
69. Catalogue of all the DVDs I own.
70. Catalogue of all the VHS tapes I own.
71. Copy all least ten pages from one of my old diaries (from elementary school)
72. Put the VHS tape my aunt & uncle had made for my grandmother onto DVD.
73. Make a list of all the books I own. (in progress)
74. Get my old LCIII files onto my current laptop .. somehow. (in progress)
75. Buy a back up hard drive. (one was actually given to me as a gift; I'll consider this item completed)
76. Watch at least two of the Chinese videos my dad sent me. (completed 4/1/06)
77. Transfer T.’s vids to digital form as she had requested.
78. Write an actual letter (not an email, not a card) to a friend.
79. Visit M&B and little Liam. (completed!)
80. Go to a film festival.
81. List my top 100 movies. (in progress)
82. List my top 100 books. (in progress)
83. Watch three episodes of Firefly in full. (completed 3/18/06)
84. Watch the new Battlestar Galactica mini series. (completed 4/1/06)
85. Get together with my friend C.T. (technically completed 3/25/06, though the circumstances weren't happy)
86. Call Gno. (completed 3/9/06)
87. Make an audio blog post.
88. Visit my local library and get reaquainted with it since it was re-done.
89. Visit my great aunt Esmeralda.
90. Visit with my living grandmother. (completed 07/11/08)
91. Visit my dad more. (failed)
92. Get better aquainted with all the bells and whistles on my laptop. (failed)

93. Get better aquainted with all the bells and whistles on my camcorder.
94. Get better aquainted with all the bells and whistles on my new digital camera.
95. Dye my hair auburn.
96. See Cyanide Valentine live.
97. Give Laura her Emmy tape back. (completed)
98. Introduce my dad to his granddaughter.
99. Sell 10 items on ebay.
100. Start another 101 things to do when the 1001 days near their end.

101. Complete all the items on this list. (failed *sigh*)

Days Left: 0
Tasks Remaining: 69

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

I wrote for more than an hour in my diary today. I feel semi-accomplished. Before I return to either video editing or playing with my Sims families, I decided to skim the Daily Meme for some posting inspiration and found one I liked.

My first meme of the new year. :)

Don't think of them as Resolutions. Think of them as Goals or even just "Things You'd Like." But list up to seven things you hope to accomplish before 2006 draws to a close.

1. Make a dentist appointment.
2. Start an IRA or another such retirement plan for myself.
3. Get my finances back under control (pre-2004 at least).
4. Finish at least one of my written works in progress.
5. Film. (either on my own or working with someone else)
6. Complete the 2006 NaNoWriMo challenge.
7. Submit one of my finished stories for publication. (hopefully for publication)

Posted as part of this week's Sunday Seven challenge.