How do you prep for Marvel May?

I usually do a Marvel March prep run for Marvel May. I'm only through the first Iron Man, so I'm looking forward to continuing my re-watch.

I must admit, I'm a little worried about Infinity War. I'm the weirdo who preferred Whedon's tone to the Russo Brothers. I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron seven times in the theater and loved it.

I also prefer the tone of Ant Man, Spiderman: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to the more serious Captain America sequels. I go to the movies to have fun and forget my troubles for a little while. Some writer/directors think that raising the stakes means making things as miserable as possible. And I know the comic version of Infinity War pretty well. It's not gonna be fun watching the heroes I love die in a bloodbath. So...yeah. Not as excited as usual this spring.

Here's the other reason I love my annual Marvel marathon. I get to revisit each movie and boil them down to a takeaway or two.

This time, Iron Man felt like a poignant reminder that sometimes a sickness, and what we have to do to care for ourselves in the face of one, can create a super power. I live with a chronic illness. I'm looking into every avenue I can in the hopes of a cure. I use every treatment available to me. (I'm currently looking into stem cell therapy.)

In his first couple appearances, Iron Man is isolated. His scattered focus means he's not spending too much time feeling sorry for himself. He just does whatever he needs to do to stay alive. He even drinks anti-inflammatory green juice. He goes through ups and downs, overmedicates from time to time.

But Tony Stark is spurred on to live as much life as he can because he knows death set up camp on his doorstep.

Tomb Raider Reaction - Respect Your Action Heroine Elders and Let People Have Their Feelings

I held back on publishing this for days. Mostly because it's a topic I've written about repeatedly. I promise this is the last post I wax poetic about the action heroine's cinematic past.

As a writer, sometimes you have to ask yourself who you're trying to persuade. When I feel compelled to defend what I love, I think I'm writing to old bullies. Old boyfriends. It's time to move on to my own characters and scripts

But one last time for the people in the back. This is why Tomb Raider matters.


The Bachelor Is Over and The Bachelorette Is Now Filming!

Here's what I think we should do about that...

Seriously, people. Every day, we vote with our dollars and our viewership. Ignore this dumb garbage, and it all goes away.


American Idol Is Back

...and it weirds me out, you guys. It occurred to me last night while I was falling asleep how funny it is that we have a show called "American Idol" when that word has such an ancient, negative context.

I can't handle it when the celebrity judges emerge and the audience freaks out. Or when a contestant loses it over a celebrity. Maybe it's my own past of fangirling out coming back to haunt me...

Back in my day, there were no reality shows. And I walked uphill both ways...ugh...I'm too tired to even finish that joke. The point is, I'm old. It just makes me laugh. Golden idols, amirite? I know it seems a little silly, but I always think of this around Oscar season too.

Ancient religious references and nomenclature in modern pop culture is something I'd like to write about in more depth, actually. When you start looking for those themes, you see them everywhere.

I Won't See Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. An Anti-Diatribe

This will begin as a blog about Jurassic Park, then it's going to turn into something else. What? You'll just have to see.

(Or you know, make inferences from the title.)

The brilliant and talented Michael Giacchino posted this image on his Instagram yesterday morning. I love this man's work. My husband introduced me via The Incredibles score and like many others, I then followed him through LOST and the rest of his prolific career.

In fact, I was just writing about his Star Trek score the other week.

I also love Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed. It was a beautiful, funny, perfectly cast indie film that had a wonder-provoking finale that made me cry happy tears. I think he's a talented director with a specific vision.

I also love the Jurassic Park franchise. In fact, I love dinosaurs. In first grade, our teacher told us we could write an extra credit report about a specific dinosaur. I went home and wrote twelve. Plus an extra report about ducks for reasons adult me simply cannot fathom. Why did that seem like a logical addition? We'll never know.

The point is, young Nerdly Nerdlington over here never does anything halfway. I think that's a pretty common trait among geeks and nerds. We'll come back to that...


The Haunted Mansion TV Series

I'd watch! I think the usage of the paintings as a plot-framing device (Get it?!) is a brilliant conceit.

If you're in the mood for more Haunted Mansion stuff, you can read this, or my suuuuuuuper nerdy Haunted Mansion/X-Files mashup from an old blog.

I had a pitch for a Haunted Mansion theatrical live show worked up back in 2007, but I'm still saving it in the delusional hopes that someday I might actually get to share it with the right people. (See: Disney execs.)



A Reel Pitch Fest: Borgin and Burkes - The first Harry Potter TV Series!

Hey! Here I am in this thing:

Here's the TV show I accidentally stole the idea from:

And here is the charismatic and criminally under-used Louise Robey who starred in the series. She has a very His Girl Friday, Rosalind Russell, ocassional Rita Hayworth vibe. If I ever get a proper film or TV series up and running, I'll look for her!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, while I work up the gumption to go through official channels (I'm redrafting for a handful of contests right now and I have some comedy shorts ready to enter too.) if you find this and you're a cool executive type looking for writers, hire me! I'm prolific, hard working, and irritatingly optimistic.

How It Feels Finding My Voice As A Writer Again

But I don't really want to knock you out. I mean, not physically. Just metaphorically. With my ideas, you see. I also keep thinking of that Gandalf quote, "I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide." So I guess that makes me Gandalf...and also Aragorn maybe? Plus Fangorn forest. 

I don't know. I'm not gonna overthink it right now. I think that was my problem in the past. I'm just gonna follow my own tagline and Embrace It. 

I need the actual quote isolated though. Hold onto your aspect ratio...

P.S. When this scene aired in theaters for the first time, I was the uber nerd leaning over to my friends and saying, "They edited Ian McKellan's voice together with Christopher Plummer's!"

Also, I know we all have feelings about this movie, but I love this bit of score and it runs through my mind a lot when I'm feeling like my real self. I think because it's called "Return".

It's the bit that starts at 1:17 that really raises the little hairs on the back of my neck. I love it.

I don't know where my career is going next and I kind of love that. But I'm gonna choose excitement.

P.S. Every time I think to myself that I'm just going to relax and "trust", I think of this song immediately. I guess I should feel weird about that since the song is used ironically in juxtaposition with a character who is using the public's trust in him to literally murder them.

And also, the lyrics are DARK, you guys.

But...it's from Batman. So. It stays.

3 Things I Still Love: The Film Documentary Edition

I watched 21 Years: Richard Linklater on Hulu last night. His identity never congealed for me until then, though I loved his movies without knowing they were "his". Once, I named a turtle I kept seeing at Epcot "Richard Linklater" for no justifiable reason. (It just felt like the right thing to do at the time.)

Anyway, now that I've seen the doc, I'm in full geek obsession mode. Here are 3 film documentaries to watch ASAP.

1. "Ricky Ticki Linklater"

Related Thing: Blank on Blank and a list with which you may disagree.

2. "Richard Stanley climbed into a tree today and wouldn't come down." Anyone who has ever directed anything at all will understand that quote at a quantum level. I'm not using "quantum" correctly, am I?

Related Thing: H.G. Wells was right about a bunch of stuff & so was Star Trek.

3. "Does everyone have brown gloves?"

Related Thing: Burden of Dreams & Werner Herzog on Parks and Rec

Bonus: I was captivated by Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond but/and I think this guy is at least partially correct about Jim Carrey. Actually, that was politeness talking. I think he's entirely correct. Nobody gets a free pass on a set to be a jerk in the name of artistic expression. That's egomaniacal and unprofessional. The studio was right to withhold that footage and I hope Jim sends apology gifts to the people he troubled.


Spaceship Librarian & The Chosen One

I recently started a Patreon Page.

In February, my patrons received the full script for Issue #1 of my comic Spaceship Librarian. You can get it too for just $1. I don't even mind if you sign up just to read it, then un-sign up. No shame.

You can also go to the website SpaceshipLibrarian.com and poke around for free. There are a few sample pages drawn by the very talented Jen Hersey and lettered by Justin Birch.

In addition to what I share with Patrons, I also share free writing with everyone. So far, that's been in the form of a fiction story titled The Chosen One.

Here's Chapter 1

And here's Chapter 1.5 and Chapter 2

You can also read a smattering of past articles and fiction stories at AudreyWrites.com. Just click on Stories at the top of the page, then go nuts. There's also Leaves the Comic and of course, I have this here blog all up and runnin' again.


Happy March

Las night, I dreamed I was making a movie titled Motorcycle Jane and Danny Trejo loved the script so much he took a lead role for free and donated all the motorcycles. That's gotta be a good sign, right?

Last March was a waking nightmare. Let's hope this one is redemptive. Like the plot of my forthcoming action script Motorcycle Jane

Just kidding...or am I?