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Today I Met Belle [Oct. 5th, 2010|11:48 pm]
[Current Mood |draineddrained]

Today had its highs and its lows. First, I will set out the highs, as they are far more interesting.

At 1 o'clock today I met Kirk Wise, Don Hahn, Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara, and Glen Keane. In short, five of the people who breathed life into Disney's Beauty and the Beast, in my opinion one of the most flawless films ever to grace the screen, and quite possibly the greatest animated film of my lifetime. I do not grant this praise lightly, as I'm sure my readers are well aware. A careful study of the art, story structure, and music of Beauty and the Beast finds it almost unbeatable, and the only complaint I can bring myself to make of it is that Belle is not a particularly active participant in the film's climax, despite the fact that she is the protagonist. It is, to me, all that a Disney film should be.

And how often does one meet a Disney Princess? Paige O'Hara was extremely kind in wishing me good luck with my writing, she was lovely, and for goodness sake, SHE TALKS LIKE BELLE. It was staggering.

I also got a chance to talk to Glen Keane, the brilliant animator behind the Beast's fluid movements and Ariel's intelligent eyes. And I also chatted with Don Hahn about Beauty and the Beast 3D which he assures me will eventually make it to theaters. For my part I voiced my case for the previously announced Valentine's Day release (though obviously it would be a year late).

All in all, a giddy moment for your Disney Princess.

That said, the rest of my day was lackluster. My interview was mediocre at best, though I don't think I did anything terribly wrong. I just didn't sparkle the way some might have when faced with tough questions and the implication of inexperience. From the way I felt a few hours after the interview, though, I begin to wonder if this job would be as good a fit for me as I thought it would.

I went to the gym after the interview to try to move my body a bit and I burned off 350 calories. That was great, but I didn't have my water bottle, and worse than that, I forgot my towel. That made for a FUN post-gym shower.

I drove home after that and talked to Sam on the phone on the drive home. I got off the phone when I got home and discovered that I could get into the driveway because there was a pile of bricks and construction materials blocking my entrance. I tried to back up and ended up scratching the paint on my bumper (nothing horrific, but COME ON, really?) By the time I got inside I was so frustrated that I ended up crying to Sam on the phone. He sweetly told me not to cry and that none of it was worth crying over. I agreed, but really couldn't help it. It's hard to stop crying once you start. Once I calmed down, however, Sam made pleasant company and we played a few Sporcle quizzes together, yelling answers back and forth over Skype. Eventually he left to eat dinner and I backed my car back out of the driveway and headed out towards dinner, practically all the way back across LA where I'd been earlier.

On the drive I talked on the phone with my Grandma who makes good company, though she does have a tendency of making small talk about things that I find stressful. I got off the 101 when traffic got bad and I passed two vintage clothing stores with Halloween costumes in the window. They looked promising so I parked and checked them out. Nothing too exciting except for a Mad Men-esque party dress that cost over $100 (too much for vintage unless it's perfect, in my opinion) and a run-of-the-mill Pirate costume that I would have passed over entirely had the material not been a bit better than the standard Halloween costume quality. I might return to the store and see if I can try on the outfit. Think it would pair nicely with a corset underneath and my cavalier boots, and it wouldn't be too outrageously overpriced. Pirate costumes also have some reasonable re-wear value, I think.

After my spur of the moment window shopping I picked up my friend Jon (a writer a few years older than I, so already starting to get some real work) and we went to Micelli's, my favorite Italian restaurant. They have singing waiters. And a live jazz pianist and drummer. While I was there the pianist played a jazz Mary Poppins medley, satisfying me immensely. I ate delicious egg plant parmesan, teased each other, and talked about movies that are awesome. Interacting with a friend helped improve my mood.

After dinner I drove home and talked to Sam on Skype for another hour. The poor boy is sick and finally had to abandon me for Benedryl. I hope he gets better soon. Of course, I don't get to talk to him tomorrow because he and the boys back in Evanston are playing whatever D&D game they're doing right now. I guess I have enough tv to catch back up on (plus tomorrow night's ABC comedy lineup) and most of the new Artemis Fowl book ahead of me. [Side note: NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WAS A NEW BOOK, I'M VERY UPSET.] Thursday night I have another dinner date, this time with my friend Jewel, a fellow member of the Northwestern University Creative Writing for the Media Program.

Goal for tomorrow: go to the gym again. I need to get back on track for losing weight. 30 lbs was great, but I'm really only back where I started. The next 10 are obviously going to be harder. Sam asked me rather pointedly today, "How is it that the rest of you got tiny and your boobs stayed the same size?" My answer was, "Porn star diet?" But maybe it's just some of that Disney Princess magic that gives me my delightful curves.

I'm talking about my boobs. It is obviously time for bed.
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A Moody Weekend [Oct. 5th, 2010|09:23 am]
[Current Location |United States, California, Los Angeles]
[Current Mood |nervousnervous]

Saturday wasn't too bad. I flopped around in my room playing WoW. In the evening I went out with the boys.
Sunday was a bad day. I was supposed to go to a Northwestern Peer Group meeting on Sunday. With half an hour until the group meeting, I got in my car and tried to leave to meet the group. As I turned the corner out of my driveway I discovered a car blocking my exit. It took about 15 minutes to track down the car's owner, get her to move it, and escape from my own driveway. Safely on my way, I found myself in some unexpected traffic. By the time I made it to the coffee house I was over a half hour late, couldn't figure out where to park, and slightly hysterical. I tried to text one of my friends who I thought might be in the group and discovered I didn't even have his cell number. Out of sheer frustration I turned back around and drove home. The two hours of my day that this ordeal took pretty much ruined the remaining ones for me, or at least turned them into a mope fest. Sam at least recognized my grumpiness and hopped on Skype as soon as he could to cheer me up. He's good at this whole long-distance thing. We were linked through skype for nearly 5 hours, until it was time for me to watch Mad Men. I skipped all my other shows and still have 4 of them left to catch up on.
Monday was alright, though I suspect some of my moodiness from Sunday carried over. I had a really nice time shopping at Century City with my cousin TIffany (the model). I got two dresses (one too cute for work, one that we think I could wear into an office) at H&M and one gorgeous, super cute dress at Betsey Johnson (which cost more than all the clothes I tried on at H&M combined, and looked that much better on me). We saw The Social Network, which was nothing short of fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of dramas and this one was two hours long and completely engaging. The young cast is incredible (and extremely attractive) and the script is sharp and efficient. Also, Justin Timberlake, how are you so sexy?
Hurried home from the movie theater to discover that Sam was asleep. Somehow ended up having a long (for us, but otherwise relatively short) conversation with his roommate on WoW. This is rather odd because his roommate HATES me. Perhaps I should put that one down in words at some point. Now that is a post that would require a privacy lock. I did a few WoW dailies and logged, ending our conversation. Soon enough it was time for House and I settled into bed for an absolutely excellent episode (think JK Rowling stars in Next to Normal). I also watched Mike and Molly, though only out of the corner of my eye, and finally a decent episode of Castle. By the time that was over at 11 I was tired enough to curl up for sleep.
Now I'm awake at 8:30 and I'm about to get ready for a Studio visit. I'm excited and nervous. This could be a big day for me.
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Saturday Night in LA [Oct. 2nd, 2010|08:49 pm]
[Current Location |US, California, Los Angeles, Westwood Blvd, 1139]

Spent the day PvPing with college friends, talking to Sam, and watching the Back to the Future Marathon on G4. I had dinner alone at Baja Fresh and then browsed some nearby Halloween shops. Now it's time to head over to Willie and Jake's place so we can get our board game on.

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A social day in LA, and some talk of books [Oct. 1st, 2010|09:41 pm]
[Current Mood |draineddrained]

Today may not have been what I would call a "typical" Friday, but then I haven't been in LA long enough to be able to tell you what "typical" is. I started out the day loafing around in my Cinderella room (I call it that because I'm in the tiny guest room behind the kitchen, small enough and located correctly to be considered servant's quarters) poking at the internet, bothering Sam at work, eating diet food, and re-establishing my LJ.

By 2 o'clock, however, I showered, dressed, and hopped in the Nimbus (I should probably note here that I call my blue 2010 Prius the Nimbus because it's my first car and features two Harry Potter bumper stickers) and drove up to Burbank. I arrived at the designated Starbucks at 2:30 and connected with my new friend Brian Swenlin (view his IMDB here: www.imdb.com/name/nm0842391/) He's awesome and we spent two hours talking about cartoons, movies, tv, and popcorn.

After we were through at Starbucks (say 4:45), I hopped in my car and started the drive down to Venice Beach. Sam had sent me a text while I was out with Brian. He'd read some of my early livejournal entries, and their contents affected him so dramatically that he sent me the following text: "oh god sara, going through your lj... I just want to give you a big hug. I love you."
Now, to be sure my high school years were a smidge dramatic, but whose aren't? So I sent Sam a text telling him to call me when he got out of the gym as I'd probably be in traffic for some time. I hoped (and my wish was fulfilled) that he might amuse me for the better part of the drive from Burbank. My first question after he called me was of course which journal entries he'd been reading. The answer was, "the early ones about Nick." That just about summed it up. I suppose that the reading of those entries in retrospect shows some of the emotional damage being dealt, some of which has yet to be undone. I try not to reread those entries even when I go through my own archives because even now they can make me quite upset. It's not like I was being abused or anything, I just cared far too much about a person who couldn't put the time and effort into a relationship that I wanted him to. That led to the type of unbalanced relationship which I've since tried to avoid.

After we moved on from livejournal we chatted about all manner of things, from Sam's day at work to his roommate's job situation to OH hold the phone, my cell phone started ringing, I'll call you back, Sam. I dropped the call and it was... well, I won't say it here, but the company that I would very much like to work for calling to ask me to come in on Tuesday. I agreed and excitedly called Sam back, and he stayed on almost until I made it to Venice.

After paying an obscene $8 for beachside parking out of sheer starvation (I'd only had 660 calories by 6 pm) and dashed over to the sushi joint where I was meeting my friend Adrienne. Background! Adrienne is a college friend who I met at a superhero party late in my freshman year. I was dressed as Black Canary and she was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood from Fables (I knew by the sword strapped to her back what she was meant to be). We never got to hang out very often, but we were fixtures at one another's parties for the next two years. She graduated from the journalism school at NU a year ahead of me and moved home to San Diego. She's been doing some modeling on the weekends so she was up in LA for a photo shoot. We ate what was perfectly delicious sushi considering it was purchased from a tiny little shack on a side street off of Venice Beach, and then we strolled past the rapidly closing storefronts. Before parting ways, we poked our heads into a bookshop (Small World Books, so appropriate) and I picked up another Christopher Moore novel (having listened to The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove with Sam on our road trip from Chicago and read Practical Demonkeeping this month, I selected Island of the Sequined Love Nun as my next read. I would recommend all of the above.

Speaking of books, I also just finished reading Helen Fielding's Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, which I might recommend though not nearly as highly as Bridget Jones' Diary. This summer I also read Graceling and Fire by Kristen Cashore. Those come HIGHLY recommended by yours truly; if you're into YA, good fantasy novels, or strong female protagonists (or all of the above if you're like me, which I assume you are), those two books are worth picking up. I also read Shiver and Linger, both of which were addictive yet neither of which had a particularly brilliant plot. I read the third Hunger Games novel and was tremendously disappointed... I'd just tell you not to waste your time with them, despite some good 200 or 300 pages of action. On the side I've been listening to David Copperfield, and as usual I am enjoying my Dickens. This is my sixth Dickens novel and so far the only one I haven't thoroughly enjoyed was Great Expectations. If you haven't read much Dickens I would recommend Bleak House or Nicholas Nickleby, my two favorites. The former is perhaps the stronger novel, but the latter contains some of the funniest characters you'll ever read about.

Well, there you have it. My day in LA -- seeing people and thinking about books. Now it's time for a bit of World of Warcraft, more an excuse to log on and message Sam while he plays Starcraft than anything, but I have nothing else left to do this evening anyway.
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California [Oct. 1st, 2010|01:18 pm]
[Current Location |United States, California, Los Angeles]
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

Hello Livejournal, long time no see. Guess that's what college will do to a girl, huh? But now I've graduated from Northwestern, spent my summer traveling in from Chicago to New York to London to Paris (tres chic!) to San Diego Comic-Con to Los Angeles back to Chicago and then road tripping back to LA with all my possessions. So here I am now, a temporary resident of Bel Air and (presumably) a permanent resident of California.

My purpose in being here is to enter the film industry as a writer. That's been my intention since I was 15 or 16 years old, and I have the archived lj posts to prove it. I want to write for television, so the first step is networking and spec writing. I have one cartoon spec written but apparently that's completely useless for breaking into sitcoms, so my next step is picking a suitable show and writing an episode. I have so many shows to pick from. My current tv viewing schedule includes:
Comedies (in airing order): How I Met Your Mother, The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Community, 30 Rock, The Office, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bored to Death, Eastbound and Down

Dramas (also in airing order): House, Castle, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire. And out of season, True Blood, Entourage, Men of a Certain Age, Justified

My drama list makes me sad now that Lost isn't on it.

Let's see, what else belongs in this post? College should perhaps be summarized, but that could take a while. Or I could truncate it. I'm not sure which I should do. I'll put the really important things you should know here.

I dated someone for three and a half years through college. We broke up. Now I'm dating Sam, also from Northwestern and still in Evanston, but I like him enough to deal with this long distance nonsense. I made wonderful friends at school, most of whom are still in the Chicago area. I also miss them. I'm still in touch with a few high school friends like Kate and Greg, but mostly friends who were a few years ahead of me like Nick, Justin, and Jake (The Great high school ex boyfriend, Nick, in fact took me to Paris where we galavanted around taking photos of my favorite traveling companion, Roundpluto).

Oh, and weight. I gained a lot of weight in high school but now I've lost 30 lbs, putting me roughly back where I was when I started (maybe less a few pounds but the fat distributed in such a way that I can't tell.)

This seems like a reasonable catch-up post. Real posts to come soon.
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I made a movie. [Mar. 17th, 2008|02:16 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

For those of you who have wondered what the hell I've been up to at college, this is what I do for homework.
You have no idea how many hours it took me to get this to be a normal file size to upload onto youtube.

In other news, I'm going to Disney World with my boyfriend tomorrow night. We're meeting my parents there.
I kind of miss writing on livejournal. For some reason I care less that no one will read what I post here than when I post stuff on Facebook and no one comments. Is that weird?
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Peter Pan Icons [Feb. 20th, 2007|04:37 pm]
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[Current Location |Northwestern University]
[Current Mood |creativecreative]

Return to Neverland and Peter Pan
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Summer Comic Reading List? [Jun. 21st, 2006|10:47 am]
[Current Mood |geekygeeky]

I figured that while I'm sitting here reading comics at work, I may as well start generating a list of the comics and graphic novels I'm reading at DC. I'll update it as much as I can and as often as I remember to.

"American Virgin" by Steven T. Seagle, art by Becky Cloonan
Issues #1, 2, 3, and 4

"Can't Get No" by Rick Veitch
"Princess Natasha" issue 1

"The Dead Boy Detectives" by Jill Thompson
"The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive" Danny Bilson, Paul Demeo, Ken Lashley. Issue 1.

6-23: "Supergirl: Power" Joseph Loeb, Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund
"Scooby-Doo" Issue 109 "Seaside Frights!"

6-28: "Solo" by Sergio Aragones
"Teen Titans Go!" issue 32
"Cartoon Network Block Party" Issue 22
As of August 23:
"52" Issues 1-16
"Fables" volumes 1-3
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SCALE OF DISNEY TOTAL FUCKING INSANITY -- By Sicarii [Sep. 25th, 2005|10:23 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Disney Fan

Those ladies that collect way too many stuffed Mickey Mouses

That dude with like 400 Disney tattoos



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