The Latest on Gracie/ “Twilight” Redux/ Foothill Writers Conference

Gracie was finally allowed home last night. Vet warned that she is still not out of the woods, sometimes symptoms of permanent brain or nerve damage are not immediately apparent. All the way home, self kept calling, “Gracie! Gracie!” Li’l crit is still weak; she barely turned her head.

But what a fighter that little dog is. If anyone had seen her, Sunday night, they would have thought she was on her last legs. Her whole body was wracked by spasms, she was frothing at the mouth, she had a high fever. The next day, son had to carry her to the pet hospital in a towel, she was so limp.

Even last night, when self finally brought her home, she didn’t have the strength to bound into the car, and self had to lift her. She kept trying to crawl into self’s lap as she was driving. Self had to hold her back with an elbow. Then she whimpered and whimpered and whimpered. Now, in the backyard, she is back to her favorite activity: rolling around on the grass. A miracle!

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This afternoon, self and son watched “Twilight” again. Self finds it to be a very entertaining movie! And, now that she understands more about vampire psychology, she understands why Edward glowers when Bella sits next to him in lab class: He is trying to restrain himself from eating her. Of course! Now it is all so clear.

Self also thinks it is extremely prescient of Bella (only now it occurs to self that heroine and self’s older beagle share the same name) to put two and two together: fairly quaint English (Edward sometimes speaks like someone from another century), very pale skin, avoidance of light — like any modern heroine, she goes straight to the computer, enters these details, and comes up with the definitive proof: a very old and authoritative-looking text that explains all about vampires.

And, aside from the fact that self has no memory of this scene from her earlier viewing (It must be said that, while hubby and son were watching the movie, self settled on the couch and fell asleep. So she missed a whole chunk of the action. She did wake up, however, in time for the baseball playing scene, still her favorite), she finds that she still enjoys all the scenes she liked from before, and still thinks the cinematography (as well as the music) were great. The last song, heard while the credits rolled, was by Linkin Park. Self now thinks she would like to watch the next movie in this series. It seems there is a love triangle developing between Bella, Edward, and that childhood playmate of Bella’s, the handsome Native American kid (probably a werewolf — self hasn’t read the books, but there is definitely something feral about the guy. Moreover, he’s already thrown down the gauntlet by warning Bella off Edward).

What’s really great about this movie is that, not only was the director a woman, but the screenplay writer was, too. YAY for women in Hollywood!

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Tomorrow is the first day of the Foothill Writers Conference.  Self is giving a workshop called “Writing Exercises in Flash Fiction.” She xeroxed the handouts this afternoon, at Foothill.  There she saw Leslye, and her favorite person.

Self and Barb are teaching at exactly the same times! But self is really looking forward to hearing Barb read with fellow Foothill conference faculty Justin Chin and Scott Inquito (who used to teach with self at NDNU!), at 5:30 in Foothill’s Campus Center Lounge.

For self’s own reading, this Sunday at noon, with Danielle Haysbert and Tony Tulathimutte, self has decided she’ll read from the beginning of her novella, Marife.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

2 Comments

  1. KJB said,

    July 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    So glad Lil Crit Gracie is on the mend! That must be such a fright for you.

  2. July 10, 2009 at 5:40 am

    It was a fright. We didn’t know how much we missed her until she was in the emergency clinic, those two nights …


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