Poetry in motion

Was looking to submit a story, but on second thoughts, it’s more poetry in motion than fiction. Have two weeks before the deadline.

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Science fiction exotica

I wasn’t expecting Space Oddity on the soundtrack at the beginning of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but there it was. After being let down somewhat, Valerian becomes what I expected it to be. The trailer promised it. We expect science fiction exotica, so it delivers. I expect the comic book series from which this is based is awesome.

Out in the far reaches of space, in the future, planets join earth’s relocated international space station and they become a metropolis of a thousand planets. They live in harmony, but an unusual signal causes alarm, as if something ominous is buried in the heart of the city. Special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are onto it.

While trying to save the world, Valerian, a James Bondish-Cody Banks type, tries to win the girl over. Laureline is too tough and strong to give in, so Valerian works his way into her heart. I was wondering if this was tasteless with Valerian supplying one-liner after one-liner, just another one of those blockbuster relationships that get whipped up rather than developed.

Spectacle and action is of paramount importance. It’s a cross between Star Wars, surrealism, the French Riviera, on the beach, high tech virtual reality, and writer/director Luc Beeson’s other bad/great science fiction movie The Fifth Element with its array of alien life forms. Visual effects supplant here. Let your imagination roam.

What lets it down is the storytelling, and some bad visual effects in making Rhianna’s character Bubble (a character that is a “lady of the night”) turn into a blob-like alien which is entirely off-putting. The story itself is quite good, but the delivery loses track and sinks this film.

My rating: 4/10

Year: 2017, Written and directed by Luc Beeson, Staring Dane DeHann (Valerian), Cara Delevingne (Laureline) , Clive Owen

Fiction confusion

It was going to be a work of longish fiction about 4000 words at least, but it turned out to sound better as poetry, free verse style. Wound up with 2000 word poetry instead. Have a month for it to settle before submitting. I call the “event”, in this writer’s calendar, fiction confusion, because it should have been fiction, but winds up as poetry with quite a bit of editing.

“Decurion”

While I took a break from a rather tedious writing project that has a deadline none too soon, I read a few pages of the epic poem Inferno and saw the word, “Decurion”. I couldn’t find a definition for it, except on google. It’s an interesting word, but the definition is rather dull. However, a educational excursion.

Inferno

I’ve been reading the first part of Dante’s Comedy, the Inferno, which was written in the medieval time. I’m getting into the part when the comedy kicks in, about half way through. According to the commentary in this translation, a Penguin classic, the half-way point is when the comedy kicks in.

I have noticed it gets funnier as it goes on, as I paid close attention. The comedy is caustic, biting, perhaps what we would call today as sarky. It’s bold humor and today stands ahead of the pack. But like all good comedy it has a point.

I look forward to how Dante progresses on his journey through hell, and into purgatory and heaven, and how the theme ‘adjusts’ in the next stage of his journey.

At the moment, Inferno is one of my favorite things.

The testimonial project that almost made it

Despite the rejections (aw shucks) of the fiction and poetry, I must love blogging and have a hunger for projects of writing.

A project I have gone headlong into means I am approaching the appropriate personnel–to see if they know of any stories about their people.

These stories are what’s called “testimonies”. In other words, what’s happening with you, and why.

One wanted the minutest detail about me first, probably to see who I really am, and if I am who I say I am.

Unfortunately, none of my “personnel” got back to me with offers of people willing to tell me their story–which I would have submitted to editors who are actually interested in seeing my work.

Considering, there are editors who turn the page of my work with a disdainful eye (I jest; it’s not disdainful, it’s probably indifferent or courteously sorry they couldn’t publish it), the  editors who are interested, don’t get to see it. The irony is painful, but bearable.