Isn't there a saying that says something like, The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
My plans to finish Booty and be submitting by Easter have taken a serious blow. The first few days went well. Like excrement from a dysinteric goose, two entire chapters flew from my mind. Then a blockage occurred and the flow stifled off. Yesterday morning while I was staring at the dreaded blinking cursor the worst possible thing happened. My electricity flickered, the computer shut off, and refused to come back up. Given the error message that appears, I fear my hard drive is toast.
I lost no more than a paragraph since any time I'm working I use a thumb drive and I save religiously, but I am worried about pictures and others things that I may or may not be able to retrieve. The computer was on a surge protector but it is also six or seven years old. I have a laptop which I am now using but typing on it is tedious even when using a larger keyboard. The only good news is that the word are now flowing again, though I have resorted to writing longhand. Just me, the pen and paper. That is how I uses to write all of my first drafts and it seems as if for now I back to that style.
Last night I finally talked my wife into going and seeing Atonement at the theater.
I give the movie an 8, but only because I read the novel. Had I not read Ian McEwan's masterful novel I would lower my score a point or so. The acting was good but as is the case with most movies, the characters just were not as developed as in the book, and without the stellar prose to accompany it the story felt a bit slow. My wife did not like it much at all but then agian there were no dragons, pixies,or magical beasts. Also she does not deal well with tension, or plots that delve into the morally corrupt side of humanity.
The movie did stay in line with the novel. Only the ending was markedly different and actually he result was pretty much the same but the presentation of the end was different. Much more direct and forceful than the book. I prefer the novel ending that left a bit more to interpretation, but I guess Hollywood thinks the average movie goer is too dense to think on their own.
My recommendation. Read the book, then see the movie if you have a chance, but to only see the movie is doing yourself an injustice.