September 29th, 2005

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I feel a little better - this morning started out rough, what with the news saying that Senator Murray had voted to accept John Roberts as a Supreme Court Justice and a reminder that Brown is still working at FEMA, even after resigning. Contractor helping assess what went wrong with the response to Katrina my ass.

Anyway, I just wrote my Senators - one to say I was disappointed and the other to support their decision. I've also looked at Initiatives 330 and 336 and decided how I'll vote in November (no to both). My political activities certainly have gone up lately, what with all the idiots in office pulling crazy stunts. But at least I feel like I've done my part by doing the research and yelling at them when necessary.
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Now that I'm done obsessing about politics, I'm going to obsess about movies. Serenity comes out this weeked, and I'm dragging my husband to a Sunday matinee. I'm hoping the crowds won't be too huge, I hate being around too many people. Also, Mirrormask opens here next week. So yay! Geek movies galore! And because I'm a total goob, I love this interview with Whedon and Gaiman. My favorite bit:
JW: That's the problem with doing anything. Everybody expects you to keep doing it, no matter what.

NG: For me, it's always that Mary Poppins thing. I'll do it until the wind changes. The joy of doing Sandman was doing a comic and telling people, no, it has an end, at a time when nobody thought you could actually get to the end and stop doing a comic that people were still buying just because you'd finished. Probably of all the things I did in Sandman, that was the most unusual and the oddest. That I stopped while we were outselling everybody, because it was done. What everybody wants is more of what they had last time that they liked.

JW: Every other question I get is about the Buffy-verse.

NG: Except the trouble is, as a creator...I saw a lovely analogy recently. Somebody said that writers are like otters. And otters are really hard to train. Dolphins are easy to train. They do a trick, you give them a fish, they do the trick again, you give them a fish. They will keep doing that trick until the end of time. Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they'll do a better trick or a different trick because they'd already done that one. And writers tend to be otters. Most of us get pretty bored doing the same trick. We've done it, so let's do something different.