Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sunny side – down?

Yesterday I received a response from an agent the very same day I sent the query. Wow, what a first! It sounds a little crazy, but despite the fact that it was a rejection, it’s a huge relief to be able to move on in search of another agent.

I must admit, I had thought this agent would have been perfect for me. She handles both mid-grade and YA (I’m having difficulties determining which category my story falls into, perhaps more on that later) and even mentions specific interest in other-world stories.

I feel as if my query is very well written. So I am definitely in that phase where I feel as if the story sucks. It has to suck. Why won’t anyone at least read the manuscript? Oh, because the manuscript probably sucks too.

I had a lot of faith in this project and it’s very difficult to not lose that. But to be honest, I haven’t had that many rejections. I haven’t even sent it to ten agents yet. So… buck up, hey?

If you’re not sure how to feel after reading this post, it’s because neither do I! Ha!

P.S. I entered a contest to win scholarship for the Backspace Writers Conference in New York. Winning is based upon votes, which will open March 5th. You can see my entry now; just look for Entry 20!


Hunting witches, taking names

Okay. So. It’s been a while since I’ve been here. For some reason, I just can never manage to do all of the things. Like, when I’m exercising and reading all the time, I can’t find time for writing or the blog. And vice-versa. I need to work on that. Maybe that’s my New Year’s resolution. (I hate defining those.)

Let’s get right into it, shall we? I’m not here to talk about myself. I’m here to talk about HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS.


First off – what is wrong with critics these days? Critics have been picking this movie apart left and right, with only an 18% approval rating. But audience members have been loving this movie. Not only has every single viewer that I know loved it, but Rotten Tomatoes’ meter has been suggesting 65-70% approval from the audience. That’s is a huge gap!

These dark-spinned supernatural/fairy tale movies have been such a let down in the past. I always look forward to them, and am rarely satisfied. Brothers Grimm. Snow White and the Huntsman. Van Helsing. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Too much hype, not enough meat.


This wasn’t the perfect movie. There rarely is a perfect movie, and of course when there is, it’s generally defined by one’s biases. But I thought it was great. I am very much against revving up peoples’ expectations lately, so this is not much of a review (like I used to write). But I here are the reasons why I thought this film was great:

  1. It was funny. Some critics thought the one-liners were forced, some of the swearing unnecessary. I thought it was flippant and cute.
  2. It was gory. But not too much. Just enough to satiate myself without freaking out my friends. Well done.
  3. It was creepy. The makeup was a bit much, but it did the job. I loved that the main witches were very “traditional,” but that there were also very artistic, original ones as well.
  4. The main characters were genuine with each other. That moment where they found each other again? Ah! I truly believed Renner and Arterton were siblings with an arguably unhealthy dependence on each other*. Loved it.
  5. It didn’t take itself too seriously. The action scenes were rough, it had its moments of cheesiness and the writer/director had no problem displaying Hansel and Gretel as imperfect.
  6. It was fun!
  7. **


Like I said, it wasn’t perfect. But I’m fairly confident that most audience members will enjoy it. Have you seen it? What do you think?

* I tend to have an addiction to fiction in which the main characters are unhealthily attached to each other, usually because of the experiences they go through. It will be a blog post some day.

** I may have an unhealthy attachment to Jeremy Renner. This post is undoubtedly biased.