Author's selfie I stayed up late last night watching The Conjuring 2, woke up late as a result but I’m off work today so that was fine! We ran some errands this morning and I’m glad we went as early as we did because it was still very busy!

The Conjuring series

A few years ago, The Conjuring hit theaters. With Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, directed by James Wan. Based on the “true stories” of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the films focus on families caught in terrifying supernatural situations. I think Farmiga and Wilson work well together, and I appreciate the thread running through the movies of families sticking together and of couples stronger together.

A spin-off followed, Annabelle.

And now there is The Conjuring 2.

Apparently they’re planning another Annabelle movie and one called The Nun about the evil force from the recent movie. I expect there’s a good chance of making a The Conjuring 3 given the success of the films ($900 million combined from a combined $66 million budget).

Similar franchises such as Insidious (another James Wan series, the first also starred Patrick Wilson), or Ouija (I still haven’t seen the sequel, which is supposed to be better), haven’t done as well as The Conjuring and it’s spin-offs. Part of that, I think, is due to the themes and the approach in this series, as well as Farmiga and Wilson working well together.

Rogue One

Easily one of the best Star Wars movies! I thought it was great. Dark, true, in the way The Empire Strikes Back had a darker tone. It clearly shows that the Empire is not good. Much like A Song of Fire and Ice, this isn’t a nice world to inhabit. It’s a tough, dark, mean universe. Even so, hope survives. The movie doesn’t quite exist as a ‘stand-alone’ movie the way it might have done, but it feels like the door opened to tell stories in the Star Wars universe. I look forward to seeing how things develop.

Writing/Art Progress

This morning, knowing how busy we’d be, I spent a bit working on the story. I also launched Artrage and experimented with the tools. I’ve been so happy with the way the digital painting software works on the new computer. It feels entirely different as if the shackles are finally removed!

Daily words: 225 words
Monthly words: 1,655 words
Writing streak: 5 days
Drawing time: 15 minutes
Drawing Streak: 5 days