Well, I sat down and watched Toy Story 2. I wondered during the third movie why some of the characters seemed so unfamiliar to me (little did I know that the closest I got to watching the actual movie was watching movie trailers a long time back).
Amazing, once again. It's astounding and wonderful what the writers did with a movie "about toys." I might have enjoyed Toy Story 3 even more if I had seen this one already, but as it stands it was still fun (although watching the dvd on a 19" computer monitor isn't especially exciting).
To prove that I am well-rounded in the kinds of stories I like, I'll also say that I've begun reading "Best Served Cold" by Joe Abercrombie. Just finished the first chapter, and it certainly starts off with a bang. I'm interested to see where he goes with it. Having read much of his other work, I have to say that I'm impressed with his action scenes in particular. In the first novel I wrote, every action scene was melodramatic and ugly (and not in the gritty-realistic kind of ugly that I'd like). With that said, I'm going to be paying extra special attention to all scenes with excessive violence (is there any other kind in your novels, Joe?) with the faint hope of somehow absorbing some of his descriptive powers.
In other news, (and at the risk of repeating the same word too many times) news about the HBO "Game of Thrones" adaptation is coming along nicely. Even with GRRM on vacation the winter-is-coming blog is keeping things running smoothly and rumours flowing like a delicious rumour-y wine. Conan Stevens is perfect as Gregor Clegane. The rest of the cast is fantastic. Enough said for now. It's going to be an amazing show. And please check out www.winter-is-coming.net for further news.