Alex is my hero. He did what I didn't have the patience to do: read Twilight cover to cover. And he posted YouTube commentaries of each chapter. Twilight sporking sounds even better with an Aussie accent!
While we're talking about bad entertainment, the most recent from my Netflix queue was Blood: The Last Vampire.
(I don't only watch schlocky films, I swear. But Frozen River and Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal aren't as much fun to snark about.)
Anyway, Blood is apparently based an anime/manga (there's an animated version of the film, too -- maybe I'll put it in my queue as well). And the movie is about what you'd expect from a live-action film based on a manga. The dialog is awful, the story is a paint-by-numbers Buffy-clone, and the special effects are the kind that would have wowed audiences ten or twenty years ago, but now look cheesy.
But there's still something cool about watching a pig-tailed Japanese girl in a sailor suit carving up demon-ninjas.
This is seriously a buckets-of-blood movie, but it's so cinematically over-the-top that it didn't even strike me as gory.
... What do you mean you're not fascinated by the contents of my Netflix queue?
Okay, moving on... I'm still doing some tune-up on the last few chapters of AQATDR, but the book is basically finished. Any changes I make at this point won't be structural, since both my betas have finished it and reassured me that it doesn't suck and doesn't have any gaping plot holes.
So, just to give you a heads up: I am as determined as ever to finish the Alexandra Quick series, and I'm outlining book four now. However, I'm not going to start writing it immediately. Instead, I have an original fiction idea that has expanded into novel length form. This is the first time in years I've felt the urge/inspiration to write original fiction of any length. So I think I'm actually going to do this, and even see if I can get it published.
I'm not going to dedicate my life to it. I wouldn't mind getting a novel published, but at this point in my life, I'm not trying to become a professional writer. I already have a career. (Now if I get my novel published and it becomes a best-seller and then optioned by Hollywood, well... I can dream, right?)
But, since it will take me a while to work on this novel, AQ4 will be on the back burner for a while. Actually, I'm planning to possibly alternate between them; working on one when I'm stuck on something in the other. But we'll see how well that works.
(And yes, I still plan to write a Hogwarts Houses Divided sequel... someday.)