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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
11:16 am
Pissed Off
I am not a "rock the boat" type of person, but this passage in a movie review of August Rush bothered me on such a deeply personal level, I had to do something:

"He's a blank slate, complete with glazed-over eyes and a slack-jawed smile. I don't think August is intended to be autistic, but that's how Highmore plays him. Highmore cries frequently and wears that stupid grin a lot, but he never emotes. It's impossible to accept August as a human being because there's nothing about him that seems real."

*fumes, rages, snarls*


I suppose I could have been more "frothing at the mouth" in my emailed response, but I was going for "coldly scathing":


Mr. Berardinelli,

I frequently read and and enjoy your thoughts on various films. However, this phrase from your review of "August Rush" stopped me in my tracks:

"He's a blank slate, complete with glazed-over eyes and a slack-jawed smile. I don't think August is intended to be autistic, but that's how Highmore plays him. Highmore cries frequently and wears that stupid grin a lot, but he never emotes. It's impossible to accept August as a human being because there's nothing about him that seems real."

My own son -- a 5 year-old on the mild end of the autism spectrum -- is one of the most animated, vivacious children you might ever meet. He faces life without a trace of guile or cynicism -- simply with a pure, undiluted joie de vivre. When he feels happy, he feels it with every ounce of his being. He also has amazing spacial and visual abilities, and I am often awestruck at the intricate, detailed Lego creations he constructs and the shapes he discovers in places where most of us see nothing. I am not saying that he is representative of the entire autistic population, but I will say that I find it highly offensive for you to lump the descriptor "autistic" in with phrases such as "glazed-over eyes", "slack-jawed smile", and "stupid grin".

How many autistics do you personally know? They may express emotions differently than you or I, but they certainly have them. And they are most certainly "human" and "real".

You are, by all means, entitled to your opinion of "August Rush", but the next time you feel this way about a film character, I strongly suggest that you choose your words with greater tact.


I couldn't even bring myself to sign this with a "Sincerely". :/

UPDATE:

Okay, to his credit, the guy just emailed me back with this:

"My apologies. I would agree that I employed bad judgment in my choice of words. My intention was not to equate "autistic" with "glazed-over eyes", "slack-jawed smile", and "stupid grin." Re-reading the sentences, I can see how that association might be made, and it's due to poor writing in that paragraph. That's not an excuse, but an explanation. The offending sentence has been removed from the review."

Well, GOOD.


Current Mood: angry
8:23 am
Kinda Cunning, Ain't It?
The second round of the Team Cassiebug Auctions ends at midnight tonight! There are lots of lovely hand-crafted things on the block, with all proceeds from the auction going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My own contribution?



Go take a look, and if you're so inclined, bid! :)
Monday, March 31st, 2008
2:59 pm
Just Breathe
I want you to do something.
It will take less than a minute and is something you do unconsciously every minute of every day.
Take a long slow deep breath. Feel the way the in-rush of air tickles your nose, moves through freely your trachea and bronchial tubes, filling your lungs. Feel the way your lungs receive the air, graciously and effortlessly.

If you have something to eat or drink nearby, take a sip or a bite. Chew it slowly and think for a minute about how easily your body accepts that food or beverage and how readily your digestive system starts to absorb nutrients and transform that bite of food or sip of beverage into energy-giving, cell-rejuvenating, life-sustaining fuel.

It's not easy for everyone.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the lungs, sinuses, pancreas, liver, intestines, and male reproductive system. CF is caused by a genetic mutation. In healthy people, a gene, referred to as CFTR, produces a protein that regulates the movement of salt and water through the cell walls.

This process directly affects how the body makes sweat, mucus and enzymes for digestion. In people with CF, this protein does form properly, which impedes normal cell activity. A thick, heavy mucus develops that clogs the internal organs, impedes digestion, makes the patient susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, and makes taking a simple breath a moment-by-moment challenge. CF is the most common life-shortening disease diagnosed in children.

There is no cure.
tapestrymlp's daughter Cassie was diagnosed with CF three years ago. Cassie is a beautiful little girl, and I think she deserves a fighting chance to grow up to be a beautiful woman.

Jenn is participating in the CF Great Strides walk, and is holding a number of auctions on eBay to help raise money for Great Strides and the CFF. 100% of proceeds from each auction will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please take a moment to visit http://cassiebug.jcracek.com/cf_auctions.php for links to the eBay auctions, which begin on April 1. Auction items include original artwork, signed books, collectibles, gift baskets, jewelry, crafts, and more.

Please take a moment to bid, and to spread this far and wide.

Can you guess what I'm making for the second auction?

A hint...Collapse )

(Original post by yaaresse)
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
7:27 pm
Very Important Announcement
For those who care, the new Knitty is up!

Current Mood: geeky
Friday, May 13th, 2005
2:31 pm
Auction Update
Just a reminder that bidding on the current lot of items at The Jelly Bean Society's Auction for Cystic Fibrosis ends tonight at 10 p.m. ET! There's a lot of pretty stuff there -- check it out! My Abby Loomis story should go up tomorrow in the next lot. :)

Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, March 18th, 2005
9:11 pm
*sigh*
I was a victim of a drive-by spewing today. In a movie theater. Thank you, son.

Current Mood: blank
Monday, February 14th, 2005
10:34 am
Pilfered from ashavah:

Ask any of my characters, canon or OC, a question (or more than one question) and said character will answer your questions honestly.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 5th, 2005
3:24 am
Yeah, me too...
Nicked from absolutely everyone:

If you read this, even if I don't speak to you often, would you please post a memory of me? It can be anything you want, it can be good or bad, just so long as it happened. Then post this to your journal. See what people remember about you!

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
7:26 pm
Ah, nostalgia...
Nicked from piperx:

List five fictional people -- from television, movies, books, whatever -- that you had a crush on as a child (or early teens). Then post this on your LiveJournal so other people can know what a dork you've always been.

1. Bo Duke, from The Dukes of Hazzard (first grade)

2. Ernie, from My Three Sons (second grade)

3. Superman, as played by Christopher Reeve (second grade)

4. Face, from The A-Team (fifth grade)

5. Peter Brady, from The Brady Bunch (er, second through fifth grade)

I think David Hasselhoff and the fictional Hardy Boys were also in there somewhere. atropos87 has also brought to mind the shameful omission of Han Solo from this list:

"I love you."

"I know."


*swoons*

My, were my interests varied. :P

Current Mood: silly
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
7:55 am
My house is in shambles. Perhaps I should put down the Heyer. Hmm...

Current Mood: thoughtful
Friday, January 14th, 2005
10:18 am
Calling all Heyer fans...
So, I've just begun Georgette Heyer's Arabella. In the (somewhat probable) case that her novels become an addiction, which others would you recommend?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
11:03 pm
Spam spam spam...
Whenever I say that I'm going to take a break from writing, I end up having huge surges of creative energy. Why is that?

I've been planning a fic on Tom Riddle's mum for a year and a half, but I've always pushed to the back burner. I'm not sure why, but I have a feeling it's because it feels like a much greater challenge than the "Interwoven" stuff. Here's the beginning, which I'm posting for self-motivational purposes:

The Blessed EventCollapse )

I've still got a bit of fact-checking to do, so I apologize to the Brits if anything seems off. Look for the finished product in about four months. ;)

Current Mood: creative
10:07 pm
Fanfic Recs
Some goodies I've come across recently in other fandoms:

In the mood for a taciturn (yet still hunky) British gentlemen?
In Ten Days' Time, by Genette

Or a well-read (yet still hunky) Ithilien ranger?
Wooden Horses, by Morithil

Just so I'm not the only one spending time on fanfic when I should be doing more productive things. :D
9:41 pm
My son had tubes put in his ears yesterday, and he's already a changed little man. Of course, he was supremely hacked off for being submitted to the procedure and (as far as I could interpret) consigned us and all the nurses to the deepest levels of purgatory, but after a good nap he was...happy. Mellow. Playful. Not clingy. Not whiny. I think we made the right choice. :)

And much appreciation to all the Secret Capitalists! The site is fantastic! And a very Happy Birthday to The Sugar Quill, the reason my household chores have not been properly seen to in the last three years. ;)
Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
5:00 pm
Yet Another Fic Update
"A Knock at the Door" is up at the Quill!

*cough*justincaseyoufeellikeboostingmyfrailego*cough*

;)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
5:55 am
Yet another ear infection for my son...
Having had four ear infections in the last three months, my son is now a candidate for getting tubes in his ears. Do any of you have experience with the procedure? Have your kids benefitted from it?

Current Mood: concerned
Saturday, November 13th, 2004
10:38 pm
Just saw The Incredibles. Loved it. Think Pixar would let me telecommute? I don't know what I could contribute, but they're all just so...cooooool.

Current Mood: happily geekified
Thursday, October 7th, 2004
12:51 am
Had a very enjoyable lunch with lilac_bearry and her adorable daughter yesterday. :D She got to witness my children's proclivity for danger firsthand, as they discovered every UNSAFE way possible to utilize a McDonald's Playplace. We had a lovely chat, which later inspired me to write a whole page! That's an entire month's output, right there. And now, thanks to Ms. Lilac, I now find myself channeling Bryan Adams and singing:

"You know it's true...
Though I nag you when I do...
I do it for you..."

I'll leave it up to her to write the rest. ;)

Current Mood: silly
Friday, October 1st, 2004
2:40 pm
A Doting Mommy Moment
I forget to mention that my 4 year-old made me so proud the other day. She brought me a picture she'd drawn of a single line with a diamond shape on the top of it. She declared, "Look, Mama -- I drew the wizard's stick from Lord of the Rings!" *sniffs* My, how they grow.

(Of course, my own mother would be appalled if she knew of this, but I don't let Little Fleur watch any of the scary parts. She's rather partial to Treebeard, actually.)

Current Mood: pleased
2:29 pm
Hey, I wrote something! *boggles*
Hi, all. :) I really am alive. I don't have a house yet, but that may be rectified by next week. *cross fingers, says a prayer* And since my husband is off golfing, I thought I'd commandeer his work laptop and work on a little Abby/Sirius ficlet that won't leave me alone. With any luck, you might see the rest of it next spring. ;)

My fandom is obsolete. Oh, well.Collapse )

Current Mood: calm
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