update first: No. I still don’t have a job. Yes. I’m frustrated and grouchy about it. It seems that all the schools within about a 50 mile radius of my house have filled all their positions…EXCEPT the one job at the one school that I’ve been hoping/praying/pleading for since before school started. They still haven’t filled the position. I do know that she’s offered it to a few people, who already have jobs, and was turned down because they already have jobs… So, since she’s going down the list of settling, if she gets far enough down, she’s bound to get to me sooner or later. Let’s just hope that I’m at the top of the list of desperate people who still need a job that she doesn’t really want but will settle for. Why would I even want to go into a new job situation like that? Finances be getting tight…not does subbing suck, but the pay sucks worse. One final note: I actually nabbed a half-day subbing job at that school. I’m hoping for a slim chance that I might be able to talk to that principal and could have the hope that I might make some better impression on her. Of course, since I don’t know what gave her a bad impression in the first place, that’s going to be tricky.
Other update: I STILL have a horrible cough and I even went to the doctor last week!
Ok. Peter Pan. I picked up what is supposed to be the 2nd of a trilogy of books recently written as supposed prequals to J.M. Barrie’s, Peter Pan. Frankly, I’m shocked, appalled and disgusted. I am honestly having a hard time believing that either of the TWO authors ever read Barrie’s book or even watched Walt Disney’s animated movie or even Speilberg’s extrapolation, Hook! Both of those movies are much more faithful to the characters’ personalities and motivations. I know that most anybody reading this probably doesn’t care, so I’ll just bullet a few points that are incongruent with Barrie’s conception that are apparent within the first few pages:
- Peter Pan would have never said that he was “1 year older than the oldest of his group of lost boys” He was proud that he would never grow up. In fact, that was the one rule of the lost boys, if peter thinks you’re starting to grow up, you’re banished from neverland.
- Peter still had all his baby teeth.
- Peter was completely oblivious to fawning girls’ batting eyes.
- Peter was proud and cocky and couldn’t tell between real and make believe.
- Neverland was not somewhere out in the ocean, but another plane or world that could only be reached by magic and pixie dust, not “starstuff”
- Captain Hook was the most refined, if sinister villain. He was not dirty and stinky, but clean shaven, smartly dressed and groomed. And his first name was JAMES!!! James wasn’t the name of a lost boy!
- The crocodile swallowed a clock. This represents time catching up to all of us. How could you even mention the crocodile without mentioning the clock?
- And what’s the name of the indian princess? All together: of course it’s Tigerlilly! Who ever heard of “Shining Pearl”?
I’m going to stop now because I just get irritated. So irritated, that I quit reading this ridiculous book and started reading the real Peter Pan.
However, on October 7th, a new book is coming out, “Peter Pan in Scarlett” that was commissioned and sanctioned as a true sequal to Barrie’s story. They had a contest where something like 200 writers submitted a chapter and story outline and some english writer won the opportunity to write the book. This is all under the direction of the children’s hospital own all rights to the book. So I’m interested to read that, because I would think they’d go to great lengths to make sure the writer stayed true to the characters. I’m interested to find out.