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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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The Road Home (Coco): Chapter EighteenCollapse )
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Coco beat-by-beat.

Excellent technical breakdown of the ways the movie works.
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(ETA: Yay, I forgot to check the weather before deciding on a date, but I just checked it, and darned if it wasn't between 95 and 102 with 30% humidity in Oaxaca City on the day in question. Go me. But I probably should have checked that first... ;p)

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The Road Home (Coco): Chapter SeventeenCollapse )
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Okay, I got distracted on a tangent that doesn't belong in this particular story, about Miguel's first crush, so I'm going to re-start Chapter 17 and stay on task better. But I liked Enrique and Luisa's little conversation, and I figured I'd share it anyway, even though it is not actually in the story. :D

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The Road Home (Coco): Chapter FifteenCollapse )
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Well that took an unexpected turn toward Teddy-ness. I'm not sure about it, but it just wanted to go here.

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Okay, sorry, it's not going to keep being too quick to keep up with, but this chapter wrote itself more or less as soon as I opened it. (Mostly because I've been doing research since chapter 10 of "The Wedding Guitar.")

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The Road Home (Coco): Chapter ElevenCollapse )
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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven


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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five

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Spellcheck doesn't like Spanglish. I keep telling it to add things to the dictionary, and it ignores them. But if I use too many Spanish words or names in a row, it starts checking my English against a Spanish dictionary and telling me that I've spelled "it" wrong.
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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four


The Road Home (Coco): Chapter FiveCollapse )
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So... I'm kind of trying to figure out how the hacienda is laid out from stopping the film and looking at every angle I see. (It's one thing to set something in the land of the dead where no one knows where something might show up. It's another to have someone who's lived in the same hacienda his entire life not be able to explain fairly specifically where things are.

The shoe shop is against the street, with a work window and two doors facing outward, and around the corner, there's a regular window and what seems to be a door from the street on the other side. It also has a back door leading to the courtyard where the well is. Directly across from it, we know there's the ofrenda room next to a gate, with a little shade tree that Mama Coco is sitting under at the beginning (probably where Miguel demonsrates his running technique to her, too). Beside the ofrenda room is what looks like a long open dining and kitchen area, which leads to a wall in the middle of the courtyard with a big arch in it. When we see Luisa spreading the petals, you can just see a bit of the shop truck through the arch, so there must be an entrance big enough for vehicles, and we know from the shot of Dante climbing that it's near the truck where you can climb up to Miguel's crawlspace. There's some kind of lower building beside it before you reach the alley. You can also just see part of another outdoor room, and I think it's on that side of the wall-arch that Miguel confronts Elena outside Coco's room. Does this look at least plausible?

Also, I think there may be more rooms behind the ofrenda and dining area. Miguel didn't look like he was going outside when he snuck out of the ofrenda room from the side. There are most likely more rooms beyond what I showed, since this sort of hacienda would be essentially a closed square. Probably the truck comes through a gate.
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Huh. Well, I finally realized what I wasn't facing head-on with Hector's feelings. And I'm not any more sure of how to deal with it than he is!

The Road Home (Coco): Chapter FourCollapse )
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Chapter One
Chapter Two

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