agilebrit: (Giggle)
And, you know, I'm sure they did this on purpose.

First of all, if you're not watching "Forever," well, you should be. Go catch up. Stat. I'm not kidding. The conceit of the show is that Ioan Gruffudd plays the main character, Henry Morgan, who became immortal in his... mid-thirties? Judd Hirsch plays his adopted son Abe, whom he and his then-wife rescued from the Nazis as a baby in WWII.

So we just had a flashback where we got to meet a younger version of Abe. Played by David Krumholtz. Who played Charlie Epps in "Numb3rs." Whose dad was played by Judd Hirsch.

He did a damn fine job of channeling Judd, too. I hope we get to see more of him.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
So, I'm dinking around Yahoo Answers today (as one does), and some kid is lamenting the fact that he might have to get a real job while he works on the dream of becoming a fantasy novelist.

Well, yes. Starving in a garret is only romantic if you're not the one starving, and if you don't think about it too hard. Suck it up, sunshine, and welcome to the real world. I wasn't quite that brutal in my answer, but there is Dream, and there is Reality, and making the two come together is Hard Work.

I then detailed my to-do list for the foreseeable future:
1. Graphics worksheet, bio, photo, and a bunch of other stuff for "That Which Is Hidden." Due, well, tomorrow.

2. Synopsis for Sold Soul to send to a place that apparently thinks "write us a synopsis" is easier than "send us the manuscript and don't worry about the formatting."

3. Edits on Cyborg Werewolf. This one needs a rewrite from the ground up from midway through the story. Fun stuff. That's due at the end of the month. Oh, look, it's October.

4. Outline the rest of Angry Bitter Angel. Then write it. Am I a novelist? No, I am not. Do I have any earthly idea what's supposed to happen in my putative Act Two? No, I do not. Awesome.

5. (Backburnered.) Finish the synopsis for not!KKBB/IM, revamp the query, and start sending that damn thing out again.

That's just the writing plate, and it's assuming I don't get any rejections I need to flip today. Look full to you? Yeah, it looks full to me too. But I also have other responsibilities.
1. Today is Laundry Day. Whee.

2. It's a school day. I have to keep the Boy on task while we do that.

3. Somewhere in there, I need to feed my family.

4. Since the Hubby is going to work tomorrow, I have to make sure the house is vacuumed. White pets + black work pants = unmixy.

5. Half hour on the bike.

6. Television has started up again, and that's Family Time. We have Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest tonight, plus an episode of Last Man Standing to catch up on from last week.

WELL. I guess I should get off the damb interwebs and get my ass in gear, huh.
agilebrit: (Guri praying)
Last time was bad enough. There is no sense thwacking myself with a brick in the head again and I do not need to be sent into another frothing rage. Praying for my country, at this point, is all I can do.

So, I will write today. I will do something I enjoy, in blatant defiance of... well. Everything. As I have said before, my happiness is not dependent on who sits in the White House. My life will go serenely on, with perhaps a few hiccups along the way. As it does.

Which is not to say I will be avoiding TV tonight. After all, I have been looking forward to "The Following" for as long as I've been aware of it. Kevin Bacon hooked me in the first ad--and then when I found out James Purefoy was the villain, my squee-age knew no bounds. And there are Poe references. I'll reserve judgment until we're four eps in, but it looks amazing, from the previews. *bounces*

And, of course, Castle is also on tonight, and H50 (which we will DVR). So, really, there's no bad there.

Meanwhile, I write. I cracked 40,000 words in the Project o'Doom last night. Let's see if I can stick an END at the bottom of this story today and start the next one, shall we?
agilebrit: (Facepalm2)
So, Vino Alan has been consistently in the top 3 since this started. CeCe Frey has consistently been a bottom performer because, frankly, America doesn't actually like her much. She's gotten through by the skin of her teeth more than once.

And Vino has one bad week (probably because his mentor screwed him over more than anything else, yes, thank you, LA, for changing his song at the last minute)--and you boot him unceremoniously.

What is wrong with you people? Simon, really, I have no idea why you think Little Miss Spoiled Princess there has a better chance of winning this than Vino, who has more talent in his tattooed little finger than she has in all that hair (good Lord; I like it, don't get me wrong, but I grew up in the damn 80's). It makes me wonder if you guys haven't been looking for a reason to get rid of him because he doesn't fit your stupid paradigm. And that reason presented itself, and you grabbed it with both hands.

Gross.

I hope he has a producer or six knocking on his door soon.

In other news, today's the day I start poking the bunny hutch and outlining for my January short-story version of NaNo. Wish me luck.
agilebrit: (Elementary)
We went ahead and voted yesterday. I'm sure it will come to no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention that I voted for Mitt Romney, Mia Love, and Orrin Hatch. I'll be glued to the TV Tuesday night.

And I will be very very very glad when it's over.

Also, I will be QUITE PUT OUT if "Last Man Standing" completely turns me off tonight. It is dangerous for a sitcom to address politics. As long as they're fair to both sides, I'll be all right with it, but this is network TV, so, you know, I have no confidence that they actually will--even though this particular show has been remarkably even-handed about things. There was a bit where he was cleaning a Revolutionary War long gun and his wife was all "What if the baby gets ahold of it" and he went into this long spiel about all the steps it would take for the baby to actually fire it. She said "Well, at least put the safety on," and he retorted "The whole thing is a safety!" and it was hilarious. I just looked for it on Youtube, but ABC has privated it, dammit, BUT: here it is.

In other news, the Cirque du Soleil is in town this weekend with their show "Quidam," and we went to see them. It was awesome, amazing, and beautiful. Now I want to drag the Hubby and the Boy to Vegas so they can see "Mystere." And I may even have the Hubby talked into it. The Boy was hesitant at first, not thrilled that Mom was dragging him to see this thing where he didn't know what to expect, but he was completely captivated by it and is totally on board with seeing another. MWAHAHA. My evil plot to expose him to culture without him knowing it continues apace.

Writing? What is this "writing" of which you speak?
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Where we turn the TV on for more than NASCAR and DVDs. The fall season shall soon be upon us, and here's what my viewing schedule looks like:

Monday:
7pm Chuck / NBC (premieres Sept 20)
8pm House, MD / FOX (taped, because it's on at the same time Chuck is) (premieres Sept 20)
9pm Castle / ABC (premieres Sept 20)

Tuesday:
7pm No Ordinary Family (new--but with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, I am so there. Hopefully it's more "Incredibles" than "Heroes," but I guess we'll see) / ABC (premieres Sept 28)

Thursday:
8pm Fringe / FOX (premieres Sept 23)
9pm The Mentalist / NBC (premieres Sept 23)

Friday:
7pm Human Target / FOX (premieres Oct 1 and then we don't get any new eps until 2011? WTF, Fox? Trying to kill another show?)
8pm CSI: NY / CBS (moved from Wednesday) (premieres Sept 24)

All we get is broadcast, but the only thing that's pinged my radar as far as "new stuff" is "No Ordinary Family." Several of our shows had their last hurrahs last year (Heroes, Numb3rs, Better Off Ted, Lost, probably a couple of others I'm not remembering right now because my brain is mush). However, I just looked at the cast list for "Hawaii Five-0" (because I remembered that I thought I was interested and then couldn't remember why) and see Daniel Day Kim and James Marsters, so I am now exponentially more interested. It's not premiering until November, apparently.
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Where we turn the TV on for more than NASCAR and DVDs. The fall season shall soon be upon us, and here's what my viewing schedule looks like:

Monday:
7pm Chuck / NBC (premieres Sept 20)
8pm House, MD / FOX (taped, because it's on at the same time Chuck is) (premieres Sept 20)
9pm Castle / ABC (premieres Sept 20)

Tuesday:
7pm No Ordinary Family (new--but with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, I am so there. Hopefully it's more "Incredibles" than "Heroes," but I guess we'll see) / ABC (premieres Sept 28)

Thursday:
8pm Fringe / FOX (premieres Sept 23)
9pm The Mentalist / NBC (premieres Sept 23)

Friday:
7pm Human Target / FOX (premieres Oct 1 and then we don't get any new eps until 2011? WTF, Fox? Trying to kill another show?)
8pm CSI: NY / CBS (moved from Wednesday) (premieres Sept 24)

All we get is broadcast, but the only thing that's pinged my radar as far as "new stuff" is "No Ordinary Family." Several of our shows had their last hurrahs last year (Heroes, Numb3rs, Better Off Ted, Lost, probably a couple of others I'm not remembering right now because my brain is mush). However, I just looked at the cast list for "Hawaii Five-0" (because I remembered that I thought I was interested and then couldn't remember why) and see Daniel Day Kim and James Marsters, so I am now exponentially more interested. It's not premiering until November, apparently.
agilebrit: (harshing my squee)
So, I'm introducing the Hubby to the wonder that is "The Inside," Tim Minear's short-lived FBI show, which I haven't checked out since it aired back in 2005, and have frankly forgotten most of what I did get to watch. I think I saw four eps, because with his history, I was darned if I was going to get attached to it. I was right, dammit. Fox hasn't even put this out on DVD.

LOOK AT THIS CAST.

Adam Baldwin. 'Nuff said. My love for this man is deep and wide.

Jay Harrington. From "Better Off Ted." And if you weren't watching this, then you totally missed out and I blame you for its cancellation. I don't watch sitcoms. I watched this. It was amazing and brilliant and hilarious.

Nelsan Ellis. LAFAYETTE. From "True Blood." He was just as amazingly awesome in "The Inside" as he is in TB, although he had a smaller role.

Katie Finneran. Also played Sharon Tyler on "Wonderfalls."

And I love all these characters. This is, once again, where the side characters are more interesting to me than the putative main protagonist. And I'd forgotten how pretty damn daring they were with the storylines. Two eps in and I'm already going OMGWTFBBQ.

I hate that the people who recognize Tim's brilliance are a tiny minority. Gah.
agilebrit: (harshing my squee)
So, I'm introducing the Hubby to the wonder that is "The Inside," Tim Minear's short-lived FBI show, which I haven't checked out since it aired back in 2005, and have frankly forgotten most of what I did get to watch. I think I saw four eps, because with his history, I was darned if I was going to get attached to it. I was right, dammit. Fox hasn't even put this out on DVD.

LOOK AT THIS CAST.

Adam Baldwin. 'Nuff said. My love for this man is deep and wide.

Jay Harrington. From "Better Off Ted." And if you weren't watching this, then you totally missed out and I blame you for its cancellation. I don't watch sitcoms. I watched this. It was amazing and brilliant and hilarious.

Nelsan Ellis. LAFAYETTE. From "True Blood." He was just as amazingly awesome in "The Inside" as he is in TB, although he had a smaller role.

Katie Finneran. Also played Sharon Tyler on "Wonderfalls."

And I love all these characters. This is, once again, where the side characters are more interesting to me than the putative main protagonist. And I'd forgotten how pretty damn daring they were with the storylines. Two eps in and I'm already going OMGWTFBBQ.

I hate that the people who recognize Tim's brilliance are a tiny minority. Gah.

HAH.

May. 24th, 2010 11:10 am
agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
I haz an END at the bottom of the Zombies! story. And I don't loathe it. JOY.

Now I get to edit it into some semblance of sense-making.

I was going to post a picture of the massive snowstorm we woke up to this morning, but it looks like I'm going to have to reload PaintShopPro to get it to work properly. *sigh* I love computer crashes. Really.

And the Lost series finale rocked like a big rocking thing, other than a couple of issues I had with it. Spoilers go here. )

HAH.

May. 24th, 2010 11:10 am
agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
I haz an END at the bottom of the Zombies! story. And I don't loathe it. JOY.

Now I get to edit it into some semblance of sense-making.

I was going to post a picture of the massive snowstorm we woke up to this morning, but it looks like I'm going to have to reload PaintShopPro to get it to work properly. *sigh* I love computer crashes. Really.

And the Lost series finale rocked like a big rocking thing, other than a couple of issues I had with it. Spoilers go here. )
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
Snagged from the lovely and effulgent [livejournal.com profile] highlander_ii: List every TV show you have on DVD, no matter how obscure or embarrassing. Okay, I'm game. *starts @ top of shelf*

1. Angel, s1, s5
2. Firefly
3. Wonderfalls
4. My Own Worst Enemy
5. Pushing Daisies, s1, s2
6. Baa Baa Black Sheep, s1, s2
7. Battlestar Galactica (reboot), complete
8. Farscape, complete
9. Lois & Clark, s1, s2, s3
10. Veronica Mars, s1, s2
11. Dukes of Hazzard, s2
12. Starsky & Hutch, s1
13. Perfect Strangers, s1, s2
14. Burn Notice, s1, s2
15. Lost, s1, s2, s3
16. Heroes, s1, s2
17. 24, s1

Huh. That's more than I thought I had, but less than I should have. Seriously, no Buffy, not nearly enough Angel, and I'm woefully behind on buying Lost. No Dollhouse, or Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, or Brisco County Jr, or Chuck...
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
Snagged from the lovely and effulgent [livejournal.com profile] highlander_ii: List every TV show you have on DVD, no matter how obscure or embarrassing. Okay, I'm game. *starts @ top of shelf*

1. Angel, s1, s5
2. Firefly
3. Wonderfalls
4. My Own Worst Enemy
5. Pushing Daisies, s1, s2
6. Baa Baa Black Sheep, s1, s2
7. Battlestar Galactica (reboot), complete
8. Farscape, complete
9. Lois & Clark, s1, s2, s3
10. Veronica Mars, s1, s2
11. Dukes of Hazzard, s2
12. Starsky & Hutch, s1
13. Perfect Strangers, s1, s2
14. Burn Notice, s1, s2
15. Lost, s1, s2, s3
16. Heroes, s1, s2
17. 24, s1

Huh. That's more than I thought I had, but less than I should have. Seriously, no Buffy, not nearly enough Angel, and I'm woefully behind on buying Lost. No Dollhouse, or Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, or Brisco County Jr, or Chuck...
agilebrit: (Giggle)
For as long as it lasts, anyway. Since it's on Fox, I give it four episodes before they can it. And it's the Most Ridiculous Show Ever.

Yes, I'm talking about "Human Target." They had me at "Chi McBride." Also, at whoever that hot guy is who's playing the lead.

And then I saw Jackie Earle Haley in the cast and made a noise only dogs could hear. Because, yes, I loved him when I was...twelve? Thirteen? Something like that. In "The Bad News Bears." (Yes, I still remember him from that long ago. My brain is full of useless trivia.) And then my love for him was renewed in "Watchmen."

And HE PWNS ALL IN THIS SHOW. His character is MADE OF UNDERSTATED BADASS AWESOMESAUCE and I love him. So, yes, I'm so in.

Now, tonight's ep involved a jetliner. I don't know if the Hubby has seen it yet, but I'm sure he'll have...*cough* remarks...about it. Because even with what I know, the ep was LOLworthy. But it's fun.
agilebrit: (Giggle)
For as long as it lasts, anyway. Since it's on Fox, I give it four episodes before they can it. And it's the Most Ridiculous Show Ever.

Yes, I'm talking about "Human Target." They had me at "Chi McBride." Also, at whoever that hot guy is who's playing the lead.

And then I saw Jackie Earle Haley in the cast and made a noise only dogs could hear. Because, yes, I loved him when I was...twelve? Thirteen? Something like that. In "The Bad News Bears." (Yes, I still remember him from that long ago. My brain is full of useless trivia.) And then my love for him was renewed in "Watchmen."

And HE PWNS ALL IN THIS SHOW. His character is MADE OF UNDERSTATED BADASS AWESOMESAUCE and I love him. So, yes, I'm so in.

Now, tonight's ep involved a jetliner. I don't know if the Hubby has seen it yet, but I'm sure he'll have...*cough* remarks...about it. Because even with what I know, the ep was LOLworthy. But it's fun.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to make me feel sorry for your serial killer. But DAMN.

Well done. *claps* That poor son of a bitch.

Also, I'm reading the fourth Cal Leandros book by Rob Thurman ([livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella), and she's done something here that you don't get to see in published fiction very often--she's got two first person POV characters alternating chapters.

Have I mentioned my first-person squee-age here? Maybe? I love first person. If I could get away with first person POV in all my fiction, I'd so use it, all the time.

In fact...

I just had a thought, about the not!Iron Man. Seeing as how the length makes it nearly unpublishable as-is, maybe I'll play with POV in that. Because I have alternating POV scenes in it, and I love love love the idea. I've done it before with success in fanfic...
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to make me feel sorry for your serial killer. But DAMN.

Well done. *claps* That poor son of a bitch.

Also, I'm reading the fourth Cal Leandros book by Rob Thurman ([livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella), and she's done something here that you don't get to see in published fiction very often--she's got two first person POV characters alternating chapters.

Have I mentioned my first-person squee-age here? Maybe? I love first person. If I could get away with first person POV in all my fiction, I'd so use it, all the time.

In fact...

I just had a thought, about the not!Iron Man. Seeing as how the length makes it nearly unpublishable as-is, maybe I'll play with POV in that. Because I have alternating POV scenes in it, and I love love love the idea. I've done it before with success in fanfic...
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Dukes of Hazzard DVDs (as we do), and I noticed a name in the end credits.

Kelly Manners.

Huh, sez I, that name is familiar. And so it should be, to anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Joss Whedon's shows.

And now, of course, I'm beating off the crossover plot bunnies with a stick.

I feel like a ginormous geek right now. Not least because I am also holding, in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, a copy of "Heat Wave," by Richard Castle. Yes. That Richard Castle. The guy in my icon. I had a 40% off coupon from Borders Rewards today (seriously, why is EVERYONE not a member of this? It's free. They send you coupons in your email. There is no bad there), and I hied me to the bookstore and snagged (possibly) the last copy on the shelf.

I also grabbed the latest Writers of the Future compilation, and I've just checked the WotF blog and found that the handsome and talented Chris Cook (one of the guys I hang out with at Cons) made the Honorable Mention list, and the handsome and talented [livejournal.com profile] bradrtorgersen made the Finalist cut. Congrats to them!

My entry for that quarter is now off to the wild slush pile at Realms. Cross your fingers for it. I hope it at least makes Doug laugh.

Also, I got some scribbling done today myownself and managed to merge a couple of scenes that needed it badly. Yay.

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