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Let’s talk about television.

I get some of my inspiration from television, and I’ll bet most writers do too. We are products of our environment, and television is all around us. I decided to talk about what I’ve been watching this fall. Here they are, in no particular order:

Dr. Who. I may be the only person in the world who isn’t onboard with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. The problem isn’t his, it’s one of poor production. BBC is running this with the theatrical music overpowering the dialog. I really don’t know if Capaldi is good or not. I’ve only heard about a third of what he said. I’ll keep watching, because it’s Dr. Who, but I’m losing interest.

Sherlock. I’m so excited that BBC America decided to run this show over here. I got to see some episodes that ran on PBS a few years ago. So far, I’ve seen these episodes, but it was a few years ago. I like the fact that each episode is about two hours long. They have more time to mesmerize me. Really excited to see what happens after R. Falls.

Selfie. Keeping with a loose BBC connection, I only watched this because of Amy Pond… I mean Karen Gillan. They teamed her up with John Cho. It’s a modern rebelling of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady. Gillan is hilarious as a self obsessed office worker. I never thought it had much staying power, but I’m sad it was cancelled already. I recorded it and watched it when it suit my schedule. It was up against a highly anticipated show called…

The Flash. I really want to like this show. I’m being patient, because Flash is one of my favorite characters. Right now they’re stuck in bad guy of the week syndrome. My biggest issue is that I think it was miscast. I prefer the old Flash with John Wesley Ship. I’m not offended by the racial diversity the network is obviously attempting, but… When I read the comics, Iris was a white girl. This seems to be a comic trend. I heard Marvel is doing something similar with Ben Grimm. I’m being patient with this show.

S.H.I.E.L.D. This show is much better than last year. They’ve allowed a bit of character growth that most new programs overlook. The episode when Coulson and May infiltrated the party was awesome. May was so out of character working under cover it was funny. It looks like Ward is going to be forgiven, and I think that’s a mistake. I also like the changes between Fitz & Simmons. They were a bit cloying in season one.

Sleepy Hollow. I really like this show. The cast carries the load here. The relationship between Crane and Mills is wonderful. The little bits of Crane being out of touch with modern times are hilarious. It’s a nice spice in an otherwise grim show. I’m not impressed that the horseman is one of the four horsemen, Death. I also don’t like the idea they gave him an invisible head and dialog. Sometimes the monster should remain a monster. His scare factor went from boiling to simmer. Someone once said The Force was so much cooler before we learned about metachlorians. This is how I feel about the horseman. I was a bit disappointed in the 30 pieces of silver episode. Everyone goes there. Crane and Mills carry the show.

The Walking Dead. This show was always good, and it still is. The world is genuinely dangerous, and cast members die off with regularity. There is no safety in knowing a character will be back next week. It’s gritty, scary, and dangerous and I like it.

Last Man Standing. It’s Tim Allen, do I need to say any more? The guy just cracks me up. They poke fun at very current events and do it from a standpoint of common people. The supporting cast is good, and they’ve been allowed to grow a bit too.

Note: There are no reality shows on my list. I was tired of them years ago, and quit watching them all together.

So what’s on your list? What have you given up on? What did you pick up? Is anyone still watching Bones or Once Upon a Time?

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Pacing myself

I know I can’t do everything at once, so I decided to section off time for each project.

Last night, after Last Man Standing, I started reading some actual fiction. I was told in no uncertain terms that I need to read more fiction. I read tons of things, but they’re mostly articles, news, blogs, or comics. This was an actual book I paid for and everything. I still procrastinated, but I couldn’t miss Tim Allen. I managed to get 1/3 of the way through before I had to sleep.

I got to the writing cabin at 7:00 this morning. Later than I like, but my work week was tiring. I slept in a bit.

Lorelei * was waiting for me and opened the window. She let Doubt, the raven, fly free. “Today is not the day for doubt. Write your story, but you must let him back in when you stop.”

“I don’t know, I mean, he seems pretty happy out there,” I said.

She put her hands on her hips and pursed her lips. She looked pretty serious in her grey business suit, and with her hair in a tight bun.

“Purple Nurple?” I asked.

“Only ten times worse.”

I swore to let Doubt back into my writing space, and she left.

I whipped out a thousand words like the story told itself. I left my main character, Patty, pretty scared but safe. Someone else died, and a car got – let’s say driven without permission. This section makes me pretty happy, and I’m glad Doubt was out scrounging somewhere. Word count is up to 12,916.

When my wife woke up, I read my news on Zite and my RSS reader. There was some cool stuff about ancient beer brewing. An article about research at the Mutter Museum made my head spin. It was about finding an older, more deadly strain of cholera in a tissue sample. Story ideas are raging through my brain.

I plan on spending some time this afternoon researching cover artists and shooting off some email. I want to cook something with Tituba ** too, her long slow rise time is conducive to multi-tasking. This would be a good time for more reading. Then I need a haircut and deserve a good beer.

Tomorrow morning is all about editing my old story. Marking out time for each project always works best for me. At my age, you think I’d automatically know that. I seem to require a certain amount of hand wringing before I can get down to it.

* Lorelei is my Muse
** Tituba is the name of my sourdough starter

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