Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bad night of sleep last night.  I had pop with lunch and dinner yesterday - mistaaaaake! - and also had a bee in my bonnet about trying to finish writing this really major action scene - which I didn't finish - and ended up going to bed like almost two hours later than I usually do.  And just laid there, and laid there, and laid there.  I don't remember falling asleep (which means I probably didn't get to REM sleep), but I woke up at 1:30.  Laid there, and laid there, and laid there.  Again, don't remember falling asleep, but woke up at 5:30.  Dozed, checked the clock, it was 6:30.  Decided to lie there for a half hour and get up at 7, my usual time.

Then, of course, I fell asleep HARD.  My emergency back-up alarm woke me up at 7:30 - my alarm never gets to the point of actually going off.  I did my usual morning routine of stumbling down and staring bleary-eyed at my computer before finally managing to get my contacts in, and before I knew it, I had eight minutes to get ready for work.  Did I have my clothes out?  My lunch made?  Any of my assorted shit gathered?  Of course not.

Somehow I managed to make it to work on time (two minutes to spare!), but I am like...foggy today.  I'm not tired per se, but I feel like I did in school, when I'd stay up late working on something - like I'm kind of out of sync with the world.  It doesn't help that for some unknown reason, the building's heat is on, so it's all warm and toasty in here.  I am like five minutes away from pulling a George Costanza and taking a nap under my desk, and I still have seven hours to work.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I've decided to start a new life - a life of crime.  Because I have hot glued all my fingertips off.

Still better than trying to sew!  Take that, sewing machine!  Screw you, needle and thread! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I don't really know why I felt like I needed to get out of the house today - now that I'm working like a boss, I leave the house every day M-F - but it was a mistake.  It was cold and windy, and now I have a headache and feel pre-sick.  (You know that feeling?  Like, you're not sick yet, but you just feel like you will be soon.) 

Ugh.  It's 8pm and I'm already thinking about just grabbing my Star Trek book and climbing into bed.  Here I am instead worrying about some landcomm challenge like it matters.  (If I don't complete this screencap scavenger hunt, I will have let my team down!!!1)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

41. Death in Winter, Michael Jan Friedman. 11-4.
42. Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE: The History, Technology and Philosophy of Civilization X, Edward F. Malkowski. 11-6.
43. The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By, Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. 11-12.
44. A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 11-24.
45. The Regulators, Richard Bachman. 11-25.
38. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010). 11-26.

Television Episodes
391. Modern Family - 2x05 - “Unplugged.”  11-3.
392. 30 Rock - 5x06 - “Gentleman’s Intermission.”  11-4.
393. The Office - 7x07 - “Christening.”  11-4.
394. Fringe - 3x05 - “Amber 31422.”  11-4.
395. 30 Rock - 5x05 - “Reaganing.”  11-5.
396. How I Met Your Mother - 6x05 - “Architect of Destruction.”  11-5.
397. How I Met Your Mother - 6x06 - “Baby Talk.”  11-5.
398. The Office - 7x05 - “The Sting.”  11-7.
399. The Walking Dead - 1x02 - “Guts.”  11-7.
400. How I Met Your Mother - 6x07 - “Canning Randy.”  11-8.
401. Caprica - 1x14 - “Blowback.”  11-8.
402. Glee - 2x06 - “Never Been Kissed.”  11-9.
403. Raising Hope - 1x07 - “The Sniffles.”  11-9.
404. 30 Rock - 5x07 - “Brooklyn Without Limits.”  11-11.
405. The Office - 7x08 - “Viewing Party.”  11-11.
406. Fringe - 3x06 - “6955 kHz.”  11-11.
407. Dexter - 4x04 - “Dex Takes a Holiday.”  11-14.
408. Dexter - 4x05 - “Dirty Harry.”  11-14.
409. The Walking Dead - 1x03 - “Tell It To the Frogs.”  11-14.
410. Raising Hope - 1x08 - “Blue Dots.”  11-16.
411. Modern Family - 2x08 - “Manny Get Your Gun.”  11-17.
412. Modern Family - 2x07 - “Chirp.”  11-19.
413. 30 Rock - 5x08 - “College.”  11-19.
414. Raising Hope - 1x09 - “Meet the Grandparents.”  11-23.
415. Modern Family - 2x09 - “Mother Trucker.”  11-26.
416. The Office - 7x09 - “”  11-27.
417. Glee - 2x07 - “The Substitute.”  11-27.
418. Farscape - 1x08 - “That Old Black Magic.”  11-27.
419. Farscape - 1x09 - “DNA Mad Scientist.”  11-27.
420. The Walking Dead - 1x04 - “Vatos.”  11-27.
421. The Walking Dead - 1x05 - “Wildfire.”  11-28.
422. Glee - 2x08 - “Furt.”  11-29.
423. Glee - 2x09 - “Special Education.”  11-30.
424. Raising Hope - 1x10 - “Burt Rocks.”  11-30.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Join Fringeverse!

(For posting this here, I get five points. Five points!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sleep paralysis incident this weekend!  I woke up, and for the first time since I was a kid, had my eyes open.  (It was unpleasant.)  First, I heard what sounded like a cabinet door in the kitchen slam shut.  Then someone running down the hallway toward my room.  Then a light went on and off.  Then...silence.

My absolute first thought was, of course, that there was a demon.  I mean, could that have been more Paranormal Activity?  Then I figured it was Marshall doing who-knows-what, but when I asked him the next day he insisted he never got out of bed.  I checked with everyone else, even though I figured no one else would be running around the house.  The only alternative was sleep paralysis.

Which is kinda weird, since I never actually felt paralyzed.  That, coupled with my second visual hallucination in my entire life (the first and previously only one being when I was five, and I woke up to a little girl's face a few inches from mine, staring at me), still has me wondering just a bit if it actually was sleep paralysis, but I can't think of what else it would be.  Brrr.  I do not need to be seeing lights go on and off in the middle of the night.  No thank you, brain.

Friday, November 19, 2010

OMG you guys, so.  I got to witness our first PERMANENTLY BANNED PATRON today.  It was hilar.  I guess she comes into the computer lab every day.  To get on a computer, you MUST have your card.  And she is constantly "losing" and replacing her card, and then trying to use her kid's card or one of her old declared-lost cards, and getting snippy with the lab workers (of which one is Laura).

So today she tried to use her kid's card, and the lab worker at the time (not Laura) wouldn't let her get on, and she was rude to him and he was a little rude right back.  She comes around to get a new card - and she had her ID and paid the dollar replacement charge, so we did it - and wants to complain to a supervisor about the lab worker.  We let the supervisor know, and the patron explains the situation as though he was rude to her for no reason.  The supervisor goes back to talk to him and he tells her the full story.  The supervisor calls down the branch manager to talk to the patron.  The patron is told that she needs to be respectful to the staff, and that if they tell her she cannot use someone else's card, then that is the rule, and she has to abide by it.

And she GOES OFF.

Otherwise the library is pretty quiet.  All of a sudden we hear, "GO TO HELL!"  The branch manager, the circulation supervisor, and the patron come around the corner, and she is just absolutely freaking out.  "I DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOU, YOU BITCH.  AND YOU, YOU'RE A BITCH, TOO.  YOU CAN'T BAN ME.  I WILL BE COMING BACK.  I BOUGHT A NEW CARD."  And so on and so forth. 

If she comes back, we get to call the police.  Fun!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So I finally, officially start work on the 16th.  Today I turned in my time sheet and formally resigned as a substitute (in that I went, "Um, I won't be subbing anymore, JSYK.") - and that felt really good, let me tell you.  I'm going to try in lots of writing in the next week, because soon I will be working the good ol' 9-5 and won't be able to just chill at Starbucks every afternoon.

The weather has been positively scrumptious round these parts; today it got up to 77!  On November 9th!  So I went over to Gamps today, and mulched some leaves, and then we just sat outside in the sun, and it was v. nice.

New website: Damn you, autocorrect!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New October Media

37. On, Off, Colleen McCullough. 10-6.
38. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins. 10-9.
39. Stolen Innocence, Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer. 10-20.
40. Too Many Murders, Colleen McCullough. 10-30.

36. Red (2010). 10-18.
37. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010). 10-24.

Television Episodes
360. 30 Rock - 5x02 - “When It Rains, It Pours.”  10-2.
361. How I Met Your Mother - 6x03 - “Unfinished.”  10-4.
362. Glee - 2x03 - “Grilled Cheesus.”  10-5.
363. Raising Hope - 1x03 - “Dream Hoarders.”   10-5.
364. Running Wilde - 1x03 - “Oil & Water.”  10-5.
365. Caprica - 1x10 - “Unvanquished.”  10-5.
366. Modern Family - 2x03 - “Earthquake.”  10-6.
367. 30 Rock - 5x03 - “Let’s Stay Together.”  10-7.
368. The Office - 7x03 - “Andy’s Play.”  10-7.
369. Fringe - 3x03 - “The Plateau.”  10-7.
370. How I Met Your Mother - 6x03 - “Unfinished.”  10-6.
371. Glee - 2x04 - “Duets.”  10-12.
372. Raising Hope - 1x04 - “Say Cheese.”  10-12.
373. Running Wilde - 1x04 - “The Junior Affair.”  10-12.
374. Caprica - 1x11 - “Retribution.”  10-12.
375. Modern Family - 2x04 - “Strangers on a Treadmill.”  10-13.
376. How I  Met Your Mother - 6x04 - “Subway Wars.”  10-14.
377. 30 Rock - 5x04 - “Live Show.”  10-14.
378. The Office - 7x04 - “Sex Ed.”  10-14.
379. Fringe - 3x04 - “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?”  10-14.
380. Caprica - 1x12 - “Things We Lock Away.”  10-19.
381. Farscape - 1x06 - “PK Tech Girl.”  10-21.
382. Farscape - 1x07 - “Thank God It’s Friday, Again.”  10-21.
383. Lie to Me - 1x06 - “Do No Harm.”  10-23.
384. Glee - 2x05 - “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.”  10-26.
385. Raising Hope - 1x05 - “Happy Halloween.”  10-26.
386. Raising Hope - 1x06 - “Family Secrets.”  10-26.
387. Caprica - 1x13 - “False Labor.”  10-26.
388. Modern Family - 2x06 - “Halloween.”  10-27.
389. The Office - 7x06 - “Costume Contest.”  10-28.
390. The Walking Dead - 1x01 - “Days Gone By.”  10-31.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back home.  Too tired to type it all up again.  The past four days!

Although just between me and you guys - I sometimes worry I'm too lazy to actually make it as a screenwriter.  Some of the advice they were giving...I was just like, you know, I think I'd rather hang out and have my day job and write when I can and hope I catch a lucky break.  I don't want to send 100 faxes to PAs and hope that one of them reads my script, and that she ends up liking it enough to send to her boss who is just someone else's assistant, and it goes up the line, etc.  I don't want to move to LA and starve while I hope that I meet the right person at random parties I go to.  And so on.  I find myself, like, disliking the way the business is set up and just not wanting to play that game even though there's no other way to play it.  I don't know.  It just irritates me in principle, I guess.  Which is dumb, but there you go.

(I was also irritated by the number of times I heard "woman writers" or "woman directors" this weekend.  Really?  We're still gonna do that?)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

HR has to do a background check and formally approve, but apparently that's mostly just a technicality (since I haven't killed anyone or anything) - starting November first I will have an actual, grown-up, salaried with benefits, real job at the library! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preparations for Austin are proceeding apace. All the big ticket items - plane tickets, rental car, hotel - are taken care of. I have my clothes, and yesterday I got a hair cut. I just need to get some make-up and buy new shoes. Ugh, you guys, I have spent so much money. SO MUCH MONEY.

Yesterday I decided to make it a point to work on my posture, so I wouldn't find myself at these roundtables and seminars all hunched over like Quasimodo. Today my back hurts. Sigh.

I found the greatest tumblr ever: Fashion It So.  It is exactly what you might think.  It is a tumblr devoted to the fashion of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  IT IS AMAZING.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New August and September Media

34. Blockade Billy, Stephen King. 8-11.
35. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins. 8-19.

36. Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London, Liza Picard. 9-26.

34. Salt (2010). 8-10.
35. Date Night (2010). 8-12.

Television Episodes
328. Supernatural - 3x01 - “The Magnificent Seven.” 8-1.
329. Sherlock - 1x02 - “The Blind Banker.” 8-2.
330. Supernatural - 3x02 - “The Kids are Alright.” 8-3.
331. Supernatural - 3x03 - “Bad Day at Black Rock.” 8-4.
332. True Blood - 3x01 - “Bad Blood.” 8-5.
333. Supernatural - 3x04 - “Sin City.” 8-6.
334. Supernatural - 3x05 - “Bedtime Stories.” 8-8.
335. True Blood - 3x02 - “Beautifully Broken.” 8-9.
336. Sherlock - 1x03 - “The Great Game.” 8-10.
337. True Blood - 3x03 - “It Hurts Me Too.” 8-11.
338. True Blood - 3x04 - “9 Crimes.” 8-14.
339. True Blood - 3x05 - “Trouble.” 8-16.
340. Lie to Me - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 8-18.
341. Lie to Me - 1x02 - “Moral Waiver.” 8-20.
342. Lie to Me - 1x03 - “A Perfect Score.” 8-22.
343. True Blood - 3x06 - “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues.” 8-24.
344. Lie to Me - 1x04 - “Love Always.” 8-25.
345. True Blood - 3x07 - “Hitting the Ground.” 8-27.
346. True Blood - 3x08 - “Night on the Sun.” 8-28.
347. True Blood - 3x09 - “Everything is Broken.” 8-30.

348. True Blood - 3x10 - “I Smell a Rat.” 9-2.
349. True Blood - 3x11 - “Fresh Blood.” 9-3.
350. Farscape - 1x05 - “Back and Back and Back to the Future.” 9-5.
351. True Blood - 3x12 - “Evil is Going On.” 9-13.
352. Lie to Me - 1x05 - “Unchained.” 9-15.
353. How I Met Your Mother - 6x01 - “Big Days.” 9-21.
354. Glee - 2x01 - “Audition.” 9-21.
355. Raising Hope - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 9-21.
356. Running Wilde - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 9-21.
357. Modern Family - 2x01 - “The Old Wagon.” 9-22.
358. 30 Rock - 5x01 - “The Fabian Strategy.” 9-23.
359. The Office - 7x01 - “Nepotism.” 9-23.
360. Outsourced - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 9-23.
361. Fringe - 3x01 - “Olivia.” 9-23.
362. Hawaii Five-O - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 9-25.
363. How I Met Your Mother - 6x02 - “Cleaning House.” 9-28.
364. Glee - 2x02 - “Britney/Brittany.” 9-28.
365. Raising Hope - 1x02 - “Dead Tooth.” 9-28.
366. Running Wilde - 1x02 - “Into the Wilde.” 9-28.
367. Modern Family - 2x02 - “The Kiss.” 9-29.
368. The Office - 7x02 - “Counseling.” 9-30.
369. Fringe - 3x02 - “The Box.” 9-30.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yesterday was biz-zay.  It was Laura's birthday.  We had a traditional Easter ham dinner at home, and carrot cake for dessert.  I also had to finish polishing the pilot to submit it.  The deadline was today, but I don't like leaving online submissions till the last minute ever since the time it took me three solid hours to finally connect with the Nicholl website when it was overloaded with people trying to submit, and I freaked out, as one does.  I was distressed at finally just uploading it, because every time I read it I found one more typo, or place with two spaces between sentences instead of one, or a double dash that should have been a single dash, etc.  But I finally just did it - I can't imagine that there are many cleaner screenplays that get submitted, honestly.  I'm a bit of a stickler for format, and most people aren't.

Today's my last day subbing for this long-term maternity deal.  It's been nice having a steady job for six weeks, instead of never knowing if I'm going to be called in or not.  Also, it's been VERY nice getting paid nearly full-time for doing a part-time job.  But I am looking forward to having a few days off.  I want to buy clothes and make-up and such, and I hate shopping on the weekends.

You know those Toaster Strudels that are filled with egg and meat and cheese?  I know I should find those disgusting and gross and against all laws of what is acceptable breakfast food...but I like them.  I know!  I have such a degraded, awful palate.  But they're tasty and easy and the fat content is a little high but if I come home and have oatmeal for lunch it balances out.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Busy day today.  It's my last week doing this long-term subbing gig - the regular teacher comes back next Monday - so I have to start getting the room back in order and remember where I've put all the things and notes and such that I should have been organizing all along.  I'm not happy about this ending -  I really like knowing when and where I'm going to work each day, instead of waiting for a phone call I may or may not get at 5:30 in the morning, so I always have to be ready just in case.  Bah.

Came home and had to change my returning flight from Austin, which was fairly painless; my new flight leaves at 6:30 in the morning, which will not be painless.  But it was two hundred extra dollars to fly out the night before, which was not going to happen.  I still need to make my rental car reservation - the website was down last night, of course - and then my travel plans will be finished.

I started volunteering with my library's ESL class this summer; tonight was my second time teaching on my own.  Beginner's ESL just has one student right now.  She's from Ethiopia, and has a very, very limited vocabulary.  It can be quite a challenge to communicate with her, and we spent almost an hour today just going over what she did today.  But then you have great moments like when she remembered that after English class, she's planning to go home and eat ice cream, and she got really excited about the ice cream, and then we just talked for a little bit about ice cream.  I just have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone that moves to a country and is not able to speak the language - I would not be able to do it.  I would be too scared.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How I Met Your Mother S5 Gag Reel.  (This is still funny, I think, even if you don't watch the show.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Halfway through making travel arrangements.  I have purchased my festival badge ($150) and bought my airplane tickets ($550).  We've pretty much narrowed down what hotel we're going to stay at, so I just need to make the reservations.  And then I need to reserve the rental car, but that is pretty straight forward.

Then I have to buy new clothes, new shoes, new make-up (ugh I hate make-up), and get a hair cut.  I'm trying to decide if I want to dye my grays or not.  I kind of do not care at all, but I have quite a few grays anymore and you know how judgey people can get, especially for ladies.  I might do one of those rinses or something.  It was a serious pain in the ass growing out my hair dye last time.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hey babies.  The TV pilot is done!  Or, at least, this first draft of it is.  I was hoping that there might be a few of you who would have the time and/or be willing to give it a quick look and give us some feedback before we send it off.  If you're too busy or you just don't want to (and that's fine, and you don't have to give me a reason why - I understand!) then don't worry about it. 

I also did a little picspam of who I would cast as the characters and a brief synopsis here.


Friday, September 10, 2010


They just called me.  That means it's in the top 20 out of 4,400 submissions.  Guess who's flying back to Austin next month?  I guess actual "industry professionals" read the script at this point for judging, and if anyone likes it, even if it doesn't make it to the finals/wins they still talk to you and stuff.  So this is pretty much going to be my best bet of finding representation.

I still find it hilarious that Fall River didn't do shit in any other competition.  I mean, it didn't even get a "p.s. at least one judge didn't think this totally sucked" note from Nicholl.  It really does all depend on who reads it.  Laura is theorizing that it landed in the hands of some true crime fans.  "Hey she wrote the part about the pigeons!  Neato!"


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I made a big post about the Buffy musical episode "Once More, With Feeling" over here, if anyone cares.  Also, you can reply on LJ posts if you sign in with OpenID - it's just your login from Google or another of those kinds of sites.  Again, if anyone cares.

Flesh and Blood didn't make it to the semis at AFF.  Didn't get a letter for Fall River (I would have been called by now, so I'm not thinking it made it.).  I...have not been happy with the way they've done things this year.  First of all, why are they still mailing out actual letters?  Just email people.  Secondly, we got an email way back in August or late July telling us we'd get an email notification of whether or not we'd advanced on September 2nd; the day came and went with no email whatsoever.  I finally had to Google for like half an hour before I found the AFF Facebook page, where several people had asked the same question.  A staff member didn't answer till the next day.  I just kind of find that sort of thing to be really unprofessional.  Whatev.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I am a finalist!  I have been checking this website constantly, especially since they claimed they would post the results in August.  Laura has also been in on this, and checked at 1:00 am last night and it still hadn't been posted.  (They sent the email at 1:26.) 

I'm very excited!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

There's no way in hell I'm recreating it here (it took me over an hour last night), so if you want to see a post with a whole bunch of icons and wallpapers from B5, it's here.

Act three of TV pilot done, act four to commence tomorrow!  Hopefully I can get this one done in a week, too.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Started drafting on our new slimmed-down, one-hour TV pilot for Scriptapalooza.  UT Laura is doing the teaser and acts one and two, and I'm doing acts three and four.  Beginning to draft, for me, is always the hardest part.  Researching, writing the treatment, working out the structure, doing the beat outline, editing, revising, polishing - those are the writing parts I like.  Drafting?  HARD.  (I'm sure this is no different for anyone else.)  Like, what are my ins and outs for each scene?  Do I have the right setting?  Am I finding the most expedient way to move the plot forward, advance character, convey any necessary exposition without making it seem like exposition - all at the same time?  Is my dialogue in character?  How's the pacing?  Are these scenes in the right order?  Ugh.  Sometimes I just feel like I have the movie/episode all up in my head already, and if I could just download it... Now, I know that the actual process of writing means I discover things that I never would have thought of otherwise, and once I get into it it feels great and I like it.  Like, drafting after page ten usually goes well.  But those first few days, those are the ones that are rough, that I tend to put off.  Which is why it's great we have a deadline, because I can't procrastinate at all.

Still, this is one of the reasons why I draft longhand and leave my house to do so.  No frakking around on the computer, no spider solitaire, no organizing my files.  No "I'll just watch this episode of research."  Just get out of the house and write.

So, last night I'm at the library, and back at the A/V counter they have a trivia question up each day.  If you know the answer, you get, like, a Starburst or something.  It's fun.  I was waiting in line, and while the employee was unlocking the DVD cases, the woman in front of me turned and asked if I knew the answer to the question - "Who founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978?"  I told her the answer - Robert Redford.  She asked, "Why is Sundance important?"  So I started to answer - "It was one of the first ways for independent filmmakers to have an opportunity to present their work and potentially find a larger audience--"

And then the A/V employee, a young man probably around my age, turned around and talked right over me.  "Sundance was one of the first festivals that exhibited independent films.  Studios could buy them and distribute them, and that wouldn't have been possible before."  And the woman in front of me nodded, smiled at him, took her movies, and left.

I mutely gave the man my DVDs and card, waited for him to unlock them and check them out, and walked away.  I didn't make any small talk like I usually do, and I certainly didn't answer the question.  And as much as I would have liked to say something, I knew there was no point.  Sure, you could probably say he didn't even realize he had done it, and that calling someone on that is the only way they'll learn, but I did not have the patience for it right then.  But if I had decided to say something?  Here's what I would have said:

"Buddy, I studied film at USC.  My professors included Leonard Maltin, Tom Holman, Todd Boyd, and Drew Casper.  I actually worked on a documentary short that played independent festivals.  DO NOT MANSPLAIN SUNDANCE TO ME." 

Jeez, things may not have gone as planned after USC, and none of that up there actually matters, but at least I know about movies.

(I kind of feel like Sigourney Weaver in Galaxy Quest, when Tim Allen yells at her to stop repeating everything the computer says.  "I have one job on this ship, and it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it!")

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A quote from Patrick Stewart:

"They called action and cameras rolled and we had to rush forward — it had to be done quickly because there were special effects. And I reached out for Gates and instead of getting her under the arms…I put both hands on her…breasts.

I screamed.

I’m not sure if Gates ever really accepted my apology. But it was totally accidental. She thought Michael had put me up to it. I can tell all of you now that it was an accident, and, um…I’m really glad it happened."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Has anyone else read The Hunger Games trilogy?  (Well, the third book doesn't come out till next week, I think, but you know what I mean.)  I just started the second book, and this is probably some of the best YA fiction I've read.  It doesn't hurt that it's very, very dark (and every now and then I come across a passage or something that is implied and think, well, there's another school that's tossed this out or received a parental complaint) - it actually reminds me a little bit...not in tone, but in universe, perhaps, to The Gift by Lois Lowry, which is one of my favorites.  Anyway, if you haven't, I recommend it - they're quick reads, too, which for me is always good, since I feel like I'm continually slogging through some non-fiction and it's nice to just be able to sit back and read a book in a few days.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kind of a boring week.  Last night the heat finally broke, but it's been right around 100 actual temperature the last week or so, and high 90s for a few weeks before that; it just saps your will-power, it really does.  Day before yesterday, I was so bored and was actually getting kind of depressed about sitting around inside the house, but the heat index was 115 and I just could not make myself have any desire to leave the nice air conditioned house; even just walking from the car to a store or Starbucks or whatever is enough to make you sweat.  Plus, the blue van doesn't have AC, so that's always fun to drive around in when it's this hot.

Today's in the 80s, though, so I sat outside and read a little, which was very nice.  I think I might go up to Starbucks and write later; UT Laura and I are pulling our old TV pilot out of storage.  Scriptapalooza's having a TV contest in October, and usually those things only accept spec scripts for existing shows, but they're taking pilots.  It's amazing how not looking at something in three years gives you absolute objectivity; it was easy to go through and see what worked and what didn't, and what definitely didn't.  We're working on the beat outline now, and should start drafting by the beginning of September. 

We're also still workshopping my new script in my local writer's group; we've got about 45 pages to go, or two or three sessions.  Once we're done, I'll go through all the notes and come up with a revision manifesto.  One thing I've noticed with each new script is that it takes me less drafts to get to something decent.  With Flesh and Blood back in the day, it really wasn't until about draft four or five that it held up as a solid movie; Fall River took three; this new script, even though it's just a first draft, is pretty okay.  I mean, it has problems, but there's no plot holes or huge characterization problems.  I may be...getting better as a writer?  That would be exciting.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy birthday August birthday girls!

Friday, August 6, 2010

• Writing, writing, all the time, but not a thing I can sell.  Whee!

• I burned my feet on the wood of the deck outside.  Excuse me, sun.

• I was so excited about buying a new external hard drive and now I can't manage to get around to hooking it up.  Ennuiiiiiiiiiiii.

• I only got four hours of sleep last night, after a week of averaging around five or six.  The inside of my head is super fuzzy right now.

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    July New Media

    30. Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson. 7-2.
    31. The Fortune of War, Patrick O’Brian. 7-7.
    32. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. 7-17.
    33. Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic, Tom Holland. 7-31.

    30. Toy Story 3 (2010). 7-5.
    31. Babylon 5: A Call to Arms. 7-9.
    32. Inception (2010). 7-19.
    33. The Cincinnati Kid (1965). 7-21.

    Television Episodes
    297. Babylon 5 - 5x21 - “Objects at Rest.” 7-1.
    298. Supernatural - 2x04 - “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things.” 7-1.
    299. Supernatural - 2x05 - “Simon Said.” 7-2.
    300. Supernatural - 2x06 - “No Exit.” 7-3.
    301. The IT Crowd - 4x02 - “The Final Countdown.” 7-3.
    302. Supernatural - 2x07 - “The Usual Suspects.” 7-4.
    303. Babylon 5 - 5x22 - “Sleeping in Light.” 7-5.
    304. Supernatural - 2x08 - “Crossroad Blues.” 7-6.
    305. Supernatural - 2x09 - “Croatoan.” 7-6.
    306. Supernatural - 2x10 - “Hunted.” 7-8.
    307. Supernatural - 2x11 - “Playthings.” 7-8.
    308. Supernatural - 2x12 - “Nightshifter.” 7-9.
    309. Supernatural - 2x13 - “Houses of the Holy.” 7-11.
    310. Supernatural - 2x14 - “Born Under a Bad Sign.” 7-12.
    311. Supernatural - 2x15 - “Tall Tales.” 7-13.
    312. Supernatural - 2x16 - “Road Kill.” 7-15.
    313. Supernatural - 2x17 - “Heart.” 7-15.
    314. Supernatural - 2x18 - “Hollywood Babylon.” 7-17.
    315. Castle - 1x01 - “Flowers for Your Grave.” 7-19.
    316. Supernatural - 2x19 - “Folsom Prison Blues.” 7-20.
    317. Castle - 1x02 - “Nanny McDead.” 7-21.
    318. Supernatural - 2x20 - “What Is and What Should Never Be.” 7-22.
    319. The IT Crowd - 4x03 - “Something Happened.” 7-23.
    320. Supernatural - 2x21 - “All Hell Breaks Loose Part One.” 7-24.
    321. Human Target - 1x01 - “Pilot.” 7-25.
    322. Star Trek: The Next Generation - 5x25 - “The Inner Light.” 7-25.
    323. Supernatural - 2x22 - “All Hell Breaks Loose Part Two.” 7-26.
    324. Human Target - 1x02 - “Rewind.” 7-27.
    325. Castle - 1x03 - “Hedge Fund Homeboys.” 7-29.
    326. Sherlock - 1x01 - “A Study in Pink.” 7-30.
    327. Castle - 1x04 - “Hell Hath No Fury.” 7-31.

    If you get a chance to watch the new BBC Sherlock, it's excellent. Laura and I are probably going to sit down and watch it again before the next episode. I highly recommend it.

    Friday, July 30, 2010

    (Eee!  I made the semi-finals!)

    Day 29 - Current TV show obsession.

    Is there even a question about this one?  But since it gives me a chance to proselytize, I'm still gonna answer it!

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    I've seen this "you know you're from [blank] when..." meme a couple places, so I decided to do it myself. There were ones for Kansas proper and just Kansas City, so I picked my favorites from both. Ones that are true are in bold; I cut a lot of the ones that didn't apply because there were a lot, since the Kansas meme was skewed towards people from western Kansas (one of them was, "You know someone's from Kansas City when they consider everything west of Topeka to be western Kansas," and I was like, ooo, burn), and a lot of the Kansas City meme was skewed toward KCMO, which, KCMO sucks, whatever.

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Dude, you guys. Remember when, at the last minute, I decided to enter another screenplay competition? And I was all, help, which one should I submit? And then I submitted both - I was only going to submit Fall River, but decided to throw Flesh and Blood in there at the last minute.

    I hadn't ever heard back, and I remembered today that they were supposed to announce quarterfinalists in June. So I thought I'd check the website. There it was, the list of quarterfinalists, and I figured that since I didn't get an email that was that.

    Except not!

    Man, I'm glad I entered Flesh and Blood, you guys. That's two major competitions now that it's advanced in. That's REALLY GOOD. (Ugh, I wish it had made Scriptapalooza's quarterfinals; that would have been really awesome.) So now I'm waiting on Austin Film Festival. (Please please please please.)

    I am feeling really confident about this script now. I mean, I was before, but this is different; this is, like, independent confirmation that it's a good script. It's hard to be objective about something you wrote yourself. It would be great if I got some contacts out of this, since these competitions either send out information or make it available for agents who request it; but if I don't, I'll have some good things to include in my query letter.

    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    Day 27 - Best pilot episode.

    I tend to be pretty lenient with pilots; I always remember that they're not just the first episode of a show, they're also a sales pitch to the network. A pilot has to do a lot: introduce the characters, the setting, the tone, the premise, the visual aesthetic; it has to hook viewers; it has to be open enough that there are possibilities for dozens and dozens of episodes to come, but it has to be closed enough that there's some specificity there; it has to ask some questions and allowed them to remain unanswered, so the show has something to continue to explore, but not so many that you don't feel like you're going anywhere.

    Most pilots aren't that great, really, or the show they set out to establish isn't the one it ends up becoming. The only pilot I've ever seen that does everything a pilot should do, is totally cohesive with the rest of the series, and hits the ground running is the Arrested Development pilot. I find it even more remarkable how well this pilot does everything it does in only 22 minutes.

    Day 28 - First TV show obsession.

    I was really into TV shows from pretty much day one. I rarely watched shows casually as a kid; either I made sure I watched every single episode or I didn't bother. But, as you might have guessed, it wasn't until The X-Files that I went crazy over a show. I imagine part of it was being at the right age, but it was also the first legitimately good show I watched as it was airing for the first time, and that was a big deal, too. And, of course, the shipping (from the show that brought us the term itself!). It's kind of hard to discuss obsessing over XF as a kid without mentioning that.

    And, you know, it occurred to me recently that in a few months it will be ten years since I met most of you guys because of this show. So, y'know.

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Well, got an email from Nicholl Fellowship this morning. Fall River didn't make it to the quarterfinals. There were 6,300 scripts entered in the competition, and only 326 made it to the next level.

    One of which was Flesh and Blood! That's right, everyone! After five years and twelve drafts, the old workhorse finally did something! They cut down to around 100-120 scripts for the semifinals, which we should hear about around the end of August. Honestly, though, if I make it no further than the quarterfinals, that is still a huge deal and I won't be (too tremendously) upset.

    You guys, though. I read the "we're sorry maybe Fall River is a good script we can't say but you didn't make it" email first and I had an ENORMOUS SAD. You know how gmail is when you get two emails from the same person, how they're stacked on top of each other? It took me a couple minutes to realize there even was a second email. So it was with much Lucille-hand-waving that I read the second, which began with the greatest word any writer can read: CONGRATULATIONS!

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Went to the Farmer's Market this weekend. It was approximately a bazillion degrees and all the humidities, and every single person who lives in Kansas City was also there, and maybe some tourists too, I'm not sure. We actually don't buy much produce there, since we grow most of what we want at Grandpa's - tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers, cubanelles, jalapenos, pumpkins, and watermelons; garlic, thyme, tarragon, mint, basil, sage. So we just picked up some limes and avocados, and then made our way to the spice and herb store, which is amazing. We buy a lot of their seasoning blends and such, stuff like Garlic Herb and Creole and Orange Pepper, but our favorite item is their Mexican Dip Mix.

    It's great, because you can use it for just about anything. Grilling some chicken? Mexican Dip Mix! Making rice? Mexican Dip Mix! Spicy cheese for nachos? Mexican Dip Mix! Compound butter for roasted corn? Mexican Dip Mix! Mexican dip? Mexican Dip Mix!

    Also, my dad finally managed to get us to watch the first episode of Castle with him, which Laura had been resisting, but it actually wasn't that bad. I mean, 90% of the charm is Fillion, but Rob Bowman directed the pilot so the visual style is nice, and there were a few laughs.

    Wrote another short story; this one took me about two weeks. Some of the details, though not the main plot, are based on stories Gamps has told us over the years, so it was a little more personal than I usually write.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale.

    Spoilers for Battlestar Galactica - 4x10 - "Revelations" under the cut.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    It is so hot this summer. I was outside for all of five minutes washing a rug (I think a cat peed on it, sigh), and by the time I came in I had to cool off under an air vent. Yesterday, Laura and I got up really early to go mow Grandpa's lawn before he got out and did it himself, and by the time we got there he was of course all ready outside weed-eating. Anyway, I did the push-mowing parts, and his push mower is not power, and by the time I got done I looked like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News, when he has to go on air for the first time.

    One of the reasons I don't mind winter is that I can always throw on another sweater or something. I can't, like, take my skin off in the summer.

    I think I'm going to expand the third act of Flesh and Blood. I've been thinking about it lately, and I feel like there just isn't enough fall-out between Maggie and John, that the movie is really about the revelation of what he is and it gets kinda stuck in there at the end. So I have a festival-length version that works and I don't want to trash it, but instead of cutting out all the Butcher stuff, just taking off from those last ten pages and going from there. Like, what actually happens next between them. It would need to have some action because then otherwise the climax ends up, like, two-thirds of the way through the movie and that doesn't work. But I don't want her to kill him? So IDK, I'm thinking it through.

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new).

    I watched the first two or three episodes back at UT, then I must have gotten busy and/or canceled Netflix and that was that. I liked it okay, but it was everyone in the TWOP thread for Babylon 5 talking about how Farscape is right up there with that show in terms of their love that made me decide to try it out again. I watched the pilot last night, since I didn't remember anything, and I wasn't immediately hooked but I'll give it awhile. Shows are so hard to judge when they first start; it's pretty, though, and I like the tall blue alien lady (who is not in this photo, that's a different blue alien lady), so that's a good start.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Did anyone watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight? They covered Kansas City BBQ, and if you did watch, or catch it later, the third joint - Johnny's, with the deep-fried smoked chicken - is our regular place. I've been going there for as long as I can remember. I kinda feel like I was just on TV. Like, that's our waitress! We sit at that table! So if you want to see what the best BBQ in the world looks like, there you go.

    I've been writing like a crazy fool the last few days...unfortunately, it's on that fanfic, which I can do nothing with. But it's been fun doing something that I don't have to worry about what happens next or anything, and I've enjoyed the whole process of writing prose. Right now I'm at around 10,000 words, which is ridiculous. Ridiculous! Oh, well.

    Friday, July 9, 2010

    I've really been enjoying my local writer's group, not least because it motivates me to sit down and write - anything, even just a drabble - on weeks when I otherwise might not have. Like I said before, I've been trying my hand at prose, which is something I'm still not very comfortable with yet, but I think I'm improving.  (Um, I may have also started a Babylon 5 fanfic, and when I say may have, I mean I've already written 4000 words.) Here's another short story.

    Thursday, July 8, 2010

    Bear McCreary got nominated for an Emmy! For main title theme music (for Human Target, which I have yet to watch), not for the actual scoring itself, but still! He is nominated!

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Day 24 - Best quote.

    I narrowed it down to five, which considering I could make an entry for Best 50 Quotes From Arrested Development, was tough. I found it interesting that three of the five are Crowning Moments of Awesome, two of which are also Big Damn Heroes moments, one being the eponymous BDH moment, of course. These are clearly the moments that stick with me.

    In alphabetical order based on show.

    Angel - 2x12 - "Blood Money"

    Arrested Development - 2x04 - "Good Grief."

    Babylon 5 - 3x10 - "Severed Dreams"

    Battlestar Galactica - 4x14 - "Blood on the Scales"

    Firefly - 1x05 - "Safe"

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    Day 23 - Most Annoying Character

    It's really not Kim Bauer's fault. I mean, she was a plot device a heck of a lot more than she was a character. But Kim highlighted probably my number one complaint throughout the years I watched 24 - the plot advancing only because characters made stupid decisions. Besides that, though, I have a hard time with any character, especially teenagers, who whine constantly about how awful their life is when their life is actually really great. Sure, Kim ends up getting kidnapped and all that, but remember - stupid decisions.

    I just really dislike the trope of Action Man Caught Up In Things In Order To Save His Stupid Daughter. You see it a lot (I was so pissed about the inclusion of this in Die Hard 4, let me tell you.)

    In other news, I finished the Babylon 5 series finale yesterday. Even though I knew pretty much every thing that happened in it before hand, because I couldn't wait till I was done with the show to start reading meta, I still ended up crying for pretty much the entirety of the episode. And not just, like, single artful tear rolling down my cheek crying - I'm talking hitched breath, scrunchy face, achy throat crying. It was pretty much perfect. And I'm already like, shit, I picked the wrong series finale to meme.

    I have two TV movies to watch, and then I'm just going to start the show all over from the beginning. Yeah.

    Sunday, July 4, 2010

    Day 22 - Favorite series finale.

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    A few updates since I spoke with you last. The blue van just needed a new starter - it's still driving. Well? No, but it's still driving.

    Tron continues to be unavailable. WTF.

    Super busy with some family stuff - I haven't been on the computer much lately. Everything seems to be back to normal, though. It's been one of those weeks, yeesh.

    New June Media (I will edit this post with my little calendar after I make it, but I think you'll see why I've not gotten to it yet - I'm not sure of the logistics, for one thing - once you scroll through the TV section.)

    29. Sin City: Family Values, Frank Miller. 6-28.

    27. Robin Hood (2010). 6-23.
    28. Babylon 5: In The Beginning (1998). 6-24.
    29. Babylon 5: Thirdspace. 6-26.

    Television Episodes
    211. Babylon 5 - 2x17 - “Knives.” 6-1.
    212. Babylon 5 - 2x18 - “Confessions and Lamentations.” 6-1.
    213. Babylon 5 - 2x19 - “Divided Loyalties.” 6-1.
    214. Glee - 1x21 - “Funk.” 6-2.
    215. How I Met Your Mother - 5x13 - “Jenkins.” 6-2.
    216. How I Met Your Mother - 5x14 - “Perfect Week.” 6-2.
    217. Babylon 5 - 2x20 - “The Long, Twilight Struggle.” 6-2.
    218. Babylon 5 - 2x21 - “Comes the Inquisitor.” 6-2.
    219. Babylon 5 - 2x22 - “The Fall of Night.” 6-2.
    220. How I Met Your Mother - 5x15 - “Rabbit or Duck.” 6-2.
    221. How I Met Your Mother - 5x16 - “Hooked.” 6-2.
    222. Babylon 5 - 3x01 - “Matters of Honor.” 6-3.
    223. Babylon 5 - 3x02 - “Convictions.” 6-3.
    224. Babylon 5 - 3x03 - “A Day in the Strife.” 6-3.
    225. Babylon 5 - 3x04 - “Passing Through Gethsemane.” 6-3.
    226. Babylon 5 - 3x05 - “Voices of Authority.” 6-3.
    227. Babylon 5 - 3x06 - “Dust to Dust.” 6-3.
    228. Babylon 5 - 3x07 - “Exogenesis.” 6-3.
    229. Babylon 5 - 3x08 - “Messages from Earth.” 6-3.
    230. Babylon 5 - 3x09 - “Point of No Return.” 6-3.
    231. Babylon 5 - 3x10 - “Severed Dreams.” 6-3.
    232. Parks and Recreation - 1x03 - “The Reporter.” 6-4.
    233. Babylon 5 - 3x11 - “Ceremonies of Light and Dark.” 6-4.
    234. Babylon 5 - 3x12 - “Sic Transit Vir.” 6-4.
    235. Babylon 5 - 3x13 - “A Late Delivery from Avalon.” 6-4.
    236. Babylon 5 - 3x14 - “Ship of Tears.” 6-4.
    237. Babylon 5 - 3x15 - “Interludes and Examinations.” 6-4.
    238. Babylon 5 - 3x16 - “War Without End Part I.” 6-4.
    239. Babylon 5 - 3x17 - “War Without End Part II.” 6-5.
    240. Babylon 5 - 3x18 - “Walkabout.” 6-5.
    241. Babylon 5 - 3x19 - “Grey 17 is Missing.” 6-5.
    242. Babylon 5 - 3x20 - “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place.” 6-6.
    243. Babylon 5 - 3x21 - “Shadow Dancing.” 6-6.
    244. Babylon 5 - 3x22 - “Z’Ha’Dum.” 6-6.
    245. Babylon 5 - 4x01 - “The Hour of the Wolf.” 6-7.
    246. How I Met Your Mother - 5x17 - “Of Course.” 6-8.
    247. Babylon 5 - 4x02 - “Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?” 6-8.
    248. Babylon 5 - 4x03 - “The Summoning.” 6-8.
    249. Babylon 5 - 4x04 - “Falling Toward Apotheosis.” 6-8.
    250. Babylon 5 - 4x05 - “The Long Night.” 6-8.
    251. Babylon 5 - 4x06 - “Into the Fire.” 6-8.
    252. Babylon 5 - 4x07 - “Epiphanies.” 6-8.
    253. Babylon 5 - 4x08 - “The Illusion of Truth.” 6-8.
    254. Babylon 5 - 4x09 - “Atonement.” 6-9.
    255. Babylon 5 - 4x10 - “Racing Mars.” 6-9.
    256. Babylon 5 - 4x11 - “Lines of Communication.” 6-9.
    257. Babylon 5 - 4x12 - “Conflicts of Interest.” 6-9.
    258. Babylon 5 - 4x13 - “Rumors, Bargains and Lies.” 6-9.
    259. Babylon 5 - 4x14 - “Moments of Transition.” 6-9.
    260. Babylon 5 - 4x15 - “No Surrender, No Retreat.” 6-9.
    261. Babylon 5 - 4x16 - “The Exercise of Vital Powers.” 6-10.
    262. Babylon 5 - 4x17 - “The Face of the Enemy.” 6-10.
    263. Babylon 5 - 4x18 - “Intersections in Real Time.” 6-10.
    264. Babylon 5 - 4x19 - “Between the Darkness and the Light.” 6-10.
    265. Babylon 5 - 4x20 - “Endgame.” 6-10.
    266. Babylon 5 - 4x21 - “Rising Star.” 6-10.
    267. Babylon 5 - 4x22 - “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars.” 6-10.
    268. Babylon 5 - 5x01 - “No Compromises.” 6-10.
    269. Glee - 1x22 - “Journey.” 6-11.
    270. How I Met Your Mother - 5x18 - “Say Cheese.” 6-11.
    271. How I Met Your Mother - 5x19 - “Zoo or False.” 6-11.
    272. How I Met Your Mother - 5x20 - “Home Wreckers.” 6-11.
    273. How I Met Your Mother - 5x21 - “Twin Beds.” 6-11.
    274. Babylon 5 - 5x02 - “The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari.” 6-11.
    275. Babylon 5 - 5x03 - “The Paragon of Animals.” 6-13.
    276. Babylon 5 - 5x04 - “A View From the Gallery.” 6-13.
    277. Babylon 5 - 5x05 - “Learning Curve.” 6-18.
    278. Babylon 5 - 5x06 - “Strange Relations.” 6-18.
    279. Babylon 5 - 5x07 - “Secrets of the Soul.” 6-19.
    280. Babylon 5 - 5x08 - “In the Kingdom of the Blind.” 6-19.
    281. Babylon 5 - 5x09 - “A Tragedy of Telepaths.” 6-22.
    282. Babylon 5 - 5x10 - “Phoenix Rising.” 6-22.
    283. Babylon 5 - 5x11 - “Day of the Dead.” 6-22.
    284. Babylon 5 - 5x12 - “The Ragged Edge.” 6-23.
    285. Babylon 5 - 5x13 - “The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father.” 6-23.
    286. Babylon 5 - 5x14 - “Meditations on the Abyss.” 6-23.
    287. Babylon 5 - 5x15 - “Darkness Descending.” 6-24.
    288. Babylon 5 - 5x16 - “And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.” 6-24.
    289. Babylon 5 - 5x17 - “Movements of Fire and Shadow.” 6-24.
    290. Babylon 5 - 5x18 - “The Fall of Centauri Prime.” 6-26.
    291. Babylon 5 - 5x19 - “Wheel of Fire.” 6-26.
    292. The IT Crowd - 4x01 - “Jen the Fredo.” 6-26.
    293. Babylon 5 - 5x20 - “Objects in Motion.” 6-28.
    294. How I Met Your Mother - 5x22 - “Robots Versus Wrestlers.” 6-29.
    295. How I Met Your Mother - 5x23 - “The Wedding Bride.” 6-29.
    296. How I Met Your Mother - 5x24 - “Doppelgangers.” 6-30.

    YEAH. THAT HAPPENED. I've been mentally preparing a "Babylon 5 is the Greatest Television Show in the History of the World" post for about two weeks now, but we'll see whether I end up going through with it, especially considering how behind I am on the TV meme (why do these things matter). Seriously though, this month has been kind of epic for me in terms of TV. I've never sat down and just watched a show like that. I still have the series finale to watch, even though I'm 100% spoiled for it, and I know I can't last much longer, but I don't quite want the whole experience to be over yet. Sigh.

    Thursday, June 24, 2010


    • I only have five episodes of Babylon 5 left.  I has a sad.

    • If today was indeed the last voyage of the blue van (we'll find out tomorrow what the mechanic found out), then it was highly appropriate that it was to the library.

    • This has been a frustrating week - I've had a couple things I wanted to write, but I have a hard (read: impossible) time writing at home, and it's too hot to leave the house.

    • All I wanted was to find screencaps of the Arrested Development finale.  The only site with caps I could find has 235 pages of unorganized images, no rhyme or reason, no labels, tags, anything.  It was all, "Oh, you wanted screencaps?  I'm withholding them.  Look at me, getting off."

      Tuesday, June 22, 2010

      I finished my screenplay I started two months ago, when I read that "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days" book.  It obviously took me longer than 21 days, but honestly, a first draft from scratch in two months is pretty damned good for me.  It's a first draft, though, which means it's very rough, the characters are only sort of vaguely there, in dribs and drabs, the story needs work, and the dialogue is almost certainly temporary throughout, but you have to have the first draft before you can go on and do anything else, so there's that.

      I joined a local writer's group, oh, about six weeks ago.  There's only about seven or eight of us, but it's been nice to get out and do some workshopping and talk about writing with other people.  I've missed that atmosphere, even if it isn't quite the same as the kind of workshopping one gets in a class.  Everyone else in the group writes either poetry or short essays which are often at least semi-autobiographical, so it's been kind of interesting to get feedback that isn't always so screenplay-specific.  And, it's also prompted me to try my hand at prose, which aside from a two-page short story I wrote in lieu of a paper for Greek Mythology at USC, I haven't written since high school.

      I thought I'd post a few of the stories I'd written, just for fun.  All are 1000 words or less - there's a flash fiction contest coming up that I'm going to enter, I think.  No need to read if you're busy, or critique if you do read - just wanted to share.

      Saturday, June 19, 2010

      Day 21 - Favorite ship.

      HAHAHA like I can pick just one. Let's face it - shipping is important. Sometimes that brief hand-hold or peck on the cheek is all that saves an otherwise mediocre episode. You need to see characters grow and evolve over the years, and no better way to do that than to see relationships grow and evolve as well. And, you know, shallowly, sometimes you just want to see attractive people make out.

      So I narrowed it down to the top five. I couldn't cut any more than that. In chronological order from when I shipped 'em.

      Yeah that last couple made it on the list! Why else do you think I managed to watch the entirety of seasons three and four in eight days? (Okay, it was like 30% ship, 60% the show was just that good, and 10%...because...I have a crush on Bruce Boxleitner. I mean, come on!)

      Friday, June 18, 2010

      Day 20 - Favorite kiss.

      Buffy the Vampire Slayer - 6x08 - "Tabula Rasa"

      Buffy's been through a lot, including being brought back from the dead when she really didn't want to be. Alienated from her friends, feeling overburdened, she ends up turning to Spike as a kind of comrade-in-arms, confidante, and punching bag. Down in the dumps, he shows up to be there for her, but she wants none of it, and so he leaves. Or so we think...

      Sunday, June 13, 2010

      For Holly, Photoshop resources 1 and Photoshop resources 2. There's gradients, bases, light effects, and a few other assorted things like masks and textures. This represents, like, eight years of saving things from various places, so that's why I had to split it up into two zipped files - it should do you, though, heh.

      I thought I'd do a mini-tutorial on using them, since my early attempts at these kinds of things without actually knowing what to do led me to create monstrosities like this:

      Like, I don't even know WTF I was going for there.

      So, I did two different things for this icon. First, I took my base and topped it with a bright gradient layer:

      I set the gradient to Pin Light at 80% to get this:

      Then I put the following light base on top, Screen, at 100%, to get the final icon:

      I'm a big fan of combining a texture and a light source, or a gradient and a texture, to get a variety of effects. I generally tend to use light sources on Screen, Overlay or Soft Light, but Pin Light or Hard Light can be interesting sometimes, too.

      Here's another one. The base, and then the two gradients I used:

      I duplicated the first gradient, set the bottom layer on Screen at 20%, the top at Exclusion at 20%; the second gradient I set to Soft Light at 100%. That gave me this, once I added a Selective Color adjustment layer to bring the blacks up a bit:

      So not a huge change, but I find that fixing things like brightness and contrast work better with gradients, gradient maps, and flood fill layers set to different properties and opacities just looks cleaner than using the contrast adjustment layer, for instance. Then I used this texture, set on Linear Dodge 100%, and added a flood fill black layer set to Soft Light on 20% (this is my favorite way to bring up the contrast a little bit, because for me it's easier to adjust the opacity on that layer than to fiddle with the contrast bar).

      Finally, if you use a light source like this one here, any of them from the folder "light effects" from the user awnp, you MUST set it to Hard Light - well, you don't have to, but it won't look right otherwise.

      With this one, I had to put a layer mask on the light effect layer so that it wouldn't cover up their faces - I usually just use a black to transparent gradient to get rid of the part I don't want, but you could brush it out, too, depending on what you were getting rid of. Anyway, hope you get some use out of this, and hope I wasn't too pedantic or anything; I was going to upload my folder of icon tutorials I've saved over the years but it was over 500 mb so yeah.

      Wednesday, June 9, 2010

      Iconnnnns. Seriously though, I post these more for my own benefit and as a reference, and I know that none of you watch the show, so no big; feel free to skip, heh. Although number 11 is probably one of prettiest, if not the prettiest, icons I've ever made.

      1. 2. 3.

      4. 5. 6.

      7. 8. 9.

      10. 11. 12.

      13. 14. 15.

      Tuesday, June 8, 2010

      Day 19 - Best TV show cast.