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.