Thursday, December 1, 2016

November New Media

167. The Walking Dead - 7x03 - “The Cell.”  11-6.
168. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 1x01 - “From the Ashes of Tragedy.”  11-8.
169. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 1x02 - “The Run of His Life.”  11-8.
170. The Walking Dead - 7x04 - “Service.”  11-13.
171. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x06 - “Monster in the Closet.”  11-18.
172. Bob’s Burgers - 7x04 - “They Serve Horses, Don’t They?”  11-18.
173. The Last Man on Earth - 2x16 - “Falling Slowly.”  11-18.
174. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 1x03 - “The Dream Team.”  11-19.
175. Bob’s Burgers - 7x05 - “Larger Brother, Where Fart Thou?”  11-20.
176. The Walking Dead - 7x05 - “Go Getters.”  11-20.
177. Bob’s Burgers - 7x06 - “The Quirkducers.”  11-21.
178. The Last Man on Earth - 2x17 - “Smart and Stupid.”  11-23.
179. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 1x04 - “100 Percent Not Guilty.”  11-24.
180. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 1x05 - “The Race Card.”  11-24.
181. The Last Man on Earth - 2x18 - “30 Years of Science Down the Tubes.” 11-25.
182. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x07 - “Mr. Santiago.”  11-26.
183. The Last Man on Earth - 3x01 - “General Breast Theme With Cobras.”  11-26.
184. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x08 - “Skyfire Cycle.”  11-30.

23. Hamilton’s America (2016).  11-2.
24. The Legend of Tarzan (2016).  11-17.
25. Doctor Strange (2016).  11-20.

21. The Sunset Gang, Warren Adler.  11-14.
22. Mind War, Douglas E. Richards.  11-19.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October New Media

157. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x03 - “Coral Palms Pt. 3.”  10-6.
158. Bob’s Burgers - 6x18 - “Secret Admiral-irer.”  10-6.
159. Bob’s Burgers - 6x19 - “Glued, Where’s My Bob?”  10-8.
160. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x04 - “The Night Shift.”  10-14.
161. Bob’s Burgers - 7x01 - “Flu-ouise.”  10-16.
162. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x05 - “Halloween IV.”  10-18.
163. Bob’s Burgers - 7x02 - “Sea Me Now.”  10-21.
164. The Walking Dead - 7x01 - “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.”  10-23.
165. Bob’s Burgers - 7x03 - “Teen-A-Witch.”  10-28.
166. The Walking Dead - 7x02 - “The Well.”  10-30.

17. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010).  10-1.
18. Life After Beth (2014).  10-14.
19. Everest (2015).  10-15.
20. The Lady Eve (1941).  10-23.
21. Cloverfield (2008).  10-29.
22. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).  10-31.

19. Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn.  10-6.
20. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer.  10-13.
21. Pet Sematary, Stephen King.  10-30.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

August and September New Media

143. Stranger Things - 1x04 - “Chapter Four: The Body.”  8-2.
144. Bob’s Burgers - 6x11 - “House of 1000 Bounces.”  8-3.
145. Stranger Things - 1x05 - “Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat.”  8-5.
146. Bob’s Burgers - 6x12 - “Stand by Gene.”  8-6.
147. Stranger Things - 1x06 - “Chapter Six: The Monster.”  8-7.
148. Bob’s Burgers - 6x13 - “Wag the Hog.”  8-7.
149. Bob’s Burgers - 6x14 - “The Hormone-iums.”  8-10.
150. Stranger Things - 1x07 - “The Bathtub.”  8-12.”
151. Stranger Things - 1x08 - “The Upside Down.”  8-13.
152. Bob’s Burgers - 6x15 - “Pro Tiki/Con Tiki.”  8-14.
153. Bob’s Burgers - 6x16 - “Bye Bye Boo Boo.”  8-22.

154. Bob’s Burgers - 6x17 - “The Horse Rider-er.”  9-25.
155. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x01 - “Coral Palms Pt. 1.”  9-25.
156. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - 4x02 - “Coral Palms Pt. 2.”  9-27.

14. Mothra (1961).  8-23.

15. Sully (2016).  9-20.
16. The Boss (2016). 9-30.

17. Herculaneum: Past and Future, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.  8-25.
18. British Manor Murder, Leslie Meier.  8-29.

C. Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons.  9-2.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

June and July New Media

Television Episodes
104. The Americans – 4x11 – “Dinner for Seven.”  6-1.
105. The Americans – 4x12 – “A Roy Rogers in Franconia.”  6-2.
106. Bob's Burgers – 5x19 – “Housetrap.”  6-4.
107. Bob's Burgers – 5x21 – “The Oeder Games.”  6-4.
108. Preacher – 1x01 - “Pilot.”  6-5.
109. Preacher – 1x02 - “See.”  6-5.
110. The Americans – 4x13 – “Persona Non Grata.”  6-8.
111. Preacher – 1x03 – “The Possibilities.”  6-12.
112. Preacher – 1x04 – “Monster Swamp.”  6-19.
113. Bob's Burgers – 5x22 – “Hawk and Chick.”  6-21.
114. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 1x07 – “Charlie Got Molested.”  6-23.
115.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x01 – “Charlie Gets Crippled.”  6-24.
116.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x02 – “The Gang Goes Jihad.”  6-25.
117.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x03 – “Dee and Dennis Go on Welfare.”  6-26.
118.  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x04 – “Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom.”  6-27.
119. Preacher – 1x05 – “South Will Rise Again.”  6-28.
120. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x05 – “Hundred Dollar Baby.”  6-29.

121. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x06 – “The Gang Gives Back.”  7-1.
122. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x07 – “The Gang Exploits a Miracle.”  7-2.
123. Preacher – 1x06 – “Sundowner.”  7-3.
124. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x08 – “The Gang Runs for Office.”  7-4.
125. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 2x10 – “Dennis and Dee Get a New Dad.”  7-6.
126. Bob's Burgers – 6x02 – “The Land Ship.”  7-7.
127. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 3x01 – “The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby.”  7-8.
128. Preacher – 1x07 – “He Gone.”  7-10.
129. Bob's Burgers – 6x03 – “Hauntening.”  7-15.
130. Bob's Burgers – 6x04 – “Gayle Makin' Bob Sled.”  7-15.
131. Bob's Burgers – 6x05 – Nice-capades.”  7-17.
132. Bob's Burgers – 6x06 – “The Cook, the Steve, the Gayle, and Her Lover.”  7-17.
133. Preacher – 1x08 – “El Valero.”  7-17.
134. Bob's Burgers – 6x07 – “The Gene and Courtney Show.”  7-19.
135. Bob's Burgers – 6x08 – “Sexy Dance Healing.”  7-20.
136. Stranger Things – 1x01 – “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers.”  7-25.
137. Bob's Burgers – 6x09 – “Sacred Couch.”  7-27.
138. Stranger Things – 1x02 – “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street.” 7-29.
139. Stranger Things – 1x03 – “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly.”  7-30.
140. Bob's Burgers – 6x10 – “Lice Things are Lice.”  7-30.
141. Preacher – 1x09 – “Finish the Song.”  7-31.
142. Preacher – 1x10 – “Call and Response.”  7-31.

7. Captain America: Civil War (2016).  6-9.
8. The Witch (2015).  6-12.

9. Finding Dory (2016).  7-5.
10. Midnight Special (2016).  7-5.
11. Ghostbusters (2016).  7-15.
12. Zootopia (2016).  7-16.
13. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).  7-26.

13. Bone War, Steven Harper.  6-6.
14. Getting Off on Frank Sinatra, Megan Edwards.  6-21.
15. Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure, Joseph Deiss.  6-28.

16. End of Watch, Stephen King.  7-4.
B. Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King.  7-30.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

May New Media

Television Episodes
89. Bob's Burgers – 5x10 – “Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise.”  5-1.
90. Bob's Burgers – 5x11 – “Can't Buy Me Math.”  5-1.
91. The Americans – 4x08 – “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears.” 5-4.
92. Orphan Black – 3x08 – “Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method.”  5-8.
93. Orphan Black – 3x09 – “Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow.”  5-8.
94. Bob's Burgers – 5x12 – “The Millie-churian Candidate.”  5-10.
95. Bob's Burgers – 5x13 – “The Gayle Tales.”  5-10.
96. Bob's Burgers – 5x14 – “L'il Hard Dad.”  5-11.
97. Bob's Burgers – 5x15 – “Adventures in Chinchilla Sitting.”  5-11.
98. Bob's Burgers – 5x16 – “The Runway Club.”  5-11.
99. The Americans - 4x09 – “The Day After.”  5-12.
100. Bob's Burgers – 5x17 – “Itty Bitty Ditty Committee.”  5-13.
101. Bob's Burgers – 5x18 – “Eat, Spray, Linda.”  5-13.
102. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2x05 – “Kimmy Gives Up!”  5-16.
103. The Americans – 4x10 – “Munchkins.”  5-18.

10. Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, Steve Olson.  5-8.
11. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, Robert Kolker.  5-15.
12. The Map of the Sky, Félix J. Palma.  5.22

Monday, May 2, 2016

April New Media

Television Episodes
61. Bates Motel – 3x09 – “Crazy.”  4-2.
62. The Walking Dead – 6x15 – “East.”  4-3.
63. The Walking Dead – 6x16 – “Last Day on Earth.”  4-3.
64. The Last Man on Earth – 2x13 – “Fish in the Dish.”  4-4.
65. Bob's Burgers – 5x01 – “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl.”  4-5.
66. Bob's Burgers – 5x02 – “Tina and the Real Ghost.”  4-5.
67. The Americans – 4x04 – “Chloramphenicol.”  4-6.
68. Bob's Burgers – 5x03 – “Friends With Burger-fits.”  4-8.
69. Bob's Burgers – 5x04 – “Dawn of the Peck.”  4-8.
70. Bob's Burgers – 5x05 – “Best Burger.”  4-9.
71. Bob's Burgers – 5x06 – “Father of the Bob.”  4-9.
72. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x21 – “Maximum Security.”  4-10.
73. The Last Man on Earth – 2x14 – “Skidmark.”  4-10.
74. Bob's Burgers – 5x07 – “Tina Tailor Soldier Spy.”  4-11.
75. Bob's Burgers – 5x08 – “Midday Run.”  4-11.
76. Bob's Burgers – 5x09 – “Speakeasy Rider.”  4-12.
77. The Americans – 4x05 – “Clark's Place.”  4-13.
78. Community – 6x01 – “Ladders.”  4-14.
79. Community – 6x02 – “Lawnmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care.”  4-14.
80. Community – 6x03 – “Basic Crisis Room Decorum.”  4-15.
81. Community – 6x04 – “Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing.”  4-15.
82. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2x01 – “Kimmy Goes Roller Skating!”  4-16.
83. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2x02 – “Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!”  4-16.
84. The Last Man on Earth – 2x15 – “Fourth Finger.”  4-18.
85. The Americans – 4x06 – “The Rat.”  4-21.
86. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2x03 – “Kimmy Goes to a Play!”  4-23.
87. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 2x04 – “Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen!”  4-23.
88. The Americans – 4x07 – “Travel Agents.”  4-28.

6. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015).  4-25.

9. A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay.  4-18.

A. Room, Emma Donoghue.  4-3.

Friday, April 1, 2016

March New Media

Television Episodes
40. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x09 – “The Gang Goes to Hell.”  3-3.
41. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x15 – “The 9-8.”  3-4.
42. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x16 – “House Mouses.” 3-5.
43. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x17 – “Adrian Pimento.”  3-5.
44. The Walking Dead – 6x11 – “Knots Untie.”  3-6.
45. Better Call Saul – 2x01 – “Switch.”  3-6.
46. The Walking Dead – 6x12 – “Not Tomorrow Yet.”  3-6.
47. The Last Man on Earth – 2x11 – “Pitch Black.”  3-7
48. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x18 – “Cheddar.”  3-8.
49. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x10 – “The Gang Goes to Hell: Part 2.”  3-10.
50. The Walking Dead – 6x13 – “The Same Boat.” 3-13.
51. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x19 – “Terry Kitties.”  3-15.
52. The Last Man on Earth – 2x12 – “Valhalla.”  3-16.
53. The Americans – 4x01 - “The Glanders.” 3-17.
54. The Walking Dead – 6x14 – “Twice as Far.”  3-20.
55. The Americans – 4x02 – “Pastor Tim.” 3-25.
56. Al Capone: Icon (PBS).  3-29.
57. Documentary Now! – 1x01 – “Sandy Passage.”  3-29.
58. The Americans – 4x03 – “Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow.”  3-30.
59. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x20 – “Paranoia.”  3-31.
60. Documentary Now! – 1x03 – “DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon.”  3-31.

3. Stanley and Iris (1990).  3-8.
4. Bridge of Spies (2015).  3-27.
5. The Great Escape (1963). 3-27.

6. Blood Brothers, Brian Lumley.  3-10.
7. Crowned: The Story of the Relentless Kansas City Royals and Their Brilliant Run to a World Championship, Kent Richards.  3-26.
8. The Map of Time, Félix J. Palma.  3-31.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sigh of Relief

I was not having a good time writing via that Wolfram program, and came to figure out that it wasn't really meant for long documents.  Page three or four, and there would be a lag between my typing and when the letters actually appeared on the screen; once the lag started, it quickly because much worse, until I ended up typing a sentence, then waiting to watch it appear, letter by letter.  When there was a typo in the middle of that sentence, I would have to go back and fix it...which would take nearly as long.

So I did some more research, gave it another try, and successfully installed LibreOffice on my Pi.  Oh my gosh, it works so much better, I basically could have cried.

I still haven't worked out the whole flash drive thing, but I may not bother.  Emailing docs back and forth is no big, and for some things I can just write the whole story/chapter on the Pi and email it when I'm all done.  No more trouble than all the times I've written at work and not been able to use a flash drive, or gone between my desktop, my laptop, and Drive.

I can seriously sit here and write forever, though; it's so much more comfortable, even on this fifty-year-old couch, than sitting at the kitchen table or in an office chair.  And I find myself more focused, too, down in my quiet basement.  (My
quiet, COLD basement - my feet are going numb, so I'm gonna call it a night!)

I like how this blog has turned into a record of my troubles writing on a Raspberry Pi.  What dumb thing can I struggle with for weeks next...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February New Media

Television Episodes
20. The X-Files – 1x03 - “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” 2-1.
21. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x14 - “Karen Peralta.” 2-2.
22. The Man in the High Castle – 1x02 - “Sunrise.” 2-5.
23. The Man in the High Castle – 1x03 - “The Illustrated Woman.” 2-5.
24. The Man in the High Castle – 1x04 - “Revelations.” 2-5.
25. The Man in the High Castle – 1x05 - “The New Normal.” 2-6.
26. The X-Files – 10x04 - “Home Again.” 2-7.
27. The Man in the High Castle – 1x06 - “Three Monkeys.” 2-9.
28. The Man in the High Castle – 1x07 - “Truth.” 2-10.
29. The Man in the High Castle – 1x08 - “End of the World.” 2-12.
30. The Man in the High Castle – 1x09 - “Kindness.” 2-12.
31. The Man in the High Castle – 1x10 - “A Way Out.” 2-13.
32. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x04 - “Dee Makes a Smut Film.” 2-15.
33. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x06- “Being Frank.” 2-15.
34. The Walking Dead – 6x09 - “No Way Out.” 2-16.
35. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x05 - “Mac and Dennis Move to the Suburbs.” 2-20.
36. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x07 - “McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: The Trial of the Century.” 2-20.
37. The Walking Dead – 6x10 - “The Next World.” 2-21.
38. The X-Files – 10x05 - “Babylon.” 2-26.
39. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x08 - “Charlie Catches a Leprechaun.” 2-26.

2. Deadpool (2016). 2-26.

5. Black Trillium, Andre Norton, Julian May, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. 2-29.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ja'mie Dramatically Pulling Off Her Mask and Saying "Drama!" as the Camera Dramatically Zooms Out

I had a doctor's appointment today.  Got there about ten minutes early, checked in, and sat down, prepared for a half hour wait at the least, because I've been to the doctor before.

However, there was a woman in the waiting room who had apparently not been to the doctor before.  Ever.  Any doctor.  Because she went up to the receptionist about ten minutes or so after I arrived and said, "I asked you twenty minutes ago and you said I was next, but I have watched six other women get called back before me."

The poor receptionist was trying to explain that there are four doctors/nurse practitioners in the office, along with the people who are coming in just to get sonograms of their babbies, but the woman kept interrupting her.  She absolutely refused to understand that she was next in line for her doctor but that there were other doctors in the office along with the sonogram technician and they all had their own lines.  The woman got belligerent, and the receptionist said she would go back and see what was going on.


The woman sat down.  Muttering.  "Tell me I'm not respectful.  I'm just asking.  I've got to go to work.  Not respecting me."

The receptionist: "ARE YOU DONE."

The woman, shooting back, apparently missing the gist of the previous conversation: "Are you done?"

The receptionist stood, ready to loose lightning bolts.  The woman hastily adds: "I'm sitting, I'm waiting.  Just have to go to work."

Now, my appointment was at 10:40am, but I scheduled a full day off work.  Because I'm an adult.  I've been to the doctor before.  I knew there was a very good chance I would not be finished in time to make it to work at 1:00pm.  (As it turned out, I left the doctor's office right at noon, and considering it would take me half an hour to get home, I would have had exactly ten minutes to change clothes, eat lunch, and grab my stuff, so it was the right call.)

It was such great drama.  Enormously entertaining.  I went up to the receptionist afterward and told her she handled it very well, and she seemed to get a kick out of that.  I said so because the few times I've had honest-to-God confrontations with patrons at work, and I've had someone come up afterward and say nice things, has really meant the world to me.  Poor thing; I bet she deals with that a lot.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Attaching an .rtf file to an email and downloading it to open in Wolfram totally worked!  Not that it was one hundred percent smooth sailing after that.  When I opened the file up, each paragraph was a single line, stretching out to the right and forcing a navigation bar at the bottom.  As that is impossible to try and work with - especially as I have to use a goddamn track pad with my wireless keyboard - I knew I would have to fix that if I were going to be able to write.

Thankfully it didn't take long at all to find the setting to wrap words based on screen size, instead of the default, which for some reason is don't wrap words at all.

So I got my file open, it's looking right, I start writing...

...and two keys on my keyboard are flip-flopped.  Shift-apostrophe gives me an @, and shift-2 gives me ".  OMGGGGGG but I was able to adapt surprisingly quick to hitting shift-2 every time I write a line of dialogue.

Seriously though, like, this was a million times harder than I thought it would be.  But my amazing sense of triumph right now!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Managing Frustration

I am having a much harder time working on my writing on my Raspberry Pi - which is the primary reason I wanted it - than I expected to.  First, I tried to install LibreOffice, as I had read that it was available for Linux.  Unfortunately, between when I was researching the Pi and when I got one, the Pi Store had closed and it was no longer a simple process.  Now you have to do all these programming commands, etc.  I spent an hour one night going through various tutorials and message boards and could never figure it out.

The Pi came installed with a program called Wolfram, which has a text editor.  I looked up, and it opens/saves rich text files.  So I saved one of the documents I'm currently working on as rich text to a flash drive and decided to give it another try.

Except you apparently can't just stick a regular flash drive into the Pi.  You have to format it, and then program the Pi to accept the drive, which involved like coding some sort of dock for it inside the OS?  I'm quickly learning that a lot of this stuff is sort of like the point for people with Pis, but I really just want to write.

So scratch that, I'll just operate from Google Drive.  I'm not a huge fan of working on Google Drive, not really sure why.  I think fundamentally don't trust cloud-based storage?  And I don't really care for the interface, and it's kind of a pain in the ass to constantly be copying and pasting from documents into Drive and vice-versa - especially when I end up losing my formatting.

But you have to do even more coding and programming and whatever in order to use Google Drive.  Like.

So my next plan of attack is to take the rtf file and attach it to an email and see how that works.  I already experimented and was able to download a file my sister had emailed to me; it was docx, so it wouldn't open, but the Pi downloaded it and sees that it's there, so I'm hopeful that that will work.  A bit clunky, but I've certainly emailed things back and forth to myself plenty over the years, and if it works it won't be too terribly much different than using a flash drive, since I would still be copying and pasting text back to master documents in that case.

But I'm at more than a week here of just trying to figure out how to do this, so it's starting to get a bit frustrating.  I'm gonna make it work, though.  I will.

Friday, February 19, 2016

I Am in the Future

I am posting this entry from my Raspberry Pi!  That was my main Christmas gift this year, and it's been very nice to chill out in the basement, browsing the internet on a nice big TV screen.

Things I still need to do with my Raspberry Pi: figure out how to do things other than just browse the internet; figure out how to write on it.  A text editor came with the desktop interface that I'm using, but I've yet to see if I can open my OpenOffice/LibreOffice files with it.  I really need to just plug in my flash drive and see what happens (if it reads the files, great, if not, then I know I need to try something else), but every time I think of it, I'm downstairs and my flash drive is upstairs and I'm too lazy.

I'm using a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and it works really well - very lightweight, just chilling in my lap - but I notice that I have the same problem I have with the keyboard case for my tablet.  The shift key is small and about a quarter inch further to the right than it is on a standard keyboard, so I'm constantly hitting the Page Up key instead.  I'm sure at a certain point, if I use it enough, I'll get used to it, but as of right now I don't type with either of my l'il keyboards enough to not have to consciously think 'move your pinky over a tad bit more' every time I capitalize something.

I also just discovered today that you can't just watch YouTube on a Raspberry Pi.  You have to do all this other stuff.  And I'm still a little intimidated by all the programming and coding shit that's kind of like the whole point of a Pi.  So for the time being I just won't watch YouTube using this.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thrift Store Finds

Went to the thrift store this morning with my grandpa.  Thrift stores are always an either/or proposition for me.  Either I find a bunch of cool stuff, or I find nothing at all.  This morning I found a bunch.  The original VHS release of the first Star Wars trilogy - and they don't look like they're ever been watched.  A framed New Kids on the Block poster.  Some itty-bitty frames for my itty-bitty cross-stitches.  All for less than ten bucks.

Then we drove down to a Mexican bakery and restaurant one of my co-workers had told me about, and got far too many Mexican sweet breads and a big ol' thing of tamales.  I shall dine well tonight!

(I should get to do at least one thing well at work today - they're moving our cubicles to a different part of the building, so I'm without my computer and it's pretty much a nachtmare.  I don't really even have anywhere to sit down!)

Monday, February 1, 2016

January New Media

Television Episodes
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x11 - "Hostage Situation." 1-5.
2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x01 - “Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo." 1-6.
3. Transparent – 2x01 - “Kina Hora.” 1-7.
4. Transparent – 2x02 - “Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump.” 1-8.
5. Transparent – 2x03 - “New World Coming.” 1-9.
6. Transparent – 2x04 - “Cherry Blossoms.” 1-10.
7. Transparent – 2x05 - “Mee-Maw.” 1-11.
8. Transparent – 2x06 - “Bulnerable” 1-12.
9. Transparent – 2x07 - “The Book of Life.” 1-13.
10. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x02 - "Frank Falls Out the Window." 1-13.
11. Transparent – 2x08 - “Oscillate.” 1-14.
12. Transparent – 2x09 - “Man on the Land.” 1-16.
13. Transparent – 2x10 - “Grey Green Brown & Copper.” 1-17.
14. The X-Files – 10x01 - “My Struggle.” 1-24.
15. The Man in the High Castle – 1x01 - “The New World.” 1-25.
16. The X-Files – 10x02 - “Founder's Mutation.” 1-25.
17. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x12 - “9 Days.” 1-27.
18. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3x13 - “The Cruise.” 1-29.
19. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia – 11x03 - “The Gang Hits the Slopes.” 1-31.

1. New Under the Sun, Nancy Kress and Therese Pieczynski. 1-5.
2. The Martian, Andy Weir. 1-8.
3. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, Alan Dean Foster. 1-28.
4. No Crueler Tyrannies, Dorothy Rabinowitz. 1-30.

1. Room (2015). 1-31.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Writing Updates

I haven't really posted about this much, I think at first because I was waiting for something to "happen," but that doesn't seem too likely.  So anyways...

In October 2014 my script "The Dead House" came in third in the horror category at the Page Awards.  One of the judges was an independent producer and contacted me that day about optioning the script.  A week or so later the paperwork was done.  From October till April 2015 we did rewrites.  The first few were fairly decent - editing out superfluous scenes, rewriting quite a bit of the antagonist's POV scenes to clarify his motivation and arc - but they weren't full rewrites by any stretch.  After that, the passes became increasingly small and specific, to the tune of changing individual words here and there, cutting just one line from a long beat of dialogue, etc.  Fine-tuning.  I would get notes, spend anywhere from 3 days to a week doing my rewrites, and then I would send the new draft in.  The independent producer had a production company sign on for financing early on, so I was getting notes from both, though they helpfully collated them together for me.  Sometimes it would be a month before I'd get notes back on the latest draft, so it was a very start-and-stop process.

Starting in May, they sent the script out to specific directors.  Who all passed.  That was the bulk of this summer.  Last I heard, an actress was reading for the main role, but that was months and months ago, so I'm assuming she passed, too.  I actually haven't heard any updates since...August, I think?  I should probably email just to say hi, but I've been assuming that if they'd made any progress they would tell me, haha.  At any rate, I mostly forget that it's even out there.

In I want to say September, an agent at a talent agency that mostly reps writers contacted me.  He had read "TDH" as it made its rounds, and wanted to see what else I had.  I sent over three of my older scripts.  He emailed back a few weeks later that they were good but not really what he was looking for.  I had just finished a first draft page-one-rewrite of a script I've been working on for literally a decade, and hastily sent it over, not wanting to lose this chance.  And he liked it!  And he sent it over to a friend of his who works as a manager for a production company, who liked it, too!  I got notes from both of them, and started working on a second draft.  In the meantime, the manager and I have had several hour-plus long conversations about new script ideas, and I've started working on one with his input.

So even though I haven't signed anything concrete (because you just don't at this stage of things), I essentially have a manager and agent.  Which is pretty amazing!  However, the pressure it has put on me, gosh.  I'm used to just writing for myself when I feel like it.  I enjoy writing so it do it mostly every day, but at my own pace and with my own process.  It's very different having to do the "write a brief synopsis, notes, write a treatment, notes, write an outline, notes" thing.  So I find myself procrastinating and worrying a hell of a lot more than I ever did before.

I'm typing this mostly to remind myself that I only got to where I am now because I have a slight idea of what I'm doing, and to just trust in myself and go for it.  It's hard, though, because I don't want to screw this up, haha.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Media Lists Complete!

Interesting things I came to realize upon doing this.  I have definitely not read as many books nor watched as many movies the last few years as I did when I started keeping track.  Part of the book thing, I know, is that I stopped subbing and instead started working at the library.  There were many days as a substitute where I might read half a book in one day, as all I had to do was take attendance, pass out worksheets, and make sure the kids didn't light a fire.  I certainly don't have that luxury now.

But mostly I think the change is in the fact that I no longer live with my parents.  Back then, I would need to have some time to myself, so I would sit in my room.  No computer in there (no space), so I would either read, watch TV, or watch a movie.  Now I have my own house, so I don't have that need to find something to do away from everyone else; I'm always away from everyone else!

I have been reading and such more lately, though, because my desktop computer's been sort of on its last legs.  I've been putting it to sleep, and so it just seems silly to wake it up for something small.  The problem is, "something small" often turns into me just sitting on my computer for an hour or two reading random reddit articles or browsing tumblr or whatever.  So in the long run, it feels like it's been a good thing in that I've been motivated to do more productive things.  (And watching TV is definitely more productive compared to looking at cat gifs on tumblr.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Random Musings on Dumb Shit that Ultimately Doesn't Matter

So I've been doing this completely useless task of transferring over my old media lists (new books read and new movies watched) from this blog into little notebooks.  2008, 2009, 2010 all written down with care.  (And holy shit, this took four days at work - like so much longer than I thought it would take.  I kinda liked it because it made me look like I was industriously working on something important.)

2011 - January, February, March, April...and then I just stopped posting to Blogspot.  I got out the original little notebook* where I started writing this shit down physically - as opposed to just having the lists on the computer - and that starts in 2012.  So I have eight months that aren't accounted for!  Why did I stop?!  Where are those lists!

I got upset at the lack of continuity in this random, meaningless activity that has no actual point other than I felt like doing it.  I'm at work, so I couldn't search my computer, but I also knew that I was still living at home at this point in time and it's likely these lists would have been done on either my old laptop at the time or the family computer, in which case there would be no retrieval.

Then I thought to check LJ and they were right there!  All is okay!

*I kept track of everything chronologically in that notebook.  For instance, January, 1. episode of TV, 2. episode of TV, B1. book, 3. episode of TV, M1. movie.  Etc.  It's okay for TV since that's the bulk of it, but it's really hard to scan through and find movies and TV (and I do actually go through it sometimes when I can't quite remember the title of a book I read, but know I read it sometime last year).  Thus why I've decided to keep TV in one, movies in another, books in a third.  I'm sort of irritated by the fact that the three little notebooks are part of a set I got for Christmas years ago, and the TV one is about 2/3 full, and obviously the others aren't even close.  So I'll fill that one up way before the others.

I don't know why I care about this nonsense?

ETA: December 2011 is not on LJ, either.  It skips from November 2011 to January 2012.  I AM DISPLEASED.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hello Again!

I can't believe this blog is still active, ha.  I'm compiling a master list of books read and was hoping some of my earlier lists were still here to copy over - and they are!  I think I'm going to start blogging again.  Not that I've been using my LJ much recently, but I'll keep that for more fandom stuff, and just do my random personal thoughts here (where probably no one is reading them, which suits me just fine).

Starting on New Year's Day, I've been writing a short journal entry every day; my parents got me a Moleskin journal for Christmas.  (Interesting fact: though Moleskins are sort of generally considered as "fancy" notebooks, the paper in them is not all that great; if you use fountain pens, the ink will feather and bleed through.  I do manage to write in mine with a fountain pen, albeit one with an extra-fine nib.  Which means I don't have to fill my pen as often, so it works out.)  Mostly it's just been boring "this is what I did today" kind of entries - which has been useful in a sort of meditative way - but I've also been writing about my writing just a little bit.  I think I posted this here once before (years ago!), but I might get back into the habit of blogging here with my writing stuff.  Sometimes just sorting through things in my head, finding a way to articulate various thoughts, even if it's just rambly or incoherent to everyone else, is very helpful for me.

Not today, though - at work today and we're exceptionally busy.  It took me a solid hour to just get through this much!