chickwriter: (DW-Eleven)
I stayed up way late last night writing, then woke up way early this a.m. because groceries were being delivered between 7 and 9.

This totally meant that a nap was in order this afternoon and was accomplished marvelously. ::g::

Enjoying the rest of the evening watching Leverage.

Note to [livejournal.com profile] theamusedone: you were so right. I love it!. Tim Hutton, Christian Kane and gang have fun playing modern day Robin Hoods. Especially enjoying Aldis Hodge as the geek. (I remember him best from Friday Night Lights).


Am fascinated by the new Doctor. He's not what I expected. Unusual and interesting looks and full of passion for the role. I think he'll be great. (Yes, I know of the arguments for someone older, someone of colour, but when it comes down to it, none of us know what went on in the auditions, or the selection process and can't second guess the decision).

Am still obsessively in love with [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's Stratford Man duology, part of her Promethean series. I'm on reading #3 and still finding bits and bobs that I didn't notice before. I've bought yet another set of copies to give as a gift.

It's been a long time since a series has captured me so well, and over the past few weeks, I've discovered three of these:
-- Jenna Black's Morgan Kingsley series
-- Bear's Promethean Man series (see link above)
-- Maggie Stiefvater's [livejournal.com profile] m_stiefvater Lament (which I'm now reading)


Another book rec, though non-series:
Jan Burke's The Messenger - just out and a fascinating premise. I was privileged enough to read an advance copy and was captivated by the concept.

I LOVE being this entranced by books. Contrary to some beliefs, I get energized by reading fabulous books in the genre, even while I'm writing my own. I don't know if this is because I have a very strong grounding in my own "voice", but I don't think that I'm influenced negatively by reading other fiction while in progress with my own book. I just get excited about writing all over again.

On a final note for the night, I'm very excited that AmberKatze's Book Blog listed Blood Bargain as one of the best reads of 2008!
chickwriter: (CKR Hot 1)
Lew Ashby = Billy Tallent

Y/N?

Discuss.
chickwriter: (Middleman)
Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] theamusedone who did a great job of pimping it!

For those of you *not* watching The Middleman, go, now! On ABC Family (yeah, believe it or not) or iTunes.
chickwriter: (SPN-Family Business)
I rarely watch Supernatural "live", since I prefer to not have commercial interruptions, but tonight, I had to make the exception.

DAYUM.

I made some very random notes as I watched.

Here there be spoilers )

Thank goodness we *know* there's a season four.
chickwriter: (Liberty)
First off, the very happiest of birthday wishes to the always lovely and wonderfully talented [livejournal.com profile] kassrachel! May the celebration of your day be as fabulous as you are.

I've been watching New Amsterdam. and am liking it well enough. The premise is fairly interesting, though a bit Highlander meets Nick Knight, but no matter. The leads, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Zukeikha Robinson are both lovely and I enjoy them both immensely. I'm liking some of the plot twists, but am not quite as sold on the so-called "the one". Don't really see the chemistry between them. Love Omar, though.

John Adams has been quite interesting - caught up on the first two episodes via On Demand. I didn't think Paul Giamatti had it in him, but I was quite pleasantly proven wrong. He, and the other cast members, are doing a bang up job. (Thanks to the show, I've got a new icon, too. ::trots it out::)

I'm so glad it's Friday! The week went by too fast, mostly because there's been a great deal of work and stuff going on. I'm banging out the last bits of Blood Bargain and hope to have the final into Mme Editrix's hands in the next week and a half. WHEW!

Today's Tor freebie is one of my favorite's - Tobias Buckell's Crystal Rain. I first heard of this book some time ago and then, when visiting San Diego for ConDor, was convinced to buy the hardcover by my favorite book pusher, Mysterious Galaxy's Patrick Heffernan. He said I'd love it and he was absolutely spot on. If you haven't signed up at Tor, it's not too late. (The freebies are in PDF format, and easily viewable in an eReader).

Hope everyone has an amazing Friday!
chickwriter: (DarkAngel photo by Donna Andrews)
According to People That Know, a.k.a., via the Jim Butcher Announce list, Sci-Fic is airing the FULL 2-hour Storm Front pilot tonight.

Well, not exactly tonight, but more like the WEE HOURS of the a.m.

Here's the info straight from the list:

Tonight, the Sci-Fi Channel is finally broadcasting the unaired Dresden Files TV pilot in the US! This two-hour cut of "Storm Front" features exciting new scenes that were cut from the one-hour version that aired last year. Unfortunately, it's slated for 3AM EST. I think
this is why they invented TiVo.

Find out what time the episode airs in your time zone:

http://www.scifi.com/schedulebot/index.php3?date=7-MAR-2008&feed_req=

Set those DVRs!

/PSA
chickwriter: (Oz - BK)
My first reaction to The Sarah Connor Chronicles, about 8 minutes in - not "ooh, River!" but "Dude, Ryan O'Reilly!"

Dean Winters as Charley Dixon - not credited on IMDB for some reason.

::goes back to watching::
chickwriter: (SGA-Why me)
Well, that was loads of fun...not.

Been spending a quiet weekend writing, thinking, watching episodes of Burn Notice. About a third of the way through the final 2 parter, poof - no electricity. I peeked outside - seemed the entire complex was dark.

Thank goodness my laptop had enough ambient light to let me find my lantern flashlight thingie. Spent about a half hour in the dark, still watching episodes (yay for long battery life on Nameless!).

Got the lights back briefly, and then once again, nothing for another half hour, 45 minutes. One thing I do know--my mini book light I just bought is awesome. Lets me read my Sony reader without any other light around. :)

Electricity seems to be back now and I'm crossing my fingers.

BTW, Burn Notice rocks!

Sadly, only one more day of holiday weekend left.

ETA: Oh yeah, about holiday gifting - I'm all about what John Scalzi said earlier today. Really. (including the bit about the car ::g::)

Westward Ho

Oct. 4th, 2007 06:48 pm
chickwriter: (Fangrrl)
No, NOT that kind of 'ho....sheesh!

Off to San Francisco in the wee hours of the a.m. for a work trip and back on Tuesday.

I've watched the Supernatural episode, because it's highly unlikely I'll still be awake, since I have to get up at 4:00 a.m. There was lots of squee involved.

AND
casting spoilers below cut )

Finally got to see Pushing Daisies on the ABC streaming player. It was as charming, quirky and enjoyable as I expected. Looking forward to more of the same.

Going to spend the rest of what's left of the early evening reading and looking forward to reading your SPN squee tomorrow after I arrive. (Nameless, the laptop, is coming with me so I can do some writing while I'm out).

Cheers!
chickwriter: (SGA-Truth is Out There)
Loads of spoilers below the cut, so beware.

Season 4...a very good place to be )


This definitely takes away the bad stale cheese taste left by Moonlight. I think I'm going to like Season 4.
chickwriter: (Betty-Bitch Please)
As much as I adored Sophia Myles in Doctor Who and Jason Dohring in Veronica Mars, I truly cannot abide Moonlight.

In the immortal words of Vampire Willow: Bored now.

Of the very amusing, the actor playing the college professor who is obsessed with vampires is Rudolf Martin - the same guy that played Dracula in the Buffy Season 5 opener.

23 minutes to SGA!
chickwriter: (PG Arms)
Eureka greenlighted for a 3rd season.

Yay!

On other TV notes - Season premiere of Ugly Betty - wowza. Just when you thought you were safe.

Still haven't watched Bionic Woman (on DVR) and tonight: Stargate:Atlantis!!
chickwriter: (Kaylee - use power - by _WWSD_)
Spent a lovely Saturday evening at [livejournal.com profile] aerye's House of Recluses and got to see my darling [livejournal.com profile] qe2 plus got to hang out with other fangrrrls. And there was PIE! (not to mention loads of other great munchables)

Spent the night at [livejournal.com profile] beledibabe's and got to see the fabulous Inside the Actors Studio with Elton John (which she had on her TiVo). That man is brilliant.

Sunday was quiet time, which yay, and too soon, it became Monday. None of my usual lunch buddies are at work today (either on vacation or out of town for other reasons), so I angsted about what to do. Settled on a six-cheese pizza from Papajohns and now have enough food for at least 3 or 4 meals. One thing I don't remember hearing about menopause is the wonky appetite. One day, I'm starving, most days, I just don't have an appetite for *anything*. Oh well. I will keep myself fueled appropriately.

In 2 weeks, I'll be San Francisco bound for a few days (work related). Sadly, there will be very little time to myself as this is the annual client-paid-for trip wherein me and my boss get to hang out at their trade show and do mini-help seminars for their association members. I fly in Friday, 10/5 and out again on Tuesday. The trade show begins Saturday a.m. and I'll be working all weekend. I hope to be able to get out to at least see a bit of the city.

Heroes starts tonight (a HUGE YAY!) as does Pushing Daisies (which looks interesting). Not sure if I'll watch live but I've got the DVR set to record. I wish I knew a Nielsen family or two so I could (ahem) help (ahem) them decide what to watch this week.
chickwriter: (Whoa Comics by tardis80)
Thing one:
I've survived the first part of this week, which was no mean feat. Hormone hell plus work overtaxed stress =/= happy chickwriter. Today wrapped up with a delayed staff meeting, but hey, there was beer. I had a Yeungling lager, because I could. (Was at work at 7:15...srsly not my fun hour.) ETA: 7:15 *a.m.*

Thing two:
Wil Wheaton, how are you so awesome? This should be required reading for ALL con attendees, including guests.

Thing three:
Home is a VERY good place.

Thing four:
I <3 LUCK IN THE SHADOWS. Got an urge to re-read and am back immersed in one of my favorite places.

Thing five:
OMFG, summer + hot flashes = lots of sweaty clothes.

Thing six:
There is no thing six.

Thing seven:
Neat article about new vampire detective show. Too bad Dresden Files didn't make it. :(

Thing the last:
I'm going to be at World Fantasy in November. Anyone else? Want to meet up?
chickwriter: (Blood Ties - Henry - hot)
HBO Sucks Up True Blood (that's *their* headline)

I heard this from one of the horses' mouths this a.m. (Charlaine), then saw this in my SciFi Wire RSS feed.

EEEeeeEEEeee!!!

Also heard that Blood Ties will be back in the fall (yay!)

In other news...

I had an epiphany the other night, one that helps explain why I've been feeling so, well, off for such a long time. Can you say...this is the pause that doesn't refresh? Yep...menopause. Out of the listed 35 symptoms, I have about 27 of them. I finally clued in after waking up one night this week, drenched in sweat.

D'OH!!

My gyn appointment is at the end of the month, but at least now I have some focus. I'd been feeling so out of sorts, exhausted with no reason, cranky, bitchy, etc, plus hey, high blood pressure. I was sure something horrible was wrong with me (which didn't help my emotional state). Although I'm still dealing with the symptoms and am so freaking exhausted I can barely make it through a work day, I know it's finite and I know that it's not illness. Whew.

I'm considering it a bit of an early birthday pressie - a little peace of mind. ::g::

Happy Friday!!
chickwriter: (Depp-muse)
After yesterday's sucktastic work stuff, I get up early this morning to find this news tidbit.

When I was 12, Dark Shadows was my raison d'ĂȘtre. Every single weekday, we'd rush home from school to catch the show. A neighbor kid, Anne, met my sister and me at our house, because her mom didn't allow her to watch. My mom didn't censor. ::g::

I fell in LOVE with the creepy, dark gothic cheesiness of it all. In many ways, as a kid growing up in the US, Dark Shadows was my Doctor Who.

I collected the tie in books. I read teen mags *endlessly* and mooned after Barnabas, Quentin and Angelique.

I am highly amused that Johnny Depp is also obsessed with the show. I think this will be insanely fabulous.

(today @ work is still going to suck, however...and not in the good way)
chickwriter: (Betty-Say What)
Hey, it's not been a week since I posted, yippee!!

"tis Friday and the slithy toves... ahem, backtrack, never mind. Yeah, my brain, she is broken for so many many reasons.

Work was rather fraught yesterday - just project overload catching up to me. I'm better now, but still a bit eep!

I did watch the Supernatural finale. No spoilers here, just a sense of well done, boys, damn well done.

[livejournal.com profile] beledibabe teased me with the flailing for the Ugly Betty season wrapper. This a.m., I was up early and the ep was there on iTunes. I had loads of time before I had to leave for work, so I watched - I joing in the general ::flail:: Holy crap, girlfriends!

My editor, the incomparable Paula Guran, has a fascinating discussion going about the biz of publishiing. Stop in and take her poll.

I go visit Yogita tomorrow - my fabulous hairdresser. My untamed shag will be once more tamed, and back to its former lovely self. The woman is a gem and I'm so glad to have her. My last fabulous hairdresser was when I was in San Antonio. I tried to convince Patty to come to DC, but alas, she would not. ;-)

The day is rather grey, drizzly and rather chilly - a reflectiion of my mood (well, sort of) - the whole last-day-of-work for my star developer. I'm in mourning. We're taking him to lunch today and later, there will be pie. I'm as fond of pie as the next, but I'd rather it be for a more joyous occasion. I am very happy, though, that he's not leaving altogether, at least not quite yet. He's graciously offered to help us out on weekend days. I am so very grateful, because we're in a huge crunch.

I'm still taking vacation as I'd planned, though part of me is racked with guilt and worry - as in a lot. I've talked to my backup Project Manager, who is another gem. He's right - it doesn't really matter when I schedule vacation, it's never a good time. Sigh. I'm just hoping that by next Wednesday, my last day in the office until June 4, that my mood/outlook will have improved.

In any case, life does go on and these are petty, miserable concerns compared to things like what Elaine Viets just went through and is still going through. She's home now, and in high spirits, but her recuperation will be long and tough. She's an amazing woman and I'm so very glad she's still with us.

Well, looks like another brain dump!

Hope everyone enjoys their Friday and subsequent weekend.
chickwriter: (I write)
You know, even though I spend pretty much 7 days a week online, it never ceases to astound me just how quickly time escapes and all of a sudden, it's a week later or so and I've not posted a single word.

Yes, I'm busy at work and well, writing, but still. One would think that all those groovy thoughts that make their way into and out of my head throughout the day could be actually posted, instead of just thinking about posting. Oh well.

From today's listings in Whedonesque
No Bones About It: David Boreanaz Turns 38 Today.
Happy Birthday to our favorite cocksure FBI agent/broody hot vampire!

(needless to say, when I skimmed this headline, I read a certain adjective quite differently...::g::) In any case, happy birthday to David B, who it turns out, went to high school at a school where my mom taught. Of course, it was many years later, as my mom taught there in 1970ish(?).

Some TV show thoughts - non spoilery
Heroes - how can one TV show be so brilliant? So many things happening, so much angst and squeeful occurrences. I'm not at all spoiled for anything, which makes it even better.

Yay for the Supernatural renewal!! I can't say this restores my faith in the PTBs, but I'm happy that we're not losing the boys.

Work is work and things are progressing. Sadly, I'm losing my most senior programmer at the end of the week. We'll survive, but he's a great guy and a fabulous asset to our team.

What's going on in my writing world
I'm off to Mayhem in the Midlands next Thursday, then when I return, I'm taking an ENTIRE WEEK off - to write, to ponder, to rest. I haven't done that in more years than I can remember. Maybe 10? I'm participating in a fabulous panel at Mayhem, called: Vampires Have Feelings Too: Making Fantasy Characters Work
in a Realistic World. My co-panelists are Dean James and Lee Killough, both who write brilliant books.

Matters seems to be doing well in the sales arena. I'm so happy to know that people have spotted it in bookstores across the country. My editor/publisher are in turn, happy with me because I've agreed to produce three more books for them in the same world. Book 2, now officially Blood Bargain, is due to them by November, so I'm cracking a whip on myself. Book 3, tentatively titled Blood & Bones. is due next May. Book 4 is...well, an unknown quantity at this point.

Matters will be released in mass market paperback later this year, which makes me even happier.

June 21, look for me at the American Library Association Convention. I'm staffing the Sisters in Crime booth at 1:00 p.m. Not sure if I'll be doing anything with my publisher that day, but I expect I might be.

June 30, I'll be signing at Borders in Warrenton, VA. More details later.


Of personal computing
Blanche, my lovely iBook has left the nest, and now resides with co-worker E's mom, who received it as a Mother's Day gift. This does not leave me without a laptop, however, because I succumbed to the lure and purchased a brand new MacBook. It's soooo shiny!! I've not figured out a name, though. Any thoughts?

On memes
I totally skipped over the personal canon meme, like an idiot - then yesterday, was reading [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic's contribution and realized this was a cool way to get some background info written down for my own characters. I'd love to read a few more, though, so if you've done one, or read one you liked, I'd love a link!

Wow, I feel like I've just done a total brain dump! WHEW.

And it's only Wednesday.
chickwriter: (Fangrrl)
The first episode of Blood Ties, the series based on the Tanya Huff books airs in the US on Lifetime on Sunday night (opposite Dresden Files, which makes no sense, b/c duh, same audience!)

That said, iTunes has the first episode (which is part 1 of 2, evidently) available for free download. Which I did. I *had* to watch this last night, after watching BSG (which, OMG) and Dresden (enjoyed).

Of all the on-air series right now, this one means such a great deal to me. Blood Price (the first book in the series) was my entry into the world of urban fantasy/vampires that weren't evil, etc. This and subsequent books I discovered are the reason I write what I do.

My reaction to the show: I loved it. No ifs, ands, buts.

About halfway through watching the episode - I had this utterly fannish squeeful epiphany: this year, there will be THREE series on the air by THREE of my most favorite genre authors. In order of premier: Jim Butcher, Tanya Huff and in the fall on HBO, Charlaine Harris (of whom two I know personally). I cannot tell you what a total THRILL this was to realize. I must say I did let a small squeal of joy escape. ::g::


I'll be interested to hear your thoughts for those of you that watch the show. [livejournal.com profile] theamusedone, this absolutely means you. ::g::


Clicky for some other thoughts - not spoilers, per se (I give away no plot info); but dealing with casting, treatment, etc. )
chickwriter: (hiro-timelord2)
How I totally LOVE this show.

That is all.

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