that I find myself now watching Utopia on BBC America. The timing is epic.
And door!sex? Still kills me every time.
that I find myself now watching Utopia on BBC America. The timing is epic.
And door!sex? Still kills me every time.
*waves to new f-list people* Welcome guys! Nice to meet you all… hopefully we’ll have some great chats via LJ in the future. I’ll toss a new intro post up later this morning once I have some coffee… I don’t think I’ve updated the thing for about three years anyway.
Thoughts on the holidays will probably be a project this afternoon. I have a bunch of things on my mind, but I’m not yet awake enough for them.
I’m at work this morning – it’s dead quiet here, both at our office and in downtown Boston in general. Sometimes I wonder why companies are open at all during this mini-week between Christmas and New Years. Only half of the people go to work – and let’s be honest, it’s because they have to. It’s bitter cold outside, there’s really not a lot of work to do (when the “I’ll make myself look busy” plans clear through on the first day of four, there’s a problem)… ugh, I’m just… bored.
If I weren’t weirded out by the idea, I’d scribble fanfic at my desk. Maybe I’ll pull a notebook and do that longhand. I dunno.
But two more days of it… *groan*
I started skimming my friends list this morning, and I’m wondering what’s up. Out of the first 20 friends posts? Eight were “I’m doing a friends cut” thing. Instinctively, I replied to a couple, and got a nasty feeling in my stomach. I decided not to read anymore at that point. Rather than deal wtih what essentially are roll call posts, I think I’ll just state this: If you decide to cut me from your flist, yes, I’ll be a bit bummed about it. But it’s your journal and your decision regarding who you want to read. I’m not going to grovel to stay on someone’s friends list, though.
Some quick non-spoilery thoughts on the recent Doctor Who episode…
I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I did laugh at times. I gasped a couple times. But mostly I just feel “meh” about it. I felt the pacing was odd. I felt like there’s a lot of stuff thrown into the story that as of now makes no sense. BUT… it’s the first of a two-parter, and there’s lots of extra time in the second part of this thing, so hopefully it all comes together. So mostly I’m just reserving judgment until I see the conclusion of it this weekend.
Can I say, though – that BBC-A is awesome? Not only are they airing them the day after they broadcast in the UK, but they’re airing the episodes uncut on the first broadcast and just expanding the air time to fit our stupid American commercial blocks.
Even better? Erich and I now have BBC-A in HD. Which is glorious.
I seriously hope this quick turnaround continues with the new episodes for series 5.
And oh my god… a project at work. I’m shocked and stunned.
So, to help me once I’m bored again… toss me some fic prompts and I’ll tinker with them. I’m open to Doctor Who, Torchwood, X-Files… hell, I might even attempt some West Wing or Star Trek (TNG or DS9). Maybe I’ll have some drabbles or fic later this week, if you don’t mind unbetaed drafts.
I made some progress on my fanfic, but as has been habit the last few weeks… I get a few great ideas which then evaporate as soon as I try to put words to virtual paper. *sigh* Still plugging, but I’m frustrated. And the thing is with this particular project… the 10,000 word limit is not the issue here. Nor is characterization. It’s just progression that’s not working right. And if I’m not satisfied with it, I definitely don’t feel right presenting it.
I’d signed up for the September edition of supportstacie, but I might pull back out of it. I’m just a bit demoralized about my writing and may just need to take a step back. We’ll see. I still have about a month to figure out what’s what. I think the biggest problem I’m having is that I hate feeling irresponsible when it comes to these deadlines. Maybe it’s the journalism degree, maybe it’s just my personality, but I absolutely despise when I’m late on things. Even though I’ve been busy with work and house projects and all, I just feel like an irresponsible git. And what’s happening is that I’m making it even harder on myself because I’m trying to get things done and beating myself up for being so slow at the same time. It’s stupid, and I know it’s stupid… and yet I can’t seem to break myself of the habit.
One way or the other, I won’t quit writing completely. I’m thinking I may just need to do some pressure-free stuff for a while and tinker with some ideas, or start something new. I have to admit that I’m itching to do some cross-stitch, too, but I won’t let myself when I still have obligation fic to write. One way or the other, I don’t plan on writing much this winter at all. I have a bunch of stitching projects in various stages of completion, and I’m feeling the need to get lost with my needle again with no real timetable.
Anyway, we’ll see.
Erich wrapped up the second coat on the walls in the kitchen. Once everything had dried, we determined that it did need an additional coat. All’s now done, and we’re getting the hands-and-knees style floor scrubbing in with the TSP cleaner, but at this point, I may just stick to some basic mopping until the weather cools down. I don’t handle the humidity well at all under normal circumstances, and that kind of heavy cleaning makes me a bit nervous in this weather. Scrubbing the bathroom yesterday had me nearly fainting by the end.
Needless to say, the rest of the day was spent on the couch right in front of the AC, cooling it. I caught up on my Netflix and took a time out from things. Watched Zodiac, which was pretty good, and then watched the first DVD of Roots, which I’d somehow never seen (which is one of those oh… EVERYONE’S IN THIS miniseries). It’s still odd to see LeVar Burton’s eyes and how bright and expressive they are. Too many years watching ST:TNG, and not enough with Reading Rainbow, apparently.
Ah well… off to a day at reception. Maybe a few more scene tinkerings. I will get this thing posted… I will.
So… the rain is back. *sigh* It’s chucking down pretty hard at the moment. And of course, this is the day I didn’t bring an umbrella. You’d think I’d be keeping one on me at all times after three plus weeks of near-daily rain, but no… that would be far too logical. Thankfully I do have the presence of mind to keep a spare in my file drawer here at the office. It’s a crappy one, but in a pinch it’ll do.
Loved Torchwood last night. Not going to discuss it at this point – I want to take in the entire series first. So I shall be spoiler-free until probably Friday night, unless ZOMG TORCHWOOD IS IN CARDIFF!!! is a spoiler now (based on fandom experiences, it would not surprise me). I will say that it’s very strange watching it now and recognizing places I’ve been, especially those stupid little insignificant places that mean nothing except a “hey! I recognize that!” Erich was feeling similarly amused last night.
The Tall Ships have started to arrive in Boston. So far there’s only one. It’s absolutely gorgeous, just sitting there dead-center in Boston Harbor. I’m hoping the weather will be nicer later this week so I can get some photos. I’ll stay late one night and wander down to Falcoln Pier where I presume they’ll be moored (given that it’s the cruise ship dock they were at last time).
Tonight’s plan is Torchwood, Deadliest Catch, and writing. The Support Stacie fic moves ever forward.
First, welcome to several new friends I’ve met through memes in WoW and Slash fic writing… hooray!
So far, it’s been a very successful weekend. I have tomorrow off (hooray, Patriots’ Day!), so I’ll be able to devote a good chunk of it to writing, exactly as I’d hoped would happen. I’m feeling VERY pleased. Spring Cleaning success – hooray! And the weather has turned out surprisingly good… the original forecast was for scattered showers all weekend. We had just a bit last night, but otherwise it’s been partly sunny and mild. All of the tree leaves are exploding. The only downside is my allergies – but after this winter, I’ll deal with sniffles!
Dragons that need clicks. (I guess the Dragon Cave is somewhat back up… I dunno)
Holiday TV Roundup
By Roger Catlin on December 2, 2008 8:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
To instill cheer, assure audiences for mall sales and save up new episodes of shows they decided not to kill, networks are packing the nights with holiday specials, as usual.
Here’s what’s coming this month (a work in progress):
“Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh,” Nickelodeon, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
“A Miser Brothers’ Christmas,” ABC Family, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 24, 7 p.m.
“A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” NBC, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. A new Muppets special
“Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown” NBC, Dec. 22, 8 p.m. From submitted home movies.
“Shrek the Halls,” ABC, Dec. 1 , 8 p.m. The youngest of the perennials. Also playing Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ABC, Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m. The 1966 cartoon. Repeating Dec. 21.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Burl Ives narrates the 1964 special, now nrely remastered.
“Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer,” The CW Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland,” ABC Family, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Also showing Dec. 16, 8 p.m.
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” ABC, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
“A Garfield Christmas,” ABC Family, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
“Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 9 p.m. Repeating Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown” ABC, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 20.
“Christmas on Mars,” the Flaming Lips sci-fi production. Sundance, Dec. 24, midnight.
“The Polar Express” ABC Family, Dec. 2, 6 and 8:30 p.m. With Tom Hanks in every computerized role. Replaying Dec. 22 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
“A Christmas Story” TNT, Dec. 3, 8 and 10 p.m. But also in its annual 24 hour marathon on TBS, starting Dec. 24 at 8 p.m.
“The Santa Clause,” TBS, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” ABC, Dec. 5, 9 p.m., with Jim Carrey as the green one.
“Prancer,” AMC, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
“A Christmas Carol,” AMC, Dec. 7, 10:30 p.m.
“Jack Frost,” ABC Family, Dec. 10, 10 p.m.
“Surviving Christmas” ABC, Dec. 13, 9 p.m.
“Elf,” USA, Dec. 10, 10 p.m. Repeating Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” NBC, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Repeating Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” NBC, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. They flick a switch, yes, but otherwise there are musical performances from Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Miley Cyrus Neil Boyd, the Jonas Brothers, Harry Connick Jr., David Cook, Rosie O’Donnell and the Broadway Kids, Rascal Flats and Solange Knowles. Al Roker and Jane Krakowski co-host. And Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Stephen Colbert drop by.
“Christmas in Washington,” TNT, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Kristin Chenoweth, Julianne Hough, Darius Rucker are among the performers in the annual concert hosted by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw.
“The 10th Annual A Home for the Holidays,” CBS, Dec. 23, 8 p.m. with Faith Hill
Not the Holidays
World Music Awards, MyNetwork TV, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
Kennedy Center Honors,” CBS, Dec. 30, 9 p.m. honorees are George Jones, Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry.
Random question – and this will probably only be recognized by people born say, 1980 or before… anyone else love Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas as a kid? I has, and I can provide, if anyone else wants it.
Short: Sweet Jeebus that was good
Since I promised this before the end of the weekend…
I enjoyed it. It’s not my favorite Moffat episode (Blink still wins – but honestly, I don’t expect much to ever top Blink), but there are scenes in this episode that I absolutely adore.