Monthly Archives: August 2011

Media Monday…In Plain Sight

Am blazing through In Plain Sight, and am liking it lots.  Yeah, there are some trite moments, but on the whole I’m very much enjoying it.  It gets much better as the first season progresses, as they characters settle into their skin a bit better.  It took me awhile to warm up to Mary, but now I like her, messed-up personality and all.  And at first I was kinda annoyed by Marshall (ha ha…US Marshal Marshall Mann) but again, as the first few episodes came to a close, I found myself digging him and all of his encyclopedic knowledge, and his laconic delivery of it.

If you have Netflix, I’d wholeheartedly recommend picking it up and giving it a try…just work through the first few episodes first!

Fingers on keyboard…

I sent my draft of Shoot to Thrill to Thrill to the bestest critque partner ever (props to PG Forte) to eyeball before I cranked out the last few chapters.  Oh, indecision, thy name is Terri!!!  LOL!

In the meantime, however, I cranked out 500 words on a novella idea I’m playing with.  Forgot how much fun it is to play with something new!

Home, sweet home!

We’re back, after our whirlwind tour of California.  Flew into Vegas, then drove to San Diego.  While we were there we had great catch-up time with the fam and got to do lots of fun stuff.  It was  VERY cool.  Then we drove up to Mariposa and spent time with my Mom.  Had lunch at the Ahwahnee (always have to revisit my old stomping grounds) and I still recognized 7 waiters!  That was a bit surprising to me, since it’s been 20 years since I’ve left, but it IS a great place to work…  Also had dinner at a new place for me called Savoury’s.  Quite possibly one of the best restaurant meals I’ve ever had (and that’s saying something, since I’m kind of a foodie), so if you’re ever in that area, I can’t recommend it enough.

Didn’t do much on the writing front but recharge.  Heck, I didn’t even read (gasp) except on the plane!  I did, however, get some quality time with my legal pad and worked my way through a problem I wrote myself into that I keep *thinking* I’ve fixed.

Back to work tomorrow (where I undoubtedly have over 1000 e-mails…sigh).  Hoping to start writing again either this week or next week.

On the road again…

Leaving cooooool San Diego today after almost a week to head north to see my Mom. Been hugely relaxing and tiring at the same time…we had events in La Jolla, Huntington Beach, Julian and Coronado over 5 days. Whew!

Mariposa here we come!

TABT…Song of Scarabeus

Finished this one over the weekend and really, really liked it!  Creasy has created a descriptive, vivid universe that pits the huge, unscrupulous Crib against the hardscrabble Fringers and those caught in between.  This book deals mostly with Edie, a child who’s been brought up utilize her special skills to ‘talk’ to both the bio and tech sides of terraforming and Finn, a slave forced to act as her bodyguard.  The story centers around Edie’s kidnapping by pirates, and their “mission” to recover very expensive hardware from the very first planet she helped terraform (note…this is hugely, dramatically oversimplified).

Creasey has done a fabulous job not only in universe building, but in giving us real, three-dimensional characters that we can really get behind.  From Edie and Finn’s developing relationship to the secondary characters on board the Hoi Polloi and from her past, this is an exceedingly well-drawn sci-fi story, very light on the romance (so don’t go in expecting that).

All in all, a great read, and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us!

Media Monday…Castle

I picked this one up as one of the DVD options from my Netflix account (would have preferred it to be streaming, but oh well).  I fully expected to love this show for three reasons.  First, Nathan Fillion.  Second, the baseline story sounded cute.  Third, Nathan Fillion.

Unfortunately, even Captain Mal couldn’t make this a winner for me.  I think it was actually the way the heroine’s character was written that made me “bleh” more than anything.  I guess I just never saw the chemistry even begin to bloom between Rick and Kate, even on a platonic basis.  Yeah, I’m basing my “what this should look/feel like” on Bones, but still.

So, should I give it another chance?  If it’d been available streaming, I’d continue to give it a try, but since I have to wait for the DVD, and it’s hoovering up another of my choices, not so much.

Oklahoma is a bi-polar state

At least when it comes to weather (TOTALLY stole this from my next-door-neighbor Abby, BTW). You want proof? Today we broke the century mark…while it was raining. I shit you not. So far, up here in Northern Oklahoma, we’ve busted the century mark 52 times this year, and broken 34 records. IT. IS. THE. 6TH. OF. AUGUST.

Bi-polar indeed!