This and That

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So today was about as mundane as it gets.

A) I woke up to the Wiseguy marathon that’s on Decades tv. Wiseguy was a tv cop show from the 80s that featured a guy named Vinnie Terranova who went undercover for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau?) that took down members of Organized Crime.  When I saw this show first, I was little and my mother seemed to like it. Granted the violence in this is really is so completely tame by today’s standards but it made an impression. Unlike many of the women at the time, my mother did not watch this show because she was in love with Ken Wahl, who was admittedly handsome. She actually liked the character of Frank McPike, Terranova’s boss and handler. Sadly I actually now understand what happened to one of the female agents in the early “Sonny Steelgrave Mafia” episodes. As a kid, I understood, “she never made it to the airport” or wherever she was going to meet them as she changed her mind and decided to stay in a life of crime albeit undercover.  What I now understand is that she was made and likely swims with the fishes.

B) I attended a disaster team meeting and we discussed training and the area that we are responsible for covering. I am contemplating being a digital volunteer for the organization. It seems like it’s all based around Facebook and well, I guess it’s something this Twitter and every other social media platform gal will have to get used to.

C) Pre-shopping for Thanksgiving dinner started. Yes, I can cook a Thanksgiving meal. While I did not find the turkey broth at the store I ended up going to, I did find affordably priced cod for fish chowder. Again, I’ve made this before though not a lot. Cod does wotk best. Lest you all think that I’m a foodie or a cookie, I am not.  It’s pretty simple. I was the girl child in the family and as such was taught/press-ganged into cooking. I helped making holiday meals and was expected to do so. I also was responsible for making dinner and maybe breakfast on occasion.  I can make basic staple stuff. Speaking of which, if I’m not too depressed over the last night where life is somewhat normal, I will make an apple cobbler.

D) Writing was accomplished. Poor Bird. She’s harassed by the brother of a man who loves her.   Current NaNoWriMo stat for Day 6 is 9920 words today.

E) What the Monster theme on WordPress past Halloween? I’ve actually had it for a few years now. I originally adopted it for Halloween but kept it as it suited my mood. It recently occurred to me that I can customize the colors.  I changed some of the colors already.

 
I got my start by giving myself a start. – Madame C.J. Walker

 

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Confessions – Gilmore Girls

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So something that I do from time to time is tweet “confessions,” which are basically tweets about something-a book, tv show, movies, whatever-where I express my opinion.  Sometimes they are unpopular and that’s okay.

So I will start off with Gilmore Girls.

Gilmore Girls was a tv series that ran from 2000-2007 on the WB and then the CW. It’s characterized by its rapid dialogue, its pop culture a second reference, being unapologetically filled with estrogen and for having former members of its cast show up in Shondaland series-especially Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

A continuation one-shot is coming out on Netflix soon. The one thing definitely known about it is the one thing that doesn’t fall under “spoiler” (as it would be quite ridiculous) is that Richard Gilmore is dead. It’s a case of And The Character Died With Him, since the actor that portrayed him, Richard Herrmann died (a fact verified by his inclusion in the TCM Remembers annual tribute).

I watched some of Gilmore Girls during its original run. I came in about Season 3-4, and jumped ship midway through Season 5.  I heard about the regime change on NPR for Seasons 6-7 and came back a bit, but didn’t stay. I came back for the finale, which was memorable because I fell asleep at the halfway mark and woke up to Luke and Lorelai kissing and then fell back asleep.

Since then I’ve seen the whole of the series-event the controversial Seasons 6-7. Thus my observations are fully informed.

Here we go:

 

A) Never liked Logan. NEVER liked Logan. The writers seemed to bend over backwards to get us to see Logan as this lovable rogue and I wasn’t buying it.

B) As much as sometimes I wanted to root for Lorelai, there were times where I sided with her mother.  Lorelai could be her own worst enemy.

C) Rory and her cheatin’ heart. I never realized how much Rory is actually at fault when it comes to some of the relationship messes.

D) The quirky small town thing was way over done at times and actually got annoying after a time.

E) And can we talk about Taylor Doose? Sadly I know too many of them in real life to laugh off the fictional one. However, I know that in certain other real life locations, Doose’s applecart dictatorship would’ve either been overthrown or ignored altogether.

F) Yeah, Rory was spoiled. Dean, with the exception of that temper and a certain level of immaturity, was a really great first boyfriend.

G) So I was not really a fan of the Rory stealing a boat storyline. It all made no sense.  From Rory’s implosion at Mitch Huntzberger’s critique to her stealing a boat.  It seemed to me that if the end game was to have Rory “try on” the kind of life that produced Emily Gilmore, it seemed like there was a more plausible way to get there.

H) I admit that I liked the fact that Rory ended up friending several of the DARs that Emily never thought that she’d friend.

I) Never got the whole “bad boy” Jess thing. I honestly think that the friendship that he and Rory eventually had could have happened without the whole hating on Dean and the rest of the town thing.

 

NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo – Day 4 and other things

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So I am informed by Ye Trusty ole NaNoWriMo Word Count stats cruncher that:

Your Average Per Day
778
Words Written Today
1,020
Target Word Count
50,000
Target Average Words Per Day
1,667
Total Words Written
3,114
Words Remaining
46,886
Current Day
4
Days Remaining
27
At This Rate You Will Finish On
January 3, 2013

So I have upped my word count slightly but I need to pick up the pace to at least hit 50,000 words within this year.

 

An interesting development is that while watching this:

  , (which is about these guys  ),

I found a key to unlocking the soul of the story I want to tell.  The music from Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums really inspired me.

 

 

I came across more writing tips online:

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About the Author: Brian Clark is founder of Copyblogger and CEO of Copyblogger Media.

AND

 

Go Into the Story’s contribution of …

“Get the damn thing done!”:

http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2012/10/get-the-damn-thing-done.html

 

 

Lastly, I was tooling around on GetGlue.com (I should say old GetGlue (o.getglue.com), because no one likes the new GetGlue.com website and found this:

I am thinking about Jack Klugman

 

And so I shared the excerpts from his book, “Tony and Me” on GetGlue that spoke to me:

“I tell young actors all the time: learn your craft and the rest will take care of itself.”

and

“I don’t like to preach, but I’m going to now because I feel this is too important not to say.  If you’re like I was, or you’re someone who likes to hold a grudge, or you’ve never really let someone know what they mean to your because you’re afraid, ask yourself this question: what are you really protecting?

If you look, you’ll see it: nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Just phantoms from old wounds that never healed. Give them up and join the people in your life who love you.  Risk it all. For me, it was the best gamble I ever made.”