ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
Well, it's been a minute. A mixture of snow, a bout of strep throat, and some pure laziness have kept me away. Yes, I'm still rewatching Highlander, but it might be next week before we can continue with the journey.

Okay...things that are happening:

*I'm thinking about sending WHITE SPIRIT out to small publishers to see what happens. Any suggestions of good ones? Or ones to avoid?

*In the meantime, I'm working on the second draft of DON'T FEED THE TROLLS. This version feels a lot better.

*Things are still rolling along around here. I've cleaned out the bedroom and am planning to clean out the office at the end of this month. Let the spring cleaning frenzy continue!

So, how are things with you?
ravenela: (Jennifer/Duke - iloveimpala67)
Good morning! How are you?

A quick update on the state of me...

*Still querying WHITE SPIRIT and learning with each new letter. I've also pulled out DON'T FEED THE TROLLS (formerly MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS) and am preparing to start draft two. So many plot holes, but I think I have some ideas to fill them.

*Having a lot of fun rewatching Highlander. A new post will be along as soon as I have some free time.

*Found a new laptop I like. It's an ASUS and it's affordable. My poor desktop is getting older so it is time for something new.

What have y'all been up to?
ravenela: (Richie sad - TH)
Back again with more Highlander rewatch fun. Anyone joining in? Drop a comment below!

Previously on Highlander

S1E3: The Road Not Taken

The One Where:

Richie's friend dies while breaking into a building, and Richie and Duncan investigate the death. It all reminds Duncan of a friend he knew in Japan. A friend who is now hanging out in Seacouver.

Go on... )

S1E4: Bad Day in Building A

The One Where:
Duncan does his best Bruce Willis. He systematically takes out mortal bad guys in a courthouse while protecting a little girl.

Go on... )

Four episodes down. Tons more to go. What do you think?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
I can't tell you when I've had so much fun.

My library has a teen volunteer program, and one of those branches involves reader's theater. Since the teen librarian has a lot on her plate, guess who gets to do the reader's theater program?

We've had two meetings so far, and it's been amazing.

Improv games seemed to be everyone's favorite, but I'm not surprised. Anything that let's teenagers move around is always at the top of the list. But it is a reader's theater so we moved into doing that at today's meeting.

While some of the teens seemed more enthusiastic with the improv, they became very subdued when confronted with an actual script.

Next week, I'm letting them choose the script and take more of a leadership role. That way when we bring the elementary kids in, the teens will be ready to lead.

But, I'm definitely adding in more improv games for next week.
ravenela: (Richie first love - Maggie)
Hello! Welcome to my Highlander rewatch project. We're starting at season one, episodes one and two today. Aren't you excited? I wanted to include pictures, but some of the images aren't very good. If you know where I can find some good pictures, I might be able to add them.

Also, my format is inspired by Forever Young Adult and the way they do their rewatches. I hope that's okay.

All right, let's do this!

S1E1: The Gathering

The One Where:

Connor McLeod shows up along with a bad Immortal named Slan. Slan is hunting our new Highlander Duncan, and Connor is hunting Slan. Scene chewing and sword fighting ensue. Duncan's girlfriend Tessa (my personal hero) gets mad. And it's all witnessed by the worst but prettiest thief in the world, Richie Ryan (sigh!).

Go on... )

S1E2: Innocent Man

(On my DVDs, it says "Family Tree" is the second episode, but Hulu said this one was. Since we're watching on Hulu, we're going to go with it.)

The One Where:
Duncan's friend Lucas (a Southern gentleman) is beheaded, and a homeless man is framed for it. Small towns are creepy, and reporters are nosy.

Go on... )

Thoughts? Feelings? Memories? Share them with me!
ravenela: (Richie first love - Maggie)
Good morning, everyone! Hope you're settling into 2015 well.

So, I've been thinking. I've seen other people rewatching some of their favorite shows and blogging about it. I've also enjoyed a lot of them.

But you know what I want to rewatch? Highlander. HL was my first online fandom, my first love, my intro to everything. I was fifteen and desperately in love with Richie Ryan. (For you young whippersnappers, that's him in the icon. Obviously, Stan Kirsch no longer looks like this and I'm afraid to see what he looks like today.)

I can't promise I'll blog my progress with any kind of regularity, but I'll darn well try. Who wants to rewatch with me? All of the episodes are on Hulu, and I've never seen all of season six (aka, the season that doesn't exist because of reasons). And to those of you who have never seen it, you should totally watch it.

A little background for those who have never seen it:

HL the series branches off from the first movie (totally rent it...it's worth it). Thankfully, they never acknowledged the second one (do not rent it...it is not worth it). Anyway, Duncan MacLeod is Connor MacLeod's cousin (give or take a few decades). He's 400 years old and was born in the highlands of Scotland (as the credits will tell you).

While an Immortal can walk around in the daylight and not have to drink blood (like a vampire), they do live by the code that only one Immortal can be left alive. The only way to kill one is beheading. So, all of the Immortals walk around carrying badass swords and fighting to the death. They're only safe from each other on holy ground (any religion or sacred place will do).

So, who else wants to indulge in this magnificence of 90's fantasy? It's gonna be awesome! We'll start on Thursday.
ravenela: (Winter Soldier)
Raise your hand if you're watching Agent Carter. Isn't it fantastic?

I was so excited when they announced this show, and it does not disappoint. Two episodes in, and I'm already squeeing.

Peggy holds her own in a sea of guys. Jarvis is an adorable sidekick. And I kind of want Sousa to stick around and help her out.

Who else is watching. Let's squee together!
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
I don't know if you've had a chance to read some YA sci-fi recently, but there's some good stuff out there. I've absolutely fallen in love with The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. The first book is These Broken Stars and the second one is This Shattered World. A third one is coming out at the end of this year.

A quick and dirty description of TBS: Lilac and Tarver are the only two survivors of a luxury spaceship crash, and they have to rely on each other to survive. But they may not be entirely alone on the seemingly abandoned planet.

And TSW: Jubilee is a soldier. Flynn leads the rebellion. They shouldn't even be speaking, but circumstances throw them together when full-on war breaks out on the planet of Avon.

Both were amazing and stunning reads. The world is rich and fully developed, linking the two stories together. All four main characters are awesome. I found myself pulling and aching for them. Their voices are all distinct and I never once forgot who I was reading.

All in all, I adore this series and look forward to the third one.


Dec. 30th, 2014 09:18 am
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
Oh, wow! I completely forgot I started this back in August. On the days when I don't have anything else to post, I'll try to finish it out.

In case you missed it, A is here.

B. Best Sequel Ever

That's a tough one. Many sequels I read are lackluster or don't have the same quality as the first book. But there are at least two series I read recently where the story got better in each book.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - It kept up the pace and raised the stakes from Shadow and Bone. I cheered for Alina and had a love/hate thing for The Darkling. It was so good, I immediately went into Ruin and Rising

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Going into this book, featuring new characters, I thought there was no way it could be as Cinder. Dude, it was better. I squeed, I worried, I was in it for the long haul. And Cress was just as fantastic. Now, I'm chomping at the bit for Winter.

What was the best sequel you ever read?

The rest of the letters... )
ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
I know I'm behind everybody else, but there's not a comic book store near me, and I'm a newbie to the format. Anyway, I did get Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1 for Christmas and devoured it in one sitting.

Loved, loved, loved this graphic novel. Kamala reacts to getting superpowers pretty much the same way we all would. Panic, excitement, and finally, learning to kick ass. Which she does beautifully. Kamala was such a real character, and watching her grow from issue to issue was a real treat.

If I can get my library to order it, I will shove this graphic novel into the hands of every girl and boy I see. They'll all love it!
ravenela: (Jennifer/Duke - iloveimpala67)
I haven't answered these questions in a long time, so let's play!

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2014?
Forever (please stay on the air), Brooklyn 99, Gotham, The Flash, House of Cards, Outlander, Constantine, Reign

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2014?
Grimm, but not by choice. I somehow lost track of the episodes, and I need to go back and catch up.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2014? Why?
I keep hearing good things about Penny Dreadful, but I don't have Showtime. I'm sure it'll hit Netflix at some point, right?

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2015?
Agent Carter is at the top of my list. So looking forward to that one.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2014?
Haven. I'm not sure I like the direction it's taking. And then there's Jennifer. *Wails*

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2015 unless things significantly improve?
Sadly, I think it might be Haven. And probably Constantine if it gets cancelled. :(

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Doctor Who, Castle (but that hasn't been crappy at all), Agents of SHIELD (I'm a slave to the Marvel universe)

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2014?
Forever, definitely! It fills the Highlander-shaped hole in my heart.
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
With 2015 around the corner, it’s time to make some plans.

1) Continue querying agents. (Maybe one of them will take me on.)

2) Write and edit two more books.

3) Go full time at my day job.

4) Make more time for reading and get through most of the books I’ve bought.

5) Blog more often, even if no one's reading.

What are your goals for 2015?

As for last year's goals, the only thing I finished was the most recent draft of WHITE SPIRIT. That was a big accomplishment within itself.
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
Since it's been ages since I blogged, let's talk about some good things.

Good Things at Work

No, I'm not a librarian yet, but I am getting more responsibility at work. Starting next month, I'll get to supervise the teen volunteer-run Reader's Theater at the library. I'm so excited!

Good TV

Forever has filled the Highlander-shaped hole in my heart. Is anyone else watching this show? I love that it's a procedural with a hint of fantasy. And Ioan Gruffudd is on my TV every week. I look forward to seeing the mythology unfold. So far, no swords or severed heads are involved.

Gotham has turned out better than I expected. Dude, Penguin is chewing the scenery all over the place and I love him!

Good Writing

Been sending out query letters, but no one has bitten yet. In the meantime, I'm working on my newest story about a merman hiding out on land in Charleston. Romance, death, and adventure ensue!

So, what good things are you enjoying?
ravenela: (Winter Soldier)
I'm currently in the throes of procrastination right now so I give you a blog post!

My TARDIS cardigan, or TARDIgan if you will, came in from Her Universe yesterday. It is absolutely adorable! They also now have their Captain America cardigan available in my size again. So that's for the next paycheck. I'm going to be a stylin' librarian, peeps.

Hubby and I celebrated our eight wedding anniversary with a pizza, cupcakes, and The Lego Movie. When we do romance, we do romance.

Right now, I'm contemplating tossing my cat Sam out the window because he is getting into everything. Argh! To be fair, he hates the sound of the dishwasher. He won't calm down until it's finished.

In fandom news, I'm contemplating another round of The Original Character Big Bang over on LJ. A couple of people have sent me messages asking if I'll do it again so I'm trying to gauge the interest. I've been out of touch with fandom for so long. Are big bangs still a thing? So, if you're initerested, drop me a comment.

Okay, enough procrastination. Back to the story. Ghost hunters and sexy psychics aren't going to fix themselves.
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Whoa! Two posts in one day! Whaaaaat?

Well, I saw this alphabet book meme in [personal profile] ignipes's journal and thought, "That looks like fun." But instead of everyone choosing a letter, I'll go down the list one my own. That way, I can get back in the habit of posting and maybe generate some more content around here. Plus, books!

So, we'll start with A:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

That would be Nora Roberts. To be fair, I think she's probably got the most books with more than 200 in print.:)

Anyway, I never seem to go wrong with a Nora book. No matter which one I pick up, I'm guaranteed to get a great love story, fantastic characters, and awesome dialogue. She's my go-to writer, always. Feeling blue? Pick up a Nora book. Feeling happy? Pick up a Nora book. Need a satisfying read? Pick up a Nora book.

The other letters )
ravenela: (Ichabod - Naushika)
Good morning!

This blog has been quiet for a little while, but I have a good reason for that. And that reason is my manuscript, White Spirit.

If you've been following me for a while, you know I've been working on this story off and on for six years now (nine if you count the planning and false starts). Well, I'm nearing the end of this draft, and I think it's ready to be sent out into the world. I've got a list of agents, and we're going to see what happens. Wish me luck!

In other book news, my friend Alexandra Christian has a new short erotic horror piece called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It's about the dangers of being a fangirl. It's only $1.99. Give it a read!

I've also spent this summer hanging out on Tumblr and swooning over Sebastian Stan. It started with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it got worse from there. I'd include pictures, but I'm at work right now.

So that's where I've been. What have you been up to this summer?
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Can we take a moment and talk about Sebastian Stan?

Yeah, the guy who played the bad guy in The Covenant. The guy who was the love interest in Labyrinth (The TV movie, not the one you're thinking of). Bucky freakin' Barnes!

He seems to have decided to take over my life this summer. Last summer, it was Henry Cavill. This summer, it's Sebastian Stan.

I'm contemplating sitting through Hot Tub Time Machine again for you, Mr. Stan.

Now, if I could only find a community...a mailing list...anything. Tumblr insists on making me feel old.

Such is the plight of the Fandom Queen.
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Happy spring, everybody! It's been a while since the last update so I thought I'd let you know I'm alive.

-The first draft of Mayberry with Monsters (no titled Don't Feed the Trolls) is finished. I'm letting it chill for a while before I revise it.

-I'm starting in on the next draft of White Spirit. This one is going a lot better. At this point, I don't feel frustrated. Always a good sign.

-Query letters will go out this summer. All they can do is tell me no. I'm hoping they want to tell me yes.

-In non-writing news, I saw the newest Captain America. No spoilers: The Winter Soldier needs the love of a good woman. And I volunteer for that position. Also, Black Widow was awesome.

So, what's new with you?
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
Please accept my apology. I still have January posts to make. I don't know what happened. I've been writing and reading, and I suppose I forgot to post. I have no excuse to give.

Anyway, here's what I've been up to:

1) Passed 20,000 words on Mayberry with Monsters, which now has a real title of Don't Feed the Trolls. I'm still not in love with that title, but I'm keeping it. This world is a blast to write in. Dani still hasn't found her voice yet, but we're working on it. Having the outline has been a big help. It's kept me on track, and I haven't hit a wall yet.

2) Still miss Sleepy Hollow and Haven. Happy that they're coming back, though. Right now, I'm keeping up with Arrow, Grimm, Agents of SHIELD, The Voice, and I just picked up Star-Crossed. Yes, it's cheesy. Yes, it's for teenagers. Do I care? No. It's wonderful, and I have no regrets!

3) Work has been crazy busy. Everybody wants to come to the library. They also gave me more responsibilities, which makes me ecstatic. No librarian job yet, but I keep trying.

4) Hubby is still the best husband in the world! He such a wonderful man!

All in all, things are good right now. Will try to finish out the January meme and keep up with the blogging.

How was last month for you?
ravenela: (Duke bw - iloveimpala67)
I'm sorry, everyone. I didn't mean to fall so far behind in the January Topic Meme. I will get to all of your topics. I promise.

And, now, today's topic: Haven (how you got into it, what are your favorite things about the show/least favorite, favorite characters, whatever you want to talk about concerning the show) from [personal profile] dahlia_moon.

Ah, Haven. It's all [personal profile] seimaisin's fault. She came to visit back in September and brought the first season with her. We watched half of it, and I was hooked.

Duke Crocker is the character that has stolen my heart. I never really thought about Eric Balfour before, but something about this character has made me go, "Well, hello!" I think it's the whole nonchalant hotness he has going on. Heh!

The story is also unfolding really well. The end of the fourth season left me with my jaw hanging open. Speaking of, have they renewed the show yet? It started out small and simple and has grown into something complex. I want to write a story that unfolds like that.

So, yes, Haven now has my heart and I really want it to come back for another season.


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