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In which the year is winding down

After trekking to jury duty a dozen or more times and never being selected, today there were two cases on the board - they said we'd probably be out by noon. Who got selected? Me. One of only seven jurors selected in Maricopa County today, was me. For the world's most boring case. (Which I can only say "misdemeanor" until the trial is finished.) I have to go back tomorrow.

I am looking into writer's groups and outlets. I just want (crave, need, desire, whine for) an audience. I don't care if they pay me. I just want people to like me, I mean my work, that's all. *g*

Random thoughts:

Okay, call me a weirdo, because I know full well I'm in the minority here, but I find Owen oddly sexy and understand why every woman seems to want to fall into bed with him. I know he's weird looking and a misogynistic little bastard, but he's also smart, witty, and is played by probably the best actor on the show (John Barrowman notwithstanding). That said, I want to know why RTD lobotomized Captain Jack. I expected him to be a little upset about being left five million years in the future, but on the whole, ol' Captain Jack was a pretty happy-go-lucky guy. Not Angel in an RAF uniform. I started watching the show because I loved the character Steven Moffatt created - I keep watching it because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO JACK!!! The rest of it, well... I agree with the people who have said they don't even know what their own show is about yet, and until they figure that out, it's going to be the crapshoot it's been so far. I've really liked a few episodes, but on the whole, I'm pretty sure what keeps me coming back is the mystery of Jack.

What rahirah said. So nice to have a hero who is SMART, and thinks things through (even when you don't realize he's done so!). Awesome little story. I even liked the open-ended ending. Mysteries not solved? Well, sometimes... Anyway, I liked it a lot.

It's the Doctor What's not to love? Okay, it was just a one-shot, and more than a little frivolous, and LORD, did the Empress of the Racnoss chew scenery!!! But oh, the reaction to the word "Gallifrey," and more proof that this Doctor does not allow second chances. You turn him down once, and that's it. Fire, water, brimstone, death... doesn't seem to bother him quite as much as it used to. But the Doctor has always needed someone to smack him on the nose once in a while. Donna wasn't ready to be a full-time companion, but she sure could train others for the job.

I need to get to bed. I came home from jury duty so tired I could barely see (I kept trying not to doze off as the defense's key witness droned on and on and on...).


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Dec. 28th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I've said a few times that while I think Eccleston is the superior actor, I just think Tennant is a better DOCTOR (probably comes from being a fanboy, but it could just be me!). In any case, he can really skate the line between silly and menacing extremely well - and he counterbalanced the Empresses' extremes well.

As a writer, sometimes I just see Steven Moffatt screaming at Torchwood, "No, no NO! That's NOT how Jack acts!!!" It's hell creating a character for someone else to play with. I can buy him being hurt (I mentioned on a Who list that Rose was NOT the only companion in that TARDIS who loved the Doctor!), but... I sure wish I knew what happened to turn him from Han Solo into Angel!
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
I need to watch the last episode of The Lost Room and that Dr. Who. Sigh.

I forced myself to take copious notes during jury duty. It was the only thing that kept me awake. Notes, diagrams, doodles... Keep you eyes open and think of your civic duty!
Dec. 28th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
We can sit you down at the computer. Really! We have nice, big monitors! They're really better pictures than the little TV in here. *g*
Dec. 28th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
I see you joined up with us. Hopefully I can prod more people into responding. I'm part of two online writers groups too if you're interested (the only draw back is having to read and feedback sometimes on things that might not be your cup of tea)
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed. I was hoping to find a group of readers/writers who weren't necessarily writing fanfic - I have no objection to fanfic, of course, it's just I don't write it and don't want to inflict my stuff on people who would rather read about Buffy and Spike! *g*
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
one writers group is just now moving on line (finally) and probably isn't ready for new members yet but i'll ask at the other group if there's room for one more. Definitely no fanfic there.

Occasionally there is fanfic at the prompt community you just joined but it's rare. Hmm this inspires me to prod them with some New Year's resolutions (like trying to actually feedback. usually it's just me and evil_little_dog doing 95% of that)
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Well, I shall try my best. I need to actually get more involved in the writing part of my life, if I'm EVER going to get serious about it!
Dec. 29th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
you and me both. i need to take the marketing much more seriously. i know someone in talks with an editor with a romance and she gained a lot from entering synopsis and/or novel contests she found as a member of the romance writers of america. I should try joining the appropriate genre group for me and do the same
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Ditto. Winning a contest with my novel really did get a fire lit under me - I've entered more contests in the last year, anyway - but I need to keep it up and not just rest on one win.

The tough part with mine is it's one of those sub-genres of genre, the vampire romance. I never know where to put it, Romance, Fantasy, or Horror (not that it's horrific, but the presence of vampires always puts it in that category)...
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
iknow what you mean. Mine are fantasy/mysteries which are just as mysterious when it comes to figuring out where to put them. Some might just be easier to put as YA. Someone just got me a bunch of vampire romances for christmas (not sure why since it's not my genre really which is interesting since I'm reading about three romances right now for people) so I can look in the acknowledgements and see if i see any agents mentioned

and hey congrats to winning that contest. it's been years since I've sold anything since hell the pay sucked and now that the internet makes submitting free I'm not sure why i'm not trying any more.
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for romance. It's really a terrible failing, I know. *g*

It was winning the contest that told me my book really was good enough - I mean, I love it and my little world, but it was nice to find readers who did, also; I guess that's what it all comes down to.
Dec. 29th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
never been a favorite of mine but in the writers' group I mentioned there's at least one romance. About the only problem I have is with members who go 'not my genre, I won't read it' luckily there's only one of those in this group.

And that's always a good feeling. One agent that really made me feel good about mine was one who told me he thought it was better than most of the stuff he saw published but he no longer carried anything but straight mystery. sigh
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
My only problem is I'm not as intense a reader as I should be - I tend to skim a lot because my time is not well-managed (I never seem to have the time to read these days; if I'm on the computer I'm trying to stay caught up with just my Flist and the newspaper!).

I have my quote from Edward Abbey, who was one of my writing teachers back in college: "You write very well, but unfortunately you write crap." (I'm paraphrasing, of course, after all these years... he was not a fan of genre.)
Dec. 30th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
That's a problem for me in the writers group too. Especially if it's something I'm not interested in (a vampire romance would hold my attention more than say the guy writing about every day life of this guy whose dad has alzheimer's or the other semi-romance where I just can't handle the main characters subservience) I try but I'm honest, I critique better for some than others.

Hey I think I had a similar thing told to me by a professor. You're good. When are you going to stop wasting yuor time writing trash (fantasy in this case)
Dec. 29th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I felt much cheerier about The Lost Room when I read what rahirah said about it being intended as the set-up for a series.

And fwiw, vampire romances are a hot sub-genre these days, and one agents and editors "get" without a lot of explanation, so you're not going to have to clarify the concept for people when you go looking for an agent/publisher.
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, we read that somewhere, and it made the whole open-ended mystery a lot easier to take!

I knew that - it's just hard finding that elusive sub-genre slip as it sets sail! LOL! I'll get there. I've just always been bad about putting myself forward - every time I've been in a position to move upward I tend to cut my own throat, and I've always gone for the easy, a friend-gets-me-in (I apologize!), Kathy-is-a-wuss-and-needs-help. This time I have to swim myself if I want to get anywhere, and that means sticking my poor, shy neck out. So I grit my teeth and joined some author links and will scour about for someone who will read me and possibly even like it!
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