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What? I have a LiveJournal?!?

You know how you keep putting something off and the longer you put it off the harder it is to actually do?

That’s what’s been going on with this journal.

I want to keep it like a good journal-keeper, and I sure read others’ journals. I also find things I want to talk about and think about a journal entry, but what I end up doing is tweeting it.

I have been reduced to 140 characters per thought.

It has been a very busy month. Even the last two weekends where we supposedly had “nothing to do” for a change, somehow I didn’t have any time for anything once it was all said and done.

I have been a member of the new gym for exactly two months now. I’m back to going at least three times a week, sometimes four. I have been good with my daily calorie intake, I’m eating more veggies, I gave up artificial sweeteners, and I cut back my wine consumption. Net weight loss: 0. That’s right, a big fat (and I mean fat) goose egg. Now, yes, I’m still eating sweets, but I’m trying to keep it down so I’m at or around daily calories – do I have to go all the way to “no sugar, no bread,” or something? :P

I suppose, getting back to the whole not-posting thing, is that a lot of what’s been going through my mind the last couple of weeks has been deeply personal, and maybe I wasn’t ready to write it down.

We went to Washington to a cold, wet, rainy weekend. For us, it was downright freezing. There was family, food, and drink. It was in every way a celebration. The day of the memorial dawned still misty and chill, but by the time people started really arriving, and the food and drink came out, and so did the sun. It was really, despite all, one of the best celebrations of a person's life I've ever been to. It was so very much a reflection of who Belle was.

A tree was planted in her garden:

Then home, and back to "normal." Still crazy, still busy. Not even sure exactly why. Mom's house still not sold (or cleaned out); cats living here in what passes for a cold war status; never seem to have any time.

I actually haven’t been writing a lot. The story I wrote for NaNo last year really pleased me and I was very proud of it, but as my readers are going through it, it appears to lack action and isn’t holding interest. I’m teetering between “who am I fooling, I suck” and “there must be something I can do to punch this up.” I’m puttering through it, but my evenings seem to shoot right by and I don’t get much done. What I need is a whole weekend to just sit in a chair, do some edits (and maybe complete the first draft) – and, as a sidebar, clear off several weeks’ worth of TiVo. (Yes, I work in front of the television. Always have.)

It’s just as well so many shows are having their season finales now; it gives me a little time to catch up. I still have the entire last month of Craig Ferguson’s show I haven’t watched because everything was going great guns between Christmas and now (it’s MAY?!?).

I hope that doesn’t end up being the series finale of Forever, but if it is, I think I can live with it.

Best season finale of Once Upon A Time since the end of S1.

I’ve seen conflicting reports on Constantine. First they said “it’s cancelled,” then an announcement came out that it wasn’t, so…

I haven’t watched any of Broadchurch Series 2.

While the show had been faltering BADLY for years, I had for some reason kept up with it 100%, and I have to admit, Glee's finale had me weeping like a little girl. Sure, it was everything wrapped up perfectly with a big red bow, but that's kinda what it was aiming for all along. Plus, Kurt & Blaine singing "Daydream Believer."

I’m liking this season of Orphan Black, although it’s already starting to show its age. The scorpion is awesome. "Where are these mangoes? I want to see these mangoes."

Three weeks behind on Person of Interest.

And OMG, cannot wait to see Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I just love the book and generally speaking, BBC Productions does a great job of adapting books like this, so I don't expect them to destroy my vision (although the guy playing Jonathan isn't exactly how I see him, but...).

I don't dislike the current direction of Grimm, although I really would like to see, just once, someone gain these phenomenal powers and not suddenly become a completely different person. Why not, "Oh, cool! Look what I can do now! This will help in our Fight Against The Powers of Evil!" instead of "Ooo, I'm powerful now, I must be evil myself!" (Of course, this is why my vampire is the boy scout he is...)

We've started roleplaying again. It's fun to break out the ol' dice and do the thing.

And that's just some of the things that have been wandering around my mind for the last two months or so.


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May. 12th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
With Belle's passing and getting Mom settled and all that goes with it, I can't blame you for the radio silence. (and tweeting actually does stuff to our mental processes believe it or not)

As for TV, Forever is indeed canceled as is Constantine (though both might end up picked up by someone else). Grim has annoyed the living crap out of me this year and I just want Juilet gone. I didn't care for Broadchurch either to be honest. I AM looking forward to Jonathan Strange.

As for your nano, I like the characters and the idea behind it a lot. That said, I think there does need to be some sort of threat or challenge even if it's just 'i don't know how I'm getting back.' I very much like Justin though. If it helps, I don't think you suck and I DO think you can punch this up.

Edited at 2015-05-12 04:11 am (UTC)
May. 12th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
Damn. I really, REALLY liked Forever. Figures.

Now if only "Survivor" would get cancelled, too.

Well, that IS the threat/challenge. I guess it's just taken too long to get there!

May. 12th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh of course it does

I could do with almost all reality shows going the way of the dinosaurs

I think it's actually not that hard of a fix (not half as hard as what I'm trying to do with my damn Vegas vampires). Just a little more worry sprinkled through his tour and meeting of his alt relatives would help.

Here maybe this will help http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/05/12/dear-writers-none-of-us-know-what-the-fuck-were-doing/
May. 13th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
I should have known better than to invest in another ABC show. They lured me into a sense of safety by keeping Once Upon A Time on the air for five years.

I guess of course the problem is that this was a Nano, which means I was aiming for word count. Now if I just condense some of this beginning so the "you can never get back" part comes up sooner, it might be much more workable.
May. 13th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
exactly. I was a little annoyed with Ioan's character from time to time with his not knowing new tech. It would seem like something he'd want to keep up with if he means to fit in.

Yeah well Nanoes are always problematic. Eyes that vampire thing.

good luck with it
May. 13th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Henry was not a man to move with the times... (although, yes -- that's exactly why Sean Patrick is as tech-savvy as he is)

May. 13th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
No he isn't (and ditto most of my immortals). I do like the dynamics between him and Abe.
May. 15th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
It was a very compelling show, with some really good acting. ABC always pulls the plug too quickly. There's a lot of shows I still mourn they chopped down after a season or less.
May. 15th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah it does. Apparently the critics hated it from day one. I still can't figure out why.
May. 16th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
And then you have the shows that Just Keep Going long after they should have stopped...

And me, I don't give up easy.

May. 16th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
I think several of the ones I watch are officially in that category now...
May. 12th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
You and Barb have had a v.v. difficult winter and spring -- I hope things settle for you both.

Am so ready for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell!!!

May. 12th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
SO eager to see how they handle it! (I may have to read it again - it thrills me so!)

Thanks! (hugs!)

May. 12th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think the memorial tree for Belle is lovely. Still, you guys have had a sad and tough time, and I hope this is it. I confess I still haven't read JS & Mr. N, but I'm very much looking forward to the show.
May. 12th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs*

JS & Mr. N just gave me all sorts of thrills when I read it; I've read it twice and I may have to read it again here shortly. It's long, and it does start slow, but it's SO detailed and so well-crafted!

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