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ganked from [livejournal.com profile] eviinsanemonkey and [livejournal.com profile] ellieet .

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do you immediately look for?

Just askin'
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Yeah, I've been lousy at this. Been lousy at a lot of things lately.

Day 17 - Favorite mini series

Lord Peter Wimsey (Titled: Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries)

This was a TV adaptation using three out of the four Lord Peter/Harriet Vane novels. They did Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night. I really wish they had also done Busman's Honeymoon as no one has done that and done justice to it, and I think this group would have. Edward Petherbridge was THE ultimate Peter Wimsey, physically, emotionally; he had his Lordship down pat. Harriet Walter was fabulous as Harriet Vane, the mystery writer he was pursuing, even as she was on trial for murdering her lover.  I can't say they were totally, utterly faithful to the stories - no TV show can be. But they were way, way above average in bringing the characters and settings to life.
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Making this quick as I need to go to bed.

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

America's Got Talent

I love watching the good acts. I love Sharon. I like Howie this year. Heck, I even like Pierce. I cringe at the bad acts, but I'll clap for them if they have a good attitude about being voted off.

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Day 15 - Favorite female character

Believe it or not, there are really no female characters in Thunderbirds that I would consider my favorites. In NCIS, however...

Ziva David

Scary efficient, yet with a sense of humor, and her teasing of Tony is pure gold. I have so loved her journey to US citizenship during this last season, culminating with the oath. The "will they, won't they; did they, didn't they" of Tiva has been my favorite (and really only) fandom ship. I've seen the episodes with Kate, and she was okay, but Ziva is dynamite.

Abby Scuito

"The happiest Goth you'll ever meet."  I love the fact that she's a woman of faith, that she's doesn't really care for others' opinions (with the exception of Gibbs). I've enjoyed the on and off flirting and relationship with McGee, the kooky ways she manages to defend herself when in danger (super glue? duct tape?). She really makes the show for me (and my kids, who adore her).

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Sorry that I skipped a couple of calendar days there; we've been working hard to clean up the backyard (and I've been catching up on laundry). The yard is looking better, and we'll be getting our first vine-ripened tomato tomorrow, I think.

Day 14 - your favorite male character )

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Skipped yesterday as I was at my bro's house most of the afternoon, so I'll catch up with it today.

Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times

ST:TOS "The Empath"

Why? Because for the longest time, whenever I tuned in to the syndicated reruns of ST:TOS, this was the episode that was on. Bad timing, really bad timing.

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show


Batman, live action, 1966. I was only 5. To me, this was action and adventure; I never saw the campyness of the show until I grew up. The death traps, the villains (my favorites were Frank Gorshin's Riddler, and Victor Buono's King Tut), and (swoons) Robin. I loved the show for just that character (as I've said elsewhere, I have a sidekick, damsel-in-distress thing. Always have.). On my 5th birthday, my mom recorded in my baby book that I'd gotten several Batman related items, including a Batman Colorform. I loved making up stories with that. In fact, my very first fanfiction was written about Batman. I gave Dick Grayson a sister, as I recall, and her superhero identity was Robinette.

As a result of my love for this show, I watched nearly every cartoon or movie that had Batman and Robin in it. I have many books on Batman the character (including one about the show). I collected Batman comic books for a long while. My husband bought me a Batman: The Animated Series Batman figure (It's as big as my two Thunderbirds dolls), and an old costumed Robin on his Robincycle. The mania has dimmed over the years, and never really approached the fervor of my Thunderbirds obsession, but I have good memories of the show and the characters... and I almost want to get cable so we can watch "The Brave and the Bold".

Holy time machine, Batman!

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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you


Yeah.  I liked the first season a lot, thought the second season was weird, and they lost all direction after that. Hiro became comic relief. The focus narrowed in to Claire and the Petrellis. Cool characters that I would have loved to see more of (Nichelle Nichols's character would have been fantastic to explore. And yeah, Christopher Eccleston's invisible man couldn't be seen, but his character could have and should have lasted longer) got just a nod, and others were killed off. I hated the circus in the final season, and I just stopped watching.

There's supposed to be a wrap up special of some sort, seeing as the show is canceled. I don't know if I'm going to tune in or not.

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Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

Tough one. I think I'd have to say Star Trek: DS9. After roaming the galaxy with the TNG crew, to just stay put in one venue (oh, but we never really did that, did we?) sounded so boring. I originally thought Sisko was boring. Kira was shrill. Dax was an enigma. Bashir was too gung-ho, and I hated Quark. It was the characters of Miles and Odo that kept me watching, I think, and as the actors started to make the characters their own, I began to appreciate it them more. The whole is-he-isn't-he business with Garak, that oh-so-humble tailor/spy also drew me in I began to appreciate the stellar writing and story arcs, especially the one with Vedek Winn becoming Kai. Louise Fletcher was the villian I loved to hate. At the end I still didn't like Quark too much, but they gave him more depth than I thought he'd ever have (especially during the Dominion War), and I loved the way both Rom and Nog matured and moved away from the Ferengi ethos of greed.

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I'm sorry I missed yesterday. To make up for it, I'll post two days today.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

NCIS, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

NCIS for reasons I've already explained. And The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (it's on DVD) because it's a science fiction western, with the versatile Bruce Campbell. Fun adventure, witty, not at all authentic - it's like a western B movie with some steampunk thrown in. And it's fun. Lots of fun.

Day 09 - Best scene ever

Third Rock from the Sun - dream episode, "Life has been good to me"

We didn't watch Third Rock from the Sun at all, but my husband has this thing about dream sequences, especially if they're funny. As a result, we have this on VHS, taped from the TV. It's a hilarious sketch among some other hilarious sketches (the aliens dream for the first time and don't know what a dream is.) but it's a peppy, whimsical musical number, complete with dancers and absurd scenery. My husband always fast-forwards to that scene, and chortles all the way through.


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In other news, I'm working on chapter 72 of The White Winds. Just three more chapters to go.
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Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Thunderbirds: Edge of Impact

This does have a lot going for it. We're introduced to Tim Casey, an old friend of Jeff's, and we see what convolutions Jeff is willing to go through in order to keep IR secret (scuba diving for water mambas--whatever those are). We get to see the Tracy brothers covered in rain. But IR really does so little in this episode They discover the homing beacon, they get to the tower... and what do they do? Do they use the rescue platform to pull the two guys out of the tower? Do they try to shore it up? No, they bring out the Booster Mortar (which could be a very useful piece of equipment) and shoot rocket packs up to the guys!! The two men in the collapsing broadcast tower have to rescue themselves, with very little help from IR. It's more about stopping the sabotage (which doesn't really have any point) and reinstating Casey as a project director than a rescue. So... yeah. It's annoying.

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Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Thunderbirds: Operation Crash-Dive

I love this one, mostly because the hero of the piece is my favorite Tracy brother, Gordon. The model work is exceptionally good, from the Fireflash to Thunderbird Four to the little farmhouse that Scott is forced to use for his mobile control. I particularly liked the way they had Thunderbird Four cut the second Fireflash's engines away. The tension is ratched up perfectly, though I would have liked there to be more emotion (and perhaps even an attempt at rescue) over the Fireflash that had gone down with all passengers and crew. I wrote a missing scene for this one, focusing on what happens to Gordon after he stops the jet from going down with Captain Hansen, Scott, and himself on board.

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Day 05 - A show you hate

I Love Lucy

I have a serious embarrassment squick, and a lot of this show was based on embarrassment humor. I have never been able to stand it, or watch it for even a few menutes before wanting to run out of the room screaming. I'd rather watch a thriller that makes my heart jump into my throat than watch I Love Lucy. At least a thriller is doing what the writers, et al. wanted to do. I Love Lucy is supposed to make me laugh. Instead, it makes me cringe. 

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Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

It's a toss-up. Yup. A toss-up.

One: Thunderbirds.

Pretty much the only show I write fic for. I have the DVDs, the toys, tie-in novels, the movies, the books about the show, the comics... not quite everything produced, but close. I have an RP dedicated to it, a website, lots of links. For a show done with marionettes that lasted only 32 episodes, it's really touched my life in a BIG, BIG way. And I can't even really explain why.

Two: Batman: The Animated Series

I have always loved Batman. Ever since the show back in the 1960s, I have loved the characters... particularly Robin. (I have a thing about sidekicks... sort of a damsel-in-distress thing.) But not until B:TAS did television get it RIGHT. The 60s show was campy, and played it up for laughs. Any of the cartoons (though I loved them, too) either were based on that show, or were so watered down as to be unpalatable.

But B:TAS got it right. The Dark Knight. His city. His villains. His friends. Great artwork. Great stories.  This is something I want to own... but I'm not sure I can write fanfic for it.

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Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

Well, I don't have one. Not one that premiered this season. However, I do have one that premiered two seasons ago that I really like.

The Mentalist.

It's a bit cheesy - c'mon, California Bureau of Investigation? (Love what the deadpan cop, Cho, says about it: "Like the FBI, but local." (or something like that; I don't have the exact quote.) It's witty, and funny in spots, terribly clever in others. The main character, Patrick Jane, is loveable, annoying yet vulnerable, and extremely sure of himself.  Simon Baker (the actor) steals every scene he's in. Cho is hilarious. He's trying to do Joe Friday, but he gets the best one liners. I like all the characters. It's not quite as ensemble as NCIS, especially in the first season, but it's getting better as the cast gets a better feel for working with each other. It's a show that my husband would watch, if it wasn't on at 10 p.m.

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Day 2 - A show you wish more people were watching.

Definitely NCIS.

It's smart, it's funny, it's exciting. It has an ensemble feel to it. It has great characters, like Abby Scuito, Ziva David, and Dr. "Ducky" Mallard. It has great, mature actors like Mark Harmon and (drool) David McCallum. The characters are well-rounded; they make mistakes. They have FAMILY that you actually get to see onscreen. There's very little of the T&A that you find in other shows. Things aren't necessarily predictable or formulaic. It's the one and only show currently on network TV that my whole family sits down to watch together. (If we had cable, we might have others, but cable is a luxury we can do without.)

Even though it's wildly popular, I'd love to see more people watching it and discussing it.

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Never done a 30 day meme before but thought that this was one I could actually do, y'know?

So, Day 1, A show that should never have been canceled.

Why, Thunderbirds, of course.

For those of you who don't know about the background on this, the show was cancelled six episodes into the second series (or season, as we Yanks tend to say). The reason: Sir Lew Grade, who was the ultimate money man of the show (under the production company, ITC), went over to the US to try and get the three networks (yeah, there were only three back then) to bid on the show for the American market. They really needed the US market to keep the show going; it was expensive to produce for its day. He got two of them, then the third wanted in. There's speculation that he may have priced the show too high, and when one of the networks dropped out, the other two did as well. So Thunderbirds, which was a BIG, BIG, BIG hit in its day, was cancelled.

Only God, and Gerry Anderson, know what might have been accomplished had it been kept alive.

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Post a little bit of each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations.

The White Winds )

Resolutions Redux )

Overtures )
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Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!


You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

More about a Marilyn... )
Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy
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Taking the dare from [livejournal.com profile] theweasleyboys .

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favourite quote from The Princess Bride.

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

(This is my current favorite, and something I want soooooo much to say to someone in my fandom who is currently confusing "fluff" with "hurt/comfort".)

Next?? :D
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Got me curious to find out who comments on my journal the most.

Who comments the most on this journal? )
I guess you add one to get your real rating. I wouldn't have thought it was [livejournal.com profile] grumpymagrat ! (Because I totally am the biggest responder on my lj - that's to be expected.)

Thanks for the interesting table, Darsy!

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