Monday, December 10, 2018

Firfefly The Re-Watch Serenity P1 & P2

Here comes my totally random commentary! 

1) I forgot how Firefly opens with all the lasers and explosions of Mal and Zoe in what we later learn is the battle of serenity valley. For some reason I always think it opens with Wash and the dinosaurs. 🦕"grrr!"

2) "We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty."

3) "You know why we're not going to die? Because we're so very, very pretty. We're just too pretty to die."

4) I always loved how the opening scene cut from the noise and confusion of the battle to the silent and slow movements of Mal and the crew in space. It made for an very impacting opening sequence.

5) "We will rule over all this land and we will call it... this land. -- I think we should call it your grave. -- Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Classic Wash

6) "Oh motherless son of a b--" totally going to steal this

7) Out of all the sci-fi shows I've watched, I still think the Serenity is my favourite ship. She's a beauty!


8) Firefly also gets all-time-favourite theme song 🎶 "You can't take the sky from me." 🎶

9) "I don't believe there's a power in the 'verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful."

10) 1/? Plot threads that never got answered before Firefly was cancelled that I'm still annoyed about -- what was Inara running away from when she joined Serenity's crew?

11) 2/? Plot threads that never got answered before #Firefly was cancelled that I'm still annoyed about -- who the hell was Sheppard Book???

12) Malcolm Reynolds calling Crowley out on his BS long before Dean Winchester came into the picture

13) "I got a share in this job. Ten percent of nothin'. Let me do the math here. Nothin' and then nothin' carry the nothin'--" Classic Jayne

14) "Jayne, your mouth is talking. Might want to look to that." I always forget how much I love the dialogue in this show.

15) Zoe: "Sir, we don't want to deal with Patience again."
Mal: "Why not?"
Zoe: "She shot you."
Mal: "Well, yeah, she did a bit."

16) Mal: "Anyone gets nosy, you know, just... shoot 'em."
Zoe: "Shoot 'em?"
Mal: "Politely."
#lols Always loved the Mal / Zoe dynamic.

17) I love how they made Simon out to be sinister and creepy in the first few scenes he was in. Great misdirect for the real bad guy later

18) Mal: Did you send word to Patience?"
Wash: "Yeah, but ain't heard back yet. Didn't she shoot you once?"
Mal" "Everyone's making a fuss!"

19) Mal: "She's a whore."
Kaylee: "The term is companion."
Mal: "I always get those mixed up. How's business?"
Inara: "None of yours."
Mal you were kind of a jerk sometimes. Lucky Inara could hold her own.

20) Book: "Captain, you mind if I say grace?"
Mal: "Only if you say it out loud."

21) oh man I forgot all the !drama! in the first ep.  And Kaylee is the one who ends up getting shot during the stand off with the Alliance agent

22) Jayne: "Move out of the way."
Book: "You're not killing this man."
Jayne: "Not right away."
Classic Jayne

23) Simon talking about River and what happened to her 😭

24) "Can we maybe take a vote on the whole murder thing?" Wash trying to be the voice of reason

25) "Got me a boatload of terribly strange folk making my life a little more interesting than I generally like." Gotta love Mal's way with words.

26) Mal: "Now you only gotta scare him."
Jayne: "Pain is scary."
Jayne logic

27) Great characterisation with Jayne's loyalties to Mal being a bit of a grey area. Willing to take a bribe and betray the captain? Or is he? 🤔

28) REAVERS!!!


29) they did such a great job of making the Reavers this ambiguous yet horrifying and credible threat throughout the eps and into the movie.

30) "You're lost in the woods. We all are, even the captain. Only difference is, he likes it that way."

31) Ah yes now I remember how much the UST between Mal and Inara drove me crazy.

32) Mal telling Simon that Kaylee was dead and then laughing about it with the rest of the crew on the bridge while Simon was in a panic running down to save her #badman

33) Mal: "I do believe that woman's planning to shoot me again." Jayne: "Here's a concept I've been working on. Why don't we shoot her first?" Wash: "It is her turn." Totally Reasonable Conversations.

34) "One of those will feed a family for a month. Longer, if they don't like their kids too well." Mal's understated sense of humor is a great aspect of his characterisation.

35) "I did a job and I got nothing but trouble since I did it. Not to mention more than a few unkind words as regards to my character. So let me make this abundantly clear. I do the job. And then I get paid." 1/? reasons not to cross Mal.

36) "You don't know me son, so let me explain this to you once. If I ever kill you, you'll be awake, you'll be facing me and you'll be armed." - Mal Honor among the outlawed


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Win Diffraction This Week!

Here we are already, week 2 of my December giveaways! This week, a copy of Diffraction is up for grabs, so make sure to get your entries in. One lucky person has already been notified that they won a copy of Quantum, the next winner could be you! See below for details on how to enter. And don't forget Atrophy is 99c all month long so get a head start on the series with a super deal!

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Winner of a 2017 Galaxy Award for Science Fiction Romance! 

After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone--including the gorgeous doc examining him--because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.

Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there's something different about the handsome commando the captain's thrown in their brig. She doesn't think he's Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando's racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

End of Days

If you've loitered around any of my books or social media enough, you'll already know that Firefly was my inspiration for writing my Atrophy series. The influence is apparently obvious to my readers who are also fellow fans -- many people have written reviews stating that life on board the Imojenna fondly reminds them of Serenity and her crew. But as a few reviewers have pointed out, its not a carbon copy and many of my sci-fi TV show influences have apparently bled through to give the Atrophy series its own unique flavor.

What many of you may not know, however, is that in 2019, the highly anticipated book featuring Rian and Ella will finally be coming out. I'm working on this book with mixed feelings. It will be the last book in the series as we currently know it. As they say, all good things must come to an end. But I'm hoping Atrophy will soon take on new life in new mediums, and I have the beginning of a plan to continue the book series in a different way that I can't say too much about at this stage. Once that's set in stone, I'll be sure to announce all the details.

With all that in mind, I've decided to bring things full circle, so to speak. It's been a number of years since I watched the Firefly series and Serenity movie, so over the holidays I'll gradually be doing a rewatch and tweeting my thoughts. I'll compile and post the tweets here on my blog and on my Tumblr page after, so if you don't follow me or don't have Twitter, you won't miss out on my ramblings.

And don't forget I'm running a month-long giveaway for all 4 books in the Atrophy series. See below for details on how to enter.
Stay shiny, people.
~ Jess

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Back in a Big Way

Heeeeey blogosphere! Yes, it's been like nine months since anyone heard from me. Honestly, it feels like 2018 went into some kind of time warp and I'm only now just catching up.
But here I am, and I'm dusting the cobwebs off this blog (and my social media in general) in a big way by giving away books for all of December!

Week 1, I'm giving away an e-copy of Quantum. Week 2, I'm giving away an e-copy of Diffraction and week 3, I'm giving away an e-copy of Entropy.

On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.
Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.
Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.

Enter the giveaway:

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In the meantime, Atrophy is on sale for 99c! A great price to check out the beginning of the adventures with Rian Sherron on board the Imojenna.

No one on Erebus escapes alive...

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.

At the end of the month, I'll be giving away all four books in the series, so don't forget to enter that giveaway as well!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Incident Report IBC-726A-39



Incident Date:___25th August 2436__ Incident Time:___22:30 hours approx___
Incident Location:_____Officer’s mess hall__________________________
Person/s Involved in Incident:___Colonel Cameron McAllister, Lieutenant Sebastian Rayne___________________________________________________
Damage to Property Y/N:__Yes__ Damage to Individual Y/N:_Yes___


Details of Incident:
______________________Lieutenant Sebastian “Seb” Rayne and I consumed a few too many beers while discussing a particularly shitful assignment Seb had just gone through. After most people had left the officers mess hall, Seb got hungry, so we went into the kitchen to make sandwiches, but then Seb decided he wanted a hotdog instead. Although I was aware we were both somewhat intoxicated, I couldn’t have foreseen that attempting to cook a single hotdog would result in an appliance exploding and a minor fire to break out. Or that when trying to put out aforementioned fire, a pipe would be damaged resulting in the kitchen flooding. Or, that in the ensuing chaos, Seb would slip over and give himself a concussion.


Statement of Culpability:

During the incident wherein the officer’s mess hall kitchen was simultaneously burned and flooded, I, __Colonel Cameron McAllister__ am hereby officially stating to the record that as a direct result of my actions of being intoxicated and thinking it was a good idea to go along with anything suggested by Sebastian Rayne_____, caused
Damage_X_ Destruction_X_ Injury_X_ Insult___ Grievance With___ Offence To___
Fellow members of my Team___ Unit___ Shipmates___ Soldiers_X_ Civilians___
and/or Property_X_ Buildings_X_ Vehicles___ Ship___ of which I should have more respect.
I am aware that my actions may be construed as Offensive___ Selfish_X_ Ignorant_X_ Short-sighted_X_ Insulting___ Insolent___ and wish to state that my intention was___to debrief and/or commiserate with a friend and fellow soldier_____, though I can see now that it may have appeared that I was__just getting wasted_.
Please accept my___sincere and now very sober apologies__. Moving forward I will attempt to____not do anything suggested by Seb, especially when drunk, even if it seems harmless.
I have made this statement__by my own free will_____ and I standby all details within.

Additional Notes:___The fire and flooding of the officer’s mess hall kitchen was very regrettable, but this has brought to my attention that the set up of the kitchen before the damage was not conducive to reactions by personnel during an emergency. Lieutenant Rayne’s concussion may have been avoidable if not for the fact that someone had inappropriately stored a container of tuna which was knocked over in Seb’s haste to get some water. Not only did it cover him from head to toe in tuna chunks and oil, that is what he actually slipped on when he went to step away. On a side note, Seb is sitting next to me filling out his own report and still smells like cat food.

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When one of her pilots is shot down behind enemy lines, Lieutenant Theresa Brenner will stop at nothing to save her before she’s captured and tortured, even if it means being part of the dirtside team led by Colonel Cameron McAllister. Bren might respect the way the colonel commands his men, but she’ll never trust Cam—no matter how charming he is—because he was responsible for her brother’s death. 

Colonel Cameron McAllister has a covert mission behind enemy lines to team with the Ilari rebels and overthrow the bloodthirsty dictator who’s torn their planet apart. The last thing he needs is to get sidetracked searching for a downed pilot, especially since it means having Lieutenant Theresa Brenner tag along. Not only doesn’t the frosty pilot have the ground game to keep up with his seasoned group, she’s a potential distraction with all those gorgeous blond curls of hers—and she might be just like her brother, whose foolhardiness got his men killed.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Five Times The Doctor Wasn't The Least Bit Straight

The fandoms and parts of the internet have been buzzing on and off over the last few months over the rumours that it seemed Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Thirteenth Doctor was set to be bisexual. Much of this was based off the fact that the Doctor's companions are usually female, however, the gossip subsided a little when it was announced that Bradley Walsh was set to be the first of three new companions for the Doctor (with the other two being Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole).
However, before any new episodes air later this year and we eventually find out, I have to say that I think the idea of the Doctor being somewhat fluid with his/her sexuality has already been well and truly established. Hence, I give you five times the Doctor wasn't the least bit straight.

1) That Time Ten Got Flirty With Shakespeare

Ten spent his first season with eyes only for Rose. And on a side note, I have to say I really loved the Ten x Rose ship. They were just so adorable together. I love the fact that Rose (presumably) got to have her HEA with the metacrisis Doctor, or Tentoo as the fandoms like to call him. After losing Rose, he spent most of his regeneration getting over her... twice if we're being technical about it.
But there was this priceless moment in the episode The Shakespeare Code where he managed to catch Shakespeare's eye. Though Ten didn't exactly flirt back with him, I have to say, the two of them did have some interesting chemistry in this episode.

2) That Time Twelve Was All Like "Call Me Later." 

I actually have no idea what this was all about. Truthfully it was probably more like Twelve was impressed with Psi (played by the very talented Jonathan Bailey) and was indicating that if he ever wanted to go travelling in the TARDIS, then the offer was open. However it did come across very cute and flirty, and it seemed to me that Psi took it that way as well. Before this episode, I was still struggling with Twelve after loving Eleven so much (but in the same way, I'd loved Ten and struggled the first few eps with Eleven) but this episode and partly this moment was when I fell in love with Twelve.

3) That Time Nine Met Captain Jack Harkness And The Sparks Were Obvious.

Don't get me started on Captain Jack Harkness or we'll be here for months. Truly, I think anyone would have trouble resisting the charm-offensive that is Jack Harkness. By this point it was obvious that the Doctor was developing feelings for Rose, and was a little blase in the face of Jack's flirting. Partly it would have also come down to the fact that the Doctor realized very quickly that flirting was Jack's default setting. However, when Jack laid it on thick enough, the Doctor was happy to give as good as he got. The episodes with Nine, Rose and Jack are some of my favourites. I think its a pity they didn't introduce Jack sooner and give him more travelling time in the TARDIS with the pair. 

4) That Time Eleven Kissed Rory Williams 

Oh man, this moment. This moment does not need words. The dynamic of Eleven, Amy and Rory was always amazing. A lot of my favourite-of-all-time episodes feature these three. No matter what was happening, they were always so much fun. And it worked well with Eleven's goofy, dorky adorableness. Out of all the Doctors, I think Eleven was arguably the most flirty, except I don't think he really meant to be and was kind of oblivious to it half the time. I mean, there was that whole thing with Craig. But that's a story for another post. Though he met Amelia first as a child, there was no doubt that the Doctor had as much affection for Rory as he did for Amy. I think a lot of that came down to how much Rory loved Amy, and the fact he would literally do anything for her. But it was also Rory himself. I have to say, Rory is one of my favourite underrated characters of Doctor Who. He was always there, always reliable and when it came down to it, he could be a total badass.

5) That Time Jack Kissed Nine Goodbye

In this last episode for Nine before he regenerated into Ten, Jack was going to face the daleks and knew he wasn't going to survive it. He kissed Rose goodbye first, which wouldn't have been a surprise to anyone since he'd made it quite clear from the first moment he met Rose that he was attracted to her. But then (probably much to the utter stupidfication of many viewers) he kissed Nine goodbye as well. Nine didn't pull back or resist, he let Jack kiss him and was totally fine about it.
I always thought this was an amazing moment of TV, normalizing all things LGBTQ and taking an important step toward other sexual orientations besides straight couples becoming an every day thing in our society. 

So there you have it. Five times it can reasonably be argued that the cannon of the Doctor being bisexual had already been well established.

*all gifs sourced from scriptscribbles on tumblr

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Doctor Who Re-Watch - Top 5 Episodes of Season 1

What better way to start off a new year than with a re-watch of Doctor Who? It's summer holidays here in Australia, so I haven't spent quite as much time curled up on the couch watching TV (which surely isn't a bad thing) so the re-watch is going to take a while because I'm lucky to watch one ep a day at the moment. Lucky the seasons are only around 12 to 14 episodes long or this will end up taking me all year... although, a year of Doctor Who. Actually, that sounds kind of awesome!

Anyhoo, I have just finished re-watching season 1, from way back in 2005. Look, this first season is good, but if you compare it to what comes later, then you can see how it was a little rough around the edges. However, I think season 1 with the Ninth Doctor stayed true to what Doctor Who originally was--no big-budget special effects. The campiness of it (which, I think it still partly has to this day) the ridiculousness, the fun, the outlandish, it was all meant to be like that. Later, it was able to become a little more sophisticated, sometimes a little darker, the special effects on par with most of it's other contemporary sci fi shows.

So, yes, there was a lot to love about this first season. Getting Billy Piper to play Rose was just perfect, her on-screen energy was always brilliant no matter who she was acting with. But if we're being honest, my favourite thing about season 1 was and always will be the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness. He's probably one of my favourite TV characters of all time, and the fact he went on to star in his own TV show through Torchwood was just epic. Don't get me started on Captain Jack or we'll be here forever.

Without anymore blabbing, here's my top five favourite episodes of season 1:

5) Rose (episode 1)

Can't go past the first episode, when Rose finds her life going from ordinary to straight out bonkers. But as good as that was, I think what really made this episode was the creepy mannequins coming to life. Honestly, the reason it took me 35 years to finally watch Doctor Who, even though people kept telling me how amazing it was, is because when I was a kid, Doctor Who was on in the afternoon, right after all the kids shows I watched. Not sure how young I was (probably 5 or 6), but I watched an episode that scared the bejesus out of me so that was pretty much the start and the end of Doctor Who for me until I was a 35-year-old-grown-ass-woman and wondered since I started watching the X-Files when I was 12 and had been thriving on that and things like Supernatural ever since, what the hell was I so worried about?
Anyhoo, the mannequins in this first episode were creepy as hell, and I was like "no wonder this show scared me when I was a kid!" This time, however, I was old enough to love the hell out of it.

4) Aliens of London (episode 4)

There was A LOT of ridiculousness in this episode. Like the farting. I mean, was that script written by a ten year old? But the one thing I really loved about this episode was the introduction of Harriett Jones who would become a reoccurring character. I don't know what it is about Doctor Who and the show's ability to have these kind of silly, but important and so every-day-type-people characters. They really just make the show. I mean, what happened with Harriett Jones in the end when she and Ten came up against one another was a little sad, but in the meantime, she provided lots of entertainment.

3) The Doctor Dances (episode 10)

This episode will always be iconic for Nine's very quotable "everyone lives, Rose! Just this once, everyone lives!" The sheer joy of it was infectious. And it was great that for once, the resolution of the episode's storyline was that everyone survived instead of tens or hundreds (or sometimes thousands and millions) of people dying. This episode also had some very funny one-liners in it, and of course the fact that in the end, Jack Harkness takes a bomb, willing to sacrifice himself to save everyone, then in turn, Rose and The Doctor save him. The following episodes with Jack as Nine's second companion were just fantastic (the dream team, I like to call them) and part of me wishes he could have spent more time with them. But since he went on to have his own TV series, I'm definitely not complaining!

2) Bad Wolf/The Parting of Ways (episodes 12 & 13)

Okay, yes I'm cheating because this was actually two episodes, but they're kind of hard to separate. The game show station. I mean, talk about mid-2000s culture snap shot. The Weakest Link, Big Brother, some Make Over show. The world was in love with reality TV shows because at that time, they were still a novelty and we hadn't been completely inundated by them. But of course Doctor Who takes it to extremes with the idea that the contestants don't leave or get voted off. No, instead they get brutally murdered. Meanwhile, we've got Jack in his element, not an iota of humility even when he's completely naked in front of millions of viewers, enjoying every second of it. And if all that wasn't enough, the revelation that the Daleks survived the Time War and are about to attack Earth was staggering for Nine. Then of course we've got all the drama of Nine sending Rose home and her attempts to get back to him, Jack going to face the Daleks even though he knows he's going to die doing it, ending with a twist I'm sure no one could see coming. To top it off, Nine regenerated into Ten, introducing David Tennant and the rest is history.

1) Empty Child (episode 9)

My number one episode out of this season for two simple reasons; one, the creep factor and iconic "are you my mummy?" and two, the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness. And yes, I know I keep going on about Jack, but culturally, I think he's historically going to go down as one of the most important characters on TV in this time. A big call, I know. But the reasons why are simple. Jack is bisexual or pansexual (depending on who you talk to) and this was presented as a simple no-big-deal fact. There was never an episode about his sexuality, the whys or hows. The writers never felt the need to justify it in any way, even once he went over to Torchwood. For the LGBTQ community, for out society, this was a huge fucking deal (excuse my language) because for the first time there was a man kissing another man on prime-time TV,
on a show that is an accepted FAMILY show and arguably is somewhat aimed at kids/tweens/teenagers. But not only was there a man kissing another man, there was also the same man kissing and flirting with women. Without saying the words, Jack's sexuality was there for everyone to see without a single bit of shame or homophobic slurs in sight. I'll stop now, because I could go on about this all day. But I'm one fan who will never underestimate or diminish the importance of both Captain Jack Harkness and John Barrowman both on and off the screen.

So, there you have it! The re-watch will continue, now heading into season 2 with David Tennant at the helm and the otp to end all Doctor Who otps. But that is a post for another day. In the words of Nine, this has been "Fantastic!"

Firfefly The Re-Watch Serenity P1 & P2

Here comes my totally random commentary!  1)  I forgot how Firefly opens with all the lasers and explosions of Mal and Zoe in what we lat...