Friday, September 26, 2014

New Season of Arrow -- Counting Down the Hours

So the last episode of Arrow season two totally slayed me, mainly because of the Oliver "I love you" moment. Sadly, I can't tell you how many times I've watched that clip, and it still makes my heart skip a beat (read all of my gushing about it in the Ships That Aren't Shipping Post-Season Follow Up).
Yes, they tried to fob us off by doing the whole psyche! it so wasn't real thing at the very end of the episode. But there was something in the intensity of the way Oliver said it that even the revelation it had apparently all been to trap Slade couldn't make me believe that Oliver was lying.
So I've been all shipped up and ready to see some serious Olicity action going into season three, and when I saw the promo for the first episode a few weeks ago, I was that pathetic person screaming at my screen. Because of THIS people!!

If only it weren't so blurry. Let's try another one....

Hmm, not much better. How about we just watch the promo?


Yes, its pretty safe to say I'm all over this ship. 
Seriously, though. I thought they would drag things out just a little bit longer, and the skeptical part of me says this "date" and "kiss" are all some part of an elaborate ruse to flush out a bad guy. Or, if its not all part of some weird mission, then about five minutes after they get together, Oliver will decide that Felicity is in too much danger by being with him, and since he loves her so much, he doesn't want to see her get hurt, therefore the best thing he can do is break up with her. I just cannot believe this ship will sail smoothly and they'll suddenly be in this blissful, domesticated superhero relationship. 
Two weeks to go until episode one of season three lights up our screens... how many more times can I watch the promo while I'm waiting?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Noticeably Absent

Yes, it has been well over a week since my last post! But I can say with all confidence that I haven't been idle in that time.
So, what have I been doing with myself? Well, besides the usual life stuff that we all have, I started writing a new book. Its a YA novel, and an idea I've had in the back of my head for a while now, unsure of what I wanted to do with it. I decided to let the muse free, and have smashed out 43,000 words in just over two weeks. The book is about a bunch of teens who get sent out on a honking big spaceship to find help because their planet is only a few years off suffering a catastrophic event that will pretty much destroy their world. Its only going to be "category" length, so I'm actually almost finished, I'm down to writing the climactic chapters, and hope to have it finished by this time next week. I have a possible submission opportunity all lined up, but details will come later when its all official like.
I've also been working on further edits for Escape Velocity, and I'm glad to say we're getting down to the final stages now. I hope to have a release date in the coming weeks, and maybe if I'm really lucky, a cover to go with it!
In romantic suspense news, my fabulous agent Paula is still shopping my Cedar Falls novel, and some new opportunities have arisen, so hopefully we might be able to find a home for Rick and Maddy.
So that's me for today, with plenty of work to keep me entertained!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

True Blood Season 7 & Series Finale - A Whole Lot of "Meh"

Since I've blogged about the final season of True Blood a few times in the past weeks/months, I thought it only fair to write one last post on the closing of this series.
So, the title probably gives a pretty good indication of what I thought about this last ever episode. However, its not all black and white.
In terms of Bill and Sookie, Bill's death scene was predictably bloody and gruesome, with Sookie ending up covered in his blood after she staked him. At least with Bill dead, we won't ever have to listen to him call her "Sookeh" ever again. The Bill/Sookie shippers... what do they call that, Bookie? Sooill? Damn, now I have to google it... Hmm, can't find it. Maybe there isn't one because they would all suck. (ba-boom-ching)
Anyway, bad jokes aside, Maybe the Bill/Sookie shippers cried their way through the death scene, but I sure didn't, which is saying something because usually it doesn't take much for me to get the waterworks going when I'm watching a TV show or movie. I was like "just get it over with already so something else can happen!" The only really interesting thing about that scene was Sookie refusing to use the last of her fairy powers to kill him. I was glad she finally owned who she is and fully accepted it. So, it wasn't what Bill wanted for her, but whatever, he's gone!
Sookie went on to live her life, and the closing scene showed her happy and pregnant, dining outside her house with all of the important people in her life six or so years later. We didn't get to see the face of Sookie's man, obviously that didn't really matter. I did like this closing scene in terms of everyone getting their happily ever after. Jason was there with Bridget, the chick Hoyt had brought back as his girlfriend before re-meeting Jessica (side note, that whole Jessica/Hoyt wedding scene was so drawn out and boring... seriously, I felt like there was just so much wasted fluff in this episode.). Jason had a couple of kids with her and they looked happy, along with everyone else in Sookie's close circle of friends.
And now, for the only things that saved this episode from being a total loss: Eric and Pam.
Really, I don't think it would be a stretch to say Eric and Pam have pretty much carried this show for the past three years. The Sookie storylines have gotten steadily more boring, while the Eric and Pam storylines got more interesting. Seriously, those two deserve a spin off series. I mean, can you imagine how awesome that would be?

So this episode featured what was possibly one of the funniest Eric scenes to date. After killing the Japanese mafia who'd gone after Sookie, Eric stole their car and I was in hysterics watching him bob his head along to whatever techno music the dead mafia guys had been listening to. And just when I thought the show was going to end on the too-sweet scene of everyone happy and living the dream at Sookie's house, it flashed forward to a few years further down the track, to Eric doing informercials about the new True Blood, followed by them at the stock exchange, making lots of money I would presume.
So that was it. A little disappointing really. I was hoping True Blood would go out with a bang, but it seemed to be more about bringing things full circle and tying up loose ends. I'm sure there were some fans who were satisfied with this ending, but personally I was hoping for more.

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