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Ariel wants to go to Comic Con too

You know what’s happening right now?  Yep.  San Diego Comic Con.  SDCC, the Big Daddy of Cons, the Show, the End All, Be All.  I’m not there, again.  This year, its very hard not to be there.  Everything and I mean *everything* that I am excited about it is represented there this weekend. Actors, shows, movies… all the things.  I know its crowded.  I know its chaos. I still wish I was there, sampling the madness.

But I’m doing the next best thing and stalking all the goodies online.  Which is fun but kinda nerve-wracking because its only the second day and I’m already out of my mind.

People started lining up for tonight’s Arrow panel *last night*.  I would be in that line if I were there.  Because that panel is going to ruin  me.  But I’m excited about SO MANY panels.  And all the interviews.  And the whole thing  has barely started and I’m already excited by all the teases and spoilers and such.

So basically, this is me for the next several days:

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Summer is so overrated

Let’s just pretend I’m not the worst and laziest blogger ever, okay?

So if you’ve been around here for any amount of time, you know that I don’t like summer much.  I’m not a fan of heat and having the kids home (and bored) is no picnic either.  I shouldn’t really complain too much tho.  The weather has been relatively mild this summer (SO FAR) (KNOCKS ON WOOD) and the boys just got back from spending a whole week with their grandparents leaving just Evie at home.

Still.  I’m ready for Fall.

Harry starts HIGH SCHOOL in August and I’m still kinda boggling at that.  How did he get to be almost 15 years old?  Liam goes into the second grade and Evie will start first.  That’s just in a matter of WEEKS now and that’s kinda awesome and amazing.

We’re looking at getting a new car.  It’s probably about time.  We’ve had our van since 2003, long past the time most people would have traded up.  I’m kinda excited about it, since I’ll be spending a lot of time fetching kids again this year.

Television shows come back in the Fall too.  That is probably the thing I’m most excited about.  Doctor Who isn’t included in my excitement, sadly.  Moffat is dead to me and I refuse to acknowledge anything that no-talent ass clown has been involved in.  I will not be watching.  I still remain a fan of the Russell T. Davies era, from 2005-2010, but I’m not the least bit interested in anything that has happened after that.  FEH.

On the other hand, there’s other shows I’m very into.  Once Upon a Time and The Originals are a couple shows I really enjoyed this last year.  I’m also way psyched for The Flash to premiere since it looks like its going to be one of the best new shows on TV.  And then, of course, there’s Arrow.  I’m so beyond excited about that show.  I’ve caught quite a few filming spoilers and hints at what season 3 is going to bring and I know enough to know that it’s going to be a wild, bumpy and fantastic ride.  What else would I expect, actually.  That show doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.

Comic Con is this week in San Diego and I’m weeping that I can’t be there, though I’m sure it’d be overwhelming if I was.  Mostly, I’m excited about the spoilers, trailers, interviews and panels that we’ll get to see come out of this.  So much exciting news!  This will be MUCH better than last year’s disappointing Doctor Who Comic Con experience.  Finally, shows/movies/etc that know how to treat the fans, both present and sitting at home.

So that’s a quick look at what’s going on with me.  I really hope to update more often but I have to remind myself to do it.  WHOOPS.  I’m debating doing something that might accomplish that and I’ll keep you guys posted on how that goes.

In the meantime, stay cool!  ;)

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In which my life has been consumed by television

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I’ve always been the sort to watch movies more than television.  I’d see people get passionate about a television show, and save for a few notable exceptions, I just didn’t get it.  I did get into “LOST” big time, that’s true.  But generally?  I’m not a TV person.

Here’s the part where I eat my words.

“Doctor Who” was just the start, turns out.  Actually, no, that’s not even true. Cuz for whatever reason I started with “Torchwood” which is completely the wrong way to do it.  But I had my reasons at the time, even if they’re stupid reasons now in hindsight.  And anyhow, the WHY isn’t important.  I started “Torchwood” and then realised I was going to have to watch “Doctor Who”.  That sucked me down quite the rabbit hole and I didn’t expect to ever get out of it.

But then Moffat.  He took over the show long before I even started watching but his influence has just spread like cancer and just… I still love the show I started watching. I just can’t abide by what Moffat has done so there’s like enormous chunks of this show that I utterly despise and do you know how weird and awful it is to actively HATE parts of the same show that you also actively ADORE parts of?  Good lord.

So I wanted to drown my sorrows in another show, if just to distract myself from how much I hate Moffat.  Some “friends” suggested I try “Arrow”.  I put that in quotes because if they’re truly my friends, why would they want to ruin my life this way?  “Arrow” completely sucked me in.  It’s got all the things I love: tortured hero type with a god-complex and a self-loathing streak a mile wide, a completely adorable and fantastic heroine (who will no doubt make the hero better just by loving him shut up let my have my dream), snappy dialogue, awesome friendships, stunning action sequences, elaborate stunts and compelling story arcs.  HOT DAMN.  I’m so in.

But now the dam has been breached.  “Arrow” went on winter hiatus in mid-December, leaving me with 5 weeks until its return and I wanted something else to focus on in the interim.  I’ve been wanting to watch a show called “Supernatural” that’s currently in its NINTH SEASON and I thought, well, that’d keep me busy.  I didn’t count on getting the flu for two weeks straight at the time, nor did I count on “Supernatural” being the worlds easiest show to binge-watch.  I’m a little ashamed that I caught up on the last episode before winter hiatus HOURS before the next new episode aired.  That means I watched 8+ seasons in five weeks, people.

NO ONE IS MEANT TO DO THAT.

So now I’m watching “Supernatural” and “Arrow”.  Should be enough, right?  NOPE.  I need more.  So now I’m starting “Suits” and “The Originals”.

I think this is enough for now.  Don’t you?  I mean, I want to have some semblance of a life, right?  But I do have plans to watch and catch up on both “Sleepy Hollow” and “Reign” in the fall when their first seasons are finally loaded onto Netflix.  I mean, I can only *completely legally* download so many shows, right?

This is, of course, in addition to already watching shows as they air, like “Once Upon a Time” and “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey”.

Good grief, what has my life become?  I blame Tumblr.

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Obligatory End of Year Post: Bye bye 2013!

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It’s been a strange year.  I know I’ve been … not here much.  Who knew Tumblr was so addictive?  It’s a fun place, if you know what you’re doing and what you’re interested in.  Almost like a giant fan club meeting or something.  I dunno. It’s intoxicating and addictive.

So let’s see… what did 2013 mean to me?  I generally relate to these things through popular culture so let’s do that.

Television

TV was GOOD this year!!  “Doctor Who” was not good.  I mean, the stuff I already enjoyed is always good but that’s hardly from this last year.  No, the new DW stuff was atrocious.  And it got worse.  And worse.  And the 50th Anniversary came.  And that was HORRIBLE.  And I decided not to watch the Christmas Special as a result and I’M VERY GLAD I DID BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND IT WAS TERRIBLE.  Life is too short for bad television, amirite?

Instead, lets take a look at what was good this year.

Breaking Bad – DEAR GOD.  If ever there was a more perfect finale to a show, I don’t know what it was.  Perfect ending to a perfect show and I’m going to miss it terribly because the writing and the characters and everything was just. so. good.

The Walking Dead – This is one of those shows I can’t look away from even when its gory and horrifying and WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT.  But I know when it comes to shock value, TWD is going to deliver and I need look no where else.

Game of Thrones – I was pleased, especially since last year wasn’t terribly good, as far as I was concerned.  But season 3 was fantastic.  Dany and her dragons and Jamie and Brienne and Sansa and the Red Wedding and just… wow. Way to step up your game, GoT.  Looking forward to the next season.

Once Upon a Time - Still watching this and it’s hit and miss.  But overall I still like it and I’ll keep watching it.  I just wish it wasn’t quite so all over the map as it is.  Cuz when it’s good, it’s really fantastic.

Orange is the New Black – Kile and I were shocked at how good this one was.  Great ensemble dramas are special and rare and I can’t wait to see if the second season lives up to the hype of the first season!

Supernatural - I started watching this one just recently.  Mostly as distraction during the winter hiatus.  I’ve already caught up on 5+ seasons in several weeks time and WOW its so good and so fun and I hope to be fully caught up by the time they come back from winter hiatus.  Netflix for the win!  Seriously though, despite being kinda freaky and very gory at times, this show is a LOT of fun.

Arrow - Saved the best for last!  Seriously, I started watching this one to keep me busy in the week leading up to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.  Things were getting dicey in the fandom and my nerves were shot.  I’d heard good things about this show and gave it a shot.  OH. MY. GOD. It’s a genuinely fantastic show with great writing, movie-quality effects and fight sequences and compelling characters.  I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. More than is probably wise.

Music

Like other years past, there’s songs I will always identify with this year. It was a great year for music.

“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.  LOVE this one.  Or I did until I started watching “Arrow” and it was ruined for me.  But let’s not think about that.  Let’s think of the good times we had with this song.

“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey.  Actually, the whole Great Gatsby soundtrack could be on here.  But this song in particular struck a chord with me.

“Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt.  Such a great song.  Genuinely uplifting and delivers all the good feels.  Just like a song should.

“Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink (ft. Nate Reuss).  There was a period of time where I couldn’t listen to this song without being overcome by it.  It’s glorious.

“Chasing Stars” by OneRepublic.  Can’t go anywhere without hearing this one.  It’s catchy and fun and again, just the sort of song I want to hear.

“Royals” by Lorde.  Another one you can’t go anywhere without hearing.  I like the message (you don’t need a lot of money to have a good time) and the beat and Lorde has an amazing voice.

“Demons” by Imagine Dragons.  The song that restored my faith in ID.  ;)  Seriously though.  I love this song so much its scary.  I have a physical reaction when it comes on.

Movies

I didn’t see a WHOLE lot of movies this year.  I’m not going to include last year’s Oscar pictures because, while good, they should probably count more for 2012 than they do for 2013, don’t you think?

Gravity.  This one was so good it HURT.  I dont’ know if I could watch it again, it was rather intense.  But everything about this movie was GOOD.

The Great Gatsby.  I loved this movie.  It was a great adaptation of the novel with the typical Baz Luhrmann flair and was beautiful and heartbreaking and just really, really good.

Man of Steel.  Really surprised by this one because the Superman franchise hasn’t really done too well lately and I wasn’t even sure going in if it’d be good.  Was very pleasantly surprised to see how wrong I was.

Star Trek Into Darkness.  Another one that surprised me, though I’m not sure why.  I liked the first one J.J. did, so why wouldn’t I enjoy this one too??  Bones and Scotty are the actual best.

Thor 2: The Dark World.  The first Thor was kinda mediocre so I was so surprised to find that this one was SO GOOD.  Everyone stepped up their game tenfold for this one, especially Loki.  This was basically Loki’s movie.

Books

I *did* read this year.  No, not just fanfiction either. ;)  (though I did read a LOT of that)  I found some great books this year and I’m looking forward to more in the new year

The Breathless Trilogy by Maya Banks.  I started with the first book of this trilogy and was hooked right away.  These guys in these books… apparently I have a thing for alpha males.

The Submissive Trilogy by Tara Sue Me.  There’s no reason at ALL to read/like/whatever the 50 Shades books when these books are around.  Just sayin.

The Crossfire Trilogy by Sylvia Day.  I wasn’t so sure about the first book.  The couple struck me as severely dysfunctional.  But I kept with it and I’m so glad that I did.  This series is so good and its apparently NOT OVER YET.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Maguire.  Just finished this one, in fact, and am reading the sequel.  I wouldn’t say its amazing but it struck me in a way that few books do so it gets a mention.

Well.  I think that’s it.  That’s what I loved this last year.  If anything, it gets me excited for THIS year because if this much good stuff came out of 2013, I can only imagine what 2014 has in store.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Here’s the hap

998769_10201734198101899_775600797_nIt’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  Summer was… busy.  And then autumn was… busy.

Evie started kindergarten.  See her in her adorable little uniform?  It’s been going pretty well, but her teacher is very demanding.  This is a COLLEGE PREP, people.  YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO DRAW A STAR.  The first week of school.  Or whatever.  She’s catching up.  And she seems to still love it.  Liam is doing great as well.  We decided to have him repeat first grade.  Academically, he was spot on for continuing to second, but emotionally, he was behind.  That was something I always have worried about with him as he is a bit immature for his age.  I’d rather give him a chance to catch up right now rather than have it become a problem later. Harry is in the eighth grade this year and also doing fairly well.  I mean, I’d be happier if he’d do more of his HOMEWORK but he is rather lazy. ;)  He seems to like it better than seventh so far, so that’s good.

angrytardissoundsAs for me, I’ve been keeping busy.  Doctor Who has been ultimately frustrating.  To catch you up: the series finale was exactly what I was expecting.  That is to say, it was confusing crap that didn’t have to be confusing OR crap.  Moffat has officially ruined Clara and whatever good feelings I had from the earlier episodes ran out and expired.

LOVE the casting of Peter Capaldi as Twelve.  Can’t wait to see him in action.  Hoping that Moffat will announce he’s leaving soon.  Rather dreading the 50th at this point mostly because the FANS have been driving me spare.  I’m so tired of seeing the constant wailing and complaining and stressing over it.  People, just calm down and take it as it comes.  Honestly.

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I’ve been writing up a storm.  I’m nearly finished with an original story and just in time because… NANOWRIMO IS COMING.  I’d like to have some time to plan that out before November 1 rolls around and I refuse to plan on it while I’m still working on the previous story.  I did NaNo last year, but I wrote fanfic for it.  This year will be ORIGINAL FICTION.  And that would be more daunting if I weren’t finishing up an original story right now.  I know I can do it.  And I’m very excited about it.

Because I’m determined now.  I’ve wanted to be a writer for years, since I was a little kid and there was always some reason or another to put it off.  But not now, now its time.  I’m ready to work for this.  So wish me luck, blog readers (are you still out there)?   I know it won’t be easy but I have a plan and I have drive and IT WILL HAPPEN.

Are *you* doing NaNoWriMo?

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There’s other things besides Doctor Who

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I know, you wouldn’t be able to tell it from this blog. ;)  Mother’s Day was this past weekend and I requested that Kile take me to see “The Great Gatsby” on Sunday night.  I had read the book in high school, like a lot of people, but that was a LONG time ago and I didn’t remember all the details.  I knew the major characters, I knew that I was supposed to be side-eying Daisy pretty hard, I remembered some of the visual things like the oculist billboard, the yellow car, the green light…

It was a great movie, I thought.  But then, I like Baz Luhrmann movies.  I have yet to see one that I don’t like, actually.  But I also know that they’re not everyone’s cup of tea.  His style doesn’t speak to everyone and while I enjoy it, some others might be turned off by how over-the-top he is. I thought, for a story like “The Great Gatsby”, that style worked rather well.  And I was sucked right in.  The visuals were stunning, the acting was entertaining (DiCaprio as Gatsby was INSPIRED) and the music was catchy as heck.  What’s not to love?

Of course, it had a completely depressing end.  Ah well.  They can’t all be happy.

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Oh but guess what?  I am going to talk about Doctor Who.  At least a little bit.  Saturday’s episode was written by Neil Gaiman who is kind of a big deal unto himself and he wrote the only acceptable episode to air in series 6 (“The Doctor’s Wife”) so I had high hopes.  It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t love it either.  Which was disappointing.  And Eleven saying Allons-y I’m sure was supposed to make me happy but it made me want to hurt someone instead.

There was some stuff with the Doctor and a “Cyber Controller”/Evil Doctor that was really interest though.  I get the impression that Matt Smith has been given more room lately to really spread his wings and that’s been great.  I hope we keep seeing that.  Watching him do *nasty* was downright fun.

The finale is this Saturday and EVERYONE I know is nervous about it.  Apparently, some DVDs got shipped early to a few American fans so there’s a few small spoilers out there but so far, not much has been revealed.  It’s Moffat though and he’s excited which means I’m going to hate it.  I’ll let you know what I think about it after it’s aired.  Fingers are crossed I don’t flip any tables.

Speaking of Doctor Who, I got some GREAT gifts for Mother’s Day this year!  The kids got me a Visual Encyclopedia for Doctor Who, a TARDIS safe that’s controlled with my phone and a Dalek lego set.  Aww.  Liam had fun putting that one together for me.  Kile bought me some shirts and, as I mentioned, I got to go see “The Great Gatsby”.  I was spoiled yet again!  Do I have a great family or what?

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