Monthly Archive: August 2015

Comics Matchmaker: Daredevil – Vol 1

Afraid that you won’t ever find that perfect comic book that makes you happy? Fear not, comic book searcher, I have the book to take away all your fears.

Get it? He's the "man without fear."

Get it? He’s the “man without fear.” #DadJokes

As some of you may know, I co-host a podcast with my good friend Topher called Wine and Comics (if you want to hear a little of the backstory, read my recent post about it.) Currently we’re working through Mark Waid’s Daredevil and I knew this dashing bachelor was the kind of man you’d take home and cuddle next to a fire with (unless you live in Los Angeles, in which case you’ll more than likely spend your time with this devious Daredevil at a hipster park drinking lemonade from Lemonade just to be ironic.)

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Ode Fridays – New LA Love

When I moved to LA, I simply knew of your existence.

You were just another name in an overcrowded list to try and sway me

But I only believed lies about you, your taste.

How wrong I was, Brussel Sprouts.


 

The way you taste all slathered in butter, unequal to any comparison.

I believed those lies once, that you were less than desirable.

But now I accept you. Sauteed or baked in garlic, I don’t care.

You are, and will always be, my vegetable love.


 

The only excepting, and it’s sad but true,

The fact is, Brussel Sprouts,

I might love Kale more than you.

BiCoastal Binging: The OGS 21 & 22

Okay we are down to crunch time. Final 2 episodes of season 1, here we come! Now if only Netflix were to upload season 2, like…yesterday.

I’m at such a strange place in this blog right now. I’m anxious to watch more, I’ve actually been dying to watch the next episode since Saturday. But the plan was to watch it Tuesday and here we are and now I’m terrified because we’ve got only two more left of this season AND THEN WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO LORD SEND THE RAM (an Old Testament joke, everyone.)

My whining aside, let’s get to it like Michael Bolton in a Lonely Island music video.

Diane in italics.
Meghan in regular.

Episode 21 – The Battle of New Orleans

Jax Wolf and Jackson are driving around town and then get stopped by creepy Marcel and his cops. Well, this Is going to end terribly.

Jax Wolf it’s a damn good thing you look like Charlie Hunam because you are getting on my last nerve and I’m not just talking about getting all up on Wolf Hubby’s ass about Hayley (WHO IS TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH ELIJAH) but also you killed Eve and I’m still not over that.

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“I can’t believe I’m stuck in a car with this murdering loser.”

“You need me around to lighten the mood.” I love Josh. I also love Josh and Davina and their cuteness. She’s worried for him. Aww.

Josh has a daylight ring! (And is still gay…truly the saddest thing in this whole show HE JUST ASKED DAVINA IF THEY ARE BREAKING UP I love everything about them.)

Klaus is making another agreement with Genevieve. But with his clothes on this time, which is probably why it didn’t work.

Klaus offers Genevieve protection because they have sex. Haha. Hahahahaahahhaahahahaha. Oh. I’m sorry. Were we blogging? Klaus made me laugh because he thought Genevieve is now in his debt or some shit because they bang. Okay, Klaus. You don’t have a magic penis.

But seriously, he’s gone so adult these last few episodes. I hate to say it but he’s a much more stable vampire without his incest-y sister around.

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Project Status Update

Sometimes the life of a writer is lonely.

Not that I’m lonely, myself. I’m honestly hashtag blessed with an amazing community of both writers and nonwriters (I couldn’t live without either group). I’m already trying to figure out what kind of schedule I can maintain this coming month of September and I just cleaned my room for the first time in a month because chances are it won’t happen again for at least another few months weeks (sorry mom, you tried to instill those good habits in me. You just birthed a writer.)

But when I say lonely, I’m talking about the feet-slapping, mean streets lonely that exists even if you’re at a Starbucks with every other writer in Los Angeles also working on their screenplay. No matter if you’re a practiced writer or a baby writer, everyone experiences the very still, mind-numbing quiet of a blank page or, worse, a bad page. It’s during these times that you need to be loudest about progress, about the goals you make in order to fight the monsters of procrastination or depression. Even if there are many around you or no one around you, what matters most is what you do and how you speak out against the void.

At one of my old jobs, we used to have a Project Status Update meeting every week (well, there was a point it was happening every day. Those were some interesting times). There were so many projects to run through, going down the list to see where everyone was at and how they were doing that week with their responsibilities. It functioned as an information dump, but it also provided opportunities for encouragement and celebration.

So, this is my Project Status Meeting. I’ll let you know where I’m at and how I’m doing. And I honestly would love to hear from you. What projects are you working on? How are you doing?

You are not alone.

2015 Projects

  • Blog
    • I’d been doing great until last week, when I had a blog crisis. What am I doing? What do I want to do with this platform? Still trying to figure that out.
    • I found a slew of short stories I need to hardcore edit and throw up into the portfolio. Of course, I need to figure out how to write a short story first.
    • Goal: Set up all the blogs for next week.
  • Novel
    • It’s going to take SO LONG to write this novel. But I’m finally ironing out an outline that is actually helpful. Of course, I think I’m annoying the crap out of my wonderful critiquer who is amazing and wonderful. I just have a lot of insecurities when it comes to manuscript and I don’t know how to fight that.
    • Goal: Rework chapter one by the end of the week.
  • Scripts
    • Seaside Saints
      • This is one of my darker pilots. I love it a lot but it needs a LOAD of work. My favorite screenwriting teacher in the whole wide world, Script Anatomy, is having a rewrite class coming up and I know I need to take it but it’s a chunk of money and I need to figure out a way to pay for it.
      • Goal: To sign up for the rewrite class.
    • New Pilot
      • I was excited about this pilot until I found out there’s another show out there with the same characters. Different premise though. And it’s on Canadian television, so it doesn’t count right? I have my writer’s group soon and we pitch our upcoming projects. Hopefully they’ll have words of wisdom.
        • Goal: Pitch the pilot idea.
  • Radio Drama
    • The outline is almost done for this! A few more tweaks tomorrow then I should be ready to move on to the first draft on Saturday.
    • Goal: Knock out first draft on Saturday.
  • Comics
    • I’m taking a comics writing class coming up! So, until then, no goals until I have homework.
  • Wine & Comics
    • This week Topher and I discussed social media approaches. I’m using the twitter because I enjoy building twitter relationships and experimenting in developing there. My dad also told me about a free Jack Kirby show that we have to hit up because JACK KIRBY. Our schedules are so crazy though we should just plan it now.
    • Goals: Tweet every day from W&C twitter, plan Jack Kirby day. And do the show, of course.
  • Solace
    • Currently on Hiatus, technically. Though if anyone knows how to turn on notifications on GoogleDocs, be a pal and let me know?
  • Chicks with Scripts
    • The newsletter is coming up for the Chicks! I need to start getting that into play.
    • Goal: Write Newsletter

Thank you so much. Great meeting everyone and KICK ASS THIS WEEK!

BiCoastal Binging: The OGs 19 & 20

We are officially down to the final episodes of season 1 and it’s getting good! So good. Now if Netflix could just put up season 2 I wouldn’t have to use an Amazon gift card to get the episodes so we can watch it. Bad work, Netflix.

But seriously though, any ideas on how to watch the next season? I’m going to be aching like a junkie watching Breaking Bad, it’s just going to be bad.

Diane is in italic font.
Meghan is in regular font.

Ep 19: An Unblinking Death 

image1Previously on The Originals — why is this like a century long?

OMG LONGEST PREVIOUSLY ONSEVERRRR

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Our love for Josh may be the most consistent thing about this whole series.

Oh, this is amazing, Josh is helping Cami with her psychopathic uncle. My love for Josh grows by the episode.  

Josh is a precious baby.

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BiCoastal Binging: The OGs 17 & 18

Guys, its almost September and Diane and I arent even prepared. Sorry were a little inconsistent with getting these out in a timely manner, but we sure have fun doing it for you! Cheers to more timely posts next week!

Key to Understanding:

Diane is italic font

Meghan is regular font

Ep 17 – Moon Over Bourbon Street

The best part of the previously on’s is seeing Hayley’s naked werewolf husband.

The worst part is having to live through the Klaus and Rebekah break up again. Cries for DAYZ.

Klaus is like super deep because he paints. - Diane

Klaus is like super deep because he paints. – Diane

Ugh. Weve got voice overs again.

Shirtless Marcel is my favorite Marcel.

Why does this opening scene look the opening for an X-Men series? I want a live action X-Men series!

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BiCoastal Binging: The OGs Eps 15 & 16

This episode is a little late. Last week was a tad crazy, but we’re back and going strong!

Going to do things a little differently this entry, as Meghan’s feels were just so strong I thought I would just let her take the reigns and pop in some responses to her own explosive feels. To preface, there are some trigger warnings in this episode for abuse. I feel like years ago I wouldn’t have to even type the words trigger warning, but we are living in a tumblr world and I want to be safe. 


Episode 15: Le Grand Guignol

Blah blah blah all the things that have happened that would be needed if I werent working so hard through this show and feeling all the emotions because, lest you forget, ELIJAH STABBED KLAUS AND IT WAS HEARTBREAKING.

When Elijah feels we all feel. K?! K.

Elijah feeling feels. This should have been our warning.

Elijah feeling feels. This should have been our warning.

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Comics Matchmaker: Green Arrow – Quiver

Not sure what will keep you going on yet another sad, lonely Monday? Fear not, for your next comic match is around the corner.

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It’s a DC-type of day today and we’re looking at one of my absolute favorites (no, I don’t say that about all of them). Written by Kevin Smith (yes, okay, THAT Kevin Smith but if you’re thinking this match is only great for potheads and 90s nostalgia, I’ve got so much to tell you) we meet Oliver Queen having just come back from the dead. Actual dead, like DEATH dead (this is comic book land, everyone’s been dead at least once.) After a great sacrificial story, Queen comes back and starts living in a rich, gay dude’s mansion with a teenaged prostitute while his son Conner’s wears “the hood” and Black Canary dates Doctor Mid-Nite (the owl hero we don’t care much about because this is Oliver’s story.)

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1st Watch: Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know this movie existed. Even when Netflix announced the series they were making as a prequel, I thought it was some sort of John Hughes movie I didn’t know about. Also, it came out in 2001. I was kind of a recluse then, so there’s no way I would have known about anything unless it was made before 1960.

And then, come to find out PAUL RUDD is in it?! Amy Poeler?! Bradley Cooper?! Did we even know who those people were in the early 90s? I took a brief poll on Facebook to see if there was any way I didn’t have to watch the movie and could just skip straight to the series with all my favorite people but apparently there were strong opinions on the matter.

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Granted, I asked on Facebook aka Home of All Opinions.

So here we are, doing another 1st Watch. I know I said it would be Rocky Horror, but since they don’t have a series coming out any time soon, that got rescheduled.

All I know are what the above comments said. So, abstract American Pie. And I can only guess there will be sex (very different from my camp experience.) Someone needs to have a summer fling before the end of camp (like a John Hughes movie)?

Anyway, ready, set and HERE WE GOOOOOO

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Philosophical Theology: Brain Furniture

Have you noticed there aren’t a lot of philosophers anymore? I’m sure we still have them around somewhere. I imagine them like minstrels from the medieval times, wanderers who randomly shout out thoughts and sayings from street corners until they speak something so profound that their words get turned into a book and we read it like we knew they were wise all along and not just some hack on the street with visions of change floating around in his noggin.

I don’t claim to be a philosopher. But I think America has lost the art of sitting and thinking about an idea for a while. We’ve forgotten the practice of recess, letting our thoughts take a spin through the blocked up corners of our brains to find what we’ve hidden away over the years.

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