Dancing with the Stars

Do you watch it? I’m new to the show, and OMG, I can’t believe how great it is and how I totally didn’t know it was awesome!

I finally tried it because I heard talk of Kirstie Alley, and I think it’s SO AWESOME that she’s going for it. She’s so light on her feet, you wouldn’t know she has a few extra pounds. And she’s sixty. Can you believe it? She looks and moves fantastic.

Also, Ralph Macchio, Mr. Karate Kid, is on this season.

I registered to vote. This is bad. I’m so biased when I vote for TV. (I promise I’m fair and unbiased when judging piano competitions.) Chelsea Kane got one vote because she was my favorite dancer, and I loved the Viennese Waltz to the Harry Potter Theme. Not very classical, but…

And Ralph Macchio got three votes because I had a crush on him when I was a teenager. (OMG, I know, I’m terrible at this voting thing.)

And Kirstie Alley got five of my votes because I think she’s awesome.

Do you watch? What do you think of this season?

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Inspiration: Hold On

I ended up in my playlist of musicals today, and I remembered how much I love “Hold On” from The Secret Garden musical. (Loved the book growing up; read it a million times!)

When you see the storm is coming,
See the lightning part the skies,
It’s too late to run—
There’s terror in your eyes!
What you do then is remember
This old thing you heard me say:
"It’s the storm, not you,
That’s bound to blow away."

Here’s a fantastic performance by Melissa Combs (definitely worth a listen!):

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Express Yourself

Whether you’re NaNoing or not, a dash of inspiration from Glee, Neil Gaiman, and the Dresden Dolls couldn’t hurt, could it? I was thinking today about this drive we writers tend to have: the drive to express ourselves.

What an odd thing. Sometimes in life there are bits you can’t talk about, can’t write about, can’t even turn into fiction, and for me, it feels like I’ve got a muzzle on.

It. Drives. Me. Mad.

I need to express myself. I have to. I don’t know why. (Is this a good time to embed Glee’s rendition of Madonna’s “Express Yourself?”)

I remember once asking my best friend about what I would tell some people about something (I’ve since forgotten the details), and she answered, “Nothing. It’s none of their business.”

I was stunned.

That hadn’t occurred to me.


Neil Gaiman reviewed a concert by the Dresden Dolls yesterday, and I discovered a new song: Sing. He described it:

Then it’s "Sing." If there ever was a Dresden Dolls anthem, it’s this: a plea to make art, whatever the hell else you do. "Sing for the teacher who told you that you couldn’t sing," sings Amanda. The audience sings along, and it feels important, less of a singalong and more like communion or a credo, and we’re all singing and it’s Hallowe’en and I’m up on the balcony slightly drunk, thinking that this is some sort of wonderful, and Amanda’s shouting, "You motherfuckers, you’ll sing some day," and it’s all so good, and I’m standing with two dead girls, and we’re cheering and happy and it’s one of those perfect moments that don’t come along in a lifetime that often, the kind of moment you could end a movie on.

I keep thinking that if I’m not going to get much thinking on anything other than the things I can’t talk about, why can’t I just use the stuff I’m obsessing about and turn it into fiction?

Lots of people do.

I’ve never been able to.

Maybe with time.

What about you? Ever felt muzzled? Do you turn the thought-stealing issues from your life into fiction? And how’s your writing going, NaNo or not?

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Bieber, I Wish I Were You

I can’t stop watching and cracking up over this video. Gordon Pinsent reads from Bieber’s memoirs:

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Well. That Told Me.

I’ve always been in the Facebook-is-social-fun-only camp. I know people use it to effectively market, but most of the time, I see people using it ineffectively to market. (At which point they’re quickly blocked.)

But apparently Facebook is way more than I was giving it credit for. This video, produced by RC Productions (Melanie’s company! She proofed it. *grins*), told me:

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Fall Premieres!!!

So what are you watching this year? Yesterday I had the flu, and there’s really no better time to have the flu than fall premiere week. (But you guys know how I feel about TV: I’m pretty much TV’d out for a month now.)

So what did you think of the premieres?

Running Wilde is my favorite new show this year. It’s about a hippie sort of mother (Keri Russell!) who’s raised her daughter in the rainforest, and the spoiled rich man who wants to win her back. It’s told by the daughter, who’s charming. When she finds out they can stay in the treehouse by the mansion, the girl says “Great! Let me get my thing!” (Get it? “Thing?” Instead of “things?” Right up my anti-materialistic alley!)

Chuck was awesome! It did feel heavy on the season set-up, but I don’t mind. I’m thankful that Chuck will still be a computer tech by day at the Buy More, and I love how the relationship between him and Sarah is developing and deepening. I love how they infuse the geekiness and comedy with real heart and lots of action. Pretty much the perfect show, in my book!

Cougar Town is on Hulu today! I can’t wait!

UnderCovers is also on Hulu today, and I’m looking forward to giving it a shot. Did you see it? What’d you think?

I watched five episodes of Covert Affairs yesterday (out of sheer boredom). It definitely grew on me, but I don’t love it as much as Chuck or Burn Notice.

Castle was okay. I do love the series, and I thought it was a sweet episode.

Parenthood annoyed me the most. Here’s a mother dealing with two autistic kids all day (one a friend’s son), and she has to take them out for dinner so the dad can have some peace and quiet when he gets home from work? He redeemed himself by joining his family, but that doesn’t change the fact that—hello—she just spent ten hours working her hiney off and I thought HE should be giving HER a break. Otherwise, I love the show.

Glee totally rocked! I was surprised how much I liked the Beiste. I have no words. Glee it just the most fun TV show I’ve ever seen, and is up there with Alias, Star Trek TNG, DS9, and Voyager as one of my all-time favorites.

And I can’t WAIT until Kurt goes out with the new quarterback. Rumor has it that they’re going to be a power couple, and I love it.

And I LOVE the new girl, Sunshine:

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