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TV Thursday – Letter L

The Last Ship (2014-Present)

The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population. – IMDb

Source: The Last Ship Wiki.

Source: The Last Ship Wiki.

Legend of the Seeker (2008-2010)

After the mysterious murder of his father, a son’s search for answers begins a momentous fight against tyranny. – IMDb

Source: Legend of the Seeker Wiki.

Source: Legend of the Seeker Wiki.

Lost Girl (2010-2015)

Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.- IMDb

Source: Lost Girl Wiki.

Source: Lost Girl Wiki.

My New Cat!

I rarely post personal things on WordPress, but I am so happy with my new cat, that I have to share the love here as well (those of you following me on several other social media already know about the little bundle of joy and purrs!)

Kenzi

I was devastated since I lost my old lady, Sissi, who passed away at 20 years in April 2013. I had been considering getting a new cat for the past months, but I only moved forward with a search once I knew that there is no quarantine needed anymore when I move to either the UK or the US!

I found Kenzi at a great animal shelter about one hour from where I live now. She is an eight month old turtle shell cat. She is very curious, cuddly, purring and playful. She’s my shadow already! It’s my (slightly) early 30th birthday present from my parents! It was love at first sight between us and within 20 seconds, I knew that she was the one I’d take home (they had another kitten, a young male who was lovely but Kenzi and I clicked perfectly!)

And yes, she’s called Kenzi because of Lost Girl! The name and reference are perfect fits!

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Writing, French TV, Dragon Age: Redemption and Links (Religion, Feminism, Writing)

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Last week, I had the impression I might have a measure of burnout lurking, but I got confirmation this week. While I managed to have the structure and almost complete introduction for my next paper, I just meet a dead end whenever I try to work on it since then. It’s not as severe as the burnout I had back in December, but I understand that I need to take it easy and give myself a few days. I’m still learning to recognize and accept such things, despite my workaholic tendency. So I made the decision that my writing goal this month will be the Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time paper and that I will postpone work on my Scully book proposal to May.

Of course the moment I understand I need a break and accept to take it, my creativity starts to fire up again. While I was on my way back from a walk today, I suddenly remembered a video idea I have for a character in a French TV show that lasted four season (and whose cancellation is still a shame as they already had so much to make at least one other season). And right on cue, I have an idea of paper to defend this series. This cop/investigation show called Les Bleus: Premiers Pas Dans La Police (“bleus” here means “probies”) followed new recruits in national French police in Paris, and also their superiors.

The show made decent audiences but it was considered a “bad” show by anyone who was supposed to have a brain and also considered as impossible for exportation. I beg to differ on both accounts. I don’t see why our own judiciary and police systems would be more complicated for other countries to understand that US ones to non US viewers. Cop shows like that are all the easier to bridge between countries in my view because of the general story devices behind them.

So I want to write a paper to defend this show, because while not perfect, it had many good moments and many solid and layered characters. It was also great in terms of diversity: gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation representations were diverse and in the main cast. It also brought up topics such as motherhood and going back to studying/work, dealing with one’s roots and a life different from one’s family. It didn’t only present one or two romances that was all chase. At least a couple relationships lasted even after the characters actually got together, through the good and the bad, even when they didn’t always end well.

I fell in love with the Dragon Age universe from the moment I started playing the first video game of the franchise, Dragon Age: Origins. Not only is this one of my favorite video games, but I love all that followed, from the expansion, the second game (I can’t wait for the third one!). I also liked the animated movie Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, and I have the three novels on my to-read shelf. Yet, I hadn’t seen Dragon Age: Redemption until earlier this week.

I admit that I’m not a big Felicia Day fan. Yet, I wanted to check this short series because I love the universe. And for the first time, I actually liked Day in a part. I didn’t like her more than the rest of the cast, and my two favorite characters were the male Templar and the female Reaver. I think that the series was very in tune with the rest of the universe and tapping into my knowledge of the franchise to recognize places, specialties, organizations was really neat.

Links: Religion, Feminism, Writing

Writing Update, Book Review: The Power of Now, Links: Writing, Feminism, Disability and Media

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Things have been going well on the writing front. The director of the collection in which my upcoming book, Women in Science Fiction Television, will be published got back to me, saying that all files I sent worked. It is always a relief because emails, zips and assorted computer things can always be fickle! I am now waiting to hear back from him about any edit that needs to be done. I am so happy that this project is progressing so well.

I also got a returned chapter from another editor for another upcoming publication I have, in an edited volume. I worked through the changes today and could send it back in a timely fashion. I hope that it will have clarified everything.

This upcoming week, I’ll tackle my next paper (Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time), after having brainstormed it further these last few days. I have also researched University Presses in a more thorough way, since I hope to get my next book proposal (Scully centric) on the way and completed before the end of the month, or by mid-May at latest.

I also finished one of the two books I started back in February: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I took my time reading it, and I will probably go back to it later on. I can understand why so many people found this book inspiring. The text flew easily. I also like how he was so universal in his spiritual approach, and that he drew examples from different religions and philosophies. Considering myself a Christian with also interest in Buddhism, the fact that Tolle brought up so many diverse examples to show how everything came from the same place or higher power was very compelling. Being an overthinker myself, reading more about how to stop letting the mind run rampant was one of the reasons I enjoyed the book. I am glad I have been dabbing into such readings in the past months as new perspectives are important.

Links: Writing, Feminism, Disability and Media

The “Three” Questionnaire, for Writers

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When I saw this questionnaire on Jodie’s blog, I couldn’t resist filling it myself. I thought it would make for a good Monday post!

THREE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF:

  • I am French and Versailles is my home town.
  • I am looking for a job, if possible a university teaching position, in the USA.
  • I love cats.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:

  • Snakes.
  • Black Swan.
  • Wandering in the house at night without the lights on.

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:

  • (Sparkling) water.
  • My laptop.
  • Music.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:

  • Role-playing (i.e. more writing)
  • Vidding
  • Baking

THREE CAREERS YOU’RE CONSIDERING/YOU’VE CONSIDERED:

  • Writer.
  • University teacher.
  • Director.

THREE BOOKS YOU HAVE RECENTLY READ:

  • Star Wars Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells.
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon (currently reading).
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (currently reading).

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WORKING ON, WRITING WISE:

  • Writing the introduction of my contracted book Women in Science Fiction Television.
  • Plotting an upcoming paper on Lost Girl and Once Upon a Time.
  • Plotting a book proposal about The X-Files.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

  • Complete a Ph.D.
  • Move to the USA.
  • Publish a novel.

THREE CELEB IDOLS:

  • Gillian Anderson.
  • Cher.
  • Geena Davis.

THREE QUOTES:

  • You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. – Gillian Anderson.
  • It’s not what you say or what people think of you, it is what you do, that counts. – George Lucas.
  • May the Force be with you. – Star Wars.

Sunday TV Reviews and Writing Links

With my last book chapter finished this week, I’m taking a couple of days off to recharge before tackling the afterword and the introduction. That meant catching up on sleep and on TV. Speaking of TV land, I was very happy to hear that Showcase renewed Lost Girl for a fifth season. This show is one of my all time favorites and with the mess they left us in at the end of the fourth season, a fifth one was desperately needed. I hope that this show can continue on for a few more years.

A couple of years ago, I had checked the pilot of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, because of all I had heard about it. I had thought that the concept was well renewed and that the show had a lot of potential. This last couple of weeks, I finally went through all of the first season. I am looking forward to watching the next seasons by now. I like that beyond the very cartoonish look and cute colors, there is solid character development in it. When I started it, half the ponies got on my nerves or left me indifferent. My favorite two are still Twilight Sparkle and Applejack. I enjoy how they are all so different and yet have something to bring. I like that beyond the pilot that says the six ponies are best friends despite having very recently met, they take time to develop the bonds, including with how they don’t always do the right thing and can get in arguments and need to fix things afterwards. I also find it interesting to see the younger sisters in some episodes. All in all, I’ll keep watching this cartoon series!

I caught up with the three more recent Intelligence episodes: 1.06 Patient Zero, 1.07 Size Matters, 1.08 Delta Force. I am still in love with this show. I love the stories, the characters, and it’s well shot. I was very interested in seeing in 1.07 how Gabriel’s humanity was brought forth in the story and the inner questioning he went through. His relation with Riley is still being well developed and the two actors have great chemistry! I enjoy the other members of Cyber Command as well. I am crossing fingers that the show gets renewed for a second season, because I’d miss it a lot if it were cancelled. While extremely different, Gabriel and Riley are my favorite male/female agent team since Mulder and Scully in The X-Files.

Links: Writing, Star Wars and Resources

Sunday Writing, Vidding, TV Ramblings And Link Dump

I hope you are all having a good weekend. Yesterday was particularly productive in terms of book writing. I have now completed 71,500 words out of the 80,000 for Women in Science Fiction Television. Part of me still hopes that I might be able to write more books about this very topic. As accomplished as I feel about this one, I know that I still have so much more to say about so many more characters! Taking things one at a time is important though. I’m planning to finish the final chapter this upcoming week and then focus on the book introduction and afterword. Once these last parts will be completed and gone through proofreading, I will work on the formatting.

With the romantic movie blog series (for which I plan to post a conclusion this upcoming week) I haven’t posted much on my YouTube channel, since non Science Fiction and non Fantasy videos go to my Vimeo. Yesterday, I searched for a new video to upload and one that I can use as channel trailer for non subscribers. I picked the one posted above, See You On The Other Side, a Science Fiction/Fantasy crossover of many different sources. I had created this short video as some kind of trailer for a talk I gave back in 2010 about Science Fiction Franchises and Transmedia.

I finished to catch up with already aired episodes from Almost Human, i.e. 1.10 Perception and 1.11 Disrupt. I am still hooked on the show and can’t wait for the last two episodes of the first season and hope the show gets renewed. I enjoyed discovering new things about different characters and new things lurking in the dark about them in these two episodes. I think they are doing really well in terms of character development, including the dynamics within the group. I also enjoy how they explore the issues in the world as it is depicted in 2048. Overall, it is a strong show and I am very glad I got to watch it!

I finally took a deep breath and sat through Lost Girl season 4 finale, 4.13 Dark Horse. I was afraid of how all hell would break loose after how heart wrenching this season had already been. I was right to be afraid. This was one of the most brilliant episodes of the whole show, but it was a horribly emotional ride. I don’t think I have cried that much since I watched the finale episodes of Babylon 5 some time last year. Once again the writers are doing a wonderful job and the actors are all amazing. I still laughed in between crying. When is season 5 officially announced? There is so much mess to fix!

After assaulting my box of tissues for Lost Girl, I caught up with the latest Beauty and the Beast episode, 2.14 Redemption as I needed something to “relax”. It was a good episode, which served well the current narrative arc. I was happy to see Vincent use his medical background again and hope to see more of that in the future. So far I had no problem with the love/romance dynamics in the show (minus how Tori used to annoy me so so much but it had nothing to do with her possible romance with Vincent). Yet, I felt that the show was borderline in this episode with the love triangle. It wasn’t badly done and made sense, but I just hope they clear the air soon and don’t drag things down. I had a doubt about the direction of the show in early season 2, and was reassured almost within the next episode, so I am not worried too much.

Links: Olivia Wilde, Fangirls, Writing, Reading, Star Wars and More Writing!