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August Recap

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Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

Photo Credit: Rayi Christian.

Next Week on the Blog

Next week, I will post the highlights of August’s blogging. On Thursday, there will be the Digital Quill Answers feature.

Blogging is a tad slower these days because of how much I have going on on the writing/revising/book marketing front, but I am very excited about all that will happen in the upcoming months. So be sure, there will be much to read!

And if you missed it this week, I was a guest on Shannon A. Thomspon’s blog on Monday, where I discussed writing about real and imaginary locations.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Links: Writing, Feminism, Bullying

Links: Writing, Feminism, Bullying

Photo Credit: Paweł Wojciechowski.

Photo Credit: Paweł Wojciechowski.

Links: Writing, Fangirls

Link: Writing, Fangirls

Photo Credit:  Jonas Nilsson Lee.

Photo Credit: Jonas Nilsson Lee.

Links: Writing, Star Wars, Feminism

Photo Credit: Angelina Odemchuk.

Photo Credit: Angelina Odemchuk.

Links: Writing, Star Wars, Feminism

Upcoming Blog Series Progress, Tumblr Questions, Links: Diversity, Writing, Social Media, Tinker Bell

Preparations for my upcoming blog series A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom are going well. The logo is ready, as previously mentioned and I have the musical “theme” for the short videos. I have now done more than half of the scripting for the introductory video segments. Once they are all ready, I will move on to the preparation of the actual posts. After much deliberation, I have decided that I will work on having everything prepared before the launch of the series (posts and videos). I will of course edit certain posts as time goes by if the characters I’m analyzing undergo significant changes, but with much up in the air in my life, I don’t want to see the quality of this series diminishing or lacking time. This is why I am unsure of when exactly this series will be launched, though it will be this summer for sure. The more I work on it, the better it is coming along, so I am pretty optimistic about the final results and am looking forward to all the discussions it might spark.

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

Photo Credit: Sonja Langford.

In the past months, I brought up the possibility of expanding my online presence to another platform (I am not willing to add more than one as it is important that I can really engage with people without spreading myself too thin). I am still debating over it, but I might decide to go for a Tumblr account. The one time I tried it, I ran away screaming (and this isn’t stretching the truth much). I tend to love how it looks and I know quite a few people I interact with are also there. So I would be interested in having feedback from you Tumblr users. How flexible is the platform? Any recommendation for a theme/place to find free ones? How easy (or not) is the tagging/queuing system? I’d set up automatic shares on Tumblr like I have on LinkedIn and Twitter, but I’d look into being a bit active there. I also wonder how the sourcing aspect of Tumblr works. I know that I could just simply Google all of this, but being able to have actual input from users would be extremely useful. Thank you!

Links: Diversity, Writing, Social Media, Tinker Bell

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

TV Reviews and Links

Last night, a bout of insomnia saw me catch up with TV to a greater extent than I had first planned. This is why you are getting reviews for a few episodes. The only shows I won’t include today are Killer Women whose pilot I fell in love with (Tricia Helfer was amazing) and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I will review both shows once I am done with the seasons I am currently watching (first one for Killer Women and second one for My Little Pony).

Crisis – 1.01 Pilot: I checked this show because of Gillian Anderson being part of the cast, which should come as no surprise who knows me. I don’t really watch actual thrillers these days, because I am not so much in the mood for them. So, I didn’t know whether I would get into Crisis. It already is one hell of a ride. I admit that I don’t really care about the kid characters, but I love the tension, the atmosphere and most of the adult characters. My favorites are Meg Fitch, Susie Dunn and Marcus Finley. These three characters are extremely interesting and I can’t wait to find more about them. I love how the pilot already provided a lot of great plot twists and I can’t wait to see the characters develop, including the relationship between the two sisters.

Believe – 1.01 Pilot and 1.02 Beginner’s Luck: I like some of Cuaron’s work, so I got intrigued by the show, but I didn’t have any big expectations. I found the pilot interesting but the second episode really won me over. I like “special child” themes and they are doing it really well. There are elements that remind me of The X-Files, Dark Angel, Children of Men and Bird on a Wire. I like the cast and I find that the way they give information about who’s who is pretty well done so far, between the two episodes. The build up is well done and I love the interaction between Bo (yes, I think about Lost Girl every time I hear her name) and Tate. I like that Bo is a smart kid, but still a kid. She has a good heart and yet she isn’t perfect at all, which makes her all the more credible. I am definitely going to keep watching!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 1.15 Yes Men: I got excited about this episode from the moment I knew that Sif would show up. She is one of my favorite female characters in the Avengers verse. It is always a treat to see her and I really hope that she could get her own movie at some point. Seeing her join forces with Melinda May was awesome. There was again a lot of interesting moments between the characters and I like how the team is now. The episode completely reminded me of the first season Stargate SG-1 episode Hathor, but it didn’t feel like a poor rip off, so I didn’t mind it. The final scene with Melinda May left me staring at my screen.

Continuum – 3.01 Minute by Minute: The cliffhanger at the end of the second season was one of the worst I had ever seen and I couldn’t wait for this episode. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I was expecting a lot, and my brain got fried even more than I thought it would be. It went beyond all my expectations. Time travel is a very tricky business, but this show is doing very well with its theme. Seeing Kiera and Garza in their scenes together was something I hadn’t seen coming at all, and Kiera had outstanding moments. The story was good as usual, and I can’t wait to see the direction of this new season. It is dark and I have the feeling it will go darker, but I love the show to pieces. I’m so glad it’s back on air!

Once Upon A Time – 3.13 Witch Hunt: I still remember how I tried this show because I wasn’t sure I had much left to watch back last Fall. I then went through a marathon of everything and couldn’t get enough. I still feel like that now. This show is one of my favorite ones right now and I love what they have done with the fairy tales and assorted imaginary worlds in the story. This episode was great and I like how they jump back and forth in the timeline. It is well executed and easy to follow. Regina and Emma teaming up and being sneaky was great and the banter between Regina and Robin Hood worked well in my view. I’m going to keep repeating it until it happens, but I can’t wait for Regina to smack the Wicked Witch!

Links: Writing, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Pocahontas