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26 September 2014 @ 11:19 am
Grab bag...  
My Idol entry is up, and a new weekend is on the horizon. Time for a brain dump!

Last Chance Idol signups are open! If you were thinking about joining Idol earlier this year but didn't, or might like to give it a try now, you can join until Sept. 30 (Tuesday) and that's also the deadline for the first topic. It's a fun writing competition that will get you writing, get you thinking and talking about writing with other contestants, and improve your writing! Plus, the Green Room and Work Rooms are entertaining. :D If you've found yourself thinking that LJ is a little "dead," it is definitely not dead in Idol. There are so many of you I'd love to see give it a try, so let me just poke a few of you directly: gekizetsu, destina, deirdre_c, mercurybard, pheebs1, weesta, and those of you who have been in previous rounds or earlier this season? Please come baaaack!

Watched the premiere of Forever, and while I liked it... I liked it a lot better when it was called New Amsterdam, and starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Seriously. I hope there were negotiations with the first show's creator, because the details are damned familiar. It's even set in Manhattan!

The setting/artwork on Gotham looked great, and I like Donal Logue (though his presence on the show just reminds me that Terriers is never coming back!) But the actor in the lead kind of rubs me the wrong way—he always looks smug to me. Also, I see the potential for far too much little!Bruce. But I'll keep watching and see how it goes...

I finally also saw the S2 finale of Hannibal, which was both exactly what could have happened and also everything you probably did NOT want to have happen, no matter what you were hoping for. The show is dark and disturbing, and yet the artistic touch on it is amazing, and what a cast. I don't really understand the Japanese Temple bell/drum music as a choice for it, but it's certainly consistent.

I finished a couple of books recently, and one of them was really impressive: The Impossible Knife Of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's a YA book, in which the main character and her father have finally settled down for her senior year of high school in the town where her father grew up. The father suffers from PTSD that has wreaked havoc on both him and his daughter, and they've spent many of the previous years roaming the country while he did long-haul trucking. There's terrific wry humor, the romantic teen relationship is fun and never cloying, and the PTSD element is really well done. I highly recommend this one!

All right, back to the frustrations of work (compile, damn it, compile!) and waiting for the weekend...

 
 
 
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on September 26th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Forever intrigues me. Haven't watched yet. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
You'll like it better if you haven't seen the other show, otherwise you might feel a little peeved, as I do. ;)

One of the key differences (and not of the good) is that the Nikolaj Coster-Waldau character seemed damaged and vulnerable... and the Ioan Gruffudd character comes off as kind of "icy." Mrp.

We still haven't cracked the premiere of Sleepy Hollow, but maybe tonight!