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30 March 2011 @ 11:31 pm
Quick Update  
Both kids won their championship basketball games on Sunday (with some nail-biting moments along the way). Yay!

Now we have afterparties this Sunday and next, and we might go up to the snow on Saturday... if it isn't snowing at the time. Our yearly trips are always a game of chicken: we have to go on a clear weekend (usually early Spring), but preferably before the snow gets slushy.

We caught up on last week's L&O: SVU (thanks, alienmom!) Olivia looked gorgeous in that ep, and Elliot is pure hotness without even trying. The big "shocker" at the end didn't seem that shocking to me. It's one of those things where, emotionally, you can see it happening and it almost makes sense. Tonight's episode? Not at all. Holy moly! But randomly, I could fangirl Elizabeth Mitchell forever.

On the writing front, I'm still working on Flood Auction fics and some random drabbles. I poked at an LAS fic forever, mainly battling tense-wrangling and ensuing awkwardness. Much as I'm in a "writing past-tense as present" phase right now, there are disadvantages in trying to separate out events in the distance past. Not just the wordiness, but the risk of things like "had had" (which isn't incorrect, just... unwelcome).

On the reading front: I finished a Kathy Reichs (Bones) novel, I abandoned a "Richard Castle" novel (too cheesy, not in the fun way), I might be working on Paul Is Undead, and I am definitely reading Jump. That last one I picked up for utterly shallow reasons (the woman on the cover looks like Astrid, from Fringe) but I'm really enjoying the writing so far. Oh, and I read a kids' book called Nanny Piggins that was all kinds of fun. She's not Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and she's not Mary Poppins either. She's the type of nanny who waits until the parents are gone to begin the mud wars, endless cake consumption, and other sorts of random hedonism that you might very well expect from an actual pig. Except in a dress. \o/

nrrrdy_grrrl on March 31st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Castle has been a cause for some disappointment. It's most redeeming quality for me is that I really wanted to see Nathan Fillion get steady work and enjoy some long-term success.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on March 31st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the show (though I pretty much watch it in "background" mode). Nathan Fillion is a hotty, and the show really plays to his strengths with humor, charm, and ability to carry off characters with ginormous egos and still make them likable. And I like the interplay with Becket.

But the books are supposed to have been written by the character (so, they're not about the show-- they're supposedly what Richard Castle is writing while observing the police/etc.) Kind of a spoof within a spoof. But they'd need to either be better, or a LOT more ridiculous, for me to enjoy them.

My husband said, "I thought Castle was supposed to be this great writer." And I said, "Technically, he's a best-selling author. Which apparently is not the same as actually 'good', here."

Like John Grisham, maybe. Lousy novelist, but outrageously popular. He essentially writes screenplays as novels, full of plot-action-plot, but the movie versions of his books have more substantive characterization than the original. :0