Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Doctor is Out

By now, everyone on the internets has probably already heard that David Tennant is hanging up his pinstripe suit and handing the keys to the TARDIS to an 11th Doctor.  Everyone has already started picking who they think should step into the role of the BBC’s venerable Time Lord (you can read some picks here and here).  Since everyone else is doing it, I figured I might as well come up with a few possible choices.

Anthony Stewart Head

No stranger to the Who-niverse, Head could bring a nice new spin to the 11th Doctor.  First of all, he’d be a more mature Doctor.  Plus, as he showed us on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Head’s got a certain something that says “I’m prim and proper on the outside, but I’ll kick your fucking teeth in if you push me.”

Mackenzie Crook

I love Crook, and would watch him in anything.  (Look at him…doesn’t he just scream “British”?)  My only concern is that he might be a little too similar in general appearance to the departing Tennant–by that, I mean lanky and somewhat gawky.  Although, I would love to see what kind of Doctor Gareth would be.

Simon Pegg

Think about it.  A wee, tiny little Doctor whose first instinct is to get really pissed off at people.  And, let’s be honest, don’t we all want to save Pegg from Hollywood.

Dylan Moran

If you know who he is, you know why he’d be awesome.

James Nesbitt

Nesbitt showed he’s capable of playing both a repressed wet blanket and a charismatic sociopath in the BBC’s Jekyll.  He also has a delightfully expressive face–including a shit-eating grin that stretches for miles–that could bring just a little bit of manic menace to the 11th Doctor.

Martin Freeman

Crook’s Office co-star could bring a quiet mumbly charm to the Doctor, quite a change from the more manic performance of Tennant.  Besides, Freeman’s role as Arthur Dent in the feature film version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy should provide enough sci-fi cred for his resume.

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Seven Facts Meme

This meme has been bouncing around some of the blogs I read–you can see it here, here, and here–and, even though I’ve never done such a thing in the past, it seemed harmless enough.  What follows are seven random facts (or, possibly, factoids) about me:

1. I love Wednesday.  I love Wednesday because it is–wait for it–NEW COMICS DAY!  I’ve been collecting comics regularly for about twelve years and, in those dozen years, Wednesday has become the one day of the week I look forward to no matter what.  Fridays are fine.  Weekends have their place.  But Wednesdays rule!  Whether I spend 40 bucks (like I did in the beginning) or 20 bucks (like I do today), I’m there at the Local Comic Shop pretty much every Wednesday, ready to pick up my books.

2. Despite having this blog and doing the whole Twitter thing and being in possession of an iPhone, I continue to be slightly uncomfortable around technology.  If I need to write something down, I immediately reach for a pen and paper.  If I want to brainstorm about a story I’m writing, I’ll grab a notebook.  I think I have some kind of Terminator-driven fear of a robot uprising.

3. I’m overly organized.  Actually, it’s a little more complicated than that.  My books and DVDs are organized by subject (okay, that isn’t too strange).  My clothes are also organized and, after laundry day, everything goes back exactly where it came from.  More than one person has remarked that my folded t-shirts look like they’re still on the shelves at the store.  Actually, one friend was so impressed with my folding skills that she would ask me to come over before a party so I could organize her closets.  Perhaps the height of this organization hoot-nanny occurred in college.  In college, I worked in the kitchen of a small restaurant.  I spent an unnatural amount of my free time making sure that all of the stacks of plates were even.

4. I’m somewhat shy and socially awkward.  Now, I know there are people who can walk into a room of strangers and shine.  I know this because I’m friends with some of them.  I am not one of these people.  It takes me a while to warm up to new people (sometimes years).  Of course, once I do warm up to you, I’m damned gregarious.

5. I love learning things.  As a kid, when I was bored, I’d pick up a random volume of the encyclopedia and just read about stuff.  I watched PBS.  In college, I would take classes that had nothing to do with my major because they looked interesting.  I can watch the History Channel or the Discovery Channel at the drop of a hat.  Not only do I like learning things, but my ability to recall the lamest piece of trivia about the strangest topics has earned me quite a reputation amongst friends and family.

6. I consider the following to be my “Most Embarrassing Moment” (your mileage may vary): I am a huge fan of Joss Whedon.  Not only is he the man responsible for two-and-a-half of my all-time favorite shows (Angel kind of sagged there in the middle years), but he’s probably become the biggest influence on my own writing.  A few years back, I was able to get the Whedon-y One’s autograph at a comic convention.  I waited on line.  And, when I got up to the table and we exchanged the usual pleasantries, I said: “Will we get to see more Xander next season?” (Note: this occurred between seasons 4 and 5, after the main characters had gone off to college and fractured somewhat as a cohesive group.)  Whedon responded in the affirmative.  It should have ended there, but it didn’t.  I, for some reason beyond the ken of God or Man, added: “Good.  I like Xander.”  That conversation probably didn’t even register on Whedon’s Weird-Fan-O-Meter, but I’m still kicking myself.

7. My favorite foods are pickles, cheese, peanut butter, pretzels, and coffee.  If I could figure out a recipe that included all of these things and didn’t make me vomit, I’d do the Happy Dance.

Now I guess I have to tag a bunch of folks (hey man, I don’t make the rules)…so, tag, you’re it:

1. Max

2. Twyst

3. Kym

4. Erin

5. Chris

City of Bones: The Joy of a New Discovery

I just finished reading City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.  I should start off by saying that I don’t read a lot of YA fiction (except for the new Young James Bond series and Harry Potter, of course) and I haven’t really gotten hooked on urban fantasy (except Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series).  By now, you’ve probably guessed that City of Bones is a YA/urban fantasy novel.  What you might not have guessed is that I absolutely loved it.

There’s a good chance that I would never have picked up City of Bones if it wasn’t recommended by Jen.  It’s one of her favorite books, but that doesn’t always make a good recommendation.  I think the real reason she recommended it was that she knows how much I like the Dresden series, Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  She also, rather tongue-in-cheek, mentioned the fact that it’s set in New York City, with large chunks taking place in Brooklyn.  The key to a good recommendation is knowing what the other person likes, not what you think they like (that kind of thinking led someone to tell me I would “love” A Confederacy of Dunces, which holds the distinction of being the only book I’ve ever hurled across the room in disgust).  My old boss had an amazing knack for recommending books after you told him three or four of your favorite books–I don’t think a single book he told me to read was a letdown.

Now…where was I?  Oh, right:

City of Bones is the story of fifteen-year-old Clarissa “Clary” Fray.  Clary fits right in with my all-time favorite female characters–Willow, Fred, Kitty Pryde, Kaylee, and Hermione.  She’s a little socially awkward, but with enough brains and spunk to see her through.  Clary’s world is turned upside down when she learns that there is a secret, hidden world that no one can see.  No one, except her.  It’s a world of demons, vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks.  A world patrolled by a group known as Shadowhunters.  Right there, it’s already hitting the happy part of my brain where Buffy, Harry Potter, and Harry Dresden live (not to mention Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere).

To be honest, I was expecting a pretty standard story.  That’s not what I got.  Sure, there were a few things that I called pretty early on.  But, Clare’s narrative throws so many curve-balls that everything I had figured out for myself paled in comparison.  I’m itching to get my hands on the next book in the series–City of Ashes–so I can revisit this world and see what Clare has in store for Clary and the others.

Just Because I Can

I love Halloween.  It’s my favorite time of year.  And, for the last few days, I’ve had these songs stuck in my head.  Now, so do you:

"He Is Coming to Your Little Town!"

In honor of Halloween–and to check out the new poll feature on WordPress–here’s today’s question:

"She was a junkie for the printed word…"

Jen posted this quiz on her blog.  And, since I’m a fan of writing and quizzes, I thought I’d share it.

What Type of Writer Should You Be?

You Should Be a Film Writer:

You don’t just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue.  You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories.  The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Interesting, no?  Go find out what kind of writer you should be.  Go on.  Do it.

I'm Okay!

I haven’t posted in a while–various things have been conspiring to make me a little more frazzled and scatter-brained than usual, although not necessarily in a bad way–so, I thought I’d just pop in and let you all know that I’m still breathing.

We’ll be returning to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.  But, until then, enjoy this video of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory (a.k.a. my TV alter ego):