Thursday, February 18, 2010

Let the sun shine in!

Today was a glorious day, weather-wise, which is why I'm going to ignore all of the other crap, and tell you all about the sunshine and the blue sky and the birds and the sunshine. It was beautiful. Still chilly, but with enough sunshine that the cold doesn't bother you, and is just nice and brisk. I walked to class in the afternoon sans coat and it was wonderful. :)

Enough about the weather.

I finally got my computer to boot today, which also helped the day be better. It's been trying to off itself for a while now, and I thought today it had succeeded. Didn't think it could get worse than this, did you?:

I'm currently writing this blog with Gilmore Girls in the background. My roommate has the first two seasons on DVD and I am so thankful for that. :)

I also finally got a frame for my Hair poster, which I have temporarily placed next to my lovely begonias that I purchased:

It's signed by much of the cast, but is unfortunately lacking the signatures of Bryce Ryness and Gavin Creel, two of my favorites. But this makes up for it:

Yeah, that's us on the green room couches of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Be extremely jealous.

I still need to watch this week's Lost, and get caught up on The Office.

Apparently this go-round of the ABC-Disney Television Writing Fellowship has started up, and has me thinking a lot about it. I really want to apply for it next time, which means I need to get writing. I've started thinking about shows to write spec scripts for, to have a few on hand. Any ideas?


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Let the sapfest begin.

Happy Valentine's Day. To those of us who find ourselves alone this holiday, don't despair. A great way to pull oneself out of a slump is to ignore reality for a few hours. Immerse yourself in a world of fiction, and pretend that that world is the true reality.

Since I sort of like television, I thought I would whip up a nice list of some of my favorite love-themed episodes:

  • "Lovers Walk" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3x08 - One of my favorite Buffy episodes. Spike returns to Sunnydale after Drusilla leaves him, and has decided to use magic to get her back. Meanwhile, Buffy and Angel set out to stop him together, and Xander and Willow have to deal with their own hormones.
  • "Swarley" - How I Met Your Mother 2x07 - A HIMYM classic. Marshall goes on a date with another girl after he and Lily break up, and she's not as okay with it as she lets on.
  • "Valentine's Day" -The Office 2x16- The title really says it all. It's Valentine's Day at Dunder-Mifflin. Flowers are being recieved, cards sent, secrets revealed, and some people in the office are just not happy. I'm worried this list is making me seem like a downer.
  • "Crush" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5x14 - With seven seasons, I couldn't help but include another episode. In this episode, Spike sets out to prove his love for Buffy by killing Drusilla. Great quote: "Honey, did you somehow lead him on in any way? Send him signals?" "Well, I do beat him up a lot...for Spike that's like third base."
  • "St. Valentine's Day" - 30 Rock 3x11 - Liz has a strange first date with Drew, and Jack goes to church with Elisa. An awesome episode made even more awesome by Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird.
EDIT: There are actually two more Buffy episodes that I thought of that belong in this list. They are:
  • "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" - 2x16 - After Cordelia breaks up with him on Valentine's Day, Xander casts a love spell that causes all of the women in Sunnydale to fal in love with him, with disastrous results.
  • "Him" -7x06 - Dawn falls head over heels over a boy at school, as does Buffy, Anya, and even Willow, as the result of some sort of spell.
This is by no means a definitive list. If I had all night, I would make it much longer and far more detailed. With a rating system. And possibly plot analyses.

(Other recommended viewing includes You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, Shakespeare in Love, Kate and Leopold, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Moulin Rouge, and Paris, je t'aime)

I hope that can at least give you some ideas on how to make your Singles Awareness Day the best that it can be, given whatever circumstances may be involved. And to you couples, enjoy each other's company, and try to be respectful of those around you that are not walking on clouds.
Once again, Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Doctor, oh Doctor, I'm begging you please, to rid me of madness, and cure this disease

This is day one of "Emily's First Steps to Betterment Through A Healthy Routine".

Today I:

  • Went to the gym on campus and worked out
  • Did homework
  • Had a Doctor Who marathon
  • Got caught up on this season of NCIS
A good start to a better life. And now I'm blogging, which was also one of the things I planned to do today.

I'm already a little nostalgic about David Tennant as the Doctor, so I needed a little of that in my life at the moment. I am, however, really freaking excited about NEW Who in MARCH. MARCH!! I'm still devastated that he's gone. Le sigh.

I DID find an article that confirms Neil Gaiman's plans to write an episode of Doctor Who that will air in 2011, which is just, to quote Nine, fantastic. :)

My mother will be disappointed to find out that I'm an episode (after tonight, two) episode(s) behind on Castle, one of my loves. I have so much television to catch up on right now, it's a little bit ridiculous. I have 15 items in my Hulu queue. If you're interested, they are:
  • Caprica (1)
  • Fringe (2)
  • The Office (3)
  • 30 Rock (1)
  • Psych (2)
  • Castle (1)
  • V (4)
Did I just hear Mark Sheppard (Badger on Firefly) narrating a Man Vs. Wild commercial on Discovery Channel? Hmmmm. Interesting.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I'm a slayer, ask me how!

Blogging is just as difficult as I remember. As stated previously, the main purpose of this blog is to write. I find it harder and harder to just write like this these days, because I haven't in a long time. If I'm going to reach my goal, I need to keep writing. So I'm going to make this a part of my routine, along with brushing my teeth and doing my homework.

A few things:

1) LOST. asfghfssfg. The new season began on Tuesday, and my head is still in a tizzy over the premiere. It didn't answer very many questions, but it set us up for what I'm sure is going to be the trip of a lifetime. :) Can't wait to experience it.

2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This show ended in 2003, but I just discovered the awesomeness roughly 10 months ago. I have since purchased every season on DVD, read all of the Season 8 comics, and introduced my sister and three of my friends to it. It may very well be one of my favorite shows of all time, and that is not an exaggeration. It's an amazing blend of the supernatural, amazing characters, humor, and heart. All of this leads me to my next part of this post, which is

3) Joss Whedon. I love this man and his beautiful brain. He gave us Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, and most recently, Dollhouse, which just ended after Fox killed it. Joss, why do you continue to go to Fox? They're the people who killed the lovely Firefly after fourteen episodes. Ridiculous.

This concludes the written diarrhea portion of my blogging career. I guess before I can really get well into this, I need to get all of the blather out of my system. So bear with me, dear readers. if you exist. Except for my mother. Hey, mom. :D

Song of the day - All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Walking in (cyber)Space

As part of my grand aspiration to become a writer in TV land, I decided that I really need to write more and more often. I find it difficult most of the time to just write, so this is going to be a (fingers crossed) daily regimen to make myself a better writer and a better person.
I'm not going to do the stock intro post, because I've done that far, far too many times. This is roughly the fourth blog that I've begun in my lifetime, including my attempt at livejournaling. Hey, I was fifteen once.
I just returned (okay, I use the phrase "just returned", but it was a few weeks ago) from my first trip to New York City, which was absolutely phenomenal. I fell in love with the city, the people, the atmosphere, etc. Just amazing. I also found this place in the village that I didn't get to go in because it was closed:

Song of the day: Perfect for You - Next To Normal - Adam Chanler-Berat and Jennifer Damiano