Posted by Susan Sey Aug 31 2009, 4:46 am in addictions, Arrested Development, Lost, Sopranos, Susan Sey, The Office, The Wire, TV
by Susan Sey
I avoid TV. It’s not because I have anything against it, though. I don’t. In fact, I love TV. I love it the way I love ice cream. The way I love Diet Coke. The way I love books.
I love TV quite a lot.
In fact, when TV lives up to its potential, I am powerless to stop myself. I am an addict, & this is why I avoid it. In real time, anyway. DVDS are another story.
When the Sopranos ended its run to such acclaim a few years ago I thought, “Okay, time to see what all the fuss was about.” Blockbuster.com sent me the first season on DVD over the Fourth of July. By Labor Day my husband & I (he’s as bad as I am) had pounded through all eight seasons. I’ll leave you to do the math but the number of hours we spent parked in front of the TV during those few weeks is cringe-worthy. We were lucky nobody staged an intervention. Especially since it wasn’t the first time we’d behaved in such a fashion.
Lost did it to us, too. That pilot episode when the plane first crashed? Yowza. And five, six seasons later, bad guy Ben just keeps the passive-aggressive fun coming. Good times.
I mourned when we finished the last DVD of Arrested Development. In addition to the razor-sharp humor (a character with sexual identity issues inadvertantly bills himself as an “analrapist” on his business cards, a combination analyst & therapist), it also provided me with my first opportunity in a number of years to remark upon how darn cute that Jason Bateman was.
The Office (the British original) introduced me to a brand of cringing comedy that was so excruciatingly honest I didn’t know for a solid three DVDs if I liked it or not. Turns out I do. (The American version introduced me to John Krasinski, on whom I instantly developed a minor crush. I still like the British version better, though. Ricky Gervais is incredibly talented.)
And now we’re addicted to a new one–The Wire, a cop show set in Baltimore’s west side. The writing is again razor sharp & the dialogue rings incredibly true. But there was one episode in the first season–one scene actually–that sealed the deal for me. It’s a scene in which Detective Jimmy McNulty & his partner Bunk revisit a crime scene to role play a murder. They say nothing but the f-word for about four solid minutes, each time with a different intonation & a different meaning. By the end of the scene they’d drawn a completely new conclusion about the crime & so had the audience–through nothing but about four minutes of the f-bomb.
I don’t know if that’s quality writing or acting, or maybe both, but I was totally sold. We watched Season One in five days.
We start Season Two tonight.
How about you? For your money, what’s the best TV show on the air right now? Off the air? Who’s telling the best story these days? I’d love to know because, at the rate we’re eating up The Wire, we’re going to need a new addiction one of these days pretty soon.
Posted by Jo Robertson Aug 30 2009, 4:01 am in Brownie recipe, Jo Robertson, Things You Never Taught Me
by Jo Robertson I was teaching my granddaughter how to make my special brownies the other day. Corinna’s ten and the oldest of three children, so she took charge immediately. “Two scant cups flour, ½ scant cup cocoa.” She read through the entire list aloud without stopping, gathered the ingredients and utensils, and spread them out on the counter. Only then did she stop and ask, “What’s ‘scant’”? She pronounced the word with a long a, which was rather cute, but of course, I held back my smile. “Not quite full to the top,” I answered, “because I don’t like
Posted by Jeanne Adams Aug 29 2009, 4:03 am in Best Friends, Jeanne Adams
I’ve decided that true friends and true loves are unusual creatures. In some ways they’re like real wizards, or unicorns – no, not that they’re impossibly mythical, but that they’re not easy to find. Its not that they aren’t there – really, there ARE good men out there! – it’s just that they aren’t common. Then again, would you really want them to be? A true gem, a diamond of the first water as our Regency gents would call it, is rare. So is a true friend. Or a real, honest to goodness loyal, loving life partner. Nope. Not common.
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Aug 28 2009, 5:45 am in historical western, life changes, Suzanne Welsh, THE SURRENDER OF LACY MORGAN
by Suzanne No this isn’t a discussion about my digital camera or my ability to take really cute pictures of my grandkids, (although I do and they are!). No that clicking you hear is the light bulb going off over your head when you suddenly have a great idea. Or that moment when everything falls into place like cubes in a game. Or that moment when you know, deep down in your gut that something is right, or God forbid, something is wrong. Click. What? You think I’m a little loco in la cabessa? Well, I may be, but let
Posted by Nancy Northcott Aug 27 2009, 5:15 am in Gerri Russell, Robert the Bruce, Templars, To Tempt a Knight
Today we welcome Scottish historical author Gerri Russell back to the Lair. Next month is the official launch of her new series about the Scottish Knights Templar with volume one, To Tempt A Knight. Which has a very tempting cover, as you’ll see. I’ve read the first part of this book, which has dynamic action and heart-wrenching romance, and I can’t wait to finish it. Gerri will tell us what inspired the series and give us a peek inside the book. Welcome, Gerri! I’m thrilled to be back in the lair with so many of my favorite people to celebrate
Posted by Nancy Northcott Aug 26 2009, 5:04 am in enthusiasm, high school, passion
by Nancy Feelings. Emotion. The heart of romance in real life and on the page, right? But they also carry over into so many other endeavors. Acting. Cooking. Music. Mr. Phillips, my high school band director, used to tell us to put some feeling into the music. At 17, not particularly familiar with classical pieces, I found that difficult at first. Then, as we played pieces like “The Marriage of Figaro” again and again, with fewer wrong notes, I did begin to feel it, to have a sense of melody rising and falling, of counter-melody moving through it. So did
Posted by Kate Carlisle Aug 25 2009, 5:15 am in deadlines, Kate Carlisle
By Kate Oh, August, how I’ve missed you! I was so looking forward to spending quality time with you, but so many things got in the way and somehow the time flew by. And now I turn around and find that you’re almost gone. Did I hurt your feelings when you first arrived and I spent the entire weekend shackled to my computer? I’m sorry, but I was trying to meet the deadline for my very first romance for Silhouette Desire. If you were hurt, I’m sorry, but it seemed important to finish the manuscript on time. First impressions and
Posted by Anna Sugden Aug 25 2009, 3:30 am in Anna Sugden, Bandita Booty, Girl From Mars, Julie Cohen
by Anna Sugden Thanks to everyone for making Julie Cohen’s visit such a blast! She has chosen a winner for her prize, a signed copy of her latest book Girl From Mars … The Mistress of Manga … Lynz Pickles!! Congrats, Lynz. This should give you some light relief in amongst all that language studying! Please send Julie your snail mail details – her email is email@example.com
Posted by Guest Aug 24 2009, 3:58 am in Darynda Jones, KJ Howe
By KJ Howe I’m a big believer in having dreams…and in dreaming big! Sometimes, when we least expect it, our dreams come true in the best way possible. Today is a perfect example of a writer’s dream come true. Our guest today is my fellow 2009 Golden Heart Finalist, Darynda Jones, who has just signed a three-book with St. Martin’s! I’ll let Darynda take it from here: Thank you so much for inviting me, KJ, and everyone at Romance Bandits! This has been such a surreal experience, and I’ve had many people tell me it’s also been inspirational for them.
Posted by Donna MacMeans Aug 23 2009, 2:40 am in Donna MacMeans, romance titles, Title Whisperer
by Donna MacMeans Have you noticed all the whispering going around lately? I think it started with the book The Horse Whisperer. I’ve since heard of the dog whisperer, the ghost whisperer, and the baby whisperer. Heck, I even saw a Cosmopolitan cover recently advertising an article called “The O Whisperer.” But with all the whispering going on – what I really need is a title whisperer. That’s right. Someone with the ability to calmly and rationally look at a manuscript and suggest a dynamic marketable title that actually works for the story. It’s not easy, I tell ya. It’s