Thursday, April 28, 2016
Three Interesting Things
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7 Posts: Valencia and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
7 Posts: The Best Friend Problem in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Monday, April 25, 2016
7 Posts: The Songs of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
But overall the songs are amazing, and in many ways express the very specific viewpoint of the show whether it's with Rebecca's realization that she is actually the villain, or the guest star packed song from from the dream ghosts.
I'll talk more about this in some of the other posts, but the songs say important things. First, they are quirky to say the least, if a chorus of children holding scissors singing to face your fears doesn't appeal to you, well, this may not be the show for you. But also, the awareness expressed in everything from the "Sexy Getting Ready Song" to "I Have Friends" to "I'm the Villain" express that the show has an awareness that Rebecca herself does not always have. And that makes me trust the hands of the storytellers.
*All links lead to videos. Some of them contain language acceptable on evening broadcast TV.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Rest in Purple
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night
"Let's Go Crazy" - Prince
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Three Interesting Things
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
True and Not True: A Look at "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
In a case of small word-itis, one of the alumnae board members was my carpool buddy in elementary school, so I got to see her. And I made sure to hug said teacher Friday night in case she was too mobbed on Saturday. (She told me I looked great, she was glad to see me, and she didn't think think she'd ever seen my with lipstick, which is likely true, I was even more low maintenance in high school.)
Monday, April 18, 2016
Contests and Categories and Things
While I have not met Ann Gallagher, she writes under many pen names, including L.A. Witt and Lauren Gallagher, both of which I have read. Semi-related to where we are going today, is that L. A. Witt's Covet Thy Neighbor is a great story that really only needed the words gay youth pastor to have me on board, but is about two men with very different experiences of Christianity and falling in love with someone who is deeply within the thing that hurt you, or has been deeply hurt by the thing that saved you. In other words I found it a wonderful story of love and faith and confronting your past.
3. No one wants judges to read things they are not comfortable reading. I have had judges return entries because they had read the work previously*. I have had people return an entry because it hit a hot button for them and they couldn't give it a fair shake. Here's the thing, I do not - as a writer, a reader, or an RWA member want people judging things they cannot judge fairly. But that is not the book's fault. In every contest I've volunteered with, judges are asked to check entries on receipt so if there are immediately obvious issues - be it format, be it I've read this, be it I could never read this, they can alert their category coordinator so that things can be reassigned as necessary. If none of the judges for your category will read an entry, well, you may need to recruit more judges.
*Lots of writers make the rounds of contests, and for judges who volunteer widely this can be an issue. Most contests ask you if someone in their chapter has read it, but that doesn't really cover that judges outside of each chapter often get recruited.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Three Interesting Things
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Stories Don't Exist in a Vacuum: The Sleepy Hollow Finale Problem
And you may lose fans as a result, not because fans are fickle or never want things to happen to their faves, but because you have broken their trust. If they signed on for a show that pushed story telling boundaries and instead got more of the same, they, especially in this time of peak TV, will move to a show that keeps surprising them in new ways.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Intervention is Back
I mentioned before my love for "Intervention". I believe that while one can watch with a sense of schadenfreude, it also make really clear that addiction is a disease that requires the treatment of professionals, and that family members cannot generally love or reason the addict out of their addiction. They worked to help people, and in general the focus on the depths of their addiction was to make it clear that the addict had gotten themselves somewhere past all their own boundaries, they were generally not having a great time. And they helped people, both addicts and families. When it returned, it felt a little different. It seems likely they may have swapped out some producers and people either due to normal attrition or becuase some of these folks, the off camera folks, had become too well known to the addicts. The new spin off show about addicted couples ("Intervention: Codependent") is working on a different model, in this case the addicts are aware that an interventionist is coming, the interventionist meets with the parents and the addict prior to the intervention, and then the official offer of love and treatment is made, with the surprise factor being the couple being unaware that they need to seek treatment separately.
There have been issues where the newer episodes seem to feature addicts going a little farther, getting themselves in more danger in front of the cameras. It's hard to say how much of that is better mobile camera technology allowing them to send addicts being filmed a little further away, and only discover what they were doing in the car until later, and how much it's simply a factor of long running shows tending to get called in on worse and worse cases. (As an example, "Extreme: Home Makeover, in early seasons would just get called in for nice people who had adopted extra kids, or as a surprise for a winning basketball coach. By the end, you likely had a special needs child, a death in the family, and/or at least one other hardship. I suspect the person who does the pre-sorting of applicants just gets so many, they have to prioritize higher level cases.)
But they had also added the check in's where the interventionist video chatted with the former addict to catch up on how they were doing. As a long time watcher of the crawl at the end updating us on the status of the addict (still sober, relapsed but recovered, married, etc) really liked this. There had even been some episodes where a recovered addict had called the show to help another of their loved ones to assist them in starting their recovery. I had certainly noticed that a high percentage of addicts spend at least some time working in a sober home, helping with the recovery of others.
And yes, I had seen one even mention on her check in that she was now doing interventions. So, when I spotted in an episode that Silvia Parsons was the interventionist, I was thrilled. I have never met Silvia, and possibly never will, but seeing it come full circle in that way was just wonderful and a reminder that the core premise of the show is to provide help.