How’s this for flash fiction: She wrote. She deleted. White space. The End.
There’s not much writing going on in my house these days. Many thoughts on back–to-school, getting Teen One ready for trip, brother’s upcoming wedding, basement renovations, and so on and so forth. But not much writing. And now, when I should be writing this post, all I want to do is park my butt in front of the TV and commune with my favourite characters, glass of white wine in one hand and the remote in the other.
I need a dose of NCIS. This happens to be one of my favourite shows. Strong writing makes for memorable characters. Who doesn’t love the combination of a crusty, impatient boss, computer geek/mystery writer, Goth inspired forensic specialist, movie-quoting investigator, and a criminal profiling pathologist. And Ziva David, the female investigator on the team, who has got to be one of my favourite female characters on TV. She’s smart, beautiful, and knows eighteen different ways to kill a man with a paperclip. It’s the one show that tempts me to write fan fiction. I would love to pair up Tony DiNozzo and Ziva. Excuse the picture, they look nothing like their characters, but I couldn't resist they all look so pretty!
Signs of a serious NCIS addiction: mainlining coffee and sugary drinks by the gallon, performing Gibbs’ slap on the unwary, or calling anyone younger than you – probie.
Ziva David: You *are* aware that I've never - performed an interrogation without inflicting some sort of pain?
So, I’ll watch an old favourite while I wait for my new favourite, The Vampire Diaries. I’m not even tempted to write fan fiction for this one because everything happens the way I want it to by the end of the hour. Action, action and more action. I know very little about writing for the young adult market but it I think I remember reading it’s all about the action. Young adult fiction needs to be fast paced. It must be true for television, too. I can’t believe how much happens in one hour. And the scenery – mercy – high school never looked like that in my day! Add to that, the character, Damon Salvatore, is my favourite badass of the moment. And he’s a vampire.
Signs of a serious Vampire Diaries addiction: head shots of Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) on your wall instead of art, you feel the need to stock up on vervain, you have a sudden desire to return to high school.
Damon Salvatore: I do believe in killing the messenger, you know why? Because it sends a message.
Most anticipated new show, Hawaii Five O. Put your hand up if you remember the old Hawaii Five O. This looks nothing like that, judging by the trailer. But there is sure to be strong plot lines, well-developed characters, and fantastic imagery, judging by the trailer. And Alex O’Loughlin. I’m watching for that reason alone. He used to be a vampire, you know. A cheesy one, but still…
And because I can’t help myself: Book ‘em, Danno. Murder One.
Care to share your favourite television show? Favourite character? Ever thought of giving up watching television? No, seriously. Just think of how much time you’d have to write!