Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Writing? Maybe Tomorrow...

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!


Anita Mae Draper said...

Castle. New season starts Sept 20th according to the trailers. I've been working with our vacation photos in my corner of the living room these past few nights while the family's been watching So You Think You Can Dance Canada and a couple times each night, I'll hear a commercial and smile. "Castle," I'll say as I recognize Detective Beckett's voice. The new season seems to have upped the level of sexy attraction between Beckett and Castle as well as giving her a bit of glamour. Of course, it could just be an episode or two. Doesn't matter, the writing is sooo good, I'd watch it if they were in rags.

I fly back from the ACFW conference on the 21st, so that means I'll be alone in my hotel room in Indy for the Castle premier. Excellent. No interruptions. :D

NCIS is my 2nd best drama show, but I didn't recognize the pic until you told me. David McCallum has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and he was Illya Kuryakin, spy. *sigh

Yes, I remember Hawaii Five O. I think it was my introduction to palm trees. LOL

I also like The Listener and Lie to Me.

Great post, Karyn.

Anita Mae.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Anita. I'm a Castle fan, too. And yep, it looks like they're turning up the heat! I try to limit myself to one drama per weeknight. Thank goodness for PVR's.

I know the photo doesn't look like the NCIS crew at all, but they look good!

BTW, when I watch Lie to Me I always think I should be taking notes on body language.

Hayley E. Lavik said...

I'm actually not much for tv, or at least not while it's on tv. If there's something Hubby and I like, we get boxed sets later. Generally speaking we watch more movies, between movie channels and an ever-expanding dvd collection (boy, can't wait until it that thing goes obsolete... gah)

Right now there isn't anything that I follow, I never know when things I may enjoy are coming on. The things I do seek out don't seem to have any fiction to them, I guess because I don't like wandering into a show halfway through. If I turn the tv on, it's often to Discover, Discovery Civilizations, or the Food Network... often for filler. Mythbusters always makes me happy, I love catching random documentaries that leave me eager to do world-building. I also love Machines of Malice, a small show on torture and execution devices, where the hosts test how well these devices actually work. Muahaha. There's only a handful of episodes of that one though.

The one guilty pleasure I do have, and know when to catch, is one I've confessed to before, America's Next Top Model. Reality tv drives me nuts, and I hate sitting through catty drama, but I do love this damn show. It's strange because it sits so at odds with the sort of issues I often get wound up about (culture, media, etc), but I love the pretty pretty photo shoots :D That being said, I wouldn't have known when a knew season of it started except for this blog, which made me wonder if I'd missed it already.

And now I have the Hawaii Five O theme in my head!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hi Karyn,
I knew who wrote this post just by the photos!

I slowly stopped watching TV about ten years ago, dropping one show a season until now I'm down to one. Guess which one? Yep. Vampire Diaries.

Now when people ask me "When do you have time to write?" I simply say "I don't watch TV."

Jana Richards said...

Hi Karyn,
I follow a few shows, but nothing religiously. I have to agree with Anita about Castle. I do like that show, mainly because of Nathan Fillion (he's Canadian, don't you know). And I do enjoy NCIS occassionally. I've watched Lie to Me, and I agree with you. I should be taking notes!

My daughter and I watched So you Think you can Dance (American version) and have now started watching the new season of the Canadian version. The only other reality type show I've watched any amount of is American Idol and Project Runway. I also like stuff on the History channel, and the Home and Garden network.

I think Joanne is the smartest one of all of us. Think of all the writing we could do if we didn't watch any TV!


Karyn Good said...

Hi Hayley. America's Next Top Model and Machines of Malice? Similiar themes, really. And tests them out? I don't even want to know...

I don't watch reality tv but with the kids home the tv's on more often these days and my son was watching The Colony on Discovery Channel. Have you heard of it? Yikes, now there's an interesting experiment in creating a gang mentality by simulating a global disaster and exploring the aftermath.

Good to know I'm not the only one carrying that song around in my head!

Karyn Good said...

Hey, Joanne. I've seriously cut down on my tv watching over the last year. One show a night. And you're right, it really does free up time! I should have been smart like you and done it a lot sooner :)

I knew you had good taste! September 9th! (I think)

Karyn Good said...

Hi Jana. Two votes for Castle, well, three if you count me. I can see how the History channel would be appealing and also useful!

I think you're right! Joanne is the smartest out of all of us!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hey guys,
Sometimes I'm not sure being cut off from visual media is too smart - I'm totally out of touch with the world.

I remember my 95 year old grandma seeing our TV when I was a kid, and she was always so horrified and disgusted! I hope that won't be me. Except that it will be!

Okay. I just turned on the TV!

Karyn Good said...

Well, turn the darn thing back off again. Immediately!

It's probably the reason she lived to be 95!

connie said...


Love your answer to Joanne.

I don't watch a lot of tv because husband drives me nuts. How many football games can there be? And, he flicks through channels constantly. It should be a defense in any murder charges that may be incurred.

I love NCIS and Criminal Minds and some stuff on the history channel or PBS or Discovery channel..

I abhor CNN - scary that they consider themselves trusted or that anyone trusts them. Lousy journalism - and I mean lousy. There are two rules: be accurate and don't get involved. I thought wolf and anderson were going to cry or make a donation or both during the story of the little boy who was not in the balloon. Also, if there isn't a crisis, they create one.

Castle I watched once and didn't like. LOST lost me at some point. I am looking forward to (sigh) Tom Selleck in a new police show. Hawaii Five O - I.m a fan okay, but Dano must be 60 by now and Jack Lord is dead. Who can possibly say "Book him Dano" like Jack Lord? Why did Dano never say "Hell no. You do the paperwork for once?"

I've got to try Lie to Me and Vampire Diaries. But when all is said and done - I read.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Connie. As to the football, there's a whole lot of games and I embraced the 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' philosophy a long time ago.

Criminal Minds scares me. I watched it once and had nightmares.

And a book is still the best place to lose one's self, so you're way ahead of the game!