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Funny Pictures

Along with reading and writing, I love taking pictures. All I have is a point-and-shoot camera; nothing fancy.  We recently got back from a vacation to Chicago and Pittsburgh, where I took lots of pictures.  (Some were taken here in Southern California).

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It looks like the cute little Mi-Tan figure it letting loose.

McCormick?!  Making Adobo!!!  You are going too far.

McCormick?! Making Adobo!!! You are going too far

I appreciate the artistry of this.

I appreciate the artistry of this.

Okay, Murray.  You've got my vote.

Okay, Murray. You’ve got my vote.

Simply gorgeous.

Simply gorgeous.

Bored on the flight, so I thought I'd roll back the clock a bit.

Bored on the flight, so I thought I’d roll back the clock a bit

 

 

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The Mindy Project – What Went Wrong

Oh, Mindy. This one stings a bit.

But I have to tell you that I also saw this coming. Your first season was great! Your adventures in work, friendship, and the dating world were hilarious and poignant. But then, you got the guy. You got comfortable. Most of the humor surrounded your relationship and not much else. We got bored. We stopped watching.

But you are so funny and so smart, Mindy Kaling. I hope you come back with something else. I’ll give it a shot – I promise!!

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Blacklist, You Are About to Lose Me

This is me, taking a hike.

This is me, taking a hike.

 

But I don’t want to do it.  I like the show’s characters.  However, you need to stop thinking that you need to connect every single story line. Bad guy “flavor of the week” episodes are good on their own. Last week’s episode – Quon Zang – had the wonderful potential to be creepy on it’s own.The dead brides for dead grooms?  Creepy, yet enchanting.  However, Lizzy’s search for her mom took too much screen time.  Who cares? Not me.

Get back to the stand alone stories. Get back to Red being scary for Red’s sake, and not to hunt down a piece of hard drive or anything else like that.  You did great with getting Lizzy and Tom back together as she is at her most human when she is with him.

I’ll be watching.  As long as it is interesting.

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Grimm TV Show – The Moment You Lost Me

Okay. Squeaky the Squirrel hasn't much to do with Grimm.  I needed a picture, though.  He fit the bill.

Okay. Squeaky the Squirrel hasn’t much to do with Grimm. I needed a picture, though. He fit the bill.

If I could recall an exact moment when the show lost me, it was when he didn’t listen to his aunt and stayed with Juliet.

Oh, Grimm.  You started out so strong. Nick was great.  So was the Monroe, Sgt. Wu, Adalin Shade, the aunt, and the mom.

But you got too soft.  Everyone starting feeling bad for Nick. Everyone became his friend.  That made it boring and saccharine.

You know what you should have done? You should have had Nick break things off with Juliet.  You should have made him hate himself for that.  You should have him alienate himself from Hank. You should have kept Captain Renard as a baddie, too.

You know who would have been a perfect antagonist to Nick Burkhardt?  Nick Burkhardt.  Nick could have hated being a Grimm.  He could have lived in his teardrop trailer while he defeated the bad guys who crossed his path. Maybe he could have accidentally killed some good guys, too.  He could have drunk his sorrows away while become a kick @ss Grimm.

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A Link That’s Made Me Think

Jeff Gerke wrote a great article for Writer’s Digest on how to introduce your hero (or heroine). He says that a good move is to have a small stand-alone story, or scene to introduce your heroine.

I’ve come up with another bad @ss heroine.  My prior introduction to her had her performing a very mundane task for the company she worked for.  But because I read the article above, I think that I am going to start the book with the “action scene” that’s meant to fuel the action in that first book.  I’m hoping to sell my readers on my heroine’s characteristics before I get to the middle part of the book.

But now, I’m wondering about balance.  If I start the novel with a lot of action, should its middle part be calm, and the end be about more action?  Or is a novel with a slow build the way to go?

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