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Sherlock: A Study in Pink

Thanks to I now am able to begin watching all those shows “I’ve been meaning to” but never got around to; and commercial free, too!  On this list was Sherlock.  I’m currently reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes.  I am truly fascinated with the Sherlock Holmes character.  The way he observes people, shows the true meaning of “people watching”.  The thing I love about Sherlock Holmes is how he can see the same things as everyone else, but deducts different meanings from it.  This was shown in the first episode of Sherlock.  For example, the lady in pink’s coat was wet under the collar, and wet in other areas, yet her umbrella was dry.  While someone may think that perhaps she just didn’t pull out her umbrella, Sherlock figured out it was because it was too windy for an umbrella, and the collar had been turned up on her jacket.

The show plays up even more this idea that it’s a detective story which does not hide any knowledge from the reader/watcher by having words appear (Batman style) which relate to Sherlock’s observations.  For example, the lady had scratched “rache” in the floor.  I came to the conclusion it was Rachel, but Sherlock also came up with the German word “rache” in addition to Rachel.

Everyone has their own idea of who Sherlock is and how he acts.  The creators of this show do no align directly with my image of Sherlock.  In the show, Sherlock is portrayed as pretentious.  He seems to enjoy people dying so he can solve the case.  This is a darker portrayal than the novels, where Sherlock does not think he is any different from Watson or anyone else, he just pays more attention.  Unlike the TV show Sherlock, the book Sherlock does not think he is smarter or better than anyone else.  The way I interpret Sherlock, is he is aware that he is good at what he does, but he doesn’t let it go to his head; instead, he appreciates helping, and is ready to help out anyone.

My initial reaction to Sherlock was he showed too much emotion.  Reflecting on this, I suppose it has more to do with how I picture Sherlock, and less to do with his original portrayal.  I don’t picture so much a Darcy character, so much as he keeps his mouth shut and his ears open, which is how he learns, but also, because he has seen and knows so much, it takes a lot to surprise or humor him.

Another major difference between the book and show, is the relationship between Holmes and Watson.  In the book they are lifelong friends.  In the show, they have a mutual acquaintance who introduces them to each other to be flat mates.  They are both unattached and everyone assumes they are a couple because Sherlock normally works alone.  I admit, I took umbrage to this.  There is no reason why people should assume that just because Sherlock is with another human that there is anything romantic about it.

Watson’s character has the biggest change.  Instead of being a married medical doctor, and only confidant of Holmes, Sherlock‘s Watson is an army doctor with trust issues.  I’m still not sold on these changes, however, I can understand why they would want to include a meeting between Holmes and Watson.  And, I can understand why Watson would so blindly trust Holmes.  I have a friend who observes people like Holmes does, and when someone knows things about you that were never spoken to them, you feel like you have no choice but to not hide things from them, as they’ll know anyway.  However, it also gives them an upper edge as they are very deliberate at giving away only what they want you to know about them, which is why I don’t think I would ever room with someone like that without getting to know them first.  However, maybe Watson felt like he had no other alternatives, and he did have the approval of his old friend who introduced him to Sherlock.

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Writing Survey

In an attempt to get myself writing on here again, I re-organized all the tags/suggestions, and deleted anything that didn’t have enough “me” in it.  I also have a list of not-too-personal surveys from LiveJournal which I intend to post here as well.

1. Do you outline?
Not usually.  This is probably why I rarely finish anything.  I don’t know why I have such a difficulty with this.

2. Do you write straight through, or do you sometimes tackle the scenes out of order?
Usually I write straight through, however, I have been known to tackle scenes out of order (namely when I don’t have my story in front of me and I want to work on it).  It is difficult to work in scenes written out of order though.

3. Do you prefer writing with a pen or using a computer?
Computer.  When I write by hand (I used to do this all the time), my handwriting ends up not looking nice, and I have scribbles and additions and it’s near impossible even for me to read.  That being said, usually when I’m writing out of order scenes, those are written on paper.

4. Do you prefer writing in first person or third?
I don’t have a preference between the two; I feel like the type of story lends itself only to one or the other.  My fanfiction is almost exclusively third person, whereas the story I’m working on right now is about someone discovering herself and needed to be written in 1st person; the story wouldn’t have made sense in 3rd person.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?
I keep meaning to create a playlist just for a specific story to keep my mind focused on it, but that doesn’t ever wind up happening.  I actually did have a playlist created for one story, but I never remembered to have it on when I was writing.  The story I’m working on now technically has a playlist (the story and playlist have their inspirations in the same source), but I’ve never tried writing the story with it on, partially because the playlist is music that I do not normally listen to.  I don’t find music to affect my concentration; when I’m really into writing, I tune out everything around me.

6. How do you come up with the perfect names for your characters?
Meh, I don’t.  I usually just pick names I like.  If I’m writing a period piece, I will research applicable names and pick what I like from there.  My current story, I wasn’t even sold on  the names, I just used them as placeholders and had intended to change them later when inspiration struck.  However, I had shown the story to a friend and he started referring to the characters by name and they just stuck at that point.

7. When you’re writing, do you ever imagine your story as a television show or movie?
I do.  When I read, I know it’s successful writing when I’m picturing it as a television show/movie, rather than words on a page.  Therefore it’s important to me for my story to visual.  Of course there are certain things that you can do with a visual medium that you simply can’t do on paper. 

8. Have you ever had a character insist on doing something you really didn’t want him/her to do?
Yes.  Every time I try writing an emo-esque Anne of Green Gables fic, Gilbert always finds a way to try and get with Anne, and I’m like, noooooooo, not in this fic.  I don’t have such a problem with my original characters, mostly because I let them control the story.

9. Do you know how a story is going to end when you start it?
Rarely.  Maybe my fan fiction more so, because they’re relatively short.  But never with original work.  I was writing one and suddenly new the ending, so I jotted it down so I’d remember it.  My current story, not so much.

10. Where do you write?
Usually in the living room.  I need to try cleaning off my desk and seeing if writing in my bedroom works any better.  If we’re slow, I’ll write at work.

11. What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Get frustrated and walk away.

12. What size increments do you write in (either in terms of wordcount, or as a percentage of the fic as a whole)?
Until I have to stop either due to hitting a mental roadblock, or real life interferes.

13. How many different drafts did you write for your last project?
Uhhh. . . technically two.  I started writing, then I had someone beta the progress, then I re-wrote most of what I had so far.  It’s still a WIP.

14. Have you ever changed a character’s name midway through a draft?
I mean to often, but then don’t because I just get used to that name being that character.  Although I feel like one time I had two characters in the same piece with the same name; obviously that would need to be changed.

15. Do you let anyone read your story while you’re working on it, or do you wait until you’ve completed a draft before letting someone else see it?
Depends.  I usually don’t have betas.  My last piece I was sending to someone because he was sending me his mid-draft.  My current one I’m sending chapter-by-chapter because I want to make sure everything is working smoothly before I get too far in as it is a topic I’ve never dealt with before.

16. What do you do to celebrate when you finish a draft?
I really don’t celebrate it.

17. One project at a time, or multiple projects at once?
Multiple.  If I get an idea, I want to go with it.  I don’t want to make something (or someone) wait just because I’m stuck on something else.  That being said, I’m only active with one at a time.

18. Do your stories grow or shrink in revision?
Grow, because usually what revising does is fill in those “insert skipped time here” breaks.

19. Do you have any writing or critique partners?
Not really.  I have a couple of people who have done it in the past.  My current piece, the only reason that friend is critiquing it for me is because the story was completely his idea.  (One of those jokes, “You know what you should write?”  “Challenge accepted.”)

20. Do you prefer drafting or revising?
Drafting.  Usually when I get to the revision portion I’m sick of the story and don’t care.  That’s why I’m revising my current story as I go along.

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Update and a meme

I’m sorry, but I’ve kind of run away from here again. Partially because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to get my niche going on here, and partly because I haven’t had the time to do a serious blog entry. However, I was directed to a book meme over here, so I decided I should post it here.

1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?
I don’t have one, so maybe that’s part of the reason I’ve fallen out it.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)
Nope. I’ve tried, but I don’t like sitting at a table and reading, and much less, I don’t like sitting in the kitchen chair for reading.

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)
Bagels or homemade breads or cinnamon/orange rolls or scrambled eggs/omelets/quiche.

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?
Not nearly enough.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?
Less; I didn’t have a full time job then.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?
No, but I’m not slow either.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Make things work out.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?

9. What KIND of book?
Whatever I’m reading; which I’m sure some people would think is nuts right now because I have been taking my Ordinary Heroes with me.

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?
Uhh, I want to say 3rd or 4th grade because I’m pretty sure I knew cursive.

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)
In the collection, I want to say. . .maybe a Nancy Drew book? I don’t know what books are in the basement, so I really don’t know my collection right now. Oldest copyright I’m pretty sure is The Clue of the Rusty Key by Carolyn Keene: copyright 1942. Wouldn’t that also be oldest physical? Unless we go off of original copyright, then Anne of Green Gables which was first published in 1908 I believe, though my copy was copyrighted in 1986.

12. Do you read in bed?
I have.

13. Do you write in your books?
Rarely. Ordinary Heroes has highlighting. That’s the extent.

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?
Don’t try to read above your reading level and try different genres, different authors before deciding what you do and don’t like. Don’t start with a classic.

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Hockey + Baseball + Update

I haven’t been around here much.  I think in part that’s due to the fact that I need to find a better organization for the tags and categories, partly because I’m still a bit hazy on what exactly I want this blog to be, and partly because I don’t have a loyal fan base.

I do come baring a new article though: NHL: Brendan Shanahan as Disciplinarian Bodes Well for Consistency in the NHL.

I’m interested to see how this pans out.  Obviously I’m a fan of Shanny, and I trust him to do well in the higher roles of the NHL.  What I like though, is that by putting him in this position, there will be someone who understands the marriage between fighting and hockey, someone who in the past has been disciplined by the NHL in the role.  Normally this role seems to be given to someone who has never played the game, someone who just doesn’t seem to “get it”.  Hopefully Shanny will be able to bring his NHL experiences with him to the job, to help him determine which actions should be punished and whicht shouldn’t.

The Tigers won’t be setting a new club record for consecutive wins this season.  But, that doesn’t mean that they are over or bad or anything.  I think this team has fought to get where they are, and should be congratulated, not ridiculed, for what they have done.  I just wish the media would stop trying to make something out of nothing, and realize the Tigers are a competent competitor in the post season, and quite often a team has to beat up their own division to be able to go very far.  It happens in the NHL quite often; even with 8 teams making it out of 4 divisions, the teams are not evenly divided.  For example, in the 2010-2011 season, in the Eastern Conference, the teams which made it were as follows: Washington (Southeast – 107 pts), Philadelphia (Atlantic – 106 pts), Boston (Northeast – 103 pts), Pittsburgh (Atlantic – 106 pts), Tampa (Southeast – 103), Montreal (Northeast – 96 pts), Buffalo (Northeast – 96 pts), New York (Atlantic – 93 pts).  Each division had 1-2 teams with 100+ points, and one team with 70+ points.  Teams don’t make the playoffs without beating up on at least one team in their division.  You have to be able to beat your division to be able to advance, because in both hockey and baseball, that ‘s who you play the most.  And in baseball, if you  have dominant team in your division, chances are the rest will be around if not below .500.  That’s how it works.  Still don’t believe me?  Vancouver made it the last round last year (hockey).  They had 117 points, making them the top team of the league.  The rest of the their division had points ranking 94-62 (the worst team in the league).  Did they beat up Edmonton to get them to the top?  Of course they did.  And did they have troubles in the playoffs?  Not in the grand scheme (which is what people are saying will happen to the Tigers; they argue they have so many wins playing against below .500 teams and the playoffs will be their first time playing above .500 teams).

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Contacts versus Glasses

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It’s a decision that faces most people with failing vision. Having had had glasses since elementary school, I was getting sick of my glasses always looking crooked, getting broken (always by other family members; never me), and preventing me from lying down while reading or watching television. I played with the idea of getting contacts in high school, and finally broke down in college. One of the benefits in my mind was getting to wear real sunglasses that I could put on my head when not in use.

There are many things to consider while debating glasses and contacts. One is activity level. While multiple professional baseball players wear glasses, many other active people lean toward contacts. Another is appearance. Certain frame styles look better on certain face shapes. A third is convenience. Glasses can be grabbed and put on while getting dressed. Contacts tend to take a bit longer, especially in the beginning. However, both require maintenance. Glasses must be kept clean of dust and dirt, and the screws sometimes become loose. Contacts must be properly cleaned each night, and must be worn on a schedule (e.g. many brands can be worn for two weeks before the next pair is worn). New contact wearers are given a manual on proper usage and how to take care of their contacts.

And, there’s the way that glasses are perceived by others (including the media). They can be chic or geek. Many school-aged kids can recall being called “four eyes”. There’s also characters such as Steve Urkle (Family Matters), who wear glasses to portray the image of being a nerd. However, glasses have also been used to portray smartness, in characters such as Elle Woods (Legally Blonde).

Related Links:
*Top 9 Cartoon Characters with Glasses
*Cartoon/Comic Strip Characters with Glasses
*Book/TV Show/Movie Characters with Glasses

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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 15: Brody

I was unable to keep up with my reviews, but I found this one in a notebook, and figured I should post it.

*Have I mentioned this show seems to have been looking through the “crappy story lines” folder from other shows?
*I do not like Rose.
*Tommy seems to have this greater-than-thou attitude.
*I thought that guy was going to attack Justin.
*Kevin’s a dog person? Oh yeah, Bingo.
*Why do I feel like Rose would like to keep Tommy from his family?
*Why did Sarah care so much if Brody’s her dad? Because of the paternity issues in the family?
*I love how into Paige’s project Kevin’s getting; and how Sarah’s shrugging it off; and how Tommy thought Kevin was going crazy.
*Rose was happy to move to Seattle, but not Phoenix?
*I LAUGHED that Justin was so freaked out about the muffins.
*Paige cared that her grandma had premarital sex?
-Especially considering how promiscuous her whole family is.
*There’s something sweet about Justin sleeping with the marine.
*I’m not touched by Brody’s coming back story (his reasoning)
*I would flip out if someone grabbed my coffee like that.
*I can’t believe Paige is old enough to drink tea.
*Aww, Justin has a new friend.
*I don’t like any of Nora’s boyfriends.
*If there’s a way to get man to come back, it’s to keep his dog.
*I don’t think Kitty’s in the CIA.

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Country Music in Sports

I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys seeing two of my loves come together. The 2011 NHL Awards, which aired June 24th, featured country musician Dierks Bentley. Bentley not only watches hockey (keep an eye out for him and other country musicians at Nashville Predator games), but also plays for the Nashville Iceholes.

While watching CMT, I also learned that this year’s MLB All-Star Game’s celebrity softball feature will include Jason Aldean!

Others who will play in the celebrity game include:
Nick Jonas
Jordin Sparks
Chord Overstreet
Tim DeKay
Jesse Williams
Paul Dimeo
Tom Papa
Larry Fitzgerald
Jennie Finch

Source: All-Star celebrity softball rosters taking shape

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Detroit Red Wings v. Chicago Blackhawks (1/22/2011)

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I know I’ve been slacking with pre/post game updates.  However, this is something I’ve been meaning to try: updating during the game.

-New York Islanders got Evgeni Nabokov off waivers. article
-Danny Cleary said that he watches a lot of games on TV due to his injury, and said he texts his teammates and tells them how awful they were.
-John Keating said if there is any more hand holding on the bench there will be hostages.  (Referring to checking for broken hands after the Niklas Kronwall scare).
-Red Wings called up Jordan Pearce (goalie) from Grand Rapids.
-Valtteri Filppula is out with the flu.  Cory Emmerton is called up to replace him.
-Starting goalies are Jimmy Howard (Detroit) and Corey Crawford (Chicago).

First Period:
-Detroit is wearing their white jerseys at home, and Chicago is in their red.
-Emmerton’s profile: Worked out on Aaron Downey’s potato farm during the summer.  Hockey idols are Mario Lemieux & Jamie Macoun.  Favorite author is Stephen King.  Once met Tiger’s great Willie Horton.
-Cory Emmerton gets his 1st NHL goal, assisted by Brian Rafalski (Chi 0, Det 1)
-Marian Hossa is being booed (just like in Pittsburgh, Atlanta. . .)
-Todd Bertuzzi gets 2 minutes for tripping.
-Dave Bolland gets his 51st NHL goal, assisted by Troy Bouwer and Duncan Keith (Chi 1, Det 1)
-Jake Dowell gets 2 minutes for delay of game (puck over glass).

Second Period:
-Detroit got their first franchise win as the Cougars in the old Chicago Stadium.
-Justin Abdelkader gets 2 minutes for roughing.
-Tomas Kopecky get his 35th NHL goal, assisted by Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith (Chi 2, Det 1)
-As the All-Star teams are being chosen, the question is being raised: will the Sedins play together or be separated?
-(For Chicago) On ice referee is saying the puck went in.  Play is under review.  Puck seems to have hit the crossbar.  Goal was disallowed.  Patrick Kane knew the puck hadn’t gone in; only the referee thought it was in.
-(For Detroit) On ice referee is saying no goal.  There was a whistle blown.  Non-replay play.
-Tomas Kopecky gets his 36th NHL goal, assisted by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp (Chi 3, Det 1).

Third Period:
-Peter Forsberg is going to attempt a comeback with Colorado.  He last played in the NHL during the 2007-2008 season.
-Jarome Iginla has had 20+ goal seasons for the past 12 seasons.
-Troy Brouwer get his 50th NHL goal, assisted by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (Chi 4, Det 1).
-Kris Draper gets 2 minutes for roughing (weak call).
-Niklas Hjalmarsson gets 2 minutes for hooking.  (He’s lucky he didn’t get the extra two for arguing).

Chicago wins 4-1.
Detroit’s record is now 29-13-6.

Around the league:
*New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Final)
*Boston Bruins 4, Colorado Avalanche 1 (Second intermission)
*Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00pm ET start)
*Anaheim Ducks @ Montreal Canadiens (7:00pm ET start)
*Carolina Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00pm ET start)
*New York Rangers @ Atlanta Thrashers (7:00pm ET start)
*Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues (8:00pm ET start)
*Los Angeles Kings @ Phoenix Coyotes (8:00pm ET start)
*Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks (10:00pm ET start)
*Minnesota Wild @ San Jose Sharks (10:30pm ET start)

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Medium – Season 7, Episode 12: Labor Pains

I’m watching this online because a hockey game prevented me from watching it “live”.  We’ll see how I do with the composing this during the episode.

*Maybe a little corny, but I’m amused by the mail v. male play on words.
*I think it’s a nice cycle to end the series where the story began (with Allison going to law school).
*Is it just me, or is Bridgette getting more annoying the older she gets?
*I agree with Allison about not seeing the top shelf :).
*Having the guy (Jeremy) who writes Allison 1-2 times a week for the past couple of years is kind of a nice commentary on people who write celebrities.  They always seem to expect the celeb knows who they are; but even if a person read every letter they received, they wouldn’t remember all the names.
*All of these scenes where they visit the criminals in the cells reminds me of Hannibal Lector.
*The way Joe uses his speaker phones reminds me of work.
*Marie having a learning disability just seems like such a “been there, done that” storyline.
*How many crazy stalkers does Allison have?
*I love how Allison yells at a guy pointing a gun at her. . .and I like how Jeremy says he doesn’t mean to upset her while pointing a gun at her.
*I feel like Joe and Allison should have had a code word by now meaning “help!”
*Why didn’t Jeremy kill the mail man?
*I can’t believe that Allison would allow Jeremy to go free; that seems too nice.
*Could Marie’s problem be the same problem from the scene/episode of her getting glasses?
*I thought she was faking being pregnant, I just didn’t figure out why.
*Has this lady never heard of adoption?

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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 7: Resolved

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I still don’t buy the cheating storyline, but a couple of things came out of it that I’m glad to see come out, and I wish they had found another way of pulling them out.  1) Why Scotty loves Kevin, a) Why he puts up with Kevin’s neediness (or more so, why he likes it), 2) That Kevin does need to start putting Scotty first, and can’t be completely consumed in himself, 3) That Kevin is willing to change, but it will be a long and grueling process.

For me, this brings expectations of future storylines: 1) NO MORE CHEATING!  2) Kevin being more supportive of Scotty.  3) The first kiss since The Incident.  Okay, I may be forced to create my own.  I am glad we got to see the first “I love you” since The Incident.  And, I’m glad Kevin began it.  Just like with the proposal, it wouldn’t have been right if Scotty had instigated.

One of my favorite lines was from Paige, “What if Johnny loves Principal Smith?”  Not as passive aggressive as her uncles were being, though kudos to her for realizing the subtext of their arguments.  However, to have them help with the debate seemed a bit passive aggressive (however, it does make sense to ask Kevin for help, and she didn’t choose the topic —  I don’t think).  I loved the innuendo passive aggression Kevin and Scotty were participating in.

There were two things kind of funny about Scotty requesting to talk in a neutral location.  1) I thought Sarah’s house would have been neutral, and 2) Kevin winds up wanting to talk in the kitchen.  Did seeing Kevin stand in the door way watching Scotty cook bring back memories to anyone else of when he went to apologize to Scotty in the episode “S3x”?

The thing about this being fictional, is that I can be confident that Kevin and Scotty belong to gether and that they should stay together.  In real life, the decision to forgive cheating is not always so easy to make because it isn’t as easy to determine if the person will cheat again.  But then, we enjoy seeing fictional relationships tried, while we prefer real life to be much simpler.

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