First, the writing update: I'm one short scene away from finishing the story I plan to send off to the Writers of the Future contest, whose quarterly deadline is about a week away, and then it's back to working on my novel outline. Since I wrote up a first draft outline a few weeks ago, I've come up with quite a few changes I want to make. I'm excited to get going in earnest on the novel project, but I also need to finalize my outline before I start. I have no interest in writing thousands or tens of thousands of words that I would have to throw out if/when I come up with a better way of telling the story.
In addition to writing, I've also been catching up on television shows. Some thoughts on what I've been watching:
Once Upon a Time: I am totally addicted to this show, and it's the first show I've done some passionate shipping on in a long time. (CaptainSwan, if you're interested in knowing.) I didn't like the Peter Pan story last fall. Neverland was too dark and monotonous, and Peter Pan never really jelled for me as a villain. I have more hope for the second half of the season with the Wicked Witch. I find it funny how recappers and reviewers all over the Internet immediately bought the Witch's contention in this past week's episode (which rocked, btw) that she's Regina's half-sister. Yes, everyone is related to everyone on this show. The family tree is more tangled than Maleficent's forest of thorns. Wouldn't it be great if the Witch is lying and her game is something else entirely?
Downton Abbey: I have the most recent season
on the DVR but haven't watched much of it yet. I miss Matthew. I'm also
having a difficult time getting past the storyline with Anna. First
off, why do so many female characters on television get sexually
assaulted or raped? It's stupid and unnecessary. And Anna's response to
what happened to her is stupid and unnecessary. I don't like storylines that could be resolved by a character acting with a modicum of common sense.
Glee: I've caught up on all the episodes this year in the past week. At times, I can only shake my head sadly and wondered what happened to the show I loved so much when it started. The characters have become caricatures of themselves. Tina rolls around on the hallway floor and moans and cries like a 6-year-old? Blaine plays with puppets and wears a superhero costume? Will takes sex breaks with his wife in the staff bathroom? Seriously, Show? Rachel and Santana have devolved into such immature divas that I hate them both. When Sue declared she was putting the glee club out of its misery, I cheered. Too bad it won't last. The only reason I'm sticking it out at this point is because I've come too far with this show to not see how it ends.