Sunday, May 30, 2010

Things Don't Always Go As Planned....

Life teaches us over and over that things or days, in this case, never go as planned.  Earlier this year, I thought I would be taking one more trip to Washington DC to visit Katie before she moves, but again, things change.  

Being that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend...a three day weekend, I thought it would be somewhat relaxing, but maybe not.  Today, the family and I, excluding Jay, went to Detroit to a family friends "family gathering".  Our two family's have known each other for the past 12 or so years, so it only seemed right that we would be included in this shindig.  A good chunk of these people I had either never seen before or hadn't seen in years, so let's just say that I was feeling slightly awkward at first. 

As people say, some things happen for a reason and I am a strong believer in this.  A year ago, I finished a book that I had been working on for several years and began researching publishers to see which ones were legit and which ones weren't.  Today, one of the women that came out for this picnic had published two books with one of the publishing companies that I had heard about.  Unfortunately, it was one of the many that had burned so many writers, this woman being one of them.

I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the publishing world and asked her what advice she would have for an unpublished aspiring writer.  Despite the fact that she didn't want to really continue writing, she said that she would not completely close the door to the idea and one day, she would consider republishing her two books through another company.  Can I just say that I was feeling slightly envious of her?

One thing that she said that really hit home was, "Why shouldn't we get paid to do something that we really enjoy?"  In this world, its all about what makes money, but what about what makes us happy?  If you're happy with what you do, won't the money follow?  I had to agree...we should be able to get paid to do what we enjoy, rather than be miserable and hope that one day we could earn a living doing something that we hate.

As I write this, I wonder how different my day could have been if I had stayed in Lansing today and hadn't met this woman.  I would not have known for sure if that particular publishing company screwed over writers looking to publish their masterpieces or that I knew someone who had actually published two books.  

Things don't always go as planned, but when they don't, I guarantee you that there is a pretty good reason why!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Season Finales

This week was tough for me as far as TV shows go.  First, Rob Lowe's character was killed off on Brothers and Sisters after his wife finally beats cancer!  SERIOUSLY?!  Come on!  Then, Monday on Castle, Kate Beckett FINALLY ditches her almost perfect person to see if things would work out with Richard Castle, the 10 year old on a sugar high aka a very popular mystery writer.  What does this idiot do?! He brings his ex-wife back into the picture to spend the summer with him at his house in the Hamptons in front of HER PEOPLE!  Moron!  Again, this I can get over...I think!

I still have a few more shows to hang on to, but it was Thursday that really got me.
Bones....There were two scenes that really got me.  Booth and Bones were sitting on a park bench with their coffee and she is telling him about this amazing opportunity somewhere far, far away for a year and wants to know how he would feel if she went.  Five years ago, she wouldn't give a damn what he thought....she would have packed her bags and disappeared.  He tells her that he will go back to the Army for a year to train some new soldiers in Afghanistan.  Its only a year, they say!  Maybe in that year, you, meaning Bones, will get over herself, but whatever.  The look on their faces here got me and I almost hated it. (Not really, but you get the point!)  At the end, Booth leaves that base that he is at to say good bye to Bones at the airport before they are officially separated for a year.  I have to admit, I did get a little choked up at this part.  They even picked a spot to meet up at a year "from now"!  They didn't hug or kiss, but I think the look that they gave each other and holding hands held more value that anything else.  Again, five years ago, wouldn't have happened! Bones is finally getting it.  Booth is her person and vice versa....It only took five freaking years! Sigh

Okay, let me take you children to school.  Bones "originally" started in an airport five years ago when Bones was coming back from some anthropological dig and Booth pulled some strings so that he was the one to pick her up.  These two hated each other, but she was not about to let him out into the field and leave her in the lab if she was going to be helping out on murder cases.  Five years later, things "end" in an airport, she is getting away from murders and he is going back into the Army to serve his country.  Season Six, hurry up and get here!  I want to see if they are really going meet up at their "spot"!  Besides, I don't know what I am going to do without this show for four and half months!!

Grey's was another one that I just, I don't know...It was intense.  Let's just say that.  I read this post written by the writer of Grey's and I was floored.  I think as followers, we often forget about how the show might affect the writers.  If we are screaming bloody murder when the gunman, who is walking around the hospital, grabs Dr. Bailey's leg and drags her out from under the bed, how are the writers reacting?  Are they losing sleep and crying nonstop out of frustration.  Are they telling themselves that there is no way that they will allow the most grounded person on the show be wounded, like we saw Alex Karev or Derek Shepard?  What about when Meredith realized she was pregnant?  I know I was happy...a Mcbaby!  What about when she miscarried right after she thought that Derek died (which he didn't, thanks to Christina) and she was dealing with Owen and his gun shot wound?  I almost cried for her there.  What about when Christina told Owen that they were done?  If we feel so close to these characters after six years, how do you think Shonda Rhimes, the writer feels?  

I will be the first to admit that I was a late comer to the Grey's party, but have been a fan since.  Not like Bones, but a fan.  Yeah, this was a sad finale, even more than when they lost O'Malley and almost lost Izzy, but it was definitely their best.  These two episodes showed how much each character has grown and changed for the better.  For once, even words couldn't completely describe how I felt about this episode, but I promise it was only positive!  So kudos and congrats to Shonda Rhimes for a a kick ass episode! 

For these lifelines, see you in the Fall and Fall, please hurry!!

One Helluva Week

This was one of those weeks that probably shouldn't have happened.  To keep it short: It SUCKED!  Each day, in its own different way.  Each day reminding me that I should have stayed in bed and pray that the next day would be the day I should get up to go to work.  For some odd reason, I didn't listen and now I regret it to some extent!

There was one great moment though, I promise!  I finished the second half of my book Wednesday evening and I was reminded of why I loved those characters.  Before the final chapter that was set six months in the future, my characters.....

Look, I know that I said that I would try not to give anything away about my book, but come on! This week sucked and...well, this is my blog and I can write whatever I please!  :o)  I do promise that what I am about to say will not spoil anything.

Back to what I was saying....

When Miles and Devyn were walking out of the jail after dealing with the serial killer that they were chasing, there was finally this sense of calmness and even now when I read it, I almost get that feeling that things will get better.  I also loved Miles' dedication to those around him, especially his partner.  I think we all have a Miles in our lives and if you don't, I really do feel sorry for kind of need one!

Maybe that was my lesson for the week, month, year, lifetime.  It may not be just mine, but everyone's.  Just my thoughts!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

What Else Is There?

So the week is finally over and can I just say that it took FOREVER?!  I mean, it really did and after seeing the preview for next weeks episode of Bones, I think next week might be even worse. 

Could we be any happier about the end of the scene?!  I couldn't! 
  • For now, I have a few things to say about this past Thursdays episode. 
  • Hodgins and Angela....It's about TIME!!!  I mean, they are finally finishing something that was started nearly three seasons ago and then ended when Angela's ex husband became her ex.  If we had known that all it took was for the two of them to be thrown in jail, hell, that should be have been done a long time ago!!  Can I just say how cute it was that they had been carrying around the others wedding band for nearly two seasons?!  Well it is and if you don't agree, then you can just go somewhere! ;o) 
  • As a side note, a friend of mine noticed this and I completely agree.  This awesome couple were married without a marriage license, but I'm kinda thinking that this was taken care of before we were brought to the scene.  Plus, it was a little odd for them to go from not being able to have a normal conversation at the beginning of the episode to saying "I do" at the end.  Either way, whatever!
  • Maybe now that they are married, Booth and Brennan will take a hint and get their crap together.  Well, maybe just Brennan since Booth knows what he wants and she's "protecting him from her".  (Don't even get me started on this.) 
  • Out of all the interns that have been on the show, other than Zach, Clark Edison may be my favorite.  Sorry Wendell, who is adorable and honorable.  Clark did us all proud and tried to step into the Hodgins role with the experiment and then almost hated the idea of it when he was asked to "play with....dirt".  Sorry, love, but you can't go halfway and the shoes can be replaced. 
  • And last, but definitely not least, Booth and Bones.  Can they get anymore awkward?!  Bones, for once, didn't bring up Brennan-lite aka Catherine, but Booth, being the emotional one, decides to bring up the whole "love" thing AGAIN.  Look, I understand that he is head over heels in love with Bones.  This was expected!  Yes, he has worn down her walls of resistance to the whole love thing, but come on now!  Stop bringing it up already!!! If she wants to live her life without it, then let her.  It's her loss. 
  • Okay rewind.  That was insensitive and it's only a show.  The Show, but still its a show.  Like him, I really do hope that she comes around to the idea of them possibly getting together.  Can you even imagine how insanely happy I would be if that would ever happen? I wouldn't be venting, but almost praying that they would stay together.  Sigh

  • Moving on.
  • This week, I was extremely productive, which was nice.  I was able to get four scenes done and plan on going back to finish another one maybe tomorrow.  Just depends on how the day goes.
  • For the moment, I think my favorite character in my book would have to be Miles.  This poor guy has lost his best friend and has gained a very stubborn partner.  In some ways I feel sorry for him, but at the same time I don't.  Either way, he is awesome in my book! (No pun intended.)
    • Don't forget that today is Mother's Day!  So go home and hug your mom for putting up with you for all of this time.  Okay, I'm totally just kidding about that last part.  Seriously though, go hug your mom and say thanks for everything.  If you can't do this, call her up.  Either way, say thanks.  It'll mean the world to her.  
    Thanks Mom!

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Random Moment of the Day

    So earlier today, Jessica and I were on our way back to the office from our first Bigby run of the week and we run into a guy in the lobby with bright blue earphones on.  Once the three of us got on the elevator with this older lady, Jessica and I could hear that he was listening to 50 Cent's 21 questions!  This definitely made my day!

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Made Me Smile Today

    This has been an extremely long week for me, but I think that's what expected when you grow up.  A serious lack of sleep and constantly worrying what the next day will be bring can take a lot out of a person.  It makes you really appreciate the little things.  Like:
    • The soothing smell and sound of rain
    • Driving without a destination with the window down and radio blaring
    • Walking through a bookstore and the feel of spines under my fingertips and the smell of a brand new or used book floating through the air
    • Sitting out on the balcony in complete silence
    • Watching a crappy movie without judgment
    • Waking up at 11:00 and remembering that it's finally Saturday and I don't have to get out of bed if I don't want to