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Snappy Dialogue: Friday! October 30, 2009

Posted by kmcalear in Inspiration, Television, Writing Craft.
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Hi folks,

I thought for this Friday I’d leave you guys with some snappy dialogue from one of my favorite shows, Psych.  This is from the episode Bollywood Homicide recently, where the characters go to eat at their client’s house, who happens to be South Indian. I thought this was a very good example of humor in dialogue from the show. The show itself is ripe with good stichomythia as it’s a characterstic of the interplay of the two leads.

Shawn, Gus, and Abigail are at Raj’s house eating dinner.
Raj: you know guys, my grandmother does make her food a little spicy. You might want to take it easy?”
Gus: Please; I’m ¼ Jamaican.
Shawn: I’m also ¼ Jamaican.
Gus: You are not. Stop telling people that.
(They both stare into space as they realize it’s too hot!)
Shawn: I’m sorry was this chicken seasoned with molten lava?
(Gus and Shawn are quivering)
Shawn turns to Abigail : Really?, Your just fine?!
Abigail: What’s the matter Shawn you don’t like it?
Shawn: No, I think I like it to much. It’s so authentic. Dude I can’t see anything out of my left eye!
Gus: I see dead people!
(Shawn and Gus reach for their water)
Shawn: Oh my god! Even the water is spicy!
Gus: Who does that?!

Death of the author? October 12, 2009

Posted by kmcalear in Inspiration, Life, Literature, Musings, Television.
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I’m in a class called Literary Theory, which is driving me crazy. I tend to be fairly practical minded so the idea of worrying about questions that will never have answers bothers me. Most recently we read Michel Foucault’s “What is an author” and Roland Barthes’ “Death of the author”.  In short these essays tried to define a value for the ‘author’ and if who wrote something matters as much as what is written?

It left me thinking several things:

  1. The act of ‘selling’ books has made the author more important, because it’s a sale-able commodity giving rights and ownership of a text to the author becomes important.
  2. Names sell. In Homer’s time stories sold… but now, having a name to link to a work tends to sell more than a type of work. The question is, how do you get a name known.
  3. Would we still want to sell our stories if once they were published, our names were stripped from them? Even if we use a pseudonym, it’s still an “identity’ we associate with our writing.

The idea that the author’s personality and personal worldview doesn’t affect the production of a text bothers me. I know that there’s a little bit of my personality in almost any character I write, so I have trouble believing that’s not the case with most authors. It reminds me more of the episode “The Chase” from Star Trek, where Picard tells Riker about the Kurline civilization and the belief of one individual being more a “community” of voices. Check it out, it starts at about 3:00 – 3:30.

The Boys are Back October 9, 2009

Posted by Realitybypass in Contest, Television.
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First of all thank you for the birthday wishes!  🙂  The contest will go on until Sunday, though I have to admit that all the birthday madness is tempting me to toss a second prize into the pot.  Stay tuned on Monday, cause I’ve got a copy of Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues burning a hole in my pocket and it may have to be released into the wilderness with the others.  🙂

Friday is kinda turning into a time to comment about Supernatural, which I’m happy to do.  For those of you who don’t follow the show, you should, and it goes into reruns shortly so you won’t see quite as much squeeing…maybe.

I think the brilliant thing the writers have done at this point is they’ve brought Sam and Dean back together, but they haven’t even tried to make it ‘like it always was.’  Sam lays it all on the line and tells Dean the way it used to be didn’t work anyway and lead to the strain on the brother’s relationship as it is.  Both of them have made huge mistakes and they’re learning that the only way they can survive is together and different.  🙂  Not to mention it was fun to see them doing a good ol’ fashioned monster of the week kind of episode.  Paris Hilton, for all that I’m not a fan, was brilliant.

Now, I must go enjoy birthday doughnuts!  A day early even.

Jana

Supernatural update and Apple Butter October 5, 2009

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I know this is usually a Friday post, but it didn’t happen so I get to squee today instead.  Never a bad thing in my book.

There are spoilers below…if you haven’t watched don’t read it.  Or at least don’t yell at me when you do!

This week we got a glimpse of the future that might be if the paths that Sam and Dean are on don’t get changed.  Our friendly neighborhood Zacharias thinks he’s being enlightening and it will change Dean’s mind about being Michael’s vessel.  What happens I’m not going to get into, but it’s brilliant.

One of the things I love about this season is the constant emphasis on human choice.  All of these great powers and they have to work within the framework of human choice.  Lucifer cannot take Sam without consent.  Michael cannot take Dean.  Neither of them can act without a vessel.  So everything comes down to human choice, and we’re seeing a very broken family learn to heal.

And crying Dean…  *melts*  I love Sammy, but I’m a Dean girl.

Though Cas may be my second true love.  He was smashing!

In other news I made apple butter this weekend.  It’s very yummy.  Now I have to think of things to make to put it on!

Writing wise I’m recommitting…or need to be committed, or something.  An hour a night with no distractions.  I’m also pondering Nano just as another way to force some self accountability.  We’ll see how that goes.  This week it’s all Misery rewrites all the time, until they are DONE!

Jana

More Supernatural Squee September 25, 2009

Posted by Realitybypass in Television, Urban Fantasy.
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JensenAckles49Okay, last night’s episode made me giggle and squeal.  My poor husband had to leave the room cause he just doesn’t get the show and I’m fairly sure he doesn’t want to.  As long as I’m happy about it he’s happy.

Though for me there were some great moments…

If you haven’t watched the episode don’t read any further.

I mean it.

Okay.

Dean and Castielle out on the town just about killed me.  The look on Castielle’s face was priceless

Raphael the arch angel, scary and fun all at once.  I looved his defense of God (That’s my father you’re talking about), even as he gave into the despair that God was dead.

Castielle’s faith!

Sam and Lucifer!!!!  IPE!!!

Sad moments:  Dean admitting he was happier without Sammy.  Wah!  I can totally see where he’s coming from but…ouch.

Looking forward to next week.  We’ve seen the past, now here comes the future!
Jana

Supernatural Fan Girl September 18, 2009

Posted by Realitybypass in Life, Musings, Television.
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I have a not so secret love of the television series Supernatural.  For the uninitiated, shame on you, the basic premise of the show is about a pair of brothers who fight supernatural critters while trying to learn more about their family’s past and future.  That’s boiling a LOT of stuff into a really small nutshell, but there you have it.  The show has something of a cult following, particularly among women because, let’s face it, Sam and Dean are angsty and phenomenally hot.  My poor husband has taken to fleeing the room when the show is on, and my female friends come over so we can watch on the big screen.

I think there are a lot of reasons this show appeals, and it’s not just for the hot guys.  I like seeing the themes of family and freewill explored.  As well I like the idea that here are two guys, who are pretty much just guys, trying to do the right thing and standing up to creatures that are much more powerful than they are and usually more scary.  Yeah, Sam picks up some psychic powers but those come with such a steep cost that I think he’s relieved to be letting them go.

The arc of the last season and this one deal with angels and the power of heaven and it’s an interesting mythology.  Not the one I buy into personally, but part of the brilliance of the show’s writers is being able to use common Judeo-Christian themes and turn them into a mythology unique to the show.

Tying this back to writing and books, I find that I look for the same ability to use the familiar in unfamiliar ways in the books I read.  I like to be caught by surprise in how a theme is explored, even when the them rings true for my experience.

So who else out there is as addicted as I am?  Want to come over and watch on Thursday?  I’ll bring the popcorn.

Jana