Monthly Archives: September 2013

Recharging the Batteries

I have a confession to make. I’m waay behind on Doctor Who. As in, I’m working my way through the David Tennant episodes. (A friend of mine threatened to stop talking to me when I revealed this shameful secret, until I pointed out that this means *I* still get to watch new-to-me Tenth Doctor episodes.)

It’s not that I don’t love the show. It’s just that I watch very little TV (and by TV, I mean anything that moves on the screen, movies, Youtube, streamed shows. I don’t even have access to regular network TV because there’s no reception where I live and I refuse to pay for cable). One hour a week is a *lot* for me. I can go for weeks on end with no video entertainment. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with it. I just have too much going on.

So when I watched five hours of Doctor Who plus the first Thor Movie over one three-day weekend, this constituted a serious binge. I’ll admit that the whole time a voice in the back of my mind was saying that I really should be writing, or at least cleaning the house.

But when I was done, I had a fun topic for my turn at the Here Be Magic group blog (see link previous post– and before you start, no, I’m not watching the episodes in order.) More important, I felt refreshed, renewed, and ready to dive back in to writing with fresh enthusiasm.

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what brought us to genre fiction in the first place– the sense of wonder, the willingness to be lost in a story, whether it be a book, movie, or TV show. I think I needed to re-find that young girl who read Tolkien over and over again and never missed an episode of Doctor Who. I needed to renew my commitment to creating that magic for others with my own work.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, The Doctor is waiting.

Oh, the Villains!

Sorry I haven’t been updating. . .been madly writing on a new project that’s really got me, heart and soul. There’s bardic magic and impossible love and the horrors of war and a lot of things that are not as they seem to be.

But I did write a blog on compelling villains over at Here Be Magic. Read my thoughts on attractive villains, why we love them, and why they make stories better. See me compare Loki of Asgard to the title character of Harry Potter! http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2013/09/normal-0-microsoftinternetexplorer4.html