Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Firefly Ep 11

Um, I think the episode can be summed up like this if you are female (or perhaps a gay male!):

Yeah. And then there's this shot too:

Of course, the real plot was about hooking up with nasty woman Saffron to steal an antique laser gun (the Lassiter) this thing:

But I think that was just a clever excuse to show Nathan Fillion's butt. Don't you?



Call for authors

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Horoscope

But which cause would that be I wonder?

The only cause I truly care about is self-enlightenment and that DOES require being a hard-ass, but only to one's self!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I usually applaud your inclination to remain above the fray and churn out astute observations. I normally honor your instinct to distance yourself from petty partisan squabbles. But this week's different. For the foreseeable future, I'd like it very much if you dive into the pit with the other diehards and fight with hardnosed audacity for what you believe is the beautiful truth. At least temporarily, Libra, forget about your graceful talent for tactful compromise. I think it's time for you to be a warrior who's ferociously devoted to a just cause.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Firefly Season 1, ep's 9 and 10

Yup, I watched 'em.

Episode 9, "Ariel" I wanna say was far too heavy on the Jayne's loyalty question much as the first kajillion episodes of DS9 were far too heavy on the Kira's loyalty question. I hope this is not a trend.

In episode 10, "War Stories" Chinese general Xiang Yu figures prominently, or at least a quote from him does about how to find a man's true nature (hint: torture him and see what's left). Xiang Yu overthrew the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC) which had heralded the first ever unification of China, and set some beaurocratic precedences that are still around today. The Qin was followed by the Han Dynasty (202 BCE–220 CE) founded by peasant leader Liu Bang. The Han was consdered by many to be the golden age of Chinese imperial dynasty. It also made use of a lot of eunuchs.

So, that begs the question - if you torture a man to find out his true nature, what does that say about castration?



Thursday, July 16, 2009

Linnea Sinclair


Linnea Sinclair posted a link to an Alien Romance blogspot today. It is here:

The blog entry is about scenes - what makes scenes, what scene structure is, etc. It's rather long. Print it out or copy and paste it for saving later. It is by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Her site is located at:

Way over my head of course. Way over!

And what do YOU make of the fact that the length of a scene should be 750 words or approx. 3 pages? Eh? Did you hurt your head when you hit the floor? Wake up now! Wakie wakie!

Back to the drawing board....


Firefly Season 1 Ep 8


I like how this one starts out by leaving us with the drips, drips, drips of blood and telling us very little about how they came to be.

It's also the most Zen of the episodes in a way. For instance, when Mal says, "We all die alone." Yeah, that.

So that right there ups the tension. No reason you couldn't do that in a book as well. Lay out the trap, hang out the lure, and watch the fish come. Yummy!

This episode was wonderful for giving us the backstory in a rather user friendly manner. But, I think for all that, this was the one episode where I sat back and said to myself, okay, they have to get the contraption fixed, so there's gonna be a X. And then he has to live so X has to return. And he has to get the part, so he'll meet a X ship and get it. It's the one episode where I've been able to sit back and watch the deus ex machina.

Isn't that terrible? Writing just spoils all your enjoyment, I tell ya!



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's in a name?

Dear Bratty Fiends,

I've always seen my name described as meaning "little archer." So imagine when my surprise when I found out different! Ha ha.

On this site:

I found these two entries:


Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: ee-VET (French), i-VET (English) [key]
French feminine form of YVES


Gender: Masculine

Usage: French

Pronounced: EEV [key]
Medieval French form of Ivo, originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element iv meaning "yew". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint, also known as Ivo of Kermartin, the patron saint of Brittany.

Yes, yew'd have thought it? The patron saint of Brittany and I are like white on rice! Huzzah!

But on Wikipedia, it says the patron saint of Brittany was Saint Anne, though the most famous one was Ivo of Kermartin.

According to the entry, Ivo "is the patron of Brittany, lawyers, and abandoned children. His feast day is May 19. Poetically, he is referred to as "Advocate of the Poor."

Lawyers! *snort*


Monday, July 13, 2009

Firefly Season 1 Ep 7

Ah, the reluctant hero story.

Or the mistaken hero identity story. Sort of like the mistaken god story. Does anybody recall the Gilligan's Island episode? I do. And just off the top of my head, how about the Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair? Nice read.

And, she will be at the Romance Divas's "not going to conference conference" this week teaching on Deep POV.

Stop on in y'all.

Or is it y'all y'all? I seem to recall some discussion on Twitter about the plural form of y'all.

Y'all have a good night now, hear?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Firefly Season 1 Ep 6

I think this one should have been titled:

I almost kissed a girl.

And it is of course noteworthy that the theme is delivered as a line in the last three minutes of screen time. Saffron says to Mal, "Everybody plays each other. That's all anybody ever does. We play parts."

Of course, Mal tries for a good recovery from that one. But Zoe knew it in the beginning. She was our little foreshadow that the girl wasn't as innocent as she seemed. Then things unraveled in the end - no surprise, eh?

But of course it is in the unraveling where things get interesting...:)


*** And ya know what? I used to have a rain stick and I don't know where it is now. WAAAAAHH! I want my rain stick back!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Firefly Season 1 Ep 5

Dear Bratty Friends,

Just watched Firefly Season 1 Ep 5 and I have to say that one thing stood out to me as I watched it.

About 1/2 way in - just over 22 min mark - we are shown something we don't normally see in the ST universe - the ship pulling away and leaving people stranded. I can't recall when I've seen an actual screen shot the ship pulling away. Perhaps in TNG? Anyway, what a lonely feeling that would be.

And at the halfway mark it makes a nice Midpoint crisis!



Monday, July 6, 2009

2009 Garden

Dear Bratty Friends,

Here is the 2009 Garlic Harvest from Davis Gardens!


Thursday, July 2, 2009


Season 1, Episode 4, Firefly

Ah, at last an episode that's not a body count tally! I like it.

And was that a Jane Austen P&P nod there with that little dance number? Or is that just we gals come to associate with anybody who is ballroom dancing and later swinging swords around? Hard to fantasize, say.

What's strange about this is that in the movie, the relationship between Mal and Inara was not fulfilled - it didn't reach a climax, so to speak. Whereas in this episode they actually had more of a solid relationship and this was back in Season 1. Hello? Why moving backwards emotionally here?

Speaking of emotional backwardness, this was a very interesting episode for many reasons but mainly because one did get to see character development and emotional ties. So often in male directed works we are cheated out of that - thrown a few crumbs of emotional moments whereafter the character growth occurs suddenly and in spurts, and in a wholly unbelievable plot generated manner - and just given the cheap sarcastic one-liners and the body count. After all, who can argue with a gun?

Now, I'm not a big fan of seeing violence-driven conflict in books, movies or film. And I'm sorry to see this type of conflict essentially taking over the romance genre. No, I'm not all about fluffy dresses and a few after dinner mints as anybody who knows me can tell you. (I don't even OWN a dress!) But the recent Urban Fantasy books and the paranormal romance, and the UF romance, what-have-you all seem to be heading this direction these days. More smart comments, less character development, and more violent conflicts. Violent conflicts are easy because they have the conflict built in. But not many of us in the U.S. will experience a war in first person in our lifetime unless we join the military or travel to unstable parts of the world. So, what about the other conflicts we face? The day to day ones? Who the hell said those are boring?

Well, have I got a seminar for you:

Challenging Couples In Love
Date : July 25-26, 2009
Presented by : Laurie Schnebly Campbell

While it’s easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts… especially when the hero and heroine are both lovable characters. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples — plus the same solutions recommended by marriage counselors — can work equally well for fictional couples.

Workshop Presenter Bio:

Laurie Schnebly Campbell loves speaking to writers about issues that draw on her background as a counseling therapist, advertising copywriter, and romance novelist who beat out Nora Roberts for “Best Special Edition of the Year.” Along with how-to books for authors, Laurie writes scripts for commercials (some featuring her voice) at a Phoenix ad agency. She also enjoys teaching a catechism class, playing with her husband and son, and counseling at a mental health center. “People ask how I find time to do all that,” Laurie says, “and I tell them it’s easy. I never clean my house!”

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