Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and hot

I actually figured out what day it was yesterday, finally! Sorry for the glitch.

Yoga was on yesterday. Lovely and misty and windy when we started; windy and sunny by the time we stopped. I felt like crap when I got in the car to drive there, and so much better on the way home, in spite of the fact that my shoe broke and I had to drive with only one shoe! No stopping for coffee on the way home for me! 😉

Grocery shopping and errands, then research and other work for the various galas on which I’m working in the afternoon. Some story ideas are spinning, but I’m not sure where any of them lead.

Wrote my post for tomorrow’s Writers’ Vineyard installment and edited it this morning. Trying to work my way through a tricky section of SPIRIT REPOSITORY. Spent time with my students.

Finally caught up with the premiere of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY last night. Mixed feelings. I only saw the first two seasons, and not the season directly preceding this one, so I’m a little behind on the overall arc. I just kind of feel as though the show’s lost some of its dark, twisted humor, which was always one of its strengths. It’s more straight-forward speculative now.

I love John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness — he’s one of those performers who lights up whatever he’s in, and even when perfectly still, he has more presence than most other actors. We share a birthday — although he’s younger! 😉 And he’s taken a character who could be either a stereotypical anti-hero or so needlessly complex as to be confusing, and made him fun and fascinating — along with smart and resourceful and all those other things we want in our protagonists. He takes what’s on the page and makes it better. Good writing can make a mediocre actor look good. Weak writing can be saved, to some extent, by a charismatic actor. But meld a good actor with strong writing, and you have something worth watching. Eve Myles is great as Gwen, and the way they play off each other is wonderful. It’s nice to see Bill Pullman get to sink his teeth into an antagonist with such glee. But I felt they spent so much time in set-up, they weren’t really getting on with the story, until about the last ten minutes, when Jack showed up in Wales. I kept wanting to say, “Yeah, I got the idea the first time you hit me over the head with that plot device.” The writing’s good, but the pace felt a little off to me, and I felt the first episode should have been two hours, not one, if they were going to unfold in that particular fashion. I’m interested to see where it goes from here, mostly to watch Barrowman and Myles.

I’ve got to catch Iris and stuff her in the carrier now — off we go to the vet. Her turn. Let’s see what Big Drama she comes up with.

Devon

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  1. I’m glad you got to do your yoga – and that you felt better for it. Shame about the shoe, though.

    Hope Iris gets on ok at the vet.

  2. Iris needs a popsicle afterward. Or ice cream. Maybe she just needs to know that a visit to the vet equals preferential treatment. Hey, works for my kids! LOL

  3. Yay! You were able to go to yoga! I’m so glad. I know you are lightened when you are able to make it. Can’t wait to hear about Iris’ big drama.
    Blessings!

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