Thurs. July 30, 2015: Interesting Days and Creative Disagreement

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Day before Full Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and hot

Yesterday just sucked in many ways, and not just for me, but for my colleagues, which was a shame. But we’re all stretched beyond our limits at this point. I also had to set and hold a boundary, or be pushed even further into expectations and demands that are not what I signed on for, and that I won’t start accepting. There’s a difference between helping out in a pinch and having that turn into additional long-term responsibilities.

It also doesn’t help that my shoulder really, really still hurts.

Worked on a lot of PR and year end figures on this and that, and had to cover the desk for three hours, because we were short staffed.

Came home and collapsed. Watched the last four episodes of the first season of POWERS. Spoiler Alert! The twist at the end refuted what they claimed, in their interviews, was one of their intents — strong female characters. Instead, yet another strong female is killed a few hours after she has sex. And not with some random person, but with someone she’s loved for over twenty years. I’m really sick of female characters relentlessly punished and/or murdered in literature, film, and television whenever they take charge of their own sexuality. Victoria Dahl, Tessa Dare, and I were talking about it on Twitter earlier yesterday. I’m sure the creators on the show (men, of course) will say it was a necessary dramatic catalyst for the lead character into the next season, and I can see what they think is a clever red herring they’ve thrown in — and I disagree. While I thought the casting was superb, loved the acting moments, and liked the premise — to me, by that last beat of the show, I was both cheated and betrayed. Especially since it was the strongest character on the show, outside of the lead. Everyone’s scrambling to do the LOST/GAME OF THRONES “no one is safe” thing, and, far too often, it simply doesn’t work. You don’t kill of a strong character just to freak out the audience, and then pretend it’s a legitimate plot device. If you say you’re going to turn the genre inside out, do so.

Out first thing this morning to grocery shop, and then polished the blurb for my friend’s book and wrote up some auction item material for the Mermaid Ball.

To work — another long day, but Tango is cancelled tonight, and let’s hope it will be a better day than yesterday — for all of us.

Stay cool!

Devon

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