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Again.

Only this time, it's for sale.

DUH-DUH-DUH-DMMMMMMM

For a mere 99 cents you, too can read Pleasure of Sierra Madre: Being a True Account as Told to the Author by an Idiot, by Allura Moquernutte and edited by Carmah Busse (aka, taylorgibbs).

"Fawny A. Gogo is a sweet young woman of twenty-four with a good heart, ginormous boobies and very little brain. Herein lies her story, as told to the author, of how she got into movies. [Author's Note: Pass the tequila. PLEASE!]"

C'mon! You know you want to. :-)

Poem: Weep for the Sons of Atlantis

I know I haven't been around much, but this just blatted out on the page and I thought I'd post it. In other news, I'm writing...and reading...and, as the title might imply, Atlantis is looming large in my interests for some reason. More on the books that inspired that in another post (need to be here more. I like LJ. :-) Now to see if I remember how to do a cut.

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With so much wailing and gnashing of teeth about how horrible this season would be without She Who Will Not Be Named, I wondered how NCIS ratings this season compared to last season. Being a geek, I put them in an Excell spreadsheet. And because I'm even geekier than most, I posted the data. (Stop me before I do a statistical analysis. No, seriously, stop me. LOL)

The numbers for season 11 are from tvbythenumbers. I pulled the season 10 numbers from wiki, which in turn, got them from tvbythenumbers. I'm using final 1 day numbers, except where indicated. I'll update the preliminary numbers as the final numbers become available. As I understand it from the folks I know in the industry, these are the only numbers advertisers give a shit about...and what advertisers give a shit about is what studios give a shit about. Follow the money, as the saying goes.

US numbers only (see above re "give a shit about").


 

With so much wailing and gnashing of teeth about how horrible this season would be without She Who Will Not Be Named, I wondered how NCIS ratings this season compared to last season. Being a geek, I put them in an Excell spreadsheet. And because I'm even geekier than most, I posted the data. (Stop me before I do a statistical analysis. No, seriously, stop me. LOL)

The numbers for season 11 are from tvbythenumbers. I pulled the season 10 numbers from wiki, which in turn, got them from tvbythenumbers. I'm using final 1 day numbers, except where indicated. I'll update the preliminary numbers as the final numbers become available. As I understand it from the folks I know in the industry, these are the only numbers advertisers give a shit about...and what advertisers give a shit about is what studios give a shit about. Follow the money, as the saying goes.

US numbers only (see above re "give a shit about").


Legend:

Season 10
Season 11
Preliminary numbers

Note: Due to the increase in the number of first run episodes in the fall, S11's Christmas episode competes with the first episode after the holidays from S10. The first January episode has traditionally rated very highly.

Note the Second: I managed to screw up the table in the original post, so rather than spend any more time on this than necessary, I started clean with a new post. Do not ask my why tables in DW are so hard to delete. It is one of the mysteries of the universe.



Episode Title

Original Air Date

Final Same Day Ratings

Difference + or -

Extreme Prejudice

09/25/12

20.48

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

09/24/13

20.02

0.46

Recovery

10/02/12

18.87

 

Past, Present and Future

10/02/13

19.98

1.11

Phoenix

10/09/12

18.51

 

Under the Radar

10/08/13

18.33

0.18

Lost at Sea

10/23/12

17.78

 

Anonymouse Was a Woman

10/15/13

18.83

1.05

The Namesake

10/30/12

18.83

 

Once a Crook

10/22/13

18.99

0.16

Shell Shock (Part I)

11/13/12

17.05

 

Oil and Water

10/29/13

19.30

2.25

Shell Shock (Part II)

11/20/12

16.47

 

Better Angels

11/05/13

19.18

2.71

Gone

11/27/12

19.76

 

Alibi

11/12/13

19.37

0.39

Devil's Trifecta

12/11/12

17.65

 

Gut Check

11/19/13

19.66

2.01

You Better Watch Out

12/18/12

19.59

 

Devil's Triad

12/11/13

19.30

0.29

Shabbat Shalom

01/08/13

21.11

 

Homesick

12/17/13

19.65

1.46

Shiva

01/15/13

22.86

 

Kill Chain

01/07/14

20.65

2.20

 

 




 

With so much wailing and gnashing of teeth about how horrible this season would be without She Who Will Not Be Named, I wondered how NCIS ratings this season compared to last season. Being a geek, I put them in an Excell spreadsheet. And because I'm even geekier than most, I posted the data. (Stop me before I do a statistical analysis. No, seriously, stop me. LOL)

The numbers for season 11 are from tvbythenumbers. I pulled the season 10 numbers from wiki, which in turn, got them from tvbythenumbers. I'm using final 1 day numbers, except where indicated. I'll update the preliminary numbers as the final numbers become available. As I understand it from the folks I know in the industry, these are the only numbers advertisers give a shit about...and what advertisers give a shit about is what studios give a shit about. Follow the money, as the saying goes.

US numbers only (see above re "give a shit about").

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With so much wailing and gnashing of teeth about how horrible this season would be without She Who Will Not Be Named, I wondered how NCIS ratings this season compared to last season. Being a geek, I put them in an Excell spreadsheet. And because I'm even geekier than most, I posted the data. (Stop me before I do a statistical analysis. No, seriously, stop me. LOL)

The numbers for season 11 are from tvbythenumbers. I pulled the season 10 numbers from wiki, which in turn, got them from tvbythenumbers. I'm using final 1 day numbers, except where indicated. I'll update the preliminary numbers as the final numbers become available. As I understand it from the folks I know in the industry, these are the only numbers advertisers give a shit about...and what advertisers give a shit about is what studios give a shit about. Follow the money, as the saying goes.

US numbers only (see above re "give a shit about").

Legend:

Season 10
Season 11
Preliminary numbers

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The Faces That I Knew

This is the first day I've been able to watch the news since Friday. I want to hold my kid, but she's across the country, so I have to wait until she gets home this week. I'm not much of a poet, but sometimes things bubble up and need to be said so I write them. I just very rarely share them. I feel the need to share this one. I'm putting it behind a cut for anyone else who is having trouble with having the tragedy in their faces at the moment.

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xanthe is starting her journey from just being a fic writer to writing both fic and original work. (Congratulations!, Xanthe!) I was reading a post of hers on LJ and it reminded me of my own journey, which then got me thinking that maybe it would be useful if those of us who've made the jump were to talk about it. If nothing else, it would be fun to see what paths others took. :-)
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I have a child in college

Wow. That feels so weird to say. Though, she doesn't check into the dorm for another couple of hours yet. Still, she left for school yesterday at too-damn-early o'clock (with a big ass suitcase that weighed 49.5 pounds LOL). Her other bags were lighter. LOL

And I may have just sent her a care package. LOL

At any rate, getting her off on this next stage in her life has been a bit up and down. I know I still have prompts from July (what do you mean it isn't still July? I protest! :-). I've got some for pay stuff pounding on the door, and that's got to come first (see primary subject of this post), but I'm dying to get back to the prompts. They're fun. :-)

Just wanted to say "I live!"

July Unwritten Fic Meme - Call for prompts

Prompts Closed (Still some available on Dreamwidth.)

Okay, so I've been in a bit of a slump. I've been hip deep in original work (yay rent!) but lately it's been like pulling teeth to get any words out. taylorgibbs talked me into (okay, I was thinking about it after reading her latest, but she urged me to go ahead) trying this as a way to prime the pump. So, here goes.

Tell me a story I haven’t written, and I will give you a comment!fic about it. Might be a few sentences, might be a couple of comments. If it grabs me by the throat and won't let go, I might end up doing more, who knows. :-)
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My Daughter's Heading to College

So. My kid's going to college.

She didn't get into her first choice schools, but she did get a very nice offer from one of her second tier schools, Hofstra University in New York. It looks like it's going to be a good experience. It's a small school, with a low student:teacher ratio. It's on Long Island and located *just* outside of Queens in Nassau County, I believe. I could be wrong on the county.

While we're still pursuing additional scholarships and grants, loans are going to have to make up the balance of her funding.

I've been digging around looking for funding sources and it hit me. I wonder if there's a way to go directly to people who might want to donate money directly to a kid's education. I recently heard about something called Kickstarter which is a way of doing "crowd funding" for creative projects like movies or software or whatever.

Why is there no crowd funding for education? And if there is, anyone know where it is?
So, I've been writing, but just not fic.

Of late, though, it's been like chipping each word out of stone. I love the characters, love the stories, well, most of them. LOL But I love the money I'm making on them, which is almost as good. :-)

Last night I was working on something I'd started last fall and had left half done. I really do love this one (don't remember why I shelved it, but I don't think it was intended to be shelved this long). I had this image in my head that I wanted to get down on the page. It was a fairly uncomplicated scene, a memory the protagonist was reflecting on. I'd fix the image in my mind and suddenly there were no words.

This isn't the first time this has happened. In fact, it happens with distressing regularity. Sometimes I can manage to still process language at the same time I've got a strong mental image, but other times it's like my language centers go offline (Broca's such a slacker) while my visual cortex is holding the image for me. Then, if I activate the language centers, the visual cortex goes off line.

My grayware needs dual processors. LOL!

I really should dig into this and see what I can find out about it. But not right now. The urge to research is strong in this one. :-) I could easily follow this down the rabbit hole for weeks before coming up for air. :-)

In the meantime, I'll just keep muddling through trying to "flip the pages back and forth" fast enough to get the words on the page.

On Literature and Technology

So, there I was, messing around on Twitter this afternoon and someone mentioned Wide Sargasso Sea. They were talking about the movie, but it struck a chord and I went to look it up. I'd heard of it, but couldn't quite remember what was special about it.

For someone who has spent the better part of 50 years with a book in her hands, I'm remarkably unwell-read in many areas of literature. Periodically, I try to remedy that hole in my education. I still haven't made it through Pride and Prejudice, but it's a great cure for insomnia, if, sadly, only temporarily.
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If you didn't watch this live streamed on Saturday night...

If you didn't watch the recorded Youtube Vid...

Carve out 2 hours of your life and watch this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qlUG8F9uVgM

Give it close to 18 minutes before it starts (no, I have no idea why it takes that long), but sit down and watch it.

Aside from it being good theater (Cloony, Pitt, Martin Sheen, JLCurtis, Bacon, to name a few - http://www.afer.org/8losangeles/), it's *important*.

Taken from court transcripts, it presents the view of the "Pro-Prop 8" "arguments" that proponents of Prop 8 didn't want the world to see.

Seriously. Watch it. "Putting fear and bigotry on trial" is exactly what it is.

NO8, folks.

Can we please be DONE with the bigotry?

This morning has been an emotional roller coaster. The trigger was something so incredibly trivial, but the response I've seen online has me alternating between white hot anger and unutterable sadness.
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Thought my flist might like this

A little something my kid sent me... she knows her Mom well. LOL!





(Though, for all I know, one of you made this and it made the rounds months ago. LOL)

NCIS Housekeeping - My sorta review

When a story (regardless of medium) can keep me engaged from start to finish, I call that a well-told story and move on. I rarely worry too much about the holes that come to me after the fact. Though, those post-consumption holes will often determine if I read or watch it again. I greatly prefer things I can enjoy multiple times.

My biggest problem with Housekeeping was that it didn’t keep me engaged *during* the episode. I was so excited about the premise. This was an arc I was looking forward to seeing the resolution of. Then I found myself distracted by a character’s hair rather than listening to two characters’ dialog simply because the dialog had no impact on the story. And for me to get distracted by a hair style is, um, well, it takes a lot.

When I see episodes like this (regardless of series), I have to wonder if they just didn’t have enough A-story to go around (criminal, given the strong potential for this arc) or if Someone From On High, and out of the creative chain of command, decreed that the B-story needed to happen. The end result is usually a mess, as this was.

The only tension or excitement I felt in the entire episode was during that one scene between Tony and EJ. Michael Weatherly and Sarah Jane Morris are *so* good together. Even though I wanted more in terms of information from it, the emotion was excellent – it was the kind of scene MW never gets enough of. What kills me is that he seems to get them mostly in these uneven episodes. It’s almost as if they know they have a weak story, so they’re going to use his incredible strength as an actor to try and pull the story’s fat out of the fire. While I’m sure that’s gratifying to a point, it’s *got* to be aggravating over time. His skills are so under-utilized.

The climax was, anti-climactic. I never felt any threat at all. I suppose that could have been the direction rather than the writing, but I suspect not. Anyone can have an off episode, but Terrence O’Hara’s track record is better than that.

B-story killed A-story’s pacing (heard Video Killed the Radio Star yesterday – sue me LOL).

Mostly, I spent the episode wishing for a red pen.

“Why is this conversation in here? It has nothing to do with the story.”

“This is not how this character would respond in this situation.”

“This character would never do this.”

“It was obvious that [spoiler] was going to happen from the moment the scene opened. Fix it.”

And so on, and so forth. If a friend had given me a manuscript with these kinds of problems, I would have marked it up and sent it back for major revisions. The biggest problem with Housekeeping is there wasn’t enough story on the page… and there should have been. Instead we got filler – Mexico (please, please, no more, we beg you), relationships, non-relationships, weird conversations from and to nowhere. Where was the killer stalking his prey? Where was the danger? Where was the suspense?

This season as been SO well done, it was just a real shame to see such excellent performances wasted on such a weak script.
Just thought I'd pop in and say, I live, and not only that, but I'm going to try to dust this puppy off.

I miss it.

I miss you guys.

I miss there being a version of Star Trek on tv.

Oops, sorry, okay, not really. I *do* miss having a new version of Star Trek on tv. LOL

About the only thing of note that's happened lately is my alter-ego getting some paying writing gigs that are turning fairly, if not lavishly, lucrative.

So... hi! And *INCOMING*!

Recipe: Simple, but delicious, side dish

So, I was cooking dinner last night and wanted to do something different with the vegetables. Oven fried chicken (okay, Shake and Bake - hey, it's good - don't judge :-), mashed potatoes and then "some vegetable". :-)

I looked in the fridge and dug through what I'd bought for stir fry (need to get corn starch today) and found some sugar snap peas and some carrot discs (need to get shredded carrots, too). So, kid doesn't care for cooked carrots, but sugar snap peas are one of her favorites (she'll snack on them raw when she can).

So, I pulled out the sugar snaps and the carrots and pondered. Looked at the vegetables, looked at the spice rack, noticed the skillet and had a thought.

Put the skillet on to heat up, added a little olive oil to the skillet and let that warm. Then I put in about a teaspoon of minced garlic. Browned that a bit, then dumped in the sugar snaps and about half as much of the carrot discs. Got that all lightly coated with the olive oil and garlic, then sprinkled in some Provencal herb mix on a whim. Stirred that in and proceeded to finish up everything else while that cooked on medium heat. I did add a little water at one point, which helped heat and soften the peas and carrots. It cooked out by the time it was done.

When I served it up, the vegetables were hot, crisp, not at all oily and tasted divine. Even my kid who doesn't like cooked carrots LOVED it. It went amazingly well with the spicy Shake and Bake.

Simple, healthy, very, very tasty.

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