Saturday, May 12, 2007

What's Going On...

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~ Earl Nightingale

The last few days have been crazy. I've been promoting like crazy, trying to write on my MayNoWriMo novel (I'm about 2100 words in the hole, and need to get busy!), editing my novella (which is actually at a couple of my writing friends, awaiting a verdict -- I'm a bit worried the storyline isn't as plausible as I'd like it to be, and that the ending comes too fast), and working through edits on my short story, "Magic".


I'm pooped.

BTW, thanks to each and every one of you who purchased my story -- it hit number six on the overall best-sellers list at The Wild Rose Press and it's because of you! I appreciate the support. I'd love a review from you, if you have the time. It's quick and easy to leave one at the Wild Rose website. Thanks!

Today, I'll probably write and edit. I may submit "Miles From You" to a few more review places -- I got responses back from all but one that I sent to on Wednesday and the story is in their hands. Hope they like it... the waiting is a little nerve wracking.

My husband plays hockey on Friday nights, so it's the night I typically play catch up on all the show I have in TiVo. Yesterday, though, I discovered something -- I didn't want to watch anything depressing... and most everything is. I deleted the "Criminal Minds" episode I had without watching it (I looked at the first five minutes, and couldn't stand the thought of watching any more -- and I usually LOVE this shoe). I considered "Robin Hood", but the next episode I have to watch is about Marion getting engaged to Guy, and I wasn't up to that. Next was "Heroes" -- I'm two weeks behind on this one, and it's all depressing, too.

Where's my light and funny fare? When I was younger, all I watched were sitcoms of some sort: "Cheers" or "Family Ties" or "The Cosby Show". Even though M*A*S*H* was occasionally dark, it was still funny. Even the one hour "dramas" I enjoyed were lighthearted: "Simon and Simon" or "Magnum, P.I.".

TV isn't like that anymore. The sitcoms are stupid and rely on bathroom or other crude humor. And the dramas are dark. One exception, IMHO, is "NCIS" which makes me laugh every week despite the fact that people are murdered.

Anyone out there have any suggestions for something that would entertain me without depressing the snot of out me?

On the reading front, I finished a book called "Enchanted, Inc." yesterday -- and it was such a fun book to read! I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to get to the next couple of books in the series. Fantastic! It's the first time I've been really, really excited about a book in a long time. Nothing deep or dark, just light and fun and sweet. Shanna Swendson... if you're out there. Thanks. You did an awesome job.

Now... I'm off to try and get caught up on my writing. Have a great day!


Allie Boniface said...

The only sitcoms I watch are on Mondays, when Prison Break is on hiatus: I like How I Met Your Mother (Neil Patrick Harris's character steals the show) and I recently starting watching Two and a Half Men, which is pretty funny too but often relies sexual innuendoes, so I don't know if that would be your thing. True, I think the choices these days are pretty pathetic.

Andy Chilton said...

Hi Marianne,

Just thought I'd let you and your readers know that there is another chance to do a novel in June. Over at we're running a NaNo-esque month of craziness, with active forums, a resource section and some lovely widgets to play with.

Hope your Maynowrimo is going well and you get out of that hole!

Ceri said...

Well, I was going to suggest The Office, but sometimes its a bit crude. But I love it anyway. Its not as bad as some of the shows out there and it's different.

I'm waiting for my paycheck (I only get paid twice a month) then I'm heading over for your story.

In the meantime I'm stuck at work on this gorgeous day and I forgot to bring my notebook so I can copy everything I've written longhand onto my word doc. Guess I'll have to start writing new stuff.

anno said...

We don't get any broadcast television, so I'm not much help. I've really enjoyed watching I Love Lucy and The Dick VanDyke show episodes that we've gotten from NetFlix, though; also Firefly. I really loved Firefly.

Hope you enjoyed your girl's night at home!

Melissa said...

I love The Office. Don't watch it every week, but it's so funny. It can still have some of that bathroom humor, but it's smart and fresh.

Get lots done on the book today!

Tori Lennox said...

I'm so pleased you loved Enchanted Inc.!!! The second book is every bit as good. And my copy of the third FINALLY arrived today, so I'm setting aside the book I started last night so I can delve right in tonight. :)

As for lighthearted TV, you make a very good point. Way too much depressing stuff out there even if I do watch a lot of it.

Ceri said...

Another show I like and am waiting for (second season coming this summer I hope) is Eureka on the SciFi channel. Its very clever and cute and not too much bathroom humor, if any at all.

Kimberly L said...

I don't really have time to watch a lot of tv.