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Day 03 → Your favorite television program

I’ve recently discovered a love for TV shows. My household hasn’t had broadcast TV in years and years, so in order to watch TV, I’ve got to seek these shows actively out myself. My favorite type of show is the kind that reads like a long, long movie; I’m not so much into reality shows or shows that are overly “monster of the week.” I can’t jump in at the middle, either; if I discover a show that’s broadcasting the fifth season, you  better believe I’m starting at season one and watching the whole way through.

Needless to say, this causes me to get pretty into the shows I do watch. I’ve managed to narrow it down to four favorites (you should all know I don’t do single favorites on anything!).

LOST

Absolutely my favorite of all time. It actually started the first day I got my iPod video, and I discovered I could download TV shows from iTunes and watch them (at the time, my computer would not play the video files on its own, loser). Downloaded the pilot, having heard of this show and thinking it was some kind of castaway-esque drama. BOY was I wrong! By the end of the pilot, when Charlie asks ever-so-poignantly “guys… where ARE we?!” I was like, heck yes, I need to see more of this show. This was right before the fourth season premiered, and let me tell you, I’m crazy amounts of excited now having seen the premiere of season six just the other day. YESS. It’s gone from a plane crashing on an island to a multi-dimensional time-jumping freaking mystery.

Doctor Who

My parents watched Doctor Who before I was even born. In fact, I share a name with one of his assistants, as does my sister Tegan (for those of you well-versed in their Who companions, my brother would have been named Nyssa if he had been a girl… we ended up giving the name to our cat, who had a kitten, who we named Zoe. I swear I’m going to have three kids [or cats] and name them Rose, Martha, and Donna). As a kid, I kind of passed it off as one of those funky British things my parents tended to get into. It was only after I started watching Torchwood (incidentally, this was the fifth show on my list!) and realized that it was a Who spinoff that I got into the revived series. And boy is it love.

Greek

Funny story with this show; Lonelygirl15 got me into this! Hear me out… the star of LG15 played a minor character in the first season of this show, and then iTunes offered the pilot free, and that’s all it took to get me hooked on this show. I should be honest… it was Scott Michael Foster (Cappie) who really got me hooked, and I haven’t looked back. This show, with their gang-of-friends college antics, fills that hole in my life that Boy Meets World left vacant when they finally wrapped that one up. It’s that kind of show. And for those of you with the fandom know-how, Cappie and Casey are very possibly my OTP.

Fringe

This one, actually, would probably be in the number two slot if I tried to actually put these in order of amazingness. Seriously, I do not know how you could possibly watch this show and not get hooked on it. It’s created by the same guy responsible for LOST and new!Trek, plus Joshua Jackson is there. It’s a little mind-bending and a lot of crazy… about a tiny tiny branch of the FBI that deals with areas of fringe science. We’re talking spontaneous combustion, multiple dimensions, teleportation, regeneration, all those -ions that make your inner nerd dance with glee. Amazing, amazing show.

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Day 02 → Your favorite movie

Just like with music, there’s never just one favorite. There’s some movies that really strike your fancy for a time, there’s some movies you love RIGHT NOW, there’s some movies you have to watch over and over just to catch every detail, and there’s some movies that will never stop being one of your favorites. So how about one of each?

I love this RIGHT NOW: The Hangover

Seriously, this is one of the most hilarious movies I have seen in a long time. Yes, it’s stupid funny, and yes, it has its draggy points, but come on, how can you not love it? The basic storyline is that Doug, a man two days from his wedding, takes his two best friends and his fiance’s brother to Vegas. The next thing they know, they wake up the next morning with horrible hangovers, a tiger in the bathroom, no memory of the night before… oh, and Doug is missing. They spend the rest of the movie trying to retrace their steps in hopes of finding Doug, only to realize all of the insane things they had done the night before. It’s one of those quotable comedies, definitely worth a watch if you haven’t already.

Friday night chick flick favorite: Another Cinderella Story

I have a confession. I collect Cinderella adaptations. I don’t know what it is about this particular tale, but I love variations of it: Ella Enchanted, Ever After, even the original Disney cartoon. But I think this one is a personal favorite, and I think it has a lot to do with Drew Seeley and Selena Gomez. Both of them are fantastic actors, and they themselves come across as very normal and well-adjusted people. Plus some of the songs really bring out my inner dance-happy thirteen year old self. It’s a cute movie, honestly.

Still not sure what happened: The Prestige

Are you watching closely? James got me hooked on this movie, and I had to watch it two or three times before I fully got every little nuance on what was actually going on. The movie is about two magicians who start out as friends but become enemies as they try to out-do the other’s main act. They go to incredible and terrible lengths to be the better magician. It’s one of those fantastic movies where, just as you think you know what’s going on, you get a curveball thrown straight at your brain. And I love that.

Special place in my heart: The Sound of Music

Call me cliche, but I love and have always loved this movie. In my opinion, Julie Andrews is one of the absolute best actresses of all time. Very few people are as classy yet adorable as this woman. Add this to my love of musicals and WWII stories… instant favorite.

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Day 01 → Your favorite song

Those of you that know anything about me know that I’m one of those mood-based music people… my favorite song changes with my mood and by what’s new into my iTunes and a million other things.

With that being said, here are my current favorites.

Everybody Loves Me – OneRepublic

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Don’t need my health, got my name and got my wealth
I stare at the sun just for kicks all by myself
I lose track of time so I might be past my prime
But I’m feeling oh so good… yeah!

Hey, I didn’t say it was a deep song… but seriously, give it a listen. It is the most addictingly catchy (yet not annoying!) song ever. I could eat OneRepublic’s entire new CD like it was candy, but this is the song I like to blast in my car every morning to put me in a fantastic mood!

Break – Three Days Grace

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Break away from everybody
Break away from everything
If you can’t stand the way this place is
Take yourself to higher places

Lately I’ve been really into this style of music (along with, like, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and the like) and this is the one song that I get caught in my head a lot. It’s got a great meaning to it; if you’re not happy with how your life is going… do something or go somewhere to make it better. Makes me want to get up and do something, you know?

And just as a bonus…

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This is the collective addiction of oh so many people at work!

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30 Day Blogathon

This just came through my GReader (thanks Kerry!) and I thought, gee, I don’t blog much anymore, so this may be a good way to jump start it once again. Apparently, this is the “schedule”…

Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book
Day 05 → Your favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobby of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

I give it two days. :]

Gearing Up For NaNo

There’s less than a week until the beginning of November, and with it, NaNoWriMo. I’m really excited about participating this year, after two failed attempts, and I’m trying to do everything I can in the next week to get ready.

  1. Cleaning up my room and my desk. I try to be an organized person, but I don’t always have the time to be. It’s hard to be creative in a messy space, so I’m going to do my best to get everything organized. Seriously… my desk is a mess.
  2. Finishing the book I’m currently reading. I can read three books at once without really getting them mixed up, but throw my own novel into the mix and I start either getting confused or subconsciously copying things I’m reading.
  3. Adding to my “Writing” playlist. I don’t know what it is, but the best music for noveling is soundtrack music. No, not the singing and dancing soundtrack, but the actual score from some of my favorite movies. The best for writing is Hans Zimmer (Pirates 3, to be exact) and Murray Gold (Doctor Who and Torchwood). Currently my playlist is five hours long; I need it to last a month.
  4. Constantly thinking about the story I want to tell. I can’t work on the actual writing yet, so I just do a lot of planning and thinking. I  have to keep asking myself questions about the plot of my store… like, why did the whole thing start out this way, what causes this character to react a certain way, how can I bring it all together at the end? I put myself in the shoes of my characters and ask myself how I would get out of certain situations; this helps a lot when it comes time to sit down and write.
  5. Downloading an app for my iPhone. Yes, don’t laugh. My iPhone comes with me even when a purse or a notepad may not, and so I find myself wanting to write a couple of paragraphs out when I find myself with a few extra minutes, or on break at work. “Notes” just wasn’t doing it for me, so I downloaded “Notebooks,” which not only has more features, but allows me to sync my .docx file to my phone so I can see exactly where I left off in the process of writing. Nerdy, but true!
  6. Keep hyping myself up about it. I know myself, and I know that if I don’t get excited about something, I’ll forget about it. I’m planning on keeping you posted the whole way through; not necessarily for your benefit, but for mine.

Some of this stuff seems silly, but if it works, it works! I’ll keep you posted!