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Wed, May. 20th, 2015 10:34 pm

Wow, that was an intense hour of Supernatural!

[A twist ending...that is still a bit hopeful?]

Per tradition, we got Carry On My Wayward Son to start off the episode. I did like that we had the fan-version leading into the Kansas version. And then we got straight into the heart-breaks. First up, Sam, with his family pictures and the broken code and the witch-killing-brew-filled bullets. He is determined to save Dean at all costs, even though he can't locate him. That is partially because Dean's not answering his phone, and partially because he was probably too drunk to notice, considering the elder Winchester wakes up sweaty and laying on his motel room's floor. Fun times, that I was sure would lead to very bad things.

The whole investigation of the dead girl, and her missing friend, was...uncomfortable. Dean was uncouth on top of uncouth, thanks to the Mark. Aside from his inappropriate comments, he was also horrible to Rudy and eventually caused his death. I understand the whole Mark thing, but that was a but uneven in when he was conscious of himself crossing the line and when he just didn't care. He's caused quite a few deaths. Rudy was not the tipping point, even if it seemed that way. But I will say that Sam finding the keys to the Imapala and the note of "She's all yours" was very sad :( Don't give up the car! That's when we know you've given up on life!

I will get back to the whole Death thing, but first I want to talk about Cas / Crowley / Rowena. You knew the spell wouldn't be easy, and having it include the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden, the Golden Calf, and something Rowena loves? Quite a feat. I was glad / sad that the diner guy turned out to be Oskar. I knew he had to show up again, since he was so engaging in his prior episode. I'm quite happy with the way the trio's situation turned out, even if we're unsure of Crowley's still alive. (They wouldn't kill him without showing it, right?) Rowena's still in play, too, so we have that to look forward to next season.

Okay, back to Death. Dean wants Death to kill him, Death cannot do that, longer explanation of The Darkness and how Dean's the only thing holding it back. The whole Sam / Dean thing in that seemed murky at best. Sam won't quit, so before Dean can be banished Sam must die at Dean's hand? Uh, okay. It was very tense, since I didn't know if Dean would do it, but then he hauls around and kills Death instead. WHAT? You can't kill Deaht, HE'S DEATH! Also, shouldn't there be some repercussions of Death being dead? Like an apocolyptic event or something? Because The Darkness emerging was because Rowena removed the Mark, not because Dean killed Death. And the black smoke overwhelming them looked quite familiar, like when the demon cloud overtook Dean and Bobby in the car. I'm not sure the vagueness of The Darkness really played through well, but we'll have to wait and see where they go with it next season.</span>

So, I don't know what to say about this finale. There was some seriously tense moments, but there was more confusion than anything. Great acting, but perplexing storytelling.

I am trying to do my current grad school timeline project on my reactions to the finale. This is going to be...fun?

Current Mood: shocked shocked
Current Music: News


Sun, May. 17th, 2015 07:26 pm

Like others, I have been watching and worrying about Jared over the past weekend. When JiB announced he was ill and wouldn't be able to attend, I was only mildly concerned. After all, people become ill, so missing a con it's a huge deal. But then I saw that he had changed his Twitter bio to be "im trying to do the best that i can" and that set off the worry alerts. And his tweets prior to his departure confirmed the worry.

I have Jared, Jensen, Danneel, and Gen's Twitters on my phone as instant notification, so the incoming buzzes were often filled with concern on my part because I didn't know what would happen. I hope he will be okay, and that this time away can help him regroup and reconnect with those that love him. We all love him, as I mentioned in response to his Twitter call. And he's gotten A LOT of responses, both from fans and fellow actors. Depression can happen to anyone, but we must #AlwaysKeepFighting.

Current Mood: worried worried
Current Music: Travel Channel


Wed, May. 13th, 2015 10:51 pm

That was an emotionally draining episode! So many twists and turns and set-ups for things to come.

[Dean is gonna kill them all...every last one of them.]
Charlie's hunter's funeral was sad :( There were tears over the remembrances. And there was also shock over Dean's handling of the situation with Sam. I get that he's angry, and I am as well. Not allowing Sam to apologize for getting Charlie killed is understandable, but to hear Dena tell his brother that he wishes it were Sam up on the pyre rather than Charlie? That hurt.

Dean's on a rampage. Everything and everyone who gets in his way is going to pay. And I don't know if it's the Mark or the vengeance, but it doesn't really matter at this point. He's slaughtering them all. And it's not just the bad guys, either. He almost killed Cas. I'll admit that Cas isn't my favorite, compared to other characters, but that split second that I thought Dean killed him? Pretty shocking. So, I guess the angel needs to stick around a bit more :/

Then we've got Sam. Dean asked him to stop with the book, he agreed, but as soon as he found Charlie's notes and Rowena's promise? Back to the plan, overruling Dean's wishes! THIS WILL END BADLY! Added to that, Rowena's manipulating him again. And he had no qualms trying to kill Crowley either. Too bad that didn't work. RED EYES! RED EYES! Don't underestimate Crowley, because he will screw you over with a smile on his face. However, I do fear that this will mean he's doomed, since he's crossed the line from shady to fully evil. I guess we'll have to wait until next week to see.

So, who's going to die in the finale? Because Death is apparently showing up. And Dean's going to be recruited as a Reaper again? I know there's gotta be a big twist ending, to leave us hanging over the summer, but what will it be? My ideal was that Death showed up with Mary and John (because we still don't know what happened to them, no one could find them in Heaven), but that was just my little fantasy world. Death is showing up, though, so how's it all going to turn out? Excitement and wariness all rolled into one :)

If we went through this much this week, can you imagine what the finale will be like? I might need a recuperation period when it's all over.

Current Mood: shocked shocked
Current Music: News


Sun, May. 10th, 2015 06:13 pm

This weekend was definitely a writing whirlwind, in preparation for my upcoming releases and future submissions. Since Friday I have:

  • Did final galley proof of His Womanly Ways novel

  • Completed first round edits for Storytime novella

  • Did first round / final edits for Family Time anthology story

  • Completed nine blog promotion posts

  • Did two author interviews

  • Completed line edits for revise and resubmit novel request

  • Wrote 2000 words on new novel

This was in addition to my Supernatural review for Fandomania and test edits for a possible freelance gig. It's been a busy weekend! Now I have to read a 200 page graphic design book before summer residency starts in a week, continue with my daily novel writing because I have a submission due for writing group next Friday, and complete content edits for the revise and resubmit. BUSY SUMMER!

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: 48 Hours


Thu, May. 7th, 2015 10:09 pm

This is a combo cover reveal and pre-order announcement. His Womanly Ways is coming soon, and you can order it now! This is my gender-swap manuscript, where I tried to do a new take on the genre. We shall see if I succeeded. I believe that there will be a print release, too, but I'm still awaiting word from my publisher.

You can read a sample over on the Torquere Press site. And I'm arranging blog posts across A LOT of blogs. This is also because I have three releases back to back (His Womanly Ways, Coffee Date, and Must Love Dogs) with the Family Time anthology in between them, so...busy publishing summer! But I am looking forward to the whirlwind of this plus starting grad school again. Just hope I don't burn out :-o

[NSFW Blurb]Alex is a womanizer. He makes no excuses for it. Yes, he picks up women at the local bar, leaving them with just a memory of a good night and a good lay, but he hasn't had any complaints yet. That is, until he picks up the wrong woman. Not satisfied to be tossed aside as just another notch in Alex's bedpost, she curses him, wishing he “knew what it was like for a woman.” And he's about to find out what she means, embarking on a genderswap journey that he can't stop.

Alex starts slowly gaining secondary female characteristics. Waking up with his cock gone, replaced by a vagina, was bad enough. Then it gets worse, as his body becomes more like a woman than the man he used to be. Alex tries to hide the changes he's going through, for fear that someone will discover his secret, but keeping this quite literally “under wraps” might be impossible before the curse runs its course.

With the help of his female best friend, Eve, Alex tries to deal with who he is becoming.  He feels like he's lost his identity, his mind not matching the body he now has. But Eve sticks by him, and they become closer as Alex's changes progress. What started out as friendship may become something more before Alex's journey is over. Perhaps this curse was actually a blessing in disguise.

Current Mood: excited excited
Current Music: Big Bang Theory


Wed, May. 6th, 2015 10:54 pm
I have always said I wanted a return to the arc as we neared the end of the season in SPN...[Be careful what you wish for.]
This is going to be a disjoined review, since my spellcheck has decided to randomly stop working, so I was trying to fix that (and fail) while watching. Multi-tasking not working!

Anyway, we've got a lot of emotions going on in tonight's episode, from sadness to anger. I figured the twist ending was coming, because I always feared for Charlie's fate every time she showed up. With the prophecy of darkness hanging over the season, it was only a matter of time. But, still, I didn't WANT it to happen :( I hope that her email got to Sam (or Dean...she was emailing one of them, right?) and that they can use her knowledge for good. She can't die in vain!

Dean has told Sam, and many people have told Sam, that keeping secrets never ends well. When Dean was keeping secrets, Kevin wound up dead. This time, it's Charlie. When wil the Winchesters learn that they shouldn't lie to one another? That honesty and remaining on the same page will serve them better than sneaking around behind each other's backs? I am fearful that, before this is over, Crowley might die, and possibly Sam or Cas. Dean's on the warpath and whoever is in his way is going to pay.

I like that the Styne family is connected to Frankenstein, though they're just one more in a long line of threats that are coming from Sam and Dean. We've got them, Metatron with the tablet, Rowena with the book, and Dean with the Mark. This isn't going to end well for anyone! Charlie's already given her life, just like countless others who have gotten too close to the Winchesters. How many more have to die? :(

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated
Current Music: TMZ


Sat, May. 2nd, 2015 11:15 pm

I'm doing about two guest posts a week this month, promoting my upcoming novella Coffee Date. And I've already gotten one review off an ARC, so that's great :) Here's the rundown so far:

  • Anna Lund on My Fiction Nook gave the book 3.5 stars. "We need more little books like this one. Books that show us what it might feel like to be different. Books that can open our minds a little bit."

  • Guest post on Lissa Kasey's blog where I talk a little bit about the approach this book takes on the transgender subject and Alice's journey. "The perception of gender and trying to place people into specific gender roles is very limiting. What does it mean to be a man or a woman? And what if you don’t fit neatly into either role? Or if society has assigned you as one gender when you actually don’t perceive yourself to be that gender?"

  • And today I did a guest post on The Novel Approach with a blurb and an excerpt, along with a few words about Alice. "Alice’s journey is not an easy one. She’s been hurt numerous times when she’s sought to share her true self with others, so much so that she’s started to put up a wall against the world."

I'm currently proofing the galley for His Womanly Ways, and will start promotions for that nearer to its release. I do have a cover already, but want to do the reveal a bit later. Balancing two releases, while both dealing with gender but in vastly different ways, makes for an interesting couple of months :)

Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: Daredevil


Fri, May. 1st, 2015 10:24 pm

Per (apparent) tradition, I donned my Captain America shirt and headed out to see Age of Ultron. It was a nice celebration for the end of the semester. Officially off for two weeks before summer residency starts!

[Really random observation about Ultron]
I won't get into the plot dynamics, except to say I liked Ultron, but LOVED Vision. I do miss JARVIS, but I look forward to seeing where they take Vision. And I also wonder if the division of the team in Civil War (or the next two Avengers movies if it carries over to that) will mirror the alliances we saw in this movie. I'm still trying to emotionally prepare myself for Civil War.

One thing I did notice about the rendering of Ultron, though, was how they utilized James Spader's facial expressions in the design. Not that I look at James Spader's mouth closely, but he has certain tics that he does when speaking (especially noticeable on Blacklist) and Ultron has the same mannerisms. It's just an extra humanizing element that I appreciated. Lovely performance by Spader.

Also, the rain alert on my new phone was scary-accurate tonight. "Rain will begin in your area at 8:03PM." And within the minute the downpour started. [And I have determined I will likely never use my non-throttled data limit each month unless I do some serious playing around on the net outside of work or home. Maybe I should start streaming Canadian radio during my drives ;) ]

Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: House of Lies


Wed, Apr. 29th, 2015 10:59 pm

We're nearing the end of the season, and I believe this might be the last one-off we get. Enjoy it while it lasts!

[Blue eyes crying...in the rain]
It was the Novak family reunion tonight. Not only did Claire return, but we finally found out where Amelia was all this time. Not off on her own, having a grand old time, but instead kidnapped and tortured. Poor Amelia :( Plus, she had to keep reliving her visions of Heaven while being tortured and drained of her soul. So much sadness.

Meanwhile, Claire's trying to track down her mom. She's becoming a skilled hunter, if only for the fact she can piece together clues from her mom's diary and get pretty close to her location. Thanks to Sammy, she now can hack into credit card accounts and also get some fake cards to carry her through financially. She's going to need it, based on how the episode turned out. She's lost her mom, taking a pit stop at Jody's place, and then it's off for possible revenge on the angels that destroyed her family. At least she's forgiven Dean and Cas.

(As an aside, the actor who played Ronnie also played Sid in "Exile on Main St." Which proves that Vancouver is small and SPN likes to re-use actors.)

Meanwhile, Dean is possibly falling prey to the Mark even more? Cas claims he got a little rough with Ronnie at the bar, and he did seem a bit possessed when he had the sword during the fight with Tamiel, but there is plenty of darkness to come. Tonight felt like just normal Dean. In fact, it was almost like old Dean, with his jokes and laughs and downtime. Sad to know that there will be no more carefree jaunts to the putt-putt courses any time soon.

Not a lot of Dean and Sam interaction, for the most part. Sam was off doing his thing, first researching and then getting beaten up on the hunt, while Dean was off roughing up Ronnie and then babysitting Claire before coming to join the battle at the end. Yes, I share Cas and Sam's concern about how the Mark might be affecting Dean, but I'm more concerned with how Dean will react next week when he finds out Sam's been lying to him. Big things are coming their way.

For a filler episode, it wasn't bad. But I do look forward to getting into the arc-heavy season-enders. I know I'll be heart-broken, but that's what I'm here for.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed
Current Music: TMZ


Thu, Apr. 23rd, 2015 09:43 pm

I now own my very first smartphone! (Well, I've owned it since Tuesday, but now I'm finally getting around to announcing it.)

It's a ZTE Warp Sync from Boost Mobile. I did a lot of comparisons between all the available phones and this one had the best specs and the best ratings. So far, I really like it!

Specs and Details

  • Android™ 4.4 (Kit Kat)

  • 5" HD touchscreen display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2

  • 8MP camera with 1.6MP front facing camera

  • 3G/4G LTE/Enhanced LTE

  • Dolby® Digital Plus Sound Enabled

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor

  • 2GB RAM/8 GB ROM

  • HD Voice

  • Unlimited talk and text

  • Unlimited data, 2GB at high speed and then reduced speed after the cap each month, but no overage charges
I got on the re-boost, which automatically bills me every month, so I could get it all bundled for only $30 and have no contract. So, I'm on the same network, paying half the rate, and getting data along with it. Pretty good trade-up!

Current Mood: peaceful peaceful
Current Music: Blacklist