Archive for September, 2015

Chaos Ran Me Over – But I’m Healing Nicely

Hey there world!

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you may have noticed I’ve been missing in action recently. I took a siesta (or hiatus) from movie reviews throughout the month of September, and basically stayed away from really updating anything on my blog except for an article or two here and there whenever I found the time. Part of the reason for this was because of my work – I have to try to make money, after all, so I can pay my bills, which in the long run of course must take precedence over most of everything else. Another part was a fall into the pit of a creative black hole, which basically sucked all of my energy away and led to a long bout of procrastination. And then there’s my recent jump into attempting to engage my followers with a new and improved social media schedule, which I’ve also fallen a little bit behind on. All of these things began to create a massive whirlwind of choas that, as my own blog name suggests, simply led to more chaos. I’ve learned quickly that when you have so much to do and don’t have a system in place to contain and focus all of the projects, your energy can just flutter around in the sea, keeping you from finding the Northern Star and get you back on the right path. It got so bad, I started to become worse than the absent-minded professor, forgetting to do some simple simple things — which included showing up for jury duty! Read More Now!

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Chaos Breeds Chaos 2015 Television Awards – Part 3

We’ve finally made it to the end. Here are the final awards for this past season of great (and some very awful) television. (See Part 2 here.)


Most Annoying Trend – Character Voice-overs
I’m not exactly sure what the appeal was, but for some reason, everyone seemed to want to jump on the voice-over bandwagon this season, and did so in a variety of ways. Here’s the rundown: it started with Red Band Society‘s coma patient explaining the meaning of the episode (and sometimes the interlude’s within) a la Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on Grey’s Anatomy; Black-ish used the voice-over for no other reason than to add inane one-liners and comment on what just happened; Selfie spent a lot of its time exploring the inner workings of the lead character’s insufferable neurosis; Manhattan Love Story dove into the thoughts of the lovers, finding a way to tell a second story of what the characters are really thinking in any given situation; A to Z used an omniscient narrator (Katey Segal) to tell the story of the protagonist’s budding love; in The Affair, the main characters discussed how they were feeling throughout their specific segments as they retold the events as they remember them to a cop in an interrogation room; Jane the Virgin had an annoying narrator give us the play-by-play in a homage to the telenovela; Fresh Off the Boat tried to match wits with The Wonder Years, but the main character’s voice-over failed to capture the same magic; and finally, The Slap used Victor Garber to try and add context to the events that were happening, but ended up being simply superfluous. See More Awards

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Chaos Breeds Chaos 2015 Television Awards – Part 2

Now that the “Main” categories are out of the way (read Part 1 here), it’s on to some specialty awards.


Best development of a character: Dr. Schetany (Ben Shankman), Royal Pains
Character development can go one of two ways: either it feels natural and highlights a character’s flaws, fears, hopes and dreams, or it feels forced and goes completely against the character’s past and what he stands for. In Royal Pains, Ben Shankman has created a very uptight, neurotic character in Dr. Schetany, but as he continues to attempt to become a better person, he has had to step way out of his comfort zone to mature into a much more well-rounded person. Beginning with the kindness of taking Dyvia and her baby into his very clean home, Dr. Schetany learns how to break from his routine, which leads to helping a girl he has feelings for, all of which led to him falling in love and find heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness. The scene where he sits at a new place and tries to banter with the waitress the same way he did with the girl he liked, and realizing, “It’s just not the same,” was heartbreaking and gives Dr. Schetany a depth that not a lot of characters embody. See More Awards

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Chaos Breeds Chaos 2015 Television Awards – Part 1

Well, the 2015 Emmy Awards have come and gone, and as per usual, most of the winners (in fact, this year, I believe ALL of the winners) were shows I could care less about. I know a lot of people watch the shows that did win, including Game of Thrones and Veep, but because I don’t subscribe to HBO, or because I just simply don’t care much for the actors involved, I was none to pleased with the outcomes this year. So, once again, I’ve compiled my own list of awards given to both outstanding and poorly executed shows — moments and episodes that deserve a little recognition over the *yawn* inducing categories and nominees that show up every year on the Emmy voter’s radars. (Click here for a look at my 2014 awards). Please Note: these are for shows and episodes of television shows I watch that aired between May 2014 and May 2015. Find Out the Winners (and Losers)

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Casting Call – Kristin Stewart as Jacquline Brody?

A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture to Facebook to help give readers a chance to visualize the character of Jacquline Brody form my Jaxxa Rakala series:

A visualization of Jacquline Brody from Jaxxa Rakala: The Search and Memoirs of Keladrayia.

A visualization of Jacquline Brody from Jaxxa Rakala: The Search and Memoirs of Keladrayia.

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COVER WARS – Vote now for “In the LIght of the Eclipse”

Over at Masquerade Crew, there’s a monthly contest for independent authors called Cover Wars. I learned about the contest via Twitter about a week back and thought I’d check it out. It seemed like a fun little way to boost the visibility of my book across Twitter, and it was only $5 to get my cover entered, so I thought why not give it a shot. Learn More

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