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28 June 2006 @ 11:32 pm
stupid, stupid kitsnaps  
Still trying to deal with the spam problem on kitsnaps. Turning comments off didn't work, 'cause the damned comment form itself is buried somewhere and the spiders can find it but I can't. There's a hack available that people are responding positively to, but I'm out of heart for dealing with it. If anybody feels like spending twenty minutes hacking my photoblog comments, email me or leave me a comment or something.

salymander is the 200th person to flist me. salymander, if you wish to email me your mailing address to cemurphyauthor at gmail dot com, I'll send you a signed copy of whichever of my books you like. Except if you want URBAN SHAMAN you're going to have to wait for me to get my act together and get more copies of it myself.

*pauses to go email the right person to get those*


Um. What else. Writing: two steps forward, one step back. Which is better than the other way around, I suppose, but I wrote about 9 pages and deleted 4 or 5. Probably 2500 words; 2K forward, then stitching things together in the stuff I cut out. I have had *enough* of fixing the damned setup now, please. Frustratingly, I wasn't sure about the stuff I'd written today, but when Ted and I walked into town today I flung myself on his plotty mercy and he helped me figure out that what I'd written was okay and how to make it work with ongoing conflict and problems. I may have to suck his brain again tomorrow, though, 'cause I only half remember it right now.

Speaking of Ted! Ted has a JOB! He's going to be working at the Commodore Hotel in Cobh, and there are more details on his LJ. Yay Ted! *beam* We're pretty pleased about this! Yay!

Hm. Oh yes, the last thing was that nigh unto a year ago, debela sent me the first 3 seasons of Gilmore Girls, on the logic that I would probably like it. Given that aberdeen, whose media tastes largely coincide with mine, adores it, and that agrimony squees happily over it, this was a fairly safe bet. I've now watched the first 4 episodes.

Generally I do like it very much, in fact. My first impression was that it was Sorkin Light: I spent the first two episodes in particular waiting for the banter to get up to speed. It's like watching week 4 of a 6 week rehearsal process: everybody knows their lines, but they haven't got the snappy comeback speed quite down yet. They're picking up, but I kind of figure I'll stop noticing it before they're really up to speed.

Lorelai makes me want to smack her; Emily is less dreadful and more sympathetic than I expected, even if she's incredibly annoying; Rory is *slightly* too competent, but I think that's actually because the relationship with her mother is so weird. Her fairly regular method of ending conversations with, "I'm going inside now," or, "I'm done talking about this," is ... not teen-like to my mind. But the relationship is an odd one, and she's pretty clearly the maturer half of the family, so I'm not too critical about it, and besides, I like Alexis Bledel very much.

I have the vague idea if I'd seen Northern Exposure I'd be more charmed by the Gosh They're Quirky townfolk. The harp player is too strident to be funny; the chef is too neurotic and accident prone to be believable (possibly because I live with one), though I like her relationship with the poor grocer. I do rather like the enormously fat ballet teacher, who reminds me of someone in Kenai. Luke, whom I presume is Lorelai's long-term love interest, works for me, mostly for his absolutely dead dry expression of horror when Rory blissfully says, "Sure, I knew that," about golf courses being insanely bad for the environment but she went golfing anyway. :) And Michael, despite being completely over the top, is awesome. I just sort of feel like they're trying too hard to People The Small Town With Darned Original Small Town Folk.

Despite these complaints, I'm enjoying it thoroughly (it's more fun to like something you can complain about!), and it's made me laugh out loud more than once. I shall continue apace, and perhaps by the time I'm done with the first 3 seasons the rest will be out. How many are there, anyway?

(Also, season 4 Alias has got nothing on seasons 1 and 2, or even 3, for that matter, at least not 6 episodes in.)

miles to Isengard: 139
ytd wordcount: 195,500
Current Mood: tired but cheerful
Current Music: young dubliners
salymander on June 28th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, you're so sweet.
Brian: Spock: are you high?logrusboy on June 28th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
No! Not sweet! Evil!!

Oh, right. Book first; then slander.

Of course, I already have my book. So I'm free to say whatever amuses me. Evil! EEEEEVVVVUUUUULLLL!

Sort of a sweetish evil. Not to be confused with Swedish evil, which is, of course, the eternal nemesis of Norwegians...
salymander on June 28th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
ROTFL! OMG you're insane!
Brianlogrusboy on June 28th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Hush! It's a secret!! No one knows who isn't on the internet!!!
Janne: flaggjanne on June 29th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Swedish evil, where? I need to get my torch and pitchfork!
Brianlogrusboy on June 29th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
First and foremost, those gods-forsaken Swedish fish candies! Oh, the horror! They must be stopped!
salymander on June 28th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
BTW, there are like 6 seasons of GG so far.
Ambarambar on June 29th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
If you really want to turn me loose on your poor innocent comment system, sure, I can make time to antispam it. IM me.

hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 29th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
One of the reasons that I like watching Gilmore Girls is because it's one of the few shows out there were people talk as quickly and with as much pop culture reference as my friends. :)

Miss Patty is awesome. Sookie gets more character development so she ends up being less like a charicature. Rory gets less competent. Lorelai has her own flaws, but she does get shining moments of maturity on occasion. Emily is both utterly tragic and utterly neck-wringable. The relationship between Emily, Richard, and Lorelai is so broken and as it gets more and more revealed, the freakishly linked relationship between Lorelai and Rory makes more and more sense.

Luke is awesome and infuriating. The town troubador fades out after a couple of seasons. Taylor is /insane/. I can't wait until you see the episode where he gets mocked by the priest and the rabbi.
debela on June 29th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
I remain fond of Miss Patty; she's so basically *human*. I agree that Sookie turns into a person, and honestly, I think Kit will like her. Rory - okay. I agree with agrimony on all counts; I just want to underline and bold almost all of what she said, especially Luke.

Taylor, sometimes, is what I dread people think of when they see me. He's alarmingly neurotic.

Luke is *magnificent*. Luke is a solidly good, decent man. I adore Luke. He's just a good guy and has such a heart and is... okay. Let me put it this way. Luke is not cunning, clever, duplicitous, glib, eloquent, charming, or silver tongued and I *adore* him and Rob wants to buy him a beer.

(And the scene with the priest and the rabbi is one of my favorites. :))
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 29th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
I quite possibly love this show way, way too much. :)
onyxlivesonyxlives on June 29th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
You must not have met Kirk yet. I don't know at what point he comes into the shows but he is one of my favorite characters. The man is nuts. I love the episode where Kirk gets a cat and names it Kirk. I think Lorelai has to save him from the cat at some point.

And I agree with the commenters- Sookie does get better.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 29th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Kirk is nifty keen, but is also the show's biggest source of continuity errors. :)

He actually shows up in the show very early on but not really as Kirk. Then he comes in as Kirk. And then Kirk gets edited to have been in town all along, even though his intro has him being new to town. :)
onyxlivesonyxlives on June 30th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Ahh, see, although I've seen a great deal of Gilmore Girls, most of it has been in syndication so I don't know the sequence of events. Interesting to know. Thanks.