Saturday, December 08, 2007

What to write when your brain is empty

Hey, apologies for advance for how late this post is, and how weak..

I got nothing this week. With the writer’s strike, TV has been really disappointing, except for Dexter, which as it comes to an end in the second season has been really amazing. It’s building to something I believe is going to thrill me.

I just feel it in the air.

Heroes for me has been a complete bust this season and while I adore Friday Night Lights, even in it’s 2nd season, I feel it’s hit just a bit of a slump. By that I mean it’s gone from brilliant to just excellent, but it's still the best show on network TV.

But there’s not a lot out there that’s getting my brain moving in a storytelling kind of way.

And I’m finished the JR Ward Brotherhood series and slightly bereft that I have to wait almost another year for my next fix.

So if anyone gets to this post, as late as I’ve posted it, I’m looking for recommendations. What do you go to for inspiration, books, movies, TV, anything?


Maureen McGowan said...

I'm still a little inspired by FNL, I must admit. I actually teared up before the opening credits last night. and the weird ferret drug dealer guy waking Tim Riggins up with a rifle! Makes you want to take him in your arms and comfort him. Okay, I already wanted to do that.

Anonymous said...

Ah, FNL. I do love that show. And Tim Riggins..

And Razor, loved that as well.

I think I've just had a wealth of wonderful TV shows, and books lately that now I've gotten through them, I feel a little lost.

What do I read/watch next?

K J Gillenwater said...

Here are some recommendations:

Movies: Mr. Brooks (creepy Kevin Costner!), The Painted Veil (Ed Norton is amazing, romantic drama)

TV: Kyle XY (fun, teenage sci-fi series--there are 2 seasons you can watch), Life On Mars (1st season available on DVD, new season starting Dec. 11th, I think--BBC show)

Hope there's something in there you haven't seen.

Molly O'Keefe said...

Wow - actual recommendations!And a Kevin COstner one too! That doesn't happen every day - thanks Kristin. I've been eyeing that Mr. Brooks during recent trips to the video store to get my BSG fix.

Hey we watched Rescue Dawn the other night -- Christian Bale -- you'd like it, Sinead. A war movie but more like a documentary. I have a bunch of books to bring you - including that Jo Goodman book everyone is raving about -- you'll like that too. Not to mention that Anne Stuart -- so hold on Sinead, entertainment is coming....

I was thinking about Friday Night Lights - and the last night was sort of a regroup episode - it tied up some storylines (the murder, the mom and daughter, the Santiago) but what I love about those episodes is that on this show in the past - those episodes create a thousand new possiblities. If the writers stay smart LAndry not being tossed in jail for that murder is the WORST thing that could happen. I predict our good guy landry is about to go off a deep end. Can't wait.

Amy Ruttan said...

I know the pain of waiting a YEAR before Phury's story.

I've been procrastinating by playing Virtual Villagers, which I downloaded from MSN games.

But if you value your writing DON'T PLAY THIS GAME. It sucks you in and frustrates you at the same time. Ugh.

I have nothing for you Sinead. Sorry about that.

K J Gillenwater said...

Mr. Brooks is excellent. Disturbing and creepy. I really enjoyed it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Kristin, great recommendations and Molly, I'll take any books you want to throw at me, and be very grateful.

Hopefully this slump won't last too long..
And maybe No Country For Old Men will break it.. or Eastern Promises

Kimber Chin said...

Have you seen the previews for The Other Boleyn Girl?
Hot, hot, hot.

But I hear you about needing inspiration.
I was kind of wiped out this weekend.
Maybe I need a holiday.
Wait, don't we have one coming up?

Wylie Kinson said...

Watch UFC.
To know me is to know how ridiculous that statement is, but I spent all last weekend watching buff men go at each other in an octogon cage.
My lesson?
I could write a paragraph on alpha-males, the need to compete at a primal level, and the human nature of the spectator, but I'll sum it up with this:
A docile, anti-violence mother of two who stands up and screams "Come-on, pound him!" is a total turn-on to her hubby ;)

Maureen McGowan said...

Wylie! I'll never look at you the same again. :-)

Seriously though. Great suggestion for getting inspired on the rough and buff alpha male. I'm proud to say I've never watched UFC. I'm not even sure what the letters stand for, but based on the context (and those episodes of Friends with John Favreau) I assume it's some kind of ultimate fighting thing? Kinky.

And Kimber. Yes, I have seen those trailers and can't wait for that movie!

Wylie Kinson said...

Maureen - I can honestly say that until last Friday night, I didn't know what UFC was either. :D

Ultimate Fighting Champion. (you have to say it slow and deep to get the full effect. Best if you have an echo machine)

And as I was explaining to Molly and Amy at the TRW social, I'm very anti-sports. I don't even watch figure skating. And the olympics piss me off because the interrupt my regularly scheduled programs...
Perhaps I was possessed??
I dunno, but it was a fun change of pace.

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