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I’m hooked on TV. I like to watch television to unwind—but also to see how stories and characters are developed, plots twist, themes are addressed, weird things happen. The current addiction is “Colony,” USA Network’s science-fiction drama series starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies.

Hooked on TV: Colony

Please raise your hand if you’re not hooked TV…

Hubby and I like to watch the television to unwind—but I also like to watch it to see how stories and characters are developed, plots twist, themes are addressed, weird things happen.

We’re currently watching Colony, USA Network’s science-fiction drama series starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. “In the not-too-distant future, Los Angeles has been invaded and occupied by outside forces, causing a rift between the city’s residents.”

So Why am I Hooked on Colony?

In many ways it’s like watching futuristic version of the Nazi Occupation. I was puzzling about that: is it a case of duplication-with-a-twist? I decided it’s a case of human condition. Any human beings put in the same type of situation (sudden violent occupation by someone bigger, badder, and more technologically advanced) would behave in the same general pattern. There’d be rebels, collaborators, and the neutral don’t-rock-the-boat folks in between. I do find it really interesting to see the problem put in a modern day situation, with modern day advancements in communications, weapons, police work, government policies…

The family situations intriguing—and utterly horrifying. I can empathize with the grief and helplessness of losing a child (thank you, overactive imagination!), the anger of being trapped in an untenable situation, the desire to want to “do something bigger than myself.” Sometimes people do really stupid things in the name of love and/or freedom. Are they right? Wrong? What happens to our pretty little moral lines when the whole world goes to pieces?

It’s incredible how many things influence our perception, our education, and our actions. It reminds me of the old axiom, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.” A burden that is light for one may very well be overwhelming for another.

And that’s as much philosophizing as I want to do today!

Let’s Talk About the People

Let’s talk for a minute about the characters. Katie and Will Bowman both want the same things (safety, unity, justice), but they have really different ways of viewing how to go about getting them. And often, they’re both right. How’s that for a moral dilemma? I call it “juicy.” Especially when each of them have to redraw the lines they previously thought were gold.

Then there’s the Proxy who’s out of his depth, trying to be a good guy (mostly), but sometimes dipping into the Kreep Kool-aid.

The sister who will do anything to keep her sick son safe and get him the treatment he needs.

Her self-serving mercenary boyfriend whose charm probably comes out of bottle of snake oil.

The rebel with military training and a cause to test his skills.

The actors are terrific. I don’t think I’ve seen one that didn’t work. That hair of Holloway’s though—ai ai ai! The actor is great, but frequently the hair steals the scene. And not in a good way.

I don’t know anything about directing, so I’m not saying anything about directing, except that there are some really awesome and clever things going on there. Maybe Hubby and I are easy to please, but neither one of us have groused about how unrealistic a scene was (even it if was technically unrealistic). Some of the segues are just plain awesome.

At the end of every episode, we have our own life-altering decision to make: desperately wanting to hurry to the next one, or wait until tomorrow so we can drag the thrill out…

A Drift of Quills talked about some favorite TV shows. Check it out here!

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What’s your favorite binge-worthy show, and what got you hooked? Share in the comments!

All the Crannies and All the Nooks!

If I were ever to find myself in a position to build my dream home (especially my dream library), I’d be in such trouble! I thought things were bad when I was limited to whatever my imagination could cook up, but then Pinterest came along and I am so doomed.

Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m more than a thousandaire (my husband’s term!).

Do I go Mediterranean? French? Japanese? Modern? I love all those styles—Clearly, “eclectic” is the way to go. Er… the way to continue. “Eclectic Tuscan” is the style du jour at my house, with emphasis on the eclectic part.

I love our little house, don’t get me wrong! It would take millionaire status to convince me to move, and then it would have to be to THE perfect house in THE perfect place.

I would also have to be able to hire a gardener and a maid. Possibly a butler, because Mr. Belvedere ruined me.

When I drool over look at house plans, I start in the garage to find out how hard it will be to get groceries from the car trunk to the pantry. (A pantry is a requirement!) Then I look for the place the library will go.

Let’s talk about that last item. I’ve built myself a substantial morgue file chock full of ideas. I might need more than one library… Continue reading All the Crannies and All the Nooks!

Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

Aren’t surveys fun to take? Well, it turns out they’re fun to read, too, and I have some fun things to share with you about what my current on-going survey says. Do you know, for instance, the name of the conductor?

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One of my fabulous readers took seriously my invitation to ask me anything. One of his fabulous questions was:

“If 2 trains leave Chicago at the same time, what’s the conductor’s name?”

I had to include it my poll, just for a little comic relief—and wow, has it been fun. Let me give you a sampling of some of the answers I’ve received:

  • Bob (10)
  • Fred (8)
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Pete & Repete
  • Conductor can’t be on two trains at the same time! LOL
  • Vinny
  • Huh? / I don’t know (22)
  • Are you telling me a story? I’m liking it 😉
  • Conroy Gundersnark
  • Skitzo Frenik

Clearly, some folks thought it was a serious question… But I’m thinking “Conroy Gundersnark” should receive a role in one of my books, right?

Looking at the Numbers

Let’s actually get serious for just a minute and look at some of the statistics. Continue reading Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

It’s World Book Day—Party on, Bibliophiles!

Did you know that April 23rd is World Book Day?

It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. ~World Book Day

It’s like the world hears all of our birthday wishes and wishes-upon-a-star! BOOK celebrations everywhere! Party on, Bibliophiles!

Also known as International Day of the Book, this is an annual event celebrated every April 23rd since 1995. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the affair, using it to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

I love that!

Just to be quirky, the folks in the United Kingdom celebrate on the first Thursday in March. 😮

The Low-down on World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.I love finding out about stuff. When I was little and read something I didn’t know or understand, I would ask my mother. I’m not sure if it was an insidious plot to get me to leave her alone or if it was pure genius for waking my curiosity. Whatever the motivation, she would always tell me to go look it up.

The real problem with this was that I would get so distracted by all the other amazing things in the dictionary and/or encyclopedia (yeah, back in the dinosaur age) that I would forget what I was there for!

I did that today, too. Continue reading It’s World Book Day—Party on, Bibliophiles!

What Are the Chances? And What if It’s Free?

I’ve got a little story for you from the weird, wacky world of Coincidence: A Tale of Two Georgias.

I’ve been getting some lovely emails from my readers—good news, funny news, encouraging words, and all flavors of What’s Going On in Your World. I love it. (Email me!)

Yesterday, I had the surreal experience of hearing from two delightful readers named Georgia. Yup, both of them. [Hi, Georgia(s)!]

These peaches are named Georgia—Welcome to their slightly surreal story.I received an email from one at 7:16 PM on Wednesday, and from the other at 7:18 PM. On Wednesday. Both of them lamented that the link for downloading their thank you gift didn’t work. (Did you know you, too, could get a free short story? All you have to do is sign up for my email list. I don’t mail very often!)

They both wanted the mobi version of the story.

I checked the page and the links. They worked, but I am forever suspicious of ether gremlins running amok. I had to ask if perhaps one person had signed up for two email lists? (Still, why would one person need two copies of one little short story?? I know it’s good, but is it that good? 😄)

So I emailed them both with a copy. One kindly mentioned she was from Colorado. The other volunteered that she came from Alabama. Coincidentally, I didn’t ask either of them…

And then today, just to round things out, I happened to read an article written by—you guessed it—another woman named Georgia.

They’re all peaches. 😉

More Peachiness with FREE Books

And here’s another coincidence: More free books for you! (I love sharing these sources. Who doesn’t love free books?) Below you’ll find all the latest Instafreebie giveaways I’m involved in. There are lots of free sci-fi and fantasy books in return for signing up to author newsletters. My Kindle is beginning to burst at the seams!

Fantasy Feast: Free fantasy books for hungry bookworms

Main Feast Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeast/

Feast Favourites Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeastfavs/

SFF Book Bonanza

Over 100 SciFi and Fantasy books!
http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

Melanie Tomlin's PROLIFIC READER: a huuuuge list of free books from every genre.

Melanie goes above and beyond with a huuuuge list of books from every genre.
https://melanietomlin.com/tpr- freebies/

Science Fiction and Fantasy Instafreebie Giveaway Mar 21-31. Over 60 books!

This one is upcoming. We’re spreading the reading out over the whole month!
https://www.lincolncole.net/freebies

Read with joy, my friends!

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What are you reading now? Share in the comments!

What Are the Chances? A short journey into the surreal AND some free books for you!

Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays!

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to believe we’re coming to the close of another year. 2016 has treated me well—and so have you, my awesome readers! I am so grateful for your support and good wishes. I lovelovelove hearing from all of you, so if you’ve been shy about commenting or emailing me before, DEW EET! Here, let me make it easy: This is my contact page. One little note can totally make my day—and I hope I can return the favor!

“One little note” is what started my friendship with Drift of Quills pals and fellow writers Patricia Reding and P.S. Broaddus. Another little note introduced me to one of my favorite beta readers, Alan Mills. Another ended up putting me in cahoots with author Leeland Artra.

I want you to know how important you all are!

You’re the only one that can be you, with all your unique experiences and outlook on life. You have your own abilities and talents, and when you share those with me, you make my life more full.

You is smart.
You is kind.
You is important.

― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

It’s National Look-Alike Day!

According to my Google Fu skills, it’s “a fun day to look like another person.” Or maybe you already do!

The Chinese website “Face++” decided that I look like Elizabeth Taylor. How flattering is that?

Look-Alike Day!

They pull up several possibilities, and since it’s an Asian site, there are a lot of Asian choices. Or… Angelina Jolie. Muahahaaa! (I’m glad they didn’t pick Tom Cruise!)

Who do you look like? Share!