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Long time no post, LJ...

Hi Live Journal... Remember me? I used to be here quite often. I posted about people I loved and entertainment that held my attention. I told a few secrets, I laid things bare. I caught glimpses of genius.

I never intended to leave, and truly it was more like a drift; not so much a conscious decision to abandon ship. But life and all it's niggling details took over and like erosion on a shoreline I looked up one day and the water was much closer to my feet than I ever thought it would be.

School took up much time. Friends, lovers, roommates, parents, siblings and all manner of jobs and wages of sin took my time and I just drifted...


Here's the thing: I've been missing the LJ landscape. I don't think many of my old friends are here any more. April has two kids now and a beautiful new home. Anna's a badass in publishing [and, update: on baby number 2]. Max is doing her dead-level best to run the marketing world. And Claire is turning and burning in the rag trade... So many loves and so many years. We had so much fun here. Remember the fanfiction [Anna's in particular] and the posts about love and vampires? The Goodship Harry-Hermione probably took up at least a few MB on my HD.

Remember the amazing icons that endlessde made - so so beautiful. I think I follow her somewhere else in the social media universe. I know I follow Ingrid on tumblr and I think twitter. It's weird how you grow up and grow out. I've had that experience all over my life.

People come and go. Friends are made. And lost. Pretty things still make me happy. I love new films and books and people. Beauty never stops. Love never ends - but I think it's a lot like a newspaper left in a sunny place, it just fades a bit. You can still see the words, but the look isn't so high contrast.

So I'll come back and work new postings. Hopefully I'll meet some new folks and draw a few followers. If your an old LJ friend, please say hello. I've got loads of things to post on. I'm transitioning from a marketing support role to a new gig on the left coast - after I get my sweet mom through chemo. May she be well and feel great, soon. My life in the last few years has definitely not been boring, and hopefully the experiences, contacts and friends I've made will keep me afloat as the sun dips and I chase new stories after the sun goes down.

Season 3 of HBO’s hot vampire drama True Blood ended just over a month ago but TV Guide is posting an update for fans:

Alan Ball's Emmy-nominated supernatural drama returns for a chilling fourth season that finds barmaid Sookie (Anna Paquin) reeling from revelations about her heritage and the real reason why her vampire boyfriend, Bill (Stephen Moyer), first sought a relationship with her. Now that she knows why she is a telepath, Sookie is unsure about which path to follow, while vengeful vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) escalates his deadly feud with Bill.

The update will likely have fans (and fangirls alike) around the Internet buzzing because they finally have something to sink their teeth into until Summer 2011 when season 4 launches. Production on the new season is set to kick-off later this year.


Confessions of an Undercover Fangirl...

I am a fabulous grown up. I pay my bills, I take my car for oil changes and maintenance. I keep a clean apartment - to an obsessive point, occasionally.  I manage my families business, I make sure the dog has his favorite food. I'm never afraid of being alone (my friend stayed over last weekend and she asked me if I push the arm chair in front of the door so no one can come through in the night -- really?). I have a great life and I have great friends and great things are happening.  I am an f'ing  grown up.

Don't get me wrong, I have my moments when I get silly-goofy. I grow giddy at the prospect of bumping into Sandra Bullock in town (we both call Austin home) and I'd be thrilled to see Jesse James (yeah, yeah, yeah I know -- bastard and all - I've liked him for a long time) and now that Kat von D is in the picture well, let's just say that's a dumpster fire I'm more than willing to warm my hands by on a quiet winter evening.

Read the rest of the rant... I need answers. Please.Collapse )
I just heard about True Blood going to basic and was a bit confused, but now I understand that it's being shopped for syndication to basic cable.

So there's a lot of talk about foul language and sex as compared to "Sex and The City," on TBS but the better comparison would be to "The Soprano's" on A&E. Soprano's has comparable gore and likely more sex and foul language and it's transitioned well into basic. I think it could be a very lucrative deal for HBO and broaden the base for the show...given the cleaned up version might appeal to a bigger audience. The important point for HBO is to find the right network for the series, I don't think TB is a great match to the TBS audience but maybe TNT or even AMC (and of course A&E).

I love HBO's original programming and the net has done excellent work in transitioning its shows to basic - even "Entourage" (very sexy (thank you baby J for Adrian Grenier) and filled with foul language) has done well with SPIKE audiences, a smart network choice for a show about bromance, IMHO.

What do you think?


Hey, for the chance to win a copy of the latest summer thriller, "Open House," head on over to TrueBloodNet.com and comment.

The film stars Stephen Moyer (Will.i.am/Bill Compton) and Anna Paquin (Sookie "I heard that!" Stackhouse) as a non-vampire and non-telepath couple with a guest who won't leave the premises...pesky, darn looky-loo's :]

And the flick is directed by Andrew Paquin...now I'm not up on my overly obsessive IMDB'ing but if I was a betting woman, I'd put money on that being Anna's brother...??

Ok, back to work for me, flisties!!

Oh, go register to win here: http://truebloodnet.com/enter-win-truebloodnet-com-open-house-dvd-giveaway/comment-page-1/#comment-19539

And tell 'em Midnites_Angel sent you! (Um, yeah that's me....Shawn Chapman, hehehe).

Into the Mist...

I'm reaching out to my flist. I am in need of literature advice regarding the "Avalon" series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I read "The Mists of Avalon," some years ago and I'm thinking I'd like to read the entire series. (I just can't find a series to fit my mood these days, and I'm hoping the Arthurian legend might sate my appetite for the summer...)

I'm wondering if anyone has read the series in total. What I'm hoping for is guidance about the order in which to read the series... I've found two different lists, each suggesting reading in different orders. One list refers to the publication order, which begins with "The Mists of Avalon," and the other list suggests reading the series in the 'in-universe' order which begins with "The Fall of Atlantis."

Which do you recommend?

Thank you for any advice...by the way, what are YOU reading??
This is going to make my age (for those of you who don't know me personally) painfully obvious, but I attended my 20th high school reunion this weekend.

It was quite an experience. I should say upfront that I was never a "popular" kid. I was never the one anyone thought of when they thought of their "best friend," my best friends were Emily Dickinson and Charles Dickens, I was friends with my teachers (Mr. West used to eat lunch with me in the chemistry classroom) and I knew the janitor. Seriously people, I was so far outside the "in" group that I was in a different zip code.

Maybe it would have been different if I had been different. Maybe I would have seen the value of being a joiner (probably not), I'd have seen the value in vandalism and creating chaos (yeah, not so much), I'd have thought that getting a pass on being a bad person would be all right (huh, yeah probably not).

I'm really the same person as I was in high school, I just have a voice and I use my brain for more than worrying myself to exhaustion about why "they" don't like me. I spend my time thinking (really, really thinking) about things that happen in the world, about how it's vastly important to be responsible for my actions and how I can do something to improve the planet - not just perpetuating the destruction.

Hindsight is 20/20 and I see things so differently. The people I went to high school with - I resist any urge to use the term "friend" because I don't think we consider each other that with only a handful of exceptions - really don't know me. They've never known me. They have no idea who I am because I wasn't like them 20+ years ago, I'm not like them now and I'm supremely o.k. with that. =)

The Chief of Staff.

I've been watching 'West Wing' on DVD for the past week. I've decided the best (very best) part of seeing the series again is the joy I receive from the performance of John Spencer. Leo is likely my favorite 'WW' character followed closely by C.J.

Because I love John Spencer and his presence in this series it's been a joy to watch it all over again.

Thank you Mr. Spencer. I miss your performances and I'm glad you're here, on my DVD's.

I got lucky tonight... A friend of a friend of a friend (you get the idea) hosted a screening for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and the roommate and I went.

For windwhisp...

Because my new Flisty windwhisp posted this and asked me to do the same, I'm asking anyone who's interested to answer...seriously, why not?  It'll only take a few seconds and you might like to see some of the answers.


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