My Name Is Line, And I’m a Whedon-holic

Yes I freely admit it, I am completely addicted to the genius that is Joss Whedon. How can you be addicted to a person, I hear you ask. Well it’s much like stalking I suppose, although with less sinister intent, basically I hunt the web, the shops and the telly for him, well his master pieces (except Firefly and Serenity, I’m really sorry but I can live very comfortably without them).

I suppose it all started when our DVD lady(more on her in a later post, I promise) happened to have Dollhouse all boxed up and nice when she came over last week. Now for those who don’t know, Dollhouse is the newest project from Mr. Whedon, season 1 was, after much back and forth and unnecessary delay, broadcast on FOX this spring. I remember when it was announced back in 2008, I watched the trailer, loved it and started looking forward to it’s January start, then Feb start, then… well… only 12 episodes were made in the end, but it’s been given a 2nd season so we won’t harp on about that.

Dollhouse stars  Buffy’s Eliza Dushku as Echo, an active with the Dollhouse. Actives or dolls are basically blank canvases which then get imprinted with a new personality, memories etc. basically they become a new person except on the outside. These actives are then sent out to clients who have requested them, it can be everything from needing an expert to negotiate with kidnappers to a date with the perfect woman/man, any kind of fantasy scenario is possible if you have enough money. It’s kind of like Fantasy Island, but way creepier and better. In true Whedon fashion the cast contains another old friend, namely Amy Acker as Dr. Clare Saunders/Omega, and for people who watched Serenity there is also Alan Tudyk playing active gone bad, Alpha.  There is also Olivia Williams, last seen as Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets, who plays the head of operations, Adelle DeWitt, and our hero, Tahmoh Penikett, who plays Paul Ballard an FBI agent investigating the mythical Dollhouse.

My two favorite episodes are, 5. True Believer where Echo is made blind and sent to infiltrate a sect, and 10. Haunted where is is imprinted with the memories of a dead woman, who only really wanted to come back to see how her family would take her death, but then ends up investigating her own murder. The last episode was a little weak though, but I can forgive that now that I have a new season to look forward to.

The next stop on the Whedon bus takes us to Dark Horse and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. No you haven’t missed the announcement of a new TV show season, BTVS season 8 is in the form of graphic novels. I already bought Volume 1. The Long Way Home (which is issue 1-5) and Volume 2. No Future For You (which is issue 5-10) last year (think maybe for my birthday), but I was missing Volume 3. Wolves at The Gate and Volume 4. Time Of Your Life and there was no where in Abu Dhabi to buy them, still isn’t. I know I could have ordered off amazon or something, but I hate paying more than I should. Then a couple of weeks back we spent the weekend in Dubai and found Graphic Novel Heaven, also know as Book World by Kinokuniya at Dubai Mall. Unfortunately they only had Vol. 4, which of course I bought, but that’s now sitting on my bookshelf taunting me because I refuse to read them out of order. Volume 5. Predators and Prey isn’t out until September, otherwise I could order them both together then, but I don’t want to wait that long. I guess my next plan is to call Book World and see if they have it back in stock or if they could order it for me, my birthday is in a month and it would be a great bday pressie for myself. But what will I do while I wait??

Well it seems Dark Horse might have answered that question for me as well., or rather MySpace Dark Horse has. On their MySpace page Dark Horse is publishing comics issues with 4 new stories in each issue. Currently we’re on Issue 23, which includes a background story for Penny, our tragic heroine from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along blog. In a previous issue, Issue 12, there is also more to be had of Captain Hammer, the worlds worst hero. But my main happy comes from the announcement that Issue 24, out July 1st, will feature a Buffy story. Yes I know I’m a geek, I’m sad, la-di-fucking-da, I don’t care. There might be more goodies there, but I haven’t had time to browse yet, it’s definitely added to my to-do list. Right I have a lot more to say on the issue of my Whedon-holism, but I think this is a good place to call it a day. Please keep your eyes out for Whedon-holic part 2.

Music…and Writing

It’s amazing the power music can have over a person. The ability to conjure up memories, long forgotten ones, repressed ones and, most often, cherished ones. Then there are times when the memory cannot be accessed and deep emotion is called forth instead, so strong and real it’s like it’s happening for the first time.

I’m sure everyone has at one point in their lives been asked the inane question, “If you could choose, would you rather be deaf or blind?” Frankly I’d rather be neither, but there you have it. Now, if being made to answer I would have to say I’d rather lose my sight than my hearing (knock on wood). I suppose many who know me would be surprised by that, after all it is a well known fact that I am never as happy as I am when I have a book to read. But then with today’s technology books can be accessed in so many ways; Braille is of course the age old option, although I’m not sure how much fiction is published in Braille. Then there is the firm favourite, audio books, my current favourite audio book(s) is the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry, I actually prefer listening to Fry read them than read myself now (well, except for his Tonks voice, I mean, come on!). But back to the subject at hand, blindness wouldn’t stop my reading. Being deaf on the other hand would mean no more sound; to never again hear the love of your life telling you how much he loves you, never hearing your name called out unexpectedly in the street by an old friend, never again recalling fond memories when hearing a song for the first time in years or making new memories with new songs. Of course there are many ‘never agains’ with being blind too, but none of those seem as important to me.

I was watching a film called August Rush the other day, which tells the story of an 11 year old boy who lives at a boys home outside NYC. He hears music in everything and is convinced music will lead him to his lost parents. The film starts by explaining his parents circumstances and why he’s not with them, and then begins the journey to find them. What I really loved about the film was how fitting the music was, a lot of the themes start out as normal city noise and then it’s all put together, making music the main character of the story and the film. The actually human relationships and plot of the story is forgettable, there are dozens of similar films out there, but as pure entertainment and fluff it’s definitely watchable. But no, it really needs to be watched for the music, using everyday noise as a basis for the soundtrack of our lives, culminating in August’s Rhapsody at the end. So while on the one hand it’s a story about a boy looking for his lost parents, the main story has to be music and how it influences our lives. Did I cry? Well of course, I cry at the drop of a hat remember.

Hmm, well the point of this post was really just to say how much I love music. As always I end up going off topic for a while, but hopefully it all makes sense. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of scores, the Twilight, Torchwood and Doctor Who 1-4 scores being played rather a lot these days. For me it’s the best music to write to, as I think I’ve mentioned before, and I try to download a wide variety of them. In this task my DH helps a lot, he has pretty much all the scores from his xBox games and a few of those songs are ones I’d actually listen to. Then there is the excellent web radio, Radio Rivendell, which plays game and film scores all day long, since we don’t have the internet in our place it is a rare treat for me to listen to, but seriously if you are likewise inclined check it out. It definitely is a firm favourite amongst the NaNoWriMo Fantasy writers, though I find it works just as well when writing Historical fiction.

Talking of fiction, the last few weeks have been filled with sleepless nights, yet again. The Writeroom app on my iPhone is getting a lot of use as story ideas, plots and characters keep invading my brain, and you know that’s great and all. Except I have about 6 stories unfinished that have just stopped, how about I get some inspiration for them, huh? At the moment though I can’t get to most of my files as they are on the mac and in Scrivener, and I don’t have a monitor for it where we are now. I knew using the TV as a monitor was a bad idea, how am I gonna lug around a 32″ flat screen? I’m sure I’ll find a way, where there is a will and all that. Besides I have quite a few handwritten things to type up at the moment, my ‘epic’ Forgotten Enemy springs to mind, epic because it’s now 10 years since I started writing it. I still have 50 pages of handwritten story, the first few chapters actually, waiting to be typed up and the writing is becoming faded so I should get it done sooner rather than later.

Basically, it’s not like I have nothing to do or write. I could even do some house work, let me just hook up the iPod first.

Explaining the magic new (but old) posts

You might have noticed an increase in the archives, but then again you might not have. The reason for it is of course that I have used wordpress’ nifty importer tool and imported all my old blogs to this one place. There are about 5 different blogs mixed into this one blog now, so you might come across 5 posts saying welcome to my blog, this is my first post la-di-da, then there will be about 5 posts with the usual, OMG I haven’t posted for month’s soooo sorry, will do better now. But I never do.

I had two NaNoWriMo blogs, one for 2007 and another for 2008, these were without a doubt the most neglected ones, mostly because once I actually got to November and NaNo started the last thing on my mind was blogging. I had fiction to write don’t ya know. The Nano blog posts refer to winners badges on the site, but I don’t actually have them here. Maybe I’ll make a little bragging page where I can display my achievements, but that’s not really at the top of my to-do list at the moment.

Now I think that was it, no more important info to announce.

And yes you will get a proper blog post soon(-ish)

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