Apologies for being AWOL on Friday. My work-work (as opposed to my writing-work) had an all-day, off-site retreat. It was good times with great people, at the lovely Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Later that night I watched The Town, which I thought was quite good, and I finished reading THE DUFF, which I loved. Now I may or may not have a raging crush on Wesley. I also may or may not be a wee bit jealous of the author, Miss Kody Keplinger, a bona fide teen writer of teen books. But mostly I admire her and wish her continued success. (Particularly if she gives me more Wesley!)
The rest of my weekend was spent recuperating from my recent travels, and catching up on writing-work. I did all right, but there’s always more, isn’t there?
Hindering me (just a bit) was the start of the new fall seasons. I’m down to a handful of TV shows — Life Unexpected, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy — but I’ve been disappointed with Glee recently, and now I mostly “watch” for the songs. The only new show I’m checking out is Nikita, to support my fellow halfie Maggie Q, so I’ll weigh in on that later.
Now, I joke that TV is a waste of time, and in some ways, sure, it is. But well-written TV actually inspires me. It helps me think about character development, plot arcs, sharp dialogue, and scenes that function well on multiple levels. Episodes are like chapters, seasons like novels. It’s not apples to apples, but it can be informative.
I’m not saying to watch a bunch of television and call it research — and if you do, definitely don’t credit me — but I think it’s important for writers to keep their eyes peeled for potential learning opportunities. I mean, if you’re going to spend that time, you may as well make it useful, right?
That’s how I justify it when Andy asks. ^_~