I’m really good at making other’s people’s ideas better. I’m great at finding THAT THING that stands out and helping someone focus and refine so that the whole piece is even stronger. And I’m fantastic at listening to someone and figuring out what it is that makes them and their take on something unique and strong.
The problem is, I just don’t have that many ideas myself. I’m a great editor, but as a writer, my inspirations are few and far between. Which is a currently an issue as (a) I need to come up with MARKETING IDEAS FOR THE BOOK and (b) I need to get reengaged in PopGurls.
The first is more pressing, as we’re just about a month and a half out from release and I need to let more people know about the book. But what to do? A book signing isn’t really that exciting because it’s *me* — not Joss, and at this point, it seems silly to do a book release party so late in the game. NYCC is coming up in a few weeks and while it seems way too late to plan anything proper, maybe I can come up with something to do then or in conjunction with an existing event? I am donating a couple of books for prizes at the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog SING-ALONG and Joss Whedon-Themed Party.
Oh, how I wish I could call up Leslie Knope and ask her as I’m sure she’ll have ten thousand amazing ideas. But instead, I feel like Leslie in “Camping” — panic-stricken from worry that she won’t be able to come up with something as big and awesome as the Harvest Festival. And I’m far from the Energizer Bunny of anything, aside from marathoning multiple seasons of TV shows in one sitting.
Maybe I should drag a bunch of people somewhere and hope that I can trick them into coming up with ideas for me. I can bake really good cookies (really! i have an excellent chocolate chip recipe), and I won’t even make people sleep on the floor… or the ground.
It’s so strange to have this huge piece of work that defined my life for the past three years finally be out in the world so that OTHER PEOPLE can see it. The reviews are coming in and I feel so lucky that many people are responding positively.
And for the most part, I understand and occasionally agree with the criticisms*. There is a negative one that I reference a lot mostly because it’s from a major outlet and because the reviewer pretty much called me a terrible writer. It came up in my Googling yesterday and I saw the promo copy written for the site (which is much different from than the copy they used on Twitter, which is completely sensationalistic, hyperbolic and completely off the mark), in which they called the book “belligerently upbeat.” I laughed at that, as it’s something I would never call myself or my work — and the first thing I thought was:
"Is ‘belligerently upbeat’ like ‘aggressively short**’?"
"She’s kind of short, don’t you think? Aggressively short, almost. It’s like she’s throwing it in my face."
— “Bowling for Votes”
If so, I’m okay with that. Making this connection has helped me deal with the sadness I had over the review because now I’m in the room with Leslie, watching people through a two-way mirror — people who are far more predisposed to offer criticism than praise. And I’m not looking for blind or gushing praise, nor am I going to invite anyone out to a Dr. Horrible Sing-Along and then punch them when they insult my writing, but I’m going to keep this idea of a focus group in mind while reading reviews.
*I have no problem with criticisms, especially thoughtful ones. I do get frustrated when people make incorrect assumptions about the book (like it was authorized and thus I should have had more stories about X in there) or list out what they wanted in the book and since I didn’t address that to their satisfaction, they declared the book inadequate.
**I, too, am aggressively short and most likely throw it in EVERYONE’S face.
ballroompink said: This was on Netflix streaming at one point.
yes! i watched it like five times while it was up.
but i absolutely still have my vhs of it that my sisters and i recorded off of tv when we were kids because, JAKE RYAN.
we were all in love with jake ryan. and also, obsessed with the movie.
Sixteen Candles is the first movie I watched so many times that I memorized it. It’s also the first movie in which I learned that a films could have alternate versions, as the version my cousin in Pittsburgh had on tape had different music than my own.
I bought the script a few years ago and when I read it, I also learned the importance of editing and revisions. Which, of course, I knew about, but there’s something about reading an earlier draft of a movie I know inside and out — seeing the much longer Ginny storyline that got cut — to understand how i must try to stop comparing my unpolished work to someone’s final version.
Dita van Teese (via dita-van-teese)
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to look at each person I passed and think, “This person is very much loved by someone.” (An idea sparked many moons ago by the Tomyam Pladib” Everyone Likes Someone as You Like Someone exhibit in Bangkok.) I’m not sure if it’s changed me in any way, but it’s been a much nicer way to approach the world.
Just realized that I lost a follower, most likely due to my unhappiness with the Parks finale and the show in general. Which I understand — I was never a huge TWOP recap fan because it all felt so negative, and I’ve stopped following people on here because all they did was complain constantly about a show every week. I’d rather spend my time doing other things than hate-watching.
That being said, I’ve always said that being a fan doesn’t mean that you have love everything that someone/something does unconditionally. Usually it’s because you love a show so much that you can look at it critically, and seeing the flaws is just as important as seeing the beauty.
I said a couple of weeks ago that I’m a big believer in “trust the tale, not the teller,” but I don’t trust the show at all. And the whole tone of the Parks and Rec time jump is what put me off. It looked different and it felt different, but nothing about those differences felt earned. I have no problem with resets in a TV show (I loved the Felicity spell plot line that created an AU by rescripting the final season of the show), but I find it hard to jump on board when they drastically change the tone and idea of a show without leading their audience into it with a plausible path.
(and not that anyone needs my permission, but just wanted to say to feel free to drop me if you’re bothered by my lack of Parks love. i don’t see my feelings changing any time soon.)
clubgetright replied to your post “in happier news… i’ve been rewatching “The Closer.” I so love Brenda…”
I used to love The Closer so so hard… I will definitely have to schedule a re-watch!
It really stands up so far. I’m well into S3 and there’s so many little things that I’d forgotten, and I’m really impressed at how deftly they showed Brenda’s character soften and become a leader instead of the initial dictator position she was used to holding, and expected to be, when she arrived in Priority Homicide. And I love how utterly confident she is in herself and her abilities.
princessgeorge replied to your post “in happier news… i’ve been rewatching “The Closer.” I so love Brenda…”
I loved that relationship a whole lot too. Really great.
They’re SO SO wonderful to watch. I like Fritz so much, and how he’s both dependable and completely open with his feelings both in love and frustration/anger. And how he makes Brenda, who constantly has 80 million possibilities running through her brain as she tries to sort out which one is correct and key to solving a murder, he makes her focus on the issue at hand and continually pushes her to declare her desires and feelings when all of her training has shown her how to “win” by perceiving everything and taking herself out of the equation.
Like I said, I’m only into season three but I’m falling in love with them all over again :)
in happier news… i’ve been rewatching “The Closer.”
I so love Brenda and Fritz’s relationship. I love the way they developed the characters from their courtship through their marriage, with big problems and small, and very much demonstrating the idea that marriage is often choosing to love someone over and over again.
I would like that, yes.
princessgeorge replied to your post “ugh, yesterday kicked my ass. actually, the whole week kicked my ass….”
They’re sort of adjacent to a lot of interesting questions about family/career but aren’t taking them on and don’t seem likely to. Which is a missed opportunity.
That’s a fantastic point. Plotwise, this is the second “oops” pregnancy — not just in the series, but in this season. They did “my life is empty/worthless with a baby” with Ann. Considering how much of the series is about Leslie and her career and ambitions, I would have much preferred them asking those questions instead of it just being a repeat of “oops” and “our lives are worthless without babies!”
ugh, yesterday kicked my ass. actually, the whole week kicked my ass. yesterday just pushed me over. i’ll catch up on life… eventually.
princessgeorge replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I’m about the same - I’ll watch but I’ll let it pile up, and it’s just nowhere near as good as it used to be. Which still makes it an OK show. But I’m not really invested. (Aside: I need to talk to you abt Fleuvogs, will msg you!)
I feel the way I did about HIMYM — i kept watching although i didn’t really care about anyone anymore. It wasn’t until Barney’s manipulation of Robin, where he broke her down again and again, was brushed away with “oh, but it’s okay because he proposed and isn’t that the most romantic thing ever?!?” that i was so angry that I gave it up.
I’m not angry with Parks, just disappointed. I just checked my TIVO and realized that i missed even more than I thought, and I have very little interest in checking them out. That makes me sad — I miss the excited anticipation, the ache I had for everything to come in those 30 minutes. I’m sad that at 10pm on a Thursday, i realize that I’d forgotten that Parks was even on that night.
slackmistress replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I feel like it’s become about the situations and not about the characters. (I feel the same way about Community, too) That always ruins it for me.
From the Parks season premiere, I was disappointed in how the writers seemed to forget who their characters were — well, aside from RON BEING ALL-KNOWING SAGE. And with forgetting who their characters are, their character arcs and paths feel patched together rather than the deliberate and lovely arcs they’d had in seasons earlier. I agree, we don’t need wacky situations — the show handled wacky in the most entertaining and engaging way when it was placed in relatable situations.
(Aside from the premiere, I haven’t seen Community this season, but i can see that happening.)
rikyl replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
That’s too bad but understandable. I don’t really trust this show like I used to, in regards to how they’re going to handle this.
I’m a big believer in “trust the tale, not the teller,” but I don’t trust the show at all. I honestly feel like the endgame is now “hey, wasn’t it funny that i wanted to be President? That was so dumb of me — HAVING BABIES IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT!” We’ve already seen them spend two seasons explaining why Ann and Chris were a bad match only to turn around and say “HEY! BABIES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN A COMPATIBLE RELATIONSHIP! EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE BABIES!”
And with Diane getting pregnant, that’s three pregnancies in one season. Is it lazy storytelling or a deliberate message that the only important thing in life is to have babies? I’m just not interested in following the Ann and Leslie sharing their pregnancy/labor/child-rearing adventures.
Part of why I’m so disappointed in that is because the show did such a wonderful job of illustrating the idea of making a family out of your friends, and now it seems to be saying that kind of family is nothing and worthless compared to the one you procreate.
diaphenia replied to your post “my not surprising unpopular parks & rec opinion [[MOR] i haven’t…”
I was so excited to have an awesome lady who loved her life, her husband, her relationships and was unapologetically ambitious in her career. Even if they don’t decide to make Leslie give up on her grand-scale political ambitions, they will inevitably be weighed against the “can she have it all?” question that is never, ever posed to men.
I completely respect that Schur, Poehler et al have the right to guide their series the way they want, but I don’t know if it’s something that interested in joining along anymore.
random thought for today:
I was informed that someone didn’t recognize me right away because my hair was wet and looked dark. They knew me as the girl with the blue hair. (Said person only sees me a couple of times a year, so that’s pretty fair — i’m always surprised when anyone remembers me at all.)
I wonder if there’s more people who think of me as “the girl with the blue hair.” it’s funny to me because while i *know* my hair is blue, i never think about it until i see my silver-grey roots coming in.
(and it’s far more preferable to being recognized for my lisp. weeks before learning my name, the boy i dated in college referred to me as “the cute girl with the lisp.”)