Mind Ramblings

I realized last week on Monday mid-day that I didn’t do a post. And, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what to talk about.

So, I stared at my computer, decided to ignore it, then for the next couple of days, felt guilty about it…


So here I am, not really sure what to write about still. I hate days like this.

The problem is, I have a lot to say. My opinions are wide and varied.

But, sometimes, I feel that since I’m a writer from home, and a stay-at-home mom to boot, I don’t have much to say.

And, that’s where I’m at now.

Maybe I should just talk about how much I loved “The Avengers”. That’s a trending topic. 🙂 My husband and I went to see it opening day–in 3D no less–and loved it. Especially the scene at the end of the movie credits where NO ONE SAYS A WORD.

Four words: Joss. Whedon. Is. Brilliant.

I don’t know for sure if I’d ever seen anything by Mr. Whedon prior to being coerced into seeing “Firefly” and “Serenity” last year. But, I think I’m a fan now. Between the misfits on “Serenity” and all my favorite super heroes (especially Tony Stark), I honestly can say I love his work. Yeah, I probably need to go see some of his other stuff. That’ll come. I’ll get obsessive before too much longer, and cherry-pick from his listing on IMDB.com what to borrow from the library near me.

In the meantime, if anyone has any suggested viewing selections of Whedon’s previous work, post them here. 😉

And, Oh! Did you see the “Castle” finale? I’ll be rewatching that one again over the summer… probably several times (along with the two prior to it, especially the one with Adam Baldwin.) I was thinking this morning as I got up how much a young Nathan Fillion (from Firefly era) would’ve made a great choice to play the role of Rick in my novel “Homebody”. Now, he’d actually probably be a good choice for Mark from my project “Beyond Dead”… at least then, he’d actually be able to play a real cop!

Until next time,

Crime Pays Better

from Wikipedia.org

After being told by many, many people that I should watch ABC’s Castle, I recently started catching it on Hulu. I love the line from the opening: “There are two kinds of folks who sit around planning how to kill people–psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better.”

That line alone drew me into the show.

From the time I became addicted to Nancy Drew, I’ve had a bit of a fascination with crime. Maybe that’s why I tend to write mysteries over any other genre (even my science fiction stories are primarily mysteries, the setting puts them into the sci-fi category). I can spend hours reading the news about murders, robberies, carjackings. Sometimes, I come across a story that boggles my mind.

And despite the fact that I can, in theory, understand where the criminal is coming from as a writer, as a human being, I find myself wondering “how could they do that?

Even though I write almost daily about murder and mayhem, I’m still relieved that I haven’t been desensitized by my own research and can shake my head at what others do.

From =Falln-Stock at DeviantArt.com

For instance, a few years ago, there was a pregnant woman killed relatively nearby (within 100 miles of where I live). Her unborn baby was cut from the womb. The perpetrator had told her boyfriend or husband that she was pregnant, and after a while, needed a baby to “prove” things. As a writer, the story fascinated me. As a woman, it made me sick to my stomach, especially since it was around this time that my husband and I had started trying to have children.

Quite honestly, I think this split in my personality may make me a better writer. And I know for a fact it’s led to some of my story ideas.

So even though crime may pay, I’m relieved that the only kind of crime I’ll ever be paid for is the fictional kind. I’ll just continue reading about the real-life crime, and leave the perpetrating to the idiots psychopaths criminals.

And because I love Castle‘s theme song so well, here’s that ditty just for your own amusement. Enjoy!

Until next time,