Monday, March 18, 2013

Thrilled, aMUSEd and inspired by great TV

I'm more than a little obsessed with Daniel Lewis these days.

Before his role as Nicholas Brody on the TV series Homeland,  I admit, I didn't pay him much mind. But now, he's got my full attention, and not just because I think Homeland is one of the best shows on TV right now, or even that he's fairly easy on the eyes.

Daniel Lewis is brilliant, and his character on the show is complex, flawed, sympathetic, and wonderfully developed. Homeland isn't my normal fare, but every evening, I use an episode as reward for a solid day of writing. Inspirational, yes - and Daniel is muse-worthy indeed.

Sadly, I didn't "reward" myself as much as I'd hoped last week. After a month's hiatus on the New Year's Resolution goals, I had high expectations of myself - 10,675 words, actually. I hit almost the halfway mark, turning in a respectable - but not reward-winning - 5,005 words.

For those of you not inspired by Math, that's a deficit of 5,670 words. To catch up this week, I'm looking at 2,335-word days. Let's face it, that's NOT going to happen.

The good news is, it doesn't have to. 5,005 words is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, I've spent a lot of time editing/reviewing and plotting, since the first draft of Killer's Instinct is due end of March - so it's not like I've been sitting idly by, not writing or doing something writing-related.

The thing is, I'm really excited about this book, which I'm co-writing with the awesome Judith Graves - and I want readers to be excited, too. So until it's finished, I'm okay with running a bit of a deficit if it means the end result is a solid, well-written book.

Except...Homeland (season 2) is at a really thrilling part and if I'm going to use the show as a reward for good writing behavior, I'd better get cracking.

Speaking of thrilling, last night's Walking Dead? Tense! No spoilers if you haven't seen it, but it's been a long time since a show has had the ability to make me hold my breath. Not even my current TV thriller obsession, The Following, has done that. Great episode! You think?

So, what TV shows are thrilling you right now?

- Dawn

The Book In My Bag Today: Scarlet, Melissa Meyer

2013 Resolutions Stats

Total words last week: 5,005
Total words to date for 2013: 55,005

Total pounds lost last week: 0 ( do I resist EASTER chocolate. Mini weakness)
Total pounds lost to date for 2013: 25

Books read last week: 0 (but started Scarlet and am DYING to finish it)
Total books read to date for 2013: 6

Movies watched last week: 0
Movies watched to date in 2013: 4


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