Shows I’m Looking Forward To

The new TV season is coming up, and Mom and I are casting around to see if there are any new ones we want to add to our line-up. We already watch:

CASTLE — It started out as a writer doing ride-alongs with a police squad to research his books, tossing in crazy plot ideas that were ridiculous but sparked real cop insights. It turned into a grownup teen angst romance. Not sure what it’s going to be this season, but it keeps changing, so we’re interested to see what’s next. Plus: Nathan Fillion, right?

THE MENTALIST — Another victim of a tv show with a goofy premise letting reality get in the way, the writers decided it wasn’t realistic for cops to flout the rules all the time and made them FBI guys who, apparently, can get away with it. Also getting all “loves me loves me not”. Bleh. We like it less all the time, but are sticking with it so far.

NCIS. ‘Nuff said. Don’t care much for the new girl, but she may grow on me.

These are the new ones we plan to try:

MADAM SECRETARY — “MADAM SECRETARY stars Tèa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.” I think it appeals to us because it looks kind of West Wing-ish. I actually don’t hold out much hope for it, since I just don’t find current events what you might call entertaining. We shall see.

SCORPION — “SCORPION, inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age.” I just eat this kinda stuff up. All us misfits want to believe we’re brilliant misfits who can save the day with our own particular misfittery. Worth a try, anyway.

I’m blogging at Fatal Foodies about a man in the kitchen dish. Food, I mean, not a dishy man.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is your main character favorite sort of entertainment?


MA’s Monthly Hot Flash

I’m still waiting for my tooth extraction appointment, so I’m pretty buzzed up on antibiotics. Nevertheless, Momgoth loves her sweet little baby angels, and I have a new hot flash for you, as always on the first of the month.

Hot FlashIt’s a sad one, though. Get out your hankies.

You can read all past Hot Flashes here on the blog, or you can buy an electronic copy of the first five years’ worth for .99.

For Kindle (text-to-speech enabled) at Amazon and in many other formats, including text and .rtf at Smashwords, as a Nook book and at iTunes.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Give your main character something to regret. If you write comedy, make it a sad thing. If you write angsty stuff, make it a funny thing.


By The Summerhouse #SampleSunday

Here’s another snippet from my upcoming YA paranormal, A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE.

By the Summerhouse

by Marian Allen

summerhouseA woman shrank from my gaze, trying to pull back into the shadows of the trees. Tears ran down her calm, pale face. Corrie held her arm, urging her into the clearing.

“I want to go back to the house,” the woman said.

Corrie all but pushed her into the open.

The woman was even smaller than Corrie, though she looked a tad bit older – maybe close to thirty. Her old-lady clothes didn’t look natural on her: a plaid housedress and a fuzzy green sweater. Long-term residential patient, was the term that came to mind.

“There he is,” Corrie said, in a stage whisper. “What did I tell you?”

That made me madder than I believe I’d ever been up to then. I went over and plucked Corrie’s hand off the woman’s arm and inserted myself between them, facing the weeping woman. Poor little kid. Ten years older than me, but she was hurt and she was helpless; I was here, and she was one of “my” kids.

“I’m James Michener Franklin, from down at the Refuge. You must be Miss Eleanor.”

She looked up at me and said, “Albert?” Oh, dear God, not another one….

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Is your main character a protective type? Is there anyone or any sort that they’re particularly protective of?


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