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26 February 2014 @ 10:14 am
Hello Again! and Meme Day 5  
I thought it had only been a week or so since I posted last - time does fly.  I've actually been fairly productive this month.  I finally started a new screenplay, having not worked on anything screenplay-related since last June.  I started relearning a bit of French through Duolingo, which has been a fun little diversion thus far.  We'll see how long I stick with it once it gets actually tough.  (I was violently reminded of how finicky French is with articles, though, ugh.  After having not worrying about articles at all doing Latin all these years, it was a jolt.)

I need to get back working on The Orphan Queen.  I go through fallow periods with it, but even when I'm not actively writing, I am usually thinking about it.  I have a very clear sense of so much of what is to come, and I think one of the reasons I take breaks now and then is because I know how long it will take me to write all I have planned.  I think I end up feeling discouraged not at the amount of work, but that I can't just download the novel out of my brain.  I always worry that I'm going to lose something in the process - which is silly, because nine times out of ten I end up writing something I didn't expect, or dramatizing something in a different way than planned, and it's far better than what I had tumbling about in my head prior.

Day 5 - Least Favorite Episode of Favorite Show

Again, I'm picking a favorite show, not necessarily my single favorite show - mostly because I don't think I could pick just one.  The truth is, I don't tend to dwell on bad episodes.  I watch them, shudder, erase them from my personal canon, and never watch them again.  In this case, I can't even remember much of the episode, the plot details, character decisions, anything, really, so it's hard to actually justify, other than that I know I was tempted to turn the TV off halfway through, and I never do that.

Battlestar Galactica - 3x14 - "The Woman King"

I know it had something to do with some crazy doctor where the refugees were living on Galactica, and that the whole episode was rewritten at the last minute because they ended up cutting a long-running subplot, and that Helo is basically The Best and Greatest Character of Our Times throughout, and by the time the episode was over I hated him.  And that's pretty much all I remember!  But I know it was awful.

Day 5 - A dancing gif

Martinela_loony on February 26th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
Yaye for writing! And even though it's kinda scary I like the idea of a USB port to my brain so I can download my thoughts sometimes...

I do that with bad episodes too. Unless they come as a bunch that makes it hard to watch the show I burry them under all the good ones I liked.

Oh also I am up do date with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, marathoning comedies is the best thing everXD
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 27th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I don't usually like sitcoms this much in the first season; it usually takes them a while to work out their kinks and really get good.
Martinela_loony on February 27th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
I just hope they can keep it up. Looking at the other sitcoms I watch (mostly out of habit by nowxD), I really want them to stay and be good.
Irispierhias on February 27th, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
I'm using duolingo to learn Spanish. And I tried brushing up on my French that way, but I was getting confused with too many languages at the same time, since my app is in German, but it makes me translate from English to another foreign language. :S
Sometimes I wish it had a bit more explanation regarding the grammar and rules, but overall it's a fun way to get into a new language and pick up some skills.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on February 27th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's sort of my one complaint about Duolingo - I know a lot of people learn best through immersion, but I do like knowing the actual rules and grammar and such. I've picked up a couple French books at the library to sort of round out my instruction, such as it is.
Halima: ♁ all of this has happened beforecartography on February 27th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
Duolingo is AWESOME. But what do you mean about the French articles vs Latin? Latin has gendered nouns, too. Or did you not have to learn those?

Lol Helo is the WORST. But I still think Black Market and some other ep that I can't remember right now are worse.
Shannon: bsg duallakungfuwaynewho on February 27th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
French articles like un/une, le/las, de/du, etc. Latin doesn't have that stuff. "I like a rose" and "I like the rose" would be different in French but identical in Latin. And sometimes I get confused because there won't be any article in the English sentence, but in French it takes either, like, des or les, but I can't remember which is which or what the rule for it is.

Gendered nouns I've resigned myself to. :(

I think with Black Market at least there was an attempt at some kind of plot? It's awful, and the weird Lee girlfriend retcon stuff is terrible, but I think it tried? I really hate the season 4 episode where Six's baby dies like the minute Tigh thinks about Ellen again, because it's stupid and insulting and terrible and I hate it, but there was just something about The Woman King that edges all of them out. It's awful but also like incomprehensible and worst of all, boring? IDK, I think I could watch every other episode again, even Black Market (which I know I did rewatch at least once), but never TWK. Never.
ghanima sun: bsgghanimasun on February 27th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ugh The Woman King was super awful. I think it's one of the few BSG episodes I've only seen once (okay except for the last season which I still can't go back to).

The only good thing I remember from the episode is that Helo was shirtless a lot in it. And I don't even think he's that crazy hot, but that was literally the only good thing!