Recommendation: Canada

No, I’m not recommending the entire country to my north (though hey, if it’s your thing, go nuts). The theme of my recommendation is television shows from Canada. There are two of them! I assume they make more, but these are the two I’ve found recently.

  1. Lost Girl

When I first heard about this one, it was a headline in passing, and I didn’t take the time to read the article. I’m glad I gave it a chance when I saw it on the front page of Netflix later on.

Here’s the synopsis from its IMDb page:

Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.

The supernatural beings, by the way, are the Fae. Honestly, that’s probably one reason I passed on it at first: a succubus being classified as fae. Feels wrong to me. I’m weird like that. But I got over it and watched it anyway, and it’s pretty damn good, I think.

Some of my favorite things about it: the hidden world parallel to our own, the mystery of Bo’s origins (answers come, and more answers await), and the dynamic between the characters, especially Bo/Kenzie.

And hey, if you like sexy shows, this one’s pretty sexy.

  1. Continuum

Thank you, Netflix, for thinking — knowing? — I would like this show.

From IMDb:

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Now, there is only one actual instance of time travel, but it is still very much a time travel show. There are questions of paradox, altering the timeline, all that sort of thing. Which I love. I’ve always loved time travel. I subscribe to the many-worlds interpretation nowadays (at least according to a quick Google search, I do).

I wish I could tell you more about these shows, but I’m paranoid about spoiling people. Plus, I’m not that far into Continuum yet.┬áIf you don’t trust my judgment, do some more research on your own. Hey, if you have Netflix, just watch the pilots. Minimal investment. Lost Girl starts really picking up in later seasons, I think.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to read. I need to relax before I keel over.


Finding the Time to Write: Getting Desperate

Oh, fartnozzles.

*coughs and waves away smoke*

Time machines are hard work, you guys. The chrono-matrix is too damn delicate. I just can’t get it to balance.

Crap-packets! *kicks things*

Why do I need a time machine? Why, to find the time to write, of course! Time is the one resource I cherish above all others, and, of course, it is a resource I cannot renew. Unless I get this piston-licking time machine to stop breaking down. Man, this is what I get for buying generic parts. When you buy a brand name, you buy a reputation for excellence.

Earthworm (Family: Megascolecidae)

Maybe I need to look into wormholes. But what do worms know about time travel? They haven’t shared their secrets with me yet. Bastards. (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

Since I rekindled my creative interests, almost every hard-won moment has gone towards writing. However, it is still not enough. I need more, more, more. So, in between my attempts to transcend linear time, I’ve analyzed the opportunities in my routine to find where I might wring out more time for my writing, like a sweet juice made from the rarest deep-sea fish. Mmm, time is salty and bioluminescent.

Here’s the list, with pros and cons.

Not grooming

PRO: Palpable aura will keep people away, limiting distractions.

CON: Beard may achieve sentience, given enough time and exposure to dangerous levels of funk. Could become adversarial.

Die Gartenlaube (1874) b 061

And then THIS happens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blending all meals and drinking them as nutritious shakes

PRO: Don’t have to wait until the end for dessert.

CON: The blender will drown out the screams that usually go with my meal preparation. Oh, the screams.

Bear Bones

Note to self: do bones blend? (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Not changing clothes

PRO: The crust that forms will eventually become hard enough to serve as armor, defending me against assassination attempts by rival writers.

CON: Shirt designs will fade with time. How will people know about my fandom of Go-Bots if it’s not right there on my chest?

Eschewing clothing entirely

PRO: Gives the whole world what it’s been asking for all these years.

CON: The map tattoo on my *REDACTED* would be visible to all, and the treasure it leads to would be in danger.

http://www.wpclipart.com/money/. Per the licen...

The real treasure, of course, is my glorious nudity. Not pictured (though it does gleam just like that). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faking my own kidnapping

PRO: Could end up on news. Free publicity!

CON: Initial investment for magazines to cut out letters for ransom note. Too rich for my blood.

Micro-naps throughout the day (by blinking slightly longer) instead of sleeping all in one go

PRO: The night terrors will be much shorter now.

CON: Will have to cut up the sleeping pills into very, very small portions.

Hiring a proxy to handle conversations for me

PRO: Could probably find someone more personable (though not handsomer) than me.

CON: Trial run with hand puppet yielded unfavorable results and a lifetime ban from TGI Friday’s. Uncertain if flesh puppet (as I would call the proxy) would be an improvement.

Cheese and bacon potato skins at TGI Friday's

The truth about the potato skins had to be told, and I regret NOTHING. (Photo credit: Scorpions and Centaurs)

Constructing a robot to go to work for me
PRO: Having a synthetic son could earn me some sort of amnesty when Skynet goes online.

CON: Robot might do my job better than me, wounding my soft, squishy ego.

Cutting down on unnecessary internet time

PRO: There are no pros.

CON: It is all cons.