Shana Silver: YA writer

March Madness Day 26 Check-in

Today is my sister’s wedding anniversary (and by typing this, hopefully I will actually remember to wish her a happy anniversary today) but it’s also Day 26 check-in!

I’d like to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal today! Today’s winner is…

Daniel R. Davis!

Congratulations! Stop by our goal-setting post, and choose your prize from those still listed. Email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we’ll get it out to you as soon as possible.

And if you didn’t win, there are still LOTS of great prizes to be won, so keep checking in each day…

 

We’re in the final stretch, folks! Only a few days left to meet those goals. In keeping with the “S” theme, today’s topic is success. Specifically, success when you aren’t successful.

For those of you who reached your goals, you are awesome! And those of you who didn’t, you are also awesome! Because March Madness success does not necessarily mean completing what you set out to do. Every word you write toward your goal is progress and that progress is an achievement. I don’t know about you, but I count any achievements as a form of success. Without those, I’d have less words and more importantly, I’d be further from completing my goal than I am now.

Because, WIPsters, I will not complete my goal this month. I realize now it was too lofty to try to do an entire book overhaul in 31 days. I am likely going to end up 2/3 of the way done, which is great! I’m proud of that progress. Halfway through this month I realized I was going in the wrong direction and I had to backtrack a few chapters, so even though I dumped a lot of words and a lot of time, I needed to write those wrong ones to find the right ones.

So maybe, like me, you reached to far with your goals. Or life got in the way. Or you changed your mind or your heart. That’s okay. Because you still started your goal, which is just as important as finishing it.

How do you measure success if you are not successful at your original goal? Do you change your self-imposed deadline date once March is over or keep going as you are now?

And, of course, how did you do this week? I can’t wait to hear your progress!

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March Madness: Check-in Day 19!

Hello WIPsters! I can’t wait to hear about your progress this week. But first, I’d like to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal today! Today’s winner is…

Candilynn Fite!

Congratulations, Jennifer! Stop by our goal-setting post, and choose your prize from those still listed. Email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we’ll get it out to you as soon as possible.

And if you didn’t win, there are still LOTS of great prizes to be won, so keep checking in each day…

Two weeks ago I discussed scheduling. Last week setbacks. Continuing with the “S” theme, today’s topic is SPRINTS. As in writing sprints.

Dear WIPsters, these are my savior. They encourage me to write when I’m too busy, too tired, too excited by a fun twitter conversation. They force me to focus. They hold me accountable.

So what are they exactly?

15 minute intervals of focused writing. No Internet. No television. No day job work. Strap that child in a high chair and ignore her. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) I user timeanddate.com/timer to set a 15 minute countdown clock.

But what fun would a sprint be without people to hold you accountable? The key for me is that two of my critique partners, Chandler Baker and Jen Hayley, are on gChat all day with one. Throughout the day, one of us will initiate a sprint. If it wasn’t me who initiated, then often it pushes me to get a bit of writing in when I otherwise wasn’t planning to. Plus we hold each other accountable by reporting our progress after each sprint.

I tend to be more productive in each 15-minute sprint than I am during a solid two hour block of writing. Therefore, if you’re having trouble making progress, I suggest you split up your writing into small increments throughout the day and see how it helps.

Do you write in large chunks or small chunks? Once per day or throughout? And how is everyone doing on your progress?

I finally made it past the chunk of chapters I was stuck on for a while and the next few chapters should be smooth sailing. Yay!

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March Madness Day 12 check-in

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Hello lovely WIPsters! We’re not quite halfway there yet but almost. Last week I discussed using a revision schedule to break up your larger goal into bite-sized milestones. Did anyone try this method? If so, how did it go for you?

One thing I wanted to discuss today is setbacks. A setback can be of the time suck kind: your kid getting sick and needing attention when you normally write, unforeseen overtime at work, changed plans. Or it can be of the writing kind: realizing several chapters you just revised aren’t working and you need to rework them all over again with a new plot line, getting stuck on some aspect of your book like where to place a certain scene and trying it in several places results in a domino effect of changes, writing yourself into a corner, etc.

Almost all of the above happened to me last week. So I’m literally working on the same chapters I was last week but now they are newer chapters since I had to change the entire plot/setting/etc that happened in them. In my case, I was clinging too hard to the original straight contemporary of this version because I liked a particular sequence of events. But last Friday I had a lightbulb moment where I realized keeping that sequence made no sense in context anymore. It had to go but since I’d weaved the new plot around it, I had to unweave it all and put it back together again. In a different order this time.

So my schedule is blown but that’s okay. Because progress is progress!

But I’m curious. How do you handle a major change to your draft in the middle of drafting? Do you go back and fix it right away? Or do you make a note of what needs to change and tackle it in the next pass? Or another method entirely?

Sound off in the comments! And don’t forget to check in about your progress.

Head to Denise’s blog tomorrow for Thursday’s check-in!

 

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March Madness Day 5 Check-in

Hello fellow March Madness-ers!

How are you doing on your goals? So far I’ve been super productive and I’ve hit my tasks exactly as scheduled. “Scheduled?” you ask. Well, more on that in a moment. But first I’d like to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal today!

 

Today’s winner is…

Deana J. Holmes!

Congratulations, DeanaStop by our goal-setting post, and choose your prize from those still listed. Email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we’ll get it out to you as soon as possible.

 

And if you didn’t win, there are still LOTS of great prizes to be won, so keep checking in each day…

Now, I’d like to talk about goal setting. Specifically, setting small bite-sized goals that are not only realistic but achievable. In my day job as a Project Manager (in digital publishing), one of my main tasks is to create milestone schedules that break down large projects into smaller “deliverables.” This way, each person working on the project knows what they need to get done in a particular week. I usually divide projects into batches that each have their own due date, so if a smaller task falls behind, it’s okay as long as the batch due date remains the same.

I’ve started to apply this same scheduling philosophy to my writing and revisions and since then my productivity has greatly improved. This is an example of a schedule I’ve created to help me track revision tasks. This is a blank version:

Chapter # Task Name Type of Revision Duration Due Date
Batch 1 (Chapters #-#)
Due Date 03/##/14

Here is an example of how I’m using the schedule for my revision. I’ve made it generic so as to remove any details about the book, but basically I am turning a straight Contemporary novel into Magical Realism and adding a mystery element with clues and a search.

Chapter # Task Name Type of Revision Duration Due Date
Batch 1 (Chapters 1-5)
 1  Add in info about what Protagonist wants  Line edits  1 day  3/1/2014
 1  Add: Antagonist gives Protagonist a key  Line edits  1 day  3/1/2014
 2  Delete scene with brother  Delete scene  1 day  3/1/2014
 2  Protagonist finds the first clue  New Chapter  2 days  3/3/2014
 3  Remove info relating to Old Subplot  Line edits  1 day  3/4/2014
 4 After Protagonist gets to class, add in brief scene where she searches for Antagonist online. Love Interest catches her  Addition to scene 1 day 3/5/2014
 4 Reset location of date with Love Interest  Line edits 1 day 3/5/2014
 5 Protagonist and Love Interest find second clue.  New Chapter 2 days 3/7/2014
Due Date 03/07/14

I’m proud to say I’ve actually ahead of schedule at the moment. I’ve already completed all tasks for Batch 1, which gives me more buffer room in Batch 2.

And good news, March Madness-ers! I’m putting up a blank Excel version of this schedule (with an example tab) for you to download and use yourself!

The Excel version looks a little different:

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It includes additional tabs to log new issues that need to be fixed in a 2nd revision pass. For example, in chapter 5 I realized I needed to change the timeline from a Wednesday night to a Friday night, so I wrote down “Fix timeline consistency in chapters 1-4″ to tackle in pass 2 so I can keep forward momentum of the revisions without constantly backtracking.

You can download the Revision_Schedule HERE!

Now how did you do today?

And don’t forget to stop by Denise’s blog for Thursday’s check in: http://denisejaden.blogspot.com

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FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden

My longtime friend and critique partner Denise Jaden has a new book coming out. I will share my awesome review of it in a few days, but for now, hear about it in her own words:

 

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)

The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Keep All Ideas Together

One of my biggest fast fiction tips is to brainstorm, brainstorm,

brainstorm, because the more ideas you have to work with, the less you’ll get

stuck when it comes time to drafting your stories. My second biggest tip is to

keep all of these ideas in one place. I’ve always been a fairly active

brainstormer, but I admit, up until the last couple of years, I wasn’t very

organized about it. I’d have notes on characters in every notebook in my house.

Sticky notes littered not just my desk, but my kitchen table and nightstand.

The thing is, it only took me a few minutes to sit down and plan a strategy to

change this and put it into place. For me, this came in the form of an iPhone

app (A Novel Idea). It’s an easy

place to jot down all of my character, setting and plotting notes, all

separated into the novels I think they’ll work for. I always have my phone with

me, so whether an idea hits me at the grocery store, or when I’m dropping my

son off at judo, it’s now super-easy for me to make sure it gets recorded where

I’ll find it again right when I need it.

Your solution may not be an iPhone app, of course. But I

encourage you to take just a few minutes and decide what a smart strategy would

be for you. A thick notebook that will never run out? A voice recorder? Or a whole

file cabinet, containing a file for every novel, character, and plot detail?

It’s up to you, but organization is a fast-drafter’s best friend!

 

 

The Prizes:

  • Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):
  • Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise’s blog.
  • Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!
  • A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise’s agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!

All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I’ve included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).

About Fast Fiction:

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.

 

A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

 

Praise for Fast Fiction:

 

“Fast Fiction is filled with stellar advice, solid-gold tips, and doable, practical exercises for all writers who want to draft a complete novel.”

— Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway

“Being a ‘pantser’ I have always resisted outlining, but I have to say that Fast Fiction changed my mind! Denise Jaden takes what I find to be a scary process (outlining) and makes it into an easy and, dare I say, enjoyable one. Fast Fiction is a hands-on book that asks the right questions to get your mind and your story flowing. I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended for fiction writers!

— Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her

“Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level — and best of all, it provides them with a solid plan to quickly complete the first draft of their next novel.”

— Mindi Scott, author of Freefall

“Fast Fiction provides writers with the perfect mix of practical guidance and the kick in the pants they need to finish that draft. This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.”

— Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth

Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.”

— Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty

“One of the greatest challenges any writer faces is getting a great idea out of one’s brain and onto the page. Fast Fiction breaks that process down into concrete, manageable steps, each accompanied by Denise Jaden’s sage advice and enthusiastic encouragement. And anything that helps streamline the drafting process is a-okay by me! Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!”

— Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars

“Forget the fact that this resource is directed at those wanting to complete a fast draft — if you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.”

— Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series for young adults

Where you can find Fast Fiction:

Blog Tour Stops:

Comment on any of the following blog posts celebrating Fast Fiction’s release to be entered to win prizes galore!

(All Fast Fiction blog posts should be live by March 9th, or sooner. Contest will be open until March 15th. If any links don’t work, stop by http://denisejaden.blogspot.com for updated links.)

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March Madness is coming!

Get your typing fingers ready, writers. It’s that time of year again. Time for March Madness! No, not the boring basketball kind (okay, I actually do kind of like the basketball kind). The writing motivation kind!

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March Madness is an annual challenge started by Denise Jaden for writers, readers, bloggers, or anyone who has a goal they want to achieve. Set a goal and we’ll hold you accountable for it! It’s a great motivational tool because the daily check ins offer a way to keep yourself on track while also helping you win fabulous prizes!

So think about what goal you want to challenge yourself with during the month of March. Off-peak NaNo-style first draft? Tackle that massive revision to-do list? Write and pre-schedule a bunch of blogs? Finally read behemoths like The Goldfinch or Infinite Jest?

I’m plotting (quite literally) a big revision of one of my WIPs that I’d like to complete in March. So big I’m even creating a revision schedule. I’m converting my book from straight-up contemp to magical realism, which basically requires an all new Act 1 (amongst other big changes). So let’s make a deal, blog readers. You hold me accountable and I’ll hold you accountable!

Here is the #MarchMadness blog schedule. Don’t forget to check in on Carol’s blog on Saturday March 1st to announce your goals!

Mondays –  Laura – http://lstaylor.blogspot.com

Tuesdays – Shari – http://www.sharigreen.com

Wednesdays – Shana – http://www.shana-silver.com

Thursdays – Denise – http://denisejaden.blogspot.com

Fridays –  Tonette – http://www.tonettedelaluna.com

Saturdays – Carol - http://careann.wordpress.com

Sundays – Angelina – http://yascribe.blogspot.ca

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Books Read in 2013

It’s time for my annual recap of Books Read this year! I had a goal of 50 books, which was more than I read in 2012, 2011, and 2010 but less than I read in 2009. I’m happy to say I not only reached my goal of 50 books but I surpassed it! A few of these were did-not-finish for me, but I gave each book at least 100 pages before I officially gave up on them. Out of respect for the authors, I won’t say which ones those were but it’s only 4.

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Yes, I know Gone Girl came out prior to 2013, but I’m counting it for my list since I personally read it in 2013.

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  • Contemporary: 18
  • Sci-fi: 13
  • Paranormal: 10
  • Dystopian: 7
  • Fantasy: 3
  • Ones I Wasn’t Sure How to Classify: 3
  • Young Adult: 48
  • Adult: 3
  • Middle Grade: 2
  • ARCs (acquired at ALA, BEA, Netgalley, or through friends): 29
  • Books Being Turned Into TV Shows Airing in Early 2014: 2
  • Books Being Turned Into Movies: 3 (including Allegiant)

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And so, without further ado, here are the books I read in 2013 in the order I read them:

  1.  The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  2.  The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  3.  Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
  4.  Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano
  5.  Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
  6.  The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
  7.  Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
  8.  The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  9.  Icons by Margaret Stohl
  10.  The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson
  11.  Also Known As by Robin Benway
  12.  Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
  13.  Endlessly (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White
  14.  What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  15.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  16.  Thumped (Bumped #2) by Megan McCafferty
  17.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  18.  Adorkable by Sarra Manning
  19.  This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  20.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  21.  Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick
  22.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  23.  Half Bad by Sally Green
  24.  Jessica Darling’s It List #1 by Megan McCafferty
  25.  The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  26.  How to Love by Katie Cotugno
  27.  Mind Games by Kiersten White
  28.  False Memory by Dan Krokos
  29.  False Sight (False Memory #2) by Dan Krokos
  30.  Tandem by Anna Jarzab
  31.  Just Like Fat by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
  32.  The 100 by Kass Morgan
  33.  Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
  34.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  35.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  36.  The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
  37.  A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
  38.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maass
  39.  All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  40.  Splintered by A.G. Howard
  41.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  42.  Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  43.  Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  44.  The Returned by Jason Mott
  45.  Teardrop by Lauren Kate
  46.  Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  47.  Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
  48.  Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
  49.  The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  50.  Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  51.  Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  52.  Looking for Alaska by John Green (re-read, first read in 2007)
  53.  Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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My Writing Manifesto!

Jen Hayley gave me the idea for this writing manifesto:

  • Writing is the only thing I ever want to do.
  • Writing is not something I can quit. I know, I’ve tried.
  • I write even when I don’t want to, even when I have to start over from scratch, even when the path toward publication seems to take me backward instead of forward.
  • I write for the readers I hope will one day pick up my stories.
  • I write because I choose to. Every word I add to a story is a choice.
  • I write when an idea is so powerful, I need to get it out.
  • I write with silence, so I can listen to the characters.
  • I have never written a story without a romantic element.
  • I have always written stories I would want to read.
  • I write in spite of the heartbreak I’ve suffered in this business.
  • I don’t write when I’m tired or hungry.
  • I should write right now.
  • I might write the best scene/sentence/character I’ve ever written today. Because every day is an opportunity to do so.
  • I will write until I have nothing left to say.

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Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. My list is in no particular order.

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Books 1-3

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss is in my Top 5 all time favorite books and Lola and the Boy Next Door isn’t far beyond. So of course I can’t wait for Isla–and to go back to Paris! And to reunite with Etienne St. Clair, who is my boyfriend, not Anna’s.

2. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Cole is my other boyfriend. He was my favorite thing about the Shiver series even though he didn’t show up until the second book (much in the same way Finnick is my favorite part of the Hunger Games series). I can’t wait for a novel all about him! I hope he’s naked a lot.

3. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Obviously I’m not the only one who caught the Rainbow Rowell bug this year. I loved Fangirl so much and I can’t wait to see what she does with a non-contemp premise.

Books 4-6

4. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Any time Laurie Halse Anderson releases a new book, I must devour it immediately. I love her writing voice so much, but not just her writing voice–I love her writing advice. She gave me some of the best writing advice I’ve ever received at SCBWI LA in 2011. I had loved her before that but now I love her even more.

5. Panic by Lauren Oliver

I’m so glad Lauren Oliver is doing contemporary again. I love Before I Fall more than her dystopian series so I’m excited to read this.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is another author where I must pick up her new book as soon as it comes out. This one sounds more in the vain of Frankie Landau-Banks than the Ruby Oliver series and I’m totally okay with that (even though the Ruby Oliver series was one of the influences to my daughter’s middle name Ruby).

Books 7-9

7. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

This one sounds amazing! I’ve played with the similar idea of a girl doing bad things to people and then having to face the consequences in my own writing so I’m super curious to see how Julie tackles this.

8. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

This one sounds swoony and romantic and everything I love in a contemporary.

9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

You all know how much I adore retellings and this one sounds really different and unique. I love the idea of making a beloved literary character into a villain.

10. Raven Boys #3 by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads says this comes out in 2014 and I sincerely hope that’s the case because I cannot wait any longer than that for this book! Ronan is one of my fave characters ever, and I love Gansey too. The writing in these books is gorgeous. I must have this in my hands soon!

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TV recap: Fall 2013 edition!

Back my popular demand, here is my recap of Fall 2013 TV!

Here are all the shows I am DVRing that are currently airing, just wrapped, or will be airing before the end of 2013.

MONDAY
How I Met Your Mother I am so freaking bored with this season. The pace is slow and the dragged out wedding weekend is unnecessary. Ted’s quest for getting Robin back bores me when we know who we ends up with. Except we don’t know who he ends up with because we DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HER. And I’m still not convinced ANYONE would be willing to put up with Ted. Also, why is Marshall on a random road trip? Plus, I wish my baby would stay that quiet on that long of a road trip. If I had other shows to watch at 8pm on Mondays, I’d be inclined to give this one up.
2 Broke Girls  I generally enjoy watching this show but I always save it on my DVR until I’m done watching the shows I like better.
Sleepy Hollow  This is my biggest surprise of the season so far. I almost didn’t watch the first episode because gore is not my thing and headless people tends to fit into that category. But I absolutely love it! Abbie is great, Ichabod is super sexy, and I really love the supernatural twists they are giving history.
Teen Mom 3  I have like 8 episodes saved on my DVR. I’ll watch this as an absolute last resort when I run out of everything else. I’m still annoyed that Mackenzie had her son (illegally) forward-facing in the car at 9 months old.
TUESDAY
The Originals MmmmKlausmmmm. He is just so damn sexy. I don’t care if he kills a bajillion people, I’ll still watch as long as he speaks in that yummy accent and goes shirtless once in a while. I don’t really care about the battle for New Orleans but I don’t care that I don’t care. Not feeling Hayley (or even Elijah) but I like Rebekah still and the teenage witch storyline.
Ravenswood I don’t really get this show and how it can be clearly supernatural when the nearby town of Rosewood (Pretty Little Liars) is still in denial that there are no supernatural forces behind “A.” This show is trying to be separate but I can’t really separate it myself when there’s so much character crossover. Still, I do find this show intriguing. Maybe moreso than PLL, but that’s probably only because the mysteries on this haven’t been dragged out for seasons yet without going unanswered.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Oh Joss. You’re killing me here. I love all your stuff so so much but I am having such issues with this one. I don’t really get what this show is and I don’t think the writers do either. Not to mention I still don’t care about the characters and the character that is supposed to be our “eyes” into S.H.I.E.L.D. because she’s new is just so unlikable. I’m sticking it out because season 1 of Buffy wasn’t the greatest and look what that became. I have faith, Joss!
New Girl Hubs and I really love this show and one of our fave TV writers is now showrunners now. But this show really does not know what to do with the Winston character and they are turning him into a cartoon. Please stop. Actually, on second thought they don’t know what to do with any of the characters right now or even the Jess/Nick relationship.
Brooklyn 99 I think this show is hilarious! I consistently laugh out loud each week. And I don’t usually like cop shows.
Awkward I love the voice on this show and the supporting characters are still amazing as always. Tamara is awesome. Ming is awesome. Lissa and Sadie are awesome. But Jenna…is not. I know she’s supposed to be unlikable this season but she’s deserved to be unlikable for a lot longer than that.
The Goldbergs I’m not sure how I feel about this show. I was too young in the 80s to really get the inside jokes. I think the show is cute, but I don’t really feel invested.
Trophy Wife I watched the first episode and liked it. I watched the second episode and hated it. The rest are piling on my DVR and I’m not sure I want to continue.
The Mindy Project I watched all season 1 but I never reallllly liked it. I laughed a few times but that’s it. I’ve watched the first two episodes and the rest are piling on my DVR. Last year I only watched this when I ran out of everything else so I guess the same fate will apply here.
Pretty Little Liars I put this in Fall 2013 because of the Halloween episode. But all I want to say is I am SO GLAD the finally made Ezra evil. Because he’s been way too creepy for too long.
WEDNESDAY
The Middle I adore this show. So so much.
The Tomorrow People I’m watching and I like the premise and the sci-fi twist on paranormal powers but I don’t really care about the characters or their quest yet. Though it was nice seeing Logan Echolls on here.
Modern Family This show has gotten worse, IMO. But I’m still watching.
Super Fun Night This is cute but also kind of meh.
Survivor This is a show I keep watching but never really enjoy it. I mostly fast forward through everything but the challenges. Even the tribal council.
THURSDAY
Vampire Diaries Long time readers of this blog know this show is my guilty pleasure. Five seasons later and I still love love love it. My only complain is that sometimes Ian Somerhaulder wears shirts.
Parks and Recreation I’m really sad that Ann and Chris are leaving after 13 episodes. Leslie has been great as always but Ben has been kind of boring.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland I think I’m the only one watching this show. You all know my love for all things Alice. Though the only thing this really resembles from the original is the characters’ names. I wish it aligned better or twisted up the original more.
Grey’s Anatomy Again, I’m still watching and never enjoying. I think I only watch for Jackson Avery’s pretty eyes.
Big Bang Theory This show is hilarious as always!
Glee I’ve been toying with giving up this one. The plotlines are ridiculous. WHY is Sue STILL trying to get rid of the Glee club? And how in the world is she Principal? It’s so ridiculous it’s beyond the realm of believability. But I like the song performances. Maybe I should just fast forward and watch those and ignore the plot.
The Crazy Ones I thought SMG was a terrible actress on Ringer but she’s much better here. I don’t really care for Robin William’s antics but I’m enjoying the show enough to stick with it.
Reign I’m not really all that into history but I am kind of liking this show.
The Millers I liked the first episode, hated the others. It’s now gone from my DVR.
White Collar I love the twisty way they solve mysteries and the constant blur of the line between Neil being good and evil. But I think he’s just a liiiiiitle too evil this season. I want to believe he’ll stay good, not the other way around.
Friday
The Neighbors I still find this show adorable.
Saturday
Saturday Night Live Hasn’t been as good as in years’ past. Probably because of all their good people left and the people who have replaced them are forgettable.
Sunday
Once Upon a Time I’m liking this show more this year. I adore the love triangle between Emma, Neal, and Hook. Though she should clearly be with Henry’s father, Hook IS pretty hot. So that’s a tough decision.
The Amazing Race I wish they would stop doing challenges that involve fish. Gross!
Revenge This show is much better this season. I love crazy Emily.
Witches of East End I am absolutely loving this show!
Masters of Sex I watched the first episode and liked it but haven’t had a chance to watch the rest yet. Will probably binge watch them in December.
Misc
Doctor Who Needless to say I am ridiculously excited about the DAY OF THE DOCTOR and the return of my beloved Ten. I am far less excited about Peter Capaldi.
Downton Abbey I am super excited to binge watch the most recent season soon, probably over Thanksgiving.

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