The Silver Lining | The Friday Five

1. I managed to avoid getting the regular flu and the stomach flu when it was going around the office right before Christmas. But I let a cold sneak up on me. For the last two days I’ve had a scratchy throat and thought it was a result of coughing from the smokiness when my bf cooked the other night. (We have no ventilation in our apt). Except the cough didn’t go away the next day. And then congestion and aches joined the party. So now it’s a full on cold. Apologies if this post contains typos or wonky phrases. My brain isn’t working properly right now.

2. So today’s my last day at the freelance job. It’s good and bad. Good because I get to be a full-time writer for a while and spend all my free time on my revision. Bad because of the no salary thing. I’m a little scared to get back on the market since last year I had two projects canceled because the clients decided to save money and stick with last year’s campaign. Also, February is usually my slowest month judging by the last few years. It’s because all the V-day commercials have already been created and the summer clothes clothes commercials don’t start until late-March-ish. And also, all TV shows that would need opening titles already have them, even the mid-season replacements. Anyway, this means I’ll have much more time to blog and respond to other blogs!

3. Something to pass the time during the Weekend besides tissues and revision: I’ve got a bridal shower tomorrow. Really looking forward to this one. I get to see lots of girls from college I haven’t seen in a while.

4. My reading this week. Finished Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker. Enjoyed it a lot, and I’m looking forward to the next ones. Read 1/2 of Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. The voice in this is awesome! And so is Parker. I love how she’s still sympathetic even while saying some not-so-nice things. Masterful. And I listened to Identical by Ellen Hopkins. I had a really hard time with this one, kept having to stop listening because it got too heavy for me. I did plow through it. I find it interesting that it’s written in verse yet with the narrator reading it, it sounded like normal prose to me. I’m also proud of myself for figuring out the big twist early on in the novel. Though, it was slightly similar to a plot twist I had in a very early draft of the college-set trunk novel I wrote back in 2005/2006. Eventually that plot twist got cut during one of the major overhauls, but still very similar and that’s probably why I picked up on it so quickly in Identical. I also read about 1/4 of Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. I put this aside when Courtney’s book arrived at my apartment from Amazon. I’ll finish both books next week.

5. So what’s everyone’s thoughts on the Gossip Girl prequel centering around Lily Van Der Woodsen and her sister as teens in the 80s. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think it might be hard for the target audience to relate. I mean, I would think I’m on the old side of the target audience. I’m approaching 28 years old, so my memories of the 80s mostly includes cartoons, learning to read and write, and day camp. I write contemporary YA, prefer to read contemporary YA, and honestly, I’d rather watch shows set in present day. I watched Swingtown all last summer and a lot of the inside 70s-type jokes were just lost on me. The thing is…I just wonder why they’re not doing a spin-off involving Jenny’s character like in the books. That would make more sense to me.

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  1. Eh… I’m about 10 years older than you and really love Gossip Girl. I guess that puts me at the really old end of the target audience, but I couldn’t care less about Lily’s former life. Don’t give a flying you know what. I barely tolerate Lily and Rufus when they’re on my TV screen, so I’ll totally be missing Lily’s spinoff, even though I am a child of the 80s. Just because I grew up then doesn’t mean I’m eager to re-live it. So what? We had big hair and wore Guess jeans with zippers at the ankles. That’s about it…

  2. Wow, I hadn’t heard of the Lily spin off idea. Yeah, I don’t know about that either at all. The Jenny one would actually make sense. But I’d totally give it a shot if they did, just to check it out.

    An 80s series might be kind of fun.

    And have fun in your temporary full-time writer gig.

    • I’ll watch the pilot to see how I like it, but I’m afraid it might end up like Private Practice. I just couldn’t get into it, and I felt the new setting made Addison less interesting as a character.

      • I don’t watch Grey’s or Private Practice, but I really hope that doesn’t happen to Gossip Girl. I actually kind of like Lily’s character. I don’t like the constant focus on it in GG, but I do think she’s actually more interesting to me as a character than Serena right now. And if they are going to interweave plots between the two shows (which some articles were saying after you pointed me onto this spin-off), then I hope it doesn’t ruin her character.

  3. this was the first i’d heard about the GG spinoff and i can’t say i’m looking forward to it. i just don’t think lily and rufus are likable enough to carry their own series. and i’m not sure the target audience is interested enough in the 80s to tune in regularly. still, i’m sure i’d end up watching it once or twice, ’cause i’m a sucker like that.

    • Yeah, that’s exactly my thought. There’s not enough motivation to watch Lily as a teen or the setting in the 80s. It reminds me a bit of the YA version of Sex and the City with Carrie as a teen in the 80s. I’m looking forward to that, and it’s because I care about Carrie. But Lily is not a character I really want to follow in too much depth. I prefer the other characters more. I’ll probably watch it too, just to see….

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