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I Lost My Job, Now What?

2045_wpm_lowresWhen I came back from Boston, I had a pretty big shock.  I lost my job.  This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Lately, I’d discovered I’d been yearning for quitting time and not putting my all into my job, and that’s just not who I am.  My big revelation of the amazing opportunity I’m presented with, came from the fact that I’ve slept better now than I have in months, and while there’s a lot of uncertainty in my life now, I’m honestly happier than I have been in a while.  Normally, Pharrell Williams’s Happy wouldn’t go along with unemployment, but we all know that “normal” isn’t applied to me often (if at all).

So, now I’m on this journey to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  It should be obvious to anyone who’s read about my obsession with Legos, fascination with comic books, or Young Adult Fiction that “growing up” really isn’t something I aspire to do.  What I have discovered is that I am throwing myself into this job search with all the enthusiasm I didn’t have for my job in the end.

Also, self-control isn’t one of my strong suits and while I knew the job search is unquestionably necessary, I’ve allowed that to take over my brain.  Netflix and Assassins’ Creed are awfully tempting after a long day of doing all the boring things that a job search entails, especially when you’re trying to avoid telling all your readers that you are…exploring new professional opportunities.  It didn’t occur to me that blogging had become necessary too.  As last week wore on, it became harder and harder to focus on the things I knew had to be done, because I needed to get words on the page/screen/napkin.

This is my apology to you and to myself.  I shouldn’t have forgotten about doing the things I really enjoy, and I shouldn’t have felt like I needed to atone for some massive wrongdoing by denying myself the things that make me who I am. (I also haven’t picked up a book since I lost my job.)  A good friend reminded me that you cannot search for a job eight hours a day, seven days a week.  You’ll go insane.

My promise is this.  A post will go up every day Monday through Friday.  Bear with me if some of them are not up to my usual, but I’m trying to pull my head out.  I will never find a job I really enjoy if I keep myself from the things I enjoy.  Hell, it took a long time to begin to figure myself out, and I don’t want to forget that all because I’m not working for the first time since I was 16 years old.

To keep myself from becoming incredibly lazy (or just playing through all the Assassins’ Creed games before I get a new job), I’m job searching in the morning and in the afternoon I’m writing, finishing projects around the house, cleaning out…everything and maybe a little Netflix or gaming. (well, except this morning, because the lawn has to be mowed before it rains again.  Send up some good thoughts that my mower and I can make it through the jungle.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Decisions, Decisions

 

Mental Floss sent me 23 Fun Facts About Firefly today.

Firefly (TV series)

Firefly (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, I want to watch Firefly…and Serenity…again.  After a rather hectic few weeks, I think that is just what I’ll do this weekend…or a Hobbit marathon.  The Desolation of Smaug released on video this week, a marathon of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug would be kind of awesome…or I can watch more Walking Dead, because if I do that then a friend will watch Sherlock.  More people should watch Sherlock.  Oooh!  Netflix sent me 12 Year’s A Slave this week too!  As you can tell, this will be a very productive weekend.  What are you doing this weekend?

Sherlock (TV series)

Sherlock (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Til next time,
Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I have just been reliably informed that today is Thursday, and I still have another workday to get through before the weekend…Bummer.

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Hooray For the Weekend!

No, I’m still not tired of this song. Are you?

Tonight I’m going to see The Great Budapest Hotel at Circle Cinema.  I’ve heard really good things about it.  I like Wes Anderson films, and this one has something like 15 Oscar nominees in it.

Last weekend I wanted to go see Divergent, but that didn’t happen.  I’m in a movie watching mood, so it is a possibility this weekend.

English: Actor Jared Leto - 66th Venice Intern...

English: Actor Jared Leto – 66th Venice International Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just listened to the Nerdist Podcast with Jared Leto.  (It is from St. Pat’s.  I’m behind.) He was talking about the film they made, Artifact, about being sued by their record company. I’ve heard really great things about it, but I haven’t seen it yet. Have you? What did you think?  Of course, he’s also talking about Dallas Buyers Club.  I haven’t seen that yet, but it is next on my Netflix list.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

“Til next time,

Jessica

be a love and pass the wineP.S. A friend sent me a text this morning telling me to “behave” this weekend.  Just so you know.  That’s not going to happen.

P.P.S.  Just as a note, I have had tickets to go see 30 Seconds to Mars twice, and I couldn’t go.  TWICE… did I mention twice?  I looooovvvveeee this band, and I’ve missed out on seeing them live TWICE.

P.P.P.S.  I also have a friend who met Shannon Leto after a show and went up to him and said, “Congratulations!”  If I remember right, she said his response was “for what?”  She meets more famous people than I ever will.  As far as I know, this was about as together as it gets when that happens. 😉

 

 

 

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Here’s My Weekend…

I know.  I know.  It is a bit repetitive, but I can’t stop singing this song!  It’s like a Pavlovian response now.  I realize it’s Friday, and the song starts playing in my head.  What can you do but pass it on?  (I also think of the movie Friday.  “You ain’t got no job…” Every. Time.)

This weekend it is all about taste testing some cupcakes for a Bridal Shower/Bachelorette party I’m throwing (Mad Hatter Tea Party anyone?).  Have I mentioned I like theme parties?  (There is a Sherlock Party post coming soon. Promise)  So far, I love, love, love this Mad Hatter Tea Party theme.  There are so many possibilities!!

Tonight, a local used book store is having a Ladies Night, and it is buy one get one free (I think).  Of course, I’m going to a book store after two people have told me it would be easier to stop buying books than buy more bookshelves.  Silly people… Not to mention, this is where I end up getting most of my comic books. (Thank you for the recommendations! Keep them coming!)

I’m finally going to watch Catching Fire and possibly Divergent.  Apparently, it is also YA movie adaptation weekend.  Here’s to hoping they do a better job than they did with Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Also, I may go to the zoo.  Yep, maybe the zoo.  “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” Maybe finally finishing the furniture I started re-finishing like a month ago.  We’ll see how motivated I’m feeling.  Honestly, I’m not holding out much hope for that furniture, but there is still a tiny sliver of possibility there. (There are also books to be read…which will win?  Work?  Books? Zoo? All of the above?)

As I’m looking at this, and the list of normal stuff that has to get done (grocery shopping, laundry, etc.), I think I may have figured out why I’m tired…ah, oh well, who needs sleep?

So what’s going on with you this weekend?

‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S. Have you ever accidentally ordered a foreign film from Netflix?  I have…twice now.

P.P.S. Sorry for the rambling…I can’t stop…still…

Daredevil is Coming…

 

 

 

Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

No, we’re not talking about that movie…  Marvel announced today that Daredevil is coming to Netflix.  Filming is set to begin in Summer 2014, and the program will primarily be filmed in New York State and produced by Marvel in association with ABC Television Studios.  This is Marvel’s biggest leap into live-action television, and is reported to represent the largest film or television project commitment in New York State history.

 

 

Not only will viewers get to see nearly 60 planned one-hour episodes featuring the 4 Defenders: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, this production will ring nearly 3,000 jobs to New Yorkers, and that includes up to 400 full-time positions.

 

 

Governor Cuomo said, “New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before.” – Marvel’s Netflix Series to Film in New York City, Marvel.com, February 26, 2014

Immortal Iron Fist #1. Art by David Aja.

With the filming scheduled in New York, it is kind of like the “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” are coming home.

 

 

“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series.  Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories,” said Marvel Entertainment’s President, Alan Fine. – Marvel’s Netflix Series to Film in New York City, Marvel.com, February 26, 2014

Like I didn’t have enough reasons to watch Netflix already…

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating the Theme for Twin Peaks

Oh, this is just beautiful.  Are you a Twin Peaks fan?  It’s weird how certain topics come up in conversation over and over again.  I’d watched Twin Peaks a bit when it first aired, but I was a bit young (my parents really weren’t all that thrilled about their 13 year old watching it).  I hadn’t really thought about it too much since.  A couple of weeks ago, Netflix recommended it for me, so I put it in my list of stuff to watch.  Last week, I had a conversation with a co-worker about them doing something new for the 25th Anniversary.  Today, Amanda Palmer included this in her blog post.

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Just gorgeous!  I love learning more about the creative process for other people in other medias.  In some ways everyone’s process is so different, but there’s something recognizable that I feel an affinity for in it all too.

Plus, three mentions of a show that aired in 1990-1991 in as many weeks?  Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something…or maybe it is just the 25th Anniversary coming up. What do you think?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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The Dresden Files…The TV Mini-Series and the Books…Well, Sort of the Books

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Netflix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have I mentioned I discovered Netflix?  I think I did, but let me say again, I LOVE NETFLIX.  Several years ago, I read a handful of books from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files.  I really liked them.  They had a real noir type of feel to them.  Harry Dresden, was your stereotypical private eye, except he wasn’t.  He was a wizard. (I know, I know.  I read books with magic?  You’re all shocked and amazed.)  Well, I had no idea that in 2006 there was a 13 episode TV Series made about good ole Harry.  Netflix recommended it for me.  Thank you, Netflix.

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The Dresden Files stars Paul Blackthorne as Harry Dresden and Valerie Cruz as Lt. Connie Murphy.  Does that guy look familiar to you?  I spent the first ten minutes of the first episode trying to figure out where I had seen “Harry” before.  No, I did not immediately pull up IMDB….I was having a moment.  Phones, iPad and laptop were not within immediate reach.  Yeah, yeah, the ultimate laziness, I know.  It happens.  Blackthorne now plays Quentin Lance, Laurel Lance’s father in the CW’s Arrow.  

Have you notice how the CW in general and Arrow in specific have some great actors that came from other franchises?  There’s John Barrowman a.k.a. Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood.  Paul Blackthorne from The Dresden Files, Stephen Arnell from Private Practice and The Vampire Diaries, Katie Cassidy from Supernatural…sorry, I got a bit side tracked just thinking about it…and looking at www.imdb.com.  (It’s a rabbit hole, just stay above ground unless you’ve got some time on your hands.)

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Harry Dresden is the best at what he does, actually he’s the only one out there.  He’s hung his shingle out and his phonebook ad (yes, as in Yellow Pages) reads:

HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other Entertainment
Now Harry has some issues with technology.  It isn’t that he doesn’t know how it works, like certain friends and acquaintances of mine, it just doesn’t work around him.  So, Harry is old school.  A good day is when the answering machine didn’t eat the tape.  This is more like my relationship with the GPS than anything else.  (I know how to work them, I just seem to be resistant.  The signal either disappears, is 100 yards behind me, or I’m sent on a wild goose chase.  Now, if I hand the infernal machine to someone else, it works perfectly…..oh, maybe I’m MAGIC!  Okay, maybe not, but it was a nice thought.)  The police, namely Lt. Connie Murphy, call him in to consult when the case takes a turn for the “weird”.  Since business is usually on the side of …. well, for Harry, business generally sucks.  Apparently wizards who don’t do love potions, parties or provide clients with an endless supply of cash just aren’t in high demand, well at least not for clients who can pay.

The Dresden Files are fast paced, interesting and the magic isn’t half bad either.  Admittedly, I was a bit worried about the way they would approach the whole casting spells, etc. for television, but it is really rather well done.  Harry’s wand is a drum stick and his weapon of choice…a magically charged hockey stick.  Well, this is Chicago after all.  The pilot episode is titled Storm Front I’m sure this is no coincidence as the first book in the series bears the same name.  I wish my memory was a bit better, because I’d be able to tell you if this is a True Blood sort of thing where the books just play a loose framework for the show or if they stick pretty close.  Actually, I’m glad I don’t remember, because I’m going back to check out the books again.

Storm Front

Back when I first read the Jim Butcher books, Harry Dresden didn’t really draw me in as a character.  For a girl in her early to mid-twenties, I guess I was looking for books with a bit more…romance maybe?  I don’t know.  I remember reading and really enjoying the first three or four maybe even five books before moving on to another series, but I didn’t commit. (Maybe the no commitment thing was just me in my twenties…)  I think it is time to revisit them.  As mentioned, the first book in the series is Storm Front. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how it goes.

When I was taking a peek to see how much I really remembered about the books, I came across the audio book…narrated by James Marsters.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Spike is Harry Dresden in the audio books.  (Please remember the accent was faked in Buffy.)  I don’t typically go in for audio books, for some reason I find them distracting, and the stories aren’t nearly as engrossing for me. However, I can see Mr. Marsters being a very believable Harry Dresden.  Maybe I just miss Spike…maybe it’s both.  Well, now I have 15 more books to read….that list really doesn’t ever get shorter.  It just gets longer!

Did you know you can check out my literary “grocery list”?  I’m trying to remember to update my goodreads.com list frequently, so they are all on there and there’s a link on the left hand side of the page near the bottom.  Want to make a recommendation?  Have you read something and know I really shouldn’t bother?  Just want to know WHY something made the list?  Comments, questions, and emails are always welcome.

What is your favorite television show?

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica