Random Thursday: Random Ways to Avoid Writing

It’s Thursday!  It’s Random!  It’s Random Thursday.

C’mon people—that time won’t waste itself!


Watch this again


And maybe again.

Frame by frame. Line by quotable line.

Just to see if it’s possible to pick up any clues about Coulson’s mysterious revival,
other than its obvious lack of Tahiti.

Or what exactly Fitz and Simmons  are actually saying.

Or where and when J. August Richards got those shoulders?

Or to invent a new drinking game involving the SHIELD symbol, which is on a surprising number of items,
considering it belongs to a top secret organization.

Discuss.  At length.


Get a New Tattoo

This is sort of writing,
’cause I tried it with a Sharpie yesterday.

Hand Trampoline

Works in boring staff meetings, too—or so I imagine.



Get Your MARVELous Nails Done

Hard to write with wet nails . . .  Or  while holding your hands together like that . . .


Or watching the how-to video . . .

Or deploring/defending/contemplating one’s levels of sheer geekiness . . .


Take a Nap


Or as we like to call it, “refilling the well.”


Do a Little Housewo—Clean the—Pick up the—

No, no, sorry . . . can’t even type it with a straight face.

Never mind.


Search for ‘braaaanes

Or at least the ones in which you’ve already written your book.

And it’s good.


Totally SHIELDed


There will be no post today because the blogger is too busy fangirling—fanwomaning?—and counting the seconds until seven p.m. CST.


Are you joking?

Agents of SHIELD

For those of you who haven’t paid much attention to any of my casual references to the show for the past several months, here’s a trailer:

And another example of the advertising power ABC and Marvel Studios are putting behind this show:

Agent of the Year

And at least one member of  Joss Whedon’s Star Power Stable™ who’s making a cameo:

Ron Glass- AoS!


From  Firefly! And Serenity!  And Barney Miller!

And now I’m dating myself.

But I don’t care!  Because it’s RON GLASS!!

Not convinced?  Really?

Try a different trailer:

And an interview that would have made me want to try the first episode, even if I’d never heard of Marvel, simply because of the comfort levels and chemistry of the actors:

Am I being just a tad . . . intense about a television program?

Could be.

But the only programs that have played on our television in the ten months since Leverage ended
have been for kids or sports fans.

And while I haven’t really missed it, this show seems like an excellent reason to tune into something  a little closer to my demographic.

And just a bit closer to my heart.

Coulson Lives!

Join me?

Random Thursday: Random Americana

Since the Fourth of July is a fairly important holiday in our part of the world, I thought I’d celebrate with an assortment of things that strike me as having that good ‘ol USA . . . something—even if I swiped at least one of them from the UK

But that’s pretty much S(US)OP anyway, so there you go.


What is more Patriotic

than a Fourth of July Firework Tiara?

Firework Tiara

Jane wore this to see fireworks last night.

I swear, this kid can make anything out of those things that aren’t called pipe cleaners anymore because no one born after 2001 knows the true origins of those, and I quote, “fuzzy craft wires.”

I wonder if she can fix Rocinante’s driver’s side mirror with those things?  ‘Cause my duct tape skillz aren’t really up to the challenge . . .


Time Suck is Money


What is more American than an epic currency converter and the subsequent depression over how wretchedly few Red Dwarf dollarpounds or Wizardly Galleons our  US dollars are worth these days?

Sci Fi Currency Converter by Money In Advance

Then again, if I could pay my kids’ tuition in Simoleons, we’d be sitting pretty . . . 




That is all.


Only in America . . . 

 . . . would a guy calling himself The Unipiper ride around on a unicycle dressed as a dragon, playing the theme to Game of Thrones  on a tricked-out set of flame-throwing bagpipes.

Not quite the national anthem . . . but it doesn’t really have to be.


I’m Batbalm

Can’t get more American than the blatant commercial exploitation of licensed trademark recognition, amiright?

Bat Balm

And yes, of course,  I specifically drove over to the nearest Hot Topic to buy my own.

But they were already sold out.


Only in America, Too

I present to you that most American of combinations:
John Philip Sousa, Johnny Carson, and . . .  well . . .

Not quite the national anthem, either . . . but I regret nothing.

Have a great Fourth of July, even if it’s just, you know, the fourth of July.

Something MARVELous!

Coulson Lives.

That is all.

Okay, yeah, that’s not all.

For the last three years, the only television show I’ve watched that hasn’t been in passing and/or aimed at a demographic at least thirty years younger than mine was Leverage, may it rest in peace. It was the sole reason I broke down and added a DVR to our cable service is so I wouldn’t miss a single episode once my meager collection of VHS tapes started to disintegrate.*

I adored that show because it had strong writing, good acting, definite direction, characters I believed in and cared about, and a sense of humor that balanced the serious.

From the trailers and interviews, Agents of SHIELD looks to be the same.

Plus it has Clark Gregg, Joss Whedon, and the rights to (most of) the MARVELverse.



*Including our wedding video. Hey, I was only checking.