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Staying In Love With Your Partner (Show)

Relationships are seldom easy. Oh, some friendships can be – but love? Keeping things both fresh and committed can be hard, because the people (shows) we love are uniquely able to hurt us as well as delight us. Here's some advice on making your relationship with your beloved partner (favorite TV show) work!

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So, those are my basic bits of successful partner (show) relationship advice. Do you have additional ones to contribute? Weigh in!

And stay in love!

bardicvoice: (impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>)
My latest audiobook just got listed to sell on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes! It's called "Mr Darcy Takes The Plunge," written by J. Marie Croft, and it's a pun and word-game-filled retake on Jane Austin's "Pride And Prejudice." If you don't like puns, you won't like this, but if you're in the mood for some romantic silliness, listen to the sample!


If you do listen and enjoy it, consider leaving a review behind.  :)
Enjoy!
bardicvoice: (B&W brothers by <lj user=clubinthesky>)
8.01 Heartache: This Last Year Has Given Me A Whole New Perspective

Eternal youth deal
Goes awry for love, because
The heart is the key.

Commentary and Meta Analysis

Sorry I'm so very late! I liked this episode a lot. Supernatural has often drawn parallels between monsters, their victims, and the Winchester brothers, and I've always enjoyed episodes where the case of the week played directly into the psychology of the brothers. I thought this episode accomplished that goal with subtlety, avoiding anvil-dropping. And while the clues to Sam's solo year are coming with agonizing slowness, I'm appreciating getting the little pieces of the puzzle. In this analysis, I'm going to look at the parallels drawn by the case and then expound a bit on my view of Sam's and Dean's current mindsets. Be aware that I’m going to get a bit personal in that latter discussion, because I have some specific reasons for feeling the way I do.


Read the rest ... )

And now I'm out of time. I'm consistently going to be late with my reviews at least until January, but I hope after then to be the master of my schedule and be able to allot more time in a more timely fashion.

bardicvoice: (On location)

2012 Location Tour, Spoilers Only!

(Originally posted on The Winchester Family Business)

Russ offered a few very tiny little spoilers for season 8 during the location tour. They don't give away anything about character or plot, so they hardly qualify as spoilers at all, but for people who are thoroughly keeping their heads down and eyes averted to come into the season as total virgins, back away now! Otherwise, come on in; I don't think anything here really gives anything crucial away …


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And that ends my report of spoilery information from the location tour. On to season 8!

All my specifically spoilery photos and videos from the tour are here.

bardicvoice: (On location)

2012 Supernatural Location Tour (No Spoilers!)

(Originally published on The Winchester Family Business)

This article takes you along on the 2012 Location Tour with locations manager Russ Hamilton. While we clearly went to some locations that are being used in season 8 – heck, Supernatural reuses so many locations that it would be impossible to avoid that, and we saw a glimpse of Purgatory at the end of season 7! – this article doesn't include any of the spoilery teases provided on the tour, so you can read this and stay unspoiled. The teasing bits Russ provided will appear in a very short follow-up article clearly marked as containing spoilers. Please don't mention spoiler-related information in your comments on this article; save them for the next one. I know what I skipped saying here!

This year's tour took us to the Purgatory woods, which have also been other things in the past; the DOD lands, also called the North 40, which have been used in so many episodes I've lost count; the backlot, originally built for Watchmen and now a staple of the local studio scene; Como Lake, where Castiel walked into the reservoir and released the Leviathan in Hello, Cruel World; the Paramount Gentlemen's Club in New Westminster, used in Criss Angel Is A Douchebag; and the Minoru Chapel, the deconsecrated church where Castiel killed the preacher in Meet The New Boss.


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Well, that's it for the non-spoilery report on the 2012 Location Tour. If you're okay with spoilers, check out the next post; if you're avoiding spoilers, wait until after the first five episodes air before you check it out.

And I think I'll be planning on joining Russ for next year's tour … :)

A slideshow of all non-spoilery tour photos - with captions - is here.

My photos and videos are here.

bardicvoice: (bardicvoice by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>)
My second audiobook performance - "Courting Constance" by Teryl Cartwright - is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. The sequel to the first book, "A Sensible Match," it's another Regency-based Christian romance. Listen to the samp
le here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/N7i3v5 or on Audible:http://bit.ly/Phh5kC or search for the title on iTunes! If you enjoy what you hear, let me know ... better yet, provide a review of the performance!

And I just signed contract last night on another book, and am submitting an audition for a fourth. I am REAL!!!!

Thanks for rejoicing with me!


bardicvoice: (bardicvoice by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>)
This is another real-life post, so if my Supernatural writing is all you're interested in, skip this with my blessing. *grin*

The next chapter of my life -- my voiceover existence -- has officially begun! The first audiobook I recorded professionally, a light, fluffy, Regency-based Christian romance novel called A Sensible Match, written by Teryl Cartwright, is now for sale through Amazon.com, iTunes, and Audible.com! My second performance -- the sequel to the first, called Courting Constance -- should be available within two weeks.

If you'd like to hear what I sound like, even if you're not interested in buying the book (and it's not something I'd have bought for myself, I'll admit!), there's about a three-minute sample clip posted at all three sites where the book is for sale. Take a listen, and let me know what you think!

I'm now auditioning for more books in a variety of genres. This will be my full-time life following my departure from the U.S. EPA at the end of November:  wish me luck!


bardicvoice: (bardicvoice by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>)

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately. Starting a new business while still working a full-time job has meant stepping away from writing meta essays and episode commentaries on Supernatural and indulging in other creative exercises, but it hasn’t stopped me from thinking. And recent events, combined with the habits of all the philosophical and analytical thinking that went into those Supernatural blogs, pushed me into codifying certain essential things I believe.

This essay has nothing to do with Supernatural, so if you visit this blog for fannish things, feel free to bypass this entry. But if you would like to learn something about the core of who I am, you’re welcome to read. Just be aware that what is contained here is personal to me. You may or may not agree with what I think, and that’s fine. But this is not a debate. This is my belief, born of long and careful thought. And it is my personal response to the increasing polarization of society along ideological lines largely driven by conflicting religious and cultural imperatives.


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Snatched from any number of friends' LJs ...  :)

Not bad, actually!


You were born during a Waning Crescent moon

This phase occurs right before the new moon.





- what it says about you -


You appreciate closure. It bothers you when people promise to do something and then don't follow through. You want to able to right the wrongs of the past. Studying history motivates you to improve the world. You put a lot of hope in the future and look forward to seeing technology and progress improve our lives.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

bardicvoice: (Painful truth)
I promise with all my heart, I had intended to write reviews of Supernatural  for however many seasons the show ran. I love the show unreservedly, even when I criticize its scripts or execution, and it still remains the only show I absolutely refuse to miss every week. I am invested in it, heart and soul, and don't see that changing, period.

Unfortunately, however, I have also finally been forced to admit there are just not enough hours in the day for me to combine my full-time (and very intellectually demanding) job, my determination to start my own fledgling part-time voiceover business (into which I intend to retire full-time in 400 days, effective at 16:00 Eastern time on November 30, 2012), and blogging a review every week on Supernatural . I simply can't maintain the commitment to write a review/meta every week as I did in years past. And that is killing me. I want to write -- damn, I'm full of ideas and words, not to mention passion -- but I just don't have the spare 16 to 20 or so hours it took every week for me to write my coherent commentary, however desperately much I want to do it.

Any time I DO have the chance to write, I will post what I come up with -- but there is simply no way I can do what I've done from the start of season two, which was to provide a review every week. I feel so torn, because I truly WANT to write -- but something has to give, and this is the only truly voluntary thing there is. 

I am more sorry than words can express, but I have to concede that I simply can't do weekly commentaries any more. I know you can understand, and will be supportive, and that kills me, too; I hate failing people as much as Dean does, I swear. I just don't see any way out of this trap, not if I'm going to build my safety net for early retirement. 

I am so, so sorry to let you all down. I love Supernatural  and being a part of the Supernatural  fandom world through writing weekly reviews; giving it up feels like failure, and that is emphatically NOT something I'm accustomed to. Alas, I just don't see any way to win this particular game, not unless I let something I love go. I wish I could dump the full-time job instead, but that's not exactly an option at the moment, I'm afraid.

So, my most earnest and abject apologies. I hope with everything I've got that Supernatural  will extend to an 8th season, because once I trade the Fed for a voiceover life at the end of November next year, I should be able to spend my time as I wish, rather than simply as I must. Until then, however, I have to do what preserves my future.

I promise I'll be here as I can, but I fear that won't be nearly as much as I wish. And for that, I grieve, and apologize.

Damn.

:(

bardicvoice: (SU brothers by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>)
 

Supernatural University: The Pitfalls of Confirmatory Bias
 

I spent several hours Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center listening to a presentation on and reviewing the evidence from the NTSB investigation of the explosion of TWA flight 800 off the coast of New York, which happened 15 years ago. I can hear you asking what the investigation of a demon-free plane crash has to do with Supernatural, and the answer is this: it gave me an enhanced perspective on one of the many psychological reasons for things that have happened both inside the show in the relationship between the brothers, and outside the show in the fandom itself, including the constant Sam-girl versus Dean-girl bitchy debates over which brother is supposedly being favored or ignored on the show. Welcome to a new Supernatural University psychology seminar on the topic of confirmatory bias!


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bardicvoice: (2011 Paley marquee)

2011 Supernatural Paley Festival Panel

The DVD of the 2006 Supernatural PaleyFest panel is one of my most cherished possessions, so being able to attend the 2011 panel was a dream come true. And it was every bit as great in reality as it was in the dream.

I've written up the whole experience. This has spoilers, because I'm going to share every little detail I can remember from the advance clip they showed from the Western episode, so prepare to shield your eyes!

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Sorry this took so long for me to post here: it's also up in three separate parts on The Winchester Family Business. There's a lot of other good stuff there, too; you should drop by and explore! There are good writers there … :)

 

 

bardicvoice: (Health_Hunters shotguns)
Those of you who've been reading my LJ for a while are aware that I've been working -- successfully! -- on losing weight. Well, I'm not the only one! Four of us, all Supernatural fans trying to lose weight -- [livejournal.com profile] wynefred , [livejournal.com profile] metallidean_grl , [livejournal.com profile] raloria , and I -- decided to open a community offering mutual help and support for other fans in similar circumstances. If you're interested, visit and join [livejournal.com profile] health_hunters: Saving People, Hunting Health. We're Supernatural fans fighting fat, and you're welcome to join us!

In an attempt to avoid attracting trolls or other unpleasantness, we're deliberately limiting invitations at the moment to people who follow our personal journals, so we'd appreciate it if you didn't post links to the [livejournal.com profile] health_hunters  community in other communities. But if you like what you see when you visit, please do feel free to share the community with your friends.

Come read our introductory post, and become a health hunter along with us!

Oh, and for the record? As of this morning, I've lost 35 pounds since I started working on it in mid-March!


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Hey, folks: sorry I've been so quiet. Life's been a little excessively crazy, between more fun at work and the late discovery that the contractors who did the work on my house last year didn't obtain the necessary county permits first. I've been trying to resolve both things. On the plus side, I think I have a solid path forward to resolve the permit issues and get ALL the house questions resolved by early July, for no more than I had originally intended to spend. Helps that I'd held back the final payment to the original contractor pending the delivery of all appropriate paperwork, which was never forthcoming for reasons I now can understand all too well.

I'm going to be spending most of the next couple of weeks caring for my Mom (giving my sister, who does that full-time, a break) so I won't be online much, but I'm planning to spend part of my available online time slowly getting around to responding to comments on my past blog posts. So if you get a much-delayed comment response, don't be surprised!

And my best news: I've lost 20 pounds since 13 March, when I formally began my diet. Bravo for Nutrisystem, and for me! If I lose 31 more pounds, I'll reach the target weight I set as my goal at the beginning of the effort. If I get there and am happy with my health and appearance, I'll see if I can set that as my new maintenance weight.

Be cool if I could do that by the time the Vancouver con rolls around, hey? *grin*
bardicvoice: (Oops ...!)
I am horribly, horribly late with my commentary on Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (short version: loved it, longer version, well -- sorry, it's longer!), and it won't be up before tonight's episode airs. So sorry to disappoint! I promise that both will go up sometime this weekend:  they are the only things on my agenda, period!

I had a great time at the con in L.A., but it left no time for writing. And with the end of the con, work kicked my ass. (If you want to see what I've been up to lately, well -- here's my latest real-world effort. It went live on Monday, and attracted just a little bit of attention ...)

Anyway, the reviews will be up as quickly as I can do them justice. And now, I'm crawling off to prepare for the show ...

bardicvoice: (Kripke & I)
About Supernatural Season Six ...
 
What follows is my purely speculative take on possibilities for season six of Supernatural. I have absolutely no inside track on the show; all I’m going to do here is weave the gossamer threads of my imagination with ideas spooled out of interviews with Eric Kripke during the last half-year to produce a nebulous tapestry of what might be in the end of season five and the new course of season six. I’m also going to look back for perspective to things we’ve heard from Kripke throughout the entire run of the show. If you want to avoid any potential for possible spoilerage based on interviews Kripke has already given combined with my guesses and questions, do not click on the cut-link to read the rest of this post. Otherwise, click and come on in! 
 
Click here to read much speculation! ) 
  
 
bardicvoice: (Sorry? by <lj user=galathea_snb>)
Hey, folks -- I had intended to post my commentary review and analytical meta on Sam, Interrupted well before this, but I'm afraid now it won't be up until after Swap Meat airs.  I lost the weekend to a virus:  well, it was actually two trojans (Artemis and MSFakeAlert), and while I got everything cleaned up and running sweetly again late on Sunday (thanks, Terri!), I was out a lot of writing time.  Work didn't help, because things got very crunchy this week and have been running into overtime, especially since my boss has been out sick and I've been acting branch chief as well as chief bottle washer.

But I am writing and it will be done, on Earth as it is in TV-land ...  As proof, here's a teaser:

5.11  Sam, Interrupted:  Monsters Are The Least Of Your Problems

Hunting craziness:
Wraith marinating mad brains
Spices Sam and Dean.
 

 

And now I'm returning to writing ...

bardicvoice: (impalamusic by <lj user=crazypandabear>)
This is coming a little late for Christmas, but a metal artist in British Columbia took one of my photographs and rendered it into wall art. Although I'd commissioned it as a custom design, I told her to go ahead and add it to her gallery, so anyone who wants to order one (or more!) could get them.


See the art, if you so choose! )

Want one of your own? Go to www.senametalarts.webs.com! Check out the Gallery, and you'll find two versions of this wall art available. Contact Senada through the website if you'd like to buy one or more. She will sell copies for $40 Canadian, plus shipping. I hope folk enjoy these!

After Thursday night, I'll be mostly (but not entirely!) offline until a few days after Christmas; then I will be very much back. Have a lovely holiday season, and I'll drop by and try to comment and respond to comments whenever I can even while I'm on the road.
bardicvoice: (Bardic on location)
Okay, folks:  I promised behind-the-scenes photos from my visits to two separate locations during shooting on Supernatural episode 5.06, I Believe the Children Are Our Future, after the episode aired.  I finally got them posted. The two different locations are in separate album slideshows over on my Photobucket account.

You can see the pictures from the location for the house where the babysitter died over here.

You can see the pictures from the house used for both Jesse's house and Julia's house over here.

The first one includes shots of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles during shooting and between takes. I don't have any shots of the boys at the second location (we were asked not to shoot once they were working), but I went a little wild and crazy with the Impalas. *grin*

I wrote up the experience here earlier. There are more specific details included in the descriptions on the photos in the Photobucket albums.

No hotlinking, please. All images are Copyright 2009 Bardicvoice. Enjoy!!



bardicvoice: (Strobe headlights by <lj user=fuesch>)
Finding the Holy Grail, Parts Two and Three: Supernatural on Location (no real spoilers)

In my last post, I danced for having finally seen Supernatural shooting on location, even though it was night and I never actually saw Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. This post really picks up from that one, because before I left Vancouver, I managed to see filming twice more in daylight, and this time, got to see the boys at work!

I did get behind the scenes photos from both locations on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1 and 2, including shots during filming on the first one, but I won’t post those photos until the episode (it’s 5.06) airs. [The photos are now up, since the episode has aired: see links at the bottom of this article!] The shots aren’t particularly spoilery – how often have we seen the boys walking to or from the car and talking? – but I’ll defer to the production folk, who really don’t want to see the fans spoiled before episodes air and who asked me to be discreet. All of the shots were taken from public rights of way adjacent to the filming; we were very careful never to trespass or intrude, and made certain that the crew knew that we would stop taking pictures and leave whenever they asked. They asked us to stop shooting photos before they began filming at the second location and we obliged, so I have no shots of the boys from there, but they never asked us to leave.

Without giving anything away, I can talk a bit about what I saw in terms of how things were done, and I will share one funny story from the crew and some observations of antics between takes.
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ETA:  Since the episode has aired, the photos are now up!

Day one photos (from the house where the babysitter died, including shots of Jensen and Jared), are here.

Day two photos (all the setup at Jesse's/Julia's house) are here.

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