Category Archives: National Blog Post Writing Month November 2013

I Made It!

I survived another year of National Blog Post Writing Month! There were a couple of close calls throughout the month, but I still managed to deliver. So if you don’t see any posts from me for awhile, it’s because my brain is recovering.

Today is also the First Sunday of Advent.

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Sherlock Lives!

Sherlockians, rejoice! We can now confirm dates for the long-awaited broadcast of season 3! The first episode, “The Empty Hearse”, premieres on January 1 on BBC1 in the UK and January 19 on PBS is the US. This is momentous news because this time there will not be any insanely long waits for the US fans; we get the new season in the same month! Finally we’ll know how he survived his fall!

Boy, we get a Doctor Who regeneration at Christmas and a brand new Sherlock episode a week later! This is fantastic!

…Although I don’t know why we get so excited over this because we’re only getting three episodes again.

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A Plea for Sanity

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the mad rush of Christmas preparations is set to begin–okay, in some places it’s already begun. For what it’s worth, I’m going to ask people to please be less nutsy this year! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more and more aware of how Christmas ads keeping popping up further and further away from Christmas itself–seriously, I was seeing Christmas ads two weeks before Halloween this year! Does anyone even start their Christmas shopping that early!? (If they start showing up in September, I’m absconding to one of those furnished caves in Arizona.) But even if no one actually starts shopping that early, it’s at least getting them into a frenzied buying mindset.

I guess what I’m trying to say is stop trying to celebrate Christmas so early! It gets here when it gets here, but rushing into it can make us less appreciative of the other holidays.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving once again, that wonderful time of year when we all take time out from your lives to be grateful for everything we have. It would be even more wonderful if I hadn’t started seeing Christmas commercials two weeks before Halloween, but that’s another story.

As I said last year, you don’t just have to be grateful for the big things–it seems that every year people talk about how their thankful for God, friends, family, good food, good housing, etc. Don’t get me wrong; those are all super-important things to be thankful for, but just don’t forget about the little things as well, things like favorite TV shows or good times with friends. For example, I’m thankful I had the chance to watch “The Day of the Doctor” in a theater with my friends, for discovering the musical likes of Gregorian and Lindsey Stirling, for having an opportunity to learn the violin, and for falling in love with Redwall all over again over the summer.

So give thanks for everything today! Just don’t forget the small stuff.

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The US “Phantom” Cast Has been Announced!

Yes, yes, it was announced several months ago, but I forgot to post about it. But since today is the day the tour premieres in Rhode Island, it’s rather appropriate to write about it now.

The grand, glorious US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera stars Mark Campbell as the Phantom, Ben Jacoby as Raoul, and Julia Rose Udine and Grace Morgan sharing the role of Christine. I will admit that I’m not sure how epic this cast will rate since I’m not especially familiar with any of these performers (although Mark Campbell’s name sounds awfully familiar), but at the same time I realize that they would not just cast any old people. Phantom is a rigorous production that requires the best of the best, and I’m sure they’ll deliver.

You can see the entire cast listing at the official US tour website, and you can watch a preview of the production in the clip below. This footage was taken from the UK tour, but the US version will have the same sets and costumes, just different actors (which makes me sad because I would have loved to see John Owen-Jones as the Phantom).

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We Need More Classic “Who” Fans!

Yep, I’m on a roll with the Doctor Who posts, and this one came about after going to see the 50th anniversary special in the theater (which was awesome, by the way). Although it was an extremely enjoyable experience, there was one slightly disappointing thing–hardly anyone in the audience caught or understood the classic Doctor Who references. Mentions of things like reversing the polarity of the neutron flow or the ever-decreasing ages of the companions got only scattered snorting, and–I hate to admit this–but Tom Baker’s appearance at the end received scarcely any applause at all! It was so sad.

My viewing at the theater cemented in my mind the need for more people to watch the classic episodes of Doctor Who; its history is so rich that it’s a shame to ignore it simply because someone is only familiar with the reboot. But thanks to the 50th anniversary special, people just may start watching the old episodes again.

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A More Coherent Review of “The Day of the Doctor” *More Spoilers*

Okay, now that I’ve gotten the worst of the adrenaline out of my system, I can proceed with a more detailed exposition of what “The Day of the Doctor” was really like. As with yesterday’s post, there are spoilers, so continue at your own risk. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

First of all, it was great to see David Tennant back on our screens, and seeing him and Matt Smith together was a real treat. According to Steven Moffat, Matt came up with a way for both of them to continue as the Doctor. Unfortunately it didn’t pan out, but I would definitely have watched a season where the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors were sharing adventures.

As for John Hurt…he was magnificent. I did not think I would like his Doctor at all, but he won me over with his quite Doctorish mannerisms. In fact–and I know this is heresy, so please don’t stone me!–he felt more like the Doctor than Matt Smith or David Tennant…maybe because cutting my teeth on the classic series made me used to an older Doctor. Either way, I loved his Doctor, and now the War Doctor stands alongside the Eighth Doctor as Doctors We Totally Need More of on Our Screens.

Was that more coherent?

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