Posts Tagged ‘Sleepy Hollow’


50 Weeks of Living My Novels

As a pretend Fictional Woman of Action (is pretend plus fictional redundant?), the first must-do on my list is to clean out my energy.

Did you expect me to say, “Work out hard”?  Oh please, I’m already in pretty good shape, and no doubt I’ll spend a few of these 50 weeks hurling myself into harebrained jock stunts.  In the meantime, it’s my mind/ body connection that needs a lube job.

meditation

My character Layla doesn’t do any meditation stuff in her story, but in her backstory she’s dabbled in it.  My character Charity MacCay, in contrast, can be superstitious but doesn’t have a mystical bone in her body.  But then there’s Modesty Blaise, who I want to be in my next life and who spent time in India mastering advanced mind control.

Me? Hell, I’ll try anything.

Thus I found myself… um… kinda naked, lying flat on my back on a table in a dark room and receiving the sometimes painful energy massage of a Lomi Lomi ritual.  It’s from the Hawaiian spirituality of Huna, which has long fascinated me, and during it I felt  very exposed.  And weird.   Especially since I can get self-conscious over things like nakedness.

For me, relaxing and concentrating took a lot of effort on my part, but I though I succeeded.

Turns out only my mind went where I wanted it to.  The Lomi Lomi therapist told me that parts of my body never seemed to let go.   This explains why some muscles in my legs and hips that have tightened up from injuries still won’t stretch normally.   I’ve really got to work on physically relaxing.

See, one reason I used to meditate is ’cause I can go to bed and sleep while still so tense I’ll wake up sick.  Once I woke up with bad hives from nerves. Physical relaxation that others can take for granted I’ve gotta work at.  And Action Women have GOT to be in control of their bodies.

AND NOW FOR A NEW FEATURE:

Funny and way-too-smart Mike Offut (www.SLC Kismet.com) and I both have a thing for the show Sleepy Hollow, and he suggested that we pose a question to each other each week on our blogs.

Mike asked me, “How would you describe the moment you realized Sleepy Hollow was something you would watch faithfully every week?”

My answer:  When I saw Ichabod Crane, as played by Tom Mison, and fell madly in love with him.  And because I really liked Abbie’s character and how she and Crane used their brains and skills to escape the headless horseman.  Then there’s the atmosphere, which reminded me of Halloween, and the way Police Chief Irving appeared to be in on Sleepy Hollow’s ancient secrets, which go back to the American Revolution.  Oh, of course I’m a history buff.

TV Lovers

on October 20, 2014 in Misc 10 Comments »

The last thing I need is to be hooked on another TV show.

I am now hooked on Outlander.

The main reason, of course, is that the story is fascinating and intelligent and has emotional complexity, which means that the series of novels it’s based on must be the same.  Now I wish I’d started reading those books years ago.

The show also has a fabulous leading lady, as Mike over at SLC Kismet has wisely pointed out.  She’s high-spirited and strong-willed and a skilled healer/combat nurse, and her narrative voice adds depth to the story.  Then there’s aura of mystery, the high standards of production… And oh yeah, this reason…

shirtless

That’s right.  Jaimie is one of my new fantasy lovers.  Damn.  Like I’m not distracted enough by Ichabod Crane of Sleepy Hollow, who’s still my number one.  The man with a bedroom voice, a stunning face, lyrical sentences, knee-high boots… You get the idea.

use ichabod

These men are two of the reasons why I didn’t get any writing done this weekend.  Sure, I did some plotting for my screenplay, but that isn’t much.   (WHY am I s-l-o-w-l-y writing a screenplay when the odds of selling it are a million to one?)

The fact is, we’re also having a beautiful autumn here in Colorado.  A lot of years we don’t:  last September there was terrible record flooding, and other times we have early snows that ruin the leaves.  But this year there’s a glorious riot of colors, and since I live in a very leafy neighborhood with lots of old trees, I would much rather be outside and moving than inside and writing.

Maybe when the snow starts to fall I’ll stay at my desk during daylight hours and write.  Then in the evening I’m curling up on the sofa with Jamie and Ichabod.

So who—besides your beloved significant others—do you plan to spend fantasy wintry evenings with?  (Alex, I already know that yours will be Kate Beckinsale.)