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Where have all the cowboys gone?

All right, yes, Twitter is probably killing LJ. And I am as culpable in that as anyone, because I just don't post here much anymore and I've been spending a lot of my online time on Twitter. But in fairness, I had more or less stopped posting here regularly long before I signed up for Twitter. And while I still hate Twitter in a lot of ways, and suspect that in the long run it's going to be responsible for the death of a lot of intelligent discourse on the internet (for example, Jane Espenson has pretty much abandoned her wonderful blog in favor of her Twitter account, which is extremely light on content), the reality is that 140 characters is just more in line with the kind of effort I'm willing to give to the internets lately. Also, I really enjoy the rather bizarre glimpses it affords into the private and professional lives of some of my favorite actors/writers/musicians/celebrities.

So, if there's anyone who hasn't yet found me on Twitter, I'm @susannah008. But I haven't given up on LJ entirely. Even if I don't post or comment much, I still use LJ as my main blog reader and keep up with it pretty well, even if I'm often a few days behind.

In the meantime, here's what I've been up to:

- Mr. Sus is working again. At first he was contract but they brought him on perm in December so we have benefits again! Hooray! And he's working downtown which is only about 10 minutes from our house.

- For the first time in my life I have been working out regularly. I started doing some weightlifting with Mr. Sus last summer, and except for a month-long break over Christmas have been sticking with it. It has done wonders for my back problems, which have pretty much evaporated. I'm also not having as many knee and hip aches as I was before. I don't love working out, but I definitely love feeling stronger and healthier and just generally more comfortable in my own body. Mr. Sus and I also dieted together over the summer/fall and I managed to lose 12 pounds. I gave up the diet in November and I've gained some of that weight back, so I really need to buckle down and get back to it. Ideally I'd like to lose another 12-15 pounds before the summer, and then I'll be back at my pre-munchkin weight.

- I've been writing, albeit somewhat sporadically. I briefly experimented with the idea of revisiting my old NaNoWriMo novel, but quickly realized that wasn't working out and moved on to a brand new project. It's kind of an urban fantasy/ghost story/murder mystery--think Charlaine Harris crossed with Alice Hoffman. Originally one of the supporting characters was going to be a vampire, in the way that one of the characters in Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is obviously a vampire even though it's never explicitly stated. But then the vampire thing got way overexposed last year so I reworked it so that he's a werewolf instead. Of course, now werewolves are getting totally overexposed, but I think werewolves are just inherently cooler than vampires anyway, so I'm sticking with it. And besides, by the time I actually finish this thing the fad will probably be about ready to come back around anyway. I've been doing an okay job of sticking with it, although this past week the writing has been like repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall in the hopes of breaking through, so my word count is extremely low.

- Next weekend I am off to LA to see my girls there and also to catch a couple of the Paley panels. We're going to see Modern Family and Lost, which will be fun, because we all saw the Lost premiere together years ago and then we all went to the first Lost Paley panel and now it's the last year of the show so it's like it's all come full circle. Of course, I think I'm the only one of us who still watches and loves the show, so they're mostly just being nice and humoring me by going. Fortunately, Damon and Cuse are so charming and funny that they're entertaining to watch even if you don't like their show so I dont' feel too bad.

And that's pretty much it, ya'll. Well, except for the fact that I miss the Tenth Doctor terribly and remain extremely skeptical of this new kid. I am not at all impressed by what I've seen in the trailers. In fact, the more I see of him, the less I like him. I am, however, impressed by many of the writers they've lined up, so I'm going to hang in there as long as I can.


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Feb. 21st, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm on Twitter, too. I post there several times a day, although the majority of my activity is related to David Tennant, Doctor Who, Shakespeare, and other fandom interests.

I still maintain a regular update (and my fandom stuff) here on LJ and I can't see Twitter taking over from that. I view LJ as a more personal interraction: it's first and foremost my diary, and my Friends List is very much a close community, so I share things differently here.

I've friended you on Twitter :)

Feb. 21st, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see you!

That Lost panel is going to be a blast. I have no idea if the show is going to make any real sense, but it's been a great ride.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Whenever I have to go look something up on Lostpedia because I can't keep track of what's going on (which happens frequently) I'm always so impressed by their continuity. It's just that there's so much being conveyed in a narrative that jumps around all over the place that I have trouble keeping it all straight. I suspect the show will end up making some kind of sense, but whether I will actually understand it remains to be seen.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I agree that the show is so dense at this point.

Do you read Alan Sepinwall's reviews? Very insightful and the comments are very thoughtful. Plus a lot of commenters are much more into the trivia of the show than I am so they pick on many things that I overlook.
Feb. 21st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Werewolves are awesome.

I'm with you on Eleven. I'm not sold. But I like the people behind the scenes, and I'll still watch it. I'm bracing myself, though. It's going to be worse than Martha.

You know, I only made it to Facebook once people were already moving on to Twitter. I don't like Twitter and am rarely on there. Mostly I play games on Facebook. So I'll keep posting here when I have something to post, even if I turn out to be the only one here. :D
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Saying this makes me feel like an old coot, but I just think he's too young. Also he's not different enough. It looks like they're trying to make him in Ten Jr. and I am not down with that.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
My main complaint about the finale was the switch to Eleven. They had just told me all about how when Ten dies, that man is gone, for many purposes dead, and another man takes his place. And then we got to the regeneration and Matt Smith is all, "I have legs," and frantic, and doing a poor imitation of the regeneration into Ten. I was not happy.

I may wind up liking the companion more. But I'm going to try to give him a fair shake, let him find his own Doctor. It will be easier once he is not wearing Ten's outfit, I think. Because I get itchy about that.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Me too, my friend. Me. Too.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ohh so much to comment on so here's a list rather than a coherent narrative
1) twitter- just not doing it. 140 characters is too short. Plus too many mundane details for me. Maybe I will change my mind, someday.
2)My daughter is "Team Jacob" so go werewolves (did I spell that right?)
3)My husband after years of me mentioning it, finally, has said why don't we look in Dr Who. It was you all back in the TT days that convinced me he/I might like it but I could never get him interested....you can lead a horse...
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Just keep in mind that Doctor Who is at heart a kid's show, so sometimes it can get quite silly. The brilliance is that beneath that lies some really first rate drama. I just wouldn't want ya'll to be put off by the farting aliens and whatnot.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm still watching Lost and enjoying it, although I'm not 100% convinced the end of this season isn't going to be another "Samantha is starlight" screwover.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced either, but I also feel like they've laid the groundwork for a fairly trippy and off-the-wall resolution, so if it comes to that I won't feel quite so betrayed as I did by XF.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, plus XF has now conditioned us for our great seasons-arcing mythology shows ending up that lame, so if Lost's ending is only half as lame, I'll probably still be happy.
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