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Writer's Block: Unlikely Benefactor

Congratulations! You won a million dollars but you have to give it all away. How will you distribute the money?
Oh!  That's fun.  And easy to answer, because I just read this book where a girl's family wins a $50 million lottery (or a 17.5 million lump sum, after taxes), so I've had these kinds of thoughts rattling in my head for a couple of days anyway.  Let's see...

1. pay off the mortgage on the house & any other debt my parents have

2. set aside enough for my brother's college education

[2.5. hey, does "paying off my student loans" count as giving it away?  Because I mean, technically...]

3. dear flist: you would find your lives suddenly enhanced by a check.   

4. donations to:
-a local animal shelter or two
-my high school band program
New Show Deliberations, Round 2: 
-Mercy's back out!  I just watched the extended NBC promo, and...apparently Our Plucky Hero is married, but in love with some other doctor, recklessly making out with him and such.  I believe the phrase "Me and Mike have been together so long he's like a part of me" was introduced, which means this marriage is dissolving out of boredom rather than halfway explicable reasons like "he's cheating on me" or "he's an abusive asshole."  I WANT NO PART OF THIS.

(Which sucks, because the rest of the promo was super-extra-appealing and I love everything else about the show even more now.  Sigh.  Maybe I'll see how well it performs and it'll earn a second chance later.) 

-By contrast, the harder I try to resist The Good Wife, thinking it will surely be boring as sin even with Julianna Margulies, the more it inexplicably grows on me.  Being on CBS gives it an automatic edge, I think. 

-Speaking of which, Three Rivers: not even initially on my radar, but CBS's "look at our awesome procedural lineup" commercials keep throwing Alex O'Loughlin with decent hair and no vampire teeth at me.  I am helpless.  Checking out the behind-the-scenes clip has only reinforced my positive feelings, albeit tempered with another feeling that it might be a pleasant-but-bland viewing choice, much like the Cold Case it'll be paired with.  For right now, this is the only new one (besides Glee) I've definitely secured on the lineup. 
Feel free to continue giving me Fannish 5 topics, by the way.  These are turning out more fun than expected.


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Aug. 9th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I am cautiously optimistic about The Good Wife. I like the cast and I almost always enjoy Chris Noth. I'm intrigued by the fact that it does appear Chris Noth and Juliana Margulies are going to work on their marriage.

Three Rivers looks ridiculously boring but like you the lineup promo is getting me. (An aside: I swear that the CBS promo dept totally ships Mac and Stella.)
Aug. 10th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
It's weird; I figured TGW would fall on its face like her last law drama, but so far all the critics seem optimistic about its quality too. I think this one might actually live...although I'm not sure if that makes me more or less interested in investing myself.

CBS' promo monkeys are doing good work for a change. *looks mystified* Strange, but nice. (The thing about Three Rivers is...the boredom factor leads me to believe it'll be as opposite of Shondaland's version of medical drama as possible. Which would be exciting in its own right.)
Aug. 10th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
The thing about Three Rivers is...the boredom factor leads me to believe it'll be as opposite of Shondaland's version of medical drama as possible.

Hmm. Good point. If I can have a medical drama that doesn't end a season with one of the doctors about to have her baby traumatically cut from her uterus by a whackjob psych patient then it might be a win.
Aug. 9th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Those all sound like good things to put a lot of money toward. :)

Why don't you just watch one episode of "The Good Wife"? I don't think using that one hour will make or break your life that much. If you like it, keep watching. If you don't, then don't.
Aug. 10th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, no-no-no, see, that's what a reasonable person would do. But TV is my drug, so the risk is that if I watch one hour and like it, it will then become a season of 20+ hours for watching, plus extra hours for writing about every episode, because I won't be able to stop myself, which could turn into years. It's very important that I be extra-particular and discriminating about what I expose my brain my to.
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