Archive for February 2016

Proofreading: More demoralizing than the thought of an impending Donald Trump presidency

Proofreading: More demoralizing than the thought of an impending Donald Trump presidency
Guys. I just sent twenty-one pages of proofreading notes to my editor and copyeditor. This round of revisions was, in a word, ROUGH. I thought going in that it would be easy, breezy, beautiful, Cover Girl. I thought, hey, all the big stuff is out of the way. What’s left is just the nitty-gritty, “add... Read more »

American Idol Recap: Showcase #4, Judges Vote

Duets! Amelia Eisenhauer and Kellie Pickler, “Suds in the Bucket” by Sarah Evans: Kellie doesn’t know why she’s here. Neither do we, Kellie. Neither do we. Amelia was good on the fiddle. And her voice is much better than Pickler’s. Haley Reinhart and Cory Wheeler, “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John: A fun, cute... Read more »

Movie Review: Deadpool Gon' Give It To Ya

Movie Review: Deadpool Gon' Give It To Ya
DEADPOOL Genre: Superhero Action Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 108 mins. Premise: The “Merc with a Mouth” finally gets his own big screen adaptation.  Perpetual smart-ass Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) falls in love, but gets cancer.  In an attempt to rid himself of the disease via a rogue experiment, he develops accelerated healing powers but... Read more »
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American Idol Recap: Showcase #3, 2nd Top 12 Perform

Remaining 12 sang tonight. Tomorrow they will sing with Idol legends such as Daughtry, Sparks, CONSTANTINE, David Cook. Those are real legit celebrities (in the Idol universe). PREPARE YOURSELVES. Shelbie Z, “Work Hard, Play Harder” by Gretchen Wilson: The most interesting fact they could come up with about Shelbie Z is that she hates wet paper? Bodes... Read more »

Donna Day 2016 -- Help fund childhood cancer research

Donna Day 2016 -- Help fund childhood cancer research
“Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.” That chilling statistic comes from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website. To me it means that by the time my kids get to college, we’re going to know at least one child and family touched by cancer. *looks around neighborhood* It... Read more »

American Idol Recap: Showcase #2 -- Judges Vote

Tonight everyone sang “star” duets with former Idol “greats.” Lauren Alaina and Emily Brooke, “Flat on the Floor” by Carrie Underwood: I remember Lauren Alaina. She was from the last season I recapped. She was…not my favorite. Both of these girls were fifteen when they auditioned. That’s really young. There’s so much spray tan on... Read more »
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American Idol Recap: Showcase #1

American Idol Recap: Showcase #1
It’s the first week of actual Idol performances! Yay! American Idol is at the Viviana Theater in Los Angeles, Ryan Seacrest looks like a hologram of himself from five years ago. It’s all happening! This week, half of the top 24 perform solos on Wednesday and duets with Idol LEGENDS on Thursday night. Which illustrious... Read more »

Donald Trump, revisionist history, and the one-star review

Last night, the kids and I watched the New Hampshire primary returns together. Yes, because I’m a terrible mother, I subjected them to Wolf Blitzer. It was great, though, because we got into a conversation about the election and who’s running for president and what kind of person would make a good president. I tried... Read more »

The Fuller House preview is here and now I hate myself

I want to hate Fuller House, the Full House spinoff coming to Netflix at the end of the month. I want to be above it. I’m not a fan of Candace Cameron-Bure, and her involvement in the show all but insures that this sequel will be more wholesome and saccharine than the original — which... Read more »
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood Round Part 3

It’s pick and learn to perform it with the Idol band night. It well help the judges see who has what it takes to sing with full backup. (I crossed out the people who are out for sure.) Stepheny Negrete: Dad recently had heart surgery. She’s jealous of the minors, who have their parents with... Read more »