Friday, June 20, 2008

Guest Blogging: Hold the Bond, I'll take More Booth Please

One of my posts from the Searchingbones charity blog-off. Enjoy!


The purpose of this 24-hour Blog-a-thon is to bring in support for the Actors’ Fund. You can help by making a donation here.

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Love ‘em and leave ‘em leave you cold? Tired of regretless perfection and limitless knowledge? Want a touchable realism to your hero? Then Booth is your guy.

Maybe it’s just the current Bones British mania that has me singling out Mr. Bond, but countless other heroes follow the same pattern. You first must find a tall, handsome, usually dark man, and throw in mastery of everything physical and most things mental. You see him loving a new woman each time he appears. You see nothing of his emotional and mental state unless it involves anger or vengeance. He’s smarter, stronger, and better at everything than everyone else and he answers to no one.

Booth is a bit different. Of course, with David Boreanaz you get the tall, dark and handsome as part of the package but in Booth you also get facets that most ‘heroes’ would never dare admit. With Booth you get the guts, gut instinct and physicality of the classics. But he respects women, shows heart and hurt, screws up, and shows his weaknesses like, well…a man. He’s beaten, he’s flawed, he’s protective and he’s often wrong. He doesn’t have all the answers. He can’t get himself out of everything. He needs others. He can’t solve every puzzle alone, though he’d like to, and he’s not afraid to say things like “I don’t know” and “that’s going to hurt”.

He’s also not afraid to stand up for what’s right, defend those he cares about, take care of those who need it and give a little kindness to those without. We need more heroes like Booth about.

Guest Blogging: Want Ad

One of my posts from the Searchingbones charity blog-off. Enjoy!


The purpose of this 24-hour Blog-a-thon is to bring in support for the Actors’ Fund. You can help by making a donation here.

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What would you think of this job if you saw it in a want ad?

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A cast-iron spine
  • Creative Genius
  • A forgiving family
  • Passion for your creation that transcends well, pretty much everything

Experience:

  • You should have so much you get winded relaying it

Pay:

  • High enough to keep your family happy, too low to chuck it all and enter early retirement (You wouldn’t want to anyway. You love this job, remember?)

Job Description:

  • You will have a bevy of nifty titles like ’showrunner’, ‘creator’, and ‘executive producer’
  • Rarely you might have time to give in to your passion and see a ‘written by’ appear next to your name but don’t count on it
  • You will have to check the TV guide yourself sometimes if you want to know what night your show will air this season or even this month
  • Optional, but highly recommended, is tattooing ‘Sticks and stones…’ on your right hand or forehead as if it is the Mark of the Beast. Company will provide a discount coupon.
  • You will have to take very nice people that you love to the side and kick them to the curb. You will know that it’s a necessary casualty but it will still Pain your Heart.
  • You will dream the words ‘ratings’, ‘budgets’ and ’schedules’
  • Faceless people around the world will know your name. Some will discuss you with thoughtful praise while others will scream your name through gritted teeth as if it were the vilest curse. For the most part they will keep watching though.

I don’t think I could do it! I would love to write for the man but I would not want to be him.

Hart, I know that you, your staff and the actors take a terrible amount of abuse and it’s easy to miss our happy praise. Love beams while anger roars. But know that there are many portals in Bones fandom where the show is thoughtfully discussed and heartily praised. We really do appreciate the amount of hard work you put into this amazing show and want you, and every one else involved, to know how much we appreciate you and the fruits of your joint labor.

Guest Blogging: The Pain in [Many] Heart(s)

One of my posts from the Searchingbones charity blog-off. Enjoy!


The purpose of this 24-hour Blog-a-thon is to bring in support for the Actors’ Fund. You can help by making a donation here.

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The Season 3 Bones finale left many of you sad, a lot of you angry, and a few of us ‘fine’ or even happy, but, living in fear lest we utter those dangerous words: it’s OK that Zack was the apprentice. For this particular discussion of Zack all mentions of doing grievous bodily harm upon the writers, how compressed the plot was, or any delirious dream from Booth need not apply. Like it or not, it happened and what’s left is to simply deal with the aftermath.

I wrote this piece in the days after the finale as one possible explanation of how Zack could go from the ‘crack assistant’ who names his bugs to the coldly logical killer who betrayed everyone. I make no claim that it could satisfy everyone and if you think Hart shot your puppy then you need to get in line behind Jamie Frevele.

Writers find each other unfailingly, like little beads of mercury lazily rolling around. Jamie had also written her own theory about Zack on her blog (Note: Pick up your laptop, take it to the couch and curl up with a blanket before you start her post. If you have a short attention span or screaming kids you might want to hunt Cliff Notes.)

Out of the comparison we began to chat and an idea was formed. What if we each wrote scripts? No, I didn’t say treatments, short stories, outlines or fanfics. I said scripts. 60-ish pages of Courier black and white glory: full, ready-to-air episodes. Yes, we’re crazy, but in a good way, right?

In reality we are busy women working on other projects including other scripts for each of us and acting for Jamie. But never fear. In July we should be proudly displaying our Zack scripts, sweat stains and tears no charge, for anyone willing to brave the format to read them. We hope you will enjoy our summertime project and that reading them brings you a bit of enjoyment; pulling you away from contemplation of any nefarious deeds of retribution, or worse, abandoning this great show we all love.

My Guest Blogging Links

I am one of the guest bloggers for a charity blog-off at Searchingbones.com today. I'll post links here today and over the weekend, after the charity event is over, I'll copy the entire articles here.

First Post: The Pain in [Many] Heart(s)
Second Post: Want Ad: Is this your dream job?
Third Post: More Booth Please!

The purpose of this 24-hour Blog-a-thon is to bring in support for the Actors’ Fund. You can help by making a donation here.

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