Discovering Gold

I'm working hard on revisions. I am. But I'm also refilling the creative well by reading and viewing for inspiration.

I recently started Susan Mallery's DELICIOUS, an HQN release. Fresh plot. Snappy writing. A new-to-me author. I hit gold.

Because I often have to write at night, I don't squeeze in too much TV. Aside from SCRUBS, GILMORE GIRLS, and HBOs' ROME, I'm really out of the loop. Yesterday, the complete 1st season of LOST came into the library and I thought, what the heck. I'd heard good things. I planned on watching the first episode last night. I ended up watching THREE episodes back-to-back! Holy wow. I wanted to keep going but I had to get some writing done. It's been a long time since I've discovered a series that hooked me as strongly as LOST. Just like when I discovered FIREFLY, I felt like I struck gold.

As far as reading and viewing goes, what's currently in your treasure chest?


FeyRhi said…
For me it's a show called "Supernatural". The story is about two brothers who travel around hunting ...well what ever crops up *G*
Every episode is based on an actual myth or legend with an on going story arc through out. I caught a couple episodes just before the season ended and was 'wowed' by the last episode. It starts up again mid-late September but Season 1 will be available on DVD in a couple weeks. Gives me time to catch up on everything I missed.
ElsieHogarth said…
Beth, I just finished reading/judging for "Golden Leaf" and I've just begun Scott's-Memnon. It is excellent. I can honestly say that he is one of the writers that has the talent to make you feel like you are actually there and experience everything that is going on vividly.
Mary Stella said…
I've been reading a mix of favorite authors and newer-to-me authors. Recently, I've inhaled Kay Hooper latest hardcover, Madeline Hunter's By Arrangement and Roxanne St. Clair's Kill Me Twice. For some reason, Princess Daisy called to me from my bookshelves, too. Now I want to reread Jenny Crusie/Bob Mayers' Don't Look Down for the third time.

There isn't too much that excites me on tv this time of year since my favorite shows are all reruns. I got totally hooked on America's Got Talent but that ended last week.
Dwacon said…
I find that life inspires me more so than what I watch and read -- which is just about everything I can suck into my TIVO and/or personal library. But your mileage may vary. :-)
Tori Lennox said…
If you hurry and watch the first & second seasons of LOST, you'll be all set for the season premiere in October! *g*

As for what I'm watching now, I am totally and thoroughly in love with the Sci Fi Channel's show EUREKA!!! It's quirky and charming and keeps getting better and better with each episode. I'm also hooked on LIFE ON MARS which airs on BBC America.

I went to the library today and one of the books I got was Dianan Peterfreund's SECRET SOCIETY GIRL which I started reading while waiting for my ride. I love it already!
Tori Lennox said…
Er, that's DIANA. My fingers got ahead of me. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
FeyRhi, 'Supernatural' sounds like something I'd really like. Oh, no. Another show to track down. :) I'm liking the idea of the first season on DVD. It's been great wathing LOST sans commercials!
Beth Ciotta said…
Elsie, I'm looking at copy of Scott's (Scott Oden) MEN OF BRONZE. It's shouting, "READ ME NEXT!" I need to read a few more contemporaries just now to keep my head in the 'present'. But Scott's MOB is an upcoming 'must read'. Looking forward to it!
Beth Ciotta said…
Mary, I'm always amazed at how quickly you devour books. I'm envious. :) I'm wanting to read Roxanne St. Claire's KILL ME TWICE. I read a few excerpts and loved them.

As for TV, you've gotta check out LOST!!
Beth Ciotta said…
Waving to Mr. Conyers. Thank you so much for chiming in. :) I agree. Life is a wonderful source for inspiration. Daily observations are what influence my writing most. As for TIVO, you know, I really need to step into the twenty-first century. I get this feeling I'm one of the few who does not own an MP3 player or TIVO.
Beth Ciotta said…
Tori, you mean I'm TWO seasons behind on LOST?! Good grief. What planet do I live on? So out of touch. I can tell you now, no way will I be able to catch up on two seasons by October. But I'll give it my best shot. *g*

EUREKA, huh? I'll look that up. Oh, man and LIFE ON MARS!! I saw a promo for that on BBC America (Love BBC) and thought it looked like my cup of tea. Then I got bogged with the book deadline and forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder. I think. LOL As for Peterfreund's book, I've heard nothing but great things.
Maureen said…
Just finshed Back to the Bedroom by Janet Evanovich, she always makes me laugh when I need it! I'm shifting to a Mystery- The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald By David Handler. A mystery intertwined amongst writers and the publishing world.

As for TV, I have been watching House, Monk, and Psych. Lately, with all the reruns I find myself tuning into TCM channel and watching the old movie classics, spendng the evening with Grant, Cagney, Loren, Marlow Etc.
Jordan Summers said…
I love Supernatural and Hex, along with Psych and Eureka. As for books, I'm really enjoying Stuart Woods. Very engaging. I also dig Matt Reilly a LOT.
Julia Templeton said…
SUPERNATURAL is a great show! Great music. Jordan, I love HEX, too. I just recently found PRISON BREAK. What a great premise, and talk about sexy men!
I'm currently reading UNTIL THE KNIGHT COMES by talented historical romance author Sue-Ellen Welfonder. Great story!
LOL I'm posting on that very topic. I seem to have become addicted to watching TV.

I'm reading Menage by Emma Holly and the 9th Stephanie Plum novel.
Beth Ciotta said…
Maureen, Jordan, Julie, and Mechele, thank you for the recommendations! Sounds like we all have the same taste in tv shows. Why am I not surprised. :)

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