Review of The Dead Zone (series)

Posted by mindy on 24 March, 2014
Category Reviews - TV

I'm like many others who've commented on this series over at Netflix. I absolutely love it!

On the Upside: They passed on vision trait from father to son. They ended it with the impression that Johnny and Sarah would get together. And they didn't leave us hanging on Walter's death. The fact that they used some of the supporting cast and sets from Stargate are mere bonuses.

On the downside: 'The powers behind the scenes' severely underestimated the potential of this show. The seasons were too short. The average length for a drama is 20 to 22 episodes. That is, unless it's one of those 'summer time' runs on the SyFy channel which, in my opinion, sucks. Dropping several main cast stinks of a slash in the budget. And they killed off the sheriff.

IMO- they should do another series of The Dead Zone. This time focus on JJ.

The show ran until 2007, that was 7 years ago. So, JJ would be in his teens. It would be interesting to see how a young guy deals with these abilities.

Ten Rules for Being Human

Posted by mindy on 21 January, 2014
Category General

by Dr.Chérie Carter-Scott
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this.

Jan 19-25

Posted by mindy on 21 January, 2014
Category Weekly Goals

My goals this week are simple although a bit daunting.

Finish converting the excel files to notepad (4 to go)
Finish setting up 2014 writing tracker

Ongoing Goals

Write down the scenes that have been plaguing my thoughts
Negotiate with Sunshine kitty about the space on desktop.
Remember to see the humor in things

2014 Tasks

Posted by mindy on 20 January, 2014
Category Notes to Self


It's 2014 and you still have a long list of unfinished projects. Make this the year to knock them down. Finishing the course with Long Ridge Writer's Group would be another awesome idea. And while you're at it- don't forget to finish that manual with Toastmasters.


Writing vs. Social-Networking

Posted by mindy on 09 January, 2014
Category Writing

This is a no-brainer!

After years of struggling to find a balance without success it has come time to make a sacrifice. I understand the positive aspects of social-networking. BUT- and this is a BIG BUT- it can get in the way of things that must be done.

This is not a slight against anyone I know. It is a decision that affects me in both a personal and professional nature. The fact is- there is not enough time to both write and social-network. Something has got to give. And that something is the social-networking.

My reason is simple- I need to spend time with my writing. If I don't then the novels will not get written. This means that people who do like my work won't be able to read them. So, as the subtitle of this post says: This is a no-brainer!

I will be stopping by both Facebook and Twitter to 'check-in' when I take breaks from the writing. So, I'm not cutting anyone out- I'm prioritizing.

1. The novels
2. The fan-fiction and literary RPG.
3. Everything else and that's a lot of sorting out.

It's 2014 and for me it's the year of the writer, of the break-in novel.

The neighbors slamming doors be damned!
Social-Networking be damned!

I must write!
I need to write!
I have to write!

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Posted by mindy on 09 January, 2014
Category Reviews - Movies

Director / Writer: Tommy Wirkola

Year: 2013

Main Cast

Jeremy Renner as Hansel
Gemma Arterton as Gretel
Famke Janssen as Muriel

Synopsis from Netflix: Fifteen years after outsmarting a sinister witch by pushing her into an oven, a now-grown Hansel and Gretel are pooling their wiles to take down witches as professional bounty hunters in this action-packed reimagining of the classic fairy tale.

My Response:

This one is going on my 'DVD to own' own list. The storyline is solid, the morphing CGI is awesome, the costumes are cool, and the weapons are bitchin'. The only thing I dislike about this movie is the f-bombs. The only one that I feel actually worked was when Gretel came upon the old candy house. All the others are just fodder.

Looking forward to the sequel