New TV Shows

Anytime I see the supernatural in the news I get a little spark of hope in my heart. Having grown up on TV shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, and the short-lived Werewolf, I’ve always been a fan of things that are impossible to explain. Probably because they are the perfect escape from the real horrors of the world – those that we can explain.

This year there are a plethora of show to watch with awesome supernatural storylines. My favourite would have to be Heroes (a terrible first episode for Season 2, but then so was the first episode for Season 1!). Once again the best characters on the show are still Peter and Silar – the weakest being Hiro and now his trip back in time. I’m still waiting for them to explain how Nathan survived Peter’s nuclear explosion as they both flew high into the sky at the end of last season!

This would be closely followed by Supernatural. This is the tale of two brothers out to avenge the death of their mother who was killed by a demon. Their demon hunting father is currently in hell, having traded his soul for his son Dean. I must confess to having not wanted to get interested in this show, and turning off the TV each and every time it came on. But then over the summer I caught a few repeat episodes and realized that this was exactly the type of show I enjoy – dark, creepy, and filled with ambiguous ideas of right and wrong. What amuses me is how quick the brothers are to turn to the devil, and how it never occurs to them that perhaps an angel might also be listening?

Moonlight is a vampire-detective that reminds me of the TV series Forever Knight, a very low-budget yet well-acted show that I don’t think got it’s day in the sun – pun intended. I caught Moonlight for the first time this past Friday, and thought it was a great show. Again, it’s dark and creepy with that right amount of evil turning towards the light. How deep do you have to go before there is no turning back?

If you’re into the paranormal and are looking for a good show, take a look at any of these three. Pop some popcorn, pour yourself a rootbeer, and spend an hour forgetting what’s going on in the world. And when you’re done, grab a good book!

An Actual Writing Post

Being that I’m an author, I suppose I should add a post or two about writing. This past weekend (being that my weekend consists of only one day) was awesome. I got home from school on Saturday around 6pm, after running two very fun workshops at CWC. This week we discussed poetry, which isn’t exactly my strong point. In all honesty, the only poems I can recite from heart would probably get me fired.

But there it was Saturday evening and I wondered what I should do. I had the option of meeting some friends for a movie, but instead I opted out and headed for my local 24-hour cafe and wrote. I’ve been writing the third instalment to my Rancour books, only because that seems to be what’s coming out of me. Truthfully, I’d much prefer to be writing about Galen in ancient Sparta but, well, Kane Prophet has a story to be told and he’s insisting it be told first.

My students asked me once what inspires me. I told them a story of how I was walking through Metrotown (a.k.a. the Third level in Dante’s Hell), where I came upon a store called Millennium. Inside, there was a wall of swords and I found one with this amazing brown wooden sheath and great hilt.(How’s that for masterful description?) When I picked it up I said to myself, “This is Kane’s sword. This is what he uses to go after the vampires.” So I bought it.

This sword has been my inspiration now for several weeks, and this story has just been flowing through me. (I’m having a hard time not making a Hiro reference, but I imagine most of you are tired of reading about my superhero obsession.) Sometimes I pick up the sword, and I imagine how Kane would feel having to fight evil with it.

And then I go back to my regular life.