As I predicted last week, “Dead Weight” was a Governor focused episode, giving us the second half of the story about things we pretty much already knew but needed to be repeated in order to set up the mid-season finale. And there was no Carol. And little chance of Carol next week. I am being deprived of the satisfaction of my Carol story arc. By the time next February rolls around, I probably will forgotten why I was so mad about her getting kicked out by Rick, which may be what the writers are counting on, so that no one will riot when Daryl shrugs his shoulders and tells Rick he did the right thing. Continue reading
“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time,’ and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.” – Stephen King Continue reading
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Welcome back to 5 Books, our occasional series exploring the reading habits of our editors, writers, and commenters. This week, we’re spending some time with Savannah, one of our long term contributors and commenters. She’s always got something interesting to say and her choice of books is no exception.
“Live Bait” isn’t a bad episode, but much like last week’s “Internment,” it can’t help but feel a little bit like filler. Everyone wants to know what the fallout of Rick’s decision to oust Carol is. Spending an episode exploring Hershel was nice. Spending an episode (and from the previews, stretching it out to two) looking at what happened after Woodbury for The Governor is nice. They’re interesting character studies that highlight something the show is very good at — tightening in focus on one person and really exploring what their lives are like at various points during the apocalypse. Usually that person is Rick, so seeing the scope broadened to Hershel and The Gov is a welcome change of pace. Last year we had a strong Merle-centered episode as well. (It does not escape my notice that many of the characters who could have used more audience sympathy, like Andrea or Lori, did not get a slavishly crafted 45 minutes of story time.) Continue reading
So here we are ending week two and moving into week three. Statistically (and realistically) many NaNo’ers have dropped out of the program at this point — that may include some of you, but I hope it doesn’t. Life happens or work happens or you get sick or maybe you’re just sick of your story — there’s a bazillion and one reasons people legitimately don’t have time to complete NaNo. But the big issue we always dance around admitting is that writing is hard work. Continue reading