Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011: A Year in (Writing) Review...

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...

Okay, that may be a little drastic. But there were definitely peaks and valleys to the amount, let alone the quality, of what I wrote "for me" this year, as opposed to what I wrote for work. All I ever wanted to do was wake up every day and write, but at the end of the day, when you've worked on various pieces for hours, the last thing you want to do is write more. Even if you're inspired to. So a lot of good ideas never saw themselves through to fruition-- for simple tiredness, time-sensitivity, and at times, plain ole laziness.

But that's what the new year is for, right? To re-evaluate, reschedule, and re-prioritize! So stay tuned; there might be some big changes a'comin'!

"Life Unexpected: We're All A Little Bit Broken Inside...and It's Beautiful"
(Archived from January 2011)
- My not-quite-a-review-but-rambling-blubbering-stream-of-conscious-thoughts on the series finale, which at the time, the network was still only calling a season finale. But I could read between the lines, and I knew it would be the last time I ever saw these characters, let alone all of these actors together. And I had feelings about it, damn it!

"My Five Cents: Shameless and the Stages of Grieving"
(Archived from February 2011)
- Each Gallagher kid from Showtime's acclaimed new series represents a different step, but in the end they each show shades of hope.

"33 Awesome Things About Jensen Ackles on His 33rd Birthday"
(Archived from March 2011)
- It was completely indulgent and easy to throw together since it was just a simple list, but it was some of the most fun I've ever had "researching" and one of my highest rated articles...ever!

"When I Grow Up I Want To Be Gale Weathers"
(Archived from April 2011)
- My unofficial, personal review of Scream 4. Even though I published this after the movie had opened nationwide, I kept it as spoiler free as possible. It was much more about looking at this film as a chapter in the Scream saga instead of a stand-alone movie.

"Saying Good-Bye to Smallville But Hello to Superman"
(Archived from May 2011)
- On the morning that Smallville was set to end its decade-long journey, I looked back at where we were when the show first premiered and how much had changed alongside it, and even in spite of it. I also cut together a special video with messages The CW sent over from Tom Welling, Erica Durance, and Michael Rosenbaum.

"A Dog's Take On Wilfred, The New FX Comedy Starring A Dog (Sort Of)"

(Archived from June 2011)
- My two favorite articles from this month just happened to be guest blogs, so I chose the one that I (ahem) still had a hand in crafting. This is Madison Chandler's review of Wilfred: one dog reviewing another. For the first time in a long time with my reviews, I was able to get a little creative, and the freedom that I felt while not worrying about flowery prose or concise commentary was invigorating.

"Katniss Everdeen: Girl on the Verge or Role Model?"
(Archived from July 2011)
- Months after the rest of the world got on board with "The Hunger Games," so did I. Only I didn't quite understand why everyone was fawning all over Katniss and Peeta, and in many ways I didn't understand why so many were putting her on a pedestal at all. Naturally whenever I have issues I take to my blog to try to work them out through a rant-style essay.

"Happy Endings Hits The Paley Center: A Panel Write-Up"
(Archived from August 2011)
- Tidbits, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes tales from the cast of Happy Endings, as revealed during their Paley Center Q&A event. This is the first panel write-up I had time to work on in a long time, and I miss it! These events are for the fans, and that's how I started in this business, after all.

"Television is Back to Being a Boys' Club"
(Archived from September 2011)
- In which I consider the sexism of new television shows, primarily two dramas for which their respective networks had super high hopes, The Playboy Club and American Horror Story. In other words, this is really a rant about how I don't approve of NBC trying to make Eddie Cibrian happen and why I want to save Connie Britton from Ryan Murphy.

"Murder House" Makes American Horror Story Worth A Second Look"
(Archived from October 2011)
- As promised, I always give shows I dislike at first glance a second chance three episodes in, and to my great surprise, American Horror Story utilized a third party writer and a renowned actress outside of any network's core demo and won me over completely with some subtle answers about who is dead, who is not, who is pulling the strings, and why.

"Cutting Room Floor Commentary: Joel McHale on Twitter, Nathan Fillion, The Soup, and DVR culture"
(Archived from November 2011)
- The idea to use tangents from interviews as their own separate column started as a lark, but once I realized I couldn't get in trouble, as long as nothing was a spoiler, because everyone knew they were on the record at all times, I decided to go for it. As a fan first, I know I would want to hear my favorite actors, writers, showrunners, whoever talk openly and candidly about a wide variety of things, not just "news" items.

"In Defense of Blogging"
(Archived from December 2011)
- In which I define the difference between bloggers and journalists and explain why one isn't any "less" of a legitimate form of writing than the other.

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