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At One With the White Space

Should I change the name of this blog from The Naked Page to The Boring Page?

Is everyone as stressed out as I am? Or are you all glued to your televisions watching the new season of American Idol? Do you have a favorite yet? (And could all the staged stuff on that show get any more cheesy? What percentage of the bad singers showed up just to make it on TV as part of the "worst of" clips?)

And perhaps most importantly, will I ever stop asking annoying questions and provide some actual content for this blog?

Ummmm... No.

Providing useful content would require expenditure of brain power, of which I have none at this point.

Do you see a trend in the paragraphing above?

Notice how I'm making each paragraph, like, one sentence long, then inserting a space? This is what I do when deadlines loom (3 more nights and counting) and I have many pages left to write.

I embrace white space.

White space is not only kind to me, it is kind to readers.

It is restful on their eyes.

See what I mean? Don't your eyes want to fall asleep already? (Oh, wait, that's my boring content, isn' t it?)

Ummm... Since I can't afford to use up any brain power, tell me what your favorite prime time TV show is this season.

Mine's American Idol, of course. Why? Currently, I'm enjoying watching Randy's various buggy-eyed looks and distressed noises when he doesn't know what to say. He's being more entertaining than usual.


At 9:13 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Personally, yes, I am stressing. My son has stopped going to bed like the good boy he used to be, which makes me irritable and tired by the time I can sit down and work. But I just joined a critique group which has been great for generating ideas, so I'm frantically outlining my next ms while at the same time trying to finish revisions on the one with Blaze. I mean, I've got to have something to send whether she asks for the full or for a different project...assuming she doesn't send a form reject on a revision request. Eek. Let's not talk about THAT.

I am notorious for hating TV and movies unless they are hilariously funny, but for some reason I do watch American Idol and 24. Hubby got me into 24 and even though I don't particularly want to watch it, I just can't help it. That is a darn good show. Non-stop action. I can't leave the room even when I want to. As far as AI, I usually don't watch it until the finalists are picked because all the bad auditions and cheesy fillers annoy me, but I'll be watching this week because I want to see Austin. Maybe I'll see someone I was once acquainted with. It would be even more fun if that happened and it was one of the horrible auditions. Tee hee.

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Cindy said...

I don't usually watch until the finalists are chosen, either, but this year, for some reason, I have been watching the auditions, although I missed a show last week, and I've thought they're great fun. I'm also watching The Bachelor - don't ask me why. The evil girl this year appears to be someone named Moana (Mo - anna). And there's a Canadian on who speaks like no Canadian I've ever met (really drawn out words - hiiiiiiii, you're sooooo cuuuuuuuute, Iiiiiiiiii want toooooo kiss youoooooooooooooooooo.) LOL.

I tried to watch 24 the first season and couldn't get into it. Sunday night is my big TV night now (it used to be Thursday). I love West Wing, which has moved to Sunday, and like both Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. It's great to get all the TV watching (aside from reality shows!) over in one night. I just lay there and vegetate. Pure heaven. I could never do that when the kids were little, so I'm making up for it now.

Lest I sound like a complete idiot-boxer, I'm also reading John Irving's latest novel. So, see, I'm still smart.


At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Theresa said...

My Name is Earl and Battlestar Gallactaca are still probably my favorite shows.

Lately, I have been on a little reality TV kick. Breaking Bonaduce was crazy, or I guess I should say, Danny Bonaduce is crazy. And oddly enough, I get a kick out of Rollergirls, the new reality TV show about the Roller derby in Texas.

Looking at this list I don't know what to think of myself at this moment.

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

I never watch anything for me. On my second maternity leave I watched every episode of sex and the city and last summer I watched 4 episodes of Rome. I watched half of the sisterhood of the traveling pants. Seriously, those are the only things I've turned on for myself in the last year.

Lee watches Smallville, CSI and Battlestar Gallactica, and I sometimes watch those when he has them on. We do turn on American Idol sometimes, too. I like the reruns of the daily show, (can't stay up until 11 for the real thing) but I never turn it on, don't even know what time they changed the repeats to.

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Theresa said...


Today is deadline day isn't it? If so good luck, and I hope you get some rest now that you're done. :)

At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Sherry said...

I really like the white space. It evokes quiteness, no stress, a safe haven (or is it just me desperately seeking solstice in a mind-numbing never never land?)... Ugh, Calgon take me away from this place called home!

My TV favs are Grey's Anatomy (Dempsey is a hunk!), Boston Legal (funny), Desperate Housewives (funny), Cold Case and the original CSI. (Thank God for Tivo!) I just love shows that make me laugh. I didn't like several of the cast members on Boston Legal, but they are so hilarious that I like them all now. I just envy their law office, and wish my job was more like it.

We too have been watching American Idol and gripe about the audition shows, but can't turn them off. Oh, maybe it has more to do with nothing better to watch.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Theresa, yesterday was deadline day. I turned the book in but it's definitely not one to celebrate. Let's just say it suffered from outside stress and will be zinging back to me with on helluva revision letter soon. My poor editor. I feel like i should send her flowers now.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

I've developed a certain fondness for Boston Legal. The writers are pretty funny, but I don't always catch the show. And Denny Crane is a very well-acted character.

I've always loved CSI but finally had to give up watching it after too many dark episodes were starting to depress me. I think it had very hip production values, and pretty actors, and I'm always a sucker for a good mystery.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Cindy, what do you think of John Irving's newest? Isn't that the one called Until I Find You? I am a big fan of his, but I read bad reviews of that book so haven't picked it up. BUT, I always like even his badly reviewed books, so i don't know why I'm even letting the reviews sway me.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Is anyone besides me watching Dancing with the Stars? I was pretty annoyed by the show last season (regarding who got voted off and who stayed), and the trend is continuing this season. I even said I wouldn't watch the show again, so I don't know why I am, other than that it's a show I can watch while the kids are awake.

And what is it with soap opera stars being so uber-muscular? I mean, not bulky, but just like, they must spend 5 hours a day working out and another hour a day tanning. This is not a trend I see among regular actresses, but the soap opera ones on Dancing with the Stars have these ridiculously over-sculpted bodies, as does the one news anchor chick, who really needs to lay off the weight machiness a bit. She's more muscular than the female wrestler!!!

And could someone please just remove George Hamilton and his hideous tan? And Jerry Rice CANNOT dance! I don't know why he's still on. He's doing football moves on the ballroom dancefloor.

But of course, Master P is the most perplexing one of all. He's just beyond laughably bad, and he is a symbol for what is most wrong with these voting reality shows. People band together and to vote for the worst contestants. So what? These assholes are going to send Master P, the worst ballroom dancer in history, to the final two? It's infuriating!

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Jamie, I'm enjoying it (yes, it's UNTIL I FIND YOU). I think you know I did not enjoy THE FOURTH HAND, but I just loved A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR - it's one of my all-time fav boooks.

I'm enjoying UNTIL, but I'm also finding it a bit derivative...of himself. It's like he's gathered together elements of all of his novels and presented them all in this one. But it's definitely worth reading. And it has a message that James Frey would do well to heed....

Cindy, a big Boston Legal fan.

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