X is for The X-Files #AtoZChallenge

XFor the A to Z Challenge, I am sticking with my normal blogging topics – Monday (parenting), Wednesday (Quotes) and Thursday (writing/publishing). But for the rest of the days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I have picked the theme of TV shows.

Xfiles-med1Today the letter is X which is for the Fox series The X-files. This science fiction drama aired from September 1993 to May 2002. The series revolved around FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. They investigated cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the supernatural while Scully is the sceptic.

The TV show was wildly popular and the longest running science fiction series at the time. It also spawned two movies – The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008).

The series was awesome in the beginning but as with many series, the appeal and storyline declined as time went on. But I think the series and the movies are both worth checking out.

U is for The Universe #AtoZChallenge

UFor the A to Z Challenge, I am sticking with my normal blogging topics – Monday (parenting), Wednesday (Quotes) and Thursday (writing/publishing). But for the rest of the days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I have picked the theme of TV shows.

universeToday the letter is U, which is the History Channel’s The Universe. (Yes, both U and V were a bit of a struggle.) Actually, this isn’t a show I typically watch but my husband does so I have caught parts of several episodes.

The Universe debuted in May 2007 and is now on its 8th season. This is a documentary-style show that uses computer-generated images of astronomical objects in the universe. It is filled with interviews of experts as they talk about space exploration and the solar system.  Topics include extraterrestrials, the chances of an asteroid ending life on Earth, the theory of dark matter, and many other space or science-related topics.

The format is really easy to follow, and they explain everything in pretty simple terms. Now it isn’t my type of show to watch, but I have sat down and watched a few segments with my husband and found it quite fascinating. If you are into science or space (or perhaps a science fiction author), it is something worth checking out.

R is for Ringer #AtoZChallenge

RFor the A to Z Challenge, I am sticking with my normal blogging topics – Monday (parenting), Wednesday (Quotes) and Thursday (writing/publishing). But for the rest of the days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I have picked the theme of TV shows.

ringerToday the letter is R which is for short-lived series Ringer. This series on The CW starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and ran just one season from fall of 2011 to spring of 2012. Gellar played Bridget and her twin sister Siobhan who lead totally different lives. Bridget is a recovering drug addict who witnessed a murder. Siobhan is high-society and has kept her sister’s existence a secret from her wealthy social circle. When it appears Siobhan commits suicide, Bridget takes her place and finds out her sister had other secrets.

It was an interesting show with a lot of twists and turns. But I think part of its demise was that it went too fast. Too many things were revealed too soon. Still, it would have been interesting to see what developed in season two.

P is for Penny (The Big Bang Theory) #AtoZChallenge

PFor the A to Z Challenge, I am sticking with my normal blogging topics – Monday (parenting), Wednesday (Quotes) and Thursday (writing/publishing). But for the rest of the days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I have picked the theme of TV shows.

big-bang-05Today the letter is P which is for Penny from The Big Bang Theory. So yes, this might be cheating a little bit but I couldn’t find a good TV show starting with P and really wanted to do a post on The Big Bang Theory.

For those of you who don’t watch this sitcom, you are missing out. The Big Bang Theory began in the fall of 2007 and is currently on its eight season.

The story centers on two roommates (Sheldon and Leonard) who are both physicists and total smart geeky nerds. Their neighbor is Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress (and later a pharmaceutical rep) who has an on-again, off-again relationship with Leonard.

These three are joined by other cast members – Howard and Raj (fellow scientists who work at California Institue of Technology with Sheldon and Leonard), Bernadette (Howard’s girlfriend/wife who is also a scientist) and Amy (another scientist who later becomes Sheldon’s girlfriend).

The show has a strong science theme and there is even a physicist on staff who makes sure all the language, jokes and even the notations on the white boards are correct. There is a lot of science fiction and fantasy reference in the show which might explain its appeal to me as a fantasy writer.

I love the way the story has developed. The characters have grown over the seasons which is why it continues to be funny. Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon does a phenomenal job. If you haven’t check out The Big Bang Theory, it is never too late. In fact I only started watching it last fall. It didn’t take me long to get caught up!

J is for Joss Whedon #AtoZChallenge

JFor the A to Z Challenge, I am sticking with my normal blogging topics – Monday (parenting), Wednesday (Quotes) and Thursday (writing/publishing). But for the rest of the days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I have picked the theme of TV shows.

Today the letter is J which is for Joss Whedon. Yes, that isn’t a TV show but he has put out some great ones – Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I already covered Firefly under the letter F so I will concentrate on the others here.

Buffy-the-Vampire-SlayerWhedon’s first TV show that he created was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thankfully, it was nothing like the movie (which he also wrote.) The show ran from 1997 to 2003 (7 seasons) and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, a vampire slayer and high school student.

Angel-tv-show-25As a spin-off of the successful Buffy TV show, Whedon started Angel, which ran for 5 season from 1999 to 2004. This one followed Angel, the vampire with a human soul, who battles demons in Los Angeles, California.

Both Buffy and Angel were great series and worth watching. I suggest you check them out.

Whedon followed those two successful TV series with the short-lived Firefly (2002) which I already wrote about on April 7th for the letter F. He then went on to do another short-lived TV series called Dollhouse which I didn’t watch.

His latest TV series stems from The Avengers – the 2010 movie hit he directed and wrote. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered in fall 2013 and is currently on its second season. While I enjoy it, I don’t like it as much as I liked Buffy and Angel but I would still recommend checking it out.

What do you do in your spare time?

Any stay-at-home mom will have received this question at some point in time. I am sure they have laughed at the person asking the question. Spare time? What is that?

As a stay-at-home parent, there is no such thing as spare time. Raising kids and taking care of a household really is a full-time job. Even after the kids start attending elementary school, your days can be filled with tons of activities to get done – grocery shopping (heavenly without the kids), errands (again, oh so wonderful without having to always be watching your little one) and volunteering at their school.

As most of you know, in my spare time, I am a blogger and an author. In addition to that, I do the bookkeeping for my husband’s (sole practitioner) law firm. And I am treasurer for the elementary parent-teacher association. And last week I announced my latest endeavor- a birthday invitation store on Etsy where I design custom printable invitations.

Spare time? What is that?

Of course, with all these activities, it isn’t to say that I am always doing something “work” related – though sometimes it feels that way. In fact, lately, I have been extremely busy with my Etsy store starting and the release of my latest book – The Heir to Alexandria (which comes out tomorrow). But I do get some downtime.

In my downtime, I love to read. And I am the type of reader that authors love because I get pulled into the story and have a hard time putting it down. This is so much of a problem that I can’t read in the daytime, or I would never get any writing done.

Of course, if I am not reading, my other evening activity (after the kids are asleep) is watching a few TV shows. As parents, my husband and I never get to watch anything when it actually airs. Thankfully, we have a DVR. (Yeah! We get to skip the commercials!)

Once Upon aTime promo image.jpgThere are three shows that we watch together which all seem appropriate for a fantasy writer as they are all superhero-based shows. (Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and The Flash). Another good show for a fantasy author is Once Upon a Time. I love that show but so far can’t get hubby to watch it with me.

I also watch N.C.I.S., Criminal Minds and Suits. I know the channels are filled with “reality” TV shows and contest shows but those have never appealed to me. I do, however, like to watch Top Chef and any of its Masters variations. I don’t know why this show appeals to me as I am not a foodie. But I have been watching it since season 3.

BigBangTheoryTitleCard.pngThis fall I added a comedy to the shows I watch. I need a little bit of escapism and some laughter, so I turned to The Big Bang Theory. After my husband saw that I liked it, he bought me seasons 1-7 on DVD in November. It didn’t take me long to get all caught up. Awesome show!

And of course, as a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, I try to catch a game here and there. I use to watch pretty much all of their games, but now I don’t usually get to sit down and watch a whole game all that often. (We also use to have a partial season ticket package which ensured I would actually get to GO to 10 games a season. Gee I miss that. Maybe we will do that again next year.)

So, there is the answer to what I do in my spare time – what little I have of it.