Writing and the Binge ~ Working and Once Upon a Time with @MeganSlayer #iamwriting #working #meganslayer

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I’m notorious for having to have noise while I write. It’s crazy. I can’t concentrate when it’s quiet. Just doesn’t work. So this past weekend, I binged. I did. Once Upon a Time. First season. Why? I wanted to see Sebastian Stan. I admit it. Along with my thing for Cap, Young Professor X, Falcon, and Captain Hook…I’ve got a thing for Bucky/Winter Solider/White Wolf. Yep. And seeing him as the Mad Hatter was pretty great. He works the eyeliner well.

So I binged. I’m glad I kept going. Part way through the first season, I got a little bored, but finally…Mad Hatter.

While I binged, I wrote. I’m happy to say I finally have 9k on something accomplished. I had a few setbacks and started to think I wasn’t going to get anywhere. Between writer’s block and a few other things, I just felt stuck. Not now. Phew.

So what do you binge? Recently I’ve binged OUaT, plus Political Animals, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Suspect Behavior had Matt Ryan from Constantine. Sorry, I’m a sucker for that accent. Oh and I binged Constantine. Not all this weekend. This has been my month for the binge. What’s on your binge list?

When the Binge Strikes with @meganslayer #televisionshows #mash #iamwriting #iamtryingtobewriting

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I’ve been a tad down in the dumps of late. It happens. Life and other things get in the way. Sometimes the words just don’t come.

One my things I use to get back into a better mood is binge watch a few of my favorite shows or a movie or two. This time around my go-to means to get back into the writing spirit is the show M*A*S*H. There’s something about the show that makes me feel better.

When I was a kid, I used to wish Hawkeye was my dad. Sounds kind of silly, right? I mean, the guy is old enough to be my grandfather and he’s not exactly a very good role model. He’s pushy, arrogant, chauvinistic and blunt…but he also taught me to have an open mind. Watching him and Trapper together makes me smile. I love Henry, too. He’s a little overly baked, but that’s a good thing. He’s got a huge heart, plus he had some of the best lines. I’m more fond of Margaret as the show went on because she found her place and backbone more. She’s a great role model, too.

I don’t watch entire seasons at a time. I don’t have the time to do that. Two or three episodes are enough and get me back into a better mood.

But there are other shows out there to binge. I know that. I’ve binged on Law and Order, Law and Order UK, White Collar and a few others. I’m open to suggestions. Got any? I’m all ears.

My Top 10 (okay, maybe Top 13) #Binge-Worthy #Movie List…For #Writing with @MeganSlayer #gayromance #wildcard

Many authors have certain things they binge on. Certain things that are necessary for writing to take place. When I write, I need noise. Yes, noise. I’ve been like this ever since I was a kid. I used to drive my mother crazy because I’d have a book open and reading it, while working on my homework and listening to the television.

For some authors, noise is a distraction. For me? It’s imperative. I’ll listen to music, television or movies. I’m not above listening to those Time-Life infomercials for boxed sets of music.

My favorite go-to noise while I’m writing is my binge-worthy list of movies. I listen to the dialogue and flip back to the movie when a favorite part comes on or I’m stuck in my story. It’s a good distraction and keeps me moving. Most of the movies on my list are ones I know the length of and I use them as timers. If I can get so many words done by the end of the movie, I’m happy.

My list probably won’t be binge-worthy to too many people, but I’m okay with that. There’s nothing wrong with individuality. Then what are these fantastic movies? Let me tell you. Oh, and they’re in no particular order. I’m random that way. Grin.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron – I like the noise and the explosions…and Captain America. Hey, Chris Evans…can’t beat that.

The A-Team – You know, the one with Lian Neeson. Love it. The play of the actors together is fantastic. Plus, Murdoch makes me laugh every time.

Captain America: the First Avenger – Chris Evans shirtless. Plus the storyline is good.

X-Men: First Class – James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender using suggestive lines and looking really hot. I’m a visual girl. What can I say?

Guardian’s of the Galaxy, Volume 2 – I laughed, I cried and I had a great time. #Starlord Plus, Drax cracked me up. #nipples

The Avengers – Good storytelling, great interplay of the actors and Chris Evans punching things. I might have a teensy obsession.

Robin Hood – not the one with Kevin Costner or the one with the tight tights. Nope. My go to Robin Hood is the animated Disney version. I love the songs and the cheery overall feel. Plus, the songs are good for earworms.

X-Men: Days of Future Past – I might be among the few, but I thought the plot was interesting. It kept my attention. Plus I liked the internal struggle in Charles Xavier. Also, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Enough said.

Guardians of the Galaxy – I love snappy characters and sappy situations. Guardians has both. Groot is my favorite because he might not say much, but he’s got a huge heart. Plus I love the way Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper play off each other.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Chris Evans kicking butts and taking names. Plus, he’s more human in this story. Oh, and it was shot in Cleveland, so I recognize the landmarks. #CLEPride

X-Men: Apocalypse – I’m not wild about Olivia Wilde, but I did enjoy seeing Prof. X and Moira together again. And Quicksilver…he’s the best, even if he’s damaged. Once I started watching this one, like the other X-Men movies and the Marvel Avengers universe, I’m sucked in.

Captain America : Civil War – Maybe some of the angst in this one isn’t up everyone’s alley, but it’s up mine. Besides…Bucky!

The Normal Heart – Okay, so this movie is filled with heart, but can be depressing. I love the way Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer play off each other. The love and desire are palpable. Plus, the story is engrossing.

Are there movies you think I should watch? Maybe add to the list? Let me know! While you’re at it, check out my newest release, What’s His Passion? Wild Card? 

 

Following his heart and passion will be his biggest role of all.  

Kris Hunter wants out. He’s done pornographic films for the last six years. The pay’s been good, but his creativity is nearly dead. His passion is to act and to be a star on the big screen in mainstream films. When he auditions for famed casting director, Zayn Mason, he’s convinced he’s on the right path. He doesn’t want to take the casting couch route to success, but he certainly wants Zayn in his bed. Can he follow his dreams and the man he desires or will forces beyond his control derail his progress?

Zayn Mason sees the potential in Kris. As a casting director, he looks for the right actor to fill the roles in movies. He’s seen plenty of talent come and go, but no one stirs his soul both creatively and physically like Kris. But Zayn knows the pitfalls of the movie industry. Crossing over from porn isn’t easy and Hollywood isn’t always forgiving. Besides, he’s got demons of his own. Can these men get beyond their pasts and find a future together under the bright lights of the silver screen?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism and intimacy with multiple partners.

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