Friday, November 11, 2005

The Face of Murder

Mr. Thrilling and I were recasting MacMillan and Wife the other night for the remake that I fondly hope someone will make one of these days. They remake cartoons into movies, so why not rework a successful series?

We'd started out recasting Banacek--since that was what we were watching at the time--which was one of Mr. Thrilling's boyhood favorites. He was rather disappointed to learn that I did not care for Banacek in my formative years--in fact, I faithfully skipped every episode. Anyway, Mr. Thrilling envisions them bringing Banacek back as a MOVIE, and therefore he selected George Clooney for the title role. I tried to tell him that we were working with a TV Land budget here--and that no one would be interested in a Banacek movie (even with Clooney, who has aged rather well--at least I really liked him in that flick where he played the smarmy lawyer...what WAS the name of that film?). Mr. Thrilling, however, is a man of conviction. He also saw Mark Wahlberg as the chauffeur, but that would only work if we were going to really beef up the chauffeur's part. Mr. Thrilling is SO unrealistic about these things. There was also that really annoying girl-woman character (Callie? Cassie?), but we didn't get around to casting her last night. Maybe that chick who played Karen Cisco?

Anyway, then we moved on to casting MacMillan and Wife, which is (was) the FAR BETTER show, IMHO.

I was handicapped in my selections by the fact that I just don't watch much current television. Basically I hang out at TCM and the Mystery Channel (which should be called the Horror channel, since the mysteries they show are few and far between--do NOT subscribe to STARZ on the basis of the Mystery Channel; you'll be wasting your time and money).

So anyway I came up with Jennifer Love Hewitt as my new Sally, to which Mr. Thrilling made gagging sounds. I was sort of going by the fact that she LOOKS like I picture Sally MacMillan--and I think she can sort of act (I saw her in a horror flick a while back), and although she seems like she would be ghastly at comedy, you never know.

Mr. Thrilling suggested Sandra Bullock, who is adorable, granted, but waaaay out of our budget, as I tried to remind him.

So then I threw out Angie Harmon, who is my absolute favorite TV actress. Eventually we both agreed that she would be terrific in a PI show--and maybe we should write one for her--but that she wasn't really Sally MacMillan material. Sally has to be sort of...well, not ditzy, exactly...but a little naive and a little impulsive. Cute. More cute and intuitive than brainy.

So then I turned my expert attention to Mac, since I would rather think about handsome men anyway. I came up with Chris Potter.

He's Canadian, so it was difficult for Mr. Thrilling to nix him, however, based (I think mostly) on the fact that I was raving just a little too much about how abso-damn-lutely perfect Chris was--and maybe I should play Sally, Mr. Thrilling said, no. He said Chris was too young to be a police commissioner with a heroic war record and a thriving law practice.

Mr. Thrilling suggested CLIVE OWEN. He suggests Clive Owen for just about everything, so I don't feel that it really counts as a choice. I'm partial to Clive too, don't get me wrong, but not for Mac.

So here are our choices for the MacMillan and Wife remake:

For the role of Mac:
Chris Potter
Chris Noth
Jeff Fahey
Peter Wingfield

Here's my logic--you want someone experienced with a lot of "character," but who hasn't These guys are all underappreciated and can really act.

For the role of Sally:
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jenna Elfman
Neve Campbell

Yes, I know. Not a lot of variety there. I really need to watch more TV.

Yeah, THAT'S what I need to do! Because that writing thing is fun, but where is THAT going to get me?

Hey, remember to vote for your favorite MacMillan and Wife cast. Vote smart and vote often, that's what I always say.

The New Phone Book is Here! The New Phone Book is Here!

Name that quotation and win a free copy of the Laser Hair Removal link!!

Just kidding. That's sort of how I feel, however, announcing that the new and improved Girl Detective website is up and running.

It doesn't look like most people's websites, of course, but I like it anyway. It' That may not exactly be a good thing, but surely it's not a BAD thing?

Mr. Thrilling worked his fingers to the bone to carry out my ever-increasingly wild demands, and of course he still has other "tweaks" in mind, but this will do for starters. (Wait til you see what he has in mind for the site map, though--I can't wait til he implements that one!)

It has been an extremely hectic week--and it only goes downhill from here as the holiday madness begins. I've done zero shopping so far, and I still aim to have three writing proposals in the air before the end of the year--and really at some point Mr. Thrilling and I must concede defeat and CLEAN THIS PLACE UP.

I don't own this mapback. It would make a nice Christmas present for me (are you listening, Mr. Thrilling?) but I chose it for the title, which seems apropos. You just know a mystery that involves footprints on the ceiling is going to be fun--it seems like something the Little sisters would have come up with it. We do not actually have fingerprints on the ceiling so far, but there are fingerprints just about every place else--and a layer of dust you could stay warm under. My dad was kind enough to tell me that it made for a wonderful Halloween touch, and not to worry about it.

I'm getting those end of year blues. Well, not really BLUES, but don't you feel sort of pensive when it gets to be this time of year? The temperature is dropping (48 degrees last night) which means it's time to bring some of the potted plants inside--the succulents definitely, and apparently morning glory can't handle much colder than 40 degrees (UUUUUUH oh); and it's dark early, which somehow makes me sleepy by about 7:30. I should have been a bear; I think I'd enjoy hibernation. (Can you read between naps?)

I like the winter, though. I love rain and dark skies--I'm just tired of driving in it because California roads (and drivers) are not built for wet weather.

I do seem to be rambling today. I'm putting off working on the new project. I keep promising myself that if I meet my commitment to have all three project proposals out by the new year I get to spend ALL of December reading (well, reading, shopping and cleaning--at this rate).

Oh well, it's Friday, and I get to sleep in tomorrow. Heaven! We little bears have to grab all the sleep we can get on the weekend.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Between the updates to the soon-to-be-relaunched website, working on proposals ("Darling, will you publish me?"), and the usual necessary distractions (including that working for a living thing), I have been a laggardly blogger--not to mention housekeeper, hence the name of today's blog--which, by coincidence, is the name of one of my recent Ebay finds.

Yep, somehow there was time to buy a book or two on Ebay, though not time to seriously examine the haul.

Great cover, isn't it?

I'm excited about the new website--one thing that I think (hope) will be popular with readers is the new Grace Notes blog. This is the secret journal of Grace Hollister, and it will include all kinds of bits and pieces--everything from recipes to poetry snippets (possibly even some of Grace's less appalling efforts) to travel log notes to filling in the blanks within the series. At least that's the way I envision it now. Lots of fun stuff for fans of the Poetic Death series.

It probably sounds insane, since I can't keep up with ONE blog. But sanity is not all it's cracked up to be...if you know what I mean.

I've completed the Chick Fic essays--from now on I'll do them in blog format, and that will allow the rest of you to post your opinions and thoughts on these writers--I really would welcome that. Haven't quite completed the Mary Kelly serial: one more chapter to go, I suspect. I hope to have that done by Christmas, and then I want to work on putting together the proposal for a Mary Kelly novel. I have no idea if there would be interest in such a novel (beyond my own), but I love that character, and I notice that there have been a few recently published novels like This Dame For Hire (set in the 40s) by Scoppettone and Tears of the Dragon by Holly Baxter.

Haven't been able to get through the Baxter book. I reviewed This Dame For Hire at I Love A Mystery, but I digress.

Oh, and here's a bit of news I should probably share: I'm the featured author this month at Mystery Lovers Corner

It's a nice little site put together by Dawn Dowdle; she's got reviews, interviews, a bookstore, updates--very nicely packaged. So of course I'm pleased to stand in the corner, as it were. And I didn't even have to get sent to the principal first.

What else? A little essay I wrote for Mystery Readers Journal is out now. It's their Bibliomystery issue, and I'm planning to head home tonight and read the thing from front to back. I love Bibliomysteries. It occurred to me the other day that nearly everything I write has to do with books, bookstores, writers or publishing. Does that make me a Bibliotech?