Life has been very, very, very crazy lately, but I have been writing. Here are links to my most recent stories and a SMK Season Five Project screenplay. A huge shout-out to my fantastic beta readers. I couldn't do it without you. And before anyone asks; yes, I am writing episode 10. (I am a little more then half-way through).
Heart of Gold (Epsiode 9)
Smooth Sailing (Season 3: Lee and Amanda)
Ghosts from the Past (Season 3: Lee)
My good friend Annette (caperchick) and I collaborated together to made some SMK fan videos which can be found under the drop down menu "SMK Music Vids."
I also highly recommend following these super talented ladies. They make some fantastic and brilliantly done SMK fan videos. (In no particular order).
A huge shout-out to the multi-talented Sarah Spencer, also known as Whisper Romance and lovesmk (YouTube) for making my new wallpapers for my SMK fan fiction pages. Please take the opportunity to pursue the pages to look at her designs. You can also visit the SMK Avatars and Wallpaper pages (sorry Sarah, I haven't updated this page in a while) for more examples of her amazing work under the drop-down window "Scarecrow and Mrs King."
No, I am not a spy, nor do I have a secret marriage; however, I have noticed some similarities between myself and Mrs. King.
Well, I'm a mother. . . of three boys (not two)
. . . and a den mother. Go, Bears!
I enjoy camping. . . two of my boys are Eagle Scouts.
I have a live-in mother. . . and father, too.
I used to have fantasizes about secret agents. . . especially a certain hazel-eyed spy sporting a tux!!
I almost died while on vacation in California.
I can type 90 words a minute, not counting typos. . . actually, that's not true. Never timed myself, but I would guess closer to 60 wpm.
Actually, I do a lot of things. . . however, I believe I would make a lousy spy; I can never place names with faces. Nor can I remember obscure names of recipes. :-)
I am happy to see tjsmklvr is back to writing fan fiction again. Actually, a few of the original SMK fan fiction writers have been popping back up and entertaining us with their stories of danger, excitement, intrigue.
The latest story from tjsmklvr is This War of Mine set during season three of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. A little AU, but a wonderfully crafted tale with lots of action, suspense, and romance. Warning regarding violence and a couple swear words, but still a must read. Stories like this remind me why I fell in love with Lee and Amanda to begin with.
Lookie Mom, look what I got!
I won the complete series (Seasons 1-5) of Chuck on Blu-ray. I am just super stoked. . . I never win anything and all I had to do was retweet a tweet on Twitter (say that fast three times). I believe I see a Chuck marathon in the near future. Hell yeah!
Have no fear. . . I have not abandoned my SMK Season Five Project. Real life and a missing muse have put me behind. Nonetheless, I did finally write and post an new episode earlier this week. For those who are new to my blog, I started a fictional fifth season of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. This is what I think a season five would have looked like if we (the audience) had another season. This is in no way follows or lessens the virtual seasons and stands on its own. I wrote it screenplay format, because I thought it would be a challenge and wanted them to read more like an episode.
Here are the synopsis and links to the first nine episodes of the SMK Season Five Project.
5.1. Secrets, Lies, and Half-Truths
Lee and Amanda go undercover to stop an assassination attempt. Meanwhile, Francine is determined to find out Lee and Amanda's secret.
5.2. The Ties That Bind Also Gag
Dotty accidentally gets mixed-up in a case involving Lee. Later, Amanda searches for Lee whom she learns is being held captive. Does she find him in time?
5.3. The Choices We Made - Part One
As the Agency deals with pre-election year housekeeping duties, Lee and Amanda are sent to investigate a case of vaccination tampering. Meanwhile, Billy is seriously injured in a traffic accident and Lee steps in as temporary section chief. When his decision leads to the death of a fellow agent, Lee must deal with the ramifications.
5.4. The Choices We Made - Part Two
Juggling Agency duties, finding time together, an inquisitive Dotty, and Lee’s recurring nightmares, have Lee and Amanda rethinking their relationship and their marriage. All secrets are revealed.
5.5. A Drop in the Bucket
Lee and Amanda travel to Seattle, Washington to investigate missing satellite surveillance photos, but they aren't the only ones who have an interest in them.
5.6. Life Interrupted
As Lee begins to find his place in the Stetson-King household, life is put on hold when Emily Farnsworth is gravely injured in an explosion. Lee and Amanda travel to London to help with the investigation.
5.7. Guilt by Association
Jamie being at the wrong place at the wrong time, witnesses the murder of a DEA agent. When the murder finds out there was a witness to his crime, Jamie becomes his next target,
5.8. A Cold Winter's Night
It's Christmas Eve and has Lee and Amanda finally broken their Christmas curse of being trapped in a nest of killers and thieves. Don't bet on it?
5.9 Heart of Gold
Lee and Amanda must protect a teen Russian gymnastic star who is in the States as part of a Goodwill tour. Trouble ensues when there is an attempt on his life.
This video (Beyond The Marquee) is from October 2012 for the Tron 30th Anniversary Celebration at the historic Grurman's Chinese Theatre (now TCL). I was told there was a video "out there" but never bothered to look for it. Fun evening with Elaine and fellow fangirls.
Egads! I look like my mother - when the hell did that happen?
Yes, I know I am super behind on my blog, especially when it comes to talking about comic conventions I attended this year. There is not a lot to report, as money been a bit tight, and I haven't had the opportunity to do everything I would have like to have done, but I did attend a couple of cons this year and did have a blast being there.
The first con was Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington. Just as in the previous years, I volunteered at this con. I enjoy being behind the scenes as well as attending, as you get the opportunity to witness cons from a different prospective. This year was no exception. Most of the weekend was spend working with Molly Quinn (who sadly I have to admit, I did not recognize her name at first. It was not until I saw her did I realize who she was). I have to tell a funny side story. When another "Minion" and I were assigned to work her line, the other Minion asked me who Molly Quinn was, I shrugged my shoulders, and said, "I don't know who Molly Quinn is, but I know who Martha Quinn is." The other Minion asked perplexed, "Who?" *Facepalm* I just showed my age.
Anyway, Molly Quinn portrays Alexis Castle on the television series Castle. She was very lovely in person and appeared very genuine with her fans. It was a privilege to "help" her most of the weekend. The two other assignments I had over the weekend was the watching the doors of the panel rooms with afforded me the opportunity to "sit in" on Richard Dean Anderson's (MacGyver, Stargate:SG1) panel. I had hoped to catch him during one of his autograph sessions, but just ran out of time. Hopefully, I can catch him at another con. I also did crowd control for the photo-op lines and food runs for the full-time Minions. Legs and feet ached by the end of the weekend, but look forward to doing it all over again next year.
I have always volunteered part-time at Emerald City Comic Con, but next year thinking about becoming a full-time Minion, as they seem be assigned to one specific department. It makes for a long weekend, but it sure can be amusing and the energy from the crowds is contagious. The only thing to remember is for next time NOT to park in downtown Seattle. I made the mistake on Friday afternoon and not only arrived late as there was little parking to be found, but just about had a coronary when the parking attendant told me it was $29 dollars. There went the autograph money I was going to use for Karl Urban (Almost Human, Star Trek). Sigh.
The following weekend, my husband and I attended Tacoma Comedy Club and the headliner was Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck). After the show, I had the opportunity to have my picture taken with him. He had a great comic routine and after the show was selling items for autism awareness. (A cause near and dear to my heart). He was also appeared very accommodating to have his picture taken with fans. On a side note, I highly recommend Tacoma Comedy Club. The ticket prices are very friendly. Heck, you can't even get into a movie for much less nowadays, and the audience is entertained by live comedians and the food was not half bad either.
Then is April, I had the opportunity to attend Fan Expo in Vancouver, B.C. It was a last minute decision after I heard Bruce Boxleitner was going to be there. I contacted my friend, Elaine (who lives in Oregon) and we hastily made plans to drive up to Vancouver. She took the Amtrak train to Olympia/Lacey and then spent the night at my house. The following morning, we woke up early and drove up to the Kingston ferry terminal crossing the Sound, before making our way to 1-5. The weather was nice and we were fortunate enough to witness a beautiful sunrise over the Olympic Mountains. A short ferry ride over and we entered Edmonds and then drove to the Canadian border. Traffic was a nightmare and waited over an hour and a half before we crossed the border and then we continued on our way to Vancouver. We got a little lost trying to find the convention center, but a super helpful cabbie pointed us in the right direction. Once we checked into the hotel, we walked less then a block to the convention center. And then after purchasing our tickets, we went straight to Bruce's booth. He immediately recognized Elaine and chatted away with her. I was a little ticked when even though the Fan Expo's website read Canadian and US dollars accepted, the lady collecting money at Bruce's table was not happy we were paying in dollars. I had not even thought of exchanging the money before we crossed. Heck, the exchange is super close, neither has the edge at the moment. After chatting with Bruce for a good half hour, we wandered the exhibit hall and made some purchases. Then we waited in line for Bruce Boxleitner's panel to begin. We were first in line, of course. When Bruce came out on stage he winked at Elaine. Super jealous! Elaine received the Bruce wink! I liked Bruce's panel a lot, as there was no moderator asking stupid questions and Bruce seemed happy, relaxed, and super talkative. He did allow audience members to ask questions. Someone asked, "What has been your favorite role?" He said, "Lee Stetson, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, right Elaine?" And then mentioned John Sheridan from Babylon 5. He also shamelessly plugged Cedar Cove. After the panel, Elaine and I continued to hang around Bruce's table chit-chatting with him between the time other fans came up to get his autograph, until it became time for him to leave. We asked him were Cedar Cove was being filmed and he told us the name of the two towns where most of the filming was done. So the following morning, Elaine and I drove to "Cedar Cove," which in reality is Fort Langley. Fort Langley is a quaint little town, next to the Fraser River. It was Easter weekend, so most of the shops were closed, but hope to visit again as it looks like a fun place to shop and visit. We ate breakfast at the cutest little 50's style restaurant (Planet Java) and then walked around town until we found the fake facades for the Cedar Cove Chronicle and Cedar Cove Art Gallery. Yep, most definitely hope to visit again some day.
My good friend Sarah (who makes the amazing avatars, signatures, and wallpapers), has started a Scarecrow and Mrs King blog discussing the progression of Lee and Amanda's relationship. I look forward to joining in on the discussions. Check it out: Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Getting to Know You.
In addition, if wanting to join Scarecrow and Mrs. King episode discussions, I highly recommend IWSOD's Just Walk With Me site.
One of the best fan videos for Chuck. . .ever! Love the editing with the timing of the music on this video.
Favorite Guest Star: Jean Stapleton. Wish we had seen more of her in the series. I just loved her character. She was brilliant as Lady Emily Farnsforth and had great comic timing. I would have loved to have learned more about her taking Lee under her wings when he was a rookie. Oh, the stories I am sure she could have told. ~ The Legend of Das Geisterschloss and The Three Faces of Emily
Favorite Baddie: Addi Birol (Wortham Kimmer). He was perfect as a Saudi terrorist who kidnaps and tortures Amanda to get information from Lee. Creepy, slimy, and played very convincingly. ~ Night Crawler
Honorable Mention Baddie: Curt Hollander (Walter Gotell). Such a great baddie, cool as a cucumber under pressure. Just pure evil. He was also fantastic as the baddie in some of the James Bond films ~ Service Above and Beyond
Character Who I Would Have Liked To Have Seen More: Leatherneck (Billy Ray Sharkey). The Agency's Quartermaster, Motor Pool, and Christmas Decorator ~ Over the Limit, The Eyes Have It, Wrong Way Home, All the World's a Stage, and Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
Honorable Mention Character Who I Would Have Liked To Have Seen More: Augie Swann (Louis Welch). Lee Stetson's very likable snitch. . . I mean information broker. ~ Double Agent, Murder Between Friends, and DOA: Delirious On Arrival
Favorite Brushes With Royalty: Princess Penny aka Princess Penelope Celana Charisse Khan (Jane Kaczmarek). I loved the genuine friendship Amanda develops with the Princess. Too bad we did not see her in other episodes. I would have loved to have seen the expression on her face when Amanda told her she married Lee. ~ Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Honorable Mention Favorite Brushes With Royalty: Princess Sophia Valosky (Hildegard Knef). Who other then Amanda would bring meatloaf and a poppyseed cake to a princess? ~ Waiting for Godorsky
Favorite Not Too Bright Character: Zinoviev (Lee Bergere) who mistakes Amanda as the Scarecrow. What a ruthless sweetie. "You should learn from her, my boy. She's the best." ~ Saved By the Bells
Favorite Comic Performance: Kate Jackson in DOA: Delirious On Arrival. Her delivery of the lines "Why is this thing not loaded?" and "Why didn't you tell your mother you were spies?" and "Lee, you missed the cartwheel" are just classic SMK.
Favorite Supporting Character. This was hard to choose, since I believe "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" had a fantastic ensemble cast; however, Beverly Garland as Amanda's mother, Dotty West edged out the competition in this category. Kate Jackson and Beverly had great chemistry together and I loved Beverly's comic timing, as well as her ability to be caring and sensitive when the scenes required her to be. "Calms again, Dear?"
Absolutely, positively love this new wallpaper/signature from Whisper Romance. I believe this particular wallpaper fits my website and the series so brilliantly. More of Whisper Romance's (Sarah) work can be found here.
A list of my favorite Scarecrow and Mrs. King lines.
Favorite swoon-worthy line (Lee): "Just walk with me." ~ The First Time
Favorite romantic line (Lee): "Amanda King. You are the best, the bravest, the smartest, most beautiful woman I have ever known." ~ Night Crawler
Favorite comic line (Lee): "Senior agent always gets the bed." [Amanda rolls her eyes at him] "Get your mind out of the gutter, will ya?" ~ There Goes The Neighborhood
Favorite jealous Lee line: "Do you have any idea how many women 'Jim' has been sincere with?" ~ Service Above and Beyond
Favorite swoon-worthy line (Amanda): "He carried me." ~ Service Above and Beyond
Honorable mention: "Look, you won't talk to anybody and you just act like you're some kind of superman and you're not a superman, you're just a man. . . but you're really a pretty special man." ~ We're Off To See the Wizard
Favorite romantic line (Amanda): "Now wait a minute. You can't just walk into my life, hand me a package, tell me to give it to the man in the red hat, tell me you love me and then walk out of my life again." ~ Stemwinder 1
Favorite comic line (Amanda):[Amanda holding a hair dryer] "Why is this thing not loaded?" ~ DOA: Delirious on Arrival
Best Amandaramble: "Oh, thank goodness, another human being! I have been stuck on that things for what must have been hours, going up and down, up and down, up and down. I got on at six just to zip up to seven to borrow a little coffee from purchasing, and that thing ran away from me going up and down, up and down, up and down. What floor is this anyway?" ~ Reach For the Sky
Favorite snarky Francine line: "Oh great. Well, why don't we meet back here, say a week from next Tuesday?" ~ Filming Raul
Favorite comic line (Francine): "Don't even try to explain. It will only make it worse." ~ Need to Know
Favorite Dotty line: "Amanda, that does not make sense. How can you not want to meet someone you've never seen?" ~ Fearless Dotty
Honorable mention: "Clams again, Dear?" ~ The First Time
Favorite comic line (Billy): "Scarecrow, I think we've finally found you a new partner." ~ The First Time
Favorite Billy line: "I want you both to know that your relationship, whatever it is, is fine with me. We all look for something and I think when we find it we should hold on with everything we've got." ~ Billy's Lost Weekend
Least favorite line: (Hollander) "Soak your cuticles, James. It really does help." ~ Service Above and Beyond
Honorable mention: (Amanda) "We could go to dinner. You don't have to move down the street." ~ Vigilante Mothers
What are yours?
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.