It's Oscars night! And despite the disappointing lack of diversity among the nominees, I still admit to enjoying the pageantry of the red carpet.

dressEvery year at work, we send around an email listing our choice for dresses and red carpet dates. This year, I'm "wearing" this vintage Rudolf dress, which would probably look terrible on me.

 

tennantMy date: Tenth Doctor and rough-voiced Broadchurch detective David Tennant. I think he'd be fun to hang out with.

Who would you wear and bring as your date? Comment below!

ARFR 9780373609024 416x663My shiny new cover for my March 2015 release, A RECIPE FOR REUNION, just arrived! Whaddya think?

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Nothing about working with his former high school crush, Stephanie Stephens, is ideal. Still, if Aaron Caruthers intends to save his grandmother’s bakery, he must. Good thing he has a lot of ideas he can’t wait to implement. He never imagines Stephanie would have her own ideas for the business. Or that they would clash with his!

It doesn’t take working with her long for Aaron to realize his impression of Stephanie as a helpless ex-cheerleader is way off. And the more of her kindness and strength he sees, the more attracted he is! Now to convince her…

Not watching CBC's Strange Empire? Well, you should be. Here are 9 reasons to watch:

1. It's about women. Strange Empire's is about how women in a tough situation survive and thrive without their men, and the lengths they'll go to to protect what they hold most dear.

2. It's about women in the Wild West. Most Westerns focus on men, the West being a rich source of hyper-masculine tropes and stereotypes. Women are rarely more than bit players in these tales, as fallen women with hearts of gold, innocent schoolmarms, rich trophy girls or down-home ranchers' wives. And while there are certainly many of these archetypes in the show, we get to see them all fleshed out with agency of their own.

3. It's about women in the Wild West of Canada. More specifically, the border area between Alberta and Montana, an area rich with history and a diverse blend of cultural groups all struggling under harsh conditions. One of the most taut episodes this season addressed racial tensions with far more realism and directness than many other Westerns have. And few (if any) have been set in this particular region.

4. It's got women of color in diverse lead roles. Cara Gee plays Kat Loving, a tough-as-nails Métis rancher with a questionable history searching for justice for her husband while keeping her adopted family safe. Tattiawna Jones plays ruthless and conflicted con woman Isabelle Slotter whose power plays could give Cersei Lannister a run for her money. And Melissa Farman plays the mildly autistic Rebecca Blithely, a brilliant medical savant tied to a man who sees her only as a genius curiosity.

5. It's a Canadian production. Support great programming and great Canadian talent on CBC!

6. It's "Deadwood light". I loved Deadwood. The first two seasons of it, anyhow. But the HBO series failed to address many of the issues Strange Empire tackles head on, with all the grit and grim peril of the HBO series. Strange Empire manages to tell good stories at its own pace. Plus you don't have to listen to Ian McShane swearing all the time.

7. Aaron Poole: There's something too greasy about him to like, but too broken to hate. As the ruthless and felonious Captain John Slotter, you can't help but love to hate him. Or possibly hate to love him. I'm undecided which.

Tahmoh Strange Empire8. Tahmoh Penikett: He's made an appearance in 2 episodes so far. I hope he comes back for more. I always said he'd look in cowboy gear, He proved me so right.

9. Strange Empire is available free to stream on the CBC website! It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.

 

 

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So I'm really into Doctor Who right now.

I mean REALLY into it.

Oddly enough, the question "Where have you been all my life" is one that can be answered: on TVO after Polka-Dot Door. I used to shut the TV off as fast as possible when that terrifying theme music started.

With the "new" series (which started in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor) I don't know how I've gone this long without watching it, considering my previous love affairs with Star Wars, Star Trek, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and assorted other genre TV shows.

Engaging in a new fandom does crazy things to you:

You start to see references everywhere and find out who else is into your fandom.

 

You start to quote things from the show.

 

You laugh at things only other fans would get.

 

You collect pins on Pinterest. (It's currently my most populated board, with over 200 pins.)

 

You make crafts...

Sadly, not bigger on the inside.
Sadly, not bigger on the inside.

...and you Photoshop your own jokes. TENNANT parking only

 

You watch anything and everything associated with show, including symphonies, webisodes, parodies, fan-made videos, blooper reels, behind-the-scenes extrasconvention panelsinterviews, and whatever this is...

...and you pick up shows that your favorite Doctor (or other characters) happen to be on, even if they're remakes of shows they've already done on the BBC.

 

You write fanfic.

This, I'm sure, was their actual reaction.
This, I'm sure, was their actual reaction.

And you dress up and go to fan events.

Allons-y!
Allons-y!

 

And when a new episode is on, you experience a joy like no other.

Happy Dance!

 

This is all a long way of saying...

Doc 10 should be writing