Life is good in general.

  • Work is good.
  • No love life to speak of but I have some awesome crushes and that’s all I can handle right now.
  • I’m catching up on Castle (Hi Nathan! I’ve missed you.)
  • I have great friends.
  • I’m excited for E-Fabulous who is starting her career change. So proud!

I’m looking forward to:

  • My trip to IL for cousin Jennifer’s wedding.
  • My trip to IL for the family reunion (wish me luck, I’m still working this one out).
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner! (or Midnight Sun, whichever comes out first. LOL)
  • The Eclipse movie (leg hitch and tent scene here we come!)
  • The next Sookie Stackhouse book.
  • True Blood!
  • The next A Song of Ice and Fire book (please GRRM?!?)
  • Make It Monday (even those E-Fabulous and I had dinner last night, sorta, and will have dinner again tonight).
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I’ve been delighted the past three weeks to get to know my new teammates through happy hour. It’s too busy to really get to talk at work. I felt pretty isolated at first, until I realized that it was just that everyone is so busy. Now, thanks to happy hour, I don’t feel like the stinky kid anymore.

Tonight, as it was my supervisor’s last happy hour as our supervisor, I decided to stay longer than I have been. It’s a good thing I did. I discovered that there are a few True Blood fans on my team, and even better a Unicorn! Woohoo!

Thanks again, Old Man Bobby, for being cool with me cancelling our plans at the last minute so I could stick around for “team building”.

I can’t wait til you get here so I can make fun of your decrepitude some more. The best part of today is that in your old age you forgot your cell phone. Well, that’s the best part until we watch True Blood tonight anyway. At least you aren’t as old as Vampire Bill.

Me

Dead Until Dark is the first book in the series, known alternately as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels or the Southern Vampire Mysteries, and is the book on which the first season of HBO’s True Blood was based. HBO did a pretty good job. They made some big changes, but I liked the changes they made. So, if you’ve seen the first season of True Blood and are interested in reading the books, don’t let already knowing the story get in your way. Like I said, there were changes, and also it’s only the first book. Everything will be brand new after that.

If you haven’t seen True Blood and are looking for some vampire books to read (ahem, Twilight fans), here’s what’s up with Miss Sookie Stackhouse. It’s been two years since The Great Revelation, when vampires “came out of the coffin.” Thanks to the Japanese invention of synthetic blood, vampires no longer need to feed on humans. They have revealed themselves to humans and wish to become part of society. Sookie is a self-described barmaid and telepath, living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She’s always been something of a misfit because of her special ability. When the vampire Bill walks into her bar she realizes she can’t hear his thoughts. For the first time in her life she can have a relationship with someone without knowing every thought in his head. And mayhem ensues.

For those of you who have read Twilight and are thinking the I-can-read-everyone’s-mind-except-yours storyline sounds familiar, the Sookie books actually came out before Twilight. Everyone who writes vampires puts their own little spin on it. They keep some traits from previous authors and invent some of their own. Charlaine Harris is no exception. She has created a world that is sometimes dark and gritty and sometimes just plain hilarious. It’s reads like a supernatural soap opera.

The eighth book is due out in paperback in April. The ninth book is due out in hard cover in May. There’s a lot of vampirey goodness to go around here.

Here are the titles:
Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse (out in paperback in April 2009)
Dead and Gone (out in hard cover in May 2009)

Thank you TVWeek.com for posting this tid bit.

TVWeek: Vampires are big in pop culture right now. Have you seen “Twilight’?

Mr. Whedon: I saw “Twilight.” And it’s—what can you say? It’s absolutely like crack. It strikes a tweener chord that’s just as loud as the apocalypse. You cannot deny the power of it. It just works. And I sort of like that.

TVWeek: What about HBO’s “True Blood”?

Mr. Whedon: I’ve seen less of it. “Twilight” makes its own rules, as we all do. It takes what it wants and discards the rest but ultimately, it is kind of classical. They’re puffy-shirt vampires in a sense.

“True Blood,” I think, is more what we see in a lot of the comic books, which is, “Let’s deconstruct this and explore what it would be like if [vampires] were really among us.” It’s more postmodern.

TVWeek: Did you watch “Moonlight”?

Mr. Whedon: I did not. I actually don’t love vampires. Anne Rice was definitely a life-changer. It was wonderful. But at the end of the day, I’ve really kind of had my fill.

You know, Buffy wasn’t going to necessarily fight vampires. The idea was always there’s a monster, she fights it. And when I did the Buffy/Angel romance, I thought, “There’s no way in the world I’m getting away with something this cheesy.” I thought, “People are going to laugh at me.”

Over the years, I’ve gotten a better understanding of why vampires resonate so much. I even came up with an idea for a vampire film recently … but then I saw there was this glut, so I thought I better ease off of that. It’s still in my consciousness. But I think I need to spend some time with some Frankensteins.