C’mon, Baby. Take Me Back (Beginning of Line LAUNCHED!)

Screencap by Tray "JediTray" Chester, as featured on Beginning of Line

I know, I know. You think I’ve thrown you over for a younger, sexier website…but I can explain!

Beginning of Line means nothing to me! OK look, I know I wasn’t as attentive to our one-year anniversary as I should have been, but Beginning of Line was having some issues that I needed to help it get through. I’m here for you now. That should tell you something. If I wanted to be with Beginning of Line, I wouldn’t be here right now, would I? No, I wouldn’t.

Don’t look at me like that. Come on. After all we’ve been through, surely we can find our way back to each other. This doesn’t have to be the end. Look, I’ve even got some special features planned for you! Teresa’s Bookshelf will soon have entries about Fables Vol 3, Mockingjay, and Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates. I have Pop Goes Teresa columns planned about Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj. AND I still haven’t told you about my goals for this year, including why I’m slowly becoming at least somewhat vegetarian.

And I want to do that. Share things with you. Teresa Jusino Experience, you’re the only blog I’ll ever really love. So, I’m sorry about last week. I’ll never ignore you for that long again.

(But seriously, visit Beginning of Line. It’s awesome.)

BEGINNING OF LINE ANNOUNCED!

I’ve been talking about a “Caprica writing project” for a long time. Well, the time has come for the official announcement!

INTRODUCING BEGINNING OF LINE!

Caprica‘s cancellation left a void in the hearts of sci-fi fans all over the world who were only just starting to become emotionally invested in this thought-provoking show. When the final episodes aired yesterday, I saw so many Tweets from people who weren’t crazy about the show but, having seen the final episodes, fell in love with the story and wished for more. Caprica bravely tackled themes and issues that are relevant to today’s world as well as provided a showcase for social/ethnic minority characters, and what disappointed fans most was that the show was canceled when it clearly had so much more storytelling potential.

So, I’ve decided to create an opportunity for fans to take matters into their own hands by exploring that potential themselves!

Beginning of Line will launch Tuesday, January 11th, and will begin with “Caprica: Season 2.” Season Two will include 18 brand new stories for you to enjoy, written by Caprica fans from all over the world! Each story will be accompanied by a piece of Caprica-inspired artwork also created by a fan, and will be posted weekly the way episodes would have aired had the show been allowed to continue. There will be as many iterations of the Caprica universe as there are contributors, and you will be free to discuss the merits and drawbacks of each in our forums. You’re also invited to submit Caprica-inspired fiction and artwork yourself!

In addition to being a fun and worthwhile pursuit in its own right, fan fiction has proven to be the lifeline through which its source material can continue to exist. Before Doctor Who returned to television in 2005, it existed solely as fan fiction for a good sixteen years, and many of the writers of the 2005 Who were products of fandom. People like Steven Moffat and Paul Cornell were writing fan fiction, keeping their beloved property alive any way they could! And now, Doctor Who is the most popular show on the BBC all these years later. All because young fans grew up and just wouldn’t leave it alone.

Caprica and Battlestar fans are used to hearing the phrase “end of line,” the computer command that punctuated the Cylon Hybrid’s cryptic messages as well as titled the brilliant mid-season finale of Caprica. I believe that, despite Caprica‘s cancellation, we’ve only started to discover what’s possible with these characters and with this world. Welcome to Beginning of Line!

Beginning of Line launches January 11th, on a humble Weebly site. Bookmark beginningofline.weebly.com and check back on Tuesday at the only place where you can find new, regularly updated stories set in the world of Caprica! And if you’re a writer or visual artist interested in hearing more about submitting work, email beginningofline@gmail.com!

The future of humanity begins with a choice. The future of Caprica begins with you.

Beginning of Line coverage has already begun to pop up at Pink Raygun, The Caprica Times, TV.com, ShowMeSciFi, Tor.com, Battlestar Forum, Geek Tyrant, CapricaTV, and Flimgeeks!

**Also, since we live in a litigious society (as well as one in which  people skim, rather than read), I should probably point out in bold-faced type that no one who submits a story to Beginning of Line is receiving any sort of compensation, monetary or otherwise, and this effort has no connection to NBC/Universal, SyFy, or any of the cast and crew of Caprica, blah, blah, blah. This is a totally, completely, 100% fan-created effort. So, you know, go “lawyer” somewhere else.**

The Willingness to Not Be Seen

It’s funny, I always insist that I don’t suffer winter doldrums, and yet this year I feel as though I am. There’s a thin sheen of “meh” over everything, the cause of which I can’t exactly put my finger on. It could be the weather, but normally I love cold weather, even though my Puerto Rican genes should be dictating otherwise. It could be my new apartment. I still feel as though I’m getting used to it, and the fact that there are no windows in my room, so I rarely know what time of day it is, or that it’s tiny compared to the house where I used to live, so I feel like a caged animal pacing the same square footage day in and day out makes getting used to it difficult. That is, when I’m home. This past month has felt like an endless barrage of babysittingcomicshoparticles, all happening in a blur, and opportunities to see friends and family have been rare. When I’m home, I’m working. When I’m out, I’m working. And even when I am out with friends, I’m thinking of the work I should be doing. Then a bunch of my articles hit all at once, and I feel proud, because I’ve produced so much! And then I feel not so great about it, because look at the kind of life I’ve been living to make those articles happen. A blur that, when slowed down, taken apart, and examined, reveals what seems like a big, blurry nothing.

*sigh*

However, two things happened recently that gave me some perspective. The first was that, sadly, the producer and director of The Pack, my friends Liz and Alex, decided that they didn’t have the time to devote to the project anymore, which is totally understandable, but had me a little bummed just the same. I really love this story, and if I hadn’t found time to work on it, it’s because I’ve been focusing on how to make writing my living, rather than just a hobby, and in doing so, I’ve focused on the opportunities that pay, rather than the ones that don’t.

That situation led to a great chat with my friend, writer Adam Hunault (if you’re not reading his blog, you should be. He can be really insightful when he remembers to post!), who sort of broke down what I’ve been doing in a way that I hadn’t been able to see clearly on my own. He’s good at that. What it boils down to is this: I’ve been devoting too much time to the writing that doesn’t matter to me, and not enough time to the writing that does. Or, how Adam put it, I’ve been writing to short-term opportunities and ignoring longer-term goals for myself.

You see, the whole reason I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was a little girl is that I love telling stories. I love creating characters and worlds. I love making stuff up! Yet, I’ve spent the past couple of years mostly focusing on creating a geeky, non-fiction niche for myself; on making myself valuable to a community and a market to make myself easily salable. Don’t get me wrong, I love that, too! I enjoy being a part of a vibrant community, and I’ve developed skills that I didn’t know I had. Apparently, I’m not bad at creative non-fiction and, for some reason, people find my articles, essays, and interviews entertaining. Or, at the very least, informative. But the times I’ve been happiest were the times when fiction poured out of me. When I was sitting in Charles De Gaulle airport on the way back from a month in France in 2007 and my short story, “Talking About William,” fell out of me in one fell swoop. Or, when I wrote the original first three episodes of The Pack, and my pen couldn’t keep up with how fast my thoughts were coming. (Yes, I usually write all my fiction longhand first. Even scripts.) Or, as I was working on my spec script for Castle, and I spent weeks turning the characters over in my head to see what they’d do. Or when I wrote my short story “December,” suddenly inspired by a piece of music.

I rarely feel like that when writing articles, unless I’m extremely passionate about the subject matter (Caprica and Doctor Who ring some bells), or I manage to turn non-fiction into an opportunity to write fiction. (Step away from the holoband, Sasha!)

A couple of posts back, I wrote about the importance of creating opportunities. That’s still true. At some point, you need to stop writing for yourself and start getting your stuff out there to other people. The thing is, there needs to be a balance between doing that, and taking the time needed (and it does take time) to hole up and write the things that matter to you, even at the risk of people forgetting about you.

I realized something interesting about myself. Not good or bad, just interesting. A big part of why I write, aside from getting to make up stories (which I haven’t been doing lately), is to get people to pay attention to me; to make myself understood; to be seen. Every time I get to post another link to an article I’ve written, people notice. I’ve been interacting with writing the same way I used to relate to acting, treating writing as if it were live performance, hungry for immediate feedback. I love when people comment on my posts and articles, and having conversations with people at the websites where they post, or Twitter, or Facebook. And I’ll admit it, I love it when people comment on the flurry of activity they see in my corner of the world, marveling at how much work I do and how much I’ve accomplished. It makes me feel good in the moment.

The thing is, the act of writing isn’t glamorous, which is a difficult thing to accept when you’re as showy a person as I seem to be. I crave human interaction, and the act of writing is really solitary. There’s just no way around it. No one’s going to sit around and watch me write a novel or a script then applaud me when I’m done. That’s not how it works. And I see now that what I’ve been trying to do is cater to an audience without creating what I love. I’ve been feeding one part of myself while ignoring another, and someone who isn’t balanced (let the “crazy” jokes start now!) isn’t going to be very happy. I haven’t been happy, because even though I’m doing what I love, I haven’t been doing what I love – if that makes sense?

Now that I’ve made the decision to make writing my living, and those articles are where my rent comes from, I can’t very well stop. That said, I can be better about prioritizing projects and making more room for my fiction. I haven’t been very disciplined about keeping any sort of a schedule, and I think if I did that, it would make a world of difference.

I’ll talk about my specific writing goals another time, but I’ll end with the knowledge that I need to be willing to not be seen for a while. I need to not be such a god-damned show-off. I need to be willing to put my nose to the proverbial grindstone and plug away at the long-term projects that matter, even though no one can watch, or cheer me on, or pat me on the head. If I don’t, I’ll never get out these stories that are swimming around inside me, and I’ll continue to make myself miserable.

Though writers always tend to find new and exciting ways to make themselves miserable, don’t they? 😉

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 10/19/10

What’s up, homies?! 🙂 Told you this feature would be back. In fact, the reason why it hasn’t been here is because NYCC ate me alive, and I’ve been writing my face off. Here are the scribblings that made it to the web within the past week:

GEEK THEATER REVEW OF CIRCUS OF CIRCUS: OCT. 14! Head over to Pink Raygun for my review of a creative, intriguing theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

NYCC PANEL SPOTLIGHT: IMAGE COMICS WRITERS PANEL: OCT. 14! Check out my write-up of one of the most entertaining and informative writing panels I’ve ever been to at a con over at Tor.com!

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: OCT. 14! Check out my latest rapid-fire reviews at Newsarama. I review Knight & Squire #1 and Superior #1.

CAPRICA: S1.5, EP 10 – RETRIBUTION: OCT. 14! My Tor.com review of the most recent episode of Caprica! (And, you’ll be watching the new episode TONIGHT, right?) 🙂

So, October 14th was a really big day for Teresa Jusino, huh? 🙂 Comic Con was over on the 10th, and I was banging out these articles all while I recovered from three consecutive late nights of daily con write-ups. BOO YA! I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself this past week. There is more NYCC coverage coming – in fact, my NYCC Panel Spotlight of the James Marsters panel hit today – as well as the review of tonight’s episode of Caprica.

That’s a lot of scribbling to keep up with! If you want to always be in the loop, go on and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page!

Also, don’f forget that my short story chapbook, ON THE GROUND FLOOR, is available for purchase! Click the link to the right, and get your copy today!

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled here. There will be big news and new endeavors announced soon!

Happy Caprica Day!

IT’S BACK!

After way too long a hiatus, Caprica is finally back on television TONIGHT! 10PM on SyFy.  Tune in, and watch it live if you’re around!  (Tonight’s episode is airing 7 times this week on the SyFy schedule, so there’s other opportunities to watch it live, too!) In this case, fast forwarding through commercials = cancelation.  Besides, you should be USING those commercial breaks as they were intended to be used!  Go to the bathroom.  Make yourself a post-dinner sandwich!  🙂

Seriously, I know I talk about this show a lot, but that’s because it’s good.  And actually, I want to send a special shout out to the non-geeks among you.  Those of you who tune in here in support of my other writing.  Caprica is a sci-fi show, but it’s one that you would like.  Yes, there’s robots (Cylons – learn the word!), and cool technology, but other than that, Caprica holds up a great mirror to the world in which we live.  Problems with religious fundamentalism?  Check.  Living as a member of two cultures and two societies? Check. Society being torn apart by rapidly-advancing technology? Check.  It’s an intelligent show; something that’s kind of rare these days.  The show has great writing, stellar performances, and it makes you think.  It’s the perfect sci-fi show for a non-sci-fi fan.  A lot of Battlestar fans complain that Caprica isn’t moving “fast enough.”  Not enough viper scenes, I guess.  That’s because this series isn’t ABOUT that.  It’s about something else entirely, and if you’re a Battlestar fan and value storytelling and world-building over explosions and guns, then you should be watching, too!

Although from what I hear, this half of the season is RIFE with explosions and guns (and swordfighting!) in addition to the other stuff.  So, you shouldn’t be disappointed on that front, either.

The point is, give it a whirl.  And if you’re GOING to give it a whirl, give it a whirl in a way that might help.  If you watch it online, click on some of the ads.  If you watch it on television, watch it when it’s on and don’t fast forward through commercials.  Yes, I know – advertising is annoying.  But honestly, you don’t have to pay attention to it. I don’t. 🙂

Need to catch up?  SyFy is running a Caprica marathon all day today! Though I won’t need it, because I’ll be buying my CAPRICA S1.0 DVD BOXED SET today! You know there’ll be a review of that…

Need more convincing? Check out my interview with Sasha Roiz  at Pink Raygun today! It’s more than just an interview, it’s an EXPERIENCE. One which is set in the world of Caprica. Seriously, he’s a cool guy, and Caprica is worth it for his character, Sam Adama, ALONE.

Still need convincing? Check out the promo videos I made and put up on YouTube…because I’m a nerd:

Joseph Adama Vs. Sam Adama

To Be a Cylon…

Lastly, if you’re watching on the East Coast tonight, I’ll be live tweeting!  Join me!  The hashtag I’ll be using is #CapricaET.

Happy Caprica Day!  Woot!

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 9/21/10

Let’s see how regular a segment THIS can be, huh?  🙂

In an attempt to keep track of my online writing shenannigans without bombarding you with a blog post every single time I post something, I’m only going to post them once a week.  On Tuesdays. Because my name starts with a T (and NOT a “Th” as so many people seem to insist), and I’m a fan of alliteration, dammit.

If someone can come up with a T-word to replace “round-up” that would be great.  My brain is tired today.

So, here are my links for this past week (9/15-9/20):

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: SEPT. 16! Featuring my reviews of X-23 #1 (Marvel), The Unwritten #17 (Vertigo), and DV8 #6 (Wildstorm).

CHINASHOP MAGAZINE POST: SEPT. 20! A Geek Fashion column about the wonderful people at Black Phonenix Alchemy Lab.  Share! Tweet! Rate! Comment! The more views my articles get, the more cashdollars I get, and a paid Teresa is a happy Teresa (is a Teresa who can then write more cool shit for you to read!).

TOR.COM POST: SEPT 20! “Celebrate CAPRICA Day in October!” An article about the new DVD boxed set of Caprica as well as the Caprica Season 1.5 premiere!  Also includes a little promo video I had way too much fun making.

I’ll leave you with the other promo video I made, which needs to be shown some love (even if it does use recycled Chuck Norris/Jack Bauer jokes):

Lodgers, Caprica Fans, and Exploding TARDISes

Here’s the latest crop of erudite pop culture commentary I have to offer.

Ahem.

OK, so maybe erudite isn’t the word.  But it IS pop culture commentary.  Let’s just get to it (all of it is for Tor.com):

First up is my review of the Doctor Who episode “The Lodger.” I really enjoyed it!  However, I might have enjoyed it more had it not come right on the heels of “Vincent and The Doctor.”

Next up is my latest Beating Caprica Withdrawal column, which recaps the Caprica coverage from SDCC.  However, my column also features fans’ experiences meeting the stars/creators of Caprica in their own words!  I was really happy to be able to make that a part of the post.

Last, but most certainly not least, is my last Doctor Who review of the season.  I discuss the two part finale – “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang.”

Check them all out!  Because this girl works HARD for the money!  🙂