Favorite Thing Friday: Ichabod Crane

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Oh, the things I find on Hulu. After catching up on Arrow, The Goldbergs, and Grimm, I found myself in the predicament of having nothing to watch while I grade papers. I’d heard good things about Sleepy Hollow, so I decided to give it  a shot. Within five minutes, I was completely hooked.

While the premise is intriguing (the show is a loose interpretation of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), the character of Ichabod Crane and the brilliant actor who plays him (Tom Mison) are what truly captured my TV heart.

I’m only six episodes into the first season, so I know I may be claiming him as a TV boyfriend a bit early in the game, but I can’t help myself. And here are 10 reasons why:

1. He is literally a piece of living history. In the first episode, he “died” during the Revolutionary War and then woke up in 2014. The man rattles off Colonial and Revolutionary War history like an encyclopedia, but with the sensibility of someone who lived through it. The history teacher in me is swooning, (as the rest of me is fact-checking).

2. While he is a man stuck far away from his own time, he is surprisingly objective in dealing with his surroundings. Rather than panic, he explores the modern era with the mind of an academic or scientist. It’s fascinating to watch him mesh his knowledge of life in the past with his existence in the present.

3. He has a proper British accent. Need I say more?

4. Perhaps, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s pretty easy on the eyes.

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5. He says stuff like this … (in reference to what eventually becomes a Headless Horseman)

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6. And this …

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7.  Despite everything, he doesn’t forget who he is. Modern life doesn’t rob him of his manners, personality, or morals. Even when those things don’t jive with modern civilization, he refuses to let them go. I’m still wondering if he’s going to change out of those 18th century clothes!

8. At the same time, he’s not afraid to try new things. Like doughnut holes.

9. According to him, he instigated the Boston Tea Party (as a means for a diversion for a secret mission).

10. He can speak German and Middle English. Beautifully.

I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this list after the next six episodes. :-)

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Thesaurus Rex

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The revision process continues as I return to the notes I took while reading through the edited version of my manuscript. Though my editor made changes throughout the manuscript, there were some sections where she posed questions and possible fixes without making a change.

In most cases, these “unfixed” sections had issues with continuity or the necessity of a paragraph. In many ways, I love how my editor highlighted these areas and posed questions, rather than blatantly telling me what to do. She is essentially asking me to make sure my vision is rock solid by questioning what I’ve written or suggesting clarification. There are four sections where I’m still thinking and making decisions.  She was right to put the spotlight on these areas and I love how I’m being forced to scrutinize them.

However, other comments focused on word usage. There are several places where my editor knew a word that I’d chosen was wrong, but she didn’t want to replace it and lose the essence of what I was trying to say. She highlighted them and provided a list of replacement words or simply told me the word I’d used was incorrectly applied. For some of these issues, I chose a word from her list, but for others I’ve had to dig a little.

Hence, the Thesaurus Rex.

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Grrrrrrrr! Let me find the right word with my teeny tiny arms!

Over the last week I’ve been hunting through my thesaurus collection (I have several varieties of thesauri sitting on my bookshelf) and on thesaurus.com to find the perfect word for each “hiccup” listed in my notes. So, when I saw the above Thesaurus Rex on Facebook, I just about died laughing. Not just because he’s cute, but because a friend and I have a ridiculous obsession with T-Rex memes.

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Hee hee!

Anyway, the Thesaurus Rex has come in handy to change words like slur, demand, strange, inspire, shines, mistake, and precedence. I’m still working on a few of them, but I should have replacements pegged in no time. This process is all the more proof to me than one word really can make a difference!

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p.s. You can get the Thesaurus Rex on a t-shirt! Click on the image!

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Simon’s Cat “Washed Up”

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Simon’s Cat is still one of my favorite things. A new cartoon was recently posted on the Simon’s Cat youtube channel and it is just too cute. I especially liked it because one of my cats is always in the laundry basket. Whether it’s empty or full of clean clothes, it’s her favorite place to take a nap.

 

In fact, my little fuzzball is all curled up in the laundry basket right now!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Simon’s Cat is Smitten

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Simon’s Cat is trying to woo a pretty little kitty … with a “dead” mouse.

While I’ve never had a cat that actually killed anything for me as a gift, I did have a cat that hunted a yarn ball. Every night we’d wind a tiny little ball of yarn and hide it somewhere in the house. After we all went to bed, the cat would go on a hunt to find it. A freakish cat howl would fill the house when she found her prey. Every morning, we’d wake up and find an unraveled yarn ball and a very proud cat.

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014