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The Zokotou word meter seems to be broken, but Beading Serenity crept past the halfway point today as I listened to James Marsters read me the last bit of Storm Front by Jim Butcher. (It got better toward the end.)

Then I moved on to Dirt Music by Tim Winton (read, I'm pretty sure, by the author), a wonderfully-written contemporary Australian novel that wedjateye sent me.




Step back and squint--I think you can still make out the Serenity design. I'm into the second Chinese character now, and using lots of 18-karat gold-plated beads in the background.



In other news, I sort of enjoyed Sean Maher's guest stint as a ghost on The Ghost Whisperer last night. He does up-close and emotional quite well. Also? Sneering disdain. Looks good in bike gear. The funniest part is his reaction to seeing the oh-so-ordinary-looking guy who received his donated heart.



Kinda brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?



Ooh. Go, Sean.



"That's him? That schlub got my perfect, athletic, prematurely dead heart?"



Sometimes you feel like you're looking at the real Sean.


It's an unoriginal, predictable show, but it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be--the acting was good and the dialog almost fresh, with some interesting direction. But seriously: dead guy, organ donor, grieving fiancee, heart recipient...what do you think is going to happen?

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executrix
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
Breaking the Waves
1. On Beaded Serenity: you go, girl!
2. WHERE did you get the caps? I've been clicking like a mad thing since Friday looking for them.
3. Well, actually since most of his bits were given away I was expecting the gal to track them all down and get it on with all of them. Or Photographer Guy to be able to see SM's character's ghost and yell, "Hell with THIS! I'm gonna DIE!"
4. For a while I was wondering how she could afford to not work for a whole year but then I figured between the little kid's parents' homeowner's insurance carrier and the triathlon organizers' insurance it would be one bitch-kitty of a wrongful death suit. And he seemed like the kind of person who would have a double-indemnity life insurance policy anyway.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: Breaking the Waves
Gotta say, you gave that episode of lightweight television a lot more thought than I did: I didn't get farther than, "How come the champion triathlete is the only one in the bike race wearing long pants?" and seriously started wondering if Sean's legs are somehow less wonderful than the rest of him.

I have the whole ep digitally. Tell me what you want capped and I will supply.
executrix
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: Breaking the Waves
I can sort of see the point of long pants in any sport where falling off things is a known hazard (even though it usually isn't fatal).

I remember thinking in Objects in Space that his legs looked quite nice (and rather furry, when he was having the bullet taken out).

Oh, thank you so much! Maybe one of those maximum-eyelash yearning profile shots from the end?
emeraldsedai
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Breaking the Waves
See if you find anything you like here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkemerald/tags/seanmaher/
executrix
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
Re: Breaking the Waves
They're gorgeous. Beaucoup merci.
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emeraldsedai
Oct. 16th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
So true.

But seriously, the show was somehow better than its silly premise--it was directed, shot and acted--even written--as if everyone were working on much better material than they were. I got the impression that some very talented people had to work with a storyline that some lame-ass network executive forced on them in the delusion that no one would remember Return To Me or Ghost or even Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Mind you, I'll never watch Ghost Whisperer again (unless, say, Nathan makes a guest appearance), but it seems only fair to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the unsuckiness of it.
inalasahl
Oct. 16th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, so pretty. The beading, as well.

I now have that episode saved on my Tivo. I've been looking for a Sean something (I'm trying to collect the whole cast), but on Miami he had, like, two scenes and raped a corpse, and that football movie took up two hours of space and he didn't look like himself. I really liked his role on Ghost Whisperer, though.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 16th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Something about Sean's recent appearances suggest that he's coming into his own--that something new is happening for him. He seems to be more and more "himself" (she says, as if she knows the guy). I though his performance in GW was excellent. He's more persuasive (physically) as a cyclist than as a football player; he's much more believable as a lover than as a criminal; and I liked how they paired him with a less-than-glamorous-looking woman, because it played down his own beauty and played up his expressiveness.

Such a fangirl.
executrix
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
inalasahl: I would really like to have been a fly on the wall when Sean Maher's agent called him to read for CSI Miami: "Sean, dollink! It's YOU!"

emeraldsedai: That "look who's got my heart!" face would make a great morph with River's "Talking to Miranda? As IF!" expression. That's my sister!
inalasahl
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Hee! S/he probably told him he needed to do something "edgy" so he wouldn't get typecast.
executrix
Oct. 18th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
No One Expects the Seanish Inquisition
In GW he was once again playing somebody very sweet who nevertheless considers blackmail One of His Three Weapons.
executrix
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
SM: Exactly WHAT is this part you're sending me to read for?
AGENT: It's...it's...a sort of Ghost Whisperer.
inalasahl
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
*dies* Stop that. I'm at work! I'm supposed to be looking bored, not giggling hysterically!
wedjateye
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
The beading looks FABULOUS.

And the pics loaded quickly here - just not from the e-mail, so I've seen Sean in all his glory now.

It is an Australian actor reading Dirt Music - William McInnes - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0570593/

He has mostly done TV and Aus movies. He isn't bad and he reads it very well.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks! I looked everywhere online and couldn't find out the narrator's name.

Yes, he does a very good job--pleasant voice, good with the varying accents (love his Vietnamese restaurateur!)--respectful of the writing. A real pro. Thank you for putting me on to this. I'd never have found it on my own.
vampirefan
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
wow!! awesome progress on the beading!!

i really didn't watch gw... all of us basically just watched the sean parts and since we were all talking i really only know the basics of what happened...he is so cute!

emeraldsedai
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
He is a lovely man. And he hops!
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