Monday, October 18, 2010

2010 November T.L. Gray Newsletter

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crazy4Smallville's Weekly Review - Episode 3 Final Season

Smallville Episode 3 Final Season Review

I attended the MeccaFest 2010 in Carrollton this past weekend, where I sold out of my book, “The Blood of Cain” really quickly, but it’s caused me to have to wait to see and review the latest episode of Smallville. Well, long at last I’m here. I’ve got my feet up, my laptop on my lap (cushioned by a pillow so I don’t get lap-burn) and my fingers massaged and ready to go.

This episode is called “Super Girl”. I can only hope that we actually get a glimpse of the real Super Girl and not just the illusion. It seems like Smallville has stolen the black smoke from Lost, but for those of us who’ve been die-hard Smallville fans know that this smoke looks awfully familiar to the smoke demons from the Phantom Zone. Does that mean Braniac will make a re-appearance.

Lois and Clark. I do have to admit that I love how this relationship was a gradual romance and not the instant love at first sight obsession. I see that Chatty Kathy is conveniently gone. Thank Goodness… I don’t think I could take too many spoonfuls of her sugary goodness. However, she forgot to take her Godfrey with her when she left. Love the red cape over the sign. But, absolutely LOVE the real Super Girl showing up. What a great scene. I was getting a bit lost with all the Anti-Hero Vigilante speech, but it was well worth the wait. I’m all giddy and excited to see the outfit… however I noticed it’s missing the “EL” symbol “S” across the chest. Good scene.

Maiden of Might?? Nah, it’ll never work. I can’t believe Clark didn’t think about making an excuse for Kara’s super conversion, yet Lois had to suggest it – to make an excuse to cover Clark’s secret. “Uger-Girl”? Keep working at it Lois.

Kara doing a photo shoot? That was unexpected. Ha, ha… super-powered pin-up girl? How does Kara communicate with Jor-El? I’m still not convinced the voice in the Fortress of Solitude is really Jor-El. Just like last week… the advice that is supposed to come from Jor-El doesn’t sound like anything that Jor-El would say. Why does Clark so easily believe? Does he think Jor-El’s whole personality just changed, or do the writers think we’d accept a drastic change without question?

Lois Lane in church? Now that’s hilarious!!! Although, her being there is much more believable than I realize. Blonde bimbo??? Sexist much? Boy, this guy is a huge douche-bag. How does he know about Oliver being the Green Arrow? Who is this guy? Where did he come from? I’m assuming he’s the guy Chatty Kathy was going all Lady Gaga over last week. But, where does he come from, what’s possessed him and what is he after? Does any of this have something to do with Brainiac?

Uh-Mmmm-mm. That is one hot super hero. Wait… I have to back up that whole conversation. I wasn’t paying much attention. Is it Kara’s inspiration that is giving Oliver the idea to come out of the super hero closet, or the fact that Chloe is missing and he thinks he has something to do with her knowing and being involved with superheroes?

Godfrey sounds like your everyday Serpent in the Garden. His publicist or editor sounds a little ditzy. Did he say “Club Zod?”

Oooh.. Kara got him good. I’ve been saying that same thing for almost ten years now. I never understood why Clark couldn’t fly, yet every freak who took his powers, every Kryptonian who happened to show up could do everything in an instant… but Clark who’s lived on earth most his life… can’t. Granted it took him till puberty to start gaining most of his powers, but what is it that makes him different? Is it his state of mind? THEY think like Kryptonian, but he thinks like a human?

Kara’s gonna show Clark how to fly? Could this be it? It doesn’t feel like the moment… but then again…it could be. The graphics are awesome. Uh-oh… he took off… Up…up…AND… he’s down! LOL! That look on his face was priceless.

How do we know this darkness hasn’t crept into Kara?

Oliver praying to his parents – how sweet and very touching. What does Oliver think happened to Chloe? He can’t have other people risking his life for him? What does he think he does every time he puts on that green suit – He risks himself for other people. Isn’t that the same thing?

I guess since us ladies got our eye candy earlier with Oliver, it’s the guy’s turn now with Lois all dressed in tight black leather. My husband wants me to back up this scene, but I don’t think that’s necessary. I caught everything that was said this time. Okay, that’s enough leather, lace and chains. I’m ready to get to some action. Although I can’t figure out how that mask hidden any identity. Besides, he’s not a normal man. Isn’t he some sort of ‘spirit’ and tempts their weaknesses?

Okay, now this is more like it – the demonic voice, black eyes and sadistic look – made me think of the demon-possessed on Supernatural.

Love those supernatural computer skills. Looks like Lois is caught in a web. Makes me think of that poem, “Welcome to my parlor said the spider to the fly.”

Clark’s true Kryptonite – women.

Love the new Godfrey. The graphics are awesome… the black & white w/splashes of red. Is this another creature from the Phantom Zone or is a legion of creatures. Again with the red cape; it seems to be making quite an appearance here lately?

Best line of the night so far… “Even heroes need someone to come home to.” I change my mind, “The Blur… He’s my hero,” takes the prize. Love the dark hair and oversized glasses. I think that’s the best I’ve seen Kara. Is she going to change her name to Linda?

Oh, that lack of self-confidence is wearing me thin. Humility is a great attribute, but after a while it just get’s… humiliating.

Uh-Oh, what’s Oliver up to? I’ve been wondering why no one has been looking for Chloe. Oh, is he going to have an “Ironman” moment??? YEP. AWESOME!!!

Till next time, Crazy4Smallville

Crazy4Smallville weekly review... Coming soon.

I haven't forgotten to review the latest episode of Smallville.  I've been extremely busy this past weekend, but I"m hoping that in a few hours from now I'll be able to sit down in front of the television and actually watch something.  I hope to have the review complete by this evening.

The Necromancer Summary

I was asked to write a short one-sentence summary of my young adult fiction series called "The Necromancers". This is what I came up with:

The Princess Bride meets Harry Potter in a Never-Ending Story.

I Am A Writer

 I pour a bit of my soul into every character, every line and every scene I write. What I pour into me -my thoughts, my experiences and my hopes - comes out of every pore including my mind. I am my best friend and my worst enemy, the greatest hero and most vilest villan. I am a writer!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

A Tap Water Girl in a Bottled Water World – Book Review by T.L. Gray

Author: Dr. Shirley Garrett

Published: ©2002 – The Speaker Group

From Dippity Do Da to Tree Houses and Tomato Sandwiches, I was hooked. Though I’ve only recently met Shirley Garrett, her writing brought back so many of those forgotten childhood memories, but especially for me… that childhood fantasy of what I wanted in a family.

I didn’t have the loving, caring family that Shirley had and portrayed in this book, but it was exactly the family I dreamed about having, the one I’d lay out in the grass, stare up into the clouds and fantasized about , and while I read this lovely memoir… I got to visit those fantasies once more.

Growing up all over the Deep South, from Georgia to Texas, Shirley reminded me of many of my favorite things like tomato sandwiches, youthful energy, tree houses, bicycles, empty lots and cereal box prizes. Shirley’s recount of saving Blue Horse coupons to get a bicycle brought back memories of my own quest. I once saved Coke caps and sent them in to get a ‘director’s chair’. The joy of collecting, saving, counting, sending it in and waiting on the prize to arrive in the mail brought a smile to my face.

While reading A Tap Water Girl in a Bottled Water World, I didn’t get to just know the heart of Dr. Shirley Garrett… I got reminded of my own heart. Though not an orphan, but having an orphan complex, Shirley’s thoughts on being separated from her brothers and adopted touched me deeply. I felt I could relate.

I think this book has something for everyone, both young and old. I loved the style in which it was written, each chapter being able to stand alone, yet had a single heart-thread sewn throughout the whole piece. It’s touched me so much, and given me so many ideas for the memoir I’m currently working on; she’ll perhaps never know how much it’s affected me.

I wouldn’t recommend reading this book in one sitting. I’d advise that you take it one chapter at a time. Let each one soak into your spirit and touch your heart the way it’s touched mine.

Till next time,

~T.L. Gray

Friday, October 01, 2010

Crazy4Smallville's Weekly Review - Episode 2 - Final Season

Last week got me excited like I haven’t been in a long time for Smallville. This week, I’m hoping some of that excitement will remain.

Here we go…

Africa looks hot and dry. Star-crossed lovers? Ooooh, Hawkman. Don’t tell me there’s going to be another love triangle. Isn’t the Clark, Lois and Superman (or currently known as The Blur) enough.

Look at Chatty Kathy – or Katherine… fresh off the farm. Can someone say, “Chloe-clone wannabe?” Clark’s new partner??? LOL! Clark wanted a challenge… well, it looks like he got one – a cute, fresh-faced, mindless-can’t-think-for-herself and hides that judgmental dagger behind pale pink lipstick kind of challenge. Her perfectly lined pearly whites didn’t distract me from missing the plea for Clark to come out in the open. Let’s hope he does soon – but not just to shut up Chatty Kathy and her precious Godfrey.

Why does Oliver doubt that email is from Chloe? I can’t image what deal she had to make, and to whom? She had Superman at her side… there’s no reason for her to give in to some other threat. To do so, is giving this ‘unknown’ threat more power than Clark. I’m hoping this ‘unknown’ plan is something great in the end.

Who is Hawkman texting - Clark, Justice League or Chloe? Lois, don’t drink it. I’ve learned in the land of television, never drink anything. Clark as the ancient sun god Ra? Makes sense to me. LOL! Was there something in that tea to quiet the ever incessant Lois, but not strong enough that warrants pulling out the liquor? Oops, Hawkman messed up, he mentioned Clark – when Lois never had. That tells Lois that he knows something he’s not telling.

Awesome! Those graphics were so cool, but I want to know who the Gunslinger was that shot the bullet. How is Clark going to explain that save? For a few minutes I thought we were going to be free of our new ace reporter, but alas… now I must continue to speculate whether or not she’s a mole sent to expose these ‘masked heroes’ for the villains she thinks they are.

Grant? That bullet was meant for Kat. Was it meant to get rid of her or test Clark for super abilities? The lady doeth protest too much. Who is Godfrey? Who’d want to kill her? I could think of a few people. However, I tend to think that she wasn’t the real target, just the mouse for the trap.

You know what isn’t fair? I’ve watched this show for ten years… and for ten years I’ve waited to see her happy. At the point she get’s happy, something happens to remove the object of that happiness. What does Oliver want with Kat? Why is he investigating her? How did he even hear about her? Who is Kat Grant? She’s a witness to what event with this Deadshot?

Ha, ha, ha… like a bullet can hurt Clark!!! Shows what he knows.

Hmmm? Changed her name? Her son, Adam? Usually a name for a first born, but this makes me wonder the first born of what or who?

Does Lois ever shut up? She over-thinks everything. I understand (I am a guilty over-thinker)… but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. I love that line… “For every great relationship that comes with a great burden, is also comes with a great strength to carry it.”

LOL… I saw that slap coming from a mile away. Well, darn it… looks like we’re going to have another love triangle.

“Hello Kitty”? I liked Chatty Kathy better as a blonde too. Seems our little intrepid reporter’s got a few skills. There’s that ‘people need to be inspired by someone who stands in the light’ again.

Okay… what were the bullets and the water laced with? Who is Commando and Deadshot? Who do they work for? For those of us who haven’t perhaps read a comic book… we find ourselves in the dark. Is Mama Kent behind this as the Red Queen? It’s not the Kandorians and Checkmate was destroyed. Lex is somewhat back… is this perhaps some new evil gang of his? Whoever it is… they know about Clark, Hawkman, Oliver, etc. Crimefighters?

Chloe faked her own death? You tell him, Oliver. You do have to forge your own fate… and come out of the shadows. Evil lurks in the shadows while goodness stands in the light.

Are the CrimeFighters Level 33.3 left overs?

Love all the philosophy… and especially…. SUPERMAN! It’s about time that name popped-up.

Okay… goose-bump moment; Red leather jacket… American Flag waving in the background… Oh, what a tease! You’d think after a decade, I’d be immune. This has been one heck of a courtship.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Crazy4Smallville's Weekly Review - Episode 1 - Final Season

You will not believe the response I received when I posted I was going to start up my weekly Smallville review. 

Wow, what a start.  They even threw in a few flashbacks from the first episode, the pivotal point scene of him hanging on the scarecrow cross.  The music really sets the mood, filling my heart full of excitement and giving me just a tiny morsel of goodness in one flash after the next.  Lex Luthor standing in the open field in his white suit?  Anyone remember Cassandra's prophecy?  Oh, man... I already know I'm going to cry at the end of this season.  This has been a decade full of being obsessively teased and never getting any farther than simple foreplay.  Now after nine long seasons... it's the wedding night and looks to be one heck-of-a honeymoon (especially since it's followed up by Supernatural.)

Chloe - what can I say about her?  I fell in love with this character from episode one.  Her charm, whit and intuiton always had me standing in her corner.  I can't help but notice her 'green' outfit.  Is this a hint.. hint.. that perhaps The Green Arrow/Oliver is finally the one made for her?  She deserves to be loved.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the banter between Lois and Clark.  I love that she knows, but doesn't tell him.  I love that he doesn't know she knows and still tries to hide it.  Still wonder when he'll get his 'kiss of forgetfullness'. 

UUUUHhhhhh. What on earth is Chloe thinking putting on that helmet?  Come on, she's too intellegent to do something so stupid.  I don't want to hear some excuse about stepping off the ledge to save the one you love bologne either.  With the resources she has at her fingertips, not to mention a SUPERMAN at her side... surely she could find Oliver.  I know she will have to 'decrease' this season in order for the real hero to 'increase', but that doesn't mean I'm going to have to like it.  Chloe's been my hero for nine seasons now.  Please, please.... I'm begging... don't let her go the Lana Lang way.  Don't let Oliver be her Kryptonite. 

Have I told anyone lately how hot Oliver is?  Well, let me tell you... he's volcanic. Who is this guy who's got the Green Arrow, chained up and torturing? Love that sarastic sense of humor Oliver has always had.  I have to give kudos to the writers and the actor for keeping consistency into this character.  Oooch... that looks like it hurt!

Will this woman never die?  Oh, and let me guess.. she won't have any residual scars either.  Yep... This character has grown on me, but I still miss Lex. Michael Rosenbaum needs his butt kicked and he needs to get back to what he does best.  LX4?  Is that clone failure number 4?  Uh-oh.. Little Lex on the scene.  Is this how they're going to bring the character of Lex back, without Rosenbaum?  I hope not.  I suppose this is the literal split personalities of Lex Luthor.  They could have at least got some hot looking bald dudes.  It's been my experience that the better they look on the outside, the uglier they are on the inside.  The method that works is making us "hate to love" and "love to hate".  They always make the best characters. 

Bye Clark?  Bye Clark?  I'm not even going to think about what that means.

The Kent barn.  I used to hate that barn, while Lana invaded it.  I really don't mind Lois being there.  Seeing that suit.... OMG.  Is that the same suit from the last Superman movie?

UGH... I HATE this Lex Luthor.  I want Rosenbaum.  These better just be clone rejects, and in the end (I can wait till the end of the season - I've waited ten years to see a man fly in a red, yellow & blue tights) see the real Lex. No offense to the new actor, but it just isn't the same.

Lois tied to Clark's cross, great symbolism.  My husband says, "Hey, her shirt's supposed to be off!"  I have to concur.  If Lex wanted to truly re-create the moment... Lois needed to be shirtless and also have a green necklace.  But, coming back to earth - I loved how Lois replaced Lana's meteorite necklace, being Clark's true Kryptonite.  Great bit of writing there.  Kudos... to whoever thought of that.

Lex, even if he is just one part, giving a lecture on someone else' sin?  Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?  Nevermind.  I remember now... Lois Lane or even Kryptonite isn't Clark's greatest weakness... humanity is. 

Is he going to fly??  Is he going to fly? Or was that still just leaping a tall building?  Oh yea... THE SUIT!!!!  What happened?  The suit transported him to the Fortress of Solitude.  For a second, he thought he was flying?  The greatest enemy - pride. That's not Jor-El.  That's Braniac!!!  Jor-El would never say that.

Okay, the sad music is working too well. Chloe giving herself up for Oliver. Lois giving up Clark so he can save the world. Tess giving up her own quest to help little Alexander.

Johnathan Kent. Oh, my God. What a sight for sore eyes. I’m almost in tears. Now these are the words from a real father. This makes me think… has Jor-El all along just been Clark’s own conscious? Is Jonathan real, or just as Clark would remember, saying what he would say? To be a hero, Clark must first see himself as a hero. We are as we think we are. Victorious, failures, or over-comers… it’s up to us. Clark battles within him the nature of man and the spirit of Superman.

My heart nearly palpitated to a sudden stop thinking that Clark was in the suit, in the crystal chamber. I CAN’T WAIT. Ten years have been long enough. Okay… I’ve got to calm down now and find out how Dean is going to rescue Sam out of hell. It’s been so nostalgic writing this review. I’ve really enjoyed it. See you next week.

Till next time,


(Author T.L. Gray)