Chapter Two of Geek Meets Girl is now at Wattpad for your reading pleasure. I had said earlier I would upload new chapters weekly, but I’m thinking now I could upload two a week until I’m done. I recently finished some editing work so I have some extra time to complete the story. I know, too, how some people feel about cliffhangers, and while the story as a whole is not a cliffhanger there’s no need to keep anybody in suspense.

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I had planned to use this section to talk about how the Amazon.com TV series Transparent winning two Golden Globes could mean so much to creators in the future. You’ve heard the jokes about the “good old days.” Thirty-five years ago our television choices consisted of three major networks, PBS, and one independent channel if you lived in a large enough market. In Jacksonville, Florida it was WAWS-TV 30, which aired Three Stooges and Shirley Temple films on the weekends, probably because they were cheap. After school there was a kid’s show called TV Powww! which showed cartoons and had a live-action interactive game. Four kids were chosen to play a Space Invaders type game over the phone – winner got fifty bucks or somesuch. We’d send in dozens of postcards and never got picked, but this isn’t why I called you here.

I haven’t watched Transparent so I won’t comment on quality or lack thereof. I didn’t see the Globes, but an author friend noted how Jeffrey Tambor thanked Amazon in his speech. I agree her, that’s significant. You love or you hate Amazon, and we can all question the validity of the Globes (see: Pia Zadora) as a legitimate barometer of movie/TV greatness, but this win means something. In the last few decades viewing options have expanded for us – endless free and premium channels and an explosion in original programming. Lately we find much of the content is reality-based, non-scripted. Not comforting news for character actors and screenwriters, but if shows produced exclusively for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon can win awards it opens a window for creators.You have a show idea that’s too edgy for a network, pitch it to one of these providers.

Out of ideas? I own all the film/TV rights to my books. Hit me up, seriously.

(So you know, I’d written all this before I leaned that Amazon signed – blech – Woody Allen to do a show. Viewers will vote with their Prime accounts, I suppose. In the meantime, those TV rights are up for option.)

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I had a good first week with the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Many of these books weren’t long, so I don’t anticipate blowing through the full list in one month. I’ve saved Tom Jones and A Clash of Kings for later. Those should take a while. Anyway, here’s where I am so far:

  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (AMZ /BN) – graphic novel
  • A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott (ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO) – author over 65
  • Unfaded Glory by Sara Arden (ARe / AMZ / BN /KOBO) – romance novel
  • That Was Then, This is Now by SE Hinton (ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO) – author under 25
  • Delirium: Poems by Drew Hoffman (AMZ / BN) – book of poetry
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio (ARE / AMZ / BN / KOBO) – young adult novel
  • The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey (AMZ / BN / KOBO) – self-improvement book
I have Children of Dune on deck. Good times.