Beef Wellington: Dr Who vs. Santa Claus

I don’t know when this years Christmas became a uniquely British one, but it did.  As per tradition, I will be cooking Christmas dinner.  This year I’ve decided to conduct an experiment by way of making my first ever Beef Wellington, first Creamy Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce, first Carrot Purée, and the staple Mashed Potatoes.

Don’t worry, I’m serving an “Endless Summer Salad” with the whole thing too.  Because, #veggies.

And as much as I love food, and as much as I love cooking and trying new things…I’m really just counting the minutes until Nick Frost’s Santa Claus joins forces with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor to save Christmas from evil aliens–though, they’ll probably end up not being evil and just being horribly misunderstood–but should, in the end, bring me a load of happiness.

This is my son’s third Christmas and at 2 ½ he’s finally starting to “get it,” which is awesome, despite the fact that we’ve watched nothing but Mickey Mouse, Curious George and Thomas the Train Christmas specials for the last two months.  He knows who Santa is, though he’s not quite sure what Santa means, other than that he say’s “Ho, Ho, Ho,” and that he means Christmas…on one level or another.

I began shooting the pilot episode of a web-series, “Cooking with T3,” I’m making with my son, and should be streaming it via Youtube by the New Year.  He’s a little young still, so the first episode may be the last for a while.  Maybe shoot the next one closer to his third birthday.

Anywho, I guess this really isn’t a blog post as much as it is a rambling, but I’ll be sure to take pictures of my food–something I’ve done my whole life, yes, even before digital photography–and will be posting them to my Instagram, no doubt.

Merry Christmas everyone, be safe, and remember to enjoy yourself.

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Updates…

I’ve been writing a lot.  Just not here.

I’ve submitted a spec script I wrote for the ABC show “Castle” to Disney/ABC’s Writing Fellowship, NBC/Universal’s Writer’s on the Verge, and to the WB Writer’s Workshop.  Here’s hoping.

“Ripley Madison” has been on the receiving end of a lot of neglect as I’ve been focusing on this as well as a new pilot I’m working on.  Also, I’ve been fine-tuning the “Star Trek” TV-series on the, more than likely, false hope that J.J. Abrams will ever be interested in reading/producing it.  🙂

So, I’ll write a new and full blog post in the next few days to keep y’all apprised as to what’s going on with me and the life that I lead.

Word.

Updates, Skyrim and J.J. Abrams

So, as per my usual, once I get into things I tend to forgo the whole blogging thing and work on said whatever-I’m-in-to. I will try to do better. No point in having a blog if you aren’t going to use it.

So, Updates:

I’ve been in contact with some people at an un-named television station and I’m hoping to hear back from them sooner rather than later. Whether it be good news or bad news at least it’ll be news. I’ve completely re-written “Ripley Madison” and am quite happy with it. This puts me in the “looking for crew” and “casting” phases–which could prove to be both exciting and infuriating. Time will tell.

I still haven’t heard back from J.J. Abrams, I believe it is because he is busy and not a frequent reader of my blog, and not because he doesn’t care–I mean, of course he cares. My script is awesome!

I’ve also started writing another television series pilot, this one not based on someone else’s property, and is tentatively titled “Eden.” It’s a science fiction thriller/chase story set in the not-too-distant-future. I like it, and will post my “elevator pitch” in a future blog…one where I take more than five minutes to compose.

On a slightly nerd-ier note: I started using some “realistic” lighting mods for Skyrim and it’s turned every dungeon into a horror movie. I’m kind of loving it.

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Anywho, that’s about it. I’ll write more soon.

Jumping in to the Deep End

I don’t like to say “no” to people. I don’t like receiving “no’s” from people. So, I go out of my way to ensure other people don’t get them from me. That being said, I am doing a good job here, in 2013, at not taking on so much that I get overwhelmed and projects fall short of where I want them. Three projects is good. Four, not so much.

When I got back from my family vacation to “sunny” Indiana, I dove headfirst into two real projects and one not so real project. The first of the projects is my aforementioned web-series I’ve entitled Ripley Madison. I’ve written the first few episodes and am moving right along. In the next few weeks I will be organizing a casting call as well as interviewing crew, which I will probably have to field from my fellow Brooks alumni, or simply post something up at the school to get current students looking to add a web-series to their resumes (wow, run-on-sentence). I say this, because until I’m able to make these first few episodes to help sell a kickstarter page, I’ll need people who are willing to work for free.

I will keep y’all updated as this process moves along.

The next project I dove into is that of my church’s website. They need a new one. I’m working on it on another web address, which I will share at a later date–once I have a more completed, less ugly thing to show you.  But it’s gonna be awesome.  The theory is to streamline the way the viewer views and uses the site, while taking the design forward into the 21st century.  Yeah.

And the third project, which really isn’t a project, so much as it’s me hanging out in Tamriel, has been a great escape.

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Yes I play an orc, and yes I punch things to death.  Can’t wait for Elder Scrolls Online.

Anywho, I’m glad to be back.  More later.

-T2

A job that is never done…

The best part of having breakfast for dinner last night, is that I had breakfast for breakfast this morning.  My wife has been finding excellent meals on pinterest and made an amazing breakfast casserole–which, of course, I doctored up with cholula–and it has put me in an excellent mood.

On the writing front, the two-part pilot episode for Star Trek Federation–what I’m tentatively calling my next “Next Generation”–is complete.  Well, almost…I’m taking a couple of days away from it before reading it and deciding if it’s worthy of sending off to my few trusted readers.  Part one is excellent, but I had a lot to do with part two and I fear it may have fell short.  But it is a pilot.  So yeah.

Dear J.J. Abrams,

I have the next Star Trek show–it’s awesome–and I think it not only takes on a similar approach to your films, of interjecting a faster and more exhilarating pace, but stays true to the root of what Star Trek is all about:  Exploring the human condition from a very smart and science-fiction viewpoint.

I can have a copy of it in your email in a matter of seconds.  Please email me at thomasdbrown2@gmail.com and I will make it happen.

Sincerely,

Your New Best Friend

In other news, I’m diving head-first into my new story entitled Ripley Madison.  It will be a web-series.  My plan right now is to write, at least, the first six episodes.  Then I will do my best to shoot as many of those as I can for no-money-whatsoever, before creating a kickstarter for it.  I think the plan is sound.  Here is the elevator pitch:

Ripley is a fun, nerdy, day-dreaming high-school girl who’s world of gaming, poetry, and performance art take a serious turn when her older brother is diagnosed with cancer.

Despite the somewhat heavy topic of cancer, this web-series will have quite a good sense of humor, and teen angst.  And more importantly, I don’t think it’s been done before.  Cancer, yeah that’s been done.  Nerdy girl teen angst, also been done.  But not like this.  I’m going to structure the episodes as if they are excerpts from a book.  Not visually a book…but structurally.  There are no rules with web-series, and I’m planning on stepping outside the box with this one visually, structurally, and creatively.  So, yeah…that’s what I’m working on now.

What are you working on?

-T2

I liked this…

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So, today…

When writing–I have found–it is not uncommon for me to be able to write quite a lot in a very short time period, but also spend hours and hours of time just to compose the smallest amount.  Take, for example, what I’m currently writing: an hour-long television episode with a teaser and four acts.  I’m about four pages short of finishing act three.  And it is those four pages that are killing me!

Act four will write itself.  This would be easy if I was one of those people who could just simply skip around his story, but I can’t.  I need to have written what comes before.  I foreshadow without knowing it.  It’s a thing.  BLARGH!

I’ll get there.

On a side note, I out DPS’d a fellow hunter today who has much better gear than I do (ME).

I’ve also decided–as in “just now”–that my next writing project shall be a web-series.  Five minute episodes.  I shall write several, and then see about casting.  Yes…more on this after I finish the current script.

Anywho, I’ll compose an actual blog sometime soon.  Right now you’ll have to deal with my randomness.

-T2