Thursday, July 13, 2006

Today I was the guest blogger on my friend Jeremy's blog, Popped Culture, where I blogged about Canada's Next Top Model. Thanks for letting me borrow your page for the day, Jer!

Yesterday my friend Crissy told me about this MTV show called My Super Sweet Sixteen, and so I PVR'd it today and just watched it, and oh my god, it's awesome. Totally awesome in that "oh my god, did you see that horrible car crash?" kind of way. This show follows the super-rich and super-bitch as they turn 16, and do so in the most ungrateful and horrid little way, but it's OH so much fun. In this ep, Carlysia is the daughter of a rich R&B singer and she has this massive party where she debuts her "single," which is truly awful, and she moans about wanting a Mercedes (she gets it) and shows up to the party in $15,000 of bling. When her massive stretch limo shows up tres late, she jumps up and down in excitement saying she can't wait until she shows up looking oh-so-hot (she's not)and everyone sees her on the red carpet (yes, there's a red carpet at her birthday party). But when she shows up, everyone's actually gone into the party, and the only person who watches her on the red carpet is some huge bouncer who sheepishly starts clapping and going, "Yay. Whoo. Yeah, Carlysia!" I've already set my PVR to record it every day.

I'm using my husband's computer and there's a spider that's just dropped down in front of me on a string, and now I'm watching it bob up and down as it starts to make a web. I think I seriously need to clean this house.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

First posts are always the hardest, because if you didn't have a million topics to talk about, why start a blog? I think for the first post I'll skip the million topics (I'll reserve those for the second post) and instead just introduce myself. Some readers know me as Nikki Stafford, which is a pen name . . . but I'm used to it now, so I answer to it. I write companion guides to television shows, which have complete episode guides to each season, written as if I were sitting down and discussing the episodes with the reader. I'm best known for my book, Bite Me! An Unofficial Guide to the World of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was published in 2002. The book covered the first six seasons of Buffy, and in 2004 I published Once Bitten: An Unofficial Guide to the World of Angel. I've had a lot of people ask me when I'm going to put out season 7 of Bite Me, and it's actually in the back of Once Bitten. Perhaps I should have just published it on its own. ;) All of my books have been published by ECW Press.

My new book is called Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide, and it's taken up most of my life for the past 7 months, which is why I'm only starting this blog now. I handed in the final part of the manuscript on June 30th, and am currently plowing through Our Mutual Friend to hand in a final chapter to my editor (Lost fans will know the significance of this book). I adore the show, but I'm cursing the writers for choosing an 800-page book to drop in during the season finale. Ugh.

My writing is a task relegated to my evenings and weekends; my day job is as a book editor, working with first-time writers, experienced writers, novelists, non-fiction authors, memoirists . . . it's a great job, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

So that's a bit about me. Don't worry: my next posts will be far more interesting. ;)