Letters to My TV Shows and #ROW80

The fall season has premiered on television! I have several shows I watch–mainly when I take a lunch break at my computer and want something to do while shoving food into my mouth, but also because I enjoy them and they teach me about story.

Today, I’d like to write a few brief letters to let the TV shows that I track know what I think of them after the kick-off of the new season.

Dear Bones: Thank you for showing that just because the couple finally gets together, the tension doesn’t have to end. In fact, thank you for not breaking them up, which seems to be the go-to plotline for plenty of other shows that didn’t know what to do once the two main characters finally revealed their feelings for one another. As we know out here in “real life,”  relationships have sufficient tension and conflict as well, and these characters have extra tension given who they are and the way they work together. Keep finding ways to draw our interest in, and remember that, while I enjoy the romantic aspects of the show, I mainly watch to figure out how the case is solved. This is, after all, essentially a mystery show.

Dear Big Bang Theory: I don’t know why I’m still watching. It seems the romantic relationships have overshadowed some of the funnier plotlines that revolved around the scientists’ workplace and friendships. Yes, these characters are interesting and funny, but I want them to actually do something. I’m waiting . . . 

Dear Castle: Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle still gives James Bond a run for his money in the category of Suave. Keep bringing in the ensemble too–as this show has some of the best with detectives Ryan and Esposito, medical examiner Laney, daughter Alexis, and the coolest mother ever with Martha. That is all.

Dear Grimm: I vacillate with your show: Sometimes I’m eager to watch, and then I’ll go for a while without and have to catch up. Why is that? I want more, more, more from Nick. He needs to shift into being proactive with this Grimm thing, instead of just reacting every week to what’s thrown at him. If it wasn’t for Monroe, I’d probably be gone already.

Dear Hart of Dixie: I wouldn’t want to pick between those two men either. Can Zoe Hart have both? That’s kind of the plot of my young adult novel, so I can give you tips if you want. On a completely different note, I’m eager to see another side to Lemon Breeland. I hope you do more than just tease with that possibility.

Dear How I Met Your Mother: You have about 2-3 episodes to resurrect my interest in your show. Glimpses of a yellow umbrella and the yo-yo relationship of Barney and Robin ain’t gonna do it. I am looking for growth in the main characters. Isn’t that the point? To see how the challenges of life push these characters to grow, all the way until Ted finds his one, true love? So far, I have only seen real growth in Marshall and Lily–who moved into a committed marriage, wrestled with career and family choices, dealt with the death and reintroduction of their fathers, and are now entering the new phase of parenthood. Meanwhile, Ted is still groping in the dark for his dream date; Barney’s interactions with stripper Quinn demonstrated how shallow and self-serving he still is; and Robin is ambitious in career and clueless in love. So fix it. This season. Or I’m gone.

Dear Raising Hope: You are the funniest sitcom on TV today. Martha Plimpton should have won the Emmy. And Cloris Leachman should get an Emmy, a raise, and a host spot on SNL. Move over, Betty White; Cloris is a queen of comedy! Thanks for the laughs.

That’s it. I don’t watch all of these shows when they air. I catch up here and there when I can. Because, of course, my priorities are my family and my goals.

Let’s see how I did with my ROW80 goals this week. If my week was a TV show, would anyone watch?

Editing: SHARING HUNTER MILLS, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. Rewrote two chapters last week, so I’m progressing here.
  • Revise using Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS system.
  • Deliver to beta readers.


  • Post Sunday ROW80 updates, Amaze-ing Words Wednesdays, and Deep-Fried Fridays. Done.
  • Send interview questions to two guests I have lined up for my blog. Done.


  • Write two short stories. I did not work on this one. I’d like to move this goal up in priority, at least getting in 1k a week.


  • Read one writing craft book. Still deciding which one to read.
  • Attend workshop with Margie Lawson in Houston on October 13Looking forward to this workshop on Saturday!
  • Work through lessons of Scrivener online course a second time. Loved Gwen Hernandez’s course on Scrivener software. Finished it last week, so I’ll start combing back through this week.


  • Nothing special here. Just read. A lot. Currently reading No Apology by Mitt Romney. I read Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama in 2008. I like reading the presidential candidates’ books to see where they’re coming from.

Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. Done! Walked four times this week, including the Race for the Cure on Saturday.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) Organized some photos on my computer, so I’ll give this one a thumbs-up.

Now how was your week? What would you like to say to your TV shows based on the new season’s premieres? Do you have any writing craft book recommendations for me?

Be sure to cheer on my fellow ROWers! You can find them HERE.