On the Road: North Carolina + Coming Attraction!!!!!

Okay, I’m only in NC for the night and damn glad to be off the road since it’s looking like the trip Google said would be ten hours is actually going to be twelve. Did the first six today and can I just say to the people living in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, you live in really beautiful states. When it’s gorgeous from the interstate, you know it’s beautiful clean through. For most of the way, I was just sailing, heaven outside the car and Springsteen in. “Thunder Road” was particularly fine. Of course, you miss a lot if you stick to the interstate. I was most tempted by the “Ona Whim Antique Shop” because I couldn’t figured out if Mr. Whim had a sadistic sense of humor when naming his daughter, or if somebody was trolling for impulse shoppers, and I wanted to ask, but I stayed the course.

But enough about me. Someone fabulous is going to be here on Tuesday, Oct. 30, doing the first ever guest blog on Argh Ink:

Jane Espenson!

If you’re a Buffy fanatic, you’re probably doing the fan squee now. Jane wrote “Band Candy,” she wrote “Pangs” (the one with the funny syphilis), she wrote “Earshot” and “I Was Made To Love You,” but that’s just the beginning. She invented Dennis in the Angel episode “RM w/a VU” (one of my all time faves, if only for the way Cordelia snarls the line, “The bitch is back!”), she’s worked on Gilmore Girls and Battlestar Galactica, she contributed to the Tales of the Vampires comics which are wonderful, and she has a brilliant blog at http://www.janeespenson.com/ where she gives away her wisdom and experience and what she had for lunch. She is, in short, freaking fabulous.

And on Tuesday, she’s HERE. (Small break while I lie down for a moment to recover.) No, really, she’s going to guest blog here on the difference between writing novels and scripts, and I’m going to ask her about graphic novels, too, because I know that’s a third language. So get your questions lined up now. (That’s why I’m giving you four days notice, although now that I think of it, you’ve never had trouble coming up with questions or comments before, so this may be overkill. Oh, well.)

Oh, and she also wrote the “Shindig” episode of Firefly and has just edited the second collection of essays on Serenity, the movie that followed the criminally short-lived series. The collection is called Serenity Found, and it follows Espenson’s first edited collection Finding Serenity.

SERENITY SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Maybe she can explain why Wash had to die. Not that I’m bitter.

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Where was I?

Right. Jane Espenson, guest-blogging here, Oct. 30.