|"Far away there in the
sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
~~Louisa May Alcott
So we have a couple newsletters coming up that are
date-specific. With John's birthday on the 31st, I
generally like to send that newsletter on the actual
date. Further, Valentine's Day is right on the heels
of that. Thus, regular Sunday delivery for the
newsletter may switch to Fridays for the next month.
Because of this, I'm afraid all I have is another thrown
together one for today! But what else is new?
Looking Ahead to JABB in 2014
Last time I brought you the New Year's resolutions of assorted
Dyelanders. Today I'm going to share my own personal
2014 to do list. Here's hoping I can actually stick to
it! My goals are...
1. Get the last of the THC logo
infested TBAA snaps off the Photo
Gallery! I will be glad when I can look at photos
from any episode and not see a monstrous animated creature in
the corner promoting some new Hallmark product. ;-)
2. Speaking of the Photo Gallery, while I have no
expectation of actually finishing this during 2014, I would
like to at least start redoing the S1-4 galleries. I
have no idea why I made those photos so small.
3. I've recently started organizing the JABB web site
files and hope to further pursue that in the year ahead.
If done correctly, you probably won't see much change.
Although if you have various pages bookmarked, you might have
to alter those bookmarks in time. There's a chance that
this may lead to temporary broken links as I transition to a
more sensible web space filing system (as opposed to what I
have now which basically involves dumping everything into one
huge folder!) so I hope you'll let me know if you run into
4. I've really missed doing commentary over on the Author's
Cut so would love to get back to that.
5. I sometimes get feedback from folks who don't visit
the site so much because of John Dye or TBAA but rather
because they're working on stories or projects and use my
"sources" lists. So I'd like to get all those gathered
together on one page. It might not be of much use to us
JABBers but I figure making things easier and helping people
learn things is very much in keeping with John's and TBAA's
efforts to help others.
6. As recently discussed on the JABB YG, I would love to
get some sort of character chart going for the Dyeland
stories. I've made a couple for subsets but never even
attempted a full "family tree." It would be nice to
have, though, especially for people who try to get into the
stories while the whole saga's already in progress.
7. I'd love to get into a pattern where I'm not writing
these the day they're due. ;-)
8. I'll try to focus more on what I have done with JABB
instead of just what I want to do and haven't gotten around
to. I realize this list may not really evidence that as
a goal... but I'm a contradictory person sometimes. Ha!
9. I will continue to work on my Monica angst.
;-) But, really, I think comparing it now to even a few
months ago... I've really improved! I promise! No,
10. I promise to not let eventually finishing "The
Carpenter" turn me into an emotional mess who gets weepy over
hammers, blocks of wood, and Andrew Lloyd Webber music.
I understand that I will completely fail at this because I am
11. I will not let Annabelle turn into a convenient
sitcom-style baby who only ever gets mentioned when plotlines
are specifically baby-focused but is otherwise treated as a
12. I'll still try to address difficult issues but
strive to avoid telling jaded stories. Terrible stuff
happens. That's reality. But I believe that, while
the characters of Dyeland may be fanciful, their bonds
aren't. There are way more people out there loving each
other and trying to do good than the opposite. I want to
tell stories about those sorts of people.
13. I'd like to not do quite so much while fueled only
by caffeine. This may be the least likely to happen item
on this list.
14. I will continue to be grateful to John Dye for
portraying Andrew so beautifully that, over a decade after the
show ended, I just can't seem to let Andrew go. I'm glad
for that. And I'm glad that at least one of my
characters really has a real person behind Him.
Episodes in Two Seconds*
*Give or take a few seconds...
I don't even know where this idea came
from. Maybe just from reading tiny synopses on
TV schedule grids. But I got to wondering what
it would look like if we tried to give super brief
Andrewcentric descriptions of TBAA episodes. I'm
giving Season 2 a go first. Admittedly, it
probably woulda made more sense to do this after
watching S2 episodes... Oh well!
"The One that Got Away"- Andrew is an uninvited guest
to a wedding yet manages to be one of the most
charming despite horrid shoes. Monica acts like
a snot. Tess eats meatballs. Psychopath is
caught. Love blooms. Fun times were had by
"Til We Meet Again"- Tess steals Andrew's
football. The angels help a family come to terms
with a secret and say good bye to their dad. The
football is never seen again.
"Rock 'n Roll Dad"- Andrew dances with his umbrella
then spies on a couple in their bedroom. Viewers
feel a little uneasy. Tragedy strikes.
Rock star takes drugs. Tess protects his
daughter. Rock star becomes less Ozzy and more
Steven Curtis Chapman. Yay!
"Indigo Angel"- Andrew lives in a basement and later
wears an awesome tux. Blues legends sing.
Monica can't. Tess is the Countess. Club
owner goes to Heaven but only after straightening a
wall sconce cause, dude, priorities!
"Lost and Found"- Andrew loves computers.
Viewers feel giggly about him being so nerdy but then
have a mood crash. Most bittersweet dream
sequence ever commences. Kathleen is totes
creepy. Monica wins in a show down. Happy
"Dear God"- John Dye becomes a regular cast
member. Andrew fans rejoice! Angels read
their Dad's mail. Curmudgeon looks after an
orphaned girl. We all bask in TBAA's ability to
sensitively handle one of the darkest chapters in
"Portrait of Mrs. Campbell"- Dr. McLovely. That
"The Quality of Mercy"- Andrew fences! And is in
a Shakespeare play! Oh and there's something
about some guy cheating on his wife but... Andrew
"Birthmarks"- The angels school Mr. Feeny.
Andrew loves computers again. Angels talk more
about conception than ever since that one time in
"Statute of Limitations"- Andrew produces a scummy
talk show and ponders Monica's lower lip.
PLAID! Big time revelation and it's not from the
This newsletter is dedicated to
John Dye for signing on with TBAA and then agreeing
to stick around. Seriously. Look at your
life. What all would be different if he
hadn't? Okay, maybe you would have spent the
last ten minutes doing something a little more
productive than reading me blather. But other
than that... I bet your life wouldn't be as
cool. Enough said. Thanks, John!
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are from Touched
by an Angel
and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline
Productions, and Moon Water Productions. They are not being
used to seek profit.)