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Tor Post: Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Fairy Tales!

Hello there, everyone! I’ve got a new post in the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows over at, and it just so happens that both Once Upon a Time and Grimm had very love-centric episodes this week!

It’s Once Upon a Time Ep 12, “Skin Deep,” vs Grimm Ep 11, “Tarantella,” each with a quality genre guest star. OUaT had Lost‘s Emilie de Ravin and Grimm had Angel‘s Amy Acker. Both ladies were awesome in their roles!

Once Upon a Time:

Emilie de Ravin was a brilliant guest star as Belle. She gave a beautifully nuanced performance, capturing gentleness, strength, stubbornness, and insecurity, and making this new version of Belle stand head and shoulders above the animated Disney version, even as they have similar wardrobes.


Amy Acker, Amy Acker, and Amy Acker. She played Lena with a deep sadness around which everything else was built, making everything she did compelling as she balanced hatred of her biological imperatives with her feelings for her husband and her desire to do the right thing.

For the rest of my review in full, CLICK HERE! And, as always, if you have comments, please leave them over at the post.



Tor Post: Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm #10

You know what I used to do? I used to put posts up with links to stuff that I’ve written elsewhere so that people who read my blog can check out what I’m doing on other sites.

You know what I suck at lately? See above.

Allow me to correct that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Over at, I’ve been writing the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows where week after week I pit Once Upon a Time and Grimm up against each other in a fierce battle for fairy tale domination. It’s actually not that fierce as I genuinely love both shows (with a slight preference for Grimm), but conflict attracts eyeballs, right?

This week, I compare OUaT Ep 11, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” to Grimm Ep 10, “Organ Grinder,” and it was a really strong week for both shows!

Once Upon a Time:

An engaging, entertaining episode that spoke to issues larger than the show. Is it okay, as Shakespeare writes in Merchant of Venice, โ€œTo do a great right, do a little wrong?โ€ Because the actions are so extreme in this episode, both fan and casual viewer alike are drawn in to the morality debate. Was Emma right to break into Reginaโ€™s office to find proof of wrongdoing? Is Mary Margaret right to continue seeing David? Was The Genie right to kill the king that was keeping his wife a prisoner? Yes. And no. And yes again. โ€œFruit of the Poisonous Treeโ€ is one of the most thought-provoking episodes of Once Upon a Time thus far.


โ€œOrgan Grinderโ€ made me wholeheartedly and unabashedly love Nick. From his wanting to tell Juliette about his double life sooner rather than later, to his acknowledging that sometimes itโ€™s better to act as a Grimm than a cop, we see more evidence of his growth here than we have in the nine episodes before it. It was a great choice to have Monroe become concerned that his friendship with Nick was limited to interaction about creature-related cases, and Iโ€™m thrilled that we and Nick now all know that his favorite color is red.

For the full review, as well as my crackpot theories about The Stranger on OUaT and Captain Renard on Grimm, check out Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm Ep 10: Wishes, Organs, and My Crackpot Theories”

And if you have any comments, leave them over at the post! Thanks for reading!

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 10/19/10

What’s up, homies?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Told you this feature would be back. In fact, the reason why it hasn’t been here is because NYCC ate me alive, and I’ve been writing my face off. Here are the scribblings that made it to the web within the past week:

GEEK THEATER REVEW OF CIRCUS OF CIRCUS: OCT. 14! Head over to Pink Raygun for my review of a creative, intriguing theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

NYCC PANEL SPOTLIGHT: IMAGE COMICS WRITERS PANEL: OCT. 14! Check out my write-up of one of the most entertaining and informative writing panels I’ve ever been to at a con over at!

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: OCT. 14! Check out my latest rapid-fire reviews at Newsarama. I review Knight & Squire #1 and Superior #1.

CAPRICA: S1.5, EP 10 – RETRIBUTION: OCT. 14! My review of the most recent episode of Caprica! (And, you’ll be watching the new episode TONIGHT, right?) ๐Ÿ™‚

So, October 14th was a really big day for Teresa Jusino, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Comic Con was over on the 10th, and I was banging out these articles all while I recovered from three consecutive late nights of daily con write-ups. BOO YA! I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself this past week. There is more NYCC coverage coming – in fact, my NYCC Panel Spotlight of the James Marsters panel hit today – as well as the review of tonight’s episode of Caprica.

That’s a lot of scribbling to keep up with! If you want to always be in the loop, go on and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page!

Also, don’f forget that my short story chapbook, ON THE GROUND FLOOR, is available for purchase! Click the link to the right, and get your copy today!

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled here. There will be big news and new endeavors announced soon!

NYCC Recovery, Productivity, and EXCITING NEWS!


Sporting my Jayne hat at NYCC 2010


Hello everyone!

As always happens after a convention, I was a bit shell-shocked after NYCC. Even during those moments at the con when I was sitting quietly in the food court having a cup of coffee, my brain wouldn’t stop spinning. There was so much visual stimulation going on, so many conversations floating past me that I couldn’t stop myself from listening to…it was a lot of fun, but SUPREMELY EXHAUSTING.

This is just my excuse for not having blogged substantively in a while. Sorry! ๐Ÿ™‚

And then there’s the writing about NYCC, which I’m still doing. I did write-ups at for all three days, and there are specific panels I wanted to write about individually, because I thought they were worthy of attention. My NYCC Panel Spotlight on the Image Comics Writers Panel is already up, and more spotlights will be up this week. And then there are the creator interviews I have planned, which should be going up next week.

And in this flurry of activity, I realized something…I’ve written a LOT. So often, I think I’m not doing enough, or not being productive enough. Then I turn around and look at what I have produced and think, “Holy crap! Look at all those purdy words.” It’s a nice feeling to realize that I’m not as much of a slacker as I thought. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though it’s hard to NOT feel like a slacker. Freelancing makes you lose track of what day it is, and the hours of your day run together in such a way as to make you lose your concept of time altogether. I’ve noticed that it’s become hard for me to judge how long it will take me to do something. Did I spend an hour writing that article? Or did I spend 4 hours working on it? Lately, I’ve been shocked whenever I check the time, because I never see the time I expect to see. Losing track of time makes it hard to judge how much you’ve accomplished, because you always feel like you’re spinning your wheels not doing anything. What I have to remember is that all that wheel-spinning IS productivity, and I should stop and enjoy what I have done every once in a while.

So, I haven’t done a Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up since Sept. 28th. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to get back to that being a regular feature, but if you don’t want to miss a link to my geeky online scribblings, or any of my writing news, please “LIKE” MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE! Yeah, I know. It sounds so douchey to say I have a “fan page,” but really it’s just a repository for all my links and stuff, so you can have them all in one place.

And there’s some big news! My horror short story, “December”, has been selected to be in the next issue of Crossed Genres! It’s Issue #24, the “Characters of Color” issue, and it will be available for purchase November 1st! It’s the first time I’ve sold a piece of my fiction, so I’m very excited about it. You might have already read “December” at this very blog, but now that it’s been edited for publication, I’ve taken the story down. So, the ONLY way to read the new-and-improved version it will be by snagging a copy of Crossed Genres next month!

There’s other big publishing news coming up. I’m going to be included in another collection next year, but I can’t tell you what it is yet. However, and this is mostly for the geeks out there, you will SQUEE when I tell you what it is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will fill you in on this Seekrit Project as soon as I can. I’m very excited about this one, too.

So, this year marks the first time I’ve ever been paid for my online writing, AND it marks my first sales to edited anthologies/collections. Not bad for a slacker! ๐Ÿ™‚

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