⚜️ Always & Forever ⚜️


L-R Back row: Hope (Summer Fontana), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Freya (Riley Voelkel), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic). Front row: Niklaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt).

All good things come to an end…even when thousands of fans cry, kick, scream and pound their fists (aka hashtags) against the entertainment industry. Another favorite TV show is about to see its series finale, but at least they’re going out in their prime and not after they’ve sucked the life essence out of their ratings. Yes, that was a vampire pun, you may laugh now.


L-R: Camille (Leah Pipes), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Klaus (Jospeh Morgan), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Davina (Danielle Campbell) and Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood)

But what does that mean for my new-found favorite actors and actresses? The absolute worst part about seeing a popular TV show come to an end, is that 9 times out of 10, those actors slip into oblivion and we never hear from them again. Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt were already stars in both Australia (think mermaids) and America (think the L.J. Smith book-turned-show that completely tanked), but what about the rest of the cast?


Charles Michael Davis as


Marcellus “Marcel” Gerard

Charles Michael Davis–in my blunt opinion–should be a household name for coming on screen and owning it time and time again. He also made his directing debut during Season 4, so maybe he’ll be spending more time behind a camera, rather than in front one? (That would be a crying shame!) Unfortunately, this super sexy actor doesn’t even have a single social media account, so I can’t stalk…er…follow him to find out what he has in store next!


Joseph Morgan played…wait for it…a total backstabbing douche in the movie The Immortals with Luke Evans and Mickey Rourke, so that’s not really showing he has much range as an actor. But in The Originals, Klaus was hands-down the most complex character on the show, so I really hope that’s gotten Joseph noticed. And while Daniel Gillies is just as talented, I personally think he needs to take a little break from acting and become my personal book cover model, because the man is the walking epitome of suit-porn. Just sayin’.

I also want to note here that even though accents are supposed to be like acting 101 basics, I still think the native Aussie, Phoebe Tonkin, should be highly commended for her ability to pull off an extremely convincing American accent. Yes, I know she managed it just fine as Faye Chamberlain in The Secret Circle, but on The Originals, she was surrounded by Brits and Aussies who didn’t have to give up their native accents whatsoever. That had to have taken a lot of focus.


The Originals series pioneered the way for spin-off shows in a way no other show had ever done before on the CW (possibly any network?) – it was a MASSIVE success. I fell in love with the villainous, Viking era original vampires, the Mikaelsons, when they were in Mystic Falls causing all kinds of mayhem on The Vampire Diaries. Klaus quickly became that evil bastard you loved to hate and hated to love, but couldn’t get enough of either way. He made Damon Salvatore look like a puppy dog and when they all left the show, VD started a rapid decline.

Le Grand Guignol

Then, the Mikaelson family got their own show, and headed south to reclaim their long-lost home in NOLA, and we got introduced to a whole new cast of characters to fall head-over-heels for, or hate, or mourn…it’s a supernatural TV show, not everyone lives…or can be killed…or stays dead – you get the point! (Ha! Get it? Point. This is too easy.)

Reigning Pain in New Orleans

I don’t know about any of the other fans, but The Originals quickly surpassed their parent show, TVD, by a landslide and I found myself preferring the spin-off over…well, the original. Hey, I didn’t name the show, some puns can’t be avoided. It was darker, dirtier, sexier and deeper in an emotional way that didn’t have you rolling your eyes and groaning “OMG is she crying again?” (VD fans, you know who I’m talking about). Bloody, gory, seductive and full of ancient magic, obscure lore, witches, vampires, wolves and hybrids – all amplified by the unmistakable atmosphere of New Orleans.

The Originals also got a reputation for the unexpected shock, the one that leaves the audience staring at the screen with jaws dropped and a “WTF just happened?!” look on their faces. Mostly, because it doesn’t always happen during the ‘final’ episode of the season when people actually expect to get a little surprise.

Yes, I know, Game of Thrones still gets the iron crown for its unparalleled shocking episodes, but the audience expects it now, so it’s not really that shocking to get shocked by GoT anymore. If fans were smart, they stopped routing for anyone after the first season, anyway!


And so I conclude this partial tantrum, mostly tribute to yet another series I will stomp my feet and pout about losing so much that I won’t even watch the last season until it shows up on Netflix, so I can delay the inevitable. At least I still have the Neverending Story…aka Supernatural. And Lucifer. Oh, yeah, I love me some Lucifer. 😉

Stop judging and watch the trailer…. O_o … Wait, the trailer is full of spoilers, so if you’re a newbie to TO, skip the trailer and go watch the show. Seriously, what’s the hold up?

Are you a fan of The Originals? Who is or was your favorite character? I can’t pick a favorite. I’m going to miss them all.

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Jet Skipping

Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?


I’m really not adverse to traveling anywhere, but for the sake of today’s prompt, I’ll admit that the first place that came to mind was New York.

No offense to New Yorkers or people who absolutely love the Big Apple, I have just never ever, not even remotely in the tinniest bit of ways ever wanted to visit this metropolis.  I know that it’s significant in so many ways; history, art, literature, fashion… and that’s great, it can be all of those things without me ever stepping foot inside of it.  I think a lot of that has to do with my introvertedness.  The idea of being in such an overcrowded city just makes me cringe with anxiety, especially when the buildings tower over you and make you feel even more claustrophobic.

Huge factions of my family settled in and around the Chicago area for decades, and I, likewise to New York, have no desire whatsoever to visit the Windy City.  But, perhaps the surrounding areas.  If I could magically transport myself to the inside of all of the amazing museums in both cities, then I would definitely do that!

My interests, culturally, have always lied in the ancient Mediterranean lands of Egypt, Italy, Greece, etc.  I could spend months doing family research in Ireland… and, of course, checking out the pubs. 😉  If I were to spend the money, I would much rather travel to one of those places, instead.  I would probably spend the whole time nervous as hell because they’re equally as crowded as New York, but I think the much older history, art, architecture, etc. would make up for the large groups of tourists.   Not to mention, the ability to still see the sky.  Stateside, I have always wanted to visit places like New Orleans, and many of the New England towns, but that’s about it.

Sorry, New York.  It’s not you, it’s me.

My Sanctuary

The Daily Post is asking: If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?

French Quarter 1I haven’t traveled enough to have a second favorite location that I’d love spending half of my time exploring.  I wish I could answer with Florence, Santorini or even the Big Easy; dining alfresco on a balcony of the Royal Cafe, soaking up endless jazz and the unhurried flow of the deep south, the complementary mesh of Creole and Cajun, the energy of the tourists.  I just, sadly, don’t have those experiences to know for certain.

What I do know, is that if I could get away with splitting my time in two different places without my entire world unraveling, one place would have to be here, at home with my kids, being a mom, a daughter, a friend and constantly juggling all of the things that life throws my way.  The other place would be a sanctuary of silence and solitude.  No phones, no televisions, no responsibilities except for the laptop in front of me with the handful of novels still waiting to be written.

I don’t need a cabin in the woods or house by the lake.  Those could be distractions.  I might spend more time outdoors exploring, than inside writing.  I wouldn’t shrug these options off, though, because as we all know, scenery can be quite inspirational for creative writing.  I think a quiet place surrounded by a garden would be sufficient.  There’s a lot to be said about vast gardens, the bright sunny places, as well as the deep pockets of shade where any number of stories hide, just waiting for the right author to pluck them out, examine them and give them voice.

As long as I had my MP3 player, plenty of coffee and something to write with, I would be in the next best place on Earth other than home.  🙂