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Upcoming Chasing Zebras Events

Tomorrow, December 9:

I will be at Something’s Brewing Coffee House in Grayslake, IL. Stop by, have a cup of coffe or a nosh and schmooze with me about House M.D.!

From 9-10:30 a.m. I’ll be signing books at the downtown Grayslake store
82 E Center St
Downtown Grayslake, IL 60030

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. I’ll be at the Washington St. location

1126 E Washington St
Across from The College of Lake County
Grayslake, IL 60030

(Across from The College of Lake County)

I will have books for purchase–or bring your already acquired copy and I’ll be happy to sign that

Monday morning, December 13,

I’ll be on Fox 2 Detroit’s morning show, probably in the 9 ET hour sometime. You should be able to stream the broadcast on the station’s main page.

January 20, 2011

Signing at Barbara’s Bookstore’s biggest store right next to the University of Illinois at Chicago from 6-8 p.m.


Exclusive Magazine Reviews Chasing Zebras

From Exclusive Magazine


Book Reviews

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD
By: Barbara Barnett
(Paperback / 352 pages / Ecw Press / ISBN: 1550229559 / $17.95)Description: ‘Chasing Zebras’ is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture. It combines Barnett’s insights with details from her numerous interviews with the show’s writers, producers and actors.

Verdict: Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.

It reflects skillful scriptwriting and acting. In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.

What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalites of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas. [JVO]

Buy Chasing Zebras everywhere in paperback or in Kindle

New Radio interview about House, M.D. and Chasing Zebras

I did an interview this afternoon on CKWR Canadian radio. MsHouseFan was nice enough to record it :). Thanks!

A History of “Huddy”

First Published at Blogcritics Magazine

It’s been several years in the making, but this year “Huddy” will happen on House, M.D. That is, House (Hugh Laurie) and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) are about to embark on a relationship. According to the show’s Powers That Be, the two will really try to travel this road, fraught though it may be with potholes and other obstacles (including, I’m sure, House’s considerable issues and attitudes).

Season six ends with the camera focused on House and Cuddy’s clasped hands as they embrace standing in House’s bathroom. Nearly a mirror image of House’s season five delusion about Cuddy in “Under My Skin,” Cuddy once again rescues House from the depths of despair, this time with a simple declaration of her love, and more significantly this time for real.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think the House brain trust initially intended for House and Cuddy to wind up together six years after House’s “thin line between love and hate” rant in “Occam’s Razor.” House doth protest too much when Wilson suggests there’s something more than antagonism between House and his boss, hence the “thin line.” House retorts that this metaphorical line is long, deep, and quite heavily guarded.

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Don’t forget—Chasing Zebras is now available in bookstores across the U.S. (Try Barnes and Noble, which seems to have a couple copies in most stores). Right now it appears to be backordered at most online sellers, including Amazon, Borders and Barnes and Noble. It should be back in stock shortly. Hope all of you who have received your copy are enjoying it and as always value your feedback. If you like the book, do pass the word. Amazon reviews are always welcome!

If you happen to be in the Chicago area, please join me for a Launch Party, Sept 19 7-9 p.m. at Goose Island BrewPub in Wrigelyville. Fun to be had, prizes to be won, schmoozing and book signing. If you can’t join us in person, follow the party on Twitter @CZ_LaunchParty, sign during the party and particpate in the festivities virtually. You will be eligible for prizes whether you are there in person or virtually!

If you can make it either let me know or RSVP to sarah@ecwpress.com (who is the official organizer of the party). Copy of the invitation is down page front of the blog.

You Are Invited to a Book Launch Party!

ECW Posts First 25 pages of Chasing Zebras

ECW Press has posted the galleys from the firt 25 pages of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Included are a very detailed Table of Contents and the first chapter and a half. The book, which will be released September 1st is more than 400 pages, and includes and extensive six-season episode guide! Please pass the word and if you like what you see, feel free to comment on the book’s Amazon.com page

Dr. Gregory House–Kisser

All of House’s kisses leave me speechless, but here’s a poll to wile away the hours on this Sunday afternoon. The results will be used for a forthcoming Blogcritics article on House and Kissing.

Also a reminder that Brenda Novak’s auction to support diabetes research ends tomorrow. Your last chance to bid on hundreds of items for readers, writers and just about anybody, including an autographed copy of Chasing Zebras

House-Cuddy FanFiction, anyone?

OK, so now that the season has ended with House and Cuddy set to make a go of it–and since I’m busily wrapping up Chasing Zebras for publication and have little time the next few days to work on much other writing, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and provide links to all my House-Cuddy fan fiction.

I’ve been writing the House-Cuddy relationship since the latter half of season two. Some of the stories are quite long and others are little bitsy pieces. While most are complete, a few are WIPs. So, sit back, relax–and I hope you enjoy them!

Disclaimer: none of the House characters of mine, they are simply lovingly borrowed from TPTB.

NOTE: The stories are listed most recent first. So if you want read in order start at the bottom. Enjoy and let me know whatcha think!

1. Of Cabbages and Kings

Post “Both Sides Now.” House’s struggles at Mayfield. The title is taken from “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll. The Walrus and The Carpenter is a poem recited by Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee to Alice on her adventures in Wonderland.

2. Wonderland

House tries to cope with Kutner’s death and the multitude of losses suffered in the past year.

3. The Broken Path

House slowly recovers from the physical and emotional impact of “Wilson’s Head.

4. Cocoon

A little thought piece that takes place towards the end of the episode

5. A Normal Life

Takes place during season 4, but after Games. A tragic case leads to reconciliation between Cuddy and House

7. All In

Not based on the Season 2 episode written for the Cuddyfest prompt: Cuddy reacts to House’s faked brain cancer

8. Pas deDeux

Written and xposted to Cuddy Fest for the prompt: House watches Cuddy Dance

10. Pictures at an Exhibition

Complete. House deals with Foreman’s resignation and his growing attratction to Cuddy. Spoilers from House Training through the finale.
11. Imagining

What takes place after the end of Fetal Position.
12. Trapped in Broken Maze

Post halfwit. House is deals with his chronic pain problem. HouseCuddy friendship… Some references to events and discolsures in No Exit and Transitions. You don’t have to read those first, but it helps in understanding Cuddy’s relationship to House
13. Transitions

Complete! Continues from the No Exit. House leave rehab. Very much explores House’s relationship with Cuddy.

15. No Exit

Complete, with room for a sequel House makes a fateful decision after his dark night of the soul.
16. Dark Night

Missing scene from the end of Merry Little Christmas. Cuddy visits House after Wilson leaves. Spoilers for MLC. HouseCuddy friendship.
17. Breaking Point

Postep for Finding Judas. House goes home after cancelling Alice’s surgery.
18. Aftermath

Introspective piece following set towards the end of Son of Coma Guy. House reflects on what happened back in Atlantic City. A bit HouseCuddy
I couldn’t resist. I had to try and get into House’s head as he spends the night in jail
20. French Suite No 5

Happens after the credits roll for Skin Deep. HouseCuddy friendship.
21. Esther

Post episode for All In. House reflects on a lot of things as Cuddy visits him early the morning after the poker tournament.
22. Closure

It’s not really closure. In his office late at night, after the carpet layers and Cameron have gone, House reflects.
23. The Gift

House stands vigil as the carpet installers remove the new carpeting

24. loss

Cuddy suffers a terrible loss. HouseCuddy friendship.
26. floating

House undergoes the experimental Ketamine treatment. He finds an ally and more in Cuddy. Story is pretty much about their relationship postshooting and into early season 3.