Rizzles Unlimited is Closed

Liv's original post regarding this is copied below for your convinence. At this time, the site has been closed. It has been saved offline and, should Rizzles and free time return, this site may.

Rizzles Unlimited is Sort of Retiring

July 23, 2014 by Adm_Hawthorne

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who follows this blog, be that via twitter, tumblr, facebook or you just visit this site on a regular basis. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate your support. To those I've worked with over the years, you're all amazing people, and I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to know you. I very much appreciate the time and dedication you put into what you do.

That said, I feel it's time to take a step back. I've been blogging for and about Rizzoli & Isles since the start of Season 2, and I've had a great time doing it. I've gotten to do things, see things, and meet some really interesting and talented people. It's been a blast, but all good things have to come to an end, and that's where I am with this blog.

I want to be clear here. I am not completely disappearing off the face of the internet as Rizzles Unlimited. I'll still post and tweet, but it won't be on as regular of a basis anymore. I simply don't have the time to devote to it as I once did. Consider this a semi-retirement from blogging about this show.

There are a lot of life things happening right now that are taking my time away, and, frankly, the show doesn't captivate me as it once did. I'd rather stop now and take a step back than continue on and make the fan experience less great for someone else because of my hangups with certain aspects of the show.

Below is a quick FAQ of things I'm guessing you might want to know.

Again, thank you for being great fellow fans and bothering to pay attention to me all of this time. I look forward to doing it some more, just not on as regular of a basis.

How did I get into the show?

My wife wanted to watch it after watching the TNT promos for the pilot. I didn't want to watch it at all. I told her, based on the promos, it was going to be another Xena show where they do the whole are they/ aren't they thing until the bitter end, which didn't interest me. If I wanted to watch that, I'd go watch the Olivia Benson and Alex Cabot episodes of Law & Order: SVU.

I lost the battle for the remote, and we wound up watching the pilot plus 8 of the episodes as they first aired. "I'm Your Boogie Man" is what hooked me. After that, I watched the new episodes on my own, I started writing fan fiction, and the rest is history.

What are my favorite episodes?

The pilot will always be in my favorites list. After that:

-"Born to Run"

-"I'm Your Boogie Man"

-"Remember Me"

-"Killer in High Heels"

-"Food for Thought"

I'm a big fan of episodes in which both Jane and Maura are both solving the crimes together in a direct manner.

I give honorable mention to "Virtual Love" because of Korsak's "In the IRL" line, and I give a shout out to "Tears of a Clown" for producing a drinking game in which you take a drink each time they use the word clown. Also, damn you, Janet Tamaro. Clowns are creepy as hell. *shudders*

Why am I semi-retiring?

Well, as I said in the blurb, a lot of real life is happening, which is eating my time. I just can't dedicate to the show like I used to do, and I don't want to start becoming too jaded about any of it. I think a little dose now and then is fine, but let's not over do that.

Am I retiring because they're not lesbians (yet)?

No. In fact, that would never be a reason. I have enjoyed the show because of the relationship between Jane and Maura and how we've learned about that relationship through the lense of them solving crimes together. To me, the show has always been about the relationship, and I don't care if that relationship is just a friendship or something more. What I've always cared about is seeing that interaction between these two characters. That's the heart of the show, and that's what has kept me watching all of this time.

Will I be handing Rizzles Unlimited off to someone else?

Nope. That's not going to happen. RU has always just been little ol' me doing all the updates and such. @Ipstenu has been my webmaster, and she's been amazing. @redwingx has also stepped up from time to time when I couldn't tweet on an R&I night. She's been a great help, but, as far as actual blog postings go, that's always been me with the exception of the few guest spots in which really terrific people have given me their experiences to share from times they've encountered R&I people. That won't change. I'm way too much of a control freak.

Will I still be writing fan fiction?

Periodically, I probably will. I write as the mood strikes me. Right now, I'm into writing Swan Queen, but I do occasionally do a one shot for Rizzles. I don't foresee that changing. The Jane & Maura pairing will always be a favorite of mine, and I'm not just going to step away from that.

What am I going to do next?

Drink coffee. I plan to drink lots of coffee, maybe finish the novel I've been working on for about a year. I'm two thirds of the way done with it. Heck, maybe I'll try to get that published? (Stop laughing. It could happen... maybe? *crickets*)

Do I plan to do another fan blog? Not really, but, if the right show with the right mix of things were to come up, I certainly wouldn't pass the opportunity up. I've had a lot of fun running this one. I wouldn't mind doing it again under the right set of circumstances.

What's the best thing I've experienced regarding the show?

I bet you think I'm going to say it was that time my buddy from AUSXIP allowed me to tag along, and I got to meet Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and then got to visit the set while they were taping, right?

That was up there, but that's not it.

It's also not the time I helped @joyltom organize a fan run convention for the show, even though I met some outstanding people. It was an interesting experience; I'll give you that, but it's not the best thing, either. By the way, meeting @tessgerritsen was a highlight of that experience, and, if you ever get the chance to go to a book signing or a place where she'll be speaking, go. I mean it. You need to go hear her speak.

The best thing has been the fandom. I know that sounds hokey, and it's probably surprising to hear if you follow me at all on my personal stuff, but it is the truth. For the most part, the fandom is really great, and I've loved being actively involved with such a unique and talented group of people.

I've made some wonderful friends because of this fandom, and, for that, I am eternally grateful.