Now You See Me…

Podcasts are one of the more recent types of media to take hold of our society. For a long time we were held captive by radio broadcasts but those fell out of favor once TV happened upon the picture. In such an image driven culture, I’m glad to see people gravitating more toward content instead of what they see.

I don’t know about everyone else but once I hear someone’s voice, I start to paint a picture of what they look like. Once I got hooked on the Reading Glasses podcast, I started to get a mental picture of the hosts. It’s almost funny how wrong I was.

I pictured Mallory as a woman in her mid 30s with short-ish brown hair and glasses. Pretty but ordinary looking until you get to know her. I was way off base. Instead, Mallory has a lot of interesting tattoos, purple and blue/silver hair, and a funky/alternative sensibility I love. I got the glasses and white part right.

I have no idea why but I pictured Brea as a petite woman of east Asian descent with pale skin. I pictured her style like that of several manic pixie dream girls with fun prints and lots of movement. Instead she’s a pretty white woman with dyed platinum hair and a hear shaped face. Very typically pretty with eyes that draw you in. I think got the petite thing right.

Both women are striking in a way I didn’t predict. It further goes to show that readers come in all shapes, sizes, and appearances.


A Capsule for Next Year?

A lot of capsule wardrobes feel very extreme or very small. Going from a standard America closet to 33 items for a season is very drastic. I thought maybe going somewhere in the middle might be a better compromise. What about 150 items?

I did a thorough count and realized that was almost every item including coats that I owned. It’s strange to realize that I own less than 200 items of clothing excluding workout gear, PJs/lounge wear, and occasion wear. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it might be an interesting idea. Then I read through the actual list.

There is no circumstance where I need 15 pairs of shoes for regular use. 80% of my shoe usage rotates between 4 pairs of shoes: casual sandals, arch supporting sandals, sneakers, and black slip-ons. The last ones are like a flat Mary Jane. My other shoes are my dressy wedges, snow boots, Uggs, skele-toe shoes, and cowboy boots. I have a back up pair of wedges that haven’t been put to use yet because finding dressy shoes in my size is that difficult. Drag queens have an easier time than I do.

If I started counting all my costume only pieces, I might have a problem but I could stand to cut down on some of them. I think I want to start off 2018 by doing another closet purge. Dump everything on my bed and go through it all.

I’ve got some stuff set aside that doesn’t fit at my current size stored away. If my lifestyle changes as I’m hoping, I may fit into those again and don’t want to start from scratch on clothing in that size. I could definitely stand to downsize more so I’ll brainstorm a bit and see what I come up with.

Spooky Scary Book Tag

I am so in the spirit of the season so I bring you the Spooky Scary Book Tag.

1. What goes bump in the night?: Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Humans are primarily sight based so how are you supposed to live not being able to use your primary sense at all? Both the story and concept scared me.

2. Jack O Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time.
The Gates by John Connolly. It literally takes place on Halloween.

3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.
In the Dark edited by Rachel Deering. It’s a graphic horror anthology so it has a little bit of everything.

4. Witch’s Brew: Favorite witch character in any book/series.
Sabrina from the Archie universe. I read the comices growing up, watch the TV series with Melissa Joan Hart, and read the only available installment in the horror spin-off.

5. Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).
Spidey Legs Lana. Worst book I ever read and I had it in hard copy! I want those hours of my life back.

6. Haunted Graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Not all graveyards are bad places.

7. The Undead: Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc).
Magic users: witches, warlocks, wizards, etc. I’ve always wanted magical powers so I try to get it vicariously. If I had to pick a monster, probably zombies because apocalypse scenarios fascinate me.

8. In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This book had a clever and vindictive female character so I really enjoyed how it shook up the world’s expectations.

9. Trick or Treat?
Treat. Life has played a lot of tricks on me lately and I could use a treat.

Music Monday: Witches and Magic

What’s Halloween without a little black magic?

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Witch-Hunt by Abney Park
Here There Be Witches by Creature Feature
Poor Unfortunate Souls by Jonathan Young
Witchfinder General by No Heart Country
Song of the Witches by S. J. Tucker
Double Trouble by John Williams
Witchcraft by Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys
Love Potion Number 9 by The Searchers

Finally Fall Book Tag

The summer heat has finally broken! I felt cause to wear close-toed shoes and sleeves. That means it’s a good time for the Finally Fall Book Tag.

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Alice in Wonderland. It was such a strange and beautiful world but it gave you enough freedom to imagine it in your own way.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
The Trees by Ali Shaw deals with loss, a strange apocalypse, and growing as a person.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
The Dog Merchants is about how complicated it is to find our next best friend. It definitely gave me insight I’d never had before.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
The Weasleys. It would be amazing to be surrounded by that much love and happiness.

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman has a story entitled October in the Chair where the months all gather around a fire and swap stories. October tells one that is perfect for this time of year.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
In the Dark: A Horror Anthology edited by Rachel Deering.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly. To explain it would be to spoil it but it’s a must read for any book lover.

9. Fall (luckily, it’s my favourite season) returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
A comfy sweatshirt, fuzzy socks, and a comfy pillow on my lap.

End of Summer Book Haul

I haven’t had one of these since July so it’s a bit overdue. I’ve been focused on getting as much as I can from my local library which has been a big money saver with all of the excellent books that came out recently. While I patiently await my chance to read Hillary’s memoir and the latest Night Vale, I did manage to score a few.

Goodwill finds

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum

Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex edited by Ellen Sussman

FHubs and I went to our local Goodwill recently. I got a really good deal on some books. The first two got some major love on BookTube

Bookstore Buys

Calla Cthulhu by Evan Dorkin
Good Night Rebel Girls by Elena Favili

I have no will power but I’m OK with that when it comes to these books about strong women.


The Royal We by Heather Cocks

I managed to talk my way into a free book at a library event.

That’s a total of 9 only 2 of which I paid full price for. I’m getting better at this ‘not-buying-all-the-books’ thing

Booktube Halloween Party Superlative Tag

A Sam’s Nonsense original but I modified it to be about book characters instead of BookTubers since I only watch a handful of channels.

1. Person most Likely to win the Halloween costume contest?
Peeta from The Hunger Games. He could literally paint himself into a corner.

2. Person most likely to be watching horror films on TV?
Crowley from Good Omens. As a denizen of hell, he’d probably be unimpressed.

3. Person Most likely to be playing with the dog?
Samuel Johnson and it’s probably his dog Boswell.

4. Person most likely to successfully trick or treat despite being an adult?
Squirrel Girl. She’s got a built in costume being a hero and all.

5. Person most likely to supply the best music for the party?
Deadpool. Based on his movie, which was very loyal to the character’s personality, he’s got fun taste

6. Person most likely to win the pumpkin carving contest?
Thistle from Spells, Swords, and Stealth series. He’s got excellent throwing skill and daggers that come when called.

7. Person most likely to win the baking contest?
Quinn from Final Girls. It was her post-massacre livelihood.

8. Person most likely to entertain everyone with spooky stories?
Mad-Eye Moody. He’s seen some stuff and would throw in a lesson on how not to be an idiot about it.