Last week I put in motion a plan to head to Las Vegas in a few weeks. And one of the acts I plan on seeing is Mac King. The rope trick is one of those old standards that can be new and fun with the right presentation. And if you have a few more minutes, King has a great story about this trick.
It’s Monday! What Am I…
Two library books that I had on hold became available within 24 hours of each other.
It’s bad form to complain about an overage of things to read, isn’t it? And, apparently, I’m on a book-to-movie kick.
More of the usual. Now that New Year Fest is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to get Spring League going. Probably a lot of blog posts this week. And I really need to get some writing done!
Part of the reason I wanted do fewer formal reading challenges was to make room for things like Kaleena’s #PoeAThon.
I’d been thinking about reading some Poe, so this was perfect! And it’s still going on this lovely Monday! Today, I’ll be reading “For Annie,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Premature Burial.”
I’m ahead of where I thought I’d be with my TBR this month since I read Laurant: The Man of Many Mysteries last week. Next, I’ll probably read a couple Shelf Maintenance titles.
I’m thinking Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker orThe Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. Or, maybe I’ll head to the library before the 24 in 48 Readathon this weekend.
I’m engaged in the usual late-January things: listening to basketball, watching tennis, playing some ultimate frisbee, reeling over the fact that the first month of the year is 2/3 over.
One thing is different from most years. This year I won’t be participating in New Year Fest, our yearly local ultimate tournament. I’ve decided that playing more than three games in a day is not fun and should be avoided. Even helping out on-site has been murder on my back the last few years. So, instead, this weekend I’ll be doing the 24 in 48 Readathon. Switching out one favorite thing for another…
I figure the New Year is a good time to revive my twist on celebrating the first day of the week: Magic Monday.
To kick off the year, let’s start with Eric Chien’s award-winning Ribbon routine. It’s on the longer side, but well worth it.
It’s Monday! What am I…
Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married by Abby Ellin
Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie by Chris O’Leary
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Short stories: “A Dog’s Story” by Gardner Dozois for Deal Me In, “The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax” by Arthur Conan Doyle, some tales from The Black Cat.
It’s finally starting to feel like the holidays are over. With New Year’s Eve and Day on Monday and Tuesday of last week, it was kind of easy to ignore the rest of the three day “week.” Even (especially?) working from home, it can be easy to fall into a vacation trap.
This week, I’m looking to get back to writing in a more regular manner and generally get back into some sort of schedule. And AB League starts! Between the holidays and colder weather (it’s been in the 50s!!!), I didn’t play much ultimate in December. The holiday goodies are taking their toll on my waistline.
I haven’t officially DNFed Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (an author I usually really enjoy), but I’m moving on for the moment.
Nothing to Devour by Glen Hirshberg – I’ve been looking forward to starting this ARC for a while now. Glen Hirshberg is one of my favorite horror writers.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Reading this slowly with the readalong.
Paradise Lost by John Milton – I’m rereading Paradise Lost as part of #FrankenSlam!—reading the books that Frankenstein’s creation read in Frankenstein. I have no idea what someone who has never read the Bible or Greek myths would make of this poem. I’m rereading it after 20 years of additional reading and I’m picking out so many new things.
Short stories! I have some Thomas Ligotti coming up this week.
I pretty much binged Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House over the weekend. I’ve read the Shirley Jackson book several times (as well as many of her other books), I adore the 1963 movie adaptation called The Haunting, and I even made Eric go with me to watch the 1999 movie when it was in theaters. How does this series hold up? Well… It’s a pretty solid haunted house/haunted people story. Its cast, direction, and production values are great. It offers quiet chills along side the occasional shock. In particular, episode 6 is a really nice piece film-making and storytelling. As a Shirley Jackson adaptation? Some of the direct nods to the text work, some don’t. (And maybe nods to The Haunting as well—that spiral staircase looks so familiar!) In my opinion though, the main deviation from the novel really makes this not The Haunting of Hill House at all. Doesn’t mean I won’t rewatch it…
Finished A Long Fatal Love Chase on Saturday. I plan on reviewing it on Thursday. This week:
Dead & Buried by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – This is the second pick from my #RIPXIII TBR jar. Can’t say I’m too enthusiastic about it, but a pick is a pick.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – For #SomethingWickedFall. Which reminds me, Michelle posted the first discussion post yesterday.
Candyman by Jon Towlson – This book is part of the Devil’s Advocate book series of horror film criticism. Candyman (dir. Bernard Rose, 1992) is one of my favorite horror movies. I’m also reading the original Clive Barker story, “The Forbidden.”
Plus Paradise Lost, Black Cat short stories, and who knows what else!
Not very R.I.P., but I rewatched Logan Lucky over the weekend. I do love a good comedy heist.
Also not on the spooky side, but I started listening to the Secret History of the Future podcast. It’s a joint effort between Slate and The Economist, hosted by Seth Stevenson and Tom Standage, author of The Turk. Indeed, the first episode is about the mechanical Turk and the “trick” that is some of today’s AI. I’m about three episodes in and they’ve all been good.
It’s all about ladies being spookily in love this week:
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo – I’m at 20%. I expected a few more supernatural aspects, but there’s a lot of book left.
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – I’m nearly 100 pages in and it’s still ridiculous fun.
…a few gothic short stories for good measure.
And starting Saturday:
Yep, pre- and post- readathon readathons. And a Something Wicked This Way Comes read-along and watch-along. Can October get any better? All the details are up on the Seasons of Reading blog.
What do I have on my #Frightfall TBR?
I like the concept of cover albums where each track of an album has been covered by a different artist. Nightmare Revisited is one of my favorites of that genre. (And tell me that Flyleaf’s cover of “What’s This” can’t nearly double as a Christmas song?)
Well, our first “for real” frisbee league game was rained out last week. On one hand, yay! rain! On the other, boo! soggy fields. Such is life in the Valley of the Sun. We are finally down around the 100F mark for highs—fall is here! 🍂
I made a push to finish Christopher Sandford’s Houdini and Conan Doyle on Sunday. I should have my thoughts about it put together by Thursday. But with that out of the way, it’s pure R.I.P. for a while:
The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko – I’m at about 60% and should finish later this week.
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – Pick from my TBR jar.
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo – ARC.
Gothic short stories! I might also have a post about the first half of my gothic reading on Wednesday or so.