Sunday Salon, 4/5

Sunday Salon

Reading

I haven’t yet gotten into my April reading stride. I did finish John Polidori’s The Vampyre, my Classics Club choice of the month. I plan on posting about it when I finish my Dracula reread.

Dracula Supernatural Noir Five Midnights

It was pointed out by Tasheena Rose @ Scifantasor that April is halfway to Halloween. Sounds good to me.

Watching

I decided Monday to do an unofficial April A to Z with horror films. The best of them thus far has been Cam (2018). We’ve also been taking advantage of the free HBO content and watched The Inventor, about Theranos, and McMillions, about the McDonalds Monopoly fraud case.

 


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Sunday Salon, 3/29

Sunday Salon

Reading

On the blog last week, posts about The Long Winter and my comfort-reading of all the Helene Hanff books I own.

After something of a reading extravaganza last weekend, and pushing to finish The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, I was in the mood to read…nothing! I did start listening to Little Town on the Prairie while “homesteading” in Minecraft.

I’ll be participating in Page-A-Thon again in April and Spring into Horror. Here’s my tentative TBR for the month:

The Vampyre: A Tale Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural Supernatural Noir
  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori – also for Classics Club
  • Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural by Jim Steinmeyer – also for the Unread Shelf
  • Supernatural Noir by Ellen Datlow  (Editor) – also for Occult Detectives FB group
  • And probably a reread of Dracula by Bram Stoker

Watching

Decided this week that it had been too long since I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And thankfully, Hulu has the show in the non-remastered format. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a good video on it.)

(Just realized I have a lot of vampires going on here…)

Other Stuff

I did a thing!

Mephisto cover

Mephisto, the Marvellous Automaton is a curiosity I came across when researching stories for my automaton anthology. It’s sort of a promotional pamphlet for a chess-playing automaton. I cleaned up the formatting from the scanned version available through HathiTrust and converted it to various ebook types. It’s available for download for FREE (along with the other “Entangled TOMES”) at my website, Entangled Continua.

Otherwise,


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Sunday Salon (on Monday), 3/23

Sunday Salon

Reading

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

I participated-ish in the #24in48 Readathon over the past weekend. I didn’t really keep track of my time. I could go back and count up the numbers I do have, but, eh. I did finish The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff, and listed to the audio book of Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever teleplay. I should probably post on all those things before I’m tired of my own opinions on them.

This week: I need to finish this Houdini book. I didn’t realize that it was only a 14 day check-out!

Thing I’m Enjoying

@IsBetelgeuseOK

If you haven’t heard, Betelgeuse might be going supernova. Or maybe not. The star, which we see as part of the Orion constellation, has been dimming, but then brightened again in past month or so. Just part of its cycle? A lead-up to an explosion? Don’t know. Whatever the case, someone out there is writing  snarky, but oddly optimistic tweets as the star.

Music

R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know (And I Feel Fine)” might be à propos (“It’s time I had some time alone…”), but the band has another apocalypse-ready tune:

I have water I have rum
Wait for dawn and dawn shall come
Underneath the bunkers in the row

Other Stuff

Ultimate frisbee league is cancelled until at least April 4th and I also cancelled the pickup game I organize. At the end of the day, I would have felt terrible if someone had gotten sick or gotten someone else sick. Eric and I have been running and throwing. Our field was still soggy all of last week (it rained again on Wednesday), so we’ve been doing shorter sprints in a dry-ish corner. And, man, that is tough work. I’ll be happy to get back to 60-70 yard intervals.

My parents and sister seem to be doing okay. Both called me on Saturday. So much for social distancing! I kid, really. It was good to hear from them. My mom had sent me a Swiss Colony package. “You’d sounded kind of down in your emails,” she told me. And she knows that assorted nibblies is a good way to cheer me up.

Stay well, internet friends.


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Sunday Salon, 3/15

Sunday Salon

Books

Last week, or the week before, I found that The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski was available at my online library. I put it on hold and figured I could get through my Classics Club and Unread Shelf books during the 6 week wait time. It, of course, became available on Friday…

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini The Long Winter (Little House, #6)

I also moved away from Charles Fort and started The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I haven’t entirely DNFed The Book of the Damned yet, but it’s at the back of the queue for the month.

Next Saturday-Sunday is a surprise 24 in 48 Readathon. I haven’t signed up yet, but I probably will.

Other Stuff

Social distancing isn’t too hard for Eric and me. We work at home already and aren’t terribly social. Alas, our one activiy, ultimate frisbee, was cancelled this past week due to weather and next week due to an abundance of caution over COVID-19. I’m staying off of public transportation for the near future and we’re going to cook instead of getting take-out for a while. In the weather realm, Arizona has had record amounts of rain this year, with more on the way. I love rain, but hate flooded fields…

I swear, 2020 is bent on being the longest year ever. Stay well, internet friends.


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Sunday Salon, 3/8

Sunday Salon

Books

Finished and posted some thoughts on Bad Blood.

The Book of the Damned (Illustrated) Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural

Started The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort as my next Classics Club pick. This one is tough sledding, let me tell you. I also added Jim Steinmeyer’s biography of Fort to my library in hopes of it helping me make sense of whatever Fort is going on about.

On the horizon, Spring into Horror! I don’t know what I’m going to read yet. Possibly a reread of Dracula. I really seem to be in the mood to reread things this year.

Movies/Television

Beware, beware! in this video there is a swear. (A small, grumbled one.)

So, I after getting through half an episode, I tried again and binged my way through The Witcher. Honestly, I’d really rather this series was just Geralt and Jaskier traveling around solving monster problems. Otherwise, eh. It really makes me wish someone would develop Paul Kidd’s trio of Greyhawk novels.

Other Stuff

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Unless Nebraska makes a miraculous tournament run, basketball season is more or less over for me. On to pro ultimate season! Arizona put together its first ever pro team for the Western Ultimate League. On the Sidewiders’ roster are many ladies that I’ve had the pleasure of playing with and have had to too often play against. I look forward to seeing them in action!

I have a nearly finished cover for my latest formatting project, “Mephisto,” the Marvellous Automaton. Mephisto was another chess playing automaton in the late 19th century. Less famous than the Turk. I’m realized that I intended to write an introduction for it and then found some other information in other periodicals of the day which I think I’ll include. Happily, I have more work to do on it.


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Sunday Salon, 3/1

Sunday Salon

Books

During my Moby-Dick hangover, I threw myself into Alma Katsu’s The Deep. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me. Suffered in comparison? Maybe, but I was hoping for something much creepier. By 40% into the book, I wasn’t seeing it.

I switched gears. I wanted to read something about magic, but none of my optioned appealed. Instead, I checked out Bad Blood from the digital library. Not about magic, but definitely about deceit.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Q's Legacy: A Delightful Account of a Lifelong Love Affair with Books Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

I also finished Apple of My Eye by Helene Hanff on Saturday and moved on to Q’s Legacy. Still working on Taaqtumi.

Other Stuff

Our first spring league game was Tuesday night. It was windy and chillier than preferred. We won though we didn’t handle the other team’s zone defense particularly well. But it was a “welcome night” game and doesn’t count anyway. We had rain last Sunday which put a damper (*cough*) on Eric and I getting much exercise other than ultimate on Tuesday and Friday. Our neighborhood fields were flooded. Today, I need more of the spring game schedule posted.

Otherwise, been playing too much Minecraft.


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Monday Salon, 2/24

Sunday Salon
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Books

Finished Moby-Dick! For the second time. I was intending to follow the leisurely schedule that Brona originally set, but I need to return Dive Deeper to the library on Thursday and the last few chapters are a down-hill path. I plan on posting about both on Thursday.


Next up, The Deep by Alma Katsu. Guess I’ll be spending more time on boats…

Movies

My movie of the week is Desperado (1995, dir. Robert Rodriguez).

Desperado is not a great film; my friend Tania and I saw it at least three times in the theater. (Probably once first-run and a couple more times when it was at the second-run theater.) It walks, not as gracefully as the Mariachi on a bar top, a line between earnestness and ridiculousness. The dialogue is clunky, the violence is over the top. But it also has a few things that sets it apart from the clunky, over-the-top 80s action films we grew up on. First, there’s  Antonio Banderas as the Mariachi. In a land of quipy characters played by Arnold, Stallone, and clean-cut Tom Cruise, the Mariachi is a very good-looking romantic anti-hero. Equally lovely is Salma Hayek as a bookshop owner. How could two nerds like us not love her character? It’s also shot really well. Robert Rodriguez has an eye for action, but cinematographer Guillermo Navarro creates art amid the explosions and blood squibs.

Other Stuff

Spring League draft was on Wednesday. Eric and I are on the same team along with quite a few other people we’ve played with in the past. The first game is tomorrow! My legs have been pretty leaden lately. Hopefully, I won’t suck too much.


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