Spooky Salon, 9/29

Spooky Salon
(A little rebranding for September & October)

Peril the First

Finished The Other and posted some thoughts about it. I’ve made some head-way on The Small Hand and Dolly by Susan Hill, but probably won’t finish it tomorrow as I originally planned. (I continually confuse Susan Hill and Sarah Waters…) I went to the library on Tuesday and checked out Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick by George Cotkin and Poe’s Children: The New Horror, edited by Peter Straub.

Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick Poe's Children: The New Horror

Dive Deeper is a book of short tangents for each chapter of Moby-Dick. I’m 36-ish chapters into the novel, but I should be able to catch up with the essays in a few weeks. Poe’s Children is an anthology and I haven’t decided whether I want to read it straight through or pick and choose.

Peril on the Screen

I finished watching the first season of The Terror. The book had been on my TBR for a long while and I’d heard good things about the series. It is a very well made series, beautifully shot and well-acted. Plot-wise? I wasn’t such a fan of the supernatural element. This probably just means I’ve become a fuddy-duddy who would rather watch a documentary, but I feel like the awfulness of the historic situation is undercut by an occasional supernatural problem.

Oh Perilous World

Short update; not much going on rather than autumnal temperatures and playing a little too much Minecraft.


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Spooky Salon, 9/22

Spooky Salon
(A little rebranding for September & October)

Peril the First

Haven’t been super-duper in the mood to read lately. Most things just haven’t been catching with me. The exception has been Moby-Dick although I’m keeping the leisurely pace of Brona’s readalong. Instead of what I have on my Fall TBR list, I decided to read The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg. It’s an “old” favorite. I posted my thoughts on it on Thursday, using my new, more relaxed review format.

The Other The Small Hand and Dolly

I’m going to give The Other another go. I got bogged down reading it, but I don’t think it’s without merit. And as long as I don’t have to take it back to library on Tuesday, I’ll be reading The Small Hand and Dolly by Susan Hill next.

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Spooky Salon, 9/8

Spooky Salon(A little rebranding for September & October.)

Peril the First

The Other

After working to finish two ARCs in the last half of August, I’ve been taking it easy, reading-wise. I’m keeping up with read-alongs of Moby-Dick and George McDonald’s eccentric Lilith. I’m about 30% done with The Other. I’ll probably step it up this week. I also picked up Susan Hill’s The Small Hand and Dolly from the library which will make good autumnal reading.

Peril of the Short Story

Most of my short story reading this week wasn’t too perilous. My Poe story was on the not-creepy fable end of the spectrum. It’s my habit, lately, when at the library to pluck down an anthology and read a short story with my coffee and lemon cake from the library cafe. But the story was “Schmendrick Alone” by Peter S. Beagle. And for Deal Me In, I picked an SF story! I might have to take matters into my own hands.

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Sunday Salon, 9/1

Sunday Salon

Books & Such

Since last I posted for Sunday Salon, I participated in Bout of Books and posted:

And today starts my favorite Fall Reading Events!

While the official finish date for the Count of Monte Cristo chapter-a-day readalong is tomorrow, I finished on Friday.  Totally selfishly, I didn’t want to carry the book over to my September bullet journal spread. I might post thoughts about it later in the week. The chapter-a-day of George MacDonald’s Lilith starts on Tuesday.

I tried to read Doctor Sleep for #SomethingWickedFall, but I just wasn’t enjoying it. Stephen King is hit and miss for me. The Shining is one of my favorite pieces of fiction, but I haven’t cared for many of his longer works. Some aspects of Doctor Sleep reminded me of Glen Hirshberg’s Motherless Child trilogy, but with less interesting characters. So, I’m moving on. So, my first book for Peril the First will be The Other by Thomas Tryon.

Movies & Television

Nothing worth reporting. I’m planning on the Peril on the Screen double features for the moths to come.

Other Stuff

Writing: I’m working on “The Case of the Horrid Haunting,” the the second of the One Ahead stories. I have it in 1.5 draft condition. One scene needs a rewriting and one scene needs the addition of a magic trick. Plus some edits.

Classes: “The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film” at Future Learn begins on Monday. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Ultimate: Fall League starts this week! Summer League ended last week. I’m a little uncertain about the team I ended up on, but I’ll play hard and try not to take things too seriously.

Throwback:


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Sunday Salon, 8/18/19

Sunday Salon

Reading and Such

I focused on working on the VOTS archive this week and that’s pretty much all I had the overhead for. So, not much reading was done. I’m behind on all my readalongs. I’m looking forward to participating in Bout of Books starting tomorrow.

During my bi-weekly trip to the library, I ended up reading “There’s a Hole in the City” by Richard Bowes (from Ghosts: Recent Hauntings, ed. Paula Guran, but also found at Nightmare magazine) while looking for Glen Hirshberg fiction. It’s a rather good ghost story, told in the wake of 9/11.

For Deal Me In, I picked my last wild card, 2. I went to my list of bookmarked stories and picked “Two Years Dead” by Kathryn Kania from Fireside Magazine. Yes, another ghost story. This one very sweet. Opening line: “When I opened up my OKCupid profile, I was already two years dead.”

DealMeIn
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What’s Deal Me In?

There is definitely a trend occurring with my reading. Along with my classic readalongs I’m also reading lots of mysteries and ghost stories. I’m far away from the end of summer, but September is coming. And R.I.P. is coming…

TV of the Week

I said I was swearing off cinematic universes, but I guess I made an exception for a literary universe. I’m a sometimes Stephen King fan. Some of his work, I’ve liked; some, not as much. Castle Rock was pretty okay as far as  horror TV goes. I had recently tried to watch the first season of Channel Zero, but I didn’t really didn’t care for it. It seemed to go all over the place without doing a good enough job of world-building. I’ve usually liked American Horror Story, but each season seems to go on about five episodes too long at which point it goes off the rails. Castle Rock, of course, has a world in place and was restrained, for what it could be.

Other Stuff

I finished over half of what I had left of the VOTS archive. I would have gotten further, but we opened Fall League registration as well. So, more reformatting this week along with Bout of Books festivities.


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Sunday Salon, 8/11/19

Sunday Salon

Books & Such

Finished The Spectacle of Illusion and posted a short review of it and Unmentionable. I also caught up on my Poe reading. I’ve been trying to read all the way through the unabridged Poe, but I’ll be honest: sometimes, Poe isn’t very good. I’m not a fan of snarky, satirical Poe.

The Unabridged Edgar Allan Poe
The Count of Monte Cristo Moby Dick

I really didn’t plan to read this many “classics” at once but, well, that’s how it goes sometimes.  Tim Prasil’s Guilt is a Ghost is my “modern” pick for the week, at least in terms of author.

Ghost, Poe, the first Halloween decorations in stores, and football and basketball talk is turning my thoughts toward autumn readathons/challenges. Thinking about Monsterathon. Know of any others? Tell me about ’em!

Show of the Week

Forever (2014) is another of those not-great-but-fun shows that lasted maybe a season. The premise doesn’t really work if you think about it, but I like super longevity as a reason for a Holmes-like intellect. It’s the cast, though, that is especially enjoyable. If you’re in the US, you can watch on CW Seed.

Other Stuff

I find that I’ve become a chronic starter. I start a lot of projects, both professional and recreational, and then get annoyed at myself for not finishing things. (See also readalongs/reading challenges…) So, I want to work on that.

This week, I want to focus on the VOTS archive. A few years back, I switched the website to a responsive layout using Bootstrap. Most of the 20 year archive has been more or less converted, but there’s still a section from Fall 2007 through 2011 that is the old design.

Also in the realm of thing I took on that require more time and focus than I have available, I finished off the content from the screenwriting class. While I won’t be completing a screenplay in the near future, I did find some of the discussion on planning plot to be maybe helpful. Time will tell if it bears fruit.


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Sunday Salon, 8/4/19

Sunday Salon

Books and Such

I decided last minute to join the “Reverse” Readathon. Usually, Dewey’s Readathon starts at 5am for me. 5am isn’t *terribly* early, but I never sleep well before it. The Reverse Readathon started 5pm on Friday and I enjoyed that more. I think I probably read as much as usual, but never felt totally wasted.

I finished reading PHYSIC, which I had been neglecting, read most of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill (an impulse checkout), and listened to some M. R. James short stories.

Also this week I joined the Moby-Dick Readalong, hosted by Brona’s Books. While I’ve been wanting to reread Moby-Dick, I wasn’t going to until next year due to the readalongs that Nick is hosting, but I figured I’d be able to add a little white whale to my TBR.

 

I look forward to finishing The Spectacle of Illusion by Matthew Tompkins and starting Guilt is a Ghost by Tim Prasil.

Deal Me In: J “The Uninvited” by Michael Gilbert from Alfred Hitchcock’s Stories Not for the Nervous. There’s something charming about retired spies, living in the English countryside with a pet dog and a regularly scheduled backgammon game. Never mind the occasional murderous foreign national…

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What’s Deal Me In?

Movie of the Week

I decided that in August I want to stay away from the big franchises. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good superhero movie, but I’m just a little tired of sequels, remakes, and cinematic universes. So far in August, I’ve watched A Monster Calls and Hell or High Water.

As a part of my screenwriting class I also read the screenplay to Hell or High Water. There are some differences, but both are really, really good. It’s also really obvious how much movies are a collaborative process. The screenwriter provides a scaffold and so many of the details are added by the cast and crew. I really wish they had a video of the first scene. It’s a beautiful interpretation of what’s in the screenplay.

Other Stuff

We finally got some monsoons here in Arizona. Usually, we have some storms by mid-July, but we really didn’t get our first one until the 30th. Honestly, the high temps haven’t been super hot, but with no storm systems, the lows don’t get better than 88-ish degrees. It’s August though; only two more months of summer left!

Been watching more ultimate frisbee than I’ve been playing. Rain cancelled my Tuesday league game and Wednesday’s pickup game. Eric and I haven’t been getting out to run and throw either. Did throw some on an ambient-lit field the other night. I don’t remember the last time I went a week without at least throwing.


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