THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
I’d like to start with an apology to all Australians. On behalf of regular Americans: we do not agree with the people who think you are locked down under tyrannical rule and that we should invade your country to rescue you. Okiedokie.
This week was unusual as Monday – Wednesday was fall break at my college, so after Nick and I left Biscuit’s house, we headed to a cabin in the woods for some camping. The first night, the heater did not work at all and I wondered if we would die there. Things got better. We lit things on fire. We tromped around in nature. We watched a horror movie outside on the picnic table with a laptop and blue tooth speaker. Also, we stopped briefly at a nearby brewery that had a waitress who did not understand what a flight of beer is.
Thursday and Friday it was back to school, and on Saturday I attended a professional development workshop at which we discussed ASL grammar and interpreting ethics. I thought ethics would be easier thanks to my life experience and background working in fields that require confidentiality, but there was more to think about than I had considered. For instance, imagine you are a public school teacher who knows ASL. A new hearing student arrives at the school whose parents are both deaf. You tell your supervisor you’re also a trained interpreter, but they say keep your mouth shut on that, the budget is tight. What do you do?
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I had not realized that The Woman in Black by Susan Hill was turned into a play that many of you have seen (or avoided seeing!), especially my U.K. friends. On Friday I watched the film starring Daniel Radcliffe, and although I remembered being terrified of it in theater, this time I wasn’t so much. Back when the movie came out in 2012, we were finally leaving the “torture porn” genre and moving into haunted house/demon movies, which I appreciated. The director relies heavily on jump scares, which are intensified in a cinema surround-sound experience. At home, I was more focused on tropes, like the bird that flaps loudly and scares you, the woman in the window in the empty house that scares you, some faulty plumbing that scares you, etc., so I was left wanting more in our current era of smarter horror.
Although no one else has read The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman, it does seem there is interest in it. The plot synopsis likely would catch the attention of those who enjoyed Station Eleven, and if you relish made up languages (Lord of the Rings, anyone?) then you’re a good candidate for Newman’s ambitious, inventive novel.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I got on my Libby app, which is what libraries across the globe use for digital books, to find my next audiobook. Currently, they have ten works by Canadian authors as part of something called the Bespeak Audio Editions. The books are free to libraries, and any number of people can have them checked out at the same time (typically, Libby’s borrowing works like a physical book: one person at a time). I picked Little Fish by Casey Plett, a transwoman who writes about the lives of trans characters. Review Tuesday.
It’s time for #ReadingValdemar in October! Eye Spy by Mercedes Lackey is the second book about Herald Mags’s children. The first novel, The Hills Have Spies, did not disappoint thanks to Lackey using more of her past world building as fodder for new plot and character. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 206
Thanks to Cupcakes & Machetes for sending me a spooky care package that included two new books!