THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
I always write my Sunday Lowdown Saturday evening so it’s ready for you to read in the morning (or evening, depending on where you live). Thus, I’m not really including what I did on Sunday, the day on which you read. Well, last Sunday I did something I have not done in about twenty years: I went to church. Okay, okay, I can hear you from here. Calm down. A classmate from ASL asked if I would go with her to a Deaf church so she could watch and be around more Deaf people, which we should be doing anyway. While church isn’t my #1 option, I told her I would support her on her adventure/journey. Two turned into four, and there we were, Sunday morning the week before Halloween. The sermon was about the Christian response to Halloween; is it evil or good?
They signed (okay, a PowerPoint slide helped me) about the history of pagans and Halloween, the druids getting involved, and then Pope George III moving a feast day from early in the year to November 1st, giving us All Hallow’s Eve. The conclusion was that Christians should celebrate Halloween with costumes inspired by Biblical tales applicable to Halloween and pass out copies of those stories with candy. And oh, boy. Those stories were so metal. There were Bible stories about mothers boiling their children and eating them. There were pigs possessed by demons that ran off a cliff.
And all of these stories included props and wee costume changes (the person behind the podium would put up one finger, hide behind the podium, and wriggle into a new outfit). Folks were encouraged to decorate their yards with skeletons for the Valley of Bones and put dolls in cooking pots for the cannibal mothers. Afterwards, we tried to get pancakes, because those are the rules, but ended up at a Hooters. Yes, the tiny shorts did change into thongs.
Saturday, we had another Deaf Day Out, this time at an orchard. There isn’t (or shouldn’t be) any talking for the entire time. I did learn that my professor hasn’t watched a scary movie since she was in high school almost two decades ago. Meanwhile, I told her I watched a horror movie the night before that was boring for an hour and then scared the pants off me for 30 minutes — and Nick was away in Chicago for work!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
The character-driven novel Little Fish, by Casey Plett, was immersive and interesting, but not fully my cup of tea (I’m debating this metaphor). Not sensing a story arc makes me impatient, like I’m driving around with no directions, simply hoping I will find the place I’m trying to get to.
As for #ReadingValdemar, I’m so glad things are ending on a good note. I’d hate to discover Mercedes Lackey was getting worse as time went on. I was surprised when I realized Eye Spy was published in 2019, right in our review mirror, eh? That means the next novel is from 2020, and the most recent came out this year.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Tuesday, I’m hosting a new writer! Check out Joan Schweighardt’s interview in which she discusses how Catholic saints can be just as spooky as Edgar Allen Poe’s creations and the research she did on rubber from Brazil for her trilogy.
If you haven’t read Grady Hendrix and live in the U.S. or Canada, surely you’ve at least heard of him. His smash success entitled Paperbacks from Hell rebooted several horror novels long forgotten and/or out of print, like Elizabeth Engstrom’s When Darkness Loves Us. I’ll review this terror ride on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 204
*No new titles added this week.