THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Some weeks don’t have much that stand out to me. I did adulty things, like had my teeth cleaned and learned my twenty-year-old retainer is giving me TMJ. Nick took his car to the auto shop to make it stop pulsing when he brakes. I’ve been dealing with loads of what I call low-key anxiety, the kind that makes me itchy and a bit like a coiled spring, but I’m working through it. I had a meeting with my advisor and signed up for spring classes: American Sign Language 4, Introduction to Interpreting, and Interpreting Technology (I’m told we’ll be building a website #NailingIt). On Halloween night, I did watch Halloween (1978) because those are the rules. I stayed up past midnight after waiting so long to just put the movie on (haha anxiety), so then I learned I can watch horror movies on my phone in bed with headphones, which is pretty sweet. Assuming I don’t laugh out loud at the ridiculous scary parts and scare the bejezus out of innocent sleeping Nick.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I love that everyone zeroed in on Joan Schweighardt’s love of Poe, and how this one author brings us all, horror lovers or not, together. You guys are little weirdos like me, just classic weirdos.
When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom is probably too creepy for many of you, but it hit all the right notes for me, and I appreciated all the comments. If you haven’t stopped over yet, please do! Ladies in horror are uncommon and need your love — like a pet tarantula.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel Herland, you might argue men are the ultimate horror. But with a hidden society of around 3,000,000 women who have lived 2,000 years without a male counterpart, it’s hard to feel like the ladies are in any danger. In fact, it may be the opposite. A review of this classic feminist novella posts Tuesday.
After posting Beth Gilstrap’s Meet the Writer feature, I followed her on Twitter. The support around her collection made me curious, even though I don’t typically accept review copies. Full of short short stories, and some short stories, Deadheading is like middle-class America captured in a Bell jar. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 204