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That time I was a guest on a pod

For those of you that are familiar with my blog, you probably also know that I blog elsewhere, recapping shows like A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil and books like the Twilight Saga on the Snark Squad site.

A few weeks ago, the lovely Nicole and Marines invited me to chat with them and fellow guest Silvia about my new fav show, The Bold Type.

Our episode is now live! You can check it out by clicking the link below.

Currently: Dystopian Future Edition

LOL, JK. This isn’t a Dystopian Future Edition. Because we’re living it.  The dystopian future is now.

Anyway. Let me tell you about the escapism things I’ve been enjoying to help cope with the fact that the whole world is basically on fire:

Currently

Watching:

NBC’s The Blacklist. I’ve watched this show from the beginning and found the last season and a half to be…. rough. The writers really didn’t seem to know what to do with actor Megan Boone’s pregnancy. I was so irritated with how they handled it that I nearly quit the show. And I ranted about it a lot. Because misogyny and pregnancy tropes really hit my rage button. The writers seemed to be writing themselves out of that hole, and by the time the show went on its winter hiatus, I was back onboard. Especially because M and I guessed the BIG TWIST that really makes for a compelling story. Good job, Blacklist. I figure this show will be canceled after this season, though, because I can’t have nice things.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve been watching this series for Snark Squad, and we’ve finally reached the penultimate episode. Or as we liked to call it, the episode that destroyed us. I won’t go into spoilers here, but you’re welcome to check out our recaps over on the Snark Squad website.

Reading:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I haven’t been reading as much as I was earlier in the year. I’m going to do a more in-depth review of the books I have read, but for now I’ll say that this was a fun read*.

 

*With caveats

Listening:

I haven’t been listening to as much music as I usually do because I’ve found I’ve been needing quieter things to focus on. Instead, I’ve been listening these podcasts:

Gilmore Guys, turned Bunhead Bros, hosted by Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe. A podcast that was originally just two dudes, special guests and Gilmore Girls discussion (sometimes), that has now moved on to another Amy Shermin-Palladino show, Bunheads. I quit it for a while, because I never really watched Bunheads and then when I tried to watch the show, I hated it. But I came back because these two dum-dums are pretty entertaining.

Welcome to Night Vale is a War of the Worlds-esque podcast, presented in the form of community updates for a small desert town called Night Vale. It is creepy, bizarre and funny. This would appeal to people with slightly twisted senses of humour. So of course, I love it.

Porch Club popped up in some recommendation for podcasts I might like. I gave this a few goes, but man, it’s tough to get through. I find the hosts’ navel-gazing a bit too much to handle. I think if I knew the hosts, it might be slightly more appealing to me, but there is a strange, deeply religious undertone that makes me feel uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because I’ve retired from organized religion. Maybe it’s the twenty minutes of laughter at inside jokes that are only funny to the hosts. Or maybe it’s not my bag.

EOS 10 is a sci-fi radio play, reminiscent of Welcome to Night Vale. My friend Wendy recommended it to me and she gives good recs (She also introduced me to Saga and Bitch Planet). The story follows two space doctors and their team on a space station and a deposed prince who has taken up refuge in the station’s food court. Definitely worth a listen if you’re down with radio plays. It’s also a great distraction from the sci-fi world we’re currently living in.

 

Loving

I’m also addicted to the Sodastream that I was given for my birthday. I drink a lot of water a day and pretty much drink water (When I’m not mainlining caffeine in the form of coffee and tea) these days. I try to get 2.5 litres of water a day, and I’ve taken to drinking sparkling water for about half of that. But it’s expensive. And not super environmentally friendly. It sounds crazy, but I love, love, love my Sodastream.

I mean, this is the tagline on their website:

It’s the little things in life that make me happy these days.

Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family lately. My aunt has been sick since the middle of March, so we’ve been helping out, visiting, trying to keep her distracted while she’s gone through a million tests, treatments and doctor’s appointments. It’s weird to say that I’m ‘loving’ all of this time that has come about due to a family emergency, but I’m trying to look at the bright side of things. Because haha, lol, there is so little of that these days. Hi, political world climate.

 

How’re you surviving and coping with the strange, Twilighty Zone world we’re all living in? Tell me all about it.

Currently: January 2017

Currently

watching: A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix

I read the books and was a fan, but never watched the movie adaptation. I had zero interest in the film adaptation, probably due to the casting of Count Olaf: Jim Carrey. He’s ruined so many of my favourite things by starring in film adaptations: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol. So I chose to skip A Series of Unfortunate Events.

However, when I heard Netflix was doing an adaptation, and that Neil Patrick Harris was starring in it as Count Olaf, I was really excited for it. And it’s been decent so far, and I have zero casting complaints.

We’re recapping it over on Snark Squad, so if you’re a fan or just checking out Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for the first time, join us.

 

reading: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

 

This is the fifth book I’ve read so far this year. It’s something I borrowed and is not something I’d pick up normally, but I’m working on broadening my reading choices.

I’m also reading Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. It is the fourth and final book in the terrible, horrible, dumpster fire of a book series the Twilight Saga. Why? Because we’re recapping it on Snark Squad. I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be finishing these books.

listening: Fire in my Soul – Walk Off The Earth


The latest single from Walk Off The Earth. I may have mentioned that I’m a fan of all their work? Covers, original songs, it’s all good. So when I saw on Twitter that they were going to be releasing a new single, I couldn’t wait. I like the feel of this tune.

 

making: Labels

For Christmas, my mother gave me a label maker. And that might seem like an odd thing to be excited about, but I was super excited for it. I’ve been using it to organize all of the important papers, contracts, manuals, warrantees, and other documents in the house. It’s a system I’ve been using at work to keep track of templates and master copies of things and it translated really well into a system to use at home. Nerdy and OCD enough for you yet?

 

feeling: Cold

Winter is my least favourite season. I’m just not here for these long nights or freezing, sunless days. And I have the worst time keeping warm. I layer on the clothes, the blankets, I even own and make use of a Snuggie.  But I just can’t seem to get comfortable in the winter, temperature-wise. Is it spring yet?

planning: A retirement party

Not mine! (If only). My mum is retiring this year and we’re working on planning her a bash to celebrate.

 

loving: Spending time with my niece

I haven’t actually talked about this on my blog too much, which is surprising because it’s been such a huge change in my family life, but my brother and sister-in-law had a baby this summer. I am so in love with my little niece and am really enjoying being an aunt. It’s also been really cool to see my other brothers embrace their new role as uncle. It’s been awesome and I’m so lucky to be living close to them and her. I don’t know my other niece and nephew very well, and spending all this time with baby Squish is something I’m really loving.

 

What are you guys up to lately? Let me know!

 

And then it was November 5th

The past few years, I have tried and then failed miserably at Nablopomo (National Blog Posting Month, where the goal is to write a blog post every day for a month). I’ve often used it as a way to try to get back in to blogging in a more regular way, while enjoying the whole community around it.

I’ve been busy and distracted lately. I hadn’t even really thought about Nablopomo this year, until a friend on Twitter tweeted about it. She was asking if anyone participated in Nablopomo anymore, as it was coming up fast and she hadn’t seen anyone talking about it.

I think she received two replies to that tweet.

And one of them was from me. I said I would give it a try yet again this year, even if I didn’t make it more than a few posts.

Then November 1st came and went, and this blog sat unattended, as it has since August. Oops.

So having failed the whole ‘blog every day’ thing before it even started, I’ve instead decided to use Nablopomo as motivation to get some writing goals accomplished.

In no particular order, they are:

  • To finish my next recap for The Snark Squad
  • Finish writing two pieces for the different things I contribute to
  • Try to write 2 blog posts for this very blog!
  • Research and write two articles for my B2B blog

I know I’m certain to complete one of those goals, because I have a hard deadline for one of them. Is that cheating a bit?

Don't even care!

Cool. I don’t care if it is.

I also want to try to read some of the posts from my friends that are participating in Nablopomo and support their awesome work at doing the thing that I haven’t been able to stick to!

Have you ever finished a thing like Nablopomo? Tell me all about it so I can marvel at your awesome dedication.

Oh and if you’re Nablopomoing, let me know in the comments below so I can read your words.

Happy Nablopomoing!

 

 

TwiSnark

One of the things I love about the internet is how it brings people together, made the world a little smaller and let us experience things together, and we don’t even have to be in the same room. Our even the same country.

Sometimes, it lets us come together to experience terrible things together. And I’m inviting you all to one of those terrible things this coming weekend.

This weekend, as part of 31 Days of Twilight, we will be having a Snarkathon of the crap that is the movie Twilight, an adaptation of this horrible, horrible book I’ve been recapping the last month with my friends over on the Snark Squad website.

Join us this Saturday, October 24th at 4pm GMT, where we will live tweet while we watch the first movie. Grab your favourite snacks and booze, and tweet and follow along with us using the #snarkathon hashtag.

Jacob

I mean, you don’t want to miss out on this wig, do you? DO YOU?

HALE-NO

Currently Autumn and I’m not a complete shill

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a ‘currently’ post, so why the hell not. Here’s what’s current in my life these days.

Currently

watching: Besides watching Avengers: Age of Ultron a million times, new Fall TV. How to Get Away With Murder. It’s so bad, but I became hooked on it last year when Snark Squad recapped the first season. And I can’t say enough about Viola Davis.

But otherwise, this show is bad. And I feel that the answer to ‘how to get away with murder’ is to commit more murders seems flawed somehow…

I’m also watching the new season of Doctor Who. I really wasn’t sold on Capaldi’s version of the Doctor at first, but he is quickly becoming my favourite Doctor, second only to Eccleston’s Doctor.

And the Blacklist, because I have a love for James Spader that I can’t explain.

reading: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I know, I know. But it’s all Snark Squad’s fault. I’m one of the recappers for the 31 Days of Twilight, so really, I’m rereading it for you guys. I’m also reading Felicia Day’s book, it’s been good so far.

I finished the Allegiant series, too. And just… nope. No more futuristic distopian worlds, please.

listening: Vance Joy, still. For always. I’m really digging Georgia by Vance Joy. And I’ve basically been listening to this playlist on repeat.

making: I baked a lot of bread for Thanksgiving last weekend. Like, a LOT. Otherwise, I’m mostly just making a mess.

feeling: Unsettled and restless.

planning: How to survive the next two months without completely loosing it. And yet another home reno.

loving: Snark Squad’s 31 Days of Twilight. Okay, so maybe I’m shamelessly plugging this a lot lately. But we put a lot of work into it and it’s been such a fun project. I’ll be sad when it’s over.

My Funko Pop collection.

The fact that the Federal Election is tomorrow and I won’t have to put up with anymore of these terrible political ads for at least a week or two before they all start campaigning again.

Autumn and all the things that come with this time of year. The leaves turning colours, the cooler weather, long walks with my dog on the weekends, sweater-clad coffee dates.

 

31 Days of Snark

So ten years ago, a horrible, horrible young adult book was published.

It took everything you thought you knew about vampires and turned that on its head. It threw in werewolves and a horrible, hard-to-like heroine for good measure.

It romanticized controlling, stalkery, creepy behaviour and reinforced for teenage girls everywhere that those were the kind of traits you should look for in a boyfriend.

And we haven’t even gotten to how horribly written it was.

i'm edward cullen

In celebration of this young adult phenomenon, Snark Squad will be recapping Twilight, the first book of The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer during the month of October! We’re going all out Twilight with Twilight-themed vlogs, Snarkathon and even a giveaway or two.

Join me, Mari, Catherine and Kirsti as we recap Twilight. Starting tomorrow, head on over to the Snark Squad website for all the sparkly vampires you can handle.

Welcome to our own personal hell. Hashtag 31DaysofTwilight, yo.

 

31days

Sometimes, I write things elsewhere

I think one of the reasons why I’ve kept a blog of some form or another for the last eighteen years is because I like to write. It’s a pretty selfish endeavour. When I studied journalism at school, I always toyed with the idea of making a career out of writing.

But then life happened, and writing became more of a tool I stuck in my toolbox along with my ability to develop strategic media plans and wrestle vendors.

I do still enjoy writing. I like to use it as a creative outlet. A lot of the stuff I write never sees the light of day. A lot of it is rubbish. Most of it is self-indulgent.

Snark Squad!

But then, sometimes, I get asked to recap a horrible teen drama from my youth. And I jump at the chance. So go see my writing published elsewhere. This week, I’m recapping an episode of the OC over on the Snark Squad site. Check it out.