June 2016: State of the Author

It’s been six months (!?!) since I last did this post, so, seems a good time to update.

These Days I Am…

Rocking Out To:

Okay, this video made my day a billion times better in four minutes. The thing I love most about JT is that he doesn’t mind looking ridiculous – I mean, the man dressed up like a block of tofu on SNL and is famous for “Dick in a Box.” Singing with a banana is no big thang. Although the older dude dancing in the grocery aisle with the pricing gun gave me the best case of the giggles I’ve had all week. I can so imagine putting this song in an ecstatic dance mix just to get everyone grinning.

Wearing:   Pretty much what I always wear in warm weather:  jeans, a silly t-shirt (today it’s Deadpool advertising Chimichangas & Tacos), tennies, the usual jewelry.  I am considering trying to incorporate more leggings and tunics and the like into my wardrobe – I’m kind of bored with my current line of frumpwear and want to shake it up a little.  Still trying to figure out what kind of shoes I’d need (that I would be willing to put on).

Eating:  Well, I went vegan again on June 1, although I’ve been at a steady 85% for pretty much the whole year.  I’ve been feeling pretty hopeless and defeated for the last…well, half a decade, to be honest, though it’s been particularly bad this year; you know how it feels when it seems like everything in your life is just a mess.  Sometimes all you can do is pick one thing to focus on and go from there, and I asked myself, what one change could I make that would really make me feel better?  No-brainer, really.  Going back to a vegan life would benefit my mental health more than just about anything – cognitive dissonance is poisonous.  And over the months I’ve been sneakily edging that way, checking out new foods and new ways to make the transition easier.  Now felt like the time to actually do it.  I imagine I’ll be writing more on the subject over on my food blog, Stumbling Towards Ahimsa.

Drinking:  My blood volume in soy espresso Frappuccinos.



Watching:  Now that the regular season is over, it’ll be time to catch up on all the shows I never did manage to watch:  Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Elementary, the last season of Doctor Who; and then the stuff I either haven’t had a chance to start (Jessica Jones, The Night Manager) or paused midway through when the season of my regular shows started (Hannibal).  I finally had to walk away from TVD and The Originals…a sad but liberating decision…and long before Sleepy Hollow made me want to punch it in the face I had already given up on its particular brand of asinine crack-addledness.  Meanwhile I’m excited that Zootopia will be out on DVD this coming Tuesday.

Making:  A book, as it happens.  I’ll be hard at work on Met by Midnight until probably ten minutes before it goes on sale.

Reading:  Oh, so many books.  In May I read I think six total, and I’m knee deep in several more:

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That’s a book on feminist critiques of animal exploitation, a book on life as a spinster, and the history of curry.  All that picture needs is an iced mocha, an angular sexy British guy, and my planner and it would be “everything you need to know about Sylvan in one Instagram.”

Cooking:  Most recently, a very tasty and easy Aloo Gobi (recipe on my food blog).

Playing:  Still hooked on Neko Atsume, I’m afraid.  My current obsession is putting out themed goodies for my cats – all toys in one color, things that look like food, things made of cardboard, and so forth.

Smelling:  At the moment, coffee, as I am sitting in Starbucks.  A while ago a woman walked by seriously exceeding her Personal Scent Zone – why is it that people who wear *nice* fragrances are never the ones who bathe in them?

Following@briankesinger on Instagram.  He’s a story artist for Disney, and draws those amazing “Lil’ Kylo” cartoons that pay homage to both Star Wars and Calvin & Hobbes.  If you haven’t seen them, where have you been?!?  But he also posts other awesome fan art as well as his original work.

Disliking:  Actually “disliking, needing, and wanting” all have the same answer this time, so:

Needing:  You know what the whole internet needs?  A global comment off-switch.  So when you go to YouTube, for example, and you’re scrolling down the list of “if you liked this you might like this” videos, you don’t accidentally see racist trolls or homophobic dickweasels or someone threatening a woman with rape because she liked the new Ghostbusters trailer.  I never, ever want to see the comments.  Ever.  I should be able to turn them off.  It’s not like the comments section sells anything, so why would it hurt a site to let you toggle them?  Imagine the internet with 50% less despair for humanity!

Wanting:  See above.  But also still wanting soft pretzels.

Pinning:  Lately I’ve been pinning a lot of Art Dolls – I was into making them for a while back in my early 20s, but got frustrated (meaning I wasn’t awesome at it from the second I started, so I gave up) and moved on to other media.  Actually polymer clay used to be my big thing, and I did some cool shit with it (see below), but the kind I liked to work with breaks so easily I got fed up with seeing stuff I’d labored over shattering if you looked at it funny.  I never really did get back into it, though I keep thinking I should, and every time I break some out to make a tiny thing for one of my shrines I find myself feeling kind of teary-eyed with nostalgia.  Maybe I’ll try it again soon.

I made both the cute lil' chef witch and the goddess plaque. At least the plaque is still in one piece.
I made both the cute lil’ chef witch and the goddess plaque. At least the plaque is still in one piece.

Admiring:  The notorious RBG.

Missing:  A sense of purpose and meaning.  And also Ambien.

Giggling at:  

The headline of this article on manatees.

Pigs love to play in the leaves, too.

How John Oliver describes countries:



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