Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring into Horror Readathon 2017

I've very excited to participate in the Spring into Horror Readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading. The Readathon takes place from April 17 - April 30, 2017. I'm being pretty ambitious with my reading list, but this is a genre I don't read that often so I have no idea if I will take to every choice. I also managed to sneak in two book to film adaptations (woohoo!).

Readation info:
Spring into Horror Readathon:
Twitter Hashtag: #SpringHorror

Books Mentioned:
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Fisherman by John Langan
Meg by Steve Alten
Kane by Michael Prescott under the name Douglas Borton
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (The Golem and the Jinni #1)
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #1)
Thinner by Stephen King
Creepy Archives Vol. 1 by Dark Horse Comics
The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell (Penguin Classics)

Games Mentioned:
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Dark Echo

Other Stuff Mentioned:
Barnes & Noble Best Horror 2016 List
Meg (Film)
Mark of Kane (Film)
Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell (Public Domain)

What kind of scary books do you like to read?

Monday, February 13, 2017

Music Mondays

Watching The Grammy's for the first time in years got me thinking about music. So here is what's been playing at my place recently, and a little bit of what's been on my mind.

I've always loved music. But I've noticed that I haven't really seeking out new music, but rather listening to the same albums I have over and over again. My first step to try and get back into music was to scour sales and even free music on Google Play (great resource here), but then I realized I was making choices based on accessibility, not based on what I enjoyed. Often I liked what was available or on sale, but it limited my thinking. Which made me wonder, what do I want to listen to?

Starting with what you want is always a good place to start, no matter what you are working on. So I really thought about it, and I realized I wanted to add new music to my library on a regular basis. To go one step further, I wanted to have both a regular album plus an instrumental album for when I prefer to listen to music without words.

Notice how those choices were about format? How odd that it wasn't about a kind of music. It might not have been a perfect place to start, or even answer to my question, but it did get the ball rolling.

I have started picking up albums, and most recently I got The Sheepdogs - Future Nostaglia for my regular album and the Pacific Rim soundtrack for my instrumental pick. The main them of Pacific Rim just makes me so happy, I loved that movie in all it's over the top-ness, that ever time I hear the music it makes me smile. I have lots of new faves on from The Sheepdogs on the Future Nostalgia album including: Back Down, I Really Wanna Be Your Man, Plastic Man and The Bridge City Turnaround. BUT, since there are no videos for them... here I will share the album trailer:

I also picked up Ingrid Michaelson - It Doesn’t Have to Makes Sense which is amazing and I don't even really know how to describe it other than emotionally compelling and open. I also have devoured two albums by the Norwegian music group Wardruna, whose planned trilogy of albums has the goal to "musically interpret the runes of the elder futhark." How extraordinary is that? The music is very cool, extremely earthy and magical. I've enjoyed the two albums they've released so far: Gap Var Ginnunga and Runaljod Ragnarok. Here is the video for Wardruna's song Raido.

Pretty amazing, eh?

I have not yet picked my February albums yet. Currently in the running is The Strumbellas - Hope and Music from Penny Dreadful by Abel Korzeniowski. I heard The Strumbellas at the New Years Eve celebration on CBC and had a listen to Penny Dreadful (Season 2 and 3) via Hoopla. Both are really good.

What have you been listening to lately?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

stART: Episode 73

It's time for the first episode of stART for the year! On this episode of stART: Creating As We Go, Jamie, Suzie and I share a look ahead into our creative year including our word of the year. I share about some of my recent videos over at my YouTube channel and I'm sure there will be many more projects, videos and art makes throughout the year.

See more at stART: Creating As We Go blog and YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

New Year, New Coffee Maker!

My first outing this year was to get a replacement coffee maker. I was so excited about lounging around during the holidays that one day I didn't leave enough time for an empty pot to chill before adding water to it to make more coffee and the carafe cracked. It was a sad moment.

I'm glad I had my back up of Nescafe on hand, which is what I had for for about a week. I was a bit zingier that week as I drank the same amount of coffee, not remembering initially taht I brew coffee at half caf/half decaf strength. No wonder I was awake later than normal each night!

So now my new carafe is all clean and drying in the drying rack. I hope it lasts longer than a few months. Last year I ended up buying at least one replacement coffee maker during the year, alternating which part I broke or just stopped working. One time the maker part stopped working and another time the carafe busted from me forgetting to turn it off in time. Feels like a high mortality rate.

I know this isn't a terribly interesting post, or story, but I wanted to share it and also be able to remember when I got my latest coffee maker. I hope this one lasts at least the year because I think there will be a lot of coffee in 2017!