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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts: Halloween Edition

As usual, blame Christine as Bookishly Boisterous for whatever amount of time you are about to waste (it’ll be a pleasant waste, I promise). I have the best of intentions (which pave the road to hell).

1. You know that vlog I talked about doing? Well, I did it and this week’s mostly bookish thoughts can be found in there. It confirmed some of my worst fears about myself. I ramble. I’m a little awkward (adorably so, hopefully, because I sound like a little kid). My annunciation and pronunciation need some work. I’ll (thankfully) never pursue a career that requires listening to myself speak. And for the love of all that’s holy, I need to script myself (because no one cares that Mark Danielewski’s sister is Poe). I should learn to sit on my hands a little and get a chair that doesn’t creak. Also, note to self, it would be helpful if you actually gave the title of the book. That being said, it was sort of refreshing to challenge myself in a new way. It was so far outside of my comfort zone that my comfort zone was not even visible. If you watch it, you deserve a prize. If you don’t (or can’t), here’s what you’re missing: A rather glorious discussion of my favorite books to read during October. The video includes:

‘The Terror’ by Dan Simmons

‘The Stand’ by Stephen King

‘Bag of Bones’ by Stephen King

‘Communion: A True Story’ by Whitley Strieber

‘The Wasp Factory’ by Iain Banks

‘House of Leaves’ by Mark Danielewski

The non-bookish stuff includes maritime history, my relationship with The X-Files, why some horror movies don’t work for me, how I choose my profession, the song Hey Pretty, the possibility of Ben Affleck directing the remake of The Stand, and why casting Pierce Brosnan to play a 30-something blond American was a shit choice. Also, there is no good place to record a video in my house, there are too many windows (30, to be precise).

For more traditional bookish and not so bookish thoughts:

2. Way to go America. Way. To. Go. (The US maternity policy probably irritates me the most. Give women a break. I don’t like to throw this out there, but if men were the ones to give birth I strongly suspect there would be paid leave.)

3. Which state are you (based on attitude)? I’m Montana, what’s up with that? I’ve been to Montana, there are no similarites.

4. Famous last words: Author edition.

5. Neil Gaiman on Lou Reed: ‘His songs were the soundtrack of my life’. “…I don’t know how to explain why a songwriter is responsible for so much of the way I view the world.”

Due to the sheer length of the vlog, I’ve cut back on other bookish thoughts. So…you’re welcome? Of course, you are welcome to provide feedback on my vlog. No need to tell me to maybe make it a little shorter – that I already know. And as you sit through 13 (unedited) minutes of me, please remember you were the ones who encouraged me to do so. Sincerely though, thanks for watching and thanks to Andi at Estella’s Revenge for the encouragement (and inspiration).

Bookish and not so bookish thoughts for the week are always encouraged. Do tell.

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