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Wayward Son, bi erasure/visibility 

Finished "Wayward Son." I've got a lot of things to talk about and will probably use the blog for that rather than a bunch of toots, but wanted to touch on this as it was one of the big concerns people had with "Carry On."

Still no explicitly bi characters. Simon does say he still hasn't worked it out, so there's *potential* and an acknowledgement that it's a thing, but he still doesn't identify that way and no other characters have yet either.

Doing the "oh noes this book is giving me feelings and I can't take it" dance between "Spinning Silver" and "Wayward Son." Might have to add in a third soon, maybe "My Best Friend's Exorcism" or one of the cozy mysteries I grabbed to try.

The Lost Coast Is our October read! Get your reserves in now!

Wayward Son 

It's heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere! Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I promise I'm not just going to immediately post every snarky way Baz describes Simon, but. This one.

"He looks like three kids in a trench coat pretending to be a complete wanker."

πŸ’œ

I missed this.

Yayyyyyy, new episode of the Spooky Church is finally up! Thanks so much for the encouragement and patience.

spookychurch.simplecast.fm/d34

YAMG Bookclub Poll - Theme Edition 

Two Caveats-

3 Days!

β–ͺ️ I didn't want to fuck with outside polling this time around since we're generally low-polling anyway, and this means I picked two to take off the list.

β–ͺ️ Despite this, there are uh, holds and acquisition problems anyway, even on the final list 🀷

The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta ( :ace: πŸŽƒ )

Sawkill Girls - Claire Legrand ( :ace: πŸŽƒ )

If I Ever Get Out Of Here - Eric Gansworth (indigenous)

Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel (πŸŽƒ )

Ok so maybe it'll get finished tomorrow after work. But I got most of it! I just have 45 minutes left of an original 2.5 hours of content!

And, more importantly, I've learned from this that editing doesn't actually require several hours of uninterrupted focus. I did about 20 minutes before work this morning, a little more before dinner, etc.

I think I can do a better job in the future by breaking it into small chunks and just doing it whenever I find a few minutes free.

Yay!

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Heyyyyyy I'm home from work and super tired but I'm gonna finish this episode and get it uploaded because I promised myself and the very small number of other people who care about my podcast at all!

It's gonna be pretty hands-off editing, though. Mostly just listening for any really distracting problems like unsynced tracks. Leaving in a lot of "ums" and awkward asthama-laughs and other weird embarrassing stuff I would normally edit out with great care.

Spinning Silver, spoilers through chapter 17 

The end of the three-room task made me so happy and I wasn't even prepared. I didn't know I was that invested and it's not like it's a surprise that she managed it but the *how* and the reaction and she can ask them questions now and omg I'm crying.

Also Mirnatius is kind of growing on me and his "oh crap I'm actually going to be stuck with her" realization is hilarious.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, spoilers through chapter 16, character hate, I'm very judgy and unforgiving, violence 

Woooooowwwww I am so ready to see Wei get stabbed. What an ass.

Yay Xifeng! Now just work on not feeling guilty for having opinions and goals. And maybe stab Wei. Definitely stab Wei.

Ok I'm done for awhile. XD

Oh no, I decided to spend my few minutes of extra time before work looking at books online and now I'm down a cozy mystery rabbit hole and 10 minutes late. XD

(It's ok, I like to be places about half an hour early so I'm actually still early but I *feel* late.)

The Wicked and the Divine, full series 

😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭 😭

:blobheartcat:

I can't even start to think about maybe summing up some of my feelings.

Ow.

Currently reading:

"Forest of a Thousand Lanterns" - Julie C. Dao (audiobook, for )

"Spinning Silver" - Naomi Novik (ebook, belated for )

"The Babysitters Coven" - Kate Williams (actual physical book wow, just for fun)

So I have fun witchy reads no matter where I am and how low my phone's battery is! Yay!

Hurray!

I think that was the last issue of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic series that I just read, BUT.

On the last page it says there's a new series coming in 2020.

YAYYYYYYYYY.

No idea if Thompson's still writing it, but I'm hopeful.

It's good and only 5 issues so a pretty quick read if anyone's interested.

*Finally* reading "The Babysitters Coven" and I can't even tell you how happy that makes me.

No spoilers, just a style comment. It does that thing where characters use hyper-current lingo and I always feel weird about it. Like I know nothing's really timeless but our slang changes so fast and "af" just feels so specific. Like it's already dated.

I like best when works of fiction just invent their own slang. Like Batman Beyond.

Thinking of starting a Twitter/Facebook/something so people who like my podcast can pester me to edit and post more. XD

I would prefer to just have an account for it over here, but I have not been successful in getting a single offline friend to try Mastodon.

Hmmmm.

Or I could just bribe myself with books. That's probably a better idea.

I need to go get the groceries and really want to go get my comics but also I've had to go do things outside the house all weekend and I really just want to stay here in my pajamas. Sigh.

Walking away from stressful moderator work (not here, you're all awesome) because I do not need that energy going into my actual paid job that's already stressful. Good job, self!

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass review, mild spoilers 

I liked it!

Neat new takes on familiar characters, plot a bit predictable but still engaging, touches on serious current issues in ways that still feel relevant and natural for the characters.

No Harley/Ivy but lots of drag! So, it *is* in fact a little gay.

Would like more Harley/Ivy, less Batman and Joker.

Very very important news: for my library, at least, Mariko Tamaki's Harley Quinn graphic novel is available to borrow on Hoopla!

It is called "Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass" and looks completely amazing. Don't you want to see a Harley reimagined w/o her identity revolving around Joker? I sure do!

Also it's Tamaki and Poison Ivy's a major character, so I'm betting it's at least a LITTLE gay.

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