Friday, September 19, 2014

Life with Pets: Extracurriculars - A One-Act Play

It is early evening in the Three-Juju apartment. Both of the humans have been home from long work days and lazily sit on the couch: THREE holds the Xbox controller firmly and grimaces at the player somewhere in the world that is competing in online Magic: The Gathering 2014 with him, and JUJU attempts to complete a word puzzle while BITSY tries to sit in her lap. ZOLA sleeps under the coffee table, snoring loudly, and BINA stares out the window (still). KITKAT sits on the fake leather chair next to the window, cleaning herself calmly.

JUJU: Bitsy, seriously. Go bother Three. He doesn't need his lap.
BITSY: But I want your lap. 
THREE: (to the television) Did you even read the card? It clearly states that you can't block my creature. 
BINA: Is that a bird? It is a bird. I want it. (chitters)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dear Sister Person Book Club: His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta

Dear Sister Person,

SO WE MEET AGAIN, BINGHAM. This. Fucking. Guy. How does he even put on pants ever, let alone mastermind a plan to assassinate a monarch? Whenever he enters the scene, all I can picture is Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet, only much more inept and skeevy, in a way that only a robot-porking misogynist can. I am really hoping that, in one of the sequels, Renee, his robot sex slave and "confidant" returns to finish the job she started, only this time by sitting on his face and suffocating him.

Excuse me, I believe I'm getting ahead of myself here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Spectacle of Coming Out

Nothing pisses me off more than sensationalism. Well, that's not true. Passive-aggression and denial of agency (among several other things) piss me off more than sensationalism does, but for the purpose of this blog post, I'm going with sensationalism as the centerpiece at which my ire is focused. And now that I've used that word three times, I'm not allowed to do it for the rest of this thing. Hold me to that, okay?

Back in May of this year, Lauren Morelli wrote a very moving coming out story that actually brought tears to my eyes. If you aren't familiar with what I'm referencing, Morelli is a writer for the Netflix show, Orange Is the New Black, and as she began to pen scenes between Piper Chapman, the main character, and Alex Vause, Piper's on-again-off-again lover, she came to the realization that she, a woman married to a man, was indeed a lesbian. Her husband was incredibly understanding, and after amicably splitting up with him, Morelli recently filed for divorce. Oh, and she's also dating Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on Orange, something that has been going on for a while but only now is being reported by the media. But I'll get back to that in a minute.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Pull List: Ms. Marvel

As a general rule, I try to at least skim several DC and Marvel titles, just to make sure I'm somewhat in the know in case a customer has a question. This past week, I've read nearly all the Future's End one-shots that have been published so far*, which was quite an undertaking, and even squeezed in the second installment of Death of Wolverine in between Captain Marvel and Deadpool. But not once did I think that I'd be reading Ms. Marvel.

If you look back on my previous Pull List ... lists, you'll notice that not once has Ms. Marvel been on it. I kind of likened it to last week's Teen Dog: cute but not really worth my time. The importance of a Muslim Pakistani girl becoming a superhero was not lost on me, but I was worried that it would be too gimmicky, possibly even pandering to bring in readers, only to utterly fail and then close any doors for even more minority characters to lead their own books. I didn't want the new character to be a token or a notch in Marvel's diversity belt. But here's the thing: I absolutely love this series.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Life with Pets: Fire! - A One-Act Play

Most Sundays with the Three-Juju house are uneventful - and thankfully so - but this particular Sunday has Juju at work and THREE at home, resting on the couch and reading a Star Wars expanded universe novel after an exceptionally long and frustrating week. Or, at least, trying to rest. BITSY and KITKAT continue their Forever War, staring at each other and growling in the kitchen, and BINA, who has just recovered from a kitty cold, has deemed it necessary to bat at Three's face in order to get his attention. ZOLA, as usual, looks forlornly up at Three, her head resting on the edge of the couch. There is a distant beeping that sounds very similar to a fire alarm going off in the upstairs apartment, as it has been for about fifteen minutes. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ten Books that Have Stuck with Me

Damn you, Facebook, and your wily ways. Well, hey, at least this new book meme is better than the "post what color bra you're wearing to promote breast cancer awareness" one from a while back. That sure was eyeroll worthy. But this? This I can get behind. I've already added a ton of books to my to-read list, and nothing makes me happier than sharing things that delight me.

Without further ado, my list of ten books that have stuck with me over the years.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Walkin' in the woods ...

Three and I went hiking today, and guess what! I took some pictures, most of which were crap, but I was really happy with these two.
Why, yes, I did indeed play with filters on this one! Why do you ask?
All I did was add a border to this one. Quite happy with how it turned out!
And feel free to go check out some of my other photos on my artwork page.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Life with Pets: Three, The Cats, and a Tent - A One-Act Play

(I know that this is realllllllly overdue - and I am soooooo sorry for that - but a lot of shit went down at Three's work, so it was necessary to postpone posting his very own Life with Pets vignette. Plus, we had last month's 31 Day Challenge, but here it is!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dear Sister Person Book Club: Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta

Dear Sister Person,

So when we decided to read this book, I was, admittedly, skeptical. I'm not really a steampunk fan, but hey, the book had pretty decent reviews. Plus, after my encounter with Courtney Milan's work, I was ready to indulge myself with more romance novels, so I started reading Her Sky Cowboy as quickly as I could.
Her Sky Cowboy* by Beth Ciotta
It only took me a few days to complete the book, which isn't necessarily an odd occurrence. I mean, I finished Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code in a day (And oh, what a frustrating day it was. I've only thrown two books in my life, and that was one of them.). Your text message response about what you thought, as far as you'd read - note: I expected you to finish before me - pretty much summed up my overall impression of the book.
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