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November 2020 Updates

Hey, there, all you majestic beasties! ❀ Can you believe November is nearly over? I hope you’re all well and finding ways to keep entertained and happy. πŸ™‚ I’m back at home, my work being one of the places that has closed during our state’s three week partial closure. I’ve tried starting multiple posts while I’ve been off and nothing sticks. I’m in this foggy headspace where focusing on one thing is even harder than normal, which brings us to my first November update…

dryad

UPDATE #1: CREATIVE STUFF

With the exception of drawing, I haven’t been able to concentrate on a whole lot. So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been focusing on. Drawing. Especially mythical creatures/beings. It’s actually been a lot of fun. πŸ™‚ (The weird tree lady pictured above is a Dryad I drew, from Greek mythology.) NaNoWriMo, on the other hand, obviously got shot in the foot on take off. I don’t know what I was thinking with that one. Haha Between the pandemic and a very tense election I was pretty much glued to the news during the beginning of the month, so not much writing going on, I’m afraid.

UPDATE #2: HOLIDAYS

I think we all know by now that the holidays are going to be very different this year. Under normal circumstances I’m usually a bit on the Grinchy side, not really one for Christmas music and all the fluff that goes with it. (I’m not as bad as I used to be, but it’s never the part of year I’m really looking forward to.) Well, it’s 2020 and everything is all messed up and crazy, so of course this would be the year that I am PUMPED for Christmas. πŸ˜› Bring on the holiday baking, Christmas movies and music, cozy winter bullshit, and decorations. I would already have the tree up and decorated if it wasn’t for Mr. Moth demanding Thanksgiving be allowed to have its moment. Haha I didn’t make the comic featured below, but when I found it, it immediately reminded me of Mr. Moth and his bizarre love for Thanksgiving. πŸ˜€

holiday comic

UPDATE #3: BAKING

I don’t know what it is about being stuck at home, but it really makes me want to bake ALL the things. Recent baking adventures include Snickerdoodle Cupcakes for Mr. Moth’s birthday, peanut butter cookies, pumpkin cookies, and rainbow chip cookies. I also busted out our new waffle maker and made homemade Belgian Waffles. One batch was regular and the other I jazzed up and made Pumpkin-Chai Belgian Waffles. πŸ˜€ It’s actually been really nice finding a joy in baking again. I used to bake all the time and then eventually I got sick of it. My favorite things to make this year definitely seem to be cookies. I’m really picky about cookies, so making them at home has been nice because they are super soft and chewy, just like I like ’em! ❀

UPDATE #4: READING

Like I said previously, my level of focus has been practically ZERO lately, so needless to say, not a lot of reading was getting done. Well, thankfully I’m starting to come back around and get some light reading in again. πŸ™‚

Giant Days, Volume 14 and The Quotable Giant Days:

I’m not going to lie, I was sooo sad when it hit me that I was reading the FINAL volume of Giant Days. This comic about three college friends and their lives has been such a treat to read. I can’t say I’ve read many other things that made me feel like I, too, along with the characters was saying farewell to my friends at the end. Mr. Moth and I both read this series, and we agree that John Allison does a fantastic job writing female characters. (Really, just characters in general, but if you’ve ever read anything from a male author where the male gaze gets a bit heavy, you know what we’re talking about.)

The Forbidden:

Written by Clive Barker, The Forbidden tells the story of what would eventually become the 1992 horror film, Candyman. I really enjoyed this short story, though if you’ve seen the film before you’ve read the story, this one feels like the blueprint to the movie which expands upon it in a really great way.

NOS4A2:

It’s always a treat reading more of Joe Hill’s work. With the recent news of the premature cancellation of AMC’s television adaptation of this title, I decided to go ahead and dive on in. Initially I was going to wait closer to Christmas due to some of the holiday horror vibes of this story, but as I mentioned already, I am feeling festive as fuck and could no longer wait. It’s off to a great start and I’m looking forward to reading more of it and seeing what the characters I came to love in the show get up to in the pages of this novel.

Hack/Slash Omnibus Volume 1:

This title and I go way back. I’d gotten to read a smidge of Hack/Slash long ago, enough to have given me a taste of what it was bringing to the table but not enough to sink my teeth into. Well, at 300 pages, this omnibus lays out the whole feast and dessert too. Hack/Slash follows our resident goth drifter Cassie Hack and her pal Vlad, a big, deformed man of few words who has the soul of a kitten (as long as you’re not on his to-kill list) as they hunt Slashers across the country and put them down for good. I like the way they handle their slasher mythology in this series, describing Slashers (your standard Michael, Jason, Freddy sort of fare) as “a type of undead, sort of like a vampire or zombie. They’re so full of anger that they don’t wanna die. They hate love, youth, sex . . . things they miss from life.” I mean, how often do we see the big murderous slashers who go after teenagers spring back up for more mayhem and murder after they’ve been killed? All the time, right? Makes sense to me to throw the supernatural spin on that. The series definitely isn’t for everyone, and I, myself, sometimes roll my eyes due to that “male gaze” thing I mentioned previously, but it has a lot of appeal for horror fans, and thus I do enjoy it. Genre favorites from the big screen and behind-the-scenes even make appearances such as Robert Kirkman and Mr. Good Guy Doll himself, Chucky.

Anywhooo, that’s it for my November updates. Now it’s time to play catch-up and see what you fine and fancy folk have been up to. Happy (early) Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it. And Happy Monday (ugh) to the rest of you! πŸ˜›

13 thoughts on “November 2020 Updates

  1. Happy Monday to you too (being a Brit, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but I hope you have a wonderful day) I absolutely love that Dryad pic, much awesome! love your art my friend. With the UK in a month lockdown I to have been flexing my drawing arm with some new Black Rose panels for my looooong in gestation BR comic, I’m the opposite to you this month as the writing side comes fairly easily but the sketching and painting things are just hard work (but still fun) I love Clive Barker so may have to check out The Forbidden, and I still haven’t got around to reading Hack/Slash even though I’ve been wanting to indulge for awhile ( I blame DC Comics for releasing so much great stuff that I don’t have time to read anything else… lol first world problems! πŸ˜‰ ) πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀
      And that's awesome that you've been using your time during the lockdown to work on more BR panels! Keep it up! πŸ˜€
      Haha and I agree, as always time is the reader's lament. Too many amazing things to read and never enough time. Even during lockdowns and Quarantine. πŸ˜›

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  2. That hack/slash comic sounds AWESOME. I’m not sure how you haven’t told me about this yet. I’m offended.

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    I LOVE that you’ve gotten back into baking so hardcore! I feel like I’m gearing up again too. I’ve been pinning things on Pinterest like a mad woman. I WANT TO TRY TO MAKE ALL THE THINGS.

    LET’S SLEIGH THE HOLIDAY BITCH!!

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    1. Haha I’m sorry I failed you on the Hack/Slash front but I can certainly make it up to you by loaning it to you so you can read it! πŸ˜›
      And yesssss, all hail the Holiday Baking Season! I can’t wait to see what other baked goodies you make soon. Those chocolate peanut butter cookies you made looked divine. ❀

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      1. The other day Meijer was having a sale on baking stuff, so I bought several bags of different types of chocolate chips. I’m feeling the itch and it’s about to get real. Especially since I also bought a 3 lb bag of cranberries at Costco yesterday….when I already had cranberries at home. Lmao. I’ve got holiday shopping to do today and then I think this evening is going to be all about baking. πŸ˜€

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  3. Ugh, I hear you on NaNo. I didn’t even attempt it this year because I knew I wasn’t ready, so good on you for even giving it the old college try. I don’t know how ANYONE can concentrate on anything with all the shit going on.

    Lol Mr. Moth reminds me of Bob from Bob’s Burgers! Bob loves Thanksgiving, too. Christmas is so weird and poignant for me. I love the nostalgia, but it stresses me…TF…out. This year is definitely going to be different. I’ve already completed some shopping.

    As for reading, I’m almost done my Goodreads challenge. I’m near the end of two more books, and that’s all I need for my 20! I just started a Dean Koontz thriller “What the Night Knows” through library e-borrowing (god bless libraries β™₯) and this other book on my Kindle called Night of the Mannequins, which I’m really into so far. I have a bunch of Joe Hill novels on my to read list. I’ve seen the movie “Horns” and I loved it. Daniel Radcliffe is truly rad πŸ˜€

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    1. Lmao The Bob’s Burger bit made me laugh! πŸ˜€ Such a great show. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you watch it. ❀
      Woo! And congrats on being about to finish your GR reading challenge for the year! Horns was sooo good. I really enjoyed that one too. I adore Daniel Radcliffe as well. πŸ™‚

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