The Age of Scrutiny

It’s really hard to get anything done in this current age we live in, doubly so with amplified scrutiny because everyone’s at home. I’ve got to look after my own peace of mind so I can fulfill my academic duties and be there for the students under my charge. I also have various writing deadlines…

Round-up of Things Done in 2019

You may have noticed the streamlined first page. Since posts can be reorganized in blocks, I’ll always be shifting the first page content now for visual symmetry. Posts that vanished have been re-set to drafts. Right now, I want to try to keep this blog not overly personal as I’ve increased visibility and am therefore…

The Witcher, Season 1

This holiday season, I was looking forward to diving into the Netflix serial The Witcher. I’ve long wanted to play The Witcher games because the graphics looked beautiful, but have never been able to find the time to play even the games I know. So, being able to dive into this world within a short…

Britannia, Season 1

Phew. Guess what I did after an unusually social (for this hermit crab) two days? Yup. Curled up at home all day eating leftovers, cheese and crackers (AND FRENCH ONION DIP), and binge-watched the entire first season of Britannia. WHICH WAS GLORIOUS. I LOVED IT. Adored how camp it was, and they had me at…

Sliver (Dir: Phillip Noyce, 1993)

I’ve been wanting to watch this film since it first came out in 1993, mostly because of that UB40 cover of Can’t Help Falling In Love, and the video. It looked slick, it looked sick and I was well into my cyberpunk Goth phase (albeit unknowing it was a thing, just writing stuff along those…

Paris est √† Nous (dir: √Člisabeth Vogler, 2019)

√Člisabeth Vogler enters the grand tradition of innovative French women directors with this arthouse movie that was initially kickstarter funded, and drew so much attention that Netflix picked it up. I’m really baffled by how lukewarm the reviews for this movie have been. I read one that mused that the director couldn’t decide if it…

Weekend Restoratives

Am planning for a very quiet yet productive weekend. I woefully need to catch up on sleep. There will likely be a Growing Fins post at some point as I’ve a lot of music notes to share. I’m also watching Paris Is Us on Netflix, might finish watching it later. It’s a very visually stylized…

Declaring the Season of Hygge Early

I really love that word — Hygge. It really encapsulates what I do when I nest to heal or to regenerate energy and ideas. Lots of hot drinks, reading (and writing) while being a blanket pohpia, and enjoying beautiful sounds and aromatherapy thingos. Granted, I’m on Hygge setting for most of the year but towards…

The Work of Being a Literary Academic

One of the best rewards I gave myself this year was my MLA membership. I had to choose between an MLA membership or an SFWA membership. MLA won because I’d get a discount for a subscription to one of my bucket list academic journals that’s neither on PROJECT MUSE nor JSTOR. And! I get PMLA…

Plan Coeur and Other Weekend Adventures

This weekend was mostly an adventure of fixing my online presence. My attempt to update wordpress on my main site had some tables being corrupted. Which resulted in me deleting the wrong files, so I had to re-do my main author website (bibliography will have links soon). A rescue of Domus Exsulis is now pending…

Echo Hello I Am A Batch File

So I decided that apart from a dedicated music blog, I really needed to have a personal author blog to augment my official author page. This time minus the gossip, the angst, the oversharing. Yeah, I know, where’s the fun in that? But once you become more known as an author, for better or for…