April Fools and May Idiots

Contrary to popular belief I am not dead, nor am I serving out my sentence in the sex mines of Algor Beta.*

As a matter of fact, I just went slightly insane, did a lot of knitting, finished a short novella or a long short story, started a bunch of other things that didn’t pan out, annoyed my friends, learned to pickle banana peppers and made Hungarian food. I also watched some Korean drama, lost twelve pounds, lost my snake, found my snake, killed an orchid and had my mother laugh at me about how much fish sauce I had put into a pork dish.**

So in the interests of getting back on board this blog thing, have some of the Bests and Worsts of the last few months.

Best Book Read: Dr Haggard’s Disease by Patrick MacGrath
Creepy, queer book set on the edge of World War 2. Obsession, unreliable narrators, brilliant language and a creeping sense of “oh god.” What’s not to like?

Worst Book Read: Jade Enchantress by E. Hoffman Price
Okay, take every stereotype from a 1970’s movie that features Chinese people and add some weirdly interpreted mystic Buddhism, and you have this book. My friends totally warned me about this book when they saw me picking it up in the used bookstore, but you know, idiots never learn.

Best Anime Watched: Natsume Yuujinchou
It claims to be an anime about a boy who can see monsters; it’s actually a series about loneliness and what loneliness can do to you. It made me cry and it also renewed my urge to get a waving cat the size of a six-year-old.

Worst Anime Watched: Uraboku
It sounds good. It features reincarnated gods, carry over sexual tension from a past life and pretty animation. Despite this, I didn’t care about the plot, I didn’t care about the characters and by the end of the first episode, I was pretty sure that I was going to hate everyone involved.

Best Professional Writer Moment: Tied
Got two royalty checks and and got a novella accepted for publication. I win.

Worst Professional Writer Moment: Tied
Lost 2000 words I failed to save before shutting down my computer and forgot to update this blog for months. I lose.

Best Food Made: Lesco
Throw red or yellow peppers, onions, whole garlic cloves and a can of chopped tomatoes into a pot along with a few cups of water. Bring to a boil and then allow it to simmer for 2-4 hours, adding water as necessary. It’s like my “get out of cooking for three days free!” card

Anyhow, that pretty much sums up my last few months, not including the illegal marmoset smuggling thing at the turn of the year. Watch this space and I’ll see what I can do about making sure that there’s something to watch.

Coming Soon:
A Blog Redesign
5 Things I Love About K-Dramas
Kannan Knits the Internet
A Novella

*Nasty rumor, and I just got probation.
** “Nothing needs that much fish sauce! Nothing!”