Question of the Week: 12/25/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is probably my favorite Christmas special, yet I always cry a bit at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas when they decorate Charlie Brown’s sad, tired Christmas tree, it perks up, and they sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”  I don’t know why.  I’m not religious, but I am sentimental, and (admission time) I cry over something at least once a day.  A beautiful passage of music will move me or I’ll see/read something poignant.  It’s really not hard for the Shameful Narcissist to bring the waterworks.

The Grinch gets me because I love the Heel Face Turn (shock…) and redemption stories (double shock).  Side note: If you go to the TV Tropes link, you’ll see the Grinch is the poster child FOR the Heel Face Turn.

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It always amused me how his eyes went from red irises surrounded by yellow to the “more wholesome” blue, because of course that’s what happens when you turn from evil to good in children’s stories.  Either way, the message of the Grinch is one we still sorely need.  It’s ubiquitous and eternal since, despite the fact it centers around Christmas, it’s not really religious.


What’s your favorite Christmas movie or TV special?  Is it something you’ve loved for a long time or is it new to your heart?

I suppose I should say my obligatory Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays since it is the big day for the first and continues for the second.  While Christmas morning was always the most exciting time of my youth, I find in my old age, I enjoy Christmas night much more.  I can relax, play with my toys, and recuperate from the day’s festivities.  I also still have a ton of dough left to make so I’ll probably bake that and eat a ton of cookies.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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Question of the Week: 11/13/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite dystopian narrative?

More than anything now I want to write a meta about how closely Final Fantasy VII aligns with current society (which was a major conclusion in “The Seventh Is the Darkest”), and I thought this prior to the US election.  Stories, no matter their media, serve as mirrors to our culture in addition to warnings.  This is just one of the many reasons FFVII is my favorite game and story, and while I sure as hell don’t want to live in that world, I can’t deny it’s my favorite dystopia. Environment destruction, government corruption, lack of bioethics, gross (and in game physically manifested) disparities between the rich and poor, amongst other things are blatantly displayed and sadly ignored as significant due to video games being considered bastard media by a good portion of the population :\

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Second place goes to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, another narrative that is disturbingly close to our reality.  Glorification of violence for the sake of the show and the sacrifice of the future (children) as a form of systematic terrorism.

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What’s your favorite dystopian narrative?  What about it draws you?  What about it reminds you of something in society/culture?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Question of the Week: 10/23/16

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The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

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I’m trying to think up Halloween type questions I haven’t already answered in my Halloween Fun Time post hehe.  While there was a question about scary movies, it didn’t get specific, and also while I did ask favorite Halloween/Halloween type movies, that doesn’t necessarily mean the scariest.  The scariest movie I’ve ever seen, the movie that made me stop watching scary movies is The Ring.

Hell to the no

Hell to the no

I saw this movie back in college with a bunch of friends.  Our university had a theater that would show fairly recent films (which is how I first saw Titanic), and we figured why not.  This lackadaisical decision would cost me.  I hid against my one friend’s shoulder through the majority of the film.

The horror started when the one girl Katie was found dead in the closet with an absolutely horrified expression distorting her gruesome corpse.  She looked as if she’d drowned and started to rot in water (…), but I said my “Nope,” at the part with the horses.  When animals are that terrified of something, you know it’s bad.

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Question of the Week: 10/16/16

<–Question of the Week: 10/9/16          Question of the Week: 10/23/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite Halloween/Halloween type movie?

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I count this as a “Halloween type” movie.  It’s got that gothic/macabre aesthetic that fits in with this time of the year.  It’s also arguably my favorite horror movie; it’s definitely my favorite horror musical.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d definitely see the musical version of Evil Dead, but I’m more of a fan of gothic horror, no hate though!

Honorable mentions so Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Crow.

Side note:  I’m currently munching on those mellowcreme pumpkins I was raving about a week ago.  Halloween is amazing.


What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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Halloween Fun Time

This is a little questionnaire I borrowed (stole hehe) from my girl Cupcakes and Machetes.  Tis the season right?  I’ll copy her (again) and post the questions without answers for easier acquisition.  Please feel free to borrow/steal this for your own enjoyment!

  1. What scent sets the holiday mood?
  2. Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?
  3. Favorite Halloween movie?
  4. Favorite seasonal sweet?
  5. What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?
  6. What’s your favorite costume you ever wore on Halloween?
  7. Most enjoyable fall tradition?
  8. Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?
  9. What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?
  10. Favorite Halloween Monster: Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.?
  11. Cider or Cocoa?
  12. Scary movies or Scaredy cat?
  13. Pumpkin Spice: Yum, or Yuck?
  14. Which is scariest: Spiders, Zombies, or Clowns?
  15. Best find in your Trick or Treat bag?
  16. Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat bag?

1. What scent sets the holiday mood?

Apple spice hands down is October/fall for me.

Autumn in a jar

Autumn in a jar

2.  Favorite Halloween Fun Size Candy Bar?

Milky way.  Mmmmm so good.  I could eat like 50 of them, which utterly negates the fun size.

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3.  Favorite Halloween Movie?

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  That’s if we’re talking the type of movies you watch around Halloween time.  If so, yes, this is my favorite horror musical.

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4.  Favorite seasonal sweet?

I think I covered this in my last Question of the Week!  Mellowcreme pumpkins.  Mmm I can hear my teeth screaming now.

Yes, these guys

5.  What toppings are on the perfect candy apple?

I’m perfectly fine with just caramel.  I can’t think of anything else I would need.

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6.  What’s your favorite Halloween costume?

I have to go with my staple of dark angel.  It’s my fallback if I’m ever in a pinch, and I always have clothes for it available, because I’m a not-so-secret goth.

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7.  Most enjoyable fall tradition?

Planning and dressing up for Halloween.  I love that it’s a holiday you can celebrate regardless of your religion or lack thereof (even though it is based around Samhain).  You’re not obligated to deal with potentially bigoted relatives.  You get to eat candy and drink with your friends all the while dressing up as whatever the hell you want.  Like seriously, what is the downside and why isn’t this a month long event/celebration?

8.  Pumpkin Patch Hayride or Haunted Hayride?

Pumpkin patch.  I have no desire to have the stuffing scared out of me (wuss puss over here), and I love pumpkin picking.

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9.  What song is a must for a Halloween Party Playlist?

Thriller is a nonnegotiable.

10.  Favorite Halloween Monster?

I’d probably have to go with Dracula for this one since vampires are pretty high on my list.  Wasn’t I just talking about a hot vampire?

11.  Cider or Cocoa?

Cider all the way.  Not that I don’t like cocoa, but apple spice was my first answer.

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12.  Scary movies or Scaredy cat?

Like I said, I’m a big old wuss puss, though of course I can’t make sense and am obsessed with all things Lovecraftian and eldritch.

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13.  Pumpkin spice: Yum or yuck?

Yum.  I like apple spice better, but I don’t understand the hatred towards pumpkin spice.  It’s a decent flavor and clearly keeps Starbucks in business.

14.  Which is scariest: spiders, zombies, or clowns?

Well clowns seem to be competing for the scariest things out there.  Like wtf is going on with that?  But I’d have to say zombies because the shambling undead just rips through layers of horror all the way down to the uncanny valley.  They can also make you one of them!  Neither of the others one do that…unless it’s a radioactive spider and then you turn into Spider-Man.  Omg…imagine a zombie clown that was bitten by a radioactive spider D:

15.  Best find in your Trick or Treat Bag?

A whole Milky Way candy bar.  None of this fun sized shit :p

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16.  Worst thing to get in your Trick or Treat Bag?

Dental floss or a pamphlet about how fat kids shouldn’t get candy.  One, I can buy my own dental floss and two, wtf is wrong with you?

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Question of the Week: 10/2/16

<–Question of the Week: 9/25/16          Question of the Week: 10/9/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What are you planning for your Halloween costume?

Yes, it’s finally that time of year again.  The god awful summer heat has broken, the days are growing shorter as the night encroaches upon the afternoon.  It’s wet and rainy in my corner of the world, but I’d take this any day over oppressive humidity, and it’s time to plan my Halloween costume!

I’m probably going to do a long neglected Cosplay Confessional post to flesh out the details of this (and to also discuss the alternative option).

After I saw Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and loved it hard, I thought about how freaking easy it would be for me to be Finn.

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I actually have really short hair.  *shock*  I know that silver hair is totally not mine lol.  All I really need is the jacket…which I just bought yesterday.  This is a marked difference from my Halloween costume last year, which was super elaborate and a wee bit expensive.

My alternate costume was Smokey Quartz, the newest fusion from Steven Universe.

But I’d need to find a gigantic yo-yo, buy a new wig, plus I don’t have three arms.  Granted, I’d just scrap the latter, but it would rankle me, because I’m a perfectionist.  I saw an amazing cosplay of this a few weeks ago, but I can’t find it.  Annoying.


What are you planning to be for Halloween?  Is it the typical “spooky” fare (e.g. witch, ghost, vampire, etc.) or is it a character/cosplay?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #1

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’d like to thank Movie Reviews and Other Stuff for nominating my blog for this award!  It’s been a few weeks since it occurred, and now that I’m on vacation, I finally have time to properly thank him and respond.

Here are the rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the 11 questions that have been assigned to you.
  4. Nominate 11 deserving bloggers for the award.
  5. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.

Question #1 – What made you want to start your blog/website? I think I might have answered this in another blog nomination, but I’ll try to reiterate.  There may be some copying and pasting if I can’t think through my brain fog.  I find it exceedingly difficult (especially now that I’m dealing with some unknown health issues that cause fore mentioned brain fog and other things) to fully express myself verbally sometimes even though I’m told quite often that I speak eloquently.  I suffer from l’espirit d’escalier more often than not, but I have a great deal to say about a variety of topics.  I wanted to use this blog as both my sounding board and soap box for my essays and writing, the latter or which is the most important thing to me.  I’ve been through the rigors of publication submission and rejection and am currently in the extended latter phase of that now.  With this blog I don’t have to worry about any threshold guardians to what I want to put out into the zeitgeist even if it may initially reach only a limited audience.

TL;DR I started this blog so I’d have my own place to say what I wanted.

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