Thursday, September 08, 2016

Outside In Boldly Goes!

Hey guys, I'm an author again!

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, there's a book! And I'm in it!

OUTSIDE IN BOLDLY GOES: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories by 117 Writers

Pre-order now! It's got some perfectly swell authors in it, including me. My second book inclusion, hooray!

From the back cover:

Put ten Star Trek fans in a room and you’ll wind up with eleven opinions, fourteen heated debates about Starfleet uniforms and somebody cosplaying Spock in a teleporter accident with a Gorn. That’s because Star Trek fans are gloriously weird, uniquely different and sometimes entirely outlandish. And so is this book.

Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek, Outside In Boldly Goes is a collection of 117 reviews, one for every story of the original series, the animated series, the Kirk movies and a few bonus extras. Well, we say “reviews”, but we mean that loosely: within these pages, you’ll find scripts, Starfleet communiqu├ęs, DVD commentaries, fill-in-the-blank games, log entries, restaurant reviews, poems and a trading card set.

Provocative, engrossing, hilarious and utterly gonzo. These aren’t your father’s reviews.

Preorder today!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Cottage report: Friday

Don't you hate having to get up to an alarm when you're on vacation? It's especially hard when the tradition is to stay up to stupid o'clock in the morning and just sleep until you feel like getting up. I mean, I'm still up before noon, usually around 9:30 or 10, but on Wednesday we needed to be up and about and decent by 8am because workers were coming to do a few fixes on the cottage - ceiling repairs in the bathroom, wood fixes on the front face, that sort of thing. And T had to go into town to get them. So no bikini basking that day! They did good work though, nice guys.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Cottage report: Tuesday

Our Killarney trip this year certainly has been a great one so far!

Our trip in was a bit different than usual though, we blew right past Parry Sound, where we usually stop for lunch. Didn't think about the fact that we usually visited a restroom while there as well - by the time we turned off the highway we were both in a bit of a desperate situation. Good news is we now know where there are public restrooms along that 45-minute drive!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ghostbusters, revisited

(some spoilers ahead, be warned!)

Lastnight T and I got out of the oppressive heat the city has been enduring and went to see the new Ghostbusters reboot. I had initially been a little leery of it, being a huge fan of the original and its sequel (notice I didn’t have a meltdown over it – internet trolls take note!), but I love the entire cast so I thought at worst I would be seeing a bad movie with a bunch of people I adore, so what’s the harm?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Oracle sets: a current list

For my own edification, here's a central list of all the oracle sets I have. As with my Tarot list, some of these descriptions are ones I wrote on this blog previously.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Just had to share this

via Just Cute Animals
Wow, it’s Friday! I’m going out of town this weekend to meet with some people I’ll be travelling with in the Autumn. I don’t really have a lot to say I haven’t already said this week. Oh, except that I actually did some yoga yesterday for the first time in a number of years, and I fully intend to do more tonight! Yep. Not real in-a-class yoga of course, but some is better than none, right? Didn’t do too much downward-facing stuff, as the reason I stopped was the terrible acid reflux I was getting every time. This was before I found out I had chronic gastritis of course, which I’m now medicated for so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to do downward dog soon – it was one of my favourite poses before!

This right here is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, and totally made my day yesterday. And I made the mistake of scrolling down to read comments. Never read the comments, folks. One in particular kills me, from someone who claims it’s actually ‘distress yelps… I studied arctic foxes during my year abroad in Antarctica.’ Wow. Went all the way to the South Pole to study a creature that lives in the Arctic Circle.

Which reminds me of something The Bloggess wrote about just last week: Social Media Etiquette. Apparently I’m keeping 20 angels alive just by sharing this. You’re welcome.

Also I’d just like to point out that no, I did not go out to a pub for Saint Patrick’s Day yesterday. I’ve never liked huge crowds – not a fear or an anxiety, just a source of irritation that will build to a rage if I let it – so being in a bar when everyone else is there specifically to get drunk on things I don’t even like doesn’t sound like a great time to me. So yes, I went home, watched some TV, did some yoga and went to bed.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


So this winter was weird, right? I mean it’s not officially over yet, but it doesn’t seem to have even begun. Christmas Eve I went for a walk with my Dad along the canal and there was NO SNOW. We didn’t need our coats. I don’t know how people who live where it doesn’t snow at Christmas get into the spirit, we had a really hard time with it.

And now it’s mid-March, and I think we might have had three good snowfalls the entire season. I know people with sidewalks (ah, the joys of condo living) and cars love it because they don’t have to shovel or drive in it, but for me it just seems weird.

I suppose I should just be thankful we haven’t had a deep freeze this winter. And also that I missed the -22°C day when I was in Los Angeles during a delightful heat wave.

Yeah, poor me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

You snooze, you lose.

via Leeds List
So a while back I got a notification that the awesome and otherworldly King of Crimps Noel Fielding is coming to town, playing at the Danforth Music Hall next Wednesday. I got pretty excited, because I loved him on The Mighty Boosh and IT Crowd, and every time I see him on any of the millions of quiz shows in the UK he frequents he’s the highlight.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Long Live The Duke

This morning brought terrible news: the Thin White Duke has passed.