Culture Consumption: March 2016

Yes, yes, I know I’m hideously late, but April is a busy month, and my brain didn’t want to compose a blog entry. So it’s well past time, once again, to look at all of the culture I’ve been consuming from the month before. Quite a fun month, I must say, so feel free to join me to look at all the books, comics, movies, and television I finally got under my belt in March!

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Culture Consumption: February 2015

It’s that time again! I would’ve posted these earlier, but I had a super-busy weekend and would’ve forgotten if I hadn’t seen other friends posting their own month-end reading lists. So, here we go for February!

Books

I know, I know… I did horribly this month. That’s okay though. It happens.

5) The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

Short Fiction

None in February

Comics

1) Fairest In All The Land by Bill Willingham (graphic novel)

As for individual issues, I read 39 comics and finally caught up on my TBR pile. WOOT! Now let’s keep it that way.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #6
Batgirl #38
Batgirl #39
Black Widow #14
Black Widow #15
Coffin Hill #15
Copperhead #5
Fairest #30
Fairest #31
Fairest #32
Fairest #33
Harley Quinn: Valentine’s Day Special #1
Lazarus #14
Millennium #1
Ms. Marvel #11
Ms. Marvel #12
Nameless #1
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2
Saga #25
Sex Criminals #10
Shadow Show #2
Shadow Show #3
Sleepy Hollow #4
Star Wars #1
Star Wars #2
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1
Supreme Blue Rose #6
The Dying and the Dead #1
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #11
The Unwritten: Apocalypse #12
The Walking Dead #136
The Walking Dead #137
Thor #2
Thor #3
Thor #4
Thor #5
Wytches #4

Movies

* = repeat viewing

Birdman
Her
Joe
Salinger
The Babadook
The Princess Bride *
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Television Shows

A note with television: these are the shows I completed in the month of February, not a list of everything on-going that I’m still watching.

A to Z Season 1
Agent Carter Season 1
Constantine Season 1
Parks & Recreation Season 7
Sleepy Hollow Season 2
The Americans Season 2


That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2015 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!

Cheers!

Cat Be Nimble, Cat Be Quick

Today was my first physical therapy session of 2015. Somehow and miraculously, I’m getting stronger, which is news to me, since I’ve done a shit job of taking care of myself the past three months. Of course, 2015 is a new year, and I resolve to do better, but I assumed my session today would kick my ass.

But apparently I’m getting stronger. My therapist wanted to try some new exercises with me today, and while he was setting up one of them, I made the smart-ass remark, “Oh great. You’re gonna make me jump those, aren’t you?”

“Oh no,” he said, “But we can do that next!”

And despite my protests, he set up two jumping exercises while I attempted this balance and coordination thing with a four-pound ball that’s apparently supposed to be strength-training.

The jumping exercises: in one case, I had to jump up on a step. “Light as a cat!” he kept telling me, and I told him that was a bad analogy: my cat is a 17lbs cat, and there’s nothing light about the way he jumps. As I practiced the exercise, he kept reminding me, “Light as a cat!” and I decided to think differently: spry as a kitten. Yes, that works. Funny that last night, one of the lines I wrote a few times during my free-writing session involved my heroine thinking she’s weak as a kitten.

There’s some kind of irony in that, me thinking I’d be weak as a kitten before my session, and then being a spry one instead.

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Currently Writing: Codename: Magic Twins
Last night’s word count: 1,217 words
Total word count: 3,833 words
A good session last night, despite writing in bed. Since I’ve got a laptop now, I’m trying to mix up the writing locations a bit, keep myself from getting into a rut or settling into super-bad posture, which is what I think sparked the migraine of DOOM back in October. And after hearing the 12/21/14 episode of Writing Excuses, I think it’s an even better decision: all too often, we forget that writing is supposed to be FUN. I think more thoughts are coalescing about this topic, so they’ll get their own post, but the point is, I’m trying to mix things up this year, writing what I what, when I want, how I want. We’ll see how it goes.

Currently Reading: Jeff VanderMeer’s Acceptance
Enjoyed the Alexie, but now it’s time to start nibbling at my pre-Hugo reading pile. Finishing up VanderMeer’s weird-but-wonderful trilogy is a must.

Next up: tonight we finished up the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises, and I have some THOUGHTS about the re-watch. Those can come later. We’re saving tonight’s new episodes of Gotham and Sleepy Hollow for later this week, but tomorrow, I’m super-excited to be watching the two-hour premiere of Agent Carter live. What’s Agent Carter, you may ask? Just put Marvel, the television show Alias and the year 1946 in a blender, and that’s Agent Carter. I can’t wait. I hope to hell it’s worth it.