Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'

First let me say . . .

Bwa ha ha ha ha!!! 

Now, onwards!

In honor of one of my favorite festivals* I'm going to share something fabulously charming which I discovered recently.

As you may know, I loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries ** and started watching The Autobiography of Jane Eyre after Sanditon proved disappointing.*** I was looking forward with excitement to the release of the Emma Approved vlog from the same people who made the LBD, but . . .

Now, I don't mean to cast aspersions on anyone's favorite fandom, but . . . I thought Emma Approved was wretched and got through about a video and a half before I gave it up forever. I DARE you to tell me it gets better and that I didn't give it enough of a chance. I am an immovable pillar of displeasure on this issue.

But I love vlog-style retellings and since I have the gaping void of EMMA APPROVED SUCKS in my life, I've been on the lookout for other stories that I can infuse into my week one three minute segment at a time.

The gods smiled and I discovered  

In which the struggling Poe-et, Ed Poe, vlogs about the writing life and his WIP while the ghostly Lenore (one of her ghost friends set them up) haunts his study.^

It's awkwardly charming and oh, so applicable to my life. I usually just want to give Poe a hug and tell him that writing fails are universal and all writers have them. Just not always as epic-ly as him.

And not to believe the mean things Lenore says. She just doesn't understand. *weep* Except about the hearts in the floor. I'm with her on that. He needs to get rid of those. Immediately. And maybe get a puppy.

 He finished "The Raven" the other day, so if you want to be seasonally appropriate go watch them all RIGHT NOW.

 Happy Halloween!

I wish you enough candy to fuel a week-long writing marathon. In my honor, of course. Since it's my birthday week, after all.


* My birthday is Nov 2nd. Halloween and my birthday are inextricably linked in my mind. I start celebrating as soon as the first excruciatingly frightening scarecrow# goes up.

# I think the one outside our local preschool is the scariest I've ever seen. And I've had ample time to stare at it in terror because I wait for a carpool there every week. It's one of those loose, plumply straw-stuffed ones that you sort of lay on something. It probably originally had a standard-issue jack-'o-lantern head, but it must have been stolen or fallen off or something because someone has replaced it with a tiny baby doll head. It is the most frickin' scary thing I've ever seen.+

+ This scarecrow is also especially scary because as I come around the corner it looks like a person passed out on the sidewalk. I always experience about a second where I'm convinced it's one of the guys who is supposed to be in the carpool with me and he's collapsed into some sort of (possibly drunken) stupor.

** Except for the ending. How could they think Lizzie setting up a company to compete with Darcy's counted as a happy ending? HOW? And don't get me started on Bing being reduced to arm-candy . . .

*** and continued disappointing to the bitter end.

^It seemed somehow appropriate to share this with you on this Day of Days. *cue evil laughter*


  1. Definitely going to have to check this out...

    Happy Halloween!

  2. My neighbors have a scarecrow up that is pointed right at where I park my car. I don't think they were doing it on purpose, but I always see it out of the corner of my eye when I get home, and I always think it's a person sitting there staring at me.

    I suppose that means their Halloween decorations are effective.