february 18, 2018

Hiiii world,

What I’m Reading
So last month I talked about RADIUM GIRLS, a nonfic, which is pretty different from what I usually read. I, um, still haven’t finished this book, since it convinced me I had radium poisoning and also was just generally a very visceral and intense read. I have about 100 pages left, and I just need to power through. I will! I will prevail!

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Anyway, as to what I’m actually reading right now, that would be Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy. I’m kind of sticking with nonfic right now. I’ve been having a hard time getting into books lately. I quit two romance novels, a highly anticipated YA fantasy, and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting. But the nonfic has been holding me. Been stimulating my mind? 😉

Some of the scholarship referenced and cited in Buzz is stuff I read in one of my classes (The History of US Sexuality)–shout-out to Andrea Tone and Devices & Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America (read it!)–so it’s been really cool to be like, “Oh, yeah, I know what that thing is.” Partly I like it cause it makes me feel smart, ha, but it’s also not dense and has a fun voice. I don’t think you have to be a history fan to dig into this one, so don’t discount it if you’re a non-non-fic reader like moi.

I always use this section to talk about stuff I’ve recently read too. Soooo…

Look out for this one in March. It’s been a book of my heart for so long, and now you can all finally read it!

Side note: I reread Simon VS after seeing the movie. It’s now the 3rd time I’ve read it, and it remains the most delightful book. I can’t wait to go see the movie when it’s out–also in March! So many good things are coming out soon 😀

What I’m Doing
ALL MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE. I finally got to go to…

THE

BROADWAY

PRINCESS

PARTY.

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I can’t believe this actually happened. I’ve been waiting for this for years. It was absolutely magical. MAGICAL.

Also 54 Below makes amazing Brussel sprouts.

AND MAGIC.

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Mmmm and some other less exciting but still noteworthy things, I saw Black Panther today. It was such a visually stunning film, and also full of great characters. I know the whole universe is already going to see it, but if you haven’t yet make sure you do! No spoilers here from me but eeeeeeeepppp!!!

Also the Super Bowl happened earlier this month! I made Jess come over and watch it with me. I explained football to her, and she got pretty into it 😀 Or she just enjoyed my mom and me’s commentary bashing the Patriots the entire time.

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Here is Jess imitating the black paint football players have on their cheeks, ha.

Alas, I don’t have pictures, but yesterday I was at NYPL for their Asian American YA panel! That was super relatable and interesting and when Rhoda talked about the Philippines being shaped by colonization/war and the role of superstition that’s still present in her life and shapes it, it was so gratifying to hear a little bit of your experience being shared.

Mith and I hung out after and I tried a variety of vegetable dim sum before we returned to our usual haunt, B&N. 🙂

I shall end this section of ramblings of social interactions with a duct tape Mushu I made at work.

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What I’m Thinking About
Mmm stuff? I’m so proud and awed by the Parkland survivors speaking out for gun control so passionately. They are the embodiment of YA, and it warms my heart. But I hate they have to fight for this. I hate the GOP refuses to act. I hate the GOP refuses to save lives.

In other news, Virtue and Moir can’t just be platonic, right???? RIGHT???

What I’m Netflixing Listening To
Usually when I do this section I talk about music. And I do have a new band to talk about–We Are Scientists. 

But I actually want to talk about a podcast I started listening to called More Perfect. It’s definitely been sucking up time. It’s all about constitutional law and Supreme Court cases. You can see I’ve been surrounding myself with nonfic/historical things. But listen to it!! 😀

What I’m Writing
Still revising monsterbook. Idk if it’ll ever be done.

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Fingers crossed I keep this blogging this up!! Take care, stay safe, and be kind to each other ❤

With love,

Mic

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january 19, 2018

hey, hey! Look at this, a blog post a decent amount of time from my last one. Could this be the year I finally blog semi-routinely? Probably not. But stay tuned.

What I’m Reading

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This is a bit of a new one for me, I’m not the most avid reader of non-fic, but I’m reading THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA’S SHINING WOMEN. I’d heard good things about it, plus it was about women and history (two of my favorite things), and I noted in the past I have a hard time drafting/revising and reading YA at the same time. 1. Because time spent reading is time not spent working. 2. And, sometimes I tend to absorb what I read and it bleeds through into my work cause I love it too much. Then some of my revising is weeding those bits out and realigning my vision for the story. I figured it might be easier to revise and read something preeeetty different.

I did not expect this book to be as intense as it is. I should have been prepared, considering it’s a horrible piece of history, but there’s a lot of visceral description of the sickness and pain these women suffered due to radium poisoning. There are points where I find myself feeling anxious while reading, but I think if I just go piecemeal, it’ll be fine.

On the flip side, I’m so in awe of these women and their strength. It’s highly suspect if I would have been able to go through what they did. It pisses me off too, that the Radium Girls story is a lesson told over and over again in grade school (was it for you? it was for me), but the story is distilled down to “Oh, the silly women would dab the radium paintbrushes in their mouths and paint themselves, then they all died cause no one knew radium was radioactive.”

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This story is so much more than that. SO MUCH more than that.

What I’m Doing
So like most recent college grads I’ve been job hunting. It’s not fun. We’re gonna quickly move on.

The coolest thing to happen recently was attending a screening of LOVE, SIMON. Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 12.36.50 AM.png

If you’re a YA fan, I’m sure you’ve read this adorable novel, and if you haven’t, PLEASE GET ON IT. The movie was an absolute delight. It perfectly captures the spirit and tone of the book. Formal reviews aren’t allowed so I can’t say much. I’m a notorious critic of YA adaptations and adaptations in general, but this is one of my favorites. That’s not to say they perfectly recreated every scene–there are some changes. But it just works. I think this is the only adaptation I can say this about.

Side note: I stood outside in line for over an hour in the cold and my feet froze I was 110% convinced I was going to get frostbite and die and have to go to the hospital to have my feet amputated and miss the movie.

BUT, I can’t wait to go see it again on March 16 and take Bestie (Jess, as you longtime readers know ;D) and my mom.

I’ve done some other things recently, like finally try a pork cutlet bowl, as inspired by my love Yuri!!! On Ice.

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Jess and I also hit a dessert bar right after. And we got a lot of treats (SO MANY TREATS) but we were so full (SO FULL). But look how pretty they were…

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Then we got our periods the next day, so I guess that explains everything.

And no, that’s not a plant. But we named it Simon 😀

Other than gorging ourselves on dessert, Jess and I have also been hitting the gym. We’ve started off the year on a pretty healthy note all things considered. Let’s see what I’m blogging about in December 2018, muahahaha. Fingers crossed for a fit year.

Between all that I’ve been working at the library, as one does. The real work has been on monsterbook, which I guess I’ll talk about in the writing session belooowwww.

Ermm, Brittany and I hit a new cafe… but I think she still prefers her first love Breads. Oh, I also found out there’s a Goth Renaissance shop downtown, and it houses an immense amount of lingerie, but not nearly as many capes. #MoreCapes2k18

What I’m Thinking About
A list, in no particular order:

  • i hope the new arctic monkeys album is good
  • 16 hour time change. the things I do for tennis #AustralianOpen
  • it’s been 1 year of the trump presidency, HOW are we all still here
  • it’s been 1 year of the trump presidency, HOW is he still president
  • i want to go somewhere new, but it’s winter and traveling with a giant coat would suck up all my luggage space…
  • women’s march 2.0 TOMORROW #riseup
  • how many times can one rewatch gilmore girls before it’s Too Much

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What I’m Netflixing
So, have you heard of this show Cable Girls? I knew it was a show about 1. 1920s Spain, 2. women, 3. women working in a telephone company, 4. women working in a telephone company in 1920s Spain. Like, if that doesn’t sound like a Mickey!Show, I don’t know what does. But I put off watching it. I’d scroll past it on my list, searching in vain for something until I just gave up and put Gilmore Girls on again. But recently Netflix had it back on its front screen since season 2 had just come out.

I don’t know why, but I just gave in. I think I’m just desperate for new TV since Outlander is done and I’m behind on Riverdale, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane the Virgin isn’t back yet. I’m just starved for TV, obvs. It started with a voiceover I dug right away, but then I noticed the audio wasn’t synching up with the mouths. Puzzled, I paused it and restarted it, reloaded the page and tried again, but nothing worked. But I didn’t want to stop watching so I decided to just watch it as is.

Then the theme song came on, and my eyes glazing over, I couldn’t register any of the words. That… was not English. And then the title came on, but it didn’t say Cable Girls. It said something in Spanish.

1920s Spain.

I realized this wasn’t an American show, but an English dub of a Spanish show! Anyway, there’s a very long story about how I came to learn that, ha! I’m almost done with episode 3, and I gotta say, I dig it. I think Carlota is my fave, the blonde women below furtherest back holding something. She kinda looks backstabby to me in this image, but she’s actually the sweetest???? She’s so adorable and bubbly and wants her freedom more than anything and I CANNOT WITH HER.

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Look at these women!!! Look at their faces. THEY HAVE SECRETTTSSSSS AND WANT INDEPENDENCE.  

This was one of my absolute favorite bits from 1×01:

[Marga] I still can’t believe you’re here. When your father came into the bar, I almost got in the car, I was so scared.

[Carlota] Do you know what a woman’s worst enemy is? Submission.

[Marga] I was always taught to obey.

[Carlota] Sure. Me, too. ‘A woman needs to always be proper and obedient, Carlota.’ But one day I thought, ‘You’re not a woman. How do you know what I need?’ So he can lock all the doors he wants. ‘There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ Virginia Woolf said that.

DO YOU SEE?? Do you see how perfect and wonderful? So yeah, here’s my plug for Cable Girls. Lady friendships, feminism, 1920s Spain, telephones!! (how quaint), angsty tortured love stories, handsome Spanish boys, cute outfits!

What I’m Writing
Ah, yes. Here we come to monsterbook draft5! I’ve said it with every draft, but this is the most intense, trying revision I’ve ever done. This is the book, guys. I hope it is. It feels like it could be. I got some CP feedback from my darling Joan (add DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE here!!) that really highlighted how some of the plot points in monsterbook aren’t things caused by the girls, but that they have to react to it, and thus certain points feel kind of random. She said it, and I was like “Poof, yes that explains everything.” She said some other things too, but that note probably led to the biggest revision I’m doing right now.

I was at my bakery today with an earl grey latte, and I completely replotted act 2 to make sure my girls are the drivers of the plot, the makers of change, the doers of bad choices, the knocker of dominoes, you get the picture. At first, it felt daunting. When I got Joan’s messages at 11:30pm a few nights ago, I was like “omg what will I dooooo” but then the panic very quickly abated, and I felt like, subconsciously, I did know how to fix it. So I hung onto that, comforted myself with it, ha. Today, I wrote down 10 pages of notes in my writing book, completely taking apart act 2 and putting it back together. I’m so thrilled with things right now. That’ll probably change, because writing is a pendulum, where you swing from high to low, excited to horrified, etc. But for now draft5 feels like it’s starting off on the right foot.

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(I listened to a lot of Bleachers while writing it!)

And I have something amazing to show you! Diana Pinguicha Connors drew a portrait of Karo, one of my MCs, for me!!

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IT’S SO PRETTY I DIE.

 

And it’s way cooler than Bebinator Karo I made, right??

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bahaha can’t you see the resemblance??

This is a great way to end!! Chat soon, maybe??? Take care, and I hope your year is starting off the way you want it to. And if not, there’s still time to turn it around ❤

With love,

Mic ❤