Category Archives: weekly reruns

Lots of weird but interesting stuff

It’s Sunday so that means this is a good place to put all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else, like:

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened has a new cover and it’s adorable.  This means that if you have the older version it is officially a collector’s item.

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My friend Dylan’s wife made a Rory mask out of a t-shirt and it is magical so people asked me to make one in my zazzle shop and so I did and honestly it looks terrifying and I cannot stop laughing.  The good thing though is that if you wear it you probably will keep people more than 6 feet away because it looks fucking crazy.  (Also, it feels gross to make money off masks so if there are any profits they’ll go to the food bank.)

THREE

Speaking of terrifying, last month we did an optional bonus book for Fantastic Strangeling Book Club (The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires) and several of you were like, “If you liked that you’ll love HORRORSTÖR, by the same author” so I bought it and I’m only halfway through but you were totally right so I’m doing it as this month’s bonus book if you want to join me.

If you want in you can get the book anywhere but if you want to help support Nowhere and other indie bookshops you can buy it through our portal here.

(And in a few days we’ll start the discussion for this month’s book and announce next month’s official book.  YAY FOR DISTRACTIONS!)

But first….time for the weekly wrap-up:

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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Distract me

If you’re anything like me you are fairly desperate for good podcasts to make you forget your own thoughts exist, so today let’s share.  Here are the podcasts that are my new best friends as I walk into the kitchen for the 80th time today to forget why I went in there.  Also, when I need real distractions I want dark, weird or funny and so I realize that my list is severely lacking in inspirational or educational or good-for-you stuff and there are a lot of great podcasts out there so in the comments will you tell me what is getting you through right now and then maybe between us all we’ll build a balanced diet of words to do laundry to?

Here’s my list of current faves:

Sidedoor of the Smithsonian

The Jungle Prince

Supernatural with Ashley Flowers

The Dating Game Killer

Strange Year

Lore

The Memory Palace

Radio Diaries

Rusty Hinges

Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s?

This is Love

This is Criminal

Beyond Bizarre True Crime

Wooden Overcoats

Lore

Pretend Radio

Love and Radio

Ear Hustle

Reply All

This American Life

My Favorite Murder

Okay.  Your turn.

But first….time for the weekly wrap-up:

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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Let’s color. Again.

So, every week until we can leave the house again I’m sharing one of my doodles with you.  You can print it, color it, use it as toilet paper.  IT’S UP TO YOU.

This one is a bit emotional but honestly this week has been a little hard and if you read the words it’s actually very positive.  I think.

drawing of crying girl. Text says "you don't have to hide your pain. Use it to move yourself forward. Remember that sometimes pain can be extraordinary. Just like you. It won't always be like this. Keep breathing. Keep moving. Keep fighting."

Click to embiggen.

Keep fighting.  We’ll get through this.

And now…time for the weekly wrap-up:

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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How to waste time in self-isolation…but somewhat beautifully.

A bunch of you have been following my adventures making dresses out of damaged books and have asked how to do it so I thought I’d share while we’re all trying to self-isolate and keep busy.  One of the biggest things I’m using on a current dress is flowers made from book pages and it’s an easy craft to do while binging tv, especially if, like me, you have ADD and can’t concentrate on just one thing at a time.

I’m not sure how to embed a youtube video so click here if you can’t see it below:

 

And now…time for the weekly wrap-up:

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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Let’s Pretend This Is Sunday

So yesterday I had a weekly wrap-up to write but I didn’t because I am irresponsible and also I was very busy trying to not get Victor arrested and finding a home for a dead owl.

Let me explain.

Victor is in Japan and he found this adorable, old, tiny taxidermied owl at a flea market and bought it for me because the way to my heart is old dead things.

Obviously.

But my father is here and is a taxidermist and has to know all the rules on birds of prey and turns out that if Victor brings an owl home he might end up in jail.   I considered whether jail was worth it because Owlexander Hamilton already had a tiny place in my heart but Victor is too pretty for jail so instead we needed to find a new forever home for a forever dead flea market owl who can’t leave Japan.

This was a job for twitter…clearly.

And twitter was up for it.   THIS IS WHY SOCIAL MEDIA EXISTS.

Within an hour a lovely family had agreed to accept Owlexander into their home.  And all was right with the world.

Until I realized I forgot it was Sunday and didn’t do this weekly wrap-up but technically I think it’s still Sunday in Japan so let’s just say this counts.

On to the wrap up!

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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The most metal Capricorn ever.

me:  So apparently I could have murdered people if I’d just been born hundreds of years ago.

Victor:  …I’m sorry?

me:  Don’t be sorry.  Be impressed.

Victor:  Um…no.

me:  I’m reading this book and it says that according to slavic legend, people born on a Saturday were called sâbotnik, and they were natural-born vampire hunters.  And people born in the two weeks after Xmas were considered uber vampire slayers.  I’m half-slavic AND I was born on a Saturday that fell during the super vampire Xmas vacation thing.  I’M THE MOST DANGEROUS KIND OF CAPRICORN.

Victor:  Huh.

me:  I would have been granted by the other villagers official license to destroy any vampires I find, which is pretty bad-ass but also sounds a bit exhausting so I’d probably just give the stink-eye to assholes so they know I could stab them if I wasn’t so tired.

Victor:  Well, you kinda do that already.

me:  Oh…hang on.  This says that I’d probably also eventually turn into a vampire because being born on those days makes you “unclean” and apparently the only reason I could sense vampires is because I’m sort of evil too.

Victor:  Well that part still tracks.

me:  I guess it’s nice to know I could have another career if this writing thing goes to shit.

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Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit-you-may-or-may-not-want-to-see:

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