Current round-up

Reading:

  • Doreen Valiente, Witch by Peter Heselton, a biography of the great foremother of contemporary witchcraft; still in progress
  • Sacred Band, a novel with queer superheroes that I plan to review soon
  • Humans Wanted, an anthology of science fiction short stories inspired by a discussion on Tumblr, which I also plan to review soon

Writing:

  • The Naos Antinoou is in the midst of celebrating the Sacred Nights of Antinous’ death and deification, and I’ve been posting poems for the holy days at Antinous for Everybody.
  • I’m working on a new piece of fanfic, have completed a short original story, and am contemplating a novel related to the short story.
  • Have you read my mythfic about Hades, Hel, and Persephone, “A distinguished visitor from the north”?

Listening:

  • The Sacred Nights have a lot of musical associations for me: To begin with, Hedwig & the Angry Inch
  • the music of Dead Can Dance, particularly their album Spiritchaser
  • I was also listening to the masterful jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery; my father introduced me to his album A Day in the Life, which opens with a cover of the Beatles song, when I was a teenager

Viewing:

I finally got around to watching two movies on my list, Rogue One, the Star Wars prequel, and Ant-Man, part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I enjoyed both of them; Ant-Man, in particular, was a better movie than I expected, which subverted a good many superhero tropes. Rogue One was, in a lot of ways, the Star Wars prequel I wanted and didn’t get when the first prequel movie was released; it gave me characters I could care about and led directly into the events of the first film.

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Author: Merri-Todd

Writer, musician, polytheist, and friend of birds. I groove on transformative works.

2 thoughts on “Current round-up”

  1. You know, I honestly think that Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars film. Period. Visually stunning, emotionally poignant, a beautiful tragedy that spoke to resisting and fighting for what you believe in, no matter what the personal cost, simply because it’s the right thing to do. It pulls at all the heart strings.

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    1. Rogue One gave me two things I didn’t get from any of Lucas’s films: One, a sense that the Empire was really cruelly oppressive, and two, a sense of the Jedi as genuine mystics. And despite the deaths of all the characters, it felt genuinely hopeful at the end. A really good film.

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