Let’s Rewind: October 2020

This is my October wrap up. It’s late because I haven’t been in the mood to blog lately.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Maaan… I don’t even remember what went down in October. All that’s on my mind right now is that Trump is out of a job and is acting like an ass about it. I wish he could be kicked out ASAP instead of having to wait until January next year. This dude is so odd and incompetent as a president.

October… umm… it was fun. I visited a pumpkin patch and corn maze, which I’d never done before, and it was cool. I met up with friends for food, drinks, and to talk books, and I attended some online author events, which were a lot of fun. One was with P. Djèlí Clark in conversation with Victor LaValle, which was awesome! I got so many book recommendations from them. Another was with Stephen King, Emma Donoghue, and Lauren Beukes, which was also interesting.

I mean, October was a good month. I enjoyed it so much that I was thrown into a blogging slump by the end of it. I just don’t remember much of it because the elections crowded out everything.

I’m just happy for Biden-Harris right now.

But one thing that upset me in October was the WordPress block editor. It actually didn’t bother me much. I can see how it can be useful and help to pump up my posts. I also like that I have the option to either choose the block editor or stick with the classic one. But ever since my account got the block editor access, my blog posts haven’t looked right on mobile devices, mostly phones. If I post a collection of photos together (like book covers) they get all jumbled on the phones and overlay the words. It just looks horrible and, as the creator, is exasperating to see because I don’t know if my complaints about it will be effective.


I only finished four books in October, which, considering how I was feeling mid-month and at its end, is quite considerable. The first one I completed was Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. It’s a fantasy novel set in a land whose people are descended from angels. The land’s society also greatly reveres and revels in sexual pleasures. The story is about a girl who uses her spy training to help save her kingdom. I read this as part of a group read and really enjoyed the experience and the book.

Next, I completed an audio reread of Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, narr. by Anne Flosnik. It’s the first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles and is about the people of the Rain Wilds helping the newly hatched dragons find a more suitable place to live. This set of books is part of the larger Realm of the Elderlings series and is the third set of books in it. I think I have more appreciation for the story and more patience with some of the main characters on this read, but I still hate Hest and don’t like Sedric.

A friend convinced me to read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, so I did and am glad I did so. I really enjoyed the book. It’s a paranormal, historical fiction novel with a strong gothic feel to it about a young woman visiting her cousin, who seems to be secluded by her husband and unable to receive proper care. It was a compelling read that became even more so as the story progressed. I’d like to try more of Moreno-Garcia’s work.

I wrapped up October with Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett. It’s the third novel in the Witches subseries of the Discworld books. This novel sees Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat travelling to “foreign parts” to prevent a girl from marrying a prince. I really enjoyed this story. I had so much fun reading it that it placed me in a strong reading mood that led me to binge on a couple comics early in November.


I hardly read longform articles since Covid started and Trump started to really show his ass. I just check a bit of news and keep it moving, but here are two interesting things I stumbled upon:

How Seanan McGuire Perfected Her Fictional Zombie Virus (wired.com)

— An interview with Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant) back in 2012 about her zombie book series Newsflesh, which is about how a genetically engineered strain of a filovirus combined with a genetically engineered coronavirus to create a zombie virus. The first book is Feed, which I read earlier this year.

“No one respects quarantine anymore! Nobody comprehends quarantine, and absolutely nobody comprehends the fact that sometimes your “rights” and “liberties” do not have any place in this conversation.”

A Timeline of Chimamanda Adichie’s Journey to Becoming the Fashion Icon of African Literature (brittlepaper.com)

— Just as the title says. When I started following Adichie on social media, it was because of her sense of style. Then friends started to recommend her books to me, so I bought a couple but have yet to read them, smh.


AROUND THE BLOG-O-VERSE

Does Book Twitter Actually Reflect the Reading Community? (theorangutanlibrarian.wordpress.com)

— The Orangutan Librarian discusses the effect of book twitter and whose opinions are reflected there.

What Makes a Good Horror Story (to Me) (waytoofantasy.com)

— Lisa talks about what she likes in horror stories.

STUFF I PUBBED

Comics Roundup #47: “Klaus: How Santa Claus Began”

— Comic book about a bad-ass Santa Claus — a perfect read for the Christmas season, lol!

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 24 | Comics (continues)

— My bookshelf tour continues.

Dark Academia Book Tag

— I spent the days leading up to Halloween hosting a book tag week. This was one of the many tags I posted.


(I used the Tiled Columns setting for these photos. I bet they’ll look all fucked up on the phone because that’s been happening ever since the block editor took over my account 😩.)

Hocus Pocus

— Rewatching this was fun. My plan was to watch a bunch of horror shows in October. That did not happen.

Project Power

— I was curious about this because of the previews. It was not at all what I expected it to be. I mean, the show was okay. I was entertained but not blown away.

#Alive

— I was looking for a zombie show and found this. I wasn’t feeling it, so I stopped watching midway through. It starts out interesting though.

The Magicians

— It has become my go-to TV show when I don’t know what to watch. Plus, I’m just in the mood to rewatch it. I love the show.

A bunch of Dave Chappelle’s Stand Up Comedy

— I’m not a big fan of comedy and hardly watch stand ups, so OBVIOUSLY I was in a weird-ass mood mid-October to its end because all I watched was Dave Chappelle, lol! I needed to do that. It got me out of a funky mood and got me interested in reading and writing again. It just helped to lighten up life a bit… kinda. Anyway, I can’t believe it took me so long to get interested in Chappelle’s work. I wasn’t one of those who watched his show when he was big. I’d only seen a few episodes of the Chappelle show and wasn’t interested, but NOW?! Now I’m interested and hooked. So far, I’ve only sampled his stand ups, but I’m a fan. Love his style. Love that it’s insightful with some hard truths that he eases with laughter.


Well, that was my October.

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

18 thoughts on “Let’s Rewind: October 2020

  1. I watched “for what it’s worth”
    And “8.46”
    Two great pieces of art from
    Dave Chappelle
    So
    Thank you for mentioning him.
    Loved his piece on George Floyd, very powerful.

    And the stand up, “FWIW”,
    Outrageously good.
    I need to use a certain amount of suspended disbelief (can’t think of a better word) when watching comedy,
    For example he comeads (don’t know if that’s an actual word?) about a titiebar worker, cheap and thus dirty,
    Which is maybe a good example of male privilege(maleness),
    Males don’t seem to have their sexual health and cleanliness dissparaged?
    As much/at all?.

    Also ‘felt for Catholic priests.
    that all are deemed child abusers in the eyes of comedy, but really appreciate that the issues are discussed /humorized even.
    Great stuff
    Will be critiquing/ enjoying more from Chappelle.

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    1. Oh that’s really cool you watched them 🙂
      Yea, I don’t agree with all he says, but he certainly makes interesting points about certain issues that I haven’t heard anyone else raise. And I just like the way he goes about his comedy now. Certainly makes me think of him as a griot and a bit of a trickster too.

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  2. Yeah, I feel you I am soooo over Trump and wish he and his followers would just move on already. Be like Elsa and Let it Go. lol
    I don’t know what happened in October either, it feels like yesterday but if yesterday were 127 years ago….

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  3. Sounds like a sensible cat
    Wait untill you get the invoice from the plumber!
    Did you notice if their tools seemed to be made of gold (golden spanner)
    The Bentley Parked in the driveway LOL

    Not such a bad comparison with the shells!
    ‘The hands been quicker than the eye’
    Seems about right.

    Harris / Biden will certainly have a tough job with as you say a trolling trump, more so with a red wall of refusal in the senate,
    Covid,
    PLUMBING!!!
    Then in 4 years
    TO face the divided mob
    Proclaiming
    ” three cups only,
    Behold the shell”

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    1. Lol lol!! Same here! He’s been kinda quiet since he lost but is working on making the transition hell by issuing lawsuits to states, claiming voter fraud, and asking for recounts and all. It’s exhausting to keep up with.

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  4. The election does seem like it’s taken over everything. It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through November. I feel like it just started! My blog looks terrible on phones too, but Blogger won’t do anything to fix it, so I don’t know what to do. I hope you’re having a good November!

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    1. Yea, the year went by so quickly — probably because I spent it all in one spot, the house, lol!
      Aww man! I guess the only fix is to self-host the website or something like that, but I don’t feel like to go through all that trouble.
      Hope you have a great month too.

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  5. I’m glad that you mention about the block editor issues,
    I thought perhaps
    America
    Google
    The falling tower
    Or maybe even worse
    The chastity of my mobile!

    The photos show up OK
    So
    We
    Can see
    Them

    We had elections here too in October and returned a center left party to govern,
    Who formed a coalition with a far left party ( whom they may need next election to have the numbers to form a government under our mmp system)
    Yeah so I voted far left (the greens) who received 10% of the vote
    The same as the far right
    The center right lost by a HUGE majority
    The newly chosen leader of the center right party had a photo shoot of themselves praying before the election ( I wondered, uncharitably, to which one)

    Yes hazy last months

    I feel there will be a Large void left when or indeed if you’s finally rid yourselfs of the TRUMP
    Jan
    U
    arry!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your “like a machine” zezee
    With your blogging I mean,
    So it’s good that you slumped
    Took time to Check the gauges
    I think if there was a commitment to blogging award I think you’d win it hands down!

    October was mostly river games
    A game of water and stone
    But
    Also politics

    And guests,
    a long weekend,
    Love me a long weekend as much as I love me an all day breakfast
    Though mostly the weekends are long and
    My fasts are unfettered
    By time.

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    1. Lol at Wen
      Ok, glad you’re seeing the photos ok.
      How you described the politics there made me think of that gambling game with shells where you have to guess what cup the shell is under… I don’t know why I thought that, lol! But it sounds like your elections went a whole lot smoother than ours. And I am wondering if we’ll ever get rid of Trump. I’m pessimistic, so I think he’ll stick around and troll Biden on Twitter for the entire 4 years of Biden’s presidency.

      Lol! Thanks man 🙂
      River games? That sounds fun. And it’s always great to have guests over. Haven’t had anyone over since Covid started 😦 to the point where the pet cat (we got him in the summer; he was born then) is shy and suspicious of all new people (like the plumber).

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  6. I’ve been in a blog slump too! Just posted something for the first time in a few weeks. I blame the election and post-election insanity. I’m addicted to reading the news and political Twitter. At least I’m still reading some good books, though. I did read Mexican Gothic and I enjoyed it. I’d also like to read more from her.

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    1. This election just seems to have sucked all the energy out of everyone, and Trump is just making it worse by complicating the transition process.
      That’s good you’re able to be reading still. 🙂

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