Two beguiling sample scents from Burke & Hare Co. Amazing artisan soy candles with distinctly gothic themes. I’ll have an in-depth review of these scenes next week.
In my ears: The entire Summoning catalogue. Have I mentioned how much I love Spotify?
Reading: As usual, the reading pile is overflowing. I’m currently reading a series of books on the different festivals of the pagan/wiccan calendar (review coming soon) as well as Stephen King’s latest, Finders Keepers (review also coming soon), and some astronomy-related stuff that would probably bore everyone else.
One little gem I’d like to point your attention to is my friend Aaron Dick’s short collection, Orphans and other writings. If you like speculative fiction with a strong gothic flavour, this is definitely your kind of thing.
Writing: I have just finished the draft of a novella which I’m quite happy with. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until at least August to hear more about it. My next two weeks are going to be spent frantically putting the final touches on The Gauge War ready for beta-reading while I am in Peru, as well as a secret project with my friend Amy of Northwic that has us really excited.
Watching: See my recent post The Witches in the Box for some dark magical shows I’m enjoying right now.
On the Farm: After some nasty rains washed out our driveway, we had to spend the better part of the weekend reshaping it, digging new ditches, and grading it. Because it’s a DIY jobbie, it’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than it was, and we should have no trouble getting the concrete and supply trucks up it in spring with the materials for our house.
Loving: In less than 20 days I am going to be on a plane to SOUTH AMERICA. I am pretty excited about that, and also about finally being about to bring out The Gauge War to everyone who’s been asking for it. \m/ Going on my first real “date” in a long time – husband and I are off to see Jurassic World at the cinema in Gold Class. We rarely go to the movies, so it’s a special treat, but it’s not every day you get to see dinosaurs beating up on other dinosaurs. \m/ Whittakers came out with new chocolate flavours, and they are all pretty amazing, although none beat my absolute favourite – peanut butter. \m/ had a fun time last week talking to a group of kids at an early childhood centre about blindness, although they were more interested in the fact I had an iPad and my “spider boots” than they were about the fact I couldn’t see. \m/ Went out last Friday with my friend Gronk to Orleans, which is definitely a new favourite local haunt (the sazerac – served in a vintage poison bottle – really hit the spot!).
That’s my week. How about yours? Also, I’d love to know if there’s any topics you’d love me to cover here on the blog. Shout out in the comments!