So, here we are at the end of the year. How many favorites lists have I made? Oh, hundreds. How many have I published for other people to see?
I don’t know, because I have too many tabs open already to bother opening another to check my archive, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say… zero? Zero and a half? Somewhere around there.
This cat marching band.
I don’t think I can accurately depict in text how much I like this, or how fast I made this December Favorites post specifically to be able to add this. That’s both a failure on my part as a writer and an indication of my sincere, obsessive, debilitating love.
Yeah, I jumped on this wagon. (Who started this expression? Here, read all about it. I did, but warning– it wasn’t interesting enough to summarize. So. This has been a waste of time brought you by your two favorite W’s: Wikipedia and Wours truly.) I don’t have anything interesting to say about this show that hasn’t been said better already. She’s a badass superhero who doesn’t bother with spandex and is mean af, for a reason. The depiction of PTSD from domestic violence is EXCELLENT, the acting is superb (Krysten Ritter is a goddess divine, as usual. Yes, I’m talking about Don’t Trust the B— I haven’t seen Breaking Bad. I KNOW, OKAY, I KNOW DON’T EVEN SAY IT, I WILL WATCH IT ONE DAY. Whenever I feel like I have nothing else to live for and want to be depressed as hell and even more anti-meth.)
Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajkowski
So I started getting into webcomics at the end of this month for really the first time. It was all because of this gem I found on Tumblr called Thermohalia — warning it’s excellent and also incomplete/abandoned. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thermohalia, and I can’t wait for the artist’s next series, which is supposed to take some core ideas from that story and reworking them for a new series to be completed. Unfortunately, because I don’t have the author locked up in a cabin, or an axe with which to hobble her and force her to write faster, I have to wait.
In the meantime, I went searching for something to fill the gap left by Thermohalia. It’s strange, because I have tons of graphic novels and comics to read already, but webcomics are just enthralling me. My favorite so far is Ava’s Demon. I read the entire thing in a day, and I’m eagerly awaiting an update (every Monday and Thursday! Happy Birthday to me!) It’s about a girl named Ava who lives on a kids-only “education planet” owned and run by the galaxy-controlling corporation known as Titan. She is haunted by a demon who attached itself to her soul at birth, and is generally a holy pain in the ass. Especially because only Ava can see it. The story explodes into a million different arcs in the first few pages, and it’s INCREDIBLE. No spoilers, but some topics it touches: cults, religion, political upheaval and rebellion, magic powers… It’s basically like the author asked around “what is Weatherly really into?” and then spewed it all into this incredible comic, along with gorgeous GORGOUS color art. Just. Read. It.
(Don’t take webcomics seriously? First of all, don’t be that guy. Second, you’re in good hands. Czajkowski has worked for Pixar and Dreamworks, and now works on Ava’s Demon full-time due to a crazy-successful Kickstarter.)
Loved by Alexander Ocias
This is described as “a short story told through gaming.” You begin by being asked “Are you a woman or a man?” I picked woman, and was told “No, you’re a boy.” This sets the tone for the narrative style. Throughout the game the narrator gives you instructions on what to do, whether it’s simple game mechanics, or things that are slightly… more sinister. After a while, you start to realize that rather than the usual benign game instructions, this narrator is a character in itself, and not necessarily a benevolent one. The game explores the concept of control, and the differences between obeying rational rules based on logical thought and obeying without thought. It’s an incredible, chilling experience, and I really loved it.
Visually, it’s a minimalist, pixelated, side-scrolling platformer that starts in grey scale. When you disobey the narrator’s orders, the landscape begins to change into a riot of confusing, multicolored pixels that make navigation difficult, and it’s insanely gorgeous.
Lush Salt and Peppermint Bark Scrub Bar. This smells absolutely incredible and makes my skin crazy soft. If I had thought ahead, I would have bought 20 of these, because they’re now out of season (damn you Lush making all of your incredible products Christmas specials! WHY.)
Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer. I really, really, REALLY need a haircut. You know what helps disguise that (sort of?) Having really soft, shiny hair. This stuff is amazing.
My new planner. Have you been wondering why I’m posting so frequently? It’s because I’m finally, for maybe the first time since high school, using a planner. It’s possible that, just like high school, I’ll lose it after the first month and resort to writing my homework on scraps of paper I then use as bookmarks for Harry Potter, and only manage to turn things in on time because of my friends being more responsible than me. But hey, positivity and social media rewards are working in my favor this time! (Also working against the previous scenario: the fact that I have no friends who care about me writing this blog. Help me planner, you’re my only hope.)
p.s. I’m publishing this very quickly after my last post, because I want to get it out before my birthday tomorrow/ January 1st. It feels nice to be able to put an end cap on my year like this. Also because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I like.