I have been sick for TWO. FREAKIN. WEEKS. It's so frustrating -- I'm just finishing up my second course of antibiotics, but I'm still so plugged up from my ear infection that I can barely hear.
Media-wise, 2016 has already been a pretty fruitful year for me, even though I've been watching barely any TV. I finally got a smartphone, so I am reading more thanks to Kindle Cloud.
My first new fandom of 2016 was a result of the Welcome to Night Vale hiatus -- I neeeeeeded something to fill the podcast gap, so I got into We're Alive, which I like a lot a lot a lot. It has a few cliche elements of zombie-apocalypse stories (i.e. - random romantic hookups, prison inmates, secretly evil "Pleasantville" colonies), but in my opinion, it's very successful at creating its own unique zombie mythology. It also has multiple poc characters voiced by actual poc (!!!), and one confirmed LGBT character. It's also finished with a complete 4 seasons (with a spin-off coming soon?), so you don't have to worry about any unanswered questions or mysteries!
I was looking at some slideshow/list of, like, "the most anticipated country albums of 2016!" and going, like, click "nope" click "nope" click "hell no" click "nope -- well, maaaaybe" click "nope" when I came upon a group I'd never heard of: The Cactus Blossoms. Dudes. Dudes. This was, like, 4 weeks ago? Maybe? I am currently wearing a Cactus Blossoms t-shirt. They're being compared to the Everly Brothers a lot, which, okay, yes, harmonies, but there's definitely a heavy dose of Hank Williams Sr involved, too. Check out this live performance of the title track from their album You're Dreaming. Your earholes will thank you.
On Kickstarter, I backed a project called People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!, and a really cool thing they're doing with their campaign is sending out daily updates that are "essays" by the creators involved with the project about their experiences being POC in a white-dominated genre. Through SL Huang's essay, I found out about her book, Zero Sum Game, which is the first in a trilogy THAT I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. The main character is a "retrieval specialist" (aka mercenary/assassin type) who kills people with her MATH SUPERPOWER, and the only person she trusts 100% is a literal sociopath. So far I've only read the first one, and one of the shorts that accompanies them, but I've bought them all via Kindle, and I'm really looking forward to reading the author's other series, too -- I've already bought the first one, Hunting Monsters.
Sis & I are still sloooowly crawling our way through our Star Trek watch -- we're up to about 1/3 of the way through season 2! XD NEGL -- I would totally date Jim Kirk. He's kind of a babe.
- the haps