October 1st, 2007

on the edge, alive, John Constantine, the Fool, mystic


I. So I haven't been posting, because I spent half of yesterday recuperating from staying up all night on various chemicals and little sleep and the other half watching TV and reading comics. Sorry. I need to get back into the habit of posting regularly. D:

II. On the comics note: read from the beginning (of the current continuity, anyway), Legion of Super-Heroes is pretty damned awesome. Aaahhh they're all so cute. And shiny. Collapse )

III. Got my BPAL today, yaaay! Have updated my log. I was strangely amused to discover that one of my free sample imps was from the new Shoujo Beat-inspired line. It's called Midnight Kiss, and it...actually smells pretty good on me. Crazy. I now have three 5ml bottles and twenty-eight imps; I think soon I'll set up a list of imps I'm willing to trade.

IV. I have not, in fact, given up on this fic prompt and am still planning to finish it. People who have not yet requested are welcome to make one; perhaps more inspiration will give me a kick to write more.

V. In the city the other night, I went to the Strand, and once there I went straight for the mythology section. ♥_♥ I made three purchases of varying levels of awesome.

One was a book about Inanna. I like the poems it presents; one of them even sparked in me an idea for a short story about Lilith as the archetypal outcast, sympathetic without being innocent or virtuous, forever hunted by Gilgamesh the defender of civilization. Unfortunately, one of the writers involved in the book sent me into a flurry of RIGHTEOUS RAGE with the following sentence: Collapse )

Anyway, on a happier note, the second book I picked up is called This Tree Grows Out of Hell: Mesoamerica and the Search for the Magical Body, by, er, Ptolemy Tompkins. I love Aztec stuff, and I love stuff about shamanism, and it looks like this book delivers both.

The third and most expensive book was also the best catch--The Fairy Tradition in Britain, by Lewis Spence. It was published in 1948, which fills me with glee--older books about folklore are usually much more interesting. They have more anecdotes and unique little comments. Modern folklore books are all too often just collections of the same stuff listed over and over again. This, though--man, this is complete ♥ I will totally use it for research in creepy fairy plots and stories. Also, Lewis Spence wrote several other awesome-looking books, including one called Legendary London. Mark my words, someday I will have it.

VI. Getting stuff for people is awesome ♥ Especially when they make LJ posts gushing over how happy it makes them.