rhoda_rants: (Default)
2017-09-17 06:11 pm

September Issue Is Up!

Belladonna time! Link! http://belladonnahorrormag.smugplant.com

I wrote a thing about the Fourth Wall. You should read it!
rhoda_rants: (rey)
2017-09-11 06:30 pm

IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!!

I did NOT successfully talk myself out of buying that new TBM CD, in case you were wondering. It came in the mail last week and I have now listened to it five times in a row. Cannot pick a favorite song. Here is one of many:



So yep, I'm still in this hole, and not at all interesting in coming back out. I may or may not be knitting a black-and-purple wristband since I can't find any merch elsewhere. (Related: I have acquired yarn for most of your projects! I'll check back in a few weeks if I need more information. If you didn't raise your hand last time and still want a scarft/wristband/whatever, let me know!)
rhoda_rants: (Default)
2017-08-31 09:56 am

The paycheck comes tomorrow...

...and I am math-ing furiously to obtain that Birthday Massacre CD. Yes, I'm still in this fandom hole, although now I'm in the Live Shows and Interviews stage. One of the x-factors in finding a new band is trying to work out what the fan culture is like. I can't figure out where the fandom hangs out for these guys. I'm hoping they're groovy and nice. Can't imagine why that wouldn't be the case. Unfortunately, when you've got a female vocalist, inevitably the comment section under every video (and I mean EVERY video) is littered with gross, misogynistic comments, no matter WHAT the greater fandom is like.

Anyway, I found something. It's hard to hear, but in the beginning some dipshit at an actual live show yelled, "Show us your tits!" AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:



I find this *immensely* satisfying. Yeah, I got nothing else I've mentally clarified enough to talk about yet, but I wanted to share that. As you were.
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
2017-08-28 11:14 am

So I Saw Death Note

When I first heard an Americanized Death Note movie was happening, I was . . . concerned. But because I'm *that* kind of superfan, of course I had to watch it anyway. I went in with cautious but hopeful expectations. Cautious, because setting this entire story in the US is a bad idea for several reasons (see my earlier post for some of them); but hopeful because I like Adam Wingard as a director, and I REALLY wanted to see how Lakeith Stanfield handled L. Honestly? I enjoyed it. Yelled stuff at the screen. Was sufficiently entertained for the duration of its runtime. I should add, however, that me being entertained by something is not necessarily an endorsement of its quality. There were things I felt worked about it, and other things that really did not. Let's talk about a few of them now. . .


GIF of Nat Wolff as Light Turner finding the Death Note
Source


I'm here to make sure you burn. )
rhoda_rants: (crimson peak)
2017-08-26 06:12 pm

The Financial Adviser vs The FanGirl

ROUND 1 / many

FanGirl: I can't find a SINGLE Birthday Massacre album at any brick and mortar store anywhere, waaaaah!

Financial Adviser: Okay, that's irritating and all, but really you shouldn't be spending money on anything but gas, bills, and food right now.

FanGirl: I wonder if Barnes and Noble can order it for me. They know me in there.

Financial Adviser: Yes, you could do that, or you could keep listening to those two CDs you found at the library three weeks ago.

FG: I want the new one though!

FA: Are you...tired of Superstition?

FG: Of course not! But it's a library copy and it's not the same. There's no lyrics. There's no liner notes. And I can't add it on my computer because of the security widget!

FA: Just be patient. You will be able to buy it, and the new one, and all the others eventually.

FG: But what if I go to a live show and I don't know any new songs? How will that make me look?

FA: No one cares, I promise. And that's assuming they even come to VA while they're on tour.

FG: They might!

FA: Well, you can probably stream the whole album on--

FG: IT'S NOT THE SAME!!!

FA: *sigh* No, no it isn't, but you have options that don't include spending money.

FG: But...Barnes and Noble! I have a membership discount card!

FA: You have $20 to stretch until next Friday. And you need to put gas in your car.

FG: I also have a credit card!

FA: NO. This is why we didn't want to get one, remember? You need to get that paid off, quit using it for non-emergency stuff.

FG: Okay, okay. WHAT IF I wait until my next paycheck, and then order it online? Oh look, it's actually cheaper to get it directly from their website!

FA: Plus shipping. And taxes. And don't forget you have to renew your car registration next month. And then we'll see.

FG: ...

FA: ...

FG: ...But I waaaaaant iiiiiit!

FA: OH just make some icons or something!


/END (for now)
rhoda_rants: (leia)
2017-08-23 12:08 pm

That Eclipse! Also writing stuff, fangirling, etc.

We were not in the path of Totality, but it was still pretty cool. It did a little ritual thing on the rooftop and read Mom's Tarot. That was my first time doing it for someone else. I'm getting more confident with this stuff, which was one of my New Year's resolutions which I almost never stick to, so that's good.

Anyway, it just kinda looked like someone dimmed the lights for supper for an hour or two, then it was back to normal. Glad I was here though! Incidentally, "THE TOTALITY" still sounds like some kind of a outer space movie monster to me.

In other news: I am officially on the payroll for Belladonna Magazine! The August issue is up here. I wrote an article about Gothic Cinema featuring Crimson Peak and Get Out. Also, there's a writeup about Mother Panic by someone else, if you're following the Young Animal comics! Always good to see some love for Young Animal.

More! )
rhoda_rants: (crimson peak)
2017-08-19 11:05 pm

Rhoda's Unasked For Guide to Stockpiling Your Gothic Collection

Because apparently Halloween starts in August now. Let's do this.


GIF of Winona Ryder as Lydia Deets in 'Beetlejuice'
w text "I myself am strange and unusual."

Source.


It's hard to pinpoint exactly when I nosedived into the "strange and unusual." I've always thought of myself as weird, and I've been low-key Goth for ages. My dad read me Edgar Allen Poe stories before bed along with fairy tales and Little Golden Books. I used to collect the shed skins of Cicadas and line them up in front of my bedroom window. I loved Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, especially the gruesome illustrations, as well as anything by Edward Gorey, and I read Jack Prelutsky’s Halloween books until they fell apart.

I still have this moment of stunned disbelief when I meet people who don't love Halloween. Or who will just beg for candy and not dress up. I hate those people. Hate them! I will admit that Hocus Pocus utterly ruined my expectations for Halloween, and I still see the fictional Salem and its fabulous, fabulous Town Hall party as the goal I want to meet for celebrations one day; ditto the town in Trick r Treat. Still, I have never missed a chance to dress up.

Recently, however, I realized that my yearly "costumes" have been just exaggerated versions of how I dress on most days. My Halloween outfits from the past few years have been cobbled together from things I already own. So here is my not at all timely and possibly superfluous list of creepy clothes and accessories and how I acquired them. I’ve always had a darkish aesthetic, and this is where that’s gotten me.

So this is for those of you who haven’t amassed an unnecessarily large collection of dark and weird stuff. There are like a million tutorials and how-to lists on How To Goth On A Budget. And honestly y’all, it just takes time to pile up. I’ve had some of this crap since the 90s. But if you’re thinking the best way to be “authentic” is to buy super expensive, hand-made, boutique stuff--don’t. There are other ways.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
2017-08-05 12:51 am

Rhoda Has Discovered The Birthday Massacre SEND HELP

Y'know that feeling when you stumble over a band you've kinda heard of but never looked into and realize you should have been listening to them YOUR WHOLE ENTIRE ADULT LIFE? Yeah that.



More under the cut.
Squeeeee with meeeeeee! )
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
2017-07-28 01:48 pm

Keep Choosing Love: Why You Need to Read Gerard Way's Doom Patrol

On September 11, 2001, a young, struggling artist in New York was on his way to work when the World Trade Center fell. Like many of us who were shocked, saddened, and unmoored by the attack, he took a moment to reevaluate the direction his life was going. He decided to leave his job and start a rock band. His name is Gerard Way, and that band was My Chemical Romance. These days, he's an Eisner-winning comic book writer and curator of DC's new Young Animal imprint, the inaugural comic for which is his own reboot of the Doom Patrol series. But that turning point in his life and the staggering success he enjoyed because of it is why people like me know his name.


Doom Patrol Vol. 1 book cover; links to GoodReads page


Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick By Brick--a subtitle that is horrifying once you have the context for it, by the way--is a kaleidoscopic fever dream of singing telegrams, sentient robots, a space ambulance that leaves a rainbow jetstream in its wake, a missing cat, time travel, alternate universes, and evil doppelgangers. If any of that sounds weird to you, you're not alone. One of the most common criticisms I've seen floating around is this "Whaaaaaat is even happening right now?" confusion and dismay over the plot and concepts in Doom Patrol. Apparently some readers found it too outrageous to follow. I did not have that issue, but honestly that might say more about me than it does about the comic as a whole. I've chosen to believe it means I'm on the right wavelength.

The main protagonist is Casey Brinke, a new character written for this reboot, along with a handful of others who eventually team up with the other members of the original Doom Patrol from the 1960s. (No sign of Elastigirl yet, but I have a feeling she’ll turn up.) Casey drives the flying ambulance, which begins its life as a regular ambulance, which is actually a living entity that calls itself "Danny" and starts talking to her, then reveals itself as an entire hidden pocket universe (it started out as a single street and had to take extra measures to protect itself), and finally turns into a time-traveling space bus because Casey is secretly the superhero Space Case, who can travel through time and alternate dimensions at the speed of AWESOME.

Read More. . . )
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
2017-07-21 10:04 pm

RIP Chester Bennington

This one knocked the wind out of me. I tried to write something eloquent and insightful and came up empty. I never saw Linkin Park live. Despite going to Projekt Revolution in 2007. (We left before their set. Not getting into why because it's not the time, and yes, I'm kicking myself.) Which means although I wouldn't call myself a "fan" on the same level as their actual fanbase, they did give me the best damn summer of my life and I cannot thank them enough.

That said, this is my favorite song:



Please, please, take care of yourselves. All of you.
rhoda_rants: (sam)
2017-07-19 10:39 pm

News! Links! Convention Stuff!

HI ALL!

First, that thing I was vaguely hinting about (and probably should have posted about sooner but never mind that now): I had the opportunity to write a guest article for Belladonna Horror Magazine! Check it out, I did the Lost Boys article!

In other news: I did not get either of the two jobs I was holding out for earlier this month, but I just got a call for another interview--still library stuff, still full-time, so fingers crossed for that one. Interview is on Monday! Send good vibes! I also created a LinkedIn profile but I have no clue how to navigate it yet. Give me time. I'll get there.

Nextly, we are ALL over Convention Week at the moment, even locally. The library's free con, FantaSci, is happening this weekend, so I'm going to go and meet Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Tor's "Strangely Beautiful" series (which I haven't read yet, but I will). She's doing a panel on the history of Gothic literature. So OBVIOUSLY I gotta be there for that.

Lastly, I have somehow inadvertently introduced Mom to Supernatural. It's entertaining. And kind of bizarre, since I haven't revisited Season 1 since I got through my whole binge-watch. (THEY LOOK SO YOUNG! OMG!) I'm recapping the adventure on Twitter with the hashtag #MomWatchesSupernatural.

Happy Wednesday!
rhoda_rants: (han solo)
2017-07-15 08:19 pm

"That Is Not The Monkees Way!"

Okay, I don't know if anyone else will be as amused by this as I was, but I have to share it. So every year (as of last year-ish) Gerard Way and Worm* do this charity livestream thing where they play board games and make art and take donations. Here is the promotional whatsit for this year's stream, coming up the second week in August.

ANYWAY, in the "fangirl mode on, must know all the things!" rabbit hole I fell into when I heard about this, I found a completely different stream with Worm and this dude Bill badgering Gerard into playing "Dead By Daylight." The game is EXTREMELY violent, they all swear a lot, and I recognize not everyone is into watching playthroughs like I am, but it's also pretty funny.



Just FYI, a solid twenty minutes collectively is them futzing with STEAM bc the game is in Beta and not loading all the way (and Gerard has trouble figuring out the controls), but about 9 minutes in is when they start playing the first time; and about 47 minutes in is when Gerard takes the role of the killer. AND THEN SHIT GETS REAL.

*If that name sounds familiar, it's because he used to be MCR's bodyguard/merch guy. I'm 75% sure I've met him at least twice.
rhoda_rants: (rey)
2017-07-12 10:04 am

I'm baaaack!!

Stuff I did on my mini working vacation:

  • Introduced myself to the college library staff and let them know I applied for the full-time job there, so they know my face now.

  • Met many dogs! So many dogs!

  • Hung out with [personal profile] orangerful! We had lunch and she showed me *her* library, and I am jealous of her rad desk space.

  • Got up to 20k in my WIP, have gotten through the copying/pasting/editing part, and on to the transcribing from my notebook part. Progress!

  • Started my letter writing project, the impetus for which will be made clear in my fangirl-heavy Doom Patrol review which I haven't posted yet. (It'll make sense eventually.)

  • Visited many bookstores, record stores, and ice cream shops, and picked up Mother Panic. Very nearly picked up The Black Parade on vinyl as well, despite the fact that I really can't afford it right now and already have THREE separate copies of the same album. (The original, the collector's box set, and the 10 year anniversary edition, if you're wondering.)


ANYWAY. Had a most excellent trip. The first couple days were hard though. Way more social interaction than I prepared for. Pro-tip: if someone is taking a five hour drive to come see you, don't force them to meet a house full of brand new people on the first day. Jesus. (On the upside: dogs. Many dogs in this house full of people. Which means many opportunities to hide in corners and cuddle them.)

Downside: I got a call from the IT department while I was there, and I didn't get that job. Sigh. I just don't have enough experience with the specific programs they're using. Which isn't as soul-crushing as it could be, since this other job is higher on my list anyway.

It'll be much easier going up next time if I need to. Fingers crossed! I'm totally qualified for this one. Please, let me get this job and relocate.
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
2017-07-07 10:12 am

Brief Haitus + Doom Patrol Review!

Hey gang!

I'm going out of town this weekend to pursue a full time job opportunity and I'm SUPER excited about it. Don't want to say too much because I don't want to jinx it, but it is another library, for a college, in Maryland, and I have *connections* there and a place to stay, at least for this weekend. So fingers crossed!! The reason I'm bringing this up here is I'm going dark on Internet while I'm away, just to focus and try to get some things done. I might watch Spider-Man: Homecoming while I'm there. (If anyone in the area knows about local theaters/would like to join me, let me know!)

Also--my review for Gerard Way's Doom Patrol is up! Link!! IT IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS!! I tried to keep this one professional, because it was for the library, but I'm writing another one to post on [personal profile] glitter_n_gore so I can gush properly, so stay tuned for that. But yeah, you need to read this comic. Exceeded all my expectations, it did.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
2017-06-30 05:59 pm

Werewolves! Book Reviews! Wayward Sisters! Sense8! LINKS!!!!

Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (holtzmann)
2017-06-26 09:27 am

What I Do Most Days At My Job....

Library Patron: I need to print this thing!

Me: Okay, we can do that! It's [price] per page, do you have any money on your library card, or do you need to add some?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Let's start over: How many pages do you need?

LP: Uhhhhhhhhh....

Me: Y'know what, let's walk over to this computer together and get you started.

[some minutes later]

LP: I typed in my email and it gave me this error message!

Me: Ah. See, this is the search bar for the library catalog. Not for the internet. To get to your email, you need to type in the address bar *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: I can't remember my password!

Me: For your account?

LP: No, for my email! When I do email on my phone it's just there and I never need a password. My son/daughter/nephew/neighbor's kid set it up for me!

Me: Okay. There's usually a "Forgot my password" link on the login page. *looks* There it is! Click on that and it'll pull up a security question or send a code to your phone or something.

[some minutes later]

LP: But where is it? Where's the thing I need to print?

Me: *trying not to faint at the 1,000+ unread emails in the inbox* Well, do you know who it's from?

LP: *tells me who it's from*

Me: *scanning similar-looking names with attachments on* Okay, is it this one? This one? What about this one?

[some minutes later]

LP: Hey, why does it say I owe money? I don't owe money--I returned those books last week!

Me: No no, that's the amount of money you just added for printing. It's not a fine, I promise. If you did have a fine that would be *points* here.

LP: Ooooooooh.

[some minutes later]

LP: Yay, the thing I needed to print! Thank you so much for all your help!

Me: You are so welcome--have a great day!

LP: You too! *logs off the network somehow instead of logging out of account so I need to restart the computer*

Repeat at least 3x daily. I do love my job, but it requires....patience.
rhoda_rants: (bucky)
2017-06-13 01:18 pm

A version of this conversation is playing in my head every 6 months. Share my pain.

ETA After taking y'all's advice: WOW WYNONNA EARP IS SO GOOD YOU GUYS!!! You just saved me so many hours of frustration and disappointment. THANK YOU!!! *HUGS ALL AROUND*

Inner Fangirl: Hey! Hey, Rhoda!

Oh god, what is it now?

Inner Fangirl: I noticed once you’re done with Hannibal you’ll be caught up on most of the things on your List until the Fall.

Why do I feel scared?

Inner Fangirl: I have an idea.

Oh please no.

Inner Fangirl: We should watch Sherlock.

No. No, we shouldn’t.

Inner Fangirl: C’mon, it’ll be fun! There’re only 6 episodes per season!

Yeah but they’re like 2 hours each.

Inner Fangirl: You’re a binge-watcher, you can do it!

But I’ve heard things. The casually misogynistic dialogue. The queerbaiting.

Inner Fangirl: We can write SO MANY BLOGS!

The awkward accidental nudity. You KNOW we hate accidental awkward nudity.

Inner Fangirl: We can reuse our Game of Thrones T&A counter!

Why do we even have that, it’s a terrible idea.

Inner Fangirl: But we have to complete the SuperWhoLock trifecta!

NO WE DON’T.

Inner Fangirl: It’s set in London! Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in TAILORED SUITS!

STOP IT.

Inner Fangirl: There’s even one set in Victorian Times!!!! With the pipe and the floppy hat and everything!!!!!!!

GODDAMNIT WHY.
rhoda_rants: (rey)
2017-06-10 03:30 pm

Stuff and Links!! (Pride Stuff, Job Stuff, Movie Stuff, Writing Stuff...)

HI!

Here's a few of the things I've been up to in the Real World lately:

New IT position opened up at the library. Full-Time. Wants people experienced in computer-related stuff, customer service, data analyzation, and software specific to libraries. I CAN DO THIS. The application process is a little different though, so I have to figure that out and get it done. But yeah, I can do this. DATA COLLECTION IS WHAT FANGIRLS DO. Weirdly, I feel like I've been prepping for a job like this unintentionally since I first taught myself HTML so I my late '90s fanfics would format correctly on GeoCities. Our skill set comes from everywhere, my dudes. Find a way to capitalize on it.

Also--post up on the library blog about American Gods here! I also sent in a draft for one about Wonder Woman, and I'll let you know what that goes up.

I wrote a print review for Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology as well, so that should be in the paper and their website sometime next month. Stay tuned!

Over at Glitter n Gore I wrote this introductory post for my Bisexual WereWolf Series. I am working on a more detailed write-up about Lupin specifically, and since I asked this on Twitter as well I'll ask here too: Do you think Lupin is bi? Why or why not? Thanks for the input!

I also got permission to write another thing which I'm too excited about to jinx it but STAY TUNED!!!!

Lastly--Wonder Woman Icons! I got your Wonder Woman Icons right here:



Just a few to start with. There will (might?) be more. Take. Have. Enjoy. I saw the movie for the SECOND time last night by the way, and it's even better the second time around. AND THE BLACK PANTHER TRAILER DROPPED YESTERDAY!!!!! I am delighted about both of these movies and I need y'all to squee with me. (Seriously. Bury me in squee. It's been a hard week otherwise for reasons that elude me.)
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
2017-06-02 10:21 pm

SO I SAW WONDER WOMAN!

AND YOU GUYS IT IS SO GOOD!!!


GIF of Gal Gadot smashing into a German war room and KICKING SO MUCH ASS.
Source.


I will NOT darken this post with any of the stupid knee-jerk crap churning around from the butthurt doofuses who don't want to see this make money. BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY MAKING SO MUCH MONEY! Last I heard, it has already passed the $95 million mark and IT IS ONLY FRIDAY!

Short, spoiler-free review first:

Origin story! This is Where Diana Came From and What She Did during WWI. Lots of really cool stuff with the Amazons in the beginning--including Princess Buttercup herself, Robin Wright-Penn, which I did not know about beforehand--and then more cool stuff in London and the German front. Lots and lots of fighting, very messagey in places, but in a "Siddown, child, and allow me to lay some truth bombs on ya!" kind of way, which was IMMENSELY satisfying. The first actual, proper, war zone fight scene actually made me cry. It was overwhelming but in a good way.

SPOILERY VERSION INCOMING! )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
2017-05-23 05:06 pm

Just when I think I'm out, they drag me back in.

(I can stop blogging about Supernatural ANY TIME I WANT.)

SO.

Now I know what it feels like to experience a Supernatural finale in real time. And holy shit, this was a doozy.


Black & white GIF of Dean holding finger-gun to his head,
and Sam drawing a finger across his throat.

Source.


Garments were rent, tables were flipped, tears were shed. And then the fandom broke Twitter. I’m not even being hyperbolic, because this time I WAS THERE.

Spoiler-ish, but not going into detail. Tread carefully.

Let's talk about expectation. )