Tuesday, 3 December 2019

November: Month in Review



Saw Emily
The Witching Hour art exhibition at Mothership studios
Howlloween Dog show at the Courthouse hotel
Movies with my partner
Local markets with my partner

Reading
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma- recommend
Hinterfolk by Ian Edgington and Francesco Trifolgi
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
The Marked graphic novel issue 1- probably recommend but need to read more issues
Hex Wives volume 1 by Ben Blacker- recommend
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta -recommend
Toil and Trouble (witch short stories) but Jessica Spotswood et al- recommend

Watching
(I was sick so I watched a LOT of films XD)

K-12
Beyond the Gates
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
This is Us s1-3 -recommend
The 27 Club
All My Friends are Funeral Singers- must see!
The Funhouse Massacre
The Deuce s3
The Boulet Brothers Dracula s3- recommend
Doctor Sleep-recommend
Cherry Tree (2015) recommend
John Wick 3
Ford VS Ferrari
Foxes (short)
They Remain
The Woman (Lucky McKee)
The Axiom
Bleed: Reap the Flesh
Haunters: The Art of the Scare- documentary
Thinner (Stephen King)
The Crown s3
Dead Birds
Dagon
They Wait
Ask a Mortician (YouTube )
The Most Dangerous Game
Mapplethorpe
The Darkness (Anna Paquin)
New Queer Eye: Japan- recommend
Idle Hands
Excision- recommend but only for horror fans
Monster (Aileen Wuornos)
The Irishman (Netflix)- recommend

Listening to
Switchblade Symphony
The Smiths
Unwoman
Nirvana 

Saturday, 9 November 2019

October: Month in Review


Writing
Saw Fiona
Coastal Pride Fair Day with Emily
Local markets with my partner
Sarah dog's birthday
Saw Maggie and Esme
Sarah's 4th adoptiversary -I got a dog paw tattoo
The Sisters of Mercy concert with Desiree
Beltane

Reading

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesch- recommend
The Repository of Lost Souls by Jane Roberts-Morpeth -recommend
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd- recommend
My Vintage Summer by Jane - recommend
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
The Bunker by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen Af Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Toil and Trouble: short stories- recommend
The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb - recommend
Hinterkind by Ian Edgington and Francesco Trifolgi

Watching

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Carnival row
The Deuce s3
El Camino
Angel series
The Exorcist
In the Tall Grass
Riverdale new season
Trainspotting T2
Black Spot
Friday the 13th
Animas (Netflix)
Darkness Falls
Dead Silence
Pumpkinhead
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Untitled Goose Game- Vavabeeb on Twitch
The Influence- Netflix
Lords of Chaos-TW self harm, suicide, animal cruelty
Devil’s Gate
This Is Us s1
Slender Man

Listening to

Kate Bush
Portishead
Aurora
Unwoman
The Cure
The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy LIVE

Monday, 30 September 2019

September: Month in Review



At the Gothic Picnic with Amy

Writing
Saw Steph (and Floppy and Marty)
First Halloween shop!
Saw Beth and Connal and tried Claire’s Cupcakes
Watching The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and embroidering with Emily
Good Omens cosplay with Kat and Celine
The 9th Annual Sydney Gothic Picnic with Amy, Kitty and Liset
Finished The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance with Emily
Crafting with Yasmin

Reading
The Repository of Lost Souls by Jane Roberts-Morpeth- recommend
Mary B by Katherine J. Chen- recommend
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
The King of Bones and Ashes J.D. Horn (Witches of New Orleans)- recommend the series
The Book of the Unwinding by J.D. Horn (Witches of New Orleans)
The Final Days of Magic by J.D. Horn (Witches of New Orleans)
Wet Moon 7: Morning Cold by Sophie Campbell- recommend the series

Watching
Mindhunter- recommend
The Changeover
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance- recommend
Carnival Row- recommend
Marianne (Netflix)
The Deuce s3

Listening to
Gin Wigmore
Florence and the machine
Cocteau Twins
Unwoman
Agnes Obel

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Steampunk Outfits

I’ve really got back to my old Steampunk style this year! Here are the outfits so far!














Thursday, 5 September 2019

Daiso Halloween Haul



I went to Daiso and did my first Halloween shopping for the year!

If anyone knows how to choose the preview pics let me know. I'm leaning over in this one! XD

Saturday, 31 August 2019

August: Month in Review

Writing
Saw Bryce and Kat
Markets w my partner
The Matrix 20 year anniversary screening with my partner

Reading
The Trouble With Wanting and other Not Quite Faerie Tales by Rommy Cortez-Driks (Amazon)- recommend! 💓
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Night Stalks the Mansion by Constance Westbie and Harold Cameron
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark
Kindred: Graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, John Jennings
The China Garden by Liz Berry- recommend 💓
Ophelia by Lisa Klein- recommend 💓
Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy- recommend 💓
The Repository of Lost Souls by Jane Roberts-Morpeth-recommend 💓

Watching  
Mindhunter
Dear White People s3
Ophelia
The Limehouse Golem
Mayday (British TV series)
The Boys
Trinkets
The Matrix

Listening to
"Serial" podcast
Gin Wigmore
David Bowie
Rasputina
The 69 Eyes
Unwoman
Inkubus Sukkubus
The Sisters of Mercy
Roxy Jules
Eliza Rickman
Aurora
Billie Eilish
Cairiss?
Tom Waits

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

July: Month in Review

Saw Kat, Emily and Fiona

Reading
The Wickerlight by Mary Watson
The Trouble With Wanting and other Not Quite Faerie Tales by Rommy Cortez-Driks (Amazon)
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Curses by Laure Eve
Night Stalks the Mansion by Constance Westbie and Harold Cameron

Watching 
Big Little Lies
Gentleman Jack- 💖
Escape to the Chateau
The Thing
Rewatching Cabin in the Woods
Good Omens- 💕
The Great British Bake Off
Stranger Things
Shadowhunters
Happy Death Day
Mindhunter
Blown Away (Glass Blowing competition)
Far From the Madding Crowd
Mortal Engines

Listening to
Littmus Steampunk Band (Bandcamp)
Nick Cave
Inkubus Sukkubus
Aurora
The Romanovs
Munroe
Roxy Jules
Agnes Obel
The 69 Eyes
Tom Waits
David Bowie
The Cure
Love Like Blood
Billie Eilish
"Serial" podcast 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Gosford Steam Weekend


On Sunday 30th June, the delightful Emily and Jacqui came with me on an old steam train ride from Gosford to Hawkesbury river and back! It was a fun day!










Tuesday, 9 July 2019

No Place Like Home


The characters in this short story belong to L Frank Baum.The rest of the writing is all mine.

I

Sometimes I dream of Kansas. The vast grey desert touches the endless grey sky so you can hardly tell where they meet. So different from Oz with its bright colours and shining cities. It surprises me how much I miss it. My aunt and uncle’s lined faces smiling at me as we rose before dawn to do the chores. The way everything tasted of dirt. Not things you think you would miss. There really is no place like home. But I can never go home.
II

“Dorothy, are you awake?” He tries to sound casual, but I hear the tremor in his voice. The Scarecrow, the last of my friends. And even he fears me.

I sit up, rubbing the sleep from my eyes. They feel gritty, but everything feels gritty now.
He’s smiling from the outside of my cell. Too scared to venture in. I can see from his face that it’s worse today.

“It’s spreading faster now, isn’t it?”

His refusal to reply is all the answer I need.

I have no mirror in this cell, but I can imagine it, the green rash, spreading map-like across my face. Her final curse.

III

I still remember the sounds she made as she died. It wasn’t quick, no matter what they might want you to think. When they say she melted, you might imagine ice melting in the sun. it wasn’t like that. It was like acid had been thrown on her. The bubbling skin melting from her face, eyes a white goo that slid down the red meat beneath her skin, screaming, gurgling, choking on her own blood. It is not something you easily forget.

I wonder if this is the fate I am destined for. They tell me no, I am their hero, their saviour. The Lion told me of parades in my honour, back when he still dared to visit.

Yes, they celebrate me out there, but they don’t know what I have become. They were told I went back to Kansas, used those damn ruby slippers. Those slippers didn’t have any magic in them at all. The only magic is the curse running through my veins, transforming me. They don’t know that Dorothy is locked away in the lowest dungeon of the Emerald City, waiting to become a monster.

IV

I feel gritty, filthy. I haven’t washed in days. The water makes the green rash burn. I know what it will do to me once the transformation is complete. I smell like sweat, and something else. A lingering sweet, rancid smell, like swamps and sickly sweet flowers. I know that the smell is hers.

I thought she was the enemy. I didn’t understand what she was trying to tell me as the hourglass ran its bloody course towards my death. She said it was better that way, that I would never know what it was to live to become a monster. If only I had known, I would have let myself die.

V

The Scarecrow spent so long searching for a cure. At first he would tell me snippets of what he had read, later he stopped speaking of it. I thought he had given up.

When he comes to me today there are papers in his hand. Old, crumbling papers, green faded to the yellow of sour cream.

For a moment, I feel hope. “You found something!”

“It’s not good news”, he tells me, his eyes unable to meet mine.

A sliver of ice pierces my heart. “Tell me.”

“It seems… it’s the Ancient Magic. The magic Oz was built on. To keep the balance there must always be a hero and a villain. When you killed the witch, the Ancient Magic chose you to be the next witch. There is no undoing it. You will transform. You will have her lands, her castle. And someday, a new girl will come to destroy you and take on your curse.”

So that’s it. The Ancient Magic. You can’t fight magic, I spent enough time in Oz to know that. This is my fate, to become what I hated, what I destroyed.

I begin to laugh, a high, hysterical laugh, and it sounds more like a cackle.

Dorothy is dead. Long live the Wicked Witch.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Escape to the Chateau

Does anyone watch this show? It’s really so nostalgic and magical! I’m a few episodes into s5. 
Angel is absolutely a design sensation! 







Tuesday, 2 July 2019

June: Month in Review


Adventures and tea with Jacqui
Writing
#midweekgeek
Steam train ride with Emily and Jacqui

Reading

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (spooky  little book club)
The Graces by Laure Eve A Must-read!
The Fading by Christopher Ransom

Watching

The Great Australian Bake Off
The Magicians s3
Shadowhunters
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versacci
Gentleman Jack (new Anne Lister series)
Project Runway
Fright Night (1985)
The Howling
The Sinner s2
Kaitangita Twitch
Bedevil (Tracey Moffat)
Constantine : City of Demons
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The Nun
Insidious: The Last Key
Escape to the Chateau (series) LOVE
American Crime Story: The People VS O.J. Simpson
Down a Dark Hall LOVE
Tolkien- Must see!
My Soul To Take
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Listening to

The Killing Joke
Agnes Obel
Nick Cave
Aurora

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

May: Month in Review

Wynonna Earp and embroidery with Emily
Emily’s birthday party
Sewing and embroidery
Writing

Reading
The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Watching
Wynonna Earp s3
The Great Kiwi Bake Off
The Great Australian Bake Off
The Passage
The Haunting 1999
Rewatching AHS
The Chaperone
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Old series
Riverdale
Agatha Christie and the Truth of Murder
Nailed It! Season 3
The Haunted Mansion (Disney)
The Whispers tv series
Project Runway
Big Little Lies
Shadowhunters
Slasher s3

Listening to
Agnes Obel
Aurora
Blackbriar
Karilene
Florence + the machine

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

April: Month in Review



The National 2019: New Australian Art at Carriageworks with Emily
Craft day with Yasmin and Hannah
Saw Kat
Aurora concert with Emily and Fiona

Reading
Courtney Crumrin vol 1 and 2 by Ted Naifeh
Black Magick comics vol 1 and 2 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott }read through Comixology
Witch comic by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett
Wytches vol 1 by Scott Snyder
The Evil Tree by Erik Hendrix

Watching
Legacies (The Originals)
Roswell,  New Mexico
Riverdale
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Great British Bake Off s9
What Keeps You Alive
The Passage tv series
Needful Things (Stephen King)
Siren tv series
Marrowbone
Mimic
Masters of Horror
The Last Jedi
Tragedy Girls
Solo
Mama
Dark Places
Crooked House

Listening to
Inkubus Sukkubus
Two Witches
Aurora
Love Like Blood
Tiamat
The Romanovs
The Smiths
Roxy Jules
The Cure

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Cute Animal Cakes

I’m currently watching The Great British Bake Off season from 2018 and I can’t get over Kim-Joy’s adorable cakes!

I also love how sweet everyone is!




 






I definitely don't gave the skill to make anything like this! Do you?

Sunday, 31 March 2019

March: Month In Review


Janet Laurence-After Nature art exhibition with Emily
Alive Plant Based Festival with Kat

Reading
Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman
Hawthorn by Carol Goodman
Touching Darkness  (Midnighters) by Scott Westerfeld
Blue Noon (Midnighters) by Scott Westerfeld
Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

Watching
Arrow
True Detective s3
Hereditary
Pet Sematary 2- great schlocky horror
He Never Died
Hilda (magical Netflix series)
Legacies
The Originals
Trick r Treat
The Wicker Man (original)
The Magicians s3
Re-watching Warehouse 13
Queer Eye

Listening to
Lore Podcast
Inkubus Sukkubus
This Mortal Coil
The Romanovs
Killing Joke
Batcave mix on YouTube

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

February: Month in Review


Set up my new altar
Harry Potter trivia night with Emily and Jacqui
Midweek Geek
Sydney Vegan Market with Kat
Saw Steph and Gemma (and the fur babies)

Reading
Blythewood by Carol Goodman
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman
Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The Wicked King by Holly Black (not finished)
Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman

Watching
The Omen I, II and III
Titans
True Detective season 3
Hilda
The Umbrella Academy
Arrow
Lore tv series
Fear Files (India)

Listening to
Nick Cave
Eurythmics
The Sisters of Mercy
Aurora
Agnes Obel
Killing Joke
Amanda Palmer
Love Like Blood
Blackfield

Friday, 15 February 2019

Month in Review January


With Emily

What I Did
Book talk and dinner with Emily, Jacqui and Ria
Aquaman with James and Roli
Lunch and opshopping with Fiona and Bryce
Midweek Geek

Reading
The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
The Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The Glittering World by Robert Levy
Nora by Sofi Oksanen
Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Watching
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (original series)
Aquaman
Shannara season 2
Titans
The Favourite
True Detective s3
Constantine TV series
Frankie and Grace new season
Green Book

Listening to
Tom Waits
A Flock of Seagulls
Aurora
Elle King
Gin Wigmore

Monday, 7 January 2019

A Midnight Visit: An Interactive Theatre Experience inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (Image Heavy Post)


The entrance to the theatre

This was one of the most amazing experiences I have had. A scary, imaginative, Gothic theatre experience! These are photos from the official page.

I waited to post this as I didn't want to spoil it for anyone going to see it, not knowing and feeling as if it was all really happening around you was part of the experience. There was no taking photos, you were able to be talked to and interact with the actors. You had to wear those anti-germ masks the whole time so it was harder to see people's faces, which made it more spooky.

It is next showing in Perth at their Fringe festival. See it if you get a chance!










Emily, Kat, Desiree, me and Fiona


Emily, Fiona, Kat, me and Desiree