Update Oct. 11/17

In life: Fighting the usual baby-borne illnesses. The shorter days and my lack of exercise are taking their toll on my health and well-being. Currently taking a reading break to fill the well, reading Macgruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H. P. Wood, and catching up on some comics.

In bookish news: I’ll be signing at Indigo Books at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto on Oct. 21. Check out the Events page for details!

Started on the final book of the Devil’s Revolver series, tentatively titles The Legend of Diablo. Book 3, The Devil’s Pact, is undergoing edits. I’ll be sad to leave Hettie and her friends behind, but it’s been a wild ride. The plan from my publisher is that all four books will be released by September of 2018.

In pop culture: TV is back and making it so hard to focus on work! Among my faves:

Lucifer is somehow still super enjoyable even though it falls into a lot of the same pitfalls and ruts as many crime-of-the-week police procedurals do. (You can always tell who did it by which actor has more than two lines and is given a name.) If it were a purely fantasy/paranormal show, it wouldn’t work either–it’s the blend of the two, stitched together by Tom Ellis’s over-the-top performance, that keeps everything together.

Star Trek Discovery is going where Star Trek hasn’t gone before! I’m enjoying the fresh new take on the franchise, and really loving the characters and look of everything so far.

Kim’s Convenience is a Canadian comedy based on a stage play by the same name, about a Korean Canadian family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. The father is nearly an exact copy of my own father. We’re not Korean, but the parallels are uncanny.

Arrow/Flash/Supergirl: I’ve been really impressed by the work Greg Berlanti has done with the DC properties on TV. They don’t always work episode to episode, but cohesively, they’ve maintained a look and storylines and even a lot of canon storytelling while keeping things fresh for the small screen.

In stuff I like: Podcasts! SYFY25 Origin Stories is hosted by former Mythbuster Adam Savage, interviewing tons of people in sci-fi and genre TV, film, and literature.

The guys who do The Greatest Generation podcast have ended their reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and are about to move into reviewing Deep Space Nine. They’ve also begun a new podcast about Star Trek Discovery, launching every Tuesday.

This Bob Ross Funko Pop vinyl figure is one of the few that I’ve actually coveted. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more hunks of plastic…but this is tempting.

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