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Carla
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Cozy and salty winter‘s day.

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Here‘s the cover reveal for my anthology! My story is in volume 1, which I feel is an honor. The ordering is open tomorrow. Thank you so much for your support! I hope you like it. I am so excited.

aelpress.com/index.php/2022/11/15/monsters-vol-1-cover-reveal/

Check out the link for the list of authors in this volume and the link to order.

I‘m a published horror author, y‘all! #amwriting #horror

RamsFan1963 Congratulations 🎊🎉✨🎇🎆 3mo
Carla @ramsfan1963 thank you so much! Today is technically #publicationday — orders are open! I am over the moon. https://aelpress.com/index.php/store/ 3mo
RamsFan1963 @Carla Horror isn't usually my reading choice, but I'll give it a try. I went to the site to preorder. Good Luck! I hope it does very well 3mo
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Carla
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I‘m taking a weekly online class on Dracula to mark its 125 anniversary, and am decorating the inside cover of my class notebook (all black paper from Archer & Olive, so delicious) with my doodles. #draculaanniversary #doodles #art

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Carla
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I‘m taking a weekly online class on Dracula to mark its 125 anniversary, and am decorating the inside cover of my class notebook (all black paper from Archer & Olive, so delicious) with my doodles. #draculaanniversary #doodles #art

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My first horror short story contract. “Holly Jolly Christmas”, a parody of Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies, where a perky, pretty woman inexplicably saves Christmas for a small town, will be in the upcoming two-volume short story anthology Monsters. I will keep you updated. I am so proud and excited! Cover and TOC reveal as soon as I have it. #amwriting #author #publication #horror

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julesG Congratulations!!! 6mo
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LibrarianRyan YEAHHHH. Tag me when it's out. Monsters at Christmas - Yes please. 6mo
Carla @librarianryan you got it! 🎄 👺 6mo
LibrarianRyan thanks 3mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Reading The Bell Jar for my book club/class, and this smacked me in the face. #abortionishealthcare

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Mark Z. Danielewski's The Whalestoe Letters | Mark Z. Danielewski, Pelafina Livre
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast Episode 81: In the Spirit of the Staircase: In which Carla goes deeper into the Five and a Half Hallway and The Three Attic Whalestoe Letters of the House of Leaves novel (fifth episode in the series). https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/there-might-be-cupcakes-podcas-520320/episode... #podcast #horror

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Mark Z. Danielewski's The Whalestoe Letters | Mark Z. Danielewski, Pelafina Livre
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New episode of There Might Be Cupcakes: 80: Rooms Full of Indistinguishable Remains
The 4th in the series on House of Leaves.
In which Carla explores the echoes of Johnny's past and the house's present, the spiral of echoes, and the beginning of the exploration of the Five and a Half Minute Hallway. Letters from an asylum and always echoes hallways.
https://www.podchaser.com/lists/house-of-leaves-episodes-there-might-be-cupcakes...

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Burner | Robert Ford
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This is me and Robert Ford, before his table at Scares That Care AuthorCon, saying “literature!” The firey book on the table is Burner. The tall, handsome black gentleman in the back is my friend and horror author Wrath James White; the dapper gent in the fedora over my shoulder is horror author and friend Thomas Monteleone. Yes, I am wearing Halloween pajamas. 🤗

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Danse Macabre | Stephen King
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I have set up a horror discussion and promotion forum at my podcast‘s domain: authors, publishers, movies, television, literature, conventions…it even has its own map! Please come play with me away from the annoyances and privacy concerns of social media apps. Come check it out and sign up and give me suggestions for additions. http://theremightbecupcakes.com/horror
Let‘s get this little engine that could off the ground and have some fun.

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Mark Z. Danielewski's The Whalestoe Letters | Mark Z. Danielewski, Pelafina Livre
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It is time to go deeper. Answer your mail from Mommy.

Working on my fourth episode in my podcast‘s series on House of Leaves. Now we enter the Five and a Half Minute Hallway with the explorers, and we are instructed by the Editor to pause and read Johnny‘s mother‘s letters from the asylum. This is the full collection, with 11 extra letters added by the asylum‘s Information Specialist. Mommy is needy. Mommy loves only Johnny. #podcast

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Paperbacks from Hell | Grady Hendrix
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Sound check for my friend Grady Hendrix at Scares That Care AuthorCon. I am here early because I am in my wheelchair, so I have been shouting “helpful” suggestions from the back of the audiotorium. Now listening to Led Zeppelin while waiting for #paperbacksfromhell to start. I‘ve seen a early version of the show in a small art gallery in Charlottesville; looking forward to this grand, new and improved version. RIP V. C. Andrews.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Beloved is slaying me in a different way as a woman than it did as a 17-year-old at Yale. Looking forward to discussing it with you on the #podcast.
This quote is from her introduction, where she discussed how the novel came to be and her intentions for it. I decorated this way because I discover plants move the story forward, generate “rememory “, hurt and heal, bring people together and tear flesh. The roses die along the route to the carnival.

Cathythoughts Lovely post 👏❤️ 12mo
Carla @Cathythoughts thank you! Working on the podcast episode on Beloved now; I will post when it is live. ♥️ 12mo
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Spending this dark, rainy, October evening with William Peter Blatty. He‘s reading his own work to me while I hide under the covers. Thank you, Audible, for such a #Halloween treat.
#audiobook

Carla If you don‘t have Audible, here‘s my link to get a free month to check it out, and you can grab The Exorcist (or whatever) to keep. It helps out my podcast! https://www.audible.com/ep/creator?source_code=PDTGBPD060314004R 1y
Carla Chris‘ first view of Father Karras: “a long black cloud in search of a rain”. Tremendous. 1y
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Books of Blood, Vol. 6 | Clive Barker
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Anyone else joined The Story Graph? I love it. It‘s a cleaner, nicer Goodreads that operates on a book‘s qualities, & allows readers to tag books for content warnings. It suggests books based on what you‘ve read & your mood. Also allows you to set challenges based on no. of books & page numbers. And more! Add me at https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/theremightbecupcakes. The picture is my preferences. (The tagged book is my currently reading.)

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New podcast episode: There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 72: What‘s Your Motivation, Heather?
“In which Carla explores the horror subgenre found footage, and its subgenre internet horror” —The book linked is one I recommend in the ep. #horror #podcast
https://www.spreaker.com/user/claradox/episode72

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Staring Wes Craven: The Man and His Nightmares. Looking forward to it. 🎧 #horror #horrormovies

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This is going to be fascinating: written and narrated by Leatherface himself. #horror #horrormovies #memoirs

Carla “This was not going to be fun to make: I hated the heat, and I hated running.” I love it already. 2y
Reagan How did I not know this existed!!! 2y
Carla @Reagan it‘s on sale at Audible for the rest of the day! 2y
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Modern Mending | Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald
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Has to run some unpleasant errands today, so I rewarded myself with this fun book. My mending pile is grateful. I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made that needs some love, and now I‘ll know how to properly patch it. It even has a section on mending knitting. #sewing

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Dark and Shallow Lies | Ginny Myers Sain
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Thank you, Goodreads! I love getting emails from publishers that my package is on its way—that means I won a Goodreads Giveaway—in these cases from Penguin Teen and William Morrow ♥️
I cannot wait to read these. Dark and Shallow Lies is a debut novel by Ginny Myers Sain, and I have been reading and enjoying Laura Lippman for a while now. Summer reading fun❣️(The 🌹 and ☠️ are courtesy of my Betsey Johnson sheets. I am enraptured with them.)

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House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast: Episode 68: Bone-Chimes and Primitive Spiders: House of Leaves
The first in my HoL series: https://www.spreaker.com/user/claradox/68-Mu3293
#podcast
The House of Leaves universe: House of Leaves, The Whalestoe Letters: From House of Leaves https://bookshop.org/a/6560/9780375714412 + Poe‘s album “Haunted”: Apple https://apple.co/2MT62F4, Spotify https://spoti.fi/3c2RsDq

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House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast Episode 70: Ergodic: House of Leaves: the second in my HoL series: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44973302

Show notes: In which Carla explores the beginning of the Navidson Record, the structure of the novel, the history of ergodic literature, and the social phenomenon of the novel 21 years ago, as well as the psychological symptom that drives the stories in this novel. #podcast

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Reading a deep dive into the Elisa Lam case and listening to this newish interpretation of the Goldberg Variations by this brilliant pianist, with my sleeping dachshund at my feet. Reading heaven. #elisalam #paranormal #truecrime #bach

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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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Just finished listening to the audiobook. Superb.

There‘s an in-joke hovering throughout the novel You Love Me, by Caroline Kepnes, but never spoken. The Lemonheads‘ song (and album) “It‘s a Shame About Ray” (Quinn). 😆 That is just chef‘s kiss. Just finished reading, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, now off to listen to this album, which was a staple of my grad school years.

“It‘s a shame about Ray, some things need to go away”. 😁

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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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It‘s Audible day, and I pounced on it. #you #youseries

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Recording my first House of Leaves #podcast episode now. I was supposed to record yesterday on its 21st anniversary, but I had inexplicable and never-before technical difficulties; My computer simply could not hear my voice. (“Pick up please mom hello?”) Which seems appropriate for this novel of high strangeness. Here we go for the 1st ep, entitled “Bone-Chimes and Primitive Spiders”, available this evening, if no further high strangeness occurs.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I had misplaced my copy. I recently found it...fat with torn-up papers marking pages...So. Intermingled with episodes on other topics, for the rest of this year I am going to do a deep-dive on this book & its accompanying album, Haunted, by Mark's sister, Poe. There will be geeky analysis and reaction podcasting. I'll podcast as I go & do psychology/history/parapsychology/physics geek-dives 😉 like I did with Stephen King's Eclipse series (ep 19).

magyklyXdelish I got this beast for Christmas and I‘m waiting until I‘m caught up with my ARCs just because I know this is going to be time consuming. I really can‘t wait though. 2y
Carla @magyklyXdelish cool! It is time-consuming because once you‘re in, you‘re in, if that makes sense. I hope you‘ll have a listen—looks like it‘s good timing. 😎 2y
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Inside Out | Demi Moore
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Thank you, Demi Moore. Spending this time with you reading to me and sharing your story was a blessing...and it helped me with my story.

“What if everything that hadn‘t happened to me but had happened for me. What I learned is that how we hold our experiences is everything. Taking responsibility for your reactions is freedom.”
—Demi Moore

#autobiography #memoir #movies #psychology #cptsd #trauma

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The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Reading journal/commonplacebook layout for my notes on Michael McDowell‘s horror novel The Elementals. Used the orange and peach pens for the colors of sand. New favorite novel! Listened to it narrated by actor R. C. Bray; fabulous experience.
Notebook is Tskui Moon Flower edition from Notebook Therapy.🌙

https://bookshop.org/a/6560/9781941147177

BookingitwithSandra Very cool that you draw in your book journal! 2y
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Carla
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Listening to Taylor Swift‘s #evermore and reading Jung‘s Modern Man In Search of a Soul. Feels like this year is cracking, like when Father Christmas shows up in #Narnia. Or perhaps I am having an intellectual meltdown. A nerd stroke. Either way, it feels nice. Don‘t wake me. Taylor and Papa #Jung and I might have some cocoa later. Join us, won‘t you? Collective unconscious, then second star to the right.

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The Collected Poems | Sylvia Plath
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From “Black Book in Rainy Weather”: this quote speaks so to #chronicillness, and so I illustrated it:

“With luck trekking stubborn through this season of fatigue, I shall patch together content sorts.
Miracles occur.
If you care to call these spasmodic tricks of radiance miracles.
The wait‘s begun again.
The long wait for the angel.
For that rare, random descent.”

https://bookshop.org/a/6560/9780061558894

Nute Fantastic journal page! 2y
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Eating homemade wineberry 🥧 and reading Mary Oliver. “but berries are berries, they don‘t speak any language that I don‘t understand.” #poetry #summer #maryoliver

Nute Yum!😋 2y
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House of Earth: A Novel | Woody Guthrie
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Arlo the staffie pit, Ellie‘s older brother.
I found out recently, after 10 years of having our dogs, Arlo Guthrie and Ellie Mae, the folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie‘s father, wrote 1 novel, about a couple struggling during the Dust Bowl.

The female protagonist in the novel was named Ella May.

We didn‘t name our Ellie, who also goes by Ella. She came to us named.

#synchronicity is real.

https://bookshop.org/a/6560/9780062248404

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast Episode 61: Childe Roland and The Dark Tower
In which I explore all the different incarnations of Childe Roland and his quest to the Dark Tower through literature and history, from the 8th century (or so) to Stephen King‘s Gunslinger. Episode available in your your preferred podcatcher or at https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/there-might-be-cupcakes-podcas-520320/episode...

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Carla
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Disability requires creativity. Deep into Alex‘s book, my eyesight started to blur & I started to experience a rare symptom for me of EDS. You know when you get an eyelid twitch? Imagine that, but in your neck. So I diverted to a movie, one that fit the theme of the book but fell just outside of its scope: Swimfan (2002).
So consider this another plug for this fine horror & history book & your educational moment in Ehlers-Danlos Awareness Month.

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Mail call! When I start annoying you on social media or my podcast with a glut of Horror Movie Facts, blame Alex‘s incredible work.
I left my fluffy pj pants in for contrast. They are the calm before the storm, the “hey, let‘s all hang out in this abandoned house with no phone and have attractive people sex, nothing bad will happen”, chirpy music part of the cliched horror movie. Also, they‘re cute. #horrormovies

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Taken for a hitrecord project about books (https://hitrecord.org/records/4383609). One of my favorite novels & rabbit holes. Poe plays hide and seek throughout if the reader is willing to play It.

If you‘d like to listen to me read from it & talk about banned books, please listen to ep 23 of There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/there-might-be-cupcakes-podcas-520320/episode...

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There Might Be Cupcakes Podcast | Episode 59: Commingled Gloom and Grandeur | In which I read one of Poe‘s lesser-known short stories, “The Oval Portrait” | https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/there-might-be-cupcakes-podcas-520320/episode... #podcast #horror

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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In my Canson XL Mix Media sketchbook, with Tombow dual brush markers and calligraphy pen. Quote from the delicious novel Circe, by Madeline Miller, based upon the Greek myth. More art to come inspired by this novel. Drawn while listening to the audiobook Member of the Family, Dianne Lake‘s story of living with the Manson Family. #art #drawing #circethewitch (cut off: the key around the bottom crow‘s neck: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-LKw4kj8sk

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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in progress based on the novel Circe, by Madeline Miller. In my Canson XL Mix Media sketchbook, inked with different mm of Tombow art pens. These are all of the plants that Circe the witch, daughter of the sun, used in the novel. Lettering and color to follow. The hastily-penciled quote from the novel (cut off at the top)—
“the tonic of ordinary things”
—plus Stevie Nicks lyrics are going to be properly lettered. #art #drawing #circethewitch

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Book of Longing | Leonard Cohen
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Opening pages to my new commonplacebook set up. Love the steampunk children I found on a free site online. The catalog site is authentic. The washi tape is actually silk ribbon, made by Martha Stewart.
I left my fingers in the shot because I realized I hyperextended them by simply placing them on the pages to hold them open. Created an interesting Ehlers-Danlos illustration without meaning to do so. #bucketlist #commonplacebook #journal

BookingitwithSandra Gorgeous end papers!! Enjoy creating in it! 3y
Carla @lifeisasnap I added those end papers myself. Thanks! I think I might do the same for the other end...They really are a reprint of a old catalog page...see the pens, the dictionary, and the bookseller? I love stuff like that. 3y
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There Might Be Cupcakes 58: Terra Incognita | Amelia B. Edwards, Victorian horror author, polymath, explorer of the world & self-taught Egyptologist. She not only wrote horrifying stories, she rescued ancient Egypt‘s treasures from desecration. She is an 🏳️‍🌈 #LGBTQ icon, though that is sometimes hidden.

Story read: “The Phantom Coach”

https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/there-might-be-cupcakes-podcas-520320/episode...

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New hat, who dis? #outofprint

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The Complete Stories | Flannery O'Connor
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My Christmas books. I bought Nine Stories with proceeds from my podcast, as well as the ‘Salem‘s Lot Blu-Ray (presents for myself!). I also received two lovely blank books. Fulfilling my goals of owning and reading all works by all three of these authors. Not shown: plethora of Kindle books also earned and gifted. 🥰 #flanneryoconnor #stephenking #jdsalinger #bucketlist #christmaspresents #bookhaul #shortstories

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“In These Hellish Meetings”...buddy reading The Witches: Salem, 1692 with my best friend long-distance, wishing he were here and I could buy him a chai latte. #christmas #salem #buddyreads

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The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 56: Happy Socks and the Flame
In which I tell two stories about finding cupcakes in the darkest of times: one is one of my own, one is one of Leonard Cohen‘s. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/theflame #podcast #poetry

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The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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Eggnog latte and Mr. Cohen between therapies: mental and physical. (You get a straw if you are in a wheelchair; also if the baristas recognize you by name. This particular Starbucks location is my Cheers.) #eggnog #christmas #poetry #lyrics

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I think I have found the source for That Line in the horror movie The Witch: “Dost thou wish to live deliciously?”
71-year-old Amesbury widow Susannah Martin was accused by a man from Salisbury of witchcraft. He said she offered him the devil‘s book to sign so that he would receive “all the delectable things, person, and places that he could imagine”.

Dost thou wish butter? And fine dresses? Dost thou wish to live deliciously? #horror #history

VioletBramble In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix) the witches have on a few occasions described their satan given powers as delicious. I didn‘t realize that was a witchy thing. 3y
Carla Another reference! @violetbramble I need to watch Sabrina. I have read the first 2 issues of the comic it is based upon and have enjoyed it so far. (edited) 3y
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The Silent Wife: A Novel | A. S. A. Harrison
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It is not what it appears to be: it is not a standard mystery or juicy suburban thriller. If you are looking for a mainstream Ruth Ware/Liane Moriarty/etc., it will probably frustrate you.
This is a novel about secrets and choices and keeping your mouth shut when you should speak, and being passive aggressive when you should be assertive, and doing these things over and over until it is too late and you can‘t take them back and violence occurs.

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The Silent Wife: A Novel | A. S. A. Harrison
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This morning: Bach and cozy reading. Fatigue has set in, but I am not fighting it, instead surrendering with words and stories and music. Thankful for books and Bach and comfortable, pain-friendly headphones. #bach #chronicillness #thanksgiving