These are a few of my favorite things (of 2018)

2018 has been a jumbled mess of a year. I started, stopped, and started this blog so many times and I’m sorry. Here are some random things I liked this year. Cue Julie Andrews. ** These are not things that came out in 2018, just things I consumed in 2018.**

Books:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a lovely story about an old curmudgeon (best word of 2018) who finds a place for himself. I wrote a full review here.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean is the first romance novel I read all year that didn’t fetishize toxic masculinity, which I loved. I went through a major romance phase during wedding reception planning mostly because I needed something easy to read and emotionally upbeat to keep the stress at bay. Loved this and was so frustrated it was a new release. Now I have to wait for the next ones to be published!

The Humans by Matt Haig is an odd story about an alien who takes control of the body of a human mathematician. It’s weird and funny and heartwarming and I wrote a better review here as well.

Vintage Youtubers:

This is one of my newest favorite categories of thing I’m in love with. I’ve been collecting vintage pieces here and there my whole life and never put together that I could just be a vintage lady until I found this community of people.

The Closet Historian is one of my favorite vintage Youtubers. She has practical and informational videos sprinkled with sewing tutorials and projects. She’s super cool.

Angela Clayton is a fantastic costumer and I love watching her sewing videos where she talks through her process. It’s way more advanced than anything I’ve ever attempted, but still fascinating.

Podcasts:

The Adventure Zone is hands down my favorite podcast of all time. I started listening 2 years ago and am finally up to date as of November of this year. That may be a bit intimidating if you’re looking for a new podcast, but it is seriously the best D&D playthrough podcast I’ve ever listened to. Your mileage may vary, but also… this one is the best.

My Brother My Brother and Me is one I started listening to because I fell in love with the boys from The Adventure Zone. This is the podcast they started originally and it is a hysterical advice series. They also made a TV show that is the most hilarious thing I watched all year.

Last Podcast on the Left was a podcast I became obsessed with after a “ghost tour” I did in Chicago and wanted to learn more about H. H. Holmes. They make miniseries about specific topics surrounding the occult, serial killers, cults, and other semi-related dark topics.

Music:

To close out this probably longer-than-it-needs-to-be post, here is a smattering of music that I would recommend.

Top track: Ghosted – Get Some

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense

Lucius – Nudes is my favorite album of 2018

Bodhi Presman – The Presman Farm

Marc Rebillet’s Idealogue series

Teach Me How To Make Internet Friends

Growing up I was a voracious reader, I would have to convince my mom to take me to the library so I could stock up on a stack of books to take with me everywhere. Thankfully she was easily convinced. I would read constantly, and I vividly remember my young self racing through tests so I could turn in my work and read about dragons and interesting ladies with swords. I performed decently in school because I had a good motivaotr.

Then, one day, I went to college. I bought my first laptop, then my first smart phone. It became so easy to distract myself with screens and social media and streaming services. I did worse in school because it was so easy to find another cheap distraction. Even now I keep opening a new tab to check Reddit or whatever. Technology is amazing, but also… fuck fast media. Re-learning how to sit and read the same story for hours at a time is so difficult when you’ve been trained to rapidly consume snippets of information.

This recent realization has cemented my resolve to take things slow and revisit old ideals. Last year around August I discovered BookTube and decided to start reading again. I discovered the analog film community and fell down the rabbit hole of analog photography. I have my collection of records and tapes and physical media that force me to slow down and enjoy an album (and pay artists for their work). I started ordering things on Amazon at the slowest shipping rate and also slowed my online ordering so I started buying things in store instead. It’s 2018 and I love being able to Google the number of children Angelina Jolie has on a device that lives in my pocket, but sometimes you have to relearn how to have patience.

All that to say this: I never learned how to make friends on the internet. I regularly visit online communities, but barely participate. Early 2000’s Sarah was a timid little nerd that still knew how to chat on Neopets forums about Harry Potter theories and favorite Pokemon, but 2018 Sarahjane is clueless. I have created and deactivated my personal Twitter account more times than I can count. How does it even work? You just…reply to Tweets? You talk to people? Yikes. These things have legitimately terrified me, but no longer! This is my blog post about making an effort. Do you have a blog (or a Twitter account)? What do you do with these platforms?

Hello!

Welcome to my brand new blog and my first ever blog post. Phew! Things are about to get mediocre with a touch of insanity as a 24-year-old woman figures out how to maintain a blog. My only experience with this might be my Neopets website back in elementary school, so it’s been a while. I’ve always been that weird lurker that occasionally builds up the courage to communicate with other people on the internet to little success. This blog is just going to be a little slice of me on the internet to keep me accountable for myself. I suppose I’m not particularly loquacious or terribly interesting, so… *coughs* ANYWAY

Plans:

      • Write more book reviews! With potential added bonuses to be figured out
      • Capture my book hauls because who doesn’t love watching a good haul video in text format? …right?
      • Post my exploits in analog film! My second roll of film (the first failed) is on its way to the developers and  I’m so excited!
      • Establish my name in a creative spot in the internet for future creative endeavors. The aforementioned endeavors will probably be announced within the next few years.