Oura

Oura

I’ve been trying to fix my sleeping habits for a while now. I’m a natural night-owl. I have a day job, which means that at least five times a week I need to wake up early if I want to get home in time to get my writing work in.  I work two desk jobs which means that...
Rollercoasters

Rollercoasters

I like to ride rollercoasters as a form of stress relief. There’s something beautiful about that spike of fear and joy that you get in a good coaster. I live fairly close to the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki and that fact was a major player in our choice...
The cost of owning less

The cost of owning less

About a month ago I bought a bag. This bag, specifically. I needed a backpack that I could use to carry a laptop and my gym gear at the same time. It didn’t hurt that the one I landed on could also act as one-bag travel luggage for me. It’s basically a bag that does...
Cosmic horror

Cosmic horror

H.P. Lovecraft was a racist, sexist asshole. He was also hugely influential to the genre of horror. His fiction lives on and will live on in the form of cosmic horror. So much so, that any example of cosmic horror is often dubbed “Lovecraftian” regardless...
Horror in modern life

Horror in modern life

There’s this piece of received wisdom that horror cannot work in the modern world. There’s a way in which a lot of horror movies set in modern times play with isolation. Get Out starts with the main character driving out into the country, far enough away from the city...
Gothic horror

Gothic horror

I love gothic horror. Southern gothic scares the snot out of me. Give me a cornfield and some creepy scarecrows any day. The trouble with loving something like this as a writer is that I want to take it and roll around in it. This is a problem for me because gothic...
Knitting is Magic

Knitting is Magic

There was a lovely short story by Brit E.B. Hvide in Cast of Wonders a while ago, Knitting In English. It reminded me first of this quote: […] Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and...
Podcast Recommendations

Podcast Recommendations

Way back in the summer, before Worldcon, I posted two recommendation lists, one for fiction and another for non-fiction. I intended to follow up with a list of podcast recommendations around the same time, but life happened so it took me until now. Regardless, here...
The Watson Problem

The Watson Problem

There’s a joke in John Scalzi’s The Ghost Brigades. Sherlock and Dr. Watson go camping. They pitch their tent and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson and says: “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you...