November! I have a lot of favorites from November (even more than I’m listing here) and I’m completely surprised. I haven’t had much time lately for anything but work and NaNoWriMo, so to have found anything this month other than those things is incredible. Here we go!
I struggle with staying hydrated, mostly because water is my last choice of something to drink because it’s boring and flavorless (duh). I force myself to drink it as often as possible by itself but I usually add fresh lemon juice, which can be a hassle and costs a lot when produce prices go up, or I add some unhealthy, sugary drink mix. So my aunt introduced me to True Lemon packets, which are the GREATEST THING EVER. It’s crystallized lemon in a packet that you add to water and it TASTES EXACTLY LIKE YOU SQUEEZED LEMON INTO IT. I’m obsessed. I’ve been using it everyday and it’s been helping me stay hydrated.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is a beautiful story about a flu that wipes out most of the world’s population and the characters’ lives, intricately entwined, center around the life of a famous actor who died of a heart attack the same day the pandemic began. It’s a fantastic book that I know I’ll probably want to reread again one day (which is rare for me, as I’m not one for rereads) and recommend it highly.
A new show on TNT called Good Behavior, starring Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, is full of bad behavior done by the character she plays, Letty, an addict and thief who is trying to be good to win back custody of her son. This is complicated when she encounters and steals from a man named Javier who kills people for money. It’s a great show, solid performance from Michelle Dockery, and has a humor to it that makes you root for the characters, even if what they’re doing is very wrong. And the show has a killer soundtrack. Every episode, I’m Shazaming like no one’s business.
As I’ve posted before, I’m wanting to practice my illustrating skills and have purchased—thanks to a lovely birthday gift of cash from my sister, always the best present—some brush markers I’ve been looking at. I’ve heard some good things about Copic markers and so far I really like them. I’m still practicing with coloring and have nothing worth showing for now, but hopefully I can continue to make progress in this medium. I’d like to work with watercolors, too, in time.
But the Copic markers—I have the Ciao duo-tip markers in various color that I liked and plan on getting more—are really great. The brush tip is beautiful and the colors look beautiful on the paper, though I’m still trying to find the best paper to work with them. The sketchbook I have seems to absorb too much ink, though I like the look, and another paper I have absorbs less but seems more faded. Anyway, the markers are fantastic and I can’t wait to have some more time to work with them once school is finished.
Death of a Bachelor
I’ve never been a huge fan of Panic! At the Disco—I mean, I liked the songs I heard on the radio, but never sought out more than that. Until I heard Death of a Bachelor, which is one of my new favorites. Brendon Urie’s voice is incredible and the song sounds, as he stated as an influence, like a Frank Sinatra song covered by the band.