(Note: This was written on Friday but not posted. Because of course.)
1) The Black Ribbon story I kept talking about, "The World to Come," is now available! It's in the anthology Athena's Daughters; the ebook is here, and the print version can be pre-ordered for next month.
2) Which I try to explain at the end of Anglo-Filles' epic-length Dracula episode this month (whaddup fucktruck), and fail entirely because my blood sugar had bottomed out. We discuss the Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee (a little bit), Frank Langella, and Gary Oldman Draculae, plus the recent TV show and Penny Dreadful, with an emphasis on romanticism, interpretations of Lucy, and my ridiculously long monologue about Jonathan Harker as abuse survivor.
3) As a reminder, I was also on A Matter of Taste's Hannibal finale episode. You may be able to guess the topic for which I will be present next month.
4) As a side note, mountain lions are not a vegetable.
5) With the Aromaleigh Hannibal eyeshadow, we took a couple of weeks off posting new additions (I think it was a couple of weeks? I am completely unmoored in spacetime right now, tbh), but we are back now! Here are the last color that went up before the break (Lapse, a cinematography blue) and today's two new colors, Lucid and Woof:
LAPSE: "This shade is a sheer, pale aqua with a strong iridescent aqua duochrome." Click through for the inspiration picture post; this one touches on both the show's time-lapse photography and Will losing time in season one. Like Veneer the other week, it's meant to pick up one of the show's lighting/filter colors, to use either as a sheer wash or a highlight/blender for other colors. Speaking of Veneer, I've now worn it myself--applied it damp as a lid color and then dry in/over the crease. Wet, it's got the strong bright copper of a new penny, but it's still fairly sheer, so you get this a visible but subtle firelight effect. I haven't seen Lapse in person yet, but I'm guessing that it would apply in a similar way--almost an underwater effect?
LUCID: "This shade is an evergreen tone with olive metallic lowlight and sapphire sparkle." Click through for the full spoiler (BIG FINALE SPOILER) picture set of where the colors came from, because they match exactly. Continuing the Alana theme, it's also meant to be like a poisoned Sublime. (I'm really curious to see what it might look like with Craquelure, an olive-toned cornfield green with blue sparkle, or even Lapse.)
WOOF: "This shade is a satin finish tan with metallic copper tones." I actually put a picture of Winston smiling in the grass into the Inspiration Folder very early on, but thought we'd never end up using it. GUESS WHAT. I'm actually wondering if it would work with Starling, to pick up the black and orange-ish tones in Winston's fur.
6) Meanwhile, in lieu of posts for new individual colors, I was posting suggested pairings and combinations drawn from various scenes, now that we have a substantial eyeshadow palette to work with. I am not saying you have to figure out a way to cram three and four colors onto your face at the same time; as with a packaged eyeshadow trio or quad, you can use as few or as many as you want. (Also, consult this post for wtf a crease or an inside corner or a socket line is.) But if there's a particular scene or character you like, here are some ideas--Abigail's sweater, The Best Office Ever, the wendigo dinner, Freddie in "Amuse-Bouche," Bella in "Coquilles," Beverly in "Sorbet," and the Murder Basement because I'm a terrible person. I have some more ideas I'm still playing with and will continue to post
7) I also updated older posts with my own swatches for Unorthodox, Bellissima, Entrapment, and the aforementioned Veneer.
8) We are currently in the conceptual stage of a new, differently-themed collection (not modern pop culture). Kristen's also got an ongoing dragon-themed collection growing each week, and I believe an ocean nymph collection coming up soon.
9) Things have been exhaustingly hectic chez Jones for about a month now and are just now calming down, maybe. And yes, that is the reason I haven't gotten the recaps started again; we got hit with family health issues, my mother's car wouldn't start but did not need a new battery (then she chipped a tooth), a broken dishwasher (fixed), a dead washing machine (replaced, on sale), a tiny new back patio where previously no green would grow (finished) (then re-finished because a stone was broken in the middle), a yardmageddon (just finished yesterday) (wait, turns out not) that revealed that the brick is about to fall off the front of our house (finally finished), a ceiling (now repaired and repainted) because a toilet (replaced) spontaneously flooded it (I hadn't gone near it for two hours, I SWEAR). Yesterday, a third toilet fixed (a second one broke somewhere in there); today, a quick ten-minute repair on the dryer. (Breaking news: we're going to have to replace the dryer.) (Sunday: It's ordered; was on sale.) Meanwhile, House of Bark lived up to its name... every day. I won't even get into Professional Yard Master's angry phone calls to a sod farm regarding zoysia grass that has now died on our yard because it didn't even have roots. I'm just mentioning it because "sod farm."
Honestly, until very recently, I've been going to bed some nights at 8 or 8:30 pm, just from the exhaustion of dealing with all this and a few other issues (long story) all day. For a month. And then today, "We're going to re-sod the yard. Again." ("WELL, SOD IT, THEN.") I had a whole paragraph here about medication adjustment, but I think I'll save that for an entry of its own.
(SUNDAY: Now I've come down with a sore throat/earache of some kind. I just. I PERSEVERE.)