September was busy with lots of family and friend events. Most of them fun, too! I was even talked into party games, though I cheated and somehow became the judge. That counts as a win.

My brother came bearing gifts – with a long and amusing story related to said gifts – which is how I came by these lifesize standees. Piglet does not approve.

Han & Chewie Standees

I’m also enjoying Aamer Rahman’s new web series Can We Kick it? I have a lot of respect for Aamer and he has some great guests.

Colonialism is a trip

Writing

After much great feedback from my beta readers, I dove into another edit of The Cursed Heir. They all had really great advice, they’re smart people, and everything they said improved the novel. One of my favourite positive comments was that they ‘had fun hanging out with my characters and didn’t want it to end.’ *Sobs and clutches that feedback close.*

I chopped a lot of words out, I added a lot more words in. It’s still overly long, but I’m happy with it.

I also started a new project. Not quite at a stage where I want to share details yet, nor does it have a title, so I’ll call it Codename True Blue.

Books

I’m still reading untrackable books, beta reading and sensitivity reading, so not much to report except for Outsider by Stephen King. I grabbed it from the library as a quick read while busy. I haven’t read any of his in a long while and I got the idea that his recent novels are all linked, with plots and characters hinting deeper backstories from previous books. Still, it worked and was nice monster mystery light fun.

Films

I missed Crazy Rich Asians during #AsianAugust, but it finally came out in the UK in September. I loved it. It was sumptuous and glamorous and full of wonderful characters and scenes. It’s rare to see Asian leads, especially romantic leads, so this film was a revelation. I am desperate for the sequel now, I need to see how Astrid and Charlie develop.

Astrid and Charlie

God forbid we lose the ancient Chinese tradition of guilting your children.

The Beyond is a UK indie sci-fi transhumanist film. A wormhole opens above the earth and the UK develops human 2.0 to deal with the stresses of travelling through. Filmed as a documentary team interrupted as a crisis erupts, it is a slower moving, classic sci-fi film less than a sequence of action set pieces. A nice, if low budget, intelligent thoughtful film.

We also watched Becoming Jane as part of our Austen watch. I’m not sure it’s super accurate, but it was an interesting film which touched on the social mores of that period. It’s hard to imagine how difficult it was for a woman wanting to write and how wrong she was seen to be.

Saturday Church tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses who is struggling after the death of his father. His conservative aunt has moved in and is very upset at how effeminate she thinks he is. Ulysses finds the transgender community who take him to Saturday Church and help him with his questions of gender identity. It’s a sweet film that balances the harsh realities for disenfranchised LGBT youth with hope and love. The rare, but beautiful, musical sequences really set the film apart and I say this as someone not often into musicals.

Saturday Church

TV

I didn’t watch any new TV in September. But I am ready for all the new shows starting for ‘fall 2018’. Asians in general, and South Asians specifically!  I’ll check out these new shows and see if there are any I want to pick up.

Games

Two Point Hospital – finally! This is such a fun game, the real spiritual successor to Theme Hospital. The challenge levels spike hard at high levels, with a steep learning curve about how the underlying systems work. I am currently gaming the system by building giant rooms stuff with +diagnosis items so that people get an instant diagnosis. I wonder when this might be patched out…?

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