Books, Coffee Musings and Kitty Pouts

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My Catwoman pout FAIL but I’m still a crazy cat woman with my ‘too cool for school’ coffee mug.

My day was completely book crazy! I’m sitting amongst a heap of books I must (in my over-achiever sort of way) get through for my master’s dissertation. We’ve got Freud, Lacan, Kristeva and some exciting literary exploration with Louise Rosenblatt this week. If you had to meet me in real life, you’d probably think I stepped out of a cartoon- that’s how excited I get when talking about my thesis. #majornerd

However, somewhere between the delish sips of coffee in my crazy cool black cat coffee mug (I mean serioso how CUTE is it!?) and meandering through my local bookstore, I decided I needed to make time for some recreational reading as well. Yoga has been helping me immensely in the de-stressing department but I love getting lost in bookish worlds…it’s the greatest way for me to unwind. So today I started reading…

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Post-Easter bunny coffee art by So Whipped Coffeeshop, Durban.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I hadn’t heard anything much about this novel to be honest…it just sorta fell off the shelf and stared at me, so I said okie doke I’ll take you home little book. Yes, I speak to books. Don’t judge me. I’ve only read a few pages so far but I’m already interested to see where this tale takes me. The male character seems familiarly cynical and it’s set in dreary England. According to the interweb, it’s steampunk, historical, witty…yes yes you’ve spun your webs, I shall read you till the very last page. Despite the fact that I have a thesis deadline looming this week. Must keep sanity intact. I’ll keep you guys updated on whether the book is a hit or miss with Of Tales & Dreams.

In other news, I was excited to befriend April Mullen on Instagram. She’s a Canadian director that has filmed a few episodes of one of my FAVORITE SHOWS EVER –Killjoys. And she recently gave us a sneak peek of the filming for Season 3. Check out our girl Dutch on the instavid here : April Mullen

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I don’t think I have the proper words in English (or any of the languages I speak including Meow) to tell you how excited I am for Killjoys Season 3! Anyhoo, I should get back to my thesis and how I plan on saving the world through Neil Gaiman texts 😉

Stay inspired…lock and serve your warrants Killjoys-style and remember to look out for the small things in life. And do let me know what you are reading!

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Via heartfeltquotes blog.

Space Warrants, Scholastic Pursuits and the Power of Stories.

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Pop culture portrait done of little ol’ me by Billy and Bedevilled

In the land of geeky things, getting a portrait of yourself as your favorite badass bounty hunter (if you haven’t been watching the series Killjoys, seriously what rock are you hiding under???) counts towards moments of pleasure. Thank you so much to the talented illustrating duo at Billy and Bedevilled for taking my mind off the craziness that is life at the moment. South African politics proved a whole new level of corruption yesterday and I shudder to think what that may mean for us in the future. I tend to stay away from talking about politics on my blog as it only fuels my aggressive tendency against injustice. I admit though… I do often see myself dressing up as Dutch and getting my weapons ready to fight battles for those sitting on the fringes of inequity.

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I’ve been thinking… life is painful…and it’s hard…and most of the time it’s pretty darn lonely. But I’m a fighter. It comes from the children’s books I’ve read growing up. Tales of overcoming problems, finding solutions and stumbling upon magic hidden deep within yourself. I will continue to fight everyday…but only for things I trust. Trust to me, is like a mythical unicorn. I dress him up in pretty rainbow tutus and we dance to The Bangles. Trust = safety= happiness = creativity. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you. And if you have it…fight hard not to lose it. Losing it may mean losing your faith in people and worst of all, losing faith in yourself. When all seems lost though, grab your favorite childhood book and remind yourself of all those creatures that wait patiently for you at the brink of your imagination.

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If Wonderland has, in an unfortunate stroke of bad luck, somehow closed its borders to you…fear not. I think if we adopt the Killjoys motto of “the warrant is all” and see life as a series of bounty warrants that need their asses kicked and delivered, then the days suddenly have purpose. You can still motivate yourself out of the funk.  You can ALWAYS motivate yourself out of funks. The quicker you do, the better. For the longer you stay in one, the less chance you have of ever leaving that pit of ghouls and nasty things.

Right now, I should be celebrating. On some level I am, with beetroot crisps and orange juice as my stuffed animals and Han Solo doll cheer me on. Last week, was the first time I ventured to submit an abstract for an academic conference. Yesterday, I received the news that it was accepted. So in August, if all goes according to plan, I will be presenting my first paper at the Association of Professional Italianists of South Africa conference 2017 in Johannesburg. I’m looking at a topic that is quite close to my heart, and one that my Master’s thesis actually explores : children’s literature through a psychoanalytic framework. Unlike my Master’s thesis, which unravels the uncanny in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book, in this particular paper I will be focusing on nation-formation and the presence of subaltern spaces post the unification of Italy in the beloved Italian fairytale Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

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Illustration by Carlo Chiostri

 

It’s quite daunting but academia is where my heart lies, and hopefully I have more exciting experiences to share with readers as the year progresses. It’s funny how stumbling out of a wardrobe into Narnia, or the Little Prince asking for a sheep, or even taking that flight with Peter and Wendy, led me here…where I was always supposed to be.

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“Would you like an adventure now…or would you like to have your tea first?”  Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie

Fly me away…

Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, you just need to find your gravity and hold onto that…even if it’s a silent contemplation. Freedom comes to each person in different forms. To some, it is family, to others it is addiction, love or maybe even religion…and to a few it is a friend built in the imagination and kept safe in the recesses of a messed up heart. One that can never be tangible…but persists surrealistically in defiance. Fly…because life’s too short to stay still or caged little bird. So I’ll fly silently with you.

 

‘Fly’ via bulletproofcouch on YouTube.

Dutch’s Quick How-To Guide on Dealing with Weirdos at Bars

Part of my Things We Can Learn from Fictional Characters series of posts. Because nothing beats a memorably written protagonist!

You know that feeling? You’re sitting with your friends at a bar laughing about the ridiculous things your colleagues said at work today or how you’re dreading an upcoming family gathering when all of a sudden some wise ass butts in to your conversation and tries to puff up their ego. Cue cricket noises and deafening lack of response here. But worry not! Now you can equip yourself with perfectly sassy comebacks thanks to our new favorite badass straight out of Syfy’s Killjoys.

 

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She’s sassy. She’s sexy. And she’s got a tongue sharper than a Masamune Katana…perfect for those times you need to deal but don’t really feel like getting arrested.

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So before you pull out your axe, or whatever it is you keep in that bottomless purse of yours, let’s see how Killjoys’ Dutch can help save your night, shall we?

I’ve got some kickass tips you can follow here on Dutch’s Quick How-To Guide on Dealing with Weirdos at Bars. I’m trying out a wonderfully new geekfest platform called Creators.co that can be used alongside WordPress…if you’re interested in superheroes, movies and have some nerdy things to get off your chest ( Written in Geek  I’m looking at you!) then it’s a great place to share your writing. I’m still figuring out the community, which seems a little harder to crack into in comparison to WordPress but I’ll keep you updated.

For now, check out my Dutch tips and let me know if you’ve ever used any of these to get yourself out of a sticky situation. Aaaaand let me know if it helps you 😉 #bebadass

 

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