Episode 89: Sh*t That Freaks Us Out

In honor of spooooky Halloween Andi and Lise talk about things that freak us out, including some urban legends, folklore, and other creepy things: mirrors and the Bloody Mary legendLa Llorona (the weeping woman); Delphine LaLaurie MansionThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow/Headless Horseman; when something you think is normal isn’t; skinwalkers

Shout-outs! Andi is seriously obsessed with “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving (find it at Project Gutenburg). And check out the 1998 movie Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp for an interesting forensic-ish take. And if you want, Andi’s take on Sleepy Hollow is The Secret of Sleepy Hollow, available at Ylva (and all the places!). 

Lise is finishing up The Good Place on the teevee; fun, insightful, brilliant. And she’s coping with the cray by watching episodes of My Little Pony while Andi is finding inspiration from historical accounts of women who were leaders in the French Resistance during the WWII Nazi occupation.  Sonia Purnell’s 2019 release A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II is amazing. And check out Lynne Olson’s Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler (2019). 

Episode 83: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Andi and Lise greatly admire Jacqueline Koyanagi’s novel Ascension, an excellent space opera with elements of magic and mystic-ness layered in. Great diverse cast of characters; queer WOC main character who also deals with a chronic illness; fabulous world-building. This one stays with you in many different ways.

“Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. …” –from Amazon book description

Koyanagi’s website

Lise’s shout-out: super see-krit new project she’s working on but she’s not sharing it yet! Plus, finishing up via Netflix the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Andi’s shout-out: Wynonna Earp Season 4, people! Episode 2, “Friends in Low Places,” has what Andi predicts is a history-making F/F love/sex scene (and no, that’s not a link to the scene LOL).

Episode 77: Ask Us Anything!

Andi and Lise do an “ask us anything” session, answering questions posed to them on social media. The questions deal with life, writing, and lots of stuff in between. Some made them think, some made them laugh, and others made them do both. Thanks all, for your questions.

Lise would like to shout-out Star vs. the Forces of Evil, about a young princess in a different dimension sent to Earth to mellow her behavior. Hijinks ensue! Find it on Disney Plus.

Andi would like to shout-out director Alice Wu’s new film, The Half of It, a coming-of-age story in which a young woman works to set up the school jock with the woman she, too, has a crush on. Shades of Cyrano! Find this on Netflix.

Call for Questions!!

Lise and Andi want to answer YOUR questions! That’s right, we’re looking for any and all questions for an upcoming AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode. Drop your queries in the comments by this Sunday (May 10, 2020).

Episode 47: Nimona

Andi and Lise are complete fangirls of the graphic novel (and National Book Award finalist) Nimona, written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson, part of the creative team behind Lumberjanes and currently the showrunner of Netflix’s She-Ra: Princesses of Power.

Stevenson originally posted Nimona as a webcomic while working on her art degree. It was then published in book form by HarperTeen. Nimona is infused with elements of fantasy and science fiction and follows the story of a young woman who wants to be the sidekick/squire to Lord Ballister Blackheart, formerly a staunch enforcer of the law until his best friend blew one of his arms off after which Blackheart began to follow his own moral code. Throw in a shady kingdom with shady officials secretly manufacturing bioweapons along with Nimona’s cloaked and traumatic past, and you have a recipe for a brilliant story that deals with not only larger contexts and the ramifications of choices made, but also the hurt and healing that can come from interpersonal relationships.

Totally appropriate for YA and younger.

Find out more:
Noelle Stevenson
Nimona
Cory Doctorow on Nimona

This week Andi and Lise geeked out over the TV show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and River Solomon’s novel An Unkindness of Ghosts.

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