Mad Like Alyce

Off the shelf: Zombies!

Ms. Poe Recap

First of all, I had left you off when I had just started “Mrs. Poe” by Lynn Cullen.

This book left me feeling incredibly underwhelmed. It started off with so much potential, and ultimately, fell flat in the last two chapters. The build up to the climax was compelling, but the climax itself was too sudden and abrupt… and in my opinion, not very plausible. Suddenly the story was over, with just a short chapter of resolution which left me mostly confused and unsatisfied. While it certainly is a good story for the most part, I felt that the author wasn’t sure how to wrap up the story, or simply tried to hard to make the ending have the eerie opulence reminiscent of Edgar A. Poe, and didn’t quite pull it off.

The Main Event: Zombies!

First of all, I have to start with a bit of an aside. I am fascinated by zombies. From zombie stories, zombie movies, zombie costumes and makeup, all of it! Whether it is just because I love the conundrum of surviving a post apocalyptic world (The Stand by Stephen King was one of my early favorites) or just being able to get into discussions about the most likely cause of zombies to the best tactical field weapons in zombie warfare… I just love it all. And yes, I DID enjoy The Walking Dead. But somewhere around terminus… I just lost my taste for it. I have not finished Season 5 just yet… and I will. Eventually. I just need some time to have that desire again. The downsides of binge watching Netflix, I guess.

Now for the featured story and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ… The Girl With All the Gifts. This book was given to me by a fellow writer and Podcaster Sarah, Author of the Write Now Podcast, after I had written my post on reading as self-care. I admit… I was a couple of episodes behind on her podcast, so it was a small delight (and not a really a surprise) that I came across this novel as a featured book when catching up on the last few episodes today. I am going to have to check out the other titles she recommends as well. I need a new book!

The Girl With All the Gifts

M.R. Carey
girl with all the gifts

This post apocalyptic novel is soooo amazing, and I almost want to hold off on saying too much in fear of spoiling it for you!

It starts in a very sterile facility narrated by a young girl. It may take you a while to become acclimated to her environment, but the story is told in a way that helps you slowly put her world together without the author deliberately telling you. Throughout the entire tale of survival in a post apocalyptic world, the girl’s story of self discovery becomes yours as you grow along with the tale. Extremely heartfelt, and as quoted by Joss Whedon, “very human.”

The best part… I didn’t see the end coming until it hit me, and not in the same way as Mrs. Poe did. M.R. Carey sneaks up on you and bowls you over the head with it, leaving you with a “book hangover” and craving more.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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