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.


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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