Friday, October 31, 2003

Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays not only because it occurs during Autumn, one of the prettiest seasons in my area, but also because it's the one enchanted time of the year when little kids can get all dressed up, walk around at night and collect candy. Oh, sure, there are other holidays where small children dress up; some do it every day while playing games of make-believe. None of these costume celebrations really happen though when the sun goes down, that mysterious time of the day when children are told to come inside and go to bed. Ghosts and goblins and fairy princesses parade through the neighborhood and knock on doors they'd never be allowed to visit when the sun is shining. Spooky stories and movies are not just scary but fun on Halloween. Eating candy is acceptable, and the stash lasts a week or more, even after you've brought most of it into school to share with others. It's magical for many kids. It was for me; it still is sometimes (especially when I see a small child excited to be out trick-or-treating). So, in keeping with today's theme, here are some ghoulish links for you! mwahahahaha ...

Halloween Customs

More on Halloween's history

Halloween Central (featuring links to Halloween-related sites)

Farscape characters pumpkins

Haunted America

Ben&Jerry's Halloween page

Aristotle's Halloween on the Web a searchable guide to haunted places

Martha Stewart's Halloween suggestions

and lists on the net of some of the best films to watch on Halloween ... Thirteen Scary Movies by,'s list, Movies that Go Bump in the Night ... Can you think of any others? *eg*


Off-topic: I've decided to stop stressing myself over getting my Hong Kong Phooey video on tape for the Farscape Music Video Contest from Creation Entertainment because I'm not going to make the deadline no matter. Plus, the chances of my little vid being chosen is slim to none since I've seen some of the competition! They are good! Ah, well, life goes on ... =)

Monday, October 20, 2003

First Snow Fall of the Season

The first snow fall of the season was mostly wet but sometimes fluffy. It didn't last very long. Well, that's New England for you!

The Viewing Party on Saturday at Jo's was so much fun, and we received little goodie bags at the end. (hee) There was pizza and cannoli and a newbie, too! The Doll Doctor brought her current creations, some of the custom dolls for the guests at the November 2003 Official Farscape Convention in Burbank (and for other cons, too). *g* We also saw some ElectraWoman and DynaGirl (in addition to Farscape, of course), along with the Star Wars Holiday Special. Missed it? Don't remember it? Read a review at Teleport Holiday News: Star Wars Holiday Special.

LJers will recognize this baby book: Ella Marie

and some fun links:

Top 9 E-Mail Hoaxes

Tribute to Ray Harryhausen followed by a fascinating quiz (well, fascinating to me, anyway) ... Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer?

and finally, Movie recommendation: Onmyoji

Friday, October 17, 2003

Welcome to the World, Ella Marie!

Big hugs to my little niece, Ella Marie, born on Wednesday, October 15th! Hugs to my sis, the new mom, and her hubby, the new daddy! *vbg*

I'm an auntie! yay!


In other news, I'm fighting a head cold, so let's hope I can visit again with my niece this weekend!

Also, Saturday is another Viewing Party. Hopefully, I make it there! ;)

Finally, I wanted to post re: this year's Con Books for the Farscape cast (to be presented at Burbank). A list of who's doing which book(s) can be found at various bboards and over at Kansas. Please note the deadlines as all of this is coming together rather late this year. For an example of what's been done in the past, please visit BritAngie's site where she has posted some covers and pages for Ben, Claudia, and Gigi's books courtesy of "a mad group of Brits" (Angie's quote, not mine! *g*).

Monday, October 13, 2003

Autumn in New England

Well, it's that time of the year again where the trees turn gold and red, and people drive up and down New England roads looking for the best views of the leaves turning color. It's a beautiful time of year around here, and one of my favorites. (I love Fall and Spring!) Following are some sites that address Autumn and where the peak colors are (and when):

Yankee Magazine's Foliage report

New England Foliage Central

Visit New England - Foliage

Photographer's Guide to New England Foliage

Vermont Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Maine Fall Foliage

New Hampshire Fall Foliage Report

New blog addition! On the right-hand sidebar, near the bottom, you can see the lovely javascript (not mine, mind you) I've added of revolving, random quotes (that I happen to like).

Also of interest, AMISTAD to Boston, October 14-26, 2003! You can tour Amistad while it's docked at Fan Pier, $5 for adults, $3 for children.

Friday, October 10, 2003

I haven't looked at this site in awhile. *g* Go to Oddcast and click on the virtual host! is a puzzle oriented site.

Issue Two is available of Green Room Magazine.

Evil Pupil was a link given to me by micky some time ago. It's supposed to be a puzzle page, but it looks like someone's blog now. ;)

Some more sites for your perusal (all courtesy of micky:

Broken Saints

Vox Angelica

Parkersburg, WV and Indrid Cole

Theseus and the Minotaur Maze

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Film notes

Go, Red Sox!!! Woo hoo!

Okay, now that my little outburst is out of my system (hee) ...

The following is courtesy of the October 2003 issue of The Independent, Video & Film Monthly put out by the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.


"3 Minute Thriller Contest"
Tuscon AIVF in Tuscon, AZ is setting a challenge to filmmakers to make a 3 min. (or less) thriller, horror short, or science fiction short (or spoof). The short should have been shot between August 1 and October 13.

Deadline is October 13.

Entry fee is $13.

VHS or mini DV for screening. Entries will be screened on Halloween, October 31 when the winner will be announced.

For information contact Jana or call (520) 325-9175.

and finally,

National Film Challenge, from the creators of the 48Hour film project. Make a movie in a weekend! October 17 - 20. For details, please see

Thursday, October 02, 2003


Okay, this post isn't really about October. *g* My grandmother is supposed to come home on Saturday. To be honest I'm not sure this is the best thing for her, health-wise, at this point, but it's what she wants. Hopefully, she'll be happier at home and will improve some.

I'm almost finished writing up my Scaper Con report sans photos. Yes, I know. The convention was in August, and it's now October. I am aware of that. lol

The latest Island Chronicles dispatches:

The Housecall

Hospital Visit