Year 50 Day 342

Me holding my iPad with Beyoncé's 'Cowboy Carter' album on the screen.

Day 342: Just a quick word of thanks to those people I’ve seen making snarky comments or sharing snarky memes about Beyoncé’s new album. I’ve been so wrapped up with Norwescon that I was only vaguely aware that it had come out, but I saw enough grumbling that it got me curious. Gave it a listen today, and it is a really strong album, absolutely deserving of the accolades that (as I now know, after doing a little reading today) it has been getting. So, thanks for being vocal about your disdain! You helped her make another sale!

🎥 Trolls Band Together

Trolls Band Together (2023): ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Continues to be a very enjoyable series. It’s bright, colorful, and cheerful, it has a lot of fun music, the humor covers the gamut from simple stuff that kids will enjoy to jokes for the adults that will fly right over the kids’ heads, and the animation and creature design is wonderfully cute (and occasionally amusingly horrifying; the RV in this one is a thing of hilarious nightmares), and the whole package has an ongoing current of hallucinogenic weirdness that I love. Particularly enjoyed the design of the antagonists and their entire part of the world, which was a clear homage to the art and animation styles of the ’30s, and whose clean balloon-like designs contrasted nicely with the everything-is-just-slightly-fuzzy world of the trolls.

📚 Clarkesworld Issue 211 edited by Neil Clarke

24/2024 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A particularly strong issue this month. I really enjoyed “The Lark Ascending” by Eleanna Castroianni, “An Intergalactic Smuggler’s Guide to Homecoming” by Tia Tashiro, “The Indomitable Captain Holli” by Rich Larson, “The Rambler” by Shen Dacheng, translated by Cara Healey, and “Occurrence at O1339” by Kelly Jennings.

Me holding Clarkesworld 211 on my iPad.