Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

October Fools' Day

Photo on 10-1-17 at 11.59 AM Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Absence looks like it's spelled wrong, but I guess it's spelled right. I don't know.

It's been a day since we last spoke. One day! What did you do without me? Was life even worth living?

My dad was here yesterday and we had to leave very early in the morning to go get his weird van RV thing like an hour away. He's leaving to go on a four-day road trip and if I wasn't employed, I'd go with him. Employment is a gift and a curse.

The bad news...my dad says my apartment smells like rotting milk, BUT I didn't smell it until he got here, so I'm blaming him.

The good news...it is OFFICIALLY OCTOBER!!!!!!!!!


Whew, it took way too long to put all those ghosts here.

I love October for a multitude of reasons. First of all, it's almost my birthday. Second of all, I love fall weather. Third of all, I love Halloween. (You can see in my very blurry photo I'm reading a mystery novel. It's been a long time since I've read something written by a dude and GOOD GOODNESS I did NOT miss the way men describe women in novels.) From now until New Years' Eve is the best time of the year and I don't even know why we bother with the rest of the months.

Remember when I said I'd give horror movie recommendations? Well, it felt right to circle back to that promise. I feel like this is a popular one, but it's also where the quote comes from. (Did I also already recommend this one? Probably. IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK, SO I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT.)

Pan's Labyrinth (will I ever spell labyrinth correctly on the first try???) is a 2006 movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. It's set after the Spanish Civil War during the Francoist era. The movie's set half in this fantasy world and half in Spain and focuses on a little girl named Ofelia. I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy, but what I really like about del Toro's movies is that they do have a basis in reality. Almost as a means of grounding. I greatly appreciate that because I like my fantasy to have a basis in reality. Somebody told me I was missing the point of fantasy then, but WHATEVER.

When I worked at TIFF last year, they were showing Pan's Labyrinth for free as a ten-year anniversary special and Guillermo del Toro was there. I was there. Michael Shannon was there. My mind was LOST that day.

Alright, well that's all for today. I have to go to work soon, but stay tuned for this week...my birthday week where things will get somehow more self-centered than they already are on this blog.

Speaking of, though, you've only got like four days until this opportunity passes. Get on ittttttttt.

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Burn Before Reading by Tina Kakadelis

Burn Before Reading

by Tina Kakadelis

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