I'm back and I'm more chaotic than ever!

also wow I made the Locus list! :D

It is amazing how rapidly the last year has receded. We’re still in this. I’m still at home. But either I’ve adapted, or it’s the light at the end at the end of the tunnel—whatever it is, I can feel my brain mending from a year of prolonged stress. I can’t remember the last time I felt so genuinely enthusiastic about everything. I’ve been plodding through mud all year and didn’t realize how much it had slowed me down till I rinsed off.

Does that metaphor work? I don’t know! But here’s what I’ve been up to! In no particular order, because I am not doing any of this in any coherent way!

I’ve learned how to make fudge, and now my children are fudge-craving zombie monsters making increasingly elaborate demands!

I’ve learned how to crochet a single style of granny square! I am not the most experienced reader-of-crochet-instructions, so I’m a little nervous about the prospect of stitching all of these together. HOWEVER, the photo at the end of the pattern is a very adorable sunflower shoulder bag, and it will be mine!! …even if it takes a couple tries.


I finally caved in and started an Instagram account, so I could share all of my photos of food, yarn crafts, and of course my cat pack.

Come find me at instagram.com/samtasticbooks/

See? Professor Stormfury is waiting. ;D

And finally! I probably should have led with this, but whatever, I’m still getting the hang of things here: I made the 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List! 🎉🎉🎉

The story: “Kiki Hernández Beats the Devil",” Translunar Travelers Lounge, Issue 2

The list (SO MUCH good stuff here to check out!!): 2020 Locus Recommended Reading List

The poll: 51st Annual Locus Poll

Voting is open till April 15, and open to all. And if your fave books/stories of the year aren’t on the list, there is even a write-in option!

Next time on Samtastic News:

I’ve got a towering TBR pile thanks to birthday and Christmas presents, so quite a lot of reading, followed by reading recs.

Also: I might buy a VCR and start writing reviews of my very dusty B-movie collection?? Because why not!

See you on the flip side. :D