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Good in 2016

It’s been easy for everyone to bemoan how much 2016 sucked. I don’t need to rehash the more traumatizing parts of the news for you.

Instead I’m going to write a post of things that were good in 2016. For me, at least.

Of my novel-writing projects:
Immortal’s Spring was released in June, and wrapped up my Persephone-myth-based trilogy. By that time I had also finished writing The Goblins of Bellwater, about which you’ll hear more soon, and started writing (rewriting, actually) Boy in Eyeliner, a guy/guy love story in modern day with many a nod to '80s new wave music and fashion. I just finished a complete first draft of that and will be hitting up some beta readers to critique it in a couple of weeks here. I have been completely loving it, proving that immersing myself in a creative project I genuinely dig is the way to save my sanity.

Of music:
The Monkees released a new album, and it was awesome. Yes, I was as surprised about that whole sentence as you are. Such a treat for us lifelong Monkees fans.
A few other groups I’ve discovered this year and adore (not to say they all have new albums this year, just new to me): Bleachers, Børns, Nicole Atkins, Julian Casablancas, Temples.

Of TV:
Grantchester has been a British-murder-mystery delight.
New Girl is appealingly funny so far.
Gilmore Girls ran their revival (discussed in an earlier post).
I’ve watched the first episode of Call the Midwife and am much inspired and will watch more.
New Sherlock underway, hurrah!

Of skin products:
My fussy, sensitive skin is actually liking the routine I give it now, with many of these products being ones I first tried in 2016. None of them cost ridiculous amounts, either, which is good because I’m also fussy about not spending too much on products:
Wash morning and night with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (and wash really well, but with fingertips only, no washcloth or other harsh scrubbing)
In morning: simple rosewater as toner (I like the food-grade Cortas brand; comes in cute glass drink bottle, and you can in fact put some in your drinks or cooking too if you want), and follow up with a little bit of Toulon Cellular Defense Face Moisturizer.
In evening: I usually don’t bother with toner, and put on some Oz Natural Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer.
Special treatment for the aging eyes: I like the movie-star trick of dabbing a tiny bit of petroleum jelly around my eyes, morning and night. Also, DON’T RUB YOUR EYES. Yeah, it feels good, but you drag the skin around and cause more wrinkling, bagginess, and discoloration over time. Crow’s feet from smiling, though: I embrace those.

Of perfumes:
Some tried in 2016 that I loved:

Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel: a “Dad’s aftershave” kind of scent, nice and cheap too, but especially fresh and bracing. Hint of powdery violet in the mix as well.

Agent Provocateur: also nice and cheap. Considering I usually only LIKE rose scents, not love them, I’m surprised how much this has grabbed me. Musky, elegant, reminiscent of red lipstick; reminds me of something Satine in Moulin Rouge might wear.

Gres Cabochard: yet another that’s inexpensive. Handy that way. A lot of similarity to Robert Piguet Bandit (which I also love), in that it’s a strange but captivating green-plus-leather blend. Bad-ass in an old-fashioned way.

Etat Libre d’Orange The Afternoon of a Faun: “vegetal” is a good word for this one. It almost smells like celery sometimes, but in a sweet and earthy way, thanks to the immortelle and other notes. It lingers and stays warm and alluring, and is decidedly unique.

Tauervillle Incense Flash: this is a big YES for those of us who like smoky incense scents. With a suggestion of campfire in this one. Beautiful.

Profumum Roma Audace: vetiver done smooth. Warm and green like an overgrown humid summer riverside.

Solstice Scents Sycamore Chai: warm slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, drying down to a lovely and non-cloying marshmallow-vanilla.

Solstice Scents Maplewood Inn: sweet mug of chai with a fire burning in the hearth and freshly split pine logs next to it.

Papillon Salome: makes me think of Colette’s stories: a woman's apartment dedicated to shameless sensual luxury; cigarettes and long-slept-in bedsheets, but also fresh pretty flowers brought in daily, and the nicest of soaps in the bath.

...and I'll stop there. For now.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 15th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
Yay for good stuff! We saw Peter and Micky in the tour. :) For perfumes oil, etc., have you tried Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab?
Jan. 15th, 2017 04:59 am (UTC)
Aw, so cool about the tour! I still haven't seen any Monkees live despite loving them since childhood.

And yes, I have tried BPAL! I haven't ordered from them in a long time now, but they were among my first discoveries in the perfume-sampling world, and I still have some of them. Are there any particular scents of theirs that you've fallen for lately?
Jan. 15th, 2017 05:16 am (UTC)
You should see them!

The Halloweenies are still up, but not for much longer. I like Samhain and Honey Apple.

The Yules are live until Feb 13th. Snow White is always good.

Lupers will go live soon!

I prefer the Limited Editions over to the general catalog.

You should read the reviews here:


w/o joining the bpal.org forum.

Jan. 15th, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have to do some browsing just for the pleasure of it. They write the best scent descriptions. :) Samhain sounds like one I could wear pretty happily!
Jan. 15th, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
Samhain is one of the Halloweenies that returns most every year. :) Beth, the perfume creator, is an amazing literate woman.
Jan. 15th, 2017 04:19 am (UTC)
80s new wave music and fashion

Which is, of course, the best. :)

So yeah, I'm on board!
Jan. 15th, 2017 05:01 am (UTC)
Oh sweet, thank you!! Obviously so true on the new wave. ;)
These days I tend to do it all by attachments in email, so shoot me an email from the address you want to use these days: lately I'm writermollyringle at gmail dot com.

Edited to add: ha, at first I thought you meant on board as a beta reader, but I'm guessing now you just meant as a regular reader. In which case, super! Will of course keep everyone updated on when it's ready for that stage too. :D

Edited at 2017-01-15 10:10 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2017 01:14 am (UTC)
No worries! I would happily be a beta reader if you like. I was expressing a general interest (i.e., I didn't think it was an active call for a beta), but I would more than happily be a beta. So either is good!

(I'm not on my main computer, so I'll email you tonight with my info just in case. If you want an extra beta, hurrah! If not, well... I know you won't send spam.)
Jan. 15th, 2017 05:17 am (UTC)
I like Cerva's lotion.
Jan. 15th, 2017 08:41 pm (UTC)

I love Call the Midwife! Definitely cry at it more now I've had a kid!!

Jan. 15th, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm guessing I'll probably be misty-eyed pretty much every episode! Does put one's own problems in perspective, though. :)
Jan. 16th, 2017 09:52 am (UTC)
Is Boy in Eyeliner the Sinter story? I love Sinter, he's one of my all-time favorite characters. :)
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:04 pm (UTC)
It is! I rewrote it entirely, bringing it into the modern age with text messaging and all that. Also it's a bit lighter in tone now, more in line with rom-com than dark drama, but (I hope) still with the main features we love about Sinter and Andy and their family complications. :)
Jan. 26th, 2017 05:53 am (UTC)
That's exciting! Let me know if you need a beta, I'm happy to volunteer. Either way, I can't wait to read it! :)
Jan. 26th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'll definitely be contacting you. You were already on my list for it. ;) If I can convince myself to leave it alone another couple of weeks, I'll do so, though we'll see...
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