I’m Nina Zumel. This is my forum for short thoughts and announcements, to complement my long form blog posts. You can click on the dates to see the full post.

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  • Dec 1 2022, 8:56 am

    📚 Winter Tales time! My annual tradition of sharing Christmas season ghost stories starts with A Musical Mystery, first published 1875.

  • Nov 30 2022, 12:49 pm

    🖋️ 📓 Thanks to work avoidance, I’ve rediscovered Good Stationery as a Tool of Thought, a little piece my husband and colleague John Mount wrote some years back. I thought some of the pen and personal productivity nerds here might enjoy it.

  • Nov 28 2022, 4:50 pm

    Back to the dilemna-verse

  • Nov 23 2022, 10:46 am

    Unsocial in a Social Media World

  • Nov 21 2022, 1:21 pm

    📚 I once dissected all the flower imagery in The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was a fun exercise. It’s a three-part series, still holds up.

  • Nov 20 2022, 10:11 am

    🍿 In case you find it useful: some cool non-subscription streaming sites (VOD):

  • Nov 18 2022, 4:17 pm

    Observation, not complaint: The 📚 and 🍿 discover categories here are mostly “Currently reading X”, or “Movie: {some number of stars}”. That’s nice and all, but I’m kinda wishing for more discussion, or at least a description. Or a link to the post on your book/film blog…

  • Nov 18 2022, 2:11 pm

    These Vincent Price Weird Mysteries are great for folding laundry. One story is the perfect length to finish the job.

  • Nov 11 2022, 1:14 pm

    Something I wrote ten years ago, and is still one of my favorite pieces: I Write, Therefore I Think.

  • Nov 11 2022, 12:41 pm

    💬 A brief conversation with @annahavron inspired me to look up this wonderful Joan Didion quote:

  • Nov 9 2022, 4:50 pm

    🎥 The Bells is a 1926 silent film starring Lionel Barrymore and featuring Boris Karloff in what should have been his breakout role. I watched it because I’m a Karloff fan – it’s pretty good, except the ending. It’s based on an 1867 French play by Erckmann-Chatrian, and I found the English adaptation. The play’s ending is much better.

  • Nov 7 2022, 7:15 pm

    The best thing about getting past election day will be the end of all these stupid campaign texts. For now…

  • Nov 7 2022, 6:45 pm

    I need seven ghost stories to share for Winter Tales season; I’ve picked six. Two strong candidates for the last one. It should be a fun mix this year. 📚

  • Nov 6 2022, 9:12 am

    It’s also a perfect day to curl up and read The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Follies and Grottoes. I love Rosemary Pardoe’s anthologies; I wish they weren’t so pricy. 📚 👻

  • Nov 6 2022, 9:08 am

    Sunday plans: Time to start gathering Christmas ghost stories for my annual Winter Tales series. 📚 👻

  • Nov 5 2022, 10:30 pm

    Why on earth do I have 99 followers on GitHub??? Almost nothing I do on Github is public, except my blogs. So weird.

  • Nov 5 2022, 5:34 pm

    Wrapping up my series of early never-made occult detective TV shows with A Darkness at Blaisedon (1969). I hate to finish on a downbeat note, but only Dan Curtis fans will be warm about this one. 📺 👻 🕵🏽‍♀️

  • Nov 4 2022, 5:15 pm

    📚 Picked up a copy of Creeps by Night, a 1931 anthology of spooky and macabre short stories, edited by Dashiell Hammett. My 1944 edition has 20 stories, plus an intro by Hammett, like the 1931 edition does; later reprints only include ten stories. So it was worth doing the research before dropping the hammer on biblio.com. I’m curious to check out his selection.

  • Nov 4 2022, 1:09 pm

    Testing images on my blog

  • Oct 31 2022, 9:13 pm

    The reason I made my own microblogging site is so that I can announce my new long-form posts with an introduction. The stark “title + link” format I get by syndicating my blogs directly on Micro.blog isn’t very friendly, or attractive.

  • Oct 31 2022, 7:58 pm

    Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻

  • Oct 30 2022, 5:23 pm

    Testing the plumbing.