Better Living Through List-making

There’s a lot of satisfaction in making a list of things you can cross off. Or so people tell me! I don’t make those kinds of lists, because I forget they exist before anything reaches a cross-off-able state.

I also don’t think much of New Year’s resolutions. Nothing about the arbitrary turning of one year to the next makes me likely to stick to a new diet, habit, or lifestyle. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. Time off work ushers in the kind of ludicrous optimism that leads to pledges like: no caffeine, no food after 6pm, no TV ever. I’ve known myself long enough to know not a single specific resolution is ever going to stick.

Instead, what I’m planning to do in the new year is step up what I’m already doing.

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Secret project no more

Little bit of a peek today on Twitter and Tumblr, but here’s the formal announcement: 

Introducing Bossy Britches! It’s a new weekly podcast I’m doing with Julia duMais, in which we talk pop culture–everything from books and TV to movies and sports. Plus video games! Fandom! Feminism! History!

Our first proper episode is a look at the first half-season of Outlander, in which we touch on related subjects as wide-ranging as Doctor Who, New Criticism, and sexposition.

Coming up in future episodes: The Roosevelts, How to Get Away with Murder, Gone Girl, Gracepoint, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Plus, you know, everything else. (Have suggestions? YES PLEASE.)

New episodes are going up every Thursday, starting this week.

So, please, if you’re so inclined:

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