Monthly Archives: May 2009

Dreaming Eminem

It’s a funny thing how I discover music I like, sometimes.  I heard recently that Eminem has released a new album, and even though I always say I don’t like rap, I’ll have to pick this one up, because…and this is shocking to me…I actually do like a lot of Eminem’s stuff.  He’s raw, he’s honest, and his music is interesting.

And I would never have discovered I like his music if it hadn’t been for my dreams.


In addition to discovering music in strange ways, I also often have very pecular dreams.  It comes of being a writer, I think; I’m used to being inside character’s heads, so when I dream I’m most often not ‘myself’.  I’m someone different, a different sex, a different age, a different race…sometimes even a different species.  I also dream in series, where it’s like I’m living a different life while I’m sleeping, and through my dreams I get to experience parts of that life.  I did one series, where, for random nights over the course of three years or so, I dreamed that I was married to this guy.  Each dream was a little further along in the relationship, and whenever I dreamed it, it was always so completely natural to be there with him.  I still actually miss him, sometimes, but I haven’t been in those dreams for years now.

But back to Eminem.  I knew who he was, of course, but I hadn’t really heard any of his music.  I tended to flip the channel whenever he came on to do a performance, because I don’t like rap.  But then I started dreaming a series about him.  It was so weird.  In the dreams we were friends, and I think he was on tour, because I’d just be hanging out with him in this trailer, talking.  He had a very good sense of humor.  He made me laugh, and they were very relaxing dreams, because we were so comfortable with each other.  But every time I’d wake up from one, I’d be puzzled.  Why him?  Why, out of all the celebrities in the world (including the ones I was actually wishing I’d dream about) why was I dreaming about hanging out with him?

It took four dreams, but I finally got curious enough to google him, and listen to some of his songs.  And yes.  I did get hooked on his clever rhymes, and yes, his sense of humor actually did make me laugh.  So I bought some of his CDs, and the dreams stopped….unfortunately, enough, because then I was kinda looking forward to them.

So I’m left wondering…did the Othermind hear just enough of his music before I flipped the channel to know I’d like to hear more?  And thus sent me the dreams to intrigue me into listening?  Or is it just one more aspect of the weirdness that is my mind?

Who knows?  I certainly have no idea.

But now I have to say that I still don’t like rap.  Except for Eminem.

Torchwood Trailer!

This looks sooooo good!

Waters of Mars

New extended trailer for the season 5 November Doctor Who special.  It looks like a spooky one, yay!

But also sad, because oh folks, we’re nearing the end.

Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke is the author of possibly the most amazing book written (certainly one of the top ten), called “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”.

While I was checking to see if she was working on anything new, I came across this interview, and it charmed me so much that I had to post the link:

I think she and I must have otherminds who enjoy tea together, on occasion.

Neil Gaiman


Short answer?


Long answer?

Yes, please. (With lots of semi-coherent mumbling, blushing, and some embarrassing swooning.)

My New Blog – Fabric Time Traveler

Rather than overwhelm this ‘random’ blog with costuming research and pictures of gorgeous gowns, I’m spinning off a new, more specific blog.  Don’t worry, I’m still keeping this one active, but if you share my interest in history and costuming, you might enjoy visiting my new one:

It’s very new – I just posted my first entry this morning – but there’s lots of gorgeous things to follow!

Titanic Costumes

I so want these!

Sherlock Holmes!

Yay!  There’s a trailer up for the new Sherlock Holmes film.  It looks gorgeous.  I couldn’t quite tell if Robert Downey’s version of Holmes meshes with my version (I’ve been in love with Holmes ever since I discovered the stories and spent a month reading nothing else), but I’m willing to give him a shot, since I think Downey is brilliant.  And at least they’re not going to portray Watson as a bumbling idiot, which is the reason I will not watch certain other adaptations.  Gah.  Don’t even get me started!

But here’s the trailer (and be sure to watch in the HQ mode):

I’m far more excited about this film than I am about Harry Potter!

The Song in My Head

I’ve never been a Coldplay fan.  They’re okay, but I’ve never felt the need to buy any of their songs.

Before now.

I stumbled across this song on someone’s blog and have been well-and-truly obsessed since then. Love, love, love this song!

Or how about this?  Violin?  Does it get cooler?

If you’re wondering, the reason he’s wearing three different shirts in the above video is that he’s playing three different parts on the violin.


Have you heard of Polyvore?  It’s an incredibly addictive time-waster.  But also incredibly fun.

From the brochure:

“Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.

Polyvore lets you create sets composed of individual images using an easy to use, drag and drop editor. After you have created a set, you can publish and share it with your friends and the Polyvore community.”

Here’s a sampling of “sets” I found in a quick browse through. Some are pure fashion fun:


Some are artsy-awesome:


And some are just obsessed.  With certain television shows.


In case you can’t tell, that’s David Tennant as Dr. Who, standing in the winged nimbus of light. 🙂

Here’s a link to my creations: