My First Apartment, My First Ghost

I was so excited to finally have my own place. Well, not my ‘own, own’ place. I shared it with two other people. But it was exciting nonetheless. There are many things you come to expect when you trek out on your own into the world: bills, weird roommate situations, and really noisy neighbors. However, I never expected ghosts to be that list.

The first time I “encountered” my fourth roommate I was exiting my room into the shared hallway/kitchen area with a direct view of the living room. It was dark. I was alone. I was barely out of my bedroom doorframe when the TV…. turned on.

It didn’t even turn on to a regular television station.

I remember just standing there, my hands behind me holding the doorknob of my room to close it. That was eerie timing, I remember thinking. I think I may have even said, “Hello?”

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13 Movies to Watch on Halloween

Happy Halloween!  In celebration of Halloween, we present to you our 13 movie picks for the spooky day (or night).  It’s a pretty good mix of different types of movies and there is something for everyone.  So why not pick a movie or have a marathon!

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Astro-bite: Carrying All That You Can

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled: “Liberating the Astronauts” by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In “Liberating The Astronauts”, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from Carrying All That You Can

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The Bloody ‘Staircase’

Editor’s Note: You aren’t a real podcast till you’ve done a holiday theme, right? Welcome to our Halloween episode where we tackle the first two episodes of the (bloody) true crime docu-series The Staircase. We also talk about a few of our other favorite true crime shows and podcasts like Serial(podcast), Making a Murderer (Netflix) and a few others!

A Rise of Megaen Umbridge – Chapter One: The Forest of Uldil

 

The Rise of Megaen Umbridge

by Emilya Piansay

The sun had sheered the color off her face. Megaen had slept through most of the morning. The ale from the feast the night before had rendered her stupified. Megaen glanced over her shoulder. She was still in the courtyard, which only a few hours ago had been filled with people and music. Now, only the servants remained the sweep the remains of food.

A small boy in a brown leather vest moved to sweep up the bits of chicken bones at her feet.

“Has the Master gone?” Magaen felt her throat dry at she spoke.

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Review: American Horror Story Season Six; Episode 7: Convenient Camera Placement

Warning: Spoilers ahead

Return to Roanoke episode 2 begins with a three-way murder by evil Kathy Bates. In an effort to exact her revenge as a slighted actress, Bates slaughters the set assistant, camera guy, and the crazed producer who started this whole mess– played by Cheyenne Jackson. Seems like Jackson is left telling himself ‘oops’ as he is cut down by the evil Bates’ ax, after his choice last episode to publicly mock her and film it all.

Protip: never mock Kathy Bates!

While the double-cast of characters and re-enactors stumble around the house wondering where the dead Evan Peters is, we actually get a glimpse at why people love American Horror Story so much in the first place. A solo scene of Kathy Bates giving a monolog of split personality regret and madness. This is where Bates shines, strong, complex emotions that make you truly feel for a character. Even if they’re evil.

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Westworld is Not the New Westeros

I didn’t write about last week’s Westworld. Reason being, I wasn’t sure what to say. We’ve been stuck in this weird loop of questions: “What’s happening? Why is it happening? Who are these people?”

Despite my fascination with the series, I’ve grown a little frustrated. While the writers and producers have sprinkled hints of the “awakening” of the hosts, I’m finding that by episode four the plot is taking far too much of its sweet time. There are only ten episodes in this series after all.

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Luke Cage: Episode One – The Future is Hopeful

Editor’s Note: We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Luke Cage series so much we decided to breakdown each episode for you. Starting this week! If you haven’t seen it yet you should. If you wanna re-live the glory check out our podcast! WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

I was really excited when the release date for the Luke Cage series was revealed. I absolutely loved Luke’s mini appearance in Jessica Jones. I loved them as a couple and secretly want them to have cute little interracial babies.

Alas, that was not to happen since Luke left to live in Harlem.

One of the first things that struck me about how the show went about introducing Luke was that there wasn’t a moment in those first moments that the camera tried to focus on him.

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This is an interesting choice, cinematically.

If there’s one thing I learned from my MFA in film editing is that there is never a fluke in the way the final product is constructed. Our eyes aren’t automatically drawn to Luke because that’s how he wants to be seen, or not seen. He is trying very hard to lay low. Very hard.

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Astro-bite: Neutron Dance

Editor’s Note: A forthcoming collection of poetry titled: “Liberating the Astronauts” by Christina M. Rau will be debuting in 2017. Tea & Fiction is very excited to share excerpts from the collection. From the Pointer Sisters doing the Neutron Dance to David Bowman’s exclamation while traveling through the stargate near Jupiter— from stealing Joan Didion’s sadness to erasing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby— this collection weaves its way through the paradoxical struggle of wanting freedom while fearing it.

In “Liberating The Astronauts”, we see that not fitting in gives us the freedom to stand out.

from Neutron Dance

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Lurkers: The Almond Orchard

Lurkers: The Almond Orchard #1

By E. C. Henry

Left to the California Central Valley climate, the almond orchard withered. Neat rows of ghost trees remained, their branches twisted into a low canopy. The grass was tall and golden-brown.

Danny did not want to leave the road here. The gray branches against the darkening sky made this “forest” eerie but the tall grass was the real danger. His other choice was the bridge that crossed an irrigation canal. The canal was half full of thick black water, with something moving in it. Mosquitoes wafted up with the air. Not gonna risk getting in that drink. A rusted bridge spanned the canal. It was soft, for metal. His cautious toeing produced a squeal.

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