2020 Just Keeps Getting Harder

2020 has been an insane year almost from it’s beginning. Each month – can you believe it’s already the beginning of August? – has brought us a new thing to worry about, and sadly we all seem to be waiting with bated breath for the next big thing, almost joking about how it can’t possibly get worse than it already is.

As I sit here waiting for a hurricane – now tropical storm – that may or may not be hitting us (didn’t I go through this last year?), I can’t help but think about just how much loss has happened in this world.

I woke up this morning to the news that Wilford Brimley had died.

Such unfair news in this world today. Wilford Brimley was one of the best, and always will be. A lot of people know him because of The Thing and his Diabetes commercials, but I was obsessed with The Waltons and Our House growing up because of this man. And I watched the VHS tapes we had of Cocoon and Cocoon: The Return so much that they started to deteriorate.

He was the loving and caring person that he portrayed on TV and the world will truly miss his talent and his heart. It hurts that things seemed to stand in the way of me getting to meet him again, as every convention that we were both going to be attending, either he had to back out of or I did. But just having met him once was enough to know the man that he was.

This just days after the horror community found out about the loss of Jon Recluse.

He was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. A really good friend. Someone who meant the world to me.

People have tried discussing the loss with me, people who knew how much he meant to me, how much I admired him, but I just can’t right now. Losing a friend is hard, but losing a friend that truly inspired people in this world, a friend that had a lot more to give, is just hard. So so hard.

We originally met on Goodreads, what seems like eons ago. He was always there for a conversation about books, and there were many times that we messaged into the wee hours about a book one or both of us were reading. He was such a horror connoisseur, and a really dedicated fan. There wasn’t much about horror he didn’t know, and he was spot-on every time he recommended I read something, after learning that I loved something else. His reviews were always so thought out, so perfect. He was such an asset to the horror community, and I actually feel more for the people who never got the chance to get to know him, having never had that experience, than the people who knew him and loved him who are now grieving.

Somehow our friendship ended up going beyond just books, almost like we were just meant to know each other. Even when he was down, he was there when people were having a bad time of this or that, and would defend those who were treated poorly with everything he had. He was my biggest supporter, and he made me feel important, made me feel strong, just knowing that was how he saw me in this world. He would never let me give up on what I loved, and would remind me how much I was hurting myself (and others) by taking a step back, reminded me that I was better than that. I didn’t always listen to his advice, didn’t always be the friend that he needed, no matter how hard I tried. His loss is crushing.

We talked about family – his and mine – and I don’t think he ever recovered from the deaths of his sweet dog (his brother) and his mom. I’m happy to know that he is with them again, and that thought brings me comfort.

In my sadness, I try to remind myself of what my priest told me when my father died: On that day, there was a child being born, and God looked everywhere – in heaven and on earth – for the perfect guardian angel, and when he saw Jon, he just knew. Having known Jon the way I did, I can tell you that he would be the perfect guardian angel, and I hope that the baby he is watching over today lives a long and happy life, one filled with love, friendship, and definitely a love for horror.

Maybe the two are up there together now…

Meghan’s House of Books Housewarming Party

When it came time to do the reveal of Meghan’s House of Books, I really wasn’t sure HOW to do it. I mean, I could just post a bunch of stuff on my private page and *hope* everyone noticed, but I wanted something *more* than just that… so I created an event on Facebook and called it my Housewarming Party, a joke my mom and I had been making since we first came up with the new name.

After a lot of consideration, I decided that my only “game” for the party would be a way for people who came (I invited people on my list, as well as put it on Twitter) to win a $25 gift card, with a runner-up prize of these really cool Halloween bookmarks I found.

I think it was a relatively easy giveaway. There were ten options: Like the Instagram post or Twitter post that revealed the new name of the blog (there were three on each, and you had to follow the page, so that right there is 6 entries if you did all of them – bonus points for retweeting from one of the two new accounts, which makes this 8 entries), leave a comment on my first blog post over here, and follow this blog.

The winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is <drum roll>
Jon Recluse!!
The runner-up prize of Halloween bookmarks goes to
Suzanne Madron!!

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about things – there are a lot of people out there who suffer from anxiety – but five minutes into the invites being sent, and no one saying they were going, I damn near went and deleted the whole thing haha. I ended up having 40 people say they were going… and quite a few of those were in the first hour.

As a thank you for this, I decided to do an extra surprise giveaway for the people that took the time out of their busy day to look in on it all. The prize for this was also a set of Halloween bookmarks.

And the winner is
Jon M. Jefferson!!

I want to say thank you again to everyone who has shown me support during this transition. Starting this new book blog is huge for me, and knowing that I have y’all there in my corner really means so much to me.

I hope you enjoy this year’s line up. You don’t want to miss a single one!