#FinfolkFriday: Autumnal prophecies

Happy September, Bookwyrms! It’s just starting to cool down and I’m busy planning my posts for the next few months, especially for October but also edging into Winter…  And so!  Today’s post is another view into the metaphorical crystal ball.

A close-up of the top of my synthetic sand castle, made of a large square mirror with various decorations.  On the top of the castle are three towers.  

The first tower is a metal water bottle decorated with magenta and teal scales.  

The second tower is a stack of books with a crown on top.  The books are, from the top:  a faded Babysitters' Club Mystery; a faded Sweet Valley Twins Super Chiller; a Penguin anthology of mermaid tales; Salt-Fish Girl; A Song Below Water; another mermaid anthology; a book called Ziggy, Stardust and Me; and Pan's Labyrinth.

The crown is made of plastic shells, each painted magenta and blue, plus three metal stars above the shells, interspersed with four wands with clear, crystal-like circles. 

The third tower is a white 16-ounce plastic Starbucks cup with a white lid.  On the front is a taped-on paper circle showing a green woman with a crown, looking down at a snake, who also has a crown on his head.

The photo is tinted blue, using a photo editor.
A photo of myself, wearing a medium blue t-shirt and turquoise skirt with darker blues and blacks in a pattern I can't quite describe.  On the front of the t-shirt is an image of a pink David Bowie head with a few yellow patches around his lips, by his right ear, and over his left eye.  He has his classic Ziggy Stardust circle on the forehead, and a multicolored lightning bolt streaks down from his black-and-white-striped lapels.

I'm also wearing the above-mentioned shell-and-star crown.

I'm lying sideways on a bed covered with a dark purple sheet and a pattern of squares within squares, colored with dark fuchsias, light lavenders, and marble-like patches of blue-green and purple.

I'm facing the camera.  My right arm is bent at an angle, with my hand touching the crown in Bowie's Man-who-sold-the-world pose, while my left arm, also bent, is resting on a pair of large pillows covered with that marble-like pattern.  My left hand is holding a bar of soap colored with rainbow stripes, between my first and middle fingers.

Above my head, on the wall, is the bottom of a poster of Alphonse Mucha's art nouveau painting, "The Four Seasons."  All you see are the names of each of the four panels:  Ete, Printemps, Automne, and Iver -- meaning, Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter. Each word is surrounded by a rectangular golden border with a looping pattern of ovals clustered in small rows.

A few hints:

  • This Halloween Month, I’m going to focus on Feel-Good Frights — the kind of not-too-scary books you can lose yourself in when you want to put the real world (particularly the mind-melting nature of modern politics) on hold. Something really light and/or trashy-in-a-good-way. Like the Autumn equivalent of a beach read. Something that can make you laugh (look at me, sneaking in another #FaeFriday reference πŸ˜€ ). Obviously, Pan’s Labyrinth will NOT be one of those books. It WILL, however, be part of…
  • My new self-created, tooootally original reading challenge: Pwning the TBR Pile or the Tsundoku Challenge! This is a very easy-going challenge with no hard deadline, and (unlike my fatal attempt to Finish ALL the Books) it will NOT block my way to new books. I’m just going to make a more pointed effort in 2021 to tackle the tower of books I’ve bought over the years and haven’t read or finished yet (Tsundoku is the Japanese word for that). This can, of course, be combined with any other reading challenges I choose to accept (in fact, I intend to prioritize my TBR pile when completing future reading prompts).

For more hints, see my category tags below πŸ˜‰

And for more mermaid/Bowie poses, see my Instagram: @nerisiren358!

What are your Autumn/Winter reading plans? Any socially-distant ideas for Halloween merry-making?


Pumpkin patch clip-art from the site formerly known as kathleenhalme.com (it doesn’t seem to exist anymore).


  1. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally started reading again! I’ve also started crafting again, so it may take me a while to find a good balance between the two πŸ˜› Can’t wait to see what treasures lurk in your TBR pile!

    • Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the handcrafted treasures you create this month! I love seeing your mini books on Instagram! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘

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