Links: Perfume, Meal Kits, & Web Comics

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s officially August! And I’m back from a little mini-vacation to Portland, Maine! Instead of bringing back a souvenir t-shirt, I brought home a book, some craft beer, yummy cheese, and 2.5lbs of blueberries I picked myself! Now, it’s back to the weekly grind of supplying you with quality links.

A GoFundMe campaign is underway to turn Beverly Jenkins’ Deadly Sexy into a feature film. The campaign is in it’s final day or so and any help is appreciated:

The making of Deadly Sexy is a significant step for all authors. It will give hope to those who dream of having their book made into a film. It also open doors of opportunity for actors and crew members who desire a chance to show their skills during the production. It also gives independent film makers a chance to show the advancement of our products to the masses.

And, if you missed it, check out Jenkins’ speech as she accepted the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award at RWA17.

Have you used meal kits before? Familiar with Blue Apron? Well then you’ll love this McSweeney’s parody:

Prep Time: 45 seconds

Cook Time: 1 minute

Servings: 2

This is four eggs. We were going to do a whole soufflé thing, but we had a bunch of stressful meetings and then someone turned on CNN in the office kitchen and everyone got kind of depressed. We all kind of wanted to go home early, sit down on the couch with a glass of wine and watch a few Great British Bake Offs before going to bed. Honestly, this could also be fried eggs if you wanted.


Four eggs

Knick Knacks:

You probably have some kind of cheese somewhere, right? You can throw that in.

I implore you to read the rest. You won’t regret it.

Laptop Cord Winders

I have one of these from Above the Fray, and it's great for keeping my MacBook cord contained and safe from being pulled or frayed. There are earbud winders, too! -SW

If you love webcomics and knitting, you’ll love Worsted for Wear:

Worsted For Wear is a webcomic about a knitting group and their adventures in knitting, crocheting, spinning, and more. Our main character, Camden, is an obsessive knitter living with her roommate, JoAnn, and her cat, Zimmer, in a small cramped apartment.

Are you a fan of the comic already? Let us know what you think!

Now I need to admit something. I’m addicted to anything zodiac-themed, as I take my Aries representation very seriously. Demeter Fragrance Library recently came out with zodiac specific scents. I haven’t used the company before, but I’m curious. They also have a huge “library” of fragrances including scents like Kitten Fur, Lavender Martini, and Waffles. Many of the scents can be purchased as lotions or shower gels as well!

Michiko Kakutani recently announced she’ll be leaving the New York Times Book Review. She’s been quite the force in the book reviewing scene and is known for cutting to the quick. In honor of her years reviewing, The Cut put together some of Kakutani’s “best burns” in her critic career:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami, 1997

For most of us, art is supposed to do something more than simply mirror the confusions of the world. Worse, ”Wind-Up Bird” often seems so messy that its refusal of closure feels less like an artistic choice than simple laziness, a reluctance on the part of the author to run his manuscript through the typewriter (or computer) one last time.


Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Vivienne says:

    For book-related perfumes, check out Timothy Han/Edition and Azzi Glassr’s Library collection. Pricy but gorgeous.

  2. Susan says:

    I have no idea what my zodiac sign is since I’m on one of those cusp days and neither description seems to fit more than the other. If I cared enough to know, I’d have to have someone do a chart for me. 🙂

  3. DonnaMarie says:

    Welcome back! Did you go to the lighthouse?

  4. Amanda says:

    @DonnaMarie: This is our second trip to Portland and we saw the lighthouse last time. My favorite highlight of this trip was visiting the Maine Wildlife Park!

  5. DonnaMarie says:

    I’m envious, but there was a hurricane skirting the coast when we were there and rained out the excursion and our booze cruise. 🙁 The waves at the lighthouse, however, were spectacular.

  6. Briana says:

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has book related and bookish scents too.

  7. Starling says:

    @Vivienne & @Briana – perfume is my second weakness (ok, third – after books and wacky hair color). I love/hate y’all for introducing me to these two companies.

    Adding to the list – Commodity has a scent called Book. It’s not precisely what you’d expect, but it smells delicious. Also, it’s unisex, which I dig.

  8. Starling says:

    Oh, geez! I forgot to include Imaginary Authors! I don’t want to spoil the conceit too much, but I’m in love with this line. I’m wearing Every Storm a Serenade right now, & I own/love Yesterday Haze for cooler weather, too. I’m currently eyeing Saint Julep for a good summer fragrance.

    I told y’all I have a weakness.

  9. Ren Benton says:

    Sometimes I think I should have a fragrance like a grownup, but the only perfumes that don’t make me gag are “immature” with edible notes: chocolate, vanilla, orange blossom, etc. The Pisces (my sun sign) sorta hits with lime and verbena, but I don’t know what the heck teak and vetiver smell like, and Capricorn (my moon and rising and how I more strongly identify) is full of smells I’m not familiar with. None of them say “smells like cake,” so it seems I’ll remain fragrance-free.

    I liked a sample I had of Vera Wang, and get a load of its description: “Princess begins with notes of water lily, lady apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin. Mid notes of ripe pink guava, Tahitian flower, wild tuberose, and dark chocolate which give way to delectable base notes of pink frosting accord, precious amber, forbidden woods, royal musk captive and chiffon vanilla.” Doesn’t that sound delicious? Bonus points for “forbidden” and “captive” like a romance title generator. I should probably give in to my immaturity and sweet tooth and go with that one.

    Ooh, but wait. There’s also Princess Revolution, “the perfect blend of rock and romance” (my aesthetic), which has cherry, orange, watermelon, apple blossom, and jasmine, which are all familiar and good things. Curses! I’m going to have to go get spritzed.

  10. Vicki says:

    @RenBenton If you don’t know what vetiver smells like, go to some fancy department store’s men’s cologne counter and check out Vetiver by Guerlain. I have worn it off and on for decades. It is dry and warn and rich. Here is a description I grabbed from a fragrance website ( Vetiver is masculine and elegant woodsy fragrance. It was created in 1961 and re-launched again in 2000. The bottle was changed and the color of the perfume, but the fragrance remained gorgeous, just like before. The top notes are bergamot, coriander, lemon, mandarin, and neroli; the heart unites vetiver and cedar wood; the base is composed of tobacco, walnuts, pepper, and Tonka bean.

    Anyhow, if you get a chance it is worth the smelling of. Other than that, I have to say most perfumes smell to me as if I just weed-whacked a weed patch.

  11. Konst. says:

    Book related perfumes: check out Imaginary Authors (you’re welcome).

  12. Vivienne says:

    @starling I hadn’t heard of Commodity before, which is my bad since it’s kind of my job to know these things, and now I really want to try Book, Rain and Gin (unsurprising since I live in London). @RenBenton If you want a “cakey” fragrance, then you can’t get more sweet than the original gourmand, Angel by Thierry Mugler. Demeter’s Angel Food gets pretty close too. @briana I love the idea of Black Alchemy. It’s very dark, isn’t it. Thanks for the tips, Ladies.

  13. Starling says:

    @RenBenton – there are lots of gourmand fragrances that smell quite a bit like cake! I recommend surfing through, looking for gourmand/vanilla or maybe some fruity gourmand frags, since you’re digging Princess. You can start by looking at the “smells like” or “also liked” recommendations for that fragrance. That’s how I got started – I had no idea what I liked for many years, and I had trouble wearing perfume or any perfumes products for a long time due to strong environmental allergies. (Thanks to weekly allergy shots, I am golden now.)

    Also, definitely wear what you like — which might wind up being nothing at all! It doesn’t mean you’re less adult to like sweet perfumes, and if you decide it isn’t for you at all, folks with strong sensitivities will LOVE you.

  14. linn says:


    Fragrance twins! Guerlain Vetiver is such a favourite of mine. I loved it even more when I found out it was inspired by the scent of a gardener – the Guerlain family gardener according to one version of the legend.

    @Ren Benton – Fragrance notes are always fantasy notes (not actual ingredients), and often quite silly. The best way is just to test different fragrances, rather than relying on descriptions.

  15. Kate says:

    @Vicki, I actually wore Guerlain Vetiver yesterday! So nice on hot days.

    I have a bunch of Demeter frags including Paperback, which smells to me like old cigarettes 🙁 Their lotions have better staying power than the mists, which tend to fade very quickly.

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