Archives for Year: 2015

NaBloPoMo #5 – WE HAVE A KITCHEN!

In post #1 this month, I talked about the kitchen renovation, and how stressful it’s been. And this week was probably some of the craziest, just because of the number of people working on the house at a time. Yesterday, the cabinet guy came to make some adjustments and put on the last bit of moulding and all the handles. Meanwhile, we had a group of guys in here painting the dining room and living room and putting in flooring there, too. And as of this afternoon, we have a fully functional kitchen! Our new fridge is loaded up, all…

NaBloPoMo #4 – Whitney’s Guide to Introducing Kids to Conventions

This has been our first year taking the Kidlets to comic cons, and I think we’ve learned a lot. And I thought I’d share our tips to introducing kids to comic conventions. Take your kids for only one of the days. Sundays are best, because they tend to be the least crowded- and I know a lot of kids get intimidated by crowded spaces and loud areas. If you can, go one day on your own first, and enjoy walking around the floor – and scope out the booths that you think your kids will be drawn to. I recommend…

NaBloPoMo #3 – The Model who ‘quit’ social media

So for the most part, I’m posting these a day late because I write them late at night, so I publish and backdate them the next day. This blog, however, is an exception. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about Essena O’Neil the Australian model who quit social media, and posted a video saying that everyone else should too. She had a lucrative Instagram account, YouTube account and Tumblr – but felt her life had become measured by the number of followers and engagement she had on her posts. And that she wasn’t being herself. So she ‘quit’ social media. By…

NaBloPoMo #2 – Comikaze 2015

I don’t drink, but I have a hangover. I’m an introvert, and have a chronic illness – I tend not to overbook my weekends, but sometimes things can’t be helped. In the course of the weekend, we had a 5k, Halloween necessities, and went to a comic convention. Even the Oldest Kidlet who is most definitely an extrovert was begging for us to cancel any plans we might have for next weekend, so that we could do nothing. So I have a hangover from being busy, I guess. If that makes any sense. The Convention we went to was Comikaze…

NaBloPoMo #1 – Living in Chaos

This is going to have to be quick, because it’s going up so late. I’m attempting NaNoBloPoMo – the blogging equivalent of National Novel Writing Month. Only it’s writing a blog post a day. I’m not sure why I’m doing it. Things are plenty stressful here at the moment. We’re under going a kitchen renovation. It’s almost done, but the last 6 weeks have been chaotic. People in, people out. Schedules disrupted. It’s a wonder I haven’t been in the hospital. I haven’t been able to run, which helps lower my stress levels. I’ve been too tired in the morning…

Update: Teen.Com’s Fanfic Shaming Post – Does Editing Fix it?

Update: Teen has taken down the blog post entirely (I’m glad I have these screencaps), my thoughts at the end of this post Yesterday’s post was spread by a fair number of people on the internet, and that makes me happy. It wasn’t just spread by fanfic writers, but by people who understood that bullying is wrong. On Twitter, I said I was convinced that while Teen.com did do an about face and edit the title, they changed more than that. And I was right! I wonder if Ms. Daluisio edited herself.

Internet Shaming/Bullying: Slash Fic and Teen.Com

Update 1: The post on teen.com referenced in this has been edited. I’ve written a post to reflect these changes, which includes screencaps of the original post. Update 2: Teen.com has taken down the Teen Wolf post entirely Hi all, We appreciate your feedback, have taken down the Teen Wolf fanfiction post & are handling it internally. Thank you, Teen — Teen (@teen) October 26, 2015 It’s not uncommon for websites to try to drive up clicks, shares and comments by publishing a post being critical over something. Knowing it will enrage a group of people. Whether it’s women, geeks, or particular sports…

Review: Hen & Chick

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Hen & Chick, Episodes 1-5 to review, but all thoughts are my own. Hen & Chick, by Tristan J Tarwater, is a sword & sorcery serial about a daughter and her mother. Azria is 16 and a mage in training who quickly finds herself the mage aboard The Hen & Chick, her mother’s ship. Learning the ropes and finding herself on the beginning of an epic adventure. Tarwater is great at world building, Hen & Chick is no different. Unlike some fantasy books that spend more time on geneologies and history than moving…

Happy #BiVisibilityDay

I know, I’ve crossed into hashtagging post titles. I’ve gone to the Dark Side. (Or maybe I’m already there. Huh) Today is Bi Visibility Day, a day to point out that Bisexual people do exist, and that we’re just normal people. Because bisexual people tend to be ignored. A lot of people firmly believe you’re either gay or straight. I can’t tell you how many people (gay or straight) who find out I have a husband and when I mention that I’m bi, mention that I decided I was straight since I married a guy.

SIGNAL BOOST: Black Girl Magic Lit Mag seeking submissions

This post popped up on my Tumblr dash, so I wanted to make sure others saw it. If you know a black woman who writes speculative/experimental fic about black women (or if you are one) – this might be for you! Just read the embedded post and click through for more information! http://writingcareer.com/post/129444604911/black-girl-magic-lit-mag-is-seeking-speculative I am always pleased to see any sort of publication that looks to amplify voices that you don’t normally get to read in mainstream – if you see any other similar notices, let me know so I can share them here.