San Diego Comic Con 2014: Saturday and Sunday

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Hey!

Ok so this will be my last “follow me around” post for SDCC and I hoped you enjoyed reading about my adventures! Saturday is generally my freebie day. In past years it’s the only day I actually cosplay so I tend to walk the floor a lot. I mean what’s the point of doing all the work on a cosplay if no one sees it? lol I chose Saturday to bring back Pinkie Pie because she’s just so much fun to do!

The first and really only panel I did this day was the “Fantastic Females: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy”. It was a star studded group who really cared about what they do. They talked about things they loved writing, like breaking rules they didn’t know existed to things they were over. Like girls doing everything they could to get a boy’s attention, will they won’t they’s, and love triangles. (I AM SO OVER THE TRIANGLES!) It was also super awesome to hear how many different things inspired them to write. The friend I was with loved hearing that even thought Marjorie Liu went to law school, she didn’t want to be a lawyer and chose to be a writer instead. My friend went through the same thing. Sometimes it’s really validating to hear you’re not alone!

From there we went to the signing that was right after the panel and picked up a few books to read! I’m excited to review the ones I got. Once I find them in my pile of things from SDCC. lol

After that, I met up with The Hubs to learn how to play the My Little Pony card game. I had NO idea this was something which was even offered at SDCC and it’s not just MLP. There were a TON of different types of games you could learn from very kind, patient teachers. Now, I’ve never really played any kind of card game so when I sat down to play I made that very clear to the teacher. References to Magic Or Pokemon would be completely lost on a n00b like me. He took this in stride and spent the next 45 min teaching me the basics of the game. I’ll be real here, for the first 30 min I had NO idea what I was doing. Like none, but the entire time he was nothing but nice. I have to say it was one of the better things I’ve ever done at SDCC, so if you ever wanted to learn to play a game you should totally check it out! Now for those who are well versed in these types of games many of the tables were hosting tournaments for you to play and win a bunch of school stuff. As it stands I’ll be sticking to teaching my mini the basics of the game. She was the whole reason we learned to play in the first place. The things we do for our kids. lol Oh I forgot to add that because we learned to play we were able to get an exclusive SDCC foil card. Mini was over the moon when she saw one of them was “Doctor Whooves”.

From there Hubs and I parted ways and I wandered the floor some more while I waited to meet back up with frands. I got a gift for Steph, while I was there but she’ll have to wait to find out what it was. Mwahahaha. (Hint: it was from the TW booth.) Once I met up with my pals we made our way over to meet the talented Keahu Kahuanui.
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He was so nice! This was our third try at a picture. It was just not my day. He was super patient while I tried to not close my eyes when the picture was being taken. (No seriously even the lady running the booth was getting annoyed.) He even complimented my cosplay. I don’t care if he was just being nice. I’LL TAKE IT! But, really I’m excited to see where his career takes him. He’s talented and destined for great things.

Once we were done meeting Keahu, we went to go to dinner but ran into this gentleman on the way!
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Most people may not recognize him bc for most of his acting career Doug Jones has worn heavy makeup and/or prosthetic. Here this may help you know who he is: (He’s the tall one on the right)
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Don’t let that fool you. He was so sweet when I stopped to tell him I loved all this work. Total class act!

From there we closed the night out with The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Welcome to Night Vale cross over. It was a true star studded night preformed to a packed house! I wasn’t able to get a lot of the references for The Thrilling adventure hour but it was still enjoyable! I can’t wait to see WtNV live again!

Since the show got started a little late I went straight home. I didn’t plan on going at all on Sunday but I needed to get a few last gifts. I made a quick trip to the floor and then called it quits to this year’s SDCC.

All and all it was an amazing year. I love being able to see things I know and love while having the chance to learn new things all in one place. I know SDCC can seem really overwhelming and at certain times it really is, but I’m always glad to be able to attend. Until next year, Comic Con. Thanks for the memories

If you could learn a new game you what would you want to learn to play?

-Mel

A New Year. New Goals!

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Mel: I think it’s like a blogging rule to make a list of goals for the new year and share it. I like goals vs resolutions bc with goals it’s something you work towards a little at a time. They seem more lasting. While with resolutions, they seem so all or nothing. Like, the first time you slip up all is lost. Doesn’t seem very encouraging. At least for me it isn’t. So Here are my goals for the upcoming year:

  1. Make one garment a month for myself. Since I started sewing I’ve collected bits and bobs with the sole purpose of making myself something. I have done maybe a 1/3 of those things. Many of which I still want to make. I just haven’t made the time for it. This year I want to make the time.
  2. Finish the quilts I’ve started. Ok here’s the thing, I hate quilting. HATE. IT. Sure doing one or two blocks can be really fun. 80? Not so much. I know some of you may be thinking: “But if you hate it then why are you making any at all?” Well here’s the funny thing about quilts. My kids can’t outgrow them. I’ve saved scraps from various things and have started to put together a quilt for each of them. It’s really selfish bc I want them to have at least one thing from me they can use for the foreseeable future. I’ve enlisted my Mom to help and she’ll keep me at it. (YAY MOMS!)
  3. Exercise. I want to be clear with this; I have no goal weight or dress size.I was a runner all through my teens and early 20’s and  I miss the way I felt when I was really active. Due to an injury I can’t run anymore but I can still do plenty of other things. I’ve started with parking my exercise bike in front of the TV and biking for at least 20 min day day 5 days a week. Why that number? Well wanting to feel good and actually doing it are two different things. I require extra motivation meaning I pay myself to work out. It’s not a ton but it’s money I feel like I can spend freely without guilt. It’s a long story but I feel bad from spending money on myself when I could use it on the kids and “responsible” things.
  4. Post at least one Tutorial/”how to” each month. I think this is self explanatory right? If there is anything you want me to try leave a comment letting me know!
  5. Read More! I’ve been kind of in a slump with reading so I want to trying to read things I haven’t. I have a shelf of graphic novels that are calling to me. I think I know just the one to start with too!
  6. Share more of the stuff I love and make on here.
  7. Finally learn how to use my DSLR camera. I’ve had the thing for 5 years now. I have no excuse.

So that’s them. Nothing too overwhelming right?

Stephanie: Maaaaaan. I’m not one for New Year Resolutions. But I actually am setting goals for myself. Because I want this year (when I turn 30) to be my best yet. (that’s not cheesy at all).

  1. Get healthy. This is a general way of saying lose some weight and get in shape. It’s not just to be “skinny.” I’m tired of the way I look and feel and I want to be healthy, gosh darnit. I actually even started a blog about my journey. Hey hey. Which leads to…
  2. Blogging more frequently. Whether it’s here (I suck, Mel, admit it) or my family blog, and now my fitness blog, I need to be more consistent.  That means no more putting putting off posts. Carving out time to add my thoughts and whatnot.
  3. Write, write, write. I have a current WIP of a YA novel sitting on my computer. I have a ton of ideas but lately not much motivation. I signed up for NanoWrimo and totally bombed out. Womp womp. So this year I want to finish a first, rough rough rough draft of my novel and go from there.
  4. Sew. I’m making this really general too, because I don’t do it much and I have a TON to learn. If only I lived closer to Mel. We could do it together! I only have myself, the internet and sorta my mom for help. But I’d like to be able to start projects for my children.

I’m sure there are a lot more goals I need to put up here. Let’s face it, I’m a WIP myself. But thinking of them is hard for me (it could be I’m distracted by my near 2 y0 running around and slapping my husband). I’d like to come back and revisit this list in the future. Share our successes, failures, and additions.

What are your goals this year?

30+ Nerdy Holiday Gift Ideas!

Shopping for people can be a nightmare and totally suck the fun out of the Holiday season. That’s why we put our heads together and found a bunch of unique nerd related gifts to give the special people in your life. There’s a wide range in interest (and price) and hopefully helpful in the upcoming weeks.

Nerd Gfits Home

  1. Cute Mug
  2. Mug Cozy
  3. Throw Pillow
  4. Light Saber Chopsticks
  5. Bookmark Set

Nerd Gift art

Sometimes Art is the perfect way to so you care. Here are some we love:

  1. Doctor Who Print
  2. Star Trek Print
  3. Reading Print
  4. Adventure Time Print
  5. Star War Print

Nerd gift BlingWho doesn’t love a little bling in their life?

  1. Triforce Cuff-links
  2. Game of Throwns Pendant
  3. Ice Arrow Necklace
  4. Book Pendant
  5. Packman Cuff-links
  6. Totoro Necklace
  7. Sherlock Cuff
  8. Mushroom charms

nerd gifts clothing

Tee’s and sweaters are always a great option!

  1. Omocat Sweater
  2. Armored hoodie! (I’m kind of in love with this one!)
  3. Map of Middle Earth Leggings
  4. Gamer Tee
  5. Mischief Managed (Can’t leave out the little ones, can we?)

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More awesome

  1. Star Trek Pillow
  2. Captain America Hockey Jersey 
  3. Galaxy Leggings
  4. Mother Board Leggings
  5. EntHERprise Shirt 
  6. Middle Earth Pillow

nerd gift odds and ends

And here’s our last group of ideas

  1. Ultrasaber Omen (THUNDER CAT HO!)
  2. New Hope Print 
  3. Hunger Games Labels
  4. Toothless Necklace
  5. Star Trek Quilt (Seriously, This is BEAUTIFUL!)
  6. Allons-y Necklace
  7. Book Text Infinity Scarf 

We hope this helps you in your shopping endeavors!

What caught your eye?

Book Review: World After

I haven’t done any book reviews for the blog yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love to read (I do, I really really do. I practically inhale books). I’m always on the lookout for something new, great and attention grabbing. I found that last year when I read Susan Ee’s book Angelfall.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

You know those books you read, only to immediately wish you could keep on reading and are supremely bummed out when you can’t? Well, this is one of those books. It was made even worse when I realized I had to wait so long for the second installment. I’ve been practically chomping on the bit for World After. And finally it is here. And it is good.

Good is an understatement, obviously. I’ve almost lost the ability to properly critique because I just want more. What I love most about this series is the unique take on Angels. They’re not the typical good guys. In fact, in Susan Ee’s world, they’re the bad guys. Their morality is questionable at best, and with World After we start to see their motivations and get a look at what is really happening with this Angel Apocalypse.

Penryn is an amazing protagonist. She’s tough ( I mean, she kicks some serious butt) but still vulernable. She has this dry sense of humor that I just love. There’s just something about the way she thinks, this sometimes blunt but totally honest and endearing, way about her.

I’m a sucker for romance, I’ll admit. World After has it. But it’s not the driving force behind Penryn and her actions. It’s just an added bonus (honestly, Raffe isn’t even in most of this book. At least, not in the literal sense where he’s interacting with her). And Raffe, well, is one hell of a bonus. I like him. Kind of a lot. Kind of a whole lot.

I will warn here and now, that World After is pretty gruesome. There are bits of horror mixed in with all the post-apocalyptic, end of the world ish feels. If you’re squeamish at all, tread lightly. It’s not too detailed, but…yeah. The horror bits only serve to make everything much more real, in my opinion.

There is so much left to resolve between the Angels, the horrible Scorpion monsters that the Angels call Locusts, Penryn’s mother and sister, and the world in general. It excites me for more. I just hate to wait.

If you’re a fan of dystopian, post-apocalyptic books, I highly recommend this book. I cannot say enough good things. In fact, you’re more than welcome to comment away, ask me some questions or share the love if you’ve read the book already. And then we can commiserate over waiting for the next installment.

-Stephanie

Review: This is Not a Test By Courtney Summers

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Hey all, Mel here!

I know I don’t talk about YA a lot but this was a book I couldn’t pass up. As some of you have guessed I kind of enjoy zombies. lol When a friend recommended this to me she did warn me that it was much darker than she was expecting which made me want to read it all the more. Sometimes lately a lot of YA my friends send my way are very romance focused and while I do enjoy that (a lot) it’s nice to get a story that focuses on something a little different.

This story is a bout a girl who welcomes death. She comes from a very terrible home and sees the end of the world no different. She’s barricaded in the school with classmates who very much want to live. The way it is written is truly beautiful. Gore and all. It’s interesting to see the world through her eyes.

The only thing I wish this book had was more. When I finished it felt like it cut off too soon. I guess that’s a sign of a good book right? I hope all of you will give this a chance!*

*If you’re sensitive to abusive situations I would read with caution.