The One about Joss Whedon

Full disclosure: I never liked Joss Whedon, based on the little I knew about him as a person and for his work.  I am as non-Whedonite as they come, even though some of my best friends are Whedonites, “browncoats” (fans of his show Firefly), et cetera.  Being friends with his fans doesn’t justify me verbally mopping…

Am I truly a feminist?

I call myself a feminist, but I am often disgusted and disturbed by the things I see women doing in the name of feminism. The first time someone questioned my feminism was when I told them a slightly amusing work-related horror story, about the time LinkedIn suggested I apply for a job at a certain…

Lessons About Women Gleaned from Stock Photography

Originally posted on Spellbound Scribes:
Maybe we need more female photographers to contribute to stock photo sites. I’m putting on my feminist hat (okay, it’s a crown) for this post, so be forewarned. I was looking for pictures for the cover of my next book yesterday and I noticed that you can really draw a…

Boston South Coast Comic Con!

Formerly Northeast Comic Con, the event relocated to the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Massachussetts, which is about 45 minutes south of Boston, so the title is definitely more accurate.  Last winter, I attended the winter NECC event by myself back when they were operating out of a stonemason community center.  I had a blast this…

Brownies from Scratch!

The recipe is inspired by The Frugal Chef’s Homemade Brownies recipe, with some modifications. For starters, I typically only make these brownies for special occasions, so I like to make a double batch (ingredients have been adjusted below to reflect this).  Additionally, instead of using white flour, I like to use whole wheat pastry flour,…

Review: Sacred Hearts Club by Foster the People

So I found “Pumped Up Kicks” mildly amusing for some reason. I listened to it on repeat for a while because it sounded neat.  That’s the extent of my Foster the People exposure.  (I think I tried one of their older albums once, but didn’t like it so much.  Can’t remember.) On a whim, I…

Being a prudish voice actor

As you know, I’m a voice actor.  My parents like to tell me a story from when I was very small: After being shown an illustration of a Shakespearean actor in a children’s book of careers, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I immediately struck the actor’s dramatic pose.  Acting…

Guardians of the Galaxy II Review

It took a while but I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.  The reason I hesitated to see the first one was because of how many crass jokes made the cut, and this second film’s parental advisory on IMDB made me hesitate even more.  But somehow, I managed to sit through this sequel,…

Give acceptance a chance

An attitude I’ve seen in multiple circles and movements (political, social, and religions) is: “Sure, believe whatever [totally harmless belief] you want to believe, but ultimately, I’m doing it the right way, and I’ll do whatever I can to show you my way so you’ll see things correctly in the end.”  This really bothers me….

Reverse Gender Discrimination (Why I’m Not a Girl Who Codes)

For a good few years now, like many young women and men out there trying to make their mark on the world, I’ve been a victim of gender bias and gender discrimination.  I say this because bias and discrimination can go either way, for or against an individual’s interests. Have you ever been pressured to…

What do you think of this comic?

I think it’s hilarious. But when a peer of mine shared it on a website and it was reshared by several other users (myself included), there was a lot of backlash.  Who knew such a simple comment could open such a huge can of worms? One detractor raises the concern that the comic gives off…

Hermione Granger’s Wand

I made this prop for a cosplaying friend earlier this Spring, because we have plans to hit the convention scene as students from respective special schools where kids hone their supernatural powers to fight evil.   Muggle Materials While the original, according to the Harry Potter wiki, is a 10¾” number made of vine wood…