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…

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,…

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…

Calzones!

I’ve become rather obsessed with calzones.  In their simplest form, they’re closed pockets of pizza.  You can make a bunch at once, freeze them, and take a few out to make a meal, or one for a light snack.  If I want pizza, I’ll usually just eat it the normal way, flat (or made with…

Abortion Stats vs. the Holocaust – REALLY?

Note: I’m bringing up the Holocaust because that’s what I saw being talked about; I also bring it up because it relates to me culturally; so I may be biased in that respect.  But I think the sentiment definitely applies to every significant historical human tragedy.   I know I shouldn’t react so strongly to…

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

I won’t bore you with a brief rundown of the plot in my own words; I’ll just tell you what I thought of it: The movie, in its 2-hour glory, is basically eye candy of a tasteful variety.  Lots of colors and dancing and aesthetics and good-looking Hollywood people.  I’m not saying that’s a bad…

Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

The first time I heard this album (on a vinyl record, at that), I was thoroughly weirded out.  Let’s just say listening to music you like with headphones on is a completely different experience than having it blare out of an old stereo system where all the non-ELO-loving nerds can hear it. I just realized,…

No-Bake Cheesecake for Shavuot

Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, where cheesecake and other dairy foods are commonly served for *insert meaningful tradition* reason.  In honor of the holiday, I tried this recipe from Everyday Food. Ingredients (see video for method): 2 packages (20 sheets) graham crackers 11 tablespoons (1 3/8 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar…