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…

Fidgets

In recent months, fidget devices, most notably the fidget spinner, have taken the worldwide web by storm.  I’ve seen everything from fidget spinner phone cases to edible pizza fidget spinners.  Suddenly, everyone has one.  Or has eaten one for lunch because you can do that.  Or are joking that they are the new currency of…

Jodie Whittaker is the New Doctor Who

First I saw the skinny jean-clad legs in boots and I thought, Oh brother, the Doctor’s going to be another skinny young man for the fangirls to fawn over. Then I saw the slender, pale hands and I thought, I think that a good portion of the fandom is going to be disappointed that the…

Slushy Ice Coffee / Imitation DD Frozen Coffee

Israeli-style ice coffee is a pretty magical thing.  It’s like coffee ice cream in beverage form.  After tasting that slushy goodness during my time abroad, it’s pretty hard to get used to the American version (just cold coffee with ice cubes). Dunkin Donuts recently introduced frozen coffee drinks to their menu, which come pretty close,…

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…

On being an older prude

Also posted on Allison the Writer. I might as well come out and say it. I’m prudish and very proud of it. I don’t like exposing myself to materials containing inappropriate content. I don’t listen to most modern music, I don’t watch movies rated PG-13 or more unless there’s a good reason, and I especially,…

My Thoughts on Doctor Who Series 10 [SPOILERS]

Yesterday, the season finale for the tenth season (or series) of BBC’s Doctor Who ended, and I think now’s a good time to share my thoughts on Steven Moffat’s final acts as showrunner. The nicest, most optimistic way I can say this is, I loved it. The more blunt way I can say it is,…

Comic Con on a Budget 101 (ft. EventBrite)

As many of you know, I love cosplaying and attending local geek conventions.  There’s really something quite magical about walking around a huge building full of other fandom geeks for an entire day.  This summer, I’m sharing that magic with my friends, who I’m taking to their very first Comic Con.  In honor of this…

Evolve by Imagine Dragons

I’ll note, I did not like Imagine Dragon’s last album.  After Night Visions, the Tolans left the band and I felt like Imagine Dragons didn’t sound quite the same.  The harmonies on Smoke and Mirrors lacked a woman’s (or simply a soprano’s) touch, if that makes any sense.  (On the bright side, a bunch of my…

Starting the Piano

I think I resisted playing piano for a long time because I naively felt that “everyone else” was doing it.  Practically all the goody-goody girls in the books I grew up reading practiced piano dutifully before embarking on their little adventures.  Those who did it in real-life seemed to view piano-playing as cultured and classy….

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…

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (2017)

I remember reading that Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 album Tango in the Night was meant to be a collaboration solely between Buckingham and Mcvie, the band’s guitarist and keyboardist respectively, who’d remained close friends despite the various personal crises which shook their band.  Then the others got involved (namely Stevie Nicks) and it became a Fleetwood…