I really need you to stop ruining my media

Oh god. Where to begin.

When Harry Potter became a phenomenon, I was a bit too old for the initial hype. I was a sophmore in college. The only reason I came to read it was that I was dumping trash in the trash can and I spied a brand new book before I dumped my trash. It was the first book of the Harry Potter series. I picked it up before I dumped my trash and proceeded to read. I was hooked.

What followed after that was daydreaming about what house I would be in (I now know it is Ravenclaw), and doing midnight book buys with my friends.

J.K Rowling is ruining all of that for us now.

In case you didn't know what happened, J.K is doubling down on her TERF-yness by all kinds of tweets.

To fully understand the problem with this, you have to be a little nuanced. Just a little bit though. You see, all menstruating people are not women. That's the nuance. That is it, right there. That's all you got to do. J.K then doubled down, and used "My black friend said it was okay." Only, with a lesbian.

My husband (and many other people, I am aware he did not coin it) have a saying. "You die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain" In our social media times, you have to die pretty quickly not to become the villain.

This other one isn't a surprise. Stephanie Meyer has always been trash. The only black person in the whole Twilight franchise is an bad guy, who is super ashy (like... he needed some shea butter badly) and didn't have time to get his locs retwisted before being changed. I am not talking about her though. I am talking about the Twilight Fan-fiction groups.

If you listen to our podcast, then you know, the only fan fiction I read is Twilight. Whenever there is a disaster, they band together, writing fiction and raising funds. I tend to struggle with this group of women, because in the entire history of me reading the fan fiction, I have come across a Black Bella, once. And she was biracial. The story was never finished and Bella talked about bbq sauce a lot in the story.

I haven't heard a Black Lives Matter. I haven't heard a rallying call. I haven't even heard support of anything, and quite frankly, I am tired. I am tired of having to bring it up. Being an ally, being a true ally is stepping forward, and none of these women seem to do that. I do remember at some point someone bringing up the fact that no one seems to write POCs in their stories, except for when Zafrina, or the Quileute Tribe (which, they got the severe short end of the stick on this story as well) comes in. And everyone was like "They don't exist in the story." Every single story has characters that aren't in the story, but you still write about their slim milky throats just fine.

Guys I am tired. I AM TIRED and I know Quinzel is too. Can we just have a brief stop on shitty behavior and tired excuses for the rest of 2020? I need a break.

Rona Blahness Part 2

With the Black lives being taken with no regard and the Rona, I have needed a ton of fantasy to delve into. Today I am listening to Hello From the Magic Tavern.

Do you have a podcast you thoroughly enjoy? Let me know in the comments.

Gen Con is Cancelled for 2020

To Our Gen Con Community

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this summer in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many. If you'd like to know more about our decision to cancel, please head over to the Gen Con website.

If you've already purchased your badge for Gen Con 2020 and are willing to roll it forward to Gen Con 2021, it will help us keep our staff employed through these unprecedented times and come back better than ever next year. If you'd like to pursue this option, you don't have to do anything — we'll convert your 2020 badge to a badge for 2021. However, if that's not in your financial picture, we completely understand.

Here are the options for your Gen Con 2020 badge:

1. If you are willing to roll your badge forward to 2021, then you're all set — we'll do this automatically, with great appreciation.

2. If you'd like a refund to the original method of purchase, please email us at customerservice@gencon.com between May 26 and July 29.Let us know you'd like a refund, and include your name and Gen Con ID number (find it next to your name in the corner while logged in). We'll process a refund minus a $10 per badge return fee.

3. If you'd like to return your badge for system credit, email us at customerservice@gencon.com between May 26 and July 29 and we will credit your Gen Con account. Please include your name and Gen Con ID number. Returns to system credit incur no return fees, and system credit does not expire.

4. You can donate the cost of your badge to help us weather the storm and come back strong for Gen Con 2021. Email customerservice@gencon.com between May 26 and July 29 and include your name and Gen Con ID number if you'd like to pursue this option.

Note: Refund requests will not be accepted until May 26, and must be received by email to customerservice@gencon.com by July 29. Please include your choice of action for your badge, your name, and your Gen Con ID number (find it to the right of your name in the corner when you're logged in at gencon.com).

After July 29, all 2020 badges will be rolled over to 2021. If you miss that window or decide later you'd like a refund, you can request one beginning February 1, 2021.

If you've made a hotel reservation through our Housing Portal, your reservation will automatically be canceled, and you will not be charged any fees. The hotel queue will be reassigned for 2021.

All Pop-Up Gen Con events will also be canceled for 2020.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support during this time. We hope that you and your circle of loved ones are safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your wonderful faces in 2021!

Curing The Rona Blahness

One of the things that I find myself doing during all of this #cornteen is writing postcards to my friends. I love getting mail that isn't bills. A friend of mine and I started exchanging postcards infrequently a couple years ago. I'll send a few throughout the year, and every time I go on vacation I make sure to send her one from each area I am at that allows me to. I have roped Quinzel on this as well and send her postcards from all over.

A long time ago I belonged to a website called InterPals. I decided to see if I was still a member and I am! I found someone to write to and will be sending her letters soon. I had penpals all throughout high school. Normally they were in France as I was taking French. I enjoy writing letters. I also enjoy collecting stationary. This is a way to get a use out of the stationery. I recently bought some stationery on etsy and if follow us on Instagram, you would have saw me mention it in the instastories.

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Stationery is paper. Stationary is stay still.

This is just one of the many things I do to try and keep a positive outlook. What about you? What are you doing to try and curb your blahness?

New Year, Same Me

Greetings and salutations! I hope everyone’s holiday and subsequent return back to work was happy, healthy, and productive.

Over the past couple of months I have been sitting here racking my brain about the form and function I would like the blog and podcast to take. With the podcast, I tend to neglect the blog, leaving a lot of the day to day content to Quinzel. I started blogging as a way for me to have a creative writing outlet from my job. Because baybee, let me tell you, I am in the wrong job.

As I get older I am realizing more and more the fact that I have no creative outlet in my job is straight stifling me. Add to the fact I am not a huge fan of taking orders, you can see that I am not doing super great in corporate America.

Here are my goals. I would like the podcast and the blog to create income. Maybe not a lot of income at first, just enough to pay for the hosting of both. That would be awesome, because the blog hosting I pay triannually and it hurts.  I’d like to do both of these full time. That would make me happiest. In order to start generating profit I need to start putting out content regularly.  My goal is to sit down this weekend and see what is feasible for me. Something I do need is a consistent schedule. My hope is with a consistent schedule I can create more. I need to use the opportunities to write and reecord that I have. For example I am writing this while Geeky Baby is in her dance class. That is about 45+ minutes (minus shoe changes) of time a week I can use to write, plan, send email requests, etc. I need to start being mindful with my time which is truly a struggle for me. I literally will spend hours scrolling Facebook and retweeting on Twitter.  I want to reach out to creatives and learn their stories and present their stories to you. This means I need to actually nut up and speak to people.  I want to get better at interviewing. I want to do more. So I shall.

I hope you are ready to see more of me in 2020. I missed you .

Blogger, Podcaster, and General all around Geeky Girl

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ review as told by Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ characters

***This is a spoiler-free post. Well, for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker anyway. If you haven't seen Pixar's Inside Out, you may want to brush up on that movie here.

So here we are! The highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is here and I...well, I have a lot of feelings.

I always get nervous about posting some of the highly anticipated movie reviews. In fact, I haven't been this nervous since Avengers: Endgame. Seeing Endgame a week and a half early had me sweating bullets. What if I say something that *might* be a spoiler? Luckily, I just told you guys when the best time to go to the bathroom is, so no spoilers there.

Let's get this out of the way. There are a lot of negative reviews of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker out there but I enjoyed it! Along with that enjoyment, it made me feel a lot of feelings. With that being said, I've found the perfect way to discuss Star Wars without spoiling a thing for you.

Remember the movie Inside Out? It followed the emotional journey of 11 year old Riley. Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness banded together to teach us the inner journey of one pre-teens emotions.

Much like Inside Out, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was an emotional roller coaster. So let me use the Inside Out characters to vaguely tell you how this movie made me feel.

Joy

Like I said earlier, I really loved this movie and there were many moments that had me grinning from ear to ear. I am a huge fan of Rey doing...literally anything. Many people were up in arms about having a female protagonist in Star Wars and I strongly disagree with them. Rey is an amazing character to watch on screen and I root for her until the end.

I've had a pretty big crush on Fin since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but man, in this movie, he looks fine as hell. Its nice to watch him on screen *swoon*

Fear

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does a pretty amazing job of keeping you on your toes. There was a moment where I thought a very bad thing happened to a character I loved and I was distraught! Everything ended up being ok, but my heart dropped when I watched that scene.

Anger

I can't go into detail on what I'm pissed at in case I spoil anything. Let's just say Fin doesn't finish what he is going to tell Rey and I am FURIOUS that it was never revealed what he was going to tell her.

Disgust

There's a quick scene where I was very much like "They's better not, They better NOT!...ew, they did" That was not a ship I wanted to sail.

Some of you may have loved this. But I still say "ew!"

Sadness

We all knew that Carrie Fisher passed away before the 3rd movie. And we knew well before that the studio had plans to use her image in the 3rd movie. Knowing that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us, it's a little bit of a tear-jerk to see her appear onscreen.

Bonus: Nostalgia (not an Inside Out character, but a very relevant emotion)

You want throwbacks to past Star Wars episodes? You got it! I think longtime fans will be pleased.

Overall, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gave me all the feels in a good way. I highly recommend that you go see it!

How did Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker make you feel? Sound off in the comments section below.

Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’: A Non-Spoiler Review

*I know you just read this in the title, but the following will NOT contain spoilers for Disney's Frozen 2. None. And I won't be discussing that part where Elsa [redacted] so you are free to proceed 

If you are stumbling upon this article, you might fall in one or more of the following categories: 

  • You are a big fan of Frozen 
  • Your children have sung "Let It Go" so much over the past six years that your ears have bled 
  • You HATE Frozen and need everyone to know!! 

There's something about Disney's Frozen that brings adults, singing children, and haters together. Because for the haters, when you can't stand something, you just HAVE to let everyone know.

Some of the hate was understandable. I will admit, the success and repetition of "Let It Go" delayed my interest in Frozen. I didn't even watch it until it came out on DVD. and even then, I waited a while after that.

My biggest takeaway from watching Frozen for the first time: Han was a jerk. I actually gasped out loud at this reveal! How dare you, Han!! 

Over the past six years, the Frozen fandom has only grown. Cute little girls have been running around dressed as Elsa, YouTube is filled with thousands of covers of "Let It Go", and don't even get me started on how much Frozen merchandise is in the toy isle currently. 

The stage has been set for Frozen 2. So was it worth the wait? Let's dive in! 

Make It Make Sense, Elsa 

Elsa in Frozen 2 Credit: Disney

Without giving away anything, I am going to to say this one thing. If you think that you are going to watch Frozen 2 and get all of your questions answered from the first Frozen, you're not only going to leave out of this theater disappointed, you're also going to leave with even more questions. 

Frozen has never been a movie where things make sense. Why the trolls? Where are Kristoff's parents? Also, why the trolls?

We can't be good at everything right? That can include a complete and linear backstory. But that doesn't mean we can't have a good time, right? 

Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah 

So there's a pro and con to this section about the music of Frozen 2 

Pro: It's pretty good! 

Con: Your children will think it's pretty good too! 

Oh yes! You prayed for the day that "Let It Go" would die. You pleaded "children sing something else, ANYTHING else. I'll give you 20 bucks, please!" While you may see a decline in how many times you hear "Let It Go" while walking around the mall this season, there's a new song in town. And it's got "Let It Go" potential.

 Idina Mendzel jokingly apologized for the popularity of "Let It Go" a while back. However she is right back at it again with a new hit song in Frozen 2 called "Into the Unknown".

That's right everyone. There's a new "Let It Go."

It's a pretty great song actually. You might not feel that way after the 215th time hearing it, so listen to it now while the getting is good. 

On a positive note, Panic! At The Disco covers “Into The Unknown”. If you know Brendon Urie's vocals like I do, you know he is one of very few people who could match Idina Mendzel's range. Now this is a song I could play on repeat! Listen for this song to play in the end credits and see if you agree. 

All The Snow, All The Fire 

This I will say about Frozen 2: the animators get an A+ for the awesome amount of skill and work that they put into this movie. Much like how I felt with the landscaping animation in Abominable, watching the snow on the big screen was awe-inspiring. In fact, I am a little surprised there isn't a 3D version of this. Normally I am pretty skeptical of the cash grab of 3D, but it would have been cool to have snowflakes shooting at you. 

I Cried 

But I literally cry at everything. Still *sniffs* I don't wanna talk about it. 

“When You're Older, Everything Make's Sense” 

*que Kristoff* I'm gonna tell him 

Wanna know if your kids will love Frozen 2? Let’s just say a small child shouted “Elsa!!” with glee when she appeared on screen. Cutest thing ever. Your kids will love it. 

For adults: Don’t ask too many questions of the plot, just enjoy the pretty things on screen. Don’t cry as much as I did, either. Your popcorn will get soggy. I still think you'll have a good time.

Frozen 2 will be out in theaters on November 22nd. After you see it, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought. Some comments are worth melting for 🙂

Blame it on the Booze – Featuring Quinzel!

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I Cried During ‘Abominable’ And You Will Too

Seriously, this movie is stunning.

And no, it wasn't because it was sad, not because anyone suffers a horrible, onscreen death or anything.

But this movie was both so visually and audibly beautiful that it brought me to tears.

Don't like animated movies? TOO BAD. You still need to go see this one.

Let's back it up a second, Abominable is about a young teenage girl named Yi, who lives with her mother and her grandmother. Though it's not discussed how or what happened, we learn that Yi's father passed away. After playing her violin on the apartment rooftop, she runs into a creature who is in hiding that she's never seen before. She realizes that he is a Yeti that escaped from a science lab and he's just trying to get back home to his family. Yi, along with her cousins Jin and Peng, embark on a journey to bring the yeti back to his home in Mt. Everest.

Oh, and they name the yeti Everest. I know, so cute!

So back to the beauty of this movie, the music is everything. You learn that her dad taught her to play the violin but with his passing, she will no longer play for her family. Luckily, we get a front-row seat to some of her private rooftop sessions. Gosh, I love classical music.

Fun fact about me: I became obsessed with classical music one day after music class at 8 years old and it stuck with me my whole life. Imagin baby Quinzel walking around with a bright yellow walkman blasting Mozart.

So each time Yi plays her violin, I just sit in my seat and melt.

The music paired with the beautiful landscapes is indescribable. I don't even know how to tell you that this is simply a gorgeous movie! Yi, Peng, and Jin travel across China to get Everest back to his home.

You will be in tears with how beautiful some of the scenes are. Dreamworks knocked it out of the park with this one. It's absolutely stunning.

Abominable is out in theaters now. Do you think you will check it out? Give us a shout in the comments section below.

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