February 28, 2014

Joy Watch 2014 | One Little Word Update No. 1

Last month, I told y’all about how my One Little Word for 2014 was joy. My goal was to try and find the joy in everyday life, from my relationships to my work to my hobbies, etc. It’s practically March, and to be quite honest …

I am not feeling the joy.

Now, this is a generalization. I am utterly happy in certain aspects of my life and kind of miserable in others. My relationship with Colt is still wonderful, and that part of my life is the place in which I find most joy. Our home life, although it’s been super busy for the past few months, is full of love and laughter, with, of course, the occasional squabble thrown in. (I’m a firm believer of the thought that if there aren’t occasionally arguments in a relationship, there’s something wrong.)

I’m also quite happy with my friendships—even though I haven’t been the most accessible friend on the planet lately, I know this—and my contributions to FYA. The three F's (family, friends and FYA) are definitely places where I can turn to for a boost of joy.

The not so great parts of my life, however, are taking their toll on these happy places. I’m feeling stressed and uncomfortable and worried and guilty and … I could go on. I’ve long had a hard time expressing my feelings, particularly those of the anxiety-driven variety, in a healthy manner. I feel like I’ve got a little black storm cloud hanging over my head; I can sometimes push it away, but it’s just waiting for the next time I let my guard down to return.

I know that this blog has suffered in the past few months. I’ve started contemplating making some changes that will hopefully bring back my inspiration and create a better space for all of us to “hang out.” I love having this space as a creative outlet, and I love the friendships I’ve made online. The changes I’ve been thinking about are a work in progress, of course, but I promise to try and make more of an effort in the not too distant future.

Yesterday, one of my favorite online inspirations, Kyla Roma, shared a heaping dose of great ideas and motivation in “How to get back to kicking ass if the year is getting away from you.” In her post, Kyla offers four steps to getting a handle on life. One line that really stuck out to me was:

“When you’re living in your head instead of in the moment, it’s easy to get distracted by things that don’t matter, get derailed by your worries, and be less than present in your life. And who wants to live on autopilot?”

I don’t. I really, really don’t. And it’s apparent from the comments that I am not alone.

It might take me a while to see the joy in all aspects of my life, but I’m going to try and start concentrating on what currently brings me joy rather than trying to get a handle on making everything shiny all at once. It’s time for me to start making plans and following through, instead of worrying about the “what ifs” and not being in control 100 percent of the time. I hate uncertainty, but I hate being miserable more.

Baby steps. I can do this.


What brings you joy? It can be as simple as a smile or as large as the fact that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage was just struck down by a federal judge. (HELLS YES.) Please share in the comments!

February 27, 2014

Nerd News: GotG featurettes, Hannibal fight, new Who companion and more

Vol. 5, Issue 7

Hello friends! Another Thursday, more news of the pop culture variety. What’s the haps?

In TV news:

Here are a few teasers:



Hannibal (Definitely NSFW for brutality and gore.)


Star Wars: The Clone Wars


February 26, 2014

Recently Read: January and February 2014

I've made a bit of progress toward my goal of reading 100 books in 2014, but according to Goodreads' counter, I'm one behind. I think (I hope?) that I can make that up pretty easily.

Below are the books I've read so far. My favorites? Cress, The Dream Thieves, Fangirl and Red Rising. All excellent books.

Many of these I read for FYA. If you'd like to read my reviews, you can do so by clicking on these links: 

My review for The Well's End will go up later this afternoon. It was ... not good.

What have you been reading lately?

No One Else Can Have You
Plain Kate
A Mad, Wicked Folly
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Red Rising
All That Glows
The Dream Thieves
Mind Games
Perfect Lies
The Well's End

February 20, 2014

Nerd News: BttF art, Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, Toy Fair 2014 and more

Vol. 5, Issue 6

Happy Thursday, friends! It seems like news has been a bit light lately; might the Olympics be to blame? Regardless, something important did happen this week:


I’m super excited. I know very little about the Guardians of the Galaxy stories, but this looks so fun. I really hope this movie continues Marvel’s domination of the comic movie world.

In other movie news:

Here is a featurette (and there are two more at the link below) for The Zero Theorem, the new movie from Terry Gilliam:


An official blooper reel from The Lego Movie has been released, too:


February 19, 2014

Spaceships, spaceships, everywhere! (a.k.a.: Moar tattoo!)

When I wrote up my 30 Before 30 list, waaaay back in December 2011, one of the top items/first items I though of was getting another tattoo. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to get, at the time, but I knew the urge was there. (It's rarely far from the surface of my mind, to be honest. I love having tattoos.)

I eventually decided to extend my half-sleeve to a three-quarter sleeve, and add a few more nerdy/space references, plus a Vincent van Gogh quote I've been wanting to get tattooed on myself for more years than I can remember.

Three sessions later:

Awkward angles, sorry! But thank you to the Mister for helping me take these.

I am so in love. My tattoo artist—Megan at Bijou Studio—is brilliant, and she did an amazing job of tying the two parts together. If you didn't know that I got it done in two parts, I think it's near impossible to tell where one ended and the other began. The colors in the photos don't quite do it justice; they're bright and saturated and oh so pretty. (One benefit of being super pale and not really going out in the sun, I suppose, is that the colors tend to stay bright!)

You can click on the image to make it bigger, but to clarify, I now have seven references to some of my favorite pop culture movies/TV shows/video games on my arm:
  • The TARDIS from Doctor Who.
  • The Milennium Falcon from Star Wars.
  • The Enterprise-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The Stargate from Stargate SG1.
  • The Normandy from Mass Effect.
  • Serenity from Firefly.
  • Moya from Farscape.

I also have the moon, planets, stars and some nebula-looking business. The quote reads "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." Pretty appropriate for the theme, don't you think?

Now, on to to the next idea. Getting a new addition to my tattoo collection every two years or so is a pretty good schedule to keep, right?

February 17, 2014

obsessed.: The art of Zeke Tucker

I got a Society 6 email the other day featuring a quirky phone case that immediately caught my eye:

I clicked through and found myself in a gallery filled with delightful art. Artist Zeke Tucker has a quirky, colorful, often minimalist style that is sometimes a little nerdy, sometimes a little weird, but pretty much all the time awesome.

So great, right?

February 14, 2014

It's a Valentine's Day love spam!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! The holiday kind of snuck up on me this year (yes, even though I posted some love-themed DIY-deas last week) and, to be quite honest, I'm not quite as prepared as I have been in years past. Still, today is all about love—and it's never too late to share yours!

If you, like me, are a little behind, or perhaps are in need of an emergency Valentine or two, check out what I've curated for you below.

Although I didn't create "traditionally" nerdy Valentines this year—like the set of Avengertines I shared last year—I did create a set of YA book-themed Valentines for FYA, and some of the other FYA ladies created Valentines for the shows they recap (The Originals, Gilmore Girls ... I might have created a few for Sherlock, too.) I'm including a few below, but be sure to check out the whole post.

Amy Ratcliffe of Geek With Curves has created a set of Veronica Mars-themed Valentines:

The first in this set, posted on Figment, made my heart(s) break a little all over again:

Artist James Stowe creates Valentines for his kids each year based on a theme of their choosing. Last year, it was Doctor Who:

And he designed some Firefly ones this year:

These vintage 1966 Batman ones are a little weird, but sweet, too:

And if you're looking for something a little less nerdy, Pinterest has an official board featuring Valentines for lovers, friends, and single people who might need a boost:

Still not sure you've found the one you're looking for? Check out my Valentines round-ups from 2013, 2012, and 2011.