C’s MisCon 25 Wrap-Up: Better Than Silver, It Was Golden

Artwork by Jonathan Crummett

I have just stumbled home from MisCon 25 in Missoula, MT. Along with my piles of dirty laundry and a hacking cough left over from my pre-con cold, I brought back countless wonderful memories from what I feel was the best con I’ve yet to attend. MisCon is our home con, and it’s always great to catch up with old friends, make new friends, and finally learn the names of people you’ve seen and interacted with for years so I no longer have to keep thinking of them as Tall Steampunk Guy and The Guy … [Read more...]

C’s Journey Into Cosplay: Stuck Getting Out Of The Gate

C's Kaylee costume from almost 3 years ago. It's too big now, which is part of why she doesn't have a cool costume.

Back around the start of the new year, I made a list of geeky resolutions for 2011. One of them was to cosplay for the first time. So with our first con of the year coming up in just a couple weeks, I must have an awesome costume or two ready to go, right? Nope. I got nothing. Part of the reason I made my resolutions here in my column, for all the geek world to see, was so I’d have you all to hold me accountable. And I can’t expect my readers to make and keep resolutions that I can’t keep, … [Read more...]

Do You Wanna (Talk About Dating With) My Avatar?


Lately when I've posted on GDG, it's been more likely that you'll see me talking about raid strategy than dating strategy.  Maybe there's been more Doctor Who than Doctor Love.  However, just because it isn't timey-wimey doesn't mean that I'm not still fascinated with the mysteries and challenges of finding the right match!  Now I have an awesome opportunity that combines my love of video games with my interests in the challenges of romance.  Twice a week, I'll be representing Geek's Dream … [Read more...]

Express Yourself: Why Geeks Love Body Art

In case you've wondered what C's right shoulder looks like...

At first glance, I look completely normal (appearances can be…deceptive). My conservative day job means no wild hair colors, and my uniform consists of a neatly pressed button-down shirt and dress pants. *yawn* See me outside of work, in a Plus 5 to Sexterity tee and a pair of d20 earrings, and my geekdom is revealed, but I still look like a mild-mannered, jeans-and-t-shirt kind of girl. But as summer approaches, and tees and jeans give way to tanks and shorts, and more skin is revealed… HOLY … [Read more...]

The Quake in Japan: How Geeks Can Help


WARNING: This post contains a lot of SERIOUS BUSINESS. We will return to our regularly scheduled anime squeeing in due course. By now, you've probably heard all about the massive quake and tsunami in northern Japan, which has devastated the country and resulted in thousands dead, wounded, missing or homeless. This particular story hits close to home for me as I used to teach English in Fukushima prefecture, one of the worst hit areas in the quake. Luckily, it sounds like my town was spared the … [Read more...]

I’M ON A BOAT! (And J, Well, She’s Somewhere.)


Dearest Clients, Potential Clients, and Readers: As you may know, my day job is Copywriter at ThinkGeek. We're setting sail on a cruise to someplace warm, sunny, and almost entirely without internet access. I may not return alive. J also happens to be going out of town this same weekend, so if you want dating help, you'll have a tiny black hole of helplessness. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Business as usual will resume on Tuesday, March 1st. Love and … [Read more...]

Our Wedding Bands Don’t Match (And It Doesn’t Matter One Bit)


This past Tuesday was my 6th wedding anniversary. Yes, now you all know the date, good readers, or will if you consult a calendar. I will expect presents next time. ;-) “We’re at six years,” I told my husband on the day itself. “In traditional gift terms, that means candy or iron.” We laughed over it, then decided to put off any celebrations until Thursday night. I had an office party on Wednesday I needed to cook for, and the holidays had us both rushing around. We decided to celebrate … [Read more...]

Happy Holly Daze!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and/or family. I'd like to share with you my favorite Christmas story, taken from LOLCatBible, Luke Chapter 2, verses 1-21. Oh hai, Jebus iz bornd 1 'Roun dis tiyem, Caesar Augustus wuz like, "I can has cenzus?"  2 ('Coz while Quirinius was Teh Boz of Syria, is invisible census!) 3 And all teh doodz went home for teh saying, "I is heer!"  4 So Joseph went from Naz'reth to Judeeah to Bethlehemm whar David wuz borned, 'coz … [Read more...]

Things All Geeks Should Be Thankful For


It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and as is the purpose of the holiday, I like to take a little time each year to reflect on what I’m thankful for. Before anyone rolls their eyes and says, “Must be nice…I don’t have anything to be thankful for,” just stop. No matter how bad things seem, everyone has something to be thankful for. I could be spending today bemoaning my husband’s illness that completely ruined several months of his life and cost him his day job, the fact that I’m stuck … [Read more...]

It Gets Better


Okay. Gay teen suicide. I hate that phrase. Those words in combination suck. I hate it. I hate hearing it, I hate reading about it, I hate seeing it on every episode of Oprah, Maury, Dr Oz, and Ellen that I watch (the only shows that I can watch in the break room at work). So you know what? It’s gotta stop. But it’s not going to, because people are dicks. People hurt other people because they can, because they want to, because it’s fun. Because people are small-minded and lash out at … [Read more...]