Boss Babes: Jess & Leah

May 23, 2017

Hi friends! So I managed to take another unplanned blogging hiatus, and I wanted to tell you all about it. About a month ago, I got an email from my website host saying that my hosting plan was scheduled to renew in a few weeks. It was going to be a good chunk of change and I found myself reevaluating whether or not I even wanted to keep blogging, let alone spend too much money on hosting.

For the past few months, I haven't felt much like blogging. I guess it started to feel too much like work? Work that I wasn't getting paid for, which is the worst kind of work. I started blogging for fun, to find like-minded people and write about whatever I wanted. I definitely succeeded in finding my online tribe; the geeky lady blogging community is filled with amazing gals. But the more I got into trying to monetize my blog, the more I found myself crafting posts centered around affiliate links and sponsors. I was still writing about things I cared about, but my heart wasn't really in it anymore.

So I took a step back. I know I don't have to apologize for that. Life happens, and I had some decisions to make. Did I want to keep devoting my time to something I wasn't really into anymore? Turns out that no, I certainly did not. For the past month or so, I've been playing more video games, reading, and trying out other hobbies, like writing the story that's been stuck in my head for years.

I've been having a lot of fun, but of course, I started missing my good ol' blog. I switched my content back to a free hosting site (Blogger), had to update like, a bajillion images, and had a panic attack when I thought I had lost all of my comments (turns out I didn't). It's been a pain in my neck, but I'm happy with the results and I have SO MANY ideas for blog posts. I'm definitely hoping that this newfound excitement for blogging lasts a while, because I missed being a part of the community, even for just a couple months.

Speaking of the community, I've been wanting to write another Boss Babes post for ages now. There are so many incredibly talented ladies that I've met through blogging, and they're some of my favorite people to talk about=P So without further ado, let's chat about Jess Holt and Leah Chiasson!

Jess is an artist based in Berlin who creates gorgeous, macabre oil paintings. I remember first learning of her work with her partner Jonas on their website Corgi Corn Core a few years ago. I fell in love with her work pretty much instantly, and I quickly found out that she's a sweetheart of a gal to boot!

Her art always makes me feel so many different things. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I really appreciate that she touches on self-love and acceptance in so many of her pieces. She paints about gender roles, mental health, feminism, politics...all in her darkly beautiful, horror/macabre style. I'm not going to pretend that I know a damn thing about art, but I've never seen anything like what she does and I know I love it.

I own a couple of her pieces, but I'm especially happy that I'm able to wear my absolute favorite painting of hers, Speaking in Rainbows, around my neck! I've gotten so many compliments on this necklace, and I love the fact that I get to support one of my favorite people every time I leave the house with this on. Check out her online shop to snag one for yourself!

If you've never had the pleasure of talking to Jess, you totally should. She's been nothing but supportive of my blog and she's been there to give me virtual hugs when I needed them. She's an awesome person who makes awesome art, which you can check out here
Leah has been a huge inspiration to me over the past few months! Not only has she written and self-published a fantastic novel and novella with two badass leading ladies, she also runs a blog with tons of helpful advice for aspiring authors like myself. 

Her first release, Marked for the Hunt, is such a fun read. It generated a lot of buzz among our geeky gal blogging community, since Leah was a familiar face, but I can say without bias that Marked is a great read! 

It's about Diana, the lone female Faoladh of her pack, who's thrown into the middle of a power struggle for the next Clan Alpha when she's forced to return to her hometown after her grandfather's death. It's all about treading the fine line between human and monster, and learning to trust the people that let her down in the past. Leah did a great job building her characters and their world, and I can't wait to read more about Diana in the next book.

I love seeing people I know and care about achieve their dreams. Watching Leah go for it really gave me the kick I needed to devote more time to writing. I've always been an aspiring author, but I'm just lazy enough that none of the stories I think up ever reach fruition. Knowing that it took Leah a few years to finish Marked really gives me faith that I can do it too someday! 

Check out Leah's book here, and since you'll be itching for more when you're done, here's a link to her novella Bound By Blood. It's set in the same universe as Marked for the Hunt but introduces a new, non-Faoladh main character. It's a super quick read, but still a lot of fun!

There you have it! Two more lovely, talented ladies from the geeky blogging community doing their thang. Do you know any badass boss babes who deserve a shout-out? Feel free to rave about them in the comments below!

The Geeky Girl Tag

Apr 10, 2017

The lovely miss Kay of My Open Sketchbook tagged me for the Geeky Girl blog tag, and I couldn't pass up the fun! Blog tags are kinda my jam, so thanks for the tag, pretty friend.

1) What is your must-have tech gadget? Definitely my smart phone. It can do everything! I mean, I wrote up this post on it, haha. I accidentally left my phone at home once and it was a very bad day:P

2) Which House do you belong to in Hogwarts? Ravenclaw all the way. Well...most of the way. On the original Pottermore, I was sorted into Hufflepuff...which totally does make sense. But in my heart of hearts (and according to the new Pottermore), I'm a Ravenclaw.

3) Who is your favorite Doctor? Ten. He's just so damn adorable. He really stole my heart and helped solidify Doctor Who as one of my favorite shows.

4) If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be? There are so many characters that I would love to hang out with, so it's hard to choose just one. The first that comes to mind, though, is Roland from the Dark Tower series. Just sitting and listening to his stories would be amazing! Definite plus if he teaches me how to shoot too.

5) What is your gaming system of choice? PC Master Race, guys. I have nothing against console gaming, but my absolute favorite games are PC-based so that's just my preference.

6) If you had a superpower, what would it be? I know it's not the most exciting superpower, but I've always wished that I could fly. I seriously dream that I'm flying at least once a week. Is that weird? Whatever, I want to be a bird.

7) What is your favorite fantasy world? Again with the tough decisions! There are so many fantastic fantasy worlds, but I'm going to have to go with Azeroth. It's already my home away from home, after all.

8) If you could be any fictional race, what would you be? This probably doesn't come as a surprise if you've ever played WoW with me, but I'd want to be a Blood Elf. A badass BELF warlock with a horde of sassy imp minions, preferably.

9) Star Trek or Star Wars? I've never watched Star Trek, which is crazy since I know I'd love it. I'm a huge fan of Star Wars though. Truth time, I didn't actually watch the original trilogy until I was nineteen or so. I'm glad that I finally got around to it since it's one of my absolute favorite fandoms now!

10) List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV shows. Farscape, Game of Thrones, The Life Aquatic, Doctor Who, & Star Wars (yeah, I know that's cheating.)

11) List your top 5 video games. World of Warcraft, Overwatch, BioShock Infinite, Alan Wake, & Diablo III

Phew, there you go! I'm ​tagging Natalie of Natalie Patalie, but no pressure if it's not your thang, girl. And of course, if anyone else wants to join in, please do!

Geeking Out About: April

Mar 29, 2017

Oh geez, guys. I have fallen SO FAR behind on my blogging that I have no idea how to catch up now. At the beginning of the year, I told myself that I would post at least three times per week, but that sure as hell hasn't been happening. I keep debating whether or not I even want to keep blogging at all.

On one hand, I absolutely love the geeky gal blogging community. I feel like I've finally found my 'tribe,' and I don't want to just up and ditch these awesome ladies. But on the other hand, with school and work and everything else going on in my life, I really don't think I can devote as much time to this blog as I would like. I'm pretty sure I'm just overthinking everything. Plenty of people take blogging breaks from time to time, right? I need to stop focusing on what I'm not writing about and enjoy writing when I do have the time to do it.

At any rate, I definitely missed my Geeking Out About post for March, whoops. Luckily for me, April is jam-packed with fun things to look forward to!

Doctor Who: Season 10 - Season 10 is finally here! It's set to premiere on April 15th, and it's both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat's last season with the show. I'll be sad to see Capaldi leave, but I have high hopes that his last hurrah as the twelfth Doctor will be an awesome one.

Defy the Stars - April isn't looking like the best month for new YA book releases, but Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray definitely looks like one I'll be checking out when it drops on April 4th. I'm a sucker for sci-fi and hey, there may be a sentient robot? Sign me up!

The Dear Hunter/Coheed and Cambria - I'm seeing my very favorite band, The Dear Hunter, TWICE in April and I can't wait! I'll be watching them open for Coheed and Cambria's Neverender tour, then less than a week later my husband and I are driving eight hours away to watch them headline a show! I don't care how crazy that is, we love these guys so damn much.

Bill Nye Saves the World - I love me some Bill Nye, so I'll definitely be checking out this new Netflix Original. All thirteen episodes will be released on April 21st, and it'll be a talk show focusing on, duh, science=)

World of Warcraft: Noblegarden Event - Noblegarden is one of my favorite events in World of Warcraft, and it'll be back from April 17th to April 24th this year. I'll just be farming for the pets and the title this year, but I always have fun hunting for colored eggs and dressing my character up in bunny ears.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, so I have have super high hopes for this show! It's the TV adaptation of one of my favorite Gaiman novels, American Gods, and it's looking pretty dang cool based on the trailer. So many amazing actors, the visuals looks gorgeous...I just can't wait until April 30th!

Ghost in the Shell - Okay, technically this one's coming out on March 31st, but I figure that's close enough to April that I'm counting it=P I know about the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of Major, and while I won't deny that it's a big issue in the film industry, I'm still planning on watching this movie. I'm already reading some really mixed reviews on it, but overall it seems like it'll be a fun action movie to enjoy with the hubby.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return - I feel like it's been ages since I heard that MST3K was going to be revived, and I'm thrilled that we're finally going to get to watch it's epic return on April 14th. I adore Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt, and I'm excited to watch Jonah Ray as the new host.

Over to you! 

What have you been geeking out about lately? Please share in the comments below, I feel like I'm way behind the times here!

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