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!

Geeky Goodies: Girls in Games

Mar 13, 2017

Happy Monday, friends! I've been sick and miserable for the past couple of weeks, so I haven't felt much like blogging lately. To be honest, I haven't been doing much of anything aside from falling asleep on the couch surrounded by used-up tissues every night.

I started feeling much better over the past weekend though, yay! I went to a beer festival on Saturday, since even though I'm sick, the tickets were expensive and non-refundable soooooo obviously I still had to go. It was crazy fun and I even woke up feeling really good the next morning. Go beer!

I'm a few days late on this, but I wanted​ to chat a little bit about International Women's Day. Like many women, I couldn't afford to take a day off of work (especially after taking so much sick time), but it was definitely on my mind. Watching so many women stand up for change was such an inspiration, and I was thrilled to hear about Sony backing Girls Make Games, so I decided to devote a Geeky Goodies post to my favorite women in video games.

  1. Super Smash Sisters Tee | Martin Wright (via Redbubble) 
  2. Songbird & Elizabeth Print | Tiny Little Artist 
  3. Life is Strange Iron-On Patch | Sunday Neek 
  4. D.Va Neon Light | FanFit Gaming 
  5. Lady Sylvanas Necklace | Gypsy Soul Sisters Shop 

Over to you! 

Who's your favorite female video game character? Unfortunately, video games with women protagonists are still in the minority, but I feel like the industry is slowly but surely making strides in the right direction. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Geek Girl Bloggers V-Day Card Swap

Mar 1, 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends. The lovely Natalie organized a geeky Valentine's Day card swap for the Geek Girls x Bloggers group, and it was such a blast! The swap made the holiday so fun for me, especially since it isn't one that my husband and all go all out for.

All of the cards and goodies I received were adorable, but I did want to show off a few of my favorites. A lot of the gals in this group are super talented and I was blown away by their drawings!

Opening this drawing from Dina totally made my day. It's so darn cute and I just loved seeing myself in anime form, basically=P I can't wait to see her drawings of the other girls in the group. 

How awesome is this R2-D2 card from Grace? This was my hubby's favorite of the bunch!

I'm so obsessed with Pokémon that this card from Mii was absolutely perfect! I love the little happy face on the Pokéball, definitely made me smile.

This one wasn't handmade, but I still had to include it because I love Parks & Recreation so much! This one was from Natalie, and it was my favorite of the bunch. I legitimately might frame it and display it with my Treat Yo' Self card from Liana's shop, haha.

Thanks to all the ladies who joined in on the swap this year, and a big thanks to Natalie for putting it together! If you want some more Valentine's fun, check out my post from last year's swap here<3

5 on 15: Quest Accepted!

Feb 15, 2017

Oh wow, I feel like it's been ages since I've done a 5 on 15 post! Really, it's just been since November...but geez, I hate the fact that I've missed two months worth of these. If you haven't heard of this awesome photograph prompt, check out Emma's intro post on her blog, Scruffy Little Nerd Herder.

I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things. Work and school are still taking up most of my time, but I've been feeling that urge to write more and more lately. I've especially missed taking geeky-themed photos and sharing them here! I definitely forgot how to use my DSLR properly, but I did my best with these.

I mentioned in my last post that I finally bought a comic book for myself! I've been gifted some awesome comics and graphic novels from friends, but I had never bought one until recently. My favorite band, The Dear Hunter, is collaborating with artists to translate their albums into comics. My husband and I are totally obsessed with all things TDH, so when the comic for their first album dropped, we bought it immediately. Reading about Hunter's quest through life is something I'm very excited about, and I can't wait for the rest of them to be released.

These adorable Mickey and Minnie Tsum Tsums went on an epic quest to New York, so I figured they were perfect to include in this month's prompt. These two were my very first Tsum Tsums, so they hold a special place in my heart. I've never been to NYC, but when I do, I'll definitely be taking them with me. I always try to find a cool beer label that fits the theme perfectly for these prompts, but this month I just couldn't.

This label from Grimm was just so damn cute, with the pastel colors and the POP! This guy took a quest across the US from New York just like Minnie and Mickey, so that's my excuse for using it, haha.

Roland the Gunslinger goes on one of the most epic quests I've ever had the pleasure of reading. His quest to reach the Dark Tower is filled with heartbreak, death, kinship, and Ka...ah, it's just so brilliant.

Who would I be if I didn't throw Pokémon somewhere in this post?! My quest through Pokémon Moon to help rescue Nebby, capture the Ultra Beasts, and fill my Pokédex was so much fun that I just had to share it for this prompt.

And there you have it. Five photos about, more or less. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

Over to you! 

What do you think is the most epic quest in pop culture? Let me know in the comments below:)

Geeking Out About: February

Feb 6, 2017

Things are still pretty slow here at Her Geekery...I just haven't felt the urge to write lately. I'm going back to school for computer science, so I'll probably be pouring a lot of my time into that and neglecting this space for a while. I'm actually really excited about the change, though! I haven't been to school in years, so I'm looking forward to learning some new things.

Anyway, despite the creative block, I've still been geeking out about a lot of stuff. February may be a short month, but it's packed with awesome new movie and book releases, plus some fun new shows. Here are a few of the things that I've been geeking out about lately.

A Cook's Tour - My husband and I are crazy about Anthony Bourdain. We've watched all of his other shows, so when Netflix released both seasons of his first ever show at the end of January, we weren't about to miss it. It's super low-quality, but it's full of our favorite guy just starting his television journey and we're loving it.

Pokémon Shuffle Mobile - I haven't fallen into this deep of a rabbit hole since I started binge-watching Doctor Who a few years back. My undying adoration of the Pokémon franchise was rekindled by Pokémon Moon, and now I just can't get enough. I chatted about Pokémon Shuffle Mobile in my last post, so check it out if you want way too much information about this adorable game.

Act I: The Lake South, the River North - This is the first comic I've ever bought for myself! I've read several graphic novels and I've been gifted some awesome comics in the past, but I've never actually spent money on a comic until this one. This will be my first of many though, since my absolute favorite band, The Dear Hunter, is releasing a graphic novel for each of their Act albums. I love seeing my favorite concept albums inked out on paper, and I can't wait for the rest of them.

Pokémon X - Like I said before, I'm in deep here. I hadn't played a new Pokémon game since the release of Black and White back in 2010, but when I got hooked on Pokémon Moon, I wanted more and more! X has a totally different feel to it so far, but I'm really enjoying it. The graphics are adorable, and I love stumbling upon new Pokémon I hadn't seen before!

Santa Clarita Diet - Drew Barrymore is awesome, so that's enough reason for me to want to watch this show. It premiered on Netflix a few days ago, and centers around married couple Joel and Sheila as they adjust to Sheila's new life (er, afterlife) as a zombie in Santa Clarita. It looks way cute, and I plan on dedicating some time to binging through all ten episodes soon.

John Wick: Chapter 2 - I can't explain it, but I love Keanu Reeves and basically everything he does. I ended up really enjoying John Wick, even though it's not the type of movie I typically go for. What can I say, Keanu is just such a badass! I've been looking forward to John Wick: Chapter 2 for a while now, and I can't wait for it to drop this Friday.

King's Cage - I have some mixed feelings on this one. I've enjoyed parts of this series. I want to read more about the characters I care about, like Maven and Farley...buuut, I pretty much can't stand the main character, Mare. I hate her, in fact. So do I want to suffer through more of Mare just so I can get a conclusion to this story? Also, are there going to be four of these instead of the trilogy that we were expecting? Guh.

Legion - I'm not always the biggest fan of superhero stuff, but I do love me some antiheroes! While I haven't been on board with everything the X-Men franchise has thrown out there, I'm really excited that Legion is going to be getting some screen time. He was one of my favorite mutants as a kiddo, so I'll definitely be tuning in when this show makes its debut Wednesday on FX.

Over to you! 

What have you been geeking out about lately? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to geek out with you!

Gamer Gal: Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Jan 30, 2017

Of course my first post in nearly two weeks is about Pokémon...surprise surprise, right? Whatever, I'm still totally obsessed, but this time I'm raving about something a little different. Pokémon Shuffle Mobile is basically the cutest game I've played since Neko Atsume, which means it's just way too darn cute.

Originally released as a 3DS game, Pokémon Shuffle is just another match-up puzzle game like Candy Crush. It's definitely a time-waster, and the 'freemium' model drives me insane sometimes, but I still think it's a sweet game to invest some time on.

The first handful of levels are an extended tutorial, but don't be fooled by the initial ease at which you beat these. The game gets much more difficult as you progress, so it becomes necessary to level up your best Pokémon in order to beat some of the tougher opponents. Still, the tutorial had me hooked almost immediately because of the cuteness factor!

I never got sucked into to any of the free-to-play mobile puzzle games before now, so I'm not really sure how this game stacks up against others like it. I do think it captures some of the original Pokémon charm by adding in things like special abilities, type effectiveness, and mega evolutions, which sets it apart from the others a bit.

Just like in the handheld Pokémon games, certain types are Pokémon are more effective against others, while some don't do as much damage. It's up to you to manage your team and select the most effective Pokémon to play against the current opponent (kind of, there's also a handy-dandy 'optimize' button that does the thinking for you, if you prefer that). Different Pokémon also have different special abilities that they set off during gameplay, and some are much handier than others.

This is basically what the game looks like. Once you've chosen your Mega Pokémon and your supports, it's time to battle! Certain Pokémon have the ability to mega evolve and do some crazy awesome damage, but you only obtain those Pokémon after defeating them.

The levels get progressively harder, with the opponent 'disrupting' you in various ways (swapping Pokémon with unbreakable blocks, making Pokémon immobile, etc) throughout the battle. There are special perks that you can purchase with your in-game coins that will help in the battle, like an extra five moves or delayed disruptions. Ultimately, the goal is to get the Pokémon's HP all the way down so that you can try to catch it.

Catching Pokémon in this game actually kind of irks me, since you only get one attempt with a regular Pokéball. If you don't catch it on your first try, you have the option to buy a Great Ball with your in-game coins, which increase the Pokémon's catchability but are also pretty expensive. I wasted most of my in-game coins buying Great Balls, and the cost definitely adds up quickly.

If you catch it though, you can use it in your future battles. You're brought to a screen that shows the Pokémon's type, level, attack power, and special ability. If you encounter a Mega Pokémon of the same type and defeat it in battle, you can mega evolve the one you caught too! So that's cool.

There are also fun little side adventures, like timed battles with rare Pokémon and Mission Cards that you can complete for rewards. Some of the more unique Pokémon only appear as weekly events, so catch them while you can! And of course, there's an in-game shop where you can buy extra hearts because, like most free-to-play games, you can only play for so long before you run out of gameplay. I've already given in and spent real money on the game because I'm impatient, but your hearts do regenerate after a while.

Over to you! 

So what do you think? Is Pokémon Shuffle Mobile something you would consider playing? If you already play, are you loving it? Let me know in the comments below!

Geeky Goodies: Pokémon Moon

Jan 17, 2017

Hey friends! I know things have been quiet around here, but I have a good reason for it. Well, kind of...I'm still so obsessed with Pokémon Moon that I haven't wanted to do much else, haha! Between trying to complete my Pokédex and getting the hang of my new bullet journal, I haven't been coming up with many post ideas for my blog. I've never wanted to force my posts so I'm not going to, but I'm definitely hoping that I get the urge to get back into the swing of things soon.

In the mean time, I've been scouring Etsy for everything Pokémon Moon and I've found so many cute things to share with you all. If you're still as crazy about this game as I am, you're going to love these too!

  1. Chubby Alolan Starters Keychains | Papricots
  2. Mimikyu Watercolor Poster | Extremepanda Design
  3. Bewear 'Free Hugs' Sweatshirt | Inkster Inc.
  4. Nebby Acrylic Pin | The Fresh Pins of LA
  5. Alolan Vulpix Stickers | Lagproof Items

Over to you!

Have you played Pokémon Moon (or Sun) yet? Are you like me and finished the story long ago and are STILL playing? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know if this is irrational behavior=P


Geeking Out About: January

Jan 5, 2017

Hey friends! It's been a little quiet around here because I'm trying to get my ish together for the new year, but I do plan on posting more consistently this year! At least twice a week...but we'll see how it goes:P

Anyway, there are so many amazing things to look forward to in 2017! Here are just a few that I've been geeking out over for January:

The 100 - The third season of The 100 finally hit Netflix late last year, so I've been watching it to prepare myself for season four!

American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition - The 10th anniversary edition of American Gods came out a couple years back, but I decided to listen to it on audiobook since the show will be coming out this year. This book is even better than I remembered it, and this version has so many extra little stories thrown in!

Bullet Journal - I fell deep into the rabbit hole of bullet journaling this month. I'm loving the flexibility and the personalization that it offers, and I can't wait to experiment more with mine.

Vikings - I talked about being excited about the new season of Vikings a couple months back, and man, it has not disappointed! This season has been completely epic, and every week I get even more antsy for the next episode!

Underworld: Blood Wars - Is anyone else a huge fan of the Underworld movies? I freakin love them, so I have high hopes for this one. It'll be released in the US tomorrow.

The Magicians - I only recently discovered this show, but I tore through the first season. It's SO GOOD. Definitely excited to see what happens when the new season premieres on January 25th.

Caraval - Yet another book that I'm excited to read solely based on the prettiness of the cover...but, I mean, who can blame me? I'm already reading awesome things about Caraval on Goodreads, so I'll be checking this one out when it drops on January 31st.

A Series of Unfortunate Events - I'm a little torn about this one. On one hand, I love the Lemony Snicket series, and on the other...I think that NPH looks a little too over-the-top as Count Olaf. It might be great though, which is why I'll give it a shot when it hits Netflix on January 13th.

Over to you!

What have you been geeking out about lately? Let me know in the comments below so I can geek out with you!

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