Flu 1, Heather 0 aka a blog hiatus

Flu Hiatus

Well, technically it’s Flu 3. That’s the amount of times I’ve had flu in my life and each time it’s left a lasting memory of the god awful feeling of death. I don’t know why flu always hits me so hard. The first time was when I was a teenager and I ended up missing the last few weeks of school right before summer, the second time was 2 years ago and was the trigger for chronic fatigue syndrome. Every time it takes 2 weeks minimum for me to get back to normal, and every time I curse the idiot that went out in public while contagious, thank the flu vaccine for covering me most of the time and listen to my fiancé cursing me when he contracts it from me. We’re both in terrible rough shape with it this time around; me with my 6 diagnosed health conditions and pending diagnosis (yes, still pending, don’t ask) of chronic fatigue syndrome and him with a litany of health problems that include gall stones, chronic pain and a newly discovered rare and super serious (as in the deadly kind) heart condition.

I’ve pretty much been his carer 24/7 since December, and now with us both down with flu it’s becoming even more difficult to keep up with everything. So I’m grudgingly suspending blogging for at least a week. In light of everything, blogging isn’t really important, however, it’s been a life line to my sanity. Therefore, I don’t want to stop it or put it on hold indefinitely. Since my CFS started a year and a half ago I’ve been gradually fighting to keep going, and a lot of stuff has been put on hold. I’m now officially nearing my final deadline for my dissertation, and to be honest, I want it done. I want it off my conscience, off my plate and I want to say ‘hey I can still do this!’. I’ll be back, and in the mean time, you can hear my flu-like woes and rants on twitter @Justgeekingby 🙂 Healing thoughts and energy are readily accepted, as is chocolate and ice cream (sore throat and fever, it’s allowed :P). ((Banner image from Public Domain Images.))

Taking a Mindful Break

Memories

It’s been a while since I wrote a personal post. I’ve just been doing prompts, linkups and weekly series and getting more and more frustrated with that fact. It’s great to have regular content, however, I’ve had zero energy to actually do anything else. April was just a mess, and while May seemed to begin with a fresh start it has devolved into the same as April. Pain, fatigue, migraines. That’s my daily routine right now and yes, it sucks beyond belief. On top of that I’ve been adding a pile of extra stress, from the important to the mundane, and I’ve realised that I need to stop for a bit.

 

A Mindful Break

About 4/5 weeks ago I started a mindfulness CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) course. I’ve done a lot of CBT before, but the mindfulness bit is new and is making a big difference.

 

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to things as they are.

 

A big part of this is redeveloping my relationship with my body, something I’ve been considering a separate entity with a mind and will of its own for many years now. I’m trying to learn and understand what my body wants and needs by listening to it, and by doing so without judgement. That is why I’m taking this break. Initially for a week, I’m going to listen to what my body wants and do what it needs. That doesn’t mean no blog work entirely; if I want to do it, I’ll do it. But there will be no to do list, no plans, just spontaneous and mindful action. I’ll be posting this weeks #TransmogTuesday because I can delve into my pre-created supply of sets and because I just started this feature. However, yesterday was supposed to be the Birthstone series post and yeah, it just wasn’t going to happen. So I’m planning on a week, with new posts coming next weekend. I’ve also got physio starting this week on top of my MCBT so it seems like a good time to have a light week.

 

Screenshot Challenge Wrap up & May’s Prompts

Screenshot Challenge

Holy moly, it really does feel like it was just the end of March. Like usual April was a pest of a month and I’m glad that it’s gone quickly! Here’s the wrap up for April with May’s prompts at the end as usual 🙂

 

 

Screenshot Challenge - Favourite Lore

Favourite Lore

Week 1 of April for the challenge was all about celebrating national library week by asking you what your favourite lore is! This is technically my second favourite, because my favourite is the dragons of WoW but since ‘Dragon’ is a prompt later on this month I decided to challenge myself and work out my second favourite… and boy was it a challenge! ⠀

I have read all the novels and comics of the World of Warcraft universe, and one of my biggest questions for years was what happened to Turalyon and Alleria after they went into a Portal in Outland after the second war. It was asked at pretty much every Blizzcon Q&A panel until finally it was announced that Legion would answer that question! This weeks screenshot is from a cinematic which showed a message from Turalyon…. I don’t know what else has happened as I’ve not been playing so please do NOT comment with spoilers. I have done the hunter artifact quest so I know that bit about Alleria, and that is it. I don’t know if anything else has happened and I’m looking forward to finding out!⠀

 

 

Screenshot Challenge - Pink

Pink

This weeks screenshot is pink! Pink is not my favourite colour, however, I absolutely adore the interiors designed in World of Warcraft’s The Burning Crusade expansion. This one is from one of the interiors of Tempest Keep and I’ll always admire the beauty and elegance in their designs.⠀

 

 

Screenshot Challenge - Rabbit

Rabbit

I was running a day late and had to grab one from the archive for this weeks challenge – Rabbit! Here’s my World of Warcraft main Kaelea dressed up in her Noble Garden bunny garb with her spring rabbit. Noble Garden has been one of my favourite WoW holidays for a long time, and I’m glad to find that there’s something new for me to collect this year so I can take part again. It’s extremely frustrating having nothing new to get from an event that you love. ⠀⠀
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What does rabbit represent for you in your gaming? Is there an Easter/spring event? Let me know or post your own screenshot! ⠀⠀

 

 

Screenshot Challenge - Dragons

Dragons

In honour of St Georges Day (Patron Saint of England) the prompt was… DRAGONS!! Fun fact related to this prompt; my World of Warcraft guild has an official guild rule that states we have to kill any dragon we find 😛

I love dragons and the different ways in which they are presented in different games. Here you have the super cute adorable Aurene from guild wars 2 , a dragon from Dragon Age Inquisition and finally my favourites; the red dragon queen, Alexstraza, and her consort, Krasus, from World of Warcraft. They are both two characters with fascinating and tragic histories.
I am so excited that there’s going to be a new Chromie quest line in WoW! Anyone else looking forward to that?

 

 

Screenshot Challenge - Friends

Friends


The final prompt for April is friends, and I only play one game with a group of friends – World of Warcraft. I don’t have any group/guild screenshots, so I’ve gone for one of NPCs and their friends – Jaina and Valeera ready to kick some horde ass when Garrosh was warchief. ⠀

 

Did you take part? Let me know in the comments! I did really badly with variety this month, and it did end up being a WoW month! Hopefully next month I’ll do better 🙂

 

 

May’s Prompts!

Screenshot Challenge - May Prompts!

 

Once again I’ve taken some inspiration for May’s calendar of events to plan the prompts. The 7th May is Free Comic Book Day so I want to see your favourite hero! I’m specifically saying hero, not anti-hero because that will probably be a future prompt 😉 The 14th is Mothers Day around the world (for some reason here in the UK we have ours a totally different time) so I’ve gone a bit abstract and given you Cherish as that day’s prompt. I’m curious to see how this will be interpreted!

The 21st is totally random, and since we’re now in May I figured we’d go with pastel as it’s a colour/shade associated with spring. The 28th is Water, representing the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.

 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading through my wrap up, and would love to see some others joining in! It’s a fun thing for me to do on my own so while I can keep flying solo, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing too! 🙂 As always follow me on instagram to see my posts every Sunday!

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Geek Girl Bloggers you need to check out!

Sharing Saturday - Geeky Girl Bloggers

In honour of International Women’s day this week I wanted to bring attention to a group of women who deserve recognition; geek girl bloggers! The celebration of women comes with messages of inequality, a reminder of why feminism is needed and the gender gap between men and women. One I am keenly aware of is that in the geek world. As seen by my regular feature Geek on the High Street, geek fashion is often limited to just the mens and kids sections. Women aren’t geeky, they don’t like Star Wars, comics or superheroes…. yeah, right! In the last year I have had the fortune to get to know the ladies of Geek Girls x Bloggers on Facebook and Female Geek Bloggers on Google +. Even though the names of these groups and the information states clearly that they’re for girls, guys still try to join. They want access for whatever reason – we’re not quite sure what they think they’ll get – and that just highlights the issue of why we need a women’s day, why we need feminism. This isn’t all male geeks, some are great and appreciate geek girls. But the fact is some believe they have the right to have access to our safe space, and brands believe that geekyness is only for boys and children.

With this in mind I want to introduce you to 6 Geek Girl Bloggers (I had to limit myself so if you’re not included please don’t feel left out!).

 

The Geek Girl Bloggers

The Nerdy Girly

Hi my name is Megan and I am The Nerdy Girlie! I LOVE all things NERDY and GIRLIE! Here at The Nerdy Girlie blog I want to build a community with ALL nerds and to encourage and support other nerdy women!

 

 

A Geek Girl's Guide

I’m Michelle Anneliese.  I am a Ravenclaw from District 13 who enjoys playing games and geek culture. My favorites are Harry Potter, Tabletop Games, and watching Twitch and YouTube.
I am a creator. I take the tools around me and make things. These things include stories and articles, graphics and designs, photography, and anything that captures my imagination.

I am multi-passionate. I work on many different projects that inspire me. I don’t fit into one box of creation; I want to do all of it. I don’t want my work to only be in one field or medium. I want to be able to express myself, tell stories, and educate through multiple medias.

 

 

 

Her GeekeryI’m Ashlee, the gal behind Her Geekery. I live with my husband and our fur-baby in sunny Southern California, freelancing by day and fighting for the Horde by night. Join me for blogging advice, geek culture news, book and game reviews, & whatever else catches my fancy.

 

 

 

 

Depepi.com

My name is Pepi and I’m a Social Media Consultant. I write books and create mixed media art paintings. I love technology, Superheroes, fantasy & sci-fi books too.

I studied Law in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and International Studies (specialization Asia) in the same University. In 2003 I obtained a scholarship of the Japanese Government to study Compared Constitutional Law in the University of Tokyo. In 2008 I graduated from my Masters degree in the same University (x2). One of my passions is learning and speaking languages. I speak Spanish, Catalan, English, Japanese, Italian and French. Nowadays I live in the shinny UK.

I love reading, specially cultural anthropology books (Edward T. Hall, Conrad Phillip Kottak, etc), fantasy, sci fi and classic books. My favorite authors are Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward T. Hall, Marvin Minsky, George Orwell, Adous Huxley, Herman Hesse, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Amélie Nothomb, Lewis Carrol, etc. I also love reading comics. My favorites are Loki Agent of Asgard, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Captain Marvel, Spider Gwen, Star Lord… and many others!

 

 

Epicfied

I’m Kayla. Epicfied is my gamer tag and main identity throughout the internet. It all started with silly thirteen year old me saying “I need to go Epicfy my hair”… Epic to Epicfy to Epicfied! So I figured, what better URL for my personal/life blog?
I think I’ll be writing mainly about my life experiences (good and bad), my love for the geek life, and later along the road, I’ll be branching out to different blogs and possibly YouTube.
I hope you enjoy and please let me know if there’s any content that you’d like to see more of!

 

 

My Open Sketchbook

I’m Kay, a freelance artist living in New Hampshire. I specialize in portrait art, varying from semi-realism to more stylized portrayals. I’ve long been fascinated by human expression and body language (life long people-watcher here). Evoking that sense of life and emotion through my art is my biggest creative goal.

 


 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into the world of geek girls that blog and that you enjoy their blogs as much as I do!

My Goals for March

Monthly Goals: March 2017

It’s been a few months since I did one of these. January was just a crazy mess and February was all about the chest infection. Time to get back on track!

 

Blogging

  • I have blog ideas coming out of my ears right now. Seriously, so many ideas so hopefully this month will see an increase in content!
  • Commenting; yep, still an ongoing issue for me and I’m slowly getting there. People have actually had comments left by me recently *gasp*
  • Work on Blog Promo Links List.
  • Work on SEO.
  • Pinterest images for entries.
  • Media Kit? Might be able to squeeze this in this month.

 

Bullet Journal

I started a bullet journal this year to coincide with my 2017 Word of the Year Treasure (read more here).  February was supposed to be my first month of trackers and as you can imagine, the chest infection threw that out the window. That means March is the first time tracking things, so I need to keep up to date with it and stick to it.

 

Challenges

I’ve just launched The Screenshot Challenge and I’m also taking part in Magical March hosted by Kayla. I’ll be posting a selfie every day and screenshots every Sunday on my instagram.

 

Gaming

Since December I’ve not been playing WoW. With everything that happened in December I just haven’t felt like being social and WoW is my social game. So I went back to Guild Wars 2 and Chris joined me, so we’ve been playing through that together; first time for him. I’m playing it pretty leisurely so I don’t have any specific goals, I’m enjoying just floating by!

I do want to try and start the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC’s this month though. I was focused on GW2 and have been busy, so hoping to fit it in somewhere.

 

Reading

I have been in a slump since the start of the year. I’ve gotten through some comics, and that is about it. I still haven’t finished a book I started in November, not because there is anything wrong with the book, I just have no motivation to read. It could be because I’ve been so stressed and ill, or I’ve just not had enough energy to spare. I hope to change it this month and get back on track!

 

Convention Preparation

Last year I won 6 tickets to the Sci Fi and Fantasy Warriors weekender, a weekend of geekyness and meeting guests! There’s some great guests there including Nicholas Brendon from Buffy, Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf and Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood. There’s also a masquerade ball, something I have been wanting to go to for so long! It’s at the end of the month so I need to get a bunch of stuff prepared:

  • Discuss and plan schedule for the weekend.
  • Test hair and make up.
  • Look up DIY masques and make ours.
  • Create blog business cards and get them shipped.
  • Prepare/collect items for signings.
  • Packing list.
  • Food/Meal planning.

 

Dissertation

My dissertation had to go on the back burner a bit due to my recent illness, so this month I really need to crack on with it. I’ve had to re-evaluate the way I’m approaching my research question so it is something more plausible. I’m currently looking at a possible diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and one important aspect of living with the condition is learning to pace myself. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have made some good head way with this!

 

 

Have you got any goals for March? Let me know!