Green Photo Challenge [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Green Photo challenge

Happy St Patrick’s day everyone! Unsurprisingly this weeks prompt is a little green ๐Ÿ˜‰ For my green photo challenge I decided to stick to geeky/fandom related items so here’s 5 photos of geeky stuff I own.

 

Green Photo Challenge - Books

 

I’ve read all of these but one (can you guess which? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and recommend them all. Have you read any of these?

 

 

Green Photo Challenge - Plushies

 

My Naughty Nessie plushie alongside my 1980s Good Luck Bear Care Bear plushie and finally my Tatty Teddy frog costume plushie.

 

Green Photo Challenge - Movies

 

A selection of green movie DVDs (and one bluray) from our movie collection featuring some comic book films (Suicide Squad, Green Lantern and Hulk), and some animated and childhood loves (Space Jam, Shrek Forever After, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and the Princess the Frog).

 

Green Photo Challenge - TV Box Sets

 

I then raided our TV Boxset collection to serve up this mish-mash of genres featuring Red Dward, House, Lost and Buffy.

 

 

 

Green Photo Challenge - PC Games

 

Despite having video games for PC and three different consoles, there were only these two that fit the green criteria. Have you played them?

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into my geeky and fandom items ๐Ÿ™‚

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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).ย  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!

5 Galentine’s Day Gifts Ideas [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Galentines Day Gifts

 

When I first saw this prompt I was like, huh?! I was not at all familar with the concept so had to look it up.

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it. Ladies celebrating ladies.โ€

– Amy Poehlerโ€™s character Leslie Knopein Parks and Recreation

 

This is something that I can embrace and totally get on board with. Growing up I found it very difficult to have female friends because I was more of a tom boy and into geeky stuff instead of swooning over the latest celebrity or caring what was in fashion. As I’ve grown older I’ve gotten more female friends, some of who are in relationships and others who are single. I know every year that Valentines day can be a bullet through the heart for those who have yet to find their one, so the idea of saying ‘screw partners’ and spending time with independent amazing women sounds bloody awesome to me!

My female friends cover a wide range of personality types and interests, but this is a fandom prompt so I went geeky and stuck to fandom related things. Maybe next year I’ll do a more inclusive blog post for gift ideas for Galentines day. For now though, enjoy!

 

Books!

Well, duh, of course this is top of my list! I think there is nothing more amazing or special than gifting someone with a bunch of books. If they have the same interests as you then it’s lovely and personal to give them a selection of your favourites. If they’re into different genres then check out their TBR or wish list (most book worms have one!) and spoil them with a selection. There’s even the possibility of getting the same book for everyone and getting together again when you’re all finished; like a personal mini book group! The ideas and possibilities are endless. If you’re short on cash there’s sites like bookmooch and read it swap it, as well as charity shops so you can do good and spoil your gal pals ๐Ÿ™‚ And if they’re an e-book lover don’t forget to check out my list of ways to get free e-books!

 

 

Stationery

Everyone uses stationery, geeks especially and thanks to sites like etsy there is an abundance of geeky stationery available online – like this fantastic stamp from biterswit! Whether your friend is just a post it note and pen kind of girl, or whether they’re a total bullet journal fan, there is something for everyone.

 

 

Plushies

I’ve yet to meet a geek, male or female, who doesn’t like plushies from fandoms. There is something about seeing a character in cute squishy form that appeals to lots of people and there is so many to choose from. Most fandoms have a plushie form for characters, especially creatures. If you can’t find an “official” one (like this adorable wind rider cub by Blizzard Entertainment) then check out sites like etsy and deviantart for handmade wonders.

 

Virtual Gifts

Virtual gifts come in various different shapes and sizes, and can be tailored to your friends interest. If they’re a gamer chances are there is some form of virtual gift (like World of Warcraft’s adorable Mischief pet!) or currency you can get for them. There’s also a bunch of online subscriptions or paid services that might interest them, such as more icons on Livejournal or a core upgrade on Deviantart. The best thing about virtual gifts is you can usually buy something for someone from another country without any hassle. Virtual gifts don’t have to cost money; if you’re handy with photoshop why not make your girl friends some graphics? Make some icons, maybe a desktop/phone wallpaper or even a banner for their blog.

 

Apparel

Being a geeky girl means sometimes finding suitable apparel that isn’t just for guys, unisex or looks baggy and unflattering is a chore. As a geek and a girl that makes you perfectly suited to finding fantastic apparel for your friends that matches their fandoms! I absolutely why I love online stores like Jinx and Wild Bangarang, because they make products for women and have attitude. Like this amazing World of Warcraft T-shirt, perfect for Galentine’s day in my opinion!

 

What do you think? Do you celebrate Galentine’s day or never heard of it (like me!)? What would you give your gal pals as a special treat?

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My To Be Read Pile [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - My TBR pile

My TBR pile is massive and has multiple parts. If you head over to my goodreads profile you can see my many bookshelves. I even have my TBR pile divided by whether they’re available at my two local libraries. So, yeah, this prompt was a pest! Narrowing it down to just 5 books was difficult, so I decided to add a sub-category to the prompt. First I considered new releases, new authors, indie books and comics (my local library just got an awesome subscription to Comics Plus so yey access to free digital comics!). In the end, I settled for this; 5 books in ongoing series that I am desperate to read.

 

Cainsville

The next book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, and I am desperate to get my hands on it. It’s at my local library so I just need to wait until I’m well enough to pick up books again! I’ve gobbled down every book in this series so far and can’t wait to find out what happens next. This series has been a mixture of several genres, there’s a definite supernatural/urban fantasy element but it fits into the categories of thriller and mystery too.

 

All Souls

The final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, and I have mixed feelings about it, as I have with the whole series. On the one hand I absolutely love it, on the other the books are so long and complex at times that the thought of picking up the next one hurts my head. It’s not the length, it’s the way it is written which is both a blessing and a curse. I want to know what happens next, how it all ends, and yet knowing how much text there is to get to that point – if there are even any straight answers – can be a bit off putting!

 

Bloodlines

Book 4 in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, this series continues on from her original Vampire Academy series with some familar and some new characters. I’m quite behind in it because it took me a while to get hold of one of the books, so I’m still playing catch up. This is one of those series where I’ve loved every book, but the incoming pain and danger for characters makes me put off reading it!

 

Mercy Thompson

I completely devoured Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series a few years ago, and the last few books I’ve hit the ‘must wait for it to be published’ wall. Gah! It’s so totally worth the wait every time, and again, health is the only thing stopping me from grabbing this from the library.

 

Magnus Chase

Occasionally I watch a film/tv series before I’ve read the books, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series was one of those. I quickly made my way through all of those, the next series and onto his other series based on Egyptian mythology. So when I heard he was writing about Norse mythology I was super excited and loved the first Magnus Chase book! Again, I’ve had to wait for the next book to be published so I’ve yet to get my hands on the next book and can’t wait to read where the story goes next!

 

What’s on your To Be Read pile? Do you have a short, specific one, or an ever growing never ending one like me? Do you prioritise certain authors/series? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Geeky Goals for 2017 [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - 2017 goals

I’m still playing catch up after the holidays so this is a few days late! As I’m going to be doing two other goal related posts, one for the new year and one for January, I decided to use this prompt to look at specifically fandom and nerdy related things I want to do in 2017.

 

Video Games

While World of Warcraft is usually my primary game, I do have a variety of games sitting around waiting for me to play. Chris and I often get stuff cheap in steam sales or Humble Bundles, as well as snatching up free games from Origin and Uplay. Last year I did terribly at finishing or even starting these games so 2017 I’m planning to finish 6 games. That’s 1 every 2 months roughly. I’m also planning to do more youtube stuff, for WoW and possibly other games!

 

Reading

I use Goodreads to track my reading and challenge myself to read so many every year. It keeps going up each year, with last year’s challenge being revised three times. I failed the third time, which is this years target of 300. I want to try to focus on finishing old series before I start new ones so I’ll be grabbing stuff from my local libraries and book mooch to finish those up (or get up to date). I also want to make my way through my massive amount of kindle books I’ve picked up for free from indie authors, so I’m going to be making ‘Book Bingo cards’ for some months. Here’s my January one!

 

Films

I’ve decided on a few film related goals for 2017, starting with watching every film we own. I’ve seen most of them, however, some I’ve slacked on and some were Chris’ before we got together and after almost 10 years together I still haven’t watched them. I also recall a conversation at uni last year with my classmates discussing ‘classic’ films, like A Clockwork Orange, and they were quite appalled at how many I’ve not seen. So I’m planning to remedy that! My idea of classic is probably not the same as everyone’s, and while there will be some old films from the 60’s and 70’s, I probably won’t be going much earlier. On top of these two goals, I want to catch up on films of some of my favourite actors. Some of them are no longer with us (Carrie Fisher, Robin Williams), while others (Harrison Ford) I’ve seen a lot of, but there’s still some I’ve not watched. Those are the few I can think of and will be my starting place for now!

 

Bullet Journal

I messed around with a notebook type bullet journal last year and found that having a nice bullet journal with a to do list for each week just doesn’t work for me. Incorporating the two just got messy and meant that I couldn’t keep things neat. So instead, that notebook is for notes and my weekly planner. I’ve bought a new, proper, dotted journal to keep an actual bullet journal for 2017.

 

Online Projects

2016 was a woefully fulfilling year for online projects, with my focusing on my Msc and my blog. I don’t have any major plans for new layouts for 2017, unless inspiration strikes, but I would like to change a few things around. Namely, my personal site photo gallery which doesn’t work and hasn’t for aggges. I want to move it to another script, and do the same with my screenshot and scan gallery. Speaking of scans; I have loads that need editing and made into png and brush packs for deviantArt. I’ve been slacking and would like to try to get into one a month. I have also been contemplating getting back into the fanlistings world for a while now. I left due to drama, but I’ve changed and I don’t think I’m going to take everything so seriously any more. I don’t intent to go crazy, just start out small and go from there.

Finally, I’ve been working on a big project that will either work really well or just collapse on itself. I started work on it a few years ago and it’s slowly bugging me that it’s still in limbo. I want to get it launched this year!

 

What do you think? Anything strike your fancy? I’ll be posting updates throughout the year so stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

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