Blog Crush: Leslie IRL

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girls-gone-geekI’m obsessed with Leslie! Is that weird? Idc idc! I can’t remember when we first “virtually” met, but I’ll assume it was on Twitter because that’s where I live. She had a geeky blog, I had a geeky blog and next thing you know were internet besties.
Even though Leslie is such a lovely person, I have a sneaking suspicion that she has several gangers locked in her basement. That’s the only possible way she can work on all her projects! Seriously, folks.
I’ll make a list just to emphasize her awesomeness:

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Blog Crush: Leslie IRL

Why do you blog? 
I love the geek and blogger community! In some regards, I blog to try to inspire people to be their best self. I love to give people ideas, advice, food for thought, contraverial things to comment on, and motivation to do cool things. I feel like by creating diverse and fun communities like the Geek Girl Pen Pals as well as blogging about my life, my art, and my raison d’etre, I might inspire, enable and empower others to go out there and create awesome. I want to be close to a community that isn’t exactly in my backyard, so I try to make myself a real presence online. I love connecting with people across the globe, including geeky celebrities, and to me, the best way to do that is to blog and maintain an online lifestyle.

Favorite blog-related moment? peach-cropped

Seeing a blog post like Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell my geeky 13-year old self hit 3,000 views in 1 day really tickled my pickle. And the best part was, I gave all those contributors a little bit of the spotlight and a place to voice their own wisdom. That made me really happy and fuzzy on the inside!

What do you obsessed about? 

Does wine count? Haha! I am obsessed with…. Harry Potter, Pewdiepie, Captain America, Instagramming, LARPing and cosplaying, and blogging! I am always plotting new blog ideas, writing, scouting other blogs for inspiration, and trying to connect with others with my blog and social media. I am such a typical millennial!

If Kirby were to eat you, what power would he get? 

I think he (she?) would get the ability to hug people and turn them into kittens.

What video game, comic/book, show and movie would you want to have if you were on a deserted island? 

Probably Animal Crossing, an Archie comic (hopefully at least a double digest), the Bible, Pretty Little Liars (help me, I am addicted to this show), and Moon so I can feel like I am slowly going crazy and try to build a robot friend to talk to me.

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What I See Project

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The What I See Project is a global online platform that recognizes and amplifies women’s voices. Through each person’s unique and honest answer to the universal question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”, women from all over the world, myself included, can be empowered by relating to each other’s words.

1017021_615508328488832_1172572704_nWhen I was asked to be apart of the What I See Project, I was honored. I had no idea how I planned to answer the question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” Especially on film. But once I hit record, everything else just flowed out and came naturally. We are complex beings, so when we look in the mirror, we see all of those complexities as well. We see our insecurities, our goals, our accomplishments, our failures. For me, in that particular moment, I was taken back to when I was young and my parents would tell me I always had to work twice as hard for anything because I am a woman of color. I’ve carried that with me throughout life and it’s shaped how I navigate through the world. Even the geek world. I feel a sense of responsibility as a geek girl of color to voice any misrepresentation and underrepresentation I see in the geek sub-culture. You never know the impact one conversation, tweet or blog post can have.

I encourage you to submit your own What I See video. Since February, there’s been over 500 contributions from eleven different  countries. The project aims to provide a safe environment where women can share their struggles, achievements and inner thoughts, and express themselves freely through a website that appreciates them for who they really are.
http://www.whatiseeproject.com

Next up in the What I See Project is the very beautiful and stylish, Callie Thorpe, at fromthecornersofthecurve.com!

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What I See Project Campaign Trailer from whatiseeproject on Vimeo.

Etsy Crush of the Week- Treno Nights

Rachael is a gamer girl with a knack for creating darling hand-made jewelry. Whether you’re a Whovian, gamer or otaku, there’s a little bit of everything in Treno Nights for you! Find out more about the talent behind the charming Etsy shop in my interview with Rachael.

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When my earrings arrived in the mail it felt like Christmas!

Interview with Rachael of Treno Nights Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Rachael: My name is Rachael, and I live in Fort Worth, TX. I have a miniature dachshund and a silver german shepherd and I live with my husband. I am hopelessly addicted to video games… My husband got me into them when we met and I haven’t been able to stop since. I play anything from Little Big Planet to Resident Evil. I am an addict for sure. I sit in front of my computer WAY to much, I have an addiction to caffeine, and I have issues with procrastination.

How long have you been crafting and making jewelry?

Rachael: I have been crafting my entire life. My mom never did my school projects for me, and she would NEVER buy those kits that come with all the things you need. I was forced to go around the house and find things I could use in my project. As much as I would resent her some times for that, I owe her for my creativity. As for making jewelry that is a fairly new hobby of mine. I picked up polymer clay for the first time a little over a year ago. I was hooked immediately.

How did Treno Nights come to be? 

Rachael: What got me hooked on clay was cell phone charms. I went crazy and was buying all sorts of licensed charms and turning them into jewelry. Then I discovered Etsy and saw what people were making out of clay. I rushed to Hobby Lobby and I bought a sample pack, ran home, and I made a cupcake and a digivice and I was sold. I knew that making charms that you can’t find anywhere else was what I wanted to do. I wanted to share with the world my creations, so I started a shop on Etsy. :D

Where did you get the name Treno Nights?

Rachael: Treno Nights is inspired by Final Fantasy IX. In that game there was a city named Treno. Specifically the Dark City Treno. In that city there are lots of auctions, games, and gambles. I took the name because taking a risk is a gamble, and sometimes you may seem lost in the dark. It seems a little cliche, but it works for me. Although most people don’t even think twice about the reference, it has special meaning to me.

What are you a fangirl for? 

Rachael: Where to begin… Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts, and Legend of Zelda. I would LOVE a crossover. :D

If you were on a deserted island what video game, book, movie and TV show would you bring? 

Rachael: This is a really, really hard question. If I could have one of each I would choose Kingdom Hearts (I could always try to beat Sephiroth), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumb and Dumber, and for TV show I choose Mythbusters.

Where do you live on the internet?  

Rachael: I do accept commissions, so if you don’t see something in my shop that you want, I can make it just for you.

Fables and Reflections- Musings on my Jamaican Vacation

Greetings Geeks, Gamers, Otakus and Fanboys and Fangirls!

I’ve returned from my Jamaican vacation which seemed like both an eternity and not long enough. When I’m on vacation I try my best to keep my strict no-internet policy. Which may account for my twitter binge once my plane landed in JFK Sunday night. I had an amazing time and although I won’t do another detailed travel blog like I did for my Italian vacation during winter break. However, I will comment on a few geek related occurrences. Continue reading →

8-bit Me!

Chronic Geek made me this awesome 8-bit version of me!  I’ve decided to add it to my new “follow me on twitter” picture on the right.  I think she did a great job and it’s super cute!  I exchange made her a Princess Peach with pink and black hair.  Check out her blog too and she’s on twitter!

Zombie Week- Undead Jewelry

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Comes in different colors!

Hello Nerdom!

Well if you’ve wandered to my blog I’m going to assume you are vaguely (or extremely) interested in the wondrous world of all things geek.  If you are here for another reason this site should bring out the inner geek in you … *crosses fingers*.

Some things I’m completely obsessed with that I will featured on the blog:

  • Video Games- my brother is a hardcore gamer which may account for my love of D pads and the letters A, B, L, R and things of that nature.
  • Literature- I love everything from Shakespeare, Hemingway, James Baldwin, Chuck Palahniukk, Edwidge Danticat to J. K. Rowling.
  • Anime- I celebrate Faye Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
  • Art- I don’t think many people consider art to be geeky but it’s my blog and ima do what I want! *crosses arms and looks away*
  • Comics- Not as familiar with this medium as I’d like but being a descendant of Marvel fanboy should mean something… Right?…Right?!

Everyone feel free to send me geeky things you think I should contribute and will give you a shout out and/or link to your blog/twitter/facebook/etc.!

Some of you may (or may not) care what I look like so here’s a pic of yours truly!

Okay okay okay… so that isn’t me. But isn’t she cute?! I altered Princess Peach with the assistance of Photoshop.

Here you go! Now this nerd girl has a (non-animated) face.