harry potter house

Come on, admit it. You’ve taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It’s a great geeky time killer at the very least. This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them. For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki):Read More →

girls

I wasn’t a fan of the HBO series, Girls, at the start of the show. To say I was slow to appreciate it is an understatement. My initial hesitation rooted in the lead character, Hannah’s, self-centered approach to life. She acted as if the world, and New York City in particular, owed her something. I couldn’t stand her or her attitude. I can’t quite say what it was that kept me watching the show. My usual excuse falls to being a story addict and having to know how the story ends. But I’ve given up on stories that didn’t annoy me to the lengths that GirlsRead More →

symbols

Fear not, writing and literary fans! Good Words returns and we tackle Symbols and Metaphors. My apologies for the delay in continuing the series. The demands on my time this semester have been more intense because of my course load and have kept me away from my computer. Thankfully, summer is on the horizon and a lighter workload for me. But! This episode is wonderful. Evan and I take on these two concepts and give some great definitions and examples. Symbols / Symbology An image or object that represents a larger, more abstract idea. Metaphor From Merriam Webster:  a figure of speech in which a wordRead More →

pleasures

Guilty pleasures! We had a great time at this hangout. First we discuss what makes something a guilty pleasure. We decided it’s often something you don’t talk much about, you generally don’t tell your friends or your family about it. Sometimes it might make you feel a little embarrassed that you enjoy it so much. Or it might be a show or movie that you watch and watch over and over again. Isabela previously discussed how guilty pleasures are often code for feminine. Romances are often described as guilty pleasures. One of the ideas we mention is they are often more light hearted or popcornRead More →

guilty

It’s that time again! For March, our staff are getting together to discuss guilty pleasures for our live hangout. What makes something you enjoy a guilty pleasure? Tune in to hear us discuss this very question. We will share our favorite TV shows, movies, books, games, and food. There might also be a disagreement over what makes something a guilty pleasure… Tune in live at 2pm pacific Sunday, March 26th and find out what I mean. Live on YouTube! Click on the link and we can read your comments as we chat. Until next time, get your geek on! Regina, Isabela, Mark, and Julie  Read More →

capes baskets

Capes & Baskets: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Superheroes Were you unable to attend Geek Girl Con or Wizard World in Portland, Oregon? Have you always wanted to see The Geek Embassy’s ambassadors in action? Well, now is your chance! For our recent presentation in Portland, I was able to record our panel on my phone on a mini tripod recommended by a photographer friend of the show, Andrew. The sound isn’t great but I think you can hear each of us well enough. Isabela is the faintest since she is farthest from the mic. I truly adore this presentation. It represents theRead More →

imagery

Imagery Good Words returns with a new series: Literary Devices, the approaches our favorite authors use to bring our favorite worlds to life. Literary devices range far and wide. Often times we hear these terms used in casual conversation without a complete understanding of the definitions or purpose. With this series, we aim to help shed some light on what your favorite authors are doing while they create your favorite works and to help you understand as a writer the importance of these approaches. We first discuss Imagery or how we see, hear, and feel the literature we experience. Imagery:  so often overlooked even thoughRead More →

relationships

Relationships Those we love, those we wish for, and those we mourn. For our February hangout, we discuss relationships. We talk about canon couples: those fictional couples who set the bar for love and romantic gestures. But we’ve talked about those geeky relationship moments before so to spice this up we threw in our favorite doomed couples and our favorite “ships” or relationships we wish for, AKA “fanon.” We’ve got some crazy matches in store for you and some sad couples who either had tragic ends or tragically ended their shows because they ended up together. (Writers: don’t kill the sexual tension! It really ends things!)Read More →

stereotype

Stereotype, Stock, & Side Characters This week, Evan and I take on the ambitious task of discussing three character types the final episode of the Good Words character series: Stereotype, Stock, and Side characters. These character types face critique when they are overused and too heavily relied on by authors. We define each character and discuss the ways to use them effectively and break out of some overused character tropes. Stereotype: a generalized character based on little experience or direct knowledge. We discuss ways to address using known characteristics and changing them up to avoid this writing pitfall. Stock: a typical character often seen in literatureRead More →

new years

New Year’s Eve has come and gone but the staff of The Geek Embassy had to take some time to reflect on 2016. We suffered plenty of misery, had some good times, saw some good movies, and read some great books. 2016 is one for the record books for sure and we are hoping that 2017 will bring everyone lots of joy. Or at least fewer celebrity deaths. Rhonda and I recall our fabulous time at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. We presented a great panel titled, “Capes & Baskets: What fairy tales can teach us about superheroes.” It was really well received and aRead More →