Write, Geek, Community, Health

A Letter to Myself: Identity in Geek Culture

Warning: serious stuff ahead. I'll try to keep it humorous. I was thinking back to the most impactful moments of my nerd life, wondering how things might have changed without them. Various small decisions and influences shaping me into the reasonable facsimile of an adult I am now. What if I'd seen Star Trek before… Continue reading A Letter to Myself: Identity in Geek Culture

Card Games, Game Culture, Conventions

Geeking on the Go: Grand Prix Las Vegas

Greetings, and welcome to the second part of my 2-piece series on exceedingly nerdy travels. For this bit, let's focus on one particular MTG tournament. No, let's move beyond that. Let's talk about THE MTG tournament. One of the greatest community-held events ever: Grand Prix Las Vegas. Wizards of the Coast-to-Coast First off, you'll remember from… Continue reading Geeking on the Go: Grand Prix Las Vegas

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Card Games, Play

Geeking on the Go: SCGcon

Howdy, everyone! Guess who's back from a convention tour? I am...yeah, my name is right there. Anticlimactic. I had the pleasure and good fortune to travel to 2 different conventions over the past few weeks. Specifically, Magic: the Gathering conventions. Games were played, friends were made, product bought, connections reestablished, and the inevitable con flu… Continue reading Geeking on the Go: SCGcon

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Relationships, Geek

Sex and Sexuality: Romance Relationships in Media

So here’s the thing...I hate arbitrary romance plotlines in popular media. Be it The Walking Dead TV show (damn it, Andrea) or a popular book defacing religion, forced romance will always kill my interest. The last thing I want to see when consuming media is the trope-y protagonist hooking up with a character meant to… Continue reading Sex and Sexuality: Romance Relationships in Media

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Geek, Play

The Player in the Game: Identity and MTG

Forewarning for anyone who doesn’t like MTG or thinks Myers Briggs tests are BS: you probably aren’t going to like this article. Warning you now, please feel free to explore the rest of the site. Everyone else? Cool, let’s get started. So for you readers who don’t know what Magic: the Gathering is, it’s a… Continue reading The Player in the Game: Identity and MTG

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Read, Book Reviews

The Heroic Villain: The Great Train Robbery

Picture, if you will: a dashing rogue with a British accent sets up a year-long plan to steal money from a corrupted government. Everything seems covered, the plans are laid, and the heist goes off with only minor inconveniences. The rogue flees the government and is never captured. The money, taken from a government train,… Continue reading The Heroic Villain: The Great Train Robbery

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Write, Story

The Best Way to Lose Sleep: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights

It’s a little past midnight in the middle of winter. I’m working third shift at a local store, bored out of my skull. By then I’ve listened to every podcast I normally would, heard a few audiobooks at least 3 times each, and I’m realizing that a motivation playlist probably needs more than a dozen… Continue reading The Best Way to Lose Sleep: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights

Geek, Conventions

Losing It: Con Virginity and How Losing Mine Changed Me for the Better

It was 31 October 2014. My younger brother and I were in the middle of our college years. No real activities outside of classes and friends, mostly staying in at home. Nothing really exciting happening, no hero to meet, no event to attend. Calm and quiet homefolk, taking time to relax after classes. Our mom… Continue reading Losing It: Con Virginity and How Losing Mine Changed Me for the Better