A Year of No Fear

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Year of No Fear

You all knew it was coming. Now that the move has settled down, I’ve had a bit of time to make my list of goals to complete before I turn 25 this time next year. Given the 50/50 success of last year’s goal, I’ve decided to be a bit more general this year to allow for flexibility. I have a private list of 24 specific things I hope to do. I’ll update you all as I progress with those, but here I’ll stick to the general themes:

Always Give My All 

Do or Do Not. There is no try.


22 Things I Did While 22

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Things I Did WhileSome of you may have noticed I’ve fallen behind in my blogging lately. That’s due in part to my taking on a second job, and in part because of some of the things on this list.

In an effort to get back to blogging regularly and because I turn 23 tomorrow, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share a list I’ve compiled of 22 Things I Did While 22. So, in no particular order, here are some notable (and not-so-notable) goals, accomplishments, and experiences of mine from throughout the last year:

How to Be A Happy Single on Valentine’s Day

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Hello, everyone and happy Valentine’s Day!

For some, this day marks the most romantic day of the year. For others, it’s an awkward, even depressing holiday to get through. But it doesn’t have to be.

Valentine’s Day is about love, but that isn’t limited to romantic love. My family has always celebrated Valentine’s by exchanging cards and small gifts or candy. For many years my school friends and I did the same. So whether you are single or not, use today to show how much you care for and appreciate all the special people in your life, not just your significant other.

I do, however, recommend that avoiding restaurants for the next 24 hours. The abundance of sappy sweet couples present is an awkwardness singles are better spared.

Have an awesome weekend!

Girls and Graphic Novels

Books/Graphic Novels, Thoughts and Opinions

girl in the comic book store

If you’re into graphic novels, you’ve probably heard this debate before. Is sexism in the genre and among fans really as bad as some people claim?

Like all stereotypes, there’s an element of truth and an element of exaggeration. It boils down to what your personal experience is. For me and some of my close female friends, our experiences show certain stereotypes ring true. 

Biting off more than I can chew?

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I think the old expression “biting off more than you can chew” is a good way to describe how I’m feeling towards the blog right now.

While I’ve enjoyed making podcasts again, it is far more time consuming than I remembered and I’m not sure it is really contributing much to my reviews. That and trying to review 6 shows on Youtube while also doing written reviews here on the blog, plus work, plus writing a novel, plus art class, book club, and other functions of my social life, is very quickly proving difficult to juggle.

I think I will scale back both my audio and written reviews a bit to help with time management. Let me know if this sounds like a good plan:

1. Continue reviewing Sailor Moon Crystal episode by episode (this is manageable as it only airs biweekly).

2. Stick to reviewing major episodes like midseason finales, premieres, season finales, and crossovers for Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham. This means I WILL cover The Flash and Arrow this week.

3. Do season reviews for older shows and animes I watch.

4. Continue with the book and movie reviews on an “as I get to them” basis as I’ve been doing.

Also let me know which reviews you most enjoy and I will prioritize accordingly. As always, thanks for reading.

Carpal Tunnel and Blog Changes

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After several weeks of pain in my wrists getting progressively worst, I went to an orthopedic. Turns out I’m in the beginning stages of carpal tunnel. The good news is that I don’t need surgery right now. We hope that with a few weeks of physical therapy, the use of a brace, combined with changing the ergonomics of my work stations the problem will resolve itself. The stretches and brace have significantly reduced my pain in just 4 days, so I’m optimistic. The carpal tunnel has caused me to reevaluate how much time I spend typing, however.

To help cut down on the amount of time I spend typing, I’ve decided to push ahead with an idea I’ve had for awhile. For my longer reviews, I’d like to try using a combination of podcast and shorter amounts of text. In our busy lives, it’s easier to listen to things like reviews than read lengthy posts on themes and such, so I think this will work to everyone’s benefit. I have experience making podcasts from my college journalism classes and I’ve missed it, so that’s a plus as well.

In order to help cut down on the eclectic nature of the blog, I’ll also be moving all my creative writings to my new site LaurenEEllis.com. My past and future recipes will also be finding a new home. The bulk of the blog, which is entertainment/book reviews along with the occasional fashion post, will stay right here.

If you have any experience or advice with podcasting, feel free to leave a comment. I hope to do reviews on the midseason finales of the DC Comics based shows and the remainder of The Legend of Korra final season soon. Until then, have a great weekend!