I Asked the Experts

About a year ago, I wrote a post about my Comic Book Confusion.  Since I was at a loss about which comic books to read and where to start, I decide to ask an expert.  I got my opportunity at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa last month.  With so many artists and writers in attendance, and such a great program to choose from, I thought, surely I can get a couple of good recommendations from someone in the industry who should know.  Right?

I have a list.  Of course, I haven’t been able to read all the way through the list yet, but I’ve gotten enough of a start to be confident I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

Wait?  What was that?  You want to know what’s on my list? Okay, I’ll share.

The Comic Book To-Read List

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn – Yes, this was already on this list, and along with Sandman by Neil Gaiman provided the basis for the rest of the list…also I’ve been reading all of the other volumes I can get my hand on, and eagerly awaiting the next!
  2. Dream Thief by Jai Nitz – I’ve read Volume 1 and couldn’t put it down.  (I promise a full review is coming soon!)  Volume 2 is sitting on my kitchen table.  It arrived today.
  3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Weibe – I would like to say I can only read one book at a time, but I’ve already proven that I can.  I just haven’t picked this one up yet.
  4. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn – He already hit one out of the park with Saga do we really doubt?

My first Comic Con was a resounding success.  We all did a bit of amateur cosplay, fondled light sabers we could not afford, bought some amazing pieces of art, and met some fascinating people.

My one gigantic failing…not enough pictures!  Somehow I got dazzled by “geekvana” and forgot to take pictures.  Oh well, there’s always the next con.

What do you think of the list?  Would you add anything?

‘Til next time,


Healing Flowers

The events of last week weigh on my heart.  So many dead.  So many injured.  So much fear and anger.  I’ve gone back and forth about writing something here, but the video below decided me.


Le Petit Journal‘s interview with this boy and his father brightened my day…well, after it made me cry a bit.  You see, I hadn’t really been able to process all that had happened.  Shootings and explosions in Paris, car bombings in Beirut, and so many others…Then there was all the backlash. Normally good, kind people calling for U.S. soldiers to go in there and “slit their throats”, calls to deny aid to refugees hoping to escape the very kind of people committing these atrocities, and the weight got heavier.

Paris PeaceThe boy’s fear lives in me.  “They might have guns, but we have flowers,” the boy’s father said.  He’s right,  the bad guys might have bombs and guns, but those flowers and candles show that love is stronger.  Even after all the death and destruction, love prevails.  Citizens of Paris still stand up with signs that declare they are “Not Afraid”.  Government officials may want to deny Syrian refugees asylum, but citizen’s voices across social media shout a different message.  The world is still a dark and dangerous place, but not completely.

“Flowers and candles are here to protect us,” just as the little boy says.  They remind us of those taken in these tragedies, inspire us to let go of at least a little fear, and, along with a father comforting his son, brighten the world a little.  My heart needed reminding.

‘Til next time,


Wordy Thursday

My first time through college, I took a class called “Aesthetes and Decadents”, and it was all about turn of the century literature. I always  think of Oscar Wilde when I think of that class, and an unforgettable trip to visit his tombstone in Paris.
aesthete‘Til next time,


Wordy Thursday

If you could have a superpower what would it be?  Invisibility?  Reading minds?  Granting wishes?  Flight?  Oh yeah, baby, give me wings.  However,  if I could have my way, please do something cool like let me turn them into a tattoo when I don’t need them.  Please and thank you.
alate‘Til next time,


Wordy Thursday


With Halloween just a couple of days away, I thought I’d confess one of my greatest fears.  Amanda Palmer refers to the “Fraud Police” in her book The Art of Asking.  You know, the people who will eventually figure out you have no idea what you’re doing and call you out for it…yeah, I can relate.

‘Til next time,


These Are Definitely The Droids You’re Looking For

So, how may of you out there have just decided to let J.J. Abrams take all your money?  Because, after this trailer, I was ready to just go ahead and pre-order my tickets for Star Wars:The Force Awakens.  The only thing stopping me is not knowing the release date of the Sherlock Christmas Special.  Yes, I admit it.  One of the only things stopping me from making sure I’m one of the first people to see Star Wars Episode VII is making sure I see Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and cast decked out and working their Sherlock-y magic in 1890’s London.  However, getting a glimpse of R2-D2 made my fingers itchy for pre-ordering those tickets.  (He always was my favorite.)

‘Til next time,


Life by Design


Sunshine & Daisies

by Skitterphoto

Life has taken a new and exciting direction for me, which means there’s a whirlwind of activity, but it is all of the good variety.  Lots of scary changes, good-scary not bad-scary.  I’ve started an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Full Sail University, and while I’m only two months in to the three year long program, I absolutely love it.  The best part of each day is the time I spend working toward earning this degree.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all sunshine and daisies.

Full-Time Job + Full-Time School =
Tired & Stressed, but Blissful, Jessica


One of the really nice things about Full Sail University, other than the accelerated program, great professors, and programming that just makes me super-happy, is that my tuition includes a MacBook Pro. Until that arrived the other day, I didn’t realize how much I’d missed having a laptop that I can use to type on while I’m doing something like watching Sense 8 on Netflix.  (I knew I should have bought  the keyboard for my iPad.)  That means that you’re more likely to see more posts from me, since I apparently associate blogging with relaxing and my home office with, well, work.

You may also see a few vlogs, maybe? I learned how to use iMovie.  How did I not know how cool this was?  I may


by inspiredimages

have gone a little overboard with a video assignment for a class, but I could do cross dissolves and background music and titles.  It was pretty awesome.  The hardest part was recording enough video of me not looking or sounding stupid.  Also, the waiting for it to upload.  I got a little impatient when I didn’t see results right away and clicked the button a bunch of times.  I may have slowed things down a tad (or two hours).  What can I say it is a learning process.

You may also notice my blog take on a decidedly design-y trend because…well…I mentioned I was studying Graphic Design right?  There are also a few people in my life who have expressed an interest in seeing some of the things I’ve done as assignments so far, so I may post some of that stuff here too.

DON’T PANIC!  Geek stuff isn’t going away!  As a matter of fact, I’m going to my first ComiCon on Saturday.  I promise, I will be taking a lot of pictures, and I will be sharing…stuff. I don’t know what, because I’ve never been to a ComiCon before.  There is no going halfway though, I am dressing up, and getting into the swing of things.

So, to sum up, went back go school, got a new laptop, writing more stuff while watching cool stuff, and going to my first ever ComiCon.  Basically, creating my life the way I want it to be.  Life by design.

‘Til next time,


Missed Me?

Moriarty? No?

Sorry, not actually Moriarty, but with with announcement that the Christmas(ish) special of Sherlock will be released in cinemas worldwide, I couldn’t resist.  Of course, we’ve missed Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman!  I’m not even going to mention the rest of the cast, because it would just take to long.  However, you have not been forgotten (as all the weird stuff posted on the internet will let you know), your loyal audience has missed you!

When will we get to see the dynamic duo in action in the 1890’s no less? (not that dynamic duo, the other one)  We’ve no idea.  They’re keeping that close to the vest, but lets face it, when don’t they?  Gatiss and Moffatt love their secrets like they love…well, Sherlock.

As for me, hopefully, I won’t give you quite as much of a chance to miss me from here on out. Maybe it took the impending long-awaited Christmas-y special to bring me out of my cave, but here I am.  I can’t have you thinking of me as the bad guy now, can I?

‘Til next time,


Goldilocks Had the Right Idea











This summer I’ve listened to a lot of Zac Brown Band (fine, I listen to them all year round, but especially summer).  Jekyll + Hyde is an awesome album, what  can I say?  A particular line from the song “Homegrown” sticks with me, and has since the first time I heard the song.  “I have everything I need, and nothing that I don’t.”  This lyric has inspired a lot of thought about Happiness v. Contentment, the nature of greed and satisfaction, and the list really goes on and on. (I can’t imagine why co-workers tell me I over think  things sometimes.)

I think this Swedish word, lagom, sums it up as nicely as Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  I’m working on shaving off all that unnecessary stuff, and cultivating a life that’s “just right”.

How do you prune the excess out of your life?  Heck, how do you decide what you don’t need?  (I may be a bit of a pack rate both literally and metaphorically)
‘Til next time,


Guilty As Charged

hoppipollaI like this word, hoppipolla.  It sounds fun popping from the lips.  Try it?  See!  Awesome!

This is something I am usually guilty of.  Unless there’s somewhere I have to be where staying clean and dry is required, I’ll jump in the puddle.  I don’t require children to be present to encourage me either.

My parents have a couple of acres around their home, and in the very back there’s a pond in the spring and fall (usually it dries up in the summer, but there’s been a lot of rain this year.  It might still be there.)  A couple of months ago, my nephew and a friend got geared up (yep, required when the pasture is overgrown) and went exploring.

When they returned my nephew chattered on about a pond, and an island in the middle of the pond.  That’s when I believe my mother lost it.  I didn’t get to witness it, but I can make an educated guess.  This is not the first time a 14-year-old, living in her home has made such a statement.

Last time, it ended up with me commandeering an old cooler to become my “boat” and sailing for that island.  All was well, until my “boat” drifted off…I was stranded on an island.  Not quite a desert island, but I was wishing for rope or string or even a twisty tie to keep the “boat” with me…or galoshes.  Galoshes would have been nice.

The pond wasn’t deep, but I had (once again) received a lecture about getting muddy and wet in the pasture.  Plus, it was kind of cold out.  I could tell the water wasn’t going to be nice and warm.  Fortunately, I was rescued by my dad, who really couldn’t understand why I didn’t just walk out.

What can I say?  Piggyback rides are fun!
‘Til next time,




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