The ‘Little Convention That Could’ gets the best buzz as women and girls are given a safe space to share old passions and discover new ones.
I’ve loved designing t-shirts ever since the early days of Cafe Press, and have owned many shirts over the years designed by fellow fans. It’s an ongoing quest nowadays to find the right print-on-demand website that will do everything I want since screenprinting is not financially viable. I’m currently settled at Spreadshirt, which gives me the most options, but is far from perfect.
As you may know from my sidebars and this page, I make geeky crafts, and I’ve decided to put up more tutorials, especially when making things that aren’t going up for sale.
My favorite medium is enamel paint, the kind that’s meant for model cars and the like, on copper blanks that are usually used for enameling. There probably aren’t a lot of people who do this, which makes finding storage options tricky. Fortunately, getting creative is something I’m pretty good at.
I’ve never seen an episode of Oprah in my life, but I understand that periodically she would share whatever tickled her fancy with her audience, and today’s my birthday, so I thought it would be a good time to share the things that have tickled mine. (Metaphorically.) I suppose with Thanksgiving coming up I could also title this post ‘Things I’m Grateful For’ but that enters the dodgy world of ending sentences with prepositions. Mostly, I want to share some neat or useful things I’ve found, and I love any excuse to use bullet points.
Last week I road-tripped with a couple of friends from Los Angeles to Seattle, cramming the trip into a couple of days so we’d make it in time for the second annual GeekGirlCon. I have to say, it was a different beast than last year’s convention. The organization went up about five levels, the location was more centralized and in the actual downtown part of the city, and the scope in general was beyond what you might expect from a con only in its second year.
But it was a completely different experience for me, since this year I decided to go as an exhibitor.
Sometimes I don’t know what possessed me to get a Master’s degree in creative non-fiction. It’s not the degree that perplexes me as much as the subject. I love to blog, and I enjoy memoir and personal essay, but my life is so incredibly boring that to share the details of it with you would be tantamount to torture, and, as we all know, we don’t use torture here in the United States.
I don’t normally do tutorials of my crafts because I always forget to take pictures of the steps along the way. At some point I’d like to do a time-lapse video when I paint something for my Etsy store, but I don’t currently have the setup. When I got the idea for this little Discworld figurine, however, I reminded myself to document the process for anyone curious as to how I made a miniature model of the Great A’tuin, world turtle, from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
The First Annual Geek Girl Con was a lovely sight to behold, both figuratively and literally (some awesome cosplay!). Totally low-key and mellow, with a wonderful sense of camaraderie and community. Everyone seemed very comfortable with themselves and each other. There was a definite sense of intelligence in the air; great, detailed discussions about representation in television, novels, and comics took place in every room.