The supposedly dead parents of a fictional orphan don’t always have to be revealed as key players in a supernatural conspiracy.
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.
Sometimes, the convention scene is stressful. There’s not enough time to do everything, or see everything, or hear everything. As I was considering some of my favorite things about con, the one that went to the top of the list is the opportunity to interact with other people who feel the way I do about geeky things. That got me thinking about ways to make that happen, and I came up with a little scavenger hunt, guaranteed to allow the so-inclined to geek it up.
For months I kept picking Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs off the shelf of my local Barnes & Noble because it has a funny title and an eye-catching cover, but since two of the three items in the title were of no interest to me, I always put it back. Smash cut to my non-fiction book proposal class, and one of my classmates who raved about Chuck Klosterman, and this book in particular, which she explained is a collection of essays on pop culture.