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2018: One Word Resolution

I know this is late, but January got off to a running start for me, and it took me a bit to figure out what One Word I wanted for 2018. It also took me longer to post my year-in-review 2017 over at A Nudge in the Right Direction. Go check that out if you want to see how last year turned out.

My Insta Best 9 for 2017.

Background: for the last few years, I’ve picked one word to be my touchstone for the year to come. The word is less specific than individual New Year’s resolutions, but I like having something broad to guide and center me as I work through 2018.

My word for 2018 is:

GO

My word last year was Rest because of how thin I’d felt going into 2017. Getting rest and self-care is still a priority for me this year (I think ‘tired’ is my new normal), but I also want to pursue things with more passion. Besides, in the past 2 years when I’ve tried to be more focused on resting, I’ve actually found myself feeling both restless and doing more. Playing opposites seems like a common trend in my life.

So I’m resolving to go with the flow. I’ll still practice self-care, but I want to put time and attention to the things I really care about and to going after the things I want. When it comes to the Hamilton-Burr dichotomy as portrayed in the musical, I’ve always been more like Burr – cautious, tight-lipped, and willing to wait for it – but sometimes, you really just have to be Hamilton & take the shot.

This year, I want to be healthier, kinder, stronger, more daring, and more creative.

Like last year, I’ve created a Pinterest board for my word. Hope it inspires you as much as it does me!

What’s your Word for the Year? What goals have you set?

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Awards Eligibility 2017

Hello 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s also time for awards nominations for some areas of short fiction. For me, that usually means the SFPA’s Rhysling Award. I had 2 poems published in 2017 that are eligible – so here they are again for your consideration.

1) NIGHT SWIM in Liminality, Issue #12 – Summer 2017

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The poem is linked above, but I wrote a little bit about the inspiration for it here: By the Water

 

2) ESTATE SALE in Polu Texni, November 2017

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The poem is linked above, but I wrote a little bit about the inspiration for it here: The Memory of Objects

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for sticking around!

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In a Galaxy far, far away

Episode 8: Star Wars The Last Jedi was one of my most anticipated films of 2017. I couldn’t wait to see my new favorites and the continuation of their journeys. Since December hit, I’d been buzzing with excitement.

So you can imagine my epic freak out when on the evening before Star Wars World Premiere weekend, the Sister’s friend texted her & casually asked if we’d like to join her for the red carpet premiere on Saturday night. There was screaming and furious texting of “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!” and more flailing. We were too afraid to hope though because we had to wait for our invites, and those didn’t come through until Saturday afternoon. And then it was a huge scramble to get ready.

We weren’t sure what to wear – like it’s a red carpet but it didn’t really matter what we looked like, but we wanted to look nice. A few days before I had literally passed over buying a sparkly dress (that ironically reminded me of Kylo Ren’s mask) because (and I quote) I have nothing to wear this to. Joke was on me; the universe has a funny sense of humor. But our outfits worked out, and I did the fastest and most half-assed hair-curling job of my life, leaving the house feeling like my hair was huge. So thank you to everyone who complimented me on it. Seriously.

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Shout-out to these companies for geektastic fashion: ShadowplayNYC (galaxy dress), Her Universe (Loki cape-blazer), and SparklingRampage (rebel starbird & AT-AT necklaces).

Anyway, we arrived at the premiere, and because it was Disney-run, it was one of the most welcoming and amazing experiences ever. The staff working the event were super nice, telling us to enjoy ourselves and offering to take our pictures. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so special, and I was just a random guest. And yes, being at a Hollywood premiere as a guest is as surreal as you’d imagine. Being at a Star Wars premiere is even stranger. Continue reading

Looking Glass: Outside the Comfort Zone

This blog has been a little bit about my coming into my sense of self in the last few years. Getting older has helped with that (you just care less what people think), and being more involved in my geekdom has also played a role. Particularly the enthusiastic and welcoming support of other geeks (especially women) has allowed me to take more fashion risks than I have in the past, especially as I’ve never thought of myself as particularly fashionable (I’ve always said that’s my sister).

But after discovering fun, nerdy clothes and completing a few Nerdvember fashion challenges, I’ve become more comfortable in my own styling skills and more keen to try new things, even if I think I might look ridiculous! That’s why I love the idea behind Dia&Co‘s Try-Day Friday initiative because it’s about getting out of fashion comfort zones. Dia&Co is a personalized clothing subscription box exclusively for plus sizes, and while I’m not plus-sized, I love that they’re about encouraging women to find and embrace their personal style. So in the spirit of choosing an unusual outfit over a “safe” one, I’m sharing this Try-Day outfit with you.

Culotte Overalls

Not gonna lie, I was hesitant about going for this double-risk of trying the culottes and overalls trends at the same time, but that’s what I already had in my closet, still unworn by me. So it seemed like the time to just go for it.

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