Potterweek: PotterParks

The folks over at Common Room are celebrating Harry Potter this week with Potterweek – a week long web event with shared content about one of the most magical series out there. You can check out the prompt list and details here.

I’d wanted to participate but got my dates mixed up and thought I’d missed it. Luckily, I’m just in time for the prompt I wanted to write about since it’s also part of my 30 Before 30 list – PotterParks!

I haven’t been to the Wizarding World in Orlando, which is the dream, especially since they added Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, but next year, a version of the Wizarding World is opening up at Universal Studios Hollywood! So I will hopefully be able to go to that and report back.

For this post though, I want to talk about how amazing it was to go to the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour in England with my sister and college roommate, M. No, there weren’t any rides or character actors or shows, but it was still so much fun and beyond cool because the studio tour had the actual sets they built and the real props and costumes. It was wonderful walking through so many years of cinematic Harry Potter history.

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Summer, Salt-Sweet

This Flashback Friday bit of micro-poetry brought to you by summer restlessness and the unreal natural beauty of Capri, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Italy. I hope to visit again and linger longer.

Summer, salt-sweet

Summer drips honeyed heat
and I remember you,
and limestone cliffs
and Roman ruins,
our days salt-sweet.
Your kiss lemon-tart.
Your eyes blue
as the seas of Capri.

ANT-MAN Review Podcast with Crazy4ComicCon & TOTL

One of my 30 Before 30 goals was to participate in a podcast. I actually completed this in August last year when Tony – better known as Comic Con expert Crazy4ComicCon – asked for volunteers to chat about the season premiere of Doctor Who and the new Doctor. It ended up being a 3 person chat with Tony, me, and Andy from TOTL Podcast, and you can catch it here: Doctor Who “Deep Breath” Podcast Review.

I hoped I’d have the chance to do it again since I enjoyed myself so much that time, which is why “podcast” stayed on my 30 Before 30 list.

Fast forward to yesterday, Tony was once again asking for podcast volunteers – this time to review Marvel’s newest movie ANT-MAN, out today/last night. I’d already seen it at an early screening, but I joked that we should do a reunion show with Andy/TOTL Podcast.

Long story short, I’m in another podcast!! I didn’t actually make it out to the theater, but I participated over the phone with Tony and TOTL (Andy and Marlon) right after they’d seen the movie. We talk about characters, plot, expectations, the MCU, everything. So, watch out for spoilers!


Go see ANT-MAN first! Then listen to the podcast and let me know what you thought of the movie!

ANT-MAN Review with TOTL Podcast.



P.S. Come back soon for my Comic Con 2015 thoughts and recaps!

Desert Skies

Flashback Friday to this Twitter poem inspired by driving through the Mojave on the way home from Las Vegas.

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Heat is color coded sultry red gold
But I burn like desert skies,
fire-hearted, blue
feverish for you.

Thirty Before 30

Since 30 is not very far off the horizon for me, I thought it was time to publicly post my Thirty Before 30 list. I was inspired by Katy Upperman’s Thirty Before 35 project, which was in turn inspired by Ghenet Myrthil’s Thirty Before 30 challenge list. Essentially, the idea behind Thirty Before 30 is to challenge yourself to finally do the things and enrich your life through new experiences. It’s part Bucket List, part goals. Committing myself to this kind of project now is strangely perfect timing.

  • Decade birthday milestones do tend to make you reflect a little more on where you are, who you are, and what you want out of yourself and life.
  • My One Word Resolution for this year is CHANGE, which pairs nicely with this project.
  • I know how uncomfortable new and unknown situations can make me. I’m an introvert and kind of shy in person; I’m a chronic procrastinator; my Leonine laziness can get the better of me. And so I know making myself finally look at these things I want to do and actually setting out to do them or embracing them as they come is ultimately going to be good for me.
  • I’m launching this blog, Girl on the Roam, which is about embracing your geekery and having a sense of adventure, which makes something like Thirty Before 30 a great fit as a feature here.

I’ll have approximately 1 year to get through as many of these as possible. I’ll cross off items as I complete them on the Thirty Before 30 homepage, and when I can, I’ll link to relevant blog posts and pictures about it. You can also check out the 30 Before 30 label for all posts pertaining to items on this list. (Disclaimer: If you know me, you’ll know some of these items have already been done, but everything will have been done within the last 2 years. I decided to include these here because they were on my private version of this list, and I wanted to use the original list I had in mind.)

  1. Road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.
  2. Order a subscription box.
  3. Finally read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
  4. Attend San Diego Comic Con.
  5. Attend a music festival.
  6. See a Broadway musical on Broadway.
  7. Go on a spontaneous vacation.
  8. Visit Harry Potter Wizarding World / Harry Potter Studio Tour.
  9. See a Shakespearean play performed in London.
  10. Go on a writers’ retreat.
  11. Sell a poem.
  12. Vacation with my friends.
  13. Attend a book convention.
  14. Visit Hamilton Grange (finally!!)
  15. Finish book trilogies: Graceling Realm, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Lynburn Legacy.
  16. Visit the White House.
  17. Rehaul my closet (time to shed the old wardrobe, old skin).
  18. Go to Italy.
  19. Finish a manuscript.
  20. Watch a big game at a sports bar.
  21. Learn calligraphy.
  22. Read Jellicoe Road (finally!).
  23. Ride a mule down into the Grand Canyon.
  24. Bonfire on the beach.
  25. Participate in a podcast.
  26. Have a summer movie marathon.
  27. Visit The Last Bookstore.
  28. Take Loki to the beach.
  29. Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  30. Make magic coffee.