The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

It goes without saying that Captain America: Civil War hype has reached a fever pitch. Television spots play at every commercial break. The #CivilWar hashtag buzzes across Twitter. The advance reviews are in, and like a complete reversal of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it boasts near-universal acclaim (98% as of this writing). Box office records are predicted to be broken. Hell, the trailer alone boasted a record 100 million views within 24 hours of uploading. So far ee have enjoyed two team up films, but now the Avengers are…

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation: Quiet the Noise and Unlock Your Mind

Meditation. What mental image does the word conjure? Do you imagine the serenity of Buddhist monks? A Druid’s requisite for restoring their spell slots? Perhaps you pictured some New Age hipsters babbling about the benefits of sitting and breathing. Maybe you even imagined a Jedi’s solemn contemplation of the Force before Anakin and his personal legion of Clone Troopers busting in and wrecking up the place. Meditation has been practiced and portrayed many different ways over the centuries, and despite being over 3,000 years old (that’s just recorded history), it…

La-Ti-Dovakhin – Level Up with the Power of Music – Guest Post

La-Ti-Dovakhin – Level Up with the Power of Music – Guest Post

WHY BARDS MAKE THE BEST LOVERS You know the feeling: The first few notes of your favorite video game theme come on, and you’re whisked away from wherever you were to the fantasy realm of choice, or to the countless memories from childhood to even earlier today as you saved princesses, solved puzzles, and experienced any number of fantastic stories and worlds. Music is one of the ways that we can easily celebrate our favorite game or movie at any time. Enjoyed passively, it can be a stirring trip down…

Cosplay Adventures with Cubone

Cosplay Adventures with Cubone

Those who follow my Facebook page know I’ve spent the last few months working on a cosplay of the Pokémon Cubone, right around the time this blog was started actually. Most of my recent costumes had either been purchased or commissioned, so I decided I should create one from scratch, entirely assembled by my own two hands. I can’t remember exactly when the idea struck me to create a human version of Cubone (also known as a “gijinka“), but the idea consumed my imagination quickly. I have seen several Cubone…

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

As the old adage goes, practice what you preach. Or, more aptly, practice what you earnestly suggest to others. Earlier this week I published a post promoting stress relief by listing out one’s problems and analyzing them one by one. Check it out if you haven’t read it yet. As fate would have it, some life situations arose to put me into a stressful mood of my own. It was the perfect time to personally test the words I had written. The day seemed innocuous enough, just another day at the…

List Your Problems Away

List Your Problems Away

That stack of bills piles up. You worry about your work performance. There are errands to run. Schedules must be juggled.  You’re falling behind on practice for [insert competitive game of your choice]. The con is this weekend and your Tracer cosplay is half finished at best, and you have no idea what pose you’re supposed to strike as her. Life feels like a Zerg rush coming at you from all directions, and your defenses are falling. But, what if I told you there was a way to corral the chaos…

Guest Post: “It’s Not Your Fault!”— Jenna Say What?!

Guest Post: “It’s Not Your Fault!”— Jenna Say What?!

Hi! I’m Jenna Say What?!? and you may know me from my YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram, or you may not know me at all! Well in short, I’m a cosplayer, gamer, archer, knitter, and survivor of abuse. I weathered the ugly hand I was dealt in life and came out on top. This is the origin for my panel I will host at Oak City Comic-Con, It’s Not Your Fault. It’s an opportunity to share the story of my past, how I came out of it, and hopefully help others…

Issues with Batman v Superman

Issues with Batman v Superman

The reception to Batman v Superman is, to put it lightly, controversial. Some accuse it of being a derelict smashup on par with the Great Train Wreck of 1918, while others rushed to the defense of the film with the retort that most critics are cynical assholes. I mentioned in my retrospectives of motivational lessons from Batman and Superman that I would exclude the film (plus Man of Steel) from discussion to avoid spoilers and because of my issues with how Superman is portrayed in the DC Extended Universe. With…

Enhance Your Vocabulary, Enhance Your Life

Enhance Your Vocabulary, Enhance Your Life

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”—Mark Twain What if I told you that, starting at this moment, you could put yourself on the road to stronger relationships, sharper intelligence, a better job, and boosted self esteem with taking on one simple intellectual pursuit? You’d probably think I was trying to sell you some overpriced, seven disk self help DVD set and two week training program. Nope, the secret is much simpler and much cheaper than that. You…