What Pokémon Means to Me

What Pokémon Means to Me

It’s time: Pokémon Sun and Moon release today. I’m clearing my weekend schedule to kick back and enjoy a new generation of monsters, battles, and adventures. This will be my fourth post about the twenty-year-old series, and I snuck in tiny references to it in almost every other piece. Pokémon is, without a doubt, one of the most important things in my life. Surreal to think I followed this franchise for seventeen years, ever since I discovered these crazy creatures on the back of a Lunchables box in the summer of 1999. The…

Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Time for something a little different, if not just because my intended post for this week has spiraled out into something larger than originally intended. With all of the Pokémon Sun and Moon revelations rocking the Internet, I decided to return to humanizing Pokémon species for cosplay (my first was Cubone). A friend suggested a group cosplay themed around new Pokémon species as well as the Alolan Forms of existing ones, and the idea struck me: Create a human version of Alolan Marowak, roughly based on Yokai (Big Hero 6) with a skull helmet…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

The grand literary saga of the Boy Who Lived finally continues in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child…as a stage play. It is a mixed bag, for sure. Some parts of the story deliver great character development, but it also suffers from an annoying protagonist and plot threads that feel like they don’t belong in the Harry Potter setting. Is it worth reading? Is it a good continuation? Well, there’s a lot to consider. J.K. Rowling wisely anticipated there would be hell to pay if the new story was inaccessible to people…

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Last week week, I published a post that, among other things, advocated for a broad spectrum of tolerance based on the Wiccan Rede: Let people do their own thing, without criticism or condemnation, so long as what they’re doing doesn’t bring harm or distress to others. As you might guess if you have read other posts here or followed the blog’s Facebook page, I lean liberal. I try to minimize bringing politics into this operation, but I’m not afraid to make a statement either. Writing that post, plus following the comments…

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…