An Open Letter to the Young Girl Who Dances on my Block

Dear Young Lady Who Dances on my Block, Every day, when the weather is warm enough, I see you.  You put your headphones on and dance down the sidewalk near my building.  It looks like so much fun!  I can tell you love music.  However, the second you see me (or anyone), you stop.  You... Read more »

Product Review: The Force Collection, Star Wars Nail Polish by Frakker Lacquer

It’s a shame that I’m an anxious nail biter.  Whenever something stresses me out, I chomp my nails right off.  So, when Alyssa from Frakker Lacquer reached out to me for a review, I panicked!  My nails were down to stumps (still are).  Thankfully, I have some lovely friends who were willing to be photographed.... Read more »

This GEEKend: Dan Con and a Second Game of Thrones Beer

Wow, readers- my face was all over the Internet today.  The Official BioShock Facebook page featured my engagement story, and The Onion published an article using my photo.  All of my social networking pages have been flooded with these two things, over and over…!  I’m flattered.  🙂  However, the inundation of links made it slightly harder... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Underground Retrocade Reopens, Dr. Pete, and Can't Stop the Serenity

Greetings from Boston!  I am currently writing from my fiance’s parents’ house out East.  It’s lovely!  Even so, I’m keeping you up-to-date on geeky events in Sweet Home Chicago.  I’ve gotta write quickly, though- I’m apparently going to a bachelor party for a friend tonight.  Down with classic gender roles!! 😉 Here’s what’s going on... Read more »

Getting Engaged Made Me an Anxious Mess

When I was little, I often thought about being a bride.  Like many young girls, I had Barbies that were getting married ALL THE TIME.  I apparently had no idea what the experience was actually like.  WOW.  In less than two weeks, I’ve discovered several new kinds of anxiety that were just waiting to blossom... Read more »

This GEEKend: Our Fair City, Renegade Craft Fair, and Eisenhower Mini-Comic Con

I thought I’d be less stressed out after Dragon Con, but I was totally wrong.  Turns out, throwing wedding planning on top of an already-full life means being busy all year round.  I guess I can be content, given that I get to do so many cool things with my free time, but… do I... Read more »
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5 New Things I Did at Dragon Con 2013

I am home from Dragon Con 2013!!  As usual, the weekend was worth every bit of hype, prep, and stress.  I always say one thing about this con: San Diego Comic Con has the biggest advertising spectacles, but Dragon Con has the best fans.  Over 50,000 geeks gathered in Atlanta this year.  The costumes, panels, and... Read more »

This GEEKend: Carnal Cosplay, Plan 9 Burlesque, NMTC, and More Hulk

Sometimes when I write events posts, I get super excited about all of the things I’m about to do and see.  Other times, like this one, I get a little sad because I’m missing ALL OF THEM for cosplay work.  …I promise I’ll be done talking about Dragon Con in a week. <3 Until then,... Read more »

Comic Con Celebrities Give Back at Nerd HQ - Guest Blog by Melanie Bolen

As I continue to get ready for Dragon Con, I’m once again handing Geek Girl Chicago over to blogger Melanie Bolen for a guest post.  This time, she’s here to share a few frustrations about conventions, and how a very special charity program has changed San Diego Comic Con for the better.  Hooray for Nerd HQ!! After Melanie’s insights,... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Raks Geek Bellydance, Hulk Party, and Dating for Nerds

Life as a geek blogger is pretty cool.  I received two awesome things today: a sketch of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite by comic artist Erik Burnham, and an invitation for a second appearance on Caffeinated Comics.  Yes and yes!  I also get the constant privilege of writing about Chicago geek culture, so that’s pretty rad.... Read more »