Agent Applications Are Closing This Weekend!

If you haven’t applied to become an Agent (GeekGirlCon speak for “convention volunteer”) at GeekGirlCon ’19 yet, now is the time!

The deadline to submit your application is coming up in just 3 days, on this Sunday, September 8 at 10pm PST.

Here Are The Details:

  • Date: GeekGirlCon ’19 will be held November 16th and 17th
  • Location: Washington State Conference Center, located at 8th and Pike in downtown Seattle (across the street from the Convention Center)
  • Commitment: By applying, you commit to being available to work at least 2 shifts (4-5 hours each)
  • Age Requirement: You must be at least 16 years of age to be an Agent

Here’s Why You Should Apply:

  • Join an incredible team of fellow geeks
  • Receive a free pass to the Con
  • Gain access to our Agent Headquarters
  • Get a behind the scenes look at how we put on such an amazing convention

Volunteering as an Agent is a wonderful opportunity to level up your commitment to GeekGirlCon. So don’t wait, apply now!

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P.S. Interested in a larger commitment beyond GeekGirlCon ’19? Check out our available volunteer staff roles.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town Fall 2019

It’s nearly fall, everyone, and change is in the air!Pencils are being sharpened, binders are filled with crisp college-ruled paper, Butterbeer recipes are being bookmarked (just me?), and here at GeekGirlCon our regular feature Geek About Town is getting an upgrade.

Instead of our traditional blog format, we’re moving to a more streamlined calendar!

TFW you’re about to add some awesome events to your fall schedule. (Image Description: A gif of a person doing a shimmy dance while holding two Starbucks drinks. They have dark hair and are wearing a red top. They are standing in front of a dark orange background.)

What this means:

More geeky local events; more often. (With the added bonus of less scrolling through long posts to find the events you’re most interested in!)

Every quarter or so, we’ll post an update to give you a peek at the can’t-miss events coming up on the Geek About Town calendar. In the meantime, check out the calendar for all the most exciting upcoming events!

What the calendar looks like:

Image Description: A screenshot of the Geek About Town calendar for August 2019.
Image Description: A screenshot of the Geek About Town calendar for September 2019.
Image Description: A screenshot of the Geek About Town calendar for October 2019.

Where you can find it:

Click here to check out the full calendar!

Here’s to a happy fall filled with school supplies, autumnal treats, and lots of fun events!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Volunteer With Us!

An Agent stands with their back to the camera. They are taking a photo of three Con-goers.
Proof that Agents are the best. (Image Description: An Agent stands in the Conference Center during GeekGirlCon ’17. They are wearing a teal Agent t-shirt, teal tights, and and a black skirt. They are smiling and resting their hand on a stanchion. Photo by Sayed Alamy.)

Calling all Agents! With your help, the GeekGirlCon ’19 Agent team is set to be the best one ever. As the former Volunteer Coordinator, I can directly attest to the fact that volunteering for the Con is a pretty awesome role.

Why? Let me count the ways:

  1. Be part of an incredible team of fellow geeks and nerds, committed to making the Con the best event it can be.
  2. Receive a free pass to the Con.
  3. Gain access to our Agent Headquarters (and all the snacks it contains!)
  4. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our staff and Agent team puts together such an amazing convention.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • GeekGirlCon ’19 will be held November 16 and 17 at the Conference Center, located at 8th and Pike in downtown Seattle.
  • Agents must be available to work at least 2 shifts (4-5 hours each) during the weekend of the Con.
  • Agents must be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
  • The deadline to submit your application is September 8 by 10pm PST.

This is the perfect way to become even more involved with the convention you love, meet some incredible people, and have the best dang Con weekend ever!

Interested? Apply HERE!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: Summer Edition

Characters dancing during the iconic pool party scene from "Shrill." Source: Vulture

I don’t know about you, but I could not be more ready for summer. As we move our hibernating, vitamin D-depleted bodies into sunnier days, be sure to check out some of our most highly-anticipated events coming up in the next few months!

The iconic pool party scene from “Shrill.” Source: Giphy

May 24 – 27: 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

  • Seattle Center
  • 305 Harrison St, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • YOUR COMMUNITIES. YOUR TRADITIONS. YOUR FOLKLIFE.
  • The Northwest Folklife Festival is one of the largest community-powered festivals in the nation, bringing together over 5,000 performers, 500 volunteers, 40 food vendors, 150 local craft/import vendors, and upwards of 250,000 attendees. Since 1972, the festival has highlighted the brilliant cultural tapestry of our Pacific Northwest communities. We are proud to be for the people, by the people.

May 24: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

May 25 – 27: Family Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

  • Seattle Aquarium
  • 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Join us at the Seattle Aquarium May 25-27 for fun, hands-on science including looking for plankton, learning about Aquarium research, and more!
Aquarium visitors watch sharks swimming past them. Source: Giphy

May 31: Summer Solstice Night Market

  • Magnuson Park Hangar 30
  • 6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Shop, snack, and dance your way over 150 booths along with a summer beer festival with live music!
  • Previously, this festival has been held at the South Lake Union Saturday Market. Join us in a larger venue over two days. Music stage will be hosted inside the summer beer festival garden, so you must be 21+ to enter.
  • There is a required cash donation that benefits a local non-profit with a suggested donation of $3 per person, 2 for $5.

June 6: Queer Me Out: 50 Years from Stonewall in Seattle

  • W Seattle
  • 1112 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Up-close with the movers, shakers & boundary breakers who are pushing the LGBTQ+ movement forward. Join us at W Seattle for a Queer Me Out event, followed by Q&A for our amazing panelists, and drinks and a DJ in the Living Room. This is an Official PrideFest event and complimentary to the public (but register for a guaranteed seat)!

June 8: Hannah Gadsby at the Moore Theatre

  • Moore Theatre
  • 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Who is Douglas? Well, apparently, Hannah Gadsby thinks he is the only one who can help her follow up on the trail blazed by her last show: Nanette. Hannah is all set to take the mysterious Douglas for a trot around America for her first ever US tour. Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby has come to the world’s attention through her multi-award winning stand up show Nanette which played to sold out houses across Australia, London, Edinburgh, New York and Los Angeles before launching on Netflix in June and stopping the comedy world in its tracks.
A gif of Hannah Gadbsy performing standup comedy. The text over the image says “This is…not normal.” Source: Giphy

June 13: Queer Art Walk

  • Capitol Hill (Seattle)
  • 500 E Pike St, Capitol Hill (Seattle) 98102, 98112, 98122
  • A partnership between PrideFest and the Capitol Hill Art Walk, June’s show features queer artists at various venues around Capitol Hill (usually numbering 15-20 altogether). An easy, gentle June stroll through some of the best art the queer community has to offer.

June 14: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

June 15: Booklover’s Burlesque: Seattle Edition

  • The Jewelbox Theatre
  • Booklover’s Burlesque is the Pacific Northwest’s sexiest literary salon which matches titillating, inspiring, and empowering book readings with burlesque performances all in one show!
  • Professional readers, actors, and/or local authors & writers read aloud a three to five minute piece of poetry, fiction (from any genre), memoir, non-fiction, etc, which is then followed by a burlesque performance inspired by the piece.

June 15: Original Music Inspired by G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel

  • Hugo House
  • 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Original Music inspired by G. Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at Hugo House
  • Presenting Partner: Town Hall Seattle

June 22: Summertime Cosplay Picnic 2019

  • Volunteer Park Rd, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
  • The time of the annual Cosplay Picnic is upon us. Hayly and Kat are back it again with another meet up! We hosted the Christmas one back in December, and everyone was so great and had a good time so we thought it’d be fun to put something together for the summer! What could be better than a cosplay picnic? You get to dress up as your favorite character, hang with friends, and stuff your face with food! Definitely an all around good time. As per usual, we’re gonna kick it potluck style! So bring a tasty food, eating utensils, or beverage of your choice! (While you don’t HAVE to bring an item to attend, it would be much appreciated) just be sure to label your food in case of any potential allergies.

June 22: 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • PACCAR Theater
    200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Free!
  • Once again giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, skywriters, dancers, sashayers and musicians from all over will parade on the streets of Fremont in a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression. We’re preparing right now and are inviting our friends and neighbors to make the 2019 parade and following Gasworks Park Celebration the best ever! Who can participate? Anyone! We believe in cultivating the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist. This people-powered celebration is not only for Fremont, but for our entire Seattle community!

June 22: PrideFest 2019 at the Seattle Center

  • Fremont Arts Council
  • 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Once again giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, skywriters, dancers, sashayers and musicians from all over will parade on the streets of Fremont in a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression.  We’re preparing right now and are inviting our friends and neighbors to make the 2019 parade and following Gasworks Park Celebration the best ever! Who can participate? Anyone! We believe in cultivating the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist. This people-powered celebration is not only for Fremont, but for our entire Seattle community!
A gif of a painted rainbow with pink hearts coming out of it and text below which reads “Happy Pride.” Source: Giphy

June 28: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

June 28: Trans Pride Seattle 2019

  • Trans Pride Seattle 2019 is Seattle’s Celebration of Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Diverse, and Non-Binary people in the heart of Capitol Hill produced by Gender Justice League.
  • Entering our 7th year – Trans Pride Seattle has become one of the countries largest celebrations of gender diverse people – focused especially on the communities in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Trans Pride Seattle bringing performers from around the country and Mexico to deliver ground breaking and amazing performances, musical talent, speeches, and comedy.
  • Trans Pride Seattle is an amazing opportunity to connect with community, make new friends, celebrate our collective strength and continue our communities resistance with riotous demands for equity and justice!
  • You will also find resources of more than 60 organizations local to Washington State at our tabling fair. Each year Trans Pride Seattle sees more than 15,000 people. It’s the perfect way to kick off Pride Weekend in Seattle.

June 29: Seattle Dragon Fest

  • Chinatown – International District
  • The Dragon Fest event will feature cultural performances including Dragon and Lion dances, Traditional Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, the Chinese Girls Drill Team, and more. For Seattle’s foodies we are proud to bring back the Annual $3 Food Walk with over 40 restaurants offering a wide array of international $3 bites and a few bonus retail!

July 12 – 15: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert

  • Benaroya Hall
  • 200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™  in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, the thrilling tale is accompanied by the music played live by the Seattle Symphony as Harry soars across the big screen. From the moment Harry uses the Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love.
A gif of Professor Snake from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The text over the gif says “Turn to page 394.” Source: Giphy

July 12: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7pm – 10:45pm
  • Wayward Coffeehouse
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

August 9 (and throughout summer): Seattle Shakespeare in the Park

  • Various Locations
  • During the summer months Seattle Shakespeare Company presents free, outdoor productions of classical plays performed in parks throughout the Puget Sound region. Grab a picnic, bring your family and join us for some free Shakespeare in the parks!

August 10: Seattle Marauder’s Scavenger Hunt

  • Magnuson Park Hangar 30
  • 6310 NE 74th St, Seattle, WA 98115
  • You’ve joined us for trivia… now join us for a magical scavenger hunt! This adventure will take you around major sites in Seattle with a wizarding flair, helping you find magic where you previously saw the mundane.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Why We Give to GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon 2018 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Sayed Alamy. More info at geekgirlcon.com

We are officially less than one week away from GiveBIG! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8th, or schedule your gift ahead of time here!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, GiveBIG is an annual day of giving, hosted by 501 commons, that benefits local nonprofits like GeekGirlCon. The support generated by GiveBIG helps us at GeekGirlCon create the most inclusive, accessible convention possible, bringing you (our incredible supporters and community members!) more exceptional panelists, exhibitors, featured contributors, workshops, meetups, and so much more each year.

For all of us at GeekGirlCon, this kind of support is personal. As volunteers, we each have our own unique story of why we give and what GeekGirlCon means to us. Read on to hear our stories, and be sure to add your own. This GiveBIG, let us know what the GeekGirlCon community means to you and share your support for our mission.

Alyssa Jones | Director of Interactive Programming

I support GeekGirlCon because…

It’s important to support ALL WOMEN!

Geeks come in every shape, color, orientation, ability, and gender identity

There aren’t enough safe spaces for marginalized geek

And cause it’s a DAMN FUN WEEKEND

Kalyna Durbak | Copywriter

I support GeekGirlCon because I wish such an organization existed when I was younger. GeekGirlCon sends a message to the world that everyone of ALL ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, races, creeds, religions, familial statuses, physical and mental abilities, alien species, earth species, education levels, science specializations, fandoms, etc., deserve a safe place to be a geekno minimal “Geek Cred” required!

Allison Borngesser | Senior Designer

Because it’s important to hold space for geeks of marginalized spaces, so they can find community, share their stories and feel seen and heard. Watching all our attendees having a good time, learning, and interacting is the most rewarding feeling when putting in volunteer time and working behind the scenes. 

Bonnie Barcellos | Human Resources Manager

I was not encouraged to enjoy geeky things as a child because I was a girl. My parents are amazing, loving people but they held strong views of what girls should do/like and what boys should do/like. I have a memory of my dad and brothers watching a movie – I popped in the room, was told I wouldn’t like it because it was a boys’ movie, and so I left. That movie was Star Wars. Luckily I rebelled as a teen and inhaled fantasy & sci-books, discovered the amazingness of Star Wars and so many other films, and never looked back. GGC celebrates inclusivity and the love of all things geek in such a wonderful way. We provide a safe space for people to unabashedly be who they are, learn new things, and meet awesome people with similar interests. 

I also love our focus on STEM careers for women. Again, that wasn’t an option provided to me. I’m happy in my current career – but if I had gotten more exposure/encouragement in math and science, I would have pursued a career as an economist. I want to provide information and opportunities to women that I didn’t have. GGC does that so well, and it’s an important part of our mission.

Teal Christensen | Copywriter

Something I believe in very strongly is that while virtual spaces can be wildly important, especially to folks of marginalized identities, huge and important parts of our lives still have to happen irl. In order for that reality to be safe and accessible and equitable, we have to do the work to hold space for ourselves and our communities in the physical world. That’s what I think of as the work of GeekGirlCon, and that’s why I support it.

Thank you for supporting GeekGirlCon during GiveBIG, and adding your story to our community of supporters!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

A Beginner’s Guide to BookTube

It all started with a simple recommendation from my sister.

“You should check out this YouTuber; her voice are so relaxing,” she said, casually, blissfully unaware of the obsession she was able to create. As someone who exists in a state of perma-anxiety, I will check out anything labeled “relaxing,” no questions asked.

The YouTuber in question turned out to be A Clockwork Reader, i.e. Hannah, a BookTuber with over 200,000 subscribers, an extensive backlog of reading vlogs, reviews, unboxings, “unhauls,” and more. She also co-hosts the webcast series Bookmarked with fellow BookTubers readbyzoe and Hailey in Bookland, is the 26th most followed Goodreads user in the U.S., and does, indeed, have a very relaxing voice.

Hannah from A Clockwork Reader holds the book Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare up so that it covers half her face. Source: The Owlery
Hannah from A Clockwork Reader holds the book Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare up so that it covers half her face. Source: The Owlery

I’ve been a book-nerd my whole life, and am no stranger to the world of the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, Advanced Reader Copies, and Hogwarts sorting hat quizzes (if you’ve only taken the official Pottermore quiz and not the one with all the questions combined, do you even really know your house?!), but up until now my passion has apparently been incomplete because I hadn’t delved into the magical, comforting, and giddily geeky world that is BookTube.

Without further ado, let me present a beginner’s guide to exploring the tropes, tags, genres, and characters of what is arguably the best YouTube genre:

A gif of a person wearing a long-sleeved dress with a pattern of books on it, that matches the backdrop that they are standing in front of. Source: Giphy

Step 1: Watch as many different BookTubers as possible. Find your niche within the niche! Besides the aforementioned creators, there are so many others to love. Start with Tashapolis, emmmabooks, Peruse Project, booksandquills, ellias, and NayaReadsAndSmiles, and go forth from there!

Step 2: Dive into the over-caffeinated, high stakes world of Readathons. These are generally 24-periods in which the creator attempts to read as much as possible. Will they complete 6 books in one day? Will they fall asleep before they finish that last book? The suspense is real. If you’re super brave (and have time to recover) consider attempting one yourself. GeekGirlReadathon, anyone?

Step 3: Feel comforted by the fact that BookTubers are readers of all sorts. They read different genres, at different speeds, for different reasons, in different formats. Whether you’re an audiobook-only reader, a reader who takes their time to savor a few books, or a voracious speed-reader, BookTubers are here to share their love for all things books, not shame your own particular style.

A gif of Matilda from the movie Matilda, sitting in a chair and laughing while reading a book. Source: Giphy

Step 4: Check out reviews of your favorite books, least favorite books, books you’re curious about, books you’ve never heard of, books you wouldn’t expect to like in a million years, and everything in between. An enthusiastic BookTuber can convince you to add hundreds of books to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list that you’d never expect. Reviews are a great way to delve into all the spoiler-y thoughts, or give you a quick rundown of a book before you dive in, all while virtually bonding with your fellow book-nerd, the BookTuber.

Step 5: Find a bookish tag to watch and then answer the questions themselves. Why not? What a great party activity! Uncover your inner book-lover, and learn more about your friends and loved ones. Will your mom only read British murder mysteries? Has your best friend never gotten over their obsession with Dan Brown? You may never know unless you answer the hard-hitting questions found in a book tag.

Step 6: Repeat the previous steps until you achieve a heretofore unimagined state of relaxation, pull yourself out of a reading slump, buy more books than your paycheck can reasonably sustain, start using the terms “unboxing,” “AU,” and “DNF” in casual conversation, or all of the above.

A gif of Janelle Monae from the movie Hidden Figures, walking with a stack of books and binders in her arms. Source: Giphy

So there you have it, your super speedy guide to BookTube. Happy reading and watching, book nerds!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Cook, Eat, Watch, Read: The Media of Food

Is there anything more ripe for geekiness than food? It’s both the simplest, starkest element of our lives – necessary to our very survival – and the most lush, decadent pleasure. Somehow – for me at least, and, I suspect, for all of the other eager consumers of food and food media – the omnipresence of food somehow makes it less prosaic rather than more so, an empty plate (so sorry…) on which we can heap our artistry and desire, our insecurity and joy, often in equal measure.

I’ve been obsessed with food for as long as I can remember. I love the TV shows – Salt Fat Acid Heat; The Great British Baking Show; Barefoot Contessa; Ugly Delicious; Chef’s Table. I watch the movies time and time again – Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; Tortilla Soup, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chocolat, Mostly Martha, Like Water for Chocolate, Babette’s Feast. I devour the books – Blood, Bones & Butter; Tender at the Bone; Heartburn; Alice, Let’s Eat; How to Cook a Wolf. I listen to the podcasts as a soundtrack to my day – Radio Cherry Bombe, the Bon Appetit Foodcast, The Splendid Table. I zone out to the YouTube videos – Rosianna Halse Rojas’ Backburner series, My Drunk Kitchen, endless mukbangs.

A gif of a fork picking up a bite from a stack of steaming pancakes with syrup on them. Source: Giphy

And this is by no means an exhaustive list. Food is everywhere, and so is media to analyze it, explore it, explain it, celebrate it. Whether you like competition shows, or movies featuring long, lingering scenes of food preparation, or videos of people eating every flavor of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake in one sitting, there’s a niche for you. If geekiness is, at its core, wholehearted participation in a particular area of fascination, then food provides endless opportunities for passionate, geeky obsession.

For me, there is something inherently calming and satisfying about food media. At its best, it replicates the complete sensuous joy of a delicious meal, the just-right feeling of eating the food you’ve been craving for so long.

Nigella Lawson eats a grilled cheese sandwich, pulling the sandwich away from her face to create a long cheese pull. Source: Giphy

But the inherent satisfactions of food media are also balanced by the complicated relationships we each have to food itself. In Rosianna Halse Rojas’ gorgeous and thoughtful “Backburner” series of YouTube videos – in which she films herself cooking and eating from different cookbooks over a period of several months – food is a conduit for complex feelings of gluttony and overindulgence, fraught body image, control and restriction. It is a map of her emotional state, her time in the kitchen reflecting the extent to which she is or is not able to nurture her body and mind. At the same time, food is joyful, playful – an escape and a comfort.

My favorite food media jumps wholeheartedly into this uncomfortable dichotomy. Food as sustenance, food as destruction. Food as, ultimately, a reflection of us and all of our deepest, strangest, basest needs. And in this passionate, geeky way, consuming media about food mirrors the consumption of food itself, and all the wonderful, difficult, and wholly human emotions that conjures within us.

Samin Nosrat nibbles on a piece of food and laughs at something someone off-camera has said. Source: Giphy

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Changing the Game: How Can the Gaming Industry Be More Gender Inclusive?

By guest contributor Kate Harveston

When Super Mario Brothers first came out, my brother and I spent hour after hour trying to save a princess trapped behind Goombas and those weird-looking duck-turtle hybrid things. I never thought about the premise behind the game—that women characters were delicate flowers in need of rescue. To my young mind, I accepted that mindset in the same fashion I accepted fairy tales featuring damsels in distress.

Early video game manufacturers definitely catered to a certain audience, namely young men, many of which probably enjoyed escaping into gaming to create strong alter egos. Over the years, more women have joined the ranks of heavy-duty gamers, but has this influx of women players changed the way women characters get treated in the gaming world?

The “Madonna/Whore” Paradigm

Early game designers included women characters not as equal players, but rather as either innocent little princesses or sultry seductresses. This Madonna-versus-whore treatment of women in video games reinforced the false belief that women only exist in terms of their relationships with men. Any personality traits a unique woman character might possess were often overlooked.

As time progressed and more women began gaming, video game manufacturers began including more women characters to choose from in role-playing games and the like. Allowing gamers to select women avatars appeared to be a step in the direction of gender equality, and in some ways, it was.

However, serious gamers soon discovered that selecting a woman character often meant losing the game. For example, in the fighting game Dead or Alive, the woman protagonist must engage in battle with her much larger, stronger, and more powerful father in the second half of the game, putting the players who chose the woman character at a distinct disadvantage.


Even something as basic as the way game designers attire their women characters leaves these characters at an additional disadvantage. It’s a bit difficult to run very fast in high heels! No man video game protagonist has to go into battle clad only in his Fruit of the Loom boxer briefs, but women characters often wage war in skimpy bikinis or are otherwise scantily-clad.

How Video Games Impact Behavior

The issue of the gender divide between the treatment of characters in video games has implications beyond just the gameplay itself. Multiple studies suggest that while frequent exposure to violent video games doesn’t necessarily lead to criminal activity, images still do influence behavior. The consequences of how a fictional avatar treats women characters could potentially translate into the way the player interacts with women in the real world. At best, exposure to violent video games that also objectify women normalizes the objectification of women in real life. At worst, it may lead to more actual violence against women.

About four out of five victims of intimate-partner violence are women. One in six women have been the victim of a rape attempt, and one in five women will be raped at some point in their lives. With harrowing numbers like that, we should be looking at any and every way we can to prevent furthering the violence against women that is unfortunately so prevalent in society.

Perhaps the solution is as simple as parents taking more of an active role in preventing their children from playing violent games that send the wrong messages about how to treat women. For example, should a child tell of playing a violent game at a friend’s house, a parent should take time to talk with them to help them process what they saw and explain its full context.

Changing the Game for the Better

Video game manufacturers likewise should take responsibility for the way their creations portray women. While many video game manufacturers have shied away from using women protagonists in the past, they should realize women gamers prefer entertainment that portrays them complexly. Even if sales of a game with a woman protagonist dip among men, women could more than make up their slack!

In addition, video game manufacturers should embrace diversity and eschew rigid gendering that    treat women as secondary in importance to men. Likewise, manufacturers should eliminate the practice of making men avatars automatically stronger or more talented than their women counterparts. Featuring more trans and nonbinary characters would also be an excellent addition to gaming.

Furthermore, primary and secondary schools alike can encourage women to explore the amazing opportunities of STEM fields, including video game design. The interest definitely exists. In Australia, for example, women make up 46 percent of all gamers, but only 15 percent of all of those working in the video game industry. Many researchers consider educator bias as a contributing factor, as many schools encourage boys to enter science and math career fields whereas young girls are  steered into nurturing positions such as nursing or teaching.

Endgame

In the end, few people believe that women have reached total equality in all areas of life, the lives of gamers included! Works of art such as video games serve as powerful tools in creating an alternate reality that can be more, not less, inclusive.

About Kate: Kate Harveston is a young writer from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She enjoys topics related to culture, feminism, and women’s health, and how those elements intersect and act upon each other. If you like her writing, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, So Well, So Woman.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town: March

It’s almost March, and you know what that means! Celebration! Besides Holi and St. Patrick’s Day, did you know that March is not only National Women’s History Month, National Peanut Month, and National Craft Month?! The more you know…

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So get out there (or stay inside—it’s still pretty cold out, after all) and enjoy this month of merriment and green clothing!

Read on to see what’s happening in March.

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Saturday, March 2: Lunar New Year Celebration — Year of the Pig

  • 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Hing Hay Park
    423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • It’s time for the QRC’s annual Drag Show!  On Friday, February 1st, join us in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall for a night of great music and even better performers! The show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm, and will feature both drag queens and drag kings. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for non-students.

    All money collected goes to benefit Lifelong and the Sean Humphrey House, local organizations that support LGBT+ people in our community.

    Please bring cash to tip the performers! Since this is a benefit, the performers are not being compensated, so please show them your love and tip heavily!

    Tickets will be available in the PAC box office very soon, we will comment in the discussion when tickets become available for purchase!

    For disability accommodations, please contact as.disability@wwu.edu

Saturday, February 2: Lunar New Year Celebration & Fair

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wing Luke Museum
    719 S King St, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Celebrate the Year of the Pig with lion and dragon dances, cultural
    performances, and the $3 Food Walk!

Saturday, March 2: Spring Plant Sale

  • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • UW Center For Urban Horticulture
    3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, Washington 98105
  • Come celebrate spring a little early while helping support our local plant growers! The annual NHS Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.

Saturday, March 2: NerdFaire Con!

  • 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm (Feb. 2nd), 5:30pm (Feb. 3rd)
  • Lynnwood Convention Center
    3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, Washington 98036
  • NerdFaire is NOT a craft fair or handmade fair, it is a MINI CON for ALL THE THINGS Nerdy and Geeky. Our focus is on supporting local Shops, businesses, and handmade items, in addition to creating community for all of Nerdery and Geekdom. This is our first year, but we hope to make this a long standing event.

    Enjoy Cosplay contests and Fandom Meetups, Story Time and Meet n Greets with Our Princesses and Heroes.

    Check out our show floor for some Trading Card Game duels OR learn how to play TCG Games, Board Games, and Miniatures Table Top Games. You can even take some time to paint a Miniature to take home.

    Don’t forget to check out our Exhibitors! Some of the best Local Businesses, Artisans, Hand crafters, Authors, Artists, and more, the PNW has to offer!

    Kids 15 and under are free, but they need a badge and accompanied by an adult. Come out, buy some Nerd trinkets to add to your collection, participate in our activities, and most of all HAVE FUN!

Sunday, March 3: Dear Black Man: A Spoken Word Event

  • 5:00 – 8:00pm
  • Delancey’s on 3rd
    810 S 3rd St, Renton, Washington 98057
  • Join us for a raw and unfiltered experience as we address our black men by way of spoken word and live painting. There will be a full bar available to purchase drinks. Music by DJ Bankhead. Full Bar. Spoken Word. Live Painting.

Tuesday, March 8: Trivia Tuesday: Parks and Recreation

  • 7:00 – 10:00pm
  • Neumos
    925 E Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • Neumos Presents:
    Trivia Tuesday ft. drink specials and prizes. We serve the full Bok a Bok food menu! FREE! 21+

Wednesday, March 6: Be Bold Seattle: International Women’s Day Celebration

  • 5:30 – 8:30pm
  • Benaroya Hall
    200 University St, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world for 111 years, is coming back to Seattle. Join us to hear from inspirational speakers how together we can accelerate equality.

Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 7: Teaching Tolerance | Facilitating Critical Conversations

  • Starting at 8:30am
  • Holocaust Center for Humanity
    2045 Second Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • TWO WORKSHOPS: “Teaching Tolerance” and “Facilitating Critical Conversations”
    Register for one or both!
    $25 for one | $40 for both | Includes lunch and clock hours

    The Holocaust Center for Humanity is proud to offer these workshops in partnership with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Thursday, March 7: Free Days at the Museum of History and Industry

  • 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-4330, United States
  • On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to the Museum of History and Industry’s permanent exhibits are free all day long! The museum is open from 10a-8p.

Saturday, March 8: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7:00 – 10:45pm
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

    Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics.

Friday, March 8: Indigenous and Women of Color Rise

  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • The Seattle Public Library
    Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • As our world burns, injustice festers around the globe. Patriarchy, racism, and capitalism are bringing us to ruin. In the face of this brutality, we need to elevate voices from the grassroots. And not just any voices. We need radical voices that take no prisoners, that speak the truth, that rip down the fantasies of the powerful and inspire us to fight like our lives depend on it.

    On March 8th, 2019 (International Women’s Day), an event will be held featuring two of these powerful voices: Dominique Christina, the author of four books and the only person to EVER become a two-time world champion in slam poetry, and Cherry Smiley, warrior hero, feminist activist, scholar, and artist from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Diné (Navajo) nations.

    The evening program will inform, educate, empower, inspire, and strengthen our spirit for the injustices we face: male violence, objectification, sexual exploitation, and racialization.

    The event will take place at the world-famous Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, Washington, and is being organized by Asian Women for Equality and Fertile Ground Institute for Social and Environmental Justice.

Saturday, March 9: Service and Community at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

  • 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
    4192 Eagle Harbor Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
  • Originally scheduled to be on February 19th –  the Day of Remembrance anniversary when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942 – snow and uncertain weather conditions forced the cancellation and rescheduling to March 9th., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, everyone is welcome to gather for “Service and Community” at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, offering landscaping maintenance and improvements to the National Historic Site, located at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island.

    Hosted by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and generous support from the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District, everyone is invited and welcome to pitch in and help. Please wear appropriate clothing for work and weather, bring gloves and your own gardening tools.

Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10: More Fats More Femmes Witch Market 8.0

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Indian Summer
  • 534 Summit Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102
  • Celebrate every inch of yourself at this Aquarius/Pisces season cusp pop-up shop just in time for the beginning of Seattle’s spring. Indian Summer owner Adria Garcia, ex-IS manager Kim Selling, and current IS shopgirl Abby Cooke will be selling racks on racks on racks of plus size vintage clothing. We’ll have pieces of many style varieties from size 12 to 32, especially pertaining to the encroaching (hopefully) sun-soaked seasons. Come get swathed in mesh, silk, velvet, faux fur, leather, pleather, lace, and all of your other favorite textures with us ♥

Thursday, March 14: Emerald City Comic Con 2019

  • 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Emerald City Comic Con
    800 Convention Pl, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Emerald City Comic Con is the destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest. ECCC delivers the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom.

Friday, March 15: The “Shrill” Premiere: Binge with Lindy West

  • 5:00 – 10:00pm
  • The Cloud Room
  • Lindy West will be here to join us as we binge watch her new adapted series, Shrill, debuting on Hulu March 15th. Based on her 2016 memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, the 6 episode comedy stars Aidy Bryant, “A woman who seeks out ways to change her life without changing her body.”

    We’ll have special cocktails and on-theme snacks for your viewing pleasure! 21+

Saturday, March 16: 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Downtown Bremerton
  • Time to get your Irish on and celebrate this fun community tradition. Sponsored by Olympic College Foundation. Parade steps off at 11am at 6th and Pacific. Heads south on Pacific to Fourth Street.  Turning Right to head down to Park Avenue. At Park Ave turning Right to 5th St. Right on 5th St back up to Pacific Ave.

Saturday, March 16: Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival

  • 6:30 – 10:00pm
  • Block 41
    115 Bell Street, Seattle, Washington 98121
  • Join us for our Harry Potter inspired Beer Festival as we transform the Iconic Block 41 into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter complete with Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and the Leaky Cauldron. The event will hosts a beer tasting of over twenty winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales including Snape’s Lair of Secret Cider Potions and Adult Butter Beer. There will be a Hagrid Photo Op, plenty of characters, food from Mac Shackk, and live music from the Slytherin Sisters and DJ Dumbledore. 21+

Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17: Public Huge Book Sale 2019

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
    301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109
  • It’s not just big, it’s huge!  Over 100,000 items will be for sale with over 50 categories of nonfiction including art, cookbooks, crafts, gardening, history, music, performing arts, pets, nature and travel.

    We have an extensive selection of fiction including science fiction, graphic novel, classics, and short stories. Our children’s selection covers every reading level you can imagine plus several special categories such as folk & fairy tales, history and nature.

    We’ll have over 15 languages represented in our foreign languages section plus a vast selection of DVDs, CDs, audio books and records. Don’t miss it!

Monday, March 18: EduTalks: A Place Called School

  • 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Sartori Elementary School, 332 Park Ave North, Renton WA
  • On March 18, education researchers and practitioners will discuss how teachers, students, administrators, parents, communities and researchers are coming together to renew and meaningfully improve how young people experience school during EduTalks: A Place Called School.

    During the fast-paced program, presenters will have five minutes and one image to share their unique take on practices and policies that can invigorate and improve the experience of school for young people, educators and communities—and in particular for historically marginalized students. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to ensure seating: http://events.uw.edu/EduTalks2019.

Thursday, March 21: The Moth Seattle GrandSLAM Championship

  • 8:00 – 9:30pm
  • Seattle First Baptist Church
    1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
  • The Moth Presents the GrandSLAM, the culmination of ten open mic StorySLAM competitions. The champions of ten previous StorySLAM nights return to the stage to compete with brand new stories for the title of GrandSLAM champion. Take a seat ringside at the ultimate battle of wits and words, and witness a storytelling showdown that ranges from fierce to hilarious to heartbreaking, and all points in between.

    Each ticket purchase includes a copy of The Moth’s new book, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying The Impossible!. Due to be published on March 19, 2019, this collection is drawn from the best stories ever told on The Moth stage.

    Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Moth.

Friday, March 22: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse!

  • 7:00pm – 10:45pm
  • 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! Come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon (http://www.geekgirlcon.com/) game nights with our friends at Wayward (http://www.waywardcoffee.com/)? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

    Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics.

Saturday, March 23: Teen Action Fair

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
    440 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

    It Starts with Youth!  

    Celebrate youth-driven change at #TeenActionFair 2019. Connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more.

    Free and open to all. The celebration features powerful performances, a youth-led open mic, an art showcase, give back activities, and over 30 youth-driven and youth-focused organizations.

Saturday, March 23: Grand Opening: ARTS at King Street Station

  • 12:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Office of Arts & Culture Seattle
    303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Join us for the grand opening of ARTS at King Street Station, our new arts and cultural space in the heart of Seattle. This space is dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities of color to:

    – GENERATE and CREATE work
    – DISPLAY and SHARE their work
    – RECOMMEND PROGRAMMING through the King Street Station Advisors

    In recognition of the Coast Salish peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, we are honored to open ARTS at King Street Station, with yəhaw̓, an indigenous-centered inaugural exhibition that will run March 23 – August 3, 2019.

    This opening celebration will have performances, song, and storytelling all day. Join us! More details coming soon.

Saturday, March 23: Holi Festival of Colors

  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
    6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • Celebrate this traditional Hindu festival with entertainment, food, and a fun color fight!

    Holi – “the festival of color” or “the festival of love” – celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil.

    Come join in this raucous celebration, where people will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders.

    Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are welcome!

    Indian food by The Roll Pod and chai from The Chai Lady will be available for purchase; bring cash!

Saturday, March 23: Maria Bamford Live

  • 8:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Moore Theatre
    1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101
  • STG Presents & Live Nation Welcomes Maria Bamford – Live to The Moore Theatre on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
    Reserved Seating on Main Floor & in First Balcony
    General Admission Seating in Second Balcony
    All Ages / Bar with I.D.
    Tickets are $25.00 – $30.00 (not including fees).

Sunday, March 24: Big Climb Seattle

  • 8:30 – 4:30pm
  • Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center
  • 700 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
  • 1,311 steps | 69 floors | 788′ of vertical elevation | March 24, 2019

    Each year the Big Climb hosts 6,000 participants to climb the stairs of the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington. We want to maintain our fundraising focus to fight blood cancers thus all participants, are required to fundraise a minimum of $150. This $150 is in addition to the registration fee.

    During the 2018 season, $3,007,080 was raised by 6,000 passionate participants – all for a cure. Join us on Sunday, March 24, 2019 as we CLIMB. CONQUER. CURE.

Wednesday, March 27: Drunk HERstory 3!

  • 6:00pm
  • Brouwer’s Cafe
    400 N 35th St, Seattle, Washington 98103
  • It’s that time of year again where we try to give back to the community and give the Badass Women of Craft our stage to try and raise funds for on organization that’s near and dear to us – Planned Parenthood.

    That’s right! Drunk HERstory, now in its third rad year, will once again be held at Brouwer’s Café on March 27th. After the success of the past two years, we couldn’t keep the train from rolling on. This year, we’ll have 9 women representing 9 breweries and they will regale you with tales of awesome women throughout the ages. The night will begin at 6 pm with an introduction by a representative from Planned Parenthood and then move into 4 unique skits to educate and entertain our guests.

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

Workshop Recap: You Can’t Suck at Everything

Prepare yourselves, dear readers, for today I will be telling you about an experience that changed my life.

No, not a death-defying feat, a thrilling adventure, or an inspiring turn of events.

A workshop.

Specifically, “You Can’t Suck at Everything,” a writing workshop that I was lucky enough to attend last October at GeekGirlCon ‘18.

As someone who has abandoned so many half-finished novels I could set up a small graveyard in my backyard, I couldn’t get to this workshop quickly enough. Not only did it promise to help provide the basics of a 3-act story structure, delve into character creation and worldbuilding, and explore how our perceived “flaws” are actually key to finding and articulating our own unique perspective as writers, but it was also run by the one and only Margaret Stohl.

Image Description: A headshot of author Margaret Stohl. Stohl is turned slightly to the side, and is looking straight at the camera. Source: Twitter

If you are one of the ten billion people (a rough estimate) who devoured the Beautiful Creatures series (co-authored with Kami Garcia), you might be familiar with the powerhouse talent that is Margaret Stohl. As if being an internationally bestselling author isn’t enough, Stohl has also written multiple comics, including the Mighty Captain Marvel series, and has a long career as a writer and narrative director for video games.

Almost immediately, Stohl cultivated a sense of community in the workshop, uniting us all as writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. It can be so easy to feel isolated as a writer or creator. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably plagued by constant doubts, spend an unhealthy amount of time with fictional characters, spin off into daydreams when you should be doing things like “concentrating” or “working at your day job,” and guard your work like a fearsome dragon mother.

Image Description: A screenshot of a tweet by Margaret Stohl, which says “WRITING TIP: NOBODY NEEDS WRITING TIPS! You need LISTENING TO THING YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR tips & JUST GET IT DONE tips. Then you’re golden.” Source: Twitter

This workshop felt like the perfect antidote to the self-imposed isolation of doubt, fear, and embarrassment. When everyone’s in the same boat, what is there to be self-conscious about?

There were so many points, tips, and ideas that I walked away from the workshop with, but, in the interest of not making you read a full thesis, here are some of the highlights:

  • Everyone has a story, and everyone wants to tell a story. As Stohl said, “I’m interested in yours and you should be more interested in yours than anyone.”
  • Don’t put off what you want because you’re worried about failing. You will fail! Spoiler alert: that’s okay.
  • It’s hard to take yourself seriously as a writer and creator, even–and especially–if it’s the thing you want most in the world. Do it anyway. Affirm yourself as a writer and creator.
  • “If you want something, you take it. There is exactly nothing standing between you and that thing.”
  • “You cannot write a protagonist without being a protagonist in your own life.”
  • Understand who you are writing for, and write for them, not for the whole world.
  • A novel is, at its core, just 30 words. Write a list of 30 words that map the arc of your story, and make those your chapters. Go from there.
  • You are probably a specialist in fear. Write about that, use that. There is nothing you know more about than what you fear.
  • Start developing and curating your “brain office.” Collect and organize your material, even in your own mind.
  • Keep everything. Old lists, descriptions, terrible poems, scraps of dialogue. Keep it all.
  • Find a critique partner for accountability and support.
  • “Do not confuse sucking at one thing with sucking at everything.”

There you have it, some solid gold advice for when you’re feeling stuck, uninspired, or insecure. If I came away with one conviction from the workshop, it’s that I’m a writer. I’m a creator.

You probably are too.

Now let’s go write.

Image Description: A screenshot of a tweet from fellow GeekGirlCon Copywriter Teal Christensen quoting me, which says “Who knew that @mstohl would become our mother today?? – @hupptwothree re: a mind-blowing writing workshop this morning at #GGC18. GeekGirlCon Campaign Manager JC Lau comments “I like everything about this tweet.” Source: Twitter

Hanna Hupp
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