Emerald City Comicon – Why I’m Excited (and Why I’m Not)

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Emerald City Comicon is coming up this next weekend, March 27-29, at the Washington State Convention Center! It’s a 3 day celebration of comics, writers, artists, collectibles, cosplay, fandom-related merchandise, and of course, all those FANS.

I have been extremely excited to attend ECCC for the past five years; though I’ve been in Seattle for almost 10 years, I didn’t hear about it until 2011, and I showed up on the first day and bought my weekend pass on site. That doesn’t happen anymore; all of the passes were sold out in early February this year, and I’m pretty sure they were sold out for last year’s show as well. I’ve been a “buy it early!” kind of girl for most of my life, so I bought this year’s pass the day they went on sale back in September.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

My Favorite Writers

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

As part of GeekGirlCon, and as someone in the organization who is allowed (and expected!) to write about topics which impact women and girls across the globe, I’ve found myself in a very difficult place when writing this particular article. There are so many women throughout history who have been leaders, scientists, mathematicians, lawyers, artists, athletes, writers, trailblazers, and all around amazing people that I couldn’t pick one.

I decided to get back to basics and go with a topic near and dear to my heart: writers.

My favorite writer is Jane Austen. She was intelligent, sarcastic, and had an ease to her writing that I continue to envy when I read her books again. At this point, I have probably read Pride and Prejudice at least 15 times since college, when I first read it as a sophomore in a Comparative Literature class. I came to class one day, having plodded my way through it rather unenthusiastically over the previous weekend, and the professor started talking about how sarcastic Mr. Bennett often was–especially in praise of his son-in-law, Mr. Wickham. It was in that class discussion that I fell in love with Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy–and also a little bit with Mr. Bennett. Shortly after that class, the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, aired on American television, and the performances of the actors involved emphasised the elements of sarcasm and the ridiculous in the Bennett family.

pride and prejudice

Courtesy of IMDB.com

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Remembering the Giants of Star Trek

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

I freely admit, I spent a lot of time in my life thinking I couldn’t math. I had to repeat pre-algebra in junior high, which took me out of the advanced placement math program (don’t worry, I’m over it). I struggled through trigonometry in my junior year of high school; add trig to chemistry that year, and I was forced to drop my dream of becoming an astronaut. As it turned out, the astronaut program would never have taken me with my poor eyesight, so I guess it was okay to get that one out of the way early.

Why did I want to be an astronaut, though? That’s a super easy answer: Star Trek. I had watched reruns of Star Trek (the original series) as I grew up. I knew the production values were bad, and I knew that perhaps the acting was a bit dated…but what I loved was the universe in which the Enterprise and her crew lived and thrived. They had enemies in the Klingons and the Romulans, and there were always monsters to be defeated or figure out. But what really struck me was that very little of the story took place on or near Earth. The crew was mainly human, of course, and nearly all of the non-terrestrial beings they met looked suspiciously human, but there was no emphasis on Earth having any of the problems it faced when it originally aired (1966-1969). It seemed as though the Enterprise could be out among the stars because they had fixed everything back on Earth: poverty, starvation, disease, racial discrimination, and everything else. I think I equated the Star Trek universe with where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to do with my life: explore, see new life and new civilizations, and to go where no one had gone before.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

March 2015 Geek About Town

March is upon us, fellow geeks. We’ve got our usual list of awesome geeky happenings for you, so dive right in!

Saturday, March 7: Dino Day
Burke Museum
10 am – 4 pm
From the website: “Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time.

Additional activities:

Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit
Watch scientists prepare dinosaur fossils
Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
Dress up in dino-gear & give your best roar
Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world

Presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

Please note: Dino Day is a popular event. If the nearby parking lot is full, there is street parking available on adjacent streets and other lots on campus that are a short walk away.”


Saturday, March 7: Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Bellevue College Gymnasium
1 pm – 4 pm
From the website: “The Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) is an annual science and engineering competition for 9th-12th grade students in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State. The CSRSEF encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides professional scientists and engineers the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest young students in the greater Seattle/Everett region.

The overarching goal of the CSRSEF is to encourage students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields. Specifically, the CSRSEF is working to:

Support effective STEM education to ensure future economic vitality and quality of life in the state, region, and nation.

Provide a continuous supply of highly trained technologists to meet the workforce demands of Washington State’s STEM driven economy.

Provide and maintain resources to help K-12 schools in King and Snohomish Counties build the capacity needed to increase competency in STEM education

Encourage business leaders, scientific institutions, and K-12 educational institutions to support and encourage the study of STEM fields

Participation in science fair stimulates students’ interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking.

The CSRSEF is an affiliate of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).”


Saturday, March 7: CRY Holi
From the website: “Brush off the blues and greys. CRY Holi is back with a riot of colors to spread joy and laughter. As the festival of colors heralds the arrival of spring and also the arrival of equality, to encourage the spirit of oneness we raise funds for the under-served children of our society by organizing this high spirited Holi Bash annual event. Join us as thousands of people get color bombed, dance to the upbeat Bollywood numbers and see the world in a myriad hue of colors. This is one time no one minds being hit with water balloons by total strangers!

What’s in store for everyone? The same love. The same vibe. The same camaraderie and celebration, but this time around CRY HOLI 2015 just gets bigger and crazier. Join us as we paint the city RED, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW and everything in between.”

Buy tickets on their website!


Saturday, March 7: Seattle Interactive Fiction Meetup
From their Google Group:
“WHAT: Meet each other, share personal Interactive Fiction interests, discuss current competitions that are open for voting (French & ParserComp), plus any other IF topics of interest

WHO: You, hopefully!

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 4-6 pm (optional no-host dinner afterward)

WHERE: The Audrey at Belltown, 2922 Western Avenue. To get buzzed into the building, type #111 on the keypad at the front door. The Audrey is located across the street from the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, corner of Broad & Western. Parking is generally plentiful on the street (metered) or in the parking garage at the Sculpture Park. Several buses have stops nearby (1, 2, 24, 33, D). The meetup is in a common room, near the lobby, not a specific apartment. No need to bring a snack or anything, though you can if you’d like.”

For more information, visit their Twitter: @SeattleIF


Friday, March 6-29: Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables
From the website: “World premiere. This is the play that will have all of Seattle talking! Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. CEO Bette, the original glass ceiling crasher, is on the verge of debuting a reality television show designed to introduce a whole new audience of women to her no–holds-barred view of business. When her reputation takes a hit, all three are faced with a choice—band together to save the agency or fend for themselves. Schellhardt’s dark comedy begs the question: is there more than one way for women to do business?”

Showtimes and days vary; see their calendar and buy tickets here.


Wednesday, March 11: Reining in the Surveillance Society
Town Hall, Seattle
Doors open at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 pm.
From the website: “Aerial drones … license plate scanners … Stingrays. Government has more means than ever to conduct surveillance and intrude on our privacy. Noted technologist Chris Soghoian of the national ACLU explains how new technologies threaten freedom and what we can do to control their use.

Dubbed the “Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired and “the most prominent of a new breed of activist technology researchers” by the Economist, Christopher Soghoian works at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. Soghoian’s research has shed significant light on the use of sophisticated surveillance technologies by US law enforcement agencies, exposing such techniques to public debate and criticism.

Soghoian has been named a top innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and was an Open Society Foundations Fellow. Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that Internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance of their customers. He is a TED Senior Fellow.

Watch his Ted Talk here.

This event is FREE to attend. Click here to register.


Friday, March 13: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? 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. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido,The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”


Friday, March 13: Guinea Arts Cooperative presents Beyond Ebola: A Fundraiser for Families in Guinea, West Africa
From the website: “Join us for a booty shakin’ extravaganza featuring the dance and music of Seattle-based Guinean Artists including “Message from Guinea”, Manimou Camara and Denbaya, Kouyate Arts and more! Come one and come all!

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Venue: Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre (ECC)
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Time: Door Open: 6:45 pm;  Show Starts: 7:30 pm

The Guinea Arts Cooperative is a collaborative of the Guinea Exchange, a 501(c)(3), and Seattle area Guinean artists and friends. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has had profound financial stress on Guinea due to travel restrictions, resource scarcity, and escalating prices on basic necessities. The goal is to raise funds for essential resources, and to provide additional assistance to the broader community by partnering with the UN World Food Programme.

We dare you to donate a full-sack of rice for your concert ticket!

$20 demi-sack of rice
$40 full-sack of rice

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Also: Join us for a month of activities benefitting families in Guinea who are directly and indirectly impacted by the Ebola epidemic. Your participation matters.

Dance and Music Workshops at Ethnic Cultural Center and University Heights Sat-Sun March 14-15, 2015 in Seattle. “Message from Guinea” perform for Beyond Ebola at Jazz Alley Monday March 30th, 2015.

Visit our Silent Auction online. (Going LIVE February 2015).”

Tickets for these events can be purchased here.


Saturday-Sunday, March 14-22: 20th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival
From the website: “HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE: No longer a teenager, at 20 years old, SJFF is all grown up. This year, the festival celebrates our maturity as not only the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest but also as one of the largest and most prominent Jewish film festivals in the country, symbolizing how far Jewish and Israeli film has come in the past 20 years. This year, SJFF showcases numerous award-winners: GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIAN AMSALEM, a Golden Globe nominee from Israel, two Oscar contenders for Best Foreign Film (GETT and Closing Night’s MR. KAPLAN, Spain/Uruguay/Germany), and two shorts, one a 2014 Academy Award® nominee and the other shortlisted this year (FACING FEAR, Canada, and SUMMER VACATION, Israel) – part of our “GAY GEZUNT!” LGBTQ Film Series.

Across countries, languages and cultures, Jewish film opens a window into new worlds, while confirming our shared stories, cultural connections and common humanity. Join us from start to finish – 32 films from 10 countries in 10 days – encounter the world together and be forever changed.”

Tickets Now On Sale!


Friday-Sunday, March 20-22: Victorian Heritage Festival, Port Townsend
From the website: “The Victorian Heritage Festival is a organized by Olympic Peninsula Steam with sponsorship in part by the Northwest Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, a non-profit organization dedicated to education about 19th Century European and American culture. For more information about the festival, please contact information@victorianfestival.org.

Olympic Peninsula Steam believes an appreciation of history contributes to a more vibrant and artistic community.”

Purchase your tickets here.


Saturday, March 21: Nerdcore Hip Hop!
9:00 pm; $5 admission; 21+ show
Blue Moon
712 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

An evening of nerdcore hip hop with Death Star, Shubzilla, Billy the Fridge, and MC Type.

As Gandalf once said, “Live long and prosper”


Saturday, March 21: The Felt-a-thon
From the website: “The FELT-A-THON is a 24 hour puppet marathon charity event broadcast online via live stream. Seattle-based puppeteers Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers, along with other local artists, will attempt to make 12 short puppet videos in only 24 hours. Part of the 2015 World Day of Puppetry, proceeds collected during the 2015 FELT-A-THON will go to Habitat for Humanity – Seattle King County.

What: The FELT-A-THON Live at The Pocket

When: March 21, 8:30pm

Where: The Pocket Theater
8312 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98103

Tickets: $10 online/$14 at the door

As part of their 24 hour puppet video making marathon, The FELT-A-THON will have one live public performance event at The Pocket Theater, Saturday, March 21 at 8:30pm.

The audience will get to experience the behind-the-scenes insanity first-hand as The FELT-A-THON cast and crew shoot a video inspired by Amanda Rae’s “Project Pillow Palace” set, part of Design Month at The Pocket Theater. Attendees will be invited to become part of the action as extras, actors, or even puppeteers, but also have the option to just relax as a member of the studio audience.”


Tuesday-Sunday, March 24-29: APRIL Book Expo
From the website: “The festival called Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) actually happens in March. Hear funny/serious/provocative readings by independent writers on Capitol Hill. Every year we hold a book fair of small presses, literary journals, and literary organizations. We call it—simply enough—the APRIL Book Expo. In 2014 we hosted almost 40 small presses from around the country. The 2015 APRIL Book Expo will be held at Richard Hugo House. It’s free to the public. Always has been, always will be. For more information, please visit the APRIL Book Expo calendar page.


Friday, March 27: GeekGirlCon Board Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse
From the Meetup page: “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! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? 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. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido,The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”


Friday-Sunday, March 27-29: Emerald City Comicon
From the website: “We are the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest! Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our original webcomic, Tales From The Con, all the photo galleries from years past and much, much more!”


Now through May 25: Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Pacific Science Center
From the website: “Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the final moments of those entombed in ash – including one of the largest collection of body casts ever presented.

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. POMPEII: The Exhibition tells the tale of this city, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day’s Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — you will experience daily life in this bustling Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of 6 full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.”

Buy your tickets here.


Do you have a geeky event to plug? Email Shubz Blalack. We are happy to feature events outside of the Seattle Metro area!

Please note: GeekGirlCon reserves the right to approve or deny any event submissions. All submissions must be in alignment with GeekGirlCon’s Mission Statement.


Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Black History Month Inspiration: Dr. Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, Engineer, Pioneer

As February moves forward this year, I’ve done a bunch of digging into inspirational African American writers, scientists, mathematicians, and historical figures throughout the past several hundred years. I could talk about Madam C.J. Walker, who started a company to educate and sell hair and beauty products for African American women in the early 1900s. I learned about Dr. Rebecca Cole, the second black woman to graduate from medical school; she worked with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (the first white woman doctor) in New York and taught hygiene and childcare to families in poor neighborhoods.

There are African American athletes I grew up hearing about: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was an Olympian and World Champion several times over in long jump and heptathlon, was someone I watched compete whenever I could. Sports Illustrated for Women named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century; I joined track in high school because of her. I wasn’t any good, but she inspired me anyway. Tennis player Zina Garrison won my heart when I was watching Wimbledon one summer: she beat Monica Seles and Chris Evert to reach the finals of Wimbledon. She was an amazing athlete, and so much fun to watch–and she inspired me to join the tennis team at my high school. Again, I wasn’t very good, but I kept going because she did.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Women in Words – A GeekGirlCon ’14 Recap

Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah “SG-1” Grant

According to Wikipedia, impostor syndrome is defined as “a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.”

Does this sound like someone you know? Does it sound like you, like something you’ve ever felt in your personal, professional, or artistic life?

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

A Brand New Year

Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah “SG-1” Grant

2015 is here. I don’t know exactly how that happened so quickly; I feel like just last week was my mom’s birthday in July, and just a couple of weeks before that was my birthday last January.

2014 was a pretty busy year for me, and for my family and friends. My little sister, a single mother of seven-year-old triplets, has been in school for a couple of years now, and she just got her associate’s degree in the beginning of December. GeekGirlCon ‘14 in October was amazing, more amazing than I even thought it would be (and I wrote the program book, so I knew what was coming!). I met a whole slew of new people at GeekGirlCon ‘14: cosplayers, writers, editors, random people I sat with at panels, awesomely helpful volunteers (including one special dude who brought the most AMAZING donuts Saturday morning!), first-time attendees, and people who have been coming since our first convention in 2011. I saw a friend from Portland (whose name is also Sarah) whom I met at last year’s convention; we didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, but it was great to see her anyway. And my friend Julie was there on Saturday; we had coffee, went to a couple of panels together, and she bought me a t-shirt:

Not me wearing the shirt; this is from the Etsy shop of SweetgyrlDesigns!

Not me wearing the shirt; this is from the Etsy shop of SweetgyrlDesigns!

Summer was busy, and hotter than I usually like! I spent some time in movie theaters, worked a lot at the library (air conditioning was key in that decision), planned ahead for my November NaNoWriMo novel, and re-read a whole bunch of my favorite Star Trek novels. This reminded me of the common Star Trek plot formula: “We’ve sent the captain down to this unknown planet and lost him; we should immediately send down the rest of the senior staff on this starship to exactly the same place and expect a different outcome.” I also went to the SIFF Cinema premiere of Snowpiercer with Dyborg, one of GeekGirlCon’s designers. It was a unique, disturbing, and very thought-provoking movie; the director, Bong Joon Ho, was there, and he did a great Q&A (with the help of an interpreter).

Snowpiercer poster from its IMDB page

Snowpiercer poster from its IMDB page

Spring brought one of my best friends to Seattle for a visit. We visited the Ballard Locks, did our band geek thing (we played cymbals together in the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band, had lots of coffee, and took selfies all over the place.

sass and me 1 sass and me 3 sass and mom and me sass and me 2

(l-r)Ballard Botanical Garden/Ballard Locks/somewhere in Kirkland with my mom/neighborhood coffee shop

My roommate, a guy I’ve known since he was a freshman in high school and I was a senior, settled into Seattle over the winter after arriving in late August 2013. We originally bonded during a school lock-in for racial equality and diversity, and we’ve been bonding ever since them over everything else: movies, television shows (he’s finally gotten to the Matt Smith years in Doctor Who, so my ridiculous references make sense to him!), the wonders of Seattle, our favorite music, and our love of guys. We even spent a day together at Emerald City Comicon in March, drooling over Stephen Amell (Arrow), Karl Urban (Star Trek reboot, Almost Human, Bourne Supremacy, The Lord of the Rings movies), and Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl, Underworld Awakening), among others.

Kevin and me at ECCC 2014!

Kevin and me at ECCC 2014!

What does 2015 hold? Well, my first thing is a birthday–a big one. I always say that age is just a number, and that you’re only ever as old as you feel. I felt pretty old for a while last year when I was dealing with some physical issues, but at the moment I’m feeling better than I have in years. Do I feel like I’ve just turned 40? Nope. I feel like I’m maybe about to turn 30, but with more calm and wisdom than I had ten years ago. And then there’s the 12-year-old living in the front of my brain–the one that pops out with really inappropriate humor at the worst (and sometimes best!) times.

My next big thing is going to be a new career. Well, technically an old career; I used to be a retail pharmacy technician, and I’ve decided to go back to the pharmacy as a hospital pharmacy technician. There is a definite career path there, and it satisfies a couple of my personal job requirements: I need to use my brain, and I will be helping people rather than being a cog in a corporate machine. Not that corporate machines don’t need cogs, or that I’m not useful as one such cog…but directly helping people has been a passion of mine for most of my life.

After that–you know, after I pass the national pharmacy technician exam, get a Washington state pharmacy technician license, and find an actual job–my goal is to get to Wisconsin to visit some family and friends for a bit. I haven’t been there in a couple of years, and while Seattle is definitely home, Wisconsin is where I came from. My Wisconsin Badgers won their bowl game against the Auburn Tigers on New Year’s Day, which was awesome and helped me reconnect with a lot of marching band friends. But I need to hug my dad, my best friends, and take a vacation!

This year’s Emerald City Comicon keeps getting bigger and better as well! I bought my three-day pass months ago, which is good–they’re sold out! I’m VERY excited to see John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow) and Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Avengers, Thor, The New Adventures of Old Christine). I’m so excited that I need to figure out a way to pay to meet them, get a picture taken, and then have them signed. I don’t usually do that; I tend to freeze up and not be able to speak when I meet a celebrity I admire, which is very awkward and embarrassing. I’m determined to change that this time!

My biggest goal is to figure out a way to get to New Zealand for a couple of weeks! A good friend of mine is there to spend a year or more working. I think having a friend to visit in a foreign country is one of the best reasons to go visiting, especially if it’s someplace awesome on the other side of the planet! I’m looking forward to going to Hobbiton, of course, and experiencing the country I’ve seen such amazing pictures of in person for once. Plus, I’ll get to put stamps in my new passport, which has been ready and waiting for a couple of years now.

The Green Dragon Inn in Hobbiton, New Zealand

The Green Dragon Inn in Hobbiton, New Zealand

And, OF COURSE, there is GeekGirlCon ‘15 (get your passes!) coming up October 10 and 11, 2015–our 5th anniversary! We’re already planning and plotting, getting Exhibitor, Panel, and Connections submissions forms in shape to go live over the next few months. Once we’ve got people, everything will REALLY go into full swing.

In the meantime, there’s time for writing, family and friends, crafting, more writing, a little bit of eating, and hopefully some sleeping in there somewhere. All in all, 2015 promises to be big and exciting for me, and I’m really looking forward to steering my ship into it to see where I land.

What was your favorite geeky thing that happened in 2014, and what are you most looking forward to in 2015? We’d love to hear from you!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

GeekGirlCon ’15 Panel Submissions – Opening Soon!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah “SG-1” Grant

In the past four years, GeekGirlCon has called for and selected hundreds of ideas for panels to be presented at our yearly convention. Topics have ranged from comics, racism in geek culture, astronomy, feminism, and building community, to geek women in the early days, ableism, geeky careers, and so many, many more. We’ve done our best to show you the sky is the limit for what you want to be, create, or do. Check out last year’s program booklet for some examples!

feminist community building

Panel on Feminist Community Building, GeekGirlCon ’14

Image source: GeekGirlCon Flickr

This year, it’s your turn.

Get your panel ideas ready! We’re looking for geek life-inspired panels that are creative, informative, and interesting. Gamers, costumers, cosplayers, writers, scientists, artists, business owners, or whatever flavor of geek you may be: pick a topic that’s important to you–something you are passionate about. Do you believe other people will be interested in listening to you, talking with you, and learning about this topic?

If the answer is yes, we need two extremely important things:

Title for your panel
Short description (100-150 words)

We will also need the following information for each panelist on the submission form:

Short bio (150-200 words max each)
Twitter handle
Audio visual requirements
Age restrictions (if any)

Starting on April 1, and ending on May 1, GeekGirlCon will be accepting panel submissions for GeekGirlCon ‘15. GeekGirlCon ‘15 will be held October 10 and 11, 2015 at The Conference Center at the WSCC. This is your chance to be part of it, to talk about topics that mean something to you, and to learn more about geek culture all over the world.

This year is our fifth anniversary, and we’re already working to make it better than ever. Send us your panel submission starting April 1, and help GeekGirlCon make history in 2015.

And in the meantime, don’t forget to buy your passes now, before they sell out!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

October Daye Novels, by Seanan McGuire

Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah “SG-1” Grant

I love a good mystery story–like Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, and so many others. I also love a good fairy story–everything from Tolkien to Charles de Lint (my favorite living author!). A friend of mine loaned me a book a few years ago called Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. I devoured it, and immediately went looking for the rest of the books in the series (see end for list of titles).

Caution: There be spoilers below!

rosemary and rue

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

How to Be a Nerd for a Living from GeekGirlCon ’14

Written by GeekGirlCon Copy Writer Sarah “SG-1” Grant

If I could do anything for a living, what would it be? Probably a writer, most likely a fiction writer. Let’s face it: I would have to be a science fiction writer, which has been my ultimate dream for many, many years now. My friends have called me a nerd and a geek all my life, and seeing that future for myself really works.

But what will I do before I get there? I do have to pay my rent, and eat occasionally. I’ve logged a lot of time searching for jobs in the past couple of years, so the career-related panels at GeekGirlCon ‘14 were right up my alley.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

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