Category Archives: Personal Stories

To-Do List by July 15

  1. Finish coding CirclePlus
  2. Finish Smithsonian Folklife Festival without ANOTHER injury (twisted my ankle on Day 2, hooray!)
  3. Finish Game of Thrones in time for Season 7. I have 4 in Season 5 and all of Season 6 to catch up on.
  4. Apply to ALL THE JOBS.
  5. Finish two of the books that are on my Goodreads list.
  6. Go grocery shopping.
  7. Pay the bills.

That’s really about it. I have a few other things to do but for the most part, this is doable. I’ve been having time to read at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, so that’s fantastic.

As for the injury, I got it while walking to lunch on Day 2 after tripping over a sewer cover. Graceful is definitely not my middle name.

But I’ll get Wednesday off which will be amazing as I’m having some retail therapy with a friend. Then 4 more days of the Festival. I’m exhausted already and it’s only Day 3.

DAMMIT HYDRA

Dammit HYDRA is exactly how I feel about job hunting. I spent about 25 years in school and will have two MAs at the end of July, but as of right now, most jobs require said MAs to actually interview. Most of the emails are like this:

Dear Ms. Jessica [Last Name Redacted]

Thank you for your application. Unfortunately, we are not accepting canadiates without Master’s of Art degrees. Please reapply when you receive yours and we can include you in the process. 

Warm Regards,

[Organization Hiring Manager’s Name Redacted]

So, the nice thing is they are still willing to include me in the process, but they’ll hire before my degrees are awarded. Dammit HYDRA. In the meantime, I’ll be working a gig, which is nice.

I’ve started to work on the critical acclaim of the Wonder Woman movie for the website Be A Heroine! and that’s coming along somewhat. I hope to finish it by today if possible.

As soon as that’s finished, I’ll start my research for Black Canary, Huntress, Captain Marvel, and Storm so I can post them in late Fall. A lot of research goes into this. About three months worth to be precise, which means they’ll be posted as soon as I move some stuff on the website around, add new pages, get the artwork, and other minor things.

In the meantime, I’ll be starting my gig Thursday and I’m really excited. I’m packing A LOT of sunscreen, my extra battery pack, and wearing my FitBit. Lots of walking will happen. It’s going to be great.

 

CirclePlus and Superheroines

I’ve been having a hard time trying to find a theme for the new iteration of CirclePlus. I’ve been combing through and I found one, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the price to actually get it.

I want to try it to see if I can get it to work before I buy it, but it doesn’t seem to have an option for that. Which is stupid. I’m hoping to find a theme by the end of the week so I don’t have to worry about it and I can spend my days working on it bit by bit. So far it’s slow going.

I would like to thank everyone who made CirclePlus possible in the first place: Holly, my co-president, the ladies that contribute to CirclePlus expecting nothing in return but a platform for their content, and the fans who go to the website and find new content weekly to enrich their lives while they listen to women on the Internet. Kudos.

Importantly, I hope to have CirclePlus completely revamped by July 15th. That’s the goal and I hope I can stick to it.

In other news, this week I’ll be sharing my insights into my capstone and I’ll also be gearing up to research the next four ladies going on Be a Heroine! because I want to continue this project as an effort to explain why female superheroines and anti-heroes are so important to people. The next four on the docket are: Black Canary and Huntress (of Birds of Prey), Captain Marvel (which will be added to when the movie comes out), and Storm (of X-Men fame).

Speaking of movies coming out, I left the Wonder Woman media page with a bit of a set up for the reviews that came out of the movie that dropped earlier this month. I hope to be adding to that as well to explain how having a female-led superhero movie finally has gotten the credit it deserves. In addition, I’ll put a review or two in there so you can see how Wonder Woman has changed the industry for female superheroes.

And how it’s about damn time.

Superhero Rundown

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whether or not I should continue with Superhero Rundown and I am for a variety reasons.

One of the biggest reasons is that a lot of people wanted me to bring it back. So I did, but I am unsure of the format. Should I do individual characters? Or should I continue with the old format of a full season of the TV shows and incorporate movies? I feel like the latter would give me more to work with as I already have the script for Arrow Season 2 finished, I just have to give it a look see, film it, and edit it.

I really wanted to continue with Fool’s Gold but it can’t come back for a number of reasons. I was ready to move on, I can make Superhero Rundown a lot slower because of how much I need to watch and take notes on. Fool’s Gold was much more stressful because I was answering to a producer who was not me. For that reason, I ended the show because I didn’t want to be beholden to that producer.

Given that my thesis was on Wonder Woman, Jessica Jones, Harley Quinn, and Barbara Gordon, I felt that Superhero Rundown can help me in Cultural Sustainability while including my fans in that process.

I’m about to graduate and I’m looking for a full-time job so I can work on Superhero Rundown in the process. My hope is to have three scripts written by the end of the year in addition to Arrow Season 2: Supergirl Season 1, Agents of SHIELD Season 2, and The Flash Season 2. That’s my hope. If not, I’ll at least try to get as close to those three as I can so I can film them all in the new year and edit and release them as soon as I can.

 

Finally…

The Rock has come back to…

That’s definitely not what you came here for. Sooo… I did the thing. I turned in my capstone one week ahead of my defense. And now we play the waiting game. The week-long waiting game as I stress out about moving. HOORAY.

It’s honestly not that bad though. I packed up the kitchen yesterday and the rest of my closet. And most of my room is packed. We really only have the refrigerator, freezer, and Daren’s room left to pack really. So that’s going along swimmingly.

I plan on giving my boxes to other people who need them. But yeah, Friday we get keys and move the kitchen and bathroom stuff. Saturday we get the U-Haul van and move all the big things and the rest of the boxes.

And we’re ordering our furniture set this week (hopefully). We’re very excited. Next Friday, May 12th, we get our couches from a friend. I’m super excited to be furnished with the exception of a dining room set and stuff for the patio. But that can wait.

Today, I have to make a Costco run to get a membership, go to FedEx to ship something, and edit the last episode of Rap Critic that is being made in our old house. I also should work on my Arts Administration paper that’s due in 3 weeks.

Lots to do this week. Hopefully, we’ll be all ready to go on Friday.

The Next Three Weeks

So… that capstone is going well. I defend it May 8th. But before I get to that I got to talk about what leads up to it. Personally, I find being busy a great thing because time goes by a lot faster than one would expect.

That’s out of the way. Capstone has been on my mind since last October. Let’s do some quick math: 7 MONTHS of Capstone. SEVEN. So, imagine my surprise when we set the defense for early May, that means 8 MONTHS. 8 MONTHS of superheroines running around in my brain. 8 MONTHS of everyone asking when are you graduating then? The whole ten yards.

I still have a bit more to do on the capstone itself which is what I’ll be spending the next ten days doing. I turn the capstone in May 1st for review which gives me a week to my defense. Now, I bet you’re like what are you going to do? You’ll be done, so that week will go by REALLY slow.

Nope! I have to move 20 minutes to a new apartment that week. So May 2nd, I finish my Arts Administration paper and turn it in, then May 3rd and 4th I pack the rest of my stuff into boxes and organize my stuff so it will fit in our car. May 5th and 6th we move EVERYTHING. I also mean Internet as a guy is coming to install it. On the evening of the 6th, we come back, clean our rooms of dirt and grime and leave our keys on the counter, taking the last of the things.

May 7th? Slight reprieve in the form of unpacking stuff and building my baker’s rack and getting a microwave and hoping my toaster oven can sit somewhere and figuring out how I’m setting up the kitchen because who else is going to do that? May 8th I get to be a ball of nerves all day and hope for the best and go over my presentation ELEVENTY BILLION times to the point that I’m sick of it.

Cool right? But we aren’t done. After the defense, comes corrections for the next two weeks until May 22nd and on May 12th? I get two couches and move them to my apartment. I also order my bedroom set between the 8th and the 12th so that by Friday night? Completely furnished apartment except a dining room and patio set. Good for me!

Did I mention this next three weeks is going to be REALLY busy?

The First Female Artist of Wonder Woman

Nervousness is all I felt this morning as I prepared for one of the biggest interviews of my life. The first female artist of Wonder Woman, Trina Robbins, had agreed to be interviewed by me for my thesis.

A few months ago, I had been hoping to interview both Trina Robbins and Gail Simone, but as Gail Simone is always busy and when I messaged Trina on Facebook, I wasn’t expecting anything. Then a few weeks ago, Trina got in contact with me and asked me to email her to set up a date. I did so.

We originally set it for this past Thursday, but she had something come up, so we switched it to today. I was super nervous all morning. I set everything up, tested it, made sure that everything was in place and finally decided to call around 12pm as agreed.

I called and told her how nervous I was. She was an utter delight. We talked about Wonder Woman, family, action figures and it went really well. The recording went great and everything came out clear in the recording. So next up is IAmElemental on Thursday.