joanna irl, the geek life

As seen on… September 2014

meadow near El Capitan

Happy October! It’s time for another monthly roundup of stuff I did in other places. Yay!

Newsy things:
Heyheyhey, I got invited to join the staff of International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club as a “Ninja.” Whoop! Just means I’ll be doing more behind-the-scenes stuff, really, particularly in January once I’m (theoretically) unpacked and a bit more settled, because…

This is moving month. EEP. The movers come in less than two weeks and I’m trying to clear things out (which is hard in a small space) and use up consumables and all sorts of things.. Expect not much posting between now and then.

For our last weekend roadtrip, we went to Yosemite National Park this weekend! I’ve got a ton of gorgeous photos to go through asap and try to get posted for you, but the photos in this post are a sneak peak.

Half Dome, overcast day

Things I wrote:
As usual, I’ve been posting stuff in other places. Over at IGGPPC, I’ve got two movie reviews, a Hobbit Day celebration, and an everyday cosplay post.
The Giver was excellent, and much better than any of the other dystopian teen world movies I’ve seen of late. It ought to be because the source material is fantastic.
The Maze Runner was enjoyable and I’m interested in what’s going to happen next. I like that we don’t have all the information going in, and that we learn things as the protagonist does.
Huzzah and Hooray, it’s Hobbit Day! We celebrated Sept 22 over at the site, too.
Everyday Cosplay: Some things happening this month and links to other articles. Just a roundup of stuff I liked this month.
I was also featured as part of the September Staff Picks, which you can check out over here if you like.

Tunnel View after storm

So that’s about it for September. Internet might be patchy in October, but I hope to have some fun things to share about the Great Moving Adventure. See you soon!

the geek life

As Seen On… July and August 2014

Well here it is August and I’m not doing BEDA this year. There has been entirely too much happening in the last few weeks to manage that. I know, all the excuses, etc, but here’s what I was doing elsewhere just the same!

On Geek Girl Pen Pals:
Movie reviews, movie reviews, movie reviews!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a really interesting movie, I particularly enjoyed the motion capture for the apes.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s biggest gamble to day, aside from the first Iron Man movie actually turned out to be quite good. I think they can now make any movie they feel like producing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, the Bad, and the Michael Bay.

IGGPPC Summer Camp banner

And that’s really about it. There’s a lot coming up on IGGPPC because we’ve got online summer camp starting THIS SATURDAY, and as one of the five camp counselors I’m pretty stoked. I’m participating in the background of several activities, sitting on a panel about Everyday Cosplay with some folks I really admire, posting a basic wildlife watching course, and hosting a Doctor Who watch-along.

Y’know, before I wrote that sentence, I was going to say that I was mostly just hanging out and cheering on the campers, but I guess I’m doing a bunch of other stuff, too. Ha. It should be a fun (if slightly exhausting in the best way) week.

the geek life

As seen on… June 2014

Hey hey hey, here’s another monthly wrap-up post thing! I’m about a week late because things have been super busy since July 1st. At any rate, here’s what I wrote about when I wasn’t here (and I wasn’t here much, was I?).

On +5 Charisma at Geek Girl Pen Pals…
I featured a couple of super creative ladies in my Disneybounding/Everyday Cosplay series. Check them out!

Movie Reviews for June:
The month started with The Fault in Our Stars. I thought it was good, and I’d recommend seeing it now that the theater isn’t going to be full of sobbing teenagers.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was fun, exciting, beautifully animated, and had some really great emotional undercurrents. I loved the relationship between Hiccup’s parents. Do not watch with small children, however, because this movie does follow a couple of coming-of-age, related-to-parent tropes. (You like how I avoided spoilers with that one?)
For its 30th anniversary, I rewatched Ghostbusters and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The humor holds up well. The effects? Not so much.
Transformers: Age of Extinction was possibly the longest movie I’ve ever sat through, and that includes a marathon of all of the Lord of the Rings extended editions. Seriously.

Over at Paper Droids…
I talked about Maleficent as an allegory of assault survival in light of the #YesAllWomen movement on Twitter. Deeper than my usual fare, not for light reading.

And that’s about it! I had a bit of an adventure on July 1 that I’ll share soon (J had a “take your family to work” day and it was both fascinating and very very long at the same time), plus I need to finish the last Australia entry. I’ve been taking a bit of a break for summer, but by August I should be back into full swing, plus with some new content (more animal/conservation/zoo stuff maybe? yes?) for you. Woot! Until then.

joanna irl, the geek life

As seen on… end of May 2014

Well, it’s June, and I’m still working on my Australia reports, though between various life happenings and short out-of-town outings, it’s slow going. In the meantime, here’s what I did in the second half of May!

Over at +5 Charisma on, I’ve got three new movie reviews you can check out! (Click the links for full reviews.)
Here are my thoughts on Godzilla (2014): it was all right, but the only really good parts were the brief times when Godzilla was actually on screen; the humans were dull at best.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was outstanding! One of the best X-Men movies yet, and moves leaps and bounds to correcting the issues with the earlier films (including negating the awful X3: Last Stand).
Disney’s Maleficent was an interesting and visually beautiful take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, and shows that Disney is continuing to break out of their usual formula.

Speaking of things I write for, International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club AND Paper Droids are both up for Geekie Awards! The Awards are meant to honor and give recognition to up-and-coming content creators and the sites that host them, and both of these places have been nominated. The judging is happening this month, with winners selected in July and an awards show in August. I’m excited for both sites.

So there’s the news from my corner of the internet. Hope you’re doing well, and look for more travelogue to come later this week!

the geek life

As seen on… May 2014

I thought I’d do a little wrap-up of the other things I’ve done in the last few weeks just in case you missed them or have any interest in such things. Here you go!

+5 Charisma:
Here’s my movie review for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) version: I thought it was a solid super-hero movie, but possibly with too much time spent setting up the next few movies than really focusing on this one.
I also started a new series on everyday cosplay, or using fandom to inspire fashion. I already linked to the one I did on Disneybounding, so here’s one I did for Star Wars Day (May the 4th).


Everyday Cosplay: R2D2

Related to the everyday cosplay posts, I started a page at Polyvore to create fandom-inspired looks.

Paper Droids:
Over on Paper Droids, I wrote about my first experience going to San Diego Comic-Con and the lessons I learned. The tl;dr is that you don’t have to stand in the giant lines to have a fantastic time, and that going with a good attitude (and not expecting the impossible) will make the experience a positive one.

My blog is now available for subscription on Bloglovin if that’s your jam, but as always will stay right here at my lovely dotcom. ^_^

That’s about it! There will probably be a few more by the end of the month, so expect another link round up then. Until then, have a great week!

the geek life

Relaunching the Geek Girl Pen Pal Club

iggppc logo3On January 11, the International Geek Girl Pen Pal club relaunched itself, with a brand new website ( and a whole slew of updates* and improvements.

You can read their full press release here, but the basic reason is that a little idea shared between two friends separated by an ocean exploded into something much larger than anyone could have foreseen. Ten months later, the leadership team (which has grown to five, plus forum moderators) has paired over TEN THOUSAND people around the world with pen pals based on age group and shared interests, dubbed “geek loves” on the site.

Today marks the launch of Round 10, another chance for geeky girls (and guys) to find someone to share the love of handwritten correspondence, all while discussing the latest episode of Doctor Who. Or maybe that’s just me and my pen pal… ~_^

pen pals and owl post

My pal Melissa and I were matched in the fifth round, but it seems like ages ago, and we’ve had so much fun getting to know one another and exchanging small, geeky things that fit in envelopes. Okay, I’ll be honest, it’s a lot of tea and stickers. We both love tea and stickers. And she sends some amazing postcards (see above).

I think when it comes down to it, that’s the reason Geek Girl Pen Pal Club works: sure it’s thousands of people, but at its heart, really it’s a connection between people, and finding a friend you didn’t even know was out there.

On a personal note, I’m currently the resident movie-reviewer on the site, so if you want to read those, check the link in the side bar. ^_^

*I would be remiss to not mention the achievements hidden around the site. Who knew that all those childhood hours spent with my “Where’s Waldo” books would serve me so well?