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October 31, 2016

October Favorites 2016

    And there goes October!  Today is Halloween so be sure to have fun and be safe.  If you are doing NaNoWriMo and will start typing at the stroke of midnight I wish you the best of speed and luck.  May your muse not get drunk this month.  I am not sure what outfit I will be wearing tonight.  We had a costumes and games party this past Friday.  Game nights are the best.  I wore my Ren Faire outfit and the flower crown from my Magischola trip.  Something with a Ren faire feel would be good inspiration for my writing tonight though.

    I am not here to talk about NaNoWriMo and costumes right now though.  Today is about the things I loved this month.  So I guess I am sort of here to talk about costumes.  lol

October 28, 2016

Being an Aromantic Asexual in a Hypersexual World

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    I am an aromantic asexual.  Which means I do not experience romantic or sexual attraction.  I live in a society that reinforces heteronormativity and is hypersexual.  This can make some things awkward.  At best.  

    There are a lot of things I notice.  There are a lot of things I have to deal with, that a heterosexual cisgendered person might not notice.  So today I am going to take some time to talk about some of them.  

October 27, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Fox Alignment

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    We had friends over last night.  It was a lot of fun.  Young Frankenstein, chicken tikka masala, bubbles, and talking about the upcoming ren faire.  

October 26, 2016

Asexual Spectrum Characters

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    I wanted to take a look at some asexual spectrum characters today.

    As I looked for characters in media I was reminded of the stereotypes and misconceptions that asexuals are aliens, robots, or serial killers.  That is not a pleasant stereotype.  Not that there are many pleasant stereotypes.  If any.

    So here are a few characters that are either speculated to be or are officially on the asexual spectrum.  Note that this list is not exhaustive.  In fact I’ll leave you some links to other lists and articles.

October 24, 2016

Asexual Links

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    There are plenty of blogs and forums out there to find work by asexuals.  Today I will be sharing with you some lovely links for you to explore.

October 23, 2016

What is Asexual?

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    Hey there! Today marks the first day of Asexual Awareness Week.  This week I want to take out time to talk about and raise awareness about this sexual orientation.  If you didn't know I am asexual.  To be more specific I am an aromantic asexual who is gender-fluid.  But those are more details for another time.  Today I want to tackle the question of what asexuality is.

October 15, 2016

Learn a New Language for Free

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    Do you want to learn a new language?  Classes and programs can cost quite a bit.  And even if they are not terribly expensive, a lot of people simply do not have the income to afford these options.

    But don’t despair.  There are plenty of places to learn a language on a dime or for nothing at all as long as you have access to the internet.  Now there are also ways to learn without the internet, but that is a different post altogether.

    Today let's look through some of your options for learning at home.

October 13, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: New Kitten

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    So one of my housemates brought home the cutest kitten.  He jumped into her car and wouldn't come out until she got home.  He is the sweetest and calmest little thing.  She came in with him during a gaming night when we were playing a game of Betrayal at House on the Hill.  Everything stopped for the kitten and there were ohs and aws and a line to pat him or hold him.  He has been to the vet and he is hanging out in her room until we know he and the other animals will get along.

October 11, 2016

Ada Lovelace Day and Women in Science, Math, & Technology

    Howdy!  Today is Ada Lovelace Day.  Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer.  Not the first female computer programmer.  She was the FIRST computer programmer.  Read more about here here.

    There are plenty of amazing women in history.  A lot of them do not get talked about.  They are ignored by history.  Or they don't get credit for their own work.  Since today is Ada Lovelace Day I figured I'd mention some of these women.

    Hedy Lamarr.  I learned about her  a few years ago.  She was an inventor and actress.  I remember mention of her being a mathematician too.  But I'll have to read up on her again.    

    I asked one of my friends if she knew of any women in science, math, or technolorgy and she suggested Marie M. Daly, Ph.D.  "She was the first Black American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry."  Read more on her Wikipedia page.

    This article was also suggested by my friend.  9 Black Women Game Changers in STEM

    If you pop over to the NASA website You can find information on women in those fields.  They even have information about Women in Space.  They have a tone of stories on their blog about  Women@NASA.

    And here is a twitter list you can follow to find more women who are involved in fields in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  Women in SciTechArts.

    Do you know of any women in STEM fields?  Tell me about them.

 Tata,
Lilian A. Brennan

October 8, 2016

Goals of Autumn and Three Years of Blogging

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    Last month brought us the first day of Autumn and the 3rd anniversary of my blog.  Three years, can you believe it?  I'd love to keep going.  I want to take my blog, my work, and my life to the next level.

    Back in May I sat down with a pen and a legal pad.  I asked the question "Where do I want to be in 5 years?"  I wrote down my answers.  I have been trying to use those answers as a guide post in my goals since then.  I want to make sure that my short term goals work toward that future.  It has helped me to feel more focused.

    While I do not feel comfortable sharing all my answers to my five year question I can tell you that a good portion of them have to do with my writing and my education.

October 6, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Friends, Conventions, & Talking Shop

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    I spent the weekend at Realmscon this weekend.  it was a lot of fun.  I didn't go to many panels.  I helped a friend out by volunteering some of my time and I talked shop with several artists.  I have new tricks to try for resign and for steampunk.  I am now aware of better items to use for my steampunk character.  Training daggers.  that should be fun to steampunk.

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