Adventures at Colossalcon: Volleyballs, Poodles, and Rollercoasters

I thought I was done partying when I graduated college, but apparently, nerds to do it better. I subjected myself to some nerdy shenanigans once again and attended Colossalcon. Held annually at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, Colossal is one of the most popular summer conventions in the eastern half of the US. The … Continue reading Adventures at Colossalcon: Volleyballs, Poodles, and Rollercoasters

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Review: Rick Riordan, The Burning Maze

Okay, look Uncle Rick-- you really didn't have to put us through that. For those of you who have read The Burning Maze already, you know what I'm talking about. I don't even have to be specific. For those who haven't read it yet, I only have two comments for you: This review will be a spoiler-free … Continue reading Review: Rick Riordan, The Burning Maze

Review: Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

Time for another review of a novel by the Queen of Mystery! I'm becoming a sucker for a good mystery, and I'm especially fond of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series. Death on the Nile places the famed detective on a river cruise in Egypt. The boat is full of elite travelers, including a newly-wedded Linnet Ridgeway, who … Continue reading Review: Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

Review: David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon

It's no secret that Native American Indians have faced more than their fair share of tragedy. David Grann's novel, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI introduces readers to events so horrific and scandalous that it is almost impossible to believe it actually happened. The novel introduces readers to … Continue reading Review: David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon

Adventures at Tekko: Cheerleaders, Galra, and Chairs- Oh My!

My second con is over, and the PCD (post-con-depression) is hitting hard. I met so many people while I was there, and I feel like I'm part of a big con family now. There's so much love. The adventure began after the five-hour drive to Pittsburgh to meet up with the fam. Luckily, I had … Continue reading Adventures at Tekko: Cheerleaders, Galra, and Chairs- Oh My!

14 Things I Learned My First Time Cosplaying

I'm counting down the days to Tekko-- it's just about a week away! I'm already getting those pre-adventure jitters I always get before vacations. This past February, I attended my first convention and cosplayed for the first time. Here's a list of some lessons I learned while planning, creating, and wearing my cosplay costumes. Start … Continue reading 14 Things I Learned My First Time Cosplaying

How To Convince Everyone You’re a Pro Cosplayer

The Nerd Vault is open again! This time, I'm taking a slightly silly approach to something I noticed at my first con. Multiple people came up to me and treated me as though I was an experienced cosplayer, someone who had been doing this for years. I had people asking me for my Instagram, asking … Continue reading How To Convince Everyone You’re a Pro Cosplayer