Captain Marvel (2019): Review and Thoughts

I’ll admit that there were several parts of the movie where I was waiting for Carol to do something or say something, and I felt disappointed when she didn’t. And then I realized she didn’t have to—she doesn’t need to. I’d had this idea in my own head that she needed to say all these snappy lines, and pull all these badass movies because she was The First Female Marvel Lead With Her Own Movie, and I wanted her to be perfect. But she doesn’t have to. She is perfect and badass and fine without all that.

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ADHD and Me: University and Living with Neurodivergence

I’ve mentioned my ADHD a few times on this blog, but unless you really know me, it’s not very obvious: I’m better at remembering obligations than most of my friends; I’m fairly low-energy, although that has more to do with my constant state of exhaustion; and I’ve been on the Honor Roll and Dean’s List for most of my life. I get good grades, do my readings, keep some semblance of a social life, and somehow find time to keep this blog, continue a novel, and occasionally hold a job. How do I do it, you may ask?

The truth is, I don’t.

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January Reads: TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD: THE RISE AND REIGN OF THE UNRULY WOMAN by Anne Helen Petersen

SUMMARY: You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated–too much. It’s not that she’s an outcast (she might even be your friend or your wife, or your mother) so much as she’s a social variable. Sometimes, she’s the life of the party; others, she’s the center of gossip. […]

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

2018 was a lot for a lot of people. There were a lot of ups and downs, a lot of great news stories and a lot of bad ones. There were a lot of horrible things that happened last year, but there were also a lot of good things, too. For me personally, 2018 was kind of a rollercoaster.

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The Tumblr Ban and the End of an Era

I have a complicated relationship with Tumblr.

I’ve been on the site for over seven years, and it’s my most-used social media platform. And although I routinely refer to it as a hell-site and a toxic dumpster fire, it still has a place in my heart. It was one of the first spaces where I felt like I could be myself, and it helped me grow into the nerd and writer I am today.

Yet I also recognize that it’s not without faults. And one of its biggest is that today, Tumblr banned all adult content in a move that while not yet platform-threatening, has huge consequences for the future of the site.

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November Watches: Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter is by no means perfect. There are several places where it could’ve done better in terms of diversity and fleshing out its secondary characters. But do I still love the show? Yes. It was one of the first things—shows, movies, whatever—that depicted a strong, female character just existing. Not having to continuously prove herself for the audience, not having to forfeit love, and not having to eschew any emotion as a sign of weakness. Peggy just was. She cried and she made mistakes and she cared deeply about others and yet she was still the strongest person in the room. And that was what I loved that about her.

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