Celebrating Fall at the Apple Orchard

Trying to find activities allowing for social distancing can be challenging. My fiance decided we should go to an apple orchard because at least it’s outside. We settled on visiting the Luce Line Apple Orchard located in Watertown, MN. It was a 35-minute drive away from where we live which is the perfect amount of driving.

This apple orchard was huge! Their apple fields span for at least a couple of miles. At the center of the activities was a white barn to buy fall-themed merchandise. Pumpkins were scattered around the premises and various animals were sniffing children’s hands looking for food. Since the property was so big, we didn’t feel we were on top of anyone and it was fairly easy to socially distance. We went on a walk around the fenced-in animals and found a couple of quiet moments to take pictures.

As far as food, we each ordered a corn dog. I haven’t eaten a corn dog in a while since our state fair was canceled back in August. Additionally, we went to the cocktail stand and ordered a tangy apple sangria. IT WAS SO YUMMY. It was worth the $9 purchase. As we sat and drank our tangy sangrias, we saw Bigfoot walking around. Someone dresses as Bigfoot and walks around the Orchard. There are Bigfoot signs throughout the Orchard. Me and my fiance couldn’t stop laughing when Bigfoot would scare little kids.

Finally, we stopped at the white barn. I picked up more candle wax for my Owl wax burner (I don’t remember what it’s called, but it burns wax). We picked up some homemade maple syrup and a couple of smaller decorative pumpkins that are currently sitting on our TV stand.

Trying to come up with activities during a Pandemic is tough. Me and my fiance take social distancing and mask-wearing seriously. Luceline Apple Orchard was perfectly spacious allowing for a cute date day while being safe.

Challenger: The Final Flight

Challenger: The Final Flight

My fiance loves watching documentaries on Netflix. While we were creating our wedding website, my fiance started playing Challenger: The Final Flight as background noise. Instead of contributing to our wedding website, I became enamored with this docuseries.

Challenger: The Final Flight is only four episodes with each episode ranging from 42 – 50 minutes long. The series introduces the astronauts, provides background information before the Challenger launched, footage from the Challenger as it exploded, and the aftermath of the investigation. What happened with the Challenger? Why did it explode and was NASA responsible?

My knowledge of the Challenger explosion was next to none before watching this docuseries. I knew a teacher was on-board and the shuttle exploded shortly before take-off, but that was about the extent of what I knew. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t crying throughout the series. Families, children, NASA , and the United States all watched as the Challenger lifted off and exploded for everyone to see. Relatives turned to each other in shock and held each other as they cried. Students were in awe as they weren’t sure what was happening. Hearing the relatives of the seven astronauts speak as they relive this moment was horrifying. Some of the relatives knew their loved ones couldn’t survive while other relatives tried to deny what had happened.

The Challenger launch was a big deal considering it would be the first teacher in space. Christa McAuliffe was a teacher in New Hampshire who was one of 11,000 applicants who applied. She was the final of ten and was chosen to be the first teacher in space. She took an absence from teaching while she trained to be an astronaut. She had planned to teach two fifteen- minute lessons to students from space. I’m imagining how I would feel if one of my teacher friends was chosen to go into space. I would feel elated for them, but extremely anxious about what could go wrong.

The failure of the O-Rings caused the Challenger’s explosion. The docuseries details how NASA knew about the history of the O-Rings failure since 1977. That’s nine years before the Challenger launched. Richard Feynman, a scientist on the Manhattan Project, was included in the post-investigation. Feynman demonstrated how the O-Rings are more likely to fail in lower temperatures. On the day the Challenger launched, it was 36 degrees.

In my opinion, I do believe NASA is responsible for the destruction of the Challenger. There was evidence citing the O-Rings and their history of failure. I find it odd how the O-Rings weren’t tested under lower temperature conditions. Science doesn’t lie and whenever these incidents happen and people die, it’s human error that doesn’t listen to the evidence.

Challenger: The Final Flight is a heart-wrenching look at what happened with the Challenger explosion. There’s a lot we can learn from this tragedy to make space exploration safer and the importance of analyzing scientific data. Challenger: The Final Flight can be streamed on Netflix.

Spooky Themed Graphic Novel Reviews

It’s halfway through October already! Minnesota had its first snowfall last week which was way too early. The snow has already melted and we are back to the orange and red hues of fall. I have been trying to read all the horror and creepy books and graphic novels on my shelf. Here are my most recent graphic novel spooky reads.

For Goodness Sake Vol #1. Picture taken by me.

For Goodness Sake Volume #1 by K Lynn Smith

Rayne Waters is a self-proclaimed hippie. She lives on a decked-out school bus as she drives around the US. While driving, she meets Thatcher who could be a relative of Satan. His skin is red and his horns are long enough to curl behind his ears. Thatcher was put under a curse with no memory of how he turned out this way. Rayne invites Thatcher on her bus as they cruise around the US while attempting to break Thatcher’s curse.

For Goodness Sake was a graphic novel entirely funded by Kickstarter. I bought K Lynn’s other graphic novel on Kickstarter Afterglow and I have been a fan of hers ever since. For Goodness Sake was delivered to me earlier this year and I saved it for the fall to read. I missed out on K Lynn’s Kickstarter for Volume #2 and I’m bummed.

For Goodness Sake was such an enjoyable read. Rayne and Thatcher have genuine chemistry together. One of the characters in the book is on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and the way their identity is discussed is respectful of the community. In this short volume, I felt I got to know Rayne’s backstory and what compelled her to deck out a school bus. K Lynn’s art has such a unique style to it. Whenever I read one of her books, I can immediately identify her art.

I could write endless paragraphs about the first volume of For Goodness Sake. The first volume can be found on K Lynn’s website. I rated For Goodness Sake five stars on Goodreads.

Cult Classic Volume #1

Cult Classic Return to Whisper Volume #1 Rahal, Cunha, Cunniffe-Wright, Esposito, and Koh.

Childhood friends Wyatt, Dwayne, Andrew, Malcolm, Bobbi, Aubrey, Sparrow, and Cage meet in their treehouse to watch Cult Classic a local horror TV show. From the show, the kids decide to steal a journal belonging to James Benjamin Vance, the founder of Whisper. The journal supposedly shows where the hidden treasure is buried in Whisper. This story is balanced by jumps into the future as it shows the kids as adults returning to Whisper to attend the funeral of their friend.

Cult Classic Return to Whisper suffers from trying to introduce too many characters. I could barely follow all the characters and keep their backstories straight. There were a few characters I barely knew anything about, so why should I care what happens to them? The story itself wasn’t told as clearly as I had hoped. I’m still wondering what exactly happened to some of the characters as a curse may have impacted the characters.

If I were to describe Cult Classic, it reminds me of Stephen King’s It meets Goosebumps although it’s nowhere near as good. Cult Classic wasn’t the strongest first volume of the series. This is a book I would have preferred renting from the library versus owning. I rated Cult Classic Return to Whisper three stars on Goodreads.

Joker 80th Anniversary! Picture taken by me.

The Joker 80’s Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular #1

“Mariah, this isn’t a spooky read???” Yes, I’m aware this is more generic comic book reading than Halloween themed. However, Joker is one of the most notorious villains of all time, and the way Joker torments his victims could be on the creepy and ominous theme of this post, so I included this novel in this review.

The Joker was first introduced into comics in July of 1942 as an enemy for both Batman and Robin to fight against. In this 80th anniversary edition, this novel shows past covers featuring the Joker along with a compilation of various stories. One of the stories features Punchline, the Joker’s new girlfriend. While I detest Punchline’s name, I like her purple punk Roller Derby outfit. I’m intrigued by how Punchline will be involved in the newer runs of DC Comics.

As a fan of DC Comics, I thought this was a fascinating read. I liked looking at the older comic covers. It reminded me how Joker has influenced Batman and his trauma. The assault of Barbara Gordon along with the murder of Robin, Joker is one of Batman’s most threatening villains. I rated Joker 80th Anniversary four stars on Goodreads.

There are only 11 days left till Halloween and I hope you all are enjoying this spooky quarantine season.

Autumn Engagement Photos

2020 has been a chaotic year. On the bright side, two weeks ago, me and the fiance took our engagement photos. We are getting married October of 2021 and wanted our photos to have the beautiful colors. We drove to Duluth, MN which is a gorgeous town along Lake Superior. The colors were at their peak. Our photographer sent us a couple of the many photos taken. I wanted to share them because I’m pleased with how they turned out.

This one if my personal favorite so far.

Our photgrapher is Mitchell Ringness and he was professional and personal throughout our entire session. If you’re based in Minnesota and are looking for a photographer, check him out. I linked his website in case you wanted to check out his portfolio.

With the Pandemic, I find it can be difficult to stay positive. These engagement photos were a nice emotional boost. I never thought about spending the rest of my life with someone until I met my fiance. I didn’t know then what I know now, but there’s no one I would rather spend my life with than him.

Horror Tag

A Geek Girl’s Guide is at it again with the blog tags. This blog tag is the Horror Tag. I never used to be into anything horror. Now, I’m finding myself watching scary movies and reading horror books. These are my answers to the Horror Tag. You can find A Geek Girl’s Guide’s original Horror Tag here

How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I can’t remember a specific age in which I watched my first horror movie. Growing up, my brother watched a little big of Chucky and had nightmares for weeks. I would say this is my first horror movie I remember despite the fact I never watched any of it.

What was the first horror movie you saw?

Scream is the horror slasher film I distinctly remember watching for the first time. I also remember watching One Missed Call at a sleepover with girlfriends during middle school.

What is your favorite horror movie?

I’m a fan of slashers. The Scream franchise is my favorite horror movie franchise of all time. I like the fact that the movies make fun of slasher movie horror tropes. Sidney Prescott is my favorite “Final Girl”.

Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

Thrillers. I can’t stand gore. It’s why I will never watch The Walking Dead. I get why the gore exists, but it grosses me out.

If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

NONE. Who wants to be trapped in a horror film? If I have to pick, I would say Scream. It’s a bunch of high schoolers in the 90’s partying and having a good time, so that’s more fun than anything I suppose.

If you were in a horror movie, would you be the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the smart one, or the killer?

Everyone wants to answer this question as being the “Final Girl”. If I were to answer this question accurately, I would say the smart one who may not live to the end of the movie. I make rational choices most of the time and I do worry about my own personal safety if need be.

While watching a horror movie, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person covering their eyes the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

Covering my eyes! I hate jump scares.

Have you ever played a horror game? What is your favorite horror game?

I don’t play horror games much because I hate jump scares in a game. Is Resident Evil a horror game? If so, I would pick the franchise in general.

If you got trapped in one horror game, what would you want it to be?

NONE. I would say Dead by Daylight because at least you’re not alone and you’re working together to escape the killer.

Here are all the questions:

How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

What was the first horror movie you saw?

What is your favorite horror movie?

Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

If you were in a horror movie, would you be the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the smart one, or the killer?

While watching a horror movie, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person covering their eyes the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

Have you ever played a horror game? What is your favorite horror game?

If you got trapped in one horror game, what would you want it to be?

True Blood (2008-2014)

Vampires were a trend back in 2008. I used to own a “Team Edward” t-shirt from Hot Topic back when I read the Twilight series. Twilight showed us sparkling vampires while the Vampire Diaries was a highlight on the CW. True Blood was the more adult vampire show that aired on HBO for seven seasons. I never finished watching True Blood, so I decided to give the show another chance. True Blood is a campy, eerie, vampire show with other supernatural introductions along the way.

True Blood stars waitress Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin) in the small Southern town of Bon Temps. True Blood takes place two years after vampires “came out of the coffin” after the invention of “Tru Blood” which allows vampires to feed off of synthetic human blood. While Sookie is waitressing, she meets Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer) a vampire who is compassionate towards humankind. Ultimately, Sookie and Bill begin a romantic relationship and are forced to face off against various supernatural threats.

True Blood discusses the prevalence of hatred of individuals who are different. Racism is shown frequently especially with Sookie’s childhood best friend Tara (played by Rutina Wesley). Tara is a character who deserved so much more, although that’s a post for a different time. In later seasons, humans end up creating concentration camps for vampires specifically. I imagine what our society would be like if supernatural beings actually exist and I think True Blood hits the nail on the head for how humans would react.

One of the positives of True Blood is getting to know Bon Temps and the people who live there. Several of the characters go through a positive character growth including Arlene Fowler (played by Carrie Preston) and Andy Bellefleur (played by Chris Bauer). Both Arlene and Andy were prejudiced against vampires at the beginning of the series. As the seasons continued, Arlene and Andy started to recognize that not all vampires are the same. Andy used to be a character I despised in the first season and is now one of the best characters. Besides Arlene and Andy, Sookie’s brother, Jason (played by Ryan Kwanten) develops into a genuinely nice human being. Originally portrayed as a playboy, Jason starts to develop feelings for Jessica (a vampire played by Deborah Ann Woll, before her Daredevil days). Jason starts to think differently about vampires and treats women with more respect than he did before. I could go on and on about the characters in True Blood. If the characters weren’t as memorable, True Blood would have been canceled a long time ago.

True Blood also has some notable guest stars including Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler Law & Order SVU), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Rob Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), and more. Christopher Meloni played an older vampire which was a spot-on cast. Denis O’Hare played a nasty vampire in season #3 and was one of the best villains of the show.

True Blood started strong. Seasons #1 – #4 was wildly entertaining. Sookie building a relationship with Bill, having a relationship with Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgard), and fighting off witches. Seasons #5 – #7 is where True Blood started to drag on. Season #5 featured Christopher Meloni, but his appearance wasn’t enough as this season was probably the worst out of the seven.

Overall, True Blood was a fun watch. I’m glad I gave the show a second chance. It’s a perfect show to watch in Quarantine because I could devote the time to watch all the seasons. It’s fitting this time of year too because of the atmosphere of Bon Temps being the center for supernaturals to gather. I have a picture of Eric as my phone background because he’s one of my favorite vampires in the show. If you watched True Blood, let me know in the comments which character was your favorite.

Last Harry Potter WYR Prompt

As mentioned in my Reflecting on my Harry Potter Tattoo – One Year Later blog post, I’m ending my Harry Potter WYR series. There’s been too much hatred coming out from the author of the series and I have decided to write about Harry Potter less on my blog. I will always be a Harry Potter fan, but I think, for now, it might be a good idea to move away from the series. Here are the rest of the prompt cards I had with my answers right below.

Would You Rather. . . Come Across a Dementor or Thestral?

Thestral! I haven’t seen Death, so I wouldn’t personally see it, but anything is better than a Dementor.

Would You Rather. . . Have an Unlimited Supply of Butterbeer or Chocolate Frogs?

Butterbeer. Chocolate Frogs creep me out since they move around once you open the packaging.

Would You Rather. . . Fly on a Broom or Travel by Floo Powder?

I’d want to answer with “Fly on a Broom”, but realistically, I would probably travel by Floo Powder. Heights have always freaked me out and brooms don’t have any safety measure on them. Floo Powder would be safer.

Would You Rather. . . Be a Hogwarts Professor or An Auror?

An Auror!! A Hogwarts Professor would be fun, but I wouldn’t want to be a teacher in any capacity.

Would You Rather. . . Wear a Weasley Christmas Sweater or Funky Glasses like Luna Lovegood?

A Weasley sweater. It’s made with real love from Molly Weasley.

Would You Rather. . . Have Relatives like the Dursley’s OR Bellatrix Lestrange?

I don’t think there is a good answer here, I would say the Dursley’s. Both families are racist/prejudiced, but at least the Dursley’s don’t kill people, so I guess that’s the better choice.

Would You Rather. . . Go to the Quidditch World Cup or Triwizard Tournament?

The Triwizard Tournament since it doesn’t happen as often as the Quidditch World Cup does.

Would You Rather. . . Have Unlimited Spending at Honeydukes or Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes?

Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. I’m not a big candy person. I would get more out of Weasley’s since I could prank my friends or get out of class.

Would You Rather. . . Be a Member of Dumbledore’s Army or Order of the Phoenix?

BOTH! If I had to pick, Dumbledore’s Army. It’s more accessible to join and I find it courageous that the students revolted against Umbridge’s ruling.

Would You Rather. . . Have Your Future Told by Professor Trelawney or Be Able To See Your Past in Dumbledore’s Pensieve?

See My Past in Dumbledore’s Pensieve. I would review the moments of my childhood with my dad. Being able to relive those memories would allow me to reconnect with my dad from my own archive of memories.

Would You Rather. . . Be Stunned by a Stupefy Curse or Confused by a Confundo Curse?

Confused by a Confundo Curse. Being Stunned could be a life or death situation due to being conscious or not. At least being confused, I still could have a chance of fighting back.

Would You Rather. . . Be Sorted into Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?

I’m sticking with my original house, Hufflepuff. I was surprised I wasn’t sorted into Ravenclaw at one point, although my personality aligns well with the Hufflepuff house.

Would You Rather. . . Have a Pet Cat Like Hermione or Have a Pet Owl Like Harry?

Cats! I would start with a cat and then add an Owl eventually when I could afford another pet.

Would You Rather. . . Be Really Good at Quidditch or Pass The Owls With Flying Colors?

Pass My O.W.L. I could pick whichever career I wanted in the Wizarding World. I’m more studious than athletic anyway.

Would You Rather. . . Drink Polyjuice Potion With the Essence of Draco Malfoy or Professor Snape?

Draco Malfoy.

Would You Rather. . . Go To Durmstrang or Beauxbatons?

Durmstrang.

Would You Rather. . . Play as a Chaser or Keeper?

Chaser! The Keeper has too much responsibility.

Would You Rather. . . Have to Help Hagrid Take Care of Fluffy or Take Care of Aragog?

Fluffy!

Would You Rather. . . Be Born a Squib like Filch or Have The Ministry Take Away Your Wand like Hagrid?

I would pick “Having the Ministry Take Away Your Wand”. Hagrid can still do magic secretly whereas Filch can’t do magic at all.

Would You Rather. . . Have Lunch at Three Broomsticks or A Home Cooked Meal by Molly Weasley?

A Home Cooked Meal by Molly Weasley could never be replaced. The Three Broomsticks exists at Universal Studios.

Would You Rather. . . Spend a Week in Azkaban or As a Prisoner in Malfoy’s Basement?

Prisoner in Malfoy’s Basement because there are no Dementors there.

Would You Rather. . . Spend the Afternoon in the Slytherin Common Room or the Bathroom with Moaning Myrtle?

Slytherin Common Room, why would I want to hang out in a Bathroom for an Afternoon?

Would You Rather. . . Take Charms or Potions?

Charms would be generally more useful than Potions.

Would You Rather. . . Live in the Charming Village of Hogsmeade or Bustling Center of Diagon Alley?

Hogsmeade would be my choice. I think Diagon Alley would be too chaotic whereas Hogsmeade would be quiet for the Summer since the students would be moving back home.

Would You Rather. . . Accidentally Take a Love Potion from Someone You Don’t Like or Accidentally Give Someone You Don’t Like a Love Potion?

Both options are horrible for different reasons, but I would rather the love potion wouldn’t impact me. I would choose “Accidentally Give Someone You Don’t Like a Love Potion”. To be honest, I wouldn’t give anyone a love potion because I wouldn’t want to force someone to be in love with me.

Would You Rather. . . Attend Halloween Feast or the Holiday Feast?

The Halloween Feast!

Would You Rather. . . Take a Tour Of Gringotts or Take Whatever You Wanted from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes?

A Tour of Gringotts would be cool, but I would still pick the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Would You Rather. . . Be Invited to Dance All Night Long at the Yule Ball or Watch the Final Quidditch Match?

The Yule Ball! I could watch a Quidditch match throughout the season.

Would You Rather. . . Be Able to Transfigure into a Cat Like Professor McGonagall or A Black Dog like Sirius?

The Cat!

Would You Rather. . . Have a Cloak of Invisibility or A Marauder’s Map?

The Invisibility Cloak! The Marauder’s Map would be neat, but being invisible whenever I wanted would be preferred.

Would You Rather. . . Duel Dumbledore or Voldemort?

Duel Dumbledore. I could use it as a teachable moment to learn from him, so I could take on Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

If you made it to the end of this post, I applaud your patience. I’m still debating what I will replace my Harry Potter WYR blog series with. I’m still a part of the Harry Potter fandom, although I think it’s good to put some distance right now with everything going on. I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe during this time.

Spooky Steam Haul

It’s Spooky Season! This is the time where I hang Halloween decorations, read Horror books, watch scary movies, and play themed video games. To get into the mood of the season, I purchased a couple of new video games on Steam. I wanted to share my Halloween themed gaming haul.

Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure

I discovered Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure completely on accident after typing Cthulhu into the Steam search bar. I’m a Lovecraftian fan and will immediately play anything with Cthulhu in the title. Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure begins with Detective Don Ketype as he tries to track down the infamous Necronomicon. Ketype crosses paths with struggling college student, Buzz Kerwan who winds up with the Necronomicon and accidentally sets off a spell which leads to his kitty (named Kitteh) being able to talk. The trio team up to stop the cultists from performing a horrific ritual.

I’m about halfway through this and I’m loving every second of it.

Nancy Drew Danger by Design & Nancy Drew Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

I’m determined to play more of the Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive. The first game I played was endless in the number of jump scares, so I’m hoping this could be extended to the other games in the series. Based on reviews off of Steam, I purchased both Danger by Design and Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake. I plan on playing both of these games next after I finish playing Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure.

Vampire the Masquerade: Shadows of New York

I first played Vampire the Masquerade RPG at Gen Con in 2019. Vampire the Masquerade: Shadows of New York is a game inspired by the RPG. This game stars Julia Sowinski a reporter who’s “Embraced” (Vampire the Masquerade term for being turned into a Vampire) and is asked to investigate the murder of Anarch Baron Callihan. This game is described to be a visual novel that changes as the main character makes several crucial decisions.

Vampire the Masquerade is one of my favorite RPGs I have ever played. It’s a dark, gritty, and violent RPG I wouldn’t recommend for everyone. I cannot wait to play this.

Later Alligator

Later Alligator isn’t necessarily a Spooky game, but it’s a game I had on my Steam wishlist for far too long. Later Alligator as the title states stars an alligator named Pat. Unfortunately for Pat, he’s involved in a huge conspiracy that leads him into danger. Can the player save Pat before the clock runs out?

The majority of reviews on Steam list Later Alligator as overwhelmingly positive. I plan on playing Later Alligator after all of the other Spooky games I purchased.

Nothing gets me excited about being in Quarantine like having new video games to play. Let me know in the comments which Spooky video games you’re playing this month!

Reflecting on My Harry Potter Tattoo – One Year Later

**Trigger Warning: Transphobia / mentioning of the original author of the Harry Potter series**

It’s funny how much changes in a year. This September marks the one year anniversary of getting my Harry Potter themed tattoo. J.K. Rowling has been making comments about the trans community that are hateful in nature and completely inaccurate. With all of this, I have been thinking about my tattoo, and knowing what I know now, would I have gotten a Harry Potter tattoo in the first place.

My stance on all of this is to love the fandom and put distance to the creator. Harry Potter has gotten me through many tough moments in my life. The movies were there for me when I needed them. The last movie came out in 2012 when I graduated from high school. It felt like an end of an era both in the films and for my life. I can’t abandon Harry Potter because it’s so important to me. If this means you have to unfollow my blog or from my various forms of social media, that’s perfectly fine and I wish you well.

I have seen some individuals remove their Harry Potter tattoos because of Rowling’s views. I won’t be doing this. As mentioned above, Harry Potter has so much meaning to me. With my tattoo, I like how it references the Harry Potter stories without directly mentioning Rowling. Plus tattoo removal can be more painful than the tattoo and lead to scarring. It’s not worth it for me to do this.

Twitter started a firestorm when the trailer for the new Hogwarts Legacy game was released. I have made the decision that I won’t purchase this game brand new because I don’t want to support anything leading back to Rowling. However, some gamers plan on buying this game and are being called transphobic for doing so. I don’t think calling others out for being “less of an ally” is going to help battle against hatred. It’s going to create further division. If you’re planning on buying the Hogwarts Legacy game brand new, I hope you enjoy the game. I encourage you to put the same amount of money into a trans charity right after. I’m not going to sit here and call someone transphobic for doing purchasing a game that we have all been waiting for.

Moving past this, I’m going to write about Harry Potter less. I’m ending my Harry Potter WYR blog series as well. There will be one final post with the remaining prompts I have. I’m still going to remain a Harry Potter fan and belong in the community. My Harry Potter tattoo will remain on my body forever although I may not add on to it like I originally planned. If you’re looking for a trans charity to donate to, I will always recommend The Trevor Project. I would love to know your feedback and how you’re getting through this as a Harry Potter fan. Let’s keep the comments peaceful as well. I hope you’re all doing well during this difficult time.

Have You Ever Con Edition

I miss conventions. My only convention I attended this year was C2E2 before Covid-19 hit. Conventions are my scene. I found this blog tag on A Geek Girl’s Guide

Have You Ever Wanted to Attend a Specific Con?

Yes! Gen Con was one of the conventions I crossed off my list. Gen Con is primarily a gaming convention, but there is something there for everyone. Gen Con hosts a 5K, brewery tour, charity events, gaming and more. It was a dream come true to attend Gen Con.

Other conventions I would want to attend are Emerald City *cancelled this year due to Covid 😦 * San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con and Dragon Con.

Have You Ever Traveled for a Convention?

The farthest I have traveled was for Gen Con. If Emerald City was supposed to happen, this would have been my farthest convention. I’m based in Minneapolis and Emerald City is in Seattle.

Have You Ever Attended the Same Con Multiple Times?

100% If the Convention is fun, why not go multiple times? I have been to Convergence six times. C2E2 twice. MSP Spring Con four times. The caveat is for any conventions requiring travel, this is more tough to attend multiple times in a row.

Have You Ever Gone to a Signing or Photo Op?

Yes! Me and my friend met Matthew Lewis who played Neville Longbottom. We also stood in line to meet Jason Momoa. For photo ops versus autographs, I prefer photos. Photos are more personal for me. The one negative part about doing autographs and photo ops is it takes up the whole day. If you’re going to a convention for a single day to meet that one person, it’s probably worth it.

Have You Ever Cosplayed for a Con?

I love Cosplay! My cosplays aren’t 100% accurate because I don’t make every aspect of my cosplays. Cosplay helps me feel a part of the event. It would feel odd to me if I never cosplayed at all.

Have You Ever Worked at a Con?

Yep! The website I write for Twin Cities Geek usually tables at local conventions. If I’m free, I love volunteering to table. It allows me to connect with people who walk by.

Here are the questions:

Have you ever been to a con?

Have you ever traveled far to go to a con?

Have you ever attended the same con multiple times?

Have you ever gone to a signing or photo op?

Have you ever cosplayed at a con?

Have you ever worked at a con?