My Blog as a Mix Tape vol 2

I chose 7 tracks for Side A, and another seven for Side B. Side A is about getting to a realization point, and Side B is about embracing my weird!

While my original "My Blog as a Mix Tape" post wasn't an ode to GotG, I kept meaning to revisit it. But it never felt right. Now it's 2017, and a lot of stuff happened last year (admittedly, most of it was not good). And whether or not this earth is going to hell in a hand basket, I'm determined to make the best of it (hell, so far so good).  And with Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 out next week it seemed like as good a time as any and a salute to one of the best nerdy movies to date with a bangin' soundtrack, by bringing back the post I'm most proud of in its own sequel!

If you'd like to join me again in a sweet melodic link up, send me your list, either here in the comments, or on twitter, or any social media!

Send me a copy of your #BlogMixTape

D&D: For N00bs by a N00b! Part one: Finding Your Guild & My Campaigns

Lately, my geekiest endeavor has been in playing Dungeons and Dragons with The Tenor and some of his coworkers.
D&D is one of those games that has been around for decades, that I was always interested in, but growing up wasn't allowed to play, reasons (thanks a lot Dobson...). But in 2009 when I first met my adopted big bros the VERY first night I met them, Jay had a game going. I didn't hear a lot of the narrative but the flint and metal in my brain struck. It took a while, and about three different games (one of those being an attempt at 3.5v) before this fourth campaign to kick off.

Our first game didn't even get to a campaign. Mind you, this was a 3.5 game and we spent SO MUCH time creating our characters. Which is not a bad thing. But if you're like me when it comes to avatars like even in Rock Band, you know you want to get your details out and on paper. This group was made up of some friends I went to church with back in CA (not all churchgoers are …

Asgardians of the Galaxy (aka Thor Ragnarok) Trailer

Holy crap! Long time no post! But we moved again, and with he holidays (and holiday shopping season) over I'm choosing to be back!

Which brings me to the amazing trailer for Thor Ragnarok (or as I'm actively going to call it thanks to my friend Ryan: "Asgardians of the Galaxy")

I've not been excited for a Thor movie in a long time. I did enjoy the first one enough, but let's be honest, they've been pretty weak. This one looks like it will be more fun, and actually be a bit more about Thor than his (insanely handsome) brother Loki.

ALSO: I am here for Valkyrie and Hela! Hel is one of my favorite Norse mythology characters (mostly because I was introduced to her in K.A. Applegate's post Animorphs series Everworld). And Valkyrie is SERIOUS cosplay goals right now! I love her armor and the shot of her dragging Thor around with the smirk?

GURRRRL! I'm here for it!

And the Hulk bit? Frakking PRICELESS!!! "He's a friend from work!" is a gre…

Day 3 Your Anime Crush (30 Days of Anime)

While Howl of Howl's Moving Castle is on the "list" (if this is ever a fandom friday post I have this at the ready) as well as Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop.

I gotta say Vash the Stampede is my anime crush.

For a character who is known in his universe for being a walking disaster, he's got a heart of gold, and a good sense of humor! Also the dude's a dork hahaha! Also Johnny Yong Bosch does his voice!!! <3 p="">

Also, the dude kicks all sorts of ass! I also recommend this anime as the story is more than meets the eyes!

Day 2 Favorite Anime...So Far (30 Days of Anime)

This is easily the toughest question...and I have two answers because:

Answer number one is of course: Sailor Moon.

The magical girl of all magical girls. While not the first magical girl in existence from anime or manga, it was the one where many of us learned of this type of anime. For western audiences this anime was one of the first girl-oriented anime's available in the US (well, that I recall).

I'm not going to go over the premise but, one the things I loved about the show was the outfits. They were so cute! You can judge me, but my dream cosplay is STILL to be a Sailor Scout! Also, since there are 10 different scouts, there's nearly a character for anyone to relate to! The 90's animation is not as polished and shiny as the new Crystal season, but, back then it was golden...and adorable af!

The second show is Cowboy Bebop

In addition to being one of my all time favorite anime, its also one of the best shows ever! Not only is the animation beaut…

Day 1 Very First Anime (30 Days of Anime)

You know what: I've missed writing...a LOT! These last few months have been trying...on us all if I'm not mistaken. But, to alleviate some of the gravity of the year so far, I'm doing the 30 day anime challenge this month.

My first introduction to anime was when my family was stationed in the Philippines. While I'm 90% sure it was voltron...I just don't remember. So I'll go with the first one I truly recall: Unico.

Unico is an adorable little cinnamon-bun eared unicorn, and being the magical-girl-in-training-child I was in love with Unico. He was created by the great Osamu Tezuka who also created Astro-Boy, Phoenix, and Kimba the White Lion (ALSO! He's a descendent of Hatori Hanzo the ninja and samurai)!

I don't remember much about Unico to be honest. I remember it was one of the movies, and, that we used to rent it on VHS tape. But, I believe it was The Fantastic Adventures of Unico based on the covers of the two movies (which I am going to now purchas…

Finn (Stormtrooper) Workout Cosplay

Stormtrooper Finn Workout Cosplay by joie-fatale
Back on track!
I need to finish out my Star Wars theme, and give some love to Finnie-Finn-Finn! I really loved The Force Awakens, and Finn was that perfect blend of familiar, and yet fresh! And I REALLY wanted to do a Stormtrooper outfit, but needed it to be Finn too! Also: that headband is so cool! It's available through Chicky Bands! I want a few more from there (especially the Rey one 😍).

Here is a Finn inspired playlist!

Is there a workout cosplay you'd like to see? Maybe just a character inspired playlist you'd like to sweat, or dance too? Let me know in the comments, or on twitter @Joie_Fatale!