the Midwest


Contra and Chanteys

I’ve been having a good time learning to contra dance so far this summer. I’m finding it quite similar to square dancing, thankfully, which has made picking it up pretty simple, but the significantly-lower average age is keeping me on my toes all the same. I suspect there is a lot I could stand to learn about dancing more gracefully – (more…)

Female Gaze Scifi

This is the sort of thing I have tried to avoid writing on my public blog over the years. But after reading about the tropes in a certain scifi series of which I have no prior knowledge, in which bisexuality and kink apparently feature heavily, and after following the stuff with Gamergate and the Sad Puppies this past year, I have something I need to talk about. Oh, and I’ve finally (more…)

Sea shanties on the plains

Sometimes I feel like my life just refuses to be stable for long. It’s about time I posted a life update on here, since things have been a-changing again. As you may have gathered, I’ve moved back to my hometown for the moment, and have been spending my time taking care of my little canine sister and doing yardwork before the midwestern (more…)

Friends in Chicago

Last weekend, I was up in Chicago for a successful interview and visiting with my friends in the area. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some people I haven’t seen in a while – and some person I haven’t seen in years! All around a pretty awesome visit. I also took pictures of Wickett, famously an ewok on Buzzfeed, although I no longer know where the link to that particular photo is. There are new photos now though! (more…)

Women So Badass I Can’t Even

My mom, thankfully, worked really hard to make sure that I grew up with all sorts of awesome women in my books, fictitious and historical. Since leaving school I’ve realized that a lot of people never get this experience, of knowing there are women defying gender roles and making marked contributions to humanity. One of her particular favorites among the real-life women always seemed to be (more…)

Lake of the Woods in BW

I went out on Saturday to Lake of the Woods park with my parents, Kai, and my camera. Kai and I had a good photography adventure while the other two went and exercised on the walking trails. My photo group in Rochester liked to take pictures of tree branches in black and white for some reason unknown to me, so I decided to give that a try. This is the first of a couple of posts of my photos from our ‘splore. (more…)