Category: Flashback-Friday

What It Means to be Fandom

Raven Oak, age 16

The year was 1994, and I was 16. I was “old enough to drive,” which humorously enough was the slogan for ArmadilloCon 16 that year. I’ve written about my experiences at my first convention before, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I took a good look back at the past 23 years of my life …

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Flashback Friday

Dealing with Negativity Hemmingway Quote about writing

I am so dreadfully behind on writing deadlines and unpacking that for now, my Flashback Friday and Flashforward Friday posts are going on hiatus. I will still continue to post Monday Night Gaming posts on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and Throwback Thursdays. Friday posts may return at some point. Happy writing …

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FF: Deerskin

Deerskin by Robin McKinley Book Cover

This week’s Flashback Friday: Deerskin by Robin McKinley TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with some subjects that may trigger certain folks. I will not be explicit, but wanted to warn folks just in case. When I first read this book, I was fifteen-years-old. Still young enough and naive enough to not be jaded by the …

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FF: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

This week’s Flashback Friday: The Witch of Blackbird Pond  by Elizabeth George Speare I first read this book in 6th grade. Assigned reading by the teacher, I wanted to read other things though admitted that the word witch in the title was intriguing. As a kid, I enjoyed horror flicks and spooky things so I …

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FF: Death the High Cost of Living

Death The High Cost of Living

This week’s Flashback Friday: Death The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman 2016 has been one hell of a year, and I don’t mean that in a good way. As the death of Prince hit the world, others followed, including Patton Oswalt’s wife, who was only 46. When I saw this modification from Death: …

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FF: Redwall

FF: Redwall

This week’s Flashback Friday: Redwall by Brian Jacques Ah Redwall. Lots of furry little critters running around the Abbey and Mossflower woods. Redwall was not the first book I’d read from the point of view of animals (Watership Down, anyone?), but it was definitely one of my favorites as a younger reader. The idea that …

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FF: Shiny Comicon

Flashback Friday: Shiny Comicon

This week’s Flashback Friday: Shiny Comicon. Because I’m at the Emerald City Comicon, I don’t have the time to type up a fully fleshed Flashback Friday. Instead, I leave you with an image of my first comicon in 2012. It was quite shiny! It’s difficult to see in this pic, but I’m wearing a “Browncoats” …

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FF: Powerful Women

Throwback Thursday: Daughter of the Empire

This week’s Flashback Friday: Powerful Women in Daughter of the Empire by Robert E. Feist and Janny Wurts I’d already read Magician by Feist as well as a few others in the Riftwar Saga, but Daughter of the Empire and its sequels gave me a taste of main characters being powerful women who seek and …

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FF: Passage & Death

This week’s Flashback Friday: Passage by Connie Willis. Passage is a book unlike anything else I’ve ever read by Connie Willis. It’s a profound book that I think everyone should read, but one that shouldn’t be read alone. The title is apt to the topic, as for many, passage & death are interconnected. The dead …

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FF: Powers That Be

Throwback Thursday: Powers That Be

This week’s Flashback Friday: Powers That Be  by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough Anthropomorphism has been used in science fiction and fantasy for…well, as long as the genre has existed. In fact, Aesop’s fables are fraught with it, as are many religious texts. I think my first exposure to it was in reading various …

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