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I found the Currently post at Kate Hart's blog, who got the idea from Amy Lukavics, who found it here. Please join in and link me in the comments if you do!

LOVING: Netflix's version of Queer Eye. If you need a pick-me-up, this show is it!

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Celebrating friends' milestones - turning 30, launching books, getting married, exciting new projects, my cousin graduating from college, and so on.

READING: I just finished Claire Legrand's new epic fantasy FURYBORN. It is a page-turner, immersive, and thrilling. I love how high the stakes feel, how vulnerable and alive the characters are, and seeing just how the 2 timelines relate to each other. This is your new fave YA fantasy. Trust me.

Also, I'm just so happy I finally got to meet Claire earlier this month. I've been Twitter friends with her since her debut (a creepy Middle Grade book called The Cavendish Home for Boys & Girls), and it was a delight to actually talk to her in person and give her a big hug. Plus, she crowned me at her signing.

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WATCHING: The Staircase on Netflix. Need to start Marvel's Cloak & Dagger and Luke Cage. Binge-watched Big Little Lies right before our trip to Monterey and loved it.

Saw way too many movies recently - Incredibles 2 (cute but a little bit like why did this take 14 years as it's very episodic - but the short BAO was ALL THE FEELS), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Blue!), Hereditary - which was not nearly as terrifying as everyone was going on about!

THINKING ABOUT: Comic Con plans - what I'm going to see, what I'm going to wear. What project I'm going to work on next. The need to KonMari my life. Would anyone be interested in buying a ton of my clothes because I need to purge my closet!

ANTICIPATING: Comic Con! More immediately, the 4th of July because yes, days off!! Seeing all the amazing photos @thisdorkynerdgirl took of me for her Elhoffer Design clothing review for Temple of Geek. Here's a few from the Star Wars-inspired collection!

WISHING: For more certainty and less doubt, for more confidence in my abilities, for more kindness in the world. For my country to be less of a trashfire.

  • The SCOTUS news yesterday and today are particularly disheartening. If you're freaking out like I am about all of this, read @celeste_pewter's ACTION thread on Twitter about the incredible importance of DEFENDING the Senate. We need to band together to make sure no Dem Senators lose their seats, and we need to flip some. This means donating, volunteering, and calling. 
    • See @Roadto18 for the necessary info on Senators and commit to helping one or two - it's like those assignments in school where you had to pick a Congress person to study or run a fictional campaign for. We're doing that, BUT FOR REAL.

MAKING ME HAPPY: Pretty much everything in the "Loving" category above. Oh, I recently was invited to an advanced screening of Netflix's movie adaptation of TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han. I'm not allowed to say too much about it, but I LOVED IT and I can't wait until August when everyone else can see it, too!

My newest poem is out in Liminality's Summer Issue, and it's called BEAUTY ROUTINE. It's about beauty and, like so many of my poems, about transformation. I hope you enjoy it and the rest of the issue. Liminality always publishes such exquisite work.

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Q4U: What have you been up to? Tell me in the comments!


5 Fandom Friday (29): Follow Friday

5 Fandom Friday is a geek-blogger community building project originally started and hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Every Friday, post a top 5 list based on a topic of your choice. Participate as frequently or infrequently as you like. Use the #Fandom5 hashtag so we can all connect!

I haven't updated in a while, but Life has been happening. In any case, here are some cool people/things you should definitely check out!

1) Jordandené x (writer & Space Witch) Sam Maggs' collaboration, The Fangirl Galaxy collection: It's Jordandené's signature hand-lettered style paired with phrases for the discerning fangirl - like fake geek girl and complex female character. Love these ladies, love these designs. I want like everything, and if you do too, use my code ROAM25 for 25% off your order.

2) The poem A View from Inside the Refrigerator by Andrea Tang is skillfully structured and so clever. If you're familiar with the trope of "fridging," you'll really appreciate this poem. I loved it.

3) I'm sure I've talked about FIRST DRAFT podcast before, but in case you need a refresher, First Draft is hosted by YA author Sarah Enni and features interviews with your favorite authors (and other publishing people)! The original batch of interviews were collected on a cross-country road trip as Sarah plotted her move from the East Coast. I encourage you to take a listen if you love books (especially Young Adult) and/or writing, and follow @FirstDraftPod on Instagram & Twitter because Sarah is currently on a new road trip down the East Coast and documenting that on those channels. The interviews she's collecting on this trip will be shared later in the year.

4) The world continues to be a trash fire, but @celeste_pewter on Twitter is still helping us fight the good fight. If you feel lost on current political events, need to know what issues to focus on, and/or need call scripts for calling your U.S. representatives - Celeste provides info and scripts daily! If you have the funds to spare, maybe drop a tip for Celeste for all the hard and often thankless work she does for free - ko-fi.com/A012IFW

5) Recently, Jordandené has also launched THE SARTORIAL GEEK which includes a newly launched magazine (Issue 2 is out now!), a podcast, blog/Twitter/Insta, and an online community! If you're in the NYC area, they also started hosting a monthly in-person meet-up in Brooklyn. Their first event was an Avengers: Infinity War wake, in which yours truly contributed a sad poem for the program.

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Bonus: This is waving my own flag, but in the last month, I've had 2 poems published. Would love it if you took a look, and I would super love to hear from you if you enjoyed either of them.

  • MY TEARS ARE NOT FOR YOU in L’Éphémère Review's National Poetry Month Anthology Beyond the Shallows – April 2018. This is short and angry. Don't doubt your own strength.
  • THE FOOTRACE in Strange Horizons. I also read this poem on Strange Horizon's poetry podcast. It's linked at the top of my poem's page.
    • I wrote about this poem's inspiration and my year-long struggle to write at the Girl on the Roam blog: Anger, Art, and Atalanta.

Q4U: What are some cool things I should check out or who are some new people I should follow?

P.S. I've crossed off a few items from my The 30 List, so hopefully will have some write-ups on that soon. But in my recent trip to cross off one of these items, I stayed in a creepy AF Airbnb and have lived to tell the tale! So... I will probably tell the tale sometime soon. Look forward to it!