GNBC: Leviathan Wakes

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Okay, let me start this third post in the GeekyNerdy Book Club by saying that I’ve really enjoyed all three of the books we’ve read so far. Each one has been very different from the last, which has helped keep things interesting. That said, Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey was a real trip!

First of all, it took me a little while to get into the swing of things and I actually had to restart it after I took a quick break to read Masque, a breezy retelling of Beauty and the Beast (thanks for the recommendation Mei-Mei!). Read More

Batman: The Killing Joke (Graphic Novel)

DC Comics

DC Comics

Warning: This post discusses some graphic material and there are spoilers, so proceed at your own risk!

When it comes to comic books/graphic novels starring Gotham’s caped crusader, two of the most iconic are Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke (1988). Miller’s treatment has already made it to the big screen (in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy), and Moore’s work will be joining his shortly, albeit in an animated format.  Read More

Be Kind. No Exceptions.

Quotable Cards

Quotable Cards

As I got back into the blogging swing of things this week, I started compiling a list of fun links for today’s Nerd Alert. Yet after all of the events that have occurred over the past few days, my heart’s just not in it at the moment. The senseless loss of life and the divisions that I’ve seen appearing on my social media feeds have really gotten to me. So I’m going to take a break and unplug this weekend. I’m going to do what past therapists have recommended and focus on some self-care and, hopefully, return to some sort of equilibrium. I’m going to hug my husband close and tell the people I care about that I love them. And I’m going to take a page from my friend Secret Agent L and be kind, no exceptions.

“I Know My Value”

The most memorable line to come out of ABC’s short-lived Marvel’s Agent Carter occurred in the first season finale. Strategic Scientific Reserve agent-extraordinaire Peggy Carter has just saved the day (again), and her male colleagues have taken the credit for her actions (again!). Witnessing this, a more enlightened male agent asks Peggy how she can stand it and she simply responds: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.”

Those 10 words became a rallying cry for the show’s female fans (me included) and were frequently referenced when ABC execs cancelled the show earlier this year. But while I certainly recognized Peggy’s value, her self-assured conviction of her own worth also inspired me to recognize mine. Or more accurately, it inspired me to look for my own.

Though I have just about every Jordandené design featuring Peggy’s immortal words in my closet, and frequently ask myself “WWPCD” (What Would Peggy Carter Do?), it wasn’t until yesterday that I had my first true “I Know My Value” moment.

As I’m sure you can gather from my many absences, work has been a bit crazy lately, with just about every project having been delayed for some reason or another. The result is that everything is coming due at the same time. On top of that, some deliverables have expanded beyond their scopes of work and are much longer than originally anticipated.

For the most part, I’ve been able to juggle everything coming down the pike reasonable well, but yesterday it became clear that the current report on my desk was something different. It was just too long for me to get through in the timeframe allotted. Luckily, my supervisors completely understood the issues and we were able to triage what needed to be done before the document went to the client.

I know, I know, this all sounds very innocuous – just the usual work stress – and admittedly, it is. Yet when I’ve encountered conflicts like this before, I’ve usually questioned my abilities as an editor, have been more worried about “disappointing” my supervisors than maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and have sacrificed my personal time for the job. This time, however, I didn’t experience any of those feelings.

For whatever reason, I actually trusted my abilities as a professional editor and the limits of what could reasonably be done. I also told myself that I would not work overtime unless I was compensated for it. After all, my time has value, just like I do.

As noted, the whole situation resolved itself fairly well, but just making those mental stands was extremely empowering for me. There was a strength in my convictions that hadn’t been there in a while. And as I steeled my spine, I couldn’t help but think of Peggy and her sense of her value. To be sure, I still have some work to do to reach her level of confidence, but yesterday’s small victory felt like a step in the right direction!

2016 Blog Bucket List

This past weekend, it really hit the Mysterious Mr. C and me that we are a little more than halfway through the year. And while there are still six months left until we ring in 2017, we realized just how many times we say things like, “Oh we should go do X,” but then never actually do.

In an effort to change that and go on more adventures, we came up with a brief bucket list for the rest of the year full of places we want to go and things we want to do. And since I was feeling in a proactive mood, I decided to make one for the blog as well!  Read More

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