My name is Jessica Straw. This is a test post.
When my tech savvy, programmer friend set up a smart home system in his apartment in early 2017, I thought it was overkill. The type of thing only tech people get excited for, but non-tech people like myself roll their eyes at – like Google Glass. The way my friend described it, home automation was […]
I started a YouTube channel! My YouTube channel is focused on DIY and crafts, because crafting is something fun that I enjoy doing. One of my goals in 2019 is to do and learn new things, and this channel is part of that. I don’t know where this channel will go, but for now I’m having a […]
Daenerys Targaryen has been positioned as the Strong Female Character of Game of Thrones – she’s a leader in her own right, she’s sexually independent, she’s confident in her abilities, and she never doubts herself – but while I like Dany well enough and I do root for her, I cannot get behind her quest […]
Two years ago, I wrote a piece where I listed the female characters in film, television, and video games I admired and wanted to be more like. I included two characters from Game of Thrones on my list – Arya Stark and Lady Lyanna Mormont – but in rewatching the entire series in preparation for […]
I went into Captain Marvel not expecting much – the trailers did nothing to generate excitement for me, instead, doing the opposite. I thought it would be rather boring. I left the theatre happily surprised that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but unfortunately, not much of that enjoyment was because of Captain Marvel. […]
In Summer 2001, my grandfather took me to see Atlantis: The Lost Empire in the theatre. I remember him asking me afterward if I enjoyed the film, and I did – although it never became a favorite of mine. It was fun, but a bit forgettable as it’s not a musical and I judge Disney movies […]
Where did November go!? The last I checked it was November 15, and now suddenly it’s December 2 and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has been over for two days. Let’s recap and see how my NaNoWriMo went.
My National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is going better than I expected. I am not writing 50,000 words this month, and I haven’t exactly hit my goals and deadlines I set for myself on Day 1, but I’ve done more than I thought I would.
Day 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I’m already behind, of course. My goal of planning my novel so that I can begin NaNoWriMo today has taken a backseat to stressful life situations, which means I am not at all prepared to begin writing. In previous years, I would have completely given up […]
All the way back in the ancient times of 2013 (how was that five years ago already?), I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge of writing 50,000 words throughout the month of November. I failed to meet the 50,000 words goal, but I succeeded in writing 10,000 words that month. What’s […]
It’s prom season, and along with the tacky gowns and boutonnieres comes the gross photos of men threatening their daughter’s prom date with a gun. These jokes aren’t harmless fun, they’re a product of rape culture, and the defense of these jokes show how far we, as a society, have to go before we fully […]