Fun Random Facts

This title is self explanatory.

1. I do not think I am a ‘real’ writer unless I have a beverage while typing. My most common drinks of choice are: Lifewater (Blood orange and mango), Crystal Light (Fruit punch- what I am drinking now), coffee, tea, red wine, and of course a martini.

2. The top three search engine terms for my blog are: d&d alignment, Chris Hardwick girlfriend, and doctor who firefly. My comments are as follows: I have one post on pseudo d&d alignment. It’s basically a rip off (although I gave complete credit) of stuff Chris Hardwick wrote about in his book. Chloe Dykstra…you’re famous! A Doctor Who Firefly mashup would be my dream come true.

3. I don’t have a penchant for newer music. I thought I was the coolest person ever a few weeks ago when I found a new band. My cloud was burst quickly when I realized my new band’s album had been released in 2002. Note: This does not make The Libertines any less good. They are mind blowingly (what, I can make up my own words) amazing.

4. If I were to quickly look around the room I’m in (and yes, of course I just did) I could (and did) count 15 ceramic cupcakes. I think I have a problem.



Here are three random ones. With my Nerdist Way book thrown in.

5. And lastly for today:


Seeing as this ‘meh’ unicorn, from my Fold Your Own Unicorn calendar, is not in fact, a fact at all, it wins at being most random (and come on, it’s a kick ass unicorn!)


How D&D Changed My Thinking


I’m totally not that big of a geek.  I’ve never played D&D.  Hell I’ve never even seen D&D.

This comes from Chris Hardwick’s book: The Nerdist Way. You might recall, I reviewed it some time ago.  He asks that you chose a D&D alignment for your life.  It will, apparently, help you make decisions.  Plus it’s fun!

So here are our choices (all the examples are pulled directly from the book- I’m not that clever):

Lawful good, “Crusader”  EXAMPLES: Batman, Dick Tracey and Indiana Jones.

Neutral Good, “Benefactor”  EXAMPLES: Zorro and Spider-Man.  I’d pitch the Doctor in this pile too, but some Nerds would shout that he’s more the next one down, Chaotic Good.

Chaotic Good, “Rebel”  EXAMPLES: Starbuck from Battlestar Galactic, Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly and Robin Hood. My addition: Dexter Morgan.

Lawful Neutral, “Soldier”  EXAMPLES: James Bond, Odysseus and Kiefer Sutherland’s mush mouthed marine in A Few Good Men.

Neutral, “Undecided”  EXAMPLES: full time stoners or a chicken running around in your yard.

Chaotic Neutral, “Free Spirit”  EXAMPLES: Captain Jack Sparrow, Al Swearengen from Deadwood and Snake Plissen.

Lawful Evil, “Dominator”  EXAMPLES: Boba Fett and Magneto

Neutral Evil, “Malefacator” EXAMPLES: General Zod and Sawyer of the early seasons of Lost and Megatron

Chaotic Evil, “Destroyer” EXAMPLES: Carl Denham from King Kong, Riddick from Pitch Black, Darth Maul  and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings

Here’s where it gets interesting.  I feel I clearly come down in the  Neutral Good, Benefactor alignment.  But if someone asked me which group I wanted to be in, I think it’s kind of a toss-up between Chaotic Good, Rebel (which, FYI, Chris reasons the Doctor would be in) and Chaotic Neutral, Free Spirit.

It seriously made me stop and think.  If I’m currently like Spider-Man, why would I choose to want to be like Malcolm Reynolds or Captain Jack Sparrow?  It certainly would seem that Spider-man does more good than the latter two.

And I’m ashamed of the answer.  If I’m being honest, I’m tired of being good.  I’m bored of doing the right things all the time.  I just want to have some fun.  Malcolm Reynolds will save the girl, sure.  But only because she happens to be handcuffed to the crate of gold he’s busy stealing.

Now, I’ve never stolen anything.  Never went through a teenage angst shoplifting phase.  (Full disclosure: I might have occasionally stolen a cigarette off my mom or a quarter off a table, but I don’t think that’s relevent here).  And I have no plans to start now.  But it does sound exciting.

My day goes like this: get up, write, shower, do chores, run errands, write, go to work, help autistic kids, come home, make dinner, watch hockey, write, drink wine, go to bed. You’ll notice that ‘help autistic kids’ fits in quite nicely with my Neutral Good, Benefactor role.

Short of, maybe, get up, drink wine, go to bed, I’d imagine that Malcolm Reynolds day would be extraordinarily different from mine.  Would it be better? Is this a case of ‘the grass is always greener?’

Sometimes I enjoy my happy little rut.   When someone asks me how things are going, I have a habit of saying, “Fine.  Same. Which is basically how I like it.”

I’m not sure that that’s true anymore.  When does the time come to do something that’s just for you?  And how do you determine whether or not it’s selfish to act that way?  If you’re so busy saving other people, who saves you?



You’re weird

If I had a nickel for every time my husband told me I was weird, well to be honest, I’d probably only have about .65.  A day.  That’s not very much.  So let’s pretend I got $100 every time he told me I was weird.  $1300 a day.  Now that’s more like it.

The poor man is tired of hearing about Doctor Who and Chris Hardwick and why I don’t write as often as I should.  Which is actually why this blog exists.  Everyone I know is tired of hearing me babble on about things they’ve never heard of.  Throw in some Firefly (Mmmm….Firefly) and I’m the strangest girl at the party.

Now, I don’t mean to imply that all the things I love don’t have fans.  Of course they do, or they wouldn’t exist in the first place.  It’s simply that, well, I don’t happen to actually know any of them.  I can find some Whedon fans (mostly Buffy ones who look at me strangely when I mention Firefly) and definitely people who read (but mostly mainstream fiction which I don’t tend to enjoy- save for Harry Potter, Chris Bohjalian  and some Elizabeth Wurtzel stuff) but no one who I can actually geek out with.

Here’s to helping everyone I know get geekier.