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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Nerd Church - 5 Super-Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



(This post may have some mild spoilers for various superhero-y dealies.)


Let's have some fun this Father's Day, shall we?



Title image: 5 Super Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



Superhero media is a hazardous place to be a father...

...Either you or your kid keeps getting kidnapped and you have to save each other...

...someone changes the timeline and suddenly you've accidentally poofed your child out of existence...

...your kids get ret-conned for film license purposes so that they're no longer your kids...

...they turn out to be super-villains even though you thought they were dead...

It ain't easy!


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Nerd Church - 9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series



The last episode of the Sky/HBO dramatisation of the Chernobyl disaster aired last Tuesday.

When I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

I live over 1000 miles away from the site of the Chernobyl disaster. I was born years after the explosion.

But when I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

The restrictions on sheep farmers were only lifted in 2012.



'9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series' graphic with radiation warning sign in front of trees



Beyond that, I knew very little.

I think, in my mind, I imagined some sort of cross between Aberfan and 9/11. A chilling thought in itself, really.



Over the years, I understood a little more, but the impact was still hard to imagine - until it was on-screen.

The Sky/HBO series 'Chernobyl' was incredible. Simply incredible.

(Though obviously, extremely heavy stuff!)

And this eye-opening series taught me a few things about life, the universe, and everything:



1. Nuclear power is not safe.


Like, I kind of knew this anyway. But this series confirmed it.

Don't give me statistics about 'only X number of incidents' or 'there are Z safety measures in place.'



This happened.

This killed thousands of people, and came disturbingly close to turning the entirety of Europe into a nuclear wasteland.

This could happen again.

It only takes one incident.



2. Saving face < saving lives


People cared more about saving their reputations, not appearing politically weak, and generally covering their own a**es, than actually FIXING THE PROBLEM AND SAVING LIVES.

Unfortunately, this is still true in too many circumstances.




3. When people in power lie, people without power die


Lies from those in government can never lead to safety and happiness for the general populace.

They just lead to pain and death. History teaches us this again and again, but still governments refrain from telling the truth.

Tells you something about their priorities, I suppose.




4. The Soviet regime was never truly Communist


The problem with Communism is that it's easily abused, and all too fallible.

In principle, there is nothing wrong with notions of equality, fairness, and Socialism. (I'm Welsh, can you tell?)

A regime that would let its people - its workers - suffer for its mistakes is not a Communist regime. It's just another faux-Communist dictatorship.

The world is round - you go left for long enough, you end up on the far-right.




5. It's always the people with nothing who are called on to give the most


Regular working people were the ones who risked everything to control the disaster.

Regular working people were the ones who risked, and often lost, their lives to save millions.




6. A miner's a miner, no matter where you go


Maybe it's just that the actors etc. were British, but I've known a lot of ex-miners - they're a unique breed all their own, and these Russian/Ukrainian miners very much fit that expectation!



7. Taking responsibility for your actions is important

...otherwise you end up with clusterf**ks which nearly kill a continent.

Of course, Russia still hasn't learnt that lesson, if their plans to make their own series blaming the CIA for the disaster are anything to go by.


8. Incompetence and cost-cutting kills

Again, I live in Wales. I kind of knew this. But it bears repeating.


When it comes to safety, people have to know what they're doing. And they can't scrimp on costs.

Safety has to come first, or people die.




9. Listen to the goddamn scientists!

Strangely, they tend to know more about things like nuclear power (and, I dunno, CLIMATE CHANGE) than your average bureaucrat.


It's almost like they studied this stuff or something. Weird.






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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Nerd Church - The 9 Most Annoying Things That Have Been Said To Me About Being A Second-Generation Vegetarian




I was raised Vegetarian.

So even as Vegetarianism and Veganism has become more main-stream, I've been sat here in a unique kind of space, that not many people get to see.



happy cartoon woman with cooking utensils and vegetables
Image by nugroho dwi hartawan from Pixabay


I've spent my entire life as a Vegetarian.

Which, especially when I was younger, before it became popular, did create some tensions... not least because nothing used to be labelled with a 'V' or whatever.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

4 Fangirling-Worthy Webcomics With Central F/F Romance (That Are Also Available In Print!)







Ladies who love ladies are amazing.

So, as it's Pride Month, and I'm a Queer lady who loves the nerdy things in life, I think it's time we celebrate some central F/F relationships, don't you?






F/F Webcomics title image with lipstick/lips background, and two interlocked venus/feminine symbols in the corner







This short list of comics features romantic relationships ranging from the sexy to the innocent, and ladies who have their own unique personalities and situations.

Available to read online (for free!) or in printed form, let these ladies bring a little love to your lives!





Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017's Top 4 Books (...In The Opinion of Yours Truly)

2017 can't be well and truly dusted off and put back on the shelf* without some input from your favourite Bookish Rebel (moi, ofc,) on the bestest books of the year.




two people with capes and flags acting very victory-ish




This is TOTALLY MY OPINION ONLY.

Obviously, I can only pick from books I've read. And within that only books published in 2017.

Even given those rules, there's a bunch of books that I've read that I didn't include - THAT DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T LIKE THEM!!!!

This is basically a snapshot of the stand-outs. There were loooooads of other books I could've included - promise!

(My Anxiety kicks in when I think I might be leaving someone/something out that deserves recognition - does it show?!)



*Ha, shelf? Books? Hehe! XD




Sunday, 6 August 2017

Nerd Church - 6 Tips For Staying Productive While Feeling Cruddy

It's always the same.

You've got a deadline; work to do; bills to pay. And you've managed to catch a cold or some other annoying buggle* at the exact wrong moment.

This week I have a pretty awful virus of some type. And I feel like crud. But I work for myself and money doesn't grow on trees (...or so they tell me; I'm gonna find that money tree one day dammit!)



*yes, I refer to viruses as 'buggles.' Blame my mother. Honestly.





Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

12 Things They Don't Tell You When You Become a Book Blogger

There's stuff no-one warns you about when you become a book blogger.

So I thought I'd do you all a favour and write a 100%* accurate post on the struggles of book-blogging!

*Well - somewhere between 70% & 95% anyway!






Sunday, 30 April 2017

Nerd Church - 14 Totally Awesome Exam-Taking Tips They Don't Tell You At School!

(Warning: this post contains jerky-moving/not-smooth-moving gifs which may affect people with high photosensitivity.)


My nerdlets! For many of you it's exam time! Let me help you!

It may shock you to learn this, but once I was a wee exam-taking nerdlet. And I used to beat the sh** out of exams 😎

...but they also used to stress me out. Which is NOT. GOOD. You won't do as well if you stress, trust me.




exam hall






Then there's the things no-one talks about... the things that teachers don't seem to think are worth mentioning.

Maybe it's because they can't remember their exam-days, or their exams went really smoothly, who knows?

Whatever the case, your teachers don't tell you these things. But I will.




Monday, 23 January 2017

My 7 Top Picks of 2016's Books

(This post contains a flashing/fast-moving gif which may cause problems to those with photosensitive medical conditions.)


2016 wasn't 100% bad - just, like, 85%, or something. Anyway, there were some pretty awesome books!

I've purposefully picked books with 2016 release dates here - but I should point out that I also read some pretty great 'back-list' (pre-2016) titles during the year, they're just not on the list.




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So, these are my picks of books released in 2016, that I read in 2016. Everyone got that? Great.

(And yes, I know this post is technically 'late' - but I make my own rules dammit!)













I'm also uber-pleased to note that most of these are diverse books - so anyone who says diverse books are lower quality needs to go and ask themselves some serious questions 😇

They are also all written by women - girls rock!





Here we go then (and in no particular order, because I am a wuss who can't rank books over each other):




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Nina Is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi


Nina Is Not OK book cover

Amazon links: UK - US




For my international readers (and boy is that a phrase I'm never going to get used to,) who may not have heard of her, Shappi Khorsandi is an Iranian-British comedic genius.

Her first novel though, is not light-hearted. It's not funny. It's not for the faint of heart. And it's freaking incredible.

Seriously, this is one that I'm sooooo happy I had a digital review copy of, because I was so privileged to be one of the first people to read it.

Since then, I've basically been like 'read the thing!' whenever it's been possible to recommend it.

And I'm clearly not the only one, since it was recently nominated for the inaugural Jhalak Prize - though Khorsandi unfortunately withdrew the book from the longlist out of concern that drawing attention to her ethnicity might alienate white readers.

It's a disappointing decision, but it's far from my place to tell a person of colour (PoC) how to market their own book.

And it really is a fantastic book guys! You can see my full review here.






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Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan


Swan Boy book cover

Amazon links: UK - US




Nikki Sheehan is a definite talent. I can't wait to see what she comes up with in the future.

Swan Boy is a remarkably artistic and lyrical kids' novel (middle grade/MG) and it's just... a stunningly beautiful read.

Honestly, it's amazing.

Check out my full review of Swan Boy here.






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Blood Stain, Vol 1 by Linda Sejic



Blood Stain Vol 1 cover

Amazon links: UK - US




Linda is an amazing person who writes awesome and oh-so relatable comics that make me laugh and bring me smiles when I need them.

You will love the hapless Elliott as she tries to make her way in this bizarre world of adulting (and she has levels of clumsiness and bad luck that most of us will recognise!)

You can see my full review of Blood Stain, Vol 1 here.






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Monstress, Vol 1: The Awakening


Monstress Vol 1 book cover

Amazon links: UK - US




ORHGUIREJNGOIRGHNKETMNHOEIROIJTGGWMKRNGHTOI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are very few books which I consider '5 star' books guys.

(And I have issues with the arbitrary and restrictive nature of star ratings anyway - which is why I don't use them on this blog!)

But, if there is such a thing as a five-star book, then THIS IS A 5 STAR BOOK.

It has everything - fantasy, world-building, a disabled Asian protagonist, and stunning artwork.

And I want to adopt the small fox child. Soooo cute!

The ladies in charge here - Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda - have a lot to be proud of.

You can see my fangirling ramble review here.





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Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone



Santa Muerte book cover

Amazon: UK - US


One which I haven't reviewed yet (but I will dammit! I will!)

Santa Muerte is an awesome-sauce first instalment in a new-adult urban fantasy series by the lovely Lucina Stone.

What is urban fantasy? It's only an uber-incredible sub-genre of paranormal and fantasy that involves paranormal-types faffing about in cities and/or towns!

Add in the focus on brujas (witches,) and a chatty prose-tone (that's totally a phrase now. Shh,) and what more do you want?!






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Luna the Vampire: Grumpy Space by Yasmin Sheikh


Luna the Vampire book cover

Amazon: UK - US




Do you want grumpy internet-style humour with bright colours and a millennial attitude? Of course you freaking do!

Seriously, Luna makes me smile. And will make you smile too.

Check out my review here.







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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova



Labyrinth Lost book cover

Amazon: UK - US



Another bruja book, although a lot different to Santa Muerte, Labyrinth Lost is the beginning of a YA series about a bisexual Brooklyn Latina girl, Alex, who has a big mess to clean up.

This one is so involving, and those of you looking for a new YA obsession and/or fandom need look no further!

You can see my review of Labyrinth Lost here.












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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

7 Hacks for Completing the Goodreads Challenge in the Final Days

For those of us who haven't finished our Goodreads challenges for 2016, the time has come to take more creative measures.

There is cheating, which is bad, and there is acceptable cheating - which is good.



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So here are my hacks to help you towards your reading target for the year:





Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Happiness Tag

(Flashing Images warning: The gifs used in this post flash quite a lot and may cause problems for those with photosensitive medical conditions such as epilepsy and migraines.)


The lovely Emily @ The Paperback Princess tagged me for the happiness tag back in August, and now I've gotten around to actually doing the post (woo!) ;)
















5 Things that Make you Happy 



Books - I'm stealing this one off Emily, because I totally agree. BOOOOOOKKKKSSS!!!!!!! ;)



Kitties! - My kitties are little furbabies with much the love and I love them all the way to the moon and back on account of cuteness and fluffiness and little noses, pawses, and whiskerses ;)







Fur-baby!




The Bestie - I have the bestest bestie :)



My family - yes I have some relatives who are better loved from a distance, but my parents in particular are the best.




Reality TV - I know, it's bad. But that's what makes it so good. Honestly, Judge Judy has probably indirectly saved my life more than once. You can laugh at that or dismiss it if you want to, but it's true.






5 Songs that Make you Happy 



My musical tastes tend towards the emo punk-rock side of life. As a teen, I was a small nerd who loved My Chem and Green Day - luckily, there were quite a few of us.



Every Snowflake's Different (Just Like You) by My Chemical Romance - I AM A UNIQUE SNOWFLAKE DAMMIT!!!!!










Girls/Girls/Boys by Panic! At the Disco - AND LOVE IS NOT A CHOOOIIICCCCEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!








Miss Murder by AFI - OK, so it's not exactly a cheery song... but dude, I love the shouting-up-to-the-heavens-ness of AFI, and it always makes me smile.








I Don't Care by Fall Out Boy - Because f**k the haters!







The Bird and the Worm by The Used - because it's awesome-sauce.




Cheery, no? ;)





5 Bloggers that Make you Happy 

ONLY 5?!?! Argh, if I don't mention you, I still love you - promise!!!!! I do!!!!

Emily @ The Paperback Princess - because she's amazing and I wish I was that talented as a teenager.

Ely @ Tea & Titles - because we have the same sort of sense of bizarre humour and obsession with Wales, and because she's so passionate about disability representation.

Naz @ Read Diverse Books - for being a constant inspiration, a pain in the TBR, and a force for good in the world.

Olivia-Savannah @ Olivia's Catastrophe - for being fun, entertaining, and someone who's gonna go a long way :)

Sierra @ The Nerdgirl Review - for being fun, bubbly, and awesome.




Not tagging anyone for this - do it if you want to! ;)




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Monday, 12 December 2016

5 Diverse Poets For You to Check Out on YouTube

You know that poetry is for everyone, right? Well slam and performance poetry is a great example of that.

And there are hundreds and thousands of poetry slam and performance videos on YouTube - they are so addictive, I'm surprised I ever get anything else done!









So I figured I'd share just a handful of my favourite diverse slam, spoken-word, and performance poets from YouTube (because my faves happen to diverse in this instance! Woo!)

Oh, and pretty much all of these have swear-words. Poets swear worse than sailors.







Winona Linn

Meskwaki poet Winona Linn is witty, clever, and passionate; her performances are amazing.

Check out: Knock-Off Native (below,) Currency, and Grey Owl.









Crystal Valentine


Stylish, bold, and unapologetically political, Crystal Valentine's poetry explores being a Black woman in today's America.












Dia Davina

A queer and genderqueer feminist, Dia Davina is awesome. They are funny and honest and just amazing.

Check out: Emergency Room (below,) Boy In My Closet and U-Haul











Elizabeth Acevedo

Afro-Dominicana poet Elizabeth Acevedo writes on race, feminism, and their intersection. She rocks.






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Benjamin Zephaniah

One of the best modern British poets there is, I will never miss the chance to recommend the wonderful Jamaican-British Benjamin Zephaniah.

Never afraid to speak on politics and race, or to combine poetry with music, Zephaniah is a definite favourite of mine.

Check out: Having a Word (below,) Responsible, and Us an Dem











So check some of these wonderful poets out, and enjoy!








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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My Diverse Welsh Authors TBR

Okie dokes my dearest nerdlets - it's time to combine two of my obsessions, diverse authors and Welsh authors.

A lot of these actually came from a post on black Welsh authors I read the other day, which I will link to here.











So, I give you my modest TBR list of diverse Welsh authors:




Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve by Dannie Abse

Amazon: UK - US



This is a semi-autobiographical novel by Jewish Welsh author and poet Dannie Abse. If you've never read any of his poetry - go. Go and look it up. Read. READ NOW.







dat's love by Leonora Brito

Amazon: UK - US



This is a short-story collection by a black Cardiffian author, and looks pretty awesome.







Sugar & Slate by Charlotte Williams

Amazon: UK - US



This is an autobiography which explores the intersection of Welsh and Guyanese identities - which sounds pretty cool.







Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi

Amazon: UK - US



This is like a re-telling of The Canterbury Tales I think? So I'd probably better read the original first!







Asylum: Docu-Drama by Eric Ngalle Charles

Amazon: UK




This bills itself as a docu-drama(?) based on the true stories of asylum seekers in Wales.









Vicious by Bevin Magama

Amazon: UK - US



This is an autobiography of a Zimbabwean immigrant to Wales, and the tale of his time in the Zimbabwean military.









Proud by Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas

Amazon: UK - US







This is the autobiography of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas - the first professional sportsman in a team sport to come out as gay, national superstar, and nice local boy t'boot.









Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Amazon: UK - US



I only realised recently that Sarah Waters is Welsh! And I really want to read this, and possibly some of her other books, because F/F historical fiction dammit!!!!











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