Liebster Award from Ari of Comics & Cookies



Ari from Comics & Cookies nominated me for another Liebster award. This is a fun little way to get to know other bloggers that's been around for years, and I've been tagged a few times (and I've outgrown the 200 follower limit), but it's always a really fun way to not only get to know me, but other bloggers I love. Thanks so much Ari! And also sorry it's taken forever!

How does this tag work?
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions your nominator asks you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, preferably with 200 followers or fewer.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
  5. Notify all your nominees!
Here are Ari's questions for me!
  1. What’s your favourite film? It's a three-way tie! Amelie, a French film that probably best encapsulates how my mind works, and is one of a few movies I consider to be a perfect film. Also Pleasantville, another really beautiful film that I consider perfect, that is both artistically phenomenal, and full of commentary on human nature. And third, Spike Jonze's Her which is the most recent of the three. I adore the point of view it has on love and growing apart, as well as the dramatic shift it represents in how film discusses futuristic technology.
  2. If you could go into any video game ‘world’ what would it be and why? Oh god, this is hard because I'm really not a gamer. I think I'd love to be in the world of Pokemon, but only up through like, Gold/Silver. I feel like the pokeuniverse just went waaaay off the rails after that and just got more and more ridiculous.
  3. If money was no object, what’s the first thing you would buy? Is it really boring to say a really nice apartment/brownstone? That's such a lame and responsible choice, but it probably would be the first thing I'd do. Real estate is a great investment and I'd love to be as out of the NY apartment game as possible without actually leaving New York. Plus, I don't know, I always fantasize about having a nice place to live with hardwood floors and a spacious dining room.
  4. Baths or showers? On the regular I prefer showers, but baths are a really nice escape every once in a while-- and I'm way too into bath bombs.
  5. What’s your favourite take-away? I had to double-check my Britishisms to be sure, but Ari's asking about take-out food. I think it's probably Chinese food, but I also love pollo a la brasa or Peruvian Chicken.
  6. Tea or coffee? I think coffee, but there are a couple teas from my childhood that put me in a great place mentally. 
  7. If you could see any band or musician, alive or dead, who would it be and why? This is a toughie. I saw Stromae live last year and he was amazing, a true artist. But I also really want to see Ke$ha live, because everyone I know who ever saw her live totally had the greatest time of their lives. I don't see a ton of live concerts (I do the live theater grind instead) so I don't contemplate this often. I'd also just about die to go to an Alexander Rybak concert. So let's go with Alexander Rybak, since I feel like he'd be the hardest to see in concert since I live in the US.
  8. What’s your all-time favourite book? To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Close seconds: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
  9.  Would you ever go sky-diving? No no no no no no no. I don't even do roller coasters, there is no way I'd skydive.
  10. What would be your dream holiday? A summer in Sweden and Norway! I think maybe I can save up for that trip by the time I'm 30. I'd love to travel through the mountains and see all the art. And the fashion! I just really would love to be exposed to more Scandinavian design.
  11.  Have you met anyone famous? I went through several of my famous people meetings in a fairly recent 5 Fandom Friday post, but to my memory the full list of famous people I've met (excluding some non-mainstream Broadway folks) include DulĂ© Hill, Stephenie Meyer (I was a really big Twi-Hard when I was like 14), Arthur Darvill, The original cast of Glee including Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Amber Riley.... I think that's it.

That's it for me. Now I'm gonna nominate some buddies. I'm pretty positive some of them are past 200 followers, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, I suppose.
  1. xoMia
  2. christa lei says
  3. For The Bae
  4. Joie Fatale
  5. Stephy Young
  6. Melificent
  7. Cateaclysmic
  8. Aint No Damsels Here
  9. Synthpop Circus
  10. The Geeky Burrow
  11. Gone Catawumpus
My questions for the nominees.
  1. What movie best captures how you see the world?
  2. Is there anything you really loved as a kid that you really dislike now?
  3. What's something you wish you knew earlier?
  4. What do you hope to be doing when you meet the person you next fall in love with (or for those currently in love, what were you doing)?
  5. What do you like to do when it rains?
  6. What do you dream about?
  7. What game/reality competition show do you think you'd be the most fun to watch on?
  8. What game/reality competition show do you think you'd have a decent shot at winning?
  9. What pokemon are you?
  10. What are some of your favorite song lyrics?
  11. What songs/artists/composers would make up the movie soundtrack of your life?
I hope you all enjoyed!


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The Essential Steven Universe

(c/o Cartoon Network)
Finally, the world is catching onto the fact that not only is Steven Universe hella good, but it's literally revolutionary. I've got tons of friends trying to catch up, and I'm here to help with a guide to the episodes of Steven Universe that are essential to being caught up on the main plot. For those not in the know, here is an introduction to Steven Universe and its awesomeness.

Steven Universe is created by Rebecca Sugar, who worked on Adventure Time and wrote many of the songs on the show. It's a magical girl series, and the main magical girl is actually a hammy little boy named Steven. The magical girl team is called The Crystal Gems. They are from outer space and currently live in Beach City in an ancient temple and its adjoined beach house with interdimensional properties.

The Crystal Gems are non-binary female presenting (as in they technically don't have a true gender and they can shape shift into any form they want, but are typically regarded as women in terms of gender expression and pronouns) immortal, shape-shifting humanoid protectors of Beach City and Earth itself. Garnet (voiced by Estelle, British popstar of American Boy ft Kanye West fame), the leader, Amethyst, the wild one, and Pearl, the perfectionist, make up the team, alongside Steven, who is a half-gem and half-human. His mother, Rose Quartz, gave up her body/physical form to be reborn into half of him! He's growing up learning about his magical powers while living in a non-traditional family structure in which the Gems are all kind of like his moms (imagine being taken care of by three of your aunts) and his Dad lives in a van nearby so that he doesn't get too tangled up in all the magic shenanigans.

Steven's dad Greg is also great because he doesn't exhibit any forms of toxic masculinity. He doesn't force Steven to avoid his feelings, or act aggressively, or focus solely on achievement/competition. Greg is a former "rock star" (although the degree to which he was actually a big deal is not really clear) and now is kind of a washed-up loser who's flaky and owns a car wash. But he's a really good guy, and a good dad, and he really symbolizes a way of being that is more about being kind than achieving things or being the best. He doesn't have to be the best to be happy. He's just a good guy being a good guy in the best way he can. It's really really awesome.

As of yet, there are just over 50 episodes of Steven Universe, each running around 11 minutes. I recommend watching all of them, because the show is really sweet and beautiful, but if you want to get caught up on the plot so you can watch what's happening now, and go back for the more fluffy episodes later, this is your guide! This will take you all the way through the first season, ending with Episode 50.

Episode 1 - Gem Glow
Episode 2 - Laser Light Cannon
Episode 3 - Cheeseburger Backpack
Episode 6 - Catfingers
Episode 7 - Bubble Buddies
Episode 8 - Serious Steven
Episode 9 - Tiger Millionnaire
Episode 10 - Steven's Lion
Episode 12 - Giant Woman
Episode 13 - So Many Birthdays
Episode 14 - Lars and the Cool Kids
Episode 16 - Steven the Sword Fighter
Episode 17 - Lion 2: The Movie
Episode 19 - Rose's Room
Episode 20 - Coach Steven
Episode 21 - Joking Victim (This episode is Lars and Sadie-centric but I feel like their relationship is one of the more important ones in the show)
Episode 24 - An Indirect Kiss
Episode 25 - Mirror Gem (Part One of a major SU event-- this is when it really starts to heat up)
Episode 26 - Ocean Gem (Part Two)
Episode 27 - House Guest
Episode 28 - Space Race
Episode 29 - Island Adventure (Lars and Sadie-centric)
Episode 32 - Fusion Cuisine
Episode 33 - Garnet's Universe (this is not essential, but it's actually really, really cute and fun for gamers)
Episode 35 - Lion 3: Straight to Video (have tissues ready)
Episode 36 - Warp Tour
Episode 37 - Alone Together
Episode 38 - The Test
Episode 39 - Future Vision
Episode 40 - On the Run (holy crap this episode. You might not need tissues but get ready for some feelings.)
Episode 42 - Winter Forecast (not 100% necessary, but helps you understand that Steven is coming to grips with deeper and more complicated consequences of his actions as he grows up and becomes less sheltered)
Episode 43 - Maximum Capacity
Episode 44 - Marble Madness
Episode 45 - Rose's Scabbard
Episode 46 - The Message
Episode 47 - Political Power
Episode 48 - The Return (Part one of the Season Finale)
Episode 49 - Jailbreak (Part two of the Season Finale)
Episode 50 - Full Disclosure (Aftermath)

Support this amazing show by watching it on Cartoon Network or by buying it on iTunes!


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weekend links 04.18.15


This has probably been one of the worst weeks of my college career. I've definitely had worse days, but this week has been some pretty sustained, heavy awful. The only time that comes even close was a really awful time when I was struggling with some mental health business and tried to get on medication that did not agree with me in a very serious way. Even the good things that have happened this week were overshadowed by a cloud of suffering, pain, and depression not just in my own life but apparently everyone else's. At this point I'm just trying to make it through day by day, week by week.

My university is dealing with yet another suicide, and I need people to be angry enough to make sure there are more resources for those struggling with mental health issues. 


The Betty Box is a retro lunch-tin box of the things an adolescent girl needs to stay healthy emotionally, psychologically, and sexually. It's aimed at high school girls, with Ready Freddy boxes for guys, and for younger people, there's Bloomin Betty and Ready Freddy Jr. Boxes. You can also buy refills.

The difference between things you do to survive and things you do to be free. 



Let's get real for a hot second with this pic of Clarissa Explaining It All


Song for the weekend: "Worth It" by Fifth Harmony
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Notice to the Community: I'm Really F***ing Angry


"Notice to the Community" is a harmless set of words, but not for students at William and Mary like myself. This is the subject line we get in our inboxes when something terrible has happened, like a violent act, or the passing of one of our community members, and often, it is the opening to a message explaining that one of our own has committed suicide. Our small, elite state school is picturesque and safe by most accounts, but our suicide rate is startling. Our undergrad population is only around 6,000, which is quite small for a state school, but we just had our third suicide of the academic year this week. The fury inside me feels like fire poured into me like cement. How do you carry on when you are burning alive? How do you move forward with concrete grief and sadness filling you from toe to throat?

I don't know how. But we do. Because that's how we are here at William and Mary. This academically rigorous environment is home to mostly valedictorians who took tons of AP courses and founded non-profits in high school and won trophies. We did not get here by slowing down, by taking breaks, or de-prioritizing achievement. And that's probably what is, at least in part, killing us.

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Weekend Links 04.11.2015


This week is busy busy busy. I have been trying to chill out but the oncoming prospect of graduation just keeps getting realer and realer and now my friends and I are trying to figure out our whole apartment hunting situation. Life is intense during transition periods, let me tell you.

A comedy writer talks about privilege, humor, screwing up, and becoming a better and funnier person in response to Patton Oswald's assertions that it's not cool to call people out since everyone screws up.

Orange Is The New Black character Lorna Morello shows you how to take a compliment.

Poem of the week: "Black Feminist" - Jillian Christmas

The 100 Best Books of the Decade so far.

An important reminder about legality v justice.

This vegan cruelty-free BB cream is everything I ever wanted.

Song for the weekend: "Be Your Shadow" - The Wombats

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5FF: Magical Items I'd LOVE to Own

5 Fandom Friday on HarperHoney

It's 5 Fandom Friday again on harperhoney! Brought to you by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick! Today's #Fandom5 is all about Magical Items I'd love to own.

First thing's first, I'd totally love to just cure cancer. If I had a cancer-curing wand, I'd wave that thing like it was my job. In fact, it probably would be my job. But I don't so instead I'm raising money for the American Cancer Society which not only funds life-saving research, but provides free services for patients so they can focus on getting better. I'm trying to raise $100 by the end of today! If you'd like to help kick cancer's butt with me, consider donating to my campaign at main.acsevents.org/goto/HarperHoney

Donate $5 or more and I'll send you a handwritten Thank You card. Donate $10 or more and I'll also send you a doodle. Just email me a screengrab of your donation confirmation and your mailing address.

Anyway, let's get back to the fandom-y goodness.

Let's talk magical items set up in fandom-type universes. What would I want?

(via glass-is-always-half-full.tumblr.com / c/o Toei Animation)
Sailor Mars' Crystal Change Rod. It's no surprise to most people that I'm totally a Sailor Mars. And it makes sense as an Aries that I am so like Rei. If I were born into the Sailor Moon universe, I would 110% be Sailor Mars, no doubt. The Crystal Change Rod made Rei the most powerful version of Sailor Mars (although admittedly I liked the design of the Star Power Sticks better for carrying and pretending it was just another cute item I'd carry around at high school purposes).

Sailor Moon's Disguise Pen. This item wasn't a transformation wand that turned anyone into their Sailor Scout self, it was literally Usagi's pen that would magically transform her outfit and/or appearance. There are so many uses for this item even without being usable as a weapon. Not only did you have amazing disguises whenever, but you would never have to spend tons on cute outfits, you could just wear the same boring clothes but then disguise yourself into cuter clothes. And your cosplay game would be so on point!

(via the Star vs The Forces of Evil Wikia / c/o Disney)
Star Butterfly's Wand. First off, if ya'll aren't watching Star vs. The Forces of Evil and you like magical girls and supporting female creators, watch this show on Disney XD. Star Butterfly is a spastic magical princess who is easily excited and is kind of a mess and she's been sent to live on Earth with Marco Diaz aka "Safe Kid" (who by the way, is the cutest thing ever) who is actually very, very responsible and does karate. You'll love it, I promise. Back to business, I'd love to have Star's Wand even though it seems complicated because it's also totally adorable! Like, she'll just say a bunch of words and it'll usually do a rough job of making it happen. "Narwhal Blast!"

(via pastelm00n.tumblr.com / c/o CLAMP)
Clow Cards. (or Sakura / Star Cards) Cardcaptor Sakura was so important to my childhood. I'd love to have these cards to activate when I need the help of some magical element or power. I think I'd love Jump, Fly, and Sword particularly. I guess I'd also need a wand to activate them too.

Felix Felicis. I feel like no magical objects list is complete without the Felix Felicis potion from Harry Potter. Who wouldn't want to be crazy lucky for a little while? I mean, imagine: Feeling like Kanye and also having that feeling reflected in reality. That's the dream isn't it?

If you wanna make some actual-facts magic happen, donate to my campaign, pass it along, and get screened for cancer early and often depending on your family history and risk! Let's get to $100 by the end of today and help make more birthdays happen!


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Less Cancer, More Cake!



This is my final push. I'm trying to raise $100 for the American Cancer Society, which not only funds life-saving research, but provides free services for cancer patients and their loved ones so they can focus on getting better. 

If you want to do a good deed today, if you're looking for some good karma, if there's a prayer you want answered or a wish you want to manifest and you'd like to pay it forward with a little extra good output, now is your chance. Even as little as $2 can make a difference. 

I'm trying to raise $100 by April 10! That's this Friday! Please donate at main.acsevents.org/goto/HarperHoney and help someone in need get the treatment they deserve so that they can make it to their next birthday. We all need a little more cake in our lives. 

Donate $5 or more and I will send you a handwritten thank you card in the mail! 

$10 or more and I'll draw you something too! 

Just send a screencap of the thank you/confirmation you receive to my email at samantha.harper.y@gmail.com and give me your mailing address!

Please encourage your friends to donate, too! I'm only trying to reach $100! We can do this! 


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April To-Dos


April is an exciting month! It's when the weather really gets nice and warm. It's when the flowers wake up. It's when all the fun end of the year social events start happening. For me, it's also my birth month, so it feels like a whole new beginning!

Bake something delicious. Share a night of fun with friends by getting together to bake cookies or cupcakes! Or maybe just share the end result of a night by the oven's warm glow after the fact with your friends or coworkers. We could all use a pick me up, right?

Get tested. April is STD Testing month! It's really important to get tested regularly because STDs can spread even with just one exposure, and some can take months and even years to show symptoms. They can spread especially quickly in younger populations, which makes college campuses startlingly prone to outbreaks. Have as much sex as you want with whoever you want, but be responsible about it.

In addition, if you are someone who might have sex with women, or someone who might have sex with someone who might have sex with women, be sure to get the HPV shot. Lots of women have already gotten the vaccine that protects against certain ovarian cancer causing strains of HPV, but not nearly enough men have received it. You can still be a carrier and create more carriers even if you're a guy. Even if you're a gay guy! Do your part to help the community by being safe and responsible for your sexual activity.

Make more birthdays happen. Speaking of cancer, it sucks! It makes it so that not everyone can get to their birthday. The American Cancer Society funds research and provide free resources for patients and their families. They can give patients rides to treatments if they can't make it themselves. They have lodges where patients and caregivers can stay if they need to get treatment at a far from home cancer treatment center. Donate here and help me reach $100 in donations by April 10!

Get a pastel manicure. Springtime has arrived and it's a good opportunity to do your nails in some cute pastels or floral designs. It's also a good time to do your toenails in time for sandal season.

What's on your April to do list?

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weekend links 04.04.2015


This week has been full of ups and downs. I've had a bunch of projects due this week which is just... yikes. I'm teetering on the edge of stressed and excited. I hope to get a job soon, but only time will tell.

Poem of the week: "Rap Against Rape" by the BomBaebs! A female rap-duo from India tackles pervasive rape culture in a spoken word video.

Let's make more birthdays happen by helping cancer patients!

A TED Talk by Monica Lewinsky on the price of shame. Absolutely fantastic talk on cyberbullying and humiliation.

+ a companion piece on how posting positive comments actually stops abusive ones.

We all know about fashion dolls-- but what about adventure dolls? Ember is a doll oriented around having adventures first and foremost! (Side note: I'd like to point out that Monster High actually has really awesome storylines.) Get her funded and make this new kind of doll (that doesn't attempt to reduce girls to a body and force a normative body on them like Lamilly) a reality!

Brighten your May by signing up for the May #oddhoneyswap!

I'm way too excited about Zodiac Starforce, a new magical girl comic.

Speaking of comics, there are some amazing comic anthologies you can order/fund on Kickstarter that will help women and queer people take back the comic book industry!

Music Pick: The Wombats released a sampler of their upcoming album Glitterbug!


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5FF: Fangirl Squeals

5 Fandom Friday on HarperHoney

It's 5 Fandom Friday again on harperhoney! Brought to you by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick! Today's #Fandom5 wants to know about 5 times I TOTALLY fangirled.

You guys, I fangirl a lot. Like, I try to keep my cool, but I'm a very emotive person because I process emotion best outwardly. Allowing yourself to really dig into emotional moments amplifies them and allows you to really fully experience their richness. 

I'm skipping non-IRL freak outs because, well, showing you screenshots of when celebs follow me or reply to me on twitter is not very exciting. Nor is it terribly fun for you to read about how I hyperventilated over this movie announcement or that episode of a show.

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A farewell to 21

I'm turning 22 on Sunday! It's exciting and nerve-wracking as I approach graduation and a lot of big changes. But I'm not there yet. This past year at 21 has been a pretty great one. Some of my favorite moments (in no particular order):
  1. Finishing putting together my new room in my apartment in Williamsburg (Virginia, not the hip area of Brooklyn). Making a space my own is such a great feeling.
  2. Making a hilariously out-there mini-music video to pitch myself to employers.
  3. Destroying Lily and Julian on our road trip to Philly by dragging them into the world of contemporary musical theater by way of Next to Normal, and Heathers.
  4. Meeting Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt in real life!!
  5. Seeing Fly By Night 3 times at Playwrights Horizons. I was there for the closing performance and was able to steal a quick chat with all of the cast members. Adam Chanler-Berat told me that he wants me to keep writing. If you ever get a chance to see a production of this beautiful show, please do.

  6. Making wonderful friends over the summer in New York. Kristin, my roommate at FIT, and my fellow interns Sarah and Amelia! They are such wonderful people and I'm so glad to have them in my life.


  7. Eating a Chang Dog in this East Village speakeasy my boss got us into. You don't know joy until you have a premium hot dog spiral wrapped in bacon, deep-fried and topped with sour kimchi.
  8. Seeing Heathers twice.
  9. Reading Queen Mindy's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
  10. Introducing Lily to the glory of Once.
  11. Starting the #OddHoneySwap so people could get snail mail and make new friends. 
  12. Staying with my girl Annie over Winter Break for a little while. I love her so much.
  13. Pork Belly Parties with Jasmin, Julian, and my cousin Caroline.
  14. Becoming little brother's big sister during the FASA Exec Retreat. SIBLINGZ FO LIFE!

  15. Falling into the deep dark hole that is Monster High fandom. And dragging my housemates in with me. (*evil laughter*)
  16. Visiting the Museum of Sex with Sarah and Kristin. We had so much fun at the sexual carnival exhibit (Funland)!
  17. Living my Miss Congeniality dreams by participating in William & Mary SASA & Lambda Alliance's Diversity Pageant, where I was asked in the Interview Portion to "describe [my] ideal date." Which of course is April 25th, because it's not to hot and it's not too cold. All you need is a light jacket. (Little brother Julian was crowned King of the Diversity Pageant!)
  18. Seeing Stromae perform live in DC. What a talented artist! Seriously, he is crazy good.
  19. Making pajama pants for my little brother over Spring Break.
  20. Making a very bad-ass book clutch out of a book-like box at Homegoods for Jasmin's Dipper Pines Cosplay. Seriously you guys, it was a piece of ART.

This has been such a fantastic year! Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey.

As a reminder, I'm raising money to help make more birthdays happen by fighting cancer! Please consider donating even as little as $2!


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