busy as!

Oh man, sorry I’m so lame on blogging this week.

I started this during the school holidays when I had loads of time…however, as the term has gotten started, each week has picked up speed.  I’m doing a lot for my drama program which eats up some time.  My social life has picked up a bit, which, is a good thing!  And you know, spending time with my partner as well.   Oh, but the cool news…

I have an audition for a Cabaret on the 8th!!!  I may have more to post about that soon.  However, with how my weeks are going…I may only be doing a weekly update on Wednesdays for awhile, I will try to fit in some illustration too!  Comic, yes.  But I also hope to post some stuff from the children’s book I’ve been trying to work on for ages!

sorry for the lack of updates!  I’ll try to be more onto it (hence the dropping back to once a week for now).  cheers!

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Adventures in Fast Food

So, what has 2 thumbs and totally forgot to post on Wed? This girl (if you could see through the computer screen…I’m pointing at me…this doesn’t work so well over a blog).  Anyway, comic today…I will try to keep to Mon, Wed, Fri postings…but Wed may be optional at this point (I had mandatory work training for 2 days and a few things were quite physical).

and with that…I have no idea how I’m going to top myself…

 

The truth about bullies

Usually, I try to keep things fairly light hearted (save missing my dog the other week), which…Friday’s comic should make up for that, however something that’s been a bit on my mind this week, bullying.  More importantly the truth about bullying.

While I will say; the idea behind the whole “It gets better” campaign that was flying around the internet is very well intentioned, it’s a bit of a blanket statement.  Which isn’t necessarily what bullied people need to hear.

How this came about,  people at school were discussing a student who had moved schools due to bullying…granted, she can be a tad overbearing with our students, but that’s no excuse and the comment was made “Well, have you seen her?  it’s no wonder.”

It rubbed me wrong;  why?

a.) I was baffled that adults would talk that way about a kid!  I mean, fine…now, she’s got teeth that stick out every way, she doesn’t dress like the other kids and hangs out with kids much younger than her.  but she didn’t deserve to be bullied…to say “it’s no wonder” implies she deserved poor treatment from peers.

b.) I was the ugly kid.  On top of my geeky interests, I had horribly crooked teeth, I wanted long hair but didn’t like to keep up with it’s maintenence, so it was ratty…I didn’t dress cool..and I went through a smelly phase (dude, video games were waaaay more important than a shower)…then came the braces, oh god, that topped the awkward cake…not with sprinkles, but with pain.  so, yeah…I was bullied.  a lot.  I hated school, I took the bullying until once every couple months (especially after my dad died) I lashed out..I cussed out the people bullying, I screamed at them til I cried, I hit, threw, etc until a teacher would sit me down and talk to me…and my bullies? laughed.  they always.. laughed.

Eventually, the braces came off.  We moved so I went to a new school, I re-invented myself and was on the other side of the fence.  I could bully…I’m not proud, but I did.  I had a lot of rage left over from the years of bullying and I wanted to take it out on something…I wasn’t me though, I nearly abandoned my love of Spiderman, my nightly quests in Zelda, my love of Hitchhiker’s Guide…I was not true to myself.  Instead, I targeted those who reminded me of myself…I didn’t feel good…In fact I cried to my best friend about it one night.  Eventually, I turned around…I went back to being me…

Here’s the point that’s not about me…bullying?  Sure…it can get better.  It doesn’t go away tho.  To the kids being bullied, it gets better if you make it better.  It’s really hard.  Sometimes, it feels like we just say “It gets better” and things somehow are magical…soon, you’ll be society’s definition of beautiful, you’ll be socially graceful, you’ll be perfect.  or not.

You may always be a bit socially awkward, you may not fit society’s definitions, you may never truly grow up and your interests may never fit the mould.

And you know what?  THATS OKAY!

Unfortunately, there will always be bullies…even as an adult, there are bullies…as adults, it’s a bit more subtle and a bit more stupid…but they exist and will do whatever they can to bring you down.  It may hurt, but don’t change for anyone.  No fucks given.

To all those kids being bullied for being “ugly”;

I hope you grow up to be drop dead gorgeous.  I hope you have men and women calling you for dates constantly.  I hope you are a freakin’ bombshell!  A freakin’ stud!  What can you do to achieve that?  Work on being a good person first and foremost.  be kind, generous and show inner beauty above all.  That will make you a bombshell moreso than what you wear, your bodyweight, the makeup you wear.

To all the kids being bullied for being a “geek”;

keep loving the things you do!  If people could have half the passion and love you feel for your favorite things for other people, things would be a lot better in the world.

To those being bullied for being gay/bi/transexual;

You are who you are, and that’s completely ok.  those who bully you for that are nothing but scared, scared of what they don’t know, don’t understand and seriously…fuck’em.

Sorry, I’m wrapping this up over my morning tea and I’m not a morning person…bullies exist everywhere.  Thing is, you may always have the quirks that make you different.  That’s fantastic!  different is good!

There may always be people who don’t like you.

There may always be people who don’t understand who you are.

There may always be people who will be mean, regardless of how kind you are.

However, there will also be people who accept you for everything about you, love your quirks, encourage your interests and will bend over backwards to defend you.

Ok, I’m done with my rant…this was kinda’ thought up on the spot from a few weekend rants to friends about it.

 

State of Being a drama geek

Alright, due to drama class starting back up this week….I don’t have a lot to say on the topic of me…well, I do…but it’s not planned or thought out, so here goes;

So, this is me yesterday after the first drama class of the term, just finished up my student notes, waiting for job training we go through every 2 weeks and listening to Florence and the Machine.

Photo on 2013-05-14 at 14.23 #2You might not be able to tell, but I’m ridiculously happy here and feeling like a celebrity haha!  Mind you, I’m also a bit tired and sucking down a lolly for my throat after using my voice a lot in the span of a half hour.  For those who just started following my blog via wordpress (first of all;  thank you!!!  I hope to occassionally post something entertaining..), I started up a drama program for the school I work in, it’s a program for special needs students.  I’m actually working toward becoming a drama therapist.

I went to school for drama, I love performing!  I also love working with special needs kids (sadly, I’m not sure I can post photos of the students or not, but I can do selfies in the breakroom), so combining the two has been the best opportunity and such.  Word got out last year that I went to school for drama, that before I moved I taught drama to kids and was an active performer…next thing I knew after helping out all day at the junior production, I was approached by the principal of the school to see if I’d be interested in starting up a program for the kids.

I will say this, it is the MOST fun thing I’ve ever done!  Last term we had 8 students, we jumped up to 12…which may not seem like A LOT, but it definitely made a difference AND…after the intro class, they all want to come back!  We are working towards a big festival in October!  What’s cool is to see the enthusiasm at doing this, and seeing the students from the first run of the program retaining what I taught last term AND helping new students.

So, yeah…not a ton of insightfulness but a general update, I’ll probably have some kind of weekly update about life in general, but wow…nothing beats showing up at the school and having a group of about 5-7 students run to the gate to greet you and ask what time class is! (also a bit of background, I’m only at our base school once a week…I work in a satellite school with a class as a teacher aide)

hoping to have a comic up Friday or Saturday (depending on how much I can finish tomorrow night).  cheers!

 

Fashionable and Geeky

Ok, so this is what I was going to post last Friday…however, I went out with some friends (I’m still learning blog time management),  and I caught a stomach bug that’s being passed around at work so I have no energy to create a new entry.

I had an idea years ago to start a geek fashion blog, which never came to fruition…I love being a geek, however, I have heard people say I don’t dress like a geek, when I asked what they thought I should dress like the answers ranged from; sweats to video game/sci fi shirts (which, I would have more but had to sell most of my clothes when I moved), I was once on a panel about this topic…so here we go!  Kicking off with

I have this bag (I hate the word purse…don’t ask me why, it’s just a word I don’t like), my Beatles bag.  it’s been with me for years and…sadly it’s falling apart, so I’m on a vigilant search for a new bag, recently Michael won an Iron man prize pack…so I have an Iron Man bag, but THIS chunk of awesome is LOVE!

One of my all time favorite book series, radio shows, television series, movies is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

So, I feel like I’m one of the few lovers of the ninth incarnation of The Doctor, don’t get me wrong, 10 and 11 are great…but 9 is my favorite (I remember 4 from childhood and my dad watching re-runs of the series)…and I actually loved the Bad Wolf story arch (Rose was not my absolute favorite companion, but the Bad Wolf arch was good).  Needless to say, LOVE THIS!!

Lastly,

Ok, this may not be “entirely” geeky.  but I have this little…grunge…alt…punk…whatever side that still kicks on and this triggered that.  Now, if anyone has $150 NZD  I will wear this everywhere…however, for that same amount I could buy myself a sewing machine…
Right, I’m off for now.  more on Wednesday!