Nerd Grrrl Island

My little space in the middle of the sea of my life. Here is my collection of things I feel are important, things I love, things I want to share.

It's all about comic books, video games, and my fandoms combined with (& sometimes colliding with!) feminism, LGBTQ & neurodiversity, repro, civil, & human rights. I may have left a few things out.

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☼Flowers, especially daisies ☼ Cute animals ☼ Beautiful people, often with tattoos ☼ Art ☼ Tea ☼ Quotes ☼ Pictures of tea cups with quotes! ☼ Bookshelves, I ♥ bookshelves ☼ Did I mention comic books? ☼

There's more I'm sure...

~•○☆∾I'm so glad you're here∾☆○•~

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Peter Root’s Ephemicropolis. His imaginary cityscape is composed of 100,000 staples (via Pinterest)

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Rev Sekou kneeled between protesters and police and prayed, then was thrown into a police vehicle with blood smears all inside of it.

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Officially OCTOBER! And of course it starts on and with a Wednesday post!


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I hate asking for help. Why is it so embedded in us that needing assistance & asking for it makes us weak? It’s awful how shameful our society has deemed this.

So, I’m going to go throw out all the guilt & icky feelings I’m experiencing for having asked for help. Okay, I’m at least going to try really hard to do that…



1. OOF. That’s all I got, if I’m honest. But I’ll try and eek out a few more things here.

2. This was a tough week. It was full of appointments and running from place to place, combined with technical difficulties as I attempt to get a new job. There was a lot of other issues at play,…

UPDATE: The ever-awesome TK has made a very daring awesome offer to help me get to NYC for BinderCon. This has solved my dilemma of being far from my youngest while she is experiencing some difficulties (see original post for details) and I think all the steps are now in place for things to go well. I am relieved and thrilled that I can still move forward with my plans to attend BinderCon & take full advantage of my scholarship. So long as I can get the funds in order, there will be no other issues to figure out. YAY!

So it looks like I’ve come up with a solid plan to make it to BinderCon. I was awarded a scholarship, but some events have occurred in the last week or so that made me doubt if I’d be able to make it at all. Thanks to my awesome someone, the kids will be alright & I will be attending BinderCon!

I am jumping-on-the-bed happy about this! I do need some funds to physically get me there. I have less than two weeks to come up with $200. If you have any to spare, it would mean the world to me. I know things are super tough for most of us, I’d appreciate you just being able to forward this on for me.

If you’d rather not donate through a fundraiser site (& believe me, I understand!), my PayPal is butterflyxart (at) gmail (dot) com and you can donate that way (You’ll still be eligible for rewards listed on the fundraiser page, if you are interested.)

Thank you! xx



On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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This is wonderful. Therapy services that take place outside of the typical therapy room can make a huge impact. Whether someone is simply more comfortable in their home or needs assistance in specifially maneuvering the playground or the grocery store, services that at least have the option to come to the client should be available to all.


DC’s Ame-Comi Girls

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Been watching Cosmos and wanted to do a portrait of everyone’s favorite astrophysicist.

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In addition to designing the Brooklyn Defender this year, NYCC asked me to illustrate something they can use for their anti-harrassment signs around the convention floor. The smart idea would probably have been to draw one character in my style, for recognition’s sake, but I had this idea in my head and really wanted to try something new. I wanted it to be modular, so they could change it and use bits as they like. And I wanted it to feel inclusive. No one wants to be harassed.

I talk about this, the Brooklyn Defender, and Rocket Girl in this awesome interview with The Mary Sue!

Hey, that’s us!


We’ve done well so far, right? Right??


We’ve done well so far, right? Right??

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Hey all!

So with the support of my employers, I’m going to be spearheading a project that will essentially be the go-to central knowledge hub for all things related to:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Disability rights
  • Self-advocacy
  • Practical guides for self-advocates and their supporters…