TeamSilverSpace Channel Announcement! (GameTube?)

Anyone who knows Andrew and I knows that books are my thing and video games are his thing.  He’s been wanting to start a video game channel on YouTube for quite some time now but everything got a bit sidetracked since we were crazy busy planning our wedding.  I had gotten Andrew the game capture equipment he needed for Christmas last year so that just shows you how long this has been in the works!  I’m so excited to be part of Andrew’s channel and it’s really fun to be able to collaborate with him on something that I know he loves.

I definitely consider myself more of a casual gamer. I love the old games from my childhood (which is why we’re starting with Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest as our first Let’s Play series), Pokemon (in all of its iterations) and anything I can play on my 3DS.  I’m definitely going to be going out of my comfort zone as we continue on with new games because my gaming skills seem to have peaked during the N64 days.  I’m horrible at first person shooters and other games that require me to control where I’m looking and walking simultaneously.  I feel like people are going to watch our channel and think I’m great at gaming and then the second we debut a newer game, everyone will see just how awful I really am lol!  Either way, it’s fun to spend some quality time with Andrew and record our conversations.  I’ve always wanted to make more time to play video games so I’m excited that we now have a reason to do so!

I’m glad we waited to start the channel too because Andrew worked really hard on all of the channel art and it completely paid off. I’m heed over heels in love with his design! He made me into a magical girl Pokemon trainer<3  And he animated the opening sequence.  Andrew’s brother and my brother-in-law Joe also created the music for us! (Fun fact: Joe did the credits music in my YouTube videos too!)


Anyway, here are the first few episodes of our Let’s Plays! I hope you enjoy and if there are any games you want us to play, let us know in the comments and we’ll keep a running list for future episodes!

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Tea & Games Chat: Luigi’s Mansion

One of my goals for the Fall season was to beat Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS and I’m so happy to say that I was able to check it off my to do list!  I started playing it last year but I suppose I got distracted by other books and tv shows so I let it fall to the wayside.  I really want to beat all of the games I have (there’s no reason I should be buying them without actually playing them) so I feel like this was a great start!

Overall, I enjoyed playing the game although if you ask Andrew LINK who saw / heard me playing, he might say otherwise.  I get really competitive when I play games and to be honest, my personal enjoyment comes more from winning than it does from learning about the story of the game.  I’m not sure if anyone else is the same way?  There were many times during Luigi’s Mansion that I was tempted to throw my pearlized pink 3DS across the room and cross my arms and sulk.  I’m kind of a child about games.  I thought it would be fun to recap the 5 most frustrating moments I faced while playing.


In Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario is nowhere to be found so it’s up to Luigi to recover pieces of the shattered Dark Moon to give to Professor E. Gadd so he can help get the ghosts in Evershade Valley under control.  As Luigi explores the mansions, he uses his Poltergust 5000 (which looks like a jetpack but operates like a vacuum) to capture hostile ghosts who are inerfering with his mission and trying to escape to wreak havoc on the rest of the world.  Luigi is also equipped with a Darklight Device which allows him to uncover invisible objects and extract objects from paintings.  There are 5 haunted mansions Luigi has to explore and he recovers a piece of the Dark Moon after defeating each mansion’s boss.  Luckily, there are golden bones hidden throughout each level which really come in handy if Luigi loses all of his health.  It allows him to continue playing from the point he’s at instead of starting the mission over at the beginning.  There’s also a map on the bottom screen which shows the player which rooms they need to go into and which doors are unlocked.

Ghosts do tend to pop out of anywhere and everywhere so it’s fitting that Luigi is the playable character because he looks as terrified as I felt for the entire game. My favorite ghost is the Polterpup who often interferes by burying things Luigi needs or running away with them but you can tell that it’s not malicious and he just wants to play!  In order to beat ghosts, Luigi has to first power up his flashbulb to stun the ghost in question and then use his Poltergust to suck them up until they’re out of health.  There’s even a power bar that allows you to charge up and once the bar is full, you can hit A and the ghost will go out with a big zap.  Throughout the latter half of the game, you’ll rescue Toad assistants for the Professor and they’re one of the biggest nuciances of the game because while they’re not always visibly terrified, they’ll just stop moving if they’re scared and you’ll have to go back and carry them against their will in order to clear the level.

5 Most Frustrating Moments


1) Three Sisters Ghosts – I hate these ghosts. They circle around you in a garden cemetary holding mirrors which cause your flashulb to be ineffective.  You have to wait until they get bored of looking at themselves and turn their mirror away before you can start your attack.  It’s so hard to make a dent in any of their health because as soon as your Poltergust 5000 latches on to one, another sister will come after you. I had to play this challenge multiple times before advancing.


2) The Never Ending Staircase – Prior to challenging the boss in the Tree Topping mansion, Luigi is trapped in a seemingly never ending room of staircases and it took me a total of 50 minutes just to get to the top.  It’s not hard by any means, it’s just incredibly time consuming.  Luigi is given a never ending series of three staircases and if he chooses the wrong one, the staircase folds so the stairs are flat and he is sent back to the beginning of the room.  If he picks the correct one, he can advance on to the second set of staircases and so on.  The torches of the staircases you’ve cleared will remain lit so if you make a mistake further on, you’ll know which staircase to run through, which again, is not difficult, it just takes a really long time to re-run up every single staircase multiple times.


3) The Clock Tower Boss – This is a really cool concept for a boss but also really frustrating! Luigi is basically standing on a clock and when the clock strikes one, one enemy comes out.  Once the first enemy is beaten, the clock hands move to two and two enemies appear.  Each little battle gets incrementally more challenging and later on, the clock hands are enflamed so if you run into them you’ll lose health.  You only have a certain timeframe to beat each plague of enemies and if you go over the alotted time, the attacks will begin again from 1:00.  You are able to use your Poltergust to manipulate time which comes in handy but you also have to be careful not to blow it in the wrong direction.


4) The Ice Boss – Apparently I’m really bad at aiming my with my 3DS screen, (the same way that I struggle with Wii-motes, le sigh) so I had to play this level numerous times as well.  Luigi is given control over a bomb thrower which he must aim at an ice monster type thing directly below him as he’s billowing toward it.  The ice over the monsters face is covered in segments of ice and it rotates continuously.  As you shatter more pieces of ice, the target moves further away making it increasinly more difficult to predict a direct hit.  If you take too much time, the ice reforms.  If the ice reforms twice, the bomb thrower will overheat and you’ll have to start the mission over.


5) Paranormal Chaos at the Trecherous Mansion – This battle is aptly named because it is literal all caps CHAOS.  There are multiple ghosts haunting every single room in the mansion you have to be sure to keep an eye on your map because once a room starts flashing yellow, the danger is increasing.  If the room turns to red, the mission ends and you’ll need to start over.  The level is also different every single time you play it so you’re not necessarily following any kind of pattern.  You just have to clear the highest risk areas first.  All of the ghosts in each room are super-powered so their health meters are almost off the charts.  It’s helpful if you can grab more than one ghost at a time otherwise you’ll be interrupted by one attacking you while you’re trying to handle a different one.  Once all the rooms are cleared and you’re like HOORAY I DID THIS! You go back up to the rooftop, only to find a giant portal spewing more ghosts than you’ve battled in the whole game combined.  It’s no bueno.  Good luck and God speed.


So despite how traumatizing it has been to relive some of those experiences, I feel accomplished for beating the game.  I’ve always liked Luigi more than Mario so that’s part of the reason that it initially appealed to me.  I also suggest checking it out in October because GHOSTS!

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Super Mario Maker at Nintendo & the Hunt for Amiibos

I always count myself lucky that I happen to live and work right near Nintendo World which is the only Nintendo Store in the United States.   On Friday morning before work I was planning on stopping there to try and grab the new Amiibos and a copy of the new game Super Mario Maker which is INCREDIBLY cool.  The game is for Wii U and it allows you to design your own Mario levels! Unfortunately, the line at the store spanned an entire NYC avenue and there was no chance I would be able to wait there and make it to work on time.  Since I did have my heart set on seeing how the store was decorated to promote the game, I went back during lunch when I knew it would be less chaotic.  I picked up a copy that Andrew and I have not yet had time to test out but we’ll probably give it a go sometime next week.  The window display is one of the best I’ve ever seen and the inside of the store looked amazing as well!  I already have a photo of myself coming out of a warp pipe from E3 a few years ago, but I’m tempted to go back and take photos with this one and the adorable mushroom!





And as for those Amiibos, I carried out Plan B which was to run to the Best Buy a couple of blocks over and I waited on a VERY short line where I was able to get 2 / 4 Amiibos (Ganondorf and Zero Suit Samus) that my heart desired.  Some guy cut me in line and got the last 8-bit Mario Amiibo and to say I was upset is a gross understatement.  But anyway, Andrew was able to order one online from GameStop when it appeared later in the day!  We also have Dr. Mario en route from and the last figure I want to add to our collection from this wave is Bowser Jr.


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Art Gallery: Super Mario Galaxy – Rosalina

The second and long awaited installment in my Art Gallery series is finally here and I chose to post some of my favorite pieces of Rosalina who is my favorite Nintendo Princess from the Super Mario world.  Rosalina first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy but she was not a playable character.  She’s always seen with the Lumas (the adorable stars) and she spent all of her time in the Comet Observatory.  Maybe I’m drawn to her since she’s also really into space!  It’s probably a combination of that, her wisdom and her keen fashion sense (seriously, I’m DYING to cosplay her).  For a while, I wouldn’t play as anyone other than her when Andrew and I would have Super Smash Bros. nights on his Wii U!

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BookTube: The Nintendo Book Tag

My most recent BookTube video is one my favorites because video games!  The Nintendo Book Tag was created by Novels & Nonsense who is one of my absolute favorite BookTubers and I love how perfect all of the questions are.  Feel free to do the tag if you so desire!

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My Bucket List

I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past.  Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime.  I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list.  What’s on your bucket list?

  1. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  2. Live in New York City
  3. Meet JK Rowling
  4. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
  5. Tour Studio Ghibli
  6. Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
  7. Attend the Yule Ball
  8. Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
  9. Disneyland in Paris
  10. Disneyland in Tokyo
  11. Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
  12. Sakura Matsuri in Japan
  13. Attend Sleep No More
  14. Wine tasting in Napa Valley
  15. Publish a novel
  16. Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
  17. Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
  18. Cultivate and maintain a garden
  19. Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  20. Learn to French braid hair
  21. The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  22. See the Chicago Bean
  23. Go pumpkin picking
  24. See Shakespeare in the Park
  25. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
  26. Learn how to bake French macarons
  27. See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
  28. Go skiing
  29. Go to Coachella
  30. Go to The Louvre
  31. Stroll through Central Park in the fall
  32. Complete NaNoWriMo
  33. Sakura Matsuri in NYC
  34. Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
  35. Tour NASA
  36. Ride a train across the country
  37. Stargaze on the Highline
  38. See Stonehenge
  39. Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
  40. Go apple picking
  41. See the Northern Lights
  42. Watch a sunset on a beach
  43. Go to all 50 states
  44. Climb a lighthouse
  45. Create a board game
  46. Fly in a private jet
  47. Meet R.L. Stine
  48. See the Acropolis in Greece
  49. Stand on the Equator
  50. Visit The Globe Theater in London
  51. Visit YouTube Studios
  52. Go strawberry picking
  53. Customize toys
  54. Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
  55. Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  56. Get married
  57. Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  58. Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
  59. Attend a live taping of SNL
  60. Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
  61. Tour Pixar
  62. Tour Nintendo
  63. Meet George Lucas
  64. Tour Google
  65. Attend BlogHer
  66. Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
  67. Learn how to use photoshop
  68. Visit the Glow Worm Caves
  69. See the Hollywood sign
  70. Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet
  71. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  72. Meet Michio Kaku
  73. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins
  74. Own a Chanel purse
  75. Style a fashion shoot
  76. Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist
  77. Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach
  78. Attend a farewell concert for a band I love
  79. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  80. Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book
  81. Meet Neil Gaiman
  82. Meet Stan Lee
  83. Get a Sandman tattoo
  84. Fall in love
  85. Help out at a fashion show
  86. Get published
  87. Be on a television show
  88. Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup
  89. Have an IMDB page
  90. Speak on a panel at a convention
  91. Moderate a panel at a convention
  92. Live in Los Angeles
  93. Read all of the books I own
  94. Get a Harry Potter tattoo
  95. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  96. Attend Star Wars Celebration
  97. Attend Book Expo America
  98. Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
  99. See a show at the Moulin Rouge
  100. See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
  101. Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
  102. Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
  103. Buy a vintage typewriter
  104. Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
  105. The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
  106. Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
  107. Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
  108. Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
  109. Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
  110. Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
  111. Meet Peter Jackson
  112. Go to a Renaissance Faire
  113. Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
  114. Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King

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November 2014


1. Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa

4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa

5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa

8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa

9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction

10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa

12.  My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors

13. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa

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TV Shows

1. Arrow

2. Twin Peaks

3. The Flash

4. Constantine

5. Bob’s Burgers



1. Big Hero 6

2. Elf

3. Akira

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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1. Pandemic

2. Adventure Time Munchkin

3. Luigi’s Mansion

4. Tsum Tsum

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art Show At The Bottleneck Gallery

A few weeks ago, Andrew and I met Melissa, Kal and my roommate Taylor at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn for their new art show honoring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The show was named “Turtles in Time: Celebrating 30 Years of Turtle Power.”  The event was different than their usual shows in several ways.  For one, it was sponsored by Nickelodeon!  As soon as we arrived, we were able to choose one toy from a big pile set up on the table near the entrance.  Andrew and I both choose Kidrobot blind boxes.  I got a foot soldier and Andrew was lucky enough to open Raphael.  Another difference is that the Bottleneck usually serves wine at their shows, but for this event, they aptly opted for pizza instead.  They had an old TMNT arcade game set up in the corner for attendees to play, there were several cosplayers, a display of Hikari Funko Turtles, and of course, the artwork was stunning.  It was quite the full house so please excuse some of the wonky off-centered photos!

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Pokemon Art Academy Event At Nintendo World

This past weekend, Andrew and I took a slight detour before admiring these beautiful trees in Central Park, and we visited Nintendo World in NYC.  When we arrived at the store, we headed straight upstairs to the Pokemon section, because obviously.  It turned out there was a Pokemon Art Academy event going on to celebrate the new game (which I’ve had on wishlist foreverrrrr) which came out on Friday.  There was a life size Pikachu running around the store, dancing, shaking, and most entertainingly, making some customers slightly uncomfortable (see video).  We also had a chance to try out Pokemon Art Academy and we got free sketchbooks and lollipops.  There was an abundance of plush Pokemon in stock which I hope are still there when I finish attending all these weddings as of late!  I drew a Squirtle face and Andrew drew a Togepi.  We also found a huge Zelda chest full of Link’s fighting gear which was displayed to promote Hyrule Warriors.  And it wouldn’t be a trip to the Nintendo Store without checking out what they’ve lined their historical display cases with.  Before we left, I also picked up a little Venosaur for my bookshelf ^.^

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5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

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I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick!  Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea.  It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms.  There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today.  It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions.  What were your gateway fandoms?  If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!


Harry Potter

I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom.  I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together.  We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince.  I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter.  My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far).  Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice.  My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw.  I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events.  I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs.  I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London.  I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.


Star Wars

When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope.  I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits.  I felt like I was actually in outer space.  For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge.  As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more.  Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well.  Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies.  I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back.  I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia.  She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass.  And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!


Neil Gaiman/Sandman

After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels.  I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published.  I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end.  The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently.  He is the first person that I followed.  I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug.  My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck.  I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library.  Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.


Super Nintendo

Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games.  It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games.  Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day.  I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS.  My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed.  I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun.  Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon!  Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers.  I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously.  What a treat!



My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon.  I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe.  I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur.  I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons.  I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today.  We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting.  I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu.  I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.


Honorable Mention: Disney

My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house.  We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more.  I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast.  Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.

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A Nudge in the Right Direction

Adventures in Mediocrity

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The Charming Finch

Kitten Of All Trades

Girl in the Nerd Shop

A Nudge In The Right Direction

Usagi In Wonderland

Adorkable Me

Whimsy & Noir

Emilee Speaks

Epic Mundainty

A Geek and Her Oven

Geek Glam Fit

Fabled Orxata


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Cold’s Gold Factory

Gift’s For Gamers and Geeks

Common Room PC

Mama Needs Mana

Mel Writes



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