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Color me Happy.

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Page 3, Stress Less Coloring:Paisley Patterns, 2015.

Coloring for adults is a growing trend that I fully stand behind, so this week I went out and purchased Adams Media’s Stress Less Coloring book.

But why color?

The trend is founded on the belief that coloring relieves stress through a few factors such as having to be unplugged for a while, taking time away from bright screens, and letting adults use new parts of the brain (mostly creative) that aren’t regularly stimulated. this doesn’t even touch on getting some time to yourself  to get in touch with your inner-child.

Even before this trend became what it is today, I could have told you that coloring is one increadible way to spend a few hours.

I used to work at an after school daycare and one of the best part of watching the youngest set was getting to color pages with the kids. I loved to sit with the kids and teach about shading and layering colors for thier favorite characters, watching them grow and the excitement they get when their shading looks a lot like mine.

But where character pictures let you play with shading and color, they new style of adult coloring books plays move with tight detail and much more complex color analysis.

But it is so much fun.

If you are more of a social creature – or just trying to be – there are new coloring clubs popping up everywhere where you can get together with other adults and color together. Most of these clubs tend to be quiet – you are coloring after all – but lets you be with people while unwinding with your color pencils.

One warning I will give is to buy good pencils. Coloring releives stress but color pencils breaking or not sharpening because you keep tapping them or because of lower wood quality will just amp that stress up. Also, they’s shown that crayons – due to the ease at which they break in the middle – don’t help with the stress process either, so pick your tools well and color happy.

  • Taylor Gallagher

Make it work.

As I mentioned last week, we just finished this years Gallifrey One, LA’s Doctor Who convention. While I can go on and on about how fabulous this weekend is as a fan – from Osgood to Missy to the 5th and 6th doctor and beyond – it is the creative work side which I’ll be focusing on this year.

I just finished my graduate program and have moved back to the states to try and find work and with degrees in creative writing and the cultural and creative industries, there aren’t many venues better equipt to let me talk to people in those fields I would like to join.

This brings me to the point of this post: Take advantage of every opportunity you come across even if they scare you.

I’ve worked as a book editor off and on for the last few years, but as a LA local screen media is a much closer reality for me to look into. Which leads me to script editing.

At one of Gallifrey’s many writer pannels, Sarah Dollard, who wrote the episode Face the Raven discussed her process of becoming a writer for the show which began with working as a script editor. However, that was as far into the process as she went. But if you want to learn about yout industry, you have to go further or regret it.

For me, this meant pulling myself together and (in all my purple suited Clara glory) stepping up to the mike. I was able to ask for more details which let me learn a few helpful steps and the areas I should be looking towards in my job search; namely, starting out as a script runner for a writers room and moving on from there.

With conventions like these, many people come for the actors (a fun and truely fantastic choice) but if you are interested in anything behind the camera, you will have no better access than a small convention for a fandom that you love where you can show that love to the people responsible for making it. Most of these creators also table so you can go and get their autograph and talk shop with them for a bit if they aren’t busy.

Generally, These guys love to hear from fans, especially from fans who are interested in their work.

But whether you are meeting creative people at venues like conventions or just shaking your knowledge tree and setting up lunch meetings, more and more it’s about who you know and working your connections but this only works if you have the guts to get up and ask your questions.

  • Taylor Gallagher


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Well, it’s that time of year again…

Gallifrey one, the Doctor Who convention!

That time of year for those lucky Whovians from all over the world who’ve managed to score tickets decend on the LAX Marriott for a week of fun, costumes, fangirling (and fanboying), and lively and intellectual debate and discussion.

Whether you are someone who spends the year meticulously collecting pieces for costumes or a last minute rusher or a plain cloths fan, the build up to any con is quite a thing to experience – your fangear is a badge of honor you must have down.

And so the day is here (for Lobby-con, at least – the night before con launches where you get to see the first bits of costumes, see your once a year con friends, get a head start on ribbon collection, and say a quick hello to Fraser Hines), but are you ready for it?

In my wanderings this year, I stumbled across this gem of a book for anyone interested in or highly invested in con-life (or fan-life in general): The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: a handbook for girl geeks by Sam Maggs.

IMG_8146I recommend this super quick read for both boys and girls if you are new to fandom or conventions. She gives a great rundown of how cons work, proper etiquett when dealing with other attendees as well as guests, a what you will need list and just general fun facts of survival. I’m not new to cons but I fell in love with this witty, fast-talking rundown.

Again the book is tiny, so it’s a great quick read.

For anyone afraid of the feminist aspects of the book, first you shouldn’t, it’s all perfectly safe and it’s got a lot of things to think about – really great for teens and preteens getting into fandom. It’s big on respecting others, so even if you disagree with Sam on points throughout (I dmit that i did a few times), you’ll still get a lot out of it.

I’ll wrap up on the book by saying I wish I’d had this years ago before starting my con adventures!

Anyway, as Gallifrey hasn’t started, I can’t give you too much of a rundown, however, I’ve got my Rose and Clara gear preped – as well as my bank account and bugdet! – and I’ll talk to you all in more detail next week. So until then, keep your nerd strong and let your fangirl/boy flag fly.

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Let’s be honest, Adulting Sucks.

I know, I know. Look at that, another millenial who just does not to grow up.

I won’t lie and say that’s not a little bit true (who wouldn’t) but, honestly, I want to work and work well; it’s just not that easy.

This week I’m writing form Philadelphia where I’ve flown out to meet with three companies. all claimed to be for entry level marketing posistions…. read (though I had not idea going in): door to door sales.

Not really what I signed up for especially when I’d have to move across the country.

While the interviews went spectacularly well – I’m am apparently an ace at interviews – I had a choice to make and that’s the point of this post.

Adulting sucks but it’s all about the choices we make.

After this week, I’ve learned a lot about adult life. From doing better research on companies and not getting too excited and jumping on every chance you get because you need a job, to how to pack for a week long buisness trips in one tiny carry on (I may cover this next week).

so to wrap this tiny post up, my advice is to really do your research, ask a lot of questions, and don’t rush into things just because you feel like you are behind in some invisible race to start being an adult.

After all, you may be doing what you are applying for for the foreseeble future – make sure you really want it and if it is, go all in.

What’s the worst that can happen, right?

  • Taylor Gallagher