Thursday, May 21, 2015

What I'm Up To {03.05.15 - 18.05.15}

Hello friends! Since I've gotten behind with posting and I have so much to catch you all up on, I thought I'd do a bit of a longer catch-up post to fill you in on the good stuff. Enjoy!

Reading: Some great books came out this month, and I've made a pretty big dent in the last haul I bought at Chapters. I read The Heir by Kiera Cass (worshiped it!) and Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (adored it!), and I started to re-read To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han to prepare for her next book but the newer books interrupted that. We had the author Anthony De Sa come talk to us on orientation day and he gave us free signed copies of his new book, and I'm about 40 pages into that, plus I've started to read A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, which I had started at one point but didn't get very far.
Seeing: I've been able to take in a whole whack of new sights since starting at Humber! First off, the lake is just a short walk away from my dorm, and I went exploring there with my roommate Holley the day after we moved in (I ended up getting a sunburn, on my second day there no less XP). On Wednesday the 13th the people in our program made our way to WEBCOM, which is leading in book production in Canada and we got to see all the different printers and the machines that go into putting a physical book together. This past Saturday, after we had come out of the theater from seeing Age of Ultron, a few of us brunchettes walked around the St. Lawrence Market since it was such a gorgeous day :)

Watching: Before moving to Toronto, after my last trip to Family Video, I decided to rent the movie A Long Way Down, based on Nick Hornby's novel, and I found the film to be fantastic :) It's inspired me to pick up the book and finish reading it, which I'm looking forward to. Other than that, when I feeling tired, I've been re-watching The Newsroom and White Collar and when I actually have energy I've been watching the new season of Community that my brother put on a portable hard drive for me (which he also bought for me as a graduation/going away gift :) How sweet, right?).
Crafting: There was a time where I had a bunch of photos taped to my wall in washi tape, and that was the extent of the crafting I'd had energy for lately, but then I started to have a bit of fun with my Heidi Swapp memory planner and that has been incredibly fun so far.

Buying: Aside from the essentials like food, I haven't done too much in the way of shopping lately. I did order a couple of gold-rushed bullet-shaped pendants for my Chloe Price cosplay, and I'm still waiting for those to arrive. Holley and I went to the nearby Chapters recently and aside from some new books, I also grabbed the smaller black vinyl dots that I currently have on my wall. And this past Sunday I went with Holley and my friend Blair to IKEA for the very first time - yes friends, I had not once before set foot in an IKEA until very recently. I loved walking around the showroom, and needless to say once I got to the area of the market place where they kept picture frames and wall art, I absolutely freaked out XD
Studying: This program I'm in at Humber is very condensed, since it takes place over a 4 month span. The number of classes, and the information each one contains, is mind-boggling: History of the Book in Canada, Marketing, Sales, Psychology of the Creative Writer, Business, Publishing in the Media (my current favorite), Production, Design, Technology . . . the list goes on. I'm learning so much, and I've already been involved in multiple group assignments and a couple that are more individual. And even with all that's been thrown at me, I still know that I have so much to learn.

Playing: No news on the video game front, unfortunately. I've been re-playing Life Is Strange to gear up for cosplaying as Chloe Price at Anime North this coming weekend, and no new episodes of any games have been released so I haven't had anything new to get excited for. However, on my first Friday here, a few people from my dorm got together to play a game of Cards Against Humanity, and I am proud (and ashamed) to say that I won! I ended the game with 19 black cards :) This is my first instance winning the game, so I feel pretty good (and terrible :P).
Loving: Aside from my new life and digs, the big thing that I'm loving is that the Toronto launch of Geek Girl Brunch went off without a hitch this past Saturday :) We had about 10 people show up for brunch, and we got to learn about each other was well as just dish about the latest nerdy news and gush about each other's favorite fandoms. We even had time for a little Marvel trivia before we went to see Age of Ultron. It was such a great day and I cannot wait until next month!

Listening To: Spotify has been my best friend lately! Once I got my Wifi set up on my phone I started browsing through playlists to find some new music again, like the song Camilo - The Magician by Said The Whale and The Bells by Lowell. And I've fallen again for some old favorites such as Walk Off The Earth's cover of I Knew You Were Trouble feat. KRNFX.
Feeling: With all there is to learn about the publishing industry in Canada, lately I'll admit that I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed by it all. When I came into this program I was gung-ho about following the Editorial specialty, but now I don't have much of a clue about which path I want to pursue. I do like the idea of getting into publicity, but I'm still not entirely sure what I want to shoot for by way of my July specialties and then later on when I want to work on getting an internship and then a job. But nevertheless, this program is informative and it's fun, and I'm happy to be here. And having a great roommate and friend makes everything run that much more smoothly :)

What have all of you been up to the past couple of weeks? Share some stories with me in the comments below :)


  1. That drink looks fantastic! And yay for another GGB chapter!

  2. I was going to say that I saw you maybe doing something with book publicity. For one, you have experience as a bookseller. I also noticed that when you review books, you use a lot of marketing-based terms like "unique." Not a bad thing, of course. Not that editing isn't an awesome path to take. Both would be amazing!