Singapore and Bali – the recap!

I’m home from my trip to Singapore and Bali! It was an amazing time, I ate a lot of good food (good lawd, the food), I met some awesome people, and all four of my critters were found and checked in! Overall a great trip. If I had to sum up the Singapore portion of my trip in 4 photos, it’d be these:

And to sum up the Bali portion in 4 photos, it’d be these:

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Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and I’ve got a little piggie ready to go!

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If you’ve got a copy of my book Literary Yarns, you can modify little Napoleon to be a festive little Lunar New Year piggie! Much friendlier and nicer than a ruthless dictator. 😉

Read on for directions on how to make this lucky little oinker!

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The Hooker’s going to Singapore and Bali!

I’m heading to Singapore and Bali next week for a vacation! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me to leave behind for strangers to find! I’ll be in Singapore 1/17-1/19 and Bali from 1/20-1/22 to stuff my face, climb a volcano to see the sunrise, and enjoy some warm weather when it’s blistering cold in other parts of the world. Here’s who will be tagging along with me on my trip:

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A little life-giving fungus.

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A little squawking hamster-penguin.

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A rich kid with abandonment issues.

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And a little forest guardian.

I’ll be doing 3 drops in Singapore, one for each day on 1/17-1/19, and one drop in Bali (in Ubud specifically) at some point on 1/20-1/21. No rhyme or reason to who will be dropped on which days or where, drops will happen whenever the time and place feels right for me! 🙂

If you’ve never followed my drops before, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Follow me either on facebook or twitter, but I highly suggest twitter for drop-tracking. Facebook does a weird thing where it doesn’t show my posts in real-time based on whatever magical algorithm they use to control people’s newsfeeds.

    The Geeky Hooker

  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter out my tweets if you want to see the ones pertaining to the drops only.
  3. Set up a twitter mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will buzz every time I make a post on twitter, so you won’t miss a single drop! You might end up with your phone buzzing like crazy if I’m geeking out over something during my trip, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. 😉 Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! Please, please, PLEASE check in if you find a critter. Each one is tagged with a card with my contact info. I just ask for two things if you find one: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend, and 2) Let me know where the critter’s new home will be so I can add it to my map! I do this knowing that there’s a potential that anyone could swipe the critter and never get back to me on it, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening when one goes missing.
  5. I’ll be dropping on critter per day on 1/17-1/19 (in Singapore) and one critter at some point on 1/20-1/22 (in Ubud). No pairs/groups of critters.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, just follow along and try your luck! 🙂 Happy hunting!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Singapore and Bali,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Thank you, 2018

Even though I’m a self-professed Christmas grump, I kind of like new year’s eve. If you’ve had a good year, it’s a good chance to look back and reflect on the good times that were had and to hope to continue the trend. If you’ve had a bad year, it’s a convenient time to give it the middle finger and tell the universe that you’re going to move on to bigger and better things. 2018 started out rough. I made the difficult decision to end my marriage, became an emotional wreck, isolated myself, had to learn to trust people all over again and most of all, had to learn to trust in myself all over again. I had to accept that sometimes you’ll put your all into something and it still won’t get you results, but at least you can walk away knowing you tried. I had to trust that even if shit goes down, life will go on, and guess what? It’ll all be okay. It’s all going to be okay, but it’ll only be okay if you make the effort to make it so.


I gave myself time to grieve, time to wallow. Crocheting didn’t feel as fun anymore. I tried to fill my schedule with as many things as possible, anything, just to get away from the emptiness at home and the reminders of what was now gone, or reminders of things that I had found out too late were never there to begin with. Then things got better. I started rebuilding my home (in a figurative and literal sense), and slowly started rebuilding my life. My friends and family have been incredibly supportive and loving, and I started to take chances on myself. I’d try new things, some of them worked out, and some of them didn’t and that was all okay. It was all about figuring out what would work for me and what wouldn’t. Eventually I took the plunge to take my first solo trip to Portland, Oregon, and as a result it set off a series of amazing solo travel adventures in the months to come. I met new friends and reconnected with old ones. I developed better care habits for my health. I went to San Diego Comic-Con as I do every year, but I was feeling a bit anxious about going without the same people I’d been going with for all these years, but I quickly found a new tribe and we’ve all continued to hang out back home in Houston and have continued to get into nerdy hijinks ever since.

I’m finally growing back into my own skin after feeling myself fall away, and it feels pretty fucking good. 2018 started out rough, but it turned out to be the reset button that I never knew I needed, even if it meant going through a bumpy ride starting out. If you’ve had a great year, rock on. If you’ve had a shitty year, tonight’s your chance to tell 2018 to fuck off, things can and will be okay, but it’s all about what you make it out to be. Thank you, 2018, for kicking my ass and teaching me to grow. 2019, I can’t wait to see what you bring my way. Be good to each other, and happy new year to everyone out there. ❤️


Good night, dear Generalissimo

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been a comic superfan all my life. I didn’t grow up getting new comic books every week. I didn’t spend hours in comic book stores – there weren’t any near me in the suburb of Houston that I grew up in. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Avengers or pretend that I knew who the hell the Guardians of the Galaxy were before the movies came out. But I did grow up watching the X-Men on Saturday mornings. I glanced through the Spider-Man strips in the newspaper every morning when I had my breakfast before catching the bus to school. Even though I’d never read a single Captain America comic in my life, I could recognize his iconic red white and blue uniform with the shield and ask “ok, so he has a goofy ‘yay America’ uniform, but what does he do??”. Before I knew Iron Man’s real name was Tony Stark, I was able to point out the classic red and gold flying suit. I grew up with the common knowledge of what it meant if someone “hulked out.” You didn’t need to be a superfan to see Stan Lee’s influence everywhere.

Stan Lee’s story isn’t about a man who achieved his dreams. When I saw his panel at Alamo City Comic Con I remember a teenage boy excitedly asking Stan for advice on how to get started in comics because he wanted to become a comic writer himself. Stan’s answer was a telling one in terms of a generational divide in choosing career paths. Stan didn’t write comics because he wanted to, he did it because he had to. He was an aspiring novelist, but because he needed to put food on the table for his family, he took on the job as a comic book writer as a teenager and the gig stuck. He never became that best-selling novelist that he wanted to be, but he became something so much more than that.

He made comics relatable. DC had their own successes with Batman and all the lore surrounding Gotham City, but at the end of the day Gotham City was a fictional setting. In 2003 I skipped out on studying for an organic chemistry exam in college to see Stan Lee speak at the University of Texas, and one of the things he mentioned in his talk was that he made it a point to make his stories take place in real life cities, so that readers could imagine all of these adventures happening in their own backyards. New York City had been his lifelong home, and he couldn’t imagine his characters being anywhere else. He wanted his characters to be flawed so that they could be more human. He wasn’t writing superheroes for the sake of creating a good guy and calling it a day. He wanted to make it seem like we could all be heroes, and that heroes could be all of us.

In 2014 I wasn’t able to see Stan Lee’s panel at Comicpalooza, but I got a photo with him because I knew it’d be one of the few opportunities for me to get a picture with a living legend without having to wait in line for hours at a larger convention. I also made a last minute decision to stay up late the night before and crochet a Spider-Man to give to Stan Lee. Here’s the excerpt from my previous blog post about giving Stan his little Spider-Man critter:

The next morning I sleepily waited in line for the photo op. Once the line started moving, the photo op went BLAZINGLY fast. Stand in, smile, and you’re gone. Not even a chance to say anything more than a quick hello. So when my turn came around, I kind of became that asshole who held up the photo op line, even if it was just for a few seconds. I told Stan I had something for him and handed him little Spidey, and after exchanging thank yous (no, thank YOU, sir, for influencing so many generations!) it was all shouts of “ma’am, look at the camera” before I had to scurry off. My tiny little victory was when I saw his handler try to take the little Spider-Man away from him and he snatched it away and put it in his pocket as if to say “NO, MINE.” Stan Lee now has one of my critters in his possession. VICTORY!

It was that split second of watching him tuck little Spidey into his pocket instead of handing it over to his handler that touched me the most in that brief interaction I had with him. He appreciated the work of his fans. He didn’t just say thanks and let his assistant toss it into a pile of other pieces that he would undoubtedly get throughout his time while sitting for photographs. He kept little Spidey with him, and that meant more to me than any thanks that he could’ve said to me.


Thank you, Stan, for creating such a vast universe of heroes that were still human at heart. For reminding us that while we may just be people, we can be so much more. And that at the same time while you could be the strongest, fastest, and smartest person on earth, it’s still okay to have flaws. We can all be heroes, but heroes aren’t invincible. You may not have ever published that “great American novel” that you dreamed of writing, but you created a pathway of dreams for so many generations of kids and adults alike. Thank you for giving us so many heroes for us to look up to, learn from, and remember for years to come, including yourself. While you may no longer be here on this earth, you’ve given us all a gift that we could never repay. Good night, dear Generalissimo. May you take your place with the greatest names in history. You’ve earned it. Excelsior!

She’s a head-turner!

I was really hoping to finish this girl before Halloween, but I guess cutting it close is still better than being late! My book Literary Yarns features a pattern for a “transforming” Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde with a rotating head, and I’ve had several people suggest that I should use the same technique to make a little Regan from the Exorcist. I LOVED the idea (creepy-cute critters are my favorite kinds to make!), but I never got around to making it a reality until now.

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One of my favorite parts of making the creepy-cute characters is that I get to dirty them up! Regan wasn’t exactly wearing a robe fresh out of the laundry by the time her head was rotating around so I did her a favor and added a bit of grime.

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And OF COURSE her head turns! What kind of person would I be if her head was only going to stay in one direction? Pffft.


She may have arrived on the scene at the last minute, but at least she showed up in time for Halloween! Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

Seattle and Vancouver: the recap!

I took a trip to Seattle and Vancouver and I feel like the Pacific northwest always seems to treat me pretty well. Apparently I tend to show up right when the gloomy weather decides to take a break, so it’s been a fantastic time every time I’ve gone up to visit. While both of my critters that I dropped in Seattle were unaccounted for, I got check-ins on both of my drops in Vancouver, so I’ll take it! If I had to sum up my trip to Seattle in four pictures it’d be these:

And my four photos to sum up my trip to Vancouver:

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