Oh hey. I'm Anna, a working girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan, blogging about nostalgia, creativity, and societal woes. My vices include soda, nail-biting, and sarcasm.
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Spring is here!

Crush Winter under your boot heel and then swap your boots for sneakers. Tis the season for 80s anthems, jubilant power pop, and synth beats. These triumphant jams are ready to be blasted out your newly-opened windows. Pump your first, and dance upon the grave of Winter. Victory is ours! *freeze frame* 

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This week I…

… shot a bit of live video for some dear friends of mine, The Campanellis (as seen in this post’s header). Hammering out some edits currently. Stay tuned!
… started reading Steal Like an Artist…(read more)


I’m in that rut. That seasonal, creative rut where I know Spring is coming. I’ve seen glimpses, felt a taste of sun, but the forecast is still bleak and cold. I want the grey, creative Winter to be over…(read more)


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Today’s Friday Digs are brought to you by the word Play… (read more)


Tonight I was lucky enough to see Laverne Cox at my alma mater. She performed her speech, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” and answered a few questions afterword. It was encouraging, challenging, and most importantly, a space for me to just listen and learn… (read more)

You have been a role model/idol of mine for quite a while now! And though this isn't exactly your field, I was hoping for some words of advice/inspiration. I've been an aspiring video game developer/designer for over 10 years now. But sometimes it's a bit discouraging just because of the fact that I'm a girl and somehow, video games, comics, etc. are a "boy" thing. Any advice for being a girl entering a field that is usually perceived as "male dominated"?
annogus annogus Said:




Find the women in game developing who are really good at what they do and really driven and BOND WITH THEM.  

And listen — I’m going to sound like I’m wearing a tin foil hat here, but this is the truth: 

The system will try to turn you against each other. That’s how it keeps you down.  

I know, I know, but it’s the God’s honest truth.  Well-intentioned assholes* will try to set you against each other to be Queen of Shit Mountain. They will tell you that she’s jealous of you, that she wants your job/seat/man/lipstick/whatthefuckeverbullshit, they’ll tell you she’s crazy and that you can’t trust her. 


Don’t fall for it.  

I’m not saying you can’t compete with women — you can and will — but you do it like Helen and Carol, like Maverick and Goose, YOU MAKE EACH OTHER BETTER and you gain respect for each other in that competition.  (And I’m not saying every woman is your friend, either.  If she tells you she’s “one of the boys” or that “she doesn’t like working for women” because they’re “catty,” CROSS THE FUCKING STREET TO GET AWAY. Don’t wish her ill and don’t hasten her demise, but give her wide berth because she is poison and she will implode and you don’t want to be caught up in it.) 

You give your sister a hand and you have her back EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.  

I have male allies and mentors to whom I am intensely grateful and without whom I would not be where I am today.  But none of them get it like Sana, Gail, Jeanine, Kathryn, Marjorie, Blair, Emma, Jordie, Lauren, Willow, Judy… the list goes on and on.  

Sana and I FIGHT on occasion — we are not afraid to get into it if we both feel it will make the book better, but on a personal level, where the rubber this the road, as they say, she is MUH GIRL.  

…You understand? 

Job one: find your girls.

Job two: find the biggest guy in the yard, kick his ass and steal his cigarettes.

Job three: … 


Forget that last part.  

But the rest of it is true.  

* Some day I will do a post about the well-intensioned asshole and how he thinks, but not today. 

KSD, you’re just the best there is.

Oh, love. Love love love. 

Hey I made a thing! 

I had a blast shooting behind the scenes footage on Burst Theory. Check out the first of many videos pulling back the curtain on the production. 

They’re currently in the middle of a crucial IndieGogo campaign to help the film get to festivals and in front of peoples’ faces. Please give them a hand and/or signal boost!


"There are three things you must ask yourself before you say anything…"


Get out your lipstick and leather jackets, girls. Or whatever makes you feel you. It’s International Women’s Day this Saturday. I know the world can get you down, so here are some pump up jams to prep you for domination… (read more)


Cate Blanchett wins the Oscars on more than one level

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