Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who is the first Doctor Who piece of literature I’ve read since I dove into the world of Who in 2014. The dust is still settling from me getting all caught up on New Who so I hadn’t planned on getting into any books just yet, but when Mad Norwegian Press offered me the chance to do a review of this one I was too intrigued to pass it up.
As the title indicates all the essays in Companion Piece are written by women, but not all the essays are only about female characters from the show. Some pieces are critiques, some defenses; others are tributes, reflections, or clever analyses. And if one thing is certain, all of these essays were written out of love.
Going in I was unsure how much I would be able to appreciate the writings about companions from the Classic Era of Doctor Who as my knowledge of that part of the show is comparatively limited. But I found it all depended on the author’s focus. I did not enjoy every Classic-focused essay but I did walk away with a list of companions from early Who that I feel compelled to check out – and others I will probably avoid at all costs. People have made suggestions to me as to which Doctors I should watch from the early days, but not which companions.
Unsurprisingly I was more at home with the pieces . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Companion Piece
The other day I was on Pinterest looking for a good plank challenge plan when I saw a pin for a Black Widow workout. Black Widow as in Black Widow who can be seen in many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but not on much of the merchandising Black Widow? Yes, that one. It was indeed an illustrated workout combo inspired by the woman who, among other things, saved a super soldier multiple times. There was punching, kicking, and oh yes, climbers. So I decided to give it a try the next day. Let’s just say it looks easier than it is. But it’s a fun element to add to your fitness regime. I’ve heard of a couple gyms being based around geek/nerdy themes or incorporating them into their WODs, but it’s something I had never tried.
Then I realized there were several other similarly illustrated geeky-interest-inspired workout sets floating around from the same site. So I ended up on neilaray.com and there is literarlly a treasure-trove of these with instructions, info about what muscles you’re working, and tips. They even have timer buttons for your rests in between sets. It’s all part of the NR Project, which is a volunteer-run passion project to make fitness fun and accessible. As such all the workouts are available for free; you can even download them as pdfs.
What’s more most of them don’t require equipment so you can do them anywhere you have the space. A whole range of female, male, . . . → Read More: Geek Out Your Workout
Eleven-ThirtyEight dives into the positives of Wynde. . . . → Read More: Happy Year of the Horse!
Guest post from author W. Scott about messages of heroism and teamwork in stories with protagonists who are girls. . . . → Read More: Girls Can Be Heroes
Priya interviews Kristy Downs, who wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Native American heroines. . . . → Read More: Finding What We Need: Native American Heroines and the Creation of Historical Myths
Megan Crouse discusses heroine Kylara Vatta in Elizabeth Moon’s TRADING IN DANGER. . . . → Read More: Getting a Heroine Right: “Trading In Danger”
Real life heroism from Malala Yousafzai. . . . → Read More: This Is What Heroism Looks Like
Happy Fourth of July. . . . → Read More: Happy Fourth of July
Fangirls Around the Web for November 18, 2012. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: November 18, 2012