November 2016

REVIEW: A Year in the Life Marks a Joyful Return for the Gilmore Girls

November 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you haven’t seen it yet, have Jess Mariano rip out your wireless router now. Winter, spring, summer or fall All you have to do is call And I’ll be there You’ve got a friend. ~ Carole King We didn’t get the joyful chorus of Carole King’s “Where You Lead,” but we got her four seasons instead. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call (Rory Gilmore may have a spare cell…) and //

Afanasy Nikitin: The Man Who Journeyed Beyond Three Seas

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Flamboyant But Forgotten is a regular column by contributor Rachel Cohen. In this column, Rachel highlights some of the lesser-known historical figures whose backstories, personalities, and occupations make great fodder for creative fanfiction writing. Whenever I miss the gym one time too often, or generally consumed by existential self-hatred, I go jogging. Because when I jog, my hate extends to everything. I especially hate doing that thing which is the essence of jogging – putting //

How to Cosplay on a Budget

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

So you want to cosplay but don’t have the budget for high-end Stormtrooper armour? Time to find a way to strut your stuff on a budget. At this year’s Hal-Con, I attended a panel presented by Canadian fan Polar Cosplay (aka Rebecca Graves) about how to make, care for, and improve upon costumes while staying within your budget. Get Organized Sketch out your costume design before you start shopping. It doesn’t have to look good. Making a diagram of your costume can help you visualize which //

Gates McFadden on Pranks, Sexism, and Spandex: Tales from Hal-Con

November 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Last Sunday, FAN/FIC Magazine was granted a one-day pass to Hal-Con, the biggest, geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada. Remarkably, it was also the first fan convention I’ve ever attended. So, armed with my con survival pack, I headed into the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre to get my geek on. First, I hit up the vendor floor, where hundreds of artists, craftsmen, jewellers, and sellers had set up shop. Crammed onto the exhibition floor in the Scotiabank Centre, there was //

Why NaNoWriMo Works for Me

November 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

As many of us already know, the first step in becoming, as they say, a “real” writer is to, well… write. Not write when the mood strikes, not “tomorrow,” not when you have some time off. To write (and to write well) involves a consistent effort. A daily regimen. The flexing of a muscle. Writing is a practice. And what better time to begin that practice than National Novel Writing Month? NaNoWriMo is an annual novel-writing project taken on by professional and amateur writers //