It’s Monica-n not Monica-n’t

My next Maven Monday is about someone who has been inspiring me for over a year. She’s a tiny ball of beauty and independence whom I know through social media. Why Monica inspires me so much has a lot to do with the person I was ten years ago and the person I became five years ago.


I’m a survivor of an abusive relationship. All my independent qualities, likes and dislikes, everything that made me me, disappeared years ago. I learned to follow the current, to blend in, and go unnoticed. Like what seemed popular and keep my head down. As I struggled to find my footing outside this relationship I turned to social media.

I saw a lot of who I used I be in Monica. We have so many of the same interests and her blatant unapologetic “I am who I am” attitude sparked some life back into me. I picked up books again. I picked up my makeup brushes again. I watched Buffy and the Addams family and didn’t care who knew. I grew out my short bob in favor of my crazy locks I’ve missed for so long. I went for manicures again and didn’t feel guilty. So this is me saying thank you.


If you don’t follow @monswanson on Twitter or Instagram, I really recommend that you do. Witty humour, hard-as-nails truth and wonderful taste in music and lipstick is what waits for you. You’re a kind, honest beautiful and strong woman. Some day I hope I can embody what I see in you.

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I recommend you pop over to this blog and take a peak! I find it quite lovely.

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This was my mantra in high school. What would Buffy do? I grew up saturated in the Whedon-verse of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sunnydale and the supernatural.  This show planted the seed of my love for ancient history, languages, and the supernatural.


BtVS provided me with strong women, caring men and non traditional lifestyles that I dreamed about having. The Chosen one, a witty, once popular powerhouse who continually showed us that even heroes are human. She made mistakes, had an abusive relationship, dealt with death and loss on a personal level, and not just when she herself died. Depression, sexuality, equality, and relationships both romantic and not were constant themes in this show. I was a loner growing up. I spent my time travelling or taking care of my grandparents all through school. I was an outsider, but watching Buffy made me realize that one day I would find my place in the world. And yes, I would make mistakes along the way. But that was okay.


It’s been 12 years since the Slayer last graced our TV screens. And here are a few of my favorite episodes. (In order of seasons)

10. Welcome to the Hellmouth/ The Harvest

Of course this is a favorite. It introduced us to Buffy, and the beginnings of her Scooby Gang, and the big bad of the season, the Master. And of course the mysterious Angel.

9. Prophecy Girl

This is when we see Buffy truly come to terms with her destiny. She’s 16 and she doesn’t want to die. She wants to go to prom. And we get to see her kick some major Master fang in this one, finally.

8. Surprise/Innocence

When Buffy and Angel’s relationship goes to the next level, there are massive consequences. Buffy is human, but she has a great responsibility. And when the one person she loved and trusted the most turns on her, well…I know I’ve been there.

7. Bad Girls

I love Faith. No I mean I LOVE Faith. She is one of my top characters in this show. And it was awesome to see Buffy rebel a bit. This is where Faith turns though. She makes one mistake that turns her into a sort of anti-hero that I couldn’t help but love the entire series through.

6. Graduation Day Pt. 1/Pt. 2

Two words. BIG. SNAKE. Plus a kick ass fight scene between Buffy and Faith. And you get to see the entire graduating class come together and fight. All sorts of feels.

5. Hush

How can you not love an episode where only 10% of the show has lines. When mysterious creatures called the Gentlemen steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale it’s up to Buffy AND apparently Riley and his Initiative bros to figure it out. Also, Buffy and Riley kiss and find out about each other.

4. The Gift

Buffy dies. Again. Done as the series finale on the WB, they killed off Buffy before the show would be resurrected on UPN. After a heart wrenching season with the introduction of Dawn (and much confusion) and the death of Buffy’s beloved mother Joyce, they did it. They killed her again.

3. Once More With Feeling

Shockingly, is not one of my favorite episodes but I feel like it held an important part of the story line this season and for that I’ve included it. This episode lets us find out Buffy believes she was in heaven and when her friends brought her back to life she now is residing in a harsh world almost like a hell to her. It also lets the Scooby gang find this out as well. Plus that kiss with Spike.

2. Him

This takes us back to Buffy’s campy roots in the first season. An enchanted letter man’s jacket that causes the wearer to be irresistible to women everywhere. And while there is a lot of humor in this episode it also brings up the point of how far some people will go to be noticed by the one they love when Dawn tries to kill herself to prove her love to RJ.

1. Chosen

The final episode. Need I say more.

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TCM Makes Summer School Cool w/ Free Film Noir Course

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Lizabeth-Scott-and-Dick-Powell-in-PitfallFor a generation of fans old and new, Turner Classic Movies has been like film school without the student loans. Now, more than two decades after the channel’s launch, you can remove like from that sentence.

On June 1, TCM will become an actual educational institution (of sorts) when it launches Into Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, a on-line course presented in conjunction with Indiana’s Ball State University. The nine-week eLearning class will explore “the means, motives, and opportunities that led Hollywood studios to make these hard-boiled crime dramas” and will be taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., co-author of The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism and co-host of the Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noirpodcast (with TCM staffer Shannon Clute).

And best of all, the course is entirely free – and it’s open to non-TCM subscribers. (TCM promises “free links to online public domain films noir…

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Purple Witches Everywhere

I love purple. It’s probably the most common color found in my wardrobe outside of black. And more black. I recently purchased my first Pretty Zombie Cosmetics liquid lipstick in a color called “Three Witches”.

First up is Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Three Witches. After the LimeCrime debacle, I began to look elsewhere for liquid lipsticks. Pretty Zombie carries a line of 8 matte liquid lipsticks. Reasonable priced at $12 and shipped from the USA to Canada very quickly.

3 witches   3 witches

The larger swatch is two coats of the matte liquid lipstick. I found in certain lights it actually had a blue-ish quality to it. Definitely on the cooler side of purple which I love. It applies easily and two coats isn’t necessarily needed with this color. Pretty Zombie Cosmetics are cruelty free and vegan products.  The only negative to this product is that it is not smudge/kiss proof. But I’m in love with the color and wear it often. It is also a great product to use in gradient lip colors like the one below. I am definitely going to be purchasing colors from their line in the future. And I would recommend you give them a try as well.

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Down with the Sickness

I have the plague. Well, I had the plague or at least a distant relative of it. The last two weeks has been filled with horrifying tales of fevers, aches and pains. I can function now, however I’ve been gifted a cough that makes me sound like an eighty year old man who still smokes. So much sexy it could knock a person out.

Therefor, I have fallen behind on posts. I’m not proud of it, but every new task in life has speed bumps. Now that I seem to have my faculties back we can resume our regularly scheduled blogging. Please tune in tomorrow!

Gotham Galaxy Girl

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May the Force be with you.

Yeah, no. I  am not titling this post May the Fourth. Those of you reading this already know it’s May Fourth, aka Star Wars Day. *cue the intro soundtrack*

For us nerdley types it will always be Star Wars day. However, as with everything social media gets it’s hands on, the life is being choked out of it. Just like Vader does to poor Admiral Motti. I cannot tell you how many tweets, status updates and texts I have seen of a boring call of “Happy May the Fourth!” by every drone out in this galaxy. So instead I thought I’d give you a few of my favorite Star Wars moments (in no particular order – I was kinda lazy and late getting this post together *gasp*).

The Cantina – A New Hope

Freezing Han – The Empire Strikes Back

Order 66 – Revenge of the Sith

Yoda vs Count Dooku – Attack of the Clones

These are by no means my only favorite scenes in the epic movie run, but a taste of a few that popped into my mind first. I adore Solo and his two scenes I’ve included are such insights into his character. Scruffy Nerf herder, yes, but also brave and in love. Order 66 is perhaps the darkest moment in the entire story line. And I love it. Death and chaos. Complete wipe out of the Jedi with absolutely no mercy. And of course the battle between Dooku and Yoda shows my little green man at his most bad ass.

I hope you enjoy a peek into my brain and of course, May the Force Be With You

— Gotham Galaxy Girl

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