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2017: The Year of Recognition

The other day on Facebook, my work friend Sara tagged me in this fun little activity where a bunch of words fly through a video, you take a screenshot, and the word you land on is what you will “manifest” in 2017. I’m SO not an astrology kind of girl, but I admit, I love finding the deeper meaning in fun things like that, so I took a screenshot.

According to “Astrology and Angel Mediums,” I will manifest “Recognition” in 2017.

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My first thought was “how the heck do you ‘manifest recognition’?!” It sounds like some New Age mantra that you’d chant at a sweat lodge. (Which would actually probably be right up my INFJ alley… but I digress.)

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5 Things by the Time I’m 30

The countdown is officially on. I’m nearing the big 3-0. It’s an exciting and fun time of life. My husband and I are happily secure enough to get to do some travel. We live close enough to 90% of our family to see them on a weekly or monthly basis. We have a fabulous group of friends who, although they live literally across the globe, make it a point to stay close utilizing technology.

True, we’ve been handed some really rough lemons over the years, but we have always chosen to turn them into SourPatch Kids. The 30s are going to be our best decade.

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Jay Gatsby agrees. His 20s sucked too.

To be fair, I would seriously contemplate bodily harm on anyone who tried to send me back to the start of my 20s. People say they’d “give anything to be 20 again.” I don’t think they know what this term means.

What is fun about being poor, lonely and uncertain about your direction in life, feeling like the whole world must understand this better than you? (It’s possible that this is not everyone’s 20s experience. I hear there was parties and drinking for some.)

That being said, transitioning from your third decade of life into your fourth should be met with a certain pizazz. So I queried the world. What should I do while I was still “living it up” in my 20s? Continue reading


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Laney’s Top Ten Must Reads

When you come from a family of bibliophiles, deciding upon your top ten favorite books feels a little bit like Solomon’s Dilemma. I’ve read over 1300 books in my lifetime (at least that’s what I can remember and put on Goodreads…), so I had to put a lot of thought into my top ten list. I LOVE beautiful, rich, deep, complex language. If there’s one thing that threads throughout all of my top ten, it’s the beauty of language and the art of a story well-told.

As Leah mentioned in her Top 10 List, we decided to focus on the books that in some way shaped or transformed our lives. Ranking these ten books amongst themselves would be even more impossible than choosing them in the first place, so they are arranged in chronological order. They are all worth-while reads, even the ones that require tapping into your inner child (a practice which I heartily support doing on a regular basis!). Continue reading


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The Schedule of Events!

Here at On a Tangent, we seek to bring you interesting and thought-provoking content about the things you (and we) love most! We also seek to fangirl about things that are cool, because, well, they’re cool.  With those goals in mind, here’s what you can look forward to on the blog for the foreseeable future!

Marvel Mondays: Hosted by Leah, Marvel Mondays will be tackling that phenomenon that’s taking over the known universe with its fast-paced action and wit, and endless string of actors named Chris. (Seriously, where do they get these guys?)  For the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about Marvel’s newest smash hit, Agent Carter, discussing sexism in the workplace, the nefarious scheming of the mysterious Leviathan, and, of course, our fabulous leading lady.  Meanwhile, we also might get snippets of Leah’s never-ending quest to hit 100% completion on LEGO Marvel Superheroes.

Worthy Women Wednesdays:  Wherein we talk about our favorite female characters, historical figures, and current women doing amazing and interesting things.  We’ll be adopting monthly themes, starting out with a discussion of some of the under-appreciated characters in one of our favorite girl-centric shows: Gilmore Girls!

And finally, Fandom Fridays:  A grab-bag of rants, reviews, and chatter, where you never know quite what you’re going to get.  Laney will engage you with poignant commentary, Leah will discuss her favorite role models villains, and we might even bring in a guest blogger or two!

So grab onto some rigging, get your sea legs ready, and prepare to sail off on a tangent!


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Media Matters: The New Age of Being a Fan

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We have been lucky in our lives to float along like ships on to the sea with good friends, both real and in our imaginations. (All rights reserved to TriStar Pictures and the other producers of this amazing movie adaptation.)Welcome to the blog!

Welcome to the blog!

Leah: If I were to estimate how long Laney and I had been thinking about doing a collaborative project, I would probably be totally wrong.  I think the idea has always been in the back of our minds, to some extent, stemming from the very first days we spent writing together and editing one another’s childhood stories.  In the past few years, we’ve bounced around from the concept of a traditional blog to a website to a vlog, but all with one final goal in mind: to attract minions to overthrow the… umm, wait. Wrong project. Oops. Moving right along…

Laney: (Our first collaboration was me telling Leah fairy tales in her crib. But we digress.)

Leah: On a Tangent is a response to a culture that is increasingly supportive of and interested in subjects that would have been hidden under pillows and cloaked in basements twenty years ago. With the increasing popularity of phenomena like Game of Thrones and multi-movie franchises a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the mainstream has created a growing space for so-called “geek” culture. For those of us who grew up on a healthy dose of Star Wars, who devoured the Chronicles of Narnia, and knew Captain Picard’s “final frontier” speech as well as we knew our own names, this changing culture is both a blessing and a challenge that makes us reflect on how we consume media. In the here and now, the ideas that fueled every childhood daydream of battling monsters and traversing space are becoming an increasingly relevant part of how we live our day-to-day lives and understand the struggles of people around us. Continue reading