I’m Back and I’m Gonna Do Better In 2017

Heeyyy! It has been a really long time. Like months. I feel ashamed but my life went completely sideways (in the best way) after ReGeneration Who last year.

I traveled to Las Vegas, San Diego, and even took a trip down to ATL to do press at DragonCon as a part of the Black Girl Nerds group. I had the BEST time at DragonCon and I enjoyed cosplaying as Martha Jones.

I wrote lots of articles with The Frisky (a regular contributor job that unexpectedly ended recently…beyond my control) and other websites (check out this Sense8 article with Vice) and took lots of time off to spend time with my family. I cried a lot, took pictures, maintained my awful sleep habits, and had an overall great year on a micro level.

Now, I’m back and hoping to pay more attention to my website in 2017.

This year, I will be a quarterly contributor for The Learned Fangirl! I can’t wait to bring you some in-depth articles about Doctor Who and Black women in sci-fi! And, I am working on securing a few press passes for some great geek cons this year!

I also want to spend more time here. I hope to post more of my thoughts on current world situations, links to my articles, and some pretty cool pics from this year’s travels. Right now, I’m heading to Tampa, LA, ATL, and back to Denver again, but who knows where I will end up over the next few months?!?!

I hope you all have been doing well and I’m wishing you a happy, healthy 2017.

(Re)Generation Who!!

Tai and Dalek

Whew!! It’s been a LONG time!! I really miss being in this space. This year has been pretty busy so far. I’ve continued to contribute regularly to a few websites and I am also starting a few new projects.

A couple of week ago, I returned to (Re)Generation Who to do press. Of course, I had an excellent time and I had the opportunity to meet a few awesome people along the way! I adore the convention founders Oni and James as well as their team.

It took a while, but my first article about the con hit the web today and I am so excited to share it with you. It’s in a similar style to what I did last year…lots of random facts about the things I learned at the con.

I have a couple more articles on the way, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the first one on Paste Magazine’s website!!

I’ll be around soon to tell you more about MY upcoming podcast and new adventures 🙂

With Love,

Tai Gooden

2015 Year In Review!

Today is the LAST day of 2015!! Oh my goodness…time surely flies when you are having an excellent time.

Last year, I named a few goals on my blog. These are the things I wanted to accomplish in 2015:

  • Take a “mental health day” once a month
  • Write for my dream publication (won’t share it here because I am a chicken lol)
  • Expand the list of publications I pitch to each week
  • Complete the 52 week money saving challenge

I am proud to say that I accomplished everything I had on this list!! My dream publication was The Guardian and I wrote my first piece for them in February 2015. Check it out here.

It caught on in the Whovian community like wildfire and I soon found myself being offered press gigs, writing opportunities, and so much more. I had a blast doing press at events like (Re)Generation Who and InterventionCon and I met so many interesting, inspiring people along the way. I wrote yet another piece for The Guardian based on my press experiences and the connections I made on Twitter. Yes, social media can be a vile place, but sometimes it functions the way I believe it was meant to work 🙂

I did everything from interview Dascha Polanco from OITNB to a profile of how Twitter Blerds are changing the face of TV. I wrote about UK refugees who process their emotional pain through song, a dress-wearing tortoise who brings joy to sick children, and if we can really trust anyone on How to Get Away with Murder.

I had the chance to ponder the theist themes in Doctor Who and to help boost the signal on webcomics we should be reading. I traveled to Denver, CO and San Diego, CA for the first time and ate delicious foods at every stop along the way. I stayed up until 2AM (only to get back up at 6AM to work), cried about my missteps, and celebrated my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday.

I participated in my first convention panel AND podcast, lost a few friends, and gained a sense of purpose. I truly LIVED in 2015!

Now, 2016 is on the horizon. It’s the year I have been waiting for: my year of transition and completion. The year I want to start an organization that will impact other women and girls. The year I want to see my name in print magazines. The year I want to start a podcast and let underrepresented voices provide a needed perspective in geek culture. And the year I want to be like Shonda Rhimes and say YES to the things that scare me (like writing a novel)!!

I want to thank every publication and editor I have worked with this year. All of you have taught me valuable lessons and helped me continue to grow as a writer. Thanks to God, my family, my “tribe,” Jamie Broadnax from BlackGirlNerds, Lindsey from CSO podcast, and ALL of my Twitter fam: y’all keep me uplifted and wrap me in love when I need a boost. I appreciate everything and I take NOTHING for granted.

Hello 2016…I’m ready for you!!

-Tai Gooden

 

My Latest, Greatest Hits on the Web and NEKOCON!!!

Happy Fall y’all! I’m a terrible blog owner!

But….it’s because I have been so darn busy. I have had a couple of really cool pieces hit the web. Check out a sample of what I have been up to lately:

*Geek and Sundry: The Webcomics That Are Changing the World

*HelloGiggles: Shondaland is BACK! Here’s Everything That Happened Last Season and What’s Next

I also had my first piece post on Upworthy! For those who aren’t familiar with the website, they post all things positive going on around the world. Of course, as soon as I found out they had a freelance writer’s program, I immediately made it my business to get an article on their page. I wanted to find something that met all of their criteria for an excellent story: surprising, meaningful, visual, and shareable.

I tried a couple of ideas and got hit with REJECTION. Ouch. But, I finally found THE story that I knew would be a home run. While scouring the web, I found an interesting article about a group called Stone Flowers. Based in London, the group is comprised of refugees from all around the world. These people have suffered unimaginable pain and persecution, yet they found their way to this unique music therapy group. They write songs about their experiences and record them in their native language!

Check out this special story here and share it with all of your friends. I don’t know about you, but I love a powerful story!

Next up….a pretty cool piece I recently wrapped up for Paste Magazine! ANDDD…..

I’m going to be a PANELIST AT NEKOCON!! Nekocon is an anime convention that takes place in Hampton, VA. The talented and fabulous Jamie Broadnax from BlackGirlNerds has invited me to come out and do a panel with her about social media. So, if you are in or near the area, come check me out!!! I’ll be the Black chick with the Afro rocking something Doctor Who-ish (yes, even at an anime con).

And remember…I am a freelance writer FOR HIRE. So, for any serious inquiries, HIT ME UP and let’s talk bidness 🙂

-Tai Gooden

Intervention Coverage!!

Hi Everyone!

I am so darn late with posting links to my latest press adventures. A couple of weeks ago, I did press at a geek/nerd con called Intervention. I had the opportunity to write for a couple of places about it, so please check everything out below:

The Mary Sue: Intervention – The Panels and The Powerhouse Woman Behind The Unique Geek Convention

Geeks and Cleats: Intervention is a Geek Entrepreneur Haven

Black Girl Nerds: Webcomics 101: What You Need To Know

Right now, I am working on a super special project and getting ready for a special panel appearance in a couple of months, so I may not be around as much. But, I love you guys!!!

-Tai Gooden

Paranoia

I’ve been dealing with a lot of anxiety lately. I feel like there are so many factors in my life that are out of my control. I feel unsafe in the world and in my home. My heart races whenever a stranger turns to talk to me. Will he follow me? Will he kill me? I hold my breath behind the wheel of my car when I see a police vehicle. Fear takes over as I imagine being pulled over, harassed, assaulted, and murdered for driving with Black. I obsessively check the doors at night and twist around in bed with every sound I hear. Please don’t invade my sanctuary….please don’t hurt me. I’ve fought too hard to lose my life at someone else’s hands. Paranoia greets me at almost every corner.

I wonder who really cares for me. I wonder if I shut myself off behind a wall of hard emotions. I only feel peace and safety when I write….

Keeping Up With Tai Gooden

Hellooooo My People!

I have had so much going on lately. First, I had to say a tearful yet joyful goodbye to Necole Bitchie. I was a contributing writer on her popular celebrity blog and she made the tough decision to move on from her blog. I miss writing for her and emailing back and forth with her every day, but I am ecstatic about her decision to pursue happiness. Through her struggle to leave NB behind, I received yet another confirmation that I am doing the right thing by leaving a predictable life behind and diving into freelance writing.

I have also been busy picking up extra work with HelloGiggles, The Mary Sue, and others. It’s been a whirlwind, but I am so grateful for it. I also had the honor of being mentioned on a podcast not once but TWICE. Verity Podcast is an all women-run show that focuses on all things Doctor Who, and they mentioned my article on The Guardian about how to combine talent and fandom love to make a little cash. If you remember…that was the article that caused a bit of backlash toward me so it was good to hear someone say they liked it LOL! They also mentioned my fledgling blog Bad Wolf Blerd. It was definitely an exciting moment, so listen to the podcast!

Next up is a trip to San Diego for business outside of freelance writing, a possible press appearance in Maryland at Intervention Con in August, and then a panel appearance in November. I’ll tell you more about the November event as it approaches 🙂

Have a great weekend!

-Tai Gooden