A Weekend of Wonderful Exploration 

Happy Sunday! 

As I sit back and wait for The Walking Dead premiere, I am feeling great about the week ahead. This weekend, I took my daughters to the NASA open house event to celebrate their centennial year of operation. We live in Hampton, now known as the place where the events of Hidden Figures took place and it was incredible to walk on the same grounds where Katherine Johnson quietly made history. 

My oldest daughter is 8 and the Hidden Figures book/movie have had a profound impact in her at any early age. She now wants to be an aerospace engineer and I want to do what I can to help build and support her life vision. She was in awe of all the wind tunnels and computers. It gave me joy to see the wonder in her eyes. 

After a few hours at NASA we made our way to our local comic convention. I managed to see a con friend Stephanie and I made my way out of the vendor room without doing too much damage. Stephanie is the brains behind Red Fish Rue Fish, a company that makes metal bracelets, pins, iron-ons, and much more. I bought my three year old a bookmark and myself this cool Ravenclaw bracelet. I couldn’t get the word “wit” into the photo but Potterheads know how we roll. 


My mom came to my house today and we took the kids to the pumpkin patch. It was nice to get out in a field with a wagon and shears while we searched for the perfect pumpkins. I felt a sense of calm in the middle of no where. 

And, to cap off a great weekend, I am overjoyed about the latest Doctor Who news!! I am thrilled about Jodie Whittaker as the first woman Doctor, even if I don’t see it as a “representation win.” BUT I think I’m even more excited to see a Black male AND a woman of color (Mandip Gill) as her companions! I haven’t had time to formulate my full thoughts and hopes for them, but I am hype! Look at how wonderful the TARDIS will be with more diversity! Thank you Martha Jones and Bill Potts for paving the way. 

Source Facebook/BBC

So much happy in two days! I hope this feeling lasts all week long 💕

Do you love Doctor Who? How do you feel about the companion announcement? 

Let me know how your weekend went and what you want to happen this week.

-Tai Gooden 

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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

The Autonomy of Dancing In The Rain

I walk to the beat of my own musical. But, as much as I pride myself on rejecting the status quo and being a hip-hop lovin’, Doctor Who watchin’, Afro-wearin’ kooky kid, I am human. I still have the innate sense of wanting to belong. I want to feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself…and sometimes that feeling comes at a cost. As I writer, I feel like I am always on the outside looking in. I know other bloggers and they know of me, but I always keep my guard up. I feel like if they really knew ME, then they wouldn’t accept me. Sigh. It’s like there is an elite writer’s club and I am outside the club looking in. Maybe its because I’m socially awkward and nerdy. Maybe its all in my head. Either way, the feelings are TOO REAL.

Lately, I have been listening to Colbie Callat’s “Try.” When it comes to my loneliness in the writing arena, this song reminds me that as long as I like me, its all good. Cliche, I know, but it became a cliche because it needed to be repeated! My favorite lyrics are:

“Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?”

As long as I continue to transform constructive criticism into growth and maintain my integrity as a writer and a woman, it’s okay if I am outside the club. I’ll continue to dance in the rain and enjoy the autonomy of being in my own world.

Have a good week! I have a special article coming up and as soon as it is on the web, I will share it with you 🙂

-Tai Gooden

A Couple of (Unofficial) Words About ReGeneration Who

ReGeneration Who was incredible, but I’m glad to be home! This weekend was so much fun! I loved meeting so many passionate Whovians. A lot of people ask me why I love Doctor Who. Yes, it is a crazy sci-fi show, but it is also a source of wonder and adventure. And, for many viewers, it is an escape from the negative aspects of life.

I heard stories from young kids (and kids at heart) about how they have been bullied and teased for being nerds and how they found comfort in watching the show. The Doctor encourages them to dream big and be fantastic. The Whovian fandom is their family and friends! I’m not exactly a so-called “nerd”, but I have always been rather off-beat so I understand how they feel.

I met so many quirky and creative people. I love them for their energy, kindness, and individuality. I also met a few writers and actors from the series…they too were quirky, funny, and humble!

I will rest a bit tonight because the rest of the week will be filled with video editing, transcribing, and writing my articles! And, I will be posting links to this blog as well as writing my own personal review as a Whovian!

-Tai Gooden

Confession: I Am A Black Girl Whovian

If I could summarize today in one word, that world would be FANTASTIC. Like other fans of the wildly successful British sci-fi show Doctor Who, I am estatic about tonight’s premiere of Season 8. For those who don’t know, The Doctor is a time-traveling, human-looking alien who flies through space in his TARDIS (a spaceship that resembles a 1950s British police box and is famously bigger on the inside). He saves planets, turns ordinary humans into superheroes, and even cheats death through changing his face/body in a process called regeneration. Confused yet? I am sure you are!

I became hooked on this show a few years ago and I have watched every episode since it returned to television in 2005. I have also enjoyed learning the history of Who via the Classic Series (1963-1989) on Netflix. I have a Sonic screwdriver, shirts, and the Whovian Prayer is at my desk. I even refer to myself as a full-time Whovian in my author bios. You might say I am a LITTLE obsessed with the Gallifreyan Time Lord and his faithful companions.

So, here it is: I Am A Black Girl Whovian. I love fezzes, bowties, and saying Allon-sy. I want to EXTERMINATE my enemies and I get giddy when I hear the groaning of the TARDIS. And The Doctor is my hero.

-Tai Gooden