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The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries: Chris & Shannon

Welcome to The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries!

From bloggers to podcasters, indie video game developers to celebrated filmmakers, hard hitting journalists to award-winning storytellers, over the next few months geeks-of-all-kinds will be sharing their love stories and dishing out advice.

In this week's video, you'll meet Christopher Wink and Shannon McDonald. You locals might recognize Chris from Technically Philly and Shannon from NewsWorks / NEPhilly. Hit play and learn how they met, how Google Apps can play a major role in any relationship, and why Chris won't call himself a "cat geek", whatever that is.

Enjoy! And check back every Tuesday afternoon for a new video through February!

Breaking All Four Walls: Boston Bookstores That Aren’t Actually Stores

I love indie bookstores. Especially ones that smell like funky used paperbacks and whose wooden floors creak under your shoes. They’re probably some of my favorite places ever. 

Drink the Rainbow: Skittles-Flavored Vodka

Skittles flavored vodka. I repeat, Skittles. Flavored. Vodka.

Recipes like this are why it's great to be a grown-up: sure, fruity candy is tasty, but wouldn't it be better if it were...boozier? This is a great and inexpensive gift for friends who need a pop of color on their bar, or just a fun and easy way to fancy up your cocktails at home. Best of all, it's as simple as pouring things in jars—but it's a two-day process, so plan accordingly.

Eight Adorable Superhero Costumes For Your Small, Comic Book Loving Pet

"Fetch me another bale of alfalfa!" - Chinchilla Thor

When it comes to Halloween costumes for small critters like ferrets, guinea pigs, and hamsters, your options are somewhat limited. As an owner of an adorable bunny (who was featured in Quirk's craftbook Microcrafts) and a chinchilla (who has yet to make his published book debut, Margaret!) I feel the pain that small animal owners experience around Halloween.

I mean, everyone else gets to dress up their larger pets, their cats and their dogs, in various costumes. I watch them all get posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... all with a rising jealousy in my heart. What about me? What about my need to take pictures of my pets looking adorable?

After fiddling around Etsy for a bit in an attempt to find Halloween costumes for small pets, I found a treasure trove thanks to this blog post. Let me introduce you to Marmota Cafe, an Etsy shop opperating out of Washington, D.C., who seems to specialize in great costume options for tiny, furry friends. All the costumes run from $9 to $18, and are designed with the comfort of your small pets in mind. 

Have a look, and prepare to smile. 

Suburban Legends: Guess What's Coming To Dinner? [Excerpt]

An eBook exclusive re-release of Sam Stall's Suburban Legends came out October 1st! So through the month of October, we're sharing excerpts from the collection of spooky stories. Because Halloween! 

They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here. But they were wrong.

This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. 

So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!

Read an excerpt below (Guess What's Coming To Dinner?), and pick it up for $3.99 via AmazonBarnes & Noble, or the iBookstore this month! 



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