5 Fandom Friday: Smartphone Apps I Can’t Live Without

As a writer, having a great smartphone with useful apps is extremely important to me – but let’s be real, I use my phone for a lot more than that! In tune with the Female Geek Bloggers group, here are my favorite apps for Android! I have a Galaxy s5, just for context.

Twitter

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Pretty obvious, this one. Twitter is extremely important to me: not only is it where my strongest and most supportive audience frequents, but it’s also somehow become a great way to get in touch with old friends. I’ve personally connected with more people over Twitter than any other social network, so I’m on a ton. I’m also a hashtag hound in a way – when I need ideas, or want to keep up with news, I follow hashtags alongside the news to make sure I’m reading first-hand reports. It’s hard to sift through sometimes, but I love it.

Sailor Dash

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I don’t really play a lot of mobile games – I really liked Tiny Death Star and Dumb Ways to Die, but as far as being an expert on the mobile platform goes, I’m far from one. But I’m trying! So when I ran across a mention of Sailor Dash on my twitter feed (see? Useful), I had to try it out. The app hasn’t updated with new scouts in a while, but I loved it so much that I reviewed it, and I still play it to this day – after almost two months of playing! Check it out here. It’s a super-fun side scroller, and the developer M-TAKE has also made run games for both Dragon Ball Z and Naruto.

Spotify

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While it doesn’t carry half of my favorite songs, Spotify is my top pick when it comes to discovering new music and organizing great playlists. It’s one of the more popular apps, and though I have a TON of gripes about region locking on it, I use it every day. You can check out my playlists here!

 Feedly / Bloglovin’

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I couldn’t really chose between these two, since I use them both just as frequently. Feedly, like Bloglovin’, is an app where you can add in the feeds of websites and blogs that you enjoy. I like both of them equally, though Feedly’s design is much more comprehensive. You can organize the sites/blogs you follow on lists – it’s strange, I guess, but I use them both because I prefer keeping my news on Feedly, and my blogs/favorite artists and crafters on Bloglovin’.

Play Books

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As a huge fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I’ve been looking to re-read a lot of the titles. But it’s hard finding complete collections IRL, especially on a budget — cue Play Books! They have almost all of the EU and all of the new Star Wars books as well, including A New Dawn (which stars Kana and Hera from Star Wars Rebels). There’s a HUGE collection of stories – and an incredible selection of scifi, fantasy, and adventure titles to choose from!

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Summer 2014 Recap: Leveling Up and Buying a New Coat

In just over a week, I’ll be hopping a plane and returning to New York City for the first time in over three years. I’m so excited. I think about it every night when I go to bed and every morning when I wake up. It’s like Christmas and a convention at once (and, well, technically, it is for New York Comic Con) because for every ounce of excitement, I’m overcome with a sense of dread thanks to the fact that I have barely begun preparing. I’ve felt lately that there really wasn’t much to this past summer for me, but that’s hardly true. So, in order to prepare myself for the excitement of fall, I wanted to throw together a little recap of everything that happened over the course of this summer. Hit the jump and let’s remember the good times!

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