Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Confessions

I confess...last night I had a sudden idea for my NaNo novel this year and now I can't wait to start it...I'll be immersing myself in research this month to prepare :)

I rained practically nonstop all week last week, and all weekend, and it was horrible. I do feel lucky that I live in the foothills of SC rather than the midlands/low country - and I feel bad for those who are suffering as a result of the flooding in those areas :(

I confess...I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series for probably the tenth time (or more). I always seem to forget how much I love these books despite all of their flaws, haha. Pin It

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Confessions

I confess...I've been slacking on these Monday Confessions since forgetting to write one up the day I came back from Dragon Con. Which I find pretty sad considering that's like 98% of what this blog is lately. This is my attempt to make sure these posts continue, at the very least. Boring as they are. Sigh.

I confess...I actually cooked something last week, really cooked something, for the first time in ages, and everything came out just fine and the person I cooked for liked it and this made me remember how much I once enjoyed cooking. And I kinda want to get back to that, now.

I confess...I'm taking an accounting course and the first several weeks were a piece of cake, then suddenly last week I just couldn't wrap my head around the homework and it gave me one hell of a headache. So I guess at this point I'll see how this one class pans out before making the final decision to continue taking accounting courses. Pin It

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Personal Dragon Con Recap

So I've already written several Dragon Con articles for The Geekiary (as well as participated in a post-Dragon Con webcast), all of which can be found on our Dragon Con Masterpost page :) But I figured I would also do a quick post here about the general fun and costumes and whatnot.

We started off Thursday by going to the Marriott pool, a tradition I hope to continue again next year. But when the beer in our cooler ran out, we decided to put on our Jurassic Park costumes and go to the now-annual Hooters dinner I always schedule...followed by the Jurassic Park photoshoot and the Running of the Buffetts!

Sadly I didn't get to wear Ellie very long, so that costume WILL be making a reappearance, probably as soon as next year. After that it was party time with the Archer crew, though to be honest I didn't get many, um, shareable photos from that evening. I'll partly blame my cell phone camera and partly blame a friend's slight, err, costume malfunction ;)

But at least I ran into my friend Amanda dressed as an awesome Asha Bunny!

Now, I'm not saying I'll never wear Katya again, but after wearing that cosplay three times now, I'm a bit bored with it. We'll see if Cassius and Clay offers any new cosplay opportunities...if not, well, it's past time for me to have a Bunny Hutch costume on Thursday night at Dragon Con, anyway.

I actually didn't stay up very late for a Dragon Con Thursday (nothing like the past few years, anyway) because I was on a panel at 10 AM Friday morning. All I have to say about that is "Ugh, rough." Haha.

Anyway, Friday was BSG day, and for the first time since [early] 2013 I got some great photos of my Starbuck costume! Many many thanks to my buddy Deb of Photography by Debadeep for these shots.

Friday night was the second time ever we had a full Nightman Cometh group from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but despite having our pictures taken what seemed like a million times, I have yet to find any of us other than that couple I [barely] remembered to snap. We did go to the Avengers Ball, but sadly it wasn't anywhere near as fun as last year. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like they kept the lights on a lot longer than they did last year, so it didn't really feel like a dance party until much later, and by that time I had to be a grown up and head back to my room in hopes of being somewhat rested for a press conference the next morning.

Saturday definitely didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to, costume-wise. I did the bad thing and didn't finish my Fury Road cosplay (I was The Dag) before the convention, so I was piecing it together while I was putting it on Saturday morning...which of course took way longer than I expected. In the end I was actually pretty happy with it, though I may have to re-do the bottom portion of the outfit before wearing it again.

I did, however, finish my Saturday night cosplay before Dragon Con...though just barely. I was part of a big JEM cosplay group, as Roxy, the bassist from the Misfits. It was a blast because I got to be part of it with several good friends, plus meet some new people, and to be honest other than the heels (which I quickly changed out of after the photoshoot) the costume was really comfortable. Though of course once the whole group dispersed no one really knew who I was. Ah well!

Ahhh, Sunday. At one time it was my favorite day of Dragon Con, and this year actually bumped it back up a notch. First because I got to hang out with my besties in our Kuroko no Basket (a.k.a. BASUKES) cosplays...which is a comfortable and fun costume (and I was honestly surprised at how many people recognized us, considering Dragon Con isn't all that huge on anime).

And then my late-night costume - Katy Perry, complete with Left Shark - landed me on not one but TWO Dragon Con cosplay videos! We actually had a group of Pop Stars, and again it was a group comprised of some of the most lovely people I know, and I had such a blast partying it up rock pop star style with them :)

Before I shamelessly plug the two cosplay videos I appear in, I'll leave you with some fun Dragon Con anecdotes...courtesy of my lovely roommates ;)

Bekah: I lost a nail! Oh wait it's in my tights.
Brian: Who cares about your nail, come do my makeup.

Bekah: Are you sitting on the floor counting fake money and eating Doritos?
Brian: ...Yes.

Brian: Elsa is Deadpool level annoying.

Me: Congratulations. This is by far the most disgusting convention room I've ever been a part of.

I had a great Dragon Con this year and it was all thanks to my friends - new and old. I'm hate that I missed seeing so many people and that I didn't get to say a proper goodbye to everyone, but if you're reading this, here's yet another HUGE thanks to all of the amazing people who did cosplay groups with me, to everyone who dropped by our hilariously messy room for drinks and fun throughout the weekend, and to those of you who looked out for me. You all enrich my life in ways I can't really describe. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3

Now without further ado...the videos! First, we appear in one of Unlimited Dream Works' "Epic Cosplay" videos at the 2:49 mark...

And second...HOLY CRAP I AM IN A BEAT DOWN BOOGIE VIDEO. This is a first time for me and I'm not even trying to hide my excitement. Check us out at the 4:38 mark!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where has all of my writing gone?

I have to be honest, it's almost gotten to the point where I'm so immersed in The Geekiary that the chances of me ever finding time to update this blog regularly are flying out the window ;)

Of course I'm also immersed in Dragon Con prep at the moment. But hey, at least I'm mostly packed and only have some minor costume stuff to finish (on just one costume, too! go me, right? ha).

Packing costumes by day = Lots of bags, but smart, right?
(Cat not included.)
Anyway, like I said, I'm writing quite a bit, it's just all over at The Geekiary. I finished up my Game of Thrones vs. Song of Ice & Fire series after season five ended, and that's all I had in me when it came to writing about GoT for a while...unless you count my little recap of the third annual Ice & Fire Con, of course.

Not that I had much time to write (or even much to write about) in June and the first part of July - I reviewed Jurassic World, of course, but then I was busy traveling anyway! (Which reminds me...I still need to finish posting about my Hawaii experience. Oops.)

Thankfully San Diego Comic-Con provided me with plenty of fodder, as I had the chance to take part in several press roundtables (Steven Universe, Rick & Morty, The Last Ship, and Lucifer) and to attend the NerdHQ Bad-Ass Women panel, as well. That said, as cool as all the press stuff was, it all paled in comparison to the "Spotlight on Allie Brosh" on Saturday of SDCC. And that day was topped off with my being a panelist on an ASOIAF/GoT fan panel, which was also a ton of fun :)

The thing is, I'm even behind on things I kind of need to write for The Geekiary...I may have gotten my recommendation for Kuroko no Basket out of the way, but I still need to drum up the time (and willpower) to write recs for Soul Eater and Polar Bear's Cafe. Instead, I spent many hours putting together my definitive Dragon Con Survival Guide, and was also rewarded with the chance to review the Norman Reedus/Djimon Hounsou flick AIR...and to interview Djimon himself! Yeah yeah yeah it was only over the phone but let me tell you, it took me a while to come down from that high.

At this rate I'll have plenty of Geekiary coverage after Dragon Con as well, but hey, maybe I'll try to continue my ASOIAF re-read once things slow down for me?

(Who am I kidding, things never slow down for me. Ah well...I'm not sure I'd have it any other way!) Pin It

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Confessions

I's Dragon Con week and I'm excited and anxious, simultaneously wondering how I'll make it through the next few days as I impatiently await seeing all the people I love again, and how I'll make it through the convention itself without falling apart.

I confess...I feel very 'meh' about Fear the Walking Dead and to be honest it's mostly because the show has killed off the three named black characters introduced in the first episode. And it's only had two episodes. Not good. Not good.

I confess...some time ago I created a secret Facebook group for all my awesome friends who are going to Dragon Con and I just love it and love everyone in it and okay now I'm allowing myself to feel more excited than anxious :) Pin It

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Confessions

I confess...I've basically been sick since last Friday and I don't know if it's an actual illness or just stress. Go away, stomach pains...Dragon Con approacheth!

I confess...speaking of Dragon Con, either I'm totally missing/forgetting something or I'm actually pretty on top of my costumes this year. (Hope I'm not jinxing that...but I suppose it does help that 5 of my 8 costumes are ones I've worn before.)

I confess...despite the fact that the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead was okay at best, I'm still kind of excited to see where it goes. Pin It

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fourteen Years? Say it isn't so...

I almost forgot that today was the fourteen-year anniversary of when I checked into my first Walt Disney World College Program.

Seriously, I had to sit there and think about it for several minutes. I knew it was coming up, but I honestly couldn't remember at first whether it was the 20th or the 22nd. I guess that's one hell of a sign that I'm getting old.

I mean, Lord knows I've changed (evolved?) in the looks department. (Can't necessarily say the same for my fashion sense...) Seriously though, look at these babies...

WDWCP Fall 2001 - My roommate Kim and I

Anyway, it just so happens that today was registration day for the #CPAlumni Homecoming Weekend in January...I figured it was fate, so I went ahead and signed up :) I mean hey, there's a chance I may be [temporarily?] living in the Orlando area at that point anyway - and even if I'm not, it's a good excuse to visit.

This also means that it was four years ago when we had our crazy 10-year reunion...and wow, a lot has changed even since then.

My last trip to Disney, December 2013

Sometimes it feels like everything with the College Program was just a dream. Honestly the only way to be sure that it wasn't is to keep in touch with some of the friends I met...though I have so many post-WDWCP memories with most of them that even that is hard, sometimes. Shoot, I haven't even visited Disney in nearly two years - the longest ever since I went about a year between trips while I was still in college (2003-2004). Yeah, I'm not counting a brief visit to Orlando for work earlier this year, and another for a convention in March 2014, mostly because I didn't step foot at Disney World those times. Most days I don't even miss it, but then, I've had at least two dreams about it lately, so maybe it's past time I went back ;)

It is, after all, the only place other than Greenville that's ever truly felt like home...even if it only felt like that for short periods of time. Pin It