Looking Forward to DragonCon!

This time last year, I was a mess. I was finishing up the second of two classes I took over the summer. I was struggling to make ends meet financially, and, because I took summer classes, my financial aid was distributed differently than previously and I owed the university money for fall. And, our friends were not going to be able to make it to DragonCon. While I was looking forward to DragonCon, it was with about the least amount of enthusiasm I’d ever had. I didn’t pack any costumes. I had no money to go get anyone’s autograph. I did end up putting together an Arthur Dent from what I had packed at one point, but that was as close as I got to cosplaying. I was burned out, and DragonCon did not help with that much.

This year, it’s completely different! I have done nothing over the summer. Well, that’s not completely true. I’ve been studying, working on my CPAC presentation, making a costume, finishing another, and picking away at dissertation things. But, I’ve been taking time to do nothing, to relax. So I’m nowhere near burned out. I also have no financial problems this year, thanks to some scholarship money and employment for the school year. Which means I can add at least David Tennant and Catherine Tate to my 500 Year Diary, as well as get Farscape autographs, among other things. But, the best thing right now? Our friends are able to make it!

A little context. These friends are why we first went to DragonCon in 2010 (yes, this is our 10th DragonCon!!). For those ten DragonCons, they have been at 8 of them. They have become a part of DragonCon for us. Even if the only time we see them is in the room, they are an important part of the experience for us. So it is going to be so awesome to have them there again!

Thanks to my relaxation and recuperation this summer (and our friends coming!), I have 4 costumes that I am really looking forward to wearing. I have my Wafuku Tenth Doctor for Friday (when I’m planning to camp out in line for David Tennant if necessary), Death as Didi for Monday, and my Star Trek Fangirl and Pirogoeth, my first D&D character, for Saturday and Sunday. Since I don’t know the schedule yet, I don’t know which day I’ll be wearing which costume. I’d like to be my Fangirl when I meet George Takei, but when I meet him depends on when I’m presenting at the conference. I need to be able to get out of whatever costume and into non-costume for my presentation.

In two weeks, I’ll be at DragonCon, enjoying my yearly 5-day geek vacation. I can’t wait!


Do I need to say more?

Well, I’m going to.

Last night I was pleasantly surprised to find that my hubby had gone out and bought Deadpool. When we saw it in the theater, we loved it. There was no question that this was going to be added to our movie library. If I could have, I would have bought it the day it came out.

It’s probably a good thing that there’s a 2-hour drive between me and it for the next 24-ish hours. I could watch that movie over and over and over, and I probably will. We watched it last night and I caught things I missed in the theater. Being able to easily take in everything on screen makes things easier.

But I also thought of the different ways this movie could be used in my class in the fall. There are so many great moments, I’m going to have to start taking notes when I watch. At the very least that opening sequence is going to be used! Hmmmmmmm.

Marcon Influences

Every time I go to convention, I always end up into something new afterwards. Marcon is no exception.

First there’s the fabric. It’s on my mind even more since I’m working around it all day long. But it has to stay there because there are more important thing the paychecks need to go to right now.

Second, there’s Seanan. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now. But I’ve been kind of limited as to what I’ve read. The Newsflesh series (which she writes as Mira Grant), the October Daye series, and Indexing. She’s got a lot of other works out there. I just hadn’t gotten around to them. Until now. I checked out Sparrow Hill Road for my Kindle from the library. It is awesome! Not that I expected anything else, but it’s making me look forward to getting into the InCryptid series and Velveteen.

And of course, there’s the lists. One of British shows and one of sci-fi/fantasy. I’m so glad I went to that panel. Because of, well, both panels, really, I have a huge list of shows to get into. I’ve started on the list with Daredevil. This show is amazing! If you like Marvel and you have Netflix, go watch it! I’m not done with it yet, but I’m loving it! I’ll be posting about it over at Ianto’s Black Book once I do.

Unfortunately since the British list isn’t the most recent, I may be relying on the magical pixel faeries to watch some of those shows. I can’t wait to get started on it!

I just love that post-con geek high. I’ve got shows to watch, books to read, resources for costumes, and a burning desire to get more done. I love it!

I feel like Arthur Dent

“The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was.”
— Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams

This is how I’ve been feeling, more or less, lately. What makes it worse is it’s not just one thing. If it was just one thing, I could manage it. But it’s work and it’s school and it’s the mess at home and it’s…on and on and on.

It just feels like I can’t do anything right lately. I keep messing up stuff for school. Work has been slow, which I can’t do anything about. Well, I could try driving to different parts of Columbus, but that could just be a waste of time, money, and gas. Work being slow messes with finances, which causes all sorts of problems. It’s just a chain reaction.

Although I have had a few things that did work. This week I’ve sold two more shield bracelets at my Etsy store! Less sitting around the apartment and pocket money for me! Also, I managed to come up with a great lunch today. I woke up this morning thinking “What can I do with my naan?” I decided to make a run down to Lucky’s and get some chicken, olives, mushrooms, and garlic. I chopped it up, put it over goat cheese and naan and threw it in the oven. After 6 minutes and a drizzle of olive oil, I dove in to an amazing lunch. It also gave me a lot of awesome chicken. I get a rotisserie chicken and strip it down. It gives me a weeks worth of amazing, tender, delicious chicken.

Now, if either my hubby would get up so I can put things away in the bedroom, or someone would need a Lyft, my day would get much better.

Spinning off

I don’t know why, but it always seem weird posting my geeky thoughts over here. So I’ve decided to go ahead and set up a separate blog for them. Ianto’s Black Book will contain all my geeky thoughts and opinions as well as convention experiences. I’m hoping to post at least once a week. If you’re interested in my geeky thoughts, head on over! I’m just getting it set up right now. But hopefully I’ll have some posts about MARcon soon, as well as a few other things. 🙂

Werds: Bohemian

Bo·he·mi·an (noun): a person who does not conform to generally accepted standards or customs.
(Merriam-Webster Thesaurus)

Usually I don’t like to label myself as one thing or another when I think of myself as a whole. I label parts of myself (Catholic, Dudeist, cosplayer, geek, ASL speaker, language lover, student, wife, sister, daughter, etc.), but I haven’t found a word that sums up everything that I am.

Until I read that definition of bohemian.

When I was in high school our band played a medley of songs from the new hit Broadway musical Rent. Yes, I am that old. 😉 I loved playing the music and our director played a few of the songs for us. The ones appropriate for Catholic high school (and 8th grade) students to hear, of course. I loved them. So I got the soundtrack out of the library and was hooked. Something about the plot really resonated with me.

One day my mom walks past my room while I’m listening to “La Vie Boheme” and tells me that I shouldn’t let anyone call me a bohemian. That’s just how she works. I’ve accepted that.

But over the years, no one ever called me bohemian. Probably because people think of the more ‘traditional’ definition from Merriam-Webster:
2 often not capitalized
a : vagabond, wanderer; especially : gypsy
b : a person (as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others

Neither of those definitions really apply to me. But the one from the Thesaurus does. Of course, I’m writing this wearing men’s jeans, black Chucks, a women’s cut “Doctor Gru” t-shirt, a Ministry of Silly Walks watch on my left wrist, and my new leather charm bracelet with a dangling TARDIS charm on my right.

Now to see what people think of when they hear the word. This is going to be fun!


Yesterday I was listening to one of the local shows on the NPR news station here. They were talking about the history of fun in America. At one point the host asked her guest if we ever grow out of fun. That kinda struck a chord with me.

Honestly I can’t remember what the guest said because I was too busy thinking. The first thing that sprang to mind is Dragon*Con. If nothing else, that place has taught me that you are never too old to go out and enjoy yourself. I have seen people old enough to be my grandparents enjoying themselves, sometimes in costume. They are the people who I look up to and respect. They don’t listen to society when it goes “You’re too old to be dressing up!” or “You’re too old to be going to conventions!” or “You’re too old to still be into [insert fandom here]!” Bull. Shit.

That led me to my second thought. My mom. I love my mom, but she is a part of society. She looks at me and says all of that at some point or another. At one point she could identify an original series episode of Star Trek within seconds. Evidently she used to sit around with friends and discuss Star Wars and other fun things. Then she decided that since I was born she had to “grow-up” and “become an adult”. Now she looks at me and just shakes her head.

But then I have friends who are older than us, have kids, and are still giant geeks. We have a bunch of other friends who are around our age, don’t have kids, and are still giant geeks. Nowhere does it say that you can’t still enjoy life just because you continue to live. Nowhere is there a rule or law that says “At age 21 you can drink but you cannot enjoy animation anymore.”

It just drives me nuts when people try to force their values and opinions on you. With that in mind, this has all been my opinion. Go make up your mind for yourself!

Weekend progress

So, I mentioned on Friday I was hoping to be here today:

Yeah, I’m closer to here:

But that’s because on Saturday I finished up the yukata! After a lot of sewing and seam ripping and sewing some more, it’s finished. I’m hoping to get a couple of pics of me in it this week before the convention this weekend.

Now I can focus on studying and getting the scarf finished for the weekend. As long as I have some time to just sit and knit I know I’ll be able to put a decent dent in the scarf. Hopefully that’ll be tonight. I was going to go to the gym after work, but the gym is at school. And school is closed today for the holiday. I guess my first time to the gym’ll be on Wednesday after I meet with a teacher. Not exactly how I was planning for this to go.

But the point of all of that is that I’ll have time to knit tonight that I wasn’t going to have before. Yeah, when I get home I’m going to sit down and start knitting. Maybe I can get half of what’s left finished. Then if I can keep working on it after class Tuesday and after the gym Wednesday, I might have it done in time. If I’m close, I may take it with me to work on while in line Thursday night. But I’d have to be a couple of stripes away from being done. I don’t want to have to have more than two colors with me.

I am really looking forward to this weekend! Now if they would just get the schedule up. ::scurries off to check::


Looks like I’ll be going to Ohayocon. The whole thing. I just found out that pre-reg is still open, and you can only register for the whole weekend. Considering it’s only an extra $10 for the whole weekend, I figured why not.

I’m still not going to cosplay, which I think will make it more enjoyable for me. There were quite a few panels about sewing and using patterns that I’ve wanted to go to for the past couple times. Hopefully I can learn a few things that will help me with my costumes and other clothing items I want to make.

This is going to be so different from last time. Being able to run around with my camera and not being in costume is going to help me relax and enjoy what’s going on around me.

It’s interesting how it takes a couple of times at a convention to really figure out how I want to attend it. Simply taking a step back after it’s all done and looking at what worked and what didn’t, the panels I enjoyed and the panels I wanted to get to, really helps prepare for the next year.

Now I’ll just have to go to pick up my badge after class that Thursday. This is going to be interesting.

I give up.

I’m going to go to Ohayocon just for the Saturday. There are too many cool artists that are going to be there. I can’t resist. And while pre-reg is closed, just Saturday is still cheaper than the entire weekend. So I don’t mind. I’m just going to go as myself and be armed with my camera. I’m hoping to get a ton of pics this time. That’s it! I’m going to go as a geeky shutterbug. This is going to be so much fun!

And I get to meet the Pirate!