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I’ve been busy the last few months.  I’ve also been struggling with writer’s block and poor time management.  If you have been following this blog you know that I’m about seventy movie reviews behind.  But I’ve also been neglecting my fiction writing as well.  My novel needs editing and although I’ve written a little poetry and micro-short story, it’s been at least three months since I’ve updated any of my online fan fiction stories.  It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about them and even may have written a sentence or five down, but just nothing was together enough to comprise a chapter, until yesterday.

I finally uploaded chapter four to my story Deeper, which is the third story in my “Steve steps up” trilogy.  It’s Avengers movieverse fanfic so the Steve is Steve Rogers aka Captain America.  It wasn’t that long of a chapter, a bit over 2,700 words but it was an accomplishment over entropy.  And I’ve already gotten some feedback which is part of what makes writing worthwhile when there is no money being made.

So of course you want to read it right?  Below are links:

If you have been keeping up with the story here is chapter four.

If you haven’t read any of the series I suggest you start here.

 

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Fandom, Writing

 

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Random acts of Geeky Fangirling

lfrlogoSo this weekend I volunteered for part of the gaming track for a convention, Fandom Fest.  I will not comment on the convention as a whole because I didn’t see 99% of it but I will say where I volunteered I had a great time.  It was so cool seeing so many new and seasoned players working together and having fun.  I was helping with the running of a Dungeons and Dragon’s Living Forgotten Realms battle interactive.  Basically my job was to check in and out pregens, dice, miniatures and DM supplies.  The number of female players was gratifying and so many of them were playing for the first time and came back to later sessions.  It was nice when guys would bring their girlfriends in to play. We also had more than a few young players as well.  It was what I like to see in gaming.

My first attempt at costume/cosplay - Monster hunter Velma

My first attempt at costume/cosplay – Monster hunter Velma

Also this weekend I costumed for the first time (for a convention).  This was a big deal for me and I barely slept the night before because I was very nervous.  I’ve heard nightmare stories of people being ridiculed for not being the perfect embodiment of a character.  I’m many things but I’m not even in the same town as perfect. So I put on my costume and soldiered on.  I didn’t get any comments and to me that’s a victory. I rather have no one notice than point and laugh.  I was nervous all day because as you see I’m a big girl.  I never really notice how fat I am until I take pictures but I’ve always known about my arms.  If there is a least favorite body part my bicep/tricep area is a close second to my stomach.  I hate how my arms look and try to choose shirt sleeves that come down to my elbow if at all possible.  But every cosplay I’ve seen of this updated version of Velma (yes that’s who I’m supposed to be) has shown her in a tank top.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love tank tops, usually tighter than the one I ended up using, they are great when it’s warm and they are comfortable but I don’t wear them outside of the house without a cover up.   So believe me I wasn’t thinking much of the costume as I was thinking “Oh my god, I hope they don’t notice my hideous arms.”

All in all I don’t think I did too bad for my first effort.  I definitely need to spend more time on making a better Scooby Doo dog tag as well as add more weapons to my belt.  I also found halfway through the day the scarfs (representing the fallen Fred and Daphne) felt more comfortable bandaged around my wrists.  I also need to dirty them up a bit, they looked too new.  Also still need to find plain orange hiking socks. And the wig could be darker.

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T-shirt, signed comic, poster, magnet, button, and postcards.

When I got home I found my Watson and Holmes kickstarter swag had arrived in the mail.  Squeeeeee!  I can’t wait to wear my shirt and of course the poster and postcards are going on my wall.  Need to pick up issue three and add it to my ever-growing to read list (it’s only about 1/4 the size of my movie list).  If you haven’t read this comic, go find it NOW.  If you like Sherlock Holmes, you’ll like this.  Very nice modernizing of the Arthur Conan Doyle character we all know and love.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Fandom

 

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Happy Birthday Bob Bailey!

Bob Bailey 4I am a fangirl of varied interests and one of my favorite is Old Time Radio programs.  Thanks to podcasts and archive.org I possess more old time radio programs than a person probably should.  Dragnet, Sherlock Holmes, X-minus One, Suspense… I love so many shows.  After a few months of listening to show after show I began to develop favorite voice actors as well.  Today would’ve been the one hundredth birthday of the great Bob Bailey.  Mostly know for his stint as Your’s Truly, Johnny Dollar, he will always be George Valentine of Let George Do It to me.  What started out as a program about a slightly bumbling comic private detective for hire quickly, thankfully, turned into one of the better hard-boiled series in OTR.

Here is an episode to enjoy.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Fandom

 

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Help feed my fangirl obsession.

photo-mainI don’t usually pimp kickstarter campaigns but I’m such a Watson and Holmes fangirl.  There is less than 48 hours left to support their print kickstarter.  Yes I’ve already contributed but they are soo close to reaching their next stretch goal.  So if you are inclined go there and support a great comic.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/newparadigmstudios/watson-and-holmes-print-kickstarter

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Fandom

 

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Bargain DVD’s are Dangerous for Fangirls

I’ve resisted long enough.  That copy of Neo Ned starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union has been tempting me on Amazon for way too long. I’ve already seen it, loved it, got really teary a couple of times during it, and was a bit jealous of Gabrielle for that one scene; but I didn’t own the movie.  And getting it for under five bucks was oh so tempting.  But I was strong… until someone posted this picture on Pinterest.

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Made by MDL

I had to figure out what movie it was from.  My first guess was Fish in a Barrel, But after an image search his hair in that movie wasn’t nearly blonde enough, but it definitely looked like it may be from Monkey Love.  Now Monkey Love screams romantic comedy and I don’t do romantic comedies so of course haven’t seen it…but it’s Renner.  So  I was JUST going to look and see if it was available on Amazon.  Of course it’s part of a 3-movie DVD for under $10 bucks.  I resisted, for maybe 5 minutes.

And this is reason number 3,462 why I’m broke.  Look for a review on Monkey Love  sometime next week.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Fandom

 

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Throw them your money

If you had a chance to read my review, you know I am becoming a bit of a Watson and Holmes fangirl.  Being already a fangirl of the iconic duo from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I’m always fascinated by it’s many translations.  Unfortunately not all of them are good matches *cough* Elementary *cough*.  However I love this comic.  So when I saw they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to print and distribute this great comic (I read the digital editions), of course my first thought  was “here take my money.”  I want you to say that too.

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So go read Watson and Holmes #1 and #2 while you are at it. Then throw these fine creative people some money for their Kickstarter campaign.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Fandom

 

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What I’m reading – Comic Book Edition

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One of my newest geek obsessions is comic books/graphic novels.  I used to read comic books as a kid but they were, don’t laugh, Richie Rich.  I missed the whole DC/Marvel comic book boat, preferring to just watch them on Saturday mornings and after school.

Volume_1-Days_Gone_ByeFast forward decades later and along comes the TV show The Walking Dead, of which I am a big fan.  Reading an article one day I find out that in the comics, the story actually starts in Kentucky.  Well I have a soft spot in my heart for any story, movie, or TV show that originates in my home state.   So I picked up the first two volumes of The Walking Dead comic, The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye and The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us. I tore through Days Gone Bye in one session and even before I started Miles Behind Us I knew I needed to get the rest of the series.  I found volumes 3 through 8 at a discount bookstore, but unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to reading them.  The reason being that I just couldn’t ignore all the other interesting comics on the shelves and am now amassing a bit of a collection.  Here is a couple other things I’m reading as well.

Asstonishing X-men GiftedAstonishing X-Men – Volume 1: Gifted – My biggest problem with comic books is not knowing where to start.  Especially since the DC and Marvel storylines have been going on for decades.  How completely lost am I going to be if I just jump in?  I was lamenting this to a friend when he suggested that I read Astonishing X-Men.  He recommended it because it is a contained story arc, it’s written by Joss Whedon (I’m a big fan), and if you’ve seen the movies, you will already know most of the major characters.  It was a good choice for my delving into the X-Men comic verse.  I did know most of the major characters and even though there were references to a past storyline I didn’t feel completely lost not knowing the whole back story.  The plot at least for Volume 1: Gifted is that the X-men restarting the school for mutants now that Professor Xavier is gone (I’m assuming not dead).  Emma Frost former villain and Scott Summers (Cyclops) are running the school with the assistance of Beast, Wolverine, and the newly arrived Kitty Pryde.  Scott is also trying to get the X-men back together as well despite the publics ongoing mistrust of mutants.  Add to that the announcement of a possible mutant cure and a new villain, Ord,  from parts unknown and it is a pretty good first volume.  I particularly like that Beast gets a decent storyline because I always felt that he didn’t get nearly enough air time in the cartoons and movies.  I’ve already purchased Volume 2.  The best thing about starting an already finished series is not having to wait for the next volume to become available… well as long as you have the money to buy it.

Number 13Number 13 – Although I love volumes, they are a bit pricey.  So I do pick up the occasional single issue. What I like about Dark Horse comics is that they seem to put out a lot of new stories which allows me to easily start at the beginning of the series.  Hence why I picked up Number 13 #0.  #0 is a special issue that collects the first five chapters of the story previously published in Dark Horse Presents #2 through #6.  Number 13 is about a little boy lost and alone in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  He doesn’t know who he is or where he comes from.  The only thing he knows is that he needs to find his dad.  Problem is he has no idea what he looks like.  So he wanders the land asking everyone and half of the things if they are his father.

The boy is named Thirteen by Lorna a little girl he saves from being eaten by an ogre.  She names him after the 13 tattooed on the side of his head.  Lorna takes Thirteen to her father hoping he can help her new friend.  Lorna’s father knows who Thirteen’s dad is and more importantly who Thirteen is.  You’ll just have to read to find out yourself.

The storyline was interesting and giving enough to pull me in but left me, of course, wanting to know more.  I really like the art for this one and the diversity of character looks.  I am eagerly wanting to acquire issues #1 – #3.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Fandom, Reviews

 

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