Why My Con Was Super

All right my lovelies, gather round and I’ll tell you a story. I’ll give you a more detailed Con goings-on Thursday, but today is about adventure. It all started on Friday.

I showed up to the Con decked out in my Lara Croft costume. I was going for a cross between classic Lara and new Tomb Raider game Lara. One of my favorite moments was when this other Lara called out to me, saying, “Hey younger me! Come here, let’s take a pic!” So we did.

thelarasI have to admit, I’m jealous of her sweet, sweet belt and holsters. But I have cool fingerless gloves, and that’s something. Right? Right?

After going to a friend’s panel on the video game he helped design for, Animal Jam, my geek gals decided it was time to get Dean Cain’s autograph. Did I want his autograph? Certainly! But having paid for Comic Con and dropping another large chunk of cash on my upcoming writer’s conference, well… Let’s just say cash was not as free-flowing this month.

I told a friend I would just be going along for moral support and to possibly meet Mr. Cain, which is when he said, “Oh? You want an autograph?” And then handed me some Comic Con vouchers—specifically good only for celeb autographs and photos. Say whaaaaaat?!

Now I had a dilemma before me. Get an autograph or get a photo? Decisions people, decisions!

I joined up with my geek gals already in line for the autograph, still trying to decide which I preferred. Sure, it’s cool to have an autograph, but a picture, I decided was worth more to me. So I just stood by as moral support while they got their autographs.

But here’s the thing about Dean Cain, he’s an incredibly nice guy. So even though I didn’t have anything to autograph, he still made it a point to say hello, even standing to shake my hand.

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Guest Blogging: Searching for Superwomen

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I’m guest blogging again this week over at Searching for Superwomen, the brainchild of Emmie Mears whose book Shrike will be hitting bookshelves in the near future. Click on the excerpt to read more.

I still remember the comment as clear as my feelings for the Star Wars prequels. Those are the kinds of things that stick with you. We were playing Street Fighter II, probably one of the best fighting games of all time.

And what was this? A lady fighter? Oooh, yes please! But then came the comment: “Why do chicks always choose the girls?” Oh, I don’t know, probably the same reason you “dudes” always pick the guys. Don’t be hating on the awesomeness of Chun Li. Just don’t!

Feel free to leave me a comment either here or on SFSW. And if you haven’t checked out SFSW before, please do! There are all kinds of posts for the geek inside, ranging from Doctor Who to Supernatural to Buffy and everything in between.

Game Review: Tomb Raider

It’s true that I play video games, but I only play a select few, of which I can typically name on one hand: Uncharted, Batman, Legend of Zelda, Diablo, and Tomb Raider. I do play other games occasionally with friends, like Just Dance or the like, but when we’re talking dedicating a lot of time, we’re talking just those few. Otherwise, I’d rather be writing.

Why do I like those games? Well, Diablo 1, 2, and 3 I played online with the brothers. The others, because of the story. I like that I get to take part in a story, like an interactive movie. Even the original Tomb Raiders had some decent story going on.

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I’ve been waiting on this one for a few years. Since the last few games were less than spectacular (unless you count the anniversary title, which I especially enjoyed on the Wii). They wanted to give Lara a Batman Begins sort of treatment. And having watched the previews, it looked to be something awesome, like Uncharted was.

So of course, I sent a chunk of money to Amazon and had it waiting for me last week on release day. It also came with an art book, which is cool, although the game is what I was all about.

And hence began the wrecking of my sleeping patterns for an entire week.

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My Fantasy Circle of Five

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My friend Emmie Mears recently posted about this quote, something she found on WordPress:

A writer once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

But she gave it a twist. Since she’s a writer, she turned that into which five people from fantasy worlds would she like to spend her time with. Check out her answers here.

I think this makes for a great writers post, so I’m turning it into a tagging post, mostly because there’s some people whose answers I’d like to hear. But first, here’s my fantasy circle of five.

NUMBER ONE

David-Tennant-as-Doctor-WhoI’m sure some of you guessed it. Why, the Doctor of course! And not just any Doctor, but the David Tennant Doctor in particular. I’ve always, always, ALWAYS wanted to time travel as well as space travel and with the Doctor you can do both. I’d want him to park the TARDIS right on the ring of Saturn and open the door so I could see it up close. I’d probably make him do that with every planet in our galaxy, and then, anything and everything. Besides, if he’s 900+ years old, there’s a lot I’d like to ask him about.

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The Reality Award

Thanks to L. Palmer for nominating my blog for the R.E.A.L.I.T.Y award!

L. Palmer and I met, I think when I stumbled onto her blog. But we became friends when I had the audacity to ask about the delicious ice cream she was about to consume in her profile pic. Mmm… delicious ice cream!

Anyway, I’m hit and miss when it comes to blog chain thingies. Monday is typically reserved for a Row80 update. But this sounded like more fun, so here we are. I will however say I finally got all my stuff together and entered Pitch Wars. I think I’ve got a fair shot. But whatever happens it’s been good to get my query letter polished up and have a deadline to get SHADE ready to go. Even if I don’t gain a mentor, I’m a lot closer to being ready to query this puppy than I was before, and I call that a win. Plus I’ve met some fabulous new writer friends. As far as other Row80 goals, Pitch Wars has overtaken focusing on most of them. I am doing decently with No Treat November, although I suppose now I’ve moved on to Don’t Dessert December. If I can maintain through December I’ll be pretty happy. Now back to the R.E.A.L.I.T.Y award.

REALITY Blog Awards

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Pass the award onto to any other bloggers you want — and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

My Answers to the Questions

If you could change something what would you change?  I kind of like L. Palmer’s idea. Let’s make treats have the same nutritional values and calories as vegetables. Even if it was only on holidays, I’d be pretty contest to eat cookie dough for breakfast that one day and have it count as though I’d eaten broccoli. I have three favorite cookie doughs: oatmeal, chocolate chip, and ginger.

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