Emerald City Comic Con: A Recap

Phew! I think I (and by that, I mean my feet) have finally recovered from this year’s Emerald City Comic Con. Hubby and I had a blast, as usual. This was our third year attending ECCC, so we’ve become accustomed to the crowds and looooong lines of waiting. I also enjoyed debuting my Redshirt shoes (thanks everyone for voting on the design, btw!):

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The R2-D2 shoes were very sleepy after the Con, though:

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We had a blast meeting our favorite stars from Star Trek, Firefly and Buffy*, however, my favorite moment was meeting Bonnie Burton and Anne Wheaton (wife of Wil). Bonne is an author, journalist and geek craft extraordinaire. These lovely women have created #VandalEyes, which basically involves putting googlie eyes in the most awesome of places. They teamed up with Espionage Cosmetics to create some even more awesome VandalEyes nail wraps (which I’m kicking myself for not getting, but I opted for the Star Trek ones instead since they matched my Redshirt shoes–see above).

[Sidebar: As previously mentioned, I have created an Etsy shop for my super nerdy shoes and jewelry called Nerdly Goodness. Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled post.]

Anywho, I was super-excited to show off my R2-D2 shoes to Bonnie and Anne. They both loved them, and Bonne even took a picture that she then both Tweeted and Instagramed (can I use Instagram as a verb? Maybe it has two m’s…). I also got to chat with Bonnie a bit about crafting in general and she gave me some great tips about chain mailling (use gloves!). It’s so weird: I’ve become accustomed to “meeting”** celebrities at Cons and remembering that they’re normal people too and being able to have conversations with them, so it was odd for me to have such a giddy reaction to talking with Bonnie. I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the weekend, ask Hubby.

*Hubby was in heaven as Eliza Dushku loved his Smallville jacket
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**meeting = A 5-second fly by while you smile and have your picture taken and have possible hand contact. Autographs are a 20-30 second interaction.

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Playing the last note on the Ocarina

According to this lovely blog, I started Ocarina of Time sometime soon after July 24, 2012 (when I finished A Link to the Past).  Last week, after recuperating from The Tangled Challenge, I finally swung my last sword blow to the beast.  Here’s how it went down:

Me: (after beating Ganondorf in Ganon’s Castle and barely refraining from throwing the remote in the air) I did it!  I beat Ocarina of Time!

Hubby: No, you didn’t.

Me: Yes I did!  I killed Ganondorf!

Hubby: It’s not over.  Follow Zelda.

Me: (deflated) Oh no…

Now, I love Hubby with all of my heart, but sometimes he can be a bit too helpful.  Once I made it out of the castle and was faced with Ganon (I’m still confused as to what the difference is between Ganondorf and Ganon), he insisted that I use the Biggoron’s sword (which I insist on calling the Big Gorram Sword) to kill him.  Okay, can do!  I kept whacking at Ganon until Zelda told me to come get the Master Sword.  “No, sweetie, keep using the Biggoron’s sword, it’s more powerful,” Hubby insisted.  “But Zelda wants me to retrieve the Master Sword,” I reply between sword swings.  After several long minutes of watching me play and not really getting anywhere, Hubby googles the game, and admits that I was right and I do need to use the Master Sword to finish of Ganon for good.  I win, and collapse with sore fingers from clutching the sweaty controller.

With Ocarina finally under my belt, I put up an informal Facebook poll to determine if I should venture into Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword next.  The results were unanimously Twilight Princess.  However, Skyward Sword involves a floating island, like my NaNoWriMo novel, so I decided to go against public opinion and try it out first.  I’ve just got to the first temple, and I have to say that I am definitely enjoying it so far!  I’m definitely finding the controls easier since I am more familiar with the Wii than classic Nintendo.

This all being said, I’ve also been having with my chain mail.  I created a Triforce pendant as a prototype.  This will end up on my Etsy site NerdlyGoodness soon, but I want to try it again with smaller rings.  This version looks pretty sweet lying down, but it loses its shape a bit when worn as a necklace. 

Etsy’s NerdlyGoodness

R2-D2 Shoes

Last month I started up an Etsy site called NerdlyGoodness.  So far, I have exciting geektastic shoes, juggling balls and bell toys on there, and I’m working on the next pair of shoes now.  It all began last year when I made a pair of R2-D2 shoes, seen above, and wore them around town.  Everyone I met said I should sell them, so now I am 🙂 The juggling balls/bell toys came about over Christmas when I made a pair of Pokeball bell toys for my brother’s cats (aptly named Ash and Gary).

Navi Golden Snitch Pokeball

I have a third area of crafting I’m currently working on and will share soon (but I can’t tell you yet because I’m making something for my Mom, and she reads this blog 😉 ).

Check out NerdlyGoodness at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NerdlyGoodness

Or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NerdlyGoodnessEtsy

That being said, it’s time for a vote: I’m working on a pair of black glitter flats that I’m modeling after Star Trek: The Next Generation’s uniforms.  Which design below do you like better?  Or should I do a combination of the two?  Enjoy my mad coloring skills!

 

TNG Shoes

A Tangled Challenge

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Now that I’ve been at home for almost two months looking for new fun museum jobs (and volunteering at happy museums too!), I’ve started to go a little stir crazy.  Yes, I’m still writing my NaNoWriYearISwearIWillFinishIt novel, and working on some new exciting Etsy projects (more on that in an upcoming post), but I’m looking for a bit more to do.  

After going to see Frozen (amazing, btw!), Hubby and I have been blasting Disney music throughout the apartment.  As “When Will My Life Begin?” from Tangled came on, Hubby turned to me and pondered, “I wonder if you could actually do all of the things Rapunzel does in a day?  It would certainly keep you busy!”  Interesting concept.  Let’s take a look at everything Rapunzel accomplishes in a day:

“When Will My Life Begin?”

7 AM, the usual morning lineup:
Start on the chores and sweep ’til the floor’s all clean
Polish and wax, do laundry, and mop and shine up
Sweep again, and by then it’s like 7:15.

And so I’ll read a book
Or maybe two or three
I’ll add a few new paintings to my gallery
I’ll play guitar and knit
And cook and basically
Just wonder when will my life begin?

Then after lunch it’s puzzles and darts and baking
Paper mache, a bit of ballet and chess
Pottery and ventriloquy, candle making
Then I’ll stretch, maybe sketch, take a climb,
Sew a dress!

And I’ll reread the books
If I have time to spare
I’ll paint the walls some more,
I’m sure there’s room somewhere.
And then I’ll brush and brush,
and brush and brush my hair
Stuck in the same place I’ve always been.

And I’ll keep wonderin’ and wonderin’
And wonderin’ and wonderin’
When will my life begin?

And tomorrow night,
Lights will appear
Just like they do on my birthday each year.
What is it like
Out there where they glow?
Now that I’m older,
Mother might just
Let me go …

Whew!  That is a lot of stuff!  But you know what?  Why not!  I’ll have to reorganize a few things (downstairs neighbors probably won’t like the laundry going at 7am), and maybe substitute in a couple of things too, but this sounds like fun!  Ironically, tomorrow is my birthday, but as it’s already in the afternoon today, I’ll have to save my Rapunzel day for later this week.  Okay, I’m getting pumped for this.  I’ll post pictures and updates afterwards!
 
Challenge accepted!

Torchwood (or, the moment I realized I shared the stage with the real Captain Jack Harkness)

I’ve been continuing my quest to become as geeky as possible (I have a ways to go, but I’m enjoying my journey), and as such I’m finally watching Doctor Who and Torchwood. As I have never seen either one, I’m watching them chronologically with each other (i.e. stopping after “Blink” to watch season 1 of Torchwood, then picking up with “Utopia”, and so forth). I’m quite enjoying it so far. I’m up to Season 4 of Doctor Who, and David Tennant is my current favorite doctor. Still waiting to find my favorite companion. Rose is good, I wasn’t a big fan of Martha. I know future companions are other people’s favorites, so we’ll see! I’ve managed to stay rather spoiler-free of future events, aside from knowing when the Doctor regenerates.

minor spoilers ahead…

Back to Torchwood. I definitely enjoy the more adult concepts, and it’s a much darker show. As I wrap up Season 1, I am excited to see how the characters will develop, and if there’s more interaction with the Doctor Who characters. I had a super-OMG moment when I was watching the second to last episode of the season, “Captain Jack Harkness.” In the episode, we meet the real Captain Jack Harkness. As the character came on the screen, I knew I recognized him, but my little brain just couldn’t place him. When I looked it up, I gasped to see that it was Matt Rippy of The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Now, I adore the RSC, and make it a point to go to any of their shows whenever they’re in town. Basically, they take serious topics, like Shakespeare, American History or Sports, and condense them into a play full of hilarity as performed by three guys. Check them out at www.reducedshakespeare.com My favorite show of theirs is their first show, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged). It’s all 47 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes, including the sonnets as well (actually, Act II is primarily Hamlet). We performed it in high school (with more than the required 3 actors), and I was hooked ever since. I’ve seen them perform in London, DC (several times), Virginia and Washington. During the Hamlet portion of the show, they break the Ophelia character down into her id, ego and superego using audience participation, which all culminates with one female audience member being pulled on stage to stand in a pool of red light and scream. This had been my dream to do for years (I’m a dork, I know), and in 2010 it finally came true. Hubby and I drove from DC down to Reston, Virginia to see the RSC perform, and I knew we had front row seats, so I was keeping my fingers crossed. I saw the actors eying me throughout the show, and I was ecstatic when one of them pulled me onstage to be Ophelia. Who pulled me onstage, you ask? None other than Matt Rippy. He was awesome (gorgeous blue eyes!) and kept asking me quietly if I was comfortable. I gave him a thumbs up and when my time came, I gave my scream my all. You could hear a pin drop in the theatre. Best. Night. Ever. It made the holiday letter that year. And now it has more meaning now that I know that he is the real Captain Jack Harkness. Swoon.

Obligatory Red Wedding Post *SPOILERS AHEAD*

***HOLY COW SPOILERS BELOW DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN/READ GAME OF THRONES YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

Ahem.  Now that the spoilerific warning is out of the way, we can begin.  Hubby and I have been catching up on watching Game of Thrones these last few months.  Now, I was in the process of reading books 1-4 before watching any of the series, so I knew what was going to happen, in general.  Hubby, on the other hand, has never read the books nor paid attention to io9 or other website concerning spoilers, so he has been blissfully in the dark about the plot and who all gets killed.

It took a little while for Hubby to get into Game of Thones, which I can totally understand. It took every ounce of my being to not grab the remote and pound on the ‘pause’ button to explain how so-and-so are related and what this-and-that means. Be cool I thought, Let him find out for himself. As the seasons progressed, Hubby got more into the show. He started voicing concern for the characters and wondering who was going to live or die. I bit my tongue throughout and gave vague answers.

But I knew what was coming. The Rains of Castamere. I felt like it was 2005 and opening day of Serenity all over again. That day, I didn’t have any classes, so I went by myself to the 10am showing. And cried. Like a baby. Y’all know which scenes I’m talking about. Then, later that afternoon, then-boyfriend Hubby and I went to go see it (the only time I’ve ever seen a movie twice in one day in the theatre). By the time those scenes came up, I was shaking and tearing up in anticipation. Anywho, back to GoT: Knowing that this was the Red Wedding episode, I stealthily stashed a box of tissues next to the couch and clutched a pillow to my chest. I don’t think I let a peep out until the end of the episode, when Hubby turned to me incredulously, asking if the Red Wedding was true. I said yes, Mama Stark and Baby Stark (as we called them–yes, we know Rickon and Bran are younger, but Catelyn and Robb were always together, so those were their nicknames) are dead, along with Papa Stark from season 1.

Long story short, we’ve survived the Red Wedding. As Hubby reads this blog, I can’t comment on what will happen in the future, as Season 4 picks up with the second half of A Storm of Swords. Needless to say, I’m excited to see how future events play out!

Lunar Insignia

Lunar Insignia

This is my entry for Marissa Meyer’s “The Lunar Chronicles” Lunar Insignia contest. I wanted a simple design with some symbolic elements. After reading the Lunar History, I decided that the base of the insignia should be a lunar eclipse to signify that the Lunars are coming out from being eclipsed by Earthen society and are now their own republic. I created a language for the Lunars based on molecular DNA because that is what sets them apart from Earthens. The motto at the bottom of the insignia reads “Eclipsed No More”.

Check out Marissa’s amazing futuristic retellings of fairy tales at http://www.marissameyer.com/books. I cannot wait for Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series!