Posts Tagged ‘2013’

To say this blog post is overdue would be the understatement of the century. I arrived in California to go to the convention on July 17. It’s now September 11.

Time flies, and all that.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experiences with you guys as this was my first major convention. The only other one I’d been to before was Book Expo America, and I’m not even sure that counts. Well, I’m counting it. But still. It did not compare to SDCC in the slightest.

Going to SDCC is like going to nerd heaven. You can wear the craziest, most detailed, most outrageous costume and no one looks at you funny. In fact, you’ll get stopped about 300 times a day so people can take your picture. Isn’t that amazing? The celebration of nerdom is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

The costumes there were amazing. There were some strange ones that I didn’t recognize, and other ones that I didn’t know why anyone would dress up like them (a giant version of the orange ghost from Pac-Man, for example). Here’s a really neat Doctor Who costume!

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This seems like the female version of the Eleventh Doctor in Victorian clothing.

I didn’t spend a lot of time taking pictures of people in costumes, but I sure did spend plenty of time marveling at them. There were some really amazing, really intricate ones. I love how much time and energy people put into things like that!

I got to see a lot of celebrities I really respect and look up to. Not all of them were up close, but one of the perks of working for Hypable is that it allowed me in as press. I got to do round tables with the cast of Teen Wolf, which was pretty much a dream come true. I also got to meet the cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. How I got through those days without having a heart attack, I’ll never know.

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Meghan Ory from Once Upon a Time! She plays one of my favorite characters, Little Red Riding Hood/Ruby.

I’m going to have tons of memories from my time in SDCC, from all the palm trees, to meeting so many of my Hypable co-workers, to being able to talk to the creator of Teen Wolf. Then there are the not-so-happy memories, like falling down in the parking lot (OUCH) or having several flights cancelled on my way home, that I wouldn’t trade in for the world, because they were still part of the experience.

I would suggest that anyone who thinks they may be into something like Comic-Con to try to get there at least once in their lifetime. It’s an experience that can’t be matched. But watch out! You might just catch the con bug. I know I definitely did, because I’m already looking forward to going next year!

Have you gone to SDCC? What were your experiences? What about any other cons, major or minor? If you haven’t been to any, which ones would you like to attend?

I feel the need to preface this with the fact that this is not a sarcastic article. There were a few things I really loved during the VMAs, and I’m not going to mention that other stuff that happened because it’s been done to death over the past few days. Just go to Tumblr if you want to laugh at pictures like this.

1. Lady Gaga’s performance. I’ve liked Lady Gaga for a long time. I’ve liked most of her performances even though they’re over the top and sometimes actually quite frightening. Despite some crazy eyes in the beginning, I really enjoyed her performance at the 2013 VMAs. It was well done, with some seamless outfit changes. Plus it was just really nice to see her back in her “Poker Face” wig.


 

2. Macklemore performing “Same Love.” This song is just incredible. I love the message it carries, and I love everything that Macklemore did when he was on stage. He deserved to win that award for Best Video with a Social Message.

You can click here to watch the performance.

3. Lady Gaga gives a pep talk to One Direction. I don’t know a whole lot about 1D, but I’m getting to the point where a few of my friends just won’t let me ignore them anymore. Still, I feel horrible they were booed at when they accepted their award for Best Song of the Summer. But Gaga gave them an amazing pep talk afterwards. Love her.


 

4. NSync reunited on stage. I’m sad that it was about 10 minutes of Justin Timberlake and 30 seconds of NSync, but it was still nice to see the boys back together again. I hope the response they got for the reunion at the VMAs gets their attentions and makes them realize that tons of people would be invested if they did a reunion tour. Because I would be there in a heartbeat.

You can click here to watch the performance.

5. Eminem announces his new album. I AM ACTUALLY INCAPABLE OF TALKING ABOUT THIS WITHOUT USING CAPSLOCK, SO I’M JUST GOING TO SHOW YOU THE VIDEO NOW.


 

What were the highlights of the VMAs for you? (If you watched, that is. I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t.)

Wolverine Movie 2013 PosterBottom Line:

Rent it, buy it, or don’t bother? — Rent it.

Details:

[No spoilers.]

As one of the only people on the planet that liked X-Men Origins: Wolverine (or so it feels), I have to say that I also enjoyed Wolverine.

It wasn’t perfect, of course. And I did get a little sleepy half way through. (But can you blame me? My theatre has these leather seats that recline all the way out. I’d probably sleep better in them than my own bed.)

The best part of the movie was the action. I love sword fights and a good hand-to-hand combat sequence. The women in this movie were kickass, and Hugh Jackman lent his usual sense of physicality to the role. It did not disappoint.

This movie was also interesting in that it follows up after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, the third movie in the original trilogy. Jean makes an appearance, and we get to see where Logan’s head is and how he’s dealing with the fact that he killed her. Some of Jackman’s best emotional scenes were when he was interacting with her (in his head, of course).

I felt like the romance was contrived. I would have much rather seen a protector-friendship relationship between two of the characters than a romantic one. But that might just be me. I’m kind of over the whole falling-in-love-because-you’re-so-handsome-and-you-saved-my-life thing.

The beginning of the movie was a little slow, and the “surprise” at the end was not a surprise at all. I pretty much figured it out as soon as Logan went to Japan and talked to the man from his past (which probably happened within the first 20 minutes).

All in all, it was a good action film. It didn’t allow Jackman to deliver as many funny lines, which is a shame because Wolverine’s sarcasm is one of his biggest draws. The plot was okay, but nothing to write home about.

My favorite thing, actually, may have been the after-credits scene. I was literally bouncing up and down in my seat as it was unfolding in front of me. My nerdiness was definitely showing. And let’s just say that I can’t wait until Days of Future Past.

ROW80 – R2C11 – Last Hurrah

Posted: June 17, 2013 in ROW80
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ROW80LogocopyThis is the last check-in I’ll be doing for round 2, and it was a pretty good one in terms of what I’ve gotten done, not to mention the fact that I also got a little bit of R&R on top of all that.

I’ll be doing an overall round 2 post next Sunday probably, then I’ll be gearing up for round 3!!

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 1/7 I didn’t get as much time as I wanted when I was in RI this past weekend, but I did get a good chunk of time to write on the way home on Sunday. I ended up finishing the short story I’ve been working on for quite some time!
  2. Read every day. 1/7 I only read one day, but I read A LOT. I’m about 100 pages further in Gameboard of the Gods and that happened all in a single day while I was lying on the beach getting a tan (okay, getting slightly less white and a bit more pink than I had intended…)
  3. Exercise three times a week. 3/3 Seeing as we walked all over Rhode Island – towns, cities, beaches, cliffs – I definitely got my exercise in!

Bonus Goals

  1. Finish up my last short story for my collection. This is finished! I even read it to two of my friends on our ride back home, and they both enjoyed it. It still needs a little bit of an edit, but it made the final cut and all of my short stories are now finished! Look out for some more information coming up here in the next few weeks. I’m hoping to self-publish it soon.
  2. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. I made it back from Rhode Island in one piece and we had a GREAT time. Pictures and stories to follow. :)
  2. We released another Not Another Teen Wolf podcast and another ReWatchable podcast.
  3. I got to sleep in, not do any work, and hang out with my friends for three whole days. That definitely deserves its own spot on my List of Awesome!

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 15 points
  • Week 2 – 60 points
  • Week 3 – 85 points
  • Week 4 – 35 points
  • Week 5 – 35 points
  • Week 6 – 55 points
  • Week 7 – 75 points
  • Week 8 – 25 points
  • Week 9 – 40 points
  • Week 10 – 25 points
  • Week 11 – 35 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 0 words
  • Week 2 – 1,188 words
  • Week 3 – 2,509 words
  • Week 4 – 0 words
  • Week 5 – 0 words
  • Week 6 – 1,815 words
  • Week 7 – 1820 words
  • Week 8 – 781 words
  • Week 9 – 50 words
  • Week 10 – 25 words
  • Week 11 – 407 words

Total words written in round 2: 8,816 words

Total words for the year: 66,330 words written since January 1, 2013

Did you fizz out at the end of this round, or did you have a last good hurrah too? How many of you are going to be here for round 3?

ROW80 – R2C10 – Too Much

Posted: June 9, 2013 in ROW80
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ROW80LogocopyRemember how the other week I had a crazy week before my crazy week? That’s what this week ended up being too.

So much time, so little to do.

Strike that. Reverse it.

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 1/7 A measly 246 words this week, but I’ve lost my momentum on this last short story. I need to figure out what the message is with this one. Once I do that, I know I’ll be able to whip the rest off.
  2. Read every day. 4/7 I’ve finished Paradise Lost, Beowulf, The Time Machine, The Raven (had to reread it because I love it and haven’t read it since high school), and Uprising. Working on Frankenstein right now, which I’m in love with, and still reading Gameboard of the Gods.
  3. Exercise three times a week. 0/3 *shifty eyes*

Bonus Goals

  1. Finish up my last short story for my collection. I got about another page done on this, but it’s coming along slowly at the moment. Must ponder more.
  2. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. Did you SEE all those books I read this week??
  2. I reviewed Uprising by Jessica Therrien.
  3. Teen Wolf season 3 premiered on Monday. *hyperventilates* You have no idea how much I’ve been waiting for this season to start. We released our first season 3 podcast about the episode as well!
  4. Our latest episode of ReWatchable was released this past week. We’re almost done watching Firefly!
  5. I realized I’m leaving for Rhode Island for a couple of days NEXT week and not in TWO weeks. Oops. *rushes around to get ALL the things done*

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 15 points
  • Week 2 – 60 points
  • Week 3 – 85 points
  • Week 4 – 35 points
  • Week 5 – 35 points
  • Week 6 – 55 points
  • Week 7 – 75 points
  • Week 8 – 25 points
  • Week 9 – 40 points
  • Week 10 – 25 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 0 words
  • Week 2 – 1,188 words
  • Week 3 – 2,509 words
  • Week 4 – 0 words
  • Week 5 – 0 words
  • Week 6 – 1,815 words
  • Week 7 – 1820 words
  • Week 8 – 781 words
  • Week 9 – 50 words
  • Week 10 – 25 words

Total words written in round 2: 8,409 words

Total words for the year: 65,923 words written since January 1, 2013

What’s your favorite state and why? For you non-Americans that don’t have a favorite state, what your favorite city (anywhere in the world) and why?

I was at Book Expo America (BEA) from May 30 – June 1, and I had a BLAST. Here are 10 exciting things I got to do while I was there.

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My haul: 22 books!!

  1. I got free books. Yes, it’s like heaven. Everywhere you turn there are books, and they’re all FREE. Better yet? Most of them aren’t even released yet, so you get to read them before the rest of the world does. In a lot of cases I wasn’t familiar with the books or authors, but there were definitely some I got meet and talk to that I really admire, and that was awesome!
  2. I got to represent Hypable. I was there as a member of the press, which is all new and exciting and shiny for me. I got to talk up the website, hand out business cards, and explain what we were all about. The authors I got to talk to were interested in learning more and working with us, which is always great to hear! Better yet, some of them already knew of us, which is kind of mind blowing!
  3. I got to attend the Children’s Book Breakfast. It featured Octavia Spencer as the host, with Mary Pope Osbourne, Rick Riordan, and Veronica Roth as the guest speakers. I was there mostly for Riordan, but the other three were absolutely phenomenal. And Mary Pope Osbourne may have made me cry.
  4. I got to see Rick Riordan in the flesh. Yes, this completely deserves its own point on top of #3. I have such a great admiration for Riordan, and I love his books so much. Even though I haven’t belonged to the middle grade category for about a decade, it’s a testament to his abilities that I’m so in love with his series. He was a seriously hilarious speaker, and even though I didn’t get a chance to meet him or get a book signed, I’m grateful I at least got to hear his speech.
  5. I got to meet and talk to a bunch of authors. Some of them I knew, some of them I didn’t. Everyone was incredibly polite and kind and excited to be there. Not a single person gave off the vibe that they weren’t grateful that people lined up to get their books signed. Many of them asked how I was, where I was from, what I did, etc., and it was great to carry on a conversation with someone who didn’t have to give you the time of day but genuinely wanted to speak to you anyway.
  6. Me and Juliana 2 B

    Me and Juliana!

  7. I got to meet some of my internet friends. I got to see one Hypable staff member for the second time, and I got to hang out with two others for the first time — including the person I’m going to Comic Con with. I also got to say hi to Chuck Wendig, whose blog I follow regularly, and I got to meet the awesomely awesome Juilana Haygert, who has been one of my blogging buddies for quite some time.
  8. I got to experience a convention for the very first time. This was my test-run for San Diego Comic Con, which promises to be a hundred times more terrifying and a hundred times more awesome. As far as conventions go, I definitely learned a few good things while I was there, and I’ll be keeping those notes in the back of my mind for future adventures.
  9. I got to talk to new people. It’s funny how you can bond with the people around you when you’re standing in line for a half an hour waiting for the same book. I met and talked with so many people with similar interests to me. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of their names, but they were all extremely kind and interesting, and it was a nice way to pass the time when everything was moving agonizingly slow.
  10. I got to give my best friend an amazing birthday present. I was going to give her Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, because she loves the Vampire Academy series by the same author. (Yes, that’s the book I’ve been reading for the last week or so. I wanted to squeeze it in before I gave it to her. I’m a terrible person.) I was walking along the floor at BEA when I happened to stumble upon a line for that very same book — which was being signed by the author! I immediately jumped in and got her a SIGNED copy instead. She was ecstatic, to say the least. I also got to pick up a couple of books for other friends that I knew they wanted, which was an awesome feeling. Everyone was really excited. :)
  11. I got to be inspired. There is nothing like going to a book convention where authors are treated like rock stars to inspire you to keep writing. Maybe one day I’ll be on the other side of the table at BEA, with people lining up for my book. Can you even imagine that?? Right now it seems pretty fanciful, but BEA showed me that people love books and that there’s always room for one more author in world.

Have you ever been to BEA? Or any sort of book convention? What sort of experiences have you had?

ROW80 – R2C9 – Travels

Posted: June 2, 2013 in ROW80
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ROW80LogocopyI didn’t get a whole lot done this week, but I’m excusing myself because I was out of town. Still, I managed to read quite a bit and pick up A LOT of new books. And there’s never any reason to complain about that!

Main Goals

  1. Write or edit every day. 1/7 I wrote just one day this week, and it was just a paragraph’s worth. But it’s a new idea I was toying around with, and I decided to start in on the opening scene.
  2. Read every day. 4/7 I’ve made my way through Paradise Lost a little bit more, but I still can’t say I’m enjoying it. Gameboard of the Gods is being set aside right now, as I’m making my way through Jessica Therrien’s new book Uprising.
  3. Exercise three times a week. 3/3 Three days doing nothing but walking around New York City. Yeah, that’s counting as my exercise this week.

Bonus Goals

  1. Finish up my last short story for my collection. Didn’t have time to work on this at all this week, but I’ve been trying to think of the direction I want to go in.
  2. Update my contests doc. Nope.

List of Awesome

  1. I went to NYC and survived! Also, Book Expo America was FREAKING AMAZING. Can’t wait to tell you guys all about it.
  2. I’m afraid I don’t have more news because I was AFK for the past few days and everything awesome that happened can pretty much be summed up in the first point!

Points and Words

Each of my main goals gets FIVE POINTS. Bonus goals get TEN POINTS if they’re completed.

  • Week 1 – 15 points
  • Week 2 – 60 points
  • Week 3 – 85 points
  • Week 4 – 35 points
  • Week 5 – 35 points
  • Week 6 – 55 points
  • Week 7 – 75 points
  • Week 8 – 25 points
  • Week 9 – 40 points

This week I wrote:

  • Week 1 – 0 words
  • Week 2 – 1,188 words
  • Week 3 – 2,509 words
  • Week 4 – 0 words
  • Week 5 – 0 words
  • Week 6 – 1,815 words
  • Week 7 – 1820 words
  • Week 8 – 781 words
  • Week 9 – 50 words

Total words written in round 2: 8,163 words

Total words for the year: 65,677 words written since January 1, 2013

Have you guys ever been to NYC? What’s your favorite thing there?