More Comicon Stuff

So many tasks left this evening, so little brainpower remaining. I have a couple of other comicon pics to share. I meant to post them with the other ones, but I forgot. Such things happen. But first…an audiobook update.

11 chapters recorded (double digits!!!), 8 chapters edited! And after I go answer some emails, that number may grow by as many as 1 more in the edited category today.

On to Comicon. It was a fun time. It was our first time going, actually. We had previously gone to Gencon because it was the closest thing we had to a comicon in the area, but that’s more for the gamers (and not really for the kind I am).  This one had far more that we were interested in seeing.

They had some decent guests. Jonathon Frakes (aka Commander Riker) was there. I would’ve loved to get a picture with him but his photo time slot was over by the time we got there. I probably wouldn’t have had the patience for the line anyway. There was a LOT to see, and waiting in a line on top of all that walking and looking at stuff probably would’ve put me to sleep in the middle of the thing. Do I sound old yet?

My favorite dressed up person (not really a cosplayer?)  was an elderly man dressed as Boy George, who carried around a boombox that was playing Boy George songs. I got to hear Karma Chameleon. It was pretty much the best.

There were some AMAZING artists there. Like, for real. And so many of them. They were the kind of people I was jealous of back in art class, the ones with more skill and patience than I could ever dream of possessing.

There were some pretty cool panel things/activities, too. There was a lightsaber academy, during which they taught you one of 3 fighting styles. I might do that next time if they offer it in the future.

Okay, here are aforementioned pics. I thought I took one of an aisle, too, but I don’t see it on my phone. Oh, well. I guess we’ll just go with these!

 

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Okay, I’m off to see the wizard. Don’t forget to back up your files, kids.

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Notes from the Floodlands

Greetings, internetizens! Well, I would be recording right now but my sump pump is struggling like mad to keep my basement from turning into a subterranean pond…again. My makeshift sound booth is not in the same room as the pump but is within earshot, so I’m just going to hold off recording until the monsoon wanes.

But I do have a progress report. 8 chapters recorded, 6 edited! We are chugging right along. My reading is WAY better than when I first started, so that’s cutting down on both recording and editing time.

I thought I would get some recording done this past weekend. I had three days off in a row, after all. But no. There were activities every day, not that I’m complaining. On Friday, we went to Indy Comicon. None of us had ever been before, so we were pretty excited. I picked up some small Gremlin art prints, which are very cool, but the thing I’m more excited about is the comic book adaptation of The Dark Crystal!

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It came out when the movie came out in 1982, and in the back are some concept sketches and stills from the movie.

I also bought a sword. It’s a katana. Yes, I am a giant nerd.

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For my next trick, I will go answer emails I’ve been neglecting. Catch you later.

 

Last Bits

I’m in the process of getting some last-minute stuff together for NanoWriMo. The last bits are: printing a map of Antarctica, doing some more research, and making a graphic timeline of events that occur before the story. I have a written timeline, but pictures are faster to reference sometimes.

The to-do list is delightfully light at the moment. I have completed most of the urgent things within the timeframe I needed to do them. Now, aside from that last-minute preparation, I am ready.

I’m also trying to anticipate distractions and how I might work around them. I just got Destiny 2 for my birthday, so I’m going to have to minimize my quality time with it. I also need to figure out how to make fewer trips to the store. I don’t know how I end up at the grocery store like every other day, but that’s probably a 45-minute chunk out of my evening.

Oh, and social media. I don’t participate much, but I do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking and reading those random articles and lists of things I didn’t really need to know about.

I plan to use the basement as my writing retreat spot. There are fewer distractions down there. Also fewer snacks, so I might have to take some with me. I have gone to the library to write before, but they kind of expect me to keep my shoes on, which is lame.

Okay, kids. I’m off to put together the last bits.

Please enjoy this picture from my hike last weekend. We went to a park called Sodalis. They have magnificently manicured trails.

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Orchard Snaps

Today I have pictures! Fall is awesome in Indiana, probably because it’s one of the few times of year that the weather isn’t broiling hot or 9th circle cold. We went to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville recently.

It was a good time. Apples were purchased in both raw and cobbler forms. Here are some pictures!

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I also bought this delightful Day of the Dead decoration. It pleases me greatly.

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In the Dark

Hey there, kats and kittenz! I thought I’d pop onto the blog and drop some knowledge, seeing as I’m sitting here in the dark with the power out.

Want to see my super creepy selfie? Of course, you do!

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Slightly demonic, no? Loving those black eyes! There can’t possibly be a better use of precious cell phone battery power.

I tried to write again this weekend. It didn’t work. I was mostly okay on time, except for that short cubicle jail stint I picked up on Saturday. This time, I hit a bad patch in my book notes, and by bad patch, I mean that if I could’ve, I would’ve traveled into the past to smack myself with a rolled-up paper and asked – what the heck is this?

The notes went like this.

Back story, random facts, couple of chapters, more back story, random character notes, maybe some more story and some parts that didn’t make enough sense for me to follow, etc. It goes on.

It was like someone with attention deficit disorder wrote them or something.

By the way, I can make that comment, because I have it, so if you were looking to get offended, continue on down the road! Not today, oversensitive babies. Not. Today.

I discovered that I can’t write without having my thoughts organized and in a file or on paper so I can keep myself on track. I did try to write without proper notes and nothing would come. I actually had a weird moment where I was jumping between my manuscript and my notes, trying to find a way to push through and just write something.

I couldn’t do it.

Is that what writer’s block is? Brain-lock due to poor planning?

Anyway, so I had to spend most of my weekend writing hours deciphering my mess and basically plotting out the rest of the book. It’s much better now. I’ve moved all my reference material to the end of the document, and my chapter notes are at the beginning.

That’s all I have for now. I hope the power comes back on soon.

What the heck is this

Ok, I found this partially buried in some dirt today. I thought it was a bone. I still think it looks like a bone, but when I turned it over, there was a fish face.

This first picture is the part that I saw sticking out of the dirt. It has a couple of layers with the inner one having an almost porous texture. Possibly marrow? There’s also the round indentation on one side. I don’t really know that much about bones, but I will say that it seems heavy for the size that it is if it is a bone. It weighed in at 1.4 ounces, so could it be a fossilized bone?

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Then I turned it over, and it was looking at me. This side looks like a freakin’ fish head.

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This is another view. Don’t mind my adorable fingers in the picture. I was blocking light from the window so the detail would show up. If this were a fish head, this would be the dorsal view. 

 

 

 

 

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Allrighty then, another turn and the “fish” is looking straight at us. In person, it looks more like stone from this angle. The rock or bone or whatever is a couple of colors. Most of it is a pale tan color or a gray color. This part, under what looks like the fish mouth, it’s grayer (more gray?). It looks more like rock where all those little cracks and crevices are.

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Piece of a bone? Just a weird rock? I do not know. If anyone has any ideas, I hope you will let me know. I plan to keep it, regardless, because it’s pretty freaky looking. Oh, and I found it in Indiana (US). That’s where I am. That might make some kind of difference. I know there are deer, rabbits, coyote and beaver in the area.

 

thought for Sunday and maybe the rest of the week

imperfection

I grabbed this off facebook and liked it, so I’m posting it here. The world would be more interesting if everyone applied this philosophy to their world view, yes?

I plan to try and be better about blogging this week. I’ve been working out like crazy. Between that and the 40 minute plus commute, I haven’t had much time for blogging, which makes me sad. I do enjoy blogging.