Friday, September 13, 2013

This is not my Review of Riddick...

Well, although the weather would have us think otherwise, summer is over. Kids are back in school and parents are breathing a bit easier I suppose. I'm still shaking off the Con-crud I picked up from 4 days at Dragon Con but it was certainly worth the trouble for sure. I went to writing panel hosted by Michael Stackpole while I was there about writing serial novels and it was extremely enlightening. I bought the book, well I bought the writers career starter pack which included 21 days to a novel, rules for writing and how to write a serial novel. I only recently started going through the material and it has really gotten me moving which made that 10 dollar investment well worth the cash!

I think my biggest issue with writing is being too....I dont know a good word for it (and I call myself a writer). I like to write about world ending scenarios. Give me an apocalypse and I'm at home if I'm being completely honest. I also like to incorporate strong females of color (black, Asian, native-American). Further still I like to have other typically marginalized characters. What happens to disabled individuals during a post apocalyptic rebuild? People in wheelchairs? People with learning disabilities or otherwise mentally impaired or differently-able? Everytime I see a sci-fi type post apocalyptic type movie, ethnic minorites and the disabled seem to be conspicuosly absent, unless they need someone for us to sympathize with for 10 minutes before they kill them off and then get back to the business of the same old cast of characters saving the earth, saving themselves or putting civilization back to rights...(dont get me started on Riddick.  That's a rant for another time).

My point is that even though I see the omissions I have to fight against the urge to fall in line for the sake of gaining a guaranteed audience, which would honestly make my writing a lie if I did fall in line.

I'm not sure if this post landed where I wanted it or if I was even aiming at a landing pad but there it is. I guess I'll get back to that book, my writing isnt gonna write itself (is that anyway to construct a sentence? Probably not but there it is and I'm decidedly sleepy so...

Monday, September 9, 2013

September is moving right along

Well some jerk hit my parked car and kept going. Which of course sucked but on the bright side my insurance provider was pretty swift with helping me and filing the police report was not as much of a hassle as I thought it would be. All in all things went pretty smoothly in that regard. I suppose if I were more of a hot head things could have really soured really fast. Luckily I don’t deal with my problems in ways that aren’t ultimately productive and optimistic. 
 I usually conquer my problems in my head during my drive to work or home or some other long drive. I just turn off the music and start hammering out the issues. I know that other people have different ways of dealing with life’s little mishaps. Some people feel as though you are somehow doing it wrong if you don’t share all of your worries and fears with the people around you. Ugh, those people who do that are real downers. Those people are walking wounds. They are what many consider deep. They brood and look pensive. They furrow their brows and tent their fingers while intermittently sipping some stress relieving elixir while we alleged brutes quickly and methodically tackle our problems with a decisive hand and a stone-cold-sober head. And we are labeled detached and removed. We are accused of not feeling enough, not owning our feelings when the opposite is true. We take complete possession of our feelings ourselves. We don’t tell everyone every problem that arises; we fix most problems before many even realize there was a problem, if they ever realize it all. Six months in, we’re not juggling the same conundrum or feeling out a problem from a year ago. We aren’t punishing ourselves for past missteps. We are living with the consequences of every choice we have made prior and accept it on an empty stomach. I’m glad of that.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dreaming of Dragon Con...

I know, I know,
Its been forever since I blogged....

So I went to Dragon Con this year and as always, it did not disappoint! I got to spend 5 blissful days geeking out at Nerdvana without having to bring it down a notch for the normal folks. Now of course I have a ton of pics and some hilarious videos to share which I have of course already uploaded to my facebook account. If you havent ever gone to a convention I highly reccommend it as soon as humanly possible. First you get to indulge your passions without people saying how childish you are or how these things are for kids. And more importantly you get to spend time with like minded people talking about thinkgs you all love and respect. It can be a real treat after a year of tucking your geekdom under your hat so as not to annoy the "cool kids". I know when I tell some people about my love of all things science fiction/fantasy and Cheesy B movies they either give me that smile Mom's give kids that says "awww that's cute" or those friends who straight up tell you how ridiculous you are with sentences like "wow, that's different," which means that's silly.
Of course if I were obsessing over Scandal, or Basketball Wives or a favorite sports team I'd be perfectly acceptable and even applauded.
That's cool. anyway you can see my pics on Facebook if we're facebook buds of course. Some of the cosplay galleries are public so check those out for sure.
Next year I plan to cosplay but it has to be a costume that is easy to travel with and comfortable enough to bustle about the Con in for at least the first 2 days...I'm thinking something video game related.
so what's everyone else been up to these days?

Monday, April 29, 2013

I still hate running

but I'm getting better at it...I think. I jog/walk using this app called 10K for Pink. You basically run for like 90 seconds and then walk for 90 seconds until you are nearly coughing up a lung at 3.0 miles per hour, pouring sweat and clutching your right side for dear life. But at the end of it all, you feel like a viking warrior and your waistline thanks you for it later.  Now my weight loss is still pretty much slow going but my body is changing shape for the better and its mostly because of the squats I've been doing every day with a day of rest every 3 days of at least 100. Oh get this, I started gardening and of course I love it...except for the freaking birds who think I am hosting some sort of buffet and keep eating every seed and root I put in the ground! Well, I think I found a way to put a stop to their madness once and for all.

First I bought some pinwheels. The reflective kind that spin in the wind and it worked for a hot minute. Then came the dreaded windsock! They hated that thing and knocked it to the ground every chance they got. but this time I think I really got them by the short...uhm, feathers? I bought a small greenhouse from Lowes! Yes indeedy do I will know be able to replant all my herbs, protect my strawberries and enjoy my onions and squash in my own sweet time! Woot! Take that stupid birds! The restaurant is closed suckas...well as soon as I learn how to put this baby together...

wish me luck!
later taters

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Running is Hard...

you know, because of all the running. So I started running. Now, let me start at the beginning, I was working out diligently and eating clean and what have you and it was going first. Here's the thing about diet and exercise, you have to do something that can be consistent and sustainable for your lifestyle. Yeah so I fizzled out pretty hard for about a month and a half if I'm being honest. It all started with the sweet delicious holidays.
See we moved to this awesome new townhouse right around the middle of December. The thing is, we always throw a little holiday shindig on new years eve for all of our fellow nerd friends. I mean, now we have this annual awesome party that is ONLY for nerds! Where we eat, drink, and run our faces off about nerd stuff. It is wonderful and the people we have as friends are unbelievably fantastic!

So...wait! I skipped a part. We found the apartment in September and paid the deposit and everything to put it on hold for us when it became available. Then we started boxing everything. Since the kitchen was boxed we ate out for like 80% of all meals and at first it was fine. I had a multitude of salads but then I just got sick of salad and started to have a chicken sandwich here and there until I was just going balls to the wall on junk, all the while swearing to get back on the wagon the DAY we moved in. Of course then there was prep for the holidays and of course the party and then it was February and I had gained back 20 of the 50 pounds I lost which brings me to today. I'm eating better and jogging 3 times a week and doing other physical crap the rest of the time, (the other 4 days).
 I know, I know, I made promises about blogging diligently but this time I mean it. Especially since I am now on a better schedule and following a lifestyle change that fits me far better than the last one.  So for anyone who ever comes here, I promise (for reals this time) I'll do better.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New Year...15 days in of course!

So I’m back on the blogging trail for 2013 and let me tell you it isn’t going to be easy by a long shot. I finally got everything moved to the new place, cleaned the old place, threw and New year’s Party for Dorkus Emeritus members *that’s our sci-fi fantasy, comic book, movie group on Facebook*  then entertained some friends on New year’s day and then we celebrated Watson’s womb evacuation day! Needless to say my diet suffered as did my normal workout schedule! But it doesn’t matter because I’m back in the swing of things full force. I have a lot changes I want to make but they all started at the end of 2011 when I turned 40 so I guess my resolution is to continue on my journey through my 40s (I’m 41 now by the way). I can’t believe how much life has improved in the last couple of years and I am certain that I can keep the train moving forward. Now, as for writing… I know, I know, I need to be more diligent and honestly, I have absolutely no excuse for my lack of productivity except maybe space before I moved. But now I have tons of space, support and ideas so there is absolutely no excuse for my lack of inactivity. That being said I have decided to build a little garden on my oversized patio (*oh stop it! It is NOT an excuse to put off getting words on to paper*). Well, maybe I can work the garden into my routine along with writing (Yeah, that’s the ticket). So…what else? Oh clean eating is the new black I’m told. Everyone is all over it right now and I got a book of Clean Eating Recipes that I will certainly use at some point. The problem is that I just got the new 10 Dollar dinners cookbook and It has my full attention (*yeah another thing to distract me from facing a blank page*).

Enough about me, what are y’all doing? I think I’ll hit the interwebs and have a look around (*I know, I know! I’m gonna start writing RIGHT after that*)!

Have a great day