28 May 2012

Colossal Con Update!

A slide from my PowerPoint presentation.
Image is (c) restricted.
As I've shouted from the hilltops as much as I possibly can, I'm a Colossal Con panelist!! My panel, Give Good Spec! is Thursday, June 7th, 8pm. This will be my first Colossal Con, as well as my first panel ever. Whee!

What is Colossal Con? 
"Colossalcon is an anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention taking place June 7th-10th 2012. Located at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio, we are your ultimate summer vacation getaway. Start your summer with a splash at Colossalcon!" -- (c) Official Website

Official Map and Convention Schedule is posted!
Stop by Event Room 6 Thursday night!

What is Give Good Spec?
"Calling all storytellers--no matter who you are or what you create, if you're a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this panel is for you. This triad of awesome is known as speculative fiction, and it's popular for a reason, and it comes in many forms--fiction, manga, the graphic novel--but popular can sometimes be problematic (hello, clichés and tropes!). So how do we give good spec? We get to the heart of storytelling!"  -- Colossal Con program

Give Good Spec! is a fun and highly interactive panel, where we look at the genres of speculative fiction, discuss why they're awesome, why they suck, and how to do the genres justice. We'll be doing plenty of activities, including writing and drawing, while we focus on the essentials of a great story. And yes, I'll send you home with some goodies, too!

Can't wait to see you there!

19 May 2012

I'm a Colossal Con Panelist!

Ohhhhh yeaahhhh!
(c) FSP
 I want let you guys know that on

Thursday, June 7th: 8pm 

I will be presenting my one hour panel, Give Good Spec! at Colossal Con 2012. HOORAY!!! Here's the program description:

Calling all storytellers--no matter who you are or what you create, if you're a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this panel is for you. This triad of awesome is known as speculative fiction, and it's popular for a reason, and it comes in many forms--fiction, manga, the graphic novel--but popular can sometimes be problematic (hello, clichés and tropes!). So how do we give good spec? We get to the heart of storytelling!

This is pretty awesome news, and I'm nervous and excited. Unfortunately my FMA and Real Alchemy panel was rejected, but it was for reasons totally out of my control (scheduling conflicts/guests/programming). The panel heads really liked it; they thought it was very interesting and encouraged me to resubmit it for next year's Colossal Con...so it was actually a very good rejection!

Round 2: Ohayocon 2013!
Image limited (cc) by KEB
I'll be tweaking the panel, of course. I'll be shortening it to one hour (I submitted it as a two hour panel, and honestly, I think that's part of the reason why they couldn't fit it in the schedule) and I'll also retitle it to something like The Alchemy of FMA. My original title was good, but technically it sounds like I'm treating alchemy as a real thing, which is very, very debatable and kind of controversial, depending on who you talk to. My panel is more about historical alchemy and how Hiromu Arakawa interprets it in the context of her manga and in both anime series of Fullmetal Alchemist. So...The Alchemy of FMA sounds more accurate to what I'm presenting. Anyway, I hope to submit it to future cons!

This may be a little too ambitious...
 limited (cc) by KEB
Lastly, I leave you with a comic book collage I made for Colossal Con. These are my tentative cosplays...Lust is a go for certain but I wanted to try Daenerys because I love Game of Thrones and I actually owned almost all of her costume already (pulled it out of storage). However, the costume itself has an awkward fit and I'm still trying to figure out the hair (my eyebrows...yikes)...so I'm not sure how long I'll wear it at the Con or if I'll even go through with it altogether. But it sure is nice to play dress-up in the bathroom at home!

14 May 2012

Today I think about family.

Dad and Mom.
The cutest couple in scrubs!
Today is one of those days where I can't help but think of my family, and how much we've been through and how much I love all of you.

It's Mother's Day and I'm so grateful for my mother and grandmother and all the women in my family. We're funny and tenacious and tough, and I love that about all of us.

My grandmother is amazing. She's been coping as best as she can with the recent loss of her husband, our grandfather, and this was a bittersweet Mother's Day because it was the first family gathering at her house without Grandpa there. She is so brave. I love her. And Grandpa, I love you and miss you too, and I still can't believe you're gone.

Grandpa and Grandma!
I love my mother so much. She saves my life every day, in the largest and smallest of ways. I have no idea what I would do without her, and I'm glad that I can find so much of myself in her, and so much of herself in me. I am thankful for her all the time, although I always don't show it in the best of ways, and I hope I can repay her for all her kindnesses some day. 

Today is also my father's birthday. Dad passed away a little over a year and a half ago, very suddenly and unexpectedly. He was a good man. One of my favorite stories is how my mom fell in love with him. They met when they worked at Sloan Kettering, and Mom saw how kind and sweet and gentle he was with patients, and that was one of the reasons why she loved him. My Dad is an underestimated treasure. I didn't always realize how good you were to me, especially during some of my times of trouble. You never pressured me, you supported every choice I made, and you always let me make my own decisions. Ich liebe dich. I love you and miss you.     

Me and my sister.
Me and my brother.
And I love my brother and sister! Never underestimate the liberating power and joy of acting completely off-the-wall, crazy-goofy. We're like every movie cliche gone terribly wrong: singing off-key at the top of our lungs (even though we all can sing), talking in stupid voices for no reason, drawing awful pictures, writing dirty stories, and laughing as much as possible. We're just as silly as we were when we were children. And I'm glad we still act this way around each other as adults, because when life gets rough, we act ridiculous. I love that our silliness always brought my parents joy, that no matter how far apart we grew in terms of miles. Every time we visited Mom or Dad, we would always be back to laughing our asses off within minutes of seeing each other, and Mom in Ohio and Dad in New York would always say the same thing: "It's great to hear you laughing again. It's good to see you again." Here's to many, many more years of laughter.  I love you both so much!

Thank you, God, for my family, one of the greatest gifts of all.

08 May 2012

Guess what arrived today?

My costume by Annie Han is here!
(cc) by KEB.

Yes.

It has officially arrived....

My LUST cosplay!

And most importantly...

IT

FITS

PERFECTLY!

In other convention news...Colossal Con had over 500 panel submissions. We were all supposed to be notified by yesterday whether or not we had been accepted. 

I'm still waiting to hear back from them, but based on the number of applicants, I'm going to guess it'll take another week for them to respond. There are several of us who haven't heard a peep yet as to whether we've been approved or rejected.

Honestly, I hate waiting. I'm not the most patient person. When I didn't hear anything by midnight yesterday, I reconciled myself to the fact that they didn't get accepted, and I'd like to mentally move on...especially now that I've found out there's another term writing project due for my novel that I wasn't aware of. 

Which means...I don't have a lot of free time to work on anything else right now. And that includes Power Point presentations

Nonetheless, I'll keep you posted on my panel status. If it turns out they did get approved, I get to pull time out of a hat!