27 June 2013

Hello from SHU!

(c) Seton Hill University
I thought I'd take a brief moment to let you guys know that I'm in Pennsylvania right now, on campus at Seton Hill University in the computer lab!

First day of classes here and everything is good so far. I woke up at 5:30am for some unholy reason, but that meant I had plenty of time to get ready for classes and do homework that I hadn't completed yet.

Probably the most helpful thing I picked up from today's modules is my practice pitch. I got up in front of the classroom and winged what I'd say to a prospective agent and the class seemed very interested in my book, The Name and the Key. I was very encouraged by my classmates and friends, especially since I will be pitching my book to agent Suzie Townsend of the New Leaf Literary Agency. If I do what I did in class today, I think I'll have a positive experience.

In other news, we got our Seton Hill graduating class yearbooks today. They look ridiculously awesome!

My project for the graduating class is our student programs. Seton Hill publishes an official commencement program that communicates the bare bones about the graduating students--our names, the name of our theses, etc.

I made this year's student graduation programs! (c) KEB
The student program goes into a little bit more detail about us. I collected headshots, small biographies, and then had everyone write me a biography of their thesis project. The booklet's like 12 pages long, and unfortunately I worked on it up until the last minute...my poor family had to do all of the work for me, assembling the programs after picking it up from Office Max.

On the plus side, here's a photo of the covers. I tried to do an art-nouveau theme (if you notice, the font is the same one from American Horror Story, tee hee!) that I hope looks elegant and funky.
Meanwhile, I'm killing time in the computer lab until I leave at 5:00pm to listen to my friend Sami read from her thesis, Married to the Wind. 

I know I owe this website SO MANY updates...hopefully when I'm done with school I'll have a chance to get to the fun stuff, like my super-late review of Colossalcon!

17 June 2013

This website is pretending to be me. Help!!!!!

Image (cc) Wikimedia Commons
I must be really climbing the ladder of success if I'm already having people try to impersonate me online.

I do try to keep tabs on my name and my visibility on the web, so imagine my surprise when I Googled my name and came across a ridiculous-sounding website called 

"Kristina Elyse Buttrueke." 

That part doesn't bother me, because obviously it isn't me.

What pisses me off is that the website claims to be "the official website of fantasy author Kristina Elyse Butke" and the person who set it up used my post tags and labels to generate content that could plausibly pass for topics I would write about.

They even use tags for the names of my novels!! Here are some photos of the offending site, with my comments added in red. Click the pics to read:

The site is powered by Wordpress but because it's a registered domain I would have to contact the owner of the website to complain. Worpress doesn't actually deal with content anyway; they're just hosts so that can't do anything.

Of course, the owner of the website has not published his or her info for them to be contacted.

Also, they have disable comments, which also prevents me from contacting them and complaining. 

What truly sucks about this is now that I know people are impersonating me, I am now FORCED to join more social media platforms than I'd like to in order to PROTECT MY IDENTITY.  That means I'm going to have to be on motherfapping Facebook again. 

Puke puke puke puke. 

Has this every happened to any of you before? Do you have any helpful suggestions for me? What should I do? 

16 June 2013

Wie spät ist es?

Photo (cc) by Snuf75x
I'm a little time-scrambled ever since Colossalcon, and things are a little off-kilter as I try to catch up on all the things I've fallen behind on since finishing The Name and the Key. 

Right after my book was due, all of my final papers were due. Then I tried to get ready for Colossalcon in addition to helping out at my cousin's wedding, doing projects for family, and hand-sewing my cosplay.

I feel like I haven't had a real break since April, and I knew June would be a very rough month. We're halfway through it and I'm burned out again!

In TEN DAYS I'll be at my last residency at Seton Hill. In FIFTEEN DAYS I'll have my MFA degree in hand, and then I'll drive to Maryland to visit my sister and her fiance for a few days. Busy, busy, busy!

Here's all the stuff I have to do:

  • Write Colossalcon post (trust me, these posts take me forever to do!)
  • Finish "voice actor" book post
  • Do contest art on DA that I've owed since April
  • Email Writer Toolkits to all the panel attendees at Colossalcon who signed up for them
  • Finish cleaning up my book (mostly editing but one new chapter)
  • Burn it to disc and submit as formal thesis
  • Critique six manuscripts for school
  • Pitch my book to New Leaf Literary Agency
  • Prepare my costume for the Princess Bride Ball at school
  • Finish composing song for animation project
  • Get mentor presents and farewell cards
  • Finish graduation ceremony student programs
  • Respond to all the direct messages I got on dA (like six of them)
  • Follow-up with artists who owe me commissions 
  • Continue storyboarding Son of the Siren
  • Continue writing The Step and the Walk
  • Finish updating this website
  • Review Michael Montoure's book Counting From Ten --I got a free copy and I owe him a review
  • Review Jeannie Lin's The Sword Dancer --I won this from Goodreads and I owe them a review 
I don't know how long all of this will take me, but it definitely seems like I need to get the majority of it done in ten days, which is insanity. 

Wish me luck, and stay tuned for fun updates!

14 June 2013

I owe you guys some updates!!!

Holy moly!!

I've been very, very busy. I can't wait to type up my Colossalcon recap, plus I have some posts in pending that I need to finish and publish...not updating since May is very, very wrong of me!

In the meantime, here's a photo to tide you over until posts of substance take hold:

Male and Female Gankutsuo: The Count of Monte Cristo

Yep! On Friday I ran into a man properly cosplaying Gankutsuou and I had to get a picture with him. He nailed the cosplay--he's very close to the animated character, sans the blue...whereas I'm a creative interpretation of the character.

Don't we look awesome? Many thanks to his lovely lady who took this photo for me from my iPhone.