With spring officially upon us, I took the opportunity to clean up my laptop’s hard drive. It’s amazing how many files full of stories, ideas, and assignments I’ve amassed in the past two years as an MFA student. After organizing my stuff in a way that would make Mary Poppins teary with pride, I spotted a folder I had labeled “Old Stuff.” Everything I had written pre-Stonecoast had been placed into that folder prior to my first residency. I haven’t looked at any of the files in there since, so of course, I pulled a Pandora and opened the glittery box. (more…)
I’ve been going back and forth the entire month trying to figure out a topic for my monthly blog post, but I just couldn’t zero in on anything of interest. It’s the curse of the writer’s block. However, while going through some photos I took during Wonder Con last weekend, I realized that I haven’t really blogged about my Ninja Turtles fandom. And that’s kind of a shame because they played such a huge part in my childhood, and they continue to inspire and entertain me to this day (with the exception of Michael Bay’s movies – I’m a fan of Ninja Turtles, not the ugly, illegitimate love children of Shrek and The Hulk).
I’ll just say it up front: I’ve been to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) multiple times, the most recent being in 2013. Without a doubt, that con is the biggest and baddest one in terms of famous guests, exclusive swag, exciting announcements, and amazing booths. Because of the magic of SDCC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of my heroes in the field of entertainment, such as Kevin Eastman (Ninja Turtles co-creator), Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), and Sean Astin (Mikey from The Goonies, Samwise from LOTR, and Raphael in the current TMNT cartoon). A large con like that, however, has many downfalls. There are lines that stretch on forever, hot bodies squished into narrow passageways, limited places to sit and rest, no guarantees on attending that dream panel, and the prices for food, hotel rooms, and other necessities will make any grown Jedi weep for those long-lost days as a padawan frolicking amongst the Ewoks.