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Awesome Con 2017- Day 1

Friday, Day 1:
I woke up about an hour later than usual and had a leisurely but efficient breakfast before heading off to the Metro. I began reading Pack Animals (Torchwood #7) by Peter Anghelides on the long ride to the Library of Congress. While walking from the metro station to the LOC building, I passed two women around my age taking photos of a group of people walking across the street, escorted by the police. I have been watching news nonstop for the past two weeks, but I didn’t recognize anyone in the group (and I’ve been watching a lot of news). Looked like it might have been a representative and her congressional aides, but I’ve no clue. Anyway, I got to the Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress Building a little before 11.

LOC1The Library of Congress put together a really neat pop-up exhibit only available for a few days, called Library of Awesome. It was filled with parts of the LOC collection, grouped by themes. It was a great reminder that the LOC preserves these parts of culture that are important to fans. The people behind me as we went through the different exhibit rooms were in the most AMAZING Wonder Woman and Black Panther outfits ever. There was also a brave young man in an amazing Fantastic Four outfit. There were so many great comics on display, I couldn’t begin to list them all. But I did take photos of some of my favorites. In one room they had clips from TV shows playing and I walked in just as Buffy was sacrificing herself (feels!), following by a clip of Doctor Who with the Tenth Doctor. It was a surreal to be standing in the largest library in the entire world, watching Buffy and Doctor Who and looking at first appearances of comic book characters in print! There was also a neat letter from Gene Roddenbery to Carl Sagan.

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12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #8

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 8: Starfleet Academy

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My favorite Star Trek captain gets to be on my tree as well! This was another given to me by a swap partner.

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12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #2

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 2: Starfleet Academy

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To remember my days in the academy fondly, one of my swap partners sent me this awesome, soft Starfleet Academy ornament.

Quote Friday: DS9

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“I’m no writer, but if I were, it seems to me I’d want to poke my head up every once in a while and take a look around; see what’s going on. It’s life, Jake. You can miss it if you don’t open your eyes.”
~Benjamin Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Thing Thursday: Raised by Nerds

Because I am not a millionaire by any means, there are few artists out there in the ‘verse whose albums I will buy sight unseen (hearing unheard? That doesn’t make sense…). But the Blibbering Humdingers are one group form whom I will always immediately press that “Buy Now” button.

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Their newest album, Raised by Nerds, is a multifandom delight. As always, the quality is top-notch and the humor is in full force. There are some great new-to-me songs, some songs I’ve heard them perform at concerts over the past year or two that hadn’t been previously released, and even some clever covers of other WRockers’ songs. In all, it’s a great collection of songs for anyone with an appreciation for fandom. The only downside of the album I’ve found so far are the painful grammatical errors in several of the song titles *shakes fists at apostrophes that just shouldn’t be apostrophing there.* Oh, actually, I’m still a little sad Battlestar Galactica was left out of “O Captain! My Captain!” but that’s a minor complaint, because the song is still pretty damn epic at over 6 minutes long.

Again, I’m still new to the album, but my current favorites are definitely “Engines Make Me Hot” (I still love Lauren’s version, but more Kaylee everywhere is NEVER a bad thing), 99 Death Eaters in the original German (so freakin’ clever, man), “Key to Your Hearts” (awwwww; who doesn’t want a TARDIS, seriously?), “Hot Girl in the Comic Shop” (I’m not hot, but sometimes even I get looks at the comic book store… though I’m much more the kind of person who would be having that Hulk vs. Spiderman debate internally and not notice being noticed; so I can relate on both sides LOL), and “Dark Mark in the Sky” (so clever and catchy… and I don’t even like westerns…).

I really appreciate the Humdingers representing my generation through music because it gives me a chance to actually get all the references, even fun older ones. And, not to get all deep or anything, but it’s fun thinking about the significance of the title song (and album name). My parents are certainly not at the level of nerddom that I feel I have achieved, but they did make sure I’d listened to Lord of the Rings on audio before I turned 5 and had seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail at least a dozen times before my 12th birthday. I was allowed to watch very few shows as a child, but was always encouraged to watch every episode of Star Trek (they probably wouldn’t have minded me watching Doctor Who with them either, but I saw a baddie in an episode at an early age and was scared of that show until 2005). But I definitely fangirl harder than my parents do/did. Which makes me wonder about the next generation. Does the pendulum swing back a little or does the fandom appreciation grow even more extreme? I hope for the latter. And, given the examples I’ve seen in my friends’ kids, I hope that’s the case for many of them. I see nothing wrong with raising one’s children with a strong appreciation for the good stuff :-) Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t have kids, though. I can’t even imagine having to sit down and have a frank and honest “special” conversation about Highlander 2.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms Written

KeepCalmWriteFanfictionThe year is half over, so I thought it time to evaluate my fanfiction writing progress. I didn’t participate in the annual Harry Potter challenge in May that I’ve done for ten years now, which is sad. But I’m running my own fest in the spring now and it’s been quite pleasant not to have to worry about both at the same time.

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TV Tuesday: Shows to Clean To

Every May I (attempt to) do a pretty thorough cleaning and sprucing up of my house. I take time off work, I put a little money into projects that need a kickstart, and I give myself an excuse to clean things more than usual. I don’t like to watch anything new during that time because that would mean me sitting and staring at a screen instead of being up and about and cleaning. So I like to put on shows in the background that I’ve seen a bunch of times and don’t feel bad about missing bits of.

This spring, I rewatched:

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    Noah’s Arc: one little mention of it in a discussion with a friend and I had to watch the whole series again, minus the terrible movie, sorry boys; it really wasn’t very good. But the series is awesome and will always have a place in my heart.
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    Charmed: I started rewatching it in December and only made it about 3 seasons in, so I picked up there and finished it off again. I’ve probably watched this show more than any other in the world when it comes to rewatches, but not usually all in a row because I typically used to catch whatever was playing on TNT.
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    Star Trek: Deep Space 9: I’ve seen the first two seasons several times, which was all I got through during May, but I’ve only made it through the rest of the show once a few years back; this was a nice excuse to fall in love again.

In addition to being great background accompaniment to housework, I love rewatching good shows. There’s something so enjoyable in marathoning a show that I know so well I can recite bits along with it. It’s like a familiar rhythm or song you can’t help feeling part of. That kind of familiarity always makes me smile (even if things aren’t going so well for the characters during that particular episode).

Thing Thursday: Wand & Card

This year for my birthday, my coworkers appealed to my fandomy nature and gave me this great Star Trek-themed birthday card. They also gave me this great glowy wand because I eyed some of the glow wands that the little girls (who were, we presumed, going to Disney Princesses on Ice) in Minneapolis had.

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So it’s Elsa meets Star Trek. Oh, wait. Jared TWG did that already, didn’t he?

Top Ten: Fandom Creations at Brickfair

Okay, once again I fail at a Top Ten list and had to go Top Fifteen. I don’t see anyone complaining. There is so much fannish goodness that comes out of somewhere like a LEGO fan convention and so much creativity. I couldn’t help but admire more than just ten! Despite being numbered, these are really in no particular order. Click on the photos for bigger versions, please! These previews are somewhat blurry and don’t do them justice. Seriously, click on them for a proper look. Trust me. Also, the titles are my own in most but not all cases, because I have to call them something and not all the MOC cards came out in my photos.

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Quiz: What Star Trek Species Are You?

Quiz: What Star Trek Species Are You?

Answer: Vulcan
You Are Vulcan, You prefer to be alone and learn. You rarely show people what you are feeling. You understand that things take time. Safety is something that usally passes your mind, but you don’t always follow it
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Thoughts: Given the options, I certainly don’t hate this outcome. I feel I’m in excellent company. However, I’m a little worried that I scored so high on Romulan and Borg. Funny how cold logic can be used for evil as easily as good.

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