Five Fandom Friday – New Year’s Fandom Resolutions

Five Fandom Fridays

It’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: New Year’s Fandom Resolutions. I make resolutions every year (some more successful than others), but I don’t think I’ve ever made any specific fandom resolutions So this week’s topic was very interesting to consider. After all, what exactly should a fandom resolution entail? Here’s what I’ve come up with: (more…)

Another Year of Hope and More Art Too – Goals for 2015

I spent the last day of 2014 reflecting on a lot of the things that happened in 2014, like San Diego Comic Con, the RT Convention in New Orleans, Star Wars Day at the Giants, the Avengers Race Weekend in Disneyland, a relaxing and beautiful trip to Monterey, new friends, a new job, and so much more.

I also went back and read my resolutions post from January 1, 2014. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I accomplished the goals I set out for myself in 2014.

  • Production of more art, including some I’d be proud to present in a portfolio – Not only did I produce pieces I’m proud of, but I also had two separate pieces in two different art shows.
  • Regular writing (blogs, short stories, a novel and/or a screenplay) – While I didn’t make much progress on the novel, I did write a short story and blogged regularly for the Girls on the Grid and the Geek Girl Pen Pals.
  • More web creations – I am making better use of my domain. It still needs work, but at least I’m using it.
  • Glorious, amazing mistakes – I made some mistakes. They are mine to learn and grow from.
  • More meaningful interactions with those I care about – I’ve had some great trips with family and friends and feel like I’ve made my time with them count.
  • As to my goal about not buying books – I mostly succeeded with that one. But I was not very successful about decreasing my to-be-read list. Part of the problem was that I attended the RT Convention for the first time and came home with more book s!

Clearly I want to continue living my life according to the goals I set in 2014 (especially continuing to reduce reading pile), but I’d like to add to last year’s goals.  Here are things I am going to strive for in 2015 (that aren’t blogging related because I wrote about that already):

  • Try to compliment someone every day – Stop for a moment and think about how you feel when you receive those random, genuine compliments from strangers. I know how I feel and I want to try to spread that brief moment of joyful recognition and appreciation to others.
  • Collaborative art projects – I’ve met some really talented people in the past year with distinct skills and styles. I’ve been thinking a lot about different projects that could combine my skills with theirs and I hope to bring many of those ideas to fruition.
  • Pursue opportunities to sell my art – I’ve created some interesting work in the past year and want to continue to do so. But that means those completed works need somewhere to go. I’m already at limited wall space and there is only so much work you can give to friends and family. It’s time to put some of it out in the world and see if others will pay for it.
  • Get out more, including on dates – as much as I’m loathe to admit it, I probably should get out and try to date more. It’s not that I think I need someone else to be happy (I’m pretty happy), but I want someone to be able to share more of life with.  Susan Sarandon has a great little speech in the movie Shall We Dance:

Why is it do you think that people get married? …..Because we need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”

So those are my goals for 2015, what are yours? And how are you doing on day 1 of this wonderful new year?

Five Fandom Friday – New Year’s Blogging Resolutions

Five Fandom FridaysIt’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: New Year’s Blogging Resolutions. I make resolutions every year (some more successful than others), but I don’t think I’ve ever made any specific blogging resolutions (well other than the general ‘write more’). So this week’s topic was perfect to force me to consider where to go with my blogging and how to get there. (more…)

2013: Foster Creativity…

One thing that I know was majorly lacking from 2012 for me was creative endeavors. I had big plans for several things and I continued to work towards my eventual career shift, but that work was mostly on the technical side.  But, I didn’t really foster my creativity. I did one Talenthouse invite, and admittedly even that was kind of half-assed just due to the many demands on my time.

So this year, I’m making it a priority to work on creative things.  Luckily, I finally get to start taking some more artistic classes – so that should help. But, I want to do more than just my required schoolwork. For one thing, I know it makes me happier and usually provides stress relief as well.  That in of itself is a good reason to attempt more creative projects.  I’m not putting any definitions on what they can be either. Decorating cupcakes and cakes and writing blog posts are just as valid as working on paintings and drawings.

But as they say, goals and resolutions should have some specificity to ensure measurable progress.  As such, I have come up with a few specific objectives. I want to participate in at least four Talenthouse creative invites. And as of last night, I have decided on another specific, measurable creative endeavor for the year.

Philip Pullman's Fiary Tales from the Brothers Grimm book coverI received Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version from the publisher as a promotion.  As I read the introduction last night I was struck by the comment that fairy tales are composed of flat, stock characters <maybe extract a direct quote>.  Essentially, fairy tales are about telling the story and as such they lack distinct character development, descriptive passages, and defined settings.  Any descriptions that are present are very generic (deep forest, golden hair, etc.).  The stories change based on the person telling the tale.  This is what makes fairy tales so ripe for interpretation.  Recently, we have seen many new takes on fairy tales (Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters, Snow White and the Huntsman  Mirror Mirror).  However, this is not a new phenomenon.  Consider the Disney interpretations over the years, Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theater, the series of Fairy Tale movies that included Puss in Boots with Christopher Walken, etc.  You need only do a search of Snow White or Sleeping Beauty on IMDB to find out how frequently fairy tales are reinterpreted.

So what is my point in all this? I’ve decided that I want to visually interpret every tale included in Pullman’s book (there are 50).  I’m not making any rules other than that I will do one a week (and my week will begin on Mondays – this should help by providing a full weekend at the end of the week to complete each piece).  This week – it’s The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich.  So, before next Monday expect to see something related to the aforementioned tale.