Going back to Hogwarts

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This is a blog post that has circulated quite a few times in the past few years, as a way that I’ve introduced myself in the Potter fandom. It’s a pretty condensed version of a more detailed, longer post that I once wrote but that has since been long lost into the vast universe that is the internet. HPANA – and the friends that I met there – are a very large part of how I got so involved in the Potter fandom, and subsequently into other fandoms, and the Sci-Fi/Fantasy community in general. At a time when I had become very unhappy in life, very unsure of who I was, and pretty much cut myself off from everyone, this site and it’s members welcomed me, embraced me, and made me feel like I had somewhere I could go and be completely myself: no pretenses, no fakeness, no trying to be someone I wasn’t. It didn’t matter my race, my background, my religious preference (or lack thereof), my job, my status, etc.; they became my friends because we shared one single common interest in a book. Wouldn’t it be great if all relationships could be that simple?

You know the bond that people feel towards their sports teams, their Alma Maters, their fraternities and sororities? Fandom gives the same feeling to those of us who don’t share (or simply don’t care) about those other experiences. It gives us a different way to meet new people, to bond and to learn to accept people as they are, similar and different.

(Re-blogged from a post from 2010).

I decided to re-visit this post for a couple of different reasons today: first, because it makes me smile to be able to go back and read about something on the internet that had a positive impact on my life, and make me happy. So much of what I see online these days is just so damn depressing, disheartening, and discouraging. I needed a smile on my face today, and the previous post did just that.

The second reason I am posting this is because it is very relevant to a long-awaited event that I’ve been planning for a couple of years now: this weekend, I am going back to Hogwarts and – for the first time I will get to meet, hug, and hang out with some of the amazing people I met because of this little book series called “Harry Potter”. Evelyn is traveling from Indonesia; Siti hails from Thailand. Karen is coming from Washington state, Alisha and her family are coming in from N.C. All of us have been online friends since 2005, when I stumbled onto a site known then as H.P.A.N.A. (Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator).

Throughout the years, we have exchanged annual Christmas/holiday cards, participated in a Secret Santa exchange (this year will be number 8!). Along with others who for various different reasons were unable to make the trip, we have supported each other through life’s successes and defeats; marriages and divorces and babies being born and loved ones transitioning – we have maintained these long-distance bonds of friendship for longer than I ever imagined was possible. Through Harry Potter, they have become this amazing extended family and I will cry with joy and laughter the moment I am able to hug these women and share the experience of the Wizarding World with them.

“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home”. – J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

 

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Sci-Fi Party Line #302 Walking Dead – The Trash Took Out Itself

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Well, this doesn’t look good :-/

Cat and I recorded two nights in a row, because there was no way we could let this episode go by without mention. Listen to us discuss that unexpected turn of events (that Cat unknowingly predicted) as we try to figure out if this new power player will change the game, and whether Carl’s death actually humanized Negan in our eyes.

http://scifipartyline.com/2018/03/sci-fi-party-line-302-walking-dead-the-trash-took-out-itself/

Sci-Fi Party Line #301 – Walking Dead RIP Carl

carol-grimes-1082241Last Sunday brought the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, and the long, drawn out (and unnecessary) death of original character Carl Grimes. Listen to Cat and I discuss how pissed we (and by we, I mean I) am about Carl’s demise, what we think it will mean for the show, and who we think is next on the chopping block.

http://scifipartyline.com/2018/03/sci-fi-party-line-301-walking-dead-rip-carl/

Sci-Fi Party Line #297 – Cloverfield Paradox

cloverfield.0The SFPL crew found a way to push our busy schedules to the side and all come together so that we could discuss the unexpected WTH-ness of the latest entry into the Cloverfield universe. To say that there were some…strong feelings might be a bit of an overstatement :).

You can listen to the podcast here: http://scifipartyline.com/2018/02/sci-fi-party-line-297-the-cloverfield-paradox/

So let’s talk about…my obsession with Outlander (Part 1)

51PrW27sXWL._SX166_SY265_I think it is only right that I start the year’s first blog post talking about the focus of my current fandom obsession: OUTLANDER (both the book series by Diana Gabaldon and the hit TV show on STARZ based on them). This post will most likely be split into two parts, because I am not exaggerating when I say I can talk about Outlander until my teeth fall out!

In a season where I have not had time to watch/catch up on any of my regular, favorite shows, Outlander has become one of my absolute, go-to, MUST SEE shows.  Continue reading

Let’s try this again…

new-year-1.jpg*crawls out of hiding* Happy New Year!

If you didn’t already know, writer’s block is a bitch.

It’s a funny thing to consider yourself a writer, but being unable to write. Aside from the one post earlier this year at the passing of Richard Hatch, I have not touched this blog since before last year’s Dragon Con. Writing has always been a source of comfort and refuge for me, but the past 12 months? Nope. Even now, I am struggling just to get this small little post out, but I know that once I do I can get out of this writer’s purgatory I’ve been in and get back to having fun with my words.

2017 was a weird year for me in a lot of ways. I didn’t have the energy (or time, really) to write like I wanted, but I did find myself doing things I should have been writing about. Fandom-wise, it was a great year for me: I got to meet a long-time favorite (Ming-Na Wen, at both Dragon Con and Heroes & Villains Atlanta conventions), I found a new obsession (the Outlander series – TV show and books), and I got to go to three conventions this year (CONjuration, in addition to the aforementioned conventions). I sat on five different panels this year at Dragon Con, talking about shows that I have only recently gotten in to (Arrow, Riverdale), as well as my usual HP stuff. I did get some podcasting done this year with the SFPL crew, although not as much as I would have liked.

I would like to get more done in 2018, including keeping this blog going and up-to-date. I really did figure that with all of the entertainment sites, bloggers, vloggers, etc., that my little page wouldn’t be missed at all, but in the past few weeks I have had people asking me to come back to it for 2018. To those of you who have kept in touch and expressed interest in my thoughts, thank you. A little encouragement is a great motivator.

So here’s the first of what I hope will be many post updates for 2018. In the next few days, I will sum up some fandom moments that were my favorite new obsessions (hello. Outlander!) and some that I did not care for (WTH, The Walking Dead! CARL?!?!?!). Looking forward to the talks and debates we will have this year. If there’s anything you’d like to hear my thoughts on, let me know! Happy New Year!