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!

 

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I’m going back to…Dragon Con

dragonscifipartylinelogo_black2016Dragon Con is just over TWO WEEKS AWAY and I am starting to feel excited. Once again, I will get to represent Sci-Fi Party Line as media. I will also be sitting on a few panels and for the first time, I get to be a judge for a costume contest! Bring it on!

As of right now, I will be sitting on two panels each from the American SF & Fantasy Media and YA Lit Tracks. This is the information I have so far; I will continue to update this post as new information comes about (dates/times are subject to change):

Friday, September 2

  • Shannara Chronicles- Ellcrys Visions (Friday, Sept. 1 10:00 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) MTV expands on their original content with the premiere season of the adaptation of Terry Brooks’ epic series. This first year we meet some of the main characters and then lost them. Did you think they achieved what they tried to or is this a series that will need to grow?
  • The Whedon Track Costume Contest (Friday, Sept. 1 4:00 PM. Macon Room, Sheraton) Have a costume inspired by the works of Joss Whedon? Enter our costume contest for a chance to win a prize in one of our 6 categories. Cancelled to accommodate additional track guests.

Saturday, September 3

  • Game of Thrones – Moving Past the Page (Saturday, Sept. 2, 11:30 AM. Room M301-303, Marriott) Season Review – As we move past the books, viewers were treated to upheavals in most of the factions within a song of Ice and Fire. Keeping to the series, we’ll discuss how this season changed so much within this world.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) Discussion (Saturday, Sept. 3, 1:00PM. International North, Hyatt) Cursed Child SPOILER ZONE! We’ll discuss reactions, theories, and how Cursed Child does (or doesn’t) fit in with canon, and how it impacts fans.

Sunday, September 4

  • Fantastic Beasts and the Upcoming Movie Trilogy (Sunday, Sept. 3, 4:00 PM. Centennial I, Hyatt) We’re two months from the movie–what do we know? What are we excited to see? What about the new stories about the American wizarding world and Ilvermorny?

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

ScFi Party Line #245 Sleepy Hollow – Ode to Abbie

imageThis past weekend three of the members of SFPL got together to discuss the shocking, and unwelcome demise of one of our favorite characters from Sleepy Hollow, Lt. Abigail Mills. (And no, I’m STILL not okay with this.)

Cat, Darrell and I also pay some tribute to Joe Corbin, who we lost in the previous episode, and reflect on one of last season’s shocking departures in the form of Captain Frank Irving, played by Orlando Jones.

You can listen to the episode here; you can also read my views on the departure of Nicole Beharie/Abby Mills here.

Dragon Con guest announcements: The 100

PhotoGrid_1460587632867Dragon Con has been making quite a few guest announcements over the past couple of weeks, and most of them feature one or more cast members from various shows. Today’s announcements feature three members of the cast of The CW’s sci-fi/dystopian series The 100: Jarod Joseph, Sachin Sahel and Lindsey Morgan.

The 100 began as a show about survivors who lived on a space station after Earth’s atmosphere was destroyed by a series of nuclear bombs. Now that the space station survivors are back on Earth, there has been a major power-struggle between them and the various Grounder clans – the descendants of the people who were left behind on Earth, as well as within their own ranks.

Joseph plays Nathan Miller, one of the original 100 juveniles offenders sent back down to Earth in order to ascertain whether the Earth’s atmosphere was safe. Sachin Sahel plays Jackson, the medical assistant of the Skaikru nation, the name given to the survivors once they returned to live on Earth. Lindsey Morgan plays Raven Reyes, a super intelligent woman who is pretty much the technological brains of Skaikru. All three actors have been on the show since it’s first season, and all of their characters are dealing with some major issues on the show.

You can listen to myself, Cat and Eric talk about The 100 on episode #244 of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 2-5. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Sci-Fi Party Line #220: Game of Thrones – Hardhome

imageIn the latest episode of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast, we discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” and also talk about the controversy surrounding the last few episodes and how the violence of the show compares to other shows we currently record about. Emotions are high in this episode, and the language is a bit more colorful than usual, but it wouldn’t be good TV if it didn’t provoke these responses, right?

The crew for this episode are myself (@hmrpotter), Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister) and Eric (@bullittWHO)

http://scifipartyline.com/?powerpress_embed=3089-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

Sci-Fi Party Line #218: Salem

Salem Season 2 promo. Credit: WGN

Salem Season 2 promo. Credit: WGN

In the latest episode of the Sci-Fi Party Line podcast, Cat and I tackle the tv show “Salem” for the first time. We give a brief recap of last season (what we could remember after such a long hiatus) and talk about our thoughts on the season 2 premiere, “Cry Havoc”. Take a listen:

http://scifipartyline.com/?powerpress_embed=3072-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

Dragon Con 2014: Podcast Recording of “Growing Up to Save the World

From L-R: Tariq Kyle, Kevin Bachelder, Mary Moline, and Hanako M.Ricks discuss "Growing Up to Save the World"at Dragon Con 2014. Photo credit: Anthony Liggins

From L-R: Tariq Kyle, Kevin Bachelder, Mary Moline, and Hanako M.Ricks discuss “Growing Up to Save the World”at Dragon Con 2014. Photo credit: Anthony Liggins

This year at Dragon Con 2014, I had the pleasure of participating in a fan panel titled, “Growing Up to Save the World.” The panel was featured on the Whedonverse track, and the discussion was about the teenage antagonists/protagonists associated in television, film, and literature, and the pressures and consequences they face when the responsibilities of saving the world fall at their feet.

One of my co-panelists was Kevin Bachelder of the podcast Tuning Into Sci-Fi TV, and he recorded the panel live, and has now made it available via podcast. You can listen to the panel in its entirety here.