Sarah's birthday isn't until May, but she wanted to do something a little earlier so we all planned to go to London for the day. Initially, the plan was to go and see a performance of Les Misérables but the ticket prices were way too high, so Sarah suggested we go to the Natural History museum instead. I wasn't really all that sure it was the best idea, since it's half term at the moment and everywhere is packed with people, but we had a pretty good day out anyway!
I first met Moose at the Udderbelly Festival at Southbank. The Udderbelly has become a bit of a special 'us' thing since we spent so much time there the first year we started dating. Since then, we've made a point to try and get there every year. We were spoiled with gorgeous Summery weather today, so he and I sat down with the sun on my back and a really cold pint of Guinness, and we had a game of Magic the Gathering while we waited for the others to arrive.
After leaving Southbank, we headed to the Natural History museum. Sadly, my predictions were correct and there were queues everywhere! We were ushered around the back to avoid most of them, but it did sadly mean we couldn't see any dinosaurs because the line to get into the dino area was just insane. Still! We had a fun time looking around the mammals and creepy deep sea creatures before heading back to Southbank to meet our buddy Wrath and grab some dim sum. Lovely day out, but honestly I'm happy avoiding tourist destinations on half term holidays, I think. Sure wish I was back in Southbank playing Magic with the sun on my back!
I have taken so many photos of this abbey, at Christmas, during summer, at night. Bath is still my favourite place in the UK, beautiful and artistic and quirky. Mum and I had a little shop there today while dad played golf locally, and I ended up buying some adorable Hush Puppies wedges in honour of this lovely weather! Hope it lasts long enough to wear 'em, haha.
This is one of my pieces for the Confuzzled art show! I can't be at the con myself (it clashes with MCM Expo and as much as I'd love to go back to Confuzzled, I just can't justify losing the money I make at MCM. it sucks!) But! The lovely Stefi has so kindly offered to hang some pieces in the art show on my behalf!
This year's theme is 'The World of Tomorrow', which breaks my heart because I love retro science fiction and vintage futurism! I'm seriously so bummed I can't attend this year! Hopefully next time it won't clash, because Confuzzled had to be the most friendly con I've had the pleasure of attending.
This is going to be a one off large format print, mounted and ready to frame. I'm super happy with how the print turned out, my new Epson printer is a godsend:
adding new ones as they come to me
bolding old ones as I achieve them!
In a shocking role-reversal, I'm copy-pasting this from an old Livejournal entry I created last year, and adding a few new ones along the way!
Learn to surf, or at least give it a go!
Get married, and have a small, wonderfully themed wedding ('Autumn/Halloween', 'Vintage' or 'Luau')
Go on a cruise down the Thames (a nice evening cruise especially, with wine and music)
Holiday on a canal boat (July, 2011)
Take a flight in Concorde* (it'll never happen now, but I've wanted to do this since I was a kid, so it stays on my bucket list, dangit.)
Publish a comic
Get featured in an anthology of comics or art
Sell art at a convention 1,2,3,4, 5 <-- at this point I've stopped counting!
Go to all of the Disney parks:
--Disneyland Park, California
--California Adventure Park
--Magic Kingdom, Florida
--Disneyland Park, Paris
--Walt Disney Studios Park
--Hong Kong Disneyland
Go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida
Meet Danny Elfman - came close! Saw him live in concert and that's probably the closest I'll ever come!
Visit the Valve studios in Seattle
Own MOC (mint on card) My Little Pony 'Gypsy'
Go on a 'Wolf Walk' in Reading
Go diving (even if it's just a little shallow dive)
--Similarly, swim around a coral reef, among tropical fish
Own a dog
Swim in the Pacific Ocean (I can't believe I've not yet done this!)
Swim in the Dead Sea
Visit the 'Wonders' of the World:
-Great Pyramid of Giza
--Great Wall of China
--Leaning Tower of Pisa
--Great Barrier Reef
Go to New York and do all that crazy New York stuff
Ride in a helicopter
Ride in an air balloon
Own my own place
Have a pony room!
Go to an ice hotel
Swim with dolphins
Fly first class
Do a 'high ropes' course somewhere
Go on a banana boat ride
Bask on a tropical island
Do a Caribbean Cruise
Attend Jonathan Coulton's JoCo Cruise Crazy!
Drink out of a coconut
Cram all of my friends into a photo booth and take some dumb photos
Do all the achievements in TF2
Get a pentakill in League of Legends
Be a bridesmaid
See the Northern Lights
Go hunt sabbing
Go to SDCC
--And PAX East
--And PAX Prime
Subject to change... and grow!
Today was one of those really lazy, 'dead' Saturdays where I wanted to get so much done and yet succeeded in doing absolutely nothing.
Well, I say nothing. Today I played Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, Awesomenauts and Don't Starve. In that respect it was quite productive, because I hardly ever play Awesomenauts and I've never touched Don't Starve despite buying it last year somewhen. Much like 99% of my Steam library. I have a Steam Sale Problem, okay?
I did manage to sort out my little art corner, though. I've been in a heck of a funk lately. I have conventions around the corner and I know I need to draw new pieces for them, but I just can't seem to find a spark. People give me ideas all the time but it all seems to fall flat. I know what I want to draw, I just don't know how I want to draw it. That's kind of the reason I've thrown myself so heavily into the necklaces, because at least they're something new and exciting if not actual art pieces. Blah. Maybe the conventions just aren't close enough yet. I've always 'joked' that if it weren't for the eleventh hour, I'd get nothing done. :P
Anyway, in sorting out my desk, I realised I never did share this marker card!
Marker cards are meant to be fast and fun, so I'm using them as a chance to draw things I love, but wouldn't normally draw. I'm a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan. I owe so, so much to the movie, but that's a blog for another time. I've never actually sat down and drawn any of the characters before, so I figured the marker cards were a great way to change that!
I'm really happy, too! Somebody bought my Twilight Sparkle & Spike marker card from Etsy a while back, and the other day they sent me a message saying how gorgeous it was and how happy they were with it! It means so much to hear from happy customers. It's nice knowing you're doing something right, even when you're in the middle of a big ol' art funk.
I know this blog is tiny, and I'm very new in the geek lifestyle blog-o-sphere. Over on Livejournal, I used to have hundreds of readers. It was so much easier to gain followers and friends there, the community was interwoven and built from the ground up as a place to connect and be connected. I'd join groups for whatever TV show or movie I was into, and the fandom there was second to none - intelligent, fun, creative.
I am stupidly loyal to Livejournal. Years ago, I was bought a permanent account and I still hold it in high regard. LJ is the place I called home for a decade, where I made friends I'm still very close to now, where I shared fanfic and talked fandom and drew a daily webcomic for a whole year about the life and woes of the Tenth Doctor. I still reblog all my entries over to LJ. I will until the website dies, and honestly, when LJ does go the way of Geocities, I will cry genuine, heartfelt, dumb nostalgic tears. A lot of fandom moved over to Tumblr, but Tumblr doesn't have a community that holds the same sense of heart - if nothing else, the lack of comment system has seen to that.
I wanted a central hub to call my own online. I've always had a website for art, but these days people don't really bother with them all that much, preferring instead to use Facebook fan pages, DeviantART or Tumblr to act as their online portfolios. I needed something more here, and that's where the blog came in. In looking elsewhere for community, I found lifestyle bloggers, fashion bloggers, and finally, thankfully, perfectly, geek lifestyle bloggers! Girls who, like me, loved being girls, loved girlie things, but also loved video games, board games, movies, TV shows and comic books as much as I do! I've always found a dumb conflict between those things. I love fashion, styling my hair, shopping for clothes. My not-so-secret, not-so-guilty pleasure comes in the form of 90210. I love all that silly 'normal' stuff. I read 'Glamour' magazine, for crying out loud.
I spend every single evening playing 5 hours+ of League of Legends, Team Fortress 2 or Wildstar. I sell video game art at comic book conventions. I cosplay. I own like fifteen MtG decks, an army of Lizardmen (largely collecting dust), I've played Medic in various ETF2L highlanders. I flew out to America, twice, for Starsky & Hutch conventions. Up in the loft, I have over a thousand My Little Ponies (oldschool collector!), every single issue of Sonic the Comic in pristine condition and about twenty video game consoles. I watch cartoons. I draw cartoons. I love being a geek, or a nerd, or whatever the heck the lingo is these days. And most of my friends are guys, because it's so rare finding girls into this stuff, even though I KNOW you're out there! I know you are! Hello!
Which is why I'm so glad I've found places like 'Female Geek Bloggers' over on Google+. I've since found a ton of cool, awesome, creative girls who get it. Finding a community without a backbone like Livejournal is difficult, and I'm so glad places like Bloglovin' make it easier to follow people regardless of blogging platform. Easier, but still not easy.
Which is why I originally started typing out this long waffly post. I guess I'm trying to say thank you ! To anyone who has stumbled across my blog here and taken the time to follow me or comment. I really appreciate it. I feel pretty disjointed since LJ became such a sparse place to blog, so I'm very thankful that I'm still able to reach out, in some tiny form, here, on my personal blog.
Let's be friends! :)
I spent the past couple of days in London with Moose since he's back there over Easter for work. On Tuesday, we decided to check out the Loading Bar, a gaming bar that opened up a few years ago now in Cornwall and has since expanded to London. They recently changed venue, from a very convenient little cafe in Soho to a pub all the way out in Dalston. It's a shame the new venue is so far out of the way, because the whole place is far more suitable for gaming.
While Moose, Wrath and I waited for Kingsley to arrive, we played a little Magic: The Gathering upstairs. Well, I spent most of the time sleeving my new commander deck (Power Hungry red/black/green) while the guys played, but still! It was then we noticed a TV crew was in full swing getting ready for ...something! We kept low and when the game was over and Kingsley had arrived, we decided to pack up and go find food before the evening's Tabletop Gaming. That was when a guy came over to us and asked us to keep playing so they'd have gamers on camera. They were filming for a new channel that's started up in London called London Live and they were doing a feature on Loading Bar. Uhh, okay! But Moose and Wrath really didn't fancy being a part of it, so they decided to play... Snap. With Magic cards. I can only hope a real MtG fan watched and wondered what the hell we were doing, haha.
Anyway, after food we headed back to the bar for Tabletop Tuesday! The bar doesn't actually open officially in its new location until Thursday (today, in fact!) so we weren't sure if many people would turn up, but the place was actually packed by the time we got settled into a great long game of Smash Up!
I won. Turns out wizard dinosaurs, alien ninjas or steampunk pirates really aren't much of a match for a cavalry of giant plant bears.
Loading Bar is an amazing idea - gaming pubs and bars is something I've wanted to see happen for the longest time. It's unfortunate their venue is now so far away from even a local tube stop, because I can't imagine many people who aren't locals will make the trek. I hope I'm wrong! I appreciate London prices make good location + decent venue impossible maths, but I wonder if maybe the idea would be better suited to a smaller city with a more centralised hub of gaming fans. Like Bristol. Just sayin'.
So, after a lot of trial and error and air-bubble battles, I've finally created a good batch of nerdy necklaces! I'm so pleased with these and I can't wait to make more!
I've currently got this little mixed up batch available for sale over on Etsy, but by convention season (May 4th is my next convention), I plan on having whole sets of Bioshock vigors, My Little Pony cutie marks and Portal 2 Personality Cores for sale! It's been a lot of work and a lot of cussing along the way, but I'm so pleased to finally have a craft I can add to my table! I've always wanted to offer something a little more tangible than just prints, but honestly had no idea where to start until I finally bit the bullet and went for it!
You can find these over on my at http://reaperfox.etsy.com while they're available :)
My new business cards came today! All ready for convention season next month! The other side just has my website addy, DeviantART, Twitter, Etsy etc. :)
Conventioneer is totally a word.
I was pretty optimistic when I thought I could keep blogging daily up while Moose was visiting! I haven't seen him in six weeks so we've been kind of busy catching up on lost time - which has mainly involved playing video games together, admittedly.
On Saturday, he and I went to Bristol to celebrate Luke's birthday with some friends. We saw Winter Soldier, which was pretty great. I had no idea what to expect going into the film - it's actually really handy that a bunch of my friends are proper comic book fans because whenever the movies throw new villains and characters at us, we can turn to them for explanation. Also, Falcon was pretty much the best.
Yesterday, Moose and I headed out to the Bath & West Show for a Toy & Train Collector's Fair. Dad and I used to go there a lot when I was younger and I often found original My Little Ponies for sale. I kind of went with high hopes that now MLP is actually considered a 'collectable', I'd find a ton of vendors selling them, but there weren't any apart from a couple of G3s. Yawn.
I'm off to London later today to spend a couple of days with him there, so I'm going to try and take a lot of cool photos for the blog if nothing else! For now, have a picture of a cute cow, in what I consider the Most Countryside Photo Ever.
I'm Selena, an artist, blogger and gamer - but maybe not always in that order! Dream Somehow is a blog dedicated to travel, art, geeky adventures, gaming, life in the South West of England, vintage style and a little bit of Disney Dreaming! If you'd like to know a bit more about me, click here!
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