November 21, 2014

Machinima Expo 7

Machinima -- or as I define it, virtual filmmaking -- has been a part of my life since about the year 2000, when I stumbled into a small, international community of animators while researching the potential for machinima's commercial use.

I left all the research at the door. The community was overwhelmingly friendly, fun, collaborative, and talented. I attended shows, I met folks for dinner; we even had a little Los Angeles get together once a year or so. bought the domain, and I worked for that company for a while. But I left because I was not interested in machinima becoming a mainstream, monetizing video channel for the gamer masses. I was then and am still now connected to the independent spirit and talent around the world that continues to amaze me with its creativity, flexibility, and quality.

I always dream Handler's Break will some day be made into a movie. I'd be more than happy with a machinima film. Even a machinima trailer. Too bad I don't have one lick of machinima talent (or patience) of my own!

So happy seventh Machinima Expo, everyone. I'm glad to be a part of your community, and glad we can still all get together to celebrate this magnificent art form! If you've dropped by from the Expo, leave me a note :)

Join us on November 23, from 9am-4pm PST (with after-party hosted in Second Life).

July 23, 2014

One Day at SDCC

My husband and I will be zipping on down to San Diego this weekend to enjoy a day at SDCC. Well, "enjoy" is my way of avoiding being negative about it. I have grown to loathe SDCC; it is too crowded and we never seem to get a hotel. Anywhere. In the state.

It does have its charm and is always full of surprises, so we'll see what the day brings. I'm not trooping, no cosplay, not even hawking my book...... not buying anything... not even sure what I'm doing there, to be honest!

But just for fun, I'm going to wear a QR code on my back and see if anyone comes to the site.

So if you found your way here by way of SDCC 2014, please leave a comment! Free codes to all who leave comments (no matter how you arrived)!!!


September 3, 2013

Con Withdrawal

With Dragon*Con over, I, like many others, find myself pining while re-adjusting to the real world. But if there's one place to be inspired to kick my passions (ehem, addictions) into full gear, it's Dragon*Con.

First, I saw one of my favorite authors every day (Timothy Zahn)... mostly by chance... and that means the stars are telling me to write more fiction.

Second, there were some darn creative costumes to make me wonder why I bothered with some of the passé film, game, and tv characters I was attempting to replicate. Next year I'm going full bore on my Twisted Cinderella, which, if done right, could easily win a costume contest. And there are many other costumes to try out. It seems I'm venturing away from Star Wars into the unknown!

I got my Jayne hat. And a giant stuffed Octopus. I'm a happy girl.


For those of you more local to So Cal, this weekend I'll be at the Ventura ComicCon (C4). Mostly Sunday, partly in costume and partly at the 501st Legion table, and hopefully a little bit on Saturday.

Hope to see you there :-)