Time And . . .

RELATIVE DIMENSION IN SPACE. Ummm … my weeks seem to be running together. Day after day, week after week simply skitter by with no hope of reigning in their vanishing. It’s all very strange. It makes planning my activities difficult. After all, how do you schedule things when the allotted time sucks into nothingness?

Plans are concepts. So is time. Oh, wow. I think I just opened a can of worms with that–I took a moment to google “is time a concept” and came up with this article, written in 2012.  “Time does not exist …” A bit radical, but it’s exactly how I’m feeling about time right now.

Now, I can hear a certain very knowledgable individual spouting off all kinds of rubbish (well, to this brain, at least—insert eye roll). You know … it’s a “timey-wimey” thing. Honest. I think there is something to this and perhaps the Doctor would agree …

I could certainly use his assistance to assure that my blogs are done on time these days. Too many doctors appointments or physical therapy, book signings, meetings of one sort or another … sometimes I wonder if time is standing still and all of these appointments and meetings are just backing up like the over-packed freeways on a holiday weekend, leaving absolutely no room for anything else. Or, as I said before … vanishing before my eyes! My sieve-of-a-memory certainly isn’t helping (eye-roll here) …

Oh! But now he’s not going to be a “he”—or at least won’t be fairly soon! I am looking forward to the Doctor’s new regeneration in the annual special at Christmastime. Our illustrious Doctor will be changing gender—to a beautiful and quite intelligent woman! When Missy and the Doctor next meet, it’s going to be very interesting! Yes, indeed! And, since I’m not doing it justice, here’s a blog piece that did! (Well done and thank you, Mark, for letting me use your blog post!)

Doctor number four (Tom Baker, with his wonderful, deep speaking voice and crazy curly locks … and that scarf—yes, I love that scarf!) will always be my First and Favourite Doctor, but I will be cheering for the new one—for a change. The series has been around since the 60’s—don’t you think it’s high time for a new change?

I wonder if the new Doctor would be interested in helping me juggle my time issues …

Aah, well. Probably not. Probably for the best, really. I’ll need to sort it all out on my own—well, at least it appears I’ve managed a decent blog for this week … well, perhaps.

Would you like a jelly baby?

Next Saturday (the 29th of July) will find me in LaSelva Beach at a summer festival with my books! Until then, have a blessed weekend and upcoming week, my friends.

 

The After Glow

GROAN … I COULD TAKE THIS BLOG in so many different directions, it’s not even funny. Trying to fine tune it to a singular direction might be tricky, so if I stray … please forgive me. There’s so much to talk about that this will probably be a multi-part blog. Hope you don’t mind.

Gallifrey One is an awesome event. That’s an understatement. The event is completely volunteer-run and despite a few glitches, it runs smoothly and the staff maintains a wonderfully easy-going demeanor (they may be freaking inside, but few—if any—show it). I did not run into any grumps or curmudgeons during the entire weekend and the attendees (for the most part) were equally great. It’s like one big family. A very big family. Lots of opportunities to make new friends and reacquaint with Gally friends from previous years; plenty of stuff to see—the Vendor’s Room is packed to the gills with cool stuff … and not just Whovian things. There were even Girl Scout cookies. Who can resist GS cookies?? I limited myself to two boxes … and purchased at the very last minute to keep me from gorging on them the entire weekend. And the troop made a cardboard Dalek out of cookie shipping containers. Very cool.

One of the new things they’ve added this year (I have a funny feeling I’ve blogged about this before) is the Sched—and electronic, up-to-date schedule of events for the entire weekend. Each individual could simply peruse the general schedule or sign in and create their very own personalized schedule. It was awesome. I’ve linked you to the last updated schedule that was posted.

Because the organizers want to stay at their LAX Marriott venue, getting a pass can be tricky. But, ooh so worth it! I think I already did a blog on my triumph of attaining one of those precious passes, so I won’t go into any details here. But, please note, they will begin the registration process anew in mid-April. In their words (links are my addition): “join us for GALLIFREY ONE: 28 YEARS LATER, 17-19 February 2017 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel… the twenty-eighth incarnation of the world’s greatest annual Doctor Who family reunion. Tickets go on sale in mid-April (time and date to be announced soon, so watch our website and social media—Facebook and Twitter: #gallifreyone or #gally1—for details), with hotel reservations open in early May. The countdown resets, and begins once again…

I’ve managed to take a boat-load of photos (I’ll post at the end) and found a few links, via the Gally One FB social page that I think you will enjoy:
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There’s this cosplay video … and one about Con Ribbons (she even interviewed David Peterson!) from the Gallifrey One conference to enjoy!

Do make sure you peruse the Gallifrey One FB page … there are so many awesome posts to look through—wonderful comments and photos galore.

One thing I cannot forget—there was a preview (actually two episodes) of Prisoner Zero—a great animated sci-fi serial that will begin airing this fall … in Australia. Here’s their promo:
“Prisoner Zero’ is a science-fiction adventure series for kids. It tells the story of Gem Coll and Tag Anaton, two teenagers from different worlds, living aboard a spaceship called Rogue. They travel to alien worlds to fight monsters from ancient times, free the oppressed from the evil Imperium’s tyranny and find out just who Prisoner Zero is and why the Imperium took away his memories. Leading the fight is Zero himself, aided by Gem’s adoptive parents Del and Bowi Rev, the mysterious alien known only as Librarian and Tag’s personal protection android, Guardian. The Imperium is masterminded by the sly, manipulative General Vykar along with his handpicked team: Prime Tactician Barqel and Prime Assassin Lady Kai.
I’m not an animated serial fan, but this was pretty darn good. It’s target is 10-15 year olds and I don’t think they’ll have a problem drawing them in. They are trying to get someone to carry it in the US and other locations, so if you are interested, start pressuring the networks in your area. They said we could check it out by using #PrisonerZero … but I’m having no luck finding a link to share.

And of course … then, there are my photos [it’s taken forever to off-load photos from my phone—there were over 17,000 photos (no wonder my phone’s been so slow—lol) … told you I take lots of pictures—plus I am very bad at getting them off the phone this last year. This has been long overdue—sorry for the delay] You may click on individual photos to enlarge—and see commentary. There are comments on ALL photos, even though the comments didn’t post here. They did not load in the order I wanted, but at this point, I just want them in the blog (sorry):

Gallifrey One Interview: Colin Baker

One of the many interviews in the main hall. My apologies (gave program away) … I do not recall the names of the two gentlemen to either side of Colin Baker.

GallyOne Interview: StarTrek-The White Iris

Yes, StarTrek. They actually created a rather cool production that picked up after Star Trek went off air. Christopher Doohan played his father’s part (Scotty) and was spot on—as were the other actors. The mannerisms and voice idiosyncrasy of the characters they portrayed were (nearly) perfect!
As one of the original Trekkies, I loved it!

Dalek

One of many roaming the halls of Gally One.

Cosplay: Dalek & Spaceman

These costumes are completely fabulous. Some hand-made, some store-bought. But who cares. They were all great. Here we have a Dalek, plus the “handler” as I call them for one of the costumes that make visibility a wee bit difficult (hence, the handler for safety’s sake). The costumed character is from a team of investigators sent to the Library to find out what happened. One of my favorite series of episodes (and one of my favorite lines come from it).

Nerder Mysteries

I saw this gentleman last year. Great cosplay outfit.
This group was in charge of this year’s convention-wide treasure hunt: “Let Zygon be Zygon”. I played last year—so much fun … but sadly, with all the stuff I was doing, didn’t have time this year.

Osgood "Twins"

Whilst waiting in line to snag a photo with Olivia Oliver (Osgood)—we actually started the line before they planned it should happen (oopsie)—we got to talking and had a great time comparing our likes. Turns out we had a fair amount in common. Unfortunately, I managed to forget her name (sigh … me and my memory), but I do have her email address, so I’ll call her AZDragonFly! Neat young lady!

The Osgood "Triplets"

Waiting in line can be a drag … but never a Dr. Who convention! AZDragonFly and I met up with another Osgood and with the help of a passerby, snapped this shot. We all have our inhalers. I know … you ask, Zygon or Osgood? Does it make a difference?
Our new Osgood is John O’Connor. This shot is from his phone. Thank you John!

Ex-Ter-Mi-Nate the Cookies!

One very, very tired Girl Scout Dalek in the Dealers Room, selling their cookies! Yum!
You can see the Dalek is made completely (well, almost entirely) from the cardboard packaging of Girl Scout cookies. I LOVE IT! Creativity at it’s best!

Me an' Olivia Oliver

My photo op with Olivia was awesome. I’d already chatted with her the day before and earlier in the same day whilst she signed autographs.
She really is a lovely lady! I was thrilled to meet with her.

Olivia Oliver/Osgood

My autographed copy of one of her many poses. Such a sweet lady! My TARDIS bag is the background … teehee.

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Another Interview ...

Sigh. My apologies—it’s all starting to blur now. I am at a loss as to what group they are (most if not all have been part of Dr. Who as actors or in other capacities) … I do know that the second from the left is the one that played Churchill in one of the Who episodes, but this was about something different. Audio stuff (which I have only just discovered). I’ll amend this when I get the right info.

 

 

 

 

It’s A Con …


DEFINITELY A CON … DEFINITELY! But only in the context of a Conference. Once a year, the Los Angeles based Whovians put together a huge meet up of actors, writers, special effects people … and more for those of us that love science fiction and specifically all things Dr. Who.

Ages ago, I participated as an attendee on multiple occasions at the one put on by San Jose based Whovians. Back then, I only attended one day. I don’t recall if it was an all-weekend event, or just a single day, but it was crazy fun. Back when I was young–much younger, and full of energy. When Dr. Who left the airways for so long, my love for the guy never faltered, but things like conventions were way down on the list of things to do, so scowering the Internet for old epis idea kept me going for a while. I finally stopped trying when it became nearly impossible to find and my old sources dried up.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to attend the one in LA when a friend was unable to attend and offered up her pass to me. I took it … unsure if an “old fogy” like me had any business at a convention like this, but decided it might just be fun.

Oh, it certainly was. Enough so that this crazy ol’ lady is doing it again! I get to meet with my first Doctor, Tom Baker. Yeah, a few others will be there, like Peter Davidson (Doctor #5) … and the Master–I mean Mistress “Missy”, played by Michele Gomez and quite a few others, but “My Doctor” is special.

(Author’s note: 😩 I made an error … it’s Colin Baker, not my favourite–Tom Baker, that will make an appearance. I am so sad.)

At least, to me he is. Tom Baker has the title of being the longest playing Doctor ☺️ from 1974-1981 Maybe that’s why I like him so much … back when the props were held together with a song and a prayer. The sets really were sad compared to the techno stuff available today, but that was part of the magic.

As viewers, we didn’t need everything to be perfect and realistic like today … just the hint of futuristic and other-worldly was all we needed. The wonderful acting, directing and our active imaginations did the rest.

But I digress. Thursday I pick up my pass and start the weekend off with an unofficial In-n-Out Burger Run with a bunch of other Whovians. I promise to take as many photos as possible–hopefully some of them will be worth sharing. A little later, there’s an ice cream social … though I’m not sure I’ll be making that (I’m gonna be playing the “we’ll-have-to-wait-and-see” card since I’m working presently on this at 12:30 in the morning (insert eye roll here, along with a moan …) and am not done. I may be sitting in front of my computer fine-tuning this on Thursday eve. Only time will tell.

Yeah, it’s a time-thing.

Ih my gosh … it’s afternoon on Friday. I completely forgot to add photos and post. So I will post this and add photos tonight.

Bye folks!

Addendum:
And … here it is Monday morning—the first opportunity to have decent wi-fi … and enough energy to post the photos. My heartfelt apologies, but to be blunt … I was having entirely too much fun (teehee). So finally—here are some of them (this Friday’s post I will tell more about the event, with even more photos and some info about Gallifrey One 2017) FYI: If you click on the photo you can enlarge it.:

Cosplay

Aaah. If you are a Whovian, you understand the uniqueness of the jelly belly … I will NOT eat it. The glasses are part of my cosplay pros for Osgood

Con Attire

Some of my ribbons from Thursday night, my hat (ready for the official beginning on Friday) and one of the bags I made for carrying all things Con …

Ice Cream Social

A panorama shot of Whovians at the Ice Cream Social on Thursday night

StarWars vs DrWho

My apologies. Cannot right the photo.
In the lobby, lots of fun going on. Costumes galore.

Thursday Registration

Registration was open earlier than planned—they truly had things in hand and all ran smooth as silk!

TARDIS Goodie Bags

Two bags I made—labours of love—for the con.

Two Doctors

Two of my cosplay items:
Tom Baker wore a hat similar to this (except his is brown) and Smith wore a bow tie …

Too Much To Do …

OOPSIE. THERE’S BUSY … THEN THERE’S WAY too busy. It looks like October is just one of those months … filled with a mix of business and pleasure, leaving very little room for quiet time. I’ve been so darn busy trying to get ready for the release of my third book in the series, the book signing next week and the upcoming Steampunk convention—and failing miserably to get my costume the way I envisioned it (insert huge pout), that I have put aside my blog responsibility to the very last second. Literally. Yikes.

Also, in trying to make sure all my ducks were in a row, I completely forgot about book marks for my new book (groan … head/desk!). So … if I’ve time, that’s on my agenda today so I’ll have something for the weekend. Otherwise, it’s on my to-do list for Monday (for next week’s event).  Now I’m wondering what else I’ve forgotten. What was initially planned as  a low key event where I would meander through the vendor tables, etc. to distribute business cards, con ribbons and chat up attendees has become … um, well, almost a circus—with me running in circles, trying to get things to work out correctly. I keep misplacing things, only to find and misplace yet again (and, in most cases, find them again). Some things remain MIA, sadly … so I’m not able to do a few things I’d planned. But, I should be ready. A “scaled-back” ready.

At least, I hope I’m ready.

… And, I now have an added responsibility of trying to recruit interested Steampunk artists to teach at Open Ground Studios. I don’t mind—it’s kind of an honor, really … but I don’t want it to take away from any other aspect: having fun, passing out my con ribbons and chatting with attendees about Dr. Who, steampunk and my ever-growing series. I’ll figure it out.

So, as short as this blog is, I’m sure next week’s will be just the opposite … and should be filled with photos from the conference. Until then, I’m off to have some fun, so have a blessed weekend and week to come.

 

Secrets Beyond Scymaria series (books 1-3) available now at my SquareMarket (signed copies)
Inknbeans Press (book 3 only … at some time in the future, they will have all of the books in the series)
Amazon (book three)  (book 1-2) … having issues getting Amazon to recognize all are by same author.

 

It’s Almost Time

OKAY … I’M COUNTING THE DAYS NOW—I’VE JUST HEARD from my publisher, verifying that we’re on schedule … and it looks like it’s just one week away before The Scymarian will be released—on Friday, 25 September, 2015. Wheee!

To say that I’m excited is a gross understatement. Can you see me doin’ a happy dance? … ooh, big time! It’s truly a mini-event for me, since this is the last bit of the initial story that I wrote, then split into three to create the Secrets Beyond Scymaria series. The story line has only just started to unfold, with new discoveries on each page … in each book.

Now the real challenge begins.

I’ve already managed to accumulate over 45,000 words for the next couple books. Right now I’m trying to find a good spot to slice the book … and then dive in, to add a few more elements to the first of the two books to create book #4—The Mischiefmaker. Then it will be time to do a serious edit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

For now, I’m simply going to bask in the joy of knowing that The Scymarian is just about ready for you to read. I’m hoping to have some of the books in my hands for my little foray into Steam Punk at the convention in Turlock—my publisher has promised I’ll have them. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be “steam-punking” the Dr. Who’s Sarah Jane Smith character (still working on it) that I plan to cosplay as … but I’m certainly going to have fun trying. So, if you happen to be attending the SteamHouse Steam Punk Conference, you just might see me there. Hopefully with a few new books …

My second Inknbeans Press blog piece is out today, to give you a bit more information about the new book. Short but sweet … and with a link for pre-ordering books (with free shipping). You can find the link to the blog piece here.

Have a blessed weekend. Stay cool—or warm, depending on where you are. And enjoy your weekend.

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