San Diego Comic Con is Coming!

Two weeks from now I’ll be saying goodbye to the office for a few days.  I’ll get my backpack ready, pick out my comfiest shoes, and get ready to wait in huge lines for knick-knacks that seem really important in the moment, but lose their luster when you get home and try to figure out what you were thinking when you grabbed it.

Yes, Comic Con is coming.

The banners are already lining Harbor Drive.  Thank goodness I live in San Diego.  I don’t want to think about what it would be like to have to find a hotel room.  I shudder to think about all of the traffic that’s coming our way.  But that’s all part of the FUN!

If only the Comic-Con people would RELEASE THE SCHEDULE!!  I need it.  I NEED IT NOW!

Here are a few things I’m looking forward to: True Blood.  Doctor Who.  Deborah Harkness’s new book, Shadow of Night. Being Human (SyFy and BBC).  Fringe.  American Horror Story.  The Walking Dead.  Dark Knight Rises.

There is more, of course.  So much depends on what I can actually get to.  You have to cruise the con floor in the morning, of course, and then get to panels.

I will be donating blood at some point.  I have done it for several years now, and  have a nice collection of special-release True Blood shirts as a result.

I’m also not afraid to spend the night in a line to get into a panel.  Once the schedule is posted, I’ll let you know when I’m camping out.

I’ll be covering Comic Con for, and you can follow my Tweets to see what I’m doing.  Right now I’m in the thick of planning.

And I’m taking vitamins.  Iron so I can donate blood, and a multivitamin so I don’t get sick.  Take it from me, everyone.  bring your hand sanitizer and your vitamins and your Emergen-C!

What are your Comic Con plans??

Quickfire Writing

I’m not opposed to technology.  Though I’m 31, I actually did own a typewriter.  Two typewriters, actually.  One was my Fisher Price typewriter from when I was three years old, and later while in junior high school I owned a Brother electric typewriter because my well-meaning family didn’t realize that computers were the way of the future. 

I have recently started writing for  I have done everything from reviewing books and graphic novels to recapping television shows like Fringe and True BloodFringe was much easier, because I set out to summaraize the first season and so I watched the episodes on DVD.  True Blood has been more challenging, because I watch the show live and take notes, and then I type up my notes into something more coherent.  My goal is to have the recap posted online by 10pm Pacific Time, which means I have a three-hour window to write and submit my recap.

This past Sunday I sat in Starbucks with my trusty notebook (the cover is red, of course, because it is True Blood, after all) and my even-trustier netbook.  After ordering a black iced tea, unsweetened, and a chocolate chip cookie to make up for the lack of sweetener, I started my attack on the keys.

What amazed me was how fast I could write under the circumstances.  When I’m working on my novel, my mind tends to wander.  When I’m recapping a show, my mind stays on task and my fingers fly over the keys.  After two hours, I had close to 3400 words that came from 8 pages of written notes.

Recapping probably isn’t for everyone.  However, I have noticed that it has changed the way I watch television in that my mind is constantly thinking about how I would summarize a scene.  I feel much more connected to the show.  I have a feeling that it will help me in other areas of my life…even though I don’t know what they might be just yet.

But the second grader deep inside me is smiling, thinking fondly of the 5-minute creative writing exercises we did in class.  Perhaps I was born to be a recapper. 🙂