2014 in review – For the Musings of Lady Gwendolynn

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FanExpo 2013 – Review

Dawn (Me) striking a Heroic Pose in the driver's seat of the DeLorean (Time Machine from Back to the Future).

Dawn (Me) striking a Heroic Pose in the driver’s seat of the DeLorean (Time Machine from Back to the Future). Was my best picture I think.

Hello everyone!

Welcome back for the FanExpo of 2013 Review. It’s a week or week and a half late but oh well, better late than never I definitely say. 😛

Did I have fun you wonder? Not as much as I usually have at say SakuraCon or possibly Emerald City ComiCon (and I’ve only been to ComiCon 1 year before mind you). It wasn’t the worst convention I’ve ever been too either, but it was one that showed it was a “Work-in-Progress“. So here are my Pros, what little there are, and Cons for FanExpo 2013 Experience.

Con 1; Ticket Lines – I got there at 5:30 in the morning hoping to beat many of the other people who would need to buy tickets at the door for the convention. Why? Well from the fact I’ve been to SakuraCon and know how long the door-line can get, it’s a wise idea, typically. However, I was also there because I had heard from a pretty reliable source that they “Oversold” tickets for the convention online.

So even if you HAD a ticket to get in, there was NO guarantee you might ACTUALLY get in after all. Which I know would have royally miffed a few Con-goers and the Con may very well be a disaster on that basis alone. However, as time went on it didn’t look quite like tickets were as much an issue as I once thought they were going to be. As they announced to us who were waiting, patient and eagar to buy our tickets in line, “We are going to start out selling 300 tickets,” and then they let slip the dogs of war. WHAT?! It was about to be a Geek-War come on! 😛 More

Daily Prompt Response: The Social Network Dilemma

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twitter logo map 09 (Photo credit: The Next Web)

Do you feel like you “get” social media, or do you just use it because that’s where all your friends and family are?

Hey all you readers and bloggers out there!

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I apologize. I’ve started to get those “Pre-Convention Panic” Jitters, because FanExpo (the convention in Canada, going with my Man and his male best-friend) is this month and I need to finish my DAWN Head-Dress soon. It’s almost there. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had the proper Power Tools to do some “Subtractive” sculpting, but alas, I must work with what I got. So I’ve been focused on that, doing Readings in SL, Gardening and trying to get some errands done.

So I’ve been a very busy wee Hummingbird. :3

I had a couple new things I wanted to write about, but going to type those up at “Human hours” vs. my normal “Vampire Hours“. 😛 and NO this Vampire/Night Owl does NOT Sparkle…unless I want to. 😉 hehe So here’s a little something for fun.

When they ask do I “Get” Social media I have to wonder what they mean. Do I understand how it works? Can I see the functionality of Social Media? Do I think Social Media can be useful? Or useless? I guess the answer to nearly all of those is a resounding, “Yes”. Albeit, I do feel some of the Social Media services out there are rather redundant and unnecessary. I think Social Media is a VERY powerful tool and to that I would also like to add, “With great power comes great responsibility“. Yes; that’s right. I just used a Comic Book quote. 😛 More

Make-up vs. Mineral Make-up – Which Should You Use?

Woman applying make-up. Canon 5D Mark II Sigma...

Woman applying make-up. Canon 5D Mark II Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro Whitelightning X1600 (2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every woman likes to look her best. Often that means we like to hide the impurities and other embarrassing things that are visible on our skin, especially the most important skin we feel really helps us get our foot in the door at a job interview, a date or otherwise (no it’s not your cleavage or your legs!) – our face. It’s probably a pretty good guess that most women use the regular commercial stuff that has the fillers, preservatives and other stuff in it which can feel like “cake” on your face.

Hell, I use this stuff! So I’m speaking from experience and NOT out of my posterior.

In the last decade or so there has been a BIG emphasis on the, “Getting back to basics” and trying or using “Mineral Make-up“. The question is – does it really live up to the hype? Let’s clarify a few things first before we go over the differences, pros and cons of Traditional Make-up vs. Mineral Make-up.

As long as human beings have been alive and started to take a personal interest in how to hide their flaws, imperfections, appear younger or convey a certain sort of appearance at all, they have been hard at work on developing the make-up they felt was best with the tools they had of the era. Sometimes their make-up was various animal feces like bird or gator (I’m serious – ewww!). Sometimes it was something they were simply using as “dye” to change the color that was something we – today – would find quite nasty. More

Daily Prompt: Life IS Pain Highness!

…Anyone who says differently is selling something.” – Westly dressed as “The Man in Black” or “Dread Pirate Roberts“.

While I had something different in mind for today’s post (as I have several topics awaiting in my Drafts Folder and The Shelton Oracle I should sorely update), I saw The Daily Posts posting of the day and it said, “Take a quote from your favorite movie — there’s the title of your post. Now, write!” Now I could have taken ANY number of quotes from the movie, as it is my all-time favorite – but this was the first that came to mind and lends for interesting discussion.

I already, honestly, wanted to take this quote and expand on it – so Daily Post gave me an excuse and motivation to do that today over anything else for my regular blog.

Consider the quote, sans the Highness comment, “Life is PAIN – anyone who says differently is selling something!“. More

Your Turn!

Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism. ...

Arms of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Blazon: Or, a laurel wreath vert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apparently there is more just blogging awards going around, but also those “Tag your it!” chains that spread from one friend to another – or it could be an acquaintance too. Bex (The Savvy Seniorita) had a moment to share this with me.

I will do this for fun and the people I tag, well – I’m only tagging people who might see the fun in it too or legitimately try to do it, if they haven’t already. Even if you HAVE you have to again! That’s how “Tag” works people! 😛

So here goes…So what is ‘tagging’ –

1. Post the rules.….
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged. More

Gwen’s Evening Magazine – FlyingCats Gourmet Foods & Gifts!

What I was working on this afternoon.

What I was working on in the earlier part of the afternoon.

Hello everyone! I know I’m not in “Sync” with my new posting schedule I’d like to get on, but that’s why I’m posting now. Going to try to get caught up over the next few days. In the meantime though, with my free-time I’ve been working on making costume pieces for my Dawn Cosplay for FanExpo in Vancouver, B.C.. Granted I can’t have a full authentic Dawn costume due to time constraints and a lack of proper budget, but I’ll be DAMNED/BLESSED if I at least DON’T dress up!

Dressing up is like half the fun of the conventions I go to! By the way, I’m a major perfectionist and stickler when it comes to proper Cosplay-Justice so, it almost HURTS not being able to make a wonderful, beautiful costume for me to wear. *sigh* Not so much so that I’m going to cry about it though. I do understand. I just feel NAKED without a costume when everyone else is wearing them!

That’s it for the personal update, on to the real story of the evening/day.

If some of the local Seattleites couldn’t guess by the title, this is MY addition of the Seattle’s Evening Magazine just without the cameras, proper lighting, awesome microphones, etc. I’d do a video but my only means to upload it would be Youtube and I’m not all that interested nor THRILLED to do that.

English: "Maggie", Seattle news stat...

English: “Maggie”, Seattle news station King 5’s “Evening Magazine” seaplane,http://www.king5.com/eveningmagazine/content.html?I2about moving out for take-off from Lake Union, Seattle WA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to spot-light a special little shop that’s in Ocean Shores, WA. If you’ve never been there it is very pretty, but many of the businesses and places shut down during the Winter, since that’s when our tourism is slowest. There are a couple of Casinos there, some rather nice hotels (some rather expensive), activities such as Horseback Riding on the Beach, a Family Fun Center and there’s other wonderful and local businesses there aside from the, “Buy our Souvenirs so you have something to take home!“. More

Mainstreet Universe – Qs Transcription of Charlie Bravo (My Novel)

Vampire

Vampire (Photo credit: virginsuicide photography)

Hey folks!

I didn’t forget about this – okay, I did temporarily but this was something I definitely wanted to do before I forgot again. This is a written transcription of the Questions that were asked in my semi-informal interview on Mainstreet Universe. These won’t be word-for-word as I had written these example questions up prior to the interview, however – I may be expanding on some of the answers AND finally sharing some information you may have been dying to hear in the interview but I was too shy to share at the time.

So I still encourage you to listen to the interview, but for those who don’t know – it’s 2 hours long, give or take, so be sure you have the time to listen and eat something! The Interview can be found here (click the “here”).

1) What is the title or Working title you have for your novel?

Operation Charlie Bravo at least that’s what I’ve called it. The actual title will be something along the lines of, “Cursed Blood“. I did some recent research and found like maybe 2-3 other novels with the title, so there will be a “sub-title” to go with the main title of the book, hopefully making it easier for people to find when searching for it and make it less confusing too as to which novel it is. More

P.A.U. 19 – Sharp Dressed Blog & Other Things

Hello and Merry Meet fellow Bloggers and Readers!

So far, I’ve gotten no feedback on what you think of the revamp of my new bio (see P.A.U. 18 for that one) but I know one person at least liked it. Still, my vote of confidence as to whether it’s well written and still fairly entertaining, to me, are sketchy at best. So if you can, please don’t forget to stop by, give it a read and give me your thoughts on it. I’d very much appreciate it. Thank you!

If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve made some serious changes to the blog. I’m trying to give it a slightly more Professional feel, to a certain extent, while also trying to promote “ease of use“. If you feel any of the side-bar stuff is confusing, a bit crowded, busy or something – please let me know! I’m changing things up only because I want it to be easier for my Readers and fellow Bloggers to find things and navigate my blog! So I’m not just doing this for me. If you liked the way something was before, try to explain to me what it was in a comment or take a screen-cap and share it with me. More

7 Things I Believe In – My Response

Cover of 20th Anniversary Edition

Cover of 20th Anniversary Edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a response topic to that of Bex, The Savvy Seniorita, posted on her site. She had noticed that some people were being nominated for blog awards (before she got one) and that these awards would ask the people to tell others 7 things about themselves. In this instance she wants people to post 7 things that are about their personal beliefs. I noticed I have some of the same beliefs as her, though I think I’ll re-name them.

1) True Love:

Not to be confused with, “To Blaaaave” which means to BLUFF!. 😉 I have ALWAYS believed in this seeming intangible thing long before I saw such things as; The Princess Bride. It’s hard to describe and yet also that mutually healthy relationship we all dream of having with acceptance, tolerance, unconditional love ever abundantly flowing, respect and so much more. You can think me naïve and a fool but I don’t care. It’s something I have believed in and always will because it is a beautiful thing! More

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