I was at Anime Next a few weeks ago. The con itself was pretty decent, but I had a memorable interaction with one of the vendors in the Dealer’s Room that stuck with me as an example of how not to do business. I had been going around the various booths looking for a stuffed animal for my sister, and potentially one or two for myself. (You can never have too many stuffed animals.) There was a Chinese couple running a large corner booth that had some adorable stuffed animals. I’d already spoken to the wife, who’d greeted me when I walked up. There was a cow keychain that I was going to get for my friend Matan and I was going through their larger plushes debating which one I wanted to get for myself… until the husband butted in.
I’ve started out on an interesting new venture: Patreon. I come from a mostly fanfiction background, so the idea of taking money for my work is still a little new and weird for me, but I do plan to eventually maybe transition into writing full-time so this is a sort of second step in that direction. (The first step, of course, being the anthologies I’ve been published in.) All of the money actually goes toward production costs, so it’s not like the money is really going to me, but maybe one day some might.
My first article for Geeks Out is up and it’s a review of BishounenCon 2017.
Overall, I had a blast and so did the attendees. We were short staffed, but we made it work and I think we really put on an excellent convention, especially for a first-year convention. There were some snafus, like not having a long enough HDMI cord for the panel room with AV and not being able to stream the content we were planning on from Funimation, but that’s lessons learned. Never trust streaming and no HDMI cord is long enough unless it can stretch across the room. We actually did a late-night Walmart run for a 12′ HDMI cord but that was still too short.
By the time you read this, I will (hopefully) be recovering from my hysterectomy. Yep, you read that right. Hysterectomy. I’m in my early 30’s so I’m not exactly the normal group for this kind of surgery. It wasn’t exactly in my plans when I went to my new gynecologist trying to get an explanation for the pelvic pain I’ve had for years. I’d been through four previous gynecologists who assured me that “oh, that level of pain is normal” while I was throwing back multiple layers of painkillers once a month and unable to sleep on my stomach from the pain. Hell, poking me in the stomach in the wrong spot could make me double over.
January and February were fairly low on movies I was interested in, though if you haven’t seen Hidden Figures or Rogue One and they’re still playing near you, get thee to a theater. (Or wait for the DVD.) Both were solid movies. But now, on to the months ahead and March is looking good.
Beauty and the Beast – March 17
I’m not a Disney fanatic, but I shared a womb with one so there’s no doubt I’m going to see this movie. Beauty and the Beast is actually one of my favorites out of the older Disney movies and so far the remake looks delightful. Mostly. I adore the casting of Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston, but what they did to Lumiere, Cogsworth, the Potts, and the other enchanted servants is absolutely dreadful. The teapot with human eyes is the stuff of nightmares. Aside from cringing every time one of those characters is onscreen, it does look like an enjoyable movie and it looks like they’re keeping a lot of the musical numbers that make Beauty and the Beast a classic.