This evening I went to see w00tstock Presents: Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm. T’was spectacular, as everything with everyone always is! It is why I get excited and make stuff!

Anywho, here’s some (not the best, sorry) photos from the show (and misc. babbling of excitement on Twitter):


I also got to deliver art to everyone (much of that fan art was previous posted here and here).

The only one I hadn’t posted here yet was this! It is John Roderick, based on this episode of Ken Plume’s Bit of a Chat.

Good times! Much and sorely needed good times, too.


My little post-con collage.

So, Steamcon was excellent. The costumes are just so fabulous and prolific. I loved all of it! The event was in Bellevue, and will be again next year. I have to say, it is a much better venue. I was physically able to navigate it, partially because towers make for a lot less space to traverse. Anywho… you aren’t here for my chatter!

Steamcon Staircase

Steamcon Staircase

Some quick snaps from the group photo session. Apparently all the attendees decided to show up for it!

Steamcon Costume Vintage

Steamcon Jellyfish Costume VintageSteamcon Jellyfish Costume Vintage

That first one is me with Pandora Wrigglesworth (also a link here to see some of what she makes) (taken by the only pro photographer they had this time, who was using an old instant camera where she had to duck under the fabric cover.). The latter two are my Giant Jellyfish costume.

More detailed coverage of my costumes:

Steamcon Costume Collection

The tentacle fabric is one that I designed:

If you want to share the photos of my costume, please use one of these links:

Steamcon Jellyfish Costume


And now, a little more Pandora! She worked really hard on her costumes, and I think she looks pretty spiffy!


Pandora Wrigglesworth

Pandora Wrigglesworth

Pandora Wrigglesworth

So yep, it was pretty awesome!

If you took photos of me or Pandora, please let us know! We’d love to see them!


I’ve gotten this question a fair bit when giving people art “How do you do that?”

Aside from years and years and years of practice… generally I have a process for making certain kinds of art. Often when I do fan art, I use a process that will be fairly quick. Every so often, I will try something more elaborate that uses a different process, but much of the time – in the interest of speed – I’m doing this.

Part 1!

I decided I wanted to make some fan art of Mike Drucker. He’s a local comedian that I’ve seen twice now. He opened once for Dan Telfer, and once for Kumail Nanjiani. My early research efforts were kind of lazy, so I looked harder this time, and found some good reference photos. Then I put music on, because it is a requirement to help me focus (it is also not uncommon to hone my playlist down as I work to only a couple of or one looping song(s), somehow it snags a particular thing in my brain and keeps me there). Tonight, I’d picked some cheesy metal. Poor Mike ended up getting drawn mostly to “Little Suzi” by Tesla.


I started sketching, but I was having a hard time, so I ended up pulling it apart and trying pieces that I can put together later. This is not common, usually I just throw it out and start over.

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PSAs on my “About” page! I’ve been trying to noodle with it periodically, to add info and FAQ stuff and such.

Second order of business: Arts!

Molly Lewis and Stephen Fry

There could be unintended consequences to Molly’s request of Stephen Fry.


I’ll be attending GeekGirl Con! If you plan to go, probably you should nab tickets soon, prices go up as the event draws near.

I’ll be attending Steamcon III, and will have art up in the show!


Back from the Marian Call concert! It was an awesome, and extended show (I assume this is because it was being recorded). 3rd time I have had the good fortune to catch her live, and WHEEEEEE!

I was able to give copies of fan art to her AND The Doubleclicks after the show. I think I like this thing of bringing gifts for awesome performers!

I feel like there should be more to say, but I am so sleepy! Another time, perhaps.


Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens! Generally I’m always on the wrong side of the plane, so it has been hard to see it.


We touched down right about sunset.


View from The Stratosphere. I do love viewing places from way up high!

If you were curious as to how I fared during the trip… well, I spent the last day in a wheelchair. I paced myself, got rides when I could, applied first aid and maintenance and medicated appropriately, yet still I got to a point where spasms brought me down (which means my right side balled up and my right leg stopped working) – thankfully I’d planned enough that I wasn’t far from a seat, I can only hop so far. It’s a little sad when old ladies in walkers can move faster and more reliably than you can. This is oddly better than the last trip a few years ago, when I ended up just flopping down and crying because I didn’t know what was happening or what to do about it. I’m trying not to let the disability stop me from having a life, but it sure can be a challenge.


Best part of the trip? Phantom of the Opera!

Phantom of the Opera

(Some years ago, this is what I drew after seeing the movie.)

We were in the center of the 3rd row for Phantom of the Opera. SPOILERS AHOY! If you haven’t ever seen it, or the movie, and don’t want to be spoiled, skip to the next paragraph! When you go sit down, the first thing you notice is that everything it covered in tarps, and looks like an out-of-commission opera house. At the end of the Prologue, it “flashes back” starting with 4(?) chandeliers that crash down to the audience, and then sort of dance overhead, pulling up to the center (for the Phantom to fall out of later!!), and all the tarps get yanked off, revealing a rich and gorgeous theater, and all the little box seats going up the sides… hooked up with Madame Tussauds, perhaps? The costumes, the layering of the sets and details, jeeze Louise! The alternate Christine, Kristen Hertzenberg, was frickin’ spectacular, the only time she seemed at all off was when she was completely engrossed in her acting, making real tears and such – I can’t sing with a lump in my throat, either (and even without a lump I’m still all frog)! It was pretty powerful, though, to see that passion spilling out. The Phantom, Anthony Crivello… sweet bee’s knees!! He has a sort of vocal arrangement that makes him distinct, and what it did was give him a depth of character, aging him a bit, giving him greater range and nuance… just… BOY OH BOY. And let me tell you how Andrew Ragone could kick the behind of any sparkly, spooky, romantic lead (If Sean Maher were musically inclined, there could be similarity there.). The scene with the boat in the sewers? Because of our seats, it was like we were submerged in the fog and the boat was coming at us. That’s one of the things about the staging and the theater, you really felt like you were inside the show somehow. So amazing. Not many dry eyes at the ending. I’ve always had a bit of trouble with the excessive back and forth at this point, but this Phantom really makes you feel it, even if at the very last that dude was probably slightly overacting from exhaustion – I was out of breath just trying to keep an eye on him!

Days later, I’m still saying “Let’s go see Phantom again!” I finally have an answer to the question “What would you do if you won the lotto?” The typical answer is bills, medical stuff, safe, decent house… but after that? 2 weeks of this show front and center. Especially for this Phantom and this Christine. I am so sad that there is no soundtrack with these two (and really, everyone was amazing!), and all I can find is a sort of iffy morning show demo song from the show. This Phantom is so, so enchanting, his ability to go from the most delicate, trepidatious whispering to absolutely brutal, booming energy. I feel like I’m totally spoiled by the Creative Common License that the w00tstock crowd has, allowing me to re-watch shows I went to so I can remember every little detail, and keep up with shows I cannot get to. I wish Broadway and Vegas, etc. shows would let you buy the evening’s recording the next day or something- really, how likely is it to be able to go back and see it many times right away so you won’t miss seeing your favorite cast?


Anyway, in conclusion: OMG GO SEE PHANTOM IN VEGAS. It will give you the will to live!! :)


On the subject of “real” vacations (…and me baring a little of my pruned up, crotchety soul, please be patient!)…

There is a certain stigma to being unemployed and disabled, sometimes people say without thinking “It must be nice to have so much free time!” Certainly I have a lot of down time, but that isn’t really the same thing at all. Actual vacations I have had in recent memory: In 2004 Dove’s parents took us to Disney World. In 2006, Dove’s parents took us to Vegas. Both of these trips were specifically vacations – getting away, spending free time, and having fun, but also came along with the obligations of a family trip – great fun, but vacationing with your parents, you know? I ended up in Vegas again in 2007 for work, but spending all day working and then going out at night isn’t really the exact same thing as a vacation. When I was a kid we went to Maine for a few days, as a pre-teen I went on a class trip to Boston, as a teen I went with family to New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and as an adult I’ve visited loved ones in Virginia, Florida, California, and Oregon… But you know, structured class trips and family vacations. Fun, yes, (I know, some people haven’t even had these chances, etc.*) but not really the kind of freedom one might look for – and many of those trips are now at 10 – 20 years behind me.

Going to shows locally is a great thing. While they do not match up to a good vacation, they are such welcome and refreshing respites from the daily struggles. I’m sitting here watching John Roderick on YouTube for the kajillionth time, and lamenting not knowing of him or The Long Winters sooner. I missed some clearly amazing shows (Time Machine Task #2, Task #1 is reserved for going back and making me not so much of an idiot). There’s also something else I realize as I sit here moved to tears, love, laughter, and a ton of other emotions – I love going to live shows because it is a rare time to feel connected. Not just to the performers, but to the music, the comedy, the storytelling, the whatever it is. Connecting in a real and tangible way to ideas, inspiration, other people, and all of the things inside that come alive when a piece of art really grabs you.

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I will apologize right off the bat for my wording, grammar and spelling. I am up way past bedtime!

I won tickets from The Stranger (they gave them away while promoting the recent interview) to see Tim Minchin!

I was pretty excited when the Neptune converted from a movie theater to a live show venue. I mean, for years it has been overrun with the most ridiculous and poorly behaved frat boys, so I stopped going there completely. As a live venue, I have to say – fantastic! A decent size, decent sound (the crowd kind of reached new levels of decibels, but it felt like a much more cozy venue than it is, I found it reasonably immersive), and sure the seating is a bit odd, but that’s not supposed to be permanent – I found it pretty comfortable in comparison to some other venues. Fun note: I was apparently sitting just a little bit behind Neil Gaiman. Whut.

Anyhow… I’d first heard about Minchin from a friend, but rather quickly I came across the doughnut debacle and decided to avoid him. I gave him a chance again, seeing him on ye olde tee-vee a couple of times. I was still a little dubious, but after this bit re: retiring the doughnut thing from the interview:

“You’re not putting people in a room and then trapping them there while you abuse them.”

Understanding more about him now, and his ability to be responsible and thoughtful about his material, I was willing to give him a bit more of my attention.

I am so glad I did! The show was amazing! It was so much fun, Minchin’s piano playing was wondrously beastly, and not only did we get an encore – we got TWO. The second was – be still my heart – a cover of “Hallelujah”. I managed to stifle a girlish scream.

I was able to make a brief detour post-show to give Molly Lewis some art. She’s so nice! :D I will hang on to hopes that she’ll be doing a show I can get to sometime soon.

So yep, I am completely amused and moved and it was a great time. I’m going to go hit the hay before I faceplant into my keyboard.


Vetruvian Dan

Vetruvian Dan

I just got back a little bit ago from seeing Dan Telfer live (You may know him best from this YouTube clip) at the Cafe Venus and Mars Bar.

What a fun show! Dan is hilarious and nerdy, and angry and vulgar. My kind of show! Before it began, Dove leaned in and whispered to me, pointing out that the two opening comics and Mr. Telfer were behind us talking shop. Silent comedy nerd-girl squee! The bar was pretty great, everything (including the menu) was SPACE themed. So very excellent.

To those ardently following me (HAHAHA ha ha… ha….), this may all be familiar, so just bear with me!

I am a fan of comedy, I always have been. That is a long story for another time and place. I have not, however, managed to choose to go to a stand-up show. Sure, some elements of w00tstock are very stand-up centric, depending on guest, but I’d not been able to attend on my own something purely stand-up oriented. I chaperoned a Kate Clinton show with a buncha students from the college I was attending. While she’s great fun and I’d loved what I’d seen of her on Comedy Central, I wouldn’t have known about the show or been able to afford it otherwise. I was once visiting a friend at her college, and to make up for her forgetting to tell me that Henry Rollins had been doing a show on campus for free, she took me to… to… Alright, no matter how many times I try to remember who it was, I cannot. It was either Elaine Boosler or Rita Rudner. While I know clearly who each person is, I just can’t remember which one we saw.

Anyway, so that is the story of how Dan Telfer took my stand-up show cherry.



I made a blog post elsewhere, and have updated it periodically, and it seemed time to put it here as well. It focuses on activism, and my views on a lot of issues, including links to support my points (be it actual credible source or opinion pieces). Comments are off because mostly I’m just expressing my views, and cataloging them for future reference. SOrry if some of the links don’t work, I’ll try to figure that out eventually.

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