Gen Con

Michael and I spent the last five days in Indianapolis with twelve or so of our friends at Gen Con. It was fun, except for some unpleasantness with the hotel (never ever stay in the Hilton Indianapolis, it was awful and managed to anger and/or upset several of the people in our group staying there – me included). I didn’t play many tabletop roleplaying games this time, but I played several board and card games. Michael and I bought a few new games that should be fun!

Our friends were really sweet. Brian and our other friends sent us champaign and treats the first night, got some of the exhibiters and such to sing to us (including Crazy Egor and the people working in his booth, the pirates from Keelhauled Studios, and the Klingons and Starfleet personel from the Klingon Jail), got us cute messages from various people there (the pirates again and Statesman from City of Heroes), and generally made this a memorable Gen Con where we felt loved by our friends. Thanks guys!

Married!

I’m married!

I got married yesterday evening! The wedding was beautiful. I felt beautiful and everyone said I was. Michael looked wonderful in his tuxedo. The bridesmaids were all gorgeous and the groomsmen looked handsome. My mother looked great and barely sat still for more that three minutes all night. I’m not sure she got to eat at all. My dad cried and was incredibly sweet all night. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time! I’m really too tired to say any more tonight, but I’m sure I’ll write more later. And I’ll make sure to provide a link to the related photo galleries on my husband’s website (that’s so much fun to say!).

Thanks everybody for being so wonderful and supportive!!!

Quotes Added

Ok, I’ve been collecting little slips of paper on and around my desk for quite some time now with little quotes on them. In the last two days I’ve managed to enter them all into the site’s quote generator! There are about thirty new quotes in the mix now, some of them great.

Life is Crazy!

I know my site has been kinda quiet lately. I’m so far behind on posting book reviews it’s scary. And sad, since I’ve read some great books lately. Real life, has, unfortunately been rudely intruding into my bloging time.

My wedding is now in nine days, so of course now is the time for things to start falling apart. There haven’t been many big disasters, although the biggest has now become my psychologist’s favorite wedding horror story. It’s just that no matter how well planned out everything is, and our wedding was freakishly well organized throughout the whole planning phase, when you mix that many factors together, something is bound to fall apart.

I’m really happy to be getting married, I’m not nervious about becoming Michael’s wife at all. I’m nervous that I’m not going to make TO my wedding day, much less THROUGH it. I feel very lucky that I have such wonderful people around me. My parents and Michael’s have been great, very supportive and excited for us. Viv is the perfect bridal assistant and without her I think I would be even more afraid of my wedding day falling to pieces around my ears. As it is, I will be surprised if any disasters less critical than the place burning down even come to my attention! Michael has been great and done a ton of the planning, even when he objected to the very concept of something that had to be done.

I am looking forward to my wedding day, but even more so to my marriage. Part of me really wonders why we didn’t elope. It’s going to be beautiful and wonderful though, and I think I would have missed getting to share it with my family and friends had I actually eloped. Besides, when else would I get to wear my grandmother’s absolutely stunning wedding gown?

I am sorry that my website has been so sorely neglected lately (I’ve been missing dolling), but hopefully after the wedding and Gen Con (which is ABSOLUTELY NOT NOT NOT A HONEYMOON OF ANY KIND AT ALL SO STOP SAYING IT IS) I’ll be able to devote some more time to it.

Besides, Michael says I need to share some of my stories from Barnes and Noble with my wonderful blog readers, and he’s probably right!

Wish me luck that the wedding won’t fall to pieces!

Comments about comments

Ok, as some of you may have noticed, comments now have to be approved to appear on the site. This is good, because now I’m the only one forced to see all the offensive website spam I get. We’re working on that. The problem is, with the massive amounts of spam (50+ messages a day, sometimes up to 200 or more), I sometimes might have missed legitimate comments when deleting things. If you think I missed a legitimate comment you made, try making it again (I’m trying to be careful) and I really apologize for deleting it the first time!

Hopefully the messiness will be fixed soon (or else I may go insane – I detest website spammers)!

Today’s Random Interesting Links

Ok, today I have stuff that I found interesting (rather than stuff that made me happy, although some of these did make me happy).

The first is a like to a piece at The Valve about genre fiction, particularly as it applies to Harry Potter. It’s an interesting piece. I don’t agree with everything he says, but Michael seemed to feel that my differences of opinion were largely academic and maybe kinda nitpicky. I find them interesting, but since I can see his point, I won’t force them on you. The piece is interesting, though, so you may want to check it out.

Looking more into the subject of genre writing led me to this piece at octopuses, wheee! about why so very very much fantasy is so very bad. It’s really interesting, although I think some of the arguements are hard to deal with. Some of the things (like drawing from other writers) can actually be one of the elements that makes a book good. I did find it interesting (especially since I read so much awful fantasy as a kid, so bad that I knew it was awful even then).

Possibly the most interesting thing today, however, is an article about ‘Geek Social Fallacies’. Especially with GenCon coming up, this piece was facinating. I can completely see it in the people I routinely hang out with, although few of them are serious “carriers” of any one fallacy. I also saw my own issues in there, I have been working on my particular issues with somewhat being a carrier of GSF1 and GSF3, but I am getting better about them. The article is really interesting, especially if you have been around “geek culture” a lot (which many people reading this probably have).

So those are my random links for today! Check them out, they are interesting and not as fluffy as my last set of fun links!

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