Once upon a time, I hid my nerd self. Whenever it came out, it was usually among the non-nerd folk and many of the girls growing up thought I was weird. I hung around boys because I could at least relate to them in video games and some sports. I never felt out of place with them, and at the time, I chose to be judged on my knowledge of games rather than my fashion sense, how "girly" I needed to be, and how much gossip I knew (a lot of girls were evil to me in my childhood). I got older and embraced anime and manga (I didn't hide my love for anime, but I didn't talk about it to those who steered clear from that world). I eventually stopped caring that others thought me weird for being a nerd, though I kept it quiet still since I was more open about being a sports junkie...I was more accepted that way. I only showed the nerd to the few who didn't hide that aspect of themselves away, and played the Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon card games after school sometimes with them. Nowadays, I realize the nerd is far more fun than the sports nut. For that, I thank Game of Thrones and the Jean Cocteau Cinema. I will always love my sports groups, but being openly a nerd with others of all ages felt so much more fulfilling.
Since I didn't post a blog entry last week, I have a bit of catching up to do in terms of retelling events. The costume contest was amazing. I had a lot of fun playing Brienne of Tarth, and I was very pleased that I was the only one who had. All the costumes were fun and creative, and it was a TON of fun. I was also lucky to have caught the season 4 episode 1 premiere this past Saturday, thanks to a friend who had a guaranteed ticket. A lot of the GOT group was there with guaranteed seating, so it was kind of like as if the marathon hadn't ended. And hey, we even had the Iron Thone and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell)! I won't spoil the episode for you guys, but I can say this: it is epic. This season is going to be VERY good. For those who were worried about how Oberyn is portrayed, still your fears. Pedro Pascal does a really great job (and he's a cool guy). We got to have a quick Q&A with him after the episode and it was fun to see how much of a nerd he is like the rest of us. This whole experience with the marathon and the Skype interviews...it was just perfect. Good thing I happened to be living in Santa Fe at the right time and in the right part of town! :)
I know what you must be thinking. How has the book work been going considering all these fun events? I finished the extensive edit transfers, I answer. I need a couple of days to reread the story with the new edits before I can send it to my readers. The OCD part of me wants to make sure it all made sense, especially now that my mind is more clear after all these festivities. I still have the jitters for getting closer to self-pubbing the book, and I realize it won't go away until I finally have the book in my hands. I really love this tale and how the series keeps progressing, and I hope that you all do too.
I'll get back to the cohesion edits of Mistress of Blackwen and Champions of Arrygn after I send off Child of Blackwen to my readers. It feels like the currently unnamed book 4 will start production after Child of Blackwen is published in the fall. It's amazing how right now those characters are content in keeping silent because of the fact that they'll be meeting the rest of the world before the year's end. I can't say the same for the characters of Shadow Walker however...they want to be heard. I know I say it a lot, but it's funny how the ideas for that project spring even while I'm reading a random book. I'll get to it when I get to it (which is when I am completely finished with the Artemis Ravenwing series).
When the publishing time comes near, I'll post a teaser of Child of Blackwen for you all. Until then, I must return to work! If I don't, I'll succumb to playing Zelda again and have a day wasted (at least in the eyes of the workaholic, not so much in the eyes of a gaming nerd).
Before I go, here are some fun snapshots of the costume contest and the Iron Throne!
(Photo credit to Jean Cocteau Cinema)
(Photo credit to my friend, Eibhlin)