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Almost Halloween

Hi everyone! Well it’s almost Halloween here and I’ve been busy with papers, work, and designing my Halloween Costume. I decided I wanted to be a flower fairy, but knowing me and how much I hate pre-made costumes I decided to make my own. I will post the rest of the costume a bit later in the week… but stage one has been completed and I’d like to share it with you.

When I decided I wanted to be a Rose fairy I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find red wings that would match my outfit. This became increasingly frustrating leading up to this week. Finally, I found something I could work with at Party City… however they needed a little sprucing up.

Wings before

Wings before

I decided these wings needed a little more.. pizzaz so I picked up a few supplies to help with the transformation.

Supplies!

Supplies!

I used three different color fabric paints, Metallic red, Ruby Glitter, and Diamond Glitter. I had paper bowls to put the paint in, as well as one for water and a paint brush to apply the paint to the wings.

First I added red glitter over the gray painted areas to make it sparkle.

Red Glitter!

Red Glitter!

Then I added the red paint and some shimmery glitter paint to make the wings look really different.

Finished Wings!

Finished Wings!

I really like them. I think I’ll add a few red roses to the center when I go home for Halloween but I think the wings are definitely a success.

Later this week I’ll post the making of the tutu for the costume as well as the final product!

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A Day of Rememberance

If you have known me for awhile you will remember this from previous years. It has been tradition for me to post this as a way of remembering the tragic events of that day that changed the world.

always

the world was silent
the country cried
the cities mourned
each person prayed
for two buildings
thousands of people
who died for the right
of everyone else to live freely
and didn’t know it
no one knew when they woke up
what the day would bring
no one dared or thought
that some things would come to an end
from Manhattan
to Orlando
from Los Angeles
to Boston
and every city in-between
cries were heard
of love and faith
even after such destruction
held the nation in a grip
those that did not have a chance
to say goodbye
or I love you
one last time
are still held in the hearts
of their families and friends
they are heroes
without trying to be
remember a nation
who still believes in hope
who fights on with passion
and loves more than enough
remember our allies
who did not have to stand with us
who share our fears and failures
and will eventually share our victory
so everyday we must
remember to hold those dear close
we must say I love you
and follow our hearts
we must believe in tomorrow
but live for today
we must know that God has a plan of action
even when we don’t understand what it is
we must stand tall and believe
in everyone around us
and trust that what we stand for is right
and always believe
~9/11/2002 ALT

As many of you know I have becoming increasingly fascinated with transmedia entertainment due to my graduate studies in Mass Communications. So when I heard that Anthony Zuiker was doing a book with a online web component I was excited. I still can’t wait to see how this will unfold when the book was released. I also had the pleasure of attending the comic con panel for Level 26 and I took video to share with all of you.

New Geeky Girls Blog!

As some of you dear readers know I also am part of a Geeky Girls blog collective. I just posted a new blog about my comic con experience if any of you are interested in reading! Please go to the Geeky Girls blog to read my recommendations for a great Comic Con experience.

Bumblebee!!

Bumblebee!!

Every few months I need to stop and refocus myself and make sure I’m on the right track. I’ve been irrational, odd, paranoid, and jumping to conclusions more often this last week then is usual, and seeing how my birthday was a couple of weeks ago, it seems like it is definitely a time for a refocus. To make this easier to document and read I’m breaking it down into three categories: work, school, and personal life.

School

  • I only have a year and a class till the completion of my masters.
  • Despite what I sometimes thing I DID make the right choice
  • and I’m going to succeed in my Masters program.
  • I will be taking three classes in the fall and three in the spring then one in either the summer or the winter.
  • I will study hard and get the grades I deserve.
  • I am a smart and strong female with a great future ahead of her.

Work

  • I will continue looking for other positions but be happy I have the wonderful and fun job that I currently have.
  • I will network and make contacts with people in the entertainment industry that can help me make my career a success.
  • I am always to look for the positives and push the negatives away (because what good do the negatives do).
  • I (hopefully) can become a substitute teacher in the fall while continuing to do the following.

Personal Life

  • I am currently blessed with great friends and an amazing boyfriend – I will not let myself forget this.
  • I will try my hardest to kill the paranoia monster once and for all. It isn’t healthy to be as paranoid as I can sometimes be.
  • I will look at all the wonderful things in my life and instead of questioning what I’ve done wrong, wonder what I can do to continue to make things in my life right.
  • Obsessing = drives me crazy. I must stop!
  • I don’t NEED anyone else to make my life perfect, but that doesn’t mean I can’t want to include people in my life.
  • I will talk about positive things.
  • My emotionalism must be kept undercontrol for everyone’s sanity.

I know some people may think this is just me blowing steam but if I put them in writing that makes these mantes more real for me… and makes me want to make them part of my life even that much more.

I thank all my friends for listening to me and ask for your help in order to get through the next year of craziness.

And I shall leave you with this, it can put a smile on your face:

The beach just makes me happy.

The beach just makes me happy.

So after about two hours I finally realized what I had done wrong when trying to attach a PDF file to my last blog entry. So here are three of my papers for your enjoyment! 😉

Disneyization

This was written for my Deconstructing Disney class. It was a graduate level course that studied Disney and the effects it has or is percieved to have on society. I argued that Disney is NOT negative to society.

Creative Process Paper

This paper was also written for my Deconstructing Disney class. It was our final paper for the semester and in lieu of a written final. I was even able to interview two storywriters from Walt Disney Imagineering for this paper. It’s very interesting, even to those not studying Mass Communications.

Transmedia Storytelling and Convergence Culture

The paper that made me cry. But also the one I am most proud of. For my Mass Communications Theory Class (graduate level) we had to write a research proposal for our final project, and as a requirement we had to look at the future of mass communications. While we did not do the actual research, I’m definately thinking about that for my next research class as this paper was interesting to write. Talks about Harper’s Globe, Harper’s Island, Dollhouse, etc.. If you enjoy it and want to fund a research project let me know ;).

That is all for now. I still have lots to write about the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Bear’s First Trip to Disneyland, and lots of other ideas floating around in my head, but those will wait until another time.

So this month has been insane. Just got a new car, working many days of the week (with not that many hours but whatever), final papers for graduate classes, and then of course to top it all off the first week of summer break what happens? I get bad sinuses/head cold/whatever you call what I have. But point is I had all of today off… and yet couldn’t leave the apartment. But have been taking the time to do some productive things. Things like… convert some papers to PDF’s so I can upload them for you to enjoy, create a new twitter/blog/forum with some friends, and even start a youtube account. So, let me show you what I’ve been up to.

First, I have never played with YouTube but lately I decided I wanted to learn how. You can see my first two YouTube attempts here. Please be kind.

Also – I have some lovely friends met from Harper’s Globe and LG:15.  Together we have joined forces and became the Geek Girls. You can follow us on twitter @geekygirls, check out our new geeky blog, and play at our geeky forums. Come and join us – I promise we are nice!

I am currently trying to figure out how to upload the papers I wrote as PDFs for everyone to read/enjoy/give me feedback about. I have them in PDF format just not sure if I have to find a server to upload them to and then link or what. I will post them as soon as I figure it out! 🙂