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Twelve Posts of Christmas #5: Favorite Indie Geek Stuff

This year, I went to more conventions than I ever have before. Gallifrey 2011, Geek Girl Con, Long Beach Comic Con. Sure, that’s only three cons…but I’m broke.

Anyway cons are, in part, about creators great and small getting together to let each other, as well as fans, about the things they’re working on. As a writer, I go to cons in part to look for cool things to write about. However, I only write about a small fraction of the things I come across. So, I thought it’d be cool to spotlight some of the stuff that I learned about and really liked, but never got a chance to write about before now:

WEBSERIES

** Standard Action – a well-produced, wonderfully-acted fantasy webseries created by Joanna Gaskell. I first heard about this at Geek Girl Con back in October, as she was on the “Women in Web Series” panel. Having heard a little about how it was made, it just goes to show how good you can make a small budget look on camera, and how all you really need (“all,” as if either is so easy to come by!) is great acting and writing to make a successful webseries. It’s not about how much money you have, is what I’m saying. Check it out! While Standard Action is clearly designed for geeks (specifically ones who play RPGs), the story is interesting enough for non-geeks to follow.

** Causality – This web series isn’t up yet, but it sounds like it’s going to be awesome! This is another Geek Girl Con find. Series creator, Glynis Mitchell, was also on that “Women in Webseries” panel, and seems like an incredibly smart, creative (not to mention awesomely feminist) artist. The concept is intriguing, and the trailer she showed at the panel looked really good. Check out the site and keep tabs on this one. I think it has serious potential.

WEBSITES

** The Geeky Hostess – an awesome geek-focused lifestyle/etiquette blog kept by proprietor, and Geek Miss Manners, Tara.

** Comediva– the internet home for geeky, funny ladies! A fabulous one-stop shop for web comics, videos, and comedy galore!

** CupcakePow.com – creator Jody Houser delivers one of the cutest and snarkiest web comics EVAR! Met Jody at Comikaze Expo!

** Eliza Frye – One of my favorite artist discoveries at LBCC. Her artwork totally stopped me in my tracks. If I weren’t so broke, I would’ve bought everything she had. Alas, I was so broke. But next time I have some disposable income, her graphic novels will be mine!

** OMGCow.com – I had the pleasure of meeting artist Sheika Lugtu and her boyfriend in a banana costume at Long Beach Comic Con. She was super sweet and also super-talented, doing me up an adorable sketch of myself:

Art by Sheika Lugtu

She also has a line of colored drawings of superheroes as various objects, and I bought one of Wonder Woman and one of Iron Man as balloons. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very cute. Check out her site, where she has an autobiographical comic.

** Cuddly Capes – I came across artist Rosa and her awesome salesman partner, Peter, at LBCC. I couldn’t afford to commission her, but her stuff was so ADORABLE (and looked as cuddly as advertised):

Cuddly Scarlet Witch by Rosa

Check out her Deviant Art page above. From what she and Peter told me at the con, they’ve got big plans for the coming year, so stay tuned!

** Forgettably Famous – An awesome, intriguing web comic written by Anae Crockett and drawn by Kat Zuniga. I met these fabulous ladies at LBCC, and Kat was doing free commissions, so I asked her for one! Check out what I look like as a comic character:

I would LOVE to be a comic book character!

This was, by far, my favorite thing acquired at LBCC.

** Pendant Audio – I don’t generally listen to podcasts, but when I do, my favorite ones tend to be dramatic ones. Stories acted out. This site is chock full of those!

** SoulGeek.com – an awesome geek dating site created by the fabulous Dino Andrade. Geek to Geek was lame, but SoulGeek actually works! Also, they do in-person events in L.A. I’m hoping that 2012 will be a lot more social for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

FAN GROUPS

** Dumbledore’s Army – this fun-loving band of Harry Potter aficionados was super informative and sweet to me at LBCC and Comikaze Expo. This is the link to the L.A. meetup, but I believe they have meetups in other cities, too!

** Rebel LegionStar Wars fans, take note! If you want to focus on cosplaying the “good guys” with a really great group, check out the Rebel Legion. They’re like the 501st, but they don’t do evil. ๐Ÿ™‚

BOOKS

** Time of the Faeries – I’m a big fan of photography, so I love the idea of graphic novels being created using it, as opposed to penciled artwork. Usually, it’s not executed terribly well, but Time of the Faeries is a beautiful urban fantasy. So is Corsentino’s other book, Afterlight.

And that’s all she wrote, folks! Hopefully, you’ll discover a new favorite for yourself! Enjoy!

China Mieville Is A Poser!

Too hot to be a geek?

I’m writing to rant about something that’s been bothering me for a long time. I hate it when hot guys say that they’re into geeky stuff just to get in on what’s popular, or to get attention. Take China Mieville for instance.

Right. You expect me to believe that someone that hot has the foggiest notion of what it’s like to be picked on as a kid? You expect me to believe that someone who looks like this:

…knows anything about alienation or the need to hide in fantasy? I suppose you expect me to believe that a hot guy like that is also smart, right?

Pffft.

What annoys me most is the earrings. I mean, it’s clear that he’s doing that to make himself look “non-conformist” and “alienated.”ย  Check out this picture of him in glasses:

It’s as if he’s trying to say “Hey, look at me! I’m a nerd just like you!”

*gag*

Or how about this one?

Like, “Look! I write about squid. I’m totally down with geeks and steampunk and all that stuff!”

Oh, please. Why don’t you go back to the GQ photo spread you crawled out of, and leave geekery to those who know what they’re talking about.

See how stupid that sounds?

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From Patton Oswalt’s ridiculous Wired article about “the death of geek culture” to posts like this one at The Flickcast (enjoy the web hits I’m giving you. I hope people go there only to see how wrong your article is first-hand), we’ve been bombarded lately with “real” geeks criticizing other geeks for not being geeky enough.

For the love of God (or the Wormhole aliens), stop it.

I am sick of women needing to jump through hoops in order to prove their geek cred in a way men hardly ever have to. As Kristen McHugh points out in her eloquent blog post on the subject, an attractive male celebrity can simply say he likes Star Wars, and people fill in the blanks, assuming a knowledge that may or may not be there. Meanwhile, an attractive female celebrity who says she likes Star Wars has to take three written tests and a driving exam to “prove it.”

I am sick of geekiness being determined by how attractive one is/isn’t according to the mainstream media. A male friend of mine recently said that he doesn’t consider Chris Hardwick a “real geek”, because he’s so attractive and is an actor, so his nerdiness doesn’t count, because it doesn’t come from a “real place.” Um, I’m sorry, but anyone who was at the recent Doctor Who screening in NYC, at which Hardwick moderated the Q&A with the cast and crew, knows how much of a geek he is. His geekiness is palpable.

The fact is, if you are a geek, and you’re segregating yourself from others based on what they look like, you are not only doing the stories you love a grave disservice, but you are being a hypocrite, because you felt slighted in high school, and now want to treat the world the same way. Just stop.

Like Ghandi said, “Be the geek-friendliness you want to see in the world.” OK, maybe Ghandi wasn’t talking about geekery at all, but the point is still valid. You don’t want people judging your geekiness? Don’t judge someone else’s. Sounds pretty simple. Isn’t, apparently.

CONFESSION:

I’ve never read China Mieville before, though I’ve heard his name all over the place. I reluctantly decided to look him up one day a couple of months ago, because I kept hearing that he was someone I should be reading. I say reluctantly, because I’m not really a squid/Lovecraft/steampunk kind of a girl, and that’s the impression I got of his work. I’m more of a spaceships/other planets/alien civilizations kind of a girl.

Then, I saw that he was hot. Suddenly, I was interested.

So, while I don’t judge a book by its cover, I sometimes judge a book by its author photo. I don’t know what that says or doesn’t say about me, but I will say that my interest in Mieville’s work started because of people’s recommendations. The fact that he’s hot just makes me really excited about going to his readings. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, while his other work seemed not to be my thing (though The City and The City seems pretty close), his latest novel, Embassytown, has aliens, an alien language, a female protagonist, space travel…

It’s as if he was saying, “OK, Teresa, if you agree to read something of mine, I promise to write something you’ll like.”

I guess the moral of this story is, judging something by its looks is only cool if it makes you love something. Not if it makes you tear something (or someone) down. And certainly not if that’s all you’re doing. Mieville is brilliant and political, in addition to being ridiculously tappable, and these are all good things.

I guess I’m waiting for a time when people can look at a beautiful woman in the same way, realizing that beauty and substance aren’t mutually exclusive.

Whedonista In Los Angeles!

This Little Whedonista is finally on her way to Los Angeles! ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, by the time many of you read this, I’ll already be there enjoying the fact that there are places that don’t even have slush!

As you all know, the main reason why I’ll be in L.A. is to help promote Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them! If you are an L.A.-based Whedon fan, the following events may strike your fancy!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH

I will be doing a reading at 6PM at The Talking Stick (1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice) to support both Whedonistas as well as my chapbook, On the Ground Floor. I’ll be reading my essay from Whedonistas as well as a short story of mine that’s never been published/read before! So if you’d like a taste of what to expect from Whedonistas, please stop by! The event is FREE, though I will have copies of On the Ground Floor available for purchase (and signing!), and I will have a laptop with me, should you be inspired to pre-order a copy of Whedonistas on the spot!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19th

THE MAIN EVENT! Whedonistas is hosting a panel at Gallifrey One this coming weekend! It begins at 3pm and features Lynne Thomas, Deborah Stanish, Christa Dickson, Lars Pearson, Jane Espenson, Kelly Hale, Nancy Holder, Racheline Maltese, Jenn Reese, Katy Shuttleworth, and ME! (I know, right? It’s like that song from Sesame Street – “One of these things does not belong here…”) To get into Gally for only that day, tickets are $40. It’s $75 for the whole weekend! (Doctor Who fans, take note!)

While Whedonistas is being launched at Gally, the book actually comes out on MARCH 15TH.

I will also be attending the Awkward Embraces S2 premiere party on Friday the 18th at which Lost’s Michelle Rodriguez will be guest-DJing! There will be no shortage of badass Puerto Rican ladies at that party! ๐Ÿ™‚ There is also a karaoke night being planned, which I’ll tell you more about when things are finalized. And, of course, I’ll be all over Gally.

If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, I’ll be updating exclusively on Twitter! So follow me there, if you’re on (@teresajusino), or you can just bookmark my feed if you’re not. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be using the hashtag #teresafbt11. What does that mean? Teresa Fake Book Tour 2011. This is the first of what I hope will be several readings I do this year, but as I don’t have an actual book of my own…well, you get the idea. So #teresafbt11 is where it’s at!

Thanks again to all of you who supported Send Teresa to Gally! And the thing is, I genuinely believe that Whedonistas is worth all the trouble and effort! I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a copy! ๐Ÿ™‚

And the Winners Are…

The contestants...

The Send Teresa to Gally drive is officially over, and I’d like to send another HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who bought a copy of On the Ground Floor in the past couple of weeks in order to help. You’ve helped me buy a plane ticket and provided me with the getting-around money I needed to join the Whedonistas panel at Gallifrey One, and I am so, so grateful.

The drawing... (the shirt I'm wearing does not mean I endorse the movie advertised. It came in a swag bag I got today, and I'm wearing it to sleep.)

Other than posting crappy pictures of me in my pajamas, the purpose of this post is to announce the TWO lucky winners in my drawing for free copies of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them! I entered the name of everyone who bought a copy of On the Ground Floor, or who otherwise supported my Gally effort, between January 17th and February 5th. Then I swirled the folded pieces of paper in a little bag and chose two of them at random! The first one was…

KATRINA HILL!

And the second was…

JILL PANTOZZI!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! You have each won a free copy of Whedonistas that I will be snagging for you at Gallifrey and getting signed by the panelists (including me!). Thank you so much for helping the effort and for getting me to Gally!

I wish I could shower each and every one of you with presents for being so nice to me! Thank you again, and stay tuned for news of my L.A. itinerary and more! ๐Ÿ™‚ TO GALLY!

Geeks, Nerds, and Dorks

In writing a comment over at Tor.com on an interesting article by Ethan Gilsdorf, I realized that I never wrote about the way I distinguish between Geeks, Nerds, and Dorks here at The Teresa Jusino Experience, which is weird considering what geeky concerns this blog has. ๐Ÿ™‚ Back when I was writing for Examiner.com as the “NY Geek Examiner,” I wrote a whole article on the subject that I just tried to find, but seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle of hard drive contents between moves. But here is the basic gist for your edification. Feel free to post your thoughts on the matter in the comments!

Original poster by Scott Johnson: http://frogpants.com

GEEK

Geekiness is measured by enthusiasm. If you looooove something SO MUCH;ย  if you love it enough to read every book, watch every episode/film, go to every event, write stories set in that world, buy every piece of memorabilia, dress up as a character, or have [This Thing I Love] theme parties, you are a geek. As you can see from the poster above, you can be a geek about lots of things, and lots of people who would never have applied the “geek” label to themselves are probably geeks about something or other. Hardcore sports fans are geeks. I came into contact with a lot of Jets geeks recently. They think of themselves as simply “fans”, but if they’re rocking jerseys and randomly bursting out with the Jets cheer in bars when there isn’t even a game on…they’re geeks, along with music fans who see their favorite artist/band play in as many cities as possible, keeping track of band news as if they’re keeping track of loved ones.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ The important thing to realize here is that there are “acceptable” forms of geekery, and “unacceptable” forms of geekery that will get someone made fun of or looked down upon. But make no mistake, those who enjoy “acceptable” forms of geekery are no less geeks, and maybe if they understood that, the world would be a better place with a lot less judgment and bullying.

NERD

Nerdiness is measured by knowledge. If you know every episode number of a show along with its title and season, if you know every piece of trivia, if you can summon facts about a fictional world as easily as you can summon facts about the non-fictional world, and if you know fictional characters as well as you know your friends, you are a nerd. Sports fans who can recite stats and team history are nerds. Foodies who not only know lots about cooking, but can also tell you facts about every cooking show that’s on, or the ins and outs of the goings-on at popular (or, more likely, obscure) restaurants are geeks. All nerds are geeks (you’d have to love something immensely to know that much about it), but not all geeks are nerds.

For example, I consider myself a Star Trek geek who is on her way to become a Star Trek nerd. I aspire to nerddom, and I know that I know a lot more than non-nerds, but know that there are many people more knowledgeable than I am. One day, I will cross over to full-on nerddom, and when that day comes, I shall do a happy dance. Maybe, that dance will even marry me to Nathan Fillion!

 

Candis and Jessica of Awkward Embraces

DORK

Dorkiness is measured in sociability. If you are really awkward in social situations and either don’t talk much or talk too much to overcompensate, you’re a dork. Now, we all feel uncomfortable at parties and such from time to time, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Take Jessica on the fabulous webseries, Awkward Embraces. She is a Star Trek geek as well as a Trek nerd. She is also incredibly awkward when talking to anyone who is not one of her best friends. She’s horrible at mingling/flirting at parties, or holding conversations where she can’t relate everything to Star Trek. Jessica is a dork. There’s nothing wrong with being a dork – hell, Jessica still manages to get a ton of action despite her awkwardness, because she also happens to be gorgeous – they just need a little more friendliness and help than most people. So, if you see a dork at a party, talk to them! They’re probably really awesome and just need a little more of a nudge to get into comfortable conversation. /PSA

(I generally don’t have trouble around people, but there have certainly been parties where I haven’t been in my element and I feel like a dork…but whether I actually was one or not is up to other people to decide.)

So, that’s how I break things down, and what I mean when I use those words and label people at all. Labels are important so that you can find what you like, but I always try to use them in the most all-inclusive way possible, because narrow definitions mean a narrow experience of something. Geekdom, Nerdiness, and Dorkiness encompass more than people tend to think. Geeks are not as “alone” as all that, and non-geeks are generally geekier than they think they are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Buffy Reboot: The REALLY Big Bad

So, I’ve read that there’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot film in the works. Here is why I think this is a REALLY BAD IDEA:

1) TOO SOON

You don’t reboot a franchise that’s only been off the air SEVEN YEARS. You just don’t. It’s a stupid, stupid thing to do. Last year’s Star Trek reboot came OVER FORTY YEARS after Star Trek: The Original Series, and FIFTEEN YEARS after the last film that featured members of the original cast. Meanwhile, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hasn’t even been off the air for ten years, and the world of the show is being continued – BY Joss – in comic book form. The fandom is still alive and well with no “franchise fatigue” in sight!

The Buffy reboot’s writer, Whit Anderson (who doesn’t even have a picture up on her IMDB page, and who only has credits as an actress – the biggest of which is as a “Patron” in the film Yes Man), likens this reboot to that of the Batman franchise with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Um, no.

First of all, Batman is OVER SEVENTY YEARS OLD and its creator is dead. It could STAND reimagining every now and again. Secondly, the films she cites weren’t “reboots” so much as adaptations of Frank Miller’s version of Batman. These films were basically created so that the film version of Batman would match what currently existed in the comics, just as previous Batman films and TV shows reflected the comics of their time. So, for her analogy to work, she’d either have to be adapting Buffy: Season Eight comics to film, or having her film match the show so that the film Buffyverse is updated from the Kristy Swanson/Luke Perry film. Either way, what she’s doing is redundant, and insulting, mostly because the CREATOR OF THE ORIGINAL SHOW IS STILL HERE AND WORKING. Which leads me to…

2) NO JOSS, NO BUFFY

Joss IS Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Yes, he was even the less-than-stellar first film version. It’s Joss’ singular humor and take on life that made Buffy what it is. It’s what CONTINUES to make Buffy what it is in its comic incarnation. First of all, who is Whit Anderson, and why was she given the keys to ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR FANTASY FRANCHISES EVER?! Secondly, with Joss still alive and kicking and Creator of the Buffyverse, anything Anderson comes up with will feel like fan fiction. Granted, it might be very good fan fiction. But it won’t feel genuine. It will, at best, feel like a really good imitation. If you’re a first-time screenwriter, why would you want your first project to be a ventriloquist act?

Meanwhile, Joss has responded to all of this with a wonderful mix of candor and humor. My favorite bit?

“I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film.ย  This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youthsโ€”just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

It’s true. He IS doing a reboot. Thing is, THE AVENGERS IS OLD, TOO! And the movie has the blessing of the creator, Stan Lee, and is being PRODUCED BY THE PUBLISHER OF THE AVENGERS. Also, Joss has written for Marvel before, so he’s part of the family. So, it’s really nothing at ALL like what Anderson & Warner Bros. are doing.

I would get more up in arms about this, but the fact is this was a VERY early announcement and the script isn’t even written yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if we never heard about this project again, and it spent eternity in Development Hell.

It can keep Joss’ version of Wonder Woman company.

Teresa’s Tuesday Round-Up: 10/19/10

What’s up, homies?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Told you this feature would be back. In fact, the reason why it hasn’t been here is because NYCC ate me alive, and I’ve been writing my face off. Here are the scribblings that made it to the web within the past week:

GEEK THEATER REVEW OF CIRCUS OF CIRCUS: OCT. 14! Head over to Pink Raygun for my review of a creative, intriguing theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

NYCC PANEL SPOTLIGHT: IMAGE COMICS WRITERS PANEL: OCT. 14! Check out my write-up of one of the most entertaining and informative writing panels I’ve ever been to at a con over at Tor.com!

BEST SHOTS RAPID-FIRE REVIEWS: OCT. 14! Check out my latest rapid-fire reviews at Newsarama. I review Knight & Squire #1 and Superior #1.

CAPRICA: S1.5, EP 10 – RETRIBUTION: OCT. 14! My Tor.com review of the most recent episode of Caprica! (And, you’ll be watching the new episode TONIGHT, right?) ๐Ÿ™‚

So, October 14th was a really big day for Teresa Jusino, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Comic Con was over on the 10th, and I was banging out these articles all while I recovered from three consecutive late nights of daily con write-ups. BOO YA! I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself this past week. There is more NYCC coverage coming – in fact, my NYCC Panel Spotlight of the James Marsters panel hit today – as well as the review of tonight’s episode of Caprica.

That’s a lot of scribbling to keep up with! If you want to always be in the loop, go on and “Like” my Facebook Fan Page!

Also, don’f forget that my short story chapbook, ON THE GROUND FLOOR, is available for purchase! Click the link to the right, and get your copy today!

Lastly, keep your eyes peeled here. There will be big news and new endeavors announced soon!

My NYCC Schedule – FRIDAY

Care to stalk me at the Javitz Center today? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s where I’m likely to be at New York Comic Con today:

1:00PM – Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon signing at the Dark Horse booth! Gotta show my Demo/Daytrippers love!

2/2:15PM – either I’ll be at the Marvel panel (1A06) at 2PM, or the “Writing Action Packed and Character-Driven Stories” panel (1A15) at 2:15PM. Not sure yet.

LUNCH/WANDERING TIME! Including an interview I’m snagging for a possible ChinaShop post.

4:30PM – Image Writers (including Robert Kirkman!) panel (1A14)

Pursue autographs from MARJORIE LIU (Table 16) and JASON AARON (Marvel booth)

Wander until…

7:00PM – “Monsters” panel (1A06)

8:45PM – James Marsters Spotlight panel (1A08)

And then after all that, I’m off to the GEEK GIRLS NETWORK TWEET-UP!

Whew! I got tired just typing that. Thank goodness the Con doesn’t get started until 1PM. Hopefully, I’ll be meeting friends there, too!

So, if you want to find me, there’s the general plan for what I’ll be doing. I’d love to say hello!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New York Comic Con, everyone!

The Anatomy of 15 Minutes

You do ONE LITTLE THING, and the whole Island goes kablooey!

Unless you were living under a rock last week (or you’re, um, not a geek and have better things to do than check out geeky news outlets…in which case, how did you find me?), you might have seen a story floating around on the internet (or on G4) about me and Wil Wheaton that just may rival his history with Sheldon Cooper.

HOW TO BECOME A C-LIST INTERNET CELEBRITY

Step One: Write a humor article about a geeky childhood memory having to do with a current celebrity.ย  If you’re very lucky, which I was, said celebrity will be very nice to you, see the humor in the article, and send you something nice.

Step One is pretty much it.ย  The rest is out of your control. However, here’s how it went down for me:

Part Deux: Wait 75 weeks. Seriously.ย  No one will care for over a year about your article.ย  Then, all of a sudden, they’ll care so hard.

Part Trois: Wake up in the morning and check your WordPress dashboard only to discover that views on your blog have skyrocketed.ย  You know you’re not that popular, so you wonder why.ย  Click on the link where most of your views are coming from.ย  Discover THIS.ย  Squee, because you’re a fan of that website, and being included on it is a geeky honor.ย  Tell your friends.ย  Squee some more.

Part Quatre: Discover that the story has made it to REDDIT.

Part Cinq: A friend will then alert you to your status as a hot topic on BUZZFEED.ย  Squee, then wonder why people are latching on to this all of a sudden.ย  Be hopeful and grateful that people are being steered toward your blog and reading other things you’ve written.

Part Six: A popular blogger friend will then blog your good fortune.ย  Be glad that you know people who understand why getting a fan club kit from Wil Wheaton is important and will squee with you.

Part Sept: Discover yet another mention on the internet. An embarrassment of riches?

Part Huit: Out for a friend’s birthday dinner, you will be alerted by the Birthday Girl that she’s been alerted by a friend via text that the friend just saw mention of “[her] friend, Teresa” on the G4 news crawl.ย  Birthday Girl will text back, “I’m having dinner with that girl RIGHT NOW!”ย  Laugh at how ridiculous it all is.

Part Neuf: As you’re planning an online auction to raise money for a possible trip to promote your upcoming chapbook, decide to auction off your Wil Wheaton letter, thinking that someone else would love to have an example of his kindness in their own home, and knowing that you would keep a copy of the typed letter as well as his handwritten note.ย  Think nothing of the decision.

And this is when things get strange, and you realize that up until then all of the focus had been on Wil Wheaton being awesome (which he is), and now you’ve brought the focus on you, and no one wanted that.

Part Dix: Notice that once you announced you were auctioning off the letter, people started posting anonymous comments questioning your motives and implying things about your character and talent under the original Letters of Note post.ย  Be surprised and hurt, because you weren’t expecting people to have an opinion about it at all, let alone for them to be so snide and cruel toward someone they don’t know without having all the information.

Part Onze: As calmly as possible – without being rude, but without taking shit – write a response to the mean comments.ย  Let them know that you are not someone who won’t set things straight.

Part Douze: Learn a lesson. Learn that the Internet makes people knowing about you really easy.ย  Good, in that you can promote your work, get to know other people, and learn cool stuff.ย  Bad, in that the more people know about you, the more likely it is that you’ll end up a target for someone somewhere.ย  Yes, even if you’re a nobody writer who’s only just started freelancing.

Lucky Part Treize: Write a blog post, shake it off, and move on.

*shakes*

A Teresa In a ChinaShop

Tara Reich in her blue box (aka, TARDIS) dress!

So, remember how I told you that my first piece on ChinaShopMag.com was going to be up soon?ย  Well, it’s here!

Go check out my piece, GEEK FASHION: Tara Reich Brings Sci-Fi Sensibility to Couture.

If it gets 500 views in the next 7 days, I get paid for it AND get a contract to write my Geek Lifestyle column for them!ย  So go on over and have a look!ย  And if you’re into cosplay, definitely hit up Tara Reich!ย  You can hire her for custom work, and as you’ll see from the photos in the article and on her website, she’s crazy talented.

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