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Happy 2015 You Guys!

23 Jan

Hello world!

A little late, but Happy 2015 to you, all! I have been a hermit, I know- but I have working really hard to get my crap together, leave doubts behind, and just create (art, crafts, write, read…). I have been swimming in a sea of projects to just start generating new and fresher ideas.

After a long literary dry-spell I finally picked up a book that is blowing me off my freaking feet. Thank you Old Man Geek for lining up at SDCC last year to get me Beautiful You. This book, you guys, OMG! Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk is simply amazing. I have most of his book and I still have not finished most because I am always stunned by the beautifully written prose– the descriptions in all of his books are more visually effective than a movie’s. Thank you, Chuck Palahniuk for bringing back to me the joy of reading with yet another one of your magnificent works.

For a while I have been drowning with doubts about my writing, my art… all of it. And now I decided: you know what? I miss doing what I love and why am I getting so anxious about if it is something I need to do to survive. Like air: I need art, books, and pens in my life– it is as needed as water, the ways I can express myself without awkwardness, the way I charge my batteries. So I decided: To hell with the doubts and fears, I am doing what I love. And let me tell you, I have been very happy and inspired lately, I am super proud of the things I have created so far this year and very excited to work on those I have planned. I still need a job, granted, but I am looking– wish me luck! ❤ Positive vibes all around ❤

So yeah… expect to see more of my art, writings, reviews, and crafts. Yes, I do plan on catching you all up to what has happened while I have been a tad MIA.

See you soon, my lovelies. Geek OUT! ❤

 

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All Roads Lead to SDCC

21 Jul

Hello world! It is so nice to be here again- I have been all over the place, running like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get myself mentally economically, and physically ready for the crazy… Tomorrow I’m heading to the whale’s vagina, in the immortal words of Ron Burgundy. In the throws of getting ready for SDCC I even gave my first step to becoming a mermaid and queen of the unicorns, I dyed my hair!

Let me tell you, guys: I am so darned excited, yet every couple of minutes I am crippled by a mix of doubt, nerves, and overwhelming anxiety. I cannot wait to go and I just want to do well- as you know I will be reporting for Bleeding Cool from there, so keep your eyes open. My main goal is to hit all those panels I picked for my itinerary, but I want to do it well and make them proud. It is my first time at SDCC and my first time traveling to the West Coast, so you can see why the mix of all those feelings hit me like a tidal wave every time I think about it. I actually don’t think it has hit me quite yet, the fact that I’ll be traveling-it might happen once I board that plain. That is when I will truly believe it is happening for real instead of just a really nice, and quite stressful, dream.

I am so looking forward to all the events, to meeting new people and making new friends. Feel free to hit me up over Twitter to let me know if you are coming, too!

The hardest part of this whole preparation time is dealing with the mini-freak out moments: finding tickets and not being able to buy them, so priced have gone up like crazy-each time making me raise my budget; finding a room to stay at during the convention time–thankfully I have Old Man Geek and a friend I made during NYCC when I volunteered as crew… (there is nothing like volunteering at a convention, I made so many amazing friends and acquaintances). But yeah, I’m happy each issue at hand has been resolved and I’m trying to keep myself in check and not stress out more than I should. Happy and excited.

I’m now sitting here, looking at my packed bags… all mostly done, just travel tomorrow and go 3 hours back in time. I guess I’m just being sort of masochistic,  trying to find things to stress over now that the heavy load is done. I just wish I could bring my family and friends with me. Aaaah, I want to scream and jump and get there already! Wish me luck, guys! ♡

Book Expo America Part 2: Authors and Books

23 Jun

As you, all, know I got to attend BEA two weeks ago. You can read my general thoughts on it HERE. I am so sorry about the lateness of this post, but I’ve been juggling two part-time jobs and commission works to save up for my upcoming trip to San Diego -the whale’s vagina- for the International Comic Convention next month. Which, I am happy to announce, I am almost reaching my goal… although I keep having to alter it and make the budget slightly bigger each time.

But back to the most important part: I can’t get over how amazing it was to be a part of the Book Expo America this year and how many books I got to keep. I was able to drag about 85 books with me, plus comic books. I am elated and still in the clouds thanks to all the authors I’ve been following for so long that I got to meet. That coupled with their signed books or previews of them was enough to make this Nerdy Faery’s dream come true! I am so so happy!

DAY 1: 

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Day 1 Loot

First is first… Neil Patrick Harris… I got a wink… I love that guy! Didn’t get a chance to talk much to him since it was one of the biggest lines during the whole BEA, but I got to squeak a short “Hi, I love your work!” and then felt like a total fangirl fail. But I got the wink with a sweet thanks, and I am holding on to that! I, also, got a signed preview of his upcoming autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography; which so far reads marvelously and is super fun. I am looking forward to it.

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5 years ago I was able to meet Melissa Marr at Books of Wonder for a signing of Fragile Eternity (Third installment on the Wicked Lovely Series), yet it felt great to finally get a chance to interact a little bit with her. She is an author I admire, not just for her writing, but as a person. It was quite funny– I had tweeted a picture of myself and the line behind me because I was first and had been waiting for a little while before it started forming; and she asked me if it was me. The part I am most excited about? I got a signed copy of Made For You! I cannot wait to start reading it- she was telling us (Old Man Geek & myself) how proud she is of this novel and gave us a sneak-peak of what we are going to be soon reading.

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Another amazing author extraordinaire I got to meet was the man himself: R. L. Stine… Last year I was able to cover one of his panels for Bleeding Cool (you can read it here), which ended up being one of the best decisions ever. It is always great to see how an artist (author in this case) goes about his or her craft. I like learning new methods to approach what I love to do all times, so to get a chance to meet him one-on-one was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity/dream that I had to take. He was so surprisingly sweet and nice to me that I still can’t get over it. I remember my sister going crazy and pouring over his books when I was a kid– trust me, she was R.L. Stine’s biggest fan and it was one of my first experience of appreciating one author’s work as a whole. It was a dream come true to get a signed book of his’, Party Games, and personalized no less! *dies of awesome and waiting for sister to die of jellyness*

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Another highlight of DAY 1 was getting to meet author John Scalzi. When I first started following him I wasn’t aware that he was an author, I just loved his blog– the way he always expressed/expresses himself and how he writes. I was happy to see, when I first checked into BEA, that he was going to be there this year signing ARC’s of his upcoming book: Lock In. About an hour before his signing I made I beeline to the autograph section because I had to meet the man. After seeing the length of the line a bit after joining, I was happy I was there early and #3 in line. During that wait Old Man Geek got me a copy of Endgame: The Calling by James Frey with one of the sweetest inscriptions by the author– thank you, Old Man Geek! When Scalzi first got there he took a picture of all of us lined up to see him. Needless to say, I am stoked to have gotten this ARC. Hell Yeah!

John Scalzi Line pic
Picture taken by Scalzi.

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Those were my highlights of DAY 1 at BEA.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 1 in no particular order:

  • A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
  • The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
  • Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
  • Party Games by R.L. Stine (signed)
  • Made for You by Melissa Marr (signed)
  • Lock In by John Scalzi (signed)
  • Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (signed)
  • The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography (Preview) by Neil Patrick Harris (signed)
  • Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes

 

DAY 2:

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Day 2 Loot

On day two there were two major moments for me: getting to meet Stan Lee and Amanda Palmer. Once again, I was a first in line, this time for Amanda F*cking Palmer! I was very excited when she retweeted a picture of Old Man Geek and I in line and waiting. I didn’t get much of a chance to interact with her, other than rambling about how much of an inspiration she is to me as a woman. When I asked her if I could take a picture with her she asked me to go to her side and pulled me in for a tight hug. I cannot express how much that moment meant for me– *fangirl squeaks* I’ve gotten to meet her and Neil Gaiman (but that was last year); there is nothing much I can ask for anymore… My nerd-girl’s wet dreams came (half-way) true! Oh, did I mention that I got a signed preview of her upcoming book, The Art of Asking? Umm, yeah I did.

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Like you read on the previous paragraph I, also, got to meet Stan Lee– Old Man Geek and I lined up a couple of hours before and that line grew until it had to go around… and it was a ticketed signing! I was a tad annoyed at the people who had Front-of-the-line passes; though I am sorry, guys, I was only being a petty hater: I was just secretly wishing I had one myself! It was sad that we didn’t get a chance to talk to him much since they wanted us to move fast, but it was so nice to get to say thanks to him, and get my preview of his upcoming book, Zodiac, straight from his hands. We couldn’t take pictures of him, but here is one from the Book Expo America’s Instagram.

Stan Lee BEA

I also got to meet Andy Cohen who was, also, incredibly nice and funny. I got a little notepad from him and signed, as well– yay! And one of the biggest scores for me that day was getting an ARC of The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare— I love their writing so much that I got in line for it about an hour before at the publisher’s booth. Whilst I was waiting for this piece of gold Old Man Geek was being the biggest doll and got me a copy of Clariel by Garth Nix. I wanted that book so much that you have no idea how happy I got when he appeared with a galley in hand for me! Right after we started the line for Jeffrey Brown at the Autograph Section, signing uncorrected proofs of Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan. It was lovely to get the chance to meet him since I love all his work so much! And look, YAY:

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Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 2 in no particular order:

  • Virgin by Raghika Sanghani
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
  • Zodiac (preview) by Stan Lee (signed)
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • The Art of Asking (preview) by Amanda Palmer (signed)
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • Clariel by Garth Nix
  • The Science Book
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

 

DAY 3:

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Day 3 nuggets

Day 3 was much more relaxed. I was, however, a bit shocked that they closed off part of the floor to BookCon attendees. Why? … Anyway, I was able to meet Cassandra Clare and Holly Black– I got there early to get tickets for their signing, earning myself a signature on my ARC of The Iron Trial and a signed copy of The Shadowhunters Codex! Wootsies! Since I wasn’t able to meet Becca Fitzpatrick the day before, I got to- at least- grab a copy of Black Ice. Pretty happy about that! Be jealous of Old Man Geek: he snagged an ARC of Project Superhero by E. Paul Zehr and illustrated by Kris Pearn.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 3 in no particular order:

  • Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Fiddle by George Hagen
  • Tape by Steven Camden
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Clare & Lewis (Signed)
  • One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  • Skink– No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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BEA Final Product

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BEA Signed books
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I cannot stress how fantastic of an experience BEA was– If you like books you should really try to go. You meet the best authors, amazing people and even make new friends with the same book obsession! I can’t wait for next year’s already! YAY!

Shameless Self-Plug & Giveaway: Raising Funds for SDCC 2014

23 Apr

Hello Beautiful People! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break/Easter. As I mentioned before: I might be having the great opportunity to report from San Diego Comic Con 2014, in July, for one of my favorite sites. With this, the pass to enter the convention is taken care of, but I will still need to raise funds to pay for the trip, stay, and food during the con. In order to do this I am selling my artwork and taking commissions. Here are the pieces I have up for sale at the moment:

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Dia de los Muertos
Ink and Pastel Pencils

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Sailor Pluto
Ink on white paper (Colors can be added)

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Dancing Flowers (Inspired by Walt Disney’s FANTASIA)
Ink and Watercolor

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Unicorn Centaur
Ink and Watercolor

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Narwhal Mermaid
Ink on white paper (Color can be added)

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Rainy Day Splatter
Ink and Watercolor

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Inspired by Kimberly Gomez’s Spooksieboo
Ink and Pencils
*RESERVED*

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Dick Vader (Dick Vader Series by Ale Bodden, your’s truly)
Ink (Colors can be added)
*RESERVED*

HEROES AND VILLAINS, STUDY ON MERMAIDS SERIES
by moi:

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Poison Ivy, Mermaid
Ink, Watercolor, & Pencils
*RESERVED*

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Harley Quinn Mermaid
Ink, Watercolor, & Pencils

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Bluebird/Harper Row Mermaid (STILL WIP)
Ink, Watercolor, and Pencils

Thank you for taking your time to look, I would really appreciate any help I can get in getting these out there. If you are interested, have any questions, or commissions: feel free to hit me up at NERDY.FAERY@GMAIL.COM.

As a little incentive and thanks, I will be giving away this:

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Wonder Woman Mermaid (Heroes & Villains, Study on Mermaids)
Ink & Watercolor
by Ale Bodden

If you want it just leave a comment here telling me: WHICH FEMALE SUPERHERO IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?  (I will pick a random comment on June 1st)

Life, Work… Shenanigans!

20 Mar

Hello World!

I have been writing, drawing, working, and going over things in my head to make this blog something solid– yet, here I am, with exactly what I started with.

So in the midst of a new rejection letter I decided to celebrate today: what if I just stop worrying so much about how things should and will be, why not just do? Why should I be worrying about things that are absolutely out of my grasp? Right?… I decided to keep doing my best to be someone in life, whatever that means and whoever that will be, and just enjoy the time I have in my hands and make the best use of it. *smiley face* It is harder than it should, since school conditioned me to feel as if there is something approaching the corner that I could never be ready enough for.

But enough about that. Since I don’t know how I can un-broaden everything I love and plan to talk about, why don’t I give you, guys, a glimpse of who I am and what lies inside this TARDIS brain of mine. I want to share with you the things I like and am passionate about, and, hopefully, hear what you like– your likes, suggestions on new things to try (keep it clean, guys! mind out of the gutter :p), new materials to read, DIY projects, whatever… So, here it goes… I dunno if I should make it a list or just a new paragraph.

I love art, as I believe you might have seen– from classics to cartoons; I love seeing artists draw known art/characters in their own style (you can check previous posts for preview). Umm… My passions are reading and writing and falling in love with fictional characters and worlds; my genre of preference is Fiction- Sci-Fi/Fantasy (which is my favorite genre to write as well), manga, comics/graphic novels (Sandman FTW!). I need drawing and coloring in my life, and love doing crafty things from origami to sculpting and sewing. I love cartoons and anime, I think I have seen over 40 animes (not sure if I should be ashamed). I won’t even go into movies and shows, let’s just say it is all within the same genre everyone would call geeky/nerdy. I am obsessed with unicorns, dragons, faeries and all sorts of mythical creatures and cute animals, hearts, stars, wings, rainbows, keys…

As almost every other person I like shopping, and collecting things I like, too. I love geeky handmade jewelry, which you will see me post about (shout-out to small businesses!), and clothing as well– though I am not a fan of clothes shopping. I love rambling about things I read and finding people to talk about them with.

So this is all that my world entails, many worlds, likes, and passions to explore.

The question is, what would you like to see? I have gotten messages to share my art, to share my collections… What do you, guys, like?

Do you like art? Stay tuned, I will be hosting giveaway from my Spooksieboo prints collection soon!! Everyone needs beautiful art in their life… as well as a tad of creepiness ❤

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Geek, out!
-NerdyFaery