In recent years we have seen Nostalgia Exploited to a gross degree. Nuchtchas, Tek, Jason, & Jen got together to discuss when Nostalgia works, and when it is a blatant exploit to suck dollars out of geeks.
Nutty Bites 105: Women in the Business recorded at Balticon 51
Women in the Business is a panel that was held at Balticon 51. The panelists are Nuchtchas, Lisa-Anne Samuels, Veronica Giguere, Kathy MacMillan, and moderated by John Walker. There are few times when I had to edit out personal information and company names, and there is another moment where we are interrupted and that is also edited out. This is one of those behind the scenes style of panels, not about something geek related per say, but many of the speakers are speaking about publishing, media, and broadcasting experience, so it informs the content we watch.
Talk Nerdy 2 Me podcast
Recorded at Balticon 51
Post Editing: Nuchtchas
Hosts: Nuchtchas, Lisa Anne, Veronica, Kathy, & moderated by John.
Nutty Bites 104: Red Like Roses, RWBY Discussion from Balticon 51
RWBY is near and dear to our hearts, so Nuchtchas, Tek, Jen, & Jason joined the forces of Nutty Bites and Talk Nerdy 2 Me to discuss it at Balticon. Proving once again that these two podcasts share the same interests. This is the recording of that discussion. We talk about the series as a whole, the difference post Monty, and what we really thought about Vol 4. What did you think of Vol 4? What do you think about the show in general? Let us know for the next installment.
Daily Creativity: Rory as a Union Soldier – Union Dragon
Tek and I visited Gettysburg before going down to Balticon. I highly recommend this trip, it has changed so much since the last time I really explored there, twenty years ago. The roads are paved, there is this auto tour you can buy (in CD form now but there is an app in Beta) and they built some overlooks. All while preserving the integrity of the historical site.
We learned a lot we didn’t know. Even having studied the Civil War I missed a lot of things that I learned on this visit. I was inspired to paint Rory as a union soldier. Artillery of course. I’m thinking the war might have been won faster with Dragons on the Union side, but it would have been a very different war.
I started painting this at Balticon, doing some work on the few moments I wasn’t on a panel or getting my 5-2-1. I finished it when I got home. So yes this does break the rules of Daily Creativity as it took more than one day to finish, but in the time total it wasn’t more than I would spend in a day, I think. I am pleased with how it came out and had Tek check my work with the depiction of the enfield riffle Rory is holding. I painted some dirt on his uniform and fur, and tried to make it look dirty. Faded blues too. I’m really happy with how this piece came out. I may be the only person who wanted to see Rory as a soldier, but it marks this trip for me.
I was asked to write a piece about my art for the site Modern Creative Life. It took me almost a year to actually write this piece. I’m extremely anxious about writing. I used to write a lot, for me, for role play, for fun. I have won three NaNoWriMos yet I never published much. I am not a writer. I’m a visual artist but I can’t find words to express myself well. Each time I post something I know I am not saying what I mean to say. Every comment, every tweet, everything I write these days I worry over.
This piece went well, I think. I think I needed that year to formulate my thoughts. I hadn’t written an artist statement in years, but this time I got to blend my activism with my art. I was able to talk about why this art is so important to me.
I show cased a lot of different pieces in this one, two of which the originals have been claimed/sold already. Two in the last week. When my Love Your Body pieces sell I’m always shocked and touched. I do these for me, so when they mean something to others it matters in a new way.
Please read the whole piece on Modern Creative Life, and let me know what you think.