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Interviews!

Some good news for the new year: The Tinker Kickstarter was funded! We’ll be shooting our pilot episode in February. Lots of people got the word out at the last minute, so thank you for your support!

Now that we’ve got a green light for the project things have been ramping up. I’ve done two interviews for Tinker recently. The first is with Brianna Sheldon over at her blog Bravo-Charlie-Sierra. The second is a video interview with Lesley Scott for the Weird Review.

 

If you’re wondering why I look so crazy for the Weird interview, it’s because I had just come from character acting for the Steampunk Murder Mystery at this year’s Steampunk Symposium on the Queen Mary! I got to scare people by chasing them around with a meat tenderizer and pretending to be an evil genius phrenologist. It was quite fun.

Fotor0113173525To switch gears from acting, even more good news in the academic sphere: The Wyrd Con Companion Book is out! My academic article, “Shadow Work: A Jungian Perspective on the Underside of Live Action Role-Play in the United States,” starts on page 94. I won’t lie, it’s some pretty dense theory, but there is a pretty illustration to go with it!

I’ve also gotten news from the International Association of Comparative Mythology about the article of mine that’s being published from the conference in Germany that I presented at last year. It’s been in limbo for a while, but it looks like the articles have been picked up by the publishing house LIT, and will become a book. Hurrah!

I’d also like to announce that I will be sitting on on three panels at Intercon N coming up in February. The panels will be Gaming as Other, The Psychology of Character, and The Wyrd Con Companion Book Panel. I am particularly excited about Gaming as Other because we will be exploring deeply important topics of inclusion within the gaming community at large. As a woman, and as a Mexican-American brown woman to boot, I often run up against marginalization in a subculture that is predominated by white males. I am eager to help geekdom move forward into a brave new world of awesomeness for everybody.

Winter quarter of my PhD program starts in a couple of days. I finally have a seminar class on the Americas, so I get to pull out all my fancy field work knowledge on modern post-Mayan indigenous groups. I’m strongly considering writing a paper for publication on this topic. Not that I’m tiring of exploring the link between mythological structures and play, but it would be nice to get back to my roots for a bit.

I am still on the ADAM8 project of course, and the new super secret project that Crackhorse Productions is developing and I can’t talk about yet. Still also on the super secret indie gaming project as well. I’ll also be kicking into high gear for my job as editor for the Pacifica Graduate Institute literary journal, Between, as we close submissions and begin the publication process for this year. There are some other things lining up in the pipe for spring and summer, but I think it’s still too early to talk about them. 2014 is going to be a great year!

-Strix

End of Year Roundup, Some Annoucements!

The last two months of have been a whirlwind.

Things got kicked off with Comikaze in Los Angeles. I was there as talent for Tinker. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of great people in the industry including Chuck Patton, who is my absolute hero for being an animator for both Spawn and Captain Planet. That show warped my mind with its environmentalist agenda, and is essentially how I wound up in the Peace Corps! We got to hang out and talk for a while, and it was really great.

Clearly enthralled with Chuck.

Clearly enthralled with Chuck.

There were lots of great photo ops, and I even manage to snag a pic with the actual Power Rangers! Weirdly, I also had a conversation about Jungian psychology in popular media with some guy from Universal. You just never know at these things.

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Then there was the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore. This was a heavy hitting academic conference, and a complete 180 from Comikaze. I was non-presenting this year, just so I get get my legs under me and see what it is like, but next year I will definitely be submitting an abstract. There were many, many wonderful panels and there was just not enough time to attend them all. Several of my favorites talked about ethnographic studies of possession and mediumship, experiences in field work, and state exams in feudal China. Really, really fascinating stuff. Baltimore was way colder than I would have liked, but it turns out their beer isn’t so bad. Several professors and fellow students from my program were also in attendance, and it was pretty fun to roll as a group. Pacifica was very well represented, and I was proud.

Finally came LosCon 40, a science fiction convention also in L.A. I presented there last year and it was a pretty good experience, so I was looking forward to running some more panels. We ran “How to Date a God” and “Surviving Nightmares” and they both went over really well. There’s actually a lot of mythology involved in the landscape of dreams and nightmares, and it was so fun getting to share that with others. It was, however, our first run of Nightmares and I was a little nervous. It’s a dicey and often times very personal subject, but it was really great to see the audience connect with the material and wordlessly create a safe space for the subject to be talked about by all of us.

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So that finishes up 2013 for me. However, I’ll have nary a pause. There are a few exciting things coming up.

In January I’ll be NPCing for the Steampunk Murder Mystery at the Steampunk Symposium, which is always tons of fun. The Symposium is staged on the Queen Mary, and it doesn’t get more cool or spooky than that. I will also be COMING OUT OF GM RETIREMENT to help the venerable and talented Mike Young run a LARP at the Symposium. I retired from GMing in 2010 after years of running a Legend of the Five Rings network. It had been very rewarding, but also tiring as hell, so I decided that I would take a very long, maybe permanent break from GMing. However, it looks like this one time (and this one time only!) I’m going to be chipping in and helping Mike run the show. You really, really don’t want to miss it.

In early spring I will be attending the Dreamation and Intercon N circuit. This is my first trip out to the East Coast gaming scene, and I’m curious to see how things are done there. There’s a lot of indie folks out that way, and they always seem to be up to something interesting. I may or may not be sitting in on a variety of panels. I think we’re talking about maybe two right now, but I’ll let you guys know as that develops.

Other things that are going on: I’ve joined onto another project with director/producer Sean Williams. I’m not comfortable giving away any details yet, but it’s a really interesting script and I can’t wait to get working on it. It’s nothing at all like ADAM 8, which is the sci-fi feature currently in pre-production. I’ve also joined an indie game project headed up by game designer Brennan Taylor. It’s also a secret for right now, sorry! But I can tell you that it does have something to do with my roots in Legend of the Five Rings. I am super, super stoked about this project, and I think we’re going to have a beautiful end product. I can’t wait to talk about it!

Otherwise I’m still doing the Ph.D. thing full time. Somehow. Have some abstract deadlines coming up for a few conferences and publications. Have joined a couple of independent study groups on top of that. I’ve also decided that I’d like additional language acquisition on top of the Spanish and the little of Kichwa that I know. I was thinking German but now I’m no so sure. Suggestions?

See you kids around,
Strix

The Academy

Quick events updated.

Don’t miss me at the Tinker Steampunk booth at Comikaze Expo in L.A. this weekend. I’m excited to be returning this year. It’s a great con.

Arrangements to attend the American Academy of Religion annual meeting came through at the last minute. So I’ll be in Baltimore November 22nd through 27th. If you’re out that way, hit me up!

Also, check out this exclusive published on Sci-Fi Mafia about ADAM 8! It’s the inside scoop straight from the (crack) horse’s mouth, as Sean, my friend and the producer of ADAM 8, tells how Crackhorse Productions is tackling this feature project. Now that I’ve finished up the re-writes it looks like I’ll be moving into a more technical role within the production. I’m super stoked!

ADAM 8 is currently fundraising for a little bit of capital so that it can get pre-production rolling. It’s straight up for art department stuff so that we can develop all of our awesome visual goodies. The t-shirts are pretty cool, so consider snagging one before the chance passes you by.

That’s it! See you kids around.

Fall

I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. It used to be because I loved the smell of decaying leaves and the swaying of the trees in the sharp wind. Now it’s also because I can get away with wearing more complicated costumes without melting in them : )

Wyrd Con was excellent. I introduced a zombie novelist to Dystopia Rising, did a little bit of the Hollywood shuffle, met with old friends, and made some new ones. I was much more relaxed about Wyrd Con this year, and it felt more like a homecoming than a networking event.

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I’m on the tail end of most of my current publication ventures, which is giving me some much needed breathing room. Most of it is now simply working its way through the pipelines while I wait. I am working on some new things, of course, but I won’t bother mentioning anything until the abstracts (hopefully) get approved.

I also did one little tiny part of the editing for The Larp Factory Book Project. It is an amazing collection of 22 Norwegian games, and I strongly, strongly suggest you pick up a copy if you are interested at all in this style of play. It would be a perfect introduction for the curious. Winter is coming. Just as inevitably, Nordic larp will find its way to the west coast. Might as well be ahead of the curve.

Coming up I will be at Comikaze Expo November 1st to 3rd in L.A. as cast for the Tinker steampunk web series. I will also be in L.A. November 29th to December 1st for LosCon 40, where I will be doing several panels, one of which will be on the mythology surrounding nightmares!

There are starting to be some rumblings that I may be making a trip out to the east coast circuit for Dreamation 2014 and Intercon N in February. I really loathe snow, so we’ll see.

My other projects are going great. Really happy with how my involvement with ADAM 8 has evolved and I am now looking towards being more directly creative myself in upcoming adventures.

One last thing that I want to mention to you, my wonderful readers, is that I have gotten several e-mails recently with questions and comments about academic pieces that I have written about myth, psychology, and gaming. First of all, THANK YOU. You have no idea how excited that makes me that you are engaging these ideas. Like really, cloud nine. That’s all an academic truly wants out of life. Second of all, I wanted to mention that I am always open to dialogue regarding these ideas. So if you’ve ever thought, Hey I want to ask Strix about this, or, She’s totally wrong! Someone should straighten her out, but haven’t felt like you could actually contact me about it, please know that I am open to whatever you have to say. As long as it is said respectfully, I will return the consideration.

That’s all for now. Ta!

The Other Side

Gen Con was a lot of fun. There was a very small turnout for the LARP panel, but us panel members are considering a proposal from the audience to start our own podcast/Google+ meetup thingy that people can listen in on (I am not up to scratch on what exactly Google+ can do yet). We’re all very busy, so I’m not sure it is going to fly, but it would be neat to have a LARP roundtable of some kind, especially one that is friendly to woman voices.  What do you guys think?

I did a bunch of silly things while I was there besides paneling. I larped both Shadowrun and Legends of the Five Rings, and brought back some fantastic art that we’re having framed right now. I’m a much bigger fan of Gen Con than I am of San Diego Comic Con. There, I said it! SDCC is valuable for industry work and for rubbing elbows and hobnobbing, but to really let loose and be a true nerd I found Gen Con to be much more appealing. No one there was posing. Everyone was super nice and friendly, and there were no panic inducing mega crowds screaming for Transformer or My Little Pony toys.

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Also, I was so in love with this D&D drider that I snorked in giggly ecstasy right as the picture was being taken. Lolth and I go way back. In fact, I’m pretty sure this is her. We’ve had a love/hate relationship for probably more than a decade now. If a Drizzt movie ever gets made, I would sacrifice at least five Illithids to be on the writing staff.

When I got back we finished up the Seekers Unlimited Kickstarter. We were funded, and right on the heels of finally receiving our official 501(c)3 status! And we ended only $500 or so from our stretch goal of $10,000. As the fundraising coordinator, I’m very relieved. There were many people that went above and way, way beyond to make this kickstarter successful, most of all our Director, Aaron Vanek. So thank you all, and a special hats off to Aaron. I’m so excited that we finally have a solid budget to work with, and now that we have our non-profit status I can start doing some grant writing.

Tinker, however, didn’t make it’s Kickstater goal this time. I think our audience really loves us, but just has a bit of fundraising fatigue. It happens. It’s not going to kill us and the production will go on. One of the main characters, Lady Cushing, was recast, and Julienne Davis (apparently she was in Eyes Wide Shut, but I must ashamedly admit I’ve never seen it), who was playing a different character has moved into the role. As follows, I am now taking her previous role–which I’m not sure yet I can say what it is? It’s probably not a big deal, but it’s always better to keep your mouth shut. Anyway, did some test footage, and have been in and out of the studio a fair bit recently.

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I also had a handful of heinous writing deadlines to meet, both professionally and for my PhD program. Like, six deadlines. And I met them. It was not fun. Not at all, but I made it through. There were a dark couple of days where I considered the reprieve breaking my hand might give me, but ultimately decided against such drastic measures. I somehow managed to pull all A’s and not have any peer reviewers yell at me yet (though I’m sure that’s coming), but I think next time I will not set myself up to be in such a position.

At the same time I’ve also been helping to retool the script for ADAM 8. Writer/producer Sean Williams and his assistant Jay Taylor recently came down to my place in San Diego and we had a day long hash-out session. I had a lot of fun, but Sean probably wanted to kill me. In all honesty though, he’s great to work with and I love being on the project. I’ve been glued to the script, working the hours away. I probably need to slow my intake of Monster drinks though.

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I finally have a bit of a break for a few weeks until next quarter starts. I decide to get an ultrabook because I was tired of lugging an eight pound brick with a two hour batter life up to Santa Barbara and back once a month. I got a really good deal on it and it’s going to help me get more writing done. It’s a beautiful machine. Here it is with the light reading I’ve got to get finished before class starts.

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I’m really looking forward to African Diaspora Traditions. Any professor that puts Maya Deren on the reading list is a friend of mine. I am also looking forward to Wyrd Con, which is coming up rather quickly. I’ll be NPCing for both Cantina Far, Far Away–a Star Wars LARP–and Masquerade in the Mirrored Hall, which is a 1930’s mafia romp. I’m not sure what else I’ll be playing, but it’s likely I’ll probably be mostly preoccupied with the academic panels. As always, in the fray of things tweet me @the_strix. I look forward to hanging with my fellow Wyrd people, some of whom it’s been a year since we’ve seen each other!

Going forward my speculation is that I’ll likely be involved with an academic census project, actually getting around to writing that short for Crackhorse Productions, hunting for grants for Seekers Unlimited, and tinkering with the call for submissions for Pacifica’s literary journal. Oh, and of course, school. That should be enough to do for the next couple of months.

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