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The Longest Winter

Winter has been both fun and challenging. Waded through some major changes and made sure to keep on the horse. Some exciting things have been going on and are continuing to develop into even more exciting things.

December was paper writing crunch time for grad school. Early February I was up in L.A. for script work and I ended up being pulled into a fashion show! I have not done professional modeling in a long, long time, but I managed not to trip on the runway despite the buckets of fake blood that got spilled all over the catwalk from the designer before us. Eek! I walked for the Aneroc label, which belongs to my friend and talented costume designer Corena Gibson. It was a lot of fun, and for me, very nostalgic.

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I also got to drop in on an interview with Camden Toy. Camden is a cool guy and I’m glad that he’s working with us on ADAM 8. I did get some actual work done though, and picked up two new scripts that I’ve been working on since, as well as pitched around some ideas with the writer/producer I’m working with. Fun times in Hollywood. You never know what’s going to happen.

In late February and early March I turned my attention towards the East Coast convention circuit. First up was DREAMATION, hosted by Double Exposure. Wonky website aside, it was an amazing gathering of cutting edge indie game designers and awesome players. It’s the most progressive and positive gaming convention I’ve ever attended. While there, I participated in a Gaming as Other panel, part of a series of panels that tackles the sticky topic of minority issues in the gaming community and within games themselves. As a bi-racial Mexican-American woman who has been a part of the gaming community for a long time, this is a pretty important topic to me, and one that I have a lot to say about. You can watch the video below.

I also got to play some really fun games, and have a strategy meeting for the Super Secret Project while there. The one negative? It was really cold!

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After that was Intercon N, which while not quite so progressive as DREAMATION, was still enjoyable. I sat on three panels at Intercon, including an additional one in the Gaming as Other series, which I don’t think was quite as well received as it had been at previous cons where it was presented. My favorite panel was the one I sat on with other academics, discussing the psychology of playing characters. I could have gone on for hours, hours!

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Overall, I’m sure I’ll be returning to the East Coast. There are a lot of interesting things going on there, and I definitely need more time to explore.

I also submitted to the call for papers for this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, the biggest conference in the world in my field. I have been biting my nails ever since! I’ll find out in April if my proposal is accepted, but I really think I might have a chance. How many other people can there be that are experts on the intersectionality of religion with ARGs and LARPs? It’s an extremely competitive conference though, so while I can’t lie and say I won’t be let down if I don’t get accepted this year, there will be many other chances in the future.

And just so the cycle completes itself it’s now time for another graduate school paper crunch. Woo.

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

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