for those of you just joining the show, i’m your host ‘trie (sounds like “tree”), and i’m a mixed media, conceptual artist and writer who has recently become a con-kid/exhibitor, doesn’t like capitalization, and lives in the backwoods of wisconsin.
which makes being a con-kid and an artist a little bit difficult.
at least the trees recognize me as one of their own.
but! that’s not actually why i’m here today. i’m here–bugging y’all during the capitalist height of the year–to tell y’all that i’m actually at a con this weekend! (like, i’m literally on the road now.) i’m at pop culture con in st. charles. it’s a nes con, but i think it might be fun.
svengoolie’s gonna be there, so it’s got potential?
i have finally emerged from my post-nerdcon: stories collapse! (it involves living in a blanket-fort, being trapped by a very angry murder-machine, ordering supplies, and being super-behind in ALL THE THINGS, so it’s super-exciting but imperative because cons are a lot a lot of emotional labor as well as physical and mental labor. my spoons: they are few and far betweeeeeeeeeeeen.)
gentle reminder: if y’all saw anything at nerdcon–or, really, any cons that y’all have attended that i’ve been at–that you have a MIGHTY NEED for and it’s not up on my storenvy or etsy, just send me an email, and i will ensure that your MIGHTY NEED is filled.
or, if you’ve found yourself needing one of my pieces as a shirt of something, let me know, and i can clean it up and post it to my redbubble.
i’m also going to be changing my patreon rewards up, so they’ll be coming down for a bit while i re-sort them.
now, to the actually important stuff!
first things the first, nerdcon: stories was excellent, and there is even noises that we might get a third one, so DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE.
i’ve been up since 1 am, and now, it’s 3:45 am, and i have to be up at 8:30 am so that i can venture into the world to work in my ARTgarage studio (and attend the ARTgarage’s annual celebration of existing–i think? evidently, i wasn’t paying attention.).
okay, first things first, WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT YEAR WHEN MY SKETCH-A-DAY RUNS OUT? should there be another sketch-a-day? a year-long inktober? (idk about that one.) more videos? WHAT ARE Y’ALL’S OPINIONS ON THE THING?!?!?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF?!?!?!?
so, yeah, super-busy. click the play button on the video to find out all about it, because–boy-howdy–it’s kinda epic in the busy-ness.
and, there is totally a NaNoWriMo pep talk hidden in that video. and comic recs.
i’m sorry that it’s bee so long, again; the boss has been hiring a swath of new writers for The Hub, and my editor duties went up as well as me being not in full control of my faculties and having added more articles to my list of writer duties, the continuation of sketch-a-day, preparing for the Pop Culture Show at the ARTgarage in january, and–because i needed more things to do–inktober.
and, nanowrimo’s coming up fast.
did i mention my sketchbook project is due in january too?
So, I’ve been the sickest of little squids the last couple of days (I caught a cold at Thanksgiving from my extended, loving family), and then I had to kind of rush to finish my Art Meets Heart canvas for the ARTgarage, which totally makes it sound epic but it totally wasn’t. <–It was basically spray painting the canvas and then attaching all the bits and pieces to the canvas.
And, because it’s a very 3-dimensional work, a collaged photo-set!
And! I finished my NaNo! I have proof!
If, say, y’all would like to read what I have been writing for NaNo (and I know y’all do ’cause, seriously, why wouldn’t y’all want to hear my manic characters be manic because who wouldn’t), check my NaNoWriMo tag over on my Tumblr.
I kinda like my novel (what I have of it because–OMG!–plot-y novel is plot-y!), but I have 50,000+ words and am nowhere near being done with the actual novel. <–This is freaking me the fuck out. Seriously. I’ve never had a novel be so–novel-y.
And, since I have been sickly-squid, I’ve been watching movies. We all have movies that are our go-to movies when we’re sick or upset or whatever; The Avengers has totally become one of those movies for me (and I could go on and on for weeks–and have!–about how amazing it is), but my other movies (and long-time readers will be aware of this) is Julie and Julia.
I know, they don’t seem to have anything in common, but emotionally, they do for me for some reason. I think it might be that entire “searching for our places in the world thing” that they both have going on: everyone in the Avengers Initiative because they’re all considered freaks because they aren’t “normal” people (whatever that means) and are still unfinished people for various reasons, and Julie Powell and Julia Child because they’re both trying to find who they want to be.
These are themes that are relevant to my interests.
And, I love this moment in Julie and Julia because it comes so close in the movie after Dor and Julia talking about how they never fit in Pasedina and the near-fisticuffs about McCarthy that Julia gets into with her pops. I just love how they reach for each other like “this was the only place we belonged, with each other” and then, just after, their husbands shake hands, and then there’s this feeling of “and now we fit here too with these valiant individuals who are brave enough to love us.”
I like it. I like it a lot.
And, this theme of belonging and trying-to-belong I think is something that always permeates my work since, fairytales, really do have this undertone of belonging and not belonging and figuring out how to belong in them.
So, yeah. Belonging.
And, I have waxed rhapsodic in a drugged haze a bit too long, I think.