Once a Week, Go Geek!

Okay, I admit it. I pinched that title from a local Greek restaurant and made it my own. Don’t sue me. Mmm. Greek.

*clears throat*

San Diego Comic Con

Even over here on the East Coast, SDCC is featured on the news. Videos about it are featured on YouTube and #SDCC2017 trends on Twitter. I can’t seem to go anywhere without seeing or hearing something about it. On the one hand, I think it’s cool. I love seeing cosplay and the all the fans having fun. But I don’t want to go to SDCC. I want to go to Dragon Con, where it’s not so commercialized.

The Dragon Con progress report arrived at my house this week. It’s basically an overview of the planned tracks, guests, and events. I liked what I saw! Between that and all the SDCC news, I’m ready for Dragon Con to hurry up and get here. Alas, there are still 41 more days before it kicks off.

He’s a She?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, or you’re not a geek, you’ve heard about the Doctor Who announcement that Peter Capaldi will be replaced by Jodie Whittaker. A female. A woman doctor? Well, the internet blew up about it. BOOM! There were cheers of triumph from feminists; there were scathing remarks from men firmly set that the doctor has always been a man and should always be a man and then there are folks like me who were shocked but optimistic.

It’s not unheard of for a time lord to regenerate into a woman. That was established in the original series. It was also reinforced in the latest series where we’ve gotten to see it onscreen. The Master, the Doctor’s arch ‘frenemy’, had always been a male until recently where Michelle Gomez took on the role and played it, well, masterfully. Michelle set the bar for us. I’m hoping that Jodie can meet that, if not surpass it. If she can, I think it’ll be a good change.

But like it’s always been, it’s up to the writing. *fingers crossed*

Pixels

No, I’m not talking about your screen resolution. I’m talking about the movie that came out in 2015. Yes, two years ago. Don’t judge me. I never made it to the theater to see it when it came out and had been waiting forever for it to come to TV. It finally did! The movie is basically a comedy about aliens coming to Earth and challenging humans to war by using our own 8-bit creations against us.

Despite all the bad reviews, I actually enjoyed it! Yes, it was cheesy, but it’s Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Of course, it was going to be cheesy! It’s packed with 8-bit humor and worth seeing it if you happen to run across it. And afterward, I bet you’ll be wanting to play some of those old games too.

Camp Review

I finished up Camp NaNoWriMo this week by validating. I met my goal and then some, which was sweet. While I’ve done NaNoWriMo plenty of times, this was the first time I’d done one of their camps. In hindsight, the experience was an interesting one, but I don’t know that I’d do it again.

Pros:

  • Ability to set your own goals
  • Recognizes NaNoWriMo username

Cons:

  • Not mobile friendly
  • Restricted to one cabin
  • Buggy site
  • Forums limited
  • Lacks same energy as NaNoWriMo
  • Site emails are unending
  • Cabin chatroom very basic
  • Integration between camp site and main site lacking

My Hands Fell Off

This week I paused on my current WIP to type up all that poetry that been queued up for months. It was a busy week, but I managed to type up a little over 45 pages of poetry. People think writing by hand is tough on the hands and wrists, but I found that typing up that much stuff hurt worse! I’m dreading the fact that I need to type up my current WIP next.

Before I do that though, I need to flesh things out. I made the mistake of thinking I didn’t need to outline because I was just combining three novels that I’d already outlined and mostly written. I was WRONG. And YES, I can be wrong sometimes. Stop laughing. I reached chapter 5 and began to scratch my head because the actual how of combining that part of the story is still fuzzy for me.

I’ll figure it out. I always do. I just need to outline it first. Wish me luck!

A Low Country Road Trip

My wife’s birthday was this week, and since she’s never been to Charleston before, we decided to correct that oversight.

Folly Beach

Our first night in town, we decided to head to Folly beach for dinner since it was so close. That’s a happening place! We visited the pier and ate at Pier 101. After dinner, we sat on the pier and ate ice cream while we enjoyed the views and the salty breezes.

Patriot’s Point

In the last few years, we’ve discovered our son loves to visit museum ships. His favorite by far has to be the USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), a WWII battleship. Before going on the trip, we noticed on the map there was museum ship in the area, so we decided to take him. Little did we know at the time, there was actually three museum ships there!

  • USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) – The biggest of the three museum ships was the WWII era aircraft carrier. The Yorktown was huge! Our son had us winding through every nook and cranny that ship had to offer. I never realized it would have so many tiny staircases! I loved getting to see the F4U Corsair they had aboard.
  • USS LAFFEY (DD-724) – The WWII era destroyer was an interesting ship to tour. It’s the most decorated destroyer still in existence. She suffered kamikaze attacks but still managed to survive.
  • USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343) – We were all shocked to find out one of the museum ships was a diesel powered WWII/Cold War era submarine. You had to be tiny to get through that ship! I couldn’t imagine serving long stints of time aboard her. Unfortunately, due to her condition and the costs to repair her, she’s slated to take one final voyage next year to Florida where she’ll be scuttled to become an artificial reef. It’s sad to see history slip away like that.

Needless to say, my son was THRILLED to visit Patriot’s Point.

Tea Plantation

One of the things my wife was most excited to do was visit the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island. It’s the only large-scale commercial tea plantation in the United States. We got see the tea factory, ride a trolley around the grounds, visit their green house and of course, try tea to our heart’s content.

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

After visiting the tea plantation, we went a couple of islands over to Kiawah to visit Beachwalker Park. We’d heard good things about the place but we were surprised to find it hidden amongst wealthy private communities. Beachwalker Park wasn’t that big and felt very manicured. Heck, the only shells on the beach were from baby clams! I have to say I didn’t care for it much and that’s coming from someone who LOVES beaches.

SC Aquarium

Another place my wife wanted to visit was the SC aquarium. It wasn’t quite as big as the GA aquarium in Atlanta but it was still very cool to visit. They held stingray feedings, which my wife and son got to do. It also served as a sea turtle hospital, which meant we got to see several of their turtle patients. We got to see an albino alligator too! One of the coolest things about the place was all the BricksALIVE LEGO work that one of their employees did to decorate the aquarium. It was pretty impressive!

Edisto Beach

This beach was a bit a drive compared to all the other places we went but I think it was worth the drive. There was plenty of beach access and the beaches weren’t too crowded. It wasn’t the normal kind of beach I’m used to, between the jetties every 50 yards and the not so gentle slope into deeper water once you got in. But you know what? I liked it the most out of the three beaches we visited. We even had a dolphin swim by! I’d go back again.

Camp News

Even though we had a busy trip to the Low Country, I still managed to get 14 pages written this week. That brings me to a grand total of 34 pages total so far for camp. My actual goal was 31 pages for camp, which equates to a page a day. I blew that goal out of the water! Since I can’t validate just yet, I’m going to keep adding to my page count or at the very least, try to catch up on typing all those handwritten pages out. I am SO behind in that area!

It’s been a pretty darn good week. Huzzah!