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Showing the love with #GISHWHES & #NoteToSelfie.

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Photo Aug 06, 1 24 44 PMAugust is a big month for me. It’s my BTC workaversary (three years!) and it also holds two events that I wait the entire year for. GenCon, the best 4 days in gaming ™, in Indianapolis and GISHWHES (the greatest international scavenger hunt the world has ever seen.).

This year, all three managed to collide.

As you may know, at BTC we’ve been asking you to send us your #NoteToSelfie’s, well as it happens… one of our GISHWHES tasks took that to another level.

“As you all know, Saturday the 6th of August is International Find Another Gisher Day. Meet up (reach out over social media to find gishers in your area) with AT LEAST 5 other Gishers that aren’t on your team at a bus stop and, together, decorate the bus stop with post-it notes inscribed with a mix of delightful, surreal, and uplifting messages. One must read, “Be the unicorn you want to see in the world.” Submit one image of all 5+ people standing in, on, or around the decorated bus stop. The submission description must include the gishwhes usernames of each Gisher in the photo. Each team can submit the same image if a team member was there representing the team.”

Coincidentally… I was going to be in Indianapolis on the 6th and took to the socials to find GISHERs from 5 other teams to meet up. With a lot of coordination and luck, we were able to find our bus stop and get something scheduled.

We drifted in one at a time, and got set with our Post It’s. As we wrote, the 6 of us could not help but talk about the warm fuzzy level growing. One of the things I did was, write out many of the messages from the #NoteToSelfie Twitter stream to keep them going. As we decorated our bus stop, passers-by asked questions and a few even jumped in and wrote some of their own!

It’s been almost a week and I’m sure it has been taken down or rained on… but my hopes are that our messages lived in and the people who stopped to read them.

No go out and Be the Change (or the Unicorn) you want to see in the world.

 

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Geeks, Rosewater & Finding Your Passion

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11821176_1057843920895149_500233631_nLast week, I attended my first ever, GenCon in Indianapolis. I had no idea what to expect, except for a lot of people, a lot of gaming and a lot of heat. What I was hoping to get out of my week was some inspiration. I have maybe only written one or two blog posts in the last year, when I used to write 2 or 3 a month and I have been trying to get ‘unstuck’. I went and signed up for a long list of writing seminars in hopes of triggering something to get me back at the keyboard. Wait…. There are words on a screen right here… you are reading them, so obviously, those worked. Right? Wrong.

My inspiration did not come from the writing seminars, don’t get me wrong, they were all useful for people wanting to write a novel, or a story, or a screen play… but not for me. For me, they were a bit disheartening when I didn’t get that spark that I had my hopes set up for. What did inspire me to get back to my writing was discovering the passion the people at GenCon have. Seeing how much time and effort that people put into intricate cosplay outfits, to recreate favorite charachters (not to mention suffering through 90 degree heat in them). Or people that sat playing their favorite games for so long, they have to pack breakfast, lunch and dinner, to eat at the tables. Now, while I consider myself a proud geek and I love what I love, I did not understand the intense passion that some people have for a game, a world or a particular character… or in the case of my main inspiration, a very specific topic in a very specific time frame.

My boyfriend, Jon, and I as well as the friends we went to the con with, spent most of our time going in four different directions. Jon and I decided we wanted to attend at least one event together. We read through the website and found one seminar that we both said. “Hey, that’s weird. Let’s go to that one!” So we both signed up for Creating Medieval and Fantasy Cuisines… because, why wouldn’t you?! Not knowing even a glimmer of what to expect, we took our seats… and were immediately called out for sitting in back, I knew then, this was going to be good! The room filled up quickly and the speaker, Daniel Myers, started in. He covered all sorts of things you would need to know when creating a universe and the foods and methodology of how that food would be prepared down to the last detail (Knowing the available heat sources are a must when considering how people in your world eat and live.)

The now practically full room, was buzzing. Comments, questions, side conversations.., the place was full of energy. At one point, Daniel stopped following his outline and the second hour just became an open discussion. This is when pulled out my phone and put the title of this blog into Evernote. Then, he started to talk about Rosewater. I don’t think I can even put into words how Daniel talked about rosewater, but I made me want some. Listening to him describe his complete joy in making a dish that was similar to meringue but featured rosewater… you could see multiple people pulling out phones to Google it for making it at home.

Thanks to Daniel, and all the other 61K people at GenCon (and my yearly participating in GISHWHES), I’ve been able to reignite my passion, not only for writing but embracing all the weird and wonderful things I love.

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The Almost Gamer Girl

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I’m a geek. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. A card carrying, Star Wars loving, Bad Wolf ring wearing, GISHWHES participating (certified) weirdo. I get it, I’m proud of it, I celebrate it. I am always down for learning  something new, fun and geeky.
That said.
About a year ago, I started playing Shadowrun with my boyfriend and another couple, but I’ve been hesitant to refer to myself as a ‘gamer’ or a ‘gamer girl’. I don’t really know why I don’t. While I can easily slide into most “geek” oriented situations, I’m still unsure about the world of Shadowrun and gaming, at least as far as the world of RPG’s anyway, outside of my immediate group. I’m sure that will come in time and be built within circumstance and education. I still feel a bit like Bambi on ice when I sit down to play every Wednesday.
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I’m still very much learning the ins and outs of gaming and picking up the skills I need to master to become comfortable playing. Quite honestly, I’d be pretty excited to get comfortable enough with my small list of spells to know specifically what they do without checking my flash cards for how they work. (Puddle of Goo anyone? I mean, really)
My introduction into the world of the shadows is about to go full speed ahead. I’m about to become immersed into the world of gaming. Tonight, we registered for GenCon.
We’re heading down with the con with the couple we play with in our home game. Did I mention that the couple we play with have one of the most popular Shadowrun podcasts out there? And that one of them is a writer for one of the Shadowrun sourcebooks? So, year. These cats are hard core. These guys are gamers with a capital G. The three of them have been so very helpful with me and allowing me a curve to learn the game and blessing me with a heft dose of patience.
The four of us are heading down for the week of the con and will be attending various events thoughout. Tonight, I sat down to see what I wanted to sign up for.  While I didn’t sign up to play, I’ve allowed myself plenty of free time to learn and explore the exhibit hall and just absorb it all. Taking in my first con, as well as trying to pick up tips and tricks on playing (as well as working while I’m there) may just be on the line between being whelmed and possibly over.
I did want to block some time to sign up for some things while we are there. The one I’m most excited for is the talk on “Women and Gaming”. I find the topic obviously, extremely relevant to me and I want to listen and learn from people who are far more deep into this world then me.
This topic has been know to be a relativity hot one in the recent past. From Gamergate to the Denver ComicCon “Women in Comics” panel that was made of all men. I’ve had some conversations about this topic with a friend of mine and I’m intrigued about what they will be saying.
This post is going to be the first in a series where I further explore the world of gaming and my place in it. I’ll be exploring what it’s like to jump full bore into this world and what it’s like playing as a beginner with people who have been doing it for years, and are even turning it into their profession.
I don’t know yet why I can’t refer to myself as a gamer, I somehow feel like I need to graduate into that roll. In the meanwhile, I’m just a French, Fairy Mage with a vendetta against the Undead.
But, that’s a story for another day…