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Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
amatyultare: (don't ask)
Guys, I need a project.

I usually suffer a period of post-PortConMaine lethargy. I think most staffers do. We get all pumped up for the con, run around like crazy all weekend making things go well, and then it's over and we collectively go "...now what?"

I also found an apartment (yay!). It's an efficiency in Portland, near Westbrook, and I really love it. My own kitchen! But I moved into it the week before PCM and am all settled in now (minus theoretical future furniture, like an actual chair), so I am minus another preoccupation that had been looming large in my life.

And then, for those of you who didn't see on Facebook, Jason and I broke up on Sunday night. Which, even aside from being...very distressing...has left me even more at loose ends. You wouldn't think it would make that much difference in my day-to-day schedule, since we hadn't been seeing much of each other lately, but it does.

So all of a sudden, I have tons of after-work free time. The problem is, I tend to work much better with an external goal or structure; I'm not great at self-direction. I try to think of things to do and promptly decide that they are stupid or too much of a bother; instead, I end up sitting around for hours reading back entries of Hyperbole and a Half and carefully not thinking of anything in particular (so as not to start crying).

So anyway, my point was, um...if anyone needs any help with anything, let me know? You will be doing me a favor, I promise.

Also, Eclipse tomorrow. I'm bringing the glitter. :)
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But this is not that day.

I am totally buying this for the PCM 2010 manga room. Just saying.

In other news, answering questions on the LJ support queue is strangely addictive. And now, off to bed.
amatyultare: (Default)
But this is not that day.

I am totally buying this for the PCM 2010 manga room. Just saying.

In other news, answering questions on the LJ support queue is strangely addictive. And now, off to bed.
amatyultare: (Default)
Meh. FINALLY uploaded and sorted my PCM pictures. Geez, it takes such a long time! And I have twice as many from Mom's wedding this past weekend. Guess that will be my project tomorrow.

Here's the link to the pictures; if it doesn't work, just find my photo albums (there are only two, it won't be hard to figure out).

I really, honestly meant to get to bed earlier than this. Sigh. Off to sleep now, at least.
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Meh. FINALLY uploaded and sorted my PCM pictures. Geez, it takes such a long time! And I have twice as many from Mom's wedding this past weekend. Guess that will be my project tomorrow.

Here's the link to the pictures; if it doesn't work, just find my photo albums (there are only two, it won't be hard to figure out).

I really, honestly meant to get to bed earlier than this. Sigh. Off to sleep now, at least.
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First of all - happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11!

Another year of PCM is over, sigh. It was an amazing time as always, despite some craziness. I spent most of the weekend either at registration or at the manga room. (To be honest, I felt guilty spending too much time away from the manga room when Liz was at info desk pretty much 24/7 and Mick was running around like the proverbial headless chicken and Arch was managing the entire artist alley with a staff of three and all).

However, I did make it to the vendor room and artist alley, and to PortProm, Extreme Geek (though I heard it was going to suck ~_^ ), and the rave (glowstick explosion!). And 'my' staffers were both awesome and I really hope they return next year. I enjoyed myself a lot.

Number of attendees this year: 1804 (yay!)
Number of cups used during the rave alone: 7000 (no, that is not a typo)
Number of 'free hug' signs: TOO MANY
Number of L cosplayers: reg desk counted at least 9
Number of staff in-jokes by the end of the weekend: 4 that I knew of, probably more that I didn't
Number of pages of notes I've written for PCM 2010: 2

Next year's PortCon theme is Old School. It's going to be AMAZING. And Mel's art is so cute!

I also have some more serious (but still PCM inspired) musings about in-group/out-group dynamics, friendship, and insecurity which I may or may not post later.
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First of all - happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11!

Another year of PCM is over, sigh. It was an amazing time as always, despite some craziness. I spent most of the weekend either at registration or at the manga room. (To be honest, I felt guilty spending too much time away from the manga room when Liz was at info desk pretty much 24/7 and Mick was running around like the proverbial headless chicken and Arch was managing the entire artist alley with a staff of three and all).

However, I did make it to the vendor room and artist alley, and to PortProm, Extreme Geek (though I heard it was going to suck ~_^ ), and the rave (glowstick explosion!). And 'my' staffers were both awesome and I really hope they return next year. I enjoyed myself a lot.

Number of attendees this year: 1804 (yay!)
Number of cups used during the rave alone: 7000 (no, that is not a typo)
Number of 'free hug' signs: TOO MANY
Number of L cosplayers: reg desk counted at least 9
Number of staff in-jokes by the end of the weekend: 4 that I knew of, probably more that I didn't
Number of pages of notes I've written for PCM 2010: 2

Next year's PortCon theme is Old School. It's going to be AMAZING. And Mel's art is so cute!

I also have some more serious (but still PCM inspired) musings about in-group/out-group dynamics, friendship, and insecurity which I may or may not post later.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
I had almost finished my cosplay by last night, but there was a ton of 'finishing' work to do that would have basically kept me up all night. So I faced the choice of either finishing the costume or sleeping. I chose sleep (which is almost surprising, since it's me) and this was DEFINITELY the right choice. I would be dead on my feet right now if I hadn't gotten a solid 6 hours.

This morning was a frantic rush to get my stuff organized and packed, then I threw everything in the car and headed to Weekend Anime to help pack up the PCM stuff. It was a bit of a pain because we had to drag tons of boxes from the basement, but it went fairly quickly and the U-Haul Julie rented meant we didn't have to fool around with tons of staffers' cars, which was awesome. We finished before 11 AM and headed over to the Wyndham to unpack and set up.

I spent the remaining time before the con opened between reg-desk setup, manga room setup, and bag stuffing. Bag stuffing got off to a late start so it went until the last minute. Reg desk setup went very smoothly. The manga/karaoke room looks great and OMG we have SO MUCH manga! I honestly didn't quite get it when Julie kept going 'no, you have enough, TRUST me'. There's tons. I'm so excited for it! (We're using one room for manga and karaoke and switching off times, so the manga room doesn't officially open until tomorrow.)

Since Thursday is pre-reg only, the registration line was not too bad, although the first hour was pretty busy. Still, we kept people moving fairly efficiently.

After my shift at registration, I got some dinner and wandered the con, mostly taking candid photos. I borrowed our digital camera from work - my coworkers insisted that I needed to take pictures and 'we borrow it all the time!' so I'm having fun with it. I like candid shots much more than posed shots, although they are more difficult.

I actually had come up to my room to change into a dress for the PortProm, the semi-formal dance. (I'm wearing my bridesmaid's dress from [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11's wedding. ^_^) But when I came up to change I realized I left my shoes and jewelry in my car, so I decided to do a quick LJ update instead. Now I'm off to my car to grab my missing bag. Later, all!
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
I had almost finished my cosplay by last night, but there was a ton of 'finishing' work to do that would have basically kept me up all night. So I faced the choice of either finishing the costume or sleeping. I chose sleep (which is almost surprising, since it's me) and this was DEFINITELY the right choice. I would be dead on my feet right now if I hadn't gotten a solid 6 hours.

This morning was a frantic rush to get my stuff organized and packed, then I threw everything in the car and headed to Weekend Anime to help pack up the PCM stuff. It was a bit of a pain because we had to drag tons of boxes from the basement, but it went fairly quickly and the U-Haul Julie rented meant we didn't have to fool around with tons of staffers' cars, which was awesome. We finished before 11 AM and headed over to the Wyndham to unpack and set up.

I spent the remaining time before the con opened between reg-desk setup, manga room setup, and bag stuffing. Bag stuffing got off to a late start so it went until the last minute. Reg desk setup went very smoothly. The manga/karaoke room looks great and OMG we have SO MUCH manga! I honestly didn't quite get it when Julie kept going 'no, you have enough, TRUST me'. There's tons. I'm so excited for it! (We're using one room for manga and karaoke and switching off times, so the manga room doesn't officially open until tomorrow.)

Since Thursday is pre-reg only, the registration line was not too bad, although the first hour was pretty busy. Still, we kept people moving fairly efficiently.

After my shift at registration, I got some dinner and wandered the con, mostly taking candid photos. I borrowed our digital camera from work - my coworkers insisted that I needed to take pictures and 'we borrow it all the time!' so I'm having fun with it. I like candid shots much more than posed shots, although they are more difficult.

I actually had come up to my room to change into a dress for the PortProm, the semi-formal dance. (I'm wearing my bridesmaid's dress from [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa11's wedding. ^_^) But when I came up to change I realized I left my shoes and jewelry in my car, so I decided to do a quick LJ update instead. Now I'm off to my car to grab my missing bag. Later, all!
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You know you've worked in an office for too long when you attempt to use paper clips as bobby pins. Protip: it doesn't work.

I am also starting to suffer a return of the Ominously Aching Wrists. Note to self: buy new wrist brace, as my old ones are missing and were really uncomfortable anyway.

PCM is less than a week away, oh my goodness! I'm fairly caught up so I'm not freaked out. (Julie - let me know if there's anything you need me to do/help with!) But I'm excited! Also, as per usual, I suddenly decided to attempt a costume less than a week before the con. Go me. On the bright side, it's fairly simple so I might actually be able to pull it off?

Anyone have any ideas on what I could use to make a halo that actually looks metallic? I was thinking plastic but I can't think of where I would find a head-sized plastic ring. Hmm.

Off to put my laundry away.
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You know you've worked in an office for too long when you attempt to use paper clips as bobby pins. Protip: it doesn't work.

I am also starting to suffer a return of the Ominously Aching Wrists. Note to self: buy new wrist brace, as my old ones are missing and were really uncomfortable anyway.

PCM is less than a week away, oh my goodness! I'm fairly caught up so I'm not freaked out. (Julie - let me know if there's anything you need me to do/help with!) But I'm excited! Also, as per usual, I suddenly decided to attempt a costume less than a week before the con. Go me. On the bright side, it's fairly simple so I might actually be able to pull it off?

Anyone have any ideas on what I could use to make a halo that actually looks metallic? I was thinking plastic but I can't think of where I would find a head-sized plastic ring. Hmm.

Off to put my laundry away.
amatyultare: (don't ask)
I haven't been on LJ much - must go back through friends list in case anyone posted anything earth-shattering. Yes, I'm still alive. ^_^

Work has been weirdly busy - usually most of what I do is daily-routine things like answering the phone, sending emails, resolving member problems, etc. But I suddenly got assigned four large projects, in ADDITION to my day-to-day routine. Mostly involving lots of tedious data entry and manipulation in Excel. I am extremely tired of Excel right now.

I also re-organized my desk, as I was DROWNING in paper. I moved everything into the conference room, sorted it all, got rid of what I didn't need, and moved it back to my desk in piles by subject/action needed. The desk looks infinitely better now (but for how long?).

I looked at the calendar at work today and realized, '...huh. PortCon is only a week away.' I felt a little strange because it had sort of crept up on me - but then I went to Julie's and the gang spent pretty much the entire night discussing PCM, so now I'm really excited.

It's past my bedtime - off to sleep.
amatyultare: (don't ask)
I haven't been on LJ much - must go back through friends list in case anyone posted anything earth-shattering. Yes, I'm still alive. ^_^

Work has been weirdly busy - usually most of what I do is daily-routine things like answering the phone, sending emails, resolving member problems, etc. But I suddenly got assigned four large projects, in ADDITION to my day-to-day routine. Mostly involving lots of tedious data entry and manipulation in Excel. I am extremely tired of Excel right now.

I also re-organized my desk, as I was DROWNING in paper. I moved everything into the conference room, sorted it all, got rid of what I didn't need, and moved it back to my desk in piles by subject/action needed. The desk looks infinitely better now (but for how long?).

I looked at the calendar at work today and realized, '...huh. PortCon is only a week away.' I felt a little strange because it had sort of crept up on me - but then I went to Julie's and the gang spent pretty much the entire night discussing PCM, so now I'm really excited.

It's past my bedtime - off to sleep.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
If I get a good running start, I can write 450 words of fiction in 10 minutes. Yay! Does this mean NaNoWriMo is not a totally crazy idea for me? (No, actually, it is...)

This weekend was less than busy, but involved me actually going places and being sociable, which is a good step. On Saturday evening was the first staff meeting for PortConMaine 2009. Excitement and thrills! It was the first time I had seen the new building that Weekend Anime is in - I really like it! It's basically a residential house split into a few sections; besides WA there's a computer repair store, I believe? The details aren't important; it's a great space.

The meeting wasn't huge - the first meeting of the year never is, I think - but there were many familiar faces and we all started getting psyched for 2009. We're back at the Wyndham! With Bob! (Bob is the hotel guy who was 'in charge of' PCM the previous years we were there. Bob is basically the God of PCM. He is AMAZING). We are also going to have a GIANT TENT (in which staffers will sleep).

I also volunteered to be the sponsorship liaison for '09. Basically I will send out tons of emails and letters and make many phone calls asking various businesses to send us free stuff.

Today was also about the weekly southern Maine pre-NaNo meetup. Once we get into November, it will be an official Write-In and apparently will become super intense; right now we just hang out in Panera Bread with our laptops and surf the NaNo forums and chat about plot or character ideas and event ideas for November. (Also, we eat delicious food; I am semi-addicted to Panera Bread right now.) We also do outlining and random prep stuff; I did a few ten-minute sprints, which is how I came up with the word score above.

Next week is the last weekend before NaNo starts so we'll be having our Kick-Off party...fun times.

Is anyone else on my F-list doing NaNo? We could be writing buddies and have word wars...anyone?

(Also, randomly, I truly love the NaNo forums. Where else can you find threads like "Let's say you were going to hide a body" or "I am really starting to detest my main character"?)

(Also, and totally unrelated to everything else in this post, ZOMG I'm 23! And I'm actually living on my own with a real job and everything...it's almost like I'm an adult? Nah, couldn't be...)
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
If I get a good running start, I can write 450 words of fiction in 10 minutes. Yay! Does this mean NaNoWriMo is not a totally crazy idea for me? (No, actually, it is...)

This weekend was less than busy, but involved me actually going places and being sociable, which is a good step. On Saturday evening was the first staff meeting for PortConMaine 2009. Excitement and thrills! It was the first time I had seen the new building that Weekend Anime is in - I really like it! It's basically a residential house split into a few sections; besides WA there's a computer repair store, I believe? The details aren't important; it's a great space.

The meeting wasn't huge - the first meeting of the year never is, I think - but there were many familiar faces and we all started getting psyched for 2009. We're back at the Wyndham! With Bob! (Bob is the hotel guy who was 'in charge of' PCM the previous years we were there. Bob is basically the God of PCM. He is AMAZING). We are also going to have a GIANT TENT (in which staffers will sleep).

I also volunteered to be the sponsorship liaison for '09. Basically I will send out tons of emails and letters and make many phone calls asking various businesses to send us free stuff.

Today was also about the weekly southern Maine pre-NaNo meetup. Once we get into November, it will be an official Write-In and apparently will become super intense; right now we just hang out in Panera Bread with our laptops and surf the NaNo forums and chat about plot or character ideas and event ideas for November. (Also, we eat delicious food; I am semi-addicted to Panera Bread right now.) We also do outlining and random prep stuff; I did a few ten-minute sprints, which is how I came up with the word score above.

Next week is the last weekend before NaNo starts so we'll be having our Kick-Off party...fun times.

Is anyone else on my F-list doing NaNo? We could be writing buddies and have word wars...anyone?

(Also, randomly, I truly love the NaNo forums. Where else can you find threads like "Let's say you were going to hide a body" or "I am really starting to detest my main character"?)

(Also, and totally unrelated to everything else in this post, ZOMG I'm 23! And I'm actually living on my own with a real job and everything...it's almost like I'm an adult? Nah, couldn't be...)

wow

Jun. 20th, 2006 12:05 am
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I emailed Bill Whittle--and he emailed me back!

My life may just be complete.

I applied for the Tokyopop thing as a reviewer...I am not overly hopeful about my chances, but better to apply than regret not applying, right? My writing sample was my synopsis/review of Love Hina, lightly edited (the one I did for [livejournal.com profile] colgateanime) on the theory that sending in a sample review makes sense for a reviewing position, right?

It's midnight. I have work tomorrow. I should already be asleep. Later, all!

P.S. Week and a half until Portcon. Where will you be?
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Hey, anyone who was thinking about going to PCM, keep in mind that preregistration ends in about two weeks (May 1). So, if you think you're going to go, go prereg!

Still writing...*sigh* Later, all!
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In honor of the description of our panel finally being written, finished, and posted....I think a bit of promotion is in order.

COME TO PORTCON!!

And when you come, come to the panel on Running an Anime Club. 4-6 PM Friday, in panel room 2 (there's the hotel name for the room too but I don't remember it). Also go to Kris's Japanese panel (9 on Sunday, right?)

But first, come to PCM.

(Note: People who are on my friend's list becuase I found your LJ name on the 'do you have Livejournal?' threat on the PCM forums, can obviously disregard this, except the part about the panels. EVERYONE should come to the panels ^.^)

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