The Black Sabbath Paranoid gene

from what I’ve seen of this show it’s a pretty accurate description of the relationship btw me and my daughter (image from Gilmore Girls)

Are the mental issues of parents hereditary? I was afraid they were and then my friend who studied anthropology said they weren’t.  I remember when Kurt Cobain committed suicide, articles would mention that his uncle had also committed suicide. That had been proof enough for my young brain and it stuck with me through the years.  My friend managed to appease me, but now I’m not so sure anymore she’s right.

My daughter’ been having a hard time transitioning in middle school. For the most part she’s a social butterfly and generally happy, but her grades have suffered and she has a hard time dealing with a few issues. Is it just a natural part of growing up or has she inherited some sort of anxiety/depression gene from her dad and me? A brief internet search tells me I have the right to be worried.

I’ve told my daughter a few times now that if she wants to see a counselor that I can help her find one and it’s okay to go to a few before she find the right one. But I have no idea what I’m talking about and am going off other people I know who’ve received therapy. I have never felt comfortable with the idea of going to a therapist for myself. We all need therapy


MegaCon – The Whæton Occurance

My daughter and a Gameboy

So I’m back from MegaCon 2013 which went both worse and better than I imagined. It’s the biggest Con I’ve ever been to and I was only somewhat prepared for it.  I just fail to learn my lesson every time.

It was a slew of us.  I’ve never been to a convention with so many people. Most were work people, but good work people, the kind you actually like.  Otherwise I’d have made some serious excuses. But we all met up at the convention center and hung around mostly together despite their being 9 of us (including kids and my one non-work friend). Luckily, we all have similar interests. We didn’t wear matching costumes or anything though discussed the possibility for next year.  We’ll see if that happens, but I really hope we do. I’d love the extra attention.

Hellboy, Chirs Claremont, 501st Legion, Wil Wheaton and an anecdote about Mike Mignola

The Extra Measure of Success

I get a call last night around 8pm from my friend the director asking if I can come over around 10pm to be an extra in his movie again. Ok, no problem. So I get there at 10:05 and then have to wait 2 1/2 hours until they’re finally ready to shoot the scene. LOL.

No really, I’m not mad and I wasn’t mad last night. I don’t know much about movie making, but I know enough that I expected to be kept waiting for at least an hour and wasn’t going to get mad as long as they finished with me before 3am. Another friend of mine from high school was there as an extra and started reminiscing about the time he was an extra in the movie The Substitute which was filmed at our high school. He had to wait 6 hours for the shots he was in to even start filming.

When my friend asks me to be an extra, I understand he just needs another body to fill up space, but I also understand that he needs that extra body to behave in a certain manner. It’s a no-budget film, but I know it’s really important to the people making it. So for my role of person at a party I make sure I follow direction and don’t look at the camera. I make sure to treat the experience with respect cause I know it’s not a joke to these people, this is their art. If I ever want to be an extra in a Star Trek franchise I should get in some practice now. So then one day I can say, in reference to the famous quote, “I’m ready to be a background person in a wide angle shot, Mr. Abrams.”

Now the part about measuring success

Unicorn Pegasus Kitten contest

This is what I wrote for the John Scalzi/Wil Wheaton Unicorn Pegasus Kitten painting contest.  There’s a picture below for those who don’t know what I’m going on about.  I think I took the whole thing too seriously, but I really wanted it to be original without being too out there, you know? I just tried really hard to make it original and entertaining. Winning? Bah, I hear the odds are about 350 to 1. 🙂

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