Hey. Yeah, it's me. I'm still here, believe it or not!
The last several weeks (months?) have been insane, and that whole "oh man now that filming for Day 5 season 2 is over I can get back to a normal routine" thing went out the window immediately. I've been trying to keep up on updates, but between doing that here, Facebook, Twitter, and my site it's been...difficult.
RTX is a thing that happened. I'm going to break from previous year's traditions and not write out thoughts or a recap or anything like that. I am somehow still processing everything and don't feel like I can write something fair. Just know that if you were a Guardian, regardless of team, I love the fuck out of you and appreciate you busting ass.
I've been working a lot of freelance shenanigans since Day 5 ended, a good bit of it actually at RT. I'm part of the Tuesday Night Game Fight crew (PS. thanks for sticking with us as we figured that out between weeks 1 and 2...you'd be surprised how prepared you can be for something of that scale and then things go bonkers once you hit the go button), and float in on almost every other show as needed. I think the actual RT Podcast is the only thing I haven't been pulled in for! I've also had the pleasure of doing some editing for The Know, which has been a crash course in an entirely different world than I'm used to. I am so grateful to all the groups I've been able to work with for the opportunities to learn from them and pick up new skills. There's still a ton to learn, but getting my feet wet has been an incredible experience. It's also given me a new appreciation for how hard people here work. I always knew it, but Jesus Christ you guys give it up for Broadcast and The Know crew.
I've resumed working on cosplays, which is good because with three in progress I have two more I'd like to do. Kyoko will be done first, with minimal work left to go on her; I still need to find boots, but I have all the other pieces which require very few alterations. From there I'm going to move on to the Twilight Princess Zelda dress with my SPIFFY NEW SERGER. I am seriously so excited about that machine, like whoa. I still need to find the fabric for the dress itself, but I have the lining and overlay fabrics already so I can at least start with those. Breath of the Wild Link will follow and shouldn't be too difficult, but I've been surprised before. If I can successfully complete all of these by PAX South that would be baller. Why PAX South? Because I'm going to it!
I haven't attended a convention since 2013. I've been to many, but I'm always working as either a volunteer, full blown staff, or an exhibitor. Many people have made the joke that I will look wistfully at lines I can't cross or attendees I can't help corral, and at first I thought the same. But damn guys, I am so burned out from working cons. I just want to see my friends and actually go to a panel and learn things and cosplay and actually remember why thousands of people flock to these things. I have zero solid plans for it beyond the fact that I've bought a badge and I'm going to cosplay the fuck out of the event.
Streaming has been phenomenal lately. My community rocks and has made getting back into a consistent streaming schedule a ton of fun. I've got a ridiculous backlog of games that I'm starting to work through, and Workshop Wednesdays have been a fantastic creative outlet and great avenue for conversations with my chat. That connection is my favorite part of streaming and why I tend to do that over make videos, so being able to dedicate real time to actually talking with everyone again has been awesome.
Short version: I'm still magically really busy, I'm exhausted, I'm learning new stuff, my community is fabulous, even if I don't spend a lot of time here anymore you're all wonderful, and someday I will figure out how to work on a reasonable number of things instead of all of them.