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Dragon*Con: A Preview

Man, it’s been far too long since I last published something here. To my loyal readers, I apologize. As you already know my mother had surgery and I was home in Illinois helping her and the rest of my family through the circumstances. In addition to attending to that, I have been involved in and working on a big project. #NerdArmy friends know a little about that. The teasers have been fun. Muahahaha.

Never fear though, I have returned and the timing could not be more perfect. Dragon*Con is nearly upon us. This Dragon*Con virgin, for one, is incredibly excited.

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Okay. Woosah! Let me quell the excitement and briefly explain Dragon*Con for those who have no clue what I’m talking about.

Surely most people know about San Diego Comic Con–which is actually one of many Comic Cons but the granddaddy of them all nonetheless–as it has permeated pop culture (re: Discovery Channel’s Toy HunterThe Big Bang Theory, etc.). Now imagine the San Diego Comic Con (perhaps a little less grandiose) in Atlanta and you’ve got Dragon*Con. Since its inception in 1987, Dragon*Con has become one of the largest conventions in the Southeast bringing in a myriad of beloved actors and personalities.

Although I have lived in Atlanta for five years, I’ve only experienced the excitement from the periphery. Now I finally have the opportunity to bask in all of the nerd and cosplay glory firsthand.

I will do what I can to cover as much of Dragon*con. Pictures of cosplay. Attend as many panels as possible. And of course give you my thoughts on the whole experience. The one thing I do regret is that I am unable to purchase photo ops with celebrities that I love. Oh well.

If you visit the con’s website and see any guests you want me to try and meet, comment below. If you have any specific cosplay you would like me to find, please comment below. Also, if you are attending Dragon*Con and use the app, let me know and I will send you a friend code.

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A Really Quick Hello

Hey everyone.

Yes, I’m still alive. I haven’t gone anywhere, but I am getting close to finding the lost city of Atlantis. I just need to learn how to swim first.

I am still stumped on how to travel back in time though.

Seriously though, I want to apologize for not being around and not keeping up with this site. It is still my labor of love, so I feel bad that I haven’t posted anything for all of you to read.

Over the last month or so I have some family circumstances that I have had to attend to back in Illinois: My mother had to have emergency triple bypass surgery. She made it through and is recovery quite well.

Suffice it to say, I haven’t had the time to devote to writing like I would want. I am back to writing though. So, stay tuned for more fun and more nerdy Jarrod.

I Challenge You to a… uh… Writing Activity

I am issuing a writing challenge! Whether you have never written anything before, have written all your life, or are somewhere in between you can participate. Here is how you can participate. Start with this line: “I have always been told that I look good in black. I would have to agree, but the circumstances under which I am learning this, well, suck.” If you need to, break up the line how you wish. Use parts of it, or the entire line. Let it be the foundation for what you write. Let it take you in an unexpected direction. Whatever happens, just write. Whether it is a page, song lyrics, a poem, a series of haikus, a scene for a screenplay or stage play, it doesn’t matter. Just write.

If you have a blog, post your submission to your log and link me. Or submit your work straight to me at jarrodfinnwriter@gmail.com. I will either reblog your piece or post it to my blog.

You have until next Wednesday April 23 at 11:59 PM ET. And yes, I will participate.

Special Announcement

Hey guys… thanks again for reading. The blog is starting to take off a little faster than I expected, but it’s been so fun. I just wanted to give you all a heads up what is to come in the near future.

First, I’m excited to announce that I’m bringing on my good friend and roommate Michael Hamilton, known by some throughout the Interwebs as djplaeskool, to write some guest contributions here and there. He’ll primarily focus on electronic music, MMORPGs, and even video game scores. Essentially topics that I do not know as much about. His first contribution will be on his favorite video game scores/songs. I’ll definitely keep all of you in the loop as to when that post will be written.

As for what I have in the works to write, I am working on my Top 20 list for my favorite games of all time, my Top 10 worst games of all time list, and my favorite games of the 90s list.

I plan to continue writing reviews of ABC’s Resurrection, and plan to start review video games (starting with inFamous: Second Son) and movies soon. I am also currently reading a book by a friend to review for the blog. I want talk much about it until I’ve finished it.

My Creative Corner feature will begin shortly as I am building a list of local artists, musicians, writers, and more to feature.  I am pretty excited about this. I really want to use the blog to champion those who work independently in the creative arts.

Lastly,  I have interviews lined up with people involved in the two big MMPR fan films that are currently in production. I am so excited about this.

Thank you again for reading, and I hope all of you continue to follow me. I have big plans for this website.

Jarrod

My Apologies

Hey all.

I wanted to apologize for not posting anything in several days. I have been hard at work setting up a Q&A with the cast of TBS’ King of the Nerds. As I have been receiving answers, I’ve been editing, putting things together, etc.

Don’t worry though. I haven’t forgotten about other content. I should have my review of Resurrection‘s second episode up this afternoon. I’m also working on a post about Boy Meets World, and then my Top 20 Video Games of All Time list. After that My Favorite Games of the 90s. 

Thank you again for reading my blog. I have a lot planned for this website, and hopefully things will start coming together.

Jarrod