LitCon 2017 |Where Fiction Meets Real

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babelfishHello, I’m your host Caesar Flickerman!

Now if you haven’t yet, please open your swag bag where you will find a small glass with a yellow Babel Fish provided by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Please put the fish in your ear for translating. This will allow you to communicate will all the literary characters today as well as the authors.

Welcome to the first LitCon! LitCon is a new event connecting readers, authors, and fictional literary characters. We have a great portal system to bring everyone through so we can enjoy our time discussing our fictional universes and create friendships. Thank you for all attending LitCon! I want to give a shoutout to Eventbrite for all their help in planning this conference! Without their help, we would not be sitting here talking. I also want to thank Hogwarts for everything. Jo, Ms. Rowling, has been very gracious in talking with that magical world to help pull strings to create those realm portals. They are amazing hosts and I can’t thank you enough for helping us put LitCon on!

Now if you all were looking at your schedules this conference spans two days but is suspended in time. We worked with some lovely people from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to create this little bubble for everyone to participate. Thank you to Hogwarts for hosting us on these days. The Room of Requirement has a great space for our conference.

Thank you for all attending our panels today. The schedule is in the swag bag if you need a refresher after this. We will be momentarily starting off with our first panel Landscapes & Cityscapes: World Building and Living Practically at 8:30 AM. If you’re looking for the time the Room of Requirement has a giant clock over to your left to look at. Following that, we have a great panel about Literary Dishes: Descriptions in Appetites at 10:15 till lunch at noon. We will have some dishes at the end which the House Elves insisted on preparing. If you have any allergies or issues regarding that please let me or the volunteer staff know. Speaking of which can we please give them a big applause for helping us out!

Following lunch at 13:30 we will have a lovely discussion in a roundtable about Growing Up Literary: Characters & Authors. I should not have favorites but I’m really excited about it! Our following panel is Transportation in Your Fiction: The Realities of Travel at 3:15. At 4:45 we will have a break for dinner and at 6:30 our keynote speaker, Ransom Riggs, the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be talking. After we will have a quick statement about tomorrow’s events and then we can turn in or play games and discuss. Many of the fictional characters and authors have provided alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage samples from fictional worlds to test.

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I’m so glad you could all make it and look forward to talking to many of you as the days progress. As a reminder, the volunteer staff of LitCon are all here for you and if you need any help please don’t hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your participation and a big thank you to the speakers, for giving your time. Now presenting LitCon 2017!


Hope you enjoyed reading this! I had fun designing and coming up with an idea for the concept. It’s a little different from what I usually do, but a step toward many projects I want to accomplish during the 2017 year. Had fun animating the fish and illustrating Caesar Flickerman in the colors I picked for the theme of this fictional conference.

If they are questions around this silly post let me know! I, of course, have been coming up with more random ideas related to events in LitCon. I hope you enjoyed this and more posts coming soon!

Happy reading friends!
~Kendall H.

Sidenote: I do not own any of these characters. This is intended for fun and I did not get paid for any content. The writing and drawing in here are my own, but all characters are copyrighted to their authors. All for fun!

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child | Nostalgia & Time Turners

So, I’ve decided I’m going to hold off on a full review of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child because I’m trying to pursue this booktube hobby of mine, and will be addressing all my excitement and doubts with the book in video format. I will have a spoiler free version and in depth review later this week. Depends a little on time management. I will tell you a short version is 4.5/5 stars for the moment. Sometimes when I do reviews my ratings do change because I start analyzing and pondering the initial gut rating. I will let you know on this blog when that goes up so make sure to keep tabs on my Twitter or subscribe to my Youtube.

Despite not doing a review I did want to take a moment and celebrate the amazing night that I had. It was very nostalgic after so many years and I had a ton of fun. I started the night late since my family went out to our county fair to watch a friend ride. However there was some miscommunication as to when said friend went on and we sadly had to leave before she rode. Still was a fun evening watching people reigning and some Mexican Horse dancing (pictured below). I had fun watching beautiful horses and women in these beautiful pink dresses twirl on horseback. It was a great beginning to the evening despite missing our friend’s actual ride.

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My mother and I ended up leaving to go home where I was able to AIMG_7347get dressed up, haphazardly, as a Ravenclaw. For being such a big HP fan I realize I don’t have a lot of clothing…probably because I’ve grown out of most of the items. Oh well, in the spirit of my minimalism goals, I would rather have experiences than items. I would have liked to wear a Harry & The Potters shirt, but they were way too small. I did wear the wool felt cloak my mother made for me in the first or second grade for the very first Harry Potter movie. I remember braiding my hair and looking extremely frizzy in an attempt to dub myself Hermione. Most kids just said I looked like Hagrid…Still can’t decide if that was a compliment or not. Anyway I have this great, heavy, cloak that’s homemade and full of love (like Hagrid kudos if you get my reference.)

I went to Barnes & Noble for the event which had a few events going on including coloring, trivia, sorting, wand making…etc. I was surprised to see more young kids than millennials there, but I figured out later that most people in my age group went to the other local bookstore also most of them showed up in the last hour. Despite that, there were a ton of people there at then of the night to bring in the book. Near the end to build BIMG_7351more excitement they started drawing names for prizes. Funnily and sadly they kept drawing names for these prizes and a lot of people weren’t present to win. Everyone waiting got all excited because the last prize they called was the Time Turner. I was lucky enough to win it! Wasn’t expecting that! It’s now homed on my Harry Potter bookshelf.

 

All ‘n All fun night! It was great to bring back the midnight Harry Potter events and I’m looking forward to buying tickets for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I will keep you guys updated on a video book review soon and talk to you tomorrow! Also Happy Birthday Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! And a belated one to Neville Longbottom!

~Kendall

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Monday Life Updates & Pokemon

Today is a Monday, which means time for lifey-goal-update time. So far feeling lots better. I think the routine of exercising every morning aka go to that Pokestop that’s far away every single morning has been super helpful. I puts me in a better mood for the day and I’ve been finding that I can concentrate for longer periods of time without feeling frustrated and upset. I know that’s what the doctors and life advice columnists have been saying for years, but I’m really bad at following advice involving exercise.

Aside from my intense need to go catch Pokemon and get more pokeballs I’ve been reading again. The Booktube-a-thon was an immense help in breaking my long dry spell. I realized that I haven’t finished a book since March. It’s near the end of July and I’m very behind my reading goal of a reasonable 24. I know I can read more books than 2 a month if I actually just read instead of say that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve been really into online articles and blogs for reading, but I’m trying to get away from that. Booktube-a-Thon really did help a lot, and the excitement over Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is getting me in the spirit. I have plans to continue making Booktube videos and will likely have a wrap up video tomorrow.  I got distracted today so didn’t get to filming. And I realized I forgot to finish my poem…oops. Need to put that in my bullet journal.

The next step in project burnout recovery is to get back into my animation goals. I have a six week course for School of Motion that I need to step up to the plate and finish. For some reason one of the first things I cast aside was learning character animations when the burnout set in, of course at that point I was chalking it up to procrastination…but when you realize that 4 weeks have gone by and you haven’t touched that course you start to wonder what the underlying problem is. I didn’t even realize 4 weeks had passed until they said it was the ‘break’ week meaning that new courses wouldn’t be up for a bit so that everyone could catch up. That’s about when I started realizing I hadn’t truly accomplished anything in a long time and started stressing out even more than I already was. Oh, the burnout clues were all over the place, yet I didn’t notice. Yay reflection.

In art related news I found a some awesome Reform Refograph pens at my local thrift store and plan to break into them for drawing tests tomorrow or Wednesday. I know a couple are already broken, but I’m going to hope I can get some in the old set to work. I’ve never had any technical pens so I can blame one broken pen on myself, the others not so much. I can’t say they were in a great state to when I bought them, but after cleaning they look a bit more promising. However, I’ll be doing one more round of cleaning tomorrow before I put any ink in them. I’ll be taking a trip down to my local art supply store for some higher quality ink and asking them questions in hopes that I might be able to repair the one I broke, probably not, but it’ll be worth a try.

I’m still on that job hunt life. Thankfully my recovered optimism is helping me actually apply. The stress of just sending out a resume would sometimes leave me flapping around like a fish out of water. It was not helpful for actually getting a job, so glad I’m recovering that part of myself again. In addition to that job hunting I’m still writing for Camp NaNoWriMo and other side stories. It’s been a welcome to just muse on a strange thought and dive into a different world for an hour or two. Still writing. Maybe next year’s goal will be edit and publish the novel. I’ll just have to see where life takes me.

That about does it for life updates and sorta weekly goals. Tomorrow I will film and edit a booktubeathon wrap up and maybe try to make the youtube thing a weekly occurring goal. Would be good to get some structure into that goal.

Anyway, till tomorrow friends!
~Kendall

Animation Inspiration 60

So I did make some good selfi progress, but it was on the audio front so I’m keeping that away from the blog until the project is more finalized. Till then, some quick inspirational videos.

The Line Longboard | by Box of Toys Audio

Love the action sequence and audio for this piece. It’s really fun to watch and very interesting for the eyes.

The Origins of Ilvermorny | By Elastic

You know me. I’ve already been sorted into Pukwudgie, so you should message me with your house. Honestly I have nothing more to say other than I love you JK Rowling.

I Am Witch, not a no-maj

Nope, not a no-maj in sight today. As far as I’m concerned my letter got lost or if worse comes to worse I’m a squiii….nope, can’t say it. I’m a witch and you can’t tell me otherwise. I am sorted into Ravenclaw and will continue to be a Ravenclaw until I find out more about Ilvermorny. I am part of a lost generation of witches and wizards.

Harry Potter is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. There are more, but the thing I love about Harry Potter is that the universe is ever expanding. There’s just a constant wealth of information that JK Rowling spits out, which in turn makes the world feel that much more real. It’s the reason I believe. How can such a detailed world be imaginary? It can’t be imaginary when you can explain full governments and school systems from all over the world in detail. It can’t be imaginary. How could it be? It seems absurd that we can miss all of this, but at the same time the laws of the wizarding world make it make sense. So, I am a witch who has somehow lost her letter to Ilvermorny.

The video below is an introduction into the new information about the wizarding world of the USA. It’s a fascinating read and only makes me try to find the magic more. I’m convinced that my letter to Ilvermorny, if they send letters, got lost for some reason. I’m a witch and just don’t know it yet. I can still believe these things because JK Rowling makes the story so real, which it totally is.

So, do you believe?

Psst….go to Pottermore!