My Bucket List

I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past.  Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime.  I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list.  What’s on your bucket list?

  1. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  2. Live in New York City
  3. Meet JK Rowling
  4. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
  5. Tour Studio Ghibli
  6. Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
  7. Attend the Yule Ball
  8. Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
  9. Disneyland in Paris
  10. Disneyland in Tokyo
  11. Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
  12. Sakura Matsuri in Japan
  13. Attend Sleep No More
  14. Wine tasting in Napa Valley
  15. Publish a novel
  16. Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
  17. Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
  18. Cultivate and maintain a garden
  19. Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  20. Learn to French braid hair
  21. The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  22. See the Chicago Bean
  23. Go pumpkin picking
  24. See Shakespeare in the Park
  25. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
  26. Learn how to bake French macarons
  27. See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
  28. Go skiing
  29. Go to Coachella
  30. Go to The Louvre
  31. Stroll through Central Park in the fall
  32. Complete NaNoWriMo
  33. Sakura Matsuri in NYC
  34. Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
  35. Tour NASA
  36. Ride a train across the country
  37. Stargaze on the Highline
  38. See Stonehenge
  39. Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
  40. Go apple picking
  41. See the Northern Lights
  42. Watch a sunset on a beach
  43. Go to all 50 states
  44. Climb a lighthouse
  45. Create a board game
  46. Fly in a private jet
  47. Meet R.L. Stine
  48. See the Acropolis in Greece
  49. Stand on the Equator
  50. Visit The Globe Theater in London
  51. Visit YouTube Studios
  52. Go strawberry picking
  53. Customize toys
  54. Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
  55. Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  56. Get married
  57. Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  58. Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
  59. Attend a live taping of SNL
  60. Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
  61. Tour Pixar
  62. Tour Nintendo
  63. Meet George Lucas
  64. Tour Google
  65. Attend BlogHer
  66. Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
  67. Learn how to use photoshop
  68. Visit the Glow Worm Caves
  69. See the Hollywood sign
  70. Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet
  71. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  72. Meet Michio Kaku
  73. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins
  74. Own a Chanel purse
  75. Style a fashion shoot
  76. Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist
  77. Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach
  78. Attend a farewell concert for a band I love
  79. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  80. Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book
  81. Meet Neil Gaiman
  82. Meet Stan Lee
  83. Get a Sandman tattoo
  84. Fall in love
  85. Help out at a fashion show
  86. Get published
  87. Be on a television show
  88. Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup
  89. Have an IMDB page
  90. Speak on a panel at a convention
  91. Moderate a panel at a convention
  92. Live in Los Angeles
  93. Read all of the books I own
  94. Get a Harry Potter tattoo
  95. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  96. Attend Star Wars Celebration
  97. Attend Book Expo America
  98. Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
  99. See a show at the Moulin Rouge
  100. See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
  101. Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
  102. Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
  103. Buy a vintage typewriter
  104. Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
  105. The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
  106. Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
  107. Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
  108. Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
  109. Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
  110. Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
  111. Meet Peter Jackson
  112. Go to a Renaissance Faire
  113. Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
  114. Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King

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5 Fandom Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Conventions I’ve Been To

I love this weeks 5 Fandom Friday and I feel like I have an advantage after the few years I spent traveling to every convention I could possibly manage!  I think each con has its own identity and personality that makes it what it is so if you’ve only been to one convention and didn’t love it, there’s a good chance you just haven’t found “the one” yet.  For instance, DragonCon… so so not my thing.  DragonCon is the Vegas of conventions in the sense that what happens at DragonCon stays at DragonCon.  It is full of some serious PARTY people (which is not to say that I don’t enjoy a good party, but trust me, DC is just TOO much for this introvert). Here’s my ranked list!

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5) San Diego Comic Con – SDCC is making my list because you just never know what will happen when you’re there.  It’s THE convention.  Whenever anyone so much as mentions a “comic con” chances are, this is the one they’re referring to.  I’ve only trekked out one time for the convention and I’m glad that I can say I’ve experienced it.  Some of the highlights of my trip include going to the Syfy party and attempting to act normal around the Being Human cast while sipping champagne cocktails with Molly, ending up at the IGN party by complete accident and sitting near a fire pit with Simon Pegg (truthfully, I wish I remembered this a little bit better), and eating a private lunch with some of my favorite comic book creators.  The below photo is of the girls and I at the iFanboy party.

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4) C2E2 – I think part of the reason I enjoyed C2E2 so much is because Chicago is like a tinier, cleaner NYC that closes down earlier at night.  It’s held in the Hyatt McCormick hotel so you don’t have to spend money on cabs getting to and fro (unless you’re Melissa and I and wait until the last minute to book things).  Again, it’s a smaller scale con and it’s mostly comics focused.  I had a blast cosplaying here and I did enjoy going out for Chicago style pizza with Melissa and Jill even we all agreed that it doesn’t compare to a New York slice.

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3) Star Wars Celebration – Oh man, this is one of my favorite favorite conventions.  The year I went it was held in Orlando (right near Disney!) and I had so much fun.  It’s a smaller scale convention and it’s so overwhelmingly Star Wars.  There is such an in-depth history within the Star Wars universe so there’s enough to fill a convention center.  This year it’s being held in Anaheim and it’s RIGHT BEFORE Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters so I can only imagine the amazing things ReedPOP has in store for fans.

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2) New York Comic Con – NYCC is my home con so it falls pretty high up my list.  It seems to get crazier and crazier every year but I can’t help loving it anyway.  There’s definitely been a significant increase in fan attendance since the year I started attending which makes walking from one area to another (i.e., the show floor to Artist Alley) a bit of a nightmare but now I mostly just use NYCC as an opportunity to catch up with out of town friends.  I tend to look up a few artists or booths I want to see, I don’t even attempt panels, and I just go with the flow.  There’s also great after-parties!  The below photo is of Janna, Jill, Chris, Marlene and I at the Mary Sue party!

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1) Baltimore Comic Con – This convention is my absolute favorite year after year.  It’s completely focused on COMICS and nothing else.  I usually buy the majority of my yearly art haul at Baltimore Comic Con.  Because the Harvey Awards are held during BCC, it tends to attract most of the biggest names in the industry and yet it maintains an intimacy that allows the con-goer to have a satisfying experience chatting with all of the creators they want without waiting in giant lines.  It’s also really easy to get into panels.  I went to a Sunday panel that started at 2pm, walked in at 1:55 and got a seat in the front row.  Plus I get to hang out with Amy and Steph all weekend!
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BONUSES that are industry-only (that means you bloggers!)

1) BEA – BOOKS!  Need I say more?  I’ll say one other thing.  You get them for FREE.  And there are author signings!

2) Toy Fair – So. Many. Toys.  And enough space that you could presumably walk through the Javitts Center with your arms outstretched and not hit anyone in the process.  Plus, you get to see all the toys that are coming out in the next year!

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Star Wars Celebration VI: Her Universe Fashion Shoot

This past August I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a convention that I have always dreamed about experiencing firsthand, Star Wars Celebration.  I was asked to help film for FanGirl TV, a new webseries that focuses on fangirls who love all things geeky.  The convention was being held in Orlando, Florida, which is also the home to my lovely blog partner Kristin Fowler, so the decision to accept was a very simple one to make.  After a lengthy drive down to Florida, the guys I traveled with (Gary, Brandon & Dave) and I finally arrived and began filming.  I was in charge of interviewing the girls we selected to film including Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the brains behind one of my favorite clothing companies, Her Universe.  Kristin and I often gush about Ashley’s designs on our site On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  I was so overcome with excitement about having the opportunity to interview Ashley, that I completely forgot to be nervous.  And once we started chatting, I quickly realized there was never any need to be worried after all because Ashley was nicer than I could’ve ever imagined!  She is very genuine and friendly and you can easily tell how much she cares about her fans and the girls wearing her line.  Which is one of the reasons Ashley decided to host a photo shoot at Star Wars Celebration featuring the real girls who wear her clothes as the models.  The photo shoot was a lot of fun and you can see the pics on the Her Universe Facebook page.
As a long time Her Universe fangirl, I was so happy to have been part of the photo shoot.  The only challenging part was deciding which piece to wear!  I currently own all of the Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and the majority of Star Wars clothing Her Universe sells, but seeing as how this was a Star Wars convention, I was able to rule out BSG and DW.  You would think that would make choosing simpler, but believe me it was no easy task.  (And if you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself by checking out the extensive merchandise selection in Her Universe’s online shop).  In fact, for the duration of our car ride to Florida, pretty much all I talked about was how the Her Universe booth had to be our first stop because I was dying to obtain the limited edition R2D2 charm, and the Mara Jade t-shirt (both of which I purchased, along with the Rebel and Imperial tanks and Ahsoka tunic).  After careful deliberation, I decided to wear the Star Wars Calavera Vader scoop tee with a Star Wars miniskirt and hair bow that I made myself from fabric patterned with 70’s Star Wars comics.  I had such a great time getting ready and Ashley made the photo shoot super fun.  You can also watch the video of Ashley taken by my coworkers at FanGirl TV.  It’s interspersed with clips of me modeling during the photo shoot!
And just for fun, here are some of my other favorite photos from Star Wars Celebration:
Me & my Star Wars lunch box from William Sonoma
Me & Ashley Eckstein after I interviewed her for FanGirl TV
Me & Katie Cook (One of my favorite artists!)
Me wishing R2D2 & C3PO will save me soon
That time I convinced a Stormtrooper to give me his blaster
Kristin & I riding Tauntaun’s
The Mara Jade shirt by Her Universe that I acquired at Celebration
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