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Recovering From the Emotional Trauma of Supernatural Season 9

How are you recovering from last night’s season finale? I’m watching bloopers to dull the pain. Mostly, it seems to be working.  I mean, we kind of knew what was going to happen going in, right?  To help you out here’s the Season 8 Gag Reel.
‘Til next time,
Jessica

P.S. What did you think?  What do you think is next for the brothers Winchester?


Brace Yourselves, Supernatural Fans

Supernatural Season 9 Survival Kit

Tonight is the season 9 finale of Supernatural.  I don’t even have to worry about spoilers when I say that it is going to be painful (it is Supernatural after all).  It is time for fans to brace themselves, so when this “survival kit” came across one of my dashboards today, I knew I needed to share it.  I don’t disagree. Tonight’s going to be painful, folks.

Supernatural Season 9 Finale Survival Kit

  1. Giant box of tissues
  2. Alcohol of your choice
  3. Throw pillow to hug
  4. Dart board with Metatron’s face
  5. Access to friends’ shoulders to cry on
  6. Supernatural Season 1 to play for solace the next day
  7. Tylenol P.M. so you can sleep after the episode
  8. Appointment with therapist, if necessary

Carry on my wayward son,

Jessica


Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

I love May.  Although it is insanely busy, there’s a lot of good stuff that happens in May. I headed to the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle at Muskogee over the weekend to see good friends, take in some music, and add to my ever-expanding collection of cool unique things.  Mission accomplished.

The girls who introduced me to Renaissance Faires and I piled in the car early on Saturday morning to make the short drive over to the Castle.  We ran into my friends who exposed me to the wonderful, terrible joys of Cards Against Humanity as soon as we walked through the gates.  I got to meet some new people, and catch up a bit before one of the kids wanted to see knights beat on each other. (Always entertaining.)

Frphoto (10)om there we headed over to visit the lovely Yolanda Pears of Royal Eggs.  She makes the most beautiful things, and photo (8)she does it all with real eggs.  Ostrich, rhea, emu, peacock, pigeon, quail (and probably more that I forgot about) all make an appearance in her art.  As always, temptation abounds when I visit her.  They’re all so pretty, but I only have so much money!

Fortunately, I narrowed down my list to four pretty quickly, and decided to let fate play a hand in which one I would bring home with me.  This time, the newly hatched Pegasus called my name…and my budget, plus the fire dragon went home with someone else.  The Pegasus is beautiful, and he now holds a place among the other fantastical creatures I’ve acquired from Royal Eggs along the way.

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photo (5)However, Yolanda is not the only talented artist to cross my path at the Castle at Muskogee.  This year, I stumbled across someone new, and was immediately entranced by her designs (she’s just a couple of spots down from Royal Eggs).  She makes the most gorgeous and unique hats and jewelry. Lilly B. Haven‘s work pulled me in from the boardwalk to take a closer look.  Her hats, in particular, are just awesome, and I wish that I had some photos to show you.  Each one is a one of a kind piece, and as I was telling my friend, even if you can’t think of a place to wear them, they are works of art.  They would make an amazing addition to any wall they graced.

photo (1)For me, I was drawn to the jewelry with bullets as a design element.  I fell in love with the angel wings surrounding a bullet with stars as an identifier as well as a Winchester Colt 45 in front of a sunburst.  Not only did I find them to be cool as hell, but I thought it was also a nice, mostly subtle, way to show my appreciation for one of my favorite shows, Supernatural.

photo (4)Okay, for those of you who haven’t gotten sucked into this fandom yet, read this.  The ultra short version is that Supernatural follows the Winchester brothers as they hunt the things that make you afraid of the dark (unless you watch Doctor Who, then you know that the reason you’re afraid of the dark is the Vashta Nerada).  A special Colt with demon killing powers features heavily in the first few seasons, so finding a Winchester Colt 45 bullet at the center of a design that caught my attention, just seemed too perfect for words.  Between the angel wings and stars inscribed on the bullet, I had no hope of resisting the pin.

While the designs weren’t inspired by the show, both the ladies in the booth are fans of Supernatural, and loved the fact I made the connection.  By the time I finished talking with the lovely ladies there were hugs all around, and I was cursing my hectic May schedule that wouldn’t allow me to come back and visit the festival another day.

The whole day turned out to be wonderful, with friends, music from favorite pirate groups The Musical Blades and The Jolly Rogers.  Great stories set to music with Alexander James Adams, who plays and sings beautifully.  It wouldn’t be a faire without stopping to listen for a few minutes.  There was so much to see and do that we had to pick our favorites for the day, but, as always, it left us wishing for more time.

Even the one negative from the day, I lost my wallet, turned into a testament to the goodness of people.

A couple of days ago, after a rough start to my week, I got a Facebook message from someone I don’t know saying that she and some friends found my wallet.  They sent it back to me via Certified Mail.  They didn’t even take money for postage out of my cash.  Just in case you were wondering, there really are good people out there. (Yes, they are definitely getting a “thank you” card, and maybe a little something extra for their trouble)

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 

 

 

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Remember Those Rumors of a Supernatural Spin Off?

Meet Supernatural: Bloodlines. With a back-door pilot to be aired inside next week’s episode of Supernatural, the spin-off will be based in one location. Eric Kripke is listed as a producer which is unusual if a show’s creator isn’t involved. Chicago’s underbelly is run by five monster families and the new hunter determined to rid his city of anything supernatural…because I wasn’t interested at the words “Supernatural Spin-off”. This sounds like Supernatural meets Dresden Files…which isn’t a bad thing. Can’t wait to catch a peek of this one.
‘Til next time,
Jessica

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Waiting for Tuesday

Waiting for Tuesday

I just realized about an hour ago that today is Tuesday. All day, I’ve been sitting here working away, thinking it was Monday…the gratitude that it is indeed Tuesday abounds. Tomorrow, I’m off. That means sleeping in (a bit), relaxing, and the company of a good friend.
‘Til next time,
Jessica


They Take Things Seriously on Supernatural’s Set, Folks

What happens when Misha Collins (a.k.a. Castiel) directs an episode?

 

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Finding a New Appreciation for Thomas Edison…Don’t Watch Supernatural in the Dark

Supernatural season 7 title card

Supernatural season 7 title card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Saving people, hunting things” is the Winchester motto.  Supernatural definitely does a lot of both.  This show began its run 2005 and is heading into the 9th season this year.  The story focuses on the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padelecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) and their adventures in…well, “saving people, hunting things”.    

After the pilot episode aired, I was hooked.  My best friend and I used to call each other and sit on the phone in silence until the commercial breaks…until we figured out commercial breaks didn’t sync up between our two cities.  I may or may not have been physically unable to keep my mouth shut until her commercial break.  (Hint: I wasn’t able to keep quiet.)  To help our friendship survive, we switched to recap calls after the episode ended.

Recently, I decided to watch the whole series again from the beginning.  Yeah, I still love it, that hasn’t changed …. at all.  I finished watching Season 1 over the weekend.  Holy cow….Season 1 scares the crap out of me, and I still watched the finale of that season with  the light on and a blanket pulled up to my chin.  It really didn’t matter that I knew what was coming.

51vOlchrn4L._SX300_The brothers face everything from vengeful spirits, demons, clowns, creepy dolls, weird supernatural illnesses…clowns, wendigos, vampires…Bloody Mary, dead serial killers, and clowns.  (Only one episode with a clown, but it sends chills down my spine just thinking about it.  Clowns are creepy!)  There are some episodes that I just can’t get past, like Everybody Loves a Clown (Why do people send those things to kids birthday parties?  Don’t they creep anyone else out?) I still have an overwhelming urge to sleep with the light on after watching Bloody Mary.   There are a lot of episodes that leave me with with a profound feeling of gratitude for Thomas Edison and his light bulb, and so help me, if the lights flicker in my house like …ever…you’ll be able to find me in the middle of a circle of salt in the kitchen frantically trying to keep my dog from licking it up off the floor.

Apart from scaring myself half to death, oh my gosh, I love the relationship between these guys.  In the midst of all the preternatural craziness surrounding the show, their relationship is genuine and very real.  They pick on each other, incessantly…anyone out there have siblings?  Yeah, it doesn’t matter how old you get, that part never stops.  You can ask my sister.  (Whatever she says, I am not the reason she doesn’t like mirrors in her bedroom…or the dark.  I’m innocent.  Really!)  They know exactly which buttons to push to drive each other nuts.  Sam and Dean have practically developed their own language…scratch that.  They have.  Do you know anyone else (except the fandom) who would consider calling each other “Jerk” or “Bitch” an assurance that everything is fine, or at least it will be?

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (left) and Ja...

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester (left) and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Both Winchester brothers grew up knowing that the monsters under the bed were real, and that you should be afraid of the dark.  Instead of reassurances that everything was going to be okay, Sam was given a gun when he was nine, so if the thing in the closet came after him he could kill it. They were long on preparedness and short on the gentleness that most kids get…there are reasons, for the way John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) raised them.  

Those first five seasons scared the ever-living-crap out of me.  Even after watching with the lights on(and sometimes a comedy after) I would just lie awake at night…thinking…about stuff….like monsters….Bloody Mary, Skin, and Everybody Loves a Clown are just a few of the episodes that make my heart beat a little faster just thinking about them.  It was pure awesomeness, the kind of terror you find during horror movies and haunted houses.  Here was the problem though, I read (did you notice?) a lot, about…interesting topics.  A good portion of the stuff in the show, comes from real legends.  So at night, with the lights off, you lie there…thinking about monsters…remembering that little tidbit…and…don’t most legends start with a grain of truth?  Dracula started with a real guy who did some really terrible things…what if? (I hate what ifs in the middle of the night!)  The dark does not like logic, I’ve discovered.

You know me and characters, right?  Well, this show has some that I love.  Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is a great character.  Bobby’s place is more “home” for the Winchester brothers than anywhere else.  With his trucker’s hat and no hesitation to call either one of the hunters an “idjit” when the occasion calls for it.  He’s not afraid of these big bad guys who drive around in a 1967 Impala with an arsenal in the trunk.  Who do you think helped fix up the car and showed them how to stock the arsenal?

51BnewhzbiL._SX300_Season 4 introduces another character that I absolutely adore, Castiel, Angel of the Lord (Misha Collins).  He arrives in Lazarus Rising and…well, spoilers.  Cas does interesting things for character development too.  He gives new insight into characters we think we know so well, and proves they still have room to surprise us.  

There are so many other great characters that have made an appearance over the years.  Jo & Ellen, Gabriel, Loki…Balthazar & Crowley (oh yeah, Mark Sheppard is here too. He is an awesome Crowley!)  If I tried to list my favorites, we’d all be here all day.  Some of them didn’t get to stay nearly long enough, some of them surprise us with visits often enough for us to never get over missing them.  When they leave, I always retain a little hope, the name of the show is Supernatural…

Tell me about your favorite TV shows?  Favorite characters?  Are you a Supernatural fan?  Tell me your favorite episode…or the one that scares you the most? (They can be the same one.)

‘Til next time,

Jessica


The Nerdist is Awesome…Enjoy Your Burrito

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Nathan Fillion as Malcom “Mal” Reynolds in Firefly and Serenity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I learn about all kinds of stuff through Twitter.  The Nerdist is one of those things.  I discovered all this through following Nathan Fillion.  You know Nathan Fillion right?  I may have mentioned him once or twice.  Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, Castle, Dr. Horrible…I’m stopping now because this is not the point.  (I’m working on staying on point here.  How am I doing so far?)  He tweeted about The Thrilling Adventure Hour  with a link to the podcast.

 

This is a staged production done in the style of an old-time radio show, and then broadcast as a podcast.  It is fantastic and awesomely entertaining.  You can listen to the adventures of Sparks Nevada Marshal on MarsBeyond BeliefCaptain LaserbeamThe Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock, and Cactoid Jim.  The episodes are written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker and produced by Aaron Ginsberg.  Players and guest stars include Nathan Fillion (as mentioned), Paget Brewster (you might recognize her from Criminal Minds), Paul Tomkins (Mr. Show, LA Complex)…oh, there are too many to list.  Just go to their site and check it out.

 

The first time I listened to Cactoid Jim, I heard them mention the word Nerdist during the credits.  I asked myself, what is this Nerdist of which they speak? (well, maybe not exactly like that…okay, maybe exactly like that, but definitely not out loud.) That’s how I found the Nerdist Podcast.  Basically it is Chris Hardwick, usually with Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, having a conversation with a different celebrity or celebrities every episode, and this happens twice a week.  Yep, twice a week.  I haven’t listened to one that wasn’t immensely entertaining (warning there is no censoring for…well, anything). These are a handful of the guests that they’ve had on their podcast over the last couple of months (okay, some of these may or may not still waiting in my queue , but it isn’t for a lack of trying) George RR Martin, Joss Whedon, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Misha Collins just to name a few.  This doesn’t include any of the San Diego Comic-Con stuff they recorded live either.  One of my favorites out of this list was the podcast with Misha Collins.

 

English: Misha Collins at the 2011 Comic Con i...

Misha Collins plays Castiel on Supernatural, and I am a huge Supernatural fan.  This is a show I’ve watched since its inception, and it scared the bejesus out of me.  My best friend and I used to call each other up just to have the “oh-my-god-can-you-believe-what-we-just-saw” conversations.  We tried to have them while the show was on, but quickly discovered that it aired at different rates in Chicago and where she lives.   (Fine I suck at sticking to the point.) I am, at times, physically unable to keep my mouth shut.  This led to spoilers when I was on commercial break and she wasn’t.  The recap call was an acceptable compromise…aka the only possible compromise if I wanted her to still be my friend. She actually hates spoilers more than I do. (This is odd because she almost always reads the last page of a book FIRST.)

 

 During the podcast they were discussing SupernaturalGISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen), costumes, Scotland, and all and sundry topics that came to their pretty little minds.  Including the non-profit organization that Misha works with, Random Acts, that looks to change the world, one act of kindness at a time.  (Love that!)  It was the most entertaining two hours I’d spent at work in a long while. (Wait what?  Not at work…I mean…ummm…) Thanks to this podcast I WILL be participating in GISHWHES next year (I missed the deadline for entry this year by just a couple of days.  I had to make sure I wasn’t going to be traveling for work before I could commit.  Seriously, my boss will put up with a lot, but from what I’ve seen from last year’s…that may leave me without a job if I tried to participate while I was working.)  GISHWHES  received entry into the Guinness Book of World Records two years running for the World’s largest Media Scavenger Hunt.  (By the way did you know that the Guinness Book of World Records was indeed created by the man who created Guinness Beer?  Things I learned in Ireland.) Last year there were over 140,000 participants from 90 countries and each person was on a team of 15 people.  Be prepared…the scavenger hunt consists of acts of kindness as well as…well, creative endeavors? (I’m not sure what you call an 8 foot T-Rex made of sanitary napkins other than a creation, but it was definitely something.)  It just sounds like a lot of zany fun.  My friends and family will either come closer together in love and fun and happiness….or in an effort to lock me up in an asylum (Do they still have asylums or are they just institutions?  Asylum sounds so much more ominous!).

 

Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. flag on Mare Tran...

Back to the point….again.  (Seriously, I am trying to stay on topic.)  Then I discovered BBC America…yeah, I know, but there is a television show!  Yes, The Nerdist is also a television show that comes on after Orphan Black on Saturday evening. (No, I don’t know what time, everything gets DVR’d, my friend.  Like 9:00pm Central? The lineup goes Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and then The Nerdist.)  The show is just as entertaining as the podcast.  Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira & Jonah Ray talk with a celebrity guest or two, there’s a stand-up comic in there and then they play a game…it is all a lot funnier than I make it sound (so kind of like the podcast but with visuals…and games and stuff).  My favorite episode so far was the one with Buzz Aldrin (astronaut) and Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA’s mohawk guy.  Poor guy, one day he’ll be known for more than just his hair, really.  He works for NASA for crying out loud, he’s brilliant!)  Just to see two eras of space exploration together on the same show was amazing in and of itself.  One man, Buzz Aldrin, actually set foot on the moon.  I mean, just think about that.  Walked. On. The. Moon.  It kind of blows the mind.  I can only imagine…The other was actually in the control room when Curiosity landed on Mars just over a year ago.  He helped to land a vessel on another planet…another PLANET.  This is like real life people, not some science fiction thing!  All science.  No fiction.  The closest I will ever get to either of those things is to look out at the night sky and imagine.  At least I always know which one the moon is (it is kind of hard to miss) but Mars is another story entirely. (Yes, I totally wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.)  Yes, I can easily miss Mars in the night sky…astronomy was not good to me.

 

This podcast has even given me a list of games that I want to try out.  Yes, even games.  I have discovered that I really am not good at the first person shooter games. (Therefore I dislike them immensely.)  However, I really enjoy the role playing games like Assassin’s Creed.  (I also found out that I need to start at the beginning of that game like with Assassin’s Creed I and not Assassin’s Creed III, no wonder I was so confused with the story!  Luckily, my nephew has them all.  I’m borrowing them.  There is no shame.)  So, Chris Hardwick mentions that he really loves Bioshock Infinite right now, and I look it up.  It looks pretty cool.  I think I’ll check it out.  I’m telling you The Nerdist is like a gateway drug for all things geek…well, maybe I was already there anyway, but you get my point, right? (Not that I stayed anywhere near my point for any length of time, but I tried…sort of.)

Nerdist at Meltdown Comics

Nerdist at Meltdown Comics (Photo credit: Sam Howzit)

The Nerdist podcast introduced me to Geek Week on YouTube also…you’ll be seeing more from that, I can assure you.  They also have a completely random tagline (well, probably not random to them…or maybe it is.) They sign off every show with “Enjoy your burrito.”  So ladies and gentlemen, checkout The Nerdist!  There are many amazing things happening there worth enjoying…although I don’t think they have burritos.  Weird.

 

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

 

Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?

 

Have you ever committed a random act of kindness?  What was it?

 

What role playing games would you recommend?

 

‘Til next time….enjoy your burrito,

 

Jessica

 

 


Have Mercy!

Frost Burned

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Ahhhh! This post is so late, truthfully I totally forgot what day today was…is…wait, what’s today?  If I had to pay out a dollar for every time I had to ask someone that question today, I would have bought someone’s lunch today…maybe more than one, if they were cheap.  Well, better late than never…. enjoy!

Oh, Mercedes Thompson, you are my favorite little Walker. (If the word “Walker” didn’t give it away for you before, this is a paranormal book.) This latest installment in Mercy’s story by Patricia Briggs is pure awesomesauce, as are all the others. (Complete list below, in order.) If you are new to this series, start at the beginning. It isn’t completely necessary, but you’ll get to see how everything unfolds and be surprised by all the fun twists. (as opposed to not surprised, which isn’t fun at all!) Mercy is tough and (is there a word somewhere that combines sarcastic and sassy? There should be, but I don’t know what it is.) I also recommend reading this series in conjunction with Briggs Alpha & Omega Series. The plots aren’t exactly intertwined, but they do bounce off each other frequently, (Complete this of these books below also. Also in order, because otherwise it is annoying.)

For those of you who are already entrenched in the Tri-Cities with Mercy and the rest, you will not be disappointed. Lo and behold, there is trouble…lots of trouble. One of the things I love about this series is that Mercy has a very strong moral compass, and she doesn’t compromise her morals.  Her “family” always comes first, and she will do whatever’s best and anything necessary to protect them…whether they agree or not. As someone who runs a bit fast and loose with the definition of “family” myself, I definitely appreciate Mercy’s adoption of characters into that group of individuals she considers to be “hers”. Now does her compass always point due North, well, I suppose that all depends on how you define “North”. Mercy’s actions may not always be what society would consider lawful, but they always what she would consider to be right. Besides, society’s got a lot to learn when it comes to Mercy’s world. Hell, Mercedes has a lot to learn about her world! I think that’s part of the appeal. We get to learn with her.

Mercedes Thompson is a strong character…a strong woman, and that’s doesn’t mean physically the strongest or even supernaturally the strongest.  While Mercy may not be the strongest, the smartest, the biggest or even the least likely to die, she’s always there fighting for the ones she cares about (sometimes even people she doesn’t care about just those that can’t fight for themselves….no matter how much she may dislike them). It doesn’t matter what the cost to herself may be.  Mercy will make sure she’s doing what she believes is right.

First Line:

“You should have brought the van,” said my stepdaughter.”

Now my dear readers, I must wait until the next book is released for a little more Mercedes Thompson.  Patience is not something that I do well…oh, Ms. Briggs, can you write faster please?  We need more Mercy!

‘Til Next Time,

Jessica

Mercy Thompson Series                                                                                    

Moon Called

Blood Bound

Iron Kissed

Bone Crossed

Silver Borne

River Marked

Frost Burned

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Alpha and Omega Series 

On The Prowl(anthology)

 Cry Wolf(after Moon Called)

Hunting Ground(after Iron Kissed)

Fair Game(after River Marked)

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