Thursday at #DragonCon

Guys.

What. A. Fucking. Day.

Heidi, Michelle, and I all converged at the airport this morning. We proceeded to make our way to the Airbnb that I had rented MONTHS AGO. Pay attention. This is important.

We took an Uber to the condo and, following the instructions given to us by our host, request the key from the front desk. The woman immediately asked if I was there because it was an Airbnb, and I said yes, because I am not big on lying. She got a little bit shady, said she had to check with her manager about something with his condo, and left. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach, but we all just hung out in the lobby. She came back and told us we needed to talk to the manager, and we made our way upstairs…like we were going to the principal’s office.

There, the very nice condo manager informed us that the rental we had booked through Airbnb (with many positive reviews, mind you) was booked despite the building’s rules against exactly that, and we could not stay there.

Fuck.

Mildly panicked, we all looked at each other. Heidi and Michelle immediately began looking for a hotel to rent (we were a little gun-shy on Airbnb at this point in time), and I texted Sarah, my best friend from college, and said, “I am sorry to bother you. I am in an emergency situation.” I called her and explained what had happened, and she said, “I’ll have a place for you within ten minutes.”

True to her word, within a few minutes, she called with a hotel she had available for us. I messaged our “host” and told him what was happening and demanded a refund, though at this point I had no idea if it would happen or not.

I’ll be honest with you. I am not great at handling stress, but much to my surprise, I only teared up a little. I didn’t full-on sob or break down…though it’s probably going to happen soon.

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Just a couple of homeless queer nerd ladies, doing a thing.

We got another Uber and made our way to our current hotel, which looked like a dump from the inside. But then we walked in and realized it was nicer than most of the hotels any of us had ever stayed in. And, much to our great joy, there were cookies in the hallway. Like, complimentary cookies. Not some pack of oreos that some random kid had left in the hallway. Although at this point, since none of us had eaten since breakfast, we probably would have scarfed those down.

In the middle of all of the drama, I tweeted about how apparently I booked an unlicensed Airbnb that wouldn’t let us in. I have to say, the outpouring of help from the Earper community to all of us was overwhelming. We had offers of places to stay, suggestions on hotels to try, and a really great offer from DocStache to move VisitPurgatory to the shower so one of us could take her bed. It was a really, really shitty day, but…this was definitely a high point. We are in a really great fandom, guys.

The great thing about our new hotel home is that it is across the street from the MARTA station, so we did some math, bought a pass, and headed downtown.

These stairs are so steep, guys.

On the train, Heidi and I noticed that Michelle had fallen asleep. I joked with her that the way to find out if she was faking or not was to whisper “Amy Acker” and see if I got a reaction. Apparently, as soon as I said it, Michelle woke up, despite swearing she “hadn’t heard” us.

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We party so hard sometimes the kids fall asleep on the public transportation.

We got lost about 17 times, including once in the Marriott. We grabbed some food and then went to find our people, who were partying at a bar in the Sheraton. As soon as we walked in, a shout erupted from the table, led by the always-energetic Sally.

FANDRAS!!!!

Then the entire restaurant started shouting at us, which was also great.

We had some drinks and told this story quite a few times, so apologies if it was a repeat.

But, like I said, it was quite a day.

Tomorrow should only get better, right?

RIGHT?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wynonna Earp 2×12, AKA the One Where Everyone Made us Laugh, Broke All of Our Hearts, and Said “Vagina” a Lot

Hello, friends. What an amazing finale. I’ve seen a lot of TV, and that was one of the best. Amazeballs. The opposite of a shit strumpet. This finale also good.

Before I get into it, I wanted to talk a little bit about why this Wynonna Earp viewing was so special for me. @BridgetOnTV@nedleysoffice, and @HiDizzle20 all came to my house to watch. The second two were there for dinner, and obviously I served them the most divisive food in the Earper community, mushrooms. My wife made doughnuts for us to enjoy, and I whipped up some mocktails I called Boobs McSeltzers.

Special shout-out to my Earper-adjacent wife, Chris, for being such an accommodating and gracious co-host and making such delicious food. She is the best.

Watching with them was super fun but also a little surreal. I joked that it was like Bridget gets a full-length live reaction video, because even though she was mostly watching the episode and tweeting her gifs (that we all had to get off of wifi for because she’s such a diva), she was watching our reactions a little bit. After the episode, Bridget called in to Whiskey and Doughnuts, and before I knew it, we were on with the cast, which was a super-cool and kind-of-surreal experience. And sorry, Melanie — I know you asked for a house tour, but maybe next time. Cool?

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Season 2 #EarperView Wrap-up

Hello, friends. Wow. What a wonderful experience the EarperViews have been for me. In any crowd of people, I always wonder what people’s stories are, and this was a great way to get to know my fellow Earpers. I hope you all enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. It was an amazing experience, except for all of the times people accused me of ATTACKING THEM with my questions. Ahem.

I have had so much fun doing these, and when I began, I honestly had no idea if people would even read them or not, much less like them. I thought I might be lucky if like 20 people read the first one, and I would be beyond stoked if that happened. I was nervous that everyone other than my very good friends would turn me down, and I would be stuck in the middle of the season with no one to talk about. And I am just…so floored that that couldn’t be further from what actually happened. Unless it’s all been a lie and like ten of you have just been clicking on it multiple times. Eh, whatever. I’ll choose to live the lie on that one.

I want to take a moment to talk about some people who helped make these a reality. First of all, my Earper-adjacent wife. Chris reads every single thing I write, even though she’s never seen the show, and she always encourages me to write about what makes me happy. She’s the best.

Second, I have a few specific friends who encouraged me to do this in the first place, and who also helped me with some of the writing when I needed a proofread or even just a nudge. Jill, Heidi, and Michelle, EarperViews would be nothing without the three of you. Many thanks for all of the encouragement over these last few months…and even just the letting me vent.

Finally, words cannot express how grateful I am to my dear, dear EarperViewees. You’ve all been so kind and generous with your time, and not a single person said no when I asked this giant favor. I’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you better, in some cases taking you from strangers to friends. You’re all amazing, beautiful, inspiring women, and that’s my jam. I’m so happy that this fandom has brought us together. Sorry for all of my questions that were personal attacks. I owe you a beverage of your choice the next time we see each other. I mean, within reason. No WayHaught whiskey sours. I’m not made of money.

Speaking of my lovely subjects, I’d like to encourage you to check out any EarperViews that you may have missed, or maybe even reread a favorite. Here they are, conveniently organized in one place. If you want to creep on them on Twitter, click their handle; if you want to read the EarperView, just click on the link underneath that just happens to be a quote from their EarperView.

@nedleysoffice

I will forever remember walking back to my rental car of an 8-hour drive back to NYC thinking, “I’d do this again in a second.”

@HiDizzle20

These people I’ve met through Twitter and this show are real friends and meeting them in real life solidifies that.

@CMeushaw

I’m pretty sure I’ve used “polite no-chill” on more than one occasion to excuse my insane fangirling.

@EarpYourFandom

I’ve always liked well-written supernatural shows because the scenarios are almost allegorical for any problem you may face.

@Deb_Renee

In season one, Wynonna and Waverly were sitting around the fire watching Doc fix their mailbox. That scene was so endearingly sweet and tender between them, it made me want to be their sister too!

@BridgetOnTV

I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and have met people I never would have if it weren’t for this little Canadian TV show.

@BaileyGrey789

Earpers are the most positive group of fans on the internet, hands down.

Me

Like most queer women, Catholic school filled me with a love of plaid (and uniforms in general) and a hatred of high school and THE PATRIARCHY.

@micnic1291

Wynonna Earp is all about being unapologetically yourself, which is difficult for me living as a queer woman working in a male-dominated field in a relatively conservative, Fox News-watching, Cheeto-loving area.

@Rashantitty

Wynonna Earp has shown you can be flawed and that it’s okay to not be okay, because at the end of the day what matters is how you respond.

@PunkyStarshine

IS THIS AN INTERROGATION? AM I IN TROUBLE FOR SOMETHING? WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?

@sheaven

She isn’t perfect, and she doesn’t always do everything gracefully or even well, but she is trying.

@RebeccaBarrick

There is no fandom like the Earper fandom, that’s for sure!

@VisitPurgatory

I have a journalism degree which I never use, but do enjoy a good Oxford comma.

@HollidaysStache

Who are the Earp sisters? Do they know Doc Holliday?

I have had a couple people ask me if the EarperViews would continue during the hiatus, and the answer is…I hope so. Fall is our busy season, so a lot of it depends on my work life. I’d like to keep some sort of regular posting schedule, so we’ll see what happens. Just be patient with me. I am also not a super social person, so it’s awkward and difficult for me as a human to reach out and ask people to do these, since I feel like it’s a huge favor.

Anyway, I can’t believe the finale is tonight! What a great season it’s been. I can’t wait to feel every single emotion in the universe in what I’m sure will be 42 minutes of expertly crafted perfection.

I’ll see you soon, friends.

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How I feel about all of you.

#EarperView with ‪@HollidaysStache‬

Picture it — Las Vegas, 2017. My lovely wife and I are sharing an elevator with three female strangers. One of them starts telling a hilarious story about something she witnessed at the fountains at the Bellagio. I thought they were pretty funny and that we could be friends, but who makes friends in an elevator?

Later that night, browsing Twitter, I see a tweet from Docstache (that has since been deleted, because I checked) detailing the same exact story I had just heard. Had I…had I ridden in an elevator with the elusive Docstache?!!

Alas, the answer to that is lost to time, as she has no idea and I’m really bad with faces. In my mind, I did see her, and it was the first time I hung out with Docstache, no matter what anyone says. But like sightings of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and a chupacabra, all that matters is that you believe it was real in your heart.

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Purgatory in Sunnydale

Season 2 of Wynonna Earp has been the most Buffy-est show to hit my TV since, well, Buffy, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. So @micnic1291 and I thought it would be fun to unpack who our Purgatorian Scooby gang’s counterparts would be in Sunnydale. (Unfortunately, Michelle was “busy watching The Bold Type” when it was time to add in the pictures. What a coincidence.)

MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED BUFFY!!! If you choose to read anyway, please don’t shout at either of us about being spoiled, because we warned you. And neither of us needs to be yelled at any more this week. 

Wynonna: She’s Buffy. She’s the big damn hero. She’s the reason we are all here. She saves us, and in some small way, we save her right back. She’s also Faith. Badass bitch in leather. “Fuck all of you” attitude. The spare heir/slayer, so to speak.

 

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Wynonna Earp 2×11, AKA the One Where Everyone Forgot Wynonna, Good People Died(?), and WayHaught Love Each Other In All Timelines

Hello, friends! Happy finale week! I have to tell you, it’s been a busy few days for me. I like to start these recaps on Saturday, and it’s Monday night. No time to waste! I LOVED this episode — if “Tabula Rasa” and “The Wish” had a baby, it would be this delicious little morsel. I love episodes like this — where everyone is mostly themselves, but just a little bit…off. Or, even better, when they’re not themselves at all — I’m looking at you, Lost Girl‘s “Original Skin.” Damn it, Monica. Stop rambling! Put down your pickle, blow out your prayer candles for Doc, Dolls, Rosita, and Nedley, and let’s go!

Previously on Wynonna Earp, Nicole got bitten by a Widow, and Waves didn’t trust Wynonna to save her, so she made a really bad deal. Doc and Wynonna vanish, and then everyone seems to forget who Wynonna was. That seems like it could be problematic!

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#EarperView with @VisitPurgatory

Like a lot of us Earpers, my first interaction with @VisitPurgatory (AKA Melissa) was when she made a thank-you video for Kevin and Bonnie. I soon found out she was originally from Pittsburgh (after she correctly identified Primanti’s as our rehearsal-dinner location from a photo) and was excited to meet her at FanExpo. After getting verbally assaulted by Sally, I soon met Melissa, who was, like most Earpers, just as nice in person as she was on Twitter. She made a special point of making everyone feel welcome, which is something this socially awkward nerd appreciates.

When visiting her family this month, Melissa agreed to watch Wynonna Earp with me, despite the continual threat that everything she touched had mushroom sweat on it. (No idea what I mean? Follow both of us for a few days on Twitter, and it will come up. I promise). It was such a cool experience to watch with someone, and I just wish she could be here for the finale. 

She is the best Visitors Bureau around, one of the best con-goers to con with, and one of the most supportive, generous, honest, and funniest Earpers I have ever met. Most importantly, she’s a friend I am happy to have made….even if she hates mushrooms. I’ll overlook it just this once, especially because her feelings about local chocolate Sarris rival my own.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and lived there most of my life until about 10 years ago, when I decided I needed a change of scenery. I quit my job, ended a relationship, packed up my belongings, and drove across the country to the land of sun and smog, California. That was the biggest *holy crap, what have I done* moment of my life. However, I’m happy to report that it ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made. I still live in SoCal, where I manage events and marketing for a software company. Favorite perk of the job is that I get to travel, and I love to travel. My friends and I have a tradition where we pick a new place to celebrate New Year’s each year. Two years ago we went to Iceland, and it remains the coolest place I’ve ever visited. Of course I can’t talk about myself without discussing my 13-year-old Yorkie, Chance. He’s a good sport when I dress up him in ridiculous outfits or drop food all over him because sometimes I eat like a 5-year-old. He is the funniest, sweetest, and most adorable dog in the whole wide world. If you disagree, I will fight you. Just kidding. Or am I? (I’m not.) [ Editor’s note — Graham also immediately went to Melissa instead of hiding, which is my true litmus test of people. You passed, VP. ]

Other random facts about me: I used to take dance lessons from the (now-jailed) Abby Lee “Dance Moms” Miller and her mother. I played Princess Jasmine in my 6th-grade musical. I have a journalism degree which I never use, but do enjoy a good Oxford comma. I can recite every word from A League of their Own. Easter candy is my favorite food group. I quote the TV show Friends on a regular basis. I volunteer with an animal rescue organization and can confirm puppy therapy is the BEST therapy.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
I remember hearing buzz about Wynonna Earp at WonderCon 2016, but there were a lot of conflicting panels I wanted to see and I ended up missing everything. Afterwards, I noticed some people on Twitter talking up the show, so I decided to check it out. It was okay. I liked it a moderate amount. It’s not like I created a fan account dedicated to the show and swore allegiance to Emily Andras as our unicorn savior. Oh, wait, I DID. I did do all those things.

Is this your first fandom?
Kinda. I created my personal Twitter account for Orphan Black because that show changed my life in the best way possible (and Tatiana Maslany is everything.) I was a little wary about talking to random people online and Twitter is a bit overwhelming at first. I did make a few friends in Clone Club, but now I know this was a only a warm-up for becoming an Earper. Goodness gracious, do Earpers have zero chill. The first day I started tweeting about Wynonna Earp, the Earper welcoming committee had already pulled me in and made me a believer. I know everyone says this all the time, but seriously, Earpers are the best. [ Editor’s note — Science fact. ]

What is your favorite fandom memory?

SDCC 2016, AKA that time Comic-Con officially became Wynonna Earp Con. From that point forward, was pretty special. It was my first time meeting other Earpers who I had been chatting with on Twitter. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but of course everyone I met was wonderful. In fact, the first two Earpers I ever met were Sally and Rebecca, AKA Fangirl Shirts, followed closely by Kevin and Bonnie. I like them all a great deal. All we did was Earp and have drinks at the Marriott pool bar. It was perfection. Oh, yeah, and I guess meeting the cast for the first time was pretty cool, too (it was amazing.) They are even nicer and better looking in person. How dare they.

What is your favorite con memory?

Every time I go to a con, I think, “BEST CON EVER!” But really though, SDCC 2017 was mother-Earping perfect. In addition to the fan party this year, there was also a fan viewing/live tweet party to watch episode 207. Right before the viewing, Jen () and I were walking through the hotel lobby to catch our Uber when we ran into Tim, Emily, and Melanie. We chatted a bit, I told them we were heading out to watch the episode with other Earpers, and each one told us to have fun/claimed they didn’t know what they were doing. Plot twist: They all LIED TO MY FACE, guys. I arrive at the viewing and who do I see walk in? Them! Jerks! (Just kidding. I heart you all dearly and it was the best night of my life.) It was completely surreal to hear all the commentary from the cast around us while we watched them on the screen. I particularly enjoyed hearing Dominique behind me talking in her British accent while Waverly talked in her Waverly accent. Earpception. I missed a lot of what happened in the episode because I was so distracted by everything/was trying to take it all in so I could remember it forever. What a night. Once again, this speaks volumes about the type of cast we have here. They’re all beyond delightful. The absolute best. Huge shout out to Kevin & Allison for always taking care of us and making this possible! And to @nedleysoffice for taking the best candid photos ever.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Always looking forward to Fridays. Thinking about live tweets and the new episode help to get me through the week. Earpers are hilarious and I’m always guessing who will have the most inappropriate tweet of the night—Melanie or Emily. It’s a fun game. [ Editor’s note — both, at the same time. ]

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
The real question is what doesn’t Wynonna Earp mean to me? It started out as “just a show” but has turned into a lifestyle. It’s where I feel safest and most confident. It’s where I laugh the most. It’s where I found my tribe. [ Editor’s note — this is the correct answer to this question. ]

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Why, yes, thank you for asking.


Editor’s note — love how you snuck a pic of Chance in there, VP. ]
Dolls or Doc?
This is a cruel question and I refuse to answer it (I like them both equally, okay?)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
Unicorn.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
Some heroes wear capes; others eat cheese.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

They’re all so good, but the one that immediately comes to mind is 206 when Waverly is comforting Wynonna and then Wynonna reads that note and then the tears and…excuse me while I grab some tissues.

How have you Earped your life?

There’s a really rad writer human named Kel ( ) who put together a group chat of totally awesome chicks (not Deb*) who were planning to go to ClexaCon. I had never met any of these ladies before, but immediately liked them (except Deb*). Cool, kind, and hilarious, what’s not to like? We ended up talking almost every day and formed a bond over this amazing show and other important things like Buzzfeed quizzes, otters, and Pedialyte. I am very grateful to call them my friends (except Deb*) and am looking forward to continuing to spread the good word of Wynonna Earp with them for many seasons. *I’m really kidding about Deb. I do actually like her, but let’s keep that between us.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
I mean if you look into my closet you’ll see a million and one Fangirl Shirts. That’s pretty Earpy. But, I think the Earpiest thing would be creating a Twitter account dedicated to tweeting about all things Earp. This account has morphed into more than I ever could have imagined and has brought about so many good things.
* pats self on back * [ Editor’s note — *pats VP on back* ]

How are you most like Randy Nedley?
We both consider “hoo-ha” a swear word.

Someone has entered the Purgatory Visitors Bureau. Describe the perfect one-hour tour.

The tour will start out at the local pancake house, “Murder Your Pancakes,” where, despite the rumors, they do not offer pancake refills. Next, we will take a tour of the whiskey distillery, “Frisky Whiskey,” followed by a tour of “Sometimes We Get Donuts,” the local donutery (I doubt that’s a word, but I’m not changing it). After everyone is full and drunk, we’ll go visit the well where Doc was kept (only 5 drunk tourists have ever fallen in) and then go to Bobo’s trailer park where everyone can stand on a car and shoot a gun into the air. After a short siesta at our least-murdery hotel in town, “Safe and Sound (For the Most Part)“ we’ll go visit the unicorn nursery. Naturally, the tour will end at Shorty’s. with take-out from Mama Olive’s and some peach champagne. I know this seems like a lot to fit in an hour, but an hour in Purgatory is not like an hour anywhere else. Or something like that.

Here’s where you can find Melissa:

@VisitPurgatory (fandom Twitter)

@SoCoStrawDog (personal Twitter)