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48 Days to Dragon*Con: Dragons III, Dany’s Dragons

I was going to write a long post about this season of Game of Thrones and also how I was disappointed by the lack of dragons in A Dance with Dragons and also I was going to talk a bit about Daenerys Targaeryan’s dragons and their names and stuff, but then I decided not to, because if I heard Dany shrill “MY DRAGONS!!!!” one more time this season of Game of Thrones I was going to kill a bitch.  So I give you this instead:

Call Jorah.  Send a raven.

49 Days to Dragon*Con: Dragons Part II, The Dragonriders of Pern

One of my first introductions to an epic fantasy (or sci-fi, depending on how you look at it!) series was Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern.

I read them in middle school.  I started with the Harper Hall trilogy, and then read the original trilogy which had a lot of sex, but I didn’t realize that at the time.  I was a big fan of Lessa–I imagine a lot of young girls were big fans of Lessa.  I also read the Moreta stories, and the story about the original colonists of Pern–which is what tips the series from fantasy into science fiction, since Pern was colonized by a bunch of humans from Earth, so there you go.  These humans genetically engineered the Pern’s indigenous fire lizards (tiny little flying and fire breathing lizards) into big, rideable “dragons” that formed a telepathic bond with their chosen human.

These dragons are pretty great: when they hatch, they “impress” upon another human, and said dragon and human are bonded for life.  Dragons come in gold (female egg layers), bronze (alpha males who mate with the golds), brown (slightly smaller than the bronzes), blues and greens (the smallest and most common of the dragons).   The dragons were bred to combat Thread, which is this gross, acidic, fibrous substance that falls on the planet periodically and which destroys anything it touches.  Icky, right?

There is a Pern fan track at Dragon*Con–I’ve never attended, mostly because I haven’t read a Pern book in years.  I enjoyed them while I was reading them, but after awhile I decided to move on from the dragon world of Pern, to discover new worlds, and new fantasies.  Anne McCaffrey passed away last November after a long life and a prolific and wonderful career: she gave her readers a fantastic world, and it was quite a gift.

If you are a novice to epic sci-fi and fantasy, I’d highly recommend the Pern series–they’re a great introduction to the genre, and a fun read!

50 Days to Dragon*Con: Dragons Part I, How to Train Your Dragon

Did y’all see How to Train Your Dragon?  If you didn’t you should see it!  I’m watching it for like the 20th time right now, and the first big flying scene with Hiccup and Toothless just happened, and it is so amazing.  The cinematography and the music and also that whole “What it would be like if I could actually fly” thing?  So good!  If you didn’t want a pet dragon before, you’d totally want one after watching this scene:

I’ve decided to kick off my second iteration of 50 Days to Dragon*Con by talking about some dragons that I have known.  The How to Train Your Dragon dragons are just a recent obsession, one that burrowed into my mind because a) the Toothless dragon is pretty cute and b) the dragons in this movie are basically like giant cats.  And who doesn’t want a giant adorable fire-breathing cat that you can love (and maybe even fly on?  I originally had “who doesn’t want a giant adorable fire-breathing cat that you can ride and love, but that came off a little wrong).  The movie even features little tiny dragons–little tiny pet dragons guys!  How amazing would that be?

Last Dragon*Con I stumbled upon a booth selling these little poseable dragons, and they had a black and red model with a face that looked like Toothless.  So I totally bought it (duh).

Cute right?  Of course now it just sits, coiled up around my nightstand lamp.  Dragon*Con impulse buys, what can you do right?

50 Days to Dragon*Con: 2012 Edition (Tell me what to write!)

Hey y’all!  I skipped it last year, but this year I’m planning to do my 50 Days to Dragon*Con countdown!  Aren’t you excited?

I wanted to give y’all the opportunity to have a voice in this.  What would you like me to write about?  The last go-around, in 2010, focused primarily on fun, nerdy things that I enjoyed.  Nowadays, however, I consider myself pretty informed about Dragon*Con, so I’d happily expand my postings to my tips on how to survive and enjoy the convention.  Do you have nerdy topics about which you’d like me to write?  I can do that!  I plan on revisiting some anticipatory posts I wrote in 2010, to walk about how the reality was (ie: Game of Thrones, etc.)  But mostly I’ll be winging it–although hopefully, with your help, I won’t be totally winging it.

Anyways, chime in and let me know what you want to know!  I’m here to countdown with y’all, because I can Dragon*Con and so can you!  I’ll be starting this journey on July 11th, so let me know before then!

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Durham Art Walk

Hey guys.  So the reason I’ve been so busy at work?  I’m planning the Durham Art Walk, which is this weekend!  10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday and if you live in the area you absolutely must come!  I’ll be at the Durham Arts Council most of time, but there are tons of great events all over downtown Durham!  So check out the website and come to downtown, and stop by the DAC and say hi, I’ll be the freckled girl trying not to panic!

I’ll post more about my NYC trip next week, I promise!  In the meantime, I hope y’all have a great weekend!