Event Recap: Gallifrey One 2015 – The 26 Seasons of Gallifrey One!

HELLO EVERYONE!!! How are you doing this fine fine fine week? I hope you all had such a wonderful weekend and that you had a great Valentine’s Day whether you’re with someone or not. This weekend was my first Valentine’s Day solo in…7 years? Something like that…and you know what? I had an awesome time. Life is what you make of it!

This weekend I spent time at my FOURTH Gallifrey One Convention…the all Doctor Who convention taking place in Los Angeles every February for the past 26 years!

This is my favorite convention, information pills easily, ambulance of all time. I love everything about it. I love that its all about Doctor Who. I love that its personal and small and you get to interact with the guests all the time. I love that there are always super great guests and that everyone, from the big stars, to the sound people or costume designers, are all SO awesome to talk to. I meet a ton of people, sing karaoke til five am most nights, and just have a blast. I love that I get to see old friends that I don’t see very often or that I only get to see at Gallifrey One and I also get to make new ones as well. I literally look forward to this weekend all year long, I just have too much fun.

Day Zero

Yay for Lobby Con/Day Zero/Let’s Party Too Hard So We’re Sick the Rest of the Weekend. Sort of.

The con officially starts on Friday morning with programming and that such but there’s an unofficial Lobby Con, where people show up, check in to their hotel rooms, exchange ribbons, hang out, eat food, attend the ice cream social and karaoke to the break of dawn (but no, really…) My friends basically did all of the above, because we are all STOKED to finally be there!

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The look that the registration lady gave me when I said I wanted this to be my name haha…

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Its not Gallifrey One until we do karaoke. And Spice Girls karaoke. With our dear good friend, Richard Dinnick.

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My friend Ana and I :)

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Richard Dinnick with me, and my friends Crystal and Ana

Day One

Its officially time for Gallifrey One! I was tired, maybe a tad bit hungover (but just a little!) but totally ready for the first day!

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This year’s Gallifrey One was HEAVY on Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin off show centered around Captain Jack Harkness. Above you see, Naoko Mori, who played Tosh on the show. She also played Nicola in Spice World, which made me fangirl a little ;)

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The lovely and somehow incredibly incredibly sexy Burn Gorman, who played Owen on Torchwood.

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Yes, this is me creeping up on Naoko. I’m awesome like that.

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Now creeping up on Eve Myles, who played Gwen Cooper on Torchwood. She also had an appearance on Doctor Who with the 9th Doctor and Rose Tyler back in series 1.

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Well I’m in trouble….or I’m apparently the Dalek’s DUFF…

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I’m ready for an adventure in the TARDIS. Always.

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Don’t ask me if I know what I’m doing. I might have to lie to you and you know how I feel about lying.

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Another night of karaoke. Not sure when this was taken but probably around the silly part of the night because we all look absolutely ridiculous!

Day Two

YES. Day 2!

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I had brought my Ten dress (from Her Universe) but wasn’t sure I was going to wear it. I wore it last year and felt super ugly the whole time, and fat…but I decided to put it on and was SO SO glad I did. :) Sometimes its nice to feel cute in a little dress.

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K-9!!!!!

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Today was allllllll about John Barrowman, his sexiness, his dirtiness, his humor and just….hold on, I lost my train of thought because I started drooling again…

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Just a  Minute! The half time show of the Masquerade (and honestly my favorite part), where a group of con guests get up and play a game called Just a Minute. They’re given a minute to speak on a particular subject without hesitation, deviation or repetition. Its HILARIOUS, and this year’s game was awesome.

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The MASSIVELY adorable Sophie Aldred who played the companion Ace, in the 7th Doctor’s series.

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Another night of super fun karaoke. We needed another picture with Richard in front of the TARDIS and this year…we got a little creative. I’m MASSIVELY in love with this photo.

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Getting sleepy. But still having a TON of fun in karaoke.

Day Three

Last day :( Very sad but lots of exciting stuff including more John Barrowman AND pictures with John and Eve.

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John Barrowman being awesome ;) He plays Captain Jack Harkness as a companion to the Doctor in Doctor Who and as the head of Torchwood in…Torchwood.

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Yes. I am a creep. Get over it.

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Oooh yay, creeping on Burn Gorman.

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And while we’re at it, let’s creep on Nichelle Nichols, from Star Trek. *squeeeee*

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So I went to go get my picture with John and Eve (which I was super nervous for, which made NO sense because I meet people all the time!) and I asked them if they could fight over me and this is what ensued. However, John was like, “We can do this better…” and the next picture was just…beautiful haha.

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the best part is I got to keep BOTH of the pictures. I asked them both for a hug and they said yes and then John stops and goes, “Can I ask you a question?” and I say, sure, and he says “If I were to push you forward, would you bounce back up?” I kid you not. I had to take a couple seconds of laughing before I said,  “YES!” Boob jokes. I expect nothing less of John Barrowman.

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Me and my dear friend Katie, who had an epic Donna Noble cosplay for the weekend!

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My super awesome group for the weekend. We have all met through our love of Harry Potter and our membership in the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army and now we’ve taken that to our love of Doctor Who.

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Now, I’m home and taking some time to relax and recover. I’m sad that its over but I’m glad to be home as well. Its always such a fun weekend and even though this is over, I’m already eagerly awaiting til next year.

A few notes about next year, that were talked about in the closing ceremonies, for those of you who are interested and maybe would like to attend!

Gallifrey One 27 will be taking place in February 12th, 13th and 14th of 2016 at the Mariott Hotel at LAX. Thank goodness. I know a lot of people were afraid they would be changing that part of the convention but thank goodness they aren’t.

Badges will go on sale on May 1st, 2015, and will remain at 90 dollars per weekend badge.

They will be eliminating the ability to transfer badges. Just too much work for them. However, you can buy badges that are “Guest of” and the name can be filled in at the actual con. Interesting change, not sure how I feel about it. I’ll be nervous when badges go on sale in May (though thankfully it gives me time to get the MONEY for the badge).

They also will be cutting the amount of weekend badges by a few hundred in order to reintroduce one day badges. I’m okay with this, I think it’ll be pretty awesome, though I plan on sticking with a full weekend badge.

Either way, so long Gallifrey One 2015, I had a blast as per usual. Each year I think, there’s no way next year will be better and I’m always proven wrong. I got to see old friends, meet new friends, cross off some Gallifrey One bucket list items and just had a ton of fun and created a ton of memories. I’m ready for Gallifrey One 2016.

Until then, I’ll just enjoy all the other super nerdy events that are coming my way soon ;) See you all soon!

Doctor Who Rewatch-Season One

So I am currently doing a rewatch of all seasons of Doctor Who. I’ve watched most of the episodes over and over again but I haven’t sat down to rewatch them, order in order, visit web since I first watched them. I’m attempting to watch all of them before Gallifrey One, the LA Doctor Who convention next month. After each season, I’ll do a little do-dad of my favorite episode and all that fun stuff.

Enjoy!

Doctor Who Series 1-2005

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The Doctor: 

The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston

Companion(s): 

Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper. Mickey Smith, played by Noel Clarke. Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman

Favorite Episode and Why: 

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

I was already pretty hooked into Doctor Who by the time I got to this episode BUT I think this is the episode that really made me go,”Okay, there is no way I’m going to stop watching this show.” For one thing, scary little kids are SUPER creepy but I get a kick out of them. They’re something that is supposed to be sweet, innocent, playful and they’re turned into this completely menacing and creepy thing. Its fantastic. I also love the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness because John Barrowman is a babe, and he has so much comedic timing in that episode alone. I love him. I also love the ending of this two parter. I can’t help but get completely choked up with Nancy and Jamie’s reunion and I love watching The Doctor dance with Rose.

Least Favorite Episode and Why: 

Boomtown

Its not that I don’t like this episode. For the most part, I like all Doctor Who episodes. But this one is just sort of a letdown to me. Maybe because I know the two big episodes are coming up next, with 9’s regeneration and all that, and I’m ready to move on to the excitement? I’m not sure. But I found myself mostly tuning this one out. I also was never a huge fan of the Slitheen story lines, though I do absolutely adore Harriet Jones (who I just discovered is also Mrs Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice LOL). I think its because they’re so big and bulbous and yucky. I’m not a fan. I do love The Doctor in this episode though, kind of going through his own internal battles. I would say maybe its my least favorite because there is less action going on and its not one of my particular favorites of the inner struggle episodes.

Favorite Quotes: 

The Doctor: “Fantastic!”

The Doctor: “I give you, in return, air from my lungs.”

The Doctor: “Go to your room! Go to your room! I mean it. I’m very, very angry with you. I’m very, very cross! Go! To! Your! Room!  I’m really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words.”

The Doctor: “Everybody lives, Rose! Just this once, everybody lives!”

The Doctor: “Rose… before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!”

Jack Harkness: “Ladies, your viewing figures just went up.”

Rose Tyler: “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say “no.” You have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away…”

Jack Harkness: “Who looks at a screwdriver and says “Oooh, this could be a little more sonic!”?”

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What are you favorite and least favorite episodes of Doctor Who, Series 1? What are you favorite moments, your favorite quotes, who is your favorite character? Share in the comments!

Hollow Earth Book Review

I’m trying really hard to write book reviews. Short ones, viagra approved to hold over between Book of the Week posts!

So my goal is to write a small book review for each book that I read, good or bad, and the best book that I read that week will become the Book of the Week post. At least, this will be the plan while I am reading more than one book a week. It’ll also be more ideal because between me and Kat, we can cover WAY more books than we did before!

So get used to WAY more book reviews, and I’m hoping to get better with the movie reviews as well!

Hollow Earth by John and Carole Barrowman

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

John’s Website/Carol’s Website

GoodReads Synopsis:

Imagination matters most in a world where art can keep monsters trapped—or set them free.

Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth—trapped unless special powers release them.

The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe—and survival might be a fantasy.

My Review:

I didn’t even realize that John Barrowman had written (well, collaborated) on a book with his sister until I saw the signing that was going on at Once Upon a Time Bookstore. I was able to go meet both John and Carole and get the first book of the Hollow Earth series signed. I also grabbed another copy of the book to be signed, and am giving it away, until August 7th, so check that out here.

Anyway, after I got it, of course I had to actually sit down to read it. And I really enjoyed it. The book is middle grade, not usually what I read, as I stick mostly to young adult literature. However, I do read books like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, which are considered more of the middle grade novels and I adore John Barrowman, and his sister was equally amazing and hilarious.

The story has a very adventurous story that is easy for any kid, or adult, to get wrapped up in the story. As soon as the book starts, you are completely wrapped in the adventure that Em and Matt are on. They have this wonderful magical world about them, in a world that is so familiar with, which made it feel very much like Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson is about a demi-god, following prophecies from an oracle, on adventures across the United States, with awesome things from myths like centaurs and minotaurs, and Medusa, but with normal every day kid things as well. Hollow Earth accomplished the same sort of kid adventure that any person can wrapped in. The powers that are given to Em and Matt are also very enviable, much the way we feel envy of Percy and Harry. I know that having my imagination as a super power would be SUPER fun.

One thing that really caught me about this series is that Carole doesn’t write down to her audience. She realizes that she is writing directly to a children’s audience but she doesn’t take that and dumb her characters or plot down. I enjoyed it immensely as a twenty-five year old adult because she creates a complex story, an adventure, and the problems and issues she presents are complicated and required critical thinking and inferring. I thought it was awesome that Carole really believes her audience capable enough to keep up with that kind of story because I really do believe kids can keep up with a story like that. Because not only does it make it accessible to kids, but it also really makes it enjoyable for adults as well.

So if you’re fans of those adventure books, with a little mix of fantasy, I definitely recommend this book. It has a similar feel to a Percy Jackson or Harry Potter novel, but it stands very steady on its own and John and Carole have created a very addicting series. I hope to get my hands on Bone Quill very soon, to see what happens to the twins of this novel.

Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

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John Barrowman and Hollow Earth Giveaway!

Yesterday, pharm I recapped meeting the awesome, nerdtastic, fabulous John Barrowman and his equally awesome sister, Carole Barrowman. John Barrowman is mostly known for his acting work, but he and his sister have worked together to create the Hollow Earth series, a middle grade adventure series that focuses on twins, Em and Matt, who have super powers that involve their imagination and drawing skills.

As of this time, I am about half way through the first book and I am really enjoying it. It is perfect for the middle grade level, eight to 12 years old but I think anyone older can also enjoy it as well. It has a sort of Harry Potter/Percy Jackson vibe going on, with the adventure and kids with extraordinary powers. I’m really enjoying it.

Now I’m passing it along for you guys to enjoy it as well. I grabbed an extra copy of Hollow Earth and had both Carole and John sign it, just for you guys! I am so awesome, right?

Check it out!

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So would you like a chance to win this book?

Its EASY!

Just click this link!

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The contest starts today, July 25th and ends August 7th at midnight PST.

Come back every day to tweet about it to earn more entries!

Make sure to share it with everyone you know, especially those Doctor Who fans out there!

The winner will be notified within 12 hours of contest end time. If the winner doesn’t contact WhatANerdGirlSays within 24 hours of notification, a new winner will be chosen.

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Meeting John and Carole Barrowman!

While I was moping and generally feeling sorry for myself last week for missing out on Comic Con, viagra and the chances to meet some of my favorite celebrities and see new trailers for movies like Divergent and all that, unhealthy I was pretty much doing anything and everything possible to keep myself busy and happy.

Luckily enough, viagra approved and a huge reason why I was NOT at Comic Con this year, my best friend got married to her boyfriend of 7 years, and myself and my boyfriend were part of the wedding party. I spent Thursday preparing and Friday at a seriously awesome wedding. I had an amazing good time, and I even caught the bouquet, much to my boyfriend’s dismay. It was a great weekend.

But amongst my adventures in distracting myself, I discovered that there would be a book signing at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose, a city not too far from me. I try to stay as on top of book signings as I possibly can, which is why I get to a bunch of them.

But this one I was particularly excited about, because it was a signing with the one and only, John Barrowman, and his sister, Carole. 

Now, John Barrowman, for those of you who don’t know, is most well known for portraying Captain Jack Harkness, a companion of the Doctor on Doctor Who, and one of the main characters in the spin off show, Torchwood. He also is currently acting on the CW adaptation of Green Arrow called Arrow.

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I just learned very recently, because of this event, that John and his sister Carole, who is (or formerly was) an English professor, had written a middle grade adventure novel, and the sequel had just been released.

The books are called the Hollow Earth series, which so far include the debut novel, Hollow Earth and the sequel, Bone Quill. According to the authors, the series is planned as a trilogy. The series follows twins, Em and Matt, who have a deeper connection than most twins. They have a powerful imagination and when they draw, they can make things come to life and they can transport themselves into paintings. They think nothing of it, until their mom whisks them away to meet their grandfather, to be trained, and to be protected against those who mean them harm.

Sounds super awesome, right? I’m a little over halfway done with the book (at post time), and I am seriously enjoying it. Its very Harry Potter-Percy Jacksonish. Definitely meant for the middle grade age group, 8 to 12ish but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them because I’m 25 and totally loving it so far.

So Monday night, my boyfriend and I trekked down to Once Upon a Time Bookstore (notably the oldest children’s bookstore in the USA, 47 years strong!) to meet the authors. I met up with my dear friend Jackie, who runs Seeking Bazinga, who had gotten there a bit earlier than us, and saved us a spot in line. The presentation was first come, first serve; we already had tickets for the signing.

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The presentation was REALLY fantastic. John Barrowman has the same sort of humor that he shows when he is acting, and is like a big kid up there on stage. Carole is hilarious as well, and they really have an awesome sibling dynamic that had the entire audience cracking up the entire time. They talked a little bit about Comic Con, which they had both just attended, and where the idea of Hollow Earth came and took a couple questions from the audience. They then proceeded to read two different short parts from Bone Quill, and then there was the signing.

The signing was really great. When you purchased a book, which guaranteed you a ticket for the signing, it came numbered so you simply lined up in numerical order, which worked a lot better than I thought it would. The line also moved SUPER quickly, which I love. They told us that pictures could only be taken from the line, but when I reached the front, they were stopping to take a picture with each person who was meeting them.

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They both were SO super nice, and funny. I swear, John Barrowman really embodies the character of Captain Jack Harkness, who is a HUGE flirt in Doctor Who, and flirts with women, men, aliens. He’s also a major flirt in real life as well :) But they were SO amazing to meet, and I fangirled a bit meeting one of my fave characters from DW. They signed my book, let me take a picture and sent me on my way. I was SUPER excited to meet them and it made for a great experience, and it really helped make up for missing out on Comic Con!

One last thing that was really cool: Carole talked about making time for their partners, and John interuppted her, saying “Husbands”. In the recent Supreme Court decision, both DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and Prop 8 in California were overturned, therefore making gay marriage legal in California. John is very recently married to his long time partner, Scott. Every one cheered for this, especially when John pretended to crumple up DOMA in a ball and threw it aside. Perfection.

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My beautiful signed book. My signed book collection seems to be growing and growing!

Now, of course I didn’t forget about all my awesome followers! I bought two books, in order to get two tickets for both myself and my boyfriend and I knew EXACTLY what to do with that extra copy of Hollow Earth. So stay tuned in TOMORROW, when I announce a giveaway for this extra signed copy. 

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Have any of you met John or Carole Barrowman before? How was it? Was it AWESOME? Have you read Hollow Earth yet? As always, share in the comments!