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Happy Anniversary! I've heard of so many little retail shops and businesses going under in the first three years, so MG's longevity is amazing. I just visited Wil Wheaton's blog where he talked about the reading/signing he did at the store last weekend. He was really nervous, apparently, but he had a great time.
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Glad to hear you had a good time at MG, Wil. The shop is co-owned by Jeff Mariotte, the co-writer of my comic book series (the first issue will be out in a few weeks). The folks at MG are so nice, eh? Readings, public speaking and working the room at conventions has always been difficult for me. Very difficult, as in I need to be medicated. I've been asked to be a guest at a major sci-fi/fantasy convention in Toronto in a few weeks and, even now, every time I think about having to get up and talk to hundreds of complete strangers about myself and the comic book series for 3 DAYS straight...I just want to throw up. :-( KJC www.theblacktowercomics.com
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You crazy kids!
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Oooh, that got my blood boiling! I got my early start in the industry doing voice work for radio and television, followed in later years by movies, video games and the Internet. You're right, Wil, it takes a whole different set of skills to execute this kind of specialized vocal performance, and in order to stay at the top of my game (I'm one the best VO actresses in North America) I have to do 2 hours of daily vocal exercises, refrain from drinking alcohol, pop, steaming hot or ice cold drinks, stay away from smokers and smokey night clubs, hot & spicy foods, and I have to talk in a low, even voice when chatting with friends and associates in order to avoid straining or damaging my vocal cords, which would, ultimately, affect my performance level. I'm a HUGE fan of Keith David, going back to Goliath and Spawn, and it really burns my bottom to see him and his rather impressive VO career so casually dismissed, as if any 16 year old drama class student could do this. Hardly! KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2008 on regarding voice acting . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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I loved LotL when I was a kid. That show, and Swiss Family Robinson, which followed immediately afterward, were part of my Saturday morning ritual. Gosh, I miss the days when shows for kids weren't so strategically plotted and analyzed by marketing and network industry execs, in an effort to produce the kind of bland, painfully safe and "educational" pablum that came in later years, such as the Smurfs, Care Bears, Muppet Babies and My Little Pony. I also watched B-horror/sci-fi/fantasy films (Shock Theatre) every Saturday afternoon...at age 6, WITH my mother's permission. It explains so much, considering what I now do for a living. KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2008 on on a routine expedition at WWdN: In Exile
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Live free and die hard, you bad-ass rockers! :-) KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
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Boy, can I relate, Wil! I'm working on a comic book series with my co-writer Jeff Mariotte (Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Supernatural) and there have been nights, lately, where it's going on 6-freakin-a.m. and I still haven't gone to sleep yet because my brain just won't stop going over story ideas for issues 3 years down the road! I mean, seriously. Short of downing a bottle of tequila with two sleeping pills, what's a girl gotta do around here to get some shut-eye?
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Wow, it really sounds like you're in a bit of a funk, Wil. I hope you snap out of it soon. KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2007 on longview at WWdN: In Exile
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I've worked in showbiz for about 20 years, now, and have seen pretty much every aspect of SF/F cons, big and small. As a publicist, I've planned these occasions for my celebrity clientele and have served by their side at the cons, tending to their needs and interacting with their fans. I've been an attendee, paying heaps of cash for the pleasure of meeting celebrities, buying toys and stuff, dressing up in costume etc. It's almost always been a blast, but Creation's reputation as a money-hungry corporation that aggressively seeks to keep the fans and talent separated by rules and physical barriers is well earned. I've also been asked to appear as a guest of a few cons, and I have a rule that I make very clear to con promoters before I sign up. No barriers! I don't even want a table separating me from the fans. Take all the pictures you want, I'll sign anything...I'll even give you my email address so we can chat later and exchange pictures we took at the con of all the cool stuff we saw and did. Because, as Wil said, without the fans, I am nothing, I have nothing. My show/comic book series (and whatever else) would cease to exist and I would have no career. Again, as Wil said, these conventions are suposed to be about sharing in a love & passion for something (TV show, comics etc.). A big party to celebrate and laugh and make new friends. Respect! KJC
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Jeff, Star Trek writer, Lisa Klink, tagged me with the "Ten Random Facts" meme that's been circulating on the Net (see my blog for details). Now, I'm tagging you. I look forward to seeing your list in an upcoming blog entry! KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
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Wil, Star Trek writer, Lisa Klink, tagged me with the "Ten Random Facts" meme that's been circulating on the Net. Now, I'm tagging you. I look forward to seeing your list in an upcoming blog entry! KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2007 on ryan catches a typo at WWdN: In Exile
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Such glorious compliments on your writing talents, from Warren Ellis!? Usually, when Warren has something to say to me or about me, it involves some sort of deviant sex act he'd like me to perform on him -- or a not so gentle gentle reminder that he'd like to receive some soft-core porn pics of me in his email box someday soon.
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I've never been ashamed to admit that I'm a Trekkie/Trekker. I'm not a rabid collector but I have been to a few conventions and felt totally at home amongst elegantly robed Vulcans, green-skinned alien babes cradling a tribble in their arms, and bat'leth-swinging Klingons. My former husband was a good friend of Gene Roddenberry and several ST:OS cast members, so he and I got access to things that others fans didn't get to see or do at conventions. I always felt very honored and very priviledged. On prominent display in my jewelry box is a shiny gold & silver ST: NextGen communicator badge, which I have worn for good luck during pitch meetings with TV development executives & studio heads. They stare at it all throughout the meeting. I know they want to say something but are either afraid of insulting me by calling me a sci-fi freak/geek, or afraid to admit in a room full of hardened/jaded showbiz execs that they've got one just like it at home. :-) KJC http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2007 on It Takes One to Know One at WWdN: In Exile
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It's amazing to think that, just a handful of years after this picture was taken (you look so adorable, Wil), your public profile would launch into the stratosphere thanks to a lead role in one of the most endearing movies of the '80s, Stand By Me.
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Regrettably, 29 hour work days are not uncommon for me. My "Wake Up and Start the Day" time can be anywhere from 5am to 11am, and my "Snoozy-Poozie" time can be anywhere from 9pm to 6am the next morning. I'm continually jet-lagged, have no sense of time or date, and live in a perpertual state of anxiety, knowing that, as soon as I finish these 20 things, I have another 30 waiting for me to complete when I get up the next morning. KJC
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2007 on TV Squad: The Big Goodbye at WWdN: In Exile
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That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing those precious memories with us, Wil.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2007 on it was a magical time . . . at WWdN: In Exile
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A dear friend of mine co-stars in '300'. I saw a lengthy trailer for the movie a few months back and, holy cow! Dozens of totally hot actors in gladiator uniforms and rippling muscles, looking all sweaty and fierce. If I didn't want to throw my friend down on the floor and **** his brains out before I saw that sexually charged trailer, I certainly did afterward. KJC
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2007 on you can count on me at WWdN: In Exile
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I hope you get struck by lightening, Wheaton! KJC (who is suffering in knee-deep snow and 35 below 0 Celsius temps)
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Yup, I spotted the NCC*1701 licence plate almost immediately. How much fun was that, eh?
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One of the drawbacks to being a public figure (or maybe 'high profile' would be a better description) is that virtually everything anyone would want to know about me, including my weight, my shoe size, my sexual orientation and my email addy, are available at the click of a button on the Internet. As a result, I get 100-300 emails PER HOUR, mostly from complete strangers all over the world who want something from me or want to sell something to me. It tries my patience, let me tell ya.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2007 on opt out, godammit. at WWdN: In Exile
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If this is how you two behave in public while stone cold sober, I'd love to spend an evening with you at your house -- polishing off a couple bottles of merlot. Wheee! KJC http://www.showbizprgirl.blogspot.com
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2007 on fun with dirty words at WWdN: In Exile
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Ah, writers block...a nightmare when you're a screenwriter working on a strict deadline and every day that passes without a finished script means a loss of $200,000 to the production and 150 people (cast/crew) twiddling their thumbs. Thankfully (or perhaps not) I'm not at the point where I have to deal with those kinds of issues just yet but, nonetheless, when I'm trying to bang out scripts and story ideas for my show but the well has run dry, I switch into 'actor' mode. I stand in the middle of a room, with no distractions, and become several different characters, all engaing each other in conversation. I speak aloud and imagine I'm looking straight into the eyes of all these other people as I talk, complain, argue, yell. I find that, when I hit my groove and I'm really in the moment, the most amazing things come out of my mouth. New characters emerge, confusing plotlines suddenly become clear, flat, uninspired dialogue sparks with passion, intrigue and subtext, hints of what could be in future episodes start tingling at the back of my brain. That's how I managed to write 44 brilliant episode synopses and a two-hour series ender for a show that isn't even on the air yet. KJC
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2007 on Utility = E x V / (Gamma) x D. at WWdN: In Exile
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I'm such a sucker for animals, too, Wil! I let my 2 cats sleep on my face (No, really, I don't mind having your butt hole nudged against my upper lip. Just so long as you're comfortable, my beloved.) and I let my 2 bunnies rip/peel my hand-painted special order wallpaper off the wall (Hey, so what if that mouthfull of paper you're chewing cost me $50? I still love you, my little pookie-poos!) I've had pets all my life but I realized a little while ago that I have this very special psychic connection with one of my cats, Aries. Most times I don't even have to speak to him to get him to do what I want -- at least, not in full sentences. If I hear him in the next room, sharpening his claws on the upholstery while I'm at the computer, I just have to say, barely above a whisper: "Y'know I'd really appreciate it if..." He stops. "OK, thanks," I say, and then he comes into the room and taps me on the thigh with his paw. An apology of sorts, I guess, for doing something naughty. Then there was this little adventure: http://showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/2006/10/psychic-connection-with-animals.html That's when I knew Aries and I had a special relationship. KJC
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Beautiful work! I studied photography as part of my extensive graphic arts training back in college, and I absolutely fell in love with the artform. I'm still torn over whether I like digital over traditional/chemical photography, though. Each has its merits, I suppose. KJC http://www.showbizprgirl.blogspot.com/
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2006 on cold shore at WWdN: In Exile
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You cut a mighty fine figure in uniform, Wil. Love the added creative touch with the cracks, scratches and sepia tone, too. Very authentic-looking.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2006 on more fun with creative commons at WWdN: In Exile
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