Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cosplay Envy: Meagan Marie as Wonder Woman

You know how they're having a hard time finding a director for a Wonder Woman movie?

I think I should do it!!!  I've seen a lot of movies, so I even sort of know what I'm doing.

I'd take a cue from Meagan Marie's amazingly badass Wonder Woman cosplay!

The teaser image could be the shot at the top of the page.  It says, "I love justice and I'm a hottie, so you have no reason NOT to see this movie."

This one is from the Entertainment Weekly featurette on the movie:

And here is our heroine post battle:
They've won, but at what cost?

See, I'm great at making movies!

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

Not Sure If Want: Necronomicon Bikini Set


Though I sense the potential for a burlesque number here... #copyright.  That's how copyright works now, right?

[via Geekologie]

"50 Things A Geek Should Know"

I been slackin, y'all!

[via Geekologie]

Happy Saturday! Have a Corgi!

Better yet, have 7!

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dr. BurlyQ, or "How Burlesque Renewed My Love for Being Onstage"

Today's post is going to be a little more serious.

I know, I know.  You guys come here for my hilarity and an abundance of pink.  But I've been feeling a little blue lately.  And of course my type-A instincts won't let me just accept emotions right away.  I have to reflect and journal and process and 7 Habits myself until I accept and understand.

In summary:  I'm very lucky to have a day job that pays me money and allows me a certain amount of control over how I spend my time in the office, but until I find myself in a position where my only work is creative work, where my art is my "day" job, there is lingering sadness and dissatisfaction in my life.

Not the best feeling in the world, but still a manageable and common one.

But then I had a not-too good show on Friday night.

I look happy, but that's because I'm surrounded by amazing performers.  And also I did a shot after I finished my solo.
I had my BF and BFFs in the audience, so I got real nervous and totally wigged myself out.  None of my costumes were functioning properly, I felt like my face was doing REALLY WEIRD things, I kept fucking up choreo...  The list goes on and on!

On top of this, there were just enough little things piling up to push me into complete CW bordering-on-hilarious sadness.


But then something magical happened!
You're a wizard, Nicole.

No, unfortunately, I'm not a wizard.

But I did realize that it is a magical thing to be so deeply affected by a performance that I did not like.

See, I've been acting for so long that I've amassed an arsenal of tricks to deal with (read: ignore) all the feels. Show goes well?  Cool.  Time to hit the bar.  Doesn't go well?  C'est la vie!  Time to hit the bar.

While it defends me from artistic heartache, it also keeps me locked away from risk.  I've built a fortress to withstand even the most diligent siege.  I didn't realize I was also building a prison.


But burlesque forced me out of my castle.

I can't rely on any of my old tricks.  Why?  Well....

  1. I can't hide behind words.  When you start performing young, you're coached on intonation.  And that sticks!  It's hard to break out of the "how the lines are supposed to sound" mold.  Which, frankly, can get you pretty far.  But burlesque is physical performance, and so any hiccups or fuckups are immediately apparent.  At least to me.
  2. I can't hide behind other performers.  It's all me, onstage, by myself, for 3-5 minutes.
  3. It's all of me.  I chose the song, I choreographed the music, I designed/chose/made the costume, I rehearsed it myself, I star in it.  So if anything is wrong or imperfect, it's my fault.
  4. It's literally all of me.  I get (almost) naked, the most viscerally vulnerable state of all.
It kinda sounds risky and horrible.  But here's the thing.  I fucking love it.  It's hard when it fails, but when it works it's such a rush.  And developing numbers is so much fun.  It's challenging, it's sweaty, it's stimulating.

It's everything the creative process should be.

Now that I've left my fortress/castle/metaphor, I don't want to go back.  I want every onstage experience to be that much risk--the payoff will be much greater.

Though that might mean there are more "serious" blog entries ;)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Want of the Week: AT-AT Pencil Skirt

I'm a planner, so Casual Friday always has me thinking about the next week in workwear.

Today, I had to look no further than Engram Clothing, for they have given me this:

Oh, and this:
I'll take one of each, please.

[Engram Clothing via The Mary Sue]

Monday, August 19, 2013

SQUEEEE of the Week: Sansa Stark Adopts Her Direwolf IRL

I can't with this cuteness!

We all know that on HBO's Game of Thrones, you win or you die.  Since an actual wolf can't sit upon the Iron Throne [or could it??], no pet is safe.  Especially if it belongs to a too-noble-for-his/her-own-good member of the Stark family.  We find this out early on, when Sansa Stark's direwolf Lady is sacrificed to appease Queen Cersei's anger and Joffrey's little-bitchness.


Sophie Turner, who plays the unfortunate Sansa, has adopted Zunni, the Mahlek Northern Inuit SO Fuzzy and Cute Dog:  “We knew Lady died and [the show] wanted to re-home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.”


[via io9]

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Long Time, No Blog!

So what have been doing instead of writing for you losers?  A lot!

I went to San Diego Comic Con, of which I've recapped a little bit (read: 1 of 5 days), and I plan on delivering more of that coverage unto you.

I performed in some outdoor Shakespeare.

I went to see some USA soccer!

I went to Lollapalooza!  And I only took this one kinda crappy photo!

I went to the Renaissance Faire!

I've also been doing a ton of burlesque!  At my home base, The Kiss Kiss Cabaret:
From my homage to The Great Gatsby
Deja Sue and I helping juggler extraordinaire Brad French with his James Bond act.
And with Plan 9 Burlesque:
Daisy?  What Daisy?
I'm also directing a burlesque show, Boobs of the Dead: A Walking Dead Burlesque!
I want to see all you Chicago-area folks there!  Remember, gorilla tango dot com slash zombies.

Slash zombies.