Intervention 7 Returns to Rockville, MD!

Intervention, Rockville’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy Convention announces major expansion to its programming and guests for its 7th year

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Intervention: The Intersection of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Future Media in Rockville, Maryland is proud to announce a major expansion for its 7th year bringing you a “Dragon Con-style” Sci-Fi and Fantasy experience to the Mid-Atlantic area, but in a smaller, easy to navigate size.

Guests include Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who’s Rory Williams, Legends of Tomorrow’s Rip Hunter), René Auberjonois (Star Trek: DS9’s Odo), Juliet Landau (Buffy’s Drusilla), Thomas Dolby (Professor, Composer, Musician), Gigi Edgley (Farscape’s Chiana), Dwight Schultz (The A-Team’s Howling Mad Murdock, Star Trek’s Lt. Barclay), Todd Haberkorn (Hetalia, Fairy Tail, Star Trek Continues), Robert Axlerod (Power Rangers’ Lord Zedd), Jon St. John (Duke Nukem), David Gerrold (Writer, Star Trek: TOS), and many more actors, authors, filmmakers, webcomics and beyond.

Our programming reflects modern and classic Sci–Fi and Fantasy such as Farscape, Star Trek, Anime, the DC Comics TV Universe, and more multi-genre geekery. This draft grid can be viewed on our website (https://interventioncon.com/programming/programming-descriptions/).
Autograph and Photo Ops will be available all weekend with the celebrity guests in what will be a rare opportunity to meet the guests in a low stress atmosphere and have real conversations. Only 1200 tickets for the con will be sold.

2016 will also see the launch of “Creator Spaces,” a set of half-table spaces offered at no charge where creators can take turns displaying and selling their goods. Intervention also prides itself on being a friendly, welcoming space for fans of all ages and backgrounds. Its harassment policy has served as a basis for many other cons’ policies. It also has a dedicated children’s programming track for families to share.

Intervention 7 takes place September 16-18, 2016 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville in Rockville, MD. Full weekend tickets are available at the pre-registration rate of $60 until Sept. 2nd 2016. Daily tickets also go on sale Sept. 2nd, 2016. Full Weekend Tickets at the door are $65. For more information about the event or to register, visit www.interventioncon.com.

This Love

Two blog posts in one day? I’m on a roll, y’all!

I’ve been thinking a lot today about love and relationships and how they affect us. I was married to an emotionally and sometimes physically abusive man for a little over 6 years. By the end of the marriage, I was tired. Beat down. Years of constant belittlement on everything from my weight to my hobbies destroyed my sense of self. I honestly believed that no one could possibly love me, just as I am. I spent many sleepless nights, disgusted with myself.

And then something happened. I woke up. I realized that I am 110% worthy of love and respect. The seeds of this awakening had been planted way back in 2012 when I first met Barb, Mel and Amanda during GISHWHES. These seeds lay dormant and quiet, slowly absorbing every bit of support the ladies (and honorary dudes!) of Team Pulp gave me. Then in 2015 I stumbled across #BawdyLove from Lauren Marie Fleming and the rest of the body positivity movement. Lauren and other ladies like Jes Baker pounded into my head over and over and over that there was NOTHING wrong with my body or anything about me. It was a slow, arduous journey and I haven’t reached the finished line but I am so much better these days.

Part of this journey included me putting myself out there and doing things I would’ve never done before. There were lots of little experiences but the big one was DATING. I’m socially awkward AF around new people and getting back on the scene was terrifying. I created an account on Tinder, threw up a self-depreciating description and some not-completely-terrible pictures of myself and begin swiping. I had a few matches, went on a few dates, may or may not have had a one night stand or two. Everything changed when I was matched with Keith.

Keith’s picture immediately caught my eye. It was a black & white picture. He was wearing nerd glasses and had a glorious beard. I swiped right so hard, I’m surprised my phone didn’t catch on fire. We started chatting through the app and realized we have a lot in common. We made a date to meet at Panera which turned into me inviting him over to my apartment. I honestly wasn’t expecting any more than maybe friends with benefits. We sat and talked for hours. We connected on so many levels. That one night soon turned into every weekend. Those weekends turned into every day.

He is one of the best things in my life. I know I’m not easy to deal with sometimes because of my anxiety and depression disorders. Keith is there when I am at my lowest to pick me back up and dust me off. He believes in me and my dreams. He is my #1 cheerleader. He refuses to let me put myself down or give up. He wipes my tears and makes me laugh uncontrollably. He holds my hand and keeps me steady.

I’ve created a little world for myself with him and Tiny Human. Our world is filled with love.

The August Rundown

So much has happened in the past 2 months since I last posted! Let’s have a rundown, shall we?

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  • I volunteered at StarQuest here in Frederick and had an amazing time. I got to meet Bill Blair and Natalija Nogulich. Bill gave me a lot of really helpful information on how to improve StarQuest for next year. I’m really excited that we have a convention here in Frederick now. This year was their second year and it was very small but I’m optimistic it will only grow and get better. Keith volunteered too. It was his very first convention experience.
  • Keith and I got Tiny Human signed up for school. She’s changing schools obviously since they moved up here from West Virginia. She is really excited to start her new school and I’m excited to go school supply shopping and participating in the PTA.
  • We got two new kittens! A gray girl named Storm and a gray boy with white socks and a white star on his nose named Buster. They give me so much cute aggression!
  • BOO CRUISE 2K16 IS LESS THAN 2 MONTHS AWAY!
  • I resigned as a Geek Girl Brunch Baltimore officer and am launching Geek Girl Brunch Frederick in October! I’ve got 2 other officers who are fantastic gals and we’re working really hard on making our first brunch a success. I’ve been working a list of brunch locations in the area and I never realized how many brunch places we have here. I’m super pumped to get to try them all out.
  • I’m toying with the idea of doing burlesque. Our local burly troupe, Honeybee Burlesque is offering various classes and I’m intrigued. I’ve signed up for the pasty making class next month. Keith, Barb and a few other friends definitely want me to do it. Not gonna lie, I think doing a Quidditch routine would be kinda amazing!
  • Keith and I are Staff for Intervention this year. I’m TOTALLY stoked about this. Intervention treats their staff amazingly well, including providing crash space and food for the weekend. If you’re planning on attending, come see me! I’ll be working the Info Desk. Expect a big blog about Intervention in the next few days. I’ve gotta promote this great convention and they have some stellar guests and programming lined up.

How have all you lovelies been? The end of summer treating you well? Anything exciting coming up? Tell me in the comments, I wanna know!

Coming home

Keith and I went to church tonight after our day of adventures. We ended up going to the church I grew up attending.

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It felt like coming home. There have been quite a few changes since I last attended, some big, some small. All of the pastors that were there in my childhood have either retired or moved onto new congregations. The new pastor was a delight! His sermon was engaging and personable with the right amount of humor. He decried the Orlando massacre and urged for the Church to beware of the evil within its ranks that uses our religion as a weapon. His message touched my heart and I was glad that my church was still the loving, accepting place that it was in my youth.

Tonight’s service also included a healing service, where we prayed for those hurting and sick. Members of the congregation could come up and have the pastor lay hands on them and anoint them with oil. Keith went forward during this part. I think he found some comfort in it as he has been dealing with some heavy losses. Communion was taken, as well. This was the first communion I’ve had in at least 5 years. As I knelt at the altar rail with my empty wine cup, a sense of peace fell over me. I don’t know what clicked but I’m happy it did.

I can’t wait to go back next week.