HOTPIXEL POST: The Hot List – Writer/Producer/Director Tom Grey of Player Piano

Published September 22, 2014 by Teresa

It’s been a while, but there’s a new Hot List over at the HotPixel blog! The subject of this month’s Hot List is probably very familiar to many of the geeks in my social media feeds – it’s Tom Grey, writer/producer/director and creator of Player Piano on YouTube.

EXCERPT: 

Geek & Sundry alum, writer/producer/director Tom Grey, arrived in Los Angeles twelve years ago, as many others do, determined to break into the entertainment industry. His first gigs were in reality television, which he hated, and after a while they prompted him to leave the industry for a bit to focus exclusively on his writing. He supported his writing habit by working as a laundromat salesman.

That’s right. A laundromat salesman. As in, he sold a lot of industrial-sized washers and dryers. The things we do for love, amirite?

However, he couldn’t stay away from the industry for long. He began freelancing as a camera assistant, taking on several jobs with Disney through HotPixel! Yup, he’s one of ours! But, of course, he also wanted to create his own projects.

“There hadn’t been a movie that I’d made yet, and I started to get a little bit frustrated about the lack of just…making stuff,” Grey explains. “What ended up happening was that I heard from a friend who was making some of those Doritos Super Bowl Ads, and it was sort of ‘Let’s get together and just have an excuse to make something.’ So we made them, and I directed them, and I had a ton of fun doing them. And actually Art and the team over at HotPixel colored them, which was a lot of fun. That led to a short film that I did called Undying Love, and that’s a little zombie short film that I did that ended up going to film festivals and stuff. And that led to me working for Stan Lee.”

For the full post, or to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

NEW AT BEACON: “Fall TV 2014-15 – The Girls Are Back! Mindy and Jess Return to FOX!”

Published September 19, 2014 by Teresa

It’s time for my weekly post at Beacon! And as shows continue to return for the current season, I’ll be spotlighting the shows I think are worth watching. This week, two of my favorite, female-fronted comedies returned to FOX. It’s all about The Mindy Project and New Girl!

EXCERPT:

One of the things that made me fall in love with [New Girl] from the pilot was the honest, real depiction of modern-day friendships. Many women I know are primarily friends with guys, and I loved that there was a show that was capturing that dynamic. The last thing I wanted was for any of the guys to be a love interest for Jess.

Then, Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt happened. And Jess and Nick happened.

And while Jess and Nick were a cute enough couple, I think they make better friends, and I’m glad the dynamic is back to the way it was at the start of the show. It isn’t that Jess is One of the Guys – she’s very much a girly-girl. But she and her roomies look out for each other. They are friends, with no ulterior motives, and I like seeing that on television.

If you want to read and comment on my full post, you’ll have to subscribe to my work over at Beacon! Starting at only $5/month, you’ll be able to access all my pop culture criticism, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists writing about the topics you care about. Check it out! Once there, please click the “Worth It” button on the bottom of my article! (That is, if you actually like what I’ve written.)

Thanks! :)

Pike and Trident Premieres TODAY!

Published September 19, 2014 by Teresa

I’m very excited to announce and support a new, female-led digital series called Pike and Trident, which launched TODAY! It’s the story of two museum curators from the future – Myrtle Pike and Trudy Trident –  who must time-travel to regain important historical artifacts that were lost when one of them, ahem, SCREWS UP. :)

If Doctor Who and Game of Thrones had a baby girl, it might look something like this.

The series was written by and stars my good friend, Patty Robinson, and co-stars the lovely Kim Turney. It’s co-directed by Turney and Jan Bryant, who is also the stunt coordinator. And stunts there are! One of the coolest things about Pike and Trident is the fact that so much focus is placed on sword combat between the two leads. This series is great, in part, because Pike and Trident are the opposite of besties, and watching them be at each other’s throats even as they need to rely on each other to get out of trouble is a lot of fun!

Right now, only the pilot is available, with more to come soon (and hopefully, they’ll be able to raise the money to continue the show as scripted – though there are currently plans to regularly put out supplemental digital content from the world of Pike and Trident). Check out the pilot (below!), then head on over to the Pike and Trident website, and “like” the show on Facebook, to keep up with future content and episodes.

If you love female protagonists, time travel, sword fighting, sci-fi, and general badassery, give Pike and Trident a whirl.

It’s my Talk Like a Pirate Day gift to you. Arrrrrrgh! ;)

Pound By Pound: Thank You For Being Beautiful

Published September 15, 2014 by Teresa

 

Me at the Incredible Girl teaser shoot last night. I play Cupcake Dominatrix. :)

Me at the Incredible Girl teaser shoot last night. I play Cupcake Dominatrix. :)

 

Last night, as I walked through Sanctuary LAX wearing dominatrix garb during the shoot for the Incredible Girl teaser last night, a woman I’d never met stopped in her tracks and, completely earnestly and with no agenda, said “You are SO beautiful. Thank you for being so beautiful!”

That being the nicest thing a stranger’s ever said to me, I didn’t quite know how to respond! I said “Uh….thank you?” Then, mustering up some Cupcake Dominatrix (my character in Incredible Girl) confidence, I said “I aim to please.” :)

This totally reminded me that, no matter what I weigh, I’m actually gorgeous right now. And I have to say that during the shoot, as I caught glimpses of myself in mirrors dressed in fishnets, boy shorts, and a corset, I was rather pleased with my reflection. It’s easy to forget that it’s possible for you to look amazing when you spend most of your days away from other human eyes while toiling diligently at your writing in your apartment in your pajamas, so it’s nice to be reminded when you’re walking around in the world.

Anyway, despite having been too busy with writing-related stuff to work out the past couple of weeks, I did do my monthly measurements on the 12th. Here’s where I am right now:

Teresa September Stats (9/12/14):
Weight: 267.8lbs (-5.4lbs from last month / -9.4lbs since start)
Upper arm: 19 1/2″ (+ 1/2 from last month / -1″ since start)
Bust: 50″ (no change from last month / – 1/4″ since start)
Waist: 45 1/2″ (+ 1/4″ from last month / + 1″ since start)
Hips: 54 1/4″ (-1/8″ from last month / + 2/8″ since start)
Thighs: 33 3/4″ (no change from last month / +1/8″ since start)

So, apparently I’ve lost weight from areas on my body that I don’t regularly measure? I guess my calves and fingers are getting super-skinny right now. ;)

I will get back to working out. I haven’t been eating completely crazily, but I did have The Boy have to step in and warn me away from a bad habit (ie: eating ice cream too regularly). The Boy gave me a heads-up when it looked like I might start going overboard, and even though I got defensive, I eventually took what my better half had to say under consideration and realized that The Boy only did this out of concern for my health, and I was then able to stop and course-correct before going too far down a bad road.

Thank you, My Love!

Still, despite all this, I know that The Boy thinks I’m beautiful. Apparently, so do strangers in dungeons. :)

And so do I.

And I think you are, too. Yes, you. You reading this.

Thank you for being so beautiful. 

NEW AT BEACON: “Fall TV 2014-15: Selfie”

Published September 12, 2014 by Teresa

 

This week at Beacon, I start talking about the shows, both new and returning, that I’m excited about this year! This week, it’s all about the new Karen Gillan show, Selfie.

EXCERPT:

3) The Problem Isn’t ‘Selfies,’ It’s Self.

A while back, I blogged about the fact that I HATE when people get self-righteous about not taking selfies/getting involved in social media/etc, etc as if internet life and “real life” were two different things, and pat themselves on the back for “tearing themselves away.” In fact, Henry on Selfie is just such a person. What I love about the show is that the message isn’t about how horrible this generation is for being wrapped up in social media. What it’s saying is: Caring about others is important. The reason why Eliza is friendless is not because she’s on Twitter all the time, but because when given the opportunity to be a kind person in real life, she often chooses the opposite. The thing is, Henry has the same problem, except he doesn’t have the excuse of a social media presence. Sure, he knows how to appear caring, and can successfully guide Eliza’s behavior and improve her image. Yet he, too, is friendless, alone, and awkward with people in his personal life. Social media is to Eliza what books and work are to Henry. These two characters coming into each other’s lives will benefit them both. Eliza is not the only one who needs fixing. 

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Thanks! :)

NEW AT BEACON: “Joan Rivers: Unapologetic”

Published September 5, 2014 by Teresa

I write a pop culture column over at Beacon. So it would be remiss of me to not talk about the passing of one of pop culture’s loudest satirists, the inimitable Joan Rivers.

EXCERPT: 

I’ve spent most of my life not a huge Joan Rivers fan. 

I know, I’m not supposed to say that now that she’s passed away (she died yesterday at the age of 81), but considering how outspoken and brash she was throughout her career, I’m sure she wouldn’t begrudge me the opportunity to speak my mind. 

Her jokes always seemed a bit dated to me – women either being sluts, or “not being able to catch husbands,” etc – and I found the way she tended to laugh between each joke, as if she wanted to fill in just in case no one in the audience found her funny, a bit grating. People of my generation have known of Joan Rivers’ existence for our entire lives. However, unlike Robin Williams, she rarely appeared in a context that we were allowed to enjoy as children, so we didn’t “grow up” with her in the same way. Her stand-up was either on late-night talk shows, which we couldn’t stay up and watch, or it was on cable, where it was allowed to be as raunchy as she could make it, and we weren’t allowed to watch. So, unless we were specifically interested in pursuing comedy as a career, my generation primarily grew up knowing Joan Rivers as That Annoying Woman on Awards Show Red Carpets Who Doesn’t Have Her Facts Straight and Is Embarrassing Us All. We grew up with parodies of Joan Rivers, and very often, Rivers seemed like a parody of herself. 

And this is a horrible shame. 

It wasn’t until I watched the brilliant documentary about her life and career,Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (IFC, 2010), that I truly began to understand just how much she contributed to comedy, to show business, and to feminism.

If you want to read and comment on my full post, you’ll have to subscribe to my work over at Beacon! Starting at only $5/month, you’ll be able to access all my pop culture criticism, as well as the work of 100+ other journalists writing about the topics you care about. Check it out! Once there, please click the “Worth It” button on the bottom of my article! (That is, if you actually like what I’ve written.)

Thanks! :)

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m a Chick Who Digs Gaming!

Published August 28, 2014 by Teresa
Chicks Dig Gaming cover illustration by the squee-worthy Katy Shuttleworth.

Chicks Dig Gaming cover illustration by the squee-worthy Katy Shuttleworth.

So, you may have heard about this awesome new anthology being published by Mad Norwegian Press called Chicks Dig Gaming, which is coming out on November 11, 2014! Edited by Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor) and Lars Pearson (editor-in-chief, the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig series), this anthology brings together essays by nearly three dozen female writers to celebrate the gaming medium (both video and tabletop) and its creators, and to examine the characters and series that they love. Contributors include: Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…, Indistinguishable from Magic) examines Super Mario Bros. through the lens of Samsara, the Wheel of Birth and Rebirth; Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series) details how gaming taught her math; G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen) revels in World of Warcraft; and Rosemary Jones (Forgotten Realms) celebrates world traveler Nellie Bly and the board game she inspired.

Other contributors include Emily Care Boss (Gaming as Women), Jen J. Dixon (The Walking Eye), Racheline Maltese (The Book of Harry Potter Triffles…), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), L.M. Myles (Chicks Unravel Time), Jody Lynn Nye (the MythAdventures series), and E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”). Also featured: exclusive interviews with Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens and Dragonlance author Margaret Weis.

And do you know who else is a contributor? 

That’s right – ME! :) This is my third contribution to a Mad Norwegian anthology, and I’m so thrilled to be among such illustrious company! Chicks Dig Gaming will feature my essay, Who In the Hell is Carmen Sandiego?, about everyone’s favorite Miss of Misdemeanor and why she’s such an important character.

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating at a reading held by DTLAB / Writ Large Press as part of their 90In90 series (90 literary events in 90 days – this one was, like, 54 or something! Yeesh!) at Traxx in Union Station, and I read my Carmen Sandiego essay to a very enthusiastic audience! I have a video of my reading, but as I was surprised by being asked to go first, and didn’t have a chance to explain how my camera worked to the friend I was with, she managed to figure it out and start recording well into my reading. Still, it’s a good three-minute-ish chunk that’ll give you a taste of what you can expect when you read it in full in Chicks Dig Gaming! ;) (Pssst! It’s currently available for pre-order!)

The other thing I never pointed out to my friend? Where the zoom button was. :) Luckily, I’m loud. Enjoy!

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