Deaths, Resurrections, Births, and Gratitude

Venice, Italy 1986 - Mom and Me

Mom and Me in Venice – 1986

 

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, as I’ve been busy figuring out what my life/schedule looks like around the new Mary Sue gig. That’s been going well, and I’ve finally figured out what my actual days can look like. However, there’s been a lot of travelling, too. Went to Emerald City Comic Con  to do an Incredible Girl panel with Aurora, Lady Anastasia of Pangaea fame, and Cunning Minx – it went really well. And I’m writing this post from the MD/VA area where I’m with My Boo visiting Boo’s family for Passover. It’s been a really nice trip.

But the reason for the writing today is, of course, because it’s the anniversary of my mom’s passing. Mariana Hernandez Jusino died on April 5th, 2006. It’s also Easter. It’s also my writing partner, Adam’s, birthday. Deaths, resurrections, and births. It’s weird to think of all of those things on the same day.

It’s been 9 years – NINE YEARS – since my mom passed away. That’s insane to me. On the one hand, it feels like just yesterday, but on the other, it feels like a million years ago. Time definitely heals all wounds, but the wounds sometimes re-open at unexpected times. Being in MD/VA with My Boo’s parents just drives home the fact that I don’t have parents to go home to anymore (we’ll be celebrating the 1st anniversary of my dad’s passing in 2 weeks). I think about things they aren’t around to experience, like my career milestones, or a wedding, or kids. It’s sad. But at the same time, I still have my brother and sister and their beautiful families. I have My Boo and that whole family. I have amazing friends who are like family. I’m not alone, and my future looks bright, and I’m happy about those things. What’s more, I’m equipped with the things my parents taught me, so they’re never that far away. I find myself folding plastic bags and putting them away the way my mom did, or putting silverware tine/blade side up in the dish rack the way my dad did. Just the other day, my sister, brother and I were chatting on Facebook about how we all cut our pancakes “like pizza”, the way our mom did. :) I have my mom’s ability to choose battles, and my dad’s ability to start them when necessary. I’ve learned from their successes and mistakes, and I’m so grateful that they were in my life for as long as they were to give me the gifts of their experience and love.

So, today isn’t a sad day. It’s an introspective day. I get to remember the good times, express gratitude for what I’ve been given, and life my life as fully as possible with the knowledge that that’s exactly what my mom and dad would’ve wanted for me. I hope I make them proud, and I hope I can be the kind of parents they were one day.

I love you, Mommy.

SUPERGIRL RADIO: Catching You Up!

It seems that in all my Mary Sue-ing (I’ll fill you in on my first week in a second post), I’ve completely forgotten to catch you up on Supergirl Radio!

Well, it’s still a lot of fun to do and, in my opinion, our episodes have gotten progressively better! I couldn’t have asked for a better podcast co-host than Rebecca, and we’ve already had two really fun guests join in on the Supergirl conversation! The last episode I posted here at the blog was Episode 2 about Supergirl – The Movie. So, here are the episodes you may have missed since!

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 3 – “Little Girl Lost” (about Supergirl on Superman: The Animated Series)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 4 – SMALLVILLE: “Kara”/”Fierce” (about Supergirl’s first appearance on Smallville; featuring special guest, Morgan Glennon from BuddyTV)

SUPERGIRL RADIO – Ep 5 – MAN OF STEEL Prequel Comic (featuring special guest, Andy B of The Flash Podcast, and our fearless producer!)

In addition to that, we also announced some big news! Fearless Producer Andy has brought all the DCTV podcasts together to form a sort of “Justice League” of podcasts, and we announced DCTV Podcasts on March 6th! DCTV Podcasts includes Supergirl Radio, The Flash Podcast, Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, and Legends of Gotham – so if you want to get your fix of talking The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, or Supergirl, DCTV podcasts will allow you to tap into all that sweet comic book show goodness all in one place! Follow DCTV Podcasts on Twitter, Like on Facebook, and show all of Supergirl Radio‘s brother podcasts some love, won’t you? And fear not! Two of those “brother podcasts” – Quiver and Legends of Gotham – also feature lady hosts! Because in this family, everyone gets a say!

I kinda love that my hosting Supergirl Radio falls so beautifully in line with my new position at The Mary Sue. I’m coming at female geeks from all angles, apparently, despite having “given up” pop culture writing not that long ago.

Just when I thought I was out, THEY PULLED ME BACK IN! ;)

 

My New Gig!

Well, if you missed my RT of this tweet earlier, I can now talk about the new gig I’ve got! I’m now one of the assistant editors at The Mary Sue! :) Geek friends rejoice!

I’m thrilled, as this is not only my first staffed writer gig, but my first real editorial position, so I’m excited for the challenge! And today’s already been super-challenging. It’s kicked my ass, to tell you the truth, but in the best way! The staff at The Mary Sue has been amazingly supportive, and as fast-paced as the job is, everyone is so efficient at what they do that I know once I learn the ropes it’ll be smooth sailing. Such a great team!

And I even got to write two posts today and take part in a third group post! Here’s my first post. And here’s the second. :)

Me and my first Mary Sue post!

Me and my first Mary Sue post!

So, huge thanks to Jill Pantozzi, The Mary Sue’s Editor-In-Chief, for the amazing opportunity. It’s gonna be a blast!

 

My New Status Quo

By the way, I’m completely IN LOVE with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. LOVE. :)

I’d made a decision at the beginning of this year. Freelance writing wasn’t cutting it for me financially, so after trying to make a living by cobbling several jobs together, I was willing to concede that it might be time to look for full-time employment. However, there were still reasons why I wanted to have a flexible, freelancer schedule – namely, that I wanted time to work on my writing, and I wanted the freedom to network during the day.

It’s amazing how important being available for coffee is in L.A.

BUT, I was willing to seek 9-5 employment as long as that employment served my ultimate career goals. In other words, I wasn’t going to be looking for barista jobs, or office work in an accountant’s office or anything. I wanted 9-5 employment in The Industry. If I was going to give up my free time, I wanted it to be with a purpose. So, I started seeking and applying for jobs at studios, production companies, and literary agencies. I reached out to friends who already work in this sphere asking them to keep their ears to the ground on my behalf, and many of them gave me a heads up about some great opportunities and very useful resources for my search! In the meantime, I still had my day jobs at HotPixel and at the other company I worked for one day a week.

You read that right. I typed “worked.” 

Because in a whirlwind couple of days last week, I was offered and accepted a new full-time job! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly what it is until tomorrow. Here’s what I can tell you:

  • It’s a 9-5 job, but I’ll be working remotely from home.
  • It’s salaried with benefits.
  • It’s a writing job.
  • It’s related to pop culture.

I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t you recently go out of your way to say that you were no longer going to be doing any pop culture writing, because you were burned out on it and you wanted to spend your writing time working on your own stuff? Yes I did. But here’s what I’ve realized since then: I wasn’t actually burned out on pop culture writing. I was burned out on freelancing. I was burned out on having to hustle for each and every piece I wrote. It was exhausting, and made me not enjoy the writing I had to do. But once I was offered an opportunity to write full-time – for ONE employer – suddenly the topic makes less of a difference.

As for the connections that can be made with a 9-5 job in The Industry vs a full-time writing job outside of it…the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it doesn’t make much difference. After all, all of the Industry connections I’ve made up until now (and there have been several!) I made as a freelance writer. What’s more, I feel like the connections I’ve made, because of the nature of my work as a pop culture writer, were more organic and friendly than they might be if I were to become, say, a receptionist at an agency, or some executive’s assistant – jobs where you’re required to blend into the background. As a writer, I can engage with people on my own terms, which has served me pretty well so far. Point is, networks can be built any number of ways. There’s no one right way to “break in.”

I gave my notice at HotPixel and my other job last week, too, which was kinda sad as I really enjoyed working at both places. I wouldn’t have left the jobs were it not for a better career opportunity, as my bosses at both places were extremely kind, and just cool people. It’s rare that you have an employer you can hang with, and I feel like both places offered me that. And as sorry as they are to see me go, they were extremely supportive and proud of me, and they totally get why I had to accept this new challenge.

I’m thrilled about this new opportunity, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it tomorrow! :) My days are going to be much more structured, and it will force me to get my personal writing done before and after my job, which actually might help me get more of it done. After learning the hard way, I’ve realized that unstructured free time is my kryptonite, and I think that this new gig will allow me to flourish in other areas.

I start tomorrow! Wish me luck! :)

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HOTPIXEL POST: Artist Spotlight – BARBIE BRADY

HP Logo - Barbie Brady (smaller)

Hey there, Art Lovers!  This month at the HotPixel Post-Production blog, we’ve started our Artist Spotlight series, where we periodically focus on the work of a talented artist whose work we love, and whom we think could bring their talents to an indie film production in various capacities – from art direction to marketing. February has been devoted to the work of LA artist, Barbie Brady, whose Drunk Bunnies have come to visit the HotPixel logo this month. This week, I posted an interview I did with her, where she discusses her work and what inspires it.

EXCERPT:

But for the past few years, she’s been focusing exclusively on creating and showing her art, most recently at a show with RAW Artists earlier this month. She works in various mediums, and much of her work incorporates personal ephemera – toy instructions, old bingo cards, Polish family bibles. She often spends hours “making paper,” selecting sections for use in her projects. “I love giving things a second life,” Brady says. “And I love [that] these are things from my life: my journal pages, my instructions from my toys. They’re not random things, and I think that adds an element of integrity to what I do.”

In fact, when she did the HotPixel logo this month, she insisted on incorporating technical specs that we actually use to create her bunny vision of our logo, preserving the integrity of the work she did for us.

So, we know what the ephemera says…but what do the bunnies say?

“They say: I love bunnies and I love drinking,” she jokes. But then she tells me about the real reason drunk bunnies are so important to her.

To read the full profile, or to leave a comment, CLICK HERE.

SUPERGIRL RADIO: Supergirl – The Movie

Just in case you weren’t paying attention, Episode 2 of Supergirl Radio dropped yesterday, and in it, we talk about the awesome, the amazing, the cheesetastic….Supergirl – The Movie! C’mon. You know you love Helen Slater as Supergirl and Faye Dunaway as Selena!

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On this week’s Supergirl Radio, your hosts Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson cover news items about CBS’ Supergirl TV series (including Helen Slater’s thoughts on the new show!), and discuss everyone’s favorite superhero guilty pleasure, Supergirl: The Movie, which was the first, live-action incarnation of Kara Zor-El. Join in on the fun as Teresa and Rebecca prepare for CBS’ Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist!

To listen to the full episode, CLICK HERE. Or you can subscribe to Supergirl Radio on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!

HOTPIXEL POST: HOT LIST – Producer, Allison Vanore and Composer, Rob Gokee

Photo by Marconi Photography.

Photo by Marconi Photography.

Hey there, everyone! I’m actually really excited about this month’s Hot List over at the HotPixel blog, as I had the chance to do a “Valentine’s-themed” interview with one of the coolest couples in independent film. I had the chance to sit down with producer, Allison Vanore and her husband, composer Rob Gokee, and we had a great chat about their careers, and how they navigate their relationship while handling massive workloads, all while promoting their latest collaboration, Love in the Time of Monsters, which drops TOMORROW.

EXCERPT:

When they first met up, it was strictly as friends, as Vanore was looking to network, and Gokee was going through a break-up.

“I had dropped off my ex-girlfriend at the airport to go visit, like, the guy she was leaving me to go date,” he says, laughing. “And then I had the meeting with [Allison], and then lunch with a friend.”

“He dropped her off, and met me on the same day!” Vanore adds, gleefully.

Their first professional collaboration was Solo: The Series. But as their professional relationship blossomed into romance, social media began to take notice. “People who knew us on Twitter saw us talking more and more,” Vanore says. “And once we started dating…everyone was watching. It felt like a public thing. People had somehow become invested.”

And yes, they had a wedding hashtag: #RAllieWed. You can still look up all the details of their live-tweeted wedding.

To read the full profile, or to comment, CLICK HERE.