On Thursday morning I woke up with no other plans than to pack my bags, and saunter casually down to Dragon Con. I was only spending the night on Saturday since the Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show (abbreviated as DDCCGGSS from here on out) wasn't going on until midnight this year. I was lucky enough to secure a bed in "the Phantom Suite" so that I could stow my shit early. I had more gear than usual since Gnoll talked me into pulling out our Halloween costumes from last year, and cosplaying as Team Rocket from the Pokemon cartoon. I also had to do a "sexy Thanos" makeup for the DDCCGGSS which was definitely a first for me. I figured that if Thursday is the new Friday I'd be better off taking my luggage early. Then, a little before 11am I got an email from media relations that 4 of my 10 interview requests had been approved. Panic time!
Every year that I've been approved for interview requests I spent hours preparing questions only to end up not getting any of the people I tried for. This year I sent my requests in without much hope of getting anyone. I hadn't gotten an interview since my first year as a reporter in 2014 when I got to talk to Timothy Zahn. This year I hadn't prepared for anything because I wasn't expecting anything. Shit. Good thing I only picked people I knew I'd have a lot of questions for. I got approved for press conferences with Steve Blum (Star Wars Rebels, Cowboy Bebop), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow, Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf), and Michael Rooker (everything) as well as an individual interview with Bill Corbett (MST3K, RiffTrax). Holy crap! The only thing I'd planned on doing Thursday was picking up my badge, stopping by Phantom's room, and grabbing a drink before Dragon Con Wrestling began. Now I had all these press thingys to think about too. Luckily, my MARTA commute gives me ample time to research, think, and scribble.
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been reborn as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet. Follow beth0rama on Instagram or on Twitter @NeedlessBeth where she doesn't post often enough to be annoying, but updates way more than Google+