Y’all West: Y’all Stay Home: Sunday Webinars

Today is day 2 of Y’all West Y’all stay home and I’m super pumped! Can’t wait to share all my thoughts on the Sunday festivities!

My Experience:

10 am: Middle Grade Storyball: StayHome Edition

This was such a sweet start. I love Pseudonymous Bach. He’s such a great moderator. I loved hearing about each of the authors books. They all sound amazing.

The story became a vampire with a universe under their bed. A dog is the villain.

11 am: Suckage is part of Writing

I haven’t read any books from the authors on this panel, but I’ve wanted to for ages. This is one of the more fascinating panels I’ve listened to just because it’s so writing focused. It’s good to just get words out there sometimes. You just want to build something bit by bit. Its fun to have fun with it. It’s always about learning day by day.

12 pm: Whodunnit and why do we care?

I really enjoy mysteries and thrillers and it was fun to hear these amazing authors talk about them and how they are different, but why they haunt us. It was interesting to hear about each of their processes. It’s fun that it can be so different for mysteries and how it has to at least be loosely planed.

1 pm: World-building Beyond Wikipedia

I love this! I enjoyed sitting back and listening to everyone talk books. Just a great fun time. I was so busy paying attention that I missed out writing about it. Just to me Jennifer Donnelly is a queen. All these authors are queens. This was a fun panel.

2 pm: Remember High School?

This panel was so sweet. I loved hearing about all the high school experiences and advice they give.

3 pm: LGBTQIA Q & A

This is one of the panels I’ve been most excited for. It’s definitely lived up to my expectations. All these authors are so incredible. This was so positive and wonderful. I loved hearing everyone’s stories. It was just one of my absolute favorite panels. The idea of inviting in instead of saying coming out is super empowering and beautiful. I loved hearing that.

4 pm: Writing Empathy

Just another fun panel. I’ve been so happy listening about their backgrounds and stories and it’s so fun. It also had this sad undertone just with the seriousness of some of the topics, but I very much enjoyed listening in.

5 pm: This American Life 2.0

I tried to listen in on the other panel I’d signed up for as well, but I really want to listen to these stories. It’s really unfortunate that yesterday they weren’t treated the way they should have been. Just an amazing panel! This was such a better panel then yesterday. I know I loved their stories yesterday, but today it was way more in depth and such a richer conversation. Such a powerful and strong panel. So good.

6 pm: Juvenalia

This was adorable! I loved every second. Just so cute. I loved all the writings. God this was amazing and funny. All the stories were amazing and I loved every second!

All in all:

This is what I needed to get back to the community and read and write so much more again. It was so fun and I’m so happy to have heard from all these authors. It’s just wonderful.

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Things I Want to Do: Next Halloween

This goes for next Halloween and all future Halloween’s. There are so many things I’ve dreamt of doing and I’m excited to one day fulfill all of my Halloween bucket list items!

1. Work as a monster at six flags/knotts

Look at how cool these monsters look! To embody someone no something else for a whole month.. terrifying people.. having a blast. I’d LOVE to have this job. I’m not the type of person to pull pranks on people (mostly because that’s an easy way to get punched in my family.. it’s a knee jerk reaction..) but having someone put gore all over my face and get all dressed up and being able to get reactions out of people in the name of a good time sounds fantastic to me.

2. Knott’s scary farm.. the all access way

This is an expensive endeavor, but not as expensive as say.. wanting to go to Coachella.. which is only a few days. All I want is to have an entire October where I can go every single night to Knott’s Scary Farm and enjoy every single ride and every maze and experience they have to offer. It’s more ambitious then wanting to work as a monster, but I want to experience both sides fully. I haven’t been to Knott’s scary farm since I was little and I think my mom has some video from the experience, but now that I’m older.. I want to go in the mazes and see all the shows and just experience everything. Actually, at $150 bucks if I went every single night that would be like paying $6 bucks per night for an all access experience which is actually really affordable if you think about it. I pay more just to eat out. Anyway, one year that’s what I want to do.

3. Visit the Queen Mary

This is a more manageable goal. The Queen Mary is known for being actually haunted, but the fact that they do mazes on a ship environment adds some extra fun. They usually do a circus maze which is the one I want to see. One year I saw on CNN the monsters they have doing these really cool acrobatics and I don’t know how scared I’d get I’d just be so fascinated by everything.

4. Universal Horror Nights

I want to do this for American Horror Story and that’s just about it. Horror nights is notorious for a TON of chain saws.. I HATE chainsaws.. that is the one thing that scares me when I go to any sort of freight night. They have them all over especially because of The Purge stuff and I can’t deal with that, but I will in the name of AHS. I can rationalize everything else.. I can’t rationalize chain saws for some reason.

5. Creep LA

This is an experience. Part show.. mostly walkthrough.. it’s intimate and 75 minutes long. This is the kind of experience that I know can actually freak me out. More then a maze where I’m with several people and feel a little bit more protected. Only 25 people can experience it at a time. It’s one of those once in a lifetime type things.

6. An escape room

Ever since I’ve heard of escape rooms I’ve wanted to try one, but a spooky escape room sounds like extra fun! Puzzles with an added pressure mixed in sound like a really good time.

7. Visiting an Actual Haunted place overnight

I really want to visit a place known for actually being haunted and stay overnight. Just for the sake of experiencing the feel of a place like that. I don’t know if I would actually experience anything actually, but being in the environment.. walking hallways where some really messed up things happened sounds like a unique experience. Even just for the history. It would be really cool to write about. Who knows? It could inspire a really great book!

8. Halloween Pumpkin Festival

This is one of the most wholesome things I want to do for Halloween. There are some nice little pumpkin festivals that go on and picking out a pumpkin to maybe carve later sounds like a simple and enjoyable experience.

9. Wicked Lit

Located in a cemetery where you walk through and watch different theatre productions from horror literature. It’s a really well produced and sounds like an awesome experience.

10. Watching a scary film at the movies on October 31st

This year the horror films to choose from are The Nun (which I STILL need to see) and Hell Fest (which I know NOTHING about). Well technically you might be able to add Venom to this because if you’ve seen how they decided to design Venom.. you’d see that he is more then a little horrifying. Anyway, one year I really want to watch a horror film or two at the movies on October 31st. It really doesn’t matter to me what movie (I’m a horror film junkie). Making my top 10 favorite horror movies post I realized I watch WAY more horror movies then I thought. Anyway, I think this would be a lot of fun.

Thanks for reading! To those who have been with me for a long while.. the sheer amount I adore Halloween might come as a surprise. I just hadn’t shared that part of me on here yet. I’m honestly down for pretty much anything halloween related if I’m asked to go do something. Halloween is pretty much on equal footing with Christmas in my mind. I think I might actually have more enjoyable memories of Halloween then Christmas.

Leave your thoughts down in the comments below! What experiences do you want to have on Halloween?

-Till next time!