Snack Time. It's so awesome to finally have a new Vorthos cast taking root and hopefully it continues to accumulate new listeners and garner community support. I don't get to go out much (if ever) so hanging out for an hour with my virtual Vorthos bosom bros Mike and Ant was a real treat. One day that IRL meet up with all the cool people I've met through Magic will happen, but I don't know when.
So for now, I'll be moving from cosplay and podcasts and other more visible activities back into fanfic and flavor writing. I was fortunate enough to get asked back to do some card names and flavor text for the upcoming Tears and Fears sets. I'm feeling good about this since these will be my sixth and seventh sets I've freelanced on. I never thought my first experience as "published writer" would be in the context of a fantasy card game. Magic has really been kind to me. Below are some cards names I did for FRF. I also worked on Dragons of Tarkir, so I'm excited to see those cards come out very soon.
I feel damn lucky that it's worked out that Magic has been accepting of me--or worked out at all, really.
One thing that remains an elusive goal is improving my actual Magic play skills. Sure, I'm more about flavor and art, but I do care about how I play. Watching Walk the Planes today with its math theme and Pro Tour Fate Reforged recap really made me feel yet again like I need to get a fire under my ass about playing more consistently.
I enjoy my position in the community as a visible, outspoken female good at what I do... but it would be gratifying on a completely different level to see the ladies competing at the highest levels of Magic on a more regular basis. I think it's a simple time/numbers game, so it's really important to me that we keep encouraging young women to pick up the game. And I hope other ladies of MTG who are already way better players than I am keep up their competitive pursuits!
So maybe I'll never win the Pro Tour, but maybe I can like win a Daily event or something? Okay, maybe I can just remember how the stack works. Or when to crack my fetches. Goddamnit.
Cosplay was hot this month. I hit it hard with the intention of improving my portfolio. Lucky for me ahhhmazing pal James Arnold was on board to make me look good. One of my next goals is to get all Vorthos buddies to cosplay. James would make a kick-ass Teferi, let me tell you.
I'm not sure how many or which cosplays I would need to complete to be 100% satisfied with my "mastery" of that art form. I feel like I'd need to do a massive body paint project, like Kiora; a winged thing, probably an Angel like Basandra or something; an armor-heavy project like Chandra or War-Name Aspirant; a gorgon, for sure, Vraska 2.0 would be sick... And of course, Elesh. Look at that list. That's hundreds of dollars and time I don't have. Ugh. Well, we'll soldier on.
You have to remember what's important.
That's right, black mana is important, damn it. Thanks for listening.