Monday, May 29, 2017

[HHN27] Check into The Overlook Hotel as Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Brings "The Shining" to Life

As per the usual, it's never too early to start making for Halloween, and the folks at Universal aren't letting their guard down one bit as they invite everyone to take a nice, relaxing, trip to The Overlook Hotel for this year's Halloween Horror Nights.

So, just what can we expect from this one? Well, thankfully the folks from Universal have decided to give us a little lowdown on just that...
"“The Shining” maze at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will provide guests with a unique opportunity to relive some of the film’s most iconic, and sinister, moments.  While venturing through the eerie Overlook Hotel, guests will be thrust into the hotel’s tragic history of murder and madness, bearing witness to caretaker Jack Torrance’s spiraling descent into insanity.  Nightmarish visions will come to life in this macabre maze, overwhelming guests with the “shine” of the murderous, ghostly entities that lurk around every turn – all while trying to escape the wrath of Jack Torrance as he violently succumbs to the hotel’s paranormal forces."

Admittedly, I'm happy that they're going with expanding on a few things here because if we're honest, there's just not much to really pull from to do a whole maze that isn't a very slow build up and I don't know how well that'd go over.

Still, I'm a bit surprised by this one. I mean, sure, The Shining is a horror classic, but it's not your typical horror movie either. The slow burn nature of it has me scratching my head as to just how they're going to about making this experience work for a haunted house, even with the above information. There's a few scenes that come to mind that they could replicate, but are they really going to include the bear scene? I mean...if they do, major kudos.

Either way, going to be keeping my eye out on any development on this one to see just what they could be up to regarding things. Mostly my own morbid curiosity on just how the team is gonna pull it off.

Stay tuned for more haunt news from Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights and tons of other haunts as we get closer to the best time of year, haunt season!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

[Site Update] It's Been a While...

Yes, yes it has. However, things are back on track around here, no I didn't forget about writing about the things I care about, or stuff I'm interested in. Life has just taken some weird twists and required a little more sorting than I'd normally like to deal with, but here we are.

First thing's first, proud to say that myself and the team here will be back at Anthrocon once again to cover all of the chaos first hand in just over a month. Wow, scary to think about, but we have some really interesting things that I hope we can get from that one. One of them involves Floor Wars, which I never miss, and definitely going to want to check out that finished product. Anthrocon is a weird beast, and many have said it's like a "Mecca" type of convention, but ya know what? I don't think that's true. I know so many that go every year, and it just doesn't get tired. No clue why that it is, but for me it's true at least.

Also, I'll be returning to Pennsic War again this year too. Not only is it a recharge for me, but I'll be taking a crapton more pictures and hopefully some of them I can actually share with folks. Last year, I didn't take that many. Why? Well, it was something of a return for me, after 7 years, I was just reveling in being home again.

This year, oh yeah...I'll get some good stuff that shows off the weird and wonderful that is Pennsic, don't you worry. I like my little weird adopted, and oft fucked up family there. Then again, what family isn't, right?

Speaking of pictures and other things, looks like I'm going to be hooking up with the team from the Dark Ride Project this summer as well. Why, you ask? Simple, they're coming stateside to capture some amazing dark rides right here in my home state of Pennsylvania and the opportunity to tag along is too much to pass up. I'm way too much of a dark ride fangirl to not take the chance to see this in action. Seriously, go look at their site, what they're doing is amazing and definitely should be supported as there's just not that many of these classics still around.

Hmmm, let's see, what else? Oh! Right, there is the matter of Haunt Tour 2017.

Yes, it's coming back for another go. Last year was a bit of a disaster, I admit, but there was a lot going on and due to some outside situations, I had to cancel things midway through. Not this time though...2017 is gonna bring a bit of coast to coast coverage. Yep, that's right, I'll be headed to California to check out a few haunts out there while also covering TwitchCon. A little crazy, but so be it. Besides, crazy is how things kind of work around here, right?

I think that's about all the updates on the year go. I'm still looking into other conventions to go to, or drop in on, and of course I'll be hitting up various theme parks and other stuff along the way as well. Why? Well, I didn't get nearly enough of those in last year and that really bugs me. Gonna fix that, big time. I'm also getting back into the swing of picking up on haunt news from across the US, and beyond, too. Hopefully will be getting my thoughts on all the announcements as they come out from haunted attractions big and small!

And that about wraps things up here, but stay tuned as updates are going to start flying starting this week and ya just never really know what I'm going I'm gonna talk about, or just what I'm gonna say. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thoughts on Wake-up Pictures...or Something

Well, I said things were gonna get a little more personal around here, and here we are! Nothing like three pictures of myself at the top of a post to drive that one home. I admit, it's a bit weird for even me, but there's a purpose for it! I think anyway...

So, what's with this whole wake up picture thing? I've actually gotten some questions about that and I figured that I'd kind of sit and down and try and dissect just how the whole thing came about, and where it could be going. It's still a little messy in my head, so bear with me on this.

I have no idea how it started...

I think the first one was done back about three months ago now. That was just a one shot thing, then another came around only two weeks after it. More goofing around than anything else, and not really much of a trend either. About a two weeks ago though, I stumbled across those two thanks to a couple of folks commenting on them via Instagram. My conclusion? Let's do another...which turned into a regular thing since.

What happened since the first one taken on March 3rd? I'm not even sure, just something clicked. So, kind of fell into the habit of taking a shot and using it everyday with my normal waking posts on social media. The cool thing is, a few other people have started to do it as well! Not as frequently, but it's still pretty cool to see the various states of wakeful people.

I mean really, look at these's awesome!

That brings me to the why do this at all? 

Well, I have no idea. Seriously, I don't. Though, it's become kind of addictive and it's sad that I can only do one a day because the weirdness of them has become sort of endearing to me. Sure, that might sound vain, but this is catching myself in a unique light that's not typically seen other than me every day either. Is there some kind of statement there? Some sort of grandiose plan?

The photographer in me wants to say something deep and meaningful, but that's just blowing smoke up everyone's ass. I do it because it's fun and that's really all there is to it. that I'm thinking about that, let's let the inner photographer out.
It could have to something to do with awareness on some level. Showing people that there's a beauty in all of us, even if we're all messy hair and looking like some half dead form of a human before caffeine. Maybe some of that ties into my own journey through transitioning as well? I'm not sure as that thought process hasn't fully fleshed itself out yet, but it very well could be a way to document and show the world that we're just silly little creatures like the rest of you.
Well, that was insightful and could be the true root cause of this. It could also be that and that it's fun to do and the answer is both reasons on some level. Again, I really don't know but it's a possible thing to consider in the end. I will be continuing it for as long as it seems like something worth doing. How long? Could be months, a year, longer? No clue.

Anyway, that's about it on that one, just figured I'd put some thoughts down about it and get back into the swing of writing here. Yes, you will see more of this kind of thing, along with more regular news and articles that used to happen around here, which will now be happening again so it'll be yeah, buckle up! Gonna be a weird year!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Recap So Far...

Things have been quiet again around here, and I do apologize for that. I was trying to get some things in order and figure out the next steps for not only myself, but the site in general as well. Good news is that there have been some conclusions about just those things!

First off, things were really bad for a while there. I was out of work for a few weeks and the resulting depression and feeling of not wanting to get anything done on top of stressing out on how I was going to afford things like food and all was a little much. However, managed to dig out of that hole thanks to some really amazing people and a little creative thinking. (It's amazing what you can do with ramen noodles!)

That was the bad, and yeah, was pretty ugly. 

Not the first time either, but that's so long ago now that it's not really worth bringing up other than to say that. Anyway, I've managed to keep a roof of my head, and some kind of food around so that I don't starve...which is good. I've also decided to move later on this month. Yep, that's right, once again the Kverse HQ will be moving!

Where? Well, really just a couple of miles down the road but it's into a house with a couple of other people and that should prove to be interesting. It's going to be fun to try and figure out just how to get all my stuff into there, but my room is the largest and I think I can go the whole studio apt thing in there to get things settled. We'll see, and definitely expect to see some updates as I work on a new set and backdrop for streaming.

EDIT: None of that is happening now. Gotta love that last minute changes, right? Pretty messed up over this one as it throws a ton of problems at me, which I'm not quite ready to deal with, nor can. Not gonna go into it as the situation has me a bit too on edge right now.

Speaking of that, I am kicking back into doing Overwatch and Wildstar streams. No clue if it'll expand and I'm still working out a schedule for that, but that'll evolve over time with the new job as I get settled into a new routine. I host all those on my personal YouTube channel, so check it out if you're feeling inclined to do such.

There's also been an odd infatuation with doing "first thing in the morning" pics and posting them. You've likely seen them on my personal social media stuff, as I've been good about getting one up everyday for the past week or so, it's interesting experiment and one that I'll likely keep doing as well. At least until it becomes what it's not...whatever that is, I still don't know.

Oh! I've also changed jobs. No more delivery girl stuff for me, thank the gods. I mean, look, it was a decent paying gig and all that but it was destroying my social life, causing tons of stress due to relying on tips so much, and also just thrashing my car. All three of those things, after a year? Yeah, no...I'm so done. Get weekends off now too, woohoo!

So, that's where things are in the personal realm. What about the site you ask? 

Well, I haven't forgotten about that and I'm still working on the Haunt Tour 2016 autopsy post. That's just taking a bit of time and, if I'm honest with myself, is really hard to write. Something about realizing one's own faults and airing them out there, it's just not something I do. Well, I do, but not here...usually on social media is where you'll see some pretty raw stuff a lot of the time. Trying to bring that here too, no idea why but it seems the right thing to do.

Oh! Also, things have changed slightly in coverage for the year. Thanks to the new job, we're still on hiatus from doing event coverage. That sadly means that Tekko is out for us. Always a great con, and with it being basically just down the road, always was something we loved to do. Just not going to work with everything else going on right now. So, it's looking like the first big event for the year will be Anthrocon 2017.

In the meantime? Who knows, I'll figure something out. More than likely anyway.

That's it for now though, going to cut this one a little short so I can get a few other projects started/finished or to other various stages of things. Until next time...

Sweet Screams and Pleasant Nightmares!