Monday, June 18, 2018

The Adventure Wagon: The Saga Begins

Okay, so as you know, this place is gonna a lot more personal and probably going to learn a lot of information that you just didn't think you wanted to know, or don't care to. That's entirely fine in my world. The other two sites, that I previously mentioned will do wonders for ya if you're looking for haunt or streaming stuff.

Now then, with that out of the way, there's some matter of business that I need to get to here. That is the start of a new vehicular adventure. One that I am calling "The Adventure Wagon". I really don't know what else to call it since I don't have it yet. However, this is the start of the chronicling of that weirdness.

The beloved Mokona

As many of you know, I currently drive a 2013 Hyundai Veloster, named Mokona. I love my little hatchback of doom, but due to some life experience last year (and lots of financial reasons), it's time to say goodbye.

I will definitely miss it, but it's time to get something more...unique. So, what exactly am I looking for? A station wagon, or an estate, depending on where you live.

Why you might ask? Well, there's a few reasons for that one

First off, they're a lot bigger, and by that I mean absurdly so compared to my current car. The reason this is important is that I move around a lot. How much is a lot? About 35 times since I was born, some of the moves small, some of them spanning 1000s of miles. The extra room for moving would be greatly appreciated.

The other benefit would be that I can get the rest of my belongings out of storage and no longer have to pay that fee every month. It's not bad for a short term thing but we're getting close to a year and I'd really like to not have that over my head anymore.

Third on the list, it can tow things. I've always wanted a tear drop trailer to adventure and it would be perfect for that too! In leui of such things, I can always modify the back for sleeping on longer trips as well. A win all around.

The final bit, it would be something that is mine. This one is huge as I've lost a ton in the past year, and having something that is 100% mine? That would be massive in my world.

What are the contenders? A 2000 Volvo V70 and a 2003 Volvo V40. They're very similar in a lot of ways, and also different enough to know as well. One is also about $1,000 less than the other, which is a big thing in my world too.

Volvo v70 and Volvo v40 - The Contenders

I'm still on the fence about which one I'll be bringing home, but it's going to be happening sooner than later. Stay tuned for more updates on this one from the road to get it, and after as the next era of my traveling begins!

I think I sense a change in the wind, says I

Random bits of New Mexico!
Hello everyone! I'm back!

Well, I never really went anywhere, but things have been all too quiet around here. There's a been a ton of meditation, figuring, panic attacks, and I think a nervous breakdown or two in the past year.

Due to all of that, I've done a lot of thinking and come up with an all new plan of what do with everything here. It's a bit of a let's clean that up.

Either way, I'm back to doing the thing I love the most.

First off, the site is splitting up. Yep, you read that right. isn't actually going anywhere though, but there are two new additions to the family that myself and the team will be taking care of. So, just what does this all mean? This site is going to become three. Yes, three.

How am I going to manage posting to all three on my own? Well, I've actually put quite a bit of thought into that. My first thought was; I don't post that much as it is, anything is an improvement! And I'm not wrong. However, this is still three different sites with very different purposes and the focus is specific to each.

The new set up will run like this...

This site has always been a personal project of mine that took on a life of it's own and I want to return it to a more personal slant. Still, it'll be the place for convention coverage, travel blogging, personal projects and some other stuff along those lines. I've often shared my own personal views on various topics here, and that won't be changing so it shouldn't change too much really.

Updates probably somewhat frequently but may be only 2-3 times a week or less depending on what's going on at the time. Slow periods happen!

The all new site, still very much a WIP, is dedicated to all things haunted attraction! Just haunts and haunt related stuff all the time. Really looking forward to getting into that. If you're asking "Why that name?", it's something to geek out over, because it's the standard interior dimensions of a casket. 24x79 inches.

All of the haunt reviews and other info will be shifted over there, it's a process but very much worth it in the end. I think you guys will like the direction of things but more on that once the site is up and running.

Updates will likely be pretty consistent around haunt news announcements and when reviews take place in the fall. Hoping to do some other things with this as well, but we'll see how those plans turn out. Either way, fairly active.

This one, also a WIP, is for my stream on Twitch mostly. Because of that, it'll be very stream specific and have all sorts of living history, game related stuff, and likely some crafting going on there too. That said, there will be crossover going on between TVV and without question as things get intertwined a lot there.

Updates here will likely be slower, as the site is more information and static. Yes, there will be a Vixen Bites blog section there, but that will be for specific purposes and should update as the need arises, or is wanted.

That pretty much sums things up on that front. I'm really looking forward to the changes and am super excited to get things rolling. Why am I splitting things up? It's easier for me to compartmentalize things and from a business standpoint, far easier to keep track of what's what. Sure, there will be some overlap of topics and coverage, but overall, I think this is gonna work best for everyone at the moment.

Just when will these things start happening? Pretty much immediately. I can tell you that this site is going to take a big turn towards the more personal project route pretty quickly here.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

TwitchCon - Day 1: Lines, Food Trucks, Ghosts and Why is the Rum Gone?

Hey everyone! Back again with another little look at things here in Long Beach, CA and the first official day of TwitchCon. Not only that, but managed to get over to Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary for some haunting fun as well. Been a really long and weird day, but a pretty good one.

So, without further ado, let's get on with it before I pass out from exhaustion again.

First thing is first, the start of TwitchCon itself. Sure, we got badges on Thursday and hooked with up a few other streamers we know, but today was the first day of the expo floor being open as well as panels and all that running. No, we didn't hit the Keynote speech, but did witness an epic line outside.

How epic? Well, Jon Snow was there, and we all know that's never a good thing if you're waiting for things. Anyway, the line did eventually get moving just after 1pm and folks started to get into the place.

I can say that while I understand the practice, things took a really long time and the entrance was definitely a choke point in the early bit of time to access the convention center space itself. Later on the day? Totally fine.

Once we did manage to get in, about 45min later (no, we didn't wait in line the whole time, we were smart and let it catch up to where we had parked ourselves), it was like entering a streamer's wet dream. I'm not gonna lie, there's a ton of really awesome stuff to see, games to play, and even streaming to do. The whole set up is pretty mental, and while we didn't exactly get a ton of time on the floor today, it was still a lot fun and we know exactly where we're going tomorrow.

I should put in here that we did make it to a panel, this is worth mentioning because I almost never actually go to the things when I'm at conventions, unless I'm running them or on it. Though, hey, even I can't be perfect.

Other than that? The only real big complaint is that Twitch was apparently really cheap and didn't spring for the convention goers to get wifi. Vendors and exhibitors have it, but not everyone else. So, unless you have Verizon, you get no signal in the building...which a huuuue issue and not sure how they fucked that one up. That said, that's really the only big thing I can gripe far.

I'll have more on the convention and maybe getting detailed about things after a second day on the floor and trying a bunch of things out that I saw today. Should work, in theory...we'll see!

We did cut things short with the convention itself today, but that was for a good reason. While out here, I had been invited to check out Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary. This was kind of a really good coincidence since we're staying aboard The Queen Mary, so it's right here!

There's not going to be a full review until I get back to the comfy confines of the Den of Debauchery with Mistress, but I can tell you that we had a blast with the event tonight. Sure, we get a bit of the royal treatment and there's no waiting in lines or anything like that as we're guided around. So, our experience isn't the same as everyone else's. That said, as always, it won't influence the way I review or look at the event through my eyes and past experiences.

However, I will say that there are some that's are lacking with a few of the mazes, while others were on point and just killing it. Overall, like many events this size, there's a ton of alcohol around and that makes me a little iffy on the acting standpoint as drunks can spell trouble Tonight? It seemed like everyone was just chill and no one was overdoing it...pretty cool to see if I'm honest about that. I'll have a lot more in the full review soon!

Overall? Had a blast with the event and after hitting up all the mazes and seeing a couple of the shows, we decided to head back to the room and just chill for bit. This was partially because my feet were fucking killing me...I'm not used to this shit...I'm a house vixen, remember?

Anyway, not long after we hooked up with ToothpicVic, who Mistress is the community mod for, and then headed over to an after party with some other streamers and friends which was really cool. New friends are always awesome, right? This is also when we discovered that rum around myself, Vic and a couple others is a bad'll go missing very quickly.

And, that about wraps up day two out here in Long Beach. Tomorrow is a full day of TwitchCon and then another round of Dark Harbor as it's where the convention party is later that night. Definitely going to use that and see just how things go again. For now though, much time for the sleepins, this vixen is beat.

So, until next time...

Sweet Screams and Pleasant Nightmares!

Friday, October 20, 2017

TwitchCon - Day Zero: Driving, Tires, Lack of Sleep and a Ship That Doesn't Move!

Seriously, I can't make up the past 36 hours at all. Not only was it insane on the drive out here, but we narrowly avoided a major tire issue and still managed to make it to Long Beach in about 16 hours.

Yep, that's right...1100 miles in 16 hours as we kind of platooned our way through the driving.

Well, okay, let's be honest, I did most of it.

Why? Mistress was tired as hell from having to be on call for like 4 days straight and let's face it, I'm used to this kind of thing after a decade or so of road trips, conventions, and other insanity. So, I ended up driving about 12 hours of the 16. Seriously, this is just something I've grown so used to it doesn't even really phase me anymore.

I'm a total crack monkey, but here I am at 1am local time, writing something. What is wrong with me?! Oh, wait...lots of things...let's not go there.

There's been like an hour of sleep somewhere before I woke up and went "I need alcohol and I need to explore!" So, like any intrepid explorer, I put on my game face some, made a rum and root beer and then started off to explore an 80 year old monster of a cruise ship that we're calling home this weekend.

First thing I noticed immediately? The haunt that they have going on in their "backyard" and from the looks of things, it's pretty damn amazing! I can't wait to see what they have in store for us and who knows, maybe they will, as they say, "scare the ship out of us".

This has been one of those haunts that I've wanted to visit for years now, and I finally get the chance! (insert fangirl squee here)

It's going to be one helluva an experience and I'll bringing the whole thing live on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook so stay tuned!

Other than that? Been a pretty relaxing day, managed to pick up our badges as well as pre-con swag bag without any issue or wait at all and then got some food (again) because all of us were pretty damn hungry again, even after the insane lunch at Slater's 50/50. Which, if you haven't gone? You soooo need to, place is awesome.

After checking in and all that, managed to meet up with a friend and fellow Twitch streamer in ToothpicVic and then we made our way back to the hotel after a quick grocery store run to make sure we had things on hand for snacking when just relaxing here.

So, yeah, that's pretty much it. Tomorrow is the start of TwitchCon, and I'm actually really curious to see just what I think of the whole thing. Why? Well, that's because I usually just do fan run conventions and this one is a bit more industry. Either way, it should be fun and amusing to see just what they have in store.

It's also really nice to not actually be working this event. Sure, I'm doing the Dark Harbor event as press for the haunt end of things here, but the convention itself? Nope, just here to have fun and see what the deal is. That said, I'll still take tons of pictures and go crazy with's what I do, right?

Anyway, it's past 1am here now and I really should get my skinny ass to sleep. Stay tuned for another update tomorrow night and of course follow along with the chaos all day and night as I get into the swing of TwitchCon 2017 and Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary!

Until next time,

Keep Safe, Kick Ass and Pleasant Nightmares!