Let’s pretend for a moment that I’m creative enough to not gank my post titles from the one scene of This Is Spinaltap that anyone actually remembers.
In fact, let’s keep pretending. Pretend that you’ve been pretending to think and act differently for, oh, eleven years. Eleven years of your (mostly) adult life have been devoted to consuming, discussing, and being people you are not in situations you can’t actually have experienced. What do you think happens? Do you think you’ll lose all touch with reality? Do you think you’ll end up living a split life? Or do you think you’ll somehow blend your worlds together and be a functional human being, a powerful mage, and giant robot pilot all at the same time?
Now that you’ve pondered this, HA! WELCOME TO MY WORLD! SUCKERS! I just made you roleplay! Neener neener.
As you might have gathered, I’ve been a gamer, fangirl, and con-goer for eleven years (and I’m still a noob in the scene compared to many people I know). My first convention was Otakon 1999, July 4th weekend. Walking through Baltimore was like walking on the surface of the sun. Walking through the convention center was like entering a whole new world. In fact, it was an entire bag of space metaphors, big banging in my face. I saw anime I’d never heard of. I discovered cosplay. Tuxedo Mask kissed me under the full moon. I was hooked; there was no way I was walking away from this. Eleven years later, I’m not so much gearing up for DEXCON as speeding down the highway in a car driven by a headless chicken (has anyone seen my leatherman?). My tastes have changed; the feeling hasn’t. This isn’t just something I do on the weekends and hide from my co-workers. All of these other worlds are a part of me. We are inseparable. This isn’t fantasy any longer.
This is Spinaltap my life, and I’d like to share it with you.
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July 5th, 2010 by Cassie