It's been a pretty exciting morning here. We've been up since five a.m. My little girl likes to get up early, play up a storm, and then take a mini-nap around eight am. That being said, early morning nap is almost over, so this blog posting will be pretty brief.
As most of you know, I'm gearing up to host a Once Upon A Time ATC Swap pretty soon. We'll probably get rolling around the first of June, once everyone is out for the Summer. It will be pretty laid back, and I'm not sure if we'll host it on Swap-Bot or another site.
Since we have a lot of talented folks in our midst, I might do more than just ATC swaps. Some Oncers out there are really clever with Photoshop, others knit and quilt, some draw, some are culinary wizards and so on and so forth.
The Oncer fangroup is very rich in diversity, as we come from all over the globe.
I was conversing with my friend @RedRedShuz via DM on Twitter, and a thought occurred to me:
Why limit the swaps to *just* ATCs? Why not swap anything and everything?
I know that Summer can be just as busy for people with vacations, events, etc, but perhaps we could have a general swap for Oncers. We could trade anything from postcards to recipes to artwork to trinkets that represent our hometown/state/country, etc.
We all have busy lives. Some are students, some work, some run a household and so on. I understand busy; I take care of my family and am working on my Master's Thesis, plus I participate in Swapbot Swaps and other Artist related events in the area, so my schedule is always jam packed.
If something like this were to materialize, we could start off slow and see how it progresses.
The main thing I want to avoid is people being flaked on. Life happens and people get busy, but if the swap comes to life, anyone involved has to be committed to actually follow through with sending their item.
Also, I realize we are living in tight times right now, so we might do some email based swaps to start off with ( think email penpals, etc ), and then we can do another swap those who are able to and feel comfortable with sending things via snail mail. This way, everyone can participate at whatever level they are able to and comfortable with.
Email or Tweet me if you're interested!
----- Why do I like Once Upon A Time? -----
As an Animator, Writer and former Disney World Cast Member, it's pretty much my job to learn as much about my craft as I can. Obviously, I enjoy a good story, otherwise I would not have gone into the field of Animation. I became an Animator because I wanted to tell Visual Stories. It's only natural that I would gravitate toward a show based on Fairy Tales that I have loved since childhood.
I cannot recount how many in-depth conversations I have been witness to that revolved solely around some sort of Sporting Event, whether it be Football, Basketball, Baseball, etc. There are some people who can sit for hours and discuss game events, what they hope to see happen, etc. There are even some people who play "Fantasy Football," which is about as much of a sports fanperson as you can get.
The point is, people have things they like. Some people like Football, I like Once Upon A Time. I don't think that I actually live in the show, or that it's real. I just enjoy everything about the show from the Art Direction to the Writing to the Acting.
The show also inspires my Creativity. I, like any other Creative Individual, goes through creative blocks. I had been in a Creative block for some time and the show ( as well as the love and support of my Husband and Family ) sort of helped me through that.
Also, it's always good to support your industry. Everyone enjoys Entertainment. Once Upon A Time belongs to ABC, which is a division of The Walt Disney Company. Supporting the show, means keeping jobs in my industry alive and well. And keeping shows like this alive keep creativity alive. Without creativity, the world would be a bland palette of greys, and who wants that?
It's natural to have dreams and aspirations. We all want a Happy Ending. Even Woody Allen noted this in the film "Annie Hall." He lost the woman he loved, so what did he do? He wrote a play that featured the ending he preferred, not the real ending.
In a time where gas prices keep soaring up and up and where things are tight for so many families, we need something to keep our hope and our spirit alive. Shows, movies and plays like Once Upon a Time help us momentarily escape and forget our troubles, even if it is just for a brief hour. For that one hour, we forget about checkbook balances and recessions; we relax and enjoy ourselves. We get lost in the story.
And that's that. I'm off for now, as naptime is over! Happy Saturday!