Time away…

I’m currently enjoying some much needed time off.

As usual for this time of year, Lynn and I are at our annual geek-fest at Calgary Expo.

So far, the panels have been interesting, and the crowds have been manageable though I feel they are the largest they have been since before COVID.

Todd Stashwick and Jonathan Frakes at Calgary Expo 23.

A couple panels I’ve checked out so far are Todd Stashwick, who played Captain Liam Shaw on the third season of Start Trek: Picard; Robert Patrick, who has been in a number of television shows and movies including Terminator 2: Judgement Day; and Jonathan Drakes, best known for his role as Commander William T. Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Frakes’ panel was supposed to be solo, however Stashwick ended up crashing it with humerous results. They two actors have awesome chemistry together.

The other big-name panel I am looking forward to is director Sam Rami’s on Sunday. Rami is the director of the original low-budget Army of Darkness movies back in the 1980s. His most recent offering was the latest Dr. Strange movie: De. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

One of the many awesome Lego pieces on display.

Aside from the stars, there have been some other interesing offerings at Expo as well. A group of creators has come together to help discuss the in’s and out’s of podcasting, wither several sessions offered over the weekend. Some published authors have hosted or will be hosting panels tailored specifically to writers as well.

I was debating on getting a photo taken with either Frakes or Patrick, however I decided that neither is enough of a draw for me to part with the cash required to do so.

There is still two days left of Expo, though Saturday is traditionally the busiest of the four days so I feel today will be a good day to hide in panels as much as I can.

This time away from work, school, and the general chaos of life, has definitely been much needed; I actually didn’t need realize how much I neeed the break. That said, some of the writing and creator panels are reinvigorating me, giving my creative a juices a kick into gear that has me ready to hit the ground running when Lynn and I head back to reality on Monday.


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