February 19, 2014

Whitney vs Days of the Wolf

So I’m a big Teen Wolf fan. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to those of you who follow me on Twitter (or Tumblr).

I admit, I wasn’t sure about watching it – a non-reality show on MTV? And it’s based on a movie from the 80s? After being wooed by GIF sets on Tumblr, I gave it a shot. I was drawn in by the blend of horror and teen drama. The way that the characters faced just as many real issues as supernatural ones- and then the show evolved into something that other shows I love lacked. Actual character growth.

Anyways, I won tickets to Days of the Wolf through FanBolt forums. DOTW is a fan convention that was this last weekend. First fan convention I’ve gone to, though I’m going to Creation’s VegasCon (for Supernatural) next month. Day One had Holland Roden, Crystal Reed and the Carver twins- as well as a few contests.

I cosplayed as Kira Yukimura, one of the new additions to the cast this season. I even tried my hand in all the contests. The first was a yes/no trivia contest (I got out on a question that was worded trickily, but eh). The second was pitching a Teen Wolf movie (which really wasn’t too far out of my wheelhouse, having done advertising for a bit – but I forgot the audience, and pitched a good story vs something that would appeal to a younger crowd – the winner pitched them being in college, and doing normal college stuff and having to come back to Beacon Hills to solve some vague mystery. Mine was time travel. The whole pack is cursed by a witch and get sent back to just before the Hale Fire, so they all have to try to get ingredients to reverse the curse. But Derek’s tempted to change things, to stop the fire from happening, so they have to avoid all their past selves and keep Derek from doing something reckless. Oh well), and I got a Teen Wolf mug for playing! I also tried my hand in the costume contest, and didn’t place- but I got another mug. So now TheBoy and I can each drink from a mug while watching Teen Wolf.

All in all, it was a great day. We met up with a friend we’d worked with at Disneyland (who I’ll dub T) as well as her husband. Sat in the ballroom and enjoyed the panels, joked, and had dinner together. It was a great time.

But this wasn’t exactly typical for me. None of it. I’ve gone to cons by myself in the past and talked myself out of talking to people, and I did three separate contests. And I talked to people!

Just before Crystal Reed’s panel on Saturday, I spotted a girl dressed as Abaddon from Supernatural. When I realized she was with a girl dressed like Dean, I snapped a picture and uploaded it to Tumblr. It started to get some reblogs/likes, but I just kept liveblogging Crystal’s panel.

At the end of it, Abaddon and Dean showed up. “It’s you! We saw your picture and followed you on Tumblr, and then I saw your post about Crystal-” And just like that, I started to talk to them! Without panicking! And then I got an even better picture of them- they’ll be at VegasCon, so I’m hoping I see them again.

On Day Two, I was excited because there were four panels that day! And as soon as we got there, TheBoy suggested that I buy the photo op for Tyler Hoechlin. The pit of my stomach fell out, and I gave him a million reasons why I couldn’t. And he just looked at me and told me that this was a chance I wouldn’t run into very often, and I’d regret it if I didn’t.

So I went for it. And honestly, of all the celebs I’ve met (and I worked at Disneyland, I’ve met plenty), he was probably the nicest. No, really. He introduced himself to every person in line (“Hi, I’m Tyler, it’s nice to meet you.” – like we didn’t know who he was, it was adorable), smiled, laughed. It was just sort of magic. But I did it! I was terrified of all the unknown, and I did it.

I’m going to put up pictures from Days of the Wolf on Friday. I took a bunch on my cell phone, some need editing – and I need to scan the picture from the photo-op. But, Friday.

But there you have it. TheBoy’s been helping me push myself safely in bringing myself out of my shell. He’s known me for long enough that he tends to know better than I do what I can and can’t do. Not that I don’t- but for those with anxiety issues, sometimes you talk yourself out of something you could do. And he knows where my boundaries are.

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