‘Game of Thrones’ season 5: Who should sit the Iron Throne? The Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereIn this week’s “Podcastamere,” we take a look at the third episode of “Game of Thrones” season 5, and between Sansa, Margery and Jon, we have A LOT of great developments to talk about.

We also get to the nitty gritty about who should really sit the Iron Throne. Which main character would be the best leader of the Seven Kingdoms?

Listen below & find out what we think. Then tell me what you think in the comments!


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLiveSenior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Cosplay & the art of creating complex characters

Cosplay

To me, cosplaying is one of the most perfect acts of creative expression. We use so much of our brainpower to recreate or even invent a character to express who we are as people – and what we get nerdy about the most.

Me and my husband as our versions of Ygritte & Jon Snow at the Pa. Renaissance Faire in 2014.

Me and my husband as our versions of Ygritte & Jon Snow (Game of Thrones) at the Pa. Renaissance Faire in 2014.

So much goes into a person’s costumed expressions. To recreate a famous video game character, for example, it’s not just about knowing her clothes. We have to know her inside and out – her history and her personality, as well as the materials she wears, uses, or would have access to in her world. We have to know what life she lives, so we can be true to her character. Is she a warrior? An adventurer? An oracle? A princess? A prize?

Sometimes, we might create our own character who lives in an existing fictional world. A generic orc or Tolkien-esque elf, perhaps. A new take on some famous character, like a female Link or a Renaissance-era Harley Quinn. Women are so pathetically underrepresented in nerd culture that there aren’t enough video game, sci-fi, fantasy, or comic book characters to satisfy all of us. Love “Tomb Raider,” but think Lara Croft is an objectified, one-dimensional character? Make your own tomb raider. You got this.

We’re playing writers, actors and costume designers all in one.

Corset I made from a dyed leather scrap and a few grommets. I like to use it to create a pirate, a viking or a khaleesi.

Corset I made from a dyed leather scrap and a few grommets. I like to use it to create a pirate, a viking or a khaleesi.

There are many ways to cosplay. Since I frequent Renaissance Faires, my tools tend to be leather, metal and thread. Others’ tools might be makeup, prosthetics, liquid latex or wearable technologies. I admire some of the professional cosplayers who really go all out on their costumes, but I don’t have that type of budget.

My costumes usually involve something upcycled or found, repurposing thrift store clothes or antique store finds. That means there are some practical limitations to authenticity. So, rather than trying to recreate a character exactly, I like to invoke for others something about a character, or a time period, or anything else I’d like to embody.

I’m thankful that creativity fills the emptiness that limitations create. I’m forced to think of how I can conjure images of a pirate, a viking, a khaleesi, or a 16th-century hippie with what I have already in my closet –  with what I can easily find or create. I try to stay true to my guidelines for the character while making it my own.

But the best part about a successful cosplay? Meeting new people at the Faire or convention who get nerdy about the same stuff you do.

When ‘Game of Thrones’ beats ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’: The Rains of Podcastamere

PodcastamereIn this week’s “Podcastamere,” we take a look at the second episode of “Game of Thrones” season 5, and we get into some technical bits about adapting an epic book series to an also-epic television series.

We talk a bit about one of my favorite topics: Where the TV show and the books diverge, and when the TV show gets it just right. I hope you like it.


The Rains of Podcastamere” is PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLiveSenior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Another week, another ‘Game of Thrones’ podcast (season 5, episode 1): The Rains of Podcastamere

Hello, dear readers.

PodcastamereHere is the second episode of “The Rains of Podcastamere,” PennLive.com’s new “Game of Thrones” podcast starring PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself. I haven’t listened to the new episode myself yet (it’s too weird to listen to myself talk), so you’ll have to tell me how it is in the comments.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.

So, what was your #1 GOT moment? What has been your least favorite? Drop me a comment.

Is that what I sound like? Listen to me on ‘The Rains of Podcastamere’

PodcastamereWhat was promised shall be delivered. PennLive Senior Westeros Correspondent Sean Adams, Community Engagement Lead Chris Mautner and myself recorded today our debut episode of “The Rains of Podcastamere,” our new “Game of Thrones” podcast.

You can read all about the podcast and the episode on PennLive here.

You can read all of PennLive’s “Game of Thrones” coverage (including photo galleries, speculation and recaps of all sorts) here.

You can listen to my weird, too-quiet voice on the podcast here or below.

I may or may not post each episode here as they air, but you can tune in each Tuesday afternoon at PennLive, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Hello, WordPress, my old friend…

It’s been a month with a fair amount of turmoil. My grandmother, Flora Pauline Osgood, died on St. Patrick’s Day, just days after I returned to Pennsylvania from a visit with her in Tennessee. Her death was expected and dignified, but no less hard on the rest of us. She was ready.

My husband and I made the 10-hour return to Tennessee with 2-year-old “This American Life” episodes to narrate our drive. It was a solemn and peaceful visit for the funeral, but I’ve returned to the real world, and I’ll be writing more here within days.

I have a few cool opportunities to jump into in the coming weeks. The most exciting, in my opinion, is a podcast I’ll be starting tomorrow at PennLive.com with my co-workers Chris Mautner and Sean Adams. “The Rains of Podcastamere” (Yeah, how was that title not taken already?) will bring to the Interwebs our take on the fifth season of Game of Thrones. We will be exceptionally nerdy and, we hope, puntastically witty.

It’s my first podcast ever, and I’ll be sure to post at least the first episode here for all interested parties to listen to my weird voice talk about dragons and such.

Onward & upward.