One week from today, Brian and I will be boarding a plane to head to San Diego, and Nerdvana Bliss.
As the Con approaches, more and more information is being released about events hosted throughout the weekend. We’ve got TONS of them flagged–things we might be interested in, things we’d definitely be interested in, things that we can do if one of those super-interesting things fills up before we can find a seat.
But there are four all-important events that we are the MOST excited about. And I’m here today to share those with you.
That’s right. Nerds don’t play, homie. Brian will get to partake of not one, but TWO Transformers panels, back to back, on the very first day of the Con. (I’ll be there, too, but more to watch Brian’s excitement than anything else.) I haven’t the foggiest idea what a toy company could possibly talk about for 2 whole hours, but I guess at ComicCon, anything is possible. Fortunately, there isn’t anything else pressing for a few hours after these panels, which is a great thing. I’ll need the time to figure out how to scrape my overly excited husband off of the ceiling.
OH-SO-MUCH Joss Whedon! Finally, after years of worshiping this creative genius from afar, we get to sit through not one, but TWO panels hosted by our very favorite writer/director/producer EVER. One of the panels will be focused solely on his upcoming television series, S.H.I.E.L.D. The other will be just Joss, in all his wonderfulness, talking about all the things we love from the Whedonverse: Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, The Avengers, and much, much, MUCH more. It all goes down on Friday, people. Prepare yourselves for the SQUEEE heard around the world.
Holy crapballs, y’all. I don’t even know what to do with myself. I cried when they finally announced it. A one-hour-long celebration of Doctor Who, featuring Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman, AND MATT SMITH. Since he has announced that he’s leaving the show, I feel so totally blessed to be able to be at this year’s ComicCon with him, since it will be his last as the Doctor. I will cry, I will shout love phrases at him, and I will wear a bowtie. For those who aren’t Whovians, I can’t explain it to you. But to those who are—Matt Smith is MY Doctor. And I love him so. *sob*
These three major events will be stuffed between panels like “Geeks Getting Published” and “Showtime’s Dexter” and “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes.” We’ll be learning all about the new Assassin’s Creed game, meeting the creator of the Buffy comics, and stalking stars like Nathan Fillion and Chris Hemsworth. And when it all comes to an end on Sunday evening, we will be finishing off the Con with a bang. Because the very last thing we will be attending is a:
I have no words. All I can do is start practicing now.
It’s the video blog you’ve all been asking for since Wednesday—my New Kids on the Block concert experience. Let me just say that, for the handful of videos that compile this 10 minute video blog, there are a dozen or more that didn’t make the cut. I tried to only use the best footage, and my favorite moments, to compile this glimpse into the concert for you guys. I could’ve made it twice as long, and I talked for at least 20 minutes on camera about the concert alone…but I’ve whittled it down to the very best, just for you. Enjoy.
If you can’t see the video above, point your browser here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFBquoM6sSE&feature=share&list=UUEczew4VOwLtc9F–J-rUUA
SPECIAL THANKS TO gal-pal, Jenn, who was my concert buddy and my forever-New Kids friend. To Brian, for making this experience happen for me–I can never tell you how grateful I am to you for everything. And to the New Kids on the Block, for making Wednesday everything I had hoped and dreamed for over the last 22 years. I can’t wait to do it again, and soon.
Unfamiliar with The Guild? Well, then, hand over your nerd card, reader. If you love all things nerdy, you should definitely have watched this web-based comedy. You can stream it on Netflix, or watch it online. Similarly, click the link for the awesomeness that is the music video associated with “I’m The One That’s Cool.” I ♥ Nerds.
Can’t see this video? Copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://youtu.be/6G7hxXs0P-0
…even if you can’t hear them. I mean, they talk to me. I can clearly hear their thoughts just by looking at their little faces. In fact, Brian and I have conversations with our pride of cats all the time.
So when we took an impromptu trip to Riverbanks Zoo yesterday, I thought I’d show you exactly what I mean by the phrase “Animals Can Talk.”
Still not convinced? Fine. Prepare for yet another AbbyGabs video. I warned you.
See? Animals can TOTALLYtalk. Am I right?
I could’ve just done another “look at all the pretty pictures I took at the zoo yesterday” post, but I’ve done those at least twice. So I thought I’d show off our collective photography skills while also making you laugh. If the pictures don’t work, I’m pretty sure my goofy animal voices will do the trick.
Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Flickr, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, You Tube….if there’s a way for me to connect with people on the internet, I’m going to try to do it. I may suck at it, but I’m going to try. (Hence the myriad of clickable buttons to the right that will lead you straight to me on each platform…)
And trying is important, because at least it makes me somewhat visible. Right?
But the truth of the matter is that I don’t really use my social media skills to self-promote quite as much as I should. And it’s something I need to work on, I think, if I ever plan to really succeed at this whole “professional blogger” thing. Because after all, if I don’t give my readers multiple opportunities to see me, hear me, and read my stuff, then I’m not really doing my blog much justice.
Here’s what I mean.
How I’ve Been Using My Facebook Fan Page: This would have been a terrific idea, if I’d planned on turning it into a future blog post. But I didn’t. And I won’t. I was just curious and I wanted to gush about Megan Hilty for a second or two.
How I SHOULD Be Using My Facebook Fan Page: It should be a no-brainer, right? When I post a blog, I should post it to Facebook. Which I do—usually, without fail or hesitation. But once I post it the one time…that’s it. The end. I never go back and resubmit the link, or beg for people to go see my work. I always worry that if I post links too often, people will get annoyed. So I post it once, sit back, and hold my breath, hoping they’ll click anyway.
How I’ve Been Using My Twitter Feed:My followers know all too well that I spend most of my time on Twitter stalking Donnie Wahlberg (and other members of NKOTB), annoying my blogger friends for Word Press advice, and re-Tweeting stuff I find to be funny/knowledgeable/important that other people posted. Rarely, if ever, do I post humorous content of my own devising, or do the other thing that Twitter feeds are for…I.E….
How I SHOULD Be Using My Twitter Feed: …promoting my blog. (Which I managed to do in this particular example while simultaneously stalking Donnie Wahlberg. Because I’m a Twitter wizard, that’s why.)
So now I’m following the social media path to new avenues…
Google Plus finally sucked me in, and now I’m busy setting up a profile, trying to find people to follow, and joining new communities for writers like the little joiner that I am. I’m planning on using it as a self-promotional tool only (although I said that about Twitter when I joined, too…and that was a rabbit hole I never expected.)
The one facet of social media I really want to focus attention on right now, though, is You Tube. I’ve managed to build up quite a large channel over there, just from posting my video blogs so I could share them here with you. And now, You Tube wants me to spiff up the joint–adding a new (HUGE?!) banner, inviting friends to subscribe so they never miss a video…they even wanted me to create a trailer to introduce people to what my channel was all about.
Which lead to THISTweet: Followed by the creation of THISvideo:
Short, sweet, and to the point, yes?
So, as part of this new Word Press adventure, I’m going to work on my social media skills. Just don’t judge me if it doesn’t happen on Twitter right away. (I can’t help it. I need my daily ‘Berg fix.)
Won’t you join me on my You Tube channel? Click THIS LINK to visit, click the little subscribe button, and make me dance a jig in my seat! 🙂
Boredom set in last night by about 8 p.m. We flipped and flipped and flipped, and not a single decent television program could be found. That’s when I saw THIS in my cable lineup:
So then I was all like, HOLD ‘UP WAITAMINUTE….WHAT DOES THAT SAY?”
I sat up and leaned in so I could read it a little better…
I looked over at my husband, who had become mysteriously interested in his laptop. With a maniacal laugh, I punched the play button and sat back to enjoy a movie classic–one I’ve seen so many times, I can recite certain scenes verbatim.
I giggled when Johnny almost lost his balance on the log. I cheered when he told off her dad for putting her in a corner. And I cried when she nailed the lift in the end…
(Oh, shut up. You know you wanted to see it, too.)
When bedtime rolled around, I pachanga-ed all the way to the bathroom, humming the music from the soundtrack under my breath.
I was squirting a line of toothpaste onto my toothbrush, singing away, when I noticed my husband standing in the doorway with THIS look on his face:
That’s his “I’m so amused at you right now, so I’m just going to keep watching while you unknowingly humiliate yourself” face.
I stopped dead in my tracks, the melody I’d been singing dying off in a discordant manner.
“What?” I asked innocently.
“Nothing,” he answered. “Just wondering what the story was behind all those fun and cool noises you were just making.”
I giggled. “I wasn’t making noises, I was singing the song. The song from the movie.” (At this point, the hormonesand lack of sleep kicked in and I couldn’t make words.) “You know…where they….” I mimed dancing. “And she…” I mimed running then jumping. “Then he…” And I mimed him lifting her into the air.
Brian shook his head, laughing, and said, “Whatever, crazy lady.” He then exited the scene, leaving me to ponder just what I sounded like to him. To me, I sounded like this:
It’s a good day. The kind of day that makes me happy to be alive. In fact, I’m in such a good mood that I made a list of all the things that are making me happy and turned them into a quick video blog, all for your viewing pleasure.
What are you happy about today, readers? Tell me all about it in the comments below. Happy Weekend! This video is dedicated to gal pal, Arielle, for lodging a formal protest yesterday about my lack of video blogs lately. She’s a fan, and that’s one of many reasons why I adore her. So I whipped up this little ditty just to make her laugh.
A few months ago, I reached out to my friends, family, and readers, and asked them to submit questions for a video blog. They did, and it turned out to be one of my favorite vlogs I’ve ever done.
However, there was one friend and reader who went above and beyond the call of duty. The questions she sent me were so fantastic, so funny, and SO PERFECT for Abby Gabs, that I just had to revisit our interview, and post them for you here. Prepare to laugh, because my pal Rachel is one funny gal.
Rachel: It’s said that you turned down the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind because Clark Gable was unwilling to leave you in the final, crucial scene. On her deathbed, Vivian Leigh cursed you for upstaging her at the premiere where this tidbit came out. Tell us… Did she really give birth to a litter of puppies at that event? And what happened to those said puppies?
Abby: I cannot confirm or deny the rumor of puppies, as I was too busy flirting with Gable and wowing the cameras with my authentic 1930s hairdo. Also, I was giggling in the corner with the Doctor, because how else could I have gone back in time to upstage Leigh, without the transportation of the TARDIS?
R: You’ve been offered the role of love interest in the new Transformers movie. Michael Bay has offered to Photoshop Megan Fox out of the previous movies. Your own love interest, Brian, is a huge Transformers fan. Will these men influence your decision to accept the role?
A: I had originally turned down the role until Mark Wahlberg, Donnie’s brother, contacted me and begged me to do it. I don’t normally accept roles under those conditions, but as I’m a close, personal friend of the Wahlbergs, I decided to join the cast so I can work with Mark again.
However, I really don’t care what Bay decides to do about Megan Fox. She dug her grave, and now she has to lie in it with cast-off copies of her, *ahem*, “movie,” Jennifer’s Body.
R: We’ve all seen the made-for-TV movie, That Gabby Abby. It’s a required course in 47 of the 48 continuous states’ 5th grade education. How does it make you feel that North Dakota refuses to make it a required course as well?
A: I applaud any and all states’ rights to create their own laws, so long as it does not interfere with my bank account. Therefore, I will be staging a peaceful protest on the North Dakota/South Dakota border in the upcoming months. There will be cupcakes, people waving signs around, and a New Kids on the Block cover band. I’m working on getting a cameo appearance by Donnie Wahlberg himself, but he still hasn’t confirmed the dates with me as of yet. By the time I’m through, North Dakota will adore me, and my film will be forced down the throats of adolescents in the snowy north as well.
R: You’re running for President this year. What is your stance on jeggings and should they be illegal?
A: Here is my public service announcement about that very subject.
R: You come from humble beginnings, and yet you decided to turn down Brangelina’s offer to give you their mansion in California. Your landlord went on national television to offer to take down the wood paneling in your country flat, but you refused citing his love for ’70s wood paneling and your respect for it. This has sparked a trendy design craze for the wood paneling and designers praise you for your bold statement. There are rumors that you’ll be using orange shag carpeting in your home next… Are they true?
A: I was high at that television interview with my landlord. Wood paneling sucks. It should be ripped from every wall in America and burned in a giant bonfire. We’ll call it an effigy to bad taste and horrible design.
I don’t mind shag carpet, though.
R: When you bought the new iPhone 5, Siri began speaking exclusively to you, neglecting all other iPhone 5 users and forcing Apple to attempt to correct the glitch. Siri responded by detaching herself from the Apple mainframe and becoming the first recorded sentient computer program. She now claims the title of Abby’s BFF and there have been several attempts on the lives of other people who attempt to claim the title as well. Do you feel responsible for her actions?
A: Siri can be difficult to read. She tends to have a split personality, especially when asked questions regarding the space/time continuum, when giving directions to Mars, and when fielding that difficult question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. I cannot comment on the attempted murder claim, as my lawyer advises me against it. What I will say is that Siri is great. She is so great. She is, like, the best friend, ever…I swear…
R: A new phenomenon has been sweeping the world. Leading scientists cannot explain why spiders are giving birth to and randomly turning into fluffy bunnies. Some speculate that it is a direct reaction to the revelation in the Broadway musical hit, That Gabby Abby starting Merryl Streep, that you are frightened of spiders. What are your thoughts?
A: To Drs. Hoffstetter and Cooper, who are leading this research, I send you a huge thanks. Spiders give me the willies. And bunnies are adorable!
R: The New Kids On The Block have recently announced a brand new tour. Donnie Whalberg has gone public with his love for you and has even named the tour, “Abby Will You Marry Me?” He regularly Photoshops himself into pictures with you and has blogged about his obsession many times. You have made it very clear that you love and are faithful to your cabana boy, Brian, going so far as to marry him. What advice would you give others with this level of unrequited love?
A: Ah, unrequited love. It’s a sneaky, painful, careless mistress. Here are my tips to those who suffer this terrible fate.
1: Be kind. Regardless of your feelings, there are others in the world who would give anything for a kind word from you.
2: Be cautious over the words that you choose, but don’t be afraid to share a little piece of yourself with your fans, just to make their own lives a little more meaningful.
3: Try to refrain from posting too many racy photographs of yourself on Twitter. Sure, it’s fun to get the fans all whipped up into a frenzy, but it’s taxing on their hearts. Give sparingly, but give.
Thanks, Rachel, for sending me the most creative questions, ever. I hope you are suitably impressed. 🙂