Decisions, decisions…

Okay, so Welcome to Night Vale is coming back to Europe in October and I have a decision to make. No, the question is not whether I will be going or not, because that’s a given. The question is where I will be going. So far I’ve seen The Librarian in Stockholm and The Investigators in London and I have no idea where I’m going to aim at getting tickets this year. Should I stay closer to home and go to Stockholm, or go back to London again? Or maybe somewhere else all together? Ireland perhaps? I’ve never been to Ireland and they say that it’s beautiful. Either way I need to decide soon, because the tickets goes on sale on the 19th and I want to get them on that day to be sure that I get it.

So, anyone else going?

Lost in London (^_^);;

Some of you might know that I spent one night in London between Monday and Tuesday this week, to attend the Live Show that the amazing people of Welcome to Night Vale did there. It was the first time I was in London and I didn’t get to see a lot of the city unfortunately, since I was staying for such a short time, so I might just have to go back some day and explore a little more. But back to this trip.

It started of pretty good, I feel like I’m slowly getting used to airports although it’s still far too many people rushing about for my tastes. But I didn’t have that long to wait for my flight so it wasn’t really bad.

As soon as I got out of the airport however, I started the theme that followed most of my trip; getting lost… It took me a while to figure out how to get where I needed to go, but one shuttle bus, two trains and a bit of walking later I managed to find the hotel I was staying in. In the end I only stayed there to drop off my bag and take a shower before heading out again, intending to search out the way to Union Chapel. Would anyone get even the slightest surprise if I told you that I got lost… again? I ended up walking for about two hours before I managed to find my way and I got there at about 4.30 I think (didn’t really check the time right then but I think it was around that time). The doors opened at 7 but there was already a bit of a queue lined up and it grew fairly quickly after I took my place in it.

On that point, can I just say that I f*cking adore the Night Vale fandom? The queue was filled to the brim with familiar characters and it was absolutely fantastic! There were everything really, even a couple of Strex employees! It was amazing to watch. Somewhere along the line I ended up in a small group of really cool people that I ended up enjoying the evening with and I really had a great time.

Now the show itself, well… It was absolutely magical as expected! Cecil Baldwin is the god of live-shows, I already knew that from ‘The Librarian’ last year, but it just keeps on amazing me. The way that he can draw reactions out of his audience, whether it be laughter or feeling sorry for someone, simply by giving off a look or a facial expression. And I will never cease to be amazed by the fact that he is actually able to keep a straight face through some of the things that have the audience howling with laughter. It is simply amazing.

And if Cecil is the god, then Meg Bashwiner is the undisputed goddess! Her ‘Deb-voice’ cracks me up every time, and she is one of the funniest people to listen to I know of. I wouldn’t mind my inner monologue being constantly in her voice, just saying.

And Jason Webley? Can I just say that I love this man and his music? Hearing his songs live is something that will not quickly be forgotten. Pyramid especially gave me goosebumps, since I have loved that song since the first time I heard it. And I love the signed copy of the Margaret album that I got to bits and pieces ♥ The man is also something of a clown on stage, making watching him a really enjoyable experience. As a side-note; someone, for the love of everything wonderful, buy the man a giraffe!

I am not gonna say anything specific about the actual show, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but I am just gonna say that every guest was fantastic and it was definitely worth the trip!

Oh right, have some blurry mobile photos because my camera decided not to be cooperative in the slightest…

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Jason Webley

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Cecil Baldwin

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Cecil and Meg

Finishing off this trip I managed to give myself a rather horrific cold… Apparently my body decided that sitting on the pavement for a few hours was not something that would keep it healthy and I woke up Tuesday morning with a very sore throat and the mother of all headaches >.> I think it’s overreacting to be honest… On the bright side I didn’t get lost finding my way to the airport and I was able to get home safe and sound.

There is not much more to say about this trip, but I want to shout out a big thank you to everyone who made this trip an amazing one: The Welcome to Night Vale people and all the people I met during the Monday. You all made this a great memory to keep!

Final preparations

This will likely be my final post before leaving for my much needed vacation. I’ll hardly have time tomorrow night after work, since I will be going straight home, change into more comfortable clothes, grabbing my flight bag and getting in the car xD Since the plane leaves at 6 am Monday morning we need to be at the airport all night to be on time…

Also letting you know now that my laptop will not be accompanying me to Scotland, so I am not likely to post anything while I am there. I will bring a notebook though (of course, I’d never travel anywhere without it), so you are likely to get some kind of report shortly after I get home. Possibly filled to the brim with photos as my camera WILL come along and I have bought a few extra memory-cards for it. So I expect to have a lot of pictures to sort through when I can finally get them on the computer.

Another wonderful piece of news before I go though. This seems to be the year for me to visit Great Britain. In late September I will be going to London overnight to watch the Welcome to Night Vale Live Show again! Anyone else going on the 28th? I am looking forward to it so very much! You might remember that I went to see their Live Show The Librarian in Stockholm last October, and if this one is even half as amazing to watch I know that it will be a blast. Now I just need to find a hotel to sleep in for the night, preferably somewhat close to Union Chapel, and a hopefully cheap flight there and back home. I have already spoken to my boss at work about having 28th-29th off and that was okay, so it’s only the technical left to manage. But that will have to wait until I get home from this trip.

And now I have to go pack the final few things before going to bed. Have a lovely week everyone, I know I will!

Associations from Night Vale

Every fangirl and fanboy knows this phenomenon in one way or another: the way certain fandoms make you look at things in a different manner than you did before. Some fandoms change your views more than others, bringing only a giggle at a mention or making you freak out completely at the very thought. Following is a list of ways that one particular fandom have changed my perspective. The fandom in question is Welcome to Night Vale (because I am ridiculously addicted to that wonderful podcast) which makes for a rather chaotic view of the world. So hold on tight and come along on a trip down crazy lane 😉

Looking with wary suspicion at various things
Because a lot of things are not nearly as innocent as they would like you to believe. Libraries and dog parks are only a few of the things that can be incredibly dangerous despite appearances. While I am not actually scared of the librarians at my local library (come to think of it though, I can’t remember entering the library even once since I started listening to WtNV…) I do get uneasy near dog parks and would think twice before approaching them.

Things that make no sense to other are perfectly normal
This is not something that happens immediately, or even at one specific point. It is a gradual thing where things that you at first recognize at strange become completely normal things. I didn’t actually realize this point fully until I tried telling a friend about WtNV and he looked at me as if I had grown a second head (which did not happen, I try to stay clear of sentient lightning). Some of the things that are, to me, perfectly normal include the following:

  • A big Glow Cloud that drops dead animals everywhere is on the PTA and more or less control the local school. ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD!
  • A literal five-headed dragon and a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s houses are perfectly acceptable mayoral candidates (though they did lose in the end).
  • Also, there is a faceless old woman secretly living in everyone’s houses.
  • Mountains do not exist.
  • Angels aren’t real. No, not even the ones living in Old Woman Josie’s house.
  • The weather reports on the radio is music. Obviously.
  • Memory loss smells like vanilla.
  • The Dog Park is forbidden and should never be approached. In fact, you should not even be consciously aware that it exists.
  • Time is complicated and does not quite work right. Also, time travel have been legalized now so it might become even more confusing than ever.

There are more of course, but those were the ones I could think of at the top of my head.

There are more associations and things that have affected my way of seeing the world, but these are some of the more major ones. There are also, of course, other fandoms that cause things like this in one way or another. I would for example never take my eyes of an angel statue and shop dummies give me the creeps. But that is a story for another time.

For now, have a wonderful day everyone out there.

Madness in Hardcover

We knew it was coming – in fact we have been waiting in excitement since the very first mention of it – and this week we were awarded for our patience. The Welcome to Night Vale Novel is out for pre-ordering people! We will have to wait until October before it is actually released, but it is still a joyous occasion. I have yet to order my copy, I am waiting for the next pay-check to do so, but I am definitely getting this gem. I mean, how could I not? Welcome to Night Vale is the thing that lights up my days and keeps the crazy in my life to high enough levels. And getting to have a piece of it in my bookshelf? I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Over at Commonplace Books they have a list of links to the different places that has it up for pre-ordering, so go check it out if you are interested. We got a cover for it during the week as well, have a look. It is glorious!

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For those who are not familiar with Welcome to Night Vale, head over there as well and check it out. It is one of the most amazing things that I have ever had the pleasure to feed to my ears, and now my ears can’t live without it.

Summary from Commonplace Books:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.  

The podcast introduces you to a wide range of amazing and rather odd characters such as the Glow Cloud (literally a big glowing cloud that drops dead animals everywhere and is the president of the School Board), the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (also literal. She was also a very enthusiastic candidate in the recent mayoral race), Hiram McDaniels (a five headed-dragon and also a runner for mayor in the recent race) and of course Cecil Gershwin Palmer, the voice of Night Vale. Cecil is the host of the radio show that we listen to in every episode of the podcast, and I absolutely adore his voice.

So, if you haven’t yet listened to this amazing podcast, go do so! You can thank me later for bringing that extra piece of weird that you can never un-hear into your life. And if you are already a faithful listener, are you as excited about the novel as I am?

A Birthday of Perfect Timing

So, a few days ago (Monday the 2nd of March) I turned 27 years old. It was one of those days when both me and my boyfriend happen to have a day off, so we slept in properly (or he did, I woke up by the first congratulatory message at 7.50 am) and then got ready to drive to my mother for dinner.

An evening full of good food (nothing can ever beat those childhood favorites, not really), good company and many laughs with my youngest sister (some of it about things that only her and me seemed to understand even the tiniest bit of) had me tired but content when it was time to head home.

And when I did get home I found an e-mail that I have been impatiently waiting for! Apparently it was sent out on the 1st but I didn’t see it until the 2nd so it became something like the perfect birthday present. Welcome to Night Vale, that podcast that I adore to bits and pieces, have finally released the Live Recording of The Librarian on their Bandcamp page! And yes, this is the very show that I went to Stockholm to see back in October!! I have been wanting to listen to it again since then, to try and re-visit the feeling that I had when I sat in the theater watching it, and now I finally can! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day, and I really couldn’t wish for anything more for that day of the year I was born.

Tired but Giddy!

Just finished the last of four twelve-hour days at work (though today it stretched to thirteen -_-) and feel completely drained of energy. But despite the exhaustion, I feel like dancing! It sounds insane I know, but I have a good reason for it! Because last night I managed to snag a ticket for the Welcome to Night Vale liveshow in Stockholm in October! Sure, I really wanted to get my hands on a London ticket to make a mini-vacation out of it, but those were all sold out by the time I got home from work of course. But staying in the country is not that bad either, if nothing else it’s kinder on the wallet xD And as long as I get to go, I couldn’t be happier 😀 Spoke to my boss about it tonight and she assured me that we’ll fix it so that I’m free that weekend, so there shouldn’t be any issues hopefully. I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am about this!