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PAX Thoughts


I left for PAX drenched in a crazy amount of social anxiety. My kickstarter was funded as I was on my way to the airport which was phenomenal and completely unexpected. It all suddenly became very real (but simultaneously completely surreal). Sometimes I think the scariest thing is actually succeeding. Like in Neil Gaiman’s speech, just waiting for someone to come by and say “nope, game over, we’ve found you out” for having the audacity to create publicly and wanting to be able to like, eat and stuff while doing it.
I’m scared of failing, really really really scared of failing, and for the better part of the week, I was terrified of admitting it. But it’s driving me crazy and into a not-good anxiety spiral, so here:
I am terrified. I am really fucking terrified┬áthat I’m going to fuck this whole thing up, I’m terrified everyone who backed me will hate me because I suck, or I didn’t do things exactly how they wanted, or because life happened – as it does (for instance, I came home to water leaks in my living room and studio, and now I need to replace the broken equipment as well).
So then the Q&A’s with Mike and Jerry (Gabe & Tycho) happened. They touched on anxiety, and valuing their work, and just doing it anyway.
These songs happened on Saturday and I realized something really important:
What I’m feeling, and this (increasingly volatile) cycle is normal, and I’m not alone.

Introversion and Drive

I watched the panels and the musicians, and I realized I was just one of many socially awkward, introverted, and insecure creatives in the room – including the ones on stage. I realized that the more creative I am, and the more I put myself out there, the more introverted I become, because I feel like I’m living so externally already and it’s an incredibly vulnerable feeling.
The more of myself I put into what I do, I feel like, the less barrier there is, which is awesome – authenticity is something I value and I get really irritated if I feel like I’m not being honest (hence: this post) and it starts eating away at me. It’s also really really scary, because everything feels so much more personal.
But, as much as that is, as much as I feel the need to invert and crawl into myself, I can’t escape one this drive.
This drive to create, publicly, and live, publicly. Every time I go to a con or see a panel or performance, it’s one of those things where I know I belong up there, creating things that I love, and other people love and want to know about. Like, it’s different somehow, and it’s an inescapable drive and something that I’m kind of moving toward.
I think this is a plight of creative people – especially creative people who tend to become introverted or socially anxious. Creating and sharing that creation calls to us and drives us and we can’t escape it; so we do it, because it matters to us and we don’t really have a choice, it is us. I think that’s okay.
I think it’s okay to feel anxious when you’re putting your heart on the line because it’s scary.
But I also think that I need to fix my anxiety, because it becomes crippling.

Nerd-Flu and PAX East: The Lines

So I’m home. Yesterday I was completely exhausted and had a sore throat, today I’m still currently nyquil induced which is hindering my cold status updates, but a little cold is a small price to pay for the amount of AWESOME that took place over the weekend.
I walked ALL THE STEPS, stood in ALL THE LINES (okay 4) and had so much fun! I saw the Future of D&D Panel and the Dungeon Master’s panel with Chris Perkins, listened to a talk about sound design in gaming (and everything else), went to the Gearbox panel and got a box, watched the Penny Arcade Q&A which was awesome and hilarious, went to the Friday night concerts, ate some cookies, ate lots of con food, attempted to walk the Expo floor on Friday which mostly consisted of me not being able to see much, saw it all on Sunday with less people. Acquired a me-sized bag, some Penny Arcade loot including the BEST scarf I own, got some pins, tested Neverwinter (SO EXCITED ABOUT IT), took all the pictures, followed the cosplayers, and sat on the floor. But now, for the pictures.

Only had Friday and Sunday tickets, so we spent Saturday exploring Boston. We went to eat at a little hole in the wall place called Coda that served breakfast until 3, which was *awesome*. Went to the movies, and the theater had an escalator in it like that Portlandia sketch, Prudential Center was a discovery last time we were there, and it sort of became our base – it’s warm, big, you can walk over streets, we hung out there for a while – also the Cheesecake factory is there, and we discovered avocado eggrolls(!!!!).