FenCon XII

FenCon weekend is over once again, unless a blue box and time lord pop in. I found this one:

And this portal!
And this portal!
It's bigger on the inside!
It’s bigger on the inside!

But the weekend is still over until next year. I had a blast, though. The panels I attended were interesting, and some downright hilarious, like Yard Dog’s Road Show. I enjoyed Triskelion in concert. Linda, Juli and Julia belly danced.

Yard Dog Road Show
Yard Dog Road Show
Belly Dance at the FenCon Cabaret
Belly Dance at the FenCon Cabaret
Triskelion
Triskelion

And for the first time, I really attended the room parties. Visiting, mingling, not just standing on the wall for a little before retreating to my room. It really helps to have a social friend who knows everyone to go with and break the ice. I’m a little sad and exhausted to have to head back to work tomorrow, but as always, I feel inspired and artistically renewed after  hanging out with other writers and artists and true fans of the genre. Ready to dive back into my own writing and finish up some of the projects that have been neglected due to real life.

A big thanks to all the FenCon staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this another great convention. Already can’t wait for next year.

That Castle Looks Familiar!

Season 8 of Dr. Who just became available on Netflix, so naturally I started watching (I have to catch up with my daughter who had been watching at her Grandma’s on cable). Episode three played, and suddenly I saw a very familiar castle depicting the sheriff’s headquarters on my TV.

Now, I’m used to seeing Big Ben, the Tower and other iconic London architecture that I was privileged to visit in real life while taking a course on Arthurian Legend in 2005. (Yes, that was the year of the infamous Tube bombings. I flew out that day hours after it happened.) However, I hadn’t seen the picturesque Bodiam castle until “Robot of Sherwood” aired.

Bodiam Castle

Now, I could be wrong, but the resemblance of my trip photo to what appears in the episode is pretty spot on.

Image found in Google search

According to this website, my guess is correct. During my tour, we learned much about Bodiam, including the fact that it is one of few remaining castles with a moat. If memory serves me correctly, its preservation is owed to the owner’s stripping of the castle’s defenses well before the invaders arrived. As you can see from the episode, it is a beautiful, fairly well-preserved structure nestled in the lush English countryside.

If you’d like to see more images of it taken during my visit, see my Photos page and follow the London Trip 2005 link. You’ll also notice some other recognizable locales, and a few more obscure (such as Tolkien’s favorite tree in Oxford), connected to other fandoms. If you’d like the story behind some of the images, comment with your request and I’d be happy to share.