ConnectiCon, Part 2

I spoke at length on Tuesday about how much ConnectiCon means to me.  Today I'm going to speak about the event I host at ConnectiCon which has arguably become the main event of the weekend: THE DEATH MATCH. Its proper name is the Cosplay Death Match, but that doesn't sound as metal. Years ago I was asked to host ConnectiCon's Cosplay Chess Match as a last-minute replacement.  I agreed, thinking it would be a one-time thing.  I had a lot of fun and t...

On the Matter of Practice

I've recently taken up competitive shooting as a hobby, and it's left me thinking a lot about what it means to practice. In art and other creative type things, practice usually means “doing the thing a lot.” You make lots of art. Draw lots of things. Make lots of paintings. You get good by doing. But drawing all the time isn't necessarily “practice,” now is it? Practice is studying with your hands. It is a critical and often methodical examination of an activity combined with the repe...