At which point i had a cascading series of realizations that A: she's awesome, B: hey hasn't Seanan McGuire mentioned her a couple of times before? C: hey wait a second! Don't i have a couple of her CDs somewhere?!?, and D: did i mention that she's awesome?
So i got home and dug up the CDs and listened to them and they were indeed awesome and i added them to my regular rotation of mp3s.
Then a couple weeks ago i wanted to listen to her music at home, and realized i'd somehow never transferred the mp3s from work, and didn't want to rerip the CDs again, so i searched for her on YouTube and found an awesome new song of hers, "Playing D&D":
Along with the original content, the music video also contains a lot of clips from The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, which is an awesome fan movie about RPGs, and i suddenly realized that i had no idea if Avalyn had ever seen it. So i checked, and now she hadn't. So that's what we've been doing over the last week. (The movies aren't that long, but we were only able to watch 30-60 minutes at a time.)
The first movie, "The Gamers" is fairly rough, but it's still fun if you're willing to roll with it.
For the "sequel", "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising", they'd clearly learned a lot and the production values are a lot higher, plus it has a much tighter story.
There's a third Gamers movie, "Hands of Fate", but we have not watched it yet and cannot attest to its quality:
If you like the Gamers movies there's info about more stuff at the Dead Gentlemen website, including links to where you can buy copies :)
And just so it's not all Gamer related stuff, here's another one of my favorite SJ Tucker songs:
And here's a link to her webpage, with the usual "but this stuff" info.
(And i'll try to have more of the "short and simple" stuff next time instead of 45 minute+ movies =)