November 22, 2019 | By: Boshemia

My evening with Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes and the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow

     Last night my cousin took my son and I to see Jay and Silent Bob Reboot in Durango. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes were there to watch the movie with us, and answer questions after. It is a bit strange to watch a movie when you know the director is watching you watch his movie. Especially when that director has been as huge an influence on your life as Kevin Smith has been in mine.

     He keeps me writing. He keeps me dreaming. And somehow even more important than that, he keeps me laughing.

     If you are looking for a review of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot... It is fully worthy of the Askewniverse. If you are a fan, you can't live without this piece of the puzzle. In fact, you will wonder how you lived this long without it.

     Almost 20 years now. Holy shit! It can't be?!?

     But yes! Baby Harley, the one who played little Silent Bob in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a legal adult now. Kevin Smith is half the man he once was, and twice as healthy. Mewes is daddy Mewes now, but he's still Mewes. We are all older. We are all wiser. We all cry more. There were tears... oh so many more tears...

     Yes. Kevin Smith watched us cry.

     Not awkward at all.

     It's amazing how many people love Kevin Smith. I mean, really and truly love him. He touches people.

     At the Q&A, people thanked him for building friendships and bringing families together. People who were just babies when the first movies came out told Kevin Smith that he was their hero.

     And more than one person told Kevin Smith that they had thoughts of dying, and he had somehow touched them, and kept them around. And Kevin Smith hugged them. The ones who got up there in front of everybody and bared their souls and he bared his too.

     And it was kind of beautiful.

     Smith and Mewes relationship is still adorable. He still thanks a foul mouthed teen Mewes for the crazy ride. He still credits everyone else with his success. He still seems kind of shocked people still come to see him play with his friends.

     Inspiration comes from so many sources.

     You don't have to be a Kevin Smith fan or anything to appreciate what he had to say to us that night. It applies to every artist, no matter what their medium. Your voice is yours and yours alone, use it. We need it.

     If you have a story to tell, tell it. If you have a picture to paint, paint it. If you have a song to sing, sing it. If you have a movie to make, make it.

     Kevin,

          Thank for everything. All of it. Every minute.

               *Except Tusk, fuck Tusk.

     And thank you @TheUmno and @Awkward_Effect for the most magical night!!!!
November 14, 2019 | By: Boshemia

Random Life Update: Tiny Fairy Houses, Etsy Shops, and Angry teeth

The past few months have been a whirlwind, managing multiple businesses used to be much easier. Financially we are in a delicate position, where unexpected business and personal expenses sapped all of our reserves and we haven't had time or energy to make it up yet. This is always a possibility when three disabled people run a business.

Faced with a need for some cash flow I listed a few of my tiny fairy house necklaces on Etsy, and took some of them into the local trading post. So fingers crossed for a few sales from there.

I also started an Etsy shop for Dream Wandz, because... why not? It isn't stocked yet, so I still have that on my plate in the coming weeks. Website updates. Getting business insurance, and lining up some Dream Wandz demonstrations and shows for the coming month.

And in my free time, making more tiny fairy houses to sell and still squeezing in some time to write!

Whewh...

It hurts to sit up more than a few hours at a time, so I'm a bit limited on time. My teeth also decided to stage a full scale rebellion on me. I got an infection in the back teeth, and couldn't get into the dentist for a few days so I was trying to favor the right side and I broke the rear tooth on the left! Ack! So my mouth is very, very angry.

That and it's winter, so cue the Fibromyalgia pain. So angry ribs too! Went to the neurologist this week. Still waiting to hear if I have to have surgery on my left arm/hand, but it is looking very likely. The muscle weakness in my hand and elbow is getting worse. So, yes angry arm too!

I kind of have to get these things fixed. Especially if I want to keep moving forward with Dream Wandz and juggling. Hard to teach kids to use flower sticks one handed, but I am managing for now.

It looks like we have a few school demonstrations coming up this month. Just before winter break really is the perfect time to bring us in. We are an excellent distraction for kids who are already distracted!

We do what we must, right? So yeah, lots of doctors appointments and car repairs and business expenses at the moment, with not so much income flowing back in before the winter retail dead zone hits.

Still, things are better than they have been in a very long time. So much to look forward to next year, and the year after that! I'll be glad when the Mountain Village farmers market picks up again. They keep us plenty busy. Next year we'll have a full season and a bit more stock too!

But mid June is a long, long way off right now.

Moving on...