Beginning later today and for about one week, things are likely to slow down at this site. We’ll still get at least one post up here per day, but that may be all we can manage. This is because all of the regular staff writers of NCS are gathering together in Seattle for the first in-person meeting ever. TheMadIsraeli and Andy Synn will be arriving today, and BadWolf and DGR will be descending from the clouds tomorrow trailing godlike raiments, otherwise known as jet exhaust.
There will be much touristy activity, there will be a bit of drinking, there will be some live metal indulgences (among other things, Wintersun, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Arsis are in town tomorrow night), there may be fisticuffs. It is unlikely there will be much blogging.
We have some ambitious plans for that Wintersun show. Two of my comrades signed up for that Arsis crowdfunding perk where James Malone cuts your hair; if that actually happens, there will be a photo op and maybe an impromptu interview. And regardless, we will all be hanging out at Seattle’s Studio Seven tomorrow night. If you’re there, look for a mismatched quintet acting as if they should be on stage but are not.
It’s entirely possible no good will come of this. It’s one thing to pray together at ChristianMingle.com. It’s another thing to share popcorn on the sofa at a screening of Left Behind in person. Like, what if your butts are too big to maintain a chaste distance?
We get along okay as icons in the interhole, but what if we annoy the shit out of each other as actual people? What if someone ruptures a spleen? The end of August could bring the end of NCS.
So yeah, it’s a chancy move, but hey, we’re all about YOLO here. In fact, I have flat-brim YOLO ballcaps to give the other dudes. I know they will love them, along with the boxes of chocolates and the personally inscribed copies of Proof of Heaven. I may fall short at many things, but I’m a good host.
You could help make this a relaxing week for all of us. Sending money would help, but I’m thinking about guest posts. I know it’s short notice, but if you’d like to write something that might fit here, please give it a shot — it could be a review, an opinion piece of some kind, a round-up of songs you want to recommend, film of your cat twerking, whatever. Send me an e-mail if you’re interested [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Pray for us. Or sacrifice an innocent child. We’re broad-minded about supernatural appeals.