It has been since May. May! No new content since May. I feel like a very naughty Dorkette. However I am dusting off the laptop and expressing my shock and awe that Diary of a Dorkette has been around for six years.
I am shocked that it has been six years that I have had this blog. Shocked even more that I have been away for two months. Sharing my stories was something that helped me through some rough times. Making my friendships with you all has been a great thing. However lately I have just been so behind on everything it seems. I have so many stories typed up and ready to go but I need to take photos for them, which becomes overwhelming. I need an assistant. Why can't you all live in my neighborhood so we could take toy photos together and eat pizza?
What have you all been up to anyways? My summer has been insane. I have been working on cleaning and organizing my toy collection. I know, I know, how can I still be working on that? It has been a great exercise in learning about myself and letting go of things I thought I needed to own for the rest of my life. Make no mistake, there are some things I know I can't part with ever. At least that is my position right now but there are some things that I look at and I can honestly say I feel free to say goodbye too. It is a nice feeling.
So I have been doing that. Working when I can to make my living space look like an actual living space. My pathway to my bed is actually better. I no longer have to leap or dodge certain areas to get through the room. Having hips and a butt also do not help. The slightest incorrect turn can create a domino effect where everything comes tumbling down. It happens every so often.
Either way the toy cleaning is going well. I have noticed though that as I am still in that process I want to hold off on taking toy photos for all these stories I have. There will just be a slightly longer delay in sharing those stories, but I will be sharing them. There has not been a single toy story at all this year and that is just atrocious. Have faith though that everything will change soon.
Speaking of some changes, since Diary of a Dorkette is six years old I think it is high time that the look of this blog changes some. Now I am far from a tech savvy person but I am going to try and change the look and make things fresh. If you are reading this blog from your lap top it is fairly easy to read but on a mobile device the text can blend in with the background and it just looks dated a bit. It needs to look better. That will be happening soon!
I want to talk movies really fast. Holy cow the movies have been out in full force this summer haven't they? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a great kick off to the summer movie season however for me there can only be one winner that has captured my heart this summer. That is of course Wonder Woman. I saw it three times. I also collected pretty much every figure and doll I possibly could. Experiencing that movie in theaters was unlike anything I think I have ever seen.
Last night I saw Valerian. I was sad. I wanted to really like that movie. However it just did not really do much for me. Mostly because of the two leads. Their acting was a bit dead behind the eyes. Or maybe I am just still riding that Wonder Woman high. What else have I seen this summer? There was the Transformers movie. Honestly I enjoyed it more than the last one. It was still incredibly long though. Oh! There was also Spider-Man Homecoming. It was cute. I had fun watching it as well. Of course the real winner for me this summer was all the trailers for upcoming movies. The new Thor still has me frothing at the mouth. Hela for the win!
Toy collecting has been slow and steady. I am till obsessed with Shopkins and Marvel Legends. Those seem to be the two big things that capture my collective heart however we all know I go after anything I can get my hands on. SDCC 2017 showed some impressive items as well. The rest of this year and next is gonna be insane for Marvel Legends fans. The appearance of a new Domino and X-23 is enough to make me happy for some time to come.
Speaking of toys, I have hinted before about one last article I need to post from my conversations with Justine Dantzer. That final article is going to be about her designs and hand in the Swans Crossing toy line. I have written about Swans Crossing before. I love that toy line very much. I am not sure when that article will be posted, there is still more information I need form Justine. However in the past couple months I ended up acquiring her Swans Crossing collection. When I say collection, I mean a collection. I have the first set of the dolls all packaged straight from the factory, vehicle and play set. I also have her original illustrations and sculpts of the characters. I am going to share with you the images of what I have in my possession. I also have the Playmates 1992 toy catalog that has a slew of toys in it. Thumbing through that book has been so cool. Here are some images of what I am talking about:
A proposed horse to the line?! I wish that had been made!
Early concepts of the rock star line, some look familiar and others are totally different.
This is all just a wealth of Swans Crossing stuff huh? This is most of it with more I have to share. Her stories with this toy line is amazing. She invented the soft plastic used for the skirts on the dolls. There are also some funny stories she has regarding her view on the show and what they had to view in order to gather research for designing the toy line. There is so much to discuss and as soon as I have everything together I will post that for us all to enjoy.
While things have been slightly slow on this site, I have been working hard behind the scenes to come up with new material for you all to enjoy. I am not giving up on this blog after just six years. That is not going to happen. I have made friendships and connections with wonderful people that I never would have dreamed of making. You have all been very kind and dedicated to reading my craziness all these years. It means the world to me. I might have a delay in replying to a comment or posting something new but I am not down for the count yet! I hope you are all doing very well and I look forward to what is coming up next. Take care everyone!