July 24, 2014

ohmyadorkabledarrencriss said: Hi! I'm cosplaying Intern Mauren from WTNV at LeakyCon this year and I was wondering whether I could use your John Peter's OJ design for the cover of my orange juice box? Thanks!!!

noweveryoneknowsi:

Oh my goodness, yes! Just credit me if anyone asks please and I definitely want to see a picture of the whole thing if that’s cool. Thanks for asking!

I need Intern Maureen to walk up to me and say, “Melissa, it may not be the best time to tell you this, but I can’t come to leakycon.” I will devise some sort of prize for this person.

July 23, 2014
Friday was six years since my stalking began…

…and this Friday there may, may, be news. 

Since I last updated you all about this, there has been very slight, albeit useful, movement in the case of the woman who has been stalking me and threatening to rape and kill me nearly every day for the past six years.

For the past few months, Ms. Parker’s family has been taking her Internet services and devices away from her at night. This has made little to no difference except that I have been periodically (and, you’ll notice, only during the day in Eastern time) opening my Ask Box so that I can behave like a normal net citizen, at least sometimes. Almost invariably the next day she has sent an ask to maureenjohnsonbooks, or Cheryl, or any of my friends and colleagues she has beleaguered so frequently for so long. There has still been a constant stream of postcards and cards to my house, my mother’s, my father’s work, and my sister’s home. She still sends my baby nephew gifts (here the italics should be completely taken as a note of disgust) with cards attached to them that say things like “enjoy your parents - while you can.”

As usual, as LeakyCon approaches, Ms. Parker has been making increasing attacks. This time she started in on albinokid1026, and started referencing something that will happen “in a few weeks.” As I told Maureen, in a pique of frustration, I feel as though I am radioactive: that any person or entity who gets involved with me must soon after receive a primer on what to do when they are inevitably contacted by the seriously mentally disturbed woman who wants to kill me.

After five and a half years of constant, prodding action - get a threat, forward it to the right people, catalog it, date it, add it to the file, etc - and having something so horrifying become such a regular part of my life, I took a break. A few months ago, I stopped sending things on for a while. I could not focus on LeakyCon, I could not enjoy the brain space I needed in order to access the special kind of creative skill we need to employ to make this thing work, while also dealing with that, and it felt as though the deadened, terribly regular routine was eating away. So I had stopped for a few months when her attacks picked up in velocity, though I still had a pile of postcards, cards, and the like.

I gathered everything again one day and sent it on to the NZ police, with a note that I felt that it was clear whatever was being done to stop Ms. Parker was not working. 

Well, they agreed. Ms. Parker was served with a summons for criminal harassment and will be appearing in court in NZ on Friday.

I was asked how this made me feel. 

I have zero idea. 

Hopeful? Sure, but she’s been arrested before and diverted and flouted her diversion, so…

I don’t know. I just wanted you guys to know what’s going on. But my ask box has been open for two days following the serving of the summons and as far as I can tell nothing has happened.

I’ll have more information following Friday’s proceedings. Again, it is because you all helped me signal boost this that anything has happened here. So, thank you.

July 23, 2014
curtmega:

Leaky Con Orlando! You ready?!?! 
Aug 2 @ 1pm. 
An Afternoon with Curt & Dom: w/ special guests @titusmakin (CW’s Star Crossed/Fox’s Glee), @tessanetting (Broadway’s Billy Elliot/YouTube QUEEN) and @jackie_emerson (Hunger Games)!
See ya there!
#glee #starcrossed #warblers #billyelliot #hungergames #leakycon

curtmega:

Leaky Con Orlando! You ready?!?!
Aug 2 @ 1pm.
An Afternoon with Curt & Dom: w/ special guests @titusmakin (CW’s Star Crossed/Fox’s Glee), @tessanetting (Broadway’s Billy Elliot/YouTube QUEEN) and @jackie_emerson (Hunger Games)!
See ya there!
#glee #starcrossed #warblers #billyelliot #hungergames #leakycon

July 23, 2014

teabitteraswormwood said: Hey I just wanted to say a quick thank you to you and all the people who work behind the scenes at Leaky. I can't even imagine the amount of time and stress that has gone into making Leaky 2014 a success. I live in California, I've never been to Harry Potter world, and I've been saving money for this since October. Being at HP world without all the crowds is still going to be a once in a life time opportunity. Thanks for making this possible for me and everyone else :)

THANK YOU! I am publishing this right on top of the other one because as you have correctly surmised it is craziness in these parts right now. 

July 23, 2014

abbylynne said: Thank you for that unofficial statement you just made. I have had a terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad day, and that post made me feel so much better. I know that myself, and many others, appreciate the perspective that you just brought to us all.

Thank you for telling me so! I really appreciate it. Honestly, OatC is one of the few times I can relax at Leaky. I’m super pumped.

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July 23, 2014

bbowersofficial said: TBH I'm just really excited to see Hogwarts at night. A while back Laura Wettersten was telling me how amazing it is. When I went to the park last year, I was only there during the day so I didn't get the chance. And also i feel like the people complaining have never tried frozen butterbeer. Like just not having to wait in that line and getting it for free is spectacular.

Forreals. It costs $137 to get into the park without a drop of food, without the amazing nighttimeness (parks close at 10 on the dot, so that’s four hours in cooler weather), without THE FREAKING TRAIN UGH I WANT TO BE ON IT ALL THE TIME, and of course, without being with people who get it.

July 23, 2014
cursedwithlifexvx:

I’m fucking crying. This is going to be the best night of my life.

See what I MEAN, yo.

cursedwithlifexvx:

I’m fucking crying. This is going to be the best night of my life.

See what I MEAN, yo.

July 23, 2014

gotmagicwithoutwands said: Is it wrong that I'm most excited for hypothetical unlimited Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer? Because I am. Oops. Clearly other things too, but Pumpkin Juice. What was your favorite thing about the park when you guys went to the event/what should we be most looking forward to in the park?

melissaanelli:

OH THERE IS SO MUCH. I heard that today the wait for Gringotts is 350 minutes. EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS. Edit - I can’t do math. That’s like five an a half hours.

It will not be so at our park event. I mean, there might be a wait. But nothing like that, oh god. I’d be shocked if you waited 45 minutes.

But yes, the food is going to be amazing. :)

So this is a really spectacular example of why when I say “I am not LeakyCon!” “This is my personal blog!” “what I say here isn’t an official statement!” you should believe me. That said, of course I shouldn’t say things without knowing the whole truth, and that was wholly my bad. Sometimes I get super excited just like the rest of you - but you should never ever ever ever ever take speculation on my personal blog as any kind of official anything from LC. That said, this has made clearer too that after this post I should say less things about LC here too. It always causes confusion, and isn’t necessary; I’d rather no one have to be upset over an assumption that when I geek out I’m doing it knowing all the things. Sometimes I don’t.

So again I AM NOT LEAKYCON THIS IS NOT A STATEMENT ETC ETC DO A DANCE:

SO HERE IS THE THING.

We made an assumption (UGH GOD NEVER DO THAT) that our stuff was going to be like it was in the past (that is, the rides besides Gringotts would be open almost the whole time, and Gringotts closing a bit earlier but not 10pm, because the newest ride always closest first - it was that way in 2010 too). So when we learned it would not, in fact, be that way, well, we were as upset as you are, and a looooooootttt of conversations have happened. Please do trust me though when I say that the Uni staff are completely wonderful and trying very hard to do everything they can. But they come from a place of “promise the least, hope for the most!” and we come from a place of “AAAHHH MAH GAAHHHHD LEAKYCERNNNN…. ALL THE THIRNNNGSSS”

But… here is the other thing.

Open at the Close 2014 is on the exact same time schedule as 2011. You just didn’t notice it because your experience at the park was uninterrupted. 10pm is when the official written “start” time is and also was that year, but that isn’t marked by anything other than the slow leaving of anyone not with our group. The first year there was a fan event there, they herded everyone into an ampitheater and THEN into the park, and it was terrible. People were shouting, they were mad, it was awful. (It will not be happening this year. Thank goodness.)

And here is the other other thingI was at an event with 2/3rds of the people at it that OatC will have, in HALF the space, and I just realized this TODAY but… I didn’t go on Gringotts. I didn’t leave Diagon Alley. Gringotts was broken so I didn’t ride it. I had the freaking. time. of. my. life. And it was empty. EMPTY. I was the ONLY person in the room at Ollivanders (“Who gets that but Harry Potter?!” Matt told me later). I watched Celestina sing from the very front. I talked with the curmudgeonly goblin at the bank. I danced around the alley. I hugged the Leaky Cauldron walls.  I had a 20 minute discussion with the Knight Bus conductor. I skulked in Knockturn Alley and tried spells as I found plaques in the floor. The train… oh, my god, the train. THE TRAIN. THE TRAIN IS AMAZING I WANT TO BE ON IT ALL THE TIME. I RAN BACK AND FORTH THROUGH PLATFORM 9 3/4 JUST FOR THE LOVE OF IT.

I bought a couple things, yea, but didn’t feel I needed to. The point is, when we had to leave I was stunned. I was stunned the time had gone by. And I was sure I hadn’t even discovered half of it. And until today I didn’t even think long enough about it to realize I hadn’t been on Gringotts. It was magical. I wandered down the alley, ate food (and that has to be set up late so that we have no Muggles picking at it!), and just enjoyed being in this incredible, immersive place, and I would go back there in a hot second (a super hot Orlando-in-July second). 

In 2011, I didn’t ride anything either. I sat with friends and enjoyed a meal, then walked around and basked in being in the right place with the right people at the right time. And we have twice the amount of park to explore. We have Beedle the Bard (which I didn’t that night), the Celestina show, the TriWizard Rally, the frog choir, all that (frankly pretty damn good) food, unlimited butterbeer AND ICE CREAM IT IS SO GOOD. Ooh,and the Gillywaters. Those are super cool. And three years later we only raised the price $30, which we really didn’t think we were going to be able to do. But honestly, if after that you are really that upset, and don’t think you’re going to enjoy yourself, do ask for a refund. I don’t know when the deadline is, it’s not my department, but I would like to politely suggest you do not wait - there are 850 people on our waiting list, clamoring for a spot here. If you aren’t going to enjoy your ticket then please do let someone else do so! I will say that I am just as convinced as I have been from the start that this is going to be twice as magical as 2011. I know it sounds impossible. But I’m also super confident of it. And that comes from Melissa’s Opinion, not LeakyCon, ok?

Thanks to everyone who has been positive today! I’ve enjoyed that a lot. NOW I MUST CONTINUE ALL THE THINGS. 

July 23, 2014

Anonymous said: When's the last time you took a vacation? It seems like you're always working!

I just had a vacation with my family! … During which I worked half the time. Yyyyyyeah. Welcome to entrepreneurship.

July 23, 2014
LeakyCon is next week....

sobasicallythisisit:

"Leaky was something I went into without knowing what to expect, besides this feeling in my heart that this would become a big thing in my life. I really had no idea just how true that would turn out to be. Leaky has become, in the most literal sense of the word, a homecoming. Every summer I look…

One day we will see you there!

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