Monday, October 31, 2016

Mutant, Myth, or Alien?

The chupacabra is relatively new to cryptozoology having first been spotted around 1995. It is also fairly contained to areas with high Latin populations since they first started being spotted in South and Central America. I hadn’t heard of them until we moved here to New Mexico.

Some people believe they are a mythological creature that sucks the blood of smaller animals particularly goats (which by the way is what chupacabra means, goat sucker), while others think they are actually aliens. It’s kind of interesting how the stories evolve around the chupacabra. Most mythological creatures are just that. I’ve never heard of a vampire being thought of as an alien.

When chupacabras first arrived on the scene they were described as walking on their hind legs, reptilian looking, and being up to 5 feet tall.  More recent descriptions have them more doglike and much smaller. In fact in once case where a farmer found what he thought was a chupacabra carcass on his land and had an autopsy done on it. It ended up being a coyote with a bad case of mange.

Which brings up the third theory of what the chupacabra really is: just a mutated dog, or coyote, whichever the case may be.

I’ve lived here in the Southwest for about 6 years now and I’ve met people that believe in a lot of strange things but chupacabras are one of those things that most people still kind of scoff at…at least the ones I know.  

So what do you think? Are chupacabras mutants, myths, or aliens?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

5 Things I Learned at Comic Con

1. Wear comfortable shoes and if you don't be prepared for a special kind of hell.

I suppose this is self explanatory but you wouldn't believe the number of girls (and guys too!) I've seen limping around about halfway through the day. I firmly believe that if someone set up a booth selling flip flops they would make a killing!

2. Epson salt and ice is your friend.

This is a little trick that I learned from a fellow author who has been to many more comic cons than me. If you ignore number 1 and wear your crazy shoes, Epson salt will save you. Run a hot bath and put a good helping of salt in. Soak your feet. If you do wear good shoes your feet will still hurt, just not as bad. In that case, a good ice bath will do wonder for them!

3. People watching is the best sport ever.

There are so many people who put so much time and effort in their costumes. Getting to see them is

the best part of comic con! There are also the inevitable what-the-heck-were-they-thinking costumes. I have definitely seen more than my fair share of those!

4. Take a chance.

If you want to cosplay, do it. If you want to dress up like some obscure character from a show only you will know, do it. If you decide you want to be a jedi Disney princess, do it too! (and yes I've got that costume hanging in my closet! LOL!) There are no wrong answers. Creativity comes in all shapes and forms.

5. Comic Con people are some of the best people!

I have met some of the nicest, most talented people at comic con. They'll go out of their way to help when you need it (thanks to the lovely volunteers that watch our booth so we can go run and eat, etc!). It's like a lovely, weird, extended family and I wouldn't trade it for anything!