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My local newspaper "Sächsische Zeitung" had very nice written article about me and my figures today and even showed some of my own pictures. Title: "Sightseeing with Captain Kirk". Of course my figures were very interested in it as well!

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The article can be read (in German) here if you sign up for a free test period: http://www.sz-online.de/nachrichten/stadtbummel-mit-captain-kirk-3634894.html

CG Galpal: Our local newspaper has downsized also, just not so much! :) Well done, Antje! I love your fandom mashups!

QMX: https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/841732628722176000
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Today's story was inspired by President Obama talking about Star Trek recently. I thought he might want to meet his hero!
Please find some more detailed pictures and close-ups behind the cut.
(Look what he has on his table ;) )

Edit: Look at the high praise I got from Quantum Mechanix! "These photo shoots are about the best thing in my day. This one is epic! #LLAP" https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787756978084904966

There was more also: "It's bigger on the inside ;)" https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787757067750805504

Comment to the close-up of tiny figures: "oh my gosh that's just way too cool!!! :)"https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787764540914237440

And me explaining about how I made the glass table from photoframes: "incredibly clever and creative! Great work!" https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787766856761348097

More pictures behind the cut )

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QMX: https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787764540914237440

QMX2: https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/787757067750805504
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A follow up post to the pool picture

So QMX wanted to know where they do R&R. I couldn’t come up with any witty reply so I just did what I do best - another picture. Looks as if they are staying for a while!

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A follow up post to the pool picture

So QMX wanted to know where they do R&R. I couldn’t come up with any witty reply so I just did what I do best - another picture. Looks as if they are staying for a while!

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Germany is dealing with another heatwave. So I wanted my figures to stay cool.
The ice-cream are Japanese erasers!

The next day I did a follow-up picture: Vacation

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And a behind-the-scenes shot: To create the pool, I put three of my cardboards over each other. First the grass, then the brick wall, then the water. As they reached far over the end of the kitchen table, I had to support them with a stack of books on the kitchen chair.

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QMX: https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/769960856230690816
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Germany is dealing with another heatwave. So I wanted my figures to stay cool.
The ice-cream are Japanese erasers!

The next day I made a follow-up picture: Vacation



 photo Pool 600 x 594.jpg

And a behind-the-scenes shot: To create the pool, I put three of my cardboards over each other. First the grass, then the brick wall, then the water. As they reached far over the end of the kitchen table, I had to support them with a stack of books on the kitchen chair.

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Today I invested in some colorful backgrounds. I was aiming for the artificial studio light in the scenes on a planet that were shot in a studio. Especially the purple one was inspired by screenshots I saw on Tumblr of the episode "That which survives". Here's an example: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_hL7HogamDVc/TPibif8w6DI/AAAAAAAACx8/AglvAN8znL0/s1600/thatwhichsurvives_368.jpg

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And look what then happened! QMX have liked all my tweets and even reblogged one, and today they replied:

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Another one for the "I'm famous" tag!

QMX: https://twitter.com/QMxInsider/status/768148121574600705
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Today I invested in some colorful backgrounds. I was aiming for the artificial studio light in the scenes on a planet that were shot in a studio. Especially the purple one was inspired by screenshots I saw on Tumblr of the episode "That which survives". Here's an example: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_hL7HogamDVc/TPibif8w6DI/AAAAAAAACx8/AglvAN8znL0/s1600/thatwhichsurvives_368.jpg

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And look what then happened! QMX have liked all my tweets and even reblogged one, and today they replied:

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Another one for the "I'm famous" tag!
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Another one for the "I'm famous" tag :)

A 30 minutes long video of Fedcon, showing lots of fans in costume as well as the stars on stage, and a really lovely and long interview with Vic Mignogna. But the most important bit - at 16:00 you'll see one of my action figure pictures. I had put some of my Star Trek Comics into the art gallery. I feel very honored!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We5ObzHSgb4

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Another one for the "I'm famous" tag :)

A 30 minutes long video of Fedcon, showing lots of fans in costume as well as the stars on stage, and a really lovely and long interview with Vic Mignogna. But the most important bit - at 16:00 you'll see one of my action figure pictures. I had put some of my Star Trek Comics into the art gallery. I feel very honored!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We5ObzHSgb4

*Iz dead*

May. 8th, 2016 11:38 pm
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Well, it would have been nice to meet Karl Urban next weekend at Fedcon, but I can't anymore, as I just have died, as he just liked a tweet of mine ;)

In the morning (my time) I had seen him reply to Katee Sackhoff:

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I didn't reply right away but did so nine hours later. And yet another six hours later (right now) he liked it. Either he does not get many tweets, or he has nothing better to do ;)

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Wonder if I should mention it when I meet him next weekend? ;)

1000!!!

Jan. 21st, 2016 10:08 pm
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My Thanksgiving picture on Tumblr, that was reblogged by the official Doctor Who Tumblr, has reached 1000 notes! Damn, I wanted to be the one that posted the 1000th. Last time I checked it was 995, I must have missed the others arriving.

Here's the link again: http://action-figures-in-action.tumblr.com/post/133986672035/happy-thanksgiving-to-everyone-that-celebrates

1000 may not seem much if you see other posts with tenthousands or even hundreds of thousands notes, but for me it is a big deal. Who would have thought it would reach that when I thought 582 was much already?

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1000!!!

Jan. 21st, 2016 10:07 pm
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My Thanksgiving picture on Tumblr, that was reblogged by the official Doctor Who Tumblr, has reached 1000 notes! Damn, I wanted to be the one that posted the 1000th. Last time I checked it was 995, I must have missed the others arriving.

Here's the link again: http://action-figures-in-action.tumblr.com/post/133986672035/happy-thanksgiving-to-everyone-that-celebrates

1000 may not seem much if you see other posts with tenthousands or even hundreds of thousands notes, but for me it is a big deal. Who would have thought it would reach that when I thought 582 was much already?

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Yesterday I also tweeted the pic that I posted of my fandoms colliding and John Barrowman kissing Vic Mignogna

Seems I hit a nerve there ;) 45 Likes and 14 Retweets - among them the official Star Trek Continues Twitter as well as Colin Baker himself (who played a guest part in episode 4). Consider me thudded *thud*

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See some earlier Likes and Retweets from the STC gang here
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Yesterday I also tweeted the pic that I posted of my fandoms colliding and John Barrowman kissing Vic Mignogna

Seems I hit a nerve there ;) 45 Likes and 14 Retweets - among them the official Star Trek Continues Twitter as well as Colin Baker himself (who played a guest part in episode 4). Consider me thudded *thud*

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See some earlier Likes and Retweets from the STC gang here
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Good that I made a tag for that to collect it all ;)

Today I posted my Thanksgiving pictures to my Tumblr account. When I left work in the evening it had 27 notes.

I went to a concert and when I returned a few hours later I found 582 notes and it is still rising by the minute. 624 631 655 669 right now. Just for comparison - the post with the most notes (which means likes or reblogs) had been so far the one with the selfmade 3D chess for the Star Trek figures which had 276 notes but that took several days if not weeks. Usually it is far, far less, sometimes only around 10.

So how come it had climbed that quickly in just a few hours? The reason is I got reblogged from THE official Doctor Who page. And from there it snowballed with more people reblogging and therefore more seeing it. Got a few new followers out of it as well (although I get a new one almost every day, 449 at the moment).

Here is my post at the Doctor Who page:

http://doctorwho.tumblr.com/post/134022601507/action-figures-in-action-happy-thanksgiving-to

What an honor!

Seems opening a Tumblr account was the right decision then ;)
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Look [livejournal.com profile] x_erikah_x who favourited and retweeted my tweet! Just right now when I am watching the episode for at least the fourth time. Aaaaaaaaah!

For those that have no idea what I am talking about, this is Chuck Huber, playing Bones in "Star Trek Continues". You can find me being all fangirly and explaining about it here: http://dieastra.livejournal.com/153103.html

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Edit: Now Michele Specht has joined in as well:

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Another update:

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Finally! It took a lot of effort but was so worth the trouble. I actually called to the UK and ordered two paper copies of the Ipswich Star newspaper with my friend Julie Shofner and myself in it. It's right on top of page 2 if you turn the title page.

The paper version is only an abridged version of the online article, which you can read here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/fans_from_around_the_world_follow_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_to_ipswich_1_4088688

So I can say now I have been interviewed by the same newspaper like John Barrowman ;) If the picture I posted is too small for reading, try this link for a bigger version:

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Oh, Julie also was so kind to let the online version print and let it sign by John after I had already returned home. What a nice gift. And apparently John commented that he had seen and read it. He really sees everything. How does he do it with his busy schedule?

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I think it's time for a new tag. Introducing the I'm famous tag. Covering me being in newspapers and TV, displays of figures in magazines and being retweeted or replied by Barrowmans. Can't find the Christmas stories that were published in my local newspaper right now, I shall add them later. And probably the story of the author of a Götz George biograhpy that once called me...
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Finally! It took a lot of effort but was so worth the trouble. I actually called to the UK and ordered two paper copies of the Ipswich Star newspaper with my friend Julie Shofner and myself in it. It's right on top of page 2 if you turn the title page.

The paper version is only an abridged version of the online article, which you can read here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/fans_from_around_the_world_follow_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_to_ipswich_1_4088688

So I can say now I have been interviewed by the same newspaper like John Barrowman ;) If the picture I posted is too small for reading, try this link for a bigger version:

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q227/DieAstra/Cardiff%202015/SKMBT_C22415062913340_0001.jpg

 photo SKMBT_C22415062913340_0001 600 x 456.jpg

Oh, Julie also was so kind to let the online version print and let it sign by John after I had already returned home. What a nice gift. And apparently John commented that he had seen and read it. He really sees everything. How does he do it with his busy schedule?

 photo 11304110_10204490208323431_1337849158_n.jpg

I think it's time for a new tag. Introducing the I'm famous tag. Covering me being in newspapers and TV, displays of figures in magazines and being retweeted or replied by Barrowmans. Can't find the Christmas stories that were published in my local newspaper right now, I shall add them later. And probably the story of the author of a Götz George biography that once called me...
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I lost count how many times I have been famous now ;) That time when I got interviewed for TV and newspaper when President Obama visited my home city and I walked around with a 12″ version of him… or that time Carole Barrowman reposted the pictures of my Torchwood figures reading her “Hollow Earth” book… Or that time a story I had written was published in my local newspaper… Or that time my Doctor Who figures doing the Hamlet play made it into the Shakespeare magazine…

But here is a new one. An article with an interview with a friend and me. We were both at the John Barrowman concert in Ipswich on Tuesday, and beforehand had answered some questions about why fans travel from all over the world to see him in concert.

You can read the article here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/fans_from_around_the_world_follow_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_to_ipswich_1_4088688

And this is the review about the concert: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/review_john_barrowman_ipswich_regent_may_26_1_4088609

And finally the interview with John: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/news/ipswich_regent_bound_doctor_who_and_torchwood_star_john_barrowman_interviewed_1_4085549

So basically I have now been interviewed by the same newspaper like John Barrowman. Something to put into my résumé ;)

I need to find out how to get a paper version of that.

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