Category: Oni’s Life

2016, General, New Art, Oni's Life

8 days until freedom: Eye Surgery, Invisalign, and Art

I have 8 days left until I can get rid of the temporary lenses in my glasses and get my final prescription after my eye surgeries that un-blinded me. I also get my Invisalign off on the same day, funny enough.

Right now I feel like Mel Gibson in Braveheart minus all of the bigoted trash he has rammed up the crack of his rich man kilt.

I am so tired of this shit. I loathe Invisalign for more than one reason, but I have to admit that so far they are pretty much the only option for an adult that works in a job where she has to be super visible so I do recommend them. When compared to my experience with metal braces as a kid – which actually didn’t even work – I’d take Invisalign any day. However the shit gets really old after about a year. Couple that with major eye surgeries and you will get to F this Shit O’ Clock really fast.

I really didn’t intend to re create having glasses and braces at the same time like a kid as an adult, but hey, I didn’t expect for what little sight I had to quickly take a nose-dive off of Oh Shit Beach into Hell No Landing within a year.

I have a few complications from the eye surgery, but one that I knew about before getting it was that my eyes would immediately lose their ability to focus. As I understand it, we focus our eyes by using muscles to move our eye’s flexible natural lens a bit. When we get to be 40-50 our lenses start to harden and then you need bifocals. Well I am not 40 – the surgery artificially induced that to happen to me instantly. And let me tell you – that was a whole bag of crazy to get used to.

Because I had a temporary prescription that I have to lift up and down from my eyes to be able to see close/far while my eyes have been healing. From day to day I have no idea what the hell is going on or what I am seeing in some cases. I am optimistic that when I get my new glasses and no longer have to constantly take my glasses off and on that I’ll adjust easier. It kind of feels like I am wearing an out of date pair of glasses right now. Actually my husband’s glasses correct me better than mine right now.

But enough with all of this shit. I’m able to make art again! Here are some previews / thumbnails of what’s coming up:


They eventually look something like this, but hell if I know – I’m still learning how to use my eyes:


2016, General, Oni's Life

Before and after eye surgery glasses

After getting my eye surgery which un blinded me I developed secondary cataracts which actually made my sight sort of worse than before. It is a common complication. I had the last laser procedure to clear it this past Tuesday (which was also my birthday) and now I’m seeing clearly – with some complications.

This Friday I will be getting my retina checked to make sure everything is OK Then I have to wait 5 weeks to get my final glasses prescription. I have a complication where my left eye sees white concentric rings from light sources in low light. (Parking garage, dim NJ apartment.) It’s when my iris is open the widest. My doctor says that this was the best they could do given the severe deformity I had in my left eye. They can fix that, but it’s a really invasive and risky procedure that no one wants to do on me because of how risky it already was. I am pretty sure I am not going to pursue that option.

If this is the best it gets, it’s still the equivalent of going from blind to Betamax to IMAX. The results are still mind blowingly amazing. I went from a -20+ something to -1. I don’t need eye correction whatsoever to do things in my apartment anymore, such as reading books, and writing this blog post. I only need it for distance – driving and such.

I hadn’t seen color properly for my entire life. I do now, which you can see in this post that shows my art before and after surgery.

I have another good visual example of before and after surgery differences. Check out the purple glasses (my pre-surgery glasses) vs. my post surgery glasses in black. The purple ones didn’t even allow me to see well so I needed help moving about. They also cost about $1000 and a specialist had to make them. The black ones are thin, allow me to see, and cost a normal price.








I’ve been doing a lot of staring at random things. I’ll be taking a week off in May to just walk around and stare and plants and wildlife. Did you know that orange is really bright? Or that male bluejays are actually blue? There’s pictures on the walls of restaurants…holy CRAP, guys!

I can’t easily describe it but I just start crying at random times because everything looks so beautiful.

2016, Geeky, Oni's Life

Monday morning geekery and To Do List

Good morning, Monday!

Now is when I take some time to contemplate what I did yesterday. What worked, what I should change, and create my To Do list for today and this week. Something that I find really important is to critically look at yourself every day and to not keep doing the same bullshit I did before if it’s not working.

IN THE MEANTIME you should register for Intervention: Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Future Media at I’ll be releasing information about some of the programming soon.

Joining us this year is:

Gigi Edgley – “Chiana”, Farscape

Chiana Full length Blue

Todd Haberkorn – Voice Actor: “Hetalia”, “Fairy Tale”; Actor: “Spock”, “Star Trek Continues”

Todd Head shot 2

Robert Axelrod – Voice Actor Lord Zedd, Power Rangers


Pete Abrams – Sluggy Freelance

And of course James and I will be there doing presentations about the arts, marketing, and web design. I have a few secret creative projects that will be revealed soon. 1 thing I am probably going to make my Indie Marketing panel more interactive – and it will be a lot better since I CAN SEE THIS YEAR and I am no longer blind. :D I’m tweaking the format this year to be a bit more interactive.


I’ll also be looking for people to talk about cosplay and to help folks who are new to cosplay get started or get better. Contact us via the Intervention site if you fit this description of this panel.

Join me tonight at the ReGeneration Who 3 tickets go on sale we will be having an interactive G+ Hangout party.

Hangout starts at 7, tickets go on sale to the general public at 7:30.

But you should register for Intervention now. VIP art and T Shirt designs come out this week – because Tuesday is my last eye surgery and I can see again so I can make things again! :D

2016, Oni's Life

Art before and after the eye surgeries that un-blinded me

Yesterday I had the second from the last procedure that removes the last of the cloudiness from my eyes after surgery. This following Tuesday I have the last (hopefully if all goes well) procedure. I’m in shock again at how clear the completed left eye is. My right eye is the eye that I thought was the clearest. Now that eye looks like I am looking through a translucent shower curtain compared to my left eye that has has all of the procedures.

I did 1 piece of art this week. It is the only piece of art that I did after surgery. It was really messed up because it felt like I wasn’t controlling my body. It somehow knew to pick other colors than I normally would have. It picked saturated, opaque colors and favored hard texture building instead of fuzzing everything out with a ton of blending.

How I felt while making the art was surreal to say the least.

Here is some art that I did before surgery. At the bottom of the page is art after most of the surgeries have been completed and given me sight.

Before surgery, while blind:

Now here is what it looks like done after the surgeries are mostly completed. This piece has a small image here because the large one will be given as a download to those who donated to help me have the surgeriesL

Work in progress:


Final piece:



2016, Geeky, Oni's Life

(Re)Generation Who 2 was another success! Onward to 3!

Thank you to everyone who came out to (Re)Generation Who 2 this past March 18-20, 2016. This includes the staff, guests, collaborators, and attendees. Every single person gave their all to make this a fabulous weekend and I am incredibly grateful for your support. I would not be able to make these conventions without you. The positive reviews are already flooding in.

We’ve made great strides toward making an all-inclusive, family-friendly during the day space for attendees. I am so proud that our Children’s Programming has already been getting acclaim and press. You can thank Eric and Eta for this wonderful track – that even our guests were overjoyed to participate in!

I am already working to expand what we can offer for next year.

For me the convention starts – ok well – for me the con never ends. I am already planning the 3rd one for months now and so I basically am always working. But as far as deployment goes, my con last from Wednesday to Wednesday. That’s pretty brutal considering my average day during this time is from 5:30AM-1:30AM.

How do I do it? I have help. And coffee. And I wear a dress over running leggings and sleek-looking hiking boots so that I can do literally anything required of me while still looking presentable:

oni dress

I need to get a storage facility in Maryland where the staff is. I live in New Jersey and so we store everything where I live. Well, this meant that on the last day I had to drive 2.5 hours home and unload the entire large panel van myself. Harknell has a bad back and while he did try to do as much as he could, I won’t let him injure himself.

It took 4 hours and by the time I was finished I was talking to the boxes as if they were people. @_@ It was worth it, though!

We have a lot of photos and video being processed, but here are some things from the con that I have right now.

Here is Nick Briggs, the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, learning ASL:

Nick Briggs, the voice of the Daleks, conquers Baltimore and learns ASL.

A video posted by (Re)Generation Who (@regenerationwho) on

Here is Wendy Padbury pouring tea at the sold out Tea with the Doctor VIP event:

Wendy Padbury is mother at Tea with the Doctor.

A video posted by (Re)Generation Who (@regenerationwho) on



Here are some photos taken by Vinny of our 3 days of concerts, panel discussions, celebrity interviews, dance parties, the Davros Variety Hour, and general PARTY TIME. You never know what to expect at (Re)Generaton Who – and that’s because we are always evolving and developing our own content that you won’t see anywhere else – and we accept your suggestions. It’s a full time job, but well worth it for the results:

colin peter nick

dance party

mike kangal dj

dominic glynn concert colin

dominic glynn concert

variety show 2

variety show

rob terry john nick

cat colin nicola

Here is our “So, How Did We Do?” feedback panel at the end of the con. That’s me in the center:

final panel photo by vinny

Thank you for coming out to (Re)Generation Who 2. Thank you for staffing. Thank you for being kind. Thank you for everything. Thank you for being you.

It was our goal to compliment the already amazing fan and con community with our work and we achieved that. I have a very specific vision of using this con to bring families of all types together – and to always support and help all other cons to create a better world for tomorrow with more cons, more fans, and more positive things to enjoy.

I LOL at you if you ask me “if” there will be a 3. I’ll let you know quite soon what the go live date for (Re)Generation Who 3’s registration is.

Here are some things people are saying:

testimonial 3

testimonial 2

testimonial 1

For more photos, join our Facebook Group, follow the con on twitter, and instagram.