This was such a good experience for me. Have I expressed that enough times? Let me say it again: speaking on Joss Whedon at the Imaginarium was one of the highlights of my adult life. Alas, it came to an end, as all good things do.
By day three I was visibly melting. You can see it happening on the video, I think. Layers of my epidermis were just turning to goo and sliding off of my hands and face. That’s what a heat index of 118 will do to you. I think I once learned that in science class.
I sometimes have this crazy fantasy that Joss Whedon will stumble upon my seminars. Yes, crazy. Yes, a fantasy. Yes, a little shameful to even admit to others. But I do wonder what he’d think of this weird mash up of his work and the gospel, via a melting homeschool mom (not that I’m the first Christian to make such an attempt). I just hope it wouldn’t annoy him. Because as far apart as our worldviews may ultimately be, I’ve got nothing but respect for you, Joss. When it comes right down to it, I’m just a fan.
Oh, one more thing. I read many, many books in preparation for the seminar, because reading books is how I prepare for everything in life. Here are the best of the best, the ones that most influenced what I said at Cornerstone.
Existential Joss Whedon: Evil and Human Freedom in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Serenity
Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon
Finding Serenity and Serenity Found
Five Seasons of Angel: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss their Favorite Vampire
Joss Whedon: Conversations
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion