Supernatural Names of the Week

Anna

Female
Alternate Spelling: Ana
Pronunciation: an-uh; ah-na
Origin: Hebrew; England
Meaning: Favour of Grace
Well-Known Annas: Anna Milton (Supernatural), Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy), Anna Watson (The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins), Anna Oliphant (Anna & The French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins), Anna Fitzgerald (My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult), Anna (Frozen), Anna Kendrick (Actress), Anna Paquin (Actress), Anna Trebunskaya (Ballroom Dancer), Anna McPartlin (Novelist)

Ash

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Ashe
Pronunciation: ash
Origin: England
Meaning: From the Ash Tree
Well-Known Ashs: Ash (Supernatural), Ash Fisher (Black City, Elizabeth Richard), Ash Matthews (Mindbender, Veronica Slemp), Ash Ketchum (Pokemon), Ashley ‘Ash’ Baron-Cohen (Filmmaker)

Balthazar

Male
Pronunciation: Bal-thuh-zar
Origin: Phoenician
Meaning: Baal Protects the King
Well-Known Balthazars: Balthazar (Supernatural), Balthazar (Character in various Shakespeare plays), Balthazar (Novel by Lawrence Durell), Balthazar Getty (Actor)

Bobby

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Bobbi
Nickname: Bob
Pronunciation: bah-bee
Origin: America
Meaning: From Robert
Well-Known Bobbys: Bobby Singer (Supernatural), Robert ‘Bobby’ Pendragon (Pendragon, D.J. MacHale), Bobby Drake (X-Men), Bobbi Morse (Marvel), Bobby McFerrin (Singer), Bobby Lockwood (Model), Bobby Robson (Football Player)

Chuck

Male
Pronunciation: chuh-ck
Origin: American; French
Meaning: Form of Charles; Free ManWell-Known Chucks: Chuck Shurley (Supernatural), Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl), Chuck Lorre (Writer and Director), Chuck Jones (Animator)

Ellen

Female
Pronunciation: eh-len
Origin: England
Meaning: Light
Well-Known Ellens: Ellen Harvelle (Supernatural), Ellen Foster (Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons), Ellen (Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison), Ellen Rosen (Number the Stars, Lois Lowry), Ellen Degeneres (Comedian), Ellen Page (Actress), Ellen White (Author), Ellen Lupton (Graphic Designer)

Jo

Male
Alternate Spelling: Joe
Pronunciation: Jo
Origin: England
Meaning: From Joseph
Well-Known Jos: Jo Harvelle (Supernatural), Josephine ‘Jo’ march (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott), Joe Hardy (Hardy Boys, Franklin W. Dixon), Jo Qesem Ayela Aleh (Olympic Sailor), Jo Frost (Nanny), Joe Sugg (Youtuber), Joe Hill (Author), Joe Jonas (Musician)

Ruby

Female
Pronunciation: roo-bee
Origin: England
Meaning: Jewel
Well-Known Rubys: Ruby (Supernatural), Ruby Daly (The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Brackens), Ruby Gillis (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery), Ruby (Once Upon a Time), Ruby Florene Murray (Singer), Ruby Ferguson (Children’s Author), Ruby Aldridge (Supermodel)

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Torcon 2015: Friday!

Torcon is finally here! Oh my goodness I feel like I have been waiting for this weekend forever and now it’s here!

This is the first time I’ve been to Torcon for a full weekend. I’ve gone for the past two years, but only ever went on the Saturday because it’s always been too expensive. This year it was still expensive, but the show’s been on for ten years and I decided to splash out a little bit and go for the whole weekend.

I’ve been really good about not splashing out anymore on any merchandise and I’m hoping to keep it that way. The way things are looking tomorrow I may not be entirely successful, but we shall see.

Alright, so I was a little late getting to the convention today so Richard Speight Jr. (who is MC-ing the whole event) was already on stage. However, I was there in plenty of time to see all the panelists.

The first one up was Alaina Huffman (Abbadon)!

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Alaina was a little minute addition to the guest list after Ruth Connell unfortunately had to cancel. However, I’m so glad Alaina was here! She’s amazing and hilarious and she’s Canadian!

It was really funny because every time someone would answer a question she would give them candy. Richard Speight Jr. made the joke I think many of us were thinking which is that taking candy from strangers doesn’t matter when you’re at a Supernatural convention.

Something I really liked about Alaina’s panel was that she talked about women’s roles (or lack thereof) on TV and how women need to be given more roles. Yes! I am so glad she mentioned this especially at such a huge event for a huge show. It’s absolutely amazing and completely true.

Next up was Osric Chau (Kevin Tran) who spent a lot of time talking about Cosplay. For anyone who doesn’t know, Osric cosplays a lot and you can find tons of amazing photos of him in so many phenomenal costumes online! Seriously, Google it.

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He was completely hilarious and talked a bit about how he’d like to see Kevin come back. Maybe Kevin could come back as a ghost, after all, ghosts can’t die again, right? Has he even seen the show?! Of courses ghosts die again, and it’s normally Sam and Dean who kill them! His reaction when he learned this was hilarious and it really was a great panel.

These panels were followed by the Supernatural Yes/No Trivia Game which was hilarious because by the time they got down to the final two people, it lasted forever! Both contestants gave the same answer as the other over and over again and often times they were both wrong! It was so funny.

One the Yes/No Quiz was over it was back to the panels and up next was Gil McKinney (Henry Winchester)!

Alright, so I’m a huge fan of Supernatural (obviously), but I’m also a huge fan of Once Upon A Time and I didn’t know that Gil McKinney plays Prince Eric on OUAT.

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I had no idea! Looking back now I’m smacking myself in the forehead for not realizing it. It definitely makes rewatching OUAT all the more exciting now.

Something else I learned at this panel is that Gil McKinney is an amazing singer! Seriously fantastic. Go look him up on Youtube I guarantee there are tons of videos of him singing and you will not be disappointed.

I took a couple videos at karaoke, but I’m betting you can find some better quality ones on Youtube than what I got on my phone.

Gil McKinney is also the reason I may end up spending money this weekend as I’m considering buying a photo op with him. If I don’t do it this year then I’ll probably have to come back and do it next year cause he’s amazing and getting a photo would be awesome.

The final panelist was Erica Carroll (Hannah) who also talked about women’s roles on TV. One thing she brought up about this in regards to Supernatural was the relationship between Hannah and Cas which she didn’t like too much.

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She said it was very easy to go that route and you know what, she’s right. You have a popular male character on the show and bring in a badass female character to work with him, it’s really easy to put them together and suddenly she just turns into a love interest.

I’m really glad that’s not what happened with Hannah and I’m definitely hoping we’ll see more of Erica Carroll in the new season!

Something else I learned during her panel is that in the episode with her naked scene? Not actually her. Yup, she said she made a choice and she stood by her choice and I think that’s amazing.

They needed a naked back for that scene and she didn’t want it to be hers and I give her major kudos for that.

Lena Headey did something similar in the most recent season finale of Game of Thrones. We see all of Cersei Lannister completely naked, but we’re not seeing Lena Headey who opted not to get naked.

Huge kudos to all the women who choose not to get naked on screen and you know what? Huge kudos to the women who do get naked on screen.

Kudos to the women on screen. Erica and Alaina are right, there isn’t enough of you so I give you props for getting out there and being badass no matter what you do.

The final event of the night was the karaoke party (not spelt kareoke which is what I did all night) and this was great. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go originally cause I’d already gone back to my hotel, but I’m so glad I did cause it was so much fun.

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There were so many people there and so many of the actors got up and sang. Richard, Rob, and Matt were dressed as the Three Amigos while Kathryn Newton (Claire Novak) came dressed as Sailor Moon and she was completely rocking the look.

From “Bad Blood” to “Lighters” to a lot of Bon Jovi, it was one of the best nights of my life.

There’s still two more days of Torcon left and plenty more to see and do. Hopefully I won’t spent too much money, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing everybody on Saturday and then Jared and Jensen on Sunday! This is the first time I’ll be seeing them at a convention so I’m super excited!

Were you a Friday Person at Torcon? If you were I’d love to hear what you think!

If not I’d love to hear what you think anyway! Let me down below your thoughts on Supernatural, conventions, if you’ve been to a con in the past, or maybe just about the meaning of life. Whatever you want!

I’ll be posting soon about Day 2!

Also, I’m hoping that if I attend again next year I’ll have a proper camera and can take some better photos than the ones I got on my phone as my phone isn’t crazy about the bright lights they point at the stage. A lot of the pictures turned out either out of focus or, if they were in focus, the people were glowing. I got some good Saturday shots because some of the people like Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins wander through the audience which means they turn the lights back on. Yay! This means pictures turn out looking like people! Woohoo!

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Supernatural Names of the Week

Castiel

Male
Nickname: Cas, Cass
Pronunciation: Cas-tee-el
Origin: Latin
Meaning: Angel of Thursday
Well-Known Castiels: Castiel (Supernatural), Former name of a municipality in Switzerland, Angel of Thursday
*Often thought to be an alternate to the name Cassiel*

Dean

Male
Pronunciation: deen
Origin: England
Meaning: Leader
Well-Known Deans: Dean Winchester (Supernatural), Dean Thomas (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Dean Moriarty (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Dean Forrester (Gilmore Girls), Dean Koontz (American Novelist)

Jared

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jaryd
Pronunciation: jair-uhd
Origin: Israel
Meaning: Down to Earth
Well-Known Jareds: Jared Grace (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black), Jared Booth (Bones), Jared Howe (The Host, Stephenie Meyer), Jared Scott Gilmore (American Actor), Jared Padalecki (Actor)

Jeffrey

Male
Nickname: Jeff
Pronunciation: jeff-ree
Origin: England; Germany
Meaning: Divinely Peaceful
Well-Known Jeffreys: Jeffrey Tifton (The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall), Jeffrey Sinclair (Babylon 5), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (American Actor), Jeffrey Eugenides (American Novelist), Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Buckley (Singer-Songwriter)

Jensen

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jenson
Nickname: Jay
Pronunciation: jen-suhn
Origin: Scandinavia
Meaning: God is Gracious
Well-Known Jensens: Jensen (Days of Our Lives), Jensen Ackles (Actor), Jensen Button (Formula One racing driver), Jenson McKenzie (German Rock Band)

Mary

Female
Nickname: Mare
Pronunciation: mare-ee
Origin: Biblical
Meaning: Bitter
Well-Known Marys: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers), Mary Malone (His Dark Materials Series, Philip Pullman), Mary Winchester (Supernatural), Mary margaret Blanchard (Once Upon a Time), Mary Jane Watson (Spiderman), Mary Read (English Pirate), Mary Pope Osborne (Children’s Author)

Misha

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Michsa
Pronunciation: mee-sha
Origin: Russia
Meaning: Like God
Well-Known Mishas: Misha Collins (Actor), Mischa Barton (Actress), Misha B (British Singer), Misha Gabriel Hamilton (American Actor)

Sam

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Samuel
Pronunciation: Sam
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: From Samuel/Samson
Well-Known Sams: Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien), Sam Roth (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, Maggie Stiefvator), Sam Evans (Glee), Sam Claflin (English Actor)

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October Announcements

October

Alright, so I am making this post because October is going to be a crazy busy month for me and I am so excited!

First, I will be going to Torcon which is the Supernatural convention in Toronto! I will be blogging about my weekend on jcarsonreviews and I am incredibly excited about this. I love Supernatural, I’ve gone to the convention for the past couple years, but only for one day so this will be my first time going for the whole weekend.

If you or anyone you know is going, let me know because that would be amazing!

More on the topic of Supernatural. Season eleven premiers on the seventh of October and I will be starting to review the show and I am definitely looking forward to it. I’ve been really invested in the show since high school so it’s going to be great getting to share what I think of each episode with so many other people.

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Finally, the last Supernatural related thing and something I am really excited about is that I will be reaching the one hundredth chapter in my Supernatural fanfiction! 100 chapters!

This is the longest fic I’ve written thus far and I am so incredibly happy with it. To celebrate, I will be counting down my top eleven (because they’re on season eleven) favourite episodes of the show over on jcarsonreviews!

But that’s not the only countdown I’ll be doing next month! Starting on the first, over on jcarsonreviews (it’s a really busy month over there), I’ll be counting down my top ten favourite episodes of The Walking Dead. This is all leading up to the season six premier (which I will be reviewing) on the eleventh!

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Now The Walking Dead returning may not seem like announcement worthy stuff, but I have literally been on the edge of my seat waiting for season six so it has to be celebrated!

Also! The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire is coming out next month! What is TABINOF? It’s the book written by the one and only Dan and Phil! Dan and Phil are two Youtubers (you can find them on danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil respectively) I have been watching since I was in high school. I am a major fan of both of them and they’ve actually been a huge inspiration in a lot of the things I do.

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I think the only other time I was this excited for a book was when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was being released. I remember exactly where I was and what time it was when Dan and Phil released the trailer announcing their book. I got home a couple hours later and preordered my copy online.

Now, after months of waiting, it’s almost here. I will definitely be talking about this book on this blog, probably multiple times because I’m so excited for it and I’m so proud of Dan and Phil for writing it and everything else they’ve done.

All these things are so very exciting! And while majority of the things on this blog will be remaining the same, all these things did have particular influence over one weekly thing I do: Names of the Week.

This month the names will be those of Youtubers, characters from The Walking Dead, and actors/characters from Supernatural. Normally I only post five names each week, but October knows no bounds and some weeks there’s definitely more than five names.

So much is happening in October! When filling out my calendar and writing my lists of things to do, it looks slightly intimidating and yet also exhilarating. While it looks like a lot of work, it’s writing and it’s writing about things I love so I can’t wait for October to get here so I can celebrate all these amazing things with all of you!

Thank you so much for sticking with me so far and I look forward to celebrating what definitely looks to be a wonderful October with you!

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