April 29th, 2008

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I'm back!

I return triumphant from Costume Con. I won't go over every single thing blow-by blow, but I'll give you all a quick rundown.

Firstly, I just have to say how much I LOVE Costume Con. Where else can you see Queen Elizabeth in full court dress going down the hall one way, and a cyberpunk lolita going the other, followed by a Jedi, a southern belle in a hoop skirt, and the White Witch from Narnia, all chatting together? Sheer awesomeness. (Also, there's nowhere else where I could have been scritched by Bellatrix from Harry Potter, and Captain Jack Sparrow. And I wasn't even in costume, I was just wearing a tail.)

Anyhow... Thursday I arrived, met my roommate, and found out that I was rooming with the person running the fantasy/sci-fi masquerade. She was a terrific roomie. Nothing much else happened.

Friday I did a lot of sitting and watching the costumes go by. I also had Kali out for several little outings around the hotel. She got lots of compliments, and I had the usual round of discussions on how she was made in the hall. She also went to the social on Friday night, and boogied a little. That was fun. They had a live rock band there, though I missed most of their set.

Saturday was the masqerade, and between the meeting in the morning, the tech rehearsal that ran WAY over time, and then the need to be in the green room early, that pretty much ate my day. But was SO worth it. (More on that later.) I more or less had my own personal assistant there, since my group didn't have anybody else in it who needed a lot of help. He was really helpful. I wish I could remember his name, but if he's reading this, thanks a ton! Anyhow, I was so hyper after the masqerade was over, that I ended up making the rounds of the room parties because there was no way I was going to be able to go to sleep right away. Finally crashed around 2am

Sunday I was pretty worn out, so I took it easy for most of the day. Went to a couple of panels, hung around and watched people, etc. I did take part in the fursuit parade, but much to my annoyance whoever was leading it seemed to not realize that this was not FC, and he didn't have to hurry 300 fursuiters along, there was only 20 or so. But they took off like a shot, and I wore myself out completely in the first hundred feet, trying to keep up. I gave up on that, and ended up hanging out in the lobby, not doing much, trying to cool down a little. Finally decided that I was done, and went back and got out of the costume. Then there was the historical masqerade that night, which was awesome! There were so many really terrific costumes, and really good skits.

Monday, of course, I was flying home, but I decided that since I hadn't finished the parade all the way into the dealer's room, that I wanted to let the dealers, who were effectively trapped in there, have a look at the costume, so I suited up in Flame Song one last time (with my marvelous roommate's help) and made a round of the room. That pretty well wiped me out, but it was sooooooooooo worth it. I am a total praise junkie, and all the compliments were terrific.

And now I'm back! I know there were tons of photos of me taken, and some video as well, so I'm going to be looking for those on the net over the next couple of weeks.

If any of you haven't seen the suit yet, her gallery is here:
http://www.sparkcostumes.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=28
Finished photos are at the end, and I'll be uploading more as I find them and get permission from the photographers to use them.

And regarding the masqerade... I won two awards, a workmanship award for my paint job, and a performance award for best original fantasy, which is a pretty big one. Those cheer me greatly, but they were just icing on the cake, as far as I'm concerned. Because the best thing was the moment when I stepped out on stage, and the entire audience gasped. I heard a couple of people say "wow" and then they were totally silent as I walked around on stage. THAT is the reason it was all worth it. The awards are great, and I would have been a little sad if I hadn't won anything at all, but the real reward was that collective gasp.

Now I just have to figure out how to top this next time!

P.S. Rachel? You are awesome and totally made my day! Thank you!
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Other stuff

To anybody who's waiting on commissions that were supposed to be done last month, my sincere apologies. Depression kicked my butt, and then I had to finish Flame Song. I am going to be busting my butt this week to try and get April's commissions done asap! To the folks with May commissions, I will try my hardest to not let the spill over of April's stuff delay your projects any.

In other news, I am going to be starting Blood Choice up again! Yay! I need to do some re-working on part one, dunno if I'll go back and update the old posts or not, but I finally know what the flip I'm doing with part two and, er... there's going to be a part three and maybe also a part four. This is going to be an actual novel, rather than just a long-ish short story. Shock. (David just sort of insisted that he had a lot of vampire butt to kick, and I needed to write all this stuff. And I am insisting back that he's munchkin-ish enough as is, so I need to write some bits where the vampires kick his butt, and between those things, it just kind of got long. I don't think David is going to move into my head, but he's certainly one of the more vocal and pushy characters I've written.) If I manage to finish it, it will be my first "real" novel. Blood and Fire was kind of a novel, but mostly a collection of related short stories, and I never finished The Dragon Queen. So wish me luck, and I'll post here when updates start again. It may be a while, since as stated above I've got a lot of actual work to do, but if I do nothing but sew all day every day I'll go nuts, so I should find at least a little time to write over the next month.