Happy Tuesday everyone! I am still reeling from the most exciting of weekends! But more on one particular event later.
MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN edits are going well! I will be starting from Chapter 20 today. I will be finished with the first run of edits this week and then I shall go over it all again just to make sure that everything is indeed going the way I want it to. Once I'm through with that, I will transfer all the hard-copy edits to the electronic version. Afterwards, it'll be off to the readers! Meanwhile, I am saving up for its publishing.
Fun Fact #1: any money I make from CHILD OF BLACKWEN, whether it is from the paperback edition or the Kindle version, will go to book two of the Artemis Ravenwing novel's funding. Fun Fact #2: leaving a review helps me sell the book to marketing sites, which will help my exposure AND future funding. In other words, support your authors! :)
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And now...the tale of my first Comic Con!
I have never been to a Comic Con before. As obsessed as I am with costumes and shape-shifting, I was never brave enough to go cosplay and check out such events. Something about this year made me braver in SO many aspects of my life...why would a Comic Con be any different?
So I did it. And I went as a character I have loved since I was a kid.
The first Legend of Zelda game I have ever played was Oracle of Ages for the Gameboy Color. I have seen A Link to the Past sometime before, thanks to a gamer cousin of mine, but I myself started on the Gameboy Color. Many of you surely know the many incarnations of Link, stemming from A Link to the Past to Hyrule Warriors.
Mine? With the help of a friend and the Author Mama, we came up with this:
I did find the outfit online (I cannot sew...yet), but we tinkered with a few things. My friend made the shield for me and I found a replica Dark Link Master Sword online. We found some nifty elf ears (which I put on "sort of backwards" because Link's ears point outward like that), and I have successfully learned how to use Spirit Gum (woohoo!). I added the tights (do you have ANY idea how hard it is to find white tights, let alone any good ones?! I had to settle for brown. It looked great though!), threw on some shorts under the outfit because I knew I would take some action shots, and I stretched out the strings to my "gauntlets" so that they would actually fit me. I even got a Sharpie marker to draw the Triforce on my left hand (Link is technically left-handed. He only "stopped" being so once the Wii games came out, because the majority of people in this world are right-handed). That was NOT easy, by the way. And I had to use a bronze one because the gold Sharpie in the pack was dry! It worked out in the end, so I can't be too upset. As for the event itself, the only inconvenience I had was the hat; it would slide back during the day and even off my head a few times. I blame that on the bobby pins though. I will be using the clips I once wore during my sports seasons for Halloween. That should work nicely. I also invested in some gel soles for my boots, considering how long I was on my feet during the Saturday Comic Con. I did add on a necklace too; I bought a Zelda pendant at the event which featured the symbols for Din, Nayru and Farore.
Mini note: save a lot of money for Comic Cons because you want EVERYTHING. I even found a sweet pair of sai, the weapons I mention in the Artemis Ravenwing novels. *sighs* One day!
Speaking of which...I may or may not have been scoping out booth sizes for a future Blackwen book booth. I may or may not have planned some character costumes for the day it'll happen.
How was the rest of my experience? Fantastic. This was definitely my world. It's like writing...how could you not love becoming a character? Well, let me be a bit more specific. It is fun to dress up as a video game, television, movie, novel and comic book character. That suits me well. I leave the creation of characters to my writer self (and will have no problem dressing up as them to promote the book). I already have a plan for the next Comic Con in Albuquerque during January: Tauriel from The Hobbit movie trilogy. A friend suggested her, and I've been on fire concerning the planning process for it. My pattern for her dress shipped this morning *cue the squeals*. I already have costume ideas for other beloved characters, but I will not tell just yet.
Before I head off to editing MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, I would love to share some photos from the Santa Fe Comic Con. Please enjoy!
I bumped into Midna (Elle Graves)! Yay for Twilight Princess!
You can check out Elle's Cosplay page here, by the way: https://www.facebook.com/tlozEruCosplay
Sailor Mars! Fun Fact: she is technically my favorite of the Sailor Scouts.
My fantastical Steampunk buddies. Don't they look amazing???
A really fantastic Skyrim cosplay.
Yet another duel.
Zelda! Yay! I actually commented earlier in the day that if I did not find a Zelda cosplay, I was going to be sad. Can't go to a Comic Con and not have the iconic pair for a picture!
Found more of my friends!
Now, Sharpie time.