© 2005 Rachael M. Haring
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Well, I'm just back from Otakon, and wowza, did it go fast!
I've been going to Otakon for 5 years now, but this was the first time I was a dealer there. Dave and I got to see a very different side of the convention hall: namely, the underside. Big empty tunnels, loading docks, access corridors, etc. It's a cavernous place, especially when you're trying to figure out how to get several heavy boxes of cds where they're supposed to go!
Highlights of the con:
- Jessica and Sara, the nicest dealers' room staff in the world. They really went out of their way to help us out and keep our obnoxious neighbors from drowning us out entirely.
- As always, hanging out and talking with Novablade's Trish and Damien. I'm incredibly glad we got to know those guys. So talented, so nice, so much fun! I only wish we lived closer, so we could see each other more often.
- Meeting up with Leigh Bader, aka Sol, of Lost Soleil. One of the most amazing artists I've ever met, and a sweetheart to boot. She gave me a Zephyr pic! I wuv her!
- Seeing the preliminary version of the Non D.E. Films fan-parody on Saturday night. There could have been a few more laughs for my character's lines, but we'll work on making it better. Overall, I thought the audience reaction was pretty good. "I have a train to catch. A train...called justice." Go me!
- Eating at Johnny Rocket's with our old buddy Dave, the prettiest cosplayer of them all. ^_^
- Wearing my Cross-Dressing Red Mage costume(tm) and having my picture taken with an awesome Fighter and Black Mage (see my photo page). Seriously, the world has never seen a better Light Warriors photo. If only Thief was there...
- Defending my l33t Red Mageyness against some silly heckler who thought that I was useless to the team. "Red Mage, you suck! You can't do anything right!" "Oh, yeah? Well, I got a 20-sided die that would disagree with you, buddy!"
- Selling 350 cds! Our personal best (though the 20,000+ attendees may have had something to do with the high sales...)
- Lots of time with my Davey, who I am falling more and more in love with every day. (awww...)
In writing news, there's just the usual: working on Song of the Elements: Fire, obsessing over my characters, sending out all sorts of agent query letters, daydreaming about gently waving fields of acceptance notices, and becoming more like good old perverted Jey every day (evil grin). Leigh's be-oooo-tiful portrait of Zephyr will be gracing these pages very soon, and then, she'll start on my water cleric, Evadne. Can't wait!
Speaking of excitement, can I get a "Huzzah" up in here? Ren Faire season is upon us once again! Davey and I are planning on going to the Maryland Fest sometime in the next month, and after that, maybe the Pennsylvania one with the Jersey crew. That reminds me: got to get to work on "remodeling" the Evadne costume! I have pics from last year of me as Evadne, but I was a lot plumper then, plus the blouse was a little low-cut, and most of the pictures feature a rather (un?)fortunate amount of bra-flashing. I'm also going to spray my hair black this year, so I'll be hardcore. Pics coming, fo' sure.
As a final note, I love 8-bit Theater. Always have, always will. I met Brian Clevinger at Connecticon, and he was a fun guy. But I gotta say, I just don't like what he did recently regarding Red Mage. In one of the last episodes, he had Thief say to Black Mage, "Oh, and Red Mage? You cannot tell him this, but he's not really a crossdresser, and he doesn't have daddy issues. I've just been messing with his head."
Now, I admit that's pretty funny, but I feel so bad for my poor Red Mage! The things that make him my favorite character are his fragile psyche, angsty past, and his prediliction for women's clothing. And now, to learn that none of it is true? It's just a trick played by a lying, poncy-shoed elf? Truly, my world has shattered!
Well, no matter. RM still roxxors my boxxors and my soxxors. And I shall continue to cosplay as cross-dressing Red Mage/Debora (tm) wherever I happen to go for my monthly quota of nerdular nerdence. (Next trip: Ubercon, Secaucus, NJ, October. Be there and be square.
Love, natural 20s, and fairie kisses to everyone!
Rachael 2:36 PM