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Want To Meet EelKat and The Dazzling Razzberry (Autism Awareness Car) in Person?
We'll Be At PortConMaine 2018 June 21 - 24
See PortConMaine's Website For Times, Location, Directions, & Ticket Prices: http://portconmaine.com
If you are coming from out of state and plan to stay at the hotel, room info can be found here: http://doubletree3.hilton.com They give discounts to PortCon members, so be sure to mention you are attending PortCon when you reserve your room!
I'm livestreaming making this costume. If you want to see it being made, check out my Avallac'h Costume Making Vlogs on YouTube!
See You There!
Who is Avallac'h? This is Avallac'h (Note, this character comes from an "adult entertainment" video game Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, and you must be 18 or older to buy the game. Assume all videos and pages featuring Avallac'h are NSFW. This guy's a major pervert)
FAQs: Yes, you can take pictures. You don't have to ask to take pictures of the car, but please ask first before taking pictures of me.
No, I'm not an actor, I do not do the masquerades. No interest in such things. No, I will not join your group in a skit. I don't do skits. Sorry, I Just don't do them.
No, I do not enter the workmanship contests - I am a professional seamstress, with a college degree in theatrical costume making and pattern design and do not qualify to enter such events. I am also driven by my love for the characters, not winning prizes and have no incentive to enter such things.
While I'm not doing an official book signing at PortCon, you are more then welcome to bring books for signing, and if you catch me in the hall, I'll be more than happy to sign them for you.
PortCon takes place in 4 separate buildings: the 2 DoubleTree towers, at the Maine Mall across the street, and starting in 2018, now also in the new Hilton building next door to the two towers.
Almost ALL the events I attend are in the second tower, the shorter one at the back of the gardens, seen here --->>>
In between events, you can usually find me in the main hall of the second tower hanging out with other CosPlayers. We are the annual HallWay CosPlayers of PortCon and we'd love to have you join us!
I will be there at all days of the event.
I live around the corner from the DoubleTree Hilton where the convention is held, so you can usually expect to see me arrive between 7AM to 8AM. (Yes... 2 HOURS before the doors open, the lines to get in ARE that long! If you arrive at opening time, you won''t get in the building before noon time at BEST.)
I typically leave around 3PM to go eat, and return around 4PM (this time fluctuates depending on the daily event schedule. We, my boyfriend will be there, usually go to SubWay at the BullMoose mini-mall) Other then leaving this one hour for lunch, I stay at PortCon all day till midnight/1AM
IMPORTANT NOTE: PortCon is the ONLY convention I will be at in 2018!
I have been CosPlaying since 1987, 2018 is my 31st year as a CosPlayer. In that time I've done 200+ costumes and usually am seen at as many as 12 events each summer. I know, you usually expect to see me at lots of events throughout the year, however, I've been doing this for 31 years now, and both my age and my health are preventing me from being very active of late.
I have arthritis, hip dysplasia, Parkinson's Disease, Autism (Kanner's Syndrome), PTSD, have 3 ruptured discs in my spine, am blind in one eye and fast going blind in my other eye, am deaf in one ear and can not hear well in the other, and since being attacked by a stalker who left me paralyzed for 5 months and 18 months relearning to walk, I'm now on a cane. My health is not good of late and I am no longer able to make full season of event runs. While I have no plans to retire from CosPlaying, I will be doing far fewer events than you saw me doing in the past.
Since 2013, I've only CosPlayed disabled/crippled characters who use a cane or staff to walk, thus allowing me to incorporate my cane into the CosPlay. That is the case this year. The character Avallac'h is both elderly and crippled and that is why I picked him to CosPlay. The Avallac'h CosPlay includes a staff, which will be replacing my cane.
PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE STAFF! It is NOT a prop! This is an ACTUAL MEDICAL GRADE staff that I have had custom made for this costume.
I know people like to touch my extremely elaborate, over the top CosPlays, but please be aware, I am EXTREMELY CRIPPLED and RELY HEAVILY on the cane to be able to walk. The staff you will see with this costume is real, and I CAN NOT walk without it.
(If you didn't know I am a senior citizen, I'm not sure why, but most people tend to think I'm some 20 to 30 years younger then I actually am, but, yes, I'm old enough to be your grandmother, in fact, you're grandmother is probably younger than me. I seem to be older then most of my fans' grans these days. I does get tiring, young kids in their 30s walking up to me and saying "Gee I wish I was young like you, I'd date you." You're in your 30s, that's means you're a child to me. I was YOUR age back in the 1970s - 40 years ago.)
The emails I'm getting this past week, have made it necessary to add this notation:
No, I will not make a Witcher character costume for you for free and you likely can't afford to hire me to make one for you either. These movie-set quality costumes cost several thousand dollars and 400+ hours to make, with the standard dressmaking cost being $25 an hour + 3 times cost of materials, while it is costing me around $3,000 in materials to make this, you've not counted in the time it took and the cost per hour I would charge you. $3,000 x 3 + ($25 x 400hr) = $13,000. You are looking at around $13,000 to hire me to make this Avallac'h costume on this level of craftsmanship for you.
As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.
However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.
From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.
During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.
UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.
How would you explain your Fantasy world to a stranger?
I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.
"Do everything in 7s. 7 Words per sentence. 7 sentences per paragraph. 7 paragraphs per scene. 7 scenes per chapter. And you'll write in a way that gives the read enough information, without talking to much and boring them to tears."
He said something about how by doing this it prevents you from going off on long wordy over descriptions, or info dumps, that sort of thing.
At first I thought it was crazy advice, but I tried doing it with a few stories and it really helped to tighten up my writing and it did put an end to info dumps in the narratives and forced me to look for ways to put descriptions in the dialogue without the character monologue.
I remember, he went of to explain, that if you couldn't describe what your story was about in 7 words or less, then you didn't yourself have a clear grasp on what your story was.
Basically, what he was getting at was that if you are in a conversation with a person and they say: "So you're an author, what do you write?" That person expects you to say something like: "I write Fantasy Romance about an Elf wizard and his Faerie lover." Then move on to the next topic.
STRANGER: "So you're an author, what do you write?"
YOU: "I write Fantasy Romance about an Elf wizard and his Faerie lover."
STRANGER: "Cool! How long you been writing?"
YOU: "Started as a teen, but picked it up again the past few months."
STRANGER: "That's great. Hey, here comes the bus. See ya!"
YOU: "Yeah. Nice meeting you."
STRANGER: "Same here. Hey maybe I'll see you tomorrow and we can talk some more."
Instead of this:
STRANGER: "So you're an author, what do you write?"
YOU: "Oh, well, let's see, it's kind of Fantasy, but not really. Almost Romance, but too bloody. It's about this Elf who becomes a wizard, but then he accident kills someone and so now every one is scared of him and they think he's a monster, so now he's on the run, and he meets this Faerie who is also a wizard, but he really is evil and because they are both on the run they start travelling together and end up falling in love and.... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... and then there's this dragon living under the mountain that turned out to be a volcano and ... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... and but the kid is sick and the Elf is the only one who knows how to save them, so now they are forced to ask foe his help after they tried to execute him... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... but then it turns out that Elf is sick now and he might die and the Faerie can't save him so... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah..."
STRANGER:Looks at watch. Is desperately hoping this deranged creep will shut up soon.
YOU: "And then there's this 3rd wizard see, now he's a demon and... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... and next thing you know they are all in Persia riding on the backs of elephants which at first doesn't make any sense until you realize that... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... but then there's this crazy chef who's kind of like Gordon Ramsey, you know with the hot temper and all, but thing is, he's a wizard too and all his food in magic and... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah... "
STRANGER: "Hey, bus is here, gotta go." Hurriedly runs from you as quickly as possible.
YOU:Still talking about your book ad has not yet noticed he left.
I don't think he meant to use EXACTLY 7 words, so much as he was saying:keep it short and simple, so you don't lose your reader's attention.
I'm the type of author, who, you ask me what I write, I'll monologue for 2 hours and then wonder: "Hey, where'd they go?"
But I think, for like what you are asking, I think it's best to try to come up with a description of your story that fits into just one single short sentence. Perhaps work on it for a while, and then memorize it and say it whenever someone asks about your book?
So, for me, what I do is, reduce it to:
primary plot point
So this: "I write GENRE about MAIN CHARACTER and PRIMARY PLOT POINT."
Thus: "I write Fantasy Romance about an Elf wizard and his Faerie lover."
This tells the person, what the genre is (Fantasy & Romance), who the main character is (an Elf wizard), and what the story is about (his love life with a Faerie).
That would be if spoken to a stranger in person.
If written, think of it like the blurb on the back cover of the book. You probably have only 400 words at most to say anything about your story. So, take that sentence and turn it into a paragraph or two.
Go back to our list and expand it:
primary plot point
secondary plot point
end with a teaser question
THIS: "I write Fantasy Romance about an Elf wizard and his Faerie lover."
BECOMES THIS: "(BOOK TITLE) is the romantic Fantasy story of (NAME OF MAIN CHARACTER), a young Elf wizard's who accidentally killed a rival wizard and is now on the run accused of murder. (MC NAME) soon meets (LOVER'S NAME), a renegade Faerie turned Necromancer wanted for the murders of several Elves. Knowing that he himself is falsely accused, (MC NAME), mistakenly believes (LOVER NAME) is innocent as well. They join forces, soon becoming lovers, and by the time (MC NAME) realizes that (LOVER) really is the serial killer he's accused of being, (MC NAME) finds himself too much in love to turn him in. Problems really get started when a time travelling demon drops out of a portal in their path and disrupts the fabric of time. Can two outlaw wizards save the world before it's too late?"
You would use that template and change it to your book title, your character names, details about your plot, etc. In my case it becomes this:
"The Quaraun series is the romantic Fantasy story of Quaraun, a young Elf wizard's who accidentally killed rival wizard Gibedon and is now on the run accused of murder. Quaraun soon meets BoomFuzzy, a renegade Faerie turned Necromancer wanted for the murders of several Elves. Knowing that he himself is falsely accused, Quaraun, mistakenly believes BoomFuzzy is innocent as well. They join forces, soon becoming lovers, and by the time Quaraun realizes that BoomFuzzy really is King Gwallmaiic Elf eater of Pepper Valley, the serial killer he's accused of being, Quaraun finds himself too much in love to turn him in. Problems really get started when a time travelling demon drops out of a portal in their path and disrupts the fabric of time. Can two outlaw wizards save the world before it's too late?"
Well, that's how I do it anyways. Hopefully that helps you out. Good luck with it!
I am wondering why has Amazon moved the Quaraun books to the category "Transgender Romance" and also "Gay Erotica"? The base story is a deeply depressed, suicidal, drug addict Elf who's lover commit suicide and he's trying not to do the same. It's an old Elf in a tavern, monologuing a lot of flashbacks and back story scenes of his youth. These stories are dark, bloody, angsty, full of drug use, murder, rape, Medieval torture, mental/physical/emotional abuse, and references to depression and suicide - no romance in it, unless you count the occasional (and usually brutally violent) rape scenes that show up in nearly every volume - sorry - no clue what Amazon is thinking or why they moved these to Romance and Erotica, but these books are NOT even close to being Romance or Erotica on any level at all. When I published these books I put them in "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi". If they show up in any category other then "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi", it's because Amazon put them there without my authorization or approval.
The 4 door white truck continues to sit at the end of my drive way (146 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine) near every night around sunset, reeving it's engine and squealing it's tires, with the driver yelling anti-gay threats and obscenities out the window. He continues to do the same thing at my dad's apartment building (Biddeford Maine) a few times a week, usually in mid to late afternoon time. He continues to follow me to shopping to various stores in various towns throughout the states.
Phrases he yells from the truck include:
"Kill or be killed remember Saco Shaws all transsexuals are alike"
"I keep a gun under the seat of my truck, I'm gonna use it to shoot you in the head, you transvestite freak"
if cars are going by he yells to them: "that thing is Ken's son, look at how's it's dressed; it's insane, it has autism, we can't allow that thing and it's gay cars in our family friend town of Old Orchard Beach"
He often babbles deranged ramblings about something he calls "the gay-pocalypse", raving lunacy about how "all the gays are gathering" on his doorstep. He raves some crazy nonsense about how Armageddon is coming and the war to end all wars will be "the gays against the Christians" and Christians have to be ready to "kill the gays"
My car is the Autism Awareness Car and had 2.5million marbles glued to it (I have Autism - savant - Kanner's syndrome) he claims tat my car "is gay" because of what it looks like. My car has been vandalized several dozen times, including to have the tires slashed 7 times in 6 months.
After dark often around 10PM, he stands at the end of the logging road across the street from me and shoots at my motohome (in February 2014 he shot holes in my neighbour's barn while doing this). I have video footage of 3 of his shootings at me here: https://youtu.be/NUebzJ9sz9U and here: https://youtu.be/C4dZbgG-Smw
This has gone on since August 2013 now, in addition to all the vandalism, hate crimes, pet beheadings, etc that has happened, including the bomb that blew up our house in 2006.
As you know, that whole time I had not been able to get a plate number on the truck. He as just here again, and I just realized why I could not get a plate number... there are no plates on the truck, either on the front or on the back. However, as he was driving away today... I noticed, there is a plate, stuck up in the back window of the truck, where it can barely be seen, deliberately obscured from view behind a silver tool box.
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