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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, that features drug use, drinking, nudity, grizzly-gory violence, rape, physical and sexual abuse of women, and a lot of on screen sex. You must be 18 or older to buy the game. Assume all videos and pages featuring Avallac'h are NSFW. Avallac'h is an evil psionic Elf sorcerer. This guy's excessively violent, a major pervert, a drug addict, kidnapper, murderer, rapist, a sadistic abusive womanizer, and a viciously violent radical religion crazed extremist. You've been warned.)
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.
I've gotten lots of questions about can you find me in the CosPlay skits, dances, masquerades, or contests?
I am what is known as a "hallway cosplayer" (meaning you'll see me mingling in the hall of the convention with other cosplayers) and am OtherKin (meaning I do not simply dress as my character at events, but become the character every day of my life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year) and thus you can encounter me in full cosplay ANY PLACE not just at cons.
No, I'm not an actor, I do not do the dating games, dances, or masquerades. No interest in such things. No, I will not join your group in a skit. I don't do skits. Sorry, it's not my thing, I Just don't do them.
No, I do not enter the workmanship contests. I am 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.)
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 89,000 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.
Jewelry Fashions in Moon Elf Culture | Character Creating & World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
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.
Jewelry Fashions in Moon Elf Culture | Character Creating & World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
Jewelry Fashions in Moon Elf Culture | Character Creating & World Building | Writing Fantasy Books
High Elves don't wear much jewelry, and they tend to wear rather simple, serviceable robes. High Elves like the comfort of safety in numbers so they tend to all do and wear exactly the same thing as everyone else in their clan, and will pick on, tease, bully, and harass any Elf that tries to be in any way different.
The Moon Elves, a type of High Elf, all wear nearly identical silver-blue silk robes, the colour of a full moon, and very minimal silver jewelry, such as a simple circlet on their head and a plain silver band on their finger.
And so, when there arose among them a very flamboyant, flashy Moon Elf wearing bright pink feather trimmed dresses with heavily beaded embroidery, and dripping head to toe in very super bling super sparkly gold jewelry with glittering pink tourmaline crystals... they attacked him and drove him out of Elf society, saying he was acting like a Faerie or a half-Elf (Calling a High Elf a Faerie or a Half-Elf are both horrible hate slurs in High Elf society, basically the worst insult there is for a High Elf).
Demons like to wear a lot of jewelry and bright flashy colours. Fluorescent Yellows, Neon Oranges, Eye Popping Pinks, Dayglow Limon Greens, Electric Blues... Demons live for unnaturally bright, super dramatic, overly garish, very 1980's colour schemes, with the Mr.T jewelry gold chain bling to match.
Demons love their bling...
My main character, Quaraun, is a Moon Elf who was raised by Demons, so he wears a lot of jewelry, and very flamboyant colours, and is seen by the other Elves as insane because of the way he dresses, thus why they call him "Quaraun the Insane". People (Elves and Humans) tend to tease him and bully him quite a lot because of it, thinking he's a vain, arrogant prissy, not really realizing there is an actual reason behind how he dresses that has nothing to do with vanity.
A list of his piercings/etc are as follows:
24 gold rings in each ear (his ears are 12" long and described as "rabbit-like")
3 gold nose rings, 1 in the center, and 1 on each side
48 tiny gold chains, each chain going from one of the rings in his ears to 1 of the rings in his nose (this acts as a veil covering most of his face, leaving only his eyes and lips in view)
both nipples are pierced, gold rings, with decorative pink tormulian butterflies
multiple tiny gold chains connect between his nipple rings
a Prince Albert piercing (an L-shaped hollow rod that inserted into the penis -hollow so you can pee through it - and comes out a piercing at the top)
A Prince Edward peircing (same as an Albert, but pierce through the bottom instead)
(Yes, Albert & Edward are real piercings - Google them if you never heard of them before)
multiple scrotum piercing, tiny gold rings, lining down each side of each testicle creating a patterned design
multiple (dozens) tiny gold chains connecting the scrotum rings to each other, hanging over and in front of his penis, creating and sort of "apron" or "loin cloth" that hides his genitals from view
all the chains (face, chest, and groin) have tiny pink tourmaline crystal points hanging from them
his finger are completely hidden from view, covered by gold armor "dragon claws"
he also wears gold chain necklaces, bracelets, waist/belly chains, and anklets.
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Now, why he does it...
He is a member of an order of wizard-priests (The Di'Jinn) who though not castrated, live as Eunuchs and take a vow of celibacy. The jewelry acts as "chastity devices". The placement of them make sex a near impossibility for him. The weight of the jewelry hanging from his ears, nose, nipples, and genitals is heavy and painful (he is wearing far too many to be comfortable), becoming a form of monk-like "self torture". Because of the way they are placed, an erection becomes a painful thing, the jewelry "punishing" him for losing control of his bodily functions.
The face, nipples, and genitals are seen as objects of sexual delight, thus they are hidden, in this manner. Ironically, the jewelry is unseen most of the time, as he wears cloths similar to that of a traditional Persian Muslim woman. Thus while the chains cover his face, so too does a hijab and face veil. While the chains cover his nipples and genitals, so too do the long flowing floor length dresses with sleeves to his finger tips. His dresses, robes, and veils are all of bright bubblegum pink, heavily embroidered with dark pink & purple hearts, squid, and jellyfish.
The colour pink, and all the members of The Order of the Di'Jinn wearing dresses, even the men, is because they worship The Sacred Pink Jelly Fish (a type of Thullid), a very Lovecraftian style pink Demon Goddess who's an alien Jelly Fish trapped on Earth, after her home planet burned up when her sun supernovaed. Most of the Demons who worship her, in fact also aliens, and are Squid Headed Humanoids from Neptune's Moon (no one knows which one). They wear pink because their goddess is pink, and wear dresses because she is female.
The armour on his fingers, make it difficult for him to do even every day normal tasks, requiring him to ask others to help him to do very basic things. This is a "lesson in humility" much the same way a Buddhist monk owns nothing but a broom and a bowl, and has to humble himself to begging food from others in order to survive. The Elf needs help to eat, as the finger armor make it difficult for him to grip objects like forks or spoons. Most people (Humans usually, but other Elves as well), not understanding his religion, tend to see this as him being snooty and too arrogant to do things for himself, and he is often beaten up by bullies who call him a wimp and a sissy. People often drag him into the street and beat him up, strip him naked, and rip up his "fancy pink dresses" to humiliate him, because they incorrectly assume him to be a transsexual and think he is wearing pink to try to be a women, think he is asking for help because he's too good to do things on his own. Because of how he dresses, other Elves call him: "Quaraun the Insane".
The religion is a Demon religion, practiced by Demons, specifically the Thullids, a type of Chaos Demons, and the goddess herself is a Thullid. Normally no non-Demons are members of this religion and he is in fact the only Elf to ever join this religion, which has resulted in his being cast out of Elven society, seen by other Elves as a traitor. He came to join this religion, because as a small child his mother was murdered by his father, and he was about to be murdered with her, except a Di'Jinn priest was passing by and saw the enraged Elf beat his wife to death then turn on his son. The priest offered to buy the boy to keep as his slave. The father agreed and sold his son to the Demon. The Demon took the boy back to the Temple of the Di'Jinn in Persia, where he was raised as though he was just another Demon. The result was an Elf raised among Thullid Chaos Demons and adopting the religion of the Thullid family who raised him.
(The name Thullid comes from Cthulu by the way.)
The Di'Jinn priests named him Quaraun (which is a real Persian name that means "one who walks with god"), after they took the Sacred Pink Jelly Fish and implanted her into his brain. Essentially they killed the Elf, and his body was used as a "husk" to allow the Goddess to be able to have a body of her own and walk freely among the people (rather than being stuck in a fish tank, which is where she lived before being implanted into the Moon Elf's body.) (This is "Demon Possession" by the way. In the Quaraun series, Demons can literally take your body and live inside of it, making your their puppet. - In other words, Quaraun is a Demon Possessed Moon Elf.)
Because she has no concept of any Earth society or culture and she has psionic powers, she often wishes her attackers dead, and whomever is beating/bullying/humiliation the Elf, simply drops dead. Which resulted in the world as a whole being terrified of Quaraun calling him "the world's most powerful wizard".
In the novels, you see Quaraun go back and forth between calling himself a male Elf and using male pronouns, to calling herself a female Thullid and using female pronouns, because he is both, him being a male Elf with a female Thullid living inside him.
Where to find more info Elf culture, Elf society, Elf ethics, and the Elven way of life:
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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