EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

2018 April/May/June Update:

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.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided

After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

The most original book of all time, and why that's not desirable

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I'm someone who never understood the deal to strive of originality. Though I suppose when you hear my reason for writing, you could probably say it was for originality! LOL!

My reason for writing is quite simply, that I have very specific things that I want to read, but I can't find them.

Well, saying that, then makes it seem like I must be striving to be original, right?

I wanted Gypsies put in leading roles and treated like people. Original? No. Within Gypsy culture, Gypsy authors write Gypsy characters that accurately represent real Gypsies. (And no, Romani are NOT Gypsies. Romani hate being called Gypsies every bit as much as we Gypsies hate being called Romani.)

The thing is there are more then 50 different races, groups, cultures, and ethnicities which get called "gypsies" (not capitalized), but there is in fact a group accurately called Gypsies (capitalized). Each of those cultures is VERY different from one another. And MOST of the things attributed to Gypsies come from those other groups. (For example Gypsies do not dance, dancing is taboo, the women dress similar to Muslims with modesty and hijab, they are pasty white, almost albino, but have frizzy afro wool hair, they are farmers on settled land and are NOT nomadic, they do not play music, music is taboo.... all of these things are contrary to what most Americans think of when they think of Gypsies.)

Real Gypsies, the group correctly called Gypsy, was a group of Hebrew men who married Persian women and were cast out of the House of Israel, sent to wander in the desert, cursed by god for the sin of Jews marrying Muslims. Cast out by Jewish society and Muslim society, they fled to Egypt where they were called "Gypsies - the people who lived with the Egyptians". They are Jewish-Persian(Iranian) half-bloods with no relation to the Spanish, Indian, Italian, Turkish, or Romanians who are commonly inaccurately called Gypsies.

Back on topic...

I wanted to read about transvestites. REAL transvestites, not the stereotypical "she-male" of Erotica. A transvestite is a man who does not believe clothing has gender and wears mens and women's cloths equally. He is NOT trying to be a female, does NOT use male pronouns, but does wear dresses. How often do you see that? If you see men wearing dresses, they are cross-dressers tossed in for comedy releif, or they are transexual, men who are in the process of transitioning into women and use female pronouns. Try to find a transvestite who is not either comedy relief side kick in Chick Lit or a sex object fetish in Erotica... try finding a transvestite portrayed as a real live human being and used accurately as a main character. They are out there but such books are few and far between.

Then there are Elves in Medieval Europe. I love Elves. I love Medieval Europe... but sometimes you just want to know... so what were the Elves of ancient Egypt like? What will Elves be like in 2525 America?

Then toss all 3 of the above into a single story. Seems original, right?

But then you look at what I write... if you start taking it apart... you can no originality at all.

The story pulls heavily from ancient Persian folklore, Koran mythology, Jewish mythology... things that are obscure in American modern literature, but are classic literature of their respective cultures.

I built a Fantasy world with a magic system built off of Persian folklore and thus instead of witches with familiars you find desert magi with di'jinn. While most of America thinks "she-male Las Vegas mega slut feather dancer" when they think transvestite, instead my main character is a very modest man who wears kaftan, ajilba, and hijab (the long flowing embroidered silk clothes worn by Muslim women in Persia). He's heavily veiled, only his eyes can be seen, as is accurate to a transvestite of Persian culture.

The story is about the persecution of Elves, and their escape to the New World (colonial America/Canada). The story takes place in the northern frozen wastes of Quebec... a stark contrast to their native deserts of Persia...Displaced Persian Gypsies, marooned in the New World, exactly as they were in real life.

None of this is original or unique... all of it draws on real world history, and the folklores of the cultures that inspired them.

I think, the trouble with calling a think unique or original stems from the person's culture...

For example, in 2012 I was in college and we had to read a story, then discuss it. The story was about 2 boys, one from a wealthy family, the other from a poor family, but both liked to run off together and play on the subway. One day one of them is killed by a train on the subway.

The class discussed many things about the story... after a bit the teacher asked why I had not said anything, because usually I had all sorts of opinions...

I responded with this:

"I don't understand why they were riding on sandwiches or how a train came out of the sandwich and killed them."

The discussion immediately changed to culture shock as several students, realized, I did not know what a subway was and the only subway I had ever heard of before was subway sandwiches. That there existed trains in underground tunnels or that they were called subways, was lost on me as I had never heard of such a thing before.

In my mind, the idea of an underground train was new, unique, and original. Yet every one else in the classroom had grown up in America and knew that such a thing was just a normal every day part of society. It was new and unique to be because I came from a culture where such things were unheard of.

The same is true of the books I write. I have had several readers contact me about my books and they comment on things that are "unique" or "original"... like the way Gypsies are portrayed... readers will say: "That's so unique, how did you ever think to have Gypsies act like this?"... this sort of question always baffles me, because I am a Gypsy and the characters are NOT doing anything unique or original, but rather they do the same things my family does every day. But because few readers encounter a Gypsy, they don't know that.

So for them, it's like the subway was for me.

In both cases, neither thing was original. Subways are a part of American culture so they show up in American stories. No American thinks a subway is unique or original, yet, I did, because we have no such things in my culture.

I think, nothing out there is original.... it only FEELS original to the person who never encountered anything like it before. But just because they never encountered it before, doesn't mean it isn't already out there somewhere.

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