Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Getting Ready For PortCon 2018
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.
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:
- The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
- Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
- [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
- Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
- The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
- How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
- 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)
- Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character.
- PortConMaine 2018
- 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
Want To Meet EelKat and
The Dazzling Razzberry
(Autism Awareness Car)
We'll Be At
June 21 - 24
See PortConMaine's Website
For Times, Location, Directions, & Ticket Prices:
If you are coming from out of state and plan to stay at the hotel, room info can be found here:
They give discounts to PortCon members, so be sure to mention you are attending PortCon when you reserve your room!
This Year's CosPlay: Avallac'h
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)
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
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.)
Do know that the first day of the event, the ticket line goes out the building around the lot, past Cracker Barrel, and last year, went all the frigging damned way to ToysRUs, nearly 1/4 of a mile long, with 5,000+ people standing in line 4 hours before the tickets started to even be sold!
This is an event people people set up tents and sleep on the sidewalk to be the first ones in line for.
If you have not pre-registered, you may NOT get in!
PortCon has a cap limit and when they reach it, they stop selling tickets.
South Portland Police Officers ARE there doing head counts and they WILL shut the line down if too many people arrive. That line cuts off at 3,500 people and if you are 3,501 you are NOT getting in.
South Portland Police Department is also there at the event doing rigous weapons checks.
If you are carrying anything that looks even remotely like a weapon, you WILL be pulled out of line and searched.
You have to be "peace bound" before the police will let you into this event.
This is a CosPlay Convention, a lot of people are carrying swords, guns, and who knows what else.
While swords and guns ARE street legal in Maine, they are NOT legal in PortCon.
Many people try to take live/real weapons into this event.
If you take them out of your car, they WILL be confiscated, and turned over to the South Portland police.
PortCon enforces a strict no live weapons policy. Know that before you arrive.
Yes, my Avallac'h CosPlay this year includes a real sword.
No, I will not be bringing it with me to the convention.
While I am a sword collector and you see me in photo shoots with live steal/real swords, I do not bring my swords with me to the event, so don't expect me to have them in any photos at the event.
Do know The DoubleTree Hilton is right next door to the Portland JetPort, the airport that the 9-11 planes were hijacked out of. The Portland and South Portland Police are on HIGH ALERT looking for terrorists during PortCon.
There was a run on the event last year with people getting trampled and 400+ people crowding into a room that had a 68 person capacity, due to a famous YouTuber being at the event.
The police were not ready for that last year, they are planning to be ready for it this year,
after Ethan of CrankGamePlays caused a run on the Mall last year.
Remember - this is a LIMITED CAPACITY EVENT!
If you are not-pre regged for PortCon there is no guarantee you are getting in.
This is the largest convention in Maine and people come from all over the world to it.
There is no guarantee you can buy tickets at the door.