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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.
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.
One of the stranger aspects of the Quaraun novel series, is a race of Lovcraftian squid-headed humanoid aliens invade Earth and show up in almost every novel in the series.
Primary minor character ZooLock the Great is a Thullid Priest.
Quaraun and GhoulSpawn, are both Thullid Spawnlings, Elves who have had Thullid larvae implanted into their brains.
At first I had no reason for them to be there, other then I just wanted them there. The Quaraun series is set on an alternate version of Earth and it's more or less just Earth with minor changes. Real Earth does not have Squid headed beasts walking around. There Thullids had no backstory to explain why they were on Earth. And at first they didn't need one. But the 3rd novel had this whole flashback scene into the main character Quaraun's childhood, which revealed he and his mother had been attacked by them and the attack was the reason for several phobias he now has as an adult.
Well, I got to writing that scene, and I started asking myself...
"Why in the heck did these creatures attack his family? Wait... why are they even on Earth at all? What the hell are they and where did they come from?"
Next thing I knew, I'm doing this whole world building session for the squid beasts trying to figure out what sort of world they might have originated from and what reason they ended up on Earth.
My conclusion was this...
The squids are aberrations... their real bodies actually are squids, but here on Earth they are human-like bodies with squid heads, because the squids, attached themselves to human hosts, sucked out the brain, eat the head, and attached their body to the human body to try to "blend in" with humans, resulting in squid-headed humans.
Back on their home planet, they were just plain old ocean dwelling squids though, though why did they choose to become human-squid beasts? Could it have something to do with why they are on earth?
After some thought, I realize, they are not invaders of Earth. They are not trying to hunt down and kill humans. They are survivors. They came from a water planet, like Earth, but their solar system was destroyed by a sun going super nova or something to that affect (I didn't do a lot in the scientific details... basically their sun blew up for whatever reason and took their planet with it.)
Basically there was a Noah-type person, who gathered up animals and people and plants and set out on his space ark to find a new planet so his people and the creatures they knew would survive. Who knows what happened next (I didn't figure out the details yet, probably will at some point though) but somehow most everything on the ark ship died and the only life that survived, was the sea creatures living in their sealed water filled tanks.
After who knows how long, the ship crashes in the Atlantic ocean on Earth and the sea creatures get into Earth's oceans.... many of Earth's sea creatures (squid, octopus, jellyfish, angler fish, moray eels, sea slugs, etc) turn out to be NOT from Earth originally, but all originated from this crashed ship, thus why many sea creatures are so freaky looking (especially the deep sea fish that look so alien)....This now explains why these very alien looking creatures are so high intelligence too.
At some point they discover they can live on land if they combine themselves on a host body, which they do. Turns out they are not in fact Demons and they really are not trying to take over Humanity - this is just the way Humans translate them.
But I had them obsessed with this Elder God from the Underworld... how do I explain that, if the above is their back story?
Well, while I'm trying to come up with an answer to that, I'm on YouTube looking at squid and jellyfish videos, and I come across this video about tiny one inch long jellyfish off the coast of Japan that are among the deadliest creatures on the planets. Then I find this other video about "the immortal jellyfish" a jellyfish (also in Japan) that is over 1,000 years old and regenerates itself every time it dies (yes, it's a real creature - Google it - most of the cloning science was actually based of research into this jellyfish) . I'm fascinated by my discovery of these two real world jelly fish that I had never heard of before.
And then an idea hits me...
People always assume Cthulhu to be this super huge god right? That's because the cultists and such describe him that way.... but what if....
What if the Elder God was in fact a tiny one inch jellyfish, that had super psychic powers and was convincing every one it was huge, when in fact it wasn't? What if it was one of these immortal jellyfish from Japan, and it had just lived so danged long, that it was bored, and was having fun by sending psychic thoughts into people, convincing them it was a giant god beast just to watch people get scared....
So what if Cthulhu turned out to be like the Wizard of Oz and wasn't actually the big bad guy every one thought him to be, turned out to be this little old man behind the curtain, or in this case, the tiny super smart, super old, super bored jellyfish getting it's thrills by terrifying everyone?
JellyFish Art Images Provided By Amazon
So, that's what I went with...
The Sea Creatures of Earth are aliens who escaped a dying planet, some evolved into Lovcraftian beasts by absorbing Human bodies, while their leader uses mental illusions to convince cultists it's some ancient god, when in fact it's just a bored little jellyfish with mega powerful psychic skills.
In the end, this all worked and fit very logically in the story I was writing, so it just worked.
Not sure if that helps you out with your story or not, may or may not work for your story, may not be the type of direction you'd want to go, but that's the reason I went with as it seemed most logical for the setting I was writing. Hopefully this helps give you some ideas for what you could do in yours. 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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