Monday, 31 December 2007

Things that happened to me in 2007

  • I cosplayed for the first time! It was brilliant.
  • I went to my first anime convention! ALcon was fantastic. I'm going back next year, as well as going to Amecon as well.
  • I finished writing yet another book, which is still being worked on and revised.
  • I started my final year at university (well, with any luck it wont be my final year, but it should be my final year of BSc Computing)
  • I got into shonen-ai, and after shonen-ai, yaoi inevitably followed. Sigh, I was such an innocent girl back in 2006...
  • I started to learn to drive.
  • I got awarded the part of principal boy in Ali Baba! It's been an ambition of mine to play either principal boy or girl since I started panto four years ago, so now I think I can die happy.
  • I watched Shock Treatment for the first time - it's now one of my favourite films.
  • I went to the Rocky Horror Show in the theatre, and dressed up as Magenta. That was really fun.
  • I went on a train all by myself for the first time!
  • I got into several new series of manga, including but not limited to Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, and several series of yaoi.
  • I got into Phoenix Wright - now one of my favourite games.
  • I got into a new band - The Dresden Dolls
  • I went to see the Blues Brothers in the theatre, and Beauty and the Beast as well.
  • I got a new printer/scanner
  • After having not really been into Dragonball Z that much for a few years now, I bought the manga when I decided to cosplay Android 18, and it was AMAZING. I was completely hooked. After that I went out and bought the Dragonball manga as well, but it wasnt as good as Z.
  • I got the new Final Fantasy game, which turned out to be a disappointment, really...
  • As did the Artemis Fowl graphic novel...
  • And the new series of Tenchi Muyo...
  • I actually bought a copy of the Bible. Not for religious purposes, but for reference when I need to know stuff about stuff.

I'm sure I'll think of some more stuff later.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Academia

I always said I was never going to do a Masters Degree. It costs ALOT of money to do, and I never thought there was a subject that I had enough passion for that I would want to study so intensively at that level.

However, I was wrong. Behold, the MA/PgDip in Creative Writing.

I am seriously considering this. However, there is a slight hiccup. At the moment, I honestly can't see myself getting a 2:1 in my Computing degree. I need a 2:1 for me to be a secondary teacher, unless I can back it up with 60 or more Masters credits. The catch? You need a 2:1 to take a Masters degree. I'm enquiring about this at the moment to the university, to see if there are any other routes of entry, but I honestly don't know what's going to happen. I'd so love to take this course. It sounds right up my street.

In order to prepare myself, I shall now procede to stop using all of the incorrect writing habits I have picked up over the years, which I continue to use, despite the fact I know that they are wrong.

You'll notice in that last sentence, there were no apostrophes. Using contractions like 'I'll' is wrong. The correct wording is 'I will' or 'I shall'. Yes, you'll notice this sentence is wrong.

I mean, look at that degree! THE DISSERTATION IS AWESOME! I would so love to do that!
Hmm... I wonder if I could get away with just handing in Eschaton to them. Dissertation done, no extra work. HA!

But yeah, I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Media of the Moment

Wig

My Ema Skye wig came through the post today. It really is such a nice wig. It's so soft and silky and thick.

I'll have to try it on some time and take some photos.

The great thing about it is, it's the perfect wig for Mia Fey as well, if I decide to cosplay her later, which I think I probably will. Yay, that's £18 I won't have to spend on that costume.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Panto

Just got home from panto rehearsal, which was really quite fun. We got to try on our costumes tonight, and I rather like mine. It's amazing how the costume helps you get into the principal boy role. Without even consciously thinking about it, I frequently found myself with my hands on my hips when Ali was standing there. The best part was my darling Princess Sapphire, who just looked amazing in her costume. Between the two of us in those costumes, I really began to feel like we were a proper panto couple, as opposed to just acting out a lovey-dovey scene. It really helped to get into the feel of the characters. Scene six was amazing.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Inkheart Movie

March could never come soon enough.

I knew I shouldn't have watched that damn trailer. I can't wait!

http://www.inkheartmovie.com/

Friday, 14 December 2007

I took a test

What Mythical Creature are you?
Your Result: Vampire
 

Are you comfortable in the dark? Love to wander? Find yourself watching people from a distance? Then your mythological creature is a vampire. Secluding themselves in darkness, vampires are often known to posess certain powers of attraction and manipulation over others, especially humans. Vampires often travel among humans, especially at night, feeding off their blood in order to survive. Vampires are known to have the most passionate love lives, connecting with their lover not only sexually, but emotionally, and on a physically dependend level, (the need for their mate's blood.)Vampires are driven almost completely on primal instinct, and because of this, are known to be darker, or evil.

Nymph
 
Elf
 
Siren
 
Werewolf
 
What Mythical Creature are you?
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Thursday, 13 December 2007

Driving

Just returned from my driving lesson. I went all the way up to 25mph. Haha.

Panto tickets now on sale!

I made the poster. I'm rather proud of it. :P

It's recommended you bring cotton wool for your ears if you're coming, since I will be singing solo. Eugh.

However, it has got better at the last rehearsal. We tried doing it lower and it is sooo much better. I don't have to screech any more. Still sounds terrible though. lol. Let's just hope my acting makes up for my terrible voice.

Ooh, I got to try on one of my costumes on Tuesday. It was awesome. Proper principal boy garb.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Friday, 7 December 2007

I have returned in one piece!

Oh god, just got back from my first driving lesson. It was really scary! There's so much stuff to remember!

I think I've got it though, I just can't get the hang of making the car move once it's stopped and all the stuff with the clutch. There's so much to do.

So, put the clutch all the way down, then put it into gear, then you have to take the handbrake off, then slowly put the accelerator down, and when the car starts creeping forward take the foot off the clutch.

It gets confusing doing all the stuff with hands and feet all over the place at the same time. It's the same reason I can't play the piano. :P I'm sure I'll get better with practice, but at the moment it's really hard.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Learning to drive :O

Oh god, the roads are no longer safe. I'm starting driving lessons on Friday. Oh gods, so nervous.

On the plus side, I'm driving one of those new minis though! I love them! And now I'm driving one! I've always said I wanted one of those - I can treat this as a test drive. Teehee.

So yeah, if you were planning to go to Brunel industrial estate in Newton Abbot Friday afternoon, you might want to reconsider.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Help!

You know there's something seriously wrong with your programming code when even your teacher, after 45 minutes, still can't figure out why it's not working.

On the plus side though, I've got all my other coursework done (apart from my final year project, which is an ongoing thing. I dreamt about it last night - maybe it's my subconsciouness reminding me that I haven't done any work on it in the past three weeks?), so I've got 'lots' of time to spend worrying about why my rabbits won't disappear after they get eaten in Flash.

For my project, I was really meant to spend my spare three hours today playing around in Visual Studio and C# (neither of which I've used before - perfect choice to do my project with! NOT.), but I don't have it installed on my laptop, and going over to the computer labs would just be too easy.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Media of the Moment



I know NOTHING about Half Life, but this video really made me laugh. It's an animation someone did of a REALLY bad fanfic they found on the internet. The funny thing is, I thought when people wrote like that, it was intentional. I didn't think real people spoke like that because they didn't know any better.

Media of the Moment



ENERGY FINGAZ!

Friday, 16 November 2007

Death Note celebrities!

Remember that post I made on Tuesday about the Death Note reference in the ad for Gwen Stefani's new perfume? Well, it turns out that it's not a coincidence! It appears Gwen is a Death Note fan! And guess what? Madonna's in a tiz with her for copying! Madonna is a Death Note fan too!

What's more awesome, check out this video. She's dressed like Mello! Apparently, Mello is her fav Death Note character. He's one of mine too. I'm cosplaying him! Yay!



It's interesting to find out this stuff.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Blues Brothers

I sit here in 'semi' cosplay, looking like the Blues Brothers' long lost sister. I'm off to Torquay tonight to see the Blues Brothers in the theatre (not the actual Blues Brothers, especially since one of them is dead), but a tribute band. We always go every time it comes around our way, and it's always fantastic.

I have black trousers, white shirt, black tie (which I was going to make into an Ouran Host Club tie, but still haven't got around to putting the purple stripe on it yet), black blazer and black trilby hat. The only thing I haven't got is the glasses. Quickest cosplay ever. If only all costumes were this easy - put together in five minutes without having to make ANYTHING with items I already own.

Nah, I know, it's not really cosplay, but it makes me happy to think of it as so.

I put it all on thinking it was half past six and almost time to go, then discovered it's only half five, and now here's me sitting here all dressed up and nowhere to go (yet). Ooh, that's a Rocky Horror reference.

Brownie points if you can name me the song words to that effect come in.

Dragonball Z Live Action Movie

Casting

Goku and Piccolo have been cast! I'm not familiar with the actors they've chosen, but based on looks, they've made a good choice.

Can't wait for this movie to come out.

The only bad thing is that it has the potential to make Dragonball Z mega popular - I don't want that. I'm happier being one of a small group of followers. I don't want this to be for me another case of 'I liked it before it was cool'.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

L is in my computer!

To the vast majority of you, this image will mean very little. To my fellow Death Note fans, it's brilliant. It made me laugh when that advert came up. When it scrolled onto Gwen Stefani's perfume, however, I couldn't help but be just a little bit disappointed.

Media of the Moment

My complete love of Phantom of the Opera, coupled with my limited knowledge of Star Wars, made me laugh at this.

Monday, 12 November 2007

>_<

For some reason I don't know, I can't helpbut keep using this smiley all over the place. Why can't I stop?

>_<

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Phishing

I am getting so many phishing emails. They used to amuse me, since I was above them. It's quite hard to trick me with a phishing email. Yet now I am getting SO many of them, they're beginning to get on my nerves. I'm getting at least 5 a week.

The vast majority of them tell me that I have an unpaid item dispute on eBay for some random item - the funniest was the rights for an online dating business - or Halifax or Natwest Bank telling me I need to log into my online account to verify my account or I won't be able to use online banking. The best part of it is that I'm not even with Halifax or Natwest.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

The most exciting thing that's happened to me today

Wig

I ordered a wig. It's the 60cm one in colour E02. It's the perfect style and colour for Renge from Ouran High School Host Club.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Monster Basement

http://www.notdoppler.com/monsterbasement.php

Just spent half an hour playing this game, and it was pretty scary. The graphics aren't that great, but the music and the atmosphere freaked me out a bit. It's not a game I would want to play in the dark.

Another gem from Notdoppler.

Also, if you've got spare time, go play Tangerine Panic. It made me giggle.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Giving everyone the heads up...

Just to let you know, there's a virus going around MSN where someone on your contacts list will say they've found someone on a website that looks just like you, and then send a zip file for you to download. DO NOT open it. It is a virus that will hijack your MSN and then send the same message to your contacts pretending to be you. Most virus checkers should block it anyway, but if you don't download it in the first place, there shouldn't be anything to check.

Tell everyone you know. Else, people are gonna start falling out over friends sending them viruses, when it's not actually them sending them.

Driving Theory Test

I'm meant to be learning to drive soon, so I took a practice theory test on the internet. Now, bearing mind that I've done NO revision or learning whatsoever, I don't think I did badly. There were fifty questions, and the pass mark is 43. I got 36, which, considering I know bugger all about driving isn't bad. I hope the questions on the real test are as stupid as those on that practice one.

Okay, they're multiple choice, but some of them are stupid answers. For example:

Q. As you are driving, a red van pulls out close in front of you. What should you do?
Option: Accelerate to get as close to the van as possible.
To allow the van to get even closer.

Q. An accident has occurred and a passenger has a broken arm which is bleeding badly. Why should you try to keep the arm raised?
Option: To allow the casualty to be seen more easily.
Because a crumpled up car isn't easily spotted by emergency services. There are so many of them about these days.

Q. You are involved in an accident and a passenger is unconscious. What should you do?
Option: Clear away any glass.
Yes, I should make sure the area is tidy. Screw the ambulance, this place is a mess.

Q. Which kind of driving is most likely to put other people at risk?
Option: Considerate.
Option: Careful.
Option: Eco-friendly.
Something tells me it must be the final option: Competitive.

Q. A bus has pulled over at a bus stop. You should:
Option: Sound your horn continuously whilst overtaking the bus.
Yes, because buses don't have wing mirrors to see you, and the world isn't a loud enough place.

I really hope the real test has stupid questions like that.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

ALcon 08

I know I'm gonna be there.

Vocabulary

http://www.freerice.com/

This is a really good little game.

It's made by the World Food Program, who actually donate a ten grains of rice to starving people in third world countries for every word you get right. Not only that, but it's a really good game for building vocabulary. I've actually learnt a few words today, and some words that were in the back of my mind have formed a part of my vocabulary, so expect more new words in my writing.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

The magic of wireless!

We got wireless in our house today. I'm downstairs on the sofa right now! Haha!

Of course, this means I'm never going to get any work done now. Normally, when I come downstairs with the laptop, the distraction of the internet is gone. Now I can have the internet anywhere in the house, therefore be distracted by it anywhere in the house. Ah, the wonders of technology.

The Impossible Quiz

It's awesome. But question 50 confuses me. I always end up skipping it. Can someone figure out what the magic trick is on the second timer you get on Q50 after the dog eats the bone. I can make the bar go up, but not quick enough. I'm sure there's some knack to it that I'm just not getting.

The Impossible Quiz

Thursday, 1 November 2007

WARNING: SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE!

http://www.notdoppler.com/bloonstowerdefense.php

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

We must let him kiss the bicep!

Loving the current Gaia storyline. Best plot so far in my opinion.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Yaoi quote of the moment

'If you're going to touch, then grab the thing! If you're not, then quit teasing!'
Hiroki - Junjo Romantica, Volume 4.

It was either that or this:

'What's all the ruckus? Are you having an orgy without me? You rascals.'
Mikuni - Eerie Queerie, Volume 3.

The second one isn't actually as dirty as it sounds. The first one is. :P

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Media of the Moment



I've been into the Dresden Dolls for a while, but never really went to the bother of looking for songs. Rather, I just had the few that came to me through other means.

But I've looked them up on Youtube now, and I love this song.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Panto

Just did a count of my panto lines so far. I have 79, and we still haven't got the final scene! I've more than broken my line count record. If I could get 21 or more lines in the final scene (quite possible, actually) I'd have over 100!

Anyway, last night's rehearsal rocked so much. To begin with, we all got two more scenes for our script, so that was really exciting to read. I feel so sorry for Ali now. I have a real bond with him, and he's really upset in the next two scenes, which makes me really upset! God, I'm so sad.

New favourite line:

'Well, Alkazar found our secret hiding place and then I dropped the orb and now he's going to kill me and I didn't know where else to go...'

While at the same time collapsing on the floor and blubbering away to the princess. I love dramatic stuff like that. And the princess' response to that?

'Well, I'm glad you came here. I can protect you. We can hide in my bedroom.'
WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE

Ah, good stuff in that script.

We were told last week we had to learn the lines for scene six (the lovey-dovey scene in which Ali falls madly in love with the princess and vice-versa), so they were all over my walls in preparation for last night. Anyway, I learnt them so we could do it without the scripts, which was a little bit nervewracking. Me and my princess had a chance to practice with each other in another room while everyone else was rehearsing the first scene (Ali and Sapphire have only just been born in that scene, and already they're arranging our marriage!) What we didn't know was that once we were up on stage that the director was going to turn all of the hall lights off and just leave the stage lights on, so it was like a proper performance! It was like opening night. The adrenalin was pumping, I was beginning to wonder why in God's name I decided to be in panto and so on. The audience are shrouded in darkness. You can see people watching you but you can't see them well enough to know who it is. etc etc. But it was fantastic. I got that buzz I normally get, and there was so much energy. Plus, the jokes get a much better reaction. We made all of the cast members laugh at our jokes, even though they've heard them enough times before. Being without a script on stage is so liberating! The panto is going so well this year with our new director. Normally this time of year we wouldn't even have had our parts yet, and now here we are doing scenes perfectly with loads of energy and without scripts. In previous years, that doesn't normally happen until Christmas is long past, and now it's only October! I think the audience are in for a treat this year.

And then we did the song, and I normally hate singing, but we had good fun doing it. My voice wasn't actually that bad, since I was feeling more confident after scene six. If I can find the courage to do it every night on performance week like I did it last night I think I won't have too much to worry about. My singing voice isn't great, but I think it was at its best last night, and that made me happy.

This week we're learning scenes 2 and 3, which although is two scenes as opposed to the one last week, they're shorter, so they still add up to roughly the same amount of lines to learn. I like the way they're doing it this year. Rather than just getting to Christmas and telling everyone after the break they aren't allowed any scripts on stage and so have to learn the whole thing over Christmas, this time they're doing one or two scenes a week, which is good. Learning the lines isn't too much trouble, but it takes some effort and balancing to learn the new lines without forgetting all of the lines learnt in previous weeks. All of the lines for the scenes so far are on my wall, but the ones I need to learn for the next week get the most prestigious spots (the bathroom wall, my bedroom wall next to the light switch and my computer wallpaper), since that's what I look at the most often. Meanwhile, lines from previous weeks are beginning to fill the space on my bedroom door. I'm not putting up lines from scenes we don't need to learn yet, or I'll just confuse myself. Don't want too much of an information overload.

There's murmur of tickets being on sale before Christmas this year - I'll let everyone know when that happens.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Work

God, customers this weekend.

At work I was put on the trawler boats. This basically consists of customers jumping in this little boat and driving around the lake for ten minutes. There's a steering wheel and a switch that turns the engine on/off. That's all there is to it. So, there's me all day Saturday, helping customers in the boats and so on. Then I lift up the barrier to let the boats out of the dock and tell the customers to turn the switch. If I had a pound for every time the customers asked 'This one?'. I feel like saying 'How many other switches are there?!?!?'. One day I'm honestly going to say 'No, the other one' and laugh as the customers look for another switch. OF COURSE IT'S THAT ONE!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Media of the Moment



For those of you who aren't Death Note fans, you should know that Mello really likes chocolate.
Hey, I'm cosplaying him!

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Panto

I had my first panto dream of Ali Baba last night! Probably something to do with the fact I've been working 'hard' to get my lines learnt for scene 6 by next week, so we can do it without scripts on the stage, since they always get in the way. Scene 6 is now appearing on the walls all over my house and in all of my uni books, as well as my computer wallpaper! It's the way I learn things. I had to sing on Tuesday night. I hate singing on my own. As if that wasn't bad enough, we didn't even have any music to mask the sound of how terrible I am. Well, I'm not that bad, but I still prefer not to sing if I can possibly help it. Well, I'm loving the part of Ali Baba, but it can't all be fun. I got to uni today 8 hours early for my lecture, so I'm doing lots of stuff to pass the time. Been working on my final year project, but have got distracted from it now, so methinks I shall go down to the shops for a wander. I need to get a folder to keep my script in (once again, Ceri's hobbies distract her from academic work that really needs to be done!). Yes, I shall do that. Go downtown, get a folder, have a look around the shops, probably spend money I can't afford to, then come back, get lunch in the refectory, then come back and do some work or get distracted while I'm meant to be working. That sounds like a plan!

Monday, 15 October 2007

Media of the Moment



Only a small part of a larger movie (No Place Like Home - look it up on YouTube for the full movie), it's once again Ryan at his best. I can't get this song out of my head. I've bought the DVD set with the soundtrack. 1 - I like to give my support to their projects, since I love them so much. 2 - I want that song Ryan sings so I can play it very loudly on my CD player at some obscene hour of the morning.

Panto and Cosplay

A week on, I still can't believe I'm playing Ali Baba in the pantomime. Been learning my lines this week, and it's just like it was meant to be. For some reason, all of Ali's lines are so easy to remember. I've never found learning lines so easy before. I don't know if my memory has got better or what, but they're sticking in my head like something sticky.

Just been down to the shops to waste some more money on cosplay stuff. Got the lining for my Washu coat and fabric for her middle layer. Because I have nothing better to spend £7.50 on. Also bought some thread and some velcro. Yay!

Washu's going quite well at the moment. Will post up some photos soon.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Why do people hack?

I know I'm a yaoi fangirl, but I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one wetting myself laughing when the following slide came up in a lecture last week.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

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You know you're a fangirl when it takes you less than a second to decide that Kaoru is on the left and Hikaru is on the right.

I love the Hitachiin twins so much.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Panto Casting

Ah well, I've got a bit of bad news. I didn't get to play the part I wanted in the panto. I really wanted to play Brandy (and now you know what that post was a while ago), Ali's best friend. But I can live with that because I'M PLAYING ALI BABA!!!!!! Oh my god, so excited! I just can't believe it!

I actually knew about this a week ago, but didn't want to post because there was still a small chance I might play Brandy instead, but last night was the official announcement of the roles (as opposed to a chat in the pub with the director last week like I had). But I'm so happy. I was never expecting to be Ali. I thought he was completely out of my league. This could quite possibly be the best role I get in my lifetime, so I'm gonna go all out for it.

Oh yes, principal boy, which means I get to wear tights and hot pants and I get to do the kind of solo singing that can't be talked/shouted/drowned out by someone else. On the plus side, I get to wear all of the ridiculous disguises that the thieves wear (because not only is Ali a prince, but he's also one of the thieves too, so I get lots of costumes!) and I get to wander around in the audience! This is a dream of mine - I've always wanted to do the stuff they do when people do stuff off of the stage, and now I think I'm doing it twice in the same panto! Yes! It's a really good panto. There are so many points in rehearsals last night when I was struggling to keep a straight face. I know I'll be desensitized to it by the time February comes, but at the moment I'm struggling not to wet myself laughing when Brandy grabs hold of my leg and rolls around on the floor, especially when Ali's not supposed to notice. She's got me in a bear hug! How can Ali NOT notice that? Haha. I've been promised a newspaper for Ali to read in that section.

But yeah, lots of lines to learn now, but I always rise to that. I've never had a problem with lines. This will be my third panto now (technically the fourth, but Peter Pan doesn't really count because we stopped it before we got to the point where we knew our lines) and I've never forgotten a line in a performance. Oh god, now I've jinxed it! But yeah, now I'm gonna type up my lines and stick them in various places where I'll keep seeing them. I learn my lines by exposing myself to them so often every day, I can't help but remember them. I can't sit down for an hour or two and learn my lines - my brain doesn't function that way.

In think they've done a really good job on the casting this year. I think everyone's got a part they like and everyone really fits the characters they've been given.

Happy day!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Sadness...

I've just got to the end of volume nine of Ouran. I thought that was the last one, but got to the end and it didn't feel like an ending. So, I look on the internet, and there's at least one more book. That would be awesome if it wasn't released until February 2008! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!! WHY??!!?!?!?!?!?!?

On the plus side though, it turns out Junjo Romantica 4 comes out today. I didn't think it was until next week. Ah well, good for me.

That's still no consolation for the fact that I'm not getting any more Ouran this year. Just think. I'm getting cast in the panto tonight. By the time the new Ouran comes out, the panto will be done. God, that's a depressing thought.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Alcon vid

Hey! I was there! Thank god they didn't show ALL of the cosplayers, or I'd be in that video! Phew! I didn't actually get to see the Iron Artist competition, since I was at the masquerade.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

The Supernaturalist

http://www.artemis-fowl.com/author_interviews/afc_4.php

Oh my god! There's going to be another Supernaturalist book! YES!

The ending kind of left it possible for another book, but we never knew if there was going to be another one.

I'm completely resisting the urge at the moment to read the end of that interview. I know there's alot of stuff about Artemis 6 in there that I don't wanna know. Well I DO wanna know, but in the end it only spoils it for me when I read the book. I don't even read the blurb on the back before I finish it. I know a little bit of info on book 6 now, and that's enough. It's possibly already too much.

Secret

I have a brilliant secret to tell you all, but you're not allowed to know until Wednesday. Haha.

Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel

I'm really disappointed. The Artemis Fowl graphic novel came out today, and here's me rushing to the shops to buy it. And yet I go to every book shop in Plymouth and none of them have it out on display. I ask at both Waterstone's branches and they all say it's upstairs and can't find it at the moment. WH Smith doesn't even have it in stock. I'm just really disappointed in them. If it was a Harry Potter graphic novel, then all of the shops would have copies left, right and centre. So now I've ordered it from Amazon, but it's not going to come until next week now, even with first class delivery. I'm rather upset. I'm such a huge Artemis fan. I'm all depressed now. I feel like a dwarf who's just been told he has to marry a goblin. I feel like Foaly having his computer confiscated. I feel like Artemis finding out someone is smarter than him. I feel like Juliet being banned from watching wrestling on TV. I feel like Chix Verbil being sentenced to never seeing another girl again. I feel like Opal having her truffles stolen. I feel like...

Okay, enough of the Artemis Fowl analogies. I'm just really upset.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Ouran

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Okay, I don't watch it, I read it, but hey, same difference.

Yes, Ouran is something of an obsession right now. Not as bad as I was with Death Note, but getting there. :P

Namaphor

Namaphor? What's a namaphor?

Try saying the question out loud in a cockney accent.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Ouran and Death Note

I've ordered all the other volumes of Ouran High School Host Club from Amazon, and now here I am waiting for them to come through the post. God, the suspense is terrible. I want them to be here NOW! It's a really good manga. It makes me laugh alot.

Hoping to do a group Ouran cosplay at a future manga night. But we're doing Death Note now. I've got Rem. Honestly the hardest costume in the world to make, but will be so worth it. And if it doesn't come together, then I'll be Mello or Matt instead. Haha. But yeah, either way I'm part of a group Death Note cosplay.


There she is. I know, I'm insane to try and make that costume. It's gonna be hell to wear. I won't be sitting down in that costume, I tell ya. And I gotta be careful not to take anyone's eye out with the spines on her shoulders (since they're actually quite a bit longer than in that picture). What this picture also doesn't show is her wings, but they're optional. They're only worth doing if I can make them move (don't laugh at me, I know it's possible, it's just a case of time/money/effort involved).
So far for our group Death Note cosplay we've got Rem, Misa, Light and Near. Possibly an L too, but we have to persuade him first. L and Light won't be chained together though. The two people cosplaying them would end up killing each other before the end of the night if they had to stay together. It doesn't matter what happened in Death Note, they're not being chained together. Sorry fangirls. It'd be awesome if we could get a Ryuk as well, but I know how difficult Rem is going to be, so I'm not going to ask anyone to put the same amount of effort into Ryuk. Non-human characters are not easy to do. At least I've got Mello or Matt to fall back on if it all goes tits up.
Mello - as if I need an excuse to eat chocolate for the whole time at a convention. Teehee.
In the past six months, I've been turning into a proper otaku. I've been into manga for years now, but since I started cosplaying it's grown to a whole new level.

Friday, 28 September 2007

Ouran High School Host Club


God, Kyoya is so hot. Not that all the other characters aren't, it's just that Kyoya is EXCEPTIONALLY sexy.
I can feel the word 'fangirl' creeping in here.

Money

I really need to stop buying stuff. I'm spending more money than I'm earning. All this cosplay doesn't help. Manga too.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Brandy

Monday, 24 September 2007

Friday, 21 September 2007

Cosplay

I've updated my cosplay.com profile with the costumes I'm planning for my next con now.

There's gonna be a third costume, but I haven't figured out what it is yet.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Media of the moment



I found this one and it made me laugh. It's so cool!

Yes, this next one is Kingdom Hearts again, but that's not the point. You can ignore the video if you like, but the audio is funny. The guy talking is called Dane Cook - look him up on YouTube, he's got quite a few funny things up there.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

I took an otaku test

You scored 37 Otakuness!

Youve got the see part down, but what about the do? Fandom doesn't spread on its own, go and help your bretheren (and get a higher score in the process)!

You scored higher than 38% on Otakuness

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I know. I like anime and manga but apart from cosplay don't do that much associated with it. I might have got a slightly higher score. One question was 'have you watched anime for more than 5 years?' answer yes. The next was 'more than 10 years?' Damn! It's nine and a half!

Monday, 17 September 2007

Artemis Fowl Character Test

You are... Angeline
Artemis Fowl Character Test

I don't really have anything better to do with my time.

It was a really rubbish test.

PLEASE sign this petition

I don't care what your view is on the subject, just sign the petition!

http://www.gopetition.com/online/14095.html

Seriously, I feel really insulted. I don't get angry easily, but the people involved in this are obviously ignorant and know nothing about what they are talking about. (They think we're all unintelligent, do they? They should try reading volume 12 of Death Note. That's a mental workout if ever there was one.)

YES! WOOHOO! AWESOME! WOOOOOOOOOW! YAAAAAY! AAAAAH!

http://www.ultimatedbz.com/

Check out the headline for 14th September. It's gonna rock so much!

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Name that tune!

We're always gonna try it
No-one can deny it
We can cause a riot in Sunday school
We'll have you believing
Truth can be decieving
Do unto others is our golden rule.

Brownie points to whoever can place the lyrics. I haven't been able to stop listening to this song since I came back from ALcon. I think this song will always remind me of ALcon now.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

More ALcon pictures

There's a lot of other people posting up their ALcon photos now too. Some of them have me in, but there are some good photos of all the other cosplayers. All the costumes there were awesome, so I'm happy to have access to all the photos of them.

Links can be found in this thread:

http://www.animeleague.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14810

I really want to sit here and tell all the stories of these photos, but there are just too many of them and I'm too lazy. :P

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

More ALcon stories

Sophie cosplayed Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club on Friday, and for those of you who don't know the story of that series, Haruhi was a girl, but got accepted into the club as all the guys thought she was a guy too. Later on it comes out that she's actually a girl. Anyway, me and Sophie go down to the shop with her dressed as Haruhi, and the cashier calls her SIR. Me and Sophie laughed when we got out. She was THAT much like her character?

Oh yeah, and the manga stall in the dealers' room had a yaoi section. God bless them! No browsing through to find what you're looking for! They also had a hentai section for the guys. At the other end of the stall, to prevent arguments and conflicts. Haha.

I'm sure there was something else I was supposed to write here... I'll probably be back again later.

http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/ee195/CezzaXV/ALcon%2007/

I'll have more to upload later too. I still have videos to upload.

Media of the moment

The youtube video isn't that great, so you're getting the original link.

One of my ALcon buddies sent me this, and it's so funny. Very true as well. It IS Dragonball Z in a nutshell.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/31681

Namaphor

Oh yeah, I still haven't had any more guesses for the question:

'What's a namaphor?'

We all forgot about that, didn't we?

ALcon 2007

Haha, I promised an extra long blog post when I returned from ALcon, so here it is. I believe this is going to be VERY long by the time I finish writing it, but hey. I’m actually on the train back home at the moment, but by the time this appears on the Internet I’ll have been home for quite a bit.

First off, I’ve gotta say, ALcon has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. It has been fantastic. I’ve had more fun and made more friends in such a short space of time than I ever have before, and leaving it actually makes me feel a little bit tearful. First off, I’m going to describe what we did and stuff. I’m sure something will follow after, but we’ll see how it goes.

Okay, so, me and Sophie are sat there Thursday afternoon, and it’s getting a little bit exciting now. She’s just got home from Sixth Form and we’re sat in my bedroom with a pile of suitcases. I’ve double-checked all the items inside against my packing list to make sure we’ve got everything with us. I’m so paranoid about forgetting things when I cosplay. If I forget even the tiniest thing, everything will be ruined, even if it’s a really small item like Android 18’s earrings that nobody would notice if they’re missing anyway, but the thing is I know they’re missing, and that would annoy me.

I actually got really annoyed with Sophie before we left. She INSISTED she had to take half a suitcase of manga with us, which only resulted in us carrying around extra weight that we really didn’t need, and it took up space we didn’t have either. I told her she wouldn’t have time to read them, and I WAS RIGHT! After we took about 40-50 manga she ended up reading about 5 of them. I took 2 and read neither of them, but I’m returning home with 3, one of which I’ve read now.

Okay, so we’re waiting for the train, and mum’s crying. Aww. Me and Sophie just can’t wait to get away. Anyway, train comes and me and Sophie get on. Mum’s like ‘let me get on with you and settle you in!’. Me and Sophie are just like ‘…no.’ Haha. So, we find our seats and that’s us sorted for three hours. I knew trains were fast, but I didn’t know they were THAT fast. We left Newton Abbot train station, and the next thing I know there’s all this water outside the window, and there’s me wondering where we are. We’re in Teignmouth already! We’ve only been on the train for about 2 minutes! It takes half an hour to drive there. Sophie then pointed out how far away we’re going if it takes 2 minutes to get to Teignmouth, but despite our speed it’s still going to be four hours before we’re in Leicester.

This is when the laptop comes out. I didn’t tell Dad I was taking it. I’d get another of his advisory lectures about keeping my valuables safe or even him telling me I shouldn’t take it. I spend the journey watching the Death Note mo vie, which was brilliant. It’s the second time I’d seen it, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sure the other passengers on the train must have thought I was really weird. I can’t help but grin every time L does anything. He’s just so weird I want to grab hold of him and hug him. The guy in the movie has L’s character perfect. I couldn’t find someone who portrays L better than he does. I especially like the part in the movie where L meets Misa with his mask on and he’s telling her how much of a fan he is of her. So cute! Oh yeah, and then when he steals her phone and Light rings it. Always makes me laugh when L answers Misa’s phone. Anyway, off topic. We get off the train, we get on the next train from Birmingham to Leicester and watch the remainder of the Death Note movie, since I couldn’t watch it all from Newton Abbot since I think reading subtitles on the train for long periods of time was messing with my head. I didn’t like that train. The Virgin trains are nice, but the second one was run by another company, and it wasn’t as nice. It didn’t even have a place for me to plug my laptop in. Luckily enough, my battery was full of Virgin’s electricity, so it lasted J

Leicester train station arrives, we get off, find a taxi. Oh, the amount of near misses I had with my pinwheel for my Fujin costume. How it remained in one piece all the way there I’ll never know. I’m not going to explain the full story of my Fujin pinwheel over the weekend here. I’ll explain later in the post.

So yeah, taxi. We’re driving along through the streets of Leicester. The fare was £3 before we even went anywhere! Grr. So five minutes and five pounds later, we’re outside Bede Hall where we’re staying. I texted Mao and she came and found us, which was the first person I’d met on the internet who I met in real life. I’d like to thank Mao, actually. I think over the weekend me and Sophie had her running all over the place, so thank you.

Keys. We’re in our rooms. For the first night we stayed in the same block with Shadow Jam – another member of AnimeLeague who we were finally now meeting in real life. He went away for a bit, leaving behind on the kitchen table volume one of Ouran High School Host Club, which Sophie couldn’t do anything but read. I sat there watching the end of the Death Note movie. I didn’t watch the big climax on the train because I didn’t have time. I managed to stretch a 2 hour 20 minutes film to over four hours. Some skill, huh? I think that night we were so excited neither of us could sleep. I think it was gone 2am before we finally went to bed. Probably about 3 before we actually slept. I had my room immaculate Thursday night. My cosplay costumes were all hung on coat hangers and stuff like that.

Friday morning Shadow Jam says we needed to move to another block, since Mao said the night before this was just a temporary block for Thursday night. We needed to be ready to go at half nine. It was lucky that we were already awake, actually, because I’d set my alarm not to go off until 10 (I’m not normally that lazy, but we’d had a late night, okay?). So, we’re packing. We agreed beforehand we were going to get changed into normal clothes, go down to Sainsbury’s to get something to eat, then come back and change into our highly embarrassing cosplay costumes. In the end, we ended up getting into costume before Mao arrived and took some photos in the kitchen. However, Sophie, cosplaying as Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club, is a pretty normal costume. Although a little brightly coloured, it’s just a school uniform, so nothing too embarrassing to wear out. Me on the other hand, cosplaying as Princess Garnet from Final Fantasy 9, would be a tourist attraction if I went outside in that, so for the moment I put my ‘real’ clothes on over the top.

Oh yeah, and Sophie had a moth inside her pillow all night. She found it Friday morning and it flew out. After that she refused to go back into her room. And then there was a huge spider in my room, which I had to kill. Sophie took a photo of the remains inside my bin.

So, we’re done taking photos, and we’re waiting for Mao to come with the keys to our new rooms. We’re wondering around the dorm, we’re going outside onto the stairs, not at all realising that the doors lock when they close, and we’ve just left our keys in our rooms, so we’re locked out. I texted Mao the wonderful news that we were locked out. She was on her way anyway, but still. I felt so stupid. Ash came over and waited with Mao for us. He made me feel a little less stupid when he said he couldn’t get into his room at the London Expo though. Sophie waited in the lobby whilst I went over to the con building to pick up our new keys. I come back, we move, and now my room is a HUGE mess. Cosplay costumes and just about everything else was everywhere. I’m not normally an untidy person, it just kind of happened that way.

Midday comes, so me and Sophie are about to head over to the convention. Beforehand, we were standing on the balcony outside with a few people. I’m talking to one girl I’d just met chatting. Then she tells me her AnimeLeague username, and all of a sudden I know exactly who I was talking to! It was interesting that, suddenly knowing all about a person just from a nickname. That happened quite a bit over the weekend. It was quite strange.

We get our badges, we get FREE POCKY! BEST CON EVER ALREADY! A con wouldn’t be a con without pocky, would it? Friday was a bit slow to start, actually. It was a bit boring before the dealer’s room opened. We went to a few anime screenings. Chobits was the first. Okay, I’ve got the DVD, but I wanted to sit down and there was nothing else to do at the time. I had a few people taking pictures of me in my bright orange jumpsuit. There were quite a few Naruto cosplayers there. I think Naruto characters must have made up about 70% of the cosplays at ALcon. I know little to nothing about Naruto. I can’t see the fascination. What did make me laugh was Fallen Seraphim’s Itachi cosplay, with the sign on the back about lost brother Sasuke. :D

Haha, look how much I’ve written already, and I’m only on Friday.

Oh yeah, Hellsing anime screening. I’d never seen it before. Wasn’t very interested but just wanted to sit down. Anyway, there were some guys in the back passing comments on everything, and somehow managed to turn it into one of the funniest anime I’ve ever seen. The British accents in it really were appalling.

And then we had anime pictionary, which was good. I was really bad at guessing, but it all seemed so obvious after the answers were revealed (how could a boat and a circle in the sky NOT be Sailor Moon?). After that we had this game similar to charades where we had to act as an anime character and everyone else had to guess, but I sucked at that because I don’t actually know that many characters. Everyone was doing stuff from Bleach and Naruto, neither of which I know that well.

Friday got better later on. We went into the games room, in which I had my first ever go on a Wii, which was fun. I was really bad at first, but I picked it up quickly. I went on the SNES too. Later on was the opening ceremony, which was fun. All the ALcon staff introduced themselves, which was good. All the people we’d been talking to on the internet were there in the flesh. Every time they asked if anyone had any questions everyone asked a load of stupid questions. The most commonly recurring one was for the guys – do you like yaoi? That never stopped being funny. Friday night in the pub was the pirates vs. ninja party, but I was so tired I didn’t stay long. I didn’t wear my pirate costume in the end. There were some other brilliant pirate costumes there, and I didn’t want to wear my one that was knocked together in about 10 minutes. I was having fun dressed as Princess Garnet anyway.

So yeah, early night. There was a bit of a fuss about Sophie’s room. She’d been given the wrong keys or something, so she had to move rooms. I’d like to thank Mao again. I think we had her here, there and everywhere that night.

Saturday morning we were up earlier. There was a Sonic Adventure 2 : Battle tournament in the games room, but I was all out of practice, so I was out on the first round. It had been over a year since I last played it. Should have practiced a bit a home before I left! Ah well. Sophie spent most of her time and money in the dealer’s room on Saturday and Sunday, so I didn’t see much of her. I managed to drag Sophie to Akemi Solloway’s talks, which was fantastic. She was a Japanese woman from an old samurai family who’d come over to do talks on Japanese culture, and she was so interesting. It’s interesting all the things she said about Japan and how different it is. She taught us all how to bow properly and a little bit of Japanese etiquette, what happens in a tea ceremony, how to wear a kimono and how to tie a butterfly knot (although I’m going to have to look all that up again before I attempt any summoner Yuna or Kotoko cosplays). It was funny all the stuff she was saying about how different it is – the school system, trains and all sorts. After that we had the masquerade, which was good. I was strutting my stuff as Android 18 there. There was a brilliant Vegeta cosplayer there. Somebody behind me shouted out ‘VEGETA! WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT HIS POWER LEVEL?!?!?’. Obviously. I would have done it if they hadn’t got there sooner. The answer? ‘IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAND!’ ‘WHAT?!? NINE THOUSAND?!?!?’ Ah, good times. I ended up not doing my skit. Neither of us could remember our lines and we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves, so it didn’t happen. Maybe next year. It was a really good skit, too.

After that there was the charity auction. The final lot was an original cel from Naruto. The bidding’s going up and up, and I hear Sophie’s voice come from behind me bidding entirely too much on it. Anyway, she ended up winning, and I think she regretted it. She could have spent that money in the dealer’s room. Now she’s not regretting it as much. Before she was thinking about the money, but she can get more money, but no more Naruto cels. They are so rare.

Before the pub quiz we sat down in the Artist’s Alley and I showed off how bad I am at drawing. I drew chibi pictures of Androids 16, 17 and 18. You’d have thought that I’d know what 18 wears by now, wouldn’t you? Yet I found myself looking at my own costume to remind myself. We had a nice chat there with a Reno from Advent Children cosplayer and someone from Bleach (don’t ask me who – I’m not a Bleach person).

Then there was the pub quiz, in which we formed the Full Metal Bakas team with some Full Metal Alchemist cosplayers and another guy who had no team. I never actually learnt the names of the two girls there, but they were cosplaying Edward Elric and Roy Mustang, so we just called them Ed and Roy. I showed off how much of a nerd I am by knowing what TARDIS stands for. I can’t believe I didn’t get that question about the film Labyrtinth. It’s one of my favourite films, but I just didn’t recognise the song names. It was so obvious afterwards though. Ed was more nerdy than me. They read out a chemical thing, and she was arguing with the announcer whether or not it was sulphuric acid. I got the Tenchi Muyo question right, there were a few Dragonball Z ones I got too. I got the one about HTML right (I’m doing a degree in computing, so it’d be embarrassing if I didn’t), plus a few more I can’t remember. We actually did really well on the quiz. We all thought we did really badly, but as they read out the order of the teams, we did a lot better than most of the others.

After that they had the J-Rock party. I didn’t stay too late for that, since I’m not really a J-Rock person, but we still had fun.

Sunday morning came, and with it the 5 minute cosplay. Sophie disappeared into the dealer’s room ONCE AGAIN, so I’m sorry to say that I have no video of our craptastic pokemon costumes and skit. It really was funny though. I was Ash Ketchum and made a hat and a pokeball, which I still have now. It consisted of a ball of bubble wrap covered in red fabric and some white insulation tape. It was so cool. After that I went to another of Akemi Solloway’s talks, we did some more gaming, I bought a manga in the dealer’s room (note to self – buy more volumes of The Devil Within when I get home!), a Death Note pencil case and an Ouran High School Host Club purse. Sophie bought quite a bit more than me! I spent £13.50, she spent upwards of £150. Seriously. Although she did buy a cute as hell pullips doll which is making me jealous standing on the desk next to me right now. I’m so buying a bjd when I get home. There were a few bjds going around the con, and they were all so beautiful. Especially the Sephiroth one. I just needed to hug it. They’re so much more amazing when you see them in the flesh. I’m buying one now! I need to make cosplay costumes for it!

Oh yeah, they wouldn’t let my pinwheel into the convention. After I spent so long too staring at the weapons regulations making sure it was safe, they still wouldn’t allow it. What a waste of time and effort. L Anyway, it’s broken now. It broke it on the train. *sniffles* Oh well. I HAVE ANOTHER ONE!

Then we all went over to the pub for the closing ceremony and hung with the Full Metal Bakas some more, which was good. They had a singer doing Final Fantasy and Naruto songs, which was enjoyable.

Then there was karaoke, and I can’t believe they actually made me sing. We all went up and did the Naruto theme tune. I didn’t know it, but I picked it up easily enough. After we all got bored of that we had a general party with anime songs. We all had a sing along to the old pokemon songs. I can’t believe I still know the words after seven years. I knew all the theme song words. Team Rocket used to be my favourite song though, and I couldn’t remember a lot of the words. I was rather shocked! We danced to One Winged Angel, we actually waltzed to Waltz For The Moon, which was fun. I stayed up dancing and playing with glow sticks while Sophie sat around with her doll. It’s normally the other way around at parties. Anyway, we had a fantastic time. All the Full Metal Bakas swapped email addresses, so we’re keeping in touch.

We then returned to my room and tidied the mess that I got my room into, cramming everything in that Sophie had bought. We’ve had some serious problems lugging that lot around onto the trains.

Now we’re up to Monday morning and are on the train home, just coming up to Exeter. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff I’ve forgotten to write, but there were so many fantastic things that have gone on this weekend, I can’t remember them all!

So we’re returning home now, and I don’t want to think about unpacking again. I don’t wanna do it! I wanna go back to Leicester!

I’m sure there’s a load of stuff I’ve forgotten. Will post later about anything I’ve forgotten.

Plus I'm gonna upload photos too. I think Sophie's taken my USB stick to school, so I can't get them off my laptop at the moment.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Cosplay

CezzaXV - ALCON ROCKED SO HARD! says:
Well, since ALcon I'm rethinking my list of cosplay characters.

CezzaXV - ALCON ROCKED SO HARD! says:
I'm steering away from characters with large weapons on faraway cons.

Variation is the key of life says:
lol

CezzaXV - ALCON ROCKED SO HARD! says:
I'm much more willing to do boys now, too.

Variation is the key of life says:
ROFL

Variation is the key of life says:
REWORD REWORD!!

There's a very long post about ALcon going up on this blog, probably some time tomorrow now once I copy it from my laptop.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Tokyopop ReCon

Well, ReCon was last night, and I head off to ALcon tonight, so this is going to be my final post for a few days until I get back from Leicester.


Not being a sore loser, but I honestly can't understand the voting criteria for the cosplay competition at ReCon. With me, I look at the effort that's gone into a given costume, amongst various other things. Well, the little girl who won was probably getting a sympathy vote or something. When they started the cosplay competition, they gave all the cosplayers a number, then we had to line up and introduce ourselves one by one. So, I'm number 17, Sophie's 19, and there's the little girl who's 18 in between us. She'd come as a heartless from Kingdom Hearts. It pretty much consisted of pipe cleaners on her head and a black t-shirt that had a heartless symbol drawn on it, and her face painted black. So anyway, cosplay contest starts. The MC says that all the cosplayers have gotta come up one by one, tell them their name, their age, what character they've come as and from what series it's from. This is when the girl starts to panic a little bit, because she doesn't know what series she's from! Aw, bless. Older sister appears and tells her it's Kingdom Hearts. I think she was the KH fan, not the little girl. Anyway, she ended up winning. Not being a sore loser, but there were alot of good cosplayers there who'd obviously put alot of effort into their costumes. It just annoys me when people like us spend 3 months making costumes when the person who wins probably didn't spend any more than three hours. On the plus side though, I did get a huge cheer when it was my turn. I didn't know if it was just me hearing things when I'm nervous or something, but afterwards Sophie said that everyone cheered really loud for me. I think big badass pinwheel was a part of that.


Oh, then there was the art competition. I finally have a picture of what me and Sophie did.




Now, it's a picture of Organisation XIII from Kingdom Hearts with some yaoi/yuri themes going on. So, when you get there, you give in your artwork and they hang it on the wall for everybody to vote on later. So, me and Sophie are lining up on the stairs waiting for the cosplay to start, and there's these two boys there looking at all the artwork. They're young and they're male - I wouldn't expect them to know anything about yaoi. But anyway, they're commenting on our picture, and they're like 'Whoever drew that must have been gay!' I felt this big smile spread across my face.



Oh yeah, this is what I drew by the way. The lighting wasn't very good when I took this picture, and my scanner is broke, so it all looks a little bit yellow.


What else?


Oh yeah! On the way there, me and everyone else set up a glomp contest to see who would get glomped first. The favourite to win was Luke. He was wearing a costume from a well known manga series, and was overall the most likely to get mobbed by screaming fangirls. Anyway, I won. Waiting for the cosplay contest to begin, this boy comes up to me and asks for a hug. After he was gone I was like 'YES! I WON!' So that was a victory for me.


Oh, and there was a really nice girl there cosplaying as Reno from Final Fantasy 7, and she gave me some pocky! Yay! I'd never tried the chocolate flavour before, so that was cool. They only sell strawberry and banana flavours at uni.


And against all the odds, my pinwheel is still in one piece! That's a load off my mind. I don't have to work my ass off today painting my replacement to take to ALcon. I was talking to the Reno girl who really liked my pinwheel. She was so excited when I told her I had ANOTHER one at home. I liked her rod though. It was cool. She said she was making a keyblade at home, but it went mouldy in her garage. ^_~ Isn't that always the way?


There was a guy cosplaying as Itachi from Naruto. I don't know that much about Naruto, but Sophie was cosplaying Sakura from Naruto, and the Itachi guy was seriously in character. All I know is this: Sakura = good. Itachi = evil. He was floating around in the background making everyone else feel a little bit uncomfortable. He was really freaking Sophie out. In the anime/manga they're enemies. We were waiting for a ninja duel to break out.


And then we went to McDonald's after, and that was fun. This guy came up to us asking to borrow 40p, but we said no because he was obviously going to use it to buy more alcohol. Now, you've gotta remember that we're still dressed up at this point. I'm sporting grey hair and an eyepatch. I felt like saying this: 'Okay, I wouldn't expect you to know this, but we're cosplayers. Now, I want you to go research the cosplay hobby, and come back and ask us again afterwards if you still think we have money to be giving away.' Having spare money and being a cosplayer is kinda an oxymoron. Every spare penny we had had been spent on the costumes.

Oh yeah, and on the way to McDonalds there were these group of chav girls walking past looking at us. Me and Luke were walking up ahead, and Sophie and Corinne were behind. Anyway, these girls look at me and Luke and said 'Are you meant to be Harry Potter or something?' ULTIMATE INSULT! Honestly, I wanted to lash out and punch someone.


So yeah, off to ALcon tonight. Sorry about the long post. Imagine. You get a post this long after a con that lasted two hours. Imagine the post you're going to get on Tuesday when I return from my con that lasted three days. :D

Okay, photos. We don't actually have any from the con. We've only got before and after.
Here's the gallery: http://images.cosplay.com/gallery.php?member=65768&cat=500

Obviously, they're in the 5th September ReCon folder, but there's a few new ones in my Fujin folder now too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Media of the moment

I know one of you reading this went out on Comic Relief night and managed to miss this. I was browsing Youtube and stumbled across it, so thought I'd post it up for you.

You know who you are.

WOW!

Today is the beginning of the weekend for me. A very long weekend. It's seriously going to be the best 5 days of my life. I'm off to the manga night tonight, which is going to be good, then I'm off to Leicester for ALcon tomorrow night, and I won't be coming back until Monday afternoon!

Here I am posting about how close ALcon is, while next to me there is a suitcase that still needs to be packed, a wig that needs to be finished cutting and styled, a half finished pinwheel (I've given up on that front now - just hoping my first one remains intact tonight so I never have to use the replacement) and various other odds and bobs that still need sorting. I still need to finish learning my skit lines too.

The things I go through for cosplay.

After note - at the request of my mother, I have to say it's going to be the best 5 days of my life SO FAR. Apparently my wedding is going to be quite good. Shouldn't I be the judge of that?

I've thought about having a lolita wedding. How cool would that be? The average lolita dress, although still expensive, is still a good bit cheaper than the average wedding dress.

Then again, I want a long dress, and long is kinda against the definition of lolita.

I'm not mad enough to have a cosplay wedding. I love cosplay, but I don't think I'd cosplay to my wedding. Having said that though, the outfits that Yuna and Seymour had in their wedding in Final Fantasy X were awesome. The wedding dress though is a bit on the skimpy side. Watch out future husband - we'd better get married in the winter or you're going to melt in those robes.


Yes, Yuna's dress IS a little bit skimpy. What you can't see from this picture is the bottom of the dress (or lack of it).

:O

Obviously the group cosplay will be the cosplay for the next manga night. But either the one after that or the next proper con, well, I've gone completely out of my mind.

But I love the character though.

http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=125008

I only want to do her if it looks awesome though. It needs to look good, like it's a part of my body, not something I've just put on.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Wanted:

We need some more people for our group cosplay. It's not going to be for ages yet, but the more people we can get, the better. It's going to be to the next Tokyopop ReCon. We need more anime fans to join our group! Especially young guys. There are alot of young sexy guy characters who we're lacking at the moment.

Any takers?

What my handwriting says about me:

You fill every waking moment with activity.
You are a shy, idealistic person who does not find it easy to have relationships, especially intimate ones.
You are diplomatic, objective, and live in the present.
You are a talkative person, maybe even a busybody!
You enjoy life in your own way and do not depend on the opinions of others.

Handwriting Analysis

I'm shrinking...

I've been packing for ALcon today, and trying on my costumes one last time before I go to check for any alterations that need doing. It appears I've lost weight since March when I last cosplayed. My Android 18 skirt is a little too big for me and the shirt, which used to be a little too small, fits perfectly.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to remember my lines for the skit I'm doing at ALcon. The bit I'm most likely to forget is actually the funniest bit in the whole skit.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Group cosplay

This is definitely one of the the best group cosplays I've seen so far. I'm so jealous of them all.

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1171569

See the one with the pink hair on the left? That's one of the characters I'm planning on soon.

The one below with green hair will probably also be happening, although I'm one of the school of belief that Kiyone's hair is blue, not green. It's kind of a funny colour that's neither one or the other. It's the same as Washu - it's neither pink nor red.

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Awesome cosplay idea

Looks like I'll be saving it until next time now. Next manga evening, I'm now trying to set up a group cosplay, which is going to be even better.

I need someone to be my cameraman. There, you've got another clue to the character I'm gonna be now.

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Gaia

http://www.gaiaonline.com/event/summerfest2007/?action=manga&page=3

I think there's a bit of fanservice going on here. FANTASTIC storyline - has me hooked. But does Ian really need to be topless here? They're injecting his arm.

You don't hear me complaining though. :D

COSPLAY!!!!!! :D

I JUST CAME UP WITH THE MOST AWESOME COSPLAY IDEA EVER! AND I HAVE THREE DAYS TO IMPLEMENT IT!

Seriously though, I found a costume both me and Sophie want to do. It's pretty easy - we already own the vast majority of the items in the costume. All we need are red knee high socks. That's the only clue I'm giving.

Friday, 31 August 2007

I took a test

Net Speed:
59 WPM(words/minute)

Accuracy:
94%

Gross Speed:
63 WPM(words/minute)

I'm a good typer ^-^

Flying the team flag!




Embarrassment

Oh, the embarrassment.

They're probably having a pokemon card tournament at ALcon. It's been seven years since I last played pokemon cards, and I think I've lost my touch. I'm learning how to play again, but it's quite difficult. I don't remember there being so many rules!

On the plus side, I still have the deck I made back in the day where I could wipe the floor with everyone. God bless you psychic pokemon - you're only weak against yourselves. Now, let's hope I get paired with people with fighting pokemon. Psychic pokemon take -30 damage from fighting pokemon, as well as many fighting pokemon taking double damage from psychics.

Hey look! My deck is online now too! I can't get the online game room to work though. *sniffles* That was the only reason I uploaded my deck.
http://www.tradecardsonline.com/im/showDeck/deck_id/14993/grouping/0/extended_format/true

God, how embarrassing. I'm 20 and doing a blog post about pokemon. The last time I had anything to do with pokemon was when I was 13 or 14.

I dug out the PC pokemon card game I had, and it made me laugh reading the back of the case. First off, it took some tinkering to get it to work, since it's designed for Windows 95 or 98. Next, check out these system specs. I bet these were quite good computers at the time.

16MB RAM!

A monitor capable of displaying at 800x600!

A CD-ROM drive of 4x speed!

It doesn't say what the hard drive specs are, but I bet it's into the MEGABYTES!

Clearing something up

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaoi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shonen_ai

I'd like to clear something up. By definition, I don't like yaoi. I despise it. It's actually shonen-ai I like, but the word yaoi has commonly become the word used to desribe manga containing homosexual relationships of any type. Officially, yaoi is manga/anime about sexually explicit gay relationships, whereas shonen-ai (the one I like) is about love between boys. I don't mind a little bit of hanky-panky, I just don't want to be shown it in every detail. I'd rather imagine it. I like it when they kiss, hug, lick each other etc, but anything involving nakedness below the waist I'd rather not see.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Final Fantasy 7


Yes, this just about sums up all the boys who have ever watched Advent Children.

Monday, 27 August 2007

A debate

I like reading yaoi. All the boys in it are sexy. But it's sad to think that if they really existed they wouldn't like you because they're gay. BUT, if they were straight, would they stop being as sexy?

Discuss.

In my opinion, yes. Look at it this way. Mikuni from Eerie Queerie is quite a nasty person. When he's doing stuff to the other boys, all the girls are thinking about is how sexy he looks when he's doing that. However, if he was doing the same things to a woman, everyone would say he was sick and twisted.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Look what I'm going to!

http://www.theatreroyal.com/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=22

Death Note

I stayed up long past midnight last night reading the last volume of Death Note. Now I have to go to work and I'm all tired, but it was so worth it. What a fantastic series!


Death Note spoilers below. Highlight to read.

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I always knew that Light was going to die in the end. Sophie spoiled that one for me before I even started reading Death Note, but it was still quite scary when it happened. To begin with, I couldn't see how it was going to happen when Light met with Near. Near had this brilliant plan that would be sure to reveal that Light was Kira, but Light was one step ahead of that. Of course, Near was one step ahead of Light being one step ahead. You see, in order to get rid of the evidence, Light gave his Death Note to Teru who was going to do the killings instead. So, Near figures out about Teru, and that he was going to turn up at their secret meeting, learn of Near's real name with his shinigami eyes and kill him. So, to stop that, Near gets hold of Teru's Death Note in secret and replaces the page that would correspond to that day with ordinary writing paper. Light figures out that Near would do that, so had Teru carry around with him a fake Death Note, so Near only replaced the pages of a fake Death Note and Light told him to bring the real one to the secret meeting and kill Near. So, when Near brags about how Teru's only written everybody's name in a fake notebook, Light laughs just at the end of the 40 seconds after their names have been written down and they're theoretically all about to die of a heart attack, Light admits in front of everyone that he was Kira and that he has won. Then, nobody dies. Light and Teru can't figure out why. Near tells us that he had figured out about Light figuring out about Near figuring out about Light figuring out about Near, and realised that the supposed Death Note they replaced the pages in was going to be a fake, and knew that the real Death Note was elsewhere. So, Near goes to Teru's house, finds the real Death Note and replaces that one with a fake. So the 'real' Death Note Teru brought with him to kill Near and the SPK is only a fake, and was never going to work.

If that wasn't complicated enough, there's a load more stuff to this that I haven't written.

This is when Light figures out he's screwed, and needs to do something fast. But, what everyone else doesn't know is that he has a small piece of the Death Note hidden inside his watch. He turns his back and gets the piece out as quickly as he can to write Near's name down so he will die. Matsuda realises what is happening and shoots Light's hand, to stop him from writing. Light's now in pain, but fights on, continuing to write Near's name with his blood. Light gets shot again. Light's now bleeding to death, and utterly defeated. He looks around. Mikami can't write Near's name in the notebook because he's handcuffed, Misa is back at the hotel and Takada is dead. He then turns to his only hope, Ryuk. Ryuk says he'll do it, and gets his own Death Note out, but after writing, reveals that it's not Near's name he's written, but Light's, and he now has forty seconds before he's going to die of a heart attack. Light screams and shouts alot then, and then he dies.

Then there's a bit like a year later, and Near has become the new L, and there's a picture of Near lying on the floor with his toys eating chocolate, and that made me want to start crying. The significance of eating chocolate will mean nothing to you unless you've read it, but it made me want to cry because it was kinda in the memory of Mello, who died helping to capture Kira.

I was gutted when Mello died. When Mello kidnapped Takada, she had a secret piece of the Death Note hidden in her bra, and the only thing she could do was the write Mello's name in the Death Note. Made me want to punch Takada. Mello was one of my favourite characters!

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Okay, rant over. I doubt any of you understood any of that, but I needed a Death Note rant, and in Sophie's absense, my blog was the first available target.

Bad news - I now have nothing to read.
Good news - I can now watch the two Death Note movies without spoiling the ending for myself :)

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Hey

I haven't been online in a while. So much stuff has been happening this last week.

I really don't know why I came here. I have nothing worth writing.

I've found someone at ALcon willing to do a skit with me, but neither of us have any ideas. Anyone got anything for a good Android 18/Vegeta skit? Nah, me neither.

I'm gonna spend this afternoon finishing off my costumes in time for ALcon. 18 and Fujin are sorted, but Dagger still needs a little work.

The week after next is gonna rock so much. Manga night in Torquay on the Wednesday, then the Thursday night me and Sophie are off on the train to Leicester to ALcon and we won't be coming back until Monday night!

Oh yeah, I found a nice frilly blouse in the charity shop the other day and it's perfect for my lolita dress. Well, a lolita dress. I'm actually going to have to change my dress a little bit to make it work, but I think the dress is going to be better overall because of it.

Oh yeah, I've been doing some artwork for the manga night again yesterday. I'm doing a Death Note related picture. Basically, drawing all the characters chibi sat on and around a giant apple. I'm still debating whether or not a big death note in the background would ruin it or not, because there's already quite alot of black in the picture as it is. On the other hand, it's probably not recognisable at the moment to anyone who isn't familiar with Death Note, so it might be a good idea after all. Although Death Note is a hugely popular manga, it's not like Naruto and stuff like that where you'll still recognise the characters if you've never read/watched it.

Okay, I've gotta go now.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Media of the moment



Disclaimer: I do not like Naruto. I am not a Narutard. I do not wish to associate myself with Naruto in any way. But this video made me laugh.

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Yay!

Haha, if only it was that easy.


If it was that easy though, Death Note would only last until the end of volume 2 instead on going on til volume 12 while everyone else tries to figure out whether or not Light is Kira.

Death Note is honestly the best manga I have ever read. I'd highly recommend it to everyone.




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I love how cute this is. Aww, cute little L.

Near is my new favourite Death Note character now though. He's so cute, his clothes are all too big for him, he's so smart he makes Artemis Fowl look like an idiot.

I just wanna hug him!

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I like his socks!

Yes, I am completely obsessed with Death Note at the moment.

Well, with me, every summer usually gets associated with a book - the one I'm reading that takes me all summer to read. 2005 was Dragon Rider, 2006 was Artemis Fowl The Lost Colony, and now it seems 2007 is Death Note.

Friday, 17 August 2007

The future of cosplay

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=5380

I'd like to think this will be me when I'm 82.

She pulls that costume off so well!

Kinda puts things into perspective when I worry I'm a few years too old to cosplay some of my characters. Also puts the whole gender thing into perspective too.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Death Note

In the manga, L doesn't really do anything for me. Sure, he's cool, but Light is by far my favourite.

In the movie, it's the other way around.

Look how sexy L is! It almost makes me want the good guys to win!


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On one hand, I love the manga so much I never want it to end. On the other hand, I want to hurry up and finish it so I can watch the movie without having to worry about spoilers.

I've seen clips of the movie, and the guy who plays L has him spot on. All the little mannerisms, the way he sits, the way he talks, the way he's always got his thumb on his lips. Wow.

To be honest, the manga was beginning to get a little boring. Without giving spoilers to anyone else, Light stopped doing stuff. But now he's back, he's evil again and super smecksy!

I really have to stop falling in love with fictional people.

Well, I'm taking a step in the right direction here. I'm falling in love with an actor who plays a fictional person.

I challenge you to find me a picture from the manga of L when he's not either on the phone or eating.


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Yes, this is some yaoi fanart, but it does have a point. It's actually a point I was wondering about a while ago. If L decides to handcuff himself to Light in order to never let him out of his sight, then that must mean they sleep together. Okay, with the length of the chain, it is possible they're both in separate beds, but they are in the same room.

MinamiCon

I'm now on the waiting list for MinamiCon. Yes, there's a waiting list, even though it isn't until next March. There are normally alot of people who don't pay though, so they get wiped off and the waiting list clears. That's what happened to me at Amecon. Too bad that I'd already paid to go to ALcon and couldn't afford it.

Anyway, I've got to get ALcon out of the way before I start worrying about MinamiCon.
I really can't wait until ALcon. Only three weeks now.

The registration for the masquerade is up now, so I have to decide which costume to enter. I'm thinking Android 18, because there's another cosplayer who might do a skit with me, but since he's doing a Dragonball Z character, my Final Fantasy costume isn't going to be much use there. So I'll wear my Dragonball Z costume.


Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Artemis Fowl competition

I finally finished my entry. I really struggled with some of the actors. Anyway, here was the list of people I thought should play the characters in the event that somebody gets their ass in gear and actually gets around to making the movie.

Some of the actors are spot on to what I think the characters look like, others are just as near as I could get. And of course, I couldn't resist putting John Barrowman in there either. I think he could actually make a pretty good Foaly.

Opinions?

Humans:

Artemis Fowl II
Rollo Weeks – he’s a lot older than he looks, but if anyone saw him in The Thief Lord, you know he’d have the voice spot on.
http://www.teenidols4you.com/blink/Actors/rollo_weeks/TI4U_u1138217934.jpg

Artemis Fowl I
Piers Brosnan
http://img.search.com/thumb/4/42/007Brosnan.jpg/150px-007Brosnan.jpg

Butler
Bruce Willis
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/54/039_15135~Bruce-Willis-Posters.jpg

Angeline Fowl
Joan Cusack
http://eur.i1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/mo/premiere_photo/20060403/08/23117716.jpg

Juliet Butler
Jessica Alba
http://www.thecinemasource.com/moviesdb/images/JessicaAlba1-300.jpg


Others:

Holly Short
Drew Barrymore – I’ve always thought she has a kind of elfin look about her.
http://www.poster.net/barrymore-drew/barrymore-drew-photo-drew-barrymore-6221198.jpg

Foaly
John Barrowman
http://www.jolietdramaguild.org/historypics/john-barrowman.jpg

Trouble Kelp
Keifer Sunderland
http://l.yimg.com/img.tv.yahoo.com/tv/us/img/site/69/35/0000036935_20070111184710.jpg

Mulch Diggums (Voice Over)
Nathaniel Parker (because he absolutely has it nailed in the audiobooks, nobody else can beat him)

Julius Root
Danny DeVito
http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20070215/244.devito.danny.021407.jpg


Villains:

Jon Spiro
John Malkovich
http://us.ent3.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/universal_pictures/johnny_english/john_malkovich/english.jpg

Opal Koboi
Lucy Lui
http://www.cdlibre.org/clase/03042bct/examen_amaya/enunciados/efemerides_1202/lucy_liu.jpg

Briar Cudgeon
Simon Callow
http://www.logoonline.com/personality/callow_simon/images/150x200.jpg


People's Choice:Any TWO characters of YOUR choice and the actors you want to play them.

Loafers
Ardal O’Hanlon – he’s short, he’s funny and he’s Irish!
http://www.ripitup.com.au/files/files/Ardal-O__Hanlon.jpg

Carla Frazzetti
Uma Thurman
http://ww2.tagheuer.com/_img/Ambassadors/Uma%20Thurman/big/uma-thurman-000.jpg

In reality, I'd actually like lesser known actors to play alot of the parts, but obviously I can't put people on this list I don't know.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Media of the moment



His name isn't really Jack White, it's Ryan Murphy, and I'm a big fan of his. Especially when he puts on that voice he does. The one he's doing in this movie, actually. I'm an even bigger fan of Neil Cicierega though, the other guy in the video. Everything he does is just genius. He's a musical and cinematic genius.

This is actually a really old video I saw some time last year. Why I've come back to it today, I have no idea.

It all makes me laugh, but I think the funniest bit would have to be when he says 'I've talked to alot of interviewers in my time...'

Media of the moment



I saw this video ages ago, but I love the song. What I wouldn't do to have Wicked come tour the UK.