Hogwarts Alumni Reunion This Saturday!

Coming up Saturday in Boston, the latest Renion (i.e. party) of the Hogwarts Alumni and other wizarding folks. This time we’ll be at the Arisia Science Fiction Convention, which is going on all weekend at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. Wands may be required for entry (how else are you going to get through the door charms?) and wizarding attire is strongly encouraged!

I could still use some help with food & decorating. So if anyone wants to bake/bring Cauldron Cakes or any other wizardy food item, or donate any small prizes for best Wizarding outfits/costumes, please let me know! (Email: ravenna_c_tan at yahoo dot com)

The party will take place room 450 (barring hotel mishap), 9pm to 2am. RSVP on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/180403402098359/

Day passes are on sale for Arisia as well, visit the con’s website to register: http://2013.arisia.org/Registration

AND! The party is being put on with some gracious help from MISTI-Con! I’ll have postcards and info about MISTI there. MISTI-Con will be in May in Laconia, NH. The main hotel is already sold out but they are booking overflow. Check out their website at: http://www.misti-con.org/registration.html

Spanish translation of “Five of Swords”!

Maiden Lasso has done a Spanish translation of my fic from the last HP Tarot fest, FIVE OF SWORDS.

This one is Draco/mystery pairing, though if you know me it’s not that much of a mystery…

Check out the story on the Slash Heaven archive (a Spanish language archive) or on LiveJournal at MaidenLasso’s journal!

Slash Heaven:
http://www.slasheaven.com/viewstory.php?sid=41395&chapter=1 and

LiveJournal
http://maidenlasso.livejournal.com/957.html

The original story in English:
http://hp-tarot.livejournal.com/63704.html

More Ascendio Post-Con

It appears in the post-Ascendio blues, droves of people are making their reservations at The Margate for MISTI-Con next year (May 9-13) and buying their MISTI-Con registrations. There’s a TON of chatter about it in the Ascendio Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/Ascendio/

And now MISTI-Con itself has a Page for official announcements and a Group where much chit-chat about con plans is going on! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/341942135889154/) Last I looked, two notorious Voldemort and Remus cosplayers had challenged each other to a duel cross-dressed as Bellatrix and Tonks. Yes, I am expecting this to be an epic con.

But more about ASCENDIO. I’ve been reading LOTS and lots of people’s post-con reports, and digging up more photos, and really enjoying seeing everyone’s takes on the event.

Meanwhile, I completely forgot to write about the one truly prized possession I came home with!! It’s an original piece of art from Oldenuf whose Harry/Draco art has had me squeeing for YEARS. We got talking at the HD Meetup, where several of us were drooling over her portfolio. Turned out that she was wanting some of my books, so we made a trade of our mutual lusts. :-)

Look under the cut for photos of the art and more!
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Friend me on myHogwarts … and who wants to meet up after Harry and the Potters on August 18?

So I’ve been poking around MyHogwarts a bit! I was too busy to do much in the beta so it’s pretty much all new to me.

There is a “library” where one can upload “books” — i.e. fanfics. So far I didn’t see any dire warnings about content, but to be on the safe side I put up my PG-13 Draco flashback story “Five of Swords.”

Check it out here: http://myhogwarts.co.uk/library/book/777-338-7-2012-226/

My student profile & “wall” is here: http://myhogwarts.co.uk/ravenna.c.tan/.

To ‘friend’ people, after you log in, you go to their profile page and hit the “add” button. At the moment there’s no function for finding friends, but they’re rolling out features bit by bit. (The fanfic uploader used to say no italics or bold–now there’s a little WYSIWIG editor installed.)

I joined the Wizarding Cities of Boston and Cambridge, but the ability to create events isn’t enabled yet, so I couldn’t create an event for Harry and the Potters on August 18th!

Sooo…. who wants to grab early dinner after the Harry and the Potters show on August 18th at Mary Chung’s? Mary’s is good, cheap, and unperturbed by large groups, whether wizards or muggles. (I will likely be in costume!)

It’s an all ages show, 1pm at the Middle East Downstairs (in Central Square, Cambridge), $10 to get in. Tickets can be purchased in advance to the show, and if I recall correctly last time Harry and the Potters played there, they sold out. Link to the buy-on-the-web site: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4726985&pl=mideastrestaurant

I figure dinner will follow… around four-thirty? Five? No idea how long the sets for Potter Puppet Pals and H&thePs will be, so that’s a guess…

Ascendio Con Report!

So, Ascendio! It was a fabulous con. Wonderful people, stimulating programming (don’t take that the wrong way…), a bevy of authors (including erotica, romance, YA, and fantasy in every combination), excellent costumes, incredible performances, warm and welcoming meetups, and two absolutely fantabulous parties.

I probably won’t have time to write up as detailed a con report as I sometimes do. I’m typing this in the Orlando airport right now, but I’m so tired I might conk out before I can finish it! That’s how good a con it was. Below the cut I do talk about Night of a Thousand Wizards, Chris Rankin’s presentation on fandom, Authorpalooza, slash, and what cons are coming up next…

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Ascendio Book Faire details!

I have the honor this year to be a conspirator in making a Book Faire happen at Ascendio (though really, it’s all NqDonne’s doing…). Thursday is Authorpalooza, when Lev Grossman, Beth Revis, Aimee Carter, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Hodgkin will each be reading from their work and autographing. Books-a-Million will have the books of special author guests for sale.

Many fine authors will also be working displays of their own books from 1pm to 5pm on Thursday as part of the Book Faire. The faire kicks off with one of our sponsoring companies, Wattpad, throwing a reception! So come on down at 1pm to kick it off. Also be sure to also say hello to Omnific (a publishing company that grew out of fandom), and the following authors:

Logospilgrim, Mark Reads, Diana Copland, Valerie Frankel, Belle Malory, Kele Moon, Leslie Barnhart, Karen Morris, Erin Pyne, and yours truly. Details on each author and what books they will have to entice you with, under the cut: Continue reading

Ascendio Costume: forearm guards

Today was the shopping expedition to get the fabric, fasteners, and other supplies needed to make my Ascendio “Night of a Thousand Wizards” costume: A New York Yankees Quidditch outfit. (See previous post for diagrams and description…)

Tonight the Yankees played the Mets in the last game of Interleague baseball (until the World Series, that is…) on the ESPN Sunday Night game. So I got all my writing at other work out of the way so I could sit down to work on the costume while listening to the game. I didn’t quite manage to be done with other things: I had to take out the garbage and some other stuff while it was still light out, so it was about 8:30 or 8:45 by the time I actually sat down.

Sewing projects for me always turn out to be a lot like motorcycle maintenance. There are always some things that go wrong with the machine, or where I’ve forgotten my skills from disuse, and I have to figure it out again and make some trips to the parts store. This time was no different, although thankfully I managed to keep it running long enough to finish tonight’s goal: the forearm guards. Tomorrow I’ll have to go to the sewing store and get some needles.

Among the things I needed on today’s earlier shopping trip: white thread. White is not a color I’ve done much with in my life. Nearly all my clothes are black. Today I wore my red Lafayette University Quidditch T-shirt mostly because I needed to do laundry. Also, wearing something colorful to go fabric shopping is not a bad idea–I always come out of the store covered in bits of colorful lint and such.

But the point of costumes is sometimes to be radically different from one’s usual self. I play with gender on a regular basis anyway, so going from black to white is about as radical a change as I can make.

I managed to finish the first of the two forearm guards literally JUST as the final out of the game was made, meaning it took me three hours, and then zipped through the second one during the postgame show: more like 30 minutes. Typical.

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Making a costume for Ascendio…

Some of you have seen me post or heard me talk about the costume I’ve been wanting to make to wear at Night of a Thousand Wizards at Ascendio. Well, the con is coming up in *mumble* weeks, so I have to really get on the stick.

The costume is meant to be appropriate for hot weather: so it’s a “summer” Quidditch outfit. That mostly means the sleeves on the robe are going to be a bit shorter than I’d usually do.

The other thing that’s summery about it is I decided to make it a New York Yankees quidditch outfit. Because I thought it would be fun to combine my fandoms. And you know the Yankees are completely the Slytherins of baseball. (Everyone loves to hate us, but we’re clearly the most ambitious and best…)

So I’m sitting down at the sewing machine tonight (while listening to the Yankees/Mets game on the Internet radio…), right after I post this. Below, some of my preliminary sketches of the costume. I can’t draw for beans, so apologies they’re not beautiful. :-)

The main question I still had hanging last night was what to do for footwear. Boots? Sneakers? Athletic shoes of some kind like boxing shoes? The predominant color of the costume is WHITE (with thin, navy blue pinstripes). So the shoes ought to be white, I think. White Chuck Taylors?

I came across these white Doc Martens on Amazon last night, though, so I ordered them. Not completely sure they’re the right thing, but they might be! I figure I’ll see how it looks after they arrive. I might wait to make the shin guards until after I try the boots on. Suggestions welcome!

The other thing I’m not sure what to do about accessories. I want to have a broom but can’t fit one on the plane. Oh and I’m still deciding if the wand holder should be part of a forearm guard or shin guard. I might put BOTH in so that I can shift it depending.

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Hogwarts Alumni REunion: CON.txt edition

I was a dork and didn’t take photos of anything at this Hogwarts Alumni party, so no picspam this time! I really decorated a lot. CON.txt being a slash con I put up more fan art on the walls than usual and allowed people to take the art at the end of the party if they liked!

As with the previous renditions of this party at Wiscon and Arisia, I had a slashy fanart slideshow showing on one wall, we had Bertie Bott’s Beans (but not the truly icky flavors), edible wands (Pocky), and butterbeer. I also did the thing of transforming the full length mirror into the Mirror of Erised and asked people to write on it what they saw in it.

Some of this time’s answers:
“Warm socks!”
“Knight of Faith finished!” (this was written in mirrored handwriting)
“Me with a job I actually like.” (ditto)
“me! without a headache!”
“Freedom from mandatory gender!”
“I see I have finished my novel on time!”

I didn’t end up making it to any panels today, instead having many long conversations with people in the Con Sweet mostly at my vendor table but some at the social tables. Breakfast was awesome again (eggs and bacon and sausage this time, plus all the things from the day before) and I put a bid in on a piece in the art auction (sorry, Alan! didn’t know it was you I was outbidding!) and I also picked up a graphic novel of all Asian American comics from the orphan table, for which I added a donation to the donation box.

And I did some tarot readings, some at my table, and some during the Potter party, which is always always fun.

And the Vid Show rocked. As usual. I always get intrigued by new fandoms by these vids. Queen of Swords? Why have I not heard of this show? My favorite of the whole bunch (and many other people’s judging by the cheers) was one that melded (haha) the Trek reboot with old Trek. Kirk/Spock reboot FTW.

Tomorrow I’m only here long enough to see if I won anything in the raffle, pack my books, and then it’s off to see the Nationals take on the Slytherins… I mean, the New York Yankees. My other fandom, yessss. Good night, now, it’s nearly 3am and breakfast is at 9am! Gack!