City of Heroes #2 Convention…

After having such a good time at the weekend con City of Heroes last year, we booked up for City of Heroes #2 pretty much as it was announced. In the interim the guest list gained heroic proportions, with guests being announced right up until a few weeks before it was due to kick off.

Jason Momoa (Thrones & Auqaman); from Arrow there was, Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), David Ramsey (Diggle/Spartan), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoake), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Willa Holland (Speedy), Colton Haynes (Arsenal), Katie Cassidy (Black Canary), Michael Rowe (Deadshot), Charlotte Ross (Felicity’s mother) and Amy Gumenick (Cupid); from Flash there was Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost), Robbie Amell (Firestorm), Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West) and Peyton List (Lisa Snart/Golden Glider); from Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh (ATOM–& Superman of course), Franz Drameh (Firestorm), Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl) and Falk Hentschel (Hawkman); Gotham, Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Corey Michael Smith (Edward Nygma) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne); and finally, from Supergirl, Italia Ricci. That’s quite a list of people for a two day con…

Continue reading

Advertisements

Reflecting on July 2015… No Spare Money… & Hyper Japan Convention…

I’m still tinkering with ‘Get Over It With CBT’, my self-help book. It’s cooking nicely I think. I’m taking a break from it, and then I’ll look over it with fresh eyes. The husband has not really wanted to edit this one. He likes reading my fiction, but this really isn’t his thing. This means I haven’t really had an outside opinion and I can’t afford to have this one edited. I’m not too worried as it’s not a fiction title and the writing is more straight forward. I’m reading up on professional edits I’ve had done on other work so that I can learn from my common mistakes and reading up on proof reading and general grammar so I have a keener eye to spot my mistakes when I go back to it.

Just the other week we received another notice of a big maintenance bill coming our way for the building our flat is in. Ouch. This is on top of a huge one from last year, so my savings have been hit. I’m not pleading poverty and I’ll be able to save it back up as I’ve been a good geek and not been buying too much in the way of toys. Sadly. However, it has highlighted a problem with this self-publishing business. I’m not making a profit from it. Don’t get me wrong. I have regular sales still, even if it’s only a handful a day, but the profit margin on them is very low. So it’s actually not so much a business as a hobby. A very expensive hobby. I guess there’s always the potential of it making me money in the future (applying some techniques from my self-help book there…) but until then, each edit makes a sizable hole in my savings. That’s no criticism of my editor at all, from what I’ve seen she’s very reasonable, and like anyone providing a service and expertise, they should be paid their due. Besides, I enjoy having her involvement. However, with my last novel on her desk I’ll be getting another bill later this year, and that will be the end of what I can justify in writing expenses until way into 2016.

So… what to do. Not write? No chance. I need to write or I’ll be left with the real world outside our front door. And I really don’t like this real adult life business that much. I still have the second run of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ partly done and some cracking ideas for some regular contemporary horror novels I want to get on with. So I could queue them up and edit them when I’m ready. But, I’m going to go for option 3… Write what I can but also work harder at improving my proofreading skills and see how I get on in editing my own work. That could be dangerous. Typos and flowery writing could slip by, but needs must. I’m planning on writing tighter and shorter than my previous novels, as three of them are pretty hefty 400+page affairs, so hopefully they will be easier to manage.

I’ve just entered ‘The Darkwood Mysteries: The Thief of Faces’ into an Inkitt writing competition. So, please drop by and give Darkwood and Hobbs a vote and a review and a general bit of fuss. I’m not particularly in it for the prizes, but for the exposure. Because I’m a whore. Well, the series really needs attention as they just aren’t selling. Shame. Especially as I have so much planned for the series. That’s what happens when you do 0 promotion and just rely on Facebook and Twitter I guess.

Aside from writing I’ve had a bit of a Japanese month. We’ve been plowing through some anime on Netflix and loving it, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the shows I’ve been watching soon, and we went to the Hyper Japan convention at the O2 Centre in London. It was a really good day out. Lots of stalls filled with anime merch, and selective aspects of Japanese culture and food. I actually wasn’t the ‘When in Rome, act like a stuffy British person’ I thought I would be and tried some sushi. Which was amazing. I had onigiri and maki–so nice. I also experienced the Japanese roulette experience of sweets. Which were largely like our pick and mix in this country, until I had the rubbery ABOMINATION that was a tapioca cushion. Like most conventions it was great seeing people going all out on the crazy costumes. My other half picked up this little dude for geekagerie on our desk:

image

A little Eren Yaeger from ‘Attack on Titan’. He’s super poseable and comes with different expressions and some nice little accessories. And I picked up a cute super-deformed Darth Vader:

image

We had a really good day there, and we’ve already booked up for the Hyper Japan Christmas convention. So, that was my July.

The City of Heroes Convention 2015…

The City of Heroes convention was a weekend of guests from the DC shows, Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, and also the upcoming DC movie’s Aquaman. It was held at the Birmingham Metropole Hilton, and hosted by a compere, who introduced each 45 minute talk, which included three panels and individual talks. There was a main hall for the talks, a hall for autographs and photo ops, and a small vendors room. We went for a weekend pass, which was access to all the talks, and a free autograph from all the guests. We’re not really into the want for autographs and meeting the actors (what do you do with it and what do you say to them?!). We were all set for a weekend of sitting back and being entertained by the actors of a couple of our favourite shows. Did it live up to expectations?

Continue reading

My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper. #3 The Cool Bits…

imageThe helmet and gun are the items that really make the costume for me. They are such cool designs and owning these pieces of geek became a big motivator for choosing this costume for comic con… Thankfully I was able to piece together a costume but to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with the finish of the helmet and gun. The grey on the helmet looked quite blue instead of the grey it looked in the actual show, there was some wear on the paint where the visor rises, and the interior was lined with roughly cut yellow upholstery foam which was visible when on a helmet stand. The gun was heavily glossed. Both items had paint runs on them. So, I had to brave trying to improve them… Dismantling and sanding down £130 of geek merch…

Continue reading

My First Cosplay Convention Costume: 80s ‘V’ Shocktrooper. #2 From Paper to Fabric…

After obsessively studying ‘V’ on DVD and pics online I was feeling pretty confident I could put a costume together. So, armed with greaseproof paper and lots of optimism I set about making a pattern for the overlay and the cuffs. Time was ticking on an eBay auction for the helmet and gun, so I had to get cracking and find out for sure whether this was going to come together…

Continue reading

Cosplay Costume Tease…

My cosplay convention costume is coming together now. I’m going to be doing some posts on how I managed to get it made soon. But, before I do, can you guess what I’m going as from this photo of the emblem from my costume?

image