Tuesday, January 4, 2011


So, prompted by yesterday's post of forward-looking optimism, I started getting into gear with my costume research immediately. Now I'm filled with a driving force that's a mix of emotions - annoyance, jealousy, irritation, and, above all, passion and desire.

This may sound like a weird combo to you, but there's something you should know about me. I'm a jealous person. Not in a "my boyfriend can't speak to other women" way (not even a little), and not in a "I wish I had that car" kind of way (I hate cars). I get very jealous of the skills and work of other people. This is an attribute I hate about myself, but I can't get rid of it altogether, so I'm trying to put it to use as inspiration.

In the many hours of costume research I've done over the past few days, I've seen a lot of photos of great costumes. Not just great costumes, but great costumes that I'VE always wanted to make (for years) but haven't, due to space and time constraints, laziness, or whatever else. A perfect example of this was seeing a female Illidan when I went to Blizzcon this year. I have been thinking in earnest about making that costume for several years, and have a big folder of research, lists, and references. But I was afraid of the expense, and the money and space I didn't have (I still live in a small room, and have little income). Today I found someone who's made many sets of WoW druid tier armour. Who has a burning desire to do just that?! Yeah.

So, now I'm determined. And a little pissed. I'm funneling a set amount of money into my costume fund each month. I will try to get more commission work. I will do at least a small something in the name of costuming every single day. Let's see what I end up with by the end of the year.

My research has yielded many positive results for me to begin some things I was afraid of or unable to work out the mechanics of. I will carve foam. I will sew my butt off. I will make a mess of my tiny room, and try not to worry about it too much. I will make my boyfriend a costume. I will make 20 for myself.

Okay, maybe not 20.

But I'm inspired, and ready. I'm done being lazy and coming up with excuses. This site will also look like a bit more than this by Anime Boston. Won't you follow my journey? You'll either watch me succeed, or fail. But it should be interesting. Oh, and pic is related. It's my druid, Tariine (was Tarine... stupid realm change...), in a portrait I commissioned at Anime Boston one year. She is going to inspire me. I am a lot like her.

Alright, let's do this. LEEEEERRRROOOOOOOOOY...

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