Sunday, June 21, 2015

3 Things To Do Before Buying Anything for Your Next Costume

When you get all jazzed up about a new costume, it's easy to want to start buying and sewing RIGHTNOWRIGHTNOW. Even careful planning can result in buying too much, so it's good to take a breather before running around buying fabric and wigs and OMG THESE BUTTONS ARE PERFECT I'LL TAKE 8 PACKS JUST IN CASE AND... okay. This is why.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On Life, Sadness, and Cosplay... and Fresh Starts!

Getting ogre-ified in Shrek: The Musical
I was pretty sad for a while.

Funny enough, when I was unemployed for a few months, I was happy. The lack of income was disheartening, but I had a safety net, and the rest of my life was better: I had time to do things I really wanted to do because I wasn't working, I could go outside when the sun was up, cook without spending all of my free time doing it, and get some real cosplay work done.

When I eventually got a job, I wasn't entirely thrilled. Not only because of the sudden lack of free day time again, but because it was going "back" to a job I wasn't keen on doing again. While there were lots of things I loved about the job, on the whole, I was sad. I didn't really realize this fully, at least not all the time. But over the time I worked there and tried to figure out what I wanted to "do" as the next step in my career or as a  new career, I fell into bad habits, I gained weight, and I didn't do things I normally enjoyed - like work on costumes.