COMPLETELY FINISHED WITH MY PICK-AXE!!!! It’s not perfect, but I am EXTREMELY happy with it. ^_^ I can’t wait to carry it around on Saturday!!!

Pick-axe is almost finished! Just gotta balance the grime and blood to make it a little more realistic. Almost ready for Saturday!!

So, I got my Lara Croft 2013 pick-axe sanded and got all the grooves cut. Now I’m just waiting on the glue to dry so I can paint it. ^_^



"At first glance I wondered why someone was posting a bloodied up picture of this girl on Facebook… then I noticed it was the Dragon Con page. Nicely done!"

"You did a marvelous job with the faux blood!"

"I’m so loving this!"

AND….my personal favorite (said after someone blew a overly cautious gasket because I used paint for my fake blood):

"And "body painting" is a different matter entirely than what she’s doing here - the deft and artful, skillful placement of wounds and a bit of bloody effect-work - from what I can see."


That’s right! They said it!

Here’s my finished bikini top! I did a couple rows of star stitching as a base and then did a converted puff stitch as the main body of the top with two star stitch straps. It’s made with Caron Simply Soft yarn in the color Pagoda.


Just some really great photos from our time at the momocon ball.

Elsa: the-storm-of-the-century
Ariel: waiting-for-the-lights
Eric: Rob
Gaston: shitfishcosplay
Anna: me!

Here are some pics from the Momocon ball posted by my sister, whos-flying-this-tardis.

Thirty Day Writing Challenge

Day 1 —Select a book at random in the room.  Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.

“Open that gate and let me in Tanek!” taken from Iris Johanson’s The Ugly Duckling

“Open that gate and let me in Tanek!”

Lizzie growled in frustration. This was worse than she had thought possible. She watched as the mysterious swordsman came within inches of slicing her father’s arm as the two men fought their way across the field.

She had seen the stranger approach the farm from her perch high in her favorite oak tree, but by the time she’d seen the glint of the sword strapped to his side, it was too late. Screaming for her brother, she’d jumped down through the branches to the ground, her feet barely hitting the ground before she was off again, running towards the field where her father had been attempting to console an injured cat that had taken refuge under a log. Her scream had alerted her father, who’d spun around to face his attacker just in time to leap out of the way as his sword slashed through the air. She’d meant to help him ward off his attacker, but she’d barely reached the fence before her brother was there, grasping her around the waist and holding her back.

“It won’t help!” he’d shouted, dragging her back towards the house, a look of desperation upon his face. “It’s too late!”

“NO! I won’t accept that! Let go of me damn it! He needs me!”

“No!” Tanek had shouted, forcibly yanking her back. But in the next second, she had twisted free and bolted towards the storehouse, where her bow laid in wait. Tanek had been confused for a second and she’d used that to her advantage, racing towards the shed before he realized what she was up to. But she’d barely made it halfway before he’d caught her once again and cut her off, slamming the gate to the storehouse and clicking the lock into place before she could reach it.

“Open the gate!” She’d screamed, attempting to dive around him so she could get to the key ring shoved into his back pocket.

Her father had cried out then and she’d spun around to find him clutching his leg, frantically trying to get away from his attacker. If she could only get her arrows, she could help. She didn’t have to be in range of the stranger’s sword to help her father. But no matter what she tried, Tanek would not let her pass.

Which was how she ended up watching her father fight an armed attacker with only his staff for protection.

Spinning back to face her brother, she faked a grab for his keys and then launched herself onto the gate itself when he jerked to get out of her reach. Within seconds, she’d vaulted over the fence and into the storeroom, quickly grabbing her bow and quiver before rushing back outside. She could see Tanek fumbling with the old lock as she climbed the storehouse to get a better angle.

The man was quickly closing in on her father, who she could see tiring quickly. It had been several years since he’d done any serious training, and the tension was showing on his face. She had to act quickly, before they got out of range. Tanek was screaming at her from outside the gate, warning her it was too dangerous. That she would hit their father. But Lizzie knew better.

Nocking her arrow, she released all the tension from her body. She had to make this count. There was only time for one shot. She could do this.

“Stop! Lizzie! You’ll hit father!” Tanek shouted, his words falling on deaf ears as Lizzie raised her bow.

Clearing her mind, she inhaled and drew back the string. A final “No!” sounded in her head and she offhandedly noticed Tanek forcing the gate open and rushing towards her before…

Her father’s attacker screamed as the arrow hit its mark, straight through his back, and he fell. Lizzie kept her gaze fastened upon his unmoving form, another arrow already ready and nocked just in case he started to rise again.

“Daughter!” She looked up slightly to meet her father’s gaze, slightly shocked when he bent into a low bow and shouted “Thank you.”

posted 2 weeks ago

Writing Prompt 30 Day Challenge


Day 1 —Select a book at random in the room.  Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.

Day 2 —Tell about a character who lost something important to him/her.

Day 3 —Write about the worst time you’ve ever put your foot in your mouth.

Day 4 —Write a story/excerpt to include the line, “Sorry, we can’t insure you for a journey like that.”

Day 5 —Pick a letter of the alphabet.  Now imagine two aisles of your local supermarket.  List everything found in those two aisles that begin with that letter of the alphabet.

Day 6 —Write about a person who would buy all of those items in Day 5.

Day 7 —What sets you apart from the crowd?

Day 8 —Tell your life story from someone else’s point of view.

Day 9 —What was your favorite childhood toy?

Day 10 —What do you want to be remembered for?

Day 11 —What was your first childhood pet?  Describe it in detail.

Day 12 —What is your favorite day of the week?

Day 13 —Write about a random picture you would find in an envelope of finished prints at Costco.

Day 14 —Elvis still gets 100 Valentines each year.  Tell about one of the people who sent one.

Day 15 — Create a character who is falsely accused of a crime.

Day 16 —If we assume ghosts are real, what type of ghost would you like to see?

Day 17 — Write a short scenario set in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant.

Day 18 —Take a reader behind the wheel with the worst driver you’ve ever known.

Day 19 —Write a list of 25 (or just 5!) things you want to do in your life.

Day 20 —If you could go on only one more vacation in your lifetime, where would you go and why?

Day 21 —Find a job ad in the paper.  Write about your life if you had that job.

Day 22 —You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand.  How did you get this key?  What does it lock or unlock?

Day 23 —Pretend you’re a cartoon character.  What type of a character would you be?  What would a day in your life be like?

Day 24 —Write about the longest amount of time you’ve ever gone without sleeping.

Day 25 —Write a story about ‘What the Neighbors Saw.’

Day 26 —Write about your worst habit.

Day 27 —Make up a near-death experience (unless you have a real one).

Day 28 —You read about yourself in your brother/sister, girlfriend/boyfriend’s diary.  What did you read?

Day 29 —You are at a cemetery reading gravestones.  Write about one of the people you find.

Day 30 —Write a short entry that ends with the line, “The silver dust of moonlight settled coldly on the night.”

I’m so trying this….I seriously need to get back into writing.

Here’s some more pictures from my recent cosplay events. ^_^ Pictured with me are whos-flying-this-tardis, kaitsuchan, McKenzie, Anna, and her little sister who’s name has left me.

Here are some of the pictures I took last night at the Momocon summer ball. I had a blast hanging out with my friends and I can’t wait for Dragoncon so I can see them all again! ^_^ Pictured with me are my friends whos-flying-this-tardis, Shit Fish Cosplay, and Anna (whos tumblr account I do not know sadly).