So much for barbecue and pool parties! Apparently, what I do on Labor Day weekend is design and sew. I am now officially finished with all six of the renaissance fair costumes (we’re going as the “Merry Folk of Fulshear,” in a sort of fantasy Robin Hood theme this year), and I spent Saturday turning 3 ¼ yards of fabric into three dresses and two shirts. Now I know many of you out there who sew are thinking “the heck, you say?” but let me clarify: Two adult-size-8 sundresses, one adult-male-medium shirt, one kid-small shirt, and one size 6T dress. Aaaaaaaand I will be the first to admit that the adult shirt turned out certifiably weird, because I made it last, and by that time, I had a motley assortment of scraps, and even those were not in consistent and easy-to-use shapes. I think that perhaps the only reason I pulled it off was that I didn’t use a pattern for any of the above (at least not a paper one… I basically used a marker and a clear-view ruler and drew straight onto the fabric), and that freed me up to go a little crazy with shapes. Also, almost everything wound up roll-hemmed, so I didn’t need much seem allowance. The real challenge throughout the project, in the end, was in keeping the lines on whatever bits of fabric I was using up-and-down and side-to-side (3 yards of the fabric was woven in a grid pattern), because I decided that I didn’t want any of the final pieces to look like a crazy train-wreck. All five pieces wound up looking neat and tidy, even if the adult shirt is interestingly colorful.
The only reason I am writing this post at all, and I know some of you are wondering, is that I did a load of laundry today that included the shirts and dresses, and when I hung them up to dry in my apartment, they made a pretty neat picture; so much so that I grabbed my camera and took this shot:
If you are wondering, as anyone who sews should be, why I was washing the finished products when I should have washed and dried all the fabrics before using them… erm… well… I’m in a coin laundry situation, and I am saving to buy a house. And all three are non-natural fibers, so they were unlikely to shrink. And yeah, I know, I’m still lucky they didn’t turn into misshapen and color-bleeding lumps. Moving on, after I took that initial shot, I rearranged the clothes so the colors balanced better (at least in my mind), and took this shot with my camera in portrait-mode:
And because I am still amazed I pulled this off, I gathered up the sum total of the scraps left from these fabrics and took a picture of me putting the lump on my coffee table. And yes, all the scraps fit easily into my left hand before I started to let it go:
Finally, in my defense, my family and friends are out of town this weekend, and I am not. I am not a totally crazy, anti-social, Labor Day party pooper! I’m just not very good at not doing anything, and I recently cut back to three jobs (gasp!). Aaaaaaaanyhoo, happy Labor Day, everyone, and welcome to the unofficial start of fall! I finished a batch of summer clothing for my family just in time, right? Yyyyyyeah –E.G.D.
Soooooo, I am having a really interesting and rewarding summer, but the summer semester will come to an end before the end of the month! It is time to get my ducks in a row for the Fall semester, and I have a veritable flock. I will be teaching two sections of Theatre Appreciation at LSC- Atascocita Center, and SanJac Central has engaged my services once again as their visiting professor of Musical Theatre and the music director for their production of Little Shop of Horrors. Also, I’m slated to be involved in LanFour Productions‘ production of Happy Hour, though I’m not clear about in what capacity. Aaaaaaaaaaand, of course, I am still performing for Mad Science of Houston on a fairly regular basis. Incidentally, I have parted ways with Starbucks/Kroger (on good terms, of course), which is a very good thing because it doesn’t make much sense to have more than four jobs in any given semester. Between the jobs and the royalties from the three books, I expect I’ll do pretty well for myself, all told. If I neglect to sleep or go out with friends, I might even get another book out on the market. I am officially living the dream! I will, of course, keep the internet world posted. Have a great rest of the summer, everyone! If you can, I highly recommend you hit the beach at least one more time before the regular school year descends. – E.G.D.
Ooooooh yes, precious. Curse is finally out in the world after copy-editing struggles of truly epic proportions, the likes of which I shall not relate at this time, because you’ll probably all wind up vexed at me for not getting to the real point. Which is, of course, Curse! Likely the (from a technical standpoint) best book I have ever written, and certainly among the longest, Curse is now available in paperback from Woven Weird through the link in this image:
It’s also on Amazon and the like, of course. I hope you all enjoy it! -E.G.D.
Well, many of you know I was at all four days of Comicpalooza! this year, and I was in costume all four days. I had a good deal of fun, helped a friend sell enough stuff for her to more than break even on her trip here from Rhode Island, and I confused a great many people because the costumes I wore the first three days were not specific to any particular comic book. My favorite of the three was a remix of last year’s Ren Fest dragonrider costume. When people asked what I was supposed to be, I replied “Prepared,” but really, I was a time traveler who wasn’t entirely sure when I’d landed. “Um… anybody seen a newspaper around here?” I thought it would be fun to share:
Tada! I really enjoyed wearing this all day, largely because it was really quite comfortable, and the satchel had lots of space for comic-related schwag. Three cheers for pulling from costume storage (an age-old theatrical tradition). -E.G.D.
As I mentioned previously, I have a poem in this anthology, and I think anyone who enjoys my dark fantasy genre work will probably love everything else in here, as well:
When all else fails, use a Hamlet quote! Moving on, though, it is very nearly May, and I am pleased to announce that Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic, in which my poem “Roadseller’s Trade” is being published, is finally being released for public consumption. In May, that is. I will be posting links as soon as they exist. In honor of this event, I am scrambling to get a couple of my novels back into print because they are in very much the same ilk as the poem, and I expect anyone who enjoys the poem will enjoy the books. Sooooo, I’m up to my eyebrows in literature-I-wrote-a-long-time-ago and the glories of last minute copy editing and formatting. It’s not that I haven’t been preparing to get these back into print, it’s that I am the sort of person who will nitpick until the picks nit and the nits pick back. So, I suppose my point is that when all is said and done, I have written millions of words in my relatively short life, and I am really looking forward to some of them winding up in the hands of people who have never met me, and I am at a point where I figure it’s time to just let go and get these books out there. Stay tuned, folks! May is on the event horizon, and so are the public releases of “Roadseller’s Trade,” Kinlea Keeper, and Curse. Wooosh! -E.G.D.