Halloween is coming up, but no parties. I missed multiple sci fi conventions this year. I've had no chance to show off my cosplay skills. So, here's one of my more recent creations, which I wore to MidSouthCon 2019. This is Mira Han, a crazy yet fun mercenary from the Starcraft universe. I made the armor pieces with craft foam and Mod Podge. The gun is a toy sponge dart gun. I carefully disassembled it, hand painted every component, and put it back together, thus preserving the pew-pew functionality of it. They still made me peace tie it at the con, though. Those foam darts could put an eye out.
And for reference, here is the character:
I picked up a Morse key for my ham radio setup, but I needed something to mount it to.
I thought, "What is the most ridiculous thing that I can use?" My thoughts roamed to all the firewood out back.
And then I thought of the Log Lady.
A vision came together.
The A-Team. Who knew a TV show from the eighties would be the inspiration I needed?
While not getting completely frustrated with the process of getting a book published (don’t ever try this unless you are a hardcore masochist), I have been working on “Strange Loops,” book two in the Lizzie Borden series.
I got through 75% of the first draft then I hit a brick wall. Without giving away spoilers, Kandi and her crew have to stand against vastly superior enemies with vastly superior technology… but not necessarily vastly superior cleverness.
But I’m not, personally, that clever when it comes to such things. My life is painfully dull in comparison, and that’s just how I like it. I’m not an outlaw. Thus, brick wall.
Then my hubs and I started watching good old B.A. Baracus, Hannibal, Face, and Murdock with our dinner every night. One episode in and I loved it. Two episodes in and my jaw was on the floor.
They were doing the sorts of things that I need the Lizzie Borden’s crew to do. I get to benefit from the expertise of the A-Team (and their writers, bless them all), and get all sorts of ideas about.
I have a notebook on the couch where Greg and I eat dinner, and I write down the things they do. A Trojan horse full of liquor to get the guards drunk? Brilliant. Telling a little white lie, then fessing up to it, only to tell much bigger lies under the guise of credibility — Thanks, Face!
And what Discordian worth her salt can not love Howlin’ Mad Murdock’s and his Erisian Magick? He literally did a turkey curse (well, he was a chicken, but any impression of edible fowl will do), clucking his enemies into a short circuit, then pouncing on the moment of confusion to gain the advantage. Furthermore, his interactions with B.A. are such delightful inspiration for the interactions between Veronica and Felix.
I’ve recently been reading books on game theory. Fascinating subject. The first rule of game theory is that you’re rational, and you know that your opponent is rational, and you know that your opponent knows that you’re rational, and you know that…. On to infinity. I watch Hannibal use game theory to predict his opponent’s moves and intercept them. In specific - in the episode, “Labor Pains,” they helped some vegetable pickers form a union. Before this, though, they made sure the bosses knew about it - they shoved the flyers right in their face. They didn’t give away the location directly, but Hannibal knew that those bosses would stop at nothing to find out. So he laid a beautiful trap, where despite smaller numbers and lesser technology (mostly B.A.’s hacked together cars-turned-tanks), they’re able to gain the advantage.
Now I just have to take all these notes and figure out how my characters are going to apply them. I figure, soon enough, though, Kandi will be chomping on her cigar, smiling and observing her triumphs.
I love it when a plan comes together.
"Thermoptic Camouflage" - blacklight reactive acrylic on canvas, 18x24. From "Ghost In The Shell." Another gift for my husband's birthday.
"More Human Than Human" - blacklight reactive acrylic on canvas, 18x24. A gift for my husband's birthday. #BladeRunner
"Que Sera Sera" - 18x24 Acrylic on Canvas
"Tequila" - 18x24, Acrylic on Canvas
"The Spirit of the Radio." In honor of getting my General amateur radio license, I painted Nikola Tesla to hang up in my ham shack.
"It's Just a Ride." Bill Hicks, one of the greatest comedians of all time. I painted this as a gift for a friend.
"Getting Medieval On Your Hiney" -- A gift for my mom's birthday. She's the world's biggest Weird Al fan.
Art that will be going up in Black Lodge here in Memphis once it reopens.
"Bitch, Be Cool" -- Acrylic on canvas -- Art inspiration taken from "Pulp Fiction."
"Get In" -- Blacklight reactive acrylic on canvas -- from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
"Invoking the Spirit" -- Acrylic and spray paint on canvas -- from "The Craft."
"Yeeeee-Haaaaaw" -- Acrylic on canvas -- from "Dr. Strangelove."
"A Complete Lack of Respect for the Law" -- From "Smokey and the Bandit." Blacklight reactive acrylic on canvas
And one I did for my mom, who is a huge fan of the movie, "Slap Shot." It's called "Listening to the Fucking Song" -- Acrylic on canvas
Candace Kumari adjusted her sunglasses. The Australian sun was setting, casting long shadows between the massive 3-d printed beehives that surrounded the crowded town square. Her home was in beehive 7, floor C, and if this guy would hurry the fuck up already, she could get back there. Her throat was parched, and that kid throwing a temper tantrum was not helping.
"Hellooooo, Dowbisco Sydney!" said a young man, smartly dressed in a black t-shirt, blazer and jeans. "In 2097, Yumatech has brought satellite services to over four hundred complexes across the world. Today, we welcome Sydney into our network. For our grand opening, we're selling the Navigator for only twenty Dowcoin."
That was a month's stipend--a month of nothing but liquid Nutrisoy rations.