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I’m Still Here

Hey there! In case you were wondering what happened to me I’m still alive. I’ve just been super busy and totally forgot to post.
The two things taking up my time have been school and work. Yes, that’s right, I got a job! I’ll get to that in a sec.
School: With only three classes left in my current AA Degree program I’ve been jugging away at it. All three classes are math. One that I actually need and the other two being prerequisites for that class. I took one this summer, which ends this Thursday. So far I’ve got an A in the class. I’m not sure how I’ve done this. It mystifies me. Math has always been the bully that beats me up and takes my emotional and academic lunch money but this summer I seem to have figured out how to defeat it.

Of course that’s just the one class. The next one I have to take is going to be harder. Not only academically but also to get into. I tried to take it before, 4 times, but I kept having to bail on it half way through. So my reluctance to admit that maybe I wasn’t up to snuff and I needed to take the class before it has made it so that I have to petition to take this time around… now that I’m ready to. Hopefully I’ll be able to. If they won’t let me I’ll just go to a different college and then transfer it back because there’s no way I’m not going to get it done. Even if it means I have to take some convoluted route around the bureaucratic red tape.

After that I’ll be able to take the class I really need and then I will graduate in the Spring. Which feels weird since it’s taken me twelve years or so to finally get this far due to family and health issues and all sorts of other nonsense.

Work: As of July 7th I work at Macy’s as an on-call in the cosmetics department. Which is good since I create my own schedule and I’ve done similar work at the costume shop. My co-workers are super awesome and fun to work with and I’m guaranteed a pay check for my work which is nice. I also get commission on top of my hourly wage. So that’s a nice little bonus. I am finding it a bit hard to get into the swing of juggling work, school and a social life again but I’ll figure it out. It’s like riding a bicycle. You never really loose it you just forget it for a while.
Anyhoo, that’s it for me right now. I’ll try to have more goodies for you later.

~Adana

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Random Stuff

 

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Rebel Yell Character: Clara Goodwin

The portrait of Clara in the Parlor. Photo Credits: EurobeatKing. Photo Manipulation: Me

Hello All,

It’s time for another Haunted Shenanigans post. I thought I’d start by sharing with you the character I play at the Rebel Yell Haunted House. Before we got into the details of the character herself let’s go into the basics.

Clara here is the Pepper’s Ghost of the haunt. What is a Pepper’s Ghost? Also known as a Split Glass Effect a Pepper’s Ghost is essentially one of the earliest versions of a hologram you will ever see. It’s been utilized in theater, at fairs, side shows and is currently used in many haunted attractions all over the world (You are probably familiar with the Ball Room scene in The Haunted Mansion at Disney Land? Those dancers are a split glass effect.)

How it works: uh… here’s a link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper%27s_ghost

Essentially, you take a peice of glass and set it at an angle from the subject you want to have be “ghostly” or “morph” (the subject is in a black box. Behind the glass you have a scene or perhaps the item you want to morph into the subject. Using lighting (bringing up the light on the subject as you dim the light on the scene or the object to be morphed) you can make the subject appear and disappear (as transparent or solid as you like.) As the light comes up on the subject it reflects in the glass and you get an image of the subject.

Clara is achieved by using black light reflective makeup and costuming.

Clara make up.

The Character:

Naturally with a haunt you want to have a story. Otherwise it’s boring for both the guests and the haunters. So we have our own little story.You can find the full story of Rebel Yell here: http://www.rebelyell.info/rebelyell.html

Clara didn’t have a story when I started playing her. She didn’t even have a name. She was in fact originally a manikin but then the manikin’s head fell off and I took it’s place. Typically you don’t see the effect done with a live person. I’m not saying we’re the only haunt to do it but it’s not common. Probably because it’s hard to get an actor willing to stand in one place for hours on end. Everyone loved the live action ghosts so much that we kept her. So I made up a story for her.

Clara’s Story:

Given the sordid history we gave our haunt I wanted to examine some of the past history of it so I created a story involving a young women torn between two brothers who ran the Funeral Home that became the Rebel Yell House. Essentially she was to marry one brother but the other was jealous and killed them both. The brother was locked in the attic and poor Clara was embalmed alive. She was buried in an unmarked crypt and the brother who killed her eventually hung himself in said crypt. Clara haunted the house and was partly responsible for the death of the doctor’s children and wife. She was trying to help but being unable to speak kind of lead to some miscommunication. Now she tries to help those who get lost in the house find their way out.

Costume and Makeup:

As I said before the costume and makeup are black light reflective. The dress I wear is white with the skirt being made of white tule. Which, being shredded gives the effect that the skirt is disappearing into nothing and that I am floating. The make up is Kryolon brand UV reactive blue body paint, some black eye liner and some UV reflective red makeup. The reason for choosing blue was to match the purple/blue cast of the costume and also to give me that nice wraithly glow. The box I stand in is lit with black lights and the scene behind the glass is set up to look like the entrance to a crypt lit dimly but just enough for you to see the items.

Portrayal:

When I’m playing Clara I try to seem sad and helpful. I’m not sure I come across as such but I try to keep it in mind when I am beckoning people towards me and then pointing them towards where they should be heading next.

Fun Momments:

Being a ghost who dosen’t talk and whom people can’t touch or see where I actually am has some fun things that go with it. For one thing I get to hear all sorts of wild speculation as to how the effect is achieved. According to many I am a projection from a camera, a manikin, or some kind of television thing.

More entertaining is when people try to communicate with me. They say all sorts of things and assume I can’t see them and are surprised, delighted and bewildered when I respond to their questions with nods or head shakes or gestures.

My favorite story is when a little girl and her brother were staring at me. The sister was super impressed by me but the brother kept explaining how the effect worked (erroneously, he didn’t really know) and insisted that I wasn’t a real person. So when he wasn’t looking I popped my head around the corner where the girl could see me and I put my finger to my lips. The rest of the evening she was a giggly happy girl because she knew how the effect worked and he didn’t and she had a secret with the “pretty ghost lady.”

Drawbacks: Well obviously standing still in one place being blinded by black lights can bet a little tedious. This is why we have a manikin stand in for me so that I can occasionally get out and roam the haunt.

 

There you have it. Clara Goodwin, the Rebel Yell Haunted House’s resident Pepper’s Ghost. I hope you enjoyed this installment of Haunted Shenanigans.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Haunted Shinanagins

 

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Cosplay: The Baroness

The Baroness from G.I. Joe Picture Credits: Eurobeat King

Hello my sweets,

So I didn’t have anything else to post so I figured I’d give y’all another Costume post. This time it’s the Baroness from G.I. Joe. One of my favorite costumes to ever encase my skin.

Character: The Baroness

From: G. I. Joe

Inspiration: As a child of the 80s I grew up watching such things as Transformers, G.I.Joe, Thunder Cats, Jem, She-Ra and all those other weird shows that are now retro and kitchy. You know, those shows teenagers wear t-shirts for even though they never watched them but it’s in to wear “retro” stuff because the Hot Topic says so? Those shows.

My annoyance at the way trends work aside, I loved (still love) G. I. Joe. Not just the cartoon but also the comics in all their incarnations. Yes, even the cheesy marvel ones. Don’t judge me. There’s something to be said about pure imagination coupled with cheesy sci fi, weird ways to show patriotism and silly Flash Gorden-esq plots. Beyond that, when you actually get into the characters their are some really cool ones in there. In my opinion the 1980s were one of the best decades to grow up as a girl because all the cartoons (even the girly ones like Jem and She-ra) had amazingly strong female characters. I mean c’mon, Cheetarah? Lady Jay? Stormer? Catra? They’re all kick ass women who also have a soft side. They don’t compromise the aspects that make one feminin just to be bad ass. They were great examples of “you can be tough and girly too.”

Now I will climb down off of my feminist soap box and get with the costumey stuff.

I chose The Baroness because I had always loved her. She practically ran Cobra. Lord knows someone had to with Cobra Commander, those doofy twins, and Zartan running around like it was a three ring circus. And she wore glasses. I mean… um… she made glasses cool. And sexy. The other reason I made the costume was because I wanted a second costume to take to Fanime and needed something that didn’t require a lot of sewing since I had only two days to make it.

Time to make: Bout 2 days initially. I’d up it to about 4 now since I added some stuff.

Materials: 1 Vinyl Cat Suit (from Leg Avenue), 1 vinyl waist cincher (also from Leg Avenue), 6 inch heeled knee high lace up boots (most likely from Pleasers even though I got them from some random store in the mall), Two rubber snake heads taken from staff thingys that we were selling at work (Debbie Lyn’s Costumes), Black vintage leather gloves ( also bought at DLC), My old fencing chest protector painted with some model paint, A black Mistress wig (also got at DLC), one black leather ringed belt bought at DLC as well, a leather pouch gotten at BayCon, and my glasses. The gun in the picture above was the photographer’s.

But wait, Adana, dosen’t costuming/cosplaying require sewing??

NO. I don’t know a single costumer professional or otherwise who will sew doesn’t occasionally buy something rather than sew it. I also know plenty of Cosplayers who buy their costumes or have them made for them rather than make them themselves. There’s no shame in it as long as you are honest about it. For this costume the work required was figuring out how to put it all together to get the look I wanted and then some cutting of the little snake heads as well as some painting. It’s still costuming because it’s not easy to tetrus everything together to create a reproduction of a specific character. If it was everyone would be doing it.

All in all I’d say that this costume probably cost me no more than $200.

Awards: I don’t think so. I mean, I can’t recall any and I never entered her into a Masquerade so I’m gonna go with no. I did however make several people’s day and got a lot of hugs and compliments. Luckily the costume is vinyl so the drool came right off.

Most Difficult Part of the Costume: Wearing it in anything over 75 degree weather, really. Vinyl dose not get looser when it gets warmer, it gets tighter. So I felt a little like someone was grabbing my ass the whole time. Which is a really awkward sensation.

 
 

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