The waiting game is over and I'm happy to announce that my fable was accepted and will be published in elfproject's next book. This is the first time that I've ever written anything other than for fun. I must say that I'm super excited about this
I'm also in the process of gearing up for the future anime conventions and I'm really happy to see one coming to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA in the middle of October. Which is mine and my husbands first wedding anniversary. We will definitely be making an appearance to that one.
With the conventions also comes the convention creepers. I thought that I'd try to get the word out there to new cosplayers and photographers about the conduct that's prevalent in the convention scenes. This is one that I've dealt with since my first convention, and it is completely not cool. At my first convention there were random guys photographing me in the pool in my bikini. Now, that didn't really bother me as bad, until I started to think about what they'd use those photos for. At my second anime convention, which was NDK 2011, I had an older man try to grab my arse, in front of my husband. Which really pissed both of us off. We ended up going back into our hotel room and sitting out the rest of the day away from people we didn't know. And we shouldn't have to stay stuck in our hotel room because we feel unsafe at the conventions. It's not that I don't like to be complimented, however the sneak photos and unwanted touching is just despicable. The article in this link describes, in full, what is ok and not ok at conventions. Regardless what you're dressing up in, the creepers need to quit this conduct. [link]
I really don't like to sit on my computer and rant to people that I know and don't know. But enough is enough with these conventions. I love going to conventions, and to be told by a stranger that I have a nice physique is one thing. But to be told that they want to kidnap me and do things that their mothers would be ashamed to hear, is a completely different thing. Just because a girl is dressed in super tight clothes or a short kimono, doesn't give anybody consent to take photos without permission and certainly doesn't give anyone the right to "cop-a-feel". That's the biggest reason why I don't do the big conventions anymore and why I haven't taken my son to any of them. It's not that I'm distrusting, but that I have a temper and I've scared many people with this temper. I love dressing up in cosplay regardless. And I love to photograph other cosplayers as well. I'm even thinking about volunteering at the anime conventions for security just to bring the fun back into conventions. So, please read that link. It's very useful information. And I do hope that those of you that are starting to get into the convention scenes will use this information to protect yourself from the "Con Creepers" and to use it so that you yourself won't be a "Con Creeper". Thanks for listening/reading everyone.
Now, I know that I wrote a lot about the conventions, however, I am still gearing up for the 2013 ones that I will be attending. So, here it goes:
Middle Tennessee Anime Convention: I know I said that I don't do the big cons, however I haven't been to this one.
March 29-31 (definitely on Saturday)
Nothing yet for the summertime. Send me a note if you know of any in Middle Tennessee.
October 11-13 (Friday and Saturday)
October 18-20 (BIG MAYBE)
I will be posting more and more updates on my cosplays as I get them finished. Remember, don't be a creeper. And have fun, meet new friends, and get inspired to do more art.