Benjamin

So not interesting!

Really, my life is sort of dull.

:p
Benjamin
scifileslie
LJ hates me!

Here We Go Again: Evolution of a River Song Cosplay
Benjamin
scifileslie
NOTE: This article was submitted to a newly debuting cosplay zine back in March of this year. After several inquiries about obtaining a contributors copy or just trying to find out anything about it, I gave up. But since I wrote the article, I still wanted to share it. So Matt Powell, if you are out there I'd still like a copy if you ever got it off the ground.

When “The Time of Angels” aired, my impression of River Song went from “interesting” to “fantastic”! I mean what an entrance! And what a dress! I loved that dress. I wanted to cosplay that dress. Oh wait, I can’t sew. So I went into hunter-gather mode repeating my “close enough is good enough” mantra and got to work.

In its first incarnation, it was little more than a repurposing of a black maxi dress I already owned (used the year before when I costumed Holly Golightly at an Oscar-themed party) with a black sheer long-sleeved blouse tucked in underneath and a wig won in an eBay auction. I was sad I could not add any fancy beading as the front of the dress had a sunbust pattern on it but figured it was not that big of a deal. Also from eBay I acquired a cheap pair of red platform pumps that felt like a pair of cheap pair of red platform pumps, added a bright red purse from Goodwill and called it done.

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It debuted at a general science fiction convention where 3 people sort of guessed who I was supposed to be, and I figured that would be it for the outfit.

A few weeks after, I wondered how the dress would look with the blouse worn on the outside and decided it didn't look half bad. (Later the dress would be replaced with a long black A-line skirt.) Now I could add some sort of trim to make it a bit more accurate. I scoured the local fabric store as well as EBay to find something in the close-enough family and scored some inexpensive black and gold ribbon. I was not entirely happy with it, but it was incredibly cheap. What resulted was worn at Gallifrey 22 in 2011.

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It was well received (after all it was a Doctor Who con) although again, still not very accurate. I still wore the same wig, which would prove later to be a better fit for River in the 6th season, but I felt it was OK to wear especially since it was dirt cheap and I didn't have anything else. Again, I figured it would either be the end of it, or at least be semi-retired.

Months later, someone posted a link to some amazingly accurate shoes on DW Cosplay on Livejournal…but I was not going there. I had shoes already…and I was not going to repeat that outfit. Nope. No way…not gonna happen. Guess what? I bought the darn shoes, and it was here-we-go-again!

Now had way better shoes, I NEEDED way better hair and better accent trim.

I found a wig that I thought would pass muster, but it was too blond. Thanks to the internet I was able to “fix” by dyeing it in rubbing alcohol and harvested sharpie marker ink. Again, not perfect, but it was better than what I had and was “close enough” for me.

The trim was another trial! I searched high and low for something more accurate (at least accurate as I could determine from the video of the episode and some photos from the internet). There were several good candidates but they were ridiculously expensive and generally the wrong width or the wrong color. I then made the decision that if I wanted a sequined and beaded trim, I was going to have to find a trim and bead it myself. So that is what I did.

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Yes it took time, and yes I pricked my fingers on the needle more than once, and YES it was worth it.

A few weeks before Gallifrey, I found a purse that matched the shoes I was not going to get and called it done!

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I was ecstatic with the final results. Will I tweak it again? As Ten once said to Rose: Never say "never, ever."

Pics from Gallifrey 2011 (My cosplays)
Benjamin
scifileslie
http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/746213.html?view=8909541#t8909541

Shoreleave Pics: River, Amy, and Rory
Benjamin
scifileslie
http://community.livejournal.com/dw_cosplay/543431.html#cutid1

Its a Blessing and a Curse!
Matt 11-07
scifileslie
My son is turning into such a big boy!  Just before Christmas we put him in a "big boy" bed.    And we recently started potty training!  WOOHOO!

But WAHHHHHHHHHH!  He's not my little baby anymore :(

Getting stuff done!
Benjamin
scifileslie

I don’t post often, but there was just something about getting so much done while my child was in school...I figured that I would share.

After I dropped Matthew off at pre-school, I drove to the mall and got my hair cut, scheduled an eye-exam, poked around a few stores and bought a few things for Halloween.  Then I headed back to the school (since there was not enough time to go home) and stopped at a café on for a light snack, and browsed in a nearby cute little gift shop and found the perfect gift for my mother-in-law (whom we are visiting next week) and found the perfect birthday gift.

All of this was accomplished in 2 ½ hours.  It’s too bad that I am not this productive all the time.


Bittersweet Day
Benjamin
scifileslie
No, this is not about the 6th Anniversary of 9/11, thought that was in my thoughts today as well.

Today, my little boy, barely two and a half started pre-school. 

I was a bit worried that he would cling to me during drop-off, and then I was a bit sad when he did not.

*Sniff*

Wait for it...








Wait for it...






OH YEAH!  Mommy is starting to get her life back!!!

Music fan vid: Who Swings
Benjamin
scifileslie
Made a music fan vid! I was actually just doing something simple to figure out how to use Windows Movie Maker. But here is it if you care to see it.

A recap of 2 of my favorite Doctor Who eps ("The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances") set to music by Glenn Miller.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyfgDVnwJo

Test
Benjamin
scifileslie
So far so good. This still works. I guess the cuts that pages refer to are actually just links to journal entries...but I am still exploring a bit!

Test
Benjamin
scifileslie
Just testing to see if I can figure this thing out! Not gonna write anything facinating or thought provoking...just yet!

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