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So, I got back from Otakon Sunday night (and am just now posting because I was kind of walking around like a zombie yesterday). The con was AMAZING. I had misgivings about how it was going to go because there was some drama over room arrangements beforehand (as in, people screaming at each other over Skype, and one of the screamers ended up not going). But we ended up with a great group of people and we had FUN, despite the overwhelming heat and a couple of lost item incidents (a con badge and a wedding ring - turned out in the latter case, the guy had put the ring in his wife's jewelry box, where it was SUPPOSED to be when he was cosplaying. Yes, he looked everywhere but where it was supposed to be).

I ended up not buying all that much, though I got a big, handmade Fluttershy plushie in Artist's Alley (since the commercially available My Little Pony plushies Hasbro has been putting out are total crap, and they haven't even done a Fluttershy). I was kind of disappointed at the lack of visual kei stuff in the selling areas in general - before I was into this stuff, there was always at least one table selling CDs and magazines and one person in the artist's alley selling prints of the more popular bands. This year? K-pop instead. Oh, well.

I actually think we did more hanging out, wandering around and checking out costumes than anything else. Costuming was all over the place, by the way - a LOT of Homestuck, My Little Pony and Avengers, including a high percentage of genderswitched Thors and Captain Americas. I had a summer version of my Twilight Sparkle costume from Anime North (as in, I wore the wig and ears/horn with a purple summer dress, rather that the HUGE Goth Loli dress) on Friday and Okita Souji from Hakuouki on Saturday. Didn't bother to cosplay on Sunday, since I was going home after the con. (One of the other Hakuouki cosplayers I met - she was dressed as Sano - said she would have cosplayed Ruki on Friday, but she ripped the pants she was going to use for the outfit).

So, yes, GREAT con. It was worth the exhaustion and sore feet. XD

Meanwhile, I am flat-out blown away by the response I got to my fic The Boy Next Door, written for the uruai summer challenge. I had people tell me they don't even like the pairing, and they read it several times. O_O I'm flattered as hell. The prompt was a real challenge to write (especially since my muses wanted to chew on Kink Bingo instead), but once I had a hook to hang the story on, it all kind of just fell into place. I'm pleased with the results. Anyone who read and commented, thank you, thank you, and thank you again!!!!!

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misumaru
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time at the con, especially given the drama beforehand. It's awful when in-fighting ruins these things! :(

Eek, I forgot to comment on your fic! O_o I squeeed mightily about it with ldybastet and everything, and just forgot to actually type something when I got home... -_-; Um, I'll leave a proper comment tonight! XD

I'm not quite as happy with my entry though, sadly. I did like the prompt I got, but... I don't know, it turns out that I accidentally ignored part of the prompt and I haven't felt as great about it since. I'm certainly not likely to convert any new followers to the way of uruai with it, let's put it that way. ;)
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:28 am (UTC)
You have NO reason to have doubted yourself over that fic, it was TERRIFIC. I actually think it came out better than if you'd followed the prompt exactly, because it really plays with the reader's head. At first, I thought it really was the end of the world and the scenes in the studio were just flashbacks, and then, I started realizing what was going on when he saw the Tokyo Dome poster. By the time I made the connection between the ash covering everything and Aoi's cigarette during their last conversation, I realized the story was brilliant.

Don't worry about commenting! I'm just glad you guys read and enjoyed it!

And, yeah, I was very relieved that the con turned out well. I damn near didn't go after the drama (especially considering the dramafest that the last con turned out to be). But thankfully, everyone mellowed out and had fun.
heartenspherica
Jul. 31st, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's great to know you had a great time! Especially because you shared your treat of The Boy Next Door ♥~ I read you work of wonder exactly six times. Seriously, it was ASDFGHJKLHGHASK.

I'd love to know how the other Hakuouki cosplayer ripped her pants (´┏_┓`)

Let's hope your sore feet recovers soon!
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
Six times? WOW. Just WOW. Thank you!!!!

I've still got some of the blisters - my left pinkie toe, especially, is still sporting a bump the size of a car. But at least I feel better than I did! (Note to self, never, ever wear sandals as part of a cosplay again . . .)
ldybastet
Jul. 31st, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you had fun! :)

I did read the story but didn't have time to comment in the tab I had open before my beloved iMac died... Will get to it soon though! :D
puss_nd_boots
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Don't worry about commenting, I'm just glad you guys read and enjoyed the fic! And I was so, so sorry to hear about your computer, since it sounds like what I went through with my netbook - only worse. (My Mac Mini is six years old, so I'm knocking wood at this point).
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