This edition of “Fantasy Review” may be a bit unorthodox. I wanted to cover Renewal, the new anthology released by Queer Sci-Fi and Mischief Corner Books. The two team up once a year to host a flash fiction contest (300 words or less). Of all the submissions, only 110 were selected for publication. And of those chosen, three placement awards were given out, a judge’s choice for each of the five judges, and twenty-five honorable mentions. Since discussing all 110 entries would be nearly impossible, I narrowed my focus to the winners and judge’s choice recipients. A brief synopsis: First Place Winner “Mating Season” by Steve Fuson A tale of resignation and then realization. A young female repulsed by the opposite sex is given a son, and through this bond sees how precious a treasure a child is. Second Place Winner “In a Bind” by SR Jones Out in space, solutions get creative. A human pilot creates an unorthodox playpen for a bunch of alien eggs. Third Place Winner “Urban Renewal” by Siri Paulson Changing things, for better or worse. Sikander's home is scheduled for a renewal. Unbeknown to him, it's also a renewal of his life. Judge’s Choice Recipients: “Bluebonnets” by Emily Horner A futuristic Johnny Appleseed. In a post-apocalyptic world, a woman seeks the blue wildflowers her girlfriend always spoke of. Though love may be lost, the seeds planted along the way still bloom. “ARC” by ER Zhang The line at the DMV is always long. In the distant future, an alien shapeshifter needs to renew its visa. Unfortunately, to do so it needs a new ARC card. After hours of waiting and dozens of papers, revealing its true form may be its salvation. “The Wrong Daughter” by Robyn Walker The black sheep of the family. In a world where the "bad" children are left in the borderlands, Mary's daughter Annabelle is just shy of that point. But when Annabelle comes carrying tales about her sister, Alice, Mary wonders who the bad one really is. “Love Rituals” by Elsa M León A lovesick witch seeks a demon. After unsuccessfully trying to summon a demon with a spell, a witch's crocodile familiar pokes fun at its mistress's unlikely crush. “The Dust” by A.M. Soto The Earth is dry. Meg’s childhood memory of snow and rain are awoken when she spots a cloud in the sky. My take: Of these eight stories, I enjoyed “The Wrong Daughter” the most. Featured in the anthology’s science fiction section, I’d compare it to a horror tale as well. It’s got just a bit of that hair-tingling terror that made me wish the story was longer. The character development of Annabelle is expertly done in the allotted length. For suburb settings, “Love Rituals” was amazing. The witch and her crocodile familiar live in the bayou, and the crocodile’s words elicit that soft, southern dialect to echo in your head. The familiar itself is quite a hook; I’d be fascinated to read more fantasy stories set in such locations. “Bluebonnets,” while post-apocalyptic, was still a beautiful romance. It spoke of hope even though the world was falling apart around her, and lasting emotions despite the fact the love had diminished. And “ARC” was familiar in its anecdote (the common runaround seen at the DMV), but still so great to see from an alien’s perspective. A nice comical break and another story I wanted to read more of. The anthology is an amazing collection of works, ranging from sci-fi and fantasy to paranormal and horror. There’s something in here for everyone, and since it takes only a minute to read each story, you’ll keep going and going. On a side note, my own addition, “Springtime Fae,” was awarded an honorable mention! The Renewal anthology is available now in print and eBook formats.
Earlier this year, the classic anime Sailor Moon had a theatrical rerelease of the first film Sailor Moon R: The Promise of a Rose. Sailor Moon was my favorite anime when I was growing up, and I would wake up at 5:30am on weekdays to catch the episodes playing on the WB before school. When I found out the movie was going to be shown on the big screen, I knew I had to see it with my friend Jessica. And I never like to go to these sorts of events empty handed. I looked high and low for my original Moon Rod, but I seem to have lost it at some point over the years. That left making one. I will preface this with the admission that I was rushed on this project and only used items on hand—I couldn’t justify spending extra money on making a Sailor Moon themed wand. Sometimes being an adult sucks. So, with that said, this was not my best work. I wish I had a few more days and a few more dollars. But, it still turned out good enough to tag along to the show. For materials I used aluminum foil, a metal rod for holding down tents, clay, and paint. First, I wrapped aluminum foil around the metal rod to make the handle. After that, I crafted a crescent moon for the top, and a ball for the Silver Imperium Crystal. I attached them all together. Then I covered the handle with pink clay. I used yellow for the crescent until I ran out and then had to add white. I covered the ball with white. I cooked the whole thing according to the directions. Once it cooled (I did all this in one afternoon, the day before the show), I painted each section. I went over the handle with a glossy pink, the yellow to cover up the white spots on the crescent, and the crystal a metallic silver with black lines to symbolize it’s many sides. For finishing touches, I hot glued the band around the bottom of the crescent and the handle. I painted them white. My Sailor Moon cosplay outfit completed the look. Another moviegoer was in a Sailor Moon inspired kimono and looked gorgeous! If they rerelease anymore, I’ll have to make a Princess Serenity outfit. Or I can make that just because. Thanks for reading! Next time, I want to show you a super cute Haku plushie I made for the Studio Ghibli Fest—October’s featured film will be Spirited Away!
<p>Welcome back to the <em>Dragonmount </em>"Forum Roundup!"<img src="http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/uploads/gallery/album_412/gallery_21251_412_5941.png" alt="gallery_21251_412_5941.png">As school begins and as we say goodbye to summer, my hopes are that all of your wishes and plans were fulfilled.I went to the coast recently and I was able to pick up the 2016 edition of <em><a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.dragonmount.com/Books/Eye_of_the_World/index.php' class="bbc_url" title="">Eye of the World!</a></em> It is beautiful!<img src="http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/uploads/gallery/album_412/gallery_21251_412_21293.jpg" alt="gallery_21251_412_21293.jpg"><img src="http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/uploads/gallery/album_412/gallery_21251_412_33571.png" alt="gallery_21251_412_33571.png">The edge of the pages are gold and there is an attached blue ribbon bookmark. Do you suppose that the whole<em> Wheel of Time</em> series will be republished in this style? I sure hope so. Finding this book on my mini vacation made the whole summer worthwhile.I've also started a re-read of the <em>Wheel of Time. </em>The Brown Ajah of the<a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/forum/33-the-white-tower-warders-social-group/' class="bbc_url" title=""> White Tower and Warders</a> are hosting. I came upon the series in 2010 (rather late) and have re-read my favorite books and parts of the series. This will be the first time ever that I'm re-reading in order. I found <em><a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.dragonmount.com/Books/New_Spring/index.php' class="bbc_url" title="">A New Spring</a></em> best read after <a data-ipb='nomediaparse' href='http://www.dragonmount.com/Books/Dragon_Reborn/index.php' class="bbc_url" title=""><em>The Dragon Reborn.</em></a> I've just started that book. Yes, it seems as if the characters are old friends. However, the world of <em>The Wheel of Time</em> is so complex, there is something new every page.It's amazing how these books have brought us all together. We've celebrated the writing of <strong>Robert Jordan, </strong>mourned his passing, and waited for the completion of the series by <strong>Brandon Sanderson.</strong>Now, our excitement is directed towards a television series. The series can't come fast enough for me.In the time being, we can all meet up here, continue with our love of the <em>Wheel of Time</em> world and honor Robert Jordan's memory by keeping his creation alive.</p>
This month’s “Fantasy Review” is Deadmen Walking, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. A swashbuckler tale, with a hefty dose of romance and comedy, this book was a lot different than I expected. Slight spoilers below. Synopsis: Cameron Jack’s brother was killed when his ship sank off the shore of Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, she received a letter—and a trinket—from him dated weeks after he was supposedly dead. Taking the advice of a witch, Cameron seeks out Devyl Bane, feared captain of a crew of Deadmen—souls damned and freed from hell to fight evil in the human realm. Cameron’s brother is being held by an evil Vanir, who also happens to be Devyl Bane’s ex-wife—their marriage ended when she cut out his heart centuries ago. Cameron and Captain Bane, along with a hodge-podge crew of murderers and scoundrels, seek to find a way to free Cameron’s brother from the hands of his captors. The Jack family, being descendants of Michael—the Archangel—allows their blood is able to open the gates of hell and release all the demons lurking within. Pros: This story is stuffed full with every sort of mythology. Mermen. Seraph and fallen angels. A servant of the Greek gods. Vanir and Aesir. Jinn-like men who keep their souls in whisky bottles. Ghede Nibo, the leader of dead spirits. Dragons and sea monsters. And more. The world Kenyon inhabits is vibrant with its characters and its settings. A history buff would better understand all the underlying relationships and oppositions of these sometimes-warring, sometimes-allied peoples, but even without such knowledge, it’s still easy enough to follow. The plot is thick, and though a bit predictable at times, the pace is quick and engaging. The characters—and the story boasts many of them—are complex, unique, and interesting. Each of the Deadmen come with tragic backstories which explains their motives for wanting redemption. The romance was the most surprising aspect of the tale. Without going into too much detail, I expected Cameron to be the object of the captain’s affection—with her innocence and part-Seraph heritage to provide the nice contrast to Bane’s brooding, damned soul. But, the two are not fated to be together, and the romance that blooms instead is a lot more fulfilling. Cons: As a personal preference, I don’t particularly care to read third-person omniscient. It’s very difficult to do correctly. Some authors have succeeded (see Frank Herbert’s Dune for an excellent example) but most I try to read in this format fail utterly. Kenyon pulls it off pretty well, but it’s still not my favorite style. Not necessarily a con, but something that was contrary to my expectations, was the lack of grittiness. Thinking this a tale of pirates, demons breaking free from hell, and a ship full of sinners, I thought it would be a bit rougher. The voice Kenyon used was almost poetic, which was a contrast to the theme of death and damnation. Conclusion: This story was fascinating, full of fleshed out characters, detailed settings, engaging mythology, and a beautiful romance. Though not my typical read, I still enjoyed this. The plot didn’t offer much in the way of new material, but the characters were endearing enough I would have loved to read about them sitting around to eat dinner. Their banter was charming and so natural, and their friendships were touching and sweet. This book was a lot of fun and definitely worth a read. Rating: 4 out of 5 If you’re interested in a copy of this eBook, check out Dragonmount’s DRM-free eBook store!
Welcome back to another exciting edition of "Fandom Flair." I couldn't wait to have an opportunity to show off the Yuri on Ice cosplay outfit I put together for the Phoenix Comicon in May! For those who aren't aware, Yuri on Ice is an anime that features Katsuki Yuuri, a Japanese figure skater. After coming in last place in the Grand Prix Finals, he contemplates retirement. But then his idol, and five-time World Champion, Victor Nikiforov, shows up and offers to be Yuuri's coach. It's a delightful anime, full of humor, romance, and beautiful skating routines. The show has been discussed in great deal because the romance between Yuuri and Victor is incredibly well done. Yuuri also suffers from anxiety, and much of the show focuses on how he--and his family and friends--deal with it. Also, there's a great amount of diversity in the characters. Victor--and his young protege, Yuri Plisetsky--are Russian. There are also skaters from Canada, Thailand, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan. There are so many aspects of this show to love. But I should move on, or I will simply gush forever. In the season finale, one of the skaters, Phichit Chulanont from Thailand, thinks about his dream of having an ice show, to show the people of Thailand how fun skating can be. He imagines all his skating friends in costume with him. It's a lovey scene, and it shows how optimistic and bright a character Phichit is. The costume Phichit wears is elaborate, and I've seen cosplays of it already. I was more drawn to the other skaters' costumes, and the adorable hamster hats they wear. The first thing I did was make the hat. I did this the day after the season finale because I couldn't get over how cute the hamsters were. And since it was December, I had plenty of opportunities to wear it outdoors to keep my ears warm. I started with this tutorial on how to make a fleece hat. I've used this pattern countless times and could do it in my sleep. I cut it out of brown fleece, then trimmed about three inches off the bottom. I cut out a white fleece, about five inches, and sewed it to the bottom. Next, I worked on the ears. I made them rounded, and cut them from the same brown fleece. I also added a smaller white circle to the center for contrast. I sewed them together with a blanket stitch. I folded both ears and placed them face down on the bottom piece of the hat. I sewed the matching top piece over (right side to right side). So when flipped, the ears stuck out at an angle. I stitched up the V at the top, then folded the white bottom up two times to give me a puffy brim. I cut out a small strip of white fleece and sewed a line through the center for teeth. I also cut out a nose, eyes, and eye glimmers. I hot glued all these accents on, since my fabric was too thick to sew through. I also added just a bit of hot glue around the brim so it would stay up. Now, for the rest of the costume. The skaters wore two different outfits, and while I'd loved to make the one with the ruffles, I don't think my sewing skills are at that level. So I went with the striped happi instead. I looked online and found a simple happi pattern. What made it not easy is that I could not find any fabrics with wide blue and yellow stripes. My dedication to authenticity reached a new height, so I decided to buy plain cotton fabrics in both colors, cut them on a diagonal, and sew them together. This was very, very time consuming. But I loved the end results. Totally worth it. After that, I simply cut out the front two pieces, and the back piece. I sewed them together and hemmed the bottom. Next, I added on the pink collar. I also used a bit of the pink to finish the hem on the sleeves. With the little I had left over, I made a thin belt. (It was crunch time by this point so I didn't get pictures of the last few steps.) I paired the happi with a long-sleeved white shirt and white leggings. I loved this cosplay. It's pretty obscure, because it's only shown during a ten second scene, but I enjoy the moment it represents. Phichit is one of my favorite characters on the show and I was happy to include something from his dream into my cosplay repertoire. Thanks for reading!
Welcome back! Many of us are moving into a scorching summer. I hope that wherever you are, you manage to stay on an even keel, temperature wise. What I wouldn't give for an ice cold lake at this moment! Robert Jordan once said, "I live in the Two Rivers. Check a map." His hometown, Charleston, South Carolina, nestles in the fork of the Cooper and and Ashley Rivers. Did you ever feel like you lived there? Robert Jordan's words were so descriptive, I felt as if I could just move into the picture he created by his words. I live close to Three Rivers, California. Three Rivers is near the entrance to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Dragonmount in June! We continue to gain both new readers and old members. Welcome to all!! I really need to mention that we have some fantastic Dragonmount signature artists. Ask and you shall receive. Recently, I was gifted with a very beautiful signature by one of our members. We continue to receive updates on our "Realistic Wheel of Time Collages -A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words." If you like to create the AWC Tuathan'an Camp is for you. The Dragon Reborn Role Play has added additional writers/characters and story lines. Come join if you would like to create your own character within a Wheel of Time setting. The Black Tower is busy with Mafia! Shayol Ghul is on an assignment to spread as much evil as they can. They also entertain themselves with mafia and other games. The Aiel are discussing summer plans, and the perception of beauty. There are some fun games to join. The Kin are hosting a monthly discussion on animals and the various way we interact with them. A quiz is available to see which pet is right for you! The White Tower and Warders have Aspiriants on both paths, "The Way of the Warder" and The Way of the Aes Sedai." The Band of the Red Hand is active with multiple "pool parties" and have a new "Hornsounder" Edition. See you next month!
Welcome back to another edition of “Fandom Flair.” For this week, I want to share a project I had planned for JordanCon9. Meridian and I had talked about doing a sul’dam/damane duo for the costume contest. Unfortunately, neither of us could make it to the convention this year. So my half-finished dress stayed in limbo, until I realized I could wear it to the Phoenix Comicon, which was the last week of May. First, a note on canon sources. This is the cover of New Weaves in the Pattern, part two of The Great Hunt when it was broken into pieces for a YA audience. And this is official artwork from Ariel Burgess. I love both these pieces and used a bit from each to compose my dress. For materials, I started with two yards each of a red poplin and a blue poplin. Poplin is a wonderful, durable fabric. It's great for heavy dresses or cloaks (we did a Harry Potter cloak here.) On the downside, it's very hot. Not a material you want to wear in warm temperatures. I also bought a yard of thin, silver silk. This was for the added lightning bolts. I needed a whole yard since I had to double up the fabric to make it thick enough to stick to the fabric adhesive. For the pattern, I used the same one as my Aes Sedai dress. The pieces were already cut to the correct size, and it was a design I was comfortable with. I did have to get creative when dealing with the color split. I decided to make the back and sleeves blue, and cut the front panels in half with alternating colors. The front panel was red on top and blue on the bottom, and the two side panels were blue in top and red on the bottom. Next I bought double sided iron-on fabric adhesive to bind to the silver silk. Then I drew a lightning bolt on the back, cut it out (wasting a lot of fabric and glue), and then ironed the other side to my dress. With the help of my mom, I measured the length and hemmed the bottom. Then I made larger, longer lightning bolts for the two red side panel (even more wasted fabric and adhesive). My waist lines were wonky, so I made an obi belt to hide them (I followed this tutorial). I actually really like the added belt because it mimics one of the design aspects in Ariel’s artwork and gives more definition to the dress. (And here's my beautiful damane. I made a miniature dress for the sole purpose of dressing up my dog….) For the a’dam, I had trouble. As I said, this was for a large, crowded convention. Safety had to be my number one priority. Any item connected to a person’s neck had to be able to come off with the slightest pressure. The eventual answer to this was magnets (I tried other methods first, but I'm too embarrassed to discuss them). I bought a 72” linking chain from Wal-Mart, for less than $4. It was constructed of tiny, four sided, rounded cubes that connected to each other with prongs. It was easy to remove the link by pulling the prongs loose with pliers. I measure my wrist and removed a section that length. Same with my neck measurement. I used 7mm jump rings to connect metal clasps to both ends. Finally, I connected the rest of the chain (still probably 50” long) to both the necklace and the bracelet. It turned out beautiful! And the magnetic clasps came off very easily. I had so much fun at the convention! I even caught myself a damane! And I ran into this adorable Mistborn cosplayer. That's all for now. Next time, I show the other outfit I wore to the Phoenix Comicon. (Here's a hint… it has to do with Yuri on Ice.) Thanks for reading!
Welcome back to the "Forum Roundup." I'll briefly cover the big news!!! The Wheel of Time television show is moving forward, slowly, but surely. Sony will serve as the production studio! The news was released right before JordanCon 9. Robert Jordan left us with many thought provoking quotes. "In war, boys, fools kill other fools for foolish causes." I'm curious if this view originated from his own experience in Viet Nam. I previously covered Robert Jordan's military service and decorations. I'd rather picture him in his "carriage house" writing his books. Our own Jason Denzel described the carriage house as having "at least several hundred bladed weapons. Swords, axes, spears, and knives of all shapes and sizes line the walls and shelves of his office." Jason shared a picture with us. As you can imagine, the news of the television series has set off excitement and speculation at Dragonmount's Social Groups. The White Tower has multiple threads on suggestions for The Wheel of Time casting. It's loads of fun sharing our thoughts on who should play various characters in the books. The Dragon Reborn Role Play has seen a surge in activity and characters. The Band of the Red Hand has been focusing on music. The General Wheel of Time Discussion has been visited by members who are in the midst of reading the series for the first time! Can you remember when you picked up Eye of the World? JordanCon 9 took place April 21st to April 23rd 2017 in Atlanta Georgia. It was held at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center. The author guest of honor was Charles E. Gannon and the artist guest of honor was Stephen Hickman. A recap of JordanCon 9 along with details and pictures can be found at the blog of Chez Lannis here. JordanCon 10 will be held April 20th to April 22nd in Atlanta, Georgia. Our very own Jason Denzel will be the author guest of honor and the artist guest of honor will be Stephanie Law. You can find information on JordanCon 10 at their Facebook group here. See you next month!
Welcome back to another edition of Fandom Flair. This time, I want to show you some easy (and one not-so-easy) way to do casual cosplay for Wheel of Time characters. For those who don't know, cosplay is when a person dresses up as a specific character. These costumes can be super elaborate, as I'm sure you've all seen from conventions like the San Diego Comicon, or even our own Jordancon. Casual cosplay, however, tones it down just a bit. It's normal clothes that you can wear in public but is still based on the ideas or themes of a specific character. I love to casual cosplay at work! Most of the time, no one can tell I'm wearing something special. So, for Wheel of Time characters this can be pretty easy. I have two cosplay outfits that were put together pretty effortlessly. Let's talk about those first. Aviendha I love Aviendha, and the Aiel in general. Their culture is one of the most fascinating in all of Randland. And Aviendha is a strong, capable, but still stubborn, woman. I love how unbreakable she is! Putting together an Aviendha outfit was the simplest of the bunch. I based it off her Wise One outfit, choosing a brown, bulky skirt and pairing it with a white shirt. Though Wise Ones shouldn't wear one, I did have a black scarf to be my shoufa. For accessories, I switched Aviendha’s bracelet and necklace. I wore “snowflakes” around my wrist, and a flower (substitute for ivory rose) necklace. I also have super adorable turtle earrings that remind me of the turtle brooch angreal Aviendha borrowed from Elayne. Mat There could be better ways to cosplay Mat, but I put this together with clothing I already had. I would rather have a military-esque coat to give more allusion to Mat’s purpose in the novels, but, whatever works. I started with just jeans and a black shirt. I wore a green cardigan over, and added a black scarf to cover the hanging wound. Lastly, I wore boots. I wish I could have had lace or maybe even a pink scarf. For a final touch, I added dice to a hair clip. For this, I bought a five pack of dice and had an adult drill through the center with a very small drill it. The hole is only about 5mm. I slipped a thin, metal wire through the hole and twisted the wire to fasten it to the clip. I have five dice total, but could only incorporate two. I'll keep thinking of a clever use for the other three. Rand This one took some thought. I wanted something grand for the Dragon Reborn, so I modeled this off Paul Bielaczyc’s amazing Rand cosplay. I started with a crimson shirt. Next, I found gold iron-on fabric at Joann Fabrics. It was about $5 for one sheet of the metallic material. I only used one sheet, so not a bad price. First: the dragons. One major characteristic of Rand is his Dragon tattoos. I printed out a copy of the Dragon from the chapter heading onto cardstock. I cut it out, then traced it on the back of the gold fabric. Then, I flipped it and traced it facing the opposite direction. I needed two because, “Once the Dragon, for remembrance lost. Twice the Dragon, for the price he must pay.” (The Great Hunt, Chapter 26, “Discord”) After that, I decided to add swirls to the neckline of my shirt. I drew two different swirl patterns and traced them, reversing one a few times so it would go in opposite directions. I cut out all the gold pieces then played with positioning. Once I had it right, I ironed them in place. For the outfit, I paired the shirt with a black skirt, a headband with golden leaves, and my Aes Sedai necklace and Great Serpent ring, since Rand is an Aes Sedai after all. It wasn't a difficult project, but it was a lot more time consuming than the others! That's all for this week. Let me know who you like to cosplay as! Thanks for reading!
Variety and IGN announced today that the long-awaited TV show adaptation of The Eye of The World has finally landed at a production studio with a named writer and executive producer. Rafe Judkins, perhaps best known for his work on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, will be the lead writer and executive producer. The other executive producers named in the articles are Ted Field, Mike Weber, Darren Lemke, Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, and Harriet McDougal. Sony Pictures will serve as the production studio along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. These announcements come a day before the annual JordanCon convention, where fans are gathering in Atlanta. The timing seems fitting, since we learned about the intentions of a Wheel of Time based television series at last year's convention, during a panel in which Harriet teased an announcement coming "very soon." IGN also have a quick recap of the Wheel of Time's plot, which is worth a watch as well. It's important to note that although this is a positive step forward for the show, no timeframe or distribution network has been announced. Details are sparse, but it seems as though the show is still in the very early stages of development. We will post more as we learn it. We have very high hopes that this will be the amazing product we've all been waiting for.
Welcome, everyone, to the latest edition of the Forum Roundup where I cover the monthly events at Dragonmount. First, I'd like to provide you with a bit of information about Robert Jordan, of which many of you might be unaware. Robert Jordan served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. It has been said that he always had a great deal of appreciation and respect for those men and women willing to serve. On to Dragonmount. The Warders have welcomed home those who have been away for a while. It was a very pleasant surprise to see them arrive. The General Discussion has been bustling with conversation from new members of Dragonmount, some of whom have just finished the series and others are in the process of reading. There have been staff changes in the White Tower with members stepping up to new leadership positions. We thank those who have served and will continue to enjoy their company within their Ajahs and the Tower as a whole. The Black Tower has been hosting many active threads including a place for Star Wars fans! The Band of the Red Hand has been busy with a carnival. The Ogier are placing memories on their "Memory Tree" and sharing what they would love to have in their dream homes. Shayol Ghul (as usual) is busy with evil, this time a "something" or "someone" evil game. See you next month!
Welcome back to another edition of "Fandom Flair." For this project, I wanted to try to decorate some shoes to be Aes Sedai (or White Tower) shoes. This was pretty easy, just tedious. I don't know about you, but I get bored by repetitive activities, and this got very repetitive. But, it's a cheap way to show off some Aes Sedai love. First, I bought a pair of white, canvas shoes. I think I got them from Wal-Mart, and they were about $5. Next, I bought a pack of Sharpie markers, making sure I had all the colors of the Ajahs (Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, Gray, White, and Brown). I started by measuring the front face of the shoe. I took that measurement and divided it by seven, giving me a little section for each of the seven colors. Next, I continued adding that measurement to the sides of the shoes. When I got to the back, I had a big chunk left over. My symmetrical-thinking mind wouldn't allow it to be less than perfect for the color scheme, so I decided to do the colors again, but aligned vertically. Not sure this was the best option, but it was the only one I was capable of doing. Finally, I sketched a flame into the center to leave white. Then, I outlined everything in black and colored in each space with the designated Ajah color. As I said, super easy, but really boring. I didn't have enough room to outline the back so the colors look very smeared. The front got a bit smeared, too. But I'm still pleased with the outcome! Next time, I want to show you some easy ways to casual cosplay as Wheel of Time characters. Thanks for reading!