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  1. Welcome back to another exciting edition of “Fandom Flair.” As promised last time, I want to show you how to make really cool (though incredibly warm) Pokémon pajama pants. Materials needed: About a yard to two yards of fabric Elastic Sewing machine A pair of pajama pants that fit well Step 1: Find comfortable fitting pajamas This project is easy because you don’t need a pattern. You simply copy a pair of pajama pants you already own. And if you’d rather they be pajama shorts, all you do is use shorts at the template. Super simple. Step 2: Select your fabric As stated already, I found a fantastic Pokémon fleece. I bought it on sale, probably $6 a yard. I purchased two yards, just to be on the safe side. With projects like these, you can customize your outfit as much as you want. Would you rather Star Wars pajama pants? Buy a Star Wars print. Would you rather flannel instead of fleece? Buy flannel; the pattern works the same on all types of fabrics. Would you rather have Pokémon print on one leg and Mario Party on the other? That’s doable, too! I like to work with fleece because it’s such an easy fabric. It doesn’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming. The lazy side of me loved that there’s less work involved. Step 3: Trace your pattern I’m going to include pictures from another pair of pajama pants I made since they turned out a bit better. Those were crafted out of flannel, so you can see how any fabric will work fine. First, take your existing pair of pants (or shorts) and fold them in half. Lay your fabric on the floor and fold up one side, just long enough for your folded pants to fit. Trace with a fabric pen, leaving about an inch in all directions for seam allowance. One thing to note here: make sure you stretch out the waistband. Typically, pajama pants have elastic along the waistband which makes the top much smaller than you actually need. Stretch the waist out as far as it can go, then trace. Otherwise, the top will be too tight on your stomach. Once it’s traced, cut out the fabric. When it’s unfolded, it’ll look nothing like pajama pants. Step 4: Repeat for the other leg On your fabric, lay flat the piece you just cut. Trace around it—leaving no room for seam allowance. Cut it out. Now you have two identical pieces. Step 5: Sewing the legs Place these two pieces atop each other, right side to right side. First, you’re going to sew along the curved line. Do this on both sides. Next, you need to open up the fabric and fold it so the two seams you just sewed are touching. Now, you can see how these will eventually become pants. Sew a straight stitch from the bottom of one leg, up to the middle, and down the other leg. Step 6: Adding the elastic For the top hem, fold the waist down wide enough to fit your elastic in. Sew a straight stitch all the way around, leaving an opening about 2-3 inches wide. Cut your elastic to be about the length of your waist—when stretched—and add a half an inch. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing at the top of the pants. Once the elastic is pulled all the way through, use your sewing machine and stitch the elastic to itself. Now you can sew the rest of the waist seam. Step 7: Hemming the legs Now that you can get the pants on you, find out how long you need the legs to be. If you’re using fleece, you can simply cut with scissors and be done. Or, trim the legs an inch longer than they need to be, then fold the hem inside that inch and straight stitch it down. Do this on both legs. And you’re done! This project is so easy to do! Just imagine all the pajama pants you can have! Please join us next time when I show you how to make an Ajah inspired blanket! Thanks for reading!
  2. This edition of “Fantasy Review” is dedicated to Dan Wells’ I Am Not a Serial Killer--the first book in the John Cleaver series. Technically not a fantasy, but it does fall nicely under the paranormal/horror heading, and I'm okay with that. For those of you who listen to the podcast Writing Excuses (which also features Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler) you know that Dan Wells has a great sense of humor. That's what makes this book such a switch. While there is a lot of humor mixed into the story, on a whole, it’s very dark, and kind of disturbing. Warning: slight spoilers might follow. I Am Not a Serial Killer Dan Wells Synopsis: John Wayne Cleaver is not your normal high school student. He suffers from antisocial personality disorder, and has the three main traits shared by 95% of all serial killers: he wets his bed, he is a pyromaniac, and he is cruel to animals. But knowing he has the makings of a serial killer inside him steers John down a strange path. He puts rules in place to ensure he doesn’t kill anyone. He doesn't want to be a serial killer. When a real serial killer settles in his small town, John has to break a few of his rules in order to ensure the safety of his fellow humans. Once John starts breaking the rules, it’s hard for him to stop. He lets out the monster within him, and now there’s no putting it back inside. Pros: This book was amazing. It’s pacing kept me hooked continuously; there was never a moment when things slowed down. The characters were also developed very well. Though John suffers from antisocial personality disorder--and that makes him look at life, reality, humanity in a different way--he was still believable and real. The relationship, or lack of one, that he has with his mother is common. They acted like a typical family. And the humor, spaced through the dark and bleak scenes, added depth to this story. Dan Wells’ use of dark humor was incredible in the short story “I.E.Demon,” and that same grim hilarity is here as well. Cons: As stated, John has a few issues. This made him very hard to related to as he made decisions throughout the book. There were times when I couldn’t believe he was doing what he was doing, or that his thinking didn't coincide with my own. It distanced me from him, which is risky to do with your main character. However, these also added to the believable aspects of the world and the story. Even though I couldn’t get inside John’s head and understand his reasoning, I was fine accepting that someone would behave this way. This story was also very gruesome. There’s murder and gore, plus John’s mother is a mortician, so there’s extra dead bodies around. Though the details aren’t terribly graphic, it’s definitely not for the squeamish. Conclusion: This is an excellent start to the series, does a fantastic job of introducing a flawed main character, and gets things set up the next book. The plot was enthralling, and the idiosyncrasies that made up John’s personality drew me in. I can’t wait to read the second book, “Mr. Monster.” Rating: 4/5 If you’re interested in picking up a copy of I Am Not a Serial Killer, you can get it here at the Dragonmount eBook store.
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  15. We haven't had a new episode since A Memory of Light was released. If there is still a ton of interest, it could be brought back. We just need to hear if people are wanting this podcast to continue. Which part are you on Raxxial? Personally, I loved when Virginia joined the cast! It added a lot more depth to the discussions.
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