Props and Cosplays

We’re going to MCM Comiccon in October, and the cosplay bug is enveloping the household. Lady M is ransacking fabric shops and swearing over the sewing machine, while I’ve been experimenting with prop making and customisation.

Lady M has been engaging with various groups online as mothermafiacosplay – she’s definitely the more socially adept of the two of us in that arena – while I quietly assemble or build components.

Yesterday I broke out the hot glue gun for the first time and decided to make a wand. I’m not sure what or when it’ll see the light of day, but it was a good exercise to get used to how the glue gun works.

The basics of the prop are simple. I took a double spread of a magazine and rolled it from one corner to make a wand shape. I did a second smaller one and inserted it to add strength, and then used the hot glue gun to draw rings and criss-crossing patterns up and down the length of it.

I also sealed the open top of the wand with a glue blob, and will now be painting and drybrushing and detailing to see what works. I’m not sure where I’m going with the colour schemes yet, but will see what suggests itself as I go.

The second project is a repaint of a steampunk-style pistol as a Harley Quinn props, so there should be a lot of red and black involved in that.

It’s all a good distraction from everything else. The characters I’m aiming to take to the con are: Karnak of the Inhumans, a gender-bent Harley Quinn, and an escapee from Azkaban – so no pressure or anything…

Blargh

Its been a bit of a week – mostly just non-stop at the library – and I’m exhausted both mentally and physically.

We’re in the middle of the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read six books over the summer. It is proving to be surprisingly tiring work, alongside the “business as usual” elements. We ask about what the children have read, give out little prizes, put on craft events, and generally smooth the way with sometimes harried-looking parents when things go wrong (like missing booklets or lost items).

It’s all done with – as best we can – a bright smile and encouragement, but it’s draining. Add to that both staff shortages (because library staff have families and need holidays too), and new people who need training on the job and it should be no wonder that I feel like I’ve been put repeatedly through the wringer.

So of course, with no reserves left, the black dog has got a good grip on me and is doing all the usual lies: that I’m boring, no fun, have no friends, and that everyone would frankly be better off without me.

And yet: I’m making kids smile, and so there’s a thing. The writing will continue, the Instagram posts will flow, the doodling will continue. I’ll post a few here perhaps so I don’t feel guilty about not updating here as much too.

Self care: I’m not very good at it, but I’ll keep at it.

Resignation False Alarm

I caused a small degree of bemusement today among staff where I work when one of the more eagle-eyed of them noticed that one of my browser tabs had the label “Resignation” on it. It was actually quite nice to have them express concern that I might be leaving for other pastures, but in this case it was the header for a page on our intranet about the management procedures for processing the resignations of staff. I was reminding myself of these because here in the UK, A Level results are due out in about two weeks – and a fair proportion of our Weekend Staff are therefore about to be heading away to universities around the country.

This almost sounds as if I’m organised, doesn’t it? I really must do something to dispel that impression at some point, assuming I don’t procrastinate long enough for it to be a moot point…

It’s an interesting reminder that people spot and interpret the smallest minutiae in interesting ways – and mirrors the experience we had this weekend where the smalls reported back their aunt a conversation that Lady M and I had about tickets to Legoland in pretty much the same cadences and accents as we’d used. I was unaware of their secondary jobs as living voice recorders… Hopefully this is not a talent that they will take with them into the workforce in years to come..!