June Faire

For those attending the kingdom of An Tir’s June Faire event, a certain sociopath will be in attendance from Friday to Sunday by the name of Equinox. Likely to be found in Temple Caffeinea. Look for the purple dress!

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NebrasKon and loosening of anonymousness

(This post has been edited to remove non-linking pictures.)

Well, Halloween has passed and NebrasKon is over, and while I have a case of Post-Con Plague (conventions, with rampant hugging and high-fives, are breeding grounds for sickness), I’m doing relatively well. ‘Kon was entertaining. There were about 1600 attendees and a number of celebrities of varying status, the most recognizable of which (to me) was Dante Basco, most known for playing Rufio in the 1991 Robin Williams movie Hook and for his voice acting work as Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon. Attending his first panel was a young man cosplaying as Rufio, which lead to a wonderful image of Dante next to his younger self which I sadly can no longer share.

There were a lot of colorful characters at the convention, from a Shadow Lugia chasing its tail to a Captain Jack Sparrow who had the mannerisms and accent down perfectly (but kept company with a ninja, who he referred to as his first mate). The most unusual one (which wasn’t simply bizarre) was a cosplay of Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the prime of his career.

I went in the persona of a character who is not entirely original — and that brings us to some semi-important news. Over a process of some years, I am finally transitioning to a point where most of the projects I have worked on are now associated with a pseudonym, including my presence within the company itself. My identity is no longer directly associated with that company in any public way. This means, at long last, I am no longer contractually obligated to be anonymous! I still cannot speak directly of the company, but I can now share a few more pieces of information about myself.

NebrasKon

Yes, it’s that time again! While there’s still warmth in the air, there are still plans to venture out into the world. Strangely, I have an easier time getting plane tickets across the country than I do paying my rent.

Anyway, I’m going to be at NebrasKon this year for all three days of the event, and haunting the Lincoln area for the better part of a month. I should still have Internet during this time.

It’s okay to be gay in the SCA

Well straight, gay, bi or queer
Just know that you’re welcome here
It’s OK to be gay in the SCA
So put a blue feather in your hat
And crawl up in your lover’s lap
It’s OK to be gay in the SCA

With thanks to the Bards of KeyPoynt, whose lovely performance at Temple Caffeinea was much appreciated for a young-in-experience genderfluid Solstice.

The SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, a name chosen by famous author Marion Zimmer Bradley) resembles and bills itself as a recreation of 17th century Europe, similar to Renaissance fairs — but the difference is in the C, for Creative. To quote the official website,

You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been.” In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King’s venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.

Practices differ from region to region, but in the Kingdom of An Tir, it isn’t unusual to see pirates, Egyptians, Romani and sometimes even the rare steampunk, to say nothing for the propane-powered torches, heaters and stoves. Temple Caffeinea, mentioned above, is a coffee shop which sells food on the side. I went into my first event expecting Ren Faire, dressed in a kilt (the most archaic garb I could muster) and left contemplating possibilities. It helped when I learned that the Temple was run by a drag queen (albeit one out of ‘uniform’), hinting that the SCA wasn’t nearly as formal as I had first assumed. I was better prepared for my second and third events, held back to back.

This is Solstice, my SCA alter ego, and never have I felt so comfortable in my own skin.