Fall Comicon

Here I was at the Minneapolis Fall Comicon on the State Fairgrounds! It went great– I sold tons of stuff and met so many fun people!

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Get ready for Fall Comicon!

I’ve got a table at Fall Comicon, on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, this October 10th!

http://www.mcbacomicons.com/

I’ll have books, comics, and jewelry!


Fall ComiCon –
October 10, 2015
10am-6pm

ADMISSION $8
KIDS 9 & UNDER FREE
$1 OFF W/ CANNED GOOD DONATION

MN State Fairgrounds Education Building
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

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Vulcan priestess cosplay

 

Fun fact about me: Of all the species in Star Trek, I’ve always identified most with the Vulcans. There was definitely a period of time in my teens and young adulthood when I considered myself Vulcan-kin (Vulkin? Anyway I didn’t have a word for it at the time, being an 80’s and 90’s kid). And even though I don’t describe it that way now, I still feel some sort of deep kinship with them.

My fascination with Vulcans led to my fascination with finding ways to make the human ears appear pointed, and eventually to my fascination with making “elf earrings” that bend the ear tips into points when worn.

http://www.erikahammerschmidt.com/jewelry/category/elfear/

But the reason they’re elf earrings, and not Vulcan earrings, is because they wouldn’t work for cosplaying most Vulcans from canon. I certainly can’t imagine Spock wearing them, or any Starfleet Vulcan, for that matter. They just don’t fit with the general air of calm professionalism.

And yet there is an area of Vulcan life where such illogical adornments don’t seem totally out of place. I refer, of course, to ceremonial garb, worn by priestesses and other participants in archaic Vulcan rituals.

We don’t know exactly WHY these logical people have so many ceremonies shrouded in antiquity, let alone why they attend them dressed up in extravagant gold and gemstones. But they certainly do. Though Vulcan priestesses haven’t been shown actually wearing ear jewelry of this sort, it fits surprisingly well with the style of what they do wear.

So here’s my own take on the Vulcan ceremonial outfit. The robe, sleeves and headdress are a thrift store gown, window curtain and shawl. The inscription, taken from canon Vulcan clothing, is made of brass wire and sewn on.

The crown, inspired by T’Lar in “The Search For Spock,” is made of brass wire, copper wire, garnet and glass beads, and clear quartz points, while the IDIC pendant is brass with a garnet bead. The shoes were already perfect when I found them at the thrift store. The elf earrings (now Vulcan earrings) are brass with garnet and glass beads to match the crown.

And no, I will not take off my glasses for this costume. Visual impairment does seem to be uncommon among Vulcans, but I’m sure it still happens sometimes. And, as a desert species, I think they would find it quite logical to treat it using a method that also provides protection against sand, dry air, and the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Come to think of it, maybe I should invest in some of those Transitions lenses.

 

 

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COMICON!

Guess what! The Minnehaha Free Space Craft Fair is not the only event where I’ll have a table this spring!

I will be at COMICON, too!

No, not Emerald City Comicon, or San Diego Comicon, nor yet even the Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con. The Comicon to which I refer is this one on the State Fairgrounds:

MSP Comicon 2015

Times:

May 16 & 17, 2015
Saturday & Sunday
Doors open at 10am
Show ends at 5pm, both days.

Prices:

Admission is only $12
Admission is pay at the door only.
note: Save $1 on your admission by bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the food shelf.
Children 9 and under admissions are FREE.

Place:

Location of MSP Comicon:
MN State Fairgrounds GRANDSTAND
1265 Snelling Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Getting there from downtown Minneapolis involves the Blue Line train and the 84 bus, like so:

If you want to get there from somewhere else, or using a different transportation method, feel free to type your own stuff into Google Maps.

I will have comics, books, and a few merchandise items for sale– come and see me there!

Another Craft Fair and Bake Sale coming up!

So, there’s another craft fair at the Minnehaha Free Space!

Initially their calendar said April 18th, but it has apparently been changed to the 25th.



Minnehaha Free Space Craft Fair & Bake Sale

(Facebook page)

Sat Apr 25, 2015

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

I’ll have a table, selling my handmade jewelry and other crafts.

My jewelry is fancy Renaissance-fair-type stuff that you can see on my website.

There will be lots of other cool artists too! Watch for details at Minnehaha Free Space’s Facebook page.

Since it’s a bake sale, there will also be baked goods! Probably including some vegan and gluten-free options, because Minnehaha Free Space is into that.

The craft fair will be at:

Minnehaha Free Space

3747 Minnehaha Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55406

email: radspacetc@riseup.net

call: 612-729-3733

If you can get to downtown Minneapolis, it’s easy to get to Minnehaha Free Space from there by train. Here are directions from the downtown library. (I’ll give very detailed step-by-step directions, because there was a time when I was so scared of going new places that I would skip out on fun events just because I would have to get to them on my own… in those days, knowing the route in this much detail would have been a big help for me.)

Without further ado:

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First, head from the library along Hennepin toward 5th Street:


At 5th Street, turn and wait at the Warehouse Station and Platform.

Get on a Blue Line train toward Mall of America:

Get off at the 38th Street Station:



Turn left and go down 38th Street:




Turn on Minnehaha and you’ll be there!

Doctor Spock

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The Doctor: alien, but spends most of his time with humans

Spock: half alien, half human

The Doctor: has a name that no one knows

Spock: has a family name that is never revealed onscreen

The Doctor: has two hearts

Spock: has his heart in his side instead of his chest

The Doctor: died and regenerated a buncha times

Spock: died and regenerated once

The Doctor: telepathic

Spock: yeah

The Doctor: pacifist

Spock: yeah

The Doctor: totally geeky

Spock: super yeah

The Doctor: object of a million fan crushes

Spock: *fan crush-o-meter explodes*

The Doctor: his home planet was destroyed

Spock: his home planet still exists …you know, we’ve decided he wasn’t enough like the Doctor already

dreams within dreams

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The other night, I came up with a theory about the Ben Stiller version of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” in which it turns out that all the “real” adventures he had were just more vivid daydreams, and his ACTUAL life was still totally boring.

My basis for this headcanon was:

1. it would be truer to the original story the movie is based on

2. in real life, the last issue of Life Magazine did not have that photo on the cover

3. in real life, it is impossible to get cell phone service in all the places he did

so, logically, these experiences must not have been real.

Then I woke up, and realized I had thought this all up IN A DREAM.

This is… so meta, I don’t know what to think.

Gingers

This is my husband John C Ricker.

John is a ginger.

Gingers gain a freckle for every soul they steal.

John is a photographer.

Photographs steal souls.

John almost never photographs humans.

John photographs hundreds of animals and plants.

John has hundreds of freckles.

Therefore,

animals and plants 

have souls.

Otherkin

I have occasionally described myself as an alien.

And lately I have spent a significant amount of time on Tumblr (where all genders, orientations, and other forms of identity are accepted and defended, and furthermore, there are new and unusual identities gaining recognition all the time).

So I’m sure some people are wondering what my opinions are on the phenomenon of “otherkin.”

That question encompasses several questions, which I’ll try to answer one by one.

1. How do you define the term “otherkin”?

As I understand it, otherkin are people who experience a feeling of being something other than a human, trapped in a human body.

2. Is it real?

Of course. It’s a feeling, so, if people feel it, then by definition it is real.

3. Is it just a feeling? Or is it really what people say it is?

If you mean being a literal reincarnation of some animal, a literal descendant of some alien, or a soul that some supernatural power literally placed in the wrong body… then, in my opinion, no.

However, I don’t find those ideas any more unlikely than the claims of mainstream religion.

To people who earnestly believe them, I extend the same respect and tolerance that I extend to religious people, as long as they aren’t using it as an excuse to hurt others.

You don’t have to share people’s beliefs to respect their feelings.

4. Is it comparable to being transgender? (In other words, is it the same type of feeling, and of the same strength?)

Without having had both those experiences, I can’t give a confident answer to that.

I’m not telepathic. I can’t know for certain what another person feels, or how strongly.

I can only make guesses based on people’s words and actions.

From observation of words and actions, I’m pretty sure there is a wide variation among individuals, both transgender and otherkin, in terms of how strongly they identify as such.

In both groups there appear to be some who identify with the group consistently and strongly throughout life, and others who identify temporarily and less strongly while they are growing up and trying to figure out their own identities.

Is the consistent-and-strong identification more common among transgender people than among otherkin? Yes, from what I can tell.

The recorded history of the transgender movement gives lots of evidence of transgender identity being felt very strongly, often to the point of undergoing major surgery, and risking one’s job, relationships and even survival for the sake of expressing one’s identity.

There’s less recorded evidence of otherkin going to such extremes.

However, to be completely open-minded and scientific, I have to consider the possibility that this is because otherkin are less common overall, or because they have not had communities that recognized the existence of their identity until the last few years.

And otherkin (or possible otherkin) are not completely absent from recorded history: there is, for example, the 1987 case of the Leopard Man of Skye.

Also, even if the experience of being otherkin is generally much less strong and enduring than the experience of being transgender, that doesn’t mean it is undeserving of any respect at all.

5. Should we demand respect and recognition for otherkin, in the same way we demand it for transgender and gay people? Or would that harm the social justice movement overall by causing people to take it less seriously?

I can see both sides of that. On the one hand, I would find it very hard to argue that any group does not deserve respect and acceptance. But on the other hand, I’m not sure society as a whole is ready to accept otherkin.

And, if otherkin associate themselves with the transgender movement by using some of the same terminology and rhetoric, it’s possible that could cause setbacks for society’s willingness to take transgender people seriously.

Society is starting to accept gay rights, transgender rights, women’s rights, and racial equality. That’s a great thing, and it would be terrible to lose that progress by pushing demands for more acceptance on society faster than it can adapt.

I’m not saying that people *shouldn’t* be ready to accept all non-harmful forms of self-expression at once. I’m saying that, in reality, they aren’t… and, however unfair it may be, the success of all the various human-rights movements depends on society being ready to accept them.

So maybe we need to wait a while, in the same way that we’re not going to start fighting for the right to polyamorous marriage while we’re still struggling to get gay marriage accepted.

But, even if that’s the case, it’s not a question of whether otherkin deserve acceptance; it’s a question of whether it’s feasible at this point in time. I’m all for accepting everyone who expresses their identity without hurting other people with it.

6. Do you identify as otherkin?

I can see how people could get that idea, since my first published book was literally titled “Born on the Wrong Planet.” But no.

As a teenager, maybe even as a college student, I might have identified as otherkin, if I had known about that community. I have even actively described myself as feeling like an alien trapped in a human body.

But that feeling isn’t prevalent enough in my life for me to consider it part of my identity.

(Especially since I’ve managed to surround myself with friends and loved ones who are as alien as me. It’s easier to feel that I fit in on Earth, if I carefully pick the elements of Earth that I get to spend time with.)

ALS Ice Water Challenge

I first learned what ALS was, when I was a kid in the car with my parents, driving past this old landmark:

http://www.slphistory.org/history/als.asp

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I asked what the letters in the sign stood for. My parents explained both meanings (though I’m sure the builders of the sign didn’t have Lou Gehrig’s Disease in mind).

I kinda wish this place was still in business, so I could go there, order a glass of ice water, and pour it on my head.

Oh well. Might have to make do with Al’s Breakfast on University Avenue.