When I realized I was going to have a four day weekend this semester I cried and danced in joy (metaphorically) and fantasized over all the hours I was going to spend writing and doing fun things while my less fortunate family members would go to school or work.
Of course that's not how it works. Turns out those free days are there for a reason ... for the gigantic load of homework we have been assigned. After having spend the greater part of Monday and this morning on homework (and still barely scratching the surface) I had enough.
So me and my mother decided to go to some secondhand shops and search for items and clothes we could use for our costumes. Why costumes? Well this year I've managed to convince the whole family to go to the Elf Fantasy Fair!
This fair is held twice every year in the Netherlands and it's a place where people come and dress up like elves, dwarves, warlocks, Jedi, Sith, hobbits and many more crazy things. I've never been before but I've been wanting to go for ages.
This year two very special guests are coming which meant I had no choice but to go. None other than Christopher Paolini (writer of Eragon) and the acclaimed fantasy writer Robin Hobb (of whom I shamefully have never read a book but my good friend Daphne, who is coming as well has been telling me she's awesome for months) will be at the fair to talk about their work, and writing and maybe even to sign a few copies.
I'm not sure how it is in your countries, but in the Netherlands we don't have many festivals and fairs and events like that. So it's pretty special to get a chance to meet them. I'll be spending the next month reading Eldest and The Assassin's Apprentice and working on my costume.
I've been thinking a while about the costume and finally settled on a Steam Punk outfit (for anyone who doesn't know what that is ... Google can explain it much better than I). I've been searching Etsy for some props and will start ordering soon. But I had no money for the beautiful clothes that are on sale all over the internet.
I went to our local second hand store, expecting to find nothing of value and ran into this beautiful blouse which is almost exactly what I had in mind and looked brand new!
We drove one town over and in another store I found a leather jacket... and fell head over heels in love (it is valentine's day after all). The second I had it on I knew I had to buy it!
Here's a picture of how it looks:
And here is a (very, very bad) picture of me wearing it. In the bad light it looks almost black but trust me it's brown.
I can't wait till it's April and when the EFF comes I'll be sure to make lots of pictures and give you a full account of what happened!
Now I really have to go and write! Which I have hardly done all four days of this weekend *shame*.