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    Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    So, decided to actually make one of these, which will prolly be update once a decade after about a month or so of regularish updates - this pretty much happens with EVERYTHING I do.

    So I've decided I'm going to start with 31st March, simply because that was when Kitacon was, and I haven't squee-d enough about it yet, or expressed the lols and giggles.

    So...

    31st March 2011

    I travelled acrossed and slightly down from King's Lynn, Norfolk to Birmingham to go to Kitacon III, which was being held at the Hilton Hotel. And since I was armed with a large suitcase, a stuffed backpack, a brightly coloured shoulder bag and a 5ft object wrapped in bin bags I got some... looks.

    My journey route was this;
    King's Lynn ->30mins-> Ely
    Ely ->2 hours-> Birmingham New Street
    Birmingham New Street ->5mins?-> Birmingham international

    The most annoying part of the journey was at Ely. I had to wait practically an hour for the Birmingham train, cause King's Lynn sucks for getting trains that actually connect well together. So I was sat on a bench, my suitcase and backpack on the floor next to me, my very delicate 5ft object across my lap. The rest of the bench was totally empty.

    A buisness man clocked this fact, and made a bee-line for the empty bench. he then clocked me. And decided to stand lol.

    On the Birmingham train, I spent 2 hours sewing as I hadn't finished my Quina Quen costume. Two male members of the older generation say in the same chair formation thing as myself. One was disheartened as he left the shirt at home which was missing a button - had he known that there would be a sewing teenager on the train next to him, he would of brought it. I laughed.

    After arriving in Birmingham international, I bumped into this girl I did not know at all. However, my convention senses tingled and I knew that this girl was a Kitacon-er! I swear it wasn't the kita t-shirt, or the four bags that gave it away. We had both used google maps to see how we get from the station to the hotel, which told us that it took half an hour. We couldn't be bothered with that sh*t so got a taxi and halfed it between us (3 each). However, upon arrival we realised that GOOGLE MAPS LIED! It took us all around the airport, but it turned out that we could GO THROUGH IT! and it would of taken 5 minutes! Which was shorter than the taxi ride! Typical! lol Anyway, pulling up to the hotel, we spotted a massive Turks cosplay group! Well, they were buisness men, but the massive Turks group comment was funnier.

    At the Hilton Hotel (which I stayed at!!! It's overrated), my friend (Taol) and myself were loitering in the bar, without a drink cause 3 for a smallish glass of coke is ridiculous, when Scowny - basically the foreman for all Kitacon stuff, walked up behind us and yell "the registry will be opening, FOLLOW ME!" So we all frollicked behind him down to the registration area - and we then had to wait for 20 mins for it to actually open. We were like "you lied Scowny..." Anyway, I was the fourth person to register (well get my name tag) :3 Which meant cheaper shizz, cokes went to 2 instead (which is great if you want a social drink lol!) yet lemonade and vodka was still stupidly expensive, 7!

    Skipping forward a few hours, me and Taol was in our hotel room, discussing the best way for us and Sarah (Taol's friend) to sleep in the room on Thursday night (she relied on her boy friend's - Gill - recount on how many night - he got it wrong). We thought about pushng the beds together, however, we discovered that they liked to move cause they were on wheels. Pointing out that, even though it would be amusing for the other two if the one in the middle suddenly hit the floor in the middle of the night, the one in the middle isn't gonna be that happy about it. Sarah then came up and decided that she'll sleep on the floor between us - since the floor was stupidly cushiony.

    Later that evening, when Taol was preoccupied in the bathroom, Sarah and I discovered just how much the beds moved. She went to sit on Taol's bed, and it promptly moved out the way of her buttocks, resulting on her falling down the side of it - I was in stitches.

    1st April
    So actual start of the con. I was dressed as Anri Sonohara from Drrr! (although I wanted to be Shizou, but he was taken by Gill... AND THEN GILL DIDN'T DO HIM D8 ) Taol as Erika, her bf (Jake) as Walker (Erika's bf), and her two male friends (Ed and Tom) dress as Kiba and Shinra's dad (respectively). We went up to Gill's and Sarah's room... an Executive room - which was impressive cause Sarah missed out getting a kitacon room, and got it for 80 (5 more than us) when she went through another site. Not so impressive, that pretty much at the same time, Tom booked his room, for 120 a night. Which proves that you shouldn't go direct to the website lol. Anyway, we went to Sarah's and Gill's room, and shortly after shits and giggles about being ex-cut-ives (and me sewing again, finishing my Akatsuki cloak lol) there was a knock at the door. Gill opened it, and it was a member staff asking if he wanted any more complimentry water - which Gill took. We then noticed that LITERALLY a few moments before, Sarah had opened up a sparkling water. We were like *le gasp*

    Pretty much the only negitive experience was that I went back to my room to grab some paint, at the same time the girl who was my friend is blanking me without telling my why. Well, I still said hello, cause Joe (who I get on with) was there. She was the one who looked "oh shit" and I was tempted to ask her why she was blanking me - deciding that I really don't give a shit anymore, I left it and let her feel awkward about it.

    Later we were wandering, wondering where the hell this game room was suppose to be, when it was yelled that the opening ceremony will be starting soonish right next to us, so we queued for that, with a Dante and some Soul Eater people and a wolf fursuit guy, who took of his head as he was suffocating - his words. Also, the girl I got the taxi with was there!

    Soon enough, a cue formed behind us, and we started doing the mexican wave. However, everyone behind us SUCKED and wouldn't do it.

    Dante was awesome, and funny - as was wolf man.

    however, I can't remember a thing that happened. Obviously I was in such hysterics that my hypocampus was starved of oxygen and couldn't record memories.

    Then in the opening ceremony, (we's at the front!) we did LOADS of Mexican waves which worked!!! Started by us from Drrr, and Dante and friends. It was awesome.

    Anyway, blah blah blah. opening ceremony stuff - was quite funny. There was a badly done flash video, of which one of the shots was of the new tron movie - in which the tron cosplay stood up in the dark and flashed everyone (with the lights on his suit, I mean). Can't be arsed to write anymore on that.

    Later, we (Tom, Ed, Jake, Taol and myself) were in our (Taol's and mine) room. Ed was dead, as he Tom and Jake had travelled up at about 11:30pm the night before, and stayed up all night in the lobby playing yugioh. He went to lie down on Taol's bed... And Taol's bed migrated again - cue everyone in hysterics.

    2nd April
    Found egg shell in my fried egg!

    Dressed as Quina Quen. in the Masquerade too. Couldn't see a single thing cause of my mask on stage - it was really scary.

    3rd April
    Was Deidara. Frollicked in the daffodils with Tobi (who was Jake). When he went off to play the yugioh tornement, I bumped into another Tobi. I was then accused by my Tobi of cheating lol.

    Also, bumped into a freaking awesome naruto in Toad Sage form. We did some amusing photos of him beating us up. As he so would. then did some more photos of me beating up my Tobi.

    Had a short day on Sunday, since I was travelliung back.

    At kitacon, I bought;
    one K-on plushie for my friend who whinged in text form as she really wanted to go - if anyone else did this is would annoy me, but it's funny when she does it
    15 volumes of manga - 14 tsubasa RC volume 1-14 and 1 DNAngel volume 13
    One giant wall scroll of Grimmjow Jaegarjaques

    Including all tickets and hotel room but excluding cosplay costs, this con cost me 320, the hotel, train tickets, and kita ticket was about 220.

    April 4th
    Checked my Facebook... And discovered I got my job back! this means that Ayacon is gonna happen!!

    After many mind changes, meaning that the loli musketeers and Super hero Fruit maids were cut from the cosplay list, left myself, Catnip-Dreams and Monixion stuck for cosplays. However;

    April 11th
    After hanging up on my mother on the phone, I thought it would be best not to be home at the same time as her. So i went to Monixion's.

    At his, Catnip-Dreams and I started to flick through the instruction leaflet of Sengoku Basara; Samurai Heroes, where I spotted the character Tsuruhime, who has the same hair as Catnip-Dreams. After a closer look at the character in game (which made me envious as I won't be able to get it as I don't have a PS3 or a wii), it also turned out that she acted exactly the same as her! So she decided that one of hers will be her. Monixion then decided he wanted to cosplay Ieyasu from the same game (mainly cause he's relatively simple), and I went home at about 10pm, with my mind boggling at this game and anime. I want to cosplay Saika, but she wears tight clothes which mean I'm not confortable, and then also Mitsunari, cause I could just bleach my hair white lol. Then thought that as much as I would want to, my hair is almost black, so it would take ages lol.

    12th April
    Watched some episodes of Sengoku basara; Samurai Kings (anime). Decided, after 3 eps that I will cosplay Date Masamune, the one eyed dragon. this means that one of my cosplays for aya means I need to make some chainmail and a butt load of armour!! It's actually quite simple, it just takes time. Making chainmail will take ages - it'll cost me 30 and that's just for two sleeves.

    Need to find out Monixion's arm measurements to find out how much materials for his chainmail arm will be needed. And yes, I'll pretty much be making 9 - 12 cosplays by August 18th with little help. Taol knows what cosplays she's doing - and her mum will probably help.

    Hopefully, Monixion can do my six swords and help with armour. And I'll show him and whoever wants to help how to do the chainmail. that should make it a bit easier on me.

    The three characters I'm talking about;
    Ieyasu

    I'm gonna have to add some msucle definition to his skin in places, cause although he's strong, he's not built up like this.

    Tsuruhime


    Date Masamune
    You're asking for historical accuracy in a series where men weilding three swords in each hand, pirates surfing across land on giant anchors, horses with motocycle parts attached and feudal-era Power Rangers are the norm?

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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Just to clarify to anyone who thinks Catnip Dreams and Monixion are on this site; They're not, I'm just respecting their wishes and not releasing their real names onto the internet.

    I've decided to first talk about the lovely things my cat does.

    Like bring in live mice >__<

    And dead baby mice it appears.

    It's very irritating, especially when you had spent the last hour chasing down the mouse she'd brought in the night before, only for her to bring it in again 30 mins later.

    Stop it, Socks, stop it now!

    My obsession with Sengoku Basara has grown. I'm watching the second series now. Got annoyed at my friend Taol cause she said it's shit cause of how weird it is; her excuse being that one of the character (Date Masamune) has a stupid helmet and he's attached handlebars and motorbike exhausts to his horse.

    It turns out that his rather ridiculous helmet is historically correct though - did I mention it's a historical anime?

    Most annoyingly about what she said, is that she watches Ouran Host Club and Haruhi - which aren't exactly normal. So I don't see what her issue is lol.

    COSPLAY NEWS! I have started one of Catnip Dreams cosplays. She's called Mami, and looks like this



    Here's what I've done so far;



    So far so good.

    I'm adding another two layers of underskirt, as it's not poofy enough with just one. She needs to try it on before I can do anything else with it.[hr]
    Also, check out my wallpaper.

    The previous occupants boasted doing all the decoration/electrics etc in our house - it's shit.
    You're asking for historical accuracy in a series where men weilding three swords in each hand, pirates surfing across land on giant anchors, horses with motocycle parts attached and feudal-era Power Rangers are the norm?

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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    The fireplace looks all-too-familiar...
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Nice journal so far. Did these Turks have diverse hairstyles and carry weapons? 3 for a coke?! That's daylight robbery. Even 1 for a two litre Pepsi seems like a fair deal to me. 7 for lemonade and vodka... *dies* Is this a five-star hotel or something? Ah, a Mexican wave. Maybe everyone behind you was shy? Who knows? Wow, fifteen volumes of manga. I bet that set you back a bit.

    Did your boss post on your Facebook wall or something? I do look forward to seeing the chain mail, by the way.

    It looks like you're off to a good start with the new cosplay.

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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    @Baron: what? you have photos of loads of kids, a samurai sword and a really old lamp in your fireplace too?

    @Mantis: No, they didn't. They were just buisness men. And yea, it's 4/5 star hotel. They weren't shy! THEY WERE JUST LAZY!

    And 15 volumes came to a grand total of... *drum roll* 35.50! 32.50 were the tsubasa volumes.

    And she sent me a PM :3


    COSPLAY NEWS!

    I have found material that can pass for chainmail! So instead of costing me 30 and about a million years to make me chainmail sleeves, it's gonna cost me about 10 and a day to make a whole top! HECK YEA!
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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    I said the fireplace, not the items on and around it.
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Nixie-the-Pixie
    @Baron: what? you have photos of loads of kids, a samurai sword and a really old lamp in your fireplace too?
    ...Baron?!


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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Looks like your costume's off to a good start, keep it up!
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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Thanks ^___^

    New update.

    19th April

    Asked mum the night before to wake me up as she left (at about 8am) as I had stuff to do before Catnip came round to try on the costume so far.

    She didn't. However, I woke up at about 8:45 due to said friend texting me saying when I wanted her round. She quickly explained that she first had to wait for someone to come round and look after her little brother (he's 17) as hehad an argument with a bollard and lost, then used his face to cushion his fall. As a result, he got a concussion, and wasn't allowed alone for 48hours. He sprung on her that he had to be an hospital appointment - in 15 mins. Luckily, they live a 5 minute walk from the hospital.

    In a uncharacteristic manner, I got up and dressed rather than lounging in bed for ages. Particulary uncharacteristic since I woke up at 3, 4 and again at 5. For no apparent reason. I headed downstairs in a "LETS GET SEWING" manner.

    And stopped dead.

    There was a pigeon in my hallway.

    It was alive.

    After a quick "HOLYCRAPWHATDOIDOWHATDOIDO?!" moment, I did what we did for the songthrush and put it a box (my last box that I was planning on putting my friend's wig in to keep it's shape) and put teatowels over it to keep it calm. I then chucked the cat out of the house.

    When catnip came over, we checked on the pigeon. From the fact it kept tilting over, we gathered that it's leg must be broken, and the win too as it was sticking at a funny angle.

    After Catnip tried on the costume and it fit, we headed into town (i put food and water in the box with the bird) and informed mother that there was a pigeon in the house so she didn't get a nasty surprise when she got home.

    Unfortunately, the pigeon didn't make it. Mum decided to ask our neighbour to put it out of it's misery - and he shot it with his pellet gun.

    Safe to say, cat is now shut out when someone isn't in the house/is still in bed.
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    RE: Nixie's "Thrilling" Tales of Life and Cons

    Damn, that sucks. Your cats sure are vicious.

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