The WeirdCrest Halloween Countdown Begins.

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Ah, yes. The more serious department stores are juuuuust now starting to put up orange and black planograms as the back-to-school stuff goes on clearance and the last of the neon summer crap is kicked out the door. The pop-up Halloween stores are hiring. The craft stores are loaded with witch and bat activity kits, and candle stores reek of pumpkin spice. It is the beginning of September, which, if you’re a Halloween nut like me, means the Halloween season has begun! Rejoice, my friends, the long wait is OVER!!!

Dragon Con 2017 Approaches!

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I will be rather scarce for  the next few days; you see, the biggest nerdfest in the US, also known as DragonCon, is this weekend. I will be attending here and there, although I am not doing the stuff I used to do or that a lot of people always do: costuming. No, I haven’t done a costume in a few years. I just got burnt out on it like I got burnt out on taking puppets to it.  I like a pressure-free experience, just going to see friends and their costumes, meeting celebrities that I am interested in, and viewing the art gallery. Maybe I’ll dress us in something again one of these days…my friend Beth agreed that I would make a great Professor Trelawney to travel around with her as Professor Sprout.

One thing that I do prepare each year is “The Book”, which turns out to be like a yearbook. I have friends sign it and draw in it, plus I paste in various swag, business cards and pictures. It’s become a lot of fun for me to do and a great keepsake afterward.
Usually I use a generic black sketchbook. This year I decided to try out a looseleaf notebook so that I could rearrange things or add new pages.
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I used a paintmarker on the spine, and it has one of those clear view windows on the front–I inserted the printed-out dragon artwork into it.

This year, friends who sign it will find a bit of a surprise:


A pencil case with eyes awaits them! But that’s not all!




It has toofs!
And it’s filled with markers in case anyone wants to draw me a very involved picture. 🙂