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I'm not sure I can do this cosplay thing...
As you all may know, I am currently two books deep into a Steampunk trilogy. I LOVED H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as a kid and have always lost myself in this type of story. The what if and elegant inventions. Writing in a genre I have always admired is a DREAM!!
But the other day I was talking with a friend of mine about going to a conference as a vendor to offer my book and maybe connect with other lovers of the genre and she asked me if I was going to dress up.
I was confused... "Like, wear a suit?" I asked her.
No, it turns out that she thought I might go all steampunk'd out to the conference since the GearCon's and Gaslight Gatherings celebrate dressing up and cosplay. I knew that attendants did this, but vendors?
In fact she showed me some blogs of other steampunk authors and they are all dressed in period/world attire.
|Panic Cat demonstrating my expression.|
Panic set in. I'm not sure I can do a corset and not manage to fall all over myself.
I want to look professional...like an author...not like one of my characters. I mean, I have never seen Stephen King dressed up as Pennywise or Cassandra Clare dressed as a Shadow Hunter.
I write Gothic Mystery also and have never had cause to be all 'ghosty' or whatever.
Not sure what to do. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there a compromise...perhaps some sort of 'nod' to the devices in my book that I can have displayed instead?