Packing for any convention is tough. Packing for a STEAMPUNK convention is monumental. First, there’s figuring out which outfits, and in fact, which aspects of steampunk, you want to include. I have mostly pretty formal, Victorian outfits with small steamy touches. (Like not always wearing a blouse with the corset–and wearing the corset on the outside, of course.) Then I have a couple outfits that are more punk, less steam. This weekend, I’ll be debuting a new one, composed of mostly older pieces, but reimagined, that’s really classic steampunk–browns, blacks, gadgets, corset, boots, goggles, and a teacup.
Not only do I have to pack ginormous skirts, and corsets, AND a hoopskirt, and 4 pairs of boots, there’s also gadgets and accessories. Do I wear the vintage jewelry or the one with the kraken? (answer: both, different days.) I have to add combs inside one of my hats, because it keeps falling off my head. I finished my sewing last night. Plus, since this is a working con for me, I have to take books, swag, and materials for panels. It all adds up to a LOT of stuff. A lot.
Oh–and my spouse has just as many outfits. Three piece suits. Kilts. Tophats. Size 14 boots. His luggage isn’t small, either. The funniest part? We’re just going to the other side of Metro Detroit.
So that’s what I’m up to. Tomorrow I leave for Up in the Aether–the Steampunk Convention. It lasts from Friday Morning until Monday afternoon, and there’s a bunch of great stuff planned, including a fabulous author line up. (oh–and I just turned in book 6 of the Gaslight Chronicles
If you’re in the area, come see us. It’s always more fun with more kids in the playground!