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2014-03-05 07:26 am

Ooops, I'm behind so here's a couple things!

So there's three different things going on right now and I thought it would be better to just add them into one post here so you can all click on the link for the stuff you wanna read. 

We got a new review on Seeking the Storyteller - PLUS A giveaway!  Visit the page for this link to read it and participate!

New character interview!  This time it's Tom Kendall from a whole series of books by John Holt!  

And finally, I totally forgot to post the extra character interview from last week.  So here's the link to EZ from Lovers in the Woods!

Ok, I think that's it for now.  Please go and read and be sure to enter the giveaway! 
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2014-02-26 06:44 am

Character Wednesdays: Dylan Jones from Riches to..


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Character Wednesdays: Dylan Jones from Riches to Rags


Welcome to Character Wednesdays! 

This is where I'll be interviewing character from different books, novels and short stories.  If you're an author and you would like your character to be interviewed, please send me an email.

Dylan Jones from Riches to Rags

Tell me a little about yourself and the world you live in.  
I’m Dylan Jones and I’m a seventh grader at LangdonMiddle School.  I’m just an average kid whose parents have some money.  I get hassled a lot about that.
Tell us your most closely guarded secret?
Well, in my history class, old lady Wickware had us pick a name or subject out of this box and then an oral report is due – you know, boring stuff, right?   Anyway, the paper I pick has the word Orphan Train on it.  Well Wickware put her hand on my shoulder and WHAM – I am standing at a train depot in 1875!  I am staring at the actual Orphan Train.  I’m serious!  You can’t make this stuff up!
Tell us about your single most important memory.  What was it and how does it affect you now?
You won’t believe this but this man, no this jerk, drops a little boy and a baby – no joke, a baby, off at the cement platform outside the depot.  Then this…this…man just leaves.  They are crying and he just leaves!
What type of person are you?  Are you a hero or do you shy away from conflict?  
I’m no hero, that’s for sure, but let me tell you I didn’t shy away from that dude.  We had words.
Do you have anyone close to you, any family or friends of interest?
I’m lucky cause I have a lot of friends and my family is awesome.  But when I was on that train, I met a kid my age. He seemed really cool but his story was awful.  It was weird that I have money in my pockets most days and I didn’t that day.  I would have liked to have been able to give him some.  I can’t get him out of my mind, and I wonder how things turned out for him.
What initially spurred your actions in this story.  Obviously it had to start somewhere for you, give us an idea of where that starting point is and where it all started.
Well I had heard stories of bizarre things happening in old lady Wickware’s history classes, like other kids being sent back in time, but come on, who would believe that? Plus, nobody has actually said it happened to them, out loud anyway.  I know first hand now and believe me, except for you, I’m not talking either.
Tell us where we can read more about you?  (The book(s) they are featured in)
Riches to Rags, Book 5 of the Wickware Sagas
Excerpt from Riches to Rags
“Daddy, we don’t want to go with them. We want to stay with you.” His lips
were quivering and his eyes filled with tears.
The man stood. “I done told you, since your mama died I can’t care for you.
Now, you will do what I tell you.” He turned to walk away but the boy grabbed his
“Daddy…” The man shoved the little boy, making him fall, landing hard on the
cement. Both boy and baby were now crying and Dylan noticed not one person
stopped to help.
“Hey,” Dylan yelled, “maybe you need to man up and go talk to the lady
yourself. It takes a really brave man to push a little boy around.” Dylan’s face was
purple with anger.
“This ain’t none of your concern, kid,” the man yelled over his shoulder as he
practically ran through the door, escaping his kids screams.
“You can’t leave them here, you gutless wonder!” Dylan yelled, but their father was long gone. “People can’t just throw their kids away,” he muttered, picking up
the screaming baby, afraid she would get stepped on.
“It happens all the time.”
Dylan turned to see a boy, a few years older than himself, leaning against the
wall. He was dressed in dirty long pants and a shirt that seemed to have more holes than material.
Author:  Penny Estelle
Author's blog or website: 
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I have more stories for the middle grade kiddos and several for the older group.  In April I have a historical romance coming out, Revenge, the Cowboy Way and in May my first children’s picture book coming out, Have You Seen My Tail?
You can find out more about my stories and me at the following links.  Please stop by and visit, join, and like.  I love visitors and comments!

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2014-02-12 09:10 am

Character Wednesdays: Avery Blair from Double Hue

Character Wednesdays: Avery Blair from Double Hue


Welcome to Character Wednesdays - where I'll be sharing interviews with different characters from different books.  If you're an author and would like a character interview posted, send me an email!

Avery Blair from Double Hue - by Briana Lawrence

Hello everyone, I'm sitting here with one our very own rising stars at the University of Minnesota, Avery Blair.
Hi there!  Thanks for having me!
Avery, we've seen you on stage several times now, what exactly got you so into acting?  What makes you so enthusiastic about it?
I love entertaining people.  It’s one of the hardest things to do and doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves.  It’s hard to make people react to your characters.  You have to try your best to make them laugh when you want them to, to make them feel sad or happy or angry.  You can’t predict how people are going to react and I love when I can do it right.  When I’m on that stage, I feel empowered.  I’m bringing a character to life and I’m making people react the way I want them to.  If I do a scene and I do it the way I want to, I’ll make you smile, or laugh, or cry, whatever I want.  And the best part is that if you do well enough, if you have that star power, those feelings stay with your audience even after the curtain closes.
That’s what I strive for.  I strive to be that star.
A star?  Well of course!  I assume, in order to build your skills, you've seen many shows.  Tell us, what's one of your favorites?
That’s such a terrible question!  I have so many favorites!  Can’t we talk about something else, like video games?  There’s one I’m playing right now, or rather, I’m going back and replaying it.  They announced the third one, finally!  Kingdom Hearts 3!  It’s going to be amazing!  I can talk about that all day...
(laughs) You can talk about your video games but not your favorite show?
All right, all right.  How about I talk about the one I’m going to be in.  I’m going to be in Rentand it’s going to be amazing.  It really is one of my favorite musicals.  I’ve seen it at least a billion times, if not more than that.
And building on that, if you could have any role, what would it be?  Where should we expect to see that name of yours in lights?
Actually, this role is sort of the role of my dreams.  This is one of those musicals I’ve watched so many variations of.  On stage.  On DVD.  I’ve listened to the soundtrack and pretty much know the entire thing without reading the script.  Though I’m still going to read it… repeatedly. 
As for my name in lights, once I graduate that’s my next step.  I really want to perform at one of the theaters here in the city.  I’ve seen so many shows at the Orpheum, I would just die if I got to perform there.  But then I’d move on to bigger cities and bigger venues.  I have it all figured out… in my head, at least.
You certainly have some high dreams, it sounds like Broadway better be prepared for you.  Tell us, aside from the theater, what are some of your other passions?
Hmmm… do I tell you more about my video games, or my boyfriend?
Yep!  We’ve been together for four years.  He’s kind of a geek, which might sound weird coming from a Theater major who plays video games.  Maybe I mean he’s a nerd?  He’s a Marketing major and is all numbers and charts and graphs and stuff.  He’s one of those brainy guys, you know?  I’m all fun and acting and he’s all PowerPoint presentations.  He even wears glasses! 
Ohh, he sounds like a cutie. 
He is, most definitely.  Nerds are cute now, you know?  He’s a real sweetheart, though.  He lets me crash at his place when my roommate is too busy drinking his way through college.  He lets me play my video games at his place even if he’s not a big fan of them.  Now that’s true love. 
Nothing says “I love you” like accepting your gaming, musical boyfriend.
Amen to that!
(laughs)  I think we've seen him in the front row at some of your shows.  How'd you two meet? 
Oh man, this is a good story.  See, he always tells the story on how we met in our first year of college in one of those introductory classes they make you take.  And it’s true, we did meet that way, but I’m going to let you in on a secret.  There’s more to the story.
On our first date he took me to a musical at the Orpheum, only he failed to mention that he didn’t like them.  He also failed to mention that he didn’t have tickets.  He told me that he did, but he actually didn’t.  So instead, when we got there, he told me that the theater made a deal with him.  That if we agreed to help usher people to their seats, we could stay for the musical. 
Really?!  He said that?
He sure did.  He didn’t think I knew that this was something the theatre did if you volunteered as an usher.  They let you watch the show once you help everyone to their seats.
So what did you do?
I went along with it.  We didn’t even get to sit together during the show.  He told me the truth later, and he also told me that he didn’t care for musicals.
Can you tell us some more about him?  He must have a secret interesting side if he's able to handle all of your upcoming stardom, especially if he hates musicals.
I guess that’s what makes him special.  He likes my reaction to them.  I get really excited, and he likes watching me get excited.  Same with video games.  He’ll actually watch me play even if he could care less about the game, but he likes watching me.  But the poor boy doesn’t have a creative bone in his body.  The only thing I’ve ever seen is this box of crayons his grandfather gave him. 
Crayons?  What made him keep a box of crayons?
His grandfather passed away when he was a kid and the crayons are the last thing he gave him.  So he still has them.  It’s sweet, really.  Even with his charts and tables there’s still that small hint of there being something more to him.  It’s one of the many things I love about him.
Well, we're looking forward to your future shows.  Thank you for speaking with us today and we'll see you at your next show!

Thanks so much!


Double Hue is published through Eternal Press and is currently available throughAmazon and the Eternal Press website.  If you'd like to contact the author, you can visit her website or find her on Goodreads.
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2014-02-03 08:19 am

We'll be at Anime Milwaukee 2014!

Along with writing books, my partner and I visit several conventions a year to show off our costumes, and sell our crafty items. (We make dolls, clocks, mirrors, woodburning, hats and a bunch of other stuff.)

Our first convention this year is Anime Milwaukee in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The convention is on February 14th through 16th and below is a map for where you can find us in the Artist Alley/ Dealer's Hall.

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2014-01-24 12:49 pm

Whispering in my ear

(Wow, again, it's been a while since I've been on here, but mostly because I've actually created a Blogger account specifically for writing now, which I'm keeping much more up to date. Here's the link:

If you ever talk to me in person and I get into talking about my characters, I'll probably describe them as real people I've met, because that's what I'm used to and that's the easiest way for me to write them - imagine them as someone who lives down the street.

For instance, currently, I have two very real seeming characters swimming in my head. One is Aiden (who I described in an earlier post) and the other is his boyfriend Lassie, who keep invading my thoughts. I have them defined and I know exactly what they look like and how they interact with each other. Unfortunately what I don't know, at the moment, is what their plot is and how to go about writing it.

Honestly, the easiest way to explain it at the moment is that Lassie - a tall and thin young man with a partially shaved head and blue hair dropping down the other side in curls - is leaning over and whispering in my ear while I'm sitting at my normal job trying to work on emails and customer requests. He's telling me about how he runs a coffee shop with a really unique atmosphere and how Aiden is his boyfriend and they get along so well together, but he won't tell me is what happens beyond that coffee shop. He won't even tell me if Aiden is attending classes or has a job...

It's frustrating, really. But I'll be honest, I love it too.

Hopefully some plot will occur to me soon, because these two really really want me to write about them, and not just as side characters in a different story, as I'd originally planned. Ooops.
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2013-12-16 02:12 pm

I'm Published!!!!

Pardon me for not updating this journal that much (I've actually moved to a new one here: ) but this is super important!

As of today, I am a published author! The book I wrote with Briana/Chibi/my partner is out and available on Amazon!

Please check it out. Please share your thoughts! This is HUGE!

I'm going to go start dancing now!!!!!!
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2013-09-30 09:39 am

Writing and Published Update: Cover Art!

Appearing out of the shadows again, I am still around, just not on Dreamwidth and Livejournal that much anymore.

I'm updating to let everyone know that our bookcover for Hunters: Seeking the Storyteller has been revealed!

If you'd like to keep up with our books and other things myself and my wifey will be publishing, I'd recommend either checking out my facebook page or tumblr below.


Also: Shameless plug for the awesome artist who did our amazing cover! Seriously, check out his work. The cover will be up as a print shortly!
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2013-06-01 08:04 am
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I haven't been on here in ages. But this is worthy of getting out there as much as possible!

So it's official, Chibi - my wifey - is now a published author! Her first story is a short gay romance novel and you can check it out at the links below! We also have a novel coming out together and she has another novel while I'll post about as soon as the website has it for sale.

Here's all the info on it!

So the gay romance story for Dreamspinner Press is "Press START to Play," also known as, "That one story I forgot to let my mom read." It's eBook only, but it looks like there are several different electronic formats for it. Keep in mind that this story is NOT WORKSAFE BY ANY MEANS as it involves geekery, gaming, and sexy times between men.

There are two ways to read the story:

1. Buy the individual story itself for $3. That's right, only $3 to get all of the wonderful video game references and romance that you want. The link is here:

2. Buy the entire anthology to read over 1500 pages from other talented authors. It is the "Make a Play" sports anthology (yes I wrote about video games for a sports anthology guys) The link is here:

Below is a small snippet from the short story!


Lukis takes the controller, watching as the game loads and the animated sequence begins. The graphics are impressive—he guesses. The art style is interesting and the
music is catchy. He’s surprised when he realizes he recognizes some of the characters—various superheroes from the huge movie releases over the summer. There’s Spider-Man, who seems to have recovered from losing his uncle and fighting the giant lizard. Then there’s the Avengers, a team of attractive superheroes run by an angry black guy in an eye patch. “They in a fightin’ game?”

“Yep. It’s a combination of heroes and video-game characters. Figured you’d at least know who some of these guys are. Everyone does.”

Lukis frowns. “Where’s Batman?”

“Batman’s not in this. He’s DC, this is Marvel.”

“But Batman is cool. You said heroes, he should be here.”

Aaron laughs. “I ain’t sayin’ he ain’t cool, I’m just lettin’ ya know that he ain’t in this game. Marvel and DC are two different comic book companies. You know, it’d be like if our home football team and the rival team were in a game.”

“They are. It’s called Madden.”

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2012-07-08 09:57 am

Accel World Eps 1-3


Arita is the pudgy kid at school that everyone picks on. In this world, everyone has a computer around their neck and can drop into a virtual world by muttering a couple words. Our main character happens, by chance, to make friends with the student council vice president who shares with him a special program which allows him to access a secret virtual world that most people don't know about and hopefully improve his life in that world and the real one.


The concept behind this show is very interesting and very fitting for the current world of things like Second Life and other MMORPG's. I like the idea and while I'm not a fan of the super ultra cutesy anime style, I can let that slide to watch more of this series. I want to know why the girl is so intent on recruiting him, because I don't completely believe her explaination. So I guess we'll see. Sadly I'm not as passionate about this series as I was with Fate/Zero and Guilty Crown and No. 6, but it's still good.
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2012-07-08 07:56 am

Lots of catching up to do....

I haven't been keeping this up lately and I feel a bit bad, so time to catch up on things. Because I've been watching a lot of anime lately.

Guilty Crown - Ending
Spoilers ahead, obviously )

Kids on the Slope...
Yep, still hooked. Still watching and on episode 8 now...

No. 6, Episodes 1-7

Shion is a brilliant student who just happens to, one night, help a fugitive about his same age. Several years in the future Shion runs into the same fugitive, Nizumi, as he discovers a parasytic bee that appears to be infecting people in his futuristic utopian city and sucking the life and youth right out of them.

This series, which I started watching thanks to a music video I found, is really really good. I'm sad to find out that it's only 11 episodes long and the only reason I haven't watched it all yet is because two of the episodes aren't listed on hulu and I have to find time to watch them on Crunchyroll instead. (Read: I have a crappy computer). But this series is really good at illustrating the two very different characters that are drawn together by circumstances. The underlying plot of the city, No. 6, and the bees is interesting, but the central part of the story is the two characters and how their personalities are reflections of the worlds they come from. I can't wait to see how this anime ties it all together in the end and really need to watch more of this now!
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2012-06-16 04:10 pm

Blue Exorcist Review: Eps 1-3

Rin is the typical misunderstood thug who tries to do the right thing, but the people around him only seem to see the fights and destruction that his bad luck causes. This is componded by the fact that his twin brother, Yukio, seems to be the golden child who finished school and is heading off to study to become a doctor with no fights or issues under his belt.

But after a few more unlucky circumstances, Rin starts seeing things that can't possibly be real. A flying impish beachball with a monkey face? Little dust particles with faces? Something is definitely out of place.

Turns out that Rin is actually part demon. But not just any demon... he's the son of Satan and in spite of the priest's attempt to protect him, and now he knows the truth.

My thoughts:

Having studied world religions in college, it tickles me to no end whenever anime/movies and other media take bits and pieces from other religions and mold them to fit their own styles. It makes for interesting stories, characters and new view points that you would have never considered because you're so used to it being one way.

That said I like this series!

I like their protrayl of the demons and how only certain people can see them, but the rest of the world walks around oblivious. I like their protrayl of demons and Satan as a chaotic almost comical characters as in a world of control, they have none.

I will be adding this to my queue to watch ^_^
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2012-06-10 03:19 pm

Book Review: The Witch in Every Woman


From the back:
All women possess the primal courage and strength of the Witch. In this breakthrough, life-altering new book, Laurie Cabot brings more then forty years of experience as a spiritual counselor and practicing Witch to cultivate and celebrate the secret, magical side of every woman's nature. Unfolding the wit and wisdom of ancient Celtic takes, as well as many stories of her own making, Laurie shows you how ancient truths can empower you during many of life's dark moments and lead you on a path of success and personal fulfillment. Through story, ritual activity, and spiritual communion, you will learn how to use your instinctual nature to achieve your goals and feel energized, strong and capable in your daily life.

I picked this book up from the used section at Barnes and Noble to read on our trip to L.A. It's been a while since I've picked up a book on witchcraft and I've kinda been missing it and this one looked interesting.

That said, this book take a little getting used to. While it is a great guide for how differently a witch might see and interpret the world then 'normal' or non Witchcraft practicing people, it does come off as being a bit combative at times. This book is expressly aimed at women and very harsh on how male dominated the world has become. While I would tend to agree, there were parts in the book where the author made it overly clear and it was actually a bit uncomfortable to read.

That small complaint aside, this book gives a great overview of a woman's life and how witchcraft melds in well, even in our modern world. The part I especially loved was the old stories at the end of each chapter used to demonstrate what the chapter was speaking about. These small stories make it easier to remember the lessons in each chapter and sum up the knowledge given quite well.

I would not recommend this book to a beginner, nor would I really recommend it to someone who doesn't practice witchcraft already. Instead it seems best suited to someone who has practiced for more then a few years and would like to take a step back and reexamine how the craft has fit into their own lives. As that's where I'm standing right now, it worked quite well.
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2012-06-10 09:01 am

Neo Angelique: Abyss Review Eps 1-2

Neo Angelique Abyss Pictures, Images and Photos

Angelique is, of course, a normal school girl whose life decides to take an interesting turn when an attractive young man shows up at her school refering to her as the 'miracle girl'. This young man is building a group of 'purifiers' to help him fight against the Thanatos, creatures that are attacking people in this world.

The series is very stylized, with beautiful art and the costumes the characters wear make them stand out come the standard. But aside from that, we have the standard harem series where a young girl is told she's amazing and surrounded by many differnt suitors all battling to protect her and for her attention.

It's a pretty series, but really doesn't seem to have much more substance then that. You can tell it's based on a dating game of some sort, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I think in this case I'm happy that there are only four episodes on Hulu. Then I don't feel guilty for wasting my time on an anime series purely for the eye candy.

Well that and there's only two episodes on Hulu... oh well. Guess that's where I stop until they post more, if they ever do.
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2012-06-03 08:11 am

Anime Review: Kids on the Slope 1-3

Oops, haven't posted for a while. Thought I'd throw one of these up here before we take off to E3 on Monday!!

Kids on the Slope Pictures, Images and Photos

Kids on the Slope: Episode 1-3 )
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2012-05-20 04:28 pm

Inu x Boku SS Episodes 1-3

Inu X Boku Pictures, Images and Photos

The story starts out innocently enough, with a young jaded and socially awkward girl, Ririchiyou, moving into a new apartment complex where people who live there are each assigned their own Secret Service agent. From the beginning it sounds like a stereotypical harem anime series with one girl surrounded by many suitors of various personalities... or does it?

In the beginning of the first episode you’re told they want people to think that this apartment building is for rich people with a secret service agent and that’s what they want people to think. Nothing else is said about it for the first episode but by the end, the true nature of the series is revealed: this apartment building is home to a group of half breeds who are human but have demon blood somewhere back in their family lines and thus nothing is very normal inside this building.

Sounds interesting enough, so after three episodes to assure myself it’s not just another harem series, I’m pretty much in.

The character of Ririchiyou is interesting. On the outside she’s a cynical and smart ass girl who not only pushes people away from her, she shoves them out the window with her short comments. In this way and in her other mannerisms she reminds me of Ciel from Black Butler but not nearly so dark. In contrast this girl is quite a bit more innocent and as the episodes progress she is trying, whereas Ciel demands you take his road or no road at all.

Her secret service agent is actually a 7-9 tailed white fox called Soushi (I couldn’t get a count of all of his tails during the episodes) who is her loyal dog in all ways and wants nothing more then to happily serve her every want. This is the dynamic that I hate about harem anime, but here it works. She’s so jaded that she doesn’t know what to do with him, and he is a lot deeper then just wanting to please her - there’s hints that there’s something he’s trying to make up for with these actions, something darker? - so neither are brainless in this devotion and it doesn’t completely turn me off.

I like the dynamic between the two main characters and I very much want to learn what other supernatural creatures are living in that apartment building. I think I’m going to chalk up my like of this series to my love of learning about the mythology of other cultures. Honestly if that weren’t part of it, I don’t think I would give this series the time of day. It’s a little too cute for my normal tastes but with that plot point... damn, hooked anyway.
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2012-04-08 09:26 pm

Tutorial: How to Dissect a Costume into a Cosplay - Part 2 & 3

Continuing on from the first part of the tutorial I wrote before, here's parts 2 and 3!

Step 2: Skill

Now that you have your references, you need to stop and take a moment to think about your skill level. Before you even start to create a costume, you want to think about what you have done in the past and what things you are willing to learn.

Likely, while you were choosing a costume, you already had your skill level in the back of your mind. But now that you have the pictures, take a step back and look at them. Ask yourself, is this a costume I can make? But don’t be discouraged!

Making a costume can be done in many ways. Some people sew clothing from scratch, some people find pieces from stores and stitch them together to look right and others just find all the pieces premade at thrift stores. So before you get all discouraged, just step back and think of the many different ways you could construct the costume.

All things can be made. If you don’t know how to make it, form it or sew it, chances are you can find a tutorial on the internet that tells you how. So that’s one resource you can use. There are also many cosplay communities on a whole variety of sites and most cosplayers are more then happy to offer tips and tricks if they are asked politely. So even something a bit out of your skill range could still be in reach, all you need to do is test the waters and maybe step into some unknown territory.

Another option you have is to commission the costume. There are several cosplayers who choose to order either full costumes or part of their costumes from people who have made the craft into a sort of job. This option, however, will be spendy, but it is one you can consider. For example if your costume requires a specific prop or piece of jewelry and you have no knowledge of how to make it, you might want to consider commissioning it.

Word of warning with commissions: In many cases if you find someone willing to make a part or a whole costume for you, they will charge you for their time. If you find a website that offers such things for super cheap, be sure to check reviews on the site because with commissions you often get what you pay for and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Step 3: Down to patterns

Now that we have all the reference and preparation work down, it’s time to get down to patterns.

In most cases, you are not going to find a full out pattern for your costume because anime style clothing is unique, or the character just might have very odd looking clothes. Instead, you’re more likely to find patterns for pieces, such as the sleeves of one pattern and the top on another and so forth. This isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Most patterns, especially if you stick to the same brand name, have seams in the same place. So it is relatively easy to take one dress and add sleeves from another pattern and the skirt from a third pattern. A quick and easy way to tell is to flip the pattern to the back and look at the simple sketch of the outfits. Are the shoulder seams in about the same place? If so, then you should be able to swap them out with minimal trouble. Same with skirts at the waist line, coats with different sleeves and so on. If you’re not sure, take out the pattern pieces and just lay them next to each other, in most cases they will still fit so you can mix and match with a little trial and error.

There are many brands of patterns and you can pretty much pick and choose. What brand I use tends to depend on what is on sale, but if you’re a beginner you might want to look at their directions to see which brand explains things in the best way for you.

Some common brand names: Simplicity, McCalls, Burda, Kwik Sew, See & Sew, Vogue, Butternick and many others. There are also probably some brand names specific to your local craft or sewing store. You can also search for patterns online at any number of sites as needed.

Here’s an example or locating patterns that work for a costume.
Let's take a look at the Ky picture I posted before. Here’s a couple of my reference pictures:

Photobucket So for the jacket, we’re going to use Simplicity 2517 for the long sweeping jacket with the shoulder piece (and I’m going to lengthen the end of the jacket to make it longer as needed)

Photobucket Simplicity 2339 will give me the sleeveless undershirt and I can add belts as needed. I can also use part of this pattern to fashion the strange half sleeves he wears.

The middle blue piece doesn’t have a pattern I can find, but it’s quite simple, so I’m going to take a long piece of wax paper or parchment paper (yes, from your kitchen) and hold it up to my body to sketch out the right shape. This will become my pattern piece for later.

Photobucket Add in a simple pair of white pants like Simplicity 1918 and look up a tutorial for making boot covers and we’re all set!