When I signed up for the Staying Home Party, the idea of writing up to five posts a day appealed to me as a challenge, but also sounded daunting. I mean, I’m already doing the A to Z Blog Challenge on three blogs, plus I’m part of two different teams doing the challenge, and I’m writing, and a day job, and sometime, I must sleep.
Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. So I appealed to my fellow Nice Girls Writing Naughty and asked if anyone had any ideas. My bud Ella Sheridan suggested I might like a post about her prep for RT. “Sure!” I said. “How about a post about my Mad Hatter costume?”
HOW COULD I SAY NO TO THAT??? OMG, coolest costume idea EVER, and she’s given me pictures. And I’ll admit it – her post made me wish I’d gone to RT, and come up with a costume idea as awesome as this. Check it out –
The Tale of the Mad Hatter
Hello, I’m Ella Sheridan, author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance and even BDSM romance, though everything I write is erotic. And I am the cofounder of a fantastic little author group called the Nice Girls Writing Naughty. And we, as you might already know if you’ve been following some of the RT posts already, hosted a party Wednesday afternoon called the Very Merry Un-Party. An Alice in Wonderland themed party. And I was going as the Mad Hatter.
Why the Mad Hatter?
It all started with a dress.
Honestly, not really a dress. A coatdress. I’d never seen one before, but while perusing the Internet, as you do, one caught my eye—long and black and wow!
“I can do something with that,” I said. And I knew our NGWN Very Merry Un-Party was coming up at the RT Book Convention, and I needed a costume.
Alice in Wonderland.
But I didn’t want to be the queen yelling “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!” So I settled for something a little bit different.
The Mad Hatter!
While I waited for the coatdress to arrive, I scoured Pinterest for far too long looking for ideas. And by the time the coatdress landed on my doorstep, I’d found the perfect one: a bright green corset dress to go beneath it, knee-high boots and black tights. I even found makeup ideas:
But the details weren’t finished yet. This Mad Hatter needed a top hat and choker to finalize the look! So thanks to my local sewing department, I transformed some tulle and feathers and the traditional “In this style 10/6” sign into a Mad Hatter’s top hat.
And finally the day arrived! Let me just say, it’s been yeeeaaarssss since I’ve worn a costume. To say I was nervous was the understatement of 2016. My daughter said it was “cute,” but ya know, she’s my daughter. And my twin, author Dani Wade, said it was “awesome,” but you know, she’s my sister — she had to say that or I won’t leave the hotel room! It wasn’t until a well-known author I recognized caught me walking down the hallway and shouted, “You look fantastic!” that I decided maybe this whole costume thing had worked out okay.
What do you think?
I will admit, after that last encounter, I strutted the rest of the way to the party. 😉
Writing has been my passion since childhood, but like many writers, life got in the way. After earning a BA in English Literature, I married and started a family. But the worlds and characters that swirled through my mind just wouldn’t go away, and at a particularly difficult time in my life, I picked up pen and paper (or laptop) and tried to release some of that difficulty onto the page. I’ve been writing ever since.
Nothing pleases me more than sharing the stories of my heart with you, the reader, and I hope, in some small way, these stories will touch your heart too.
I love to hear from readers, so you are welcome to e-mail me at email@example.com or visit my website.
I don’t know about you, Dear Reader, but now I wish I went to RT just to get to see Ella’s costume! But we have the Staying Home Party, which means we get to see and read all sorts of cool stuff. Besides. There’s always next year’s RT in Atlanta, right?
– E.E. Cummings
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