Next up: Raava

I’ll admit to agreeing with most of the internet that, overall, Legend of Korra hasn’t been nearly as spectacular as ATLA. Personally, I miss the less-technological world of the original series, although I was initially excited about seeing the Avatar universe move into the industrial age. Like a lot of people, I haven’t been thrilled with the love triangle, but then again, I could have done without most of the relationship stuff in ATLA, too. And overall, I just don’t like Korra as much as Aang. Obviously they’re two totally different people, and there’s no reason anyone should expect Korra to behave like Aang, or have the same values and goals he did, or anything like that. I actually think it’s cool that Korra just wants to be the Avatar and is frustrated about being held back, while Aang was so reluctant to take on the role. But in the end, I just like Aang better, probably because I feel like I can relate to the character more. Yup, I’m secretly a 12-year-old monk. Also still waiting for my Hogwarts letter, but that’s an issue for another post.

Anyhow, the point of this long ramble is that I, again like most of the internet, was just blown away by the Beginnings arc in LoK season 2. From the characters to the AMAZING art to the resurgence of the original Avatar theme during the big climactic fight scene (AHHHHHH!), it was fantastic. So after re-watching Beginnings several times, I decided I needed to cosplay Raava, the spirit of light:

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That’s her in the centre. The big…blue and white….amoeba-thing. And since I am not a big blue and white amoeba-thing (I know, I know, sorry to disappoint you all), I went and drew up a gijinka version:

Raava

Pardon my lack of computer-drawing skillz. I drew it in a sketchpad during a Pathfinder Skull and Shackles session (I peanut-galleried and provided well timed rim-shots) and then traced over it and colored it in Photoshop.

Anywhoo, there it is! My next project! I’ve ordered the wig and three sets of wefts (white, teal, and mint, the latter two of which I’ll be mixing together) and have a wacky hairdo planned, but I’m not going to share it here in case I totally screw it up. I will, however, be taking progress photos, so in the end you’ll know if I screw up regardless.

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Pro-tip: NEVER try to unravel an entire 8-foot weft string. You will get a tangled ball of mess and it will take you 3 HOURS to brush all the tangles out.

My plan for the costume is some sort of heavier silky stuff (real specific, I know) for the petal-skirts and top, and then TONS of chiffon for the giant sleeves and underskirts. I’m hoping to make the sleeves and underskirts detachable so I can be Battle!Raava as well. Maybe add some arm and leg gauntlets, too.

Now all I need is a Wan!

Dissertation crackdown

Hola, readers! Just a quick check-in to let you all know that I have FINALLY started writing the second chapter of my dissertation.

*pause for celebration and the FF Victory theme*

Anyway, I met with my advisor (who is back in the US this year; yay!) last week and agreed to write one page of dissertation per day. So far, all signs point to “this is going to be way harder than it sounds.” A page (double-spaced) is, what, 300-400 words? It really should not be that challenging. I just word-counted what I’ve written of this post so far and it’s 200 words. Some days, though I just don’t have anything to say. Shocking, I know, especially in the world of The Internet. But sometimes I’m having a brain fart and other times I’ve finished talking about one text and haven’t started reading the next text on my List of Texts to Discuss. At which point the writing will stall, or turn out reaaaally lousy. Probably some of both. I will try very hard not to send that part to my advisor.

Right now, though, I’m ploughing through the comic playwright Plautus, and since I’ve already read and taken notes on the first half of the plays, I should be all set for at least a few weeks. When I run dry on Plautus, you’ll know, because sewing-project pictures will start surfacing again. Also, fair warning, my posts will probably be filled with Plautine potty humor. Whoooo, fart jokes! (And you thought the Romans were all serious and stuff…)

In the meantime, here’s that big blue petticoat in progress:

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I have the top layer still to go, but it’s on hold while I make part of a Halloween costume for a friend. Fortunately it’s straight out of a pattern, so once I get going it should be a pretty quick project. That also means I’m unlikely to actually get my own Halloween costume made (I’ve been meaning to make a Jedi costume for YEARS and have finally settled on Jocasta Nu, the head librarian of the Jedi Archives). I’m thinking I might be Toph this year and see how many trick-or-treaters recognize me now that Avatar has been out for 8 years. 8 YEARS. HOLY CRAP, guys, I feel old.

And on that note, happy Tuesday!