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A Helena Halloween

This Halloween I did my best to replicate the dress worn by dancer Tracy Phillips in My Chemical Romance’s music video for “Helena”. Originally I wanted to wear it to their concert in the middle of September, but due to the cold weather I decided to save it for Halloween.

The fabric for the dress originated from a few articles of clothing purchased at a Goodwill store. I bought a black dress a few sizes larger than usual and just kept taking it in and sewing it until its shape resembled Helena’s black dress. Then I added the bright red fabric underneath, the black fluff near the dress’s top, and finally the black netting for the lowest layer. Since it was originally designed to survive a rock concert, I shortened it compared to the real dress to prevent anyone from accidentally stepping or catching anything on it.

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Welcome to November

I am happy to say that the past few weeks were basically nothing but fun. I have more time on my hands now because marching band season is finally over for this year. Before I go into the exciting things occurring this month I will summarize the end of October and Halloween holiday.

I didn’t go to the horse show but at least Halloween was enjoyable. I loved my costume, in particular my Victorian zombie veil with beautiful black flowers. I had so much fun hanging out with my friends at the Halloween dance and spending time with my family on Halloween night. Our family Halloween gatherings are always thrilling and I look forward to them every year. I even have a few ideas for next year’s costume.

The fall play is at the end of this week. Everything is looking promising and I know we will have a great show. On Friday the cast and crew gave a preview to the Junior High. In addition to my enjoyable experiences as stage crew I was gifted with an additional role: Moving Dorothy’s house across the stage during the tornado. The house, crafted in foam, is big enough for me (As well as two more people!) to fit in snugly. I would know because my friends and I sit inside while talking about MCR’s new album, haha. My “role” also doubles as the Wicked Witch of the East. Onstage I follow a path of glow-in-the-dark tape across the stage wearing the ruby slippers. When I drop the house after the tornado I stick my feet out from underneath. Originally a pair of stuffed stockings were going to be used but this was changed on the day of the play preview. The date of the play is so close and I can’t wait! After play practice today I am pre-ordering My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days album. It is released on November 22nd, just in time to enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

I love the part of the year spanning from the county fair to Christmas in particular. I don’t know if it is the spacing of roughly one major holiday per month or my interest in the autumn season. The joy behind Christmas is a no-brainer -Who doesn’t love family and a giant tree in the house? There is no staying after school for band or play practice so I have more time to spend on my other projects such as the horses, writing, etc. (Basically everything I said I would complete post after post ago.) At the very least I want my wolf story and the next Shadow Realm part posted. I see Shadow Realm being released soon but I’m not sure on my wolf story or other writing pieces. I thought once about scrapping the zebra story but decided to keep it, shortening the length at the least. I wanted to make it novel-sized but in the end I simply kept running out of ideas and throwing away the majority of the ones I already had drafted out in my mind. I know that it will still be a good story -just shorter and less repatative.

Thank you once again to my readers who take time out of their lives to pay attention to my ramblings. I highly suggest coming to see me in the play this weekend.

-DA Agelle

October Fun

October? Already? Apparently it must be so! I can’t wait for Halloween this year. I plan on dressing as a zombie but not just any zombie! I will be a zombie from the Victorian Era. My costume looks absolutely eerie and I can’t wait to wear it on Halloween.

Another exciting event coming up this month is the horse show. Yes, I am going! Adam and I will be showing on October 23rd at a stable in Derry. In my spare time I am busy preparing for the show. Recently I finished designing my show outfit and completed customization of my stable jacket. Currently I am sewing a saddle blanket blanket. (Haha!) It sits on top of my regular saddle blanket to make it look nicer for show. The blanket is a pretty blue color with shiny white trim. (I didn’t like the way silver looked with it.) On the rear right corners I will sew about four black crystal beads to give decoration. I suppose it is also a good idea to incorporate black into the blanket since it is one of my stable colors. Today I plan on scheduling the vet appointment for vaccinations and a coggins test. I will also call to discuss trailering with a stable who offers it. If this all goes well Adam and I will be in the show!

I discovered Tuesday that I am the Assistant Stage Manager for the fall play. Basically it is a stage crew position focused on (obviously) assisting the stage manager. The first after-school practice was Wednesday. Everything went well and I can see already that this year’s fall play will be fun.

Apparently this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous so I do not intend on wasting a single moment of it. I am looking forward to tonight’s game where we will be marching our new show at halftime. Tomorrow I will start serious show training with Adam. In the evening I hope to hang out with my best friend and my other friends on a haunted hayride, house, barn, and the rest of the traditional haunted fall festivities. I wish everyone a happy weekend and to enjoy the pleasant weather while it remains.

-DA Agelle