I had the best time today! We went to the Great New England Steampunk Exhibition!!!
I've been wanting to go there ever since I first heard about it, mainly because my two favorite authors EVAR were the Guests of Honor:
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller!
I've been a huge fan of their work ever since I picked up "Conflict of Honors" way back in the day.
I swear that when I met them, I held my fangirlish squeeing to a minimum. No, really!
Does it look like I'm squeeing?
I bought a few books, got some autographs, and after chatting with them a bit, walked around the convention floating a few inches off the ground. Silver can confirm that when we talked on the phone hours later, I was still geeking out about it.
We watched an excerpt from an amusing Steampunk operetta, "Queen Victoria's Floating Garden of Secrets and Natural Wonders", which had a few too many fart jokes for my taste, but was nevertheless a worthwhile endeavor. Excellent singing!
Here are some of the amazing costumes we saw throughout the day:
LOVED this hat, seriously adored it:
This gentleman won the rather informal costume contest (I was rooting for another gentleman with an amazing mechanical backpack, whose picture I was unfortunately unable to obtain...):
I think it was the armor that won him first place.
I also took the opportunity to try on an amazing leather corset, with the most cunning front closures EVAR. If only I had an extra $295 lying around...*snerk*.
I was looking in the mirror going, "Wow, I have BOOBS!"
Well, I got the lady's business card, so I know where to go when I have money saved up. That's just one item I *have* to add to my wardrobe. Very nifty.
And that was my day! Very much fun was had by all!
ZOMFG, I GOT TO MEET SHARON LEE AND STEVE MILLER!!!!! *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!*
I'm glad I finally got that out, I think I almost ruptured something holding back.
EDITED TO ADD:
Duh, I was so tired when I posted this, I forgot to mention how incredibly NICE Sharon and Steve are. They were very kind to spend time chatting with me about various and sundry topics and I enjoyed the experience immensely.