Tip Tuesday: How to be Wicked Sick

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How to be Wicked Sick

Yup, I am currently ill, and thus am struggling to take this week’s Tip Tuesday seriously. However, what with me being Mort, and being something of a virtuoso in surviving illnesses, I thought I’d share some of my knowledge on how to be wicked sick  in the hopes that it will help you lovely people cope with your illnesses too.

1. Nest – This is fairly essential to surviving any minor illness.how to be wicked sick You want it to me warm, snuggly, and all kinds of comfy. A bed is a good start, but sofas covered in blankets are also a viable option. You want your nest to be situated close to sustenance and to a bathroom, but don’t compromise comfort for either.

2. Stock upWhile it is recommended that you be close to a how to be wicked sickconstant supply of food and water, chances are you’re not going to want to leave your base of operations for anything other than peeing. With that in mind, you will want to pack your nest with plenty of snacks and drinkables. Optional: tissues, highly recommended if you have the snuffles.

3. Entertainment – There is nothing more important to recovering from a cold/ sore throat/ whatever the hell it is that’s making my glands swollen at the moment, than large quantities of how to be wicked sickentertainment sources. You should try to keep multiple entertainment mediums within arms reach of your nest. Laptops and TVs provide low level mental stimulation for when your brain is too foggy to function. Books and video games offer that little extra fun for when you’re awake enough that simply lying in your nest becomes boring. Avoid boredom as much as possible. Boredom means getting up and finding something to do, and that’s just going to make you feel ill.

4. Take your pills! – Whether they’re the basic painkiller and how to be wicked sickanti-inflammatory tablets we all know and love, or prescribed antibiotics, make sure you’re taking your medication correctly and consistently. Even taking paracetamol regularly can keep a temperature in check. However, make sure you’re taking the right dosage, and don’t go over the daily limit!

5. Do something (a bit) stupid – This is a personal favourite. I’m a how to be wicked sickbig fan of wearing cat ears, or creating a beard out of my own hair. Just something to make me smile every time I look in the mirror. It keeps me positive, and makes me feel like I’m better, even when I’m not.

And that’s your lot, because I feel like I’m dying and my cocoon of warmth is calling to me. It’s singing the song of my people, and that song is Lullaby, by Mandah.

Hope all you wicked sick peeps get better soon!

Peace out,

Mort.

 

5 Ways to be a Good Cosplayer

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5 Ways to be a Good Cosplayer

It’s hard to define what makes a good cosplayer. Everyone seems to have a different idea about what separates the awful from the amazing. Some will tell you accuracy is key, while others believe that if you’re having fun, then you’re awesome. Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that being a good cosplayer is as much about being a good person, as it is about having a good costume. Cosplay helped me develop out of my angsty teenage shell, into the fabulous human being that I am today. With that in mind, here are a few things that I’ve picked up over the years, that I believe help make people good cosplayers.

1. Pick characters you actually like – When I first started cosplaying, most of the characters I dressed as were chosen for me by one friend, or another. They were all the Good cosplayerquiet, sullen type, that didn’t do a lot of talking (like myself at the time). Then, one year, my friends got really into Marauder era Harry Potter, and I chose the wondrous Gilderoy Lockhart. I chose him for his ability to deflect any negativity. He’s completely unapologetic about who he is, despite being a lying coward, and I have never had more fun cosplaying than I did flouncing around in a Ravenclaw uniform, with a wand the length of my forearm (oh, the innuendo).

2. JUST DO IT – If you think you’d like to cosplay a character, COSPLAY THE CHARACTER. Don’t fret about what people will think, or about whether anyone will recognise you. Do it because you love the character, and because good cosplayerputting on that costume will make you feel confident, and happy. Don’t even worry if a friend is doing the same costume. Just do it, because sure it’s nice to have variety in a cosplay group, but chances are your friend will cosplay a whole bunch of characters from the same series, and they’re your friend. They won’t want to hold you back.

3. Don’t judge – As a teen, the reason I loved my cosplay group was that it was a place I could hang-out, and be a complete weirdo, alongside other complete weirdos. It was a judgmentgood cosplayer free zone, and it was exactly what I needed. Now it seems I can’t go a day without seeing a “Fat Cosplayer” page, some picture of a girl dressed at Harley Quinn with a series of slut shaming comments underneath, or even thinspiration slapped next to a picture of Jessica Nigiri. So remember guys, every time you judge another person’s cosplay, you make an ewok cry.

4. Be friendly, not creepy – One of the main reasons anyone gets into cosplay is to make friends with awesome, like-minded good cosplayerpeople. But there is a line between being friendly, and being creepy. If you see someone in an amazing outfit, it’s fine to say hello, ask for pictures, and maybe suggest you hangout. However, if they say no, or they have other plans, don’t try to persuade them, or stalk them for the rest of the afternoon. Be chill. Remember that they are just another human being, and respect their wish to be left alone.

5.Take pictures! – Not enough people do this anymore, which is a shame. One of the major cosplaying joys is having someone run up to you and ask for your picture, but unfortunately we tend to be an introverted bunch. So let’s make all make a pledge; if we see someone we want a photo with/of, we will go and get a photo with/of them AND we will post them in a findable place on Facebook. That way, not only will we have plenty of happy memories, but the person in the picture will too.

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Phew, well, I’m done with my trip down memory lane…although I do have a sudden urge to dig my Ravenclaw tie out of the wardrobe. Still, before I do that, I’d like to ask what you think makes a good cosplayer?

Ciao mes ffrindiau!

-Mort

P.S. Winner of the giveaway will be announced Thursday night!

P.P.S. I’d like to take the credit for these pictures, but most of it goes to my friends, Charlotte and DJ, as well as few other members of CosplayCymru (If you took one of these, let me know!).