Awesome drawing of me by Jack Maverick!

Hi! My name is Ashley. I like video games, and to write and draw. Sometimes I combine the three. I have a huge knowledge of video game trivia and pop culture trivia in general, and I like to overanalyze things both for fun and for your entertainment.

I also like ducks and koala cookies.

My favorite game genres are puzzles, platformers, and scrolling shooters. I also really enjoy Mario Kart. But I don't like to limit myself, so I'll give anything a go at least once.

Even though my first console was an NES, I grew up mostly on the Genesis. Much of my childhood was spent playing Sonic 2 multiplayer by myself. I would switch the controller after every round and play both characters evenly so that it would always end in a tie.

I am a little shy, so you may have to prod me, but I would love to be your newest friend!

E-mail: stripedbird at gmail dot com
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Also, ducks - Duck is now living with a zookeeper in Alabama who can supply him with a bigger swimming area than a bathtub. He is in a better place, free of Zappers and laughing dogs.

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Hey doods! I made a cute little Halloween post last week after being inspired by my own costume making experience. I wanted to follow up with a more personal look at what I ended up wearing out in the crowded streets of Phoenix on Halloween night.

Here is a shot of the head, sans scarf. In my post, I suggested wearing a baseball cap to emulate the Prinny bill. I was originally going to end it there, but I wanted to look slightly more legit so I ran out and got some craft foam. The cap is still underneath it to kinda prop it up out of my eyes. I still couldn't see very well out of my periphery and bumped into people all night.

A side view of the Prinny. The wings were haphazardly made of felt and wire, and hot glued to the back of the hoodie at the last moment because I was scared that they were too heavy and would leave huge globs of glue on the back of the costume when they fell off. I was surprised when they held up really well the entire night, with no signs of loosening.

Another side view, this time, showing off the pouch. It is made out of stiff felt. I didn't use a pattern or anything, just kinda cut out shapes and glued them together, hoping for the best. Though, I do have a Ninja Turtles fanny pack in my possession I could have used instead..

From the front. Doing a Prinny salute. My knees are weird.

Last, but not least, a Prinny twirl!

The costume took me less than a day to put together. This day was spread out over the course of a few weeks because of some trial-and-error stuff (biggest lesson learned: hot glue solves EVERYTHING), but it was still around the lines of a 24 hour period of time. But even though I slapped it together, I'm still incredibly proud of the thing. I was one of the only game characters out, barring all the children dress as Mario and Luigi, the Pyramid Head and two Silent Hill nurses. I actually got recognized once (by a guy working in a frozen yogurt shop we* decided to stop at) and got asked to take a picture with a little girl who loved my outfit. I also got several "that's so cute!" and "WHAT THE FUCK?"s. All in all, I'd say my Prinny was a hit!

But even if it wasn't, the whole experience was a really fun one. It's been years since I've been able to dress up for Halloween, but from now on, I'll try not to miss any of them. Rest assured, whatever I make in the years to come will be shared with you all!

* I was with Anthony/President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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