The Geeky Jetsetter: From Los Angeles to Asheville.

The last days of this winter were filled with wanderlust, and I found myself in many an airport terminal or behind the wheel. Each experience was definitely worth it!

Gally One

February saw me flying out to the West Coast for the fabulous Gallifrey One. While Alex Kingston had to cancel at the last moment due to work commitments, I was glad to band together with my River Song sisters and celebrate the woman that brought us there in the first place.



I also loved running around in my Charley Pollard cosplay with a friend who was a fantastic Eighth Doctor. BIG FINISH FOREVER!


The level of cosplay at the this con still blows my mind. I think it’s some of the best Whovian cosplay in the country, so I’m always honored when I’m asked for a photo.


I love talking with other cosplayers and asking them how they constructed their cosplays or props. I love seeing people’s inventiveness at work.


My new favorite cosplay? Clara from “Mummy on the Orient Express.” It’s all about that dress!


After the con, the husband and I headed off for some family time, visiting the Queen Mary and various beaches. California is beautiful, and I can’t wait to explore it more. Last year we hit up Hollywood. Next year? Who knows!


Con Nooga

This year at Con Nooga, I was busy co-running the British Media Track with the founders of the Tennessee Who Authority, which left little time for pictures. I was, however, being followed around for a short documentary, so check me out in action on this wonderful piece for Greater Chattanooga. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like going to a convention, this gets #conlife right.


Four in the TARDIS asked if I’d like to attend ConGT with them in March, and I happily accepted. Smaller cons tend to be my favorite all-around just because you have more time to hang out with your friends, meet other cosplayers, and enjoy the con. ConGT boasted great programming and had family-friendly vibe for a first year con. Definately look into it if you’re in the Middle Tennessee area!


Dressing Downton

It’s always nice to get away from the con scene and go on an adventure. True to cosplayer form, it did involve costumes. The husband and I accompanied two friends to see the Dressing Downton exhibit at the Biltmore Estate. It had been years since I’d toured the house, but it was the perfect locale for the meticulously detailed and crafted costumes. The weather was clear and crisp. Afterwards, we enjoyed hanging out in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, which is one of my favorite cities anywhere. [Breakfast at Early Girl Eatery is the way to go.]

Since seeing the costumes in person and binge watching the first two seasons, I’m sure a Downton Abbey cosplay is in my future.


Remembering All The People I Was in 2014.

“But times change, and so must I… we all change. When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good! You’ve gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day. I swear.” – The Eleventh Doctor, Time of the Doctor

It’s been a minute or three, and suddenly 2014 is nearly over. I’m not the same person I was when this year started and I am excited for what 2015 holds. I’m in need of a fresh start as the last few minutes of 2014 slowly tick away.

But let’s pause and see where I’ve been this year.

There’s Gally in LA.

There’s Gaga in ATL.

There’s Macbeth in NYC.

And so many miles in between. Dinners spent with friends. Laughter. Tears. Sheer exhaustion. The world’s longest cold. All these things happened this year.

And then there’s December, so quiet and cold and gray, all drizzle and chill. I would like to personally thank whoever invented Christmas lights, because they are truly joyous, even if I’m pulling a dour face.


I’ve been spoiled by so many people this month. Most of all my husband, who bought me Outlander knitted things (absolutely obsessed and mid-way through Voyager currently), rare Anais Nin books, and a Kate Bush Fish People keychain (I’ve spun her albums a lot this year, and am impatiently desiring Before the Dawn on DVD.) I can’t wait to use my new River Song bag and wear all the fab Out of Print things I received.



So who was I in 2014?

Writer. Cosplayer. Wife. Friend. Daughter.

Who do I want to be in 2015?

All of the above.

And more. Always more.

Here’s to 2015.

Jetsetting in June.

Dear Summer,

I love you.

Let me count the ways.

1. Seeing Macbeth in New York with my fellow Rivers and lovely friend Jennifer.

It was my first time in the concrete jungle, so I was glad to be with friends, to wander through the city and see the gorgeous architecture.

Also, Alex Kingston and Sir Kenneth Branagh performing the Bard’s glorious words 10 feet from our faces. (NO BIG DEAL.) We were divided into clans and walked the moors, were rained on and watched the actors unravel into madness. It was stunning. I don’t think I’ll ever see anything more amazing. That’s not an overstatement. It’s just the truth. Watching Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth floating across an altar, lighting candles in silence and praying to the gods. Seeing Branagh reach out into the dark as if to clutch a dagger. Richard Coyle making me sob when he gasped, “All my pretty ones?” The witches crawling up Stonehenge-esque rocks. Scottish warriors beating the boards and carrying their dead. It was extrodinary.

2. Geeks in New York.

Cat set up a welcome party for us at The Way Station, and it was just the best. I drank too many Christopher Walken Deads and Stormageddons. Brooklyn is beautiful. Thank you to all that joined us!

3. Central Park.

We parked at the Dakota and walked by the door where John Lennon was shot. One crosswalk later, we were in Starberry Fields, and people were singing Beatles songs and I was crying behind my sunglasses because there will always be things I will never understand about this terrifying world. Later, we took up a shady spot on the rocks and Cat taught me how to play Amanda Palmer’s Ukelele Anthem and the following verses just filled my whole heart:

Imagine there’s no music, imagine there are no songs
Imagine that John Lennon wasn’t shot in front of his apartment
Now imagine if John Lennon had composed “imagine” for the ukulele
Maybe people would have truly got the message

You may think my approach is simple-minded and naïve
Like if you want to change the world then why not quit and feed the hungry
But people for millennia have needed music to survive
And that is why I promised John that I will not feel guilty

Jennifer also took some amazing shots of us in the park, which you can see here.

My favorite?
“What kind of time do you call this?”

So long, New York. Thank you for friends that serve you coffee in Twin Peaks cups and buy you Blue Velvet cake. Thank you for your neon and stone. I’ll be back again.

4. HeroesCon! The Rivers parted ways, on their way to Philly Con. Jennifer and I flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet our husbands. So much art. So many comics. My brain couldn’t take it. Thankfully, I did get to meet Terry Moore, creator of my favorite comic, Strangers in Paradise, and not be utterly tongue tied.

I was too exhausted to cosplay, but thankfully Her Universe has the cutest Doctor Who dresses on the face of the planet. I was comfortable and geek chic.

So, thank you, Summer. I love you. To the moon and back.


221B + Gaga + TimeGate

The past month has been a blur of tea, glitter, confetti, no sleep, champange, dancing, all the sleep, and laughter. Pictures always speak louder than words, so:

221BCon #cluingforlooks


Lady Gaga in Atlanta #pawsup


TimeGate #fitzfaced #titanicon


I wore a lot of different faces at TimeGate…I have to say they’re all my favorite.



Geek Outfit of the Week: Sherlocked

There’s nothing like a two-year hiatus to bring Sherlockians out of their mourning for Sherlock’s tragic and mind blowing fall from St. Bart’s Hospital and out to the pub. Such was the case with PBS’s special screening of The Empty Hearse. A $10 ticket got you tea sandwiches and excellent pub quiz and drinks named after Sir Conan Doyle’s characters. I had a Watson — made with gin and nutmeg — after a nice glass of scotch. I’m a classy broad.

Anyway, me and the Mr. dressed up for the occasion, rustling up bits and bobs we wore to last year’s 221B Con. My outfit is actually inspired by the Series 2 promo shots of Irene Adler. She never wore this costume onscreen, but I love the retro black dress and choker combo.

Our pub quiz team – Watsonstache — came in second place. I nabbed some Post-Its and me and the Mr. listened to a fine Liberace cassette on the ride home.


[Dress: Vintage / Cameo necklace: Christmas gift from a friend, made by GeekCameosEtc / Sherlock coat: Custom made / Moriarty crown: Ritischka Studio]



Geek Outfit of the Week: Fire Up the Quattro

It’s a new year, which means new geek-inspired outfits, and new convention adventures.

This week, my husband and I traveled back to 1983. Why?

Well, when your friends have a Quattro–even if it isn’t like the one the Guv drives in Ashes to Ashes–you dress appropriately. While I actually have cosplayed Series 3 Alex Drake, I thought putting together an geek-inspired outfit was in order. Since our Guv and Shaz aren’t local, I thought I’d wear some cowboy boots for that extra special Guv touch. The husband wore his vintage Ray Carling jacket and shades.

[Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: Rag & Bone / Necklace: Vintage / Alex Drake Pin: Specially made by a friend / Tights: Target]



I think the saddest thing about Ashes to Ashes is no one knows about it stateside. Some people have seen Life on Mars, thanks to John Simm’s performance as the Master in Doctor Who. And while Ashes to Ashes is a direct sequel to Life on Mars, it truly feels like its own thing, and it’s a world I love to get lost in — from the awesome music, to the period clothing, to the set design [THE CEILING, THE RED PHONE], it’s just an 80s dream.  It’s a television show worth watching, especially if you love time travel — but with a twist. [If you do know about it, you are 2000 percent cooler automatically.]

Like Alex Drake, I’ll always be dreaming of the stars, and the weather vane, always searching for an answer.



2013: The Year of The Raquel on the Run

 “You didn’t always take me where I wanted to go.”

“No, but I always took you where you needed to go.”  – The Doctor’s Wife, Neil Gaiman

As the end of the year approaches, I’m truly grateful for all the adventures I’ve had this year and all the people who I’ve met along the way.

+ Traveling. This year I traveled the east coast from West Virginia to Florida. Not all at once, of course, but that’s the scope of mileage I’ve put in this year.  I attended five fan conventions this year, multiple concerts, book signings, and hit the road to hang out with Whovians far and wide. From universities to Hogwarts, I’ve seen it all this year.



+ Becoming a source. At my day job, I’m a regular Girl Friday, interviewing contacts, writing copy, and managing deadlines. Cosplay is what I do for fun. 2013 was the year that I was sought out for my expertise and opinion. Dear Anyone Who Asked Me To Do Anything This Year, I am seriously honored. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your convention or projects. I was a panelist at three conventions [Con Nooga, TimeGate, Hurricane Who],  was honored to be a part of Night at the Museum for the third year in a row, started blogging for Earth Station One, and joined the the awesome Whovians over at The Oncoming Storm podcast.

Myself and the husband were also featured in a Life feature over at our local paper. I was happy to set the record straight on what cosplay is — I’m side-eyeing you, Heroes of Cosplay.


Other awesome spots I popped up this year included being a Fangirl of the Day over at Her Universe’s blog, and looking like the cat’s meow with a colleague over at The Great Gastby’s #GatsbyPics.

+ Saying thank you. It’s a simple gesture. But I got to tell two authors I greatly respect and who have changed my life for the better thank you this year. One was Neil Gaiman. The other was Peter S. Beagle. Both moments were beautiful and I’ll remember them as long as I live. Especially that one time I shared a link to my blog and Mr. Gaiman liked my words — instead of it being the other way round.


+ Letting my hair do whatever it wants. I started the year with a crazy shaved undercut a la Miley Cryus [minus drama, teddy bears, and wrecking balls] and am ending the year with a shaggy bob peppered with greys and my honest-to-God natural hair color. That’s new. Silly faces remain a thing. God only knows what I’ll do with it next year.


+ RSVP. You ladies rule my world.

0a3db882-ea37-42a9-b4bf-2b87183412b6_zpse5ca9b85+ TEAM QUATTRO. Right. Fire up the Quattro.

dc1e16b2-8098-4b22-8352-4d357b9f8772_zps1d442f43+ This guy right here. For being any and all Doctors and Sirius Black at a moment’s notice, but mainly for him being my husband.

1265109_10201809647703802_2054047061_o2014: NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE.