A Particular Type of Costume Party
Leave it to the historical novelists to come up with a very specific kind of costume party! Attendees were invited to come dressed as a character from a historical novel, even one of their own! Now put this into context. We writers are by and large introverts… for 364 days a year. On day 365, we come out of our caves, don ridiculous costumes, and parade across a stage in front of 300 people!
Author Margaret George as the brave Celtic warrior Boudica
Cross-dressing isn’t part of my normal routine, but I played the role of a 15th-century gondolier for the costume pageant. And guess what? I won second place–ha ha! (Maybe I should do it more often?) Can you see the resemblance? (Vittore Carpaccio, Detail from the Miracles of the True Cross, ca. 1490, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.)
Next year the HNS conference is in Portland, Oregon. What should I wear for next year’s costume pageant? Let me know your suggestions. Comment below!