Monthly Archives: July 2014

Update Cassie

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While we’re waiting for the Update Pritkin Contest to finish up (ends Monday, get your entries in now!) I thought I’d do a few additional much needed makeovers. Last time was Claire, who didn’t need it so much as she was just fun to do. But today’s sartorial offender, on the other hand . . . oh, yes. You knew this was coming, didn’t you? So without further ado, let’s update Cassie!

Update Claire

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We’ve been doing makeovers for needy book characters lately, and it’s been a lot of fun. So, while we wait for the results of the Make-Over Pritkin Contest to come in, I thought I’d take a shot at Claire.  Not that she’s in need of an upgrade as badly as some *cough, Radu, cough* but her new position could use some new clothes to go with it. So tell me, which of the following Claires do you prefer?


Update Pritkin!



So, recently we’ve helped out poor Radu, done some good work with Dory, and even tackled the consul’s sartorial needs. But they’re all easy mode compared to the biggest challenge of them all: the one, the only, the world’s worst dressed incubus, John Pritkin!

Having spent the last century or so deliberately downplaying his looks, trying to appear scruffy, unfashionable, and even outright seedy at times, it has to be admitted . . . Pritkin has succeeded admirably. His hair is terrible, his face is perpetually unshaved, he smells like potion residue and gunpowder, and his clothes—well, who can tell? A long, battered trench coat hides everything except for the ever-present steel-tipped boots. And before you start making excuses for him (don’t lie, you know you were going to), can we all just recall his unkempt state in 1793? Sartorially elegant Pritkin is not.

So, how about it? Can you make over the unmakeoverable? Do you dare to reform the unreformable? Can you, in your wildest dreams, imagine making Pritkin . . . look good? (And don’t give me that, “he’d look good with nothing on” bit. This is about CLOTHES people. Important stuff. Shape up!)

So, you’ve seen how it works, right? Send me in a collage like the ones you’ve been peppered with for Dory/the Consul. One slide per entry on a single type/style of clothing, please (casual, formal, serious, tongue-in-cheek, whatever). But you can enter as many times as you want. The best of the best will be put up for a vote on the web page one week from today, and the top three looks will win amazing prizes! Astounding loot! Unbelievable bounty!

Or, you know, a $25.00 Amazon or B&N gift card.

But it’s not about the money; it’s about the challenge, possibly the greatest one ever laid before womankind (or guykind, we’re not bigots around here). So, any fearless takers? If so, send your entries, with suitable commentary, to So go forth, brave souls! Go forth and triumph! And if you see a mad-eyed blond with a furious scowl coming at ya, take some advice: run.

Update the Consul

We’ve been updating wardrobes lately, first Radu’s and then Dory’s. Now, it’s the consul’s turn to go under the magnifying glass, since her standard attire won’t play well with the senate’s new allies.  Human or fey, a drape of living, slithering snakes tends to give people the heebie jeebies. So, clearly, a new approach is needed. But which to choose?

Update Dory

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A while ago, I ran a contest on Facebook to “Update Radu”, or give his somewhat . . . unusual . . . style a more modern twist. Not that he needed it; the ‘Du, as he will tell you, is timeless. But Dory is not, and as a newly minted senator, she needs something more than her current whatever-isn’t-too-badly-shredded-today style. Pretty much everyone is getting in on the chance to makeover Dory, from Mircea and Olga to Stinky and Radu. Who do you think is giving Dory the best sartorial advice?