Harry Potter Photo Shoot & Contest

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Today is my birthday (that’s right, I’m a Groundhog baby) and for the past three years I’ve posted a photo shoot to mark the occasion. In 2012 it was Batgirl. In 2013 it was a superhero character I created named Delilah. Last year it was the Dread Pirate Tracy.

This year I FINALLY got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (thank YOU Professor McGonagall) so I grabbed my robes, my broom and my handmade wand (I totally whittled and painted it myself thankyouverymuch) and snuck into the Forbidden Forest for some practice.

In case you were wondering, I got sorted into Gryffindor. The socks may have given that away.

I always have a lot of fun writing the silly little stories that go along with the pictures (yes, I know exactly how silly they are) and folks seem to like them so I’ll just keep doing it :)

What’s that? You want to win a signed copy of one of these pictures? Ok, fine. There’s a contest after the pics. BUT WAIT! This time there’s actually TWO contests!

My name is Tracy and I just got accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy! 

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I wonder why they chose me, I’m a bit old for a First Year…

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Oh well, don’t care! I love practicing spells with my wand.

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Sometimes I even get a spell to work!

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Flying on my broomstick is also pretty wicked.

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Wait – full stop – what is THAT??

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The Dark Lord is back! Better race back to Hogwarts and warn everyone!

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I got this guys!

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Take THAT Lord Voldemort!

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All in day’s work.

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Big thanks, as always, to my friend and photographer, Jon Upson. The Harry Potter pictures were supposed to be a few quick ones for the calendars and thanks to his wonderful talent, we ended up shooting a ton! To Mama Jedi for assisting on yet another photo shoot and for being my biggest cheerleader. To my friend and HNG Podcast co-host Darcy for over 4 years of constant motivation and support. Seriously, I couldn’t do this without him. To Reba for the lovely, and very last-minute, watermarks. And to my talented artist friend, Ben Risbeck, for fabulous, and also last-minute, photo shopping of the spell effects.

Quick announcement! Me and the Podthingy boys (John Mulhall, author of Geddy’s Moon; Blayne Alexander, lead singer of Idiot Stare; and Hayden Lawrence, NerdBFF and Geek Outlaw) will have a booth at Long Beach Comic Expo February 28th-March 1st! Come say “Hi!” and check out the entire first season of the podcast HERE.

ON TO THE CONTESTS!

Part 1: If you want a chance to win a signed print of your choice from this photo shoot, leave a comment below by Thursday, February 5th at Midnight PST. I’ll pull five names out of a hat and contact you directly if you’re a winner!

Part 2: I love, love, love all of the photo shopped photos that people have sent me over the years. So much so that I have a facebook photo album dedicated to them! Photo shop a spell or a Dementor or anything Harry Potter-related that you’d like into one of the 5 photos below and myself and an expert panel of judges will choose a winner. The winner will get a customized package full of HNG swag and will be featured on the HNG Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages! Photo shopped image must be submitted by the Thursday, February 5th at Midnight PST deadline! Send to: princesstrek@hotmail.com

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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Option 3:

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Option 4:

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Option 5:

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Thanks to everyone who participates!

Pirate Photo Shoot & Contest

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My birthday is on Sunday (that’s right, I’m a Groundhog baby) and for the past two years I’ve posted a photo shoot to mark the occasion. In 2012 it was Batgirl. Last year it was a superhero character I created named Delilah. This year I decided to whip out my pistol and dress up like a pirate.

Because, let’s face it, Pirates are awesome. Plus, I’m the descendant of Vikings so acting like a Pirate for a day isn’t that far of a stretch. Also, Pirates are awesome.

I always have a lot of fun writing the little stories that go along with the pictures and folks seem to like them so I’ll just keep doing it 🙂

What’s that? You want to win a signed copy of one of these pictures? Ok, fine. There’s a contest after the pics.

Well, ahoy there Matey, my name is Captain Tracy.

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Some folks don’t like me being the Captain on account of my being a member of the fairer sex.

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But I don’t really give a damn what they think. Just don’t call me a “wench.”

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No really, you do NOT want to call me a wench.

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I know my way around a sword and I will cut you.

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I’ve been in my share of fights.

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And sent more than a few men to Davy Jones’ locker. 

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Let’s just say that I can hold my own with the boys.

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How else do you think I got to be Captain?

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It certainly wasn’t from hitting the bottle.

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And I don’t take shit lying down.

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I’ve got a great sense of humor and can be a bit of a flirt.

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OK, maybe more than a bit at times.

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But when shit gets real…

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I’m all business.

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So don’t let me catch you going after my treasure.

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Because I will not be a happy Captain.

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Now where were we?

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Oh yeah…wanna see my ship? It’s right over there.

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You can come aboard if you promise to behave.

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We can sail off into the sunset in search of adventure!

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Big thanks, as always, to my friend and photographer, Jon Upson. I’m always in awe of what he manages to capture with that camera of his because, trust me, I am NOT a model. Far from it. To Mama Jedi for assisting on yet another photo shoot and for being my biggest cheerleader. To my friend and HNG Podcast co-host Darcy for almost 4 years of constant motivation and support. Seriously, I couldn’t do this without him. To Reba for the lovely watermarks and all of her hard work on the calendars. And to my friend Erika for letting me borrow her “pirate wench hooker boots.” I don’t know how she walks in those, I could barely stand and almost fell over more times than I can count.

Quick announcement: my NerdBFF Geek Outlaw and I are going to have our first booth at a convention! So if you’re in the LA area on February 9th, please come by and say hi. Since we’ve never done this before, we’re testing the waters at a smaller convention, the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention. I don’t know our booth number yet but I’ll announce it on the facebook page when I find out.

ON TO THE CONTEST!

If you want a chance to win a signed print of your choice from this photo shoot, leave a comment below by Tuesday, February 4th at midnight PST. I’ll pull five names out of a hat and contact you directly if you’re a winner!

AND, since it’s my birthday, one lucky winner will get a signed copy of Forging Freedoman anthology I was asked to contribute a sci-fi story to. See my author profile HERE. If you don’t win it but want to check it out you can get it in paperback or on your Kindle HERE.

Want to get me a birthday present? Buy a 2014 calendar! They are a labor of love and any money I make goes right back into making next year’s calendar. This 11″ x 11″ 12-month calendar includes every nerdy holiday you can possibly imagine and a convention calendar featuring dates and locations for hundreds of sci-fi, fantasy, comic book, anime, and horror conventions all around the world.

Thanks to everyone who participates!