I can’t tell you how excited I was to dust off my old tiaras for the Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend Weekend. I have three tiaras … all of them won years ago. (Miss Kansas FFA being the biggest … impressive, right?)
Pulpwood Queens is an annual gathering of the largest literary book club in America … one big party of famous authors mingling with avid readers.
The jam-packed event included TWO themed costume balls … Pretty in Pink Prom and The Great Big Ball of Hair Circus.
After I squeezed into my daughter’s old prom dress and crammed my feet into some killer heels, I draped a borrowed fox fur around my shoulders and hung borrowed rhinestones on my ears. You’d think that the costume would have made me feel glamorous, but it wasn’t until I set that crown on my head that feelings I hadn’t felt in years hit me. Suddenly, I was a senior in high school – insecure and uncertain of the future, but excited to step out anyway because anything seemed possible.
When you dress your characters, consider giving meaning to a specific piece of the costume. Does the height their boots add more confidence? Does the sparkle of their earring remind them of the lackluster emotions they are feeling? Does a snug belt remind them of how easily things can go beyond their control?