Saturday, 29 June 2013

Creating a Female Superhero Challenge #CAFSC

I was very excited when Becky Fyfe announced the Creating a Female Superhero Challenge #CAFSC  several weeks ago. As time grew closer to the deadline though I still had nothing. A couple of days ago, I was in an exceptionally dark place and from out of that place my superhero was born. Originally I wanted to call her "The Huntress" but that name has been used for characters before so after brainstorming I chose "Celestial Arrow".  With the time remaining I have just submitted my flash fiction in it's first draft and will polish it up if needed. 

I have a great love of superheros and villians and I was very excited to take part in this challenge. I can see this as the beginning of something great for Celestial Arrow (a comic or a graphic novel).

Author: Bron Mitchell

Word Count: 500 words

Anthology: Yes

Charity: Plan International Australia (specifically their Girls Fund)

Name of female superhero: Celestial Arrow

Name of human alter ego, if different: Phoebe Hunt

Superhero Appearance (hair, eyes, body type, etc.): Long white blond hair (shines with the hint of celestial light) worn in a long plait, emerald green eyes, fair skinned, athletic, medium height.

Human alter ego appearance (if she has an alter ego): Phoebe tends to favour buns or wears caps. Her style is eclectic and very much based on her mood. Artistic and creative. Loves to sing. 

Costume: After her "birth" Celestial Arrow pleases herself when it comes to clothing. At times she adopts the hunting garb of her mentor Artemis, at other times a military based style of combat boots, tee and cargo pants. There are days when she wishes to blend in and days when she wishes to stand out. She wears and eye mask (usually black but often coloured to match her outfits). She carries a silver bow and arrows.

Celestial Arrow dresses to please herself, and is not constrained by ideals of what a superhero should wear. She has become comfortable with her body,  her appearance and her sexuality  and dresses for herself. Her clothing does not hide or exaggerate her sexuality and her assets.

Personality: She is a loner, cynical, kind but a little impatient. Hard but with a caring heart. Intelligent. She does not trust easily. Prone to jokes, one liners and innuendos.

Brief description of how the superheroine gets her powers (i.e. born with them, radioactive accident, mad scientist experiments on her, etc.): One fateful night our heroine is attacked by a gang of thugs, beaten, raped and murdered. Artemis hears her desperate cries and gives her spirit the choice, to pass on or to return. She choices to return and is reborn. Artemis nurses her back to health, trains her and bestows powers similar to her own on to her protege. 

Powers: A crackshot with the bow and arrow (she never misses), the power to call upon animals, to shapeshift (or to adopt their traits) , the ability to transform others into animals, superspeed and the ability to heal herself and others (animals included). 

Anything else important: Celestial Arrow will protect all that need her, especially women, children and animals. She will take matters into her own hands, and at times Artemis will punish the guilty. She is dark, and at times is just a few steps on the right side of the law. Over time she will lose a little of the chip on her shoulder. After her rebirth she takes a vow of temporary chastity. Her rate of aging has slowed down.

Celestial Arrow.

I died that night.

I took my last, tortured breath in a damp, dank alley, lying amongst the filthy discarded refuse of a city that had long ago stopped caring. The broken shards of glass bottles, biting mercilessly into my naked, torn skin, had become the mattress of my death bed. My 
screams of pain and anguish had long ago turned into the tortured whimpers of a trapped and dying animal. The smell of blood, urine, sweat and semen mixed with the salty smell of my tears, assaulting my senses and  triggering waves of nausea and a bout of dry retching; my belly had long ago evacuated it's contents all over the feet of one of my attackers.  

I could feel the life slowly ebbing from my bruised and broken body, my spirit clinging on to hope, even after my body had given up the strength to fight off my attackers. Blood, 
sweat and tears filled my eyes blinding me. My screams and prayers, had gone unnoticed and unanswered, yet in my mind I continued to call upon anyone that could hear my and end my suffering. 

I died that night.

As that last breath grudginly escaped I caught a last glimpse of the sky. The clouds parted and the rays of the full moon burst through my blindness, and lit up the alley like a spotlight. A warm, beam of light bathing me in love. My spirit left my body and turned toward the light, towards the gentle voice calling my name. All fear had left me, and all I felt was unconditional love. I had no sense of time, seconds and millenia passed and then I reached the source of  the light. 

"Do not be afraid my child. I am Artemis, Goddess of the light. I have heard your cries and
I have felt your pain. I am here to give you a choice. You have died, and you may now pass on to the next realm, to begin the next stage of your journey. Or you may choose to return to Earth, to begin a new life as a defender and guardian of those in need of help. But once your decision has been made there will ne no changing your mind. And a decsion must be made now." Artmeis embraced me and I was filled with her light and her love. 

"What about vengeance on those that have robbed me of life?" I asked

Artemis smiled a chilling smile. "Do not worry yourself about the scum that took your life. They have been dealt with in a manner fitting their crimes. Do not worry yourself about the details. Now, what is your decision?" She asked with a hint of impatience.

"I will return". Artemis's smile was bright and warm.

"I was certain that you would." She embraced me one last time. "I will see you again after you awaken", and with those words my spirit returned to my body once more.

I was born that night.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

WAHM Bags Giftaway

Close to 27 months ago I came up with the idea of WAHM Bags (although that name was yet to come). A "No strings attached" gift bag for celebs. There have always been plans for cheer bags and show bags as well, when the time is right. To celebrate 2 years since the first delivery and to say thank you for your support, I am hosting a Giftaway. The prize is this limited edition Bag, created & co-donated by Monique of Tactile Threads  (containing some wonderful goodies). There will also be a small runner up prize of  a pamper pack. Outback Pampering have also contributed some of the prize goodies.

New likers are welcome to enter but as this is a competition to say thank you for your support, they may be at a disadvantage with entering.  Enter the comp here
Thank you for being a supporter.

Friday, 26 April 2013

WINNERS Announced for TEBM Cosplay Comp.

I  had planned on writing one or two blog posts about the competition to keep everyone in the loop but as with all best laid plans, something got in the way.

Firstly, Thank you to everyone that entered. There was an amazing response, especially towards the closing date. 66 pics in total. I was very impressed with the quality of the pics and I am glad that I wasn't judging.

Secondly, a big thank you to all the judges. They were marvellous. Some categories were harder to judge than others and a lot of thought went into picking the winners and honourable mentions.

Thirdly, a big thank you to EVERYONE that shared the competition. It was a phenominal effort and I'm sure the next photo comp will be even more successful.

There were nine judges and each judge had one category to judge. Judges could consult with other judges but no-one else knew who the winners were once each judge had made their choice. The 10th category was judged by all and was extremely close. If I had been a judge too we would have had two winners for that category.

The judging criteria was simple. Firstly no names were submitted with the pics to be judged. Secondly, if by chance a judge did know one of the entrants in their category they were to remain impartial. If they couldn't I would reassign categories. Thirdly, even if a judge was not familiar with a character they still had to judge fairly. Just because a judge doesn't know a series doesn't mean they couldn't appreciate the costume.

Costumes that were NOT original or were NOT made or commissioned were NOT to be discriminated against. A judge's personal taste weighed into their choice to a small degree but again it was NOT to be their only criteria to select a winner.

I wish I had more prizes available and could have had 2nd and 3rd place winners as well, but everyone will receive a participation certificate. To me this is not TRITE; it is a small gesture of appreciation for entering my competition.

And now on to the winners:

Female child (under 18 years):

                                                               WINNER: Baby Leia

Honourable Mention: Princess Pirate Sarah

Male child (under 18 years):

                                                              WINNER: Elwood Blues

Honourable Mention: The Flash

Adult Female (18 years and over): 

                                             Lulu Series: Final Fantasy X 

Honourable Mention: Ritsuka Aoyagi (Artbook cover), from

Adult Male (18 years and over): 

                                                  Winner: Scarecrow

Honourable Mention: Beast

Honourable Mention: Spock

Group Cosplay (more than one person in the pic): 
WINNER: Characters (L-R): Angelina Durless. Grell Suttcliff, Sebastian and Grel suttclifflle (with a chainsaw)

Honourable Mention: The Flash, The Flash and Brainiac

Original Costume: 
                                                            WINNER: Steam Punk Fairy

Honourable Mention: Medieval Princess (Own Character)

Honourable Mention: Vortex. An aquisitional program for a search engine.

Predominately Made Costumes (85% made and can include commissioned pieces): 
                                                    WINNER: Lulu costume from Final Fantasy X

Honourable Mention: Lilith from Borderlands 2

                                     WINNER: Mr Mistoffelees (black and white) from musical Cats

Honourable Mention: Aya from Mad Father

Photography - creative editing: 
                                                   WINNER: Hatake Kakashi from Naruto

Honourable Mention: Holographic representation of ‘Slave Leia’

Cosplayers posing with WAHM Bags: 
                                                                WINNER: Stormtrooper

Honourable Mention: Ghostbusters.

Prizes will be mailed out within 4 weeks and participation certificates will also be emailed or mailed out within 4 weeks.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Announcing the TEBM Cosplay Photo Comp

After four months of planning it is finally time to launch this competition *yay*. So without further ado please welcome the judges:


The Prizes (to date):

Prize - WAHM Bag (created by Monique of  Tactile Threads and donated by WAHM Bags). This will be filled with goodies.

  • A limited edition Wahm Bag with goodies - this will be similar to those that I hand out to celebrities (from
  • Handmade choccies (made by Butterfly Magick and included in all wahmbags)
  • Outback Pampering Soothing Footbalm (Included in most wahmbags and essential for all cosplayers)
  • 20% Anime at Abbotsford Voucher 
  • A mixed set of Latex Prosthetics - including Zombie bites and cuts (from Wolf Lord Works)
  • Sarah Jane Adventures: Series 5 (Thanks to George Ivanoff)
  • 2 prizes from a lovely cosplayer Sunny Salina
(More prizes will be added to the list once they are confirmed)


There are 10 categories. (NB: I could have included more categories but I will be having another cosplay photo comp later in the year and if I can get enough judges, prizes and publicity we will add further categories then).

Lady Gambit posing with WAHM Bags - Melb Oz Comic Con 2012

  • Female child (under 18 years)
  • Male child (under 18 years)
  • Adult Female (18 years and over)
  • Adult Male (18 years and over)
  • Group Cosplay (more than one person in the pic)
  • Original Costume 
  • Predominately Made Costumes (85% made and can include commissioned pieces)
  • Photography
  • Photography - creative editing
  • Cosplayers posing with WAHM Bags (from A link to an album on the wahm bags' page will be provided and if you are pictured there, and would like to enter, then please contact me.

What you need to do to enter:

  • Please email photos to with TEBM Cosplay Photo Comp as the subject. Each entrant may enter no more than 2 categories (preferably not the same pic).
  • You will need to include your namecontact detailswho/what you are cosplaying as and the category that you are entering. (Original characters are encouraged). You may also include a link to your site or fanpage if you have one. 
  • Each entrant will have 2 weeks  to submit their pics (by 4pm (AEST) April 15th, 2013).  After 2 weeks the judges will take one week to make their decisions. Winners will be announced on or just after April 22nd, 2013.

The Fine Print, a.k.a Rules and Regs (or everything else you wanted to know but was afraid to ask about the comp *LOL*):

  • If the photo is not your own property, please make sure you have permission to use it and give credit to the photographer.
  • Please do not submit a photo of someone else (especially a minor) unless you have their written consent (and can provide it). If you would like to nominate someone that you feel should be entered into the comp, please make sure to include a way for me to contact them.
  • Entry is restricted to those living in Australia due to postage; unless overseas entrants are prepared to pay postage for their prize (or forfeit their prize), and this must be stated when entering. (If I am able to I will have a *virtual* badge created for the winners.)
  • Entrants' names will be removed when photos are forwarded to the judges.
  • This is not a popularity contest. Likes, comments, emails, tweets etc will not make any difference to the judges and neither will bribes. The judges' decision is final. Any harrassment of judges, myself and other entrants will see your entry removed and you will be banned from entering any future competition held by myself. This is a one strike and you are out rule. If you bully on behalf of an entrant they will be notified; if it continues their entry will be removed from this competition.
  • Judges may enter one category BUT not the category/ies that they are judging.
  • This is not a popularity contest. Likes, comments, emails, tweets etc will not make any difference to the judges and neither will bribes. The judges' decision is final. Any harrassment of judges, myself and other entrants will see your entry removed and you will be banned from entering any future competition held by myself. This is a one strike and you are out rule. If you bully on behalf of an entrant they will be notified; if it continues their entry will be removed from this compettion.
  • This contest will be promoted on the blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest and other social media. The more this comp is shared the better it will be when I run future contests as I will have something to show future judges and sponsors. So please share the blog and the facebook page.
  • The winners will be announced here on the blog, on twitter and via email. (The winners will NOT be announced on FACEBOOK).
  • I am a cosplayer myself, as are my children and I know and support many cosplayers. This competition will be as unbiased as possible. I will NOT be entering the comp (my children will be permitted to if they want to). I will not be judging, but I will be available for consultation. I am providing a couple of the prizes too.
  • There are a number of prizes, provided by a number of people. As of yet the final prize list is not confirmed. If there are more prizes than categories the judges and I may decide to award prizes for encouragement.
  • Photos do not need to be taken by a professional but will need to be clear.
  • There will be no discrimination against those that have not made their costumes. But I have included a category for costumes that have been predominately made (including commissioned pieces).
  • Pictures will be displayed online, during and after the competition (mostly on facebook, here on the blog and pinterest). By entering the competition you are giving assent to the photos being used by me for promotional purposes.
  • For the photography category originality and creativity will be the focus; you do not need to be a professional but please submit only your own work.
  • It is not necessary to be a liker of The Essential Bron Mitchell facebook page, or the blog, but once again more likers will give me something to show future judges and sponsors.
  • Thank you. If these need to be modified I will announce it.

Monday, 1 April 2013

COSPLAY photo comp & blog housekeeping....

TEBM Cosplay Photo Comp:

After 4 months of planning and setbacks I am almost ready to launch the cosplay photo comp. It will be run here, and it will NOT be a popularity contest. This comp will be a little different to other cosplay photo comps, and it will be the first of many contests (the next contest will be an adventure photo comp). I will finalise the terms and conditions and post them within 24 hours. Please keep checking back for the official launch announcement. I cannot stress enough, bullying and abuse of judges, other entrants and myself will not be tolerated. IT will be a one-strike and you are out policy and you will be black-listed from entering in further TEBM competitions.

TEBM Blog Housekeeping:

I am behind on the revamp of this blog (which does including merging a few blogs together). I will be continuing to update this blog and revamp it as much as possible during April. Once TEBM reaches 100 + followers I will have a special mini-giveaway to celebrate so please be sure to FOLLOW and share the blog :)

I hope your Easter week-end has been enjoyable and safe.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

New Look New Focus New Name

Recently I began merging some existing blogs into one blog. The reason for that is because I had several sites and blogs as well as facebook fanpages. This blog has been given a new name and look. From now on it will be a hub for most of my activities (including WAHM Bags, TEEs Me Please!, Butterfly Magick) and will also include posts about writing, my 100 Things Adventures, Dipper's Adventures, cosplaying and my journey of transformation. There will be a balance of business and personal posts. I'll be spending the next few days bringing more posts over :) adding new pics and fine tuning the entire blog. So please share the blog around :)

I'd love to see this blog have 100 followers by the end of the month. If  that happens I may dig around in the prize cupboard and see if I can award a prize. :)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

NEW changes coming in 2013

Some new changes are coming this year, including dropping some projects, rethinking others and merging blogs where possible. This blog will be undergoing a major transformation. I will be renaming the blog, merging the TEES Me, Please!, WAHM Bags and Butterfly Magick blogs, and giving it a whole new look. . I will also be posting about writing, my goals, dreams and plans for 2013, cosplaying, 100 Things and more.