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Jean aka Terpsichore

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joined on 06/01/05
last updated 07/20/11
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Terpsichore... the Greek Muse of dancing and choral song. Well, that sums me up in a nutshell. I love to sing and dance... preferably in front of an audience. I do vintage dancing at least 1-2 times a week. I love music, singing, reading, writing, photography, scrapbooking, roleplaying and costuming. I'm very creative, artistic, open minded and optimistic. I'm always laughing and having fun. I love being with people with the same interests as I do. I strive to be a better, healthier and happier person every day. I love deep and intellectual conversations about life, the universe and everything! I'm interested in spirituality be it Eastern or Western. I love learning in general. In particular, I love arts and literature, humanities (history, other cultures, archeology), science (biology, astronomy). I like to keep busy. I am now also one of the editors for Science Fiction/San Francisco, an online zine that covers science fiction, fantasy, etc. events in the Bay Area. My life is never boring!
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August 22, 2005
Jean was so nice to welcome me to tribe. She has such a caring, loving, creative spirit. I am honored to be her friend.
June 7, 2005
Jean is the sweetest person you'd ever want to meet, but don't let that fool you. She's also a great dancer, and has quite a sense of humor.
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My Blog

I've been so busy with all my activities that I haven't had time to blog here since December 2005. All of my writing and photos are now featured in my e-zine, Science Fiction/San Francisco.

We welcome submissions (articles, photos and artwork), please contact me for details. Also, if you would like to be on my mailing list to know when issues come online, drop me a line.

For our current and past issues, visit:

SF/SF is a bi-weekly news zine that reports on e... read more
Tue, April 29, 2008 - 12:21 AM permalink - 0 comments
I've never been to a Mexican resort town before and didn't know what to expect. But I was looking forward to spending Christmas Eve to New Year's Day in a warm climate. Well, Mazatlan turned out to be one of the best trips of my life!

Not only was it warm enough to enjoy the beach, I also did a lot of adventure tours. The first tour I did was a sunset cruise around the Bay of Mazatlan. It was very lively and romantic at the same time. Mazatlan is a big seaside town. But more locals and les... read more
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:38 PM permalink - 0 comments
Yet another Gaskells ball... this time with a Christmas theme. I decided to wear green to get into the spirit of Christmas. It was a crowded ball and a lot of fun. I didn't get to dance much but I finally got to do my favorite dance, the Congress of Vienna, with a special someone! Lots of friends were also in attendance.
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:35 PM permalink - 0 comments
My parents, sister and nephew were in town again in October and November. Just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, the Dickens Christmas Fair! We usually go the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It certainly ushers in the Christmas Season. We love not just the re-creation of Charles Dickens' London at Christmas time, but also the dancing, singing and the food. I love English afternoon tea! And lots of friends I know who are Ren Faire folk and/or PEERS regulars work at the Dickens Fa... read more
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:33 PM permalink - 0 comments
PEERS Vampire Ball is the most popular and with good reason. Anything goes as far as costuming and all dances that PEERS does in different balls are combined for one evening. Small wonder they have this event every year!

For the full story, check out Eva Kent's article (with my pictures) in Issue 12 of my ezine:
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:29 PM permalink - 0 comments
This was the most fun Halloween I've ever experienced. In one evening, I attended the kid-friendly Foster City safe streets. Then afterwards, I went, for the first-time, the very adult-geared Castro Street Halloween party.

For the full story, check out my article in Issue 12 of my ezine:
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:26 PM permalink - 1 comment
Gaskells is always fun but sometimes can seem the same. This time, though, there was a Halloween flavor to the ball as guests were encouraged to wear Fancy Dress in the style of the Victorians.

For the full story, check out Eva Ken'ts excellent article (with my pictures) in Issue 11 of my ezine:
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:24 PM permalink - 0 comments
This was really fun ball put on by the Bay Area English Regency Society of which I am a part of. It commemorated the 200th anniversary of Lord Nelson's famous naval victory.

For the full story, check out my article in Issue 11 of my ezine:
Sun, February 19, 2006 - 5:22 PM permalink - 0 comments
What a busy weekend! In addition to going to SiliCon (October 7-9) at the San Jose Doubletree Hotel (where I was a part of two panels) and the Lord of the Rings Feast in Oakland, I also went to the Casa de Fruta Ren Faire in Hollister (October 9). I went with my friend Sir Lance and met up with my hobbit friends (who are all taller than me!).

For the full story, check out my article in Issue 10 of my ezine:
Wed, November 2, 2005 - 8:25 PM permalink - 2 comments
What a magical night (October 8)! This event was based on Lord Elrond's feast in Rivendell and it sure felt and looked like it! The wooden lodge nestled in the Oakland hills, the costumed guests, the elven banquet, music, dancing, poetry reading, banners, ivy, firelight, candlelight... there were no electric lights at all. I dressed up as Eowyn and surprisingly was seated next to someone dressed up as Aragorn and his wife dressed as Arwen. The complete LOTR love triangle!

For the full stor... read more
Wed, November 2, 2005 - 8:21 PM permalink - 1 comment
Wow, what an absolutely wonderful evening (October 1)! I was having so much fun I was grinning from ear to ear, socializing, dancing with abandon, and laughing the entire night. I got to the ballroom at 5:30pm for rehearsals. I'm part of the Peerless Beauties chorus girls that was performing that evening with professional actors and opera singers during the Music Hall intermissions.

It's been a while since I've been to a PEERS Victorian-themed ball and I had a blast dancing mazurkas, scho... read more
Tue, October 11, 2005 - 8:34 PM permalink - 0 comments
I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, last September 30th in Berkeley. He was so friendly, charming, witty and intelligent. And of course, I enjoyed his rock star looks and lovely British accent :-)

Before I met him and he signed his books that I brought with me, he did a short lecture, reading and Q&A. Neil wrote the Sandman comics/graphic novels, Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens, etc.

Here's the latest issue of SF/SF with the article I wrote about this event:
http:... read more
Tue, October 11, 2005 - 8:21 PM permalink - 0 comments
Lots of fun surrounding the premiere of Serenity (September 29), the movie based on the TV show Firefly. I got introduced to Firefly by my friends who invited me to portray Inara for this year's Comic-Con masquerade competition. Nowadays, I'm pretty active promoting Firefly/Serenity through the ezine I edit, SF/SF: Science Fiction/San Francisco. I also now belong to the SF Browncoats and SiliconGulch Browncoats, two local Firefly fan clubs.

Here's the latest issue of SF/SF with a huge sect... read more
Tue, October 11, 2005 - 8:14 PM permalink - 0 comments
I wrote a feature article for SF/SF that pretty much sums up my Burning Man experience. Please see the link below. My article and pictures are on pages 5 through 16. Enjoy!
Tue, September 13, 2005 - 8:23 PM permalink - 1 comment
I got to perform with the SCA Renaissance Dance group at the Palo Alto Children's Library today (August 17). It was the first SCA event I was involved in. I've previously only gone to the dance practices in Menlo Park. There was a beautiful stage in the garden behind the Library and there were at least 80 people in attendance! I got to do two English country dance numbers and two Italian Renaissance dances. I also finally adopted an SCA name, Francesca. My friends Na'arah and Cynthia were the... read more
Thu, August 18, 2005 - 12:11 AM permalink - 0 comments
Gaskells (August 13) was again amazing! The Scottish Rite Center's ballroom (next to Oakland's beautiful Lake Merritt) is so romantic with its ornate ceilings, crystal chandeliers and grand staircases. I feel like I've stepped into the Victorian era or at least a movie when I go to Gaskells. Everyone is dressed so marvelously. A lot of women from got together to wear yellow to celebrate the summer. I wore a golden yellow Victorian ballgown I bought at the recent SF Opera Costume sal... read more
Mon, August 15, 2005 - 10:51 PM permalink - 4 comments
I always enjoy PEERS events and this one was no exception. The theme for this ball (August 6) was 1950s B horror movies with prom scenes. There were prom queens and zombies running around all evening. There was also a swing contest, which my friend Barbara made it to the top 5 couples. There was a swing lesson by the amazing teaching duo of Persephone and Michael Marangio. I danced tango, swing, cha cha, rumba, samba, fox trot, waltz, etc. I'm not as good at these dances but I had good (and p... read more
Mon, August 15, 2005 - 10:32 PM permalink - 0 comments
Just got back from the Forest Faire (July 24) in Novato. Had a wonderful time hanging out at the Reveler's Garden with the Good Widow Kate and my friends from the Blackfleet Space Pirates Guild (Johny, Alex, etc.). Fell in love with a beautiful dagger (came with a leather sheath) and just had to buy it! I was really looking for a rapier but the only one I found that I could wield was too dark and would have been too difficult to walk (or even dance) around with. Bought a matching belt with a ... read more
Sun, July 24, 2005 - 11:12 PM permalink - 2 comments
Went to the American River (July 23) in Rancho Cordova for a rafting trip. Never thought I’d do anything like this! I didn’t really know what to expect and was a little nervous because I’m not very outdoorsy (or so I thought) and I get seasick. But I had a total blast! It was so much fun I screamed myself hoarse. We had water gun fights where we rammed into another boat we were with and stole one of their guns (we didn’t have one to begin with). But they stole it back later on. I was part of ... read more
Sun, July 24, 2005 - 11:11 PM permalink - 1 comment
Here's a cool picture of Mal (Rogue) and Inara (me). This is a recreation of one of their promo photos.

Okay, Sunday's the last day. I didn't want to think about going home in the evening and going to work on Monday. So I decided to do another sweep of the exhibit hall. Bought a few stuff and ate my last Mrs. Fields cookie (the woman gave me 3 for 1!).

I went to two panels on Sunday (I think I did just two every day; way too overwhelming to do more than that)... Doom and Chronicles of ... read more
Tue, July 19, 2005 - 11:01 PM permalink - 0 comments
Here's my whole masquerade group after our performance of Firefly (singing a parody of Proud Mary with lyrics based on the TV show and upcoming movie called Serenity) where a contingent of 50 or more photographers where waiting to take our photos. I felt like a celebrity!

Our performance went well. We didn't win anything but the competition was pretty tough. There were a lot of really elaborate costumers and presentations by really creative and talented people! I'm just so glad I was part... read more
Tue, July 19, 2005 - 9:43 PM permalink - 2 comments
Always nice to have a Klingon on your side. Especially when battling vampires. Here's Kata'H and Anna Valerious (of the Valerious vampire hunter clan from Van Helsing) chilling out in the backstage area before the Masquerade competition.

Okay, Saturday, the big day! It was really busy and there were lots and lots more people. Last year there were almost 90,000 in attendance. Someone said that there's probably even more this year. I wore my Anna Valerious (Van Helsing) costume during the da... read more
Mon, July 18, 2005 - 2:30 AM permalink - 2 comments
The Skywalker twins reunited. Hey sis... fancy meeting you here. Hey bro, well, it's Star Wars day today at Comic-Con... also ran into the old man (well, there were many Darth Vaders and Anakin Skywalkers walking around) in the exhibit hall.

Not so many people in costume. I got stopped a lot by people wanting to take my picture all weekend. Even someone from Adult Swim took a photo of me. And a lot of the people in costume I knew. Such as my friend Dr. Noe who's in the picture with me dres... read more
Mon, July 18, 2005 - 2:20 AM permalink - 0 comments
Okay... here's another awesome photo. Here I am with Richard Hatch from the original Battlestar Galactica... with me as Princess Leia. Way too cool!

Richard Hatch was one of my idols growing up. I was more of a Dirk Benedict fan but Richard Hatch is a much bigger scifi icon. It was great meeting him and getting his autograph. It was just a fluke that I walked by the registration area and there he was signing autographs and the line wasn't very long. I also got to meet Tim Thomerson who was... read more
Mon, July 18, 2005 - 2:16 AM permalink - 0 comments
Just got back from Comic-Con (July 14-17), which was held at the San Diego Convention Center. So much to write about and so many pictures to post... no time right now but I really, really just had to post this picture. Arwen and Aragorn, the lovers, finally find each other... in San Diego of all places!

Anyway, got to San Diego Thursday morning. Met up with my group, Big Damn Heroes (with members of the One Ring Circus), at the airport. Registered at the con, checked out the exhibit/dealer... read more
Mon, July 18, 2005 - 2:02 AM permalink - 1 comment
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