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Sister of the Sibylline


The Doctor Who historical episodes are generally my favorites—“Vincent and the Doctor” made me bawl both times I saw it, and I watched the opening scenes of “The Shakespeare Code” (in which a trio of witches devour a hapless young man) as I was beginning to write Petty Magic. And when I saw “The Fires of Pompeii,” I knew I needed to be a Sister of the Sibylline for Halloween. The Sisters of the Sibylline are a nefarious cadre of soothsayers with eyes painted on their hands, and when they hold their hands to their (actual) eyes, they can communicate with each other across distances.



I guess I could have gone all out with the jewelry and red dress, but I like that the costume feels more or less complete with just a red cape and some black-and-white face paint.



Photo by Alex.



I sewed the cape out of some cheap polyester (from Sew Low Fabrics in East Cambridge) using a free and easy pattern from Intended for fleece, obviously, but it worked for my purposes just fine. I lopped off the pointy cape end, and finished it in a morning. Got so lazy that I didn’t add any ribbon ties though—safety pins work just as well, haha!




The plot of this episode is somewhat convoluted, but if you forget about the aliens and just focus on the human interest element, it’s quite poignant. Donna and the Doctor have gotten to know a particular middle-class Pompeii family, and when the volcano erupts and everyone is running wild with panic, Donna is stricken to find them huddled together and preparing to die. The Doctor is about to leave, and Donna begs him: “Not the whole town. Just save someone.”

And he does.



I’m going to a concert at the Armory tonight. We’ll see if any sci-fi nerds actually recognize me.






As for vegan candy, I treated myself to this tasty mint chocolate cookie:



Even better than a Girl Scout thin mint!


Here’s a bonus for you: Elliot in drag!!!!!


They’re characters from Game of Thrones. (I’m sure I’m the only person in America who couldn’t have guessed that.)

Happy Halloween, everyone!



Check out my gorgeous new spoon ring—a gift from a dear friend.


8 Comments to Sister of the Sibylline

  1. October 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Elliott makes one very strange Khaleesi…

  2. October 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    (I just looked again. By strange I mean disturbing.)

  3. Kath's Gravatar Kath
    October 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Pretty costume! One of the kids on Amy Lou’s street was dressed as the 11th Doctor – very cool.

    • November 1, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

      I also met the 11th Doctor, but he couldn’t quite place me (haha). Did the kid have a fez??

  4. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    October 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    My husband was reading over my shoulder; he cracked up. He says Elliot’s costume is amazing.

  5. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Great costume, Mealey! You look just like a Sister of the Sibylline!

  6. Not the mother of dragons's Gravatar Not the mother of dragons
    October 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    O.M.G. Khaleesi looks so beautiful. I truly admire her grit and determination in the face of a sexist male-dominated chauvinist society.

  7. November 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone pick up on it right away? I know a couple super fans who would’ve recognized it. I unfortunately needed the photos to prompt me.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.