Furiosa Cosplay Debut and DragonCon Recap

Hello friends!

This poor blog hasn’t been getting much attention lately, has it? Well, life is mostly good. DragonCon was… weird this year. I had a good time, even a great time, but I couldn’t help feeling like I didn’t actually DO much or SEE anyone. I had several friends in town fro Texas, California, and other far off places that I did not get to see at all and I still feel horrible about it. But between the awful cell phone service and wifi, it was almost impossible to get messages out — plus with the crowds, by the time you did get a message to someone it usually worked out like, “Hey, I’m in the Marriott now! Come meet me!” “…I just got back from the Marriott. I’m in the Hyatt now.” So that’s like, a 2 hour trip to get down the elevator and walk between one hotel to the other. It was nuts.

And to some degree it’s always been that way. I’ve been attending DCon pretty much every year for almost a decade, but something about this year was different. The crowds, especially on Saturday, were just overwhelming.

Maybe I’m just getting old.

Anyway, I know what you all wanna see so here’s Wonderwall. Furiosa cosplay pics under the cut:

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Jordancon 2014 Report

Okay, confession time. I’ve never read a Robert Jordan book.

Nonetheless, when some of my critique group invited me to the annual convention for all things fantasy, sci-fi, and Wheel of Time-centric, I couldn’t really say no. I mean, Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson were both attending guests. You just don’t say no to that.

Suffice to say, we had a blast. The convention takes place just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, so it was a short three hour drive from our home base in Columbia, South Carolina. We arrived at our hotel late Friday night, watched a grown man pee in the bushes, discovered that trash cans were not in fact hotel room standard at this particular establishment, and mostly ignored the mildew ridden shower curtain while we washed up for bed.

Okay, the con was great. Our hotel? Not so much. Seriously, who doesn’t put trash cans in their hotel rooms? Not a single trash can. Not a one.

But I digress.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a scifi/fantasy con that was so writing-centric. It was very refreshing! Saturday we sat in a panel called “More Than Just Prose” which emphasized the importance of lyricism and working in poetry to the novelist. Basically, Pat Rothfuss talked about Middle English and geeked out over The Last Unicorn. It was awesome. Continue reading

Yallfest! Charleston Young Adult Book Festival – Nov 10, 2012

So many awesome author events coming up in the near future for yours truly! I managed to snag tickets for Neil Gaiman next month (excuse me while I flail haphazardly), one of the Erin Hunters later in the month, and now I find out about this awesome YA Lit Event coming to Charleston, South Carolina in November of this year! As I was looking through the author list, I was mildly interested in a few of the guest speakers I was seeing… and then my eyes fell on one name.

BETH. FREAKING. REVIS. Author of the Across the Universe trilogy.

AHHHHHHHH I AM SO PSYCHED.

Definitely going to add more YA books to my “to read” list over the next couple of months, so I can be up on some of the other author guests at the event. Some are writers I’ve been meaning to check out for a while anyway. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Deborah Harkness (I *started* reading A Discovery of Witches and really like it so far), David Levithan, Cat Tiernan, and Kami Garcia, to name a few. To see the full list of authors coming to Yallfest, click here!

It’s a good thing John Green isn’t coming, because I might actually explode with happiness.