Just wanted to blow in and say hi as I watch the big beautiful Virginia trees outside doing their best to remain planted! I’m not going to lie…I’m originally from San Diego, CA…where our biggest complaint is usually over the accumulation of too much overnight dew on our vehicles. And yes, I do believe it really is the safest city to live in weather-wise, just like that McDonald’s commercial says. Which would explain why I’m eyeing those trees near my home like a hawk. I love living in Virginia; it’s absolutely gorgeous here and no one I know back home can say “George Washington walked my streets”. Nope, they have perfect weather, beautiful beaches and the absolute best Mexican food but they cannot make that wonderful claim about good old George.
That being said…I wouldn’t mind if Miss Sandy Pants (an expression I’ve stolen from fellow mermaid, Kerri Carpenter) packed up her stuff and kindly scooted back on out to sea!
There are so many other things that should be scaring my pants off…and yours…like the entire month of October free-read Ghost Stories over at Waterworld Mermaids! Come check us out before the month is over and be on the lookout for our Spooktastic Giveaway when all is said and done!
and Even Honey Expires by me, Carlene Love Flores, where you get to meet the sweetheart drummer for the band Sin Pointe who cordially invite you to come back for more when their book, Sidewalk Flower, is published in January 2013 by Evernight Publishing.
Happy Halloween All!
Tonight I’ve been thinking about ‘Be Here Now’ and what that means. The past pays me visits, just like I’m sure it does to everyone. Sometimes I’m prepared for them, sometimes not. Tonight, my sweet visitors are the memories of my sons, Adrian and Alec David, who would have been 17 years old today. Be Here Now–for me it’s being honest about life, being thoughtful through every breath, cherishing how imperfect we are and understanding the silence and the noise.
Summer will be here sooner than we know it and to this transplanted San Diego girl, that means thoughts of one thing…Comic-Con! I won’t lie, I’m not an original attendee and the truth is that until the year the comic book convention seemed to explode, for me that being the year No Doubt came to town to attend, I didn’t know much about it. (My loss) But I do have two years under my belt and it only takes one to get you completely hooked. I still can’t get over my last attendance in 2010 and meeting kind-hearted Cam Gigandet. Can you guess what one of my top five reasons why everyone should make it to Comic-Con at least once in their lifetime is?
You just never know who you might meet or what cool thing might happen to you. The other four top reasons are:
1. The absolute coolest people attend this convention. I dropped my camera three separate times during our four days there. And each time, a different nice young man noticed, picked it up and handed it back to me. And yes, there are lines galore, but there’s no pushing or shoving or line cutting. Just think of it this way, if you’ve ever been shoved or pushed around, would you want to treat someone else that way? Me neither. Comic-Con equals good people.
2. Sometimes standing in a crazy long line without having a clue as to what the line is for is an awesome idea. Example: at one point I was flying solo and saw a line to hop into. What the heck? I had nowhere else to be. I get in the line and it turns out that it’s for a signing. I didn’t recognize anyone except for Joel McHale, the host of The Soup. Except for as I got a little closer, there was Chevy Chase sitting right next to him also signing my poster. I mean come on, it was Chevy Chase! How cool is that?
3. You’ll meet people who you otherwise never would have and you might just learn something in the process. As a writer, this is my playground and my joy. Example, I was standing in line for the Sons of Anarchy panel. The line was crazy long, wrapping around outside and making loopty loo’s at one point. But during my forty-five minutes in that line, I got to chatting with a young lady from England whose name is Anna. I basically picked her brain about her home country. There is something about talking to a living, breathing human who can tell you about things that is so much better than any internet research I could have ever conducted. And who doesn’t have time to sit and listen to a person with a British accent talk? I loved it. She was utterly charming.
4. Inspiration runs amuck at this convention. I sat in on several panels with everyone from writers to actors to directors and producers. And COMIC BOOK ARTISTS! I sat in on a panel with STAN LEE for goodness sake and got a Stan Lee neck tattoo (temporary of course but it bought me a lot of street cred with the comic book kids!) I stopped in at an artist’s booth who had the most striking work I’d ever seen in person. I got a hug from my favorite author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, which is like Chicken Soup for anyone’s soul; she is so warm and generous. But I also got to chat with another fave author, Dianna Love, who spoke to me about her path of becoming published. She gave some great tips and I left feeling rejuvenated in my own quest to see my writing make it to the printed page someday.
5. And then there was meeting Cam. My hubby also had the occasion to use the men’s restroom with Danny Devito who was also very charming as Adrian said hello to him. So if you ever do make it, bring a guy! And if you are one, don’t necessarily go into the men’s restroom with your eyes down. Look around, it’s not as creepy as it sounds. You just might be peeing next to an American legend.
So basically what I’m saying is, get yourself to Comic-Con!!!! You can’t beat the experience. Some of the best people, in one of our finest cities. It’s Comic-Con baby! Oh…and then there was the goat…but that’s another story!
***UPDATE 3/14/12…While I did not make it to the head of the internet line to buy tickets this year, I have to say the experience was very interesting. I started out as number 44,000 in line and made it all the way down to 12,000 when the convention sold out. It was crazy bonkers but also very cool that my beloved city of San Diego will again be hosting all these wonderful folks. Will try again next year. Oh, and I’m still working on that story about the goat.
Good Morning! Whew, it’s been way too long since I posted here! I’ve been busy doing all sorts of lovely writing related things including beta-reading MSS for friends, participating in my first Editpalooza at Savvy Authors with my fabulous editor for a month, and of course, swimming with the Mermaids!
Today I invite you to hop on over to the Waterworld Mermaid site for some Mandatory Fun! One lucky randomly picked commenter (US Only please) will win a Lush giftbox and all you have to do is have a little fun with your imagination. To do this, we are creating our very own mer-people. Mermaid or meman, you get to choose. Then leave a comment with 1) His/her name you’ve created and 2) tell us a little something special about your mer-person. It can be as simple as Flippy McGee, purple hair, tiger striped fins or as elaborate as my example that you’ll find over at the site.
You have until midnight Sunday, January 15th to share your creation with the sea-loving world. I’ll announce the winner in the comments section of the blog on Monday, January 16th!
Hope to see you there!
I hope to see lots of you there!
Hello all and welcome to my new website. Things may change a little around here while I have fun tweaking things, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. If you want to check out a fabulous and established site for me and a few of my wonderful writing friends, please visit the Waterworld Mermaids. For now, I’m off to push some more buttons and see what all I can accidentally delete around here! Thank you so much for stopping by.