Archive for September, 2011

For A Great Author – Sara Douglass

So, I was going to post the last part of my DragonCon adventure today, but I feel this is more important. I learned yesterday that one of my favorite authors passed away from ovarian cancer after years of struggle with the disease.

RIP Sara Douglass

This Australian author is credited with paving the way for female fantasy writers (particularly female Australian writers) and was the first woman signed to the Voyager imprint of Harper Collins. I have been a fan of hers since I picked up The Wayfarer Redemption (BattleAxe in Australia) and fell in love with the complex characters and even more complex story.

Sara Douglass spoke openly and painfully on her blog about her disease and her struggles. If you knew her struggles in real life, it was easy to read between the lines and see the passages that no doubt mirrored her personal pain, particularly in her most recent book, The Devil’s Diadem – which has easily surpassed all her other novels as my personal favorite.

To Sara – May the Falloway Man lead you into the eternal Field of Flowers.

Here is perhaps her most poignant entry on Sara’s blog titled The Silence of the Dying. After reading it, you will forever think twice about how you treat someone who is ill. I also recommend reading the rest of her blog also. It is a fascinating journey into self-sufficiency and it was Sara’s greatest dream.

There is no good way to end something like this, so I will say again RIP Sara and know how you touched all of us and to anyone who has never read her work – I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.

 

DragonCon “What I Did”

So, we actually got to Atlanta on Thurs, so we could get our badge and have a night before the craziness of the weekend started. D*C put in a new registration system and it went so much better. Instead of a two or three hour wait, it was only about an hour and that was with the line wrapped all the way around the Sheraton when we got there.

Here’s my pretty badge – four years now.

After that, we ate at Trader Vic’s – which is at the bottom of the Hilton where we stayed. The food was good. The Mai Tai was gross. I don’t know if we’ll eat there again next year or not. My guess is not.

Day 1 – Friday

So I went to three panels on Friday and made a circuit through Artist Alley/Comic and Pop Art Alley and the three dealer rooms.

Panels

Write A Story In An Hour – This was a fun panel with a lot of hilarity. A roomful of complete strangers coming up with three keywords (we chose Fog/Shipwreck/Clock) and then from there a main character, secondary character, bad guy, setting, plot. It was a great way to start off the con and I may end up writing a short story from it, just for kicks.

Breaking In; How It’s Done – This panel was very informative. It was full of agents, publishers, and writers- all with good information for someone trying to get into the business. I also got a preview of a recurring theme that new authors really need to have themselves out there on social networking before you even have a book deal. That was an eye opener for me and part of the reason I’m getting my blog going again. So, follow me! 🙂

Tor Upfront – several of the big sci-fi/fantasy publishers do these panels. It’s basically a preview of their publishing list for the next several months. I’m adding to my “To Be Read” (TBR) list.

Day 2 – Saturday

I went to four more panels on Saturday. I also got my Dragonlance Chronicles signed by Tracy Hickman (squeeeeee!) and that night was the Stargate/Star Trek Carnival – which sounds more exciting than it was. We left early.

Panels

Plodding or Plotting? – This was a good panel on how to develop plot and how to spot when you’re infodumping instead of advancing the story.

Baen Books Traveling Sideshow and Prize Patrol – Another make my TBR list longer panel.

Characters That Come to Life – A great panel on characterization. A lot of it I already knew, but it never hurts to hear other people’s ideas.

Spotlight: Dark Faeries – This was not entirely what I expected and only one of the authors really knew what she was talking about, but I did get some good sources for researching faeries and folklore. I also left this panel early.

Me and Tracy Hickman

 

So there is my first two days at DragonCon. The last two are coming soon…

DragonCon 2011 “What I Wore”

So, while a lot of people go all out and cosplay it up, I’m really a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, although I did do one costume this year and next year I plan on doing more – because dressing up is fun!

Friday – I went all out Hello Kitty, from t-shirt to socks to Vans. I also painted my nails with a really really cool topcoat put out by Sally Hansen that does a crackle effect. Love it!

Saturday – my first tribute to my favorite show on TV – Big Bang Theory. For those who don’t watch, the words are a little song that Sheldon likes to have sung to him when he’s sick. Saturday night, Jeff and I also dressed up for Star Trek and had our pictures done on a green screen. It was fun and the money went to the National Inclusion Project so it was a win all around.

My hair is actually in a beehive, but my hair is only about shoulder length, so you can’t really tell in the picture. I know we should have posed or something, but if you watch the old series we actually look about like they did on the transporters since because of the technology they had to stand pretty still the whole time.

Sunday

I decided to go happy!

Monday – Another tribute to Big Bang Theory (Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock!). And since it was cold, I also got to wear the Bazinga! sweatshirt from the last post.

So, there it is. Next year, I plan to have more costumes. I already have the ideas, now I just have to make them!

Blog Revival and DragonCon 2011 “What I Scored”

I have been so so so bad about my blog. I’m going to change that and I’m starting with this year’s trip to DragonCon. My plan is to do the trip over a few blog posts because if I put all I wanted to say in one, it would be HUUUGE!

First up, I’m going post pictures of all the things I scored. I got some really neat art pieces, a cool hoodie, jewelry, and even got some cute things for Chloe.

So without further ado.

 

My scores from DragonCon are the Boo Skelve (the little ghostie fellow) and the Medic Bunny (with the red cross on his chest). My Shelf of Awesome is growing.

 

 

I also bought this necklace with art work from Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. (They are also responsible for the cuteness that is Boo Skelve)

 

 

I also bought this hoodie. For those who don’t watch, this is from Big Bang Theory. It has to be my favorite show on TV and I was grateful that I bought it when on Monday, Hurricane Lee came barreling through dropping the temperature by about 20 degrees.

 

And for Chloe…

 

Tees from her favorite shows and…

 

 

one Gloomy Bear.

 

So that is part of my haul from this year. I have a couple of other things to photograph, but I’m going to save them for another post. More on DragonCon 2011 later.