BookCon 2019 Happened

So… I went to BookCon. This was my second time going. My first time was back in 2017 and let’s just say I was not ready for it two years ago.

This time, I WAS READY.

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It was crowded, which I expected from reading about others’ experiences from previous years and from my own experience in 2017. We didn’t arrive crazy early, getting on line at about 8:45 AM (when the doors open 10 AM), but there was already a pretty hefty line ahead of us. And of course when the gates finally opened, there was a mad dash.

I only had two tentative goals going into BookCon and if I didn’t get either of them I wasn’t going to be crushed. I was really looking forward to the experience, being around all my fellow book lovers and basically just breathing the same air as some of my all time favorite authors/heroes. I did not get a ticket to see Erin Morgenstern and get an ARC of The Starless Sea but I DID get a ticket to see Joan He and get her autograph for Descendant of the Crane!!!!!!!!! I was very lucky. I’m still reeling from the experience hours later and probably still will be reeling for the rest of the week (or maybe my life). ❤ ❤

She was so sweet and just gave off all the good person vibes. When I went up to see her she said “Sorry, I’m so flustered!” and me being the hot mess that I am was wildly fluttering my hands and saying “No, I’m the one that’s flustered!” I told her that I’m an aspiring author and also got to take a picture with her. Also side note, she has the most beautiful signature ever!!!!

I attended Cassandra Clare’s panel too with David Canfield as the moderator. That was another amazing experience. My favorite trilogy of all time is The Infernal Devices. I must have read that series six times, and that is A LOT for me. Usually, I don’t read a book more than once unless its one of my favorites. A reader asked her which of her characters she relates to the most and her answer was Simon and Tessa. What I took away from her panel especially was her advice to aspiring authors. There were two very specific things. 1) Read everything. 2) Write every day. Even if it’s only a sentence.

There was a lot of interesting booths at BookCon. Books everywhere so therefore I was in HEAVEN. I scored a lot of swag. Bookmarks, pins, stickers and I even got an envelope from one of the Scythes! I also bought myself a GoT Arya tee because I couldn’t resist. Not today. 🙂 My friend was even lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and got the last ticket for Crush by Svetlana Chmakova at the Yen Press booth.

Wandering around there were plenty of authors to see even if I couldn’t meet them. I saw Erin Morgenstern signing ARCs of The Starless Sea, Renée Ahdieh taking pics with fans, Stephanie Garber eating breakfast and Victoria Aveyard’s back. So, winning.

But believe it or not my most favorite part was right before we were about to leave. I knew there was going to be a meet up with Susan Dennard at one of the Starbucks but was a little pressed for time because I had to catch a bus. At first I didn’t see her because like I said earlier it was HELLA CROWDED but I didn’t give up and spotted her!!! There were only a few people left on the line to get their books signed so I got to see her real quick before I had to go!!!! GAHHH IT WAS AMAAAAAAZING!!! I said “Sorry, I have to run and catch a bus!” and she was so kind and said “Sorry you had to wait!” Then I said “No, I’m just so glad I got to see you!!!!!” I also thanked her for writing her newsletter. It has been one of the most helpful insights for me on this journey of mine to be a writer. I said, “Thank you for being so open and so honest.”

To which she replied, “Are you a writer?” And I nodded. Then, she added “Writing is hard.” I agreed. But then she said something I’ll never forget, “Write on.” She even wrote it near her signature in my copy of Truthwitch which I was able to bring with me. MY EMOTIONS WERE PEAKED!! I WAS SO HAPPY!!

BUT THEN IT GOT BETTER.

I’m not sure if I asked for one or she offered but I got to hug her! And then she asked if I wanted a pic and I was like “I get two hugs??!!” like a happy little girl lol. My inner child was out. So I got to hug her again for the second time before the pic was taken and then a third when the picture was actually taken!!!! It was funny and one of the best experiences ever. She is so great and sweet and all the feels. Good person vibes all over the place!!

So needless to say this year’s BookCon rocked!!!!! I WAS SO READY.

Now, to go back to business and write on.

P.S. Have any of you ever been to BookCon or any other convention or author signing? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

Snapshot 5/17/19

Update post!

Currently listening: “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”-Helen Forrest, Harry James
Currently (re)reading: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Currently watching: Fruits Basket (2019)
Currently playing: Rune Factory 4

I’m glad spring is here. That means summer is right around the corner. But I’m not rushing, because light jacket weather is a MOOD right now. My mom gave me her old denim jacket and every opportunity I get to go outside I slip that baby on. It looks one that Usagi wears but like in the 90’s version of Sailor Moon. So do I feel like her a little bit when I wear that jacket? Yes, yes I do. Does that bring me joy? Yes, yes it does.

The past few weeks have been pretty rough. I was super sick, and I’m still not 100% yet but I’m getting there. I had plenty of time though to watch a few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal. So far I like it, but I’m only on episode 13. It more closely follows the manga. Although, the original 90’s anime is still my favorite. It brings back so many memories. For example, the numerous times when my family went to the video store on the corner and I would rent all the movies on VHS. Not going to lie, I have probably seen Promise of the Rose a hundred times. True facts. I also started the new Fruits Basket series too. It started just when I needed it. All those nostalgic feels.

Schedule wise, my goal is to post one Living Life vignette every week. It is a series based on scenes I witness or am a part of IRL turned into an interesting story. So probably any day between Friday and Sunday a new post should be up. I’ll also try to do a Snapshot post every month (just like this post you’re currently reading lol) just to give a personal update and probably ramble on about Sailor Moon and Fruits Basket. I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH.

Here are some of my posts since the last Snapshot update if you’re in need of reading material:

I know I rambled on about my denim jacket, but are there any clothes that you have a special attachment to? I’d love to talk in the comments!

Snapshot 4/10/19

Currently listening: “The Last of the Real Ones”– Fall Out Boy
Currently (finished) reading: We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett Currently (re)reading: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Currently watching: Friends (Season 3)
Currently playing: Devil May Cry 5

Music is good. Books are good. Friends is surprisingly good. Why didn’t I start this show sooner? (Because you take your sweet time savoring everythinggggggg). I get it all done. Eventually.

If you are looking for a book that is packed to the sheets (are we making up expressions now, really?) with strong female characters who are not afraid to REALLY get things done but who also have the relatability of normal human beings We Rule the Night may be the right call. At times the story did slow and the ending was a bit abrupt (leaving an opening for a sequel?) but the strong feminism ties that are the framework of the book really do make you feel empowered and ready to take on the world. Which is always a nice feeling. Especially since the book is based off the real story of the Night Witches of WW2. So, if you have a need to be in that very specific niche of a mood… I recommend.

I also am re-reading the Grisha trilogy because let’s be real, Leigh Bardugo is writing goals and I just preordered Joan He’s Descendant of the Crane the other day because all I have been hearing is good things. I’m really setting my reading goals high this year. Last year I read 25 books and this year I’m hoping to set a personal best (at the very least 26, SMALL STEPS JAI).

I do have a habit of trying to do to much at once. Though, to my credit, I always follow through (just my sleeping patterns tend to suffer). The thing about habits is that if they are good they are GREAT, and if they are not good then they are most definitely not great. Are you picking up what I’m putting down?

In other news I find I am enjoying blogging. It’s kind of relaxing! Which is good news for any of you who enjoy reading my dribble. Writing the Living Life vignettes helps me too. When I write it just feels like all my feelings have a place to go. Before I just kept them to myself, and that was fine but when you share the stories and you share your experiences I don’t know it really does just make your world feel a bit better. It’s like when a painter paints or an architect builds. The world gives us all these feelings and we need to get them out. And if we show others these feelings and they get it, it makes you feel more understood in return. Do you know what I mean? And you get one heck of a picture or building. Or story. 🙂

Why didn’t I start doing this sooner? (Oh yeah, because I take my sweet time to savor everything. Duh.)

Announcement: My Blog’s Purpose and “Living Life”

When you’re just starting out everything is exotic, like an explorer charting out newly discovered land. Years of dreaming, months of research, and then weeks of implementation all start to merge together until you have finally spit something out that you can be proud of.

Well, at least it’s a start.

My blog is going to be a collection of announcements/updates when something exciting happens, fiction stories of various length, and any thoughts of mine that need a voice.

My previous post was the first entry in a series of vignettes based on little scenes that I happen to witness or be a part of IRL. It’s going to serve as a writing exercise for me and a readable thing for you. So a win, win. The idea for the vignettes came to me when I recalled an incident that had happened last week. My mother, fortunately, had a sudden need for the house to be neater, and her daughter (me), unfortunately, had all her notebooks, books and random sheets of paper (with important stuff written on them) placed ever so haphazardly (yet purposefully) all over the place. Needless to say I was irked in having to move all. the. stuff.

I thought my response was appropriate. “Mom… I’m living my life!” She looked at me and I looked at her. I could have just unleashed a flood of Looks (you know the disapproving mom stare) and commentary (or lack there of which is worse) but then, we both started to laugh. She liked my response… and so the vignette series was born. Although, I still had to move all. the. stuff.

Though it’s not perfect, its my own little space that I did all on my own. Can only go out from here. I mean who’s even reading this now? Hello, Whoever You Are. Are you ready for this trip?

So, the adventure begins. Let’s go.

Update: Things Are Happening….

I know it’s been a little longer then I promised for the next update but this one is worth the wait. I have BIG news.

I am going to be published!!!!! Drunk Monkeys picked my story for their pop culture issue!!! I found out Friday night and have been celebrating all weekend.

As soon as it goes live, I’ll post the link. But wow… I am so happy