Monday, June 05, 2017

BookCon 2017 - My Round-up in Pictures

BookCon 2017 - My Round-up in Pictures

Underwest Donuts, NYC
I started my day with a pit stop at Underwest Donuts in NYC. Who knew donuts tucked into a carwash could be so amazing! The flavors speak for themselves, listen to this flavor assortment: Banana Milk, Maple Waffle, Brown Butter, Halva, Carwash (Vanilla-Lavender), & Jasmine Green Tea. And yes, they tasted as good as they look. Heavenly! Nothing like a sugar rush before a day of walking. Thank you Underwest Donuts!

Jacob Javits Center, NYC
I arrived at the Javits Center a little before 10 am, had my badge in hand, and headed to the line to wait for the doors to open. As a writer and avid reader, it's always a thrill to see crowds throng for an event that is all about books and the people who create them.
And I'm off, entering BookCon!



Lines are just a given for events like these.

Books, books, and more books - the whole point of BookCon.

And then there are the panels, autograph sessions, and opportunities to meet book-fans and writers all day long. Here are a few of my favorite moments.
Panel at BookCon
Chelsea Clinton book signing
Look at all my fellow book nerds!
Couldn't have said it better. 

Another Panel - Tim Federle and Ruby Karp
The amazing Sarah Dessen - not only did she meet and greet her fans, she signed books and gave-away roses and postcards to everyone who came to see her. How sweet! Here's my Sarah Dessen swag.

     And a smiling-me posing with Sarah.

Can I just say this was one of my favorite author-visits of the event - Jennie Gilbert Ross. Here she is late on Sunday (I'm sure exhausted) but still smiling and signing and eager to meet readers.

The Wrong Side of the Blanket, by Jennie Gilbert Ross


Curious about her book pictured here, it's available on Amazon.



Panel: Adult Education with Ella Morton, Doug Harris, Olivia Koski, Theodore Gray, and Jana Grcevich
      My Name is Stardust by Bailey & Douglas Harris
I love that my maiden name is also associated with such a big player in the book industry. 

Me, doing what I love.

I saw this beauty and knew this was a book my husband would enjoy, so I got a copy signed for him. The Last Winter by Samwise Didier


AND HERE IS MY TABLE-OF-SWAG. Yep, I carried all this stuff throughout the day, and it was worth every second. Thank you @TheBookCon for another amazing event!



And for those of you who know me, you know that I'm always adding to my goat collection, and I found one more item to add to it. Here's my favorite find, Happy Little Goats by Soraya Hirth.



Happy reading!


Saturday, April 01, 2017

Happy First Day of CampNaNoWriMo 2017


Good morning writers...Happy 1st day of #CampNaNoWriMo! May we all be blessed with many words today. Raising a coffee cup to you. Cheers!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Recent Reads_Q1 2017

Here are the reads of 2017 so far:




Perfect proof that there are amazing stories that don't make it into traditional publishing. This book really makes you think, and the spiritual parts are wrapped up neatly in the middle of this story that starts with tragedy and ends with something else - inner peace maybe? Like many others have said before, the message in this book will have an impact on my life going forward.

Excellent read!

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
A+ This is the best book of the three and I loved the whole series. Masterful writing, complex characters and plot. It has made it to my list of Top Reads.

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)
This is the best second book in a series I think I've ever read. It's just enough elements from the first book and so much new material it's amazing how Deborah Harkness sneaks in these nuances and details that make the story and characters so rich and complex and intriguing. I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone reading this review who hasn't picked up the book yet, but let's just say we're exposed to 'a whole new world'. Amazing!

The Little Prince
This was a reread. It was given to me as a gift in college by my roommate, and of course I'd read it in High School, but I don't think I appreciated the artistry of the book until this time. there are so many inuendos and hidden meanings in every word that is placed in this story. I liken it to a children's book that is meant for adults, meant to appeal to the child in each of us that is so readily pushed deep inside us by the everyday of life. Also, it reads much like a dream, which is a hard thing to portray but is done so eloquently here.

Much appreciation for this gem.

Currently I'm engrossed in these two books:
The Girl with All the GiftsChicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers

So many good books to read and so little time to enjoy them all. 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

My 3-Day Writing Retreat

I took a three-day writing retreat to the Highlights Foundation campus in Pennsylvania. What a wonderful experience - thank you to the Highlights staff who made me feel special during my time there. I don't think I've ever been somewhere like this where writing and creating are supported so fully, and inspiration cultivated. I accomplished more in three days during this retreat than I've completed in three months prior. 

Here are a few pictures from my trip. 

Driving to get there, through the fog, then on to the quiet roads closer to the location, and finally through the local roads to get to Highlights. 





I made it! Here's the cabin where I stayed. Notice there's no t.v. and no distractions, this was three days focused on writing alone. 



 My view from inside the cabin to the outside.
 The other cabins.


 And finally, my writing starts. What a view! This was the ultimate environment for writing progress.





...and a little writing in the rain. 


 This is where the magic was happening. It was cool outside but I put on plenty of layers and it made for an amazing spot to get words to paper.
 Posing for a selfie outside my cabin. Love the "unworkshop" experience!

 My view as the sun set outside the cabin.

 Working inside after dark.
 Getting my chapters in order.
 Some word-rocks for inspiration.

 The Barn where the most amazing food was prepared for my meals.


 I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is looking to have a focused writing experience. Contact Highlights, if you want more information.