Let’s Talk About…Nerd Ink

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So its not secret that tattoos are a big part of my life.

As of a couple weeks ago, information pills I am now up to ten, ampoule nine of which are fandom related.

Now, I know a ton of people that understand. They understand the urge to get a tattoo. They understand that the feel of the needle and that sort of lotion-y inky smell is just brilliant. They understand that there is something amazing about staring down at a permanent piece of artwork on your body that represents something close to you. I feel beautiful with my tattoos.

Now there are also people that don’t, which is why I want to share this post with you all. Myself and a few others have elected to share their tattoos and why they got them. It may not necessarily change your mind on them, and I don’t really expect it to.

But there are reasons that we all get these on our skin. Some people might not understand that. But when I read a book, something about it changes me. It may be a bad thing, but it still does something. But most of the time, a book will change me for good, and there are a select few that really leave lingering attachments.

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oh wait, that’s me. No need to get excited ;)

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I have 9 fandom tattoos so far, ten total. I sometimes consider my Something Corporate tattoo a fandom tattoo, because music is a fandom, but for the most part, its just a tattoo I keep to myself. I have the Deathly Hallows symbol on my wrist, with “Wit Beyond Measure” underneath and “Man’s Greatest Treasure” on the other wrist. I have the epitaph from James and Lily Potter’s gravestone on my back with page stars, and “Always” on my ankle. I have the Rebel Alliance symbol from Star Wars on the back of neck and the fearless rune from The Mortal Instruments on my shoulder. I have the word “fearless” written in Circular Gallifreyan from Doctor Who on my wrist, the three ravens tattoo that Tris has in Divergent and a molnija mark from Vampire Academy.

What all of them really have in common is the idea of fear, and overcoming and accepting it and conquering those things that seem too big for us. Harry Potter conquers his fears and he accepts death and he ends up winning in the end. He handles the biggest, hardest things that any teenager has to face and he’s so strong and he does it. The Rebel Alliance takes on the entire Galactic Empire, just a small band of believers and its incredible. Fearless in both Shadowhunter runes and Doctor Who Gallifreyan represents my desire to overcome my fears. When Rose gets her molnija marks for defeating Strigoi, she’s conquering fears of Strigoi and she’s becoming brave, and coming into her own as a guardian. Tris gets her ravens when she wants to recognize and remember her past, but move forward into her own future.

I feel like I’m writing a lot but I do have a lot of tattoos. Each tattoo that I’ve gotten represents my desire to be my own person and to not give up and not let my fears keep me from experiencing life or trying to live my dreams. I am scared of so many things, like death or the dark and bugs (EW), but I’m also afraid of failure, not reaching my dreams, not being able to do the amazing things I want to do with my life. I have these to remind myself that there are these amazing characters created that conquer their fears and live their dreams and take down big enemies and get over the highest hills and that I can do that too. I can publish a book and travel the world. I can live in many different places and I can conquer that constant anxiety and fear that is always in the very back of my mind.

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The first picture is from the mortal instruments and the infernal devices series by Cassandra Clare. Its the fortitude rune which gives the shadowhunter the power of fortitude. Mental and emotional strength when faced with difficulty, adversity, danger and temptation. I got this tattoo because I struggled with depression and I need to remember to stay strong through anything. It’s a really positive rune which whenever I face difficulties I can look at and remember to stay grounded and that I will always overcome whatever lays in my path.

The second picture is a quote from Alice in Wonderland. I loved this book when I was a kid and have always been obsessed with it. I chose this quote because it’s true. Everyone is mad, everyone is different, we are all a bit weird. I was always different from everyone else and as a result I was bullied a lot. This tattoo reminds me that you are who you are and no body is perfect, everyone is mad in one way or another.

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This is my first tattoo. It is Eeyore from A.A. Mine’s Winnie the Pooh books. For my first tattoo I wanted something that I have loved and felt a connection to for a long long time. Eeyore was Always my favourite as a child and even more than that I feel a connection with him as I am definitely an Eeyore type personality.

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I got Dumbledore’s quote to Harry about the Mirror of Erised from book 1, encircling the Deathly Hallows symbol from book 7, and ending with the page stars, to symbolize Harry’s journey coming full circle, and because I just love this quote. I got the page stars on my wrist because JKR drew them and I love that only other HP fans know what they are, while anyone else just thinks they’re 3 stars on my wrist.

Ashly 

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Doctor Who actually saved my life. I have anxiety and depression, and was in an abusive relationship. I felt I wasn’t important and didn’t care if anything happened. The past couple years have been super hard. Then I started to watch Doctor Who, and I realized I was important. This reminds me of love and hope. I love all the strong characters and how they cry openly and are just so amazing. I actually am planning to add on to it in the future.

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I’m not sure I really have a “why” but here it goes. The Avengers got me into comics, and I have no issues admitting that. But THE Avenger that actually made me purchase a book? Hawkeye. As soon as I heard about the book I knew I had to get my hands on it. I looked into local comic book stores and found a little piece of Heaven that was welcoming to everyone. Then before you know it, I had a pull box filled with various comics. None of this would have happened without the Avenger that runs around with a group of super heroes but enjoys a slice of pizza with his dog on his off days.

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My fandom tattoos started with my divergent tattoo. I had a good bit of ink previously and came dangerously close to getting the dauntless faction symbol instead of my birds (I still kinda want to), and around the same time, grownupfangirl started to kind of take off, so I obviously started reading and communicating with some of my favorite authors more…which ultimately leads to Stronger feelings about certain books.

I think, my fandom tattoos are best described by a quote in a book I recently read (Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine): “She’s fearless with her tattoos, stamping her body with whatever is truthful for her at the time. There’s something honest about that – about devoting yourself to whatever is honest for you in the moment, even though you know life will change and you’ll change with it.”

Katie 

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I have two Harry Potter tattoos, both on my arms. My first is a black outline of a Golden Snitch with the Deathly Hallows symbol inside of it. To me, the snitch represents so much besides Quidditch. I’ve always been fascinated with flight, it is also winning the end of the “game”, it holds secrets, and stays true to the first person that catches it. Harry’s Snitch even held a Deathly Hallows item inside. Therefore the Deathly Hallows symbol is inside to represent this as well as the death so many are afraid of and run from. But when you possess the Deathly Hallows, you are the master of death and in a way, I now possess them.

The writing on my other arm is actually JK Rowling’s hand writing from a letter she wrote to me after I met her. I handed her a letter I wrote about my life, and how much her stories and she means to me and so many others in the world. The writing says “Keep fighting! You’re inspirational. With Love and Admiration, Jo”. I chose the royal purple color to match the signature color in her handwritten letter and because it represents the original Potter franchise and magic in general. Having her autograph as Jo, not her usual ‘JK Rowling’ was so much more personal to me. Her letter was longer but I chose these particular pieces from it to inspire me to never give up in my life, that anything is possible, and always remember my own role model finds me inspirational to her.

Naomi

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These are my two Harry Potter tattoos. I’ve got the Deathly Hallows because that book is my favourite and I wanted something to symbolise that. It’s on my right foot. On my left forearm, I have “I open at the close”. This is from the first snitch that Harry ever caught, and is also from the last book. I love this quote because I feel like it symbolises Harry, and the kind of person he is.

I’ve loved Harry Potter for a very long time now and always wanted a Harry Potter tattoo. A few people told me I would regret my decision to get these tattoos, but I won’t. I’ll always love Harry Potter, and even if for some reason, I stop loving the books, they’re a huge part of my life and I’d never change that.

Jimmy

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I have two science fiction tattoos. Left is the TARDIS from Doctor Who an the right is the Starfleet insignia from Star Trek. I got them because I love the concept of space exploration and sci-fi things make me happy, whether they are incredibly mind blowing or incredibly cheesy. I love it all.

Laura

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My tattoo means the world to me. It is from “The Mortal Instruments” series. The quote is from the City of Bones book and movie, which is quoted by Hodge Starkweather. The reason I chose this quote is because I have a wide imagination and all the stories are true in my eyes. I believe in pretty much everything I read in fiction. The reason I chose the Angelic rune (also from TMI) is because it was my favourite rune and I kept unconsciously drawing it on anything i could, pretty much like Clary! Also, I like to think everyone has a little bit of angelic power inside of them.

Luz

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The first one is the fearless rune from TMI. I got it because sometimes you feel like you need something that hides your fears away, and I needed it. I needed to stand up and by myself. And so I did. The second one is Tris’ ravens, from Divergent. I admire her, because I relate to her. I would give my life if it means the people I love will be okay. And, sometimes, for them and for yourself to be happy, you need to make some sacrifices. I’ve done some, and it’s nice to have this tattoo with it’s double meaning.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all these awesome people’s tattoos! I’ve done posts like these before and I hope to continue to post about them, because its a passion of mine.

If you have a tattoo of the nerd variety, don’t forget to share them! We want to see them!

Nerd Ink, Part Two!

So this week has been hard as far as blog posts have gone. I’ve been writing a lot of these at the beginning of the week, order and scheduling them to be posted on the day that they are supposed to be posted. My best friend is getting married today (tomorrow, page from my perspective) and I’m just SO busy. I was also unable to find a contributor for the Fandom Friday this week, tadalafil so I have a little something special instead!

Over a year ago, I did a post, featuring a lot of my friends and their nerd ink. Way before I joined the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army and started this blog, I didn’t know a lot of people with nerd ink. I knew a few people online, and maybe a couple in real life, but I wasn’t as immersed in the world. As soon as I joined LADA, I saw SO many Harry Potter tattoos, and I felt like…yay, my family!

Then as my nerd endeavors have increased due to this blog, I’ve met more and more people with tattoos and I love it. So far, I have six tattoos.

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All of my tattoos so far are fandom related (mostly). My first tattoo was the Deathly Hallows symbol, which is on my right wrist. My second tattoo was “wit beyond measure” under that, and “man’s greatest treasure” on my left wrist, also from Harry Potter. The third one I got was “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” from Harry Potter, as well, the quote on Harry Potter’s parents’ gravestone, paired with page stars. The fourth one I got was the Rebellion Alliance symbol from Star Wars. The fifth one I got was “Always”, also from Harry Potter, on my ankle. The musical notes are the only non-fandom part, they are musical notes from “Konstantine” by Something Corporate. The last and most recent tattoo that I got was the Fearless rune tattoo from The Mortal Instruments series.

I won’t go into detail for each tattoo, but I will say there are two main reasons I got each tattoo. One is that they all come from fandoms that mean a LOT to me. Harry Potter, Star Wars and Mortal Instruments have all played important parts in my life and getting permanent ink shows my love for those series. But I also got them because they all kind of have something to do with fear and courage. I can be a fearful person and I got these as a way to learn to overcome all the fears I have, from the fear of spiders to my fear of failing and being left alone.

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Now I have a ton of tattoos to share with you! These are some seriously awesome people, with equally awesome tattoos!

Also, if you click on the person’s name, you’ll reach their blogs, Twitters, etc. so make sure to follow them!

Ang

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A bookworm because she loves books!

Galaxy Fox

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(yes, that’s her real name)

My tattoo is Wolverine from the classic animated series.

I got this because I am a huge comic book and X-Men fan! And also because I feel I closely relate to Wolverine’s character in and out of costume. We have the same way of dealing with our pain and we are both very intuitive and strong willed people.

Thomas

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My tattoo is the ship from Galaga.

Story behind this isn’t all that interesting but basically i’m a huge nerd and wanted to get a tattoo that reminded me of my dad, my dad used to play a SHIT TON of galaga back in the day. He talks about it all the time, always looks for the game at arcades we go to and my earliest memory of him was that he got a port of the game for the PC and he and i would play it even though i was only 3 years old. means a lot to me. hope to get more nerdy tattoos but this ones my first.

Steve

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It’s the name of my favourite character ever, Castiel (from the TV show Supernatural) written in Circular Gallifreyan, the alphabet featuerd in another favourite show, Doctor Who.
Why I got it: I was planning on something Supernatural related but changed my mind the night before I had the appointment to get inked, and picked this one. Castiel is my favourite character of all time, and as an illustrator/designer, I find Gallifreyan writing fascinating and extremely beautiful. Plus, Doctor Who and Supernatural are the two shows that have helped me during the most difficult times of my life, and have literally saved me from losing my mind. This tattoo will always mean the world to me.

Mimi Schweid

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This is the Dark-Hunter Double Bow and Arrow, the Fearless rune and Angelic Power Rune. The double bow and arrow is for my love for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. She’s a dyslexic author that is always on the best seller list and I hope to one day be like her. The Angelic power, the one underneath it is a victory tattoo for surviving my first year of college and the Fearless on my right wrist was for starting college/a new chapter in my life.

Effie

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My tattoo is of Sputnik II and Laika, who became the first animal and living organism larger than a microbe to be launched into orbit. She died within hours after launch of overheating but because of her it paved the way for human spaceflight.

Why you got the tattoo: I got the tattoo because I love space and the exploration of space, but without Laika and Sputnik II our discoveries could have come at a later time. This was to honor her memory and her death to further help our understanding of the cosmos and our place in the universe.

Tahnee

And her Supernatural Instagram Account

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My tattoo is from supernatural, it’s the protection symbol that Sam and Dean have, Castiels wings, and I chose Latin writing because they always use Latin in the show, and it says “carry on my wayward son” which is the theme song :)
I got it because supernatural is my favorite show and felt I needed something to express it :)

Sarah

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I got this at the same time as my best friend. We’ve both been through hellish times, my sister broke her spine, her brother died in a car accident but through it all we were there got each other through thick and thin, true parabatais. I’d be lost without her.

I got this quote because I’ve spent my life shying away from anything that could hurt me. I got this tattoo when i decided the time was right to go to university to remember no matter how scary it is at the end of it something amazing will happen.

Bethany

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 The first one is from the anime, D.Gray-Man. A saying that Mana Walker would always tell Allen Walker before he died. I chose this quote because at the time, the quote was very meaningful to me. I felt like it was words that I need to live by and words that I still need to live by. Plus, it was the first anime that my brother and I actually watched together. Especially he is the one who got me started on anime. And it’s an awesome anime!

This is the healing rune from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. I chose the healing rune because it’s one of my favorite runes, from my favorite series.

Lorie Nicewonger

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This tattoo is “Always”  Snape’s love for Lilly Evans Potter from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Along with chapter stars. Lori got this tattoo, because “that’s how I feel about the series. HP will “always” be my favorite book series.”

Amanda B.

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Harry Potter Always :) (or forever but this is my interpretation of an Always tattoo)
Because I’ve always wanted a Harry Potter tattoo. The books helped me through difficult times.

Josh Taylor

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The Deathly Hallows are a major plot point and source of power from the magical world of Harry Potter.
4. I got the tattoo because the books and movies got me through some very dark times in my childhood (self acceptance issues) and I wanted a constant reminder to look at, to keep me going should I feel down.

Michelle H.

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These are the chapter stars from the American edition of the Harry Potter books.  The tattoo is located on each wrist. I battle with depression. When I am low, I turn to Harry and the gang. More recently, I am unable to read as often as I need. I see the stars, on my wrist, approximately where my book would rest and it comforts me. Sometimes, it is the only reminder I need.

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I hope that you all enjoyed checking out these nerd tattoos! I think its really awesome that all these people are able to express their love for a particular book or TV show, or just something nerdy, by creating art on their skin. Beautiful.
If you would like to be featured in a future edition of Nerd Ink, please email me a picture of your tattoo, what it is (because I may not know haha!) and why you got it!
Happy Nerd Everyone!

WonderCon Day Two Highlights-City of Bones Day!

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a good weekend!

As you all may know, buy information pills I’ve been hitting up WonderCon in Anaheim, patient California this weekend (thank goodness its so close to home!), and trying to keep you guys as updated as possible on the awesomeness that I’ve been experiencing.

Yesterday was a Harry Potter day, where I wore my Ravenclaw outfit, completely with blue and silver tutu, and manned the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army table!

Today, was all about the Shadowhunters.

Today, I wore my Shadowhunters shirt, which you can see below:

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The back said “Looking Better in Black Since 1234”. I covered my arms in runes, and  showed off my actual Fearless tattoo.

Because today was ALL about City of Bones.

There was a City of Bones panel today at WonderCon where Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, and Kevin Zegers talked about the movie and the books.

Here’s our lovely author now:

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Yeah, I know, I just saw her last Friday at the Mission Viejo library (read all about that here!) but I’m a stalker…I mean, a HUGE fan :)

And can I just say that…they seriously picked some attractive people to play the  characters in the books?

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Jamie Campbell Bower a.k.a. Jace Wayland a.k.a. “Please Never Stop Talking in that Beautiful Accent”

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Kevin Zegers a.k.a. Alec Lightwood

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The GORGEOUS Lily Collins a.k.a. Clary Fray

It was a SERIOUSLY fun panel. I am actually really proud to say I am part of this fandom, and not just because of how much I love the books and how much they’ve done for me, but for the mature and intelligent cast that we have collected. Jamie, Lily and Kevin are all fairly young and yet they have such poise and maturity and all of their responses dripped with intelligence. I am proud of the actors that were selected for these roles.

Lily was super sweet, and said that Clary has been her favorite role to play, and that she hopes this movie does well so they can make sequels (I HOPE SO!) because she enjoys the role so much. She also says its the role she’s grown so much with, that she became more of an adult while making the movie. She also mentioned again how she likes Magnus as a character, not only because of how fabulous he is, with all that glitter, but because he has such a back story and such a history.

Jamie and Kevin were just plain hilarious. Jamie was cracking jokes and calling Kevin sexy, and staring at himself in the video screens, saying that he was vain and liked to look at himself. You know, I’ve always expressed confidence in Jamie as Jace, but he wasn’t at all what I pictured and I’ve had some hard times wrapping my head around it but after this panel, I was 110% convinced. Jamie IS Jace. He had the right attitude, knowing that Jace is arrogant and snarky but also knowing that he has a vulnerability too.

And his chemistry with Kevin, who plays his parabatai (a pair of warriors closer than brothers), was fantastic, as they made jokes about how they couldn’t stand each other. AND when asked who their favorite character from the series was (besides the one they play), Kevin said “Well, I have to say Magnus, don’t I?” with a big smile on his face. Spoiler alert: Alec and Magnus are the best couple in the books.

I think Jamie’s response was the best though. He talked about Isabelle and how BADASS and strong she is, and then he said, “You know, I just really like my sister. In the books.” Of course, he was referring to his adopted sister, Isabelle, but the irony of the brother-sister-incestuous relationship between Clary and Jace that comes up in the books made all the fans laugh. It was just too funny to handle.

Another awesome highlight from the panel was one of the fans that came up to the microphone for the Q and A part of the event introduced her baby to them, and her baby’s name was Jace. I LOVE it, even though I totally want to do it. And I can! Jace comes from Jonathan Christopher—>J.C.——>Jace. My boyfriend’s name is Jonathan and his brother’s name is Christopher. It totally works.

Okay, moving on…

Then afterwards, they had their meet and greet. It WAS a limited thing, and you had to go earlier in the day to try and get a wristband or ticket for the event. Luckily, I had gotten my way into the front of the line meet and greet and was able to meet them without that hassle. yay! I hate lines!

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They were all SUPER fabulous to meet and really awesome, and so good looking that it was hard to get a sentence out without tripping over my words. They signed a poster and a book for me, and it was just super cool. I was excited to meet Cassie again, and VERY excited to get a chance to meet some of the cast.

Here are the awesome things I got signed.

A GINORMOUS City of Bones poster that was just too big to take a picture of the whole thing:

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Cassie and Jamie’s signatures.

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Lily and Kevin’s signatures. Kevin’s is so LIGHT in the picture but it comes up well on the poster!

And also the City of Bones book they signed:

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Kevin Zegers had to be cool and have his own page! Haha.

They also released two NEW posters today too, featuring Lily and Jamie:


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I also went to another panel today, one that talked about LGBTQ subtext in comics and fantasy. We all know that I feel strongly in this subject and my friend Erin told me about the panel after we’d stalked Cassie Clare, so we went to check it out. The guests included Jane Espenson (Buffy, Angel, Once Upon a Time), Brad Bell (Husbands), and Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), among others.

It was really interesting, especially because of the way that I feel about this subject and because I’m sensitive to those relationships in books and movies, or when there is subtext or subtle clues to same-sex relationships. It wasn’t a panel I had planned on attending but it was one that I ended up really, really enjoying. It also made me REALLY want to watch Husbands,which both Brad Bell and Jane  Espenson worked on.

All in all, a TRULY awesome day, I am super tired, which is normal for a convention weekend but I am REALLY excited about tomorrow, for the last day of the convention. I want to see The Spotlight on Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, especially after today’s panel and I really want to go to a panel that talks about writing for tweens and teens, which is what my main focus is in novel writing.

Its been a GREAT weekend and I can’t wait to continue it.

What have been some of your favorite parts of WonderCon?

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Also, don’t forget! I still have an AUTOGRAPHED copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS up for grabs. Click HERE to find out how to win it; the last day to enter is April 1st!