Harry Potter Day at Disneyland Was a Blast!

Sunday was a seriously awesome day at the unofficial official Harry Potter Day at Disneyland!

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This was the third time that I have done this, viagra 100mg because even though I’m a ginormous Harry Potter fan, I was unaware of this day existing until a few years ago. And my first year, I thought it was just a cool dress-up day. Last year, I finally discovered that its an awesome game!

See, here’s the thing about this day: all these Harry Potter fans dress up and descend upon the park, and they can participate in an epic scavenger hunt. There’s always a mystery afoot in the park, and its up to you to discover who is responsible for whatever is going on. It changes every year.

You create a team, of various Harry Potter friends and register your team under a name. Any name works. Last year I was with the Order of Awesome. This year I was with Team Hermione.

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The teams are divided into four houses. Now they aren’t the normal houses that we are accustomed. The brains and creators behind this awesome day created their own school, called Yesnid’s (which is Disney backwards), and they created their four houses: Dashwood, Willowdell, Rickett and Grizcom. Your team is sorted into a house, and the houses battle it out in an epic scavenger hunt.

Several people cosplay as various Harry Potter characters and wander the park. When you find them, you’ll be asked TWO trivia questions. The semi-hard question is to earn a clue that will help you in the quest to solve the mystery. The harder question is to earn a coin.

The clues lead to the solving of the mystery. The house that collectively and correctly identifies the culprit wins the House Cup for the year. Then there is a team for each house that wins the prefect award for accumulating the most coins!

Confusing? It shouldn’t be! Its seriously a ton of fun. You spend the entire day, running around, and trying to find these Harry Potter characters, and its a ton of fun. I’m still sore as heck from it but its a lot of fun. You have to find all the characters in order to get all the clues and the coins. There’s also Snatchers, or Truancy officers, that run around and if they catch you, they can take points away from you.

SO I had an amazing time. I had a fairly good size team, and due to life and responsibilities, my team shrunk to me and my friends, Ana and Lori.

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But you know what? We had an amazing time. We raced around the park, finding all the characters and answering 21 out of the 24 trivia questions right. We were three grown women, running through Disneyland when we spotted the truancy officers. Its a ton of fun.

I’m not going to lie either, I love doing it and showing that my Harry Potter trivia knowledge is pretty awesome. I’m pretty good at that trivia. If you ever have a Harry Potter trivia night or something, let me know. I SO have your back on that!

My team and I had an amazing time, and at the end of the night, we all gathered near Its a Small World, and they announced who committed the crime (It was Seamus Finnegan who was masquerading as Viktor Krum using Polyjuice Potion!), and they announced the house that won the House Cup for 2013. Rickett didn’t win, but that’s okay.

BUT! They always pick a team that wins for each house, by getting the most coins, and my team, Team Hermione, won! They announced us and all three of were like, “Wait, what?” None of us had expected to win AT all. We were pretty excited, and got our certificates and even took a picture with Hermione (and that sneaky Umbridge) to celebrate!

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I had an amazing time like always. I’m sore all over and my voice was pretty much gone by the end of the night and I’m pretty sure that I twisted my foot fairly badly because that was two days ago and it still hurts so badly. But a super fun time.

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If you live in the Southern California area, or will be in the area next year in November, you should DEFINITELY join in. Keep up with event by following their official Facebook page, and hopefully I’ll see you all next year!

Happy Harry Potter!

Meet Author Frank Beddor and Discuss His Book, The Looking Glass Wars!

Hello all!

I’ve a VERY exciting event to share with those of you who may be in the Los Angeles/Southern California area.

As some of you may know, more about I am part of the 21+ Harry Potter group, abortion the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. I’ve been a member for nearly two years now and I absolutely love it. Amongst our many events like bowling nights, roller skating nights, Wizard Chef events, Harry Potter Mystery Nights, and so much more, we have a monthly book club, where we take turns choosing a book and reading it, of course, and discussing it.

For the month of September, we have chosen the book, The Looking Glass Wars, the first of a trilogy by Frank Beddor, a YA reimagining of the well known classic tale, Alice in Wonderland.

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Here is the official synopsis taken from GoodReads:

When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape the murderous aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss’ story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.

This book is absolutely wonderful, and I sped through the sequel as well. I haven’t managed to grab hold of the third and final book yet, but maybe I will be able to soon!

Now, on September 22nd, the LADA will be meeting for Book Club and we are extending our invite to you as well! This is open to anyone who has read, or will read, this book by that date and would like to come and hang out in a cool bookstore and discuss this book.

Even better, the author himself, Frank Beddor, will be in attendance that evening to discuss his book with the book club!

Which is SO insanely cool, I can barely handle it. I am SO glad I will be able to make this particular book club event!

So I am hoping that my Los Angeles followers can hopefully make it to this event! This is a super cool thing to happen. I always have such a blast going to book club, and discussing the books, but to have the author in attendance as well is just…its so AWESOME.

So now I bet you’re all wriggling in excitement, and want the details now, right?

Well here they are:

What:

Book Club Discussion on The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, with special guest appearance by Frank himself

Where: 

Alias Books
1650 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

When: 

September 22nd, at 4 pm

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I hope to see you all there, and it would be wonderful (if you are 21 and over, of course), if you all popped by the official Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army page and joined up! We are the second largest Harry Potter fan group in the world, and we have such a blast together. We were also featured on CBS as one of the top Book Clubs in Los Angeles, which you can check out here!

Next month, in October, we will be meeting for lunch and discussing The House of Hades, which I know a lot of you are big fans of Rick Riordan so definitely check out group!

If you have ANY questions at all, feel free to leave comments below, contact me through email or through Twitter, or through Facebook, and I’ll be happy to answer them!

Happy Reading everyone and I hope to see you there!

Fandom Friday-My Little Pony

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, find with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

This week’s entry comes to you from my dear friend, Tabitha, who I met through my Harry Potter group, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. She is a huge nerd and a seriously cool mom. Here’s a nice little self description of herself for you. Try not to laugh as hard as I did.

Tabitha (Potter) Davis is a lifelong fangirl and die hard geek. While she enjoys and obsesses over many fandoms, her truest passion is literature. She is raising two minions and together they are on a continuing mission to seek out new worlds and meet new people. She hopes that you will live long and prosper and that the force is with you, that it is secret and safe and that she will one day find one eyed Willies treasure.

My Little Pony

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My Little Pony. You’ve seen the merch, most of it lining the pink shelves at Target or your local toy store, but what’s up with the ponies at Hot Topic? And what the heck is a Brony?

As more and more conversations with my kids centered on the Ponies I had to find out what was up in Ponyville. So, here before you is a hard hitting breakdown of the pony invasion that is hitting your local cons like a sonic rain boom, all I’ve learned on my journey to equestrian enlightenment.

My little Pony: Friendship is Magic is NOT the My Little Pony you think it is

As an avid fan girl, watching cartoons is more the norm than the exception, but not all toons measure up. Most cartoons out there are full of airheaded characters and totally weak story lines. My first foray into the Ponyverse came with the best episode possible. Discord, played by iconic John de Lancie of STNG fame, comes to Ponyville to wreak havoc amongst the ponies. As his name so obviously demonstrates, the character is not too far of de Lancies ‘Q’ and the episode itself is well worthy of his presence. My interest piqued I went to my second favorite source of all things geek, Ye Olde Interwebs.

If the great story lines and well developed, anti-stereotypical characters aren’t enough to hook you the fandom will. These are some talented cartoon fans. Half these amazing spoofs could pass as actual episodes. From wibbly wobbly Dr. Hooves to the touching take on Lord of the Rings, the Fandom spans across so many other fandoms you’re almost guaranteed to find the pony version of your favorite fandom character.

Positive Rolls Models for every pony: A Mom perspective

The “Mom” side of my brain was instinctively nervous when my little girl first mentioned the ponies. As a kid I remember all the girls playing with the goofy ponies. It was all goofy giggles about boys and pretty hair, and around here, we raise time traveling Jedi princesses who are too busy saving the world to worry about their hair.

It was about a week or so into to the pony presence when my Lego loving, camo wearing son asked for a stuffed rainbow Dash for his birthday. He wanted it given in secret, he wasn’t too sure being a pony fan was going to go over with his friends.

A quick search for boy pony fans yielded a treasure trove of reassurance. Not only was he not alone, but there were whole web pages dedicated to the average Brony, that’s a guy who loves the ponies (Grown up ladies are Pegasisters, though some adult female fans also consider themselves Bronys).

Lauren Faust and her amazing team of writers, along with a stellar voice cast including Terra Strong (Ultimate Spider man, Teen Titans Go!) and Tabitha St.Germain ( Lego Star Wars, Martha Speaks) have created a cast of ponies that are so much more than a pretty mane.

With Characters like the hard working country girl Apple Jack , the head strong hero Rainbow Dash, the fun and silly Pinkie Pie, the shy and caring Flutter Shy, the fashion forward designer Rarity, Our heroine Twilight sparkle learns that saving the world is always better with friends around and that that friendship is, indeed, magic. Faust and friends do an amazing job avoiding typical stereo types and its easy for both guys and girls of all ages to find a pony they can identify with. I am totally a Rarity/Twilight.

While their adventures regularly lead them to the dark and spooky parts of Ponyville and the nearby Equestria, the ponies bravely battle love sucking changelings, dragons and even misunderstood monsters. It’s nice, as a mom, for my kids to have a show that they can agree on that teaches them that friendship really is magic.

The Boy Who Loved a Pony: A Brony Perspective.

I like this show because it’s just a really good show. It has good actors, a good story. At first I was kind of embarrassed, but still happy to like the show. My mom showed me that Bronies were more than just a couple of guys. They actually have cons for Bronies. After that I wasn’t that embarrassed and I started showing my rainbow Dash colors. When I started to show I was a Brony I actually even converted my friend. I think the show shows that girls like the same things boys like; Adventure, action and love. The show shows that everybody has and needs love and friendship and love is magic. I encourage all non-Bronies and Pegasisters to watch. You will get Laughter, drama, action and many surprises. I am proud to watch the show. Thank you to Lauren Faust and all the other writers for making this wonderful show for boys and girls.

A tiny Voice Roars: the 6 year old girl perspective

( I asked her to tell you all she thought you should know about the show)

My little pony is about friendship and magic.

The elements of Harmony are Loyalty, Laughter, generosity, honesty and kindness. All together they make the magic of Friendship. Some people are a mix of ponies. The ponies have cutey marks because that’s their talent and their passion. Everybody has one really great talent. The cutey mark crusaders are my favorite. They don’t have cutey marks so they go on adventures to find their talents and basically messing things up and people’s lives. Basically the pony six have to always fix stuff because of them.

My little pony makes me want to make my own videos. I like to buy the toys and make up my own stories. You should watch my little pony because you don’t have a choice. You will check out one episode and you will love it. Then I saw the toys and I loved them. You should watch the show and buy the toys because it is awesome and if you buy the toys it will stay on because they really want to sell the toys. Plus, you can make your own pony videos for You Tube.

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So, there you have it, more than you ever wanted to know about My Little Pony. If not, a simple Google search will open a gateway to more brightly colored pony fun.

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So there you go guys, all about this crazy phenomenon on My Little Pony, straight from a mom and her two kids. I love it. This was one I was particularly excited about, so I hope you all enjoyed it and maybe we’ll make some new Bronies here today :)

If you’d like to check out any of the previous Fandom Friday posts, you can check them out HERE. We’ve had Shadowhunter Chronicles, The Big Bang Theory, manga, Lost and Phantom of the Opera!

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The 2nd Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night!

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For those of you who do not know (which is probably good chunk of you!), mind I am part of one of the BEST groups EVER in the history of all groups: The Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. We are a 21-and over Los Angeles/Southern California based Harry Potter group. I joined in October of 2011 and have had some of the BEST times with them. So many people associate Harry Potter with children but what they fail to realize is that the kids that read Harry Potter when it first came out (like me), are adults now! And there isn’t much out there geared toward us adults…so voila, the LADA! The group has existed for five years now and has put on some seriously cool events, like Avengers de Mayo (a HUGE party where we went and saw the Avengers and ate superhero themed food and superhero games) and a Hunger Games Capitol party to celebrate the release of Hunger Games last month. We’ve had Quidditch picnics, HP birthday teas, game nights, pub night and pub crawls, Triwizard tournaments, beach days and so much.

But a HUGE event for us is the Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. We held out first one last April, in 2012, and over 650 people showed up! It was fantastic! So, of course, we had to do it again this year, and yesterday, we partied hard at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale.

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And it was a blast once again! I got my Ravenclaw tie out, put my Ravenclaw bow in, tied on my super awesome Ravenclaw tutu and prepared myself for a seriously awesome night of Harry Potter fun.

There were raffle prizes, and every person who paid to come, whether they were a spectator or a skater, was automatically entered in the raffle. Prizes included all kinds of handmade Harry Potter merch, like bows, cat toys, earrings, Harry Potter candy, and more.

There was a ton of music to skate and dance to, from music familar to us Potterheads from the movies to some Wizard Wrock favorites to top 40 Muggle hits as well. Even though I chose to skip out on the skating this year (last year, I could barely move for days…wasn’t really anxious to do that again haha), I had fun, hanging out with all my friends, and dancing around in my tutu, which got a TON of compliments. Here’s a picture of me, in my tutu.

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If you’re interested in purchasing a super awesome tutu like this (in ANY colors, though I do have a ton of Ravenclaw colors left), please leave a comment below or email me at whatanerdgirlsays@gmail.com!

There was also a TON of other super cool stuff to buy as well, like BUTTERBEER!

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If you’ve never tried Butterbeer, you are TOTALLY missing out! Its delicious stuff. You can buy it in the bottle by Flying Cauldron here on Amazon.

You could also buy a TON of handmade Harry Potter stuff as well!

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This is Miss Tanya, who runs Heroine Habit on Etsy, where she makes all kinds of nerdy themed bows (or any bows, really, she’ll make custom orders!). Here is an example of some of the bows she was selling last night. Also, in the picture above, I’m wearing a Ravenclaw bow she made!

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She also just custom made me an Angels bow for me to rock at the baseball games!

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Definitely check out her store, she has some of the CUTEST bows and headbands :)

Also rocking the vendor tables at Harry Potter Roller Skate Night was SuzAnne and her super AWESOME Sugar Dukes Magical Sweets candy.

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She makes Harry Potter themed candy, and trust me, its delicious stuff. She gave me a Dill Pickle Barrel, basically a root beer barrel but in the flavor of a pickle. Okay, I know that sounds crazy, right? But it was actually SUPER delicious. Here is some of the stuff she was selling last night:

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DELICIOUS stuff, check out her Facebook page here to find out when or where or how you can get your hands on some :)

Also, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army was selling some stuff of our own. Last Saturday, we had a massive craft day and made ALL kinds of Harry Potter wares for the event.

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Yup, thats a Harry Potter pillow :) I helped to make these, and by helped, I mean I ironed and helped pin and stuffed! But hey, I helped!

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We also had a ton of handmade stuff as well, like crocheted little bags in house colors, crocheted hair bows and hair ties. We had house themed earrings and nerdy doggie collars and cat bandanas. We even had SERIOUSLY awesome Harry Potter cat toys (which were tested and approved by my friend Kendall’s cat, Lucius). If you guys are interested in any of these, send a message my way, comment below, and I’ll let you know how to get your hands on them!

Also my mom was there as well, showing off her new dolls as well.

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She’s also made Ginny, Neville, Fred and George, and more. She’s also working on making some Doctor Who ones, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, etc. and she’s willing to take CUSTOM orders as well, so check out her facebook page, Ellie’s Quirky CreationsHERE.

Oh yeah! There was also SKATING TOO!

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It was SO hard to get a clear picture because there were SO many many many people and ya’ll were skating SO fast! But there were a TON of people there, and everyone looked like they were having a great time. There were great costumes: a seriously intimidating Death Eater, a couple cute Hedwigs going around, an entire posse of A Very Potter Musical kids, Sirius Black and tons of people rocking the good ‘ol Hogwarts ties.

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A Very Potter Musical people completely with Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger and supermegafoxyawesaomehot Harry Potter :)

Lastly, we had a *secret* special guest, miss Ellie Darcy-Alden, who plays young Lily Evans in Deathly Hallows Part 2. She also had a part in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen. She was a super lovely and sweet girl, and looked like she had a great time as well :)

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All in all, it was a GREAT night and I’m sure everyone who attended had a great time, because it looked like they all had a fun time :) I can’t wait til next year ;)

Much thanks goes out to Miss Adrienne, the leader of our group, and to everyone who helped to put this together (hey, that includes me too!). It was a great event and I can’t wait to do it all again next year :)

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WonderCon Day Three Highlights-All About Writing

Hello friends :)

Happy Easter, information pills if you celebrate it, or if not, Happy Bunny Appreciation Day! Hope you guys all had a WONDERFUL Sunday!

Today was the last day of WonderCon :( Sad Face! Its always kind of a bittersweet ending, the last day of con. On one hand, you’re exhausted, your feet are killing you and you just to get some GOOD sleep. On the other hand, you’ve had a GREAT weekend and you never want it to end because you know the next con isn’t for awhile.

Friday was all about Harry Potter and promoting the 21 and over Harry Potter group that I’m part of, the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, and promoting our event that’s taking place April 13th, the second annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night! You can read all about that here.

Yesterday was all about being a Shadowhunter, while I attended the City of Bones panel, where they premiered the first FULL LENGTH trailer of City of Bones, which hits theaters August 23rd. The trailer is slated to premiere tomorrow, on iTunes, and I will do my best to post it on here as soon as I know. I was also granted a rare opportunity to have a personalized meet and greet with Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Kevin Zegers. Read all about it here, complete with PICTURES.

Today was alllll about writing.

We all know I want to be a writer…well, lets rephrase that. I AM a writer, but I would like to make it my actual career. I write this blog as MUCH as I can, and I have two novels for the Kindle and I’m dabbling with a third. Writing is very important to me, especially in the young adult area.

Today there was a panel titled ” Capacity for the Fantastic: Writing for Teens and Tweens”.

To make description matters easier, this is straight from the program: “Given their flexibility and ability to embrace the fantastic and wondrous, what can’t one write about for middle graders and up? LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore queries the limits with authors Jenn Reese (Above World, Mirage), Jessica Brody (Unremembered), James Morris (Skybound), Nancy Holder (Wolf Spring Chronicles), Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts) and Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World).”

I immediately saw this and was like YES! Love it! I love getting writing advice, and hearing from other authors. This is what inspired the section of my blog, where I collect writing advice.

And it was a TRULY great panel. Check out some pictures below.

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From left to right: Nancy, James, Cecil, LeAnna, Jessica, Jenn and Greg.

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Since young adult/new adult is the sort of genre I focus on, it was definitely the perfect panel to attend. They all had great advice and great insight on how writing for these age groups can be. Jenn and Greg write for mostly middle grade, and pointed out that it was a fun thing to be able to open up things for the age groups that are really starting to discover the world outside of home. Greg pointed out that it was fun to write science fiction for middle grade because you could be so straight forward with it.

The young adult authors like Jessica, Nancy and Cecil were super awesome as well. They really pointed out how the variety of what they can write has really stretched, how we can have contemporary and science fiction and fantasy or all three at once. They also expressed that there doesn’t seem to be limitations on the subject matter and how books are so open nowadays.

They also gave great advice on writing, and to keep pushing it. A member of the audience asked about balancing writing with, well, life and they all just sort of agreed that you just have to write. Even if its just 100 words a day, like Greg said, or a couple hours, like Jessica said, the point is to just write! And a great, quotable piece of advice from Jessica, “Don’t be afraid to write badly. When you write crap, crap makes really good fertilizer”. I chuckled a bit at this one but its true. I think I spend a lot of time wondering if what I’m writing is GOOD, when I should just be straight out WRITING.

Then, a pleasant surprise, Cecil Castellucci was holding a writing workshop on Heroes and Villains immediately after and I HAD to go. I couldn’t stay the entire time but I got a lot from it.

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I think that writing a character, a defining character that people remember is difficult at times but Cecil came up with a good sort of outline on how to do it. Basically, a main character, a good one will have the same five things that Superman has:

1. Super Power (which doesn’t necessarily have to be a SUPER power)
2. Something that he/she loves
3. a Weakness, which can often times be connected to #2
4. An enemy
5. A Secret Hiding Place (which can get metaphorical)

It was SUPER interesting, and really helpful and I was glad I was able to attend that for a little bit, because I always love getting me some writing advice!

I also got the chance to personally meet Jessica Brody afterwards, at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (I totally wish their stores were closer to me!). She was super sweet, and signed a book plate for me to put in her book, Unremembered. I’m reading it on Kindle but now I must buy a copy to put my bookplate in!

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We talked about her book a bit, and about writing and of course, I told her I was trying to be a writer. The best part was her response: “Don’t try to be a writer, just be one.” It was a VERY great piece of advice.

I also picked up a book by James Morris, one of the other panelists. The book is called Skybound, and its the first in his planned trilogy, The Three Kingdoms trilogy. I purchased it while checking out the Mysterious Galaxy booth, and picked myself up an autographed copy while I was at it.

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Now the other authors’ books all sounded really super interesting as well, but I think I went for this book because of two reasons. One, I do like the premise of the book. The earth is split into three kingdoms: the sky, the surface and the ocean. The main character lives in the run down, and terrible surface kingdom and wants to escape to the sky kingdom, and kind of gets involved in a war, and of course, finds himself more important that he would have ever thought. I can’t wait to read it. However, I also picked it up because I admire James a lot. He’s 18 years old, a high school senior AND self-published. I really admire young people, like me (though there’s a 7 year difference), that write and really pursue it. And I find it extremely admirable and impressive that its self published and he’s been getting noticed. He’s going to be appearing at an event in San Diego in May, I believe, and he’s going to have a booth at Comic Con so DEFINITELY check it out.

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All in all, a great day and a great weekend at WonderCon. It was my first time at this convention and I hope its not my last. I know that it’ll probably make its way back to San Francisco next year but I’m happy to travel to San Fran for this convention. It could be a nice little mini vacation.

I hope that all of you who were able to attend WonderCon had just as much of a blast as I did and I was super excited to meet all the new people that I did, and hand out my blog calling cards!

Watch out for posts on the new Doctor Who episode, Game of Thrones and more this week!

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!

meet and greet

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:

cassandra and jamie

Cassie and Jamie’s signatures.

lily and kevin

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:

signed book

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

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


lily poster

jamie poster

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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!