Showing posts from April, 2012

The YA or Bust! Tour in San Diego

Last night I went to my favorite bookstore Mysterious Galaxy to attend the YA or Bust! tour that featured authors Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, and Nina LaCour. We moved from Fargo a month ago, so you might imagine the excitement I felt about going to a book signing with not just one amazing author, but three (and then there is the moderator Kirsten Hubbard!).

I will admit, I haven't read a lot of contemporary YA in the past few years. I've focused mostly on the science fiction and fantasy genres since that is what I like to write. Right now there is so much of it and it takes a lot to keep up at times. Every once and a while, I do come out of my cave to read something new and out of that realm.

These authors completely blew me out of the water with their novels, and really shook up how I see my own writing. I've been working on my Japanese inspired novel (Kin) for the past three years between work and being panel coordinator, swagmaster, and social media maven for the …

Leaping Across the Universe

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer... If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire For you have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in! -Invitation, Shel Silverstein
We moved. Not across the universe, but across the country from Fargo to San Diego. It has almost been a month since we survived the sandstorms, rainstorms, and snow of Wyoming, awed at the beauty of Utah, gazed up at the buildings of the Las Vegas Strip, found an unexpected corner of Arizona, and bumped along the familiar roads of the Dakotas. 
We are really fortunate to have helpful friends that went on the journey with us and our two kitties. We took a giant Budget truck and our hybrid in two and a half days. We listened to lots of music, talked about all different things, and missed out on Little America (and some argue that it was a mirage).
We unpacked the truck in record time, and once we were rid of it, we were able to enjoy the differen…

The Heroine's Geeky Faves: April 12th, 2012

We have moved across the country, and while doing that, I'm discovering more about myself. That I need inspiration, laughter, and friendship to keep moving on. Friendship is probably the hardest right now since most of mine are long distance. We're hoping to remedy that since I have signed us up for a few Meetups. Writing this, I realize that it sounds a bit like Internet dating while bringing my husband along. I've only dated my husband, so is this what dating feels like? I guess I will find out.

In the meantime, I've been using the Internet to keep in contact with people and to finding inspiration and laughter. That is where my New Favorites come in. 
Category: Video I'm not sure when I first became aware of Felicia Day. We caught sight of her at Comic Con 2009, so obviously, it was before then. She is someone that truly inspires me these days. I see how she is tackling all these projects and remains this fun, quirky person. She has helped launch a new channel, Ge…