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Benedict Cumberbatch Likes My Handbag

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I know it’s been quiet around here, and I apologize. But so much has been happening I haven’t had any time to blog.

Since my last post, I signed with Adams Literary, worked through novel revisions and sent them to my agent, Quinlan Lee. Did a whole bunch of other family life events. Then I hopped on a plane and went to the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Okay, I didn’t attend the actual ceremony, but I won two tickets to the red carpet fiasco before the show.

Long-story short, my hubby had zero interest in the Emmys, so I invited my friend Trish to go with me. She and I have a long history of doing crazy trips like this, dashing off to concerts and whatnot. We met up with some other friends who were also in LA for the Emmys.

Over the course of the weekend, we met Karen Gillan (aka Amelia Pond from Doctor Who). She is lovely. And tall.

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Amy, Karen, Trish

Last night I caught up on Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who, and it was a little strange to see Amy Pond on the screen having talked to her on a rooftop in LA.

We also talked with Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, who were sitting next to us. The opportunity never presented itself to take a photo, however, and they were being so kind just chatting with us it would have been awkward, anyway.

Later that same afternoon, we also met Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (aka Sherlock and John Watson).

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Martin, Amy, Cindy, Benedict, Trish, Diane, Nancy

Benedict said he likes my handbag.

Trish and I had a fun exchange with Benedict on the red carpet. We held up a sign that read “No more parades” (to show our support for his work in Parade’s End). He read it, smiled and said thank you to us. When he’d made it a little further down the red carpet he smiled at us again, pointed to the crowd and mouthed, “Isn’t this crazy?”

It was crazy.

We also saw George R.R. Martin (!!!), Steven Moffat, and Mark Gatiss on the red carpet, as well as loads of other celebrities.

Tweeting from the red carpet

Trish and I ended up in the background of the ABC and E! red carpet interviews. If you see any of those interviews, we’re on the top row of the bleachers. Trish is in the dark hat, and I’m in the colorful shirt next to her.

Now I’m back home and back to my unglamorous, wonderful life. There are no red carpets here, and that’s just fine. It’s always a blast to have a weekend like that once in a while, but there’s nothing better than coming home to the family I love, who doesn’t mind these crazy things I do.

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My First Con

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This weekend I attended LepreCon 36, a SciFi/Fantasy convention held in Mesa.

Confession: I’d never been to a Con before. I didn’t really know what to expect. I did have my writing fellows with me (Amy McLane and S.C. Green), who are seasoned pros when it comes to Cons.

I went to the con to hear Charles Vess, James A. Owen and George R. R. Martin.

OK, and to see people dressed up as Klingons and pirates and steampunk dirigible captains.

While there, I bought books and artwork and had them signed by the authors and illustrators. (Squee!) I networked a bit, too, which is always good. I learned to never engage in a duel of nerdiness with someone dressed as their favorite SciFi character. They will out-nerd you every time. They got the mad nerd skills. My kung fu is weak. And, of course, while there I took notes. Old college habits die hard. Here are some tidbits I jotted down.

James A. Owen

“The calendar pages are flipping by. I don’t want to spend my time doing things I don’t want to do.”
~ James A. Owen

“It takes work. I can’t just toss this stuff off.”
~ George R. R. Martin (on why he takes so long to finish his books)

“Dealing with writers is like herding cats.”
~ George R. R. Martin (on working with a team of writers for
the Wild Cards books)

“Every generation of writers face their own set of challenges.”

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~ George R. R. Martin (on the changes in the publishing industry)

“Never sacrifice what you want the most for what you want the most at that moment.”
~ James A. Owen

Good stuff. I returned from the con inspired to finish my WIP and get it out the door. I also returned a little more aware of the greater world of fandom out there. While I may not be the kind of girl who dresses up like a Klingon, as an author, I can think of few things more flattering than fans dressing up as the characters in my books. Heck, I’d even let them out-nerd me.