Rained Out at #Word Vancouver #MondayBlogs

J.C. McKenzie (aka my daughter) and I went to Word Vancouver to interact with readers and writers of all stripes. We got soaked to the gills, frozen to the bone and exhausted beyond the redemption capabilities of a Pumpkin Spice late,  but we had fun. PJ came along as security and kept us out of trouble.

We covered everything but ourselves in plastic and we sold a few books, but please don’t ask about ROI.

We left the event early and made a hasty retreat to the ferry terminal to get back to our island. Amazed at our good fortune of being able to drive right onto the ferry (which happens only in fairy, ferry tales) we hunkered down in our soggy van to a one and half hour delay. The engines weren’t working. The captain said we were lucky. It could have happened out at sea.

It was one of those days, when all you could do was laugh, and the laughter was made richer by sharing it with people you love.

Enjoy the pictures.


Countdown to #CapCityComic Con – 7days …

7 days and counting.

I’m thrilled to be attending the Victoria, Capitol City Comic Con next weekend (Mar. 16-18). The event is huge and far glitzier than I imagined. I can’t nail the words to describe how freaking-amazing it is, but trust me, my stomach is flip-flopping with anticipation.

I decided to break down the information for myself, and share it with you.

Where Will I Be?

The conference has two main locations: the Crystal Gardens for the younger folk and The Empress for adults.

The Crystal Gardens is considered to be one of the most beautiful venues in Western Canada for conferences. It originally housed a salt swimming pool, tea gardens and dance floors and was the social centre of the city for decades. It has an old world charm and light, wonderful natural light.

I’m in The Empress, an iconic hotel located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbour, designated as a National Historic Site. It’s an Edwardian hotel designed by Francis Rattenbury for the Canadian Pacific Hotels as the terminus hotel for the Canadian Pacific steamship line.

To me, it’s the place to have high tea and soak in the glamorous “Britishness” of our capitol.

Our VIPA  booth (i.e., the Vancouver Island Paranormal Authors hangout) is on the upper floor of the conference area (called The Victoria Conference Centre), in stall number 51. I’m between celebrity guests, the tattoo booth, cosplay booths and famous cartoonists and literary people.

Wow. Just wow!

Did I say famous?

Yup. There are too many names to rattle off, so I’ll feature a couple of the celebrity guests on each post. The excerpts come from the program:

JORDAN STRATFORD has been pronounced clinically dead, and was briefly (mistakenly) wanted by INTERPOL for international industrial espionage. He is an ordained priest, has won numerous sword fights, jaywalked the streets of Paris, San Francisco, and São Paulo, and was once shot by a stray rubber bullet in a London riot. He lives on a tiny windswept Pacific island populated predominantly by realtors and car- nivorous gulls.

He is the author of the 4-part (so far) Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series, which is being adapted to a video game for Android and iOS, and has been optioned for televi- sion. He has been featured in boing boing, c/net, WIRED and iOS, and is represented by Heather Schroder at Compass Talent, New York.

I put his bio in, because I love it. 

TRACEY MOORE has been voicing leading roles in award winning cartoon series since 1980. Kids growing up in the 80s and 90s would have heard her in many of their favorite series including George Shrinks (George), Ned’s Newt (Ned), Legend of Redwall (Warbeak), Care bears (Shrieky, Hugs, Share), My Little Pony (Cheeralee) Super Mario Bros. (Peach) Sam and Max (the Geek), Flying Rhino Junior High (Marcus), and OF COURSE as the original voice of SERENA as SAILOR MOON in the beloved Anime series – which she also cast, voice directed and played a key role in development. Her direction has spanned many different genres from shows such as Highlander and Mythic Warriors to Magic School Bus and Bad Dog – the inaugural series for FOX Family. She’s even the singing voice for Strawberry Shortcake – currently on world tour. For ten years she acted as in house casting and director for Nelvana limited on numerous series and she is thrilled to offer all her talents to the con family as together we celebrate the magic of MOON PRISM POWER!!!

I’m hoping to take in her one hour session on voice acting, as I may create some audio recordings of my stories. After all, who doesn’t want to hear a spooky story read to them:)

On my next blog post, I’ll tell you about the three cast members from Battleship Galactica and some of the events at the conference.

You can read the official program here.

Photo Credits:

Crystal Gardens – Pinterest
The Empress – Wikipedia Commons