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Nerd Is The Word

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I wasn’t always a nerd. I mean, I suppose I was and just didn’t realize it. I didn’t attend conventions or read comics as a child, but I “geeked out” over so many things… Duran Duran, The Monkees, Wham, everything 60s, certain book series, and certain TV shows. Back when I was a kid, there wasn’t a great acceptance of being a geek or a nerd, so I guess I was less aware. But also, I’ve completely embraced it in the last 10 years. And now that there’s the internet, I can completely deep dive into things I love.

Things I’m a nerd/geek/fan of: Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, knitting, Superheroes, vampires, and more.

The first time we went to Comic Con was 2010. This was right before my first book was released, and my biggest motivation was that my publisher was going to be there, and they’d have some marketing materials for it.



We went in 2011 and then missed a few years, because we weren’t able to get tickets. In fact, we didn’t find ourselves with tickets again until last year.


Comic-Con 2016

It’s extremely hard to get tickets, and I know we’re lucky to get any at all, but one my goal is to get tickets for Saturday, where all the big panels I’m interested in take place. Nevertheless, Sundays are great for shopping and people watching.


What was under my Trek boots. 🙂


My youngest as Eleven.                                       The Trek couple.

My daughter and son’s homemade costumes – Batgirl and Clark Kent.


I visited the Outlander booth.


We bought some fun Star Wars art to hang in the house.


As cool as this coffee table was, I had to put my foot down.


We ran into Darth Trump


Heading for the train.

There seems to be more people attending every year, but I’m still going to try to come back next year. Maybe I need to find a way to volunteer, or work there, so that I can spend more than just a half-day there.



Another School Year Over

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Another School Year Over

This past year brought a lot of events in our family. There were changes for some of us, challenges for some of us, and growth for all of us. Now that there are 3 of us who attend (well, okay, one of us teaches, but you get it) school daily, we measure things in years of 10 months at a time. Summer somehow seems like an entirely different entity.


The 4 of us on our first day – August 2016

I came back to 5th grade this year. I got a new partner, and a new principal. We went on several field trips this year – more than last year.


Soaking up local culture and Art


Re-enacting the American Revolution at Riley’s Farm

This year had its challenges for me, but being in the classroom for the second year, teaching (mostly) the same content was much easier than last year. I had a much clearer picture and understanding of my expectations.

We raised money for another 3-day field trip to the Pali Institute this time. It was a great experience!


Checking out wildlife in the pond at Pali

My son, the 16-year-old, was finally able to get his Comedy Troupe started. It was a struggle sometimes, and it took a LOT of strength for me to stay out and let him find his own wings and his own voice, but he did. He managed the team and ran the practices and at the end of the year was able to perform to a full house!


the teams warming up before the show


My son, with his winning “Karate Kid” move

He also managed to get himself into the “Top 10 of 2019” at his school, something he aimed for last year but JUST missed.

Our youngest daughter started middle school this year. Thought it seems like *just yesterday* that she started pre-school, now she is ready to take on 7th grade. She had a year of adjustments, but rose to the challenges that faced her. Last year, she was very involved in things like Math Field Day and her dance elective. This year, as she was adjusting to middle school, she decided to scale things back. Next year she’s hoping to be part of the performing arts elective. She did, however, attend all the dances.


The youngest (right) ready for Mardi Gras

Our middle child had a full, busy year. She performed several times with her performing arts elective, and was in the Spring Musical. She also trained to be a Junior Docent for a historical building in town.  She auditioned for a new Arts high school and was accepted! And finally, she graduated 8th grade and is moving on to high school in the Fall.


Heading into the audition


My girl and I on her promotion day.


While I am glad to be back in the classroom, the worst part is that I don’t get to volunteer in the kids’ classrooms or go on field trips like I used to. (Though, admittedly, now that they’re older there are less opportunities to do this.) Luckily I was able to take a few personal days and chaperone the 8th grade field trip to Catalina. I did it for my son, and now my daughter. (Hopefully in 2 years I’ll get to go with my youngest.


My daughter, ready to try snorkeling at Catalina

Somewhere in there, we also managed to go on a trip during Spring Break. (Now that one child will be on a different schedule next year, this may be our last Spring vacation in awhile…)


Salt Creek in Death Valley

Next year will bring even more changes for us. Not only is my daughter starting high school in another district, I’m changing schools (and grades! I’m going from 5th to 1st grade). We’re back to having 3 kids at 3 schools for a few years. Luckily my husband’s schedule is flexible enough that we can tag-team with all the kids!

For now, we’re on Summer vacation. We began our summer by saying good-bye to my Granny. She was a fabulous, loving woman with a great laugh. She is missed.


Granny and I, 2 years ago

Two kids are taking summer school classes, both Mom AND Dad are taking classes this summer, and everyone will be busy. In there somewhere, we’ll be headed on a trip, and attend Comic-Con. I worry this summer will go by in the blink of an eye, but we will make the very most of it.

Happy Summer, everyone!!


Family Geek Day! Wondercon 2015

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My family and I geek out together. I’ve talked about it before. We’ve been to Comic Con, ComiKaze, and a Star Wars convention years ago. So when my son’s friends were heading to Wondercon this weekend, we thought we’d go, too.

**Also – if you’re someone who’s never been to Comic Con, but would like to – this is a good first stop. It’s easier to get tickets to it, and it’s smaller in scale, so it’s not as overwhelming.**

We started the day with a photo in front of a pretty fountain in the Convention Center Complex.

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Sean before going to meet his friends.

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There were some vendors who had some cute stuff! I eyed these Star Trek bags, but didn’t get one while we were there early in the day.


I did go back later. They were sold out of my first choice, but I got this one. 🙂


After we fed Sean and he found his buddies, we headed out to the food trucks… as did everyone else.IMG_1890

We ended up in line behind Venkmann and Zool…IMG_1892

Lunch break


There were several gatherings of cosplayers throughout the day. Notice the abundance of Harley Quinns.

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My crafty girl was happy to see Wool Buddies there! These are the little wool animals she felts.Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 1.19.07 AM

So many people on the escalator!IMG_1895

We didn’t go to any panels (if we were there today (Easter Sunday), we could have seen The Flash panel), but my husband wasn’t into that. So, we spent our time on the convention floor looking at all the comic booths and all the wares.

We looked at some cool wood-frame glasses.IMG_1898

The girls had personalized cartoons drawn – one of M the tapper IMG_1904

and G on her silks


Someone taking advantage of pop culture… I always saw the dress as white and gold, but hey! It IS black and blue!!IMG_1911

My boy and his buddy ran into us on the floor.IMG_1910

I’m not sure what he was selling, but he made a great Vince Klortos from Ghostbusters.

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At-Ats, just hanging out.Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 1.11.36 AM


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Great print!!

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“Hey, Mom! Look!”

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Maddie was NOT a fan of this version of her favorite bear…Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 1.08.43 AM

There were a few booths with clothing. This one had leather hats – they couldn’t resist!

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There are always really cool t-shirts. This one is The Avengers – as Resevoir Dogs. (Thor, Hawkeye, Ironman, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk)

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Of course, one of the funnest things to do at a con is to people watch and look at all the costumes.

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Padme’s so accurate! Always on her smartphone, just like the… wait…nevermind.


I’m pretty sure this Faux Kirk was just hanging around hoping to pick up some chicks with his doomsday machine…

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2 adorable Big Hero 6 cosplayers

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One of many, many, many Harley Quinns

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We ended the day at another fountain. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

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The Family That Geeks Together, Stays Together

If you told me 10 years ago that I’d become a person who not only attends Comic Conventions, but LOOKS FORWARD to them, I’d have laughed in your face. Funny how life changes.

I suppose you could say our adventures in the world of cons started back when my oldest child was in kindergarten and had just discovered Star Wars. We started slowly. There was a Star Wars exhibit at the California Science Center. There were costumes and props from the movies, along with science experiments, like building robots, maglev speeders, and riding on a hovercraft. My son loved it so much we went a few times, with different friends each time.

That same year we found out there was a Star Wars convention called “Celebration IV” in Los Angeles. My husband was able to get us tickets and we went for two days, meeting friends on the second day.

One of the coolest things we saw at Celebration was the Vader Project.

One of the coolest things we saw at Celebration was the Vader Project.

and the R2D2 mailbox

and the R2D2 mailbox

The kids were SO LITTLE then!

Well, that was the only con we attended for a few years, until Comic Con 2010. We had talked about maybe going for awhile, but when my book was coming out, and the publishers were going to be there, it sealed the deal.

We went for one day as a family, chronicled HERE.

The second day, I went solo and did some promotion, and an interview.


Me at Comic Con, July 2010

That year was fun. We explored together on Friday and then Saturday I got to pass out buttons and postcards and meet folks. Plus, I got to attend a few panels – like vampire authors and LOST podcasters- on my own.

The following year I went again, but this time to sign books. My husband sweet-talked his way into a free pass, as only he can do, and we had a lot of fun.

Me, pretending to be a real author and sign books.

Please notice that behind me in BOTH photos are Stan Lee’s posters. This is kind of a cool coincidence, because the next Con we’d attend would be Stan Lee’s Comikaze, which we did yesterday.

We were a little bummed it’s so hard to get Comic Con tickets these days, so when my other half found out about this one, we jumped on it.

And since we’ve become Trekkies since then, 3 out of 5 of us dressed up. (Yes, we did!)

The convention took place at the same location as both the Star Wars Celebration and a craft show I was a part of a few years ago. It was pretty full, and got fuller by the day. LOTS of costumes.



One of the first things we saw on the convention floor was… The Enterprise bridge!!

Wrong Enterprise, right crew.

Wrong Enterprise, right crew.

My son was disappointed that he couldn’t sit in Data’s chair.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

We got there just before lunch, so we headed to the food. We ran into Shaun of the Dead.

Hey, Starfleet officers get hungry, too.

Hey, Starfleet officers get hungry, too.

The tables were big, so we shared.

Ironman sat with us, or rather, stood.

Not Schwarma

Here are some highlights of the Comikaze experience.

70s/80s style living room, complete with Atari.

70s/80s style living room, complete with Atari.

Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army. They're having a HP skate night in May!

Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army. They’re having a HP skate night in May!

Lots of fun t-shirts.

Lots of fun t-shirts.

Fabulous homemade dress out of Star Wars material.

Fabulous homemade dress out of Star Wars material.

Someone brought their homemade R2 units.

Someone brought their homemade R2 units.

We ran into a work acquaintance of my husband.

We ran into a work acquaintance of my husband.

We saw celebrities.

Took a photo of Weird Al from afar.

Took a photo of Weird Al from afar.

Jambi and Miss Yvonne from PeeWee's Playhouse.

Jambi and Miss Yvonne from PeeWee’s Playhouse.

Kung Fu Panda's dad.

Kung Fu Panda’s dad.

The original model for Tinkerbell, Margaret Kerry. (Not Marilyn Monroe as Trivial Pursuit would have you believe.)

The original model for Tinkerbell, Margaret Kerry. (Not Marilyn Monroe as Trivial Pursuit would have you believe.)

(Sorry for the fuzziness of this photo. I was on the move, apparently.)

Clever Ghostbusters, explaining the technology of their proton packs to the Captain.

Clever Ghostbusters, explaining the technology of their proton packs to the Captain.

Speaking of Ghostbusters...

Speaking of Ghostbusters…


If I were into Snuggies, this is the type I'd get.

If I were into Snuggies, this is the type I’d get.

Finally we remembered to ask someone to take our photo.

End of the day for us - ready to go home.

End of the day for us – ready to go home.

On our way out we saw a darling Mother/Son pair.

He's too cute for her to shout "Off with his head!"

He’s too cute for her to shout “Off with his head!”

On our way home, my husband thought ice cream would be perfect. He dared me to go into the drugstore/soda fountain in costume. So we did.

Starfleet likes ice cream too, especially when it doesn't come from a replicator.

Starfleet likes ice cream too, especially when it doesn’t come from a replicator.





















I Missed Comic Con

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I never thought I’d say this, but I was bummed I missed Comic Con this year.

Several years ago, I remember my brother and his friends discussing some comic book convention in San Diego. It didn’t sound fun. It sounded super nerdy and of course I was too cool for that sort of thing.

Then I had kids and a husband who loved Star Wars, and we started doing things I never thought I would do.

Like go to a Star Wars convention.

My middle, trying on a Clone Trooper mask, while my oldest looks on.

My son with some troopers.

Granted, we didn’t dress up, but as you can see, I did wear a SW shirt.

Once we went to that, we thought, “Maybe it would be fun to take the kids to Comic Con.” So, a few years later when they were a little older, we went.

I wrote about it HERE.

It helped that my publishers were promoting my upcoming book, so that was neat.



The husband and I had a good time. The kids had an okay time, too, but they weren’t big fans of the crowds (which I understand – if I came up to waist level on that many people, I’d feel the same way).

So, the next year the husband and I went without the kids. The kids got a bonus day with Grammy and Grampy and we got to explore a bit more. We didn’t get to see any panels, because our time was limited, but I did get to talk to people who actually wanted my book.

That year I signed books.

That year I signed books.

Since then, we haven’t been able to go. I’ve lived vicariously through friends and others who’ve posted about fandoms I’m a part of – whether it was Twilight, Star Trek, Once Upon A Time, or Vampire Diaries. I also got to see friends who had their own books being sold, or who were there as media.

This year, I would have loved to see Marvel, anything Star Wars, and my new favorite podcast host discussing Star Trek.

But alas, it wasn’t in the cards.

It’s so hard to get tickets if you’re not attending as a vendor or an exhibitor.

So, we’re doing another Con this year – Stan Lee’s Comikaze. We have no idea what it will be like, but hopefully it’ll be fun. Who knows, I might even dress up (it is the day after Halloween after all).

And of course, I’m holding out hope that next year I will be signing books again. Fingers Crossed.




My Inner Geek’s A Bit Sad

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If you’d asked me when I was in high school if I’d ever want to attend a comic convention, I’d have laughed. If you told me that I would not only attend it in the future, but I’d be promoting my own book there, I’d have said, “You’re lying.”

Me, signing books last year at the Con.

If you told me when I was 17 that when I was … older… I’d own my own Slave Leia costume, I’d have been mortified and told you to leave me alone already.

Funny how some years, some kids, and changed life circumstances can change things so completely.

Two years ago we went to Comic Con for the first time. My husband had wanted to go for awhile, and to take our kids, especially, since they all read comic books. I wasn’t as interested in it, but knew that my publisher would be there and it would be a great idea to make some connections – meet the people I’d been working with and help promote Vampire Knits in any way that I could.

Plus, we’d had a pretty good time at the Star Wars Celebration IV.

One of these kids was a little more excited than the other.

So, we drove down to my parents’ house in Temecula the night before, and got up early to drive down to San Diego and see the spectacle that is Comic Con. It was crazy. There were SO many people there! I wrote about it here, and here if you want to see what it was like from my perspective.

The kids weren’t as crazy about it as we thought they’d be – I suppose it was partly the size of the crowds and partly seeing people in costumes (my son really, really doesn’t like people dressed up with masks or makeup). Nevertheless, it was a fun experience overall, and good for VK.

Last year, my publisher bought me a pass, which was fantastic! I was able to sign books and talk to people and really felt like an author. (My first book signing was a disaster, so I really needed this.) The book was out already and people could put their hands on it – and some people already had their own copy they wanted me to sign that they BROUGHT with them! (Okay, it was just one person, but it was still pretty darn cool!)

This year, we missed the boat. They changed registration and ticket sales and it threw me off. Despite wanting to go and peddle “Knits for Nerds” at least, and see a panel for “Vampire Diaries” and “Once Upon A Time,” we’ll sit this one out. Perhaps next year I can go promote my new project.

So, if anyone is planning on going this weekend, let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for photos and updates!

May the Force Be With You

Live Long and Prosper

and keep an eye out for Vampires and Fairy Tale characters for me!!


Vampires, Wolves, and Knitting, oh My!

I wrote an article. You can find the whole article HERE.

Or, you can read it here, too.

And, sadly, I haven’t finished the sweater, but I’m still working on it!

“I have a confession. I have a secret crush on a teenage vampire.” It was four years ago when my friend admitted this to me as we watched our kids climb the monkey bars. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Shortly after, she came over to my house and the minute she walked through the door, she put a book in my hand. It was a well-worn paperback with a pair of pale hands holding an apple on the cover. My life hasn’t been quite the same since I read it.

Like so many other fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Edward Cullen captured my heart and my imagination. The author not only brought me into her world of vampires, wolves, and humans, but inspired me to design some vampire-esque knits and put me on a journey that led to me publishing my own book, Vampire Knits. Vampire Knits has twenty-eight knitting patterns all inspired by vampire stories. The book not only allowed me to share my dual love of vampires and knitting with readers, but it has led me to meet so many wonderful people – in yarn shops, book fairs, and even Comic Con – who share these same passions. I like to think I’ve even turned a few vamp lovers into knitters.

I’d always loved vampires, but there was something unique and magical about Twilight that inspired me unlike anything else. Ms. Meyer’s vampires sparkled instead of bursting into flames, they kept a civil treaty with wolves in neighboring territory, and they felt fascinatingly modern. Most of all, Twilight was a love story I could relate to.

This week, “Breaking Dawn: Part 1,” the final chapter of the Twilight Saga, will be released in theaters around the world. I’ll be in the theater with the same friend who introduced me to the series – it’s our ritual. We always watch the movies together. I’m excited to see how the last two installments will come together, and how they’ll separate the last book, Breaking Dawn, into two stories. I can’t wait to see the human girl become the vampire instead of a meal.

One thing I’ve been doing to get ready for the movie release is knit. I’m knitting the gorgeous Lore Hoodie (designed by Cirilia Rose), which appears on the cover of Vampire Knits, to wear to the premiere. Like Edward, it’s beautiful and mysterious and a little fancy.

I have a confession. I have a not-so-secret crush on a teenage vampire, and I can’t wait to watch him marry an ordinary human girl on November 18, wearing something I knit from my own book. I will wear my Lore Hoodie with pride, knowing that it was inspired by the very characters up on the screen. And while I’m a bit sad that the saga is almost over, I know that the story will always live on, between the pages of the books, on the screen, and in all the items that I’ve knit.