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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.



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.

Just a couple of CaptainsScreen Shot 2015-04-05 at 1.16.34 AM

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!!


Thank you, Comic Con!

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Last weekend, I went down to San Diego for Comic Con. You might remember that last year, Random House was promoting my book, which was due out in September. It was a great experience for me, and I learned a little about promoting the book. I got to do an interview, and met a lot of people and got to talk about the book a lot.

This year, the book had been out for 10 months. My publisher brought a few cases of the book to sell and give away. (They sold two cases on Friday, so we gave some books away on Saturday.) I brought Vampy m&ms, 3 of the projects, and some magnets to give away. Potter Crafts Marketing Director, Donna, brought the books, lots of buttons, and markers for signing. Donna sported the Tourniquet scarf and walked around a bit, letting people know I was there for the signing.

I signed a LOT of books! It was fabulous! I signed for women, men, knitters, crocheters, people who had crafty friends or family, and people who just liked the book itself.

I signed a book for a man whose mother has used her own copy of the book so much it’s getting worn. I signed a book for a man who actually knew who I was and was familiar with the book and asked me to sign the Paw Warmers page, because it was going to be his next project. I have to say, this one blew me away the most. I was on Cloud 9 after meeting JJ.

Thanks to Donna at Potter Craft and thanks to all the people who came to visit me at the booth and sign the book. I hope you all love the book, and would love to see pictures of projects you’ve made (this goes for all of you – I may have to make a post calling for photos! :)!