OMG I AM STILL REELING FROM THE BEST WEEKEND EVERR. It’s taken me this long to recover and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Be prepared for LOTS OF FANGIRLING, excitement, declarations of love, SQUEEING and PHOTOS. LOTS OF THEM.
Brisbane Writer’s Festival – 6 Sept
Chiara and I went to the Laini Taylor Panel in the morning to listen to her and other authors talk about Unnatural Creatures. It was quite interesting exploring the weird and wonderful creatures of the world and fiction. The best part about it is that we got to meet her afterwards for a book signing of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy. I was totally fangirling and in awe, it was slightly embarrassing.
Laini Taylor and I – she remembered me from Twitter which was super exciting!
Love YA Festival
Then we headed over to the Love YA Festival at the Brisbane Library, where heaps of author panels were being held! The event was awesome, so many YA authors with books I had read and loved.
First up was a panel with Sean Williams (author of Jump), Kirilee Barker (author of The Book of Days), and Gary Crew on the topic of Heroines and Heroes in YA Fiction. In the panel, the authors said they write YA because of the passion of the characters in fiction, and that adults can relate to the important coming of age journey that a lot of YA characters experience, which makes them reflect upon themselves. It was interesting seeing how YA has changed since Gary Crew’s days and what it is now, because of the topics and themes that are explored (eg. sci-fi and steampunk).
Sean Williams and I – He follows me on Twitter and recognised me!
Kirilee Barker and I – so excited talking about Pottermore XD She came to my blogging panel afterwards too, which was amazing!
Signed books from Sean & Kirilee:
Afterwards, I had to get ready for my blogging panel with Steph Bowe (author of Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End).
Steph Bowe at her panel & my signed Girl Saves Boy
Steph spoke on how she got started at 14 as a blogger and how it’s really set a difference when pursuing publishing contacts, because she networked with other authors and was able to demonstrate her passion and commitment when it came to her readers. For bloggers, she gave us the advice not to respond to any drama or negative feedback online because we are out in the public eye and it’s filled with internet trolls who love that stuff, and also said how ‘internet people’ can be perceived as separate from ‘real life people’ but this is not always the case. For the budding author – her advice was to ‘be creepy on the bus’ and think of everyone’s stories.
My blogging panel consisted of Steph Bowe, Eat Drink & Be Kerry, Pepper Passport, myself and Aisha from Brisbane Libraries. She asked us some pretty tough questions about advertising on our site, becoming self hosted and why we started blogging. I did get some videos of me speaking, and I’ll share ir/when I get the confidence haha. I talked about how my blog was created to share my passion with others and to make friends with those, negative reviews being important for readers as I write them for readers and not for authors/publishers, and how for advertising, it is improtant not to plaster your site with dodgy ads but to make sure it is relevant to your audience.
Thank you so much to Chiara, Bec, Kirilee, Angelya, Kate for attending – I appreciated the support, despite another panel being on with A.J. Betts and Diana Sweeney being on at the same time.
Signed books from A.J. Betts & Diana Sweeney:
Then we rushed off to the Laini Taylor and Amie Kaufman panel, who talked about Love in YA fiction and it was awesome! They shared with us their book boyfriends (Tarver was a popular one for Laini and Amie Kaufman gave us a whole list, including Levi from Fangirl!). For her upcoming work, Laini Taylor is working on a sci-fi novel set in New York (HOW EXCITING) and a short story anthology with some other authors. I was SQUEEING at a Tarver point of view short story coming out later in the year – sign up to her mailing list to get firsthand information. Amie is currently working on the 3rd book in the Starbound trilogy where the character is an arrogant man with a swagger – should be interesting! She also said Tarver is based off her ideal guy (we can see why).
Amie Kaufman and I – she recalled me fangirling on Twitter over meeting her and Laini and replied by saying she was living the glamorous life of eating a chocolate honeycomb biscuit LOL
My signed books from Laini & Amie (the sequels of DOSAB aren’t pictured)
Had the best time ever with Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity!
Oz Comic Con – 7 Sept
Oz Comic Con is the BEST ORGANISED CONVENTION I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying something being a con addict. I’ve been to enough Supanova’s to know that you’ll be in a line for half of the day waiting for photos and your chance to see the stars! But this wasn’t the case at all, I had a pretty full schedule with my friend Leasha and my nephew, and we managed to do it all!
I went straight in and I was at the front of the line to see JASON DOHRING, and I was freaking out. Veronica Mars is one of my favourite shows ever, and oh my gosh he is swoon worthy. When I finally went in to see him, I was like totally starstruck but he said he loved my shirt, which was the Veronica Mars Kickstarter shirt and thanked me for supporting the movie. He was just so gracious and lovely! Then I managed to splutter “I liked your navy uniform” (from the Veronica Mars movie) and he said “yeah, a few people have asked why I’m not wearing it but I don’t own one unfortunately”. THEN I GOT THE BEST HUG EVER. I am still swooning, I mean Logan is a bad boy on the show but he’s like totally sweet and shy and focused in real life!
We watched the Jason Mamoa panel which was HILARIOUS. He swears a lot and he’s just really quick witted and cracking jokes the whole time. He has a horse phobia, and was asked at his panel “Would you rather fight a 100 horse sized ducks or 1 duck sized horse?” It was SOO funny, he was just like WTF, weirdest question ever but I’d like to see both!
We went back to check out the exhibition and I bought some mermaid leggings, a mermaid dress and a chibi moon skater dress from Living Dead Clothing. Then it was time to get my photo taken with Orlando Bloom! I was SO EXCITED and going into a meltdown (after seeing all these famous people and stars I could barely keep it together) and while in line, when he arrived he stuck his head out and said Hi to us and smiled! Ahhhh I was right in front too! Meeting him was super quick because he had so many people, I did manage to get a hug from him though 🙂 (He is super hot in real life as well).
Also watched the Veronica Mars panel with Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring and Michael Muhney. They had a really good thing going, telling us funny stories from the set and how they had so much fun making the Veronica Mars movie. Can’t wait to see these guys again in the spin-off web series, Play It Again Dick.
Stayed for the Orlando Bloom panel, he was tired at the start but perked up halfway through and was really entertaining, telling us his thoughts on being on the ‘sexiest man ever’ lists and the variety of characters he’s played which has been a lot of fun. He didn’t pick a favourite role, but he did hint that he may jump at the opportunity for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and to work with Johnny Depp again.
The day after Comic Con, Jason Dohring actually posted on Twitter that he would take all fans in my city to see a movie with him – but I didn’t go, because there was only 30 minutes notice and I was TOO SHY. Haha I’m totally regretting it now, though!