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Comicpalooza, 2016. Houston, Texas

Hey all!

Over the weekend, my husband and I attended Comicpalooza. The main attraction for us was the 30th reunion of the Aliens cast, but there were tons of other things to do and see. This thing was massive!!


That picture doesn’t capture it, but it was fantastic. My feet are still sore from walking  through it all.

Anyway, let’s start from the beginning. So, we flew out Thursday night. We had two flights – Rochester to Charlotte, NC and then Charlotte – Houston, TX.


We were supposed to leave NY around 5 and land in Houston around 10. Well, if you’ve ever flown, you know you have a very good chance of getting delayed. Our flight from NC to Houston got delayed…and then delayed again…and delayed a-fricken-gain.


We sat in the airport playing SKIPBO. We didn’t depart for Houston until midnight. Side note, I have anxiety when flying, and I’ve never flown at night…but we were so exhausted, I wasn’t even scared.


We landed in Houston around 2a.m., and made it to our hotel around 3a.m. (UGH). The hotel was beautiful!! I’ve never stayed in such a fancy place. That made up for it a little.


The next morning was a little rough. We didn’t get much sleep, but we wanted to get down to the lobby for breakfast, and get to the convention center (connected to our hotel by a skybridge) to get our passes.

So, we went to the restaurant in the hotel and paid wayyyyy to much money for breakfast, but we were on a mini vacation, so whatever. It was good, though.


We eventually made it into the convention center, which I have to admit, was very confusing. They needed more signs and the volunteers didn’t always have the answers to simple questions…and later, I will talk about the obnoxious lines for things and how they all merged together so you never knew if you were in the right spot. That’s a story for later.

We were there early, so we didn’t wait long to get our passes.


We got the Alien Speed Pass, which was VIP and let us into the “shorter” VIP lines. Such a cool design too.

It was finally time to enter Comicpalooza!


As I said earlier, this thing was massive. My husband and I took some video, which I believe we will be turning into a YouTube later that shows the place better.

So, once we were in and walking around, we decided to head to the Photo Ops line because it was short at that point. We planned to get a photo op with Sigourney Weaver, and I planned to get a photo op with AJ McLean  (from the Backstreet Boys!!) and Chris Kirkpatrick  (from NSYNC!!). While in line, I made a decision that I would purchase the Sigourney Weaver and AJ McLean that for that day, and I would come back for the Chris Kirkpatrick Saturday. It was a lot of money, and I wanted to make sure I really wanted the pictures.

It was 12:30, and the photo op with AJ McLean was at 1, so I wanted to get in line. Paul waited back because he didn’t want to be in the picture and I got in line. I was the 5th person in line, and there were only about 15 people behind me.


During my conversation with one of the girls in line, I found out AJ and Chris had signs at their booths that said $20 for a selfie…I was a little peeved because I spent the $40 for a photo op, but I figured it would be a better photo, since it was pdofessional. But, I made the decision to spend the 20 later on Chris Kirkpatrick, instead of the 40 for the photo op.

The lady running the lines for the photo ops split the lines up, so VIP was in one line and regular pass holders were in the second line. I went from 5th place to the first person in line!

When AJ showed up, I was told to walk in through the curtain and there he stood, in all his glory! I was freaking out like a 12 year old fan girl inside, but I tried to keep my cool. I was told I could walk up to him, so I did. HE GAVE ME A HUG! 😍…and then I stood next to him, the photographer shot the picture, and then I was rushed out…which I knew would happen. They didn’t want people bugging him, they had a schedule to keep.

I walked around the corner, and followed the lines on the floor to the printers where they were instantly printing the pictures. The guy handed me mine, and I was all excited. Paul met me around the corner and we looked at my picture. UGH!!!! I literally looked like I gained 80 lbs. It was awful. I was so upset. I’m not even posting it here, because I’ve gotten over it, but it still peeves me a bit.

Thankfully, I have the best Husband ever, and he let me get the $20 selfies with both AJ and Chris. While I didn’t want to spend extra money, I wanted to have a keepsake that I was happy with.

So I got in Chris’s line first. His was super short – AJ’s line was quite a bit longer. I paid for my selfie with Chris and waited while he spoke to the guy in front of me. When it was my turn, we shook hands and talked for a minute. Then I got two pictures, and we talked a bit more. He was SO NICE. Really genuine. I don’t know what I expected, but I wasn’t expecting a conversation for so long. We spoke about NSYNC being my first concert, snow in Rochester NY, and me writing my novel! It was great! He made my day.



We jumped right into AJ’s line after. Didn’t take very long to get up there. He talked for less time, because his line was longer, but he was still very nice and appreciated the fact that I wanted a better picture with him. It made up for how upset I had been earlier, for sure.



The rest of the day was spent walking around the place, checking out different booths.

Paul met Michael Beihn who played Hicks in Aliens. The man was incredibly nice. They spoke for a good amount of time and Paul got his autograph and a picture.


Saturday was our last day in Texas, and although we were exhausted, we were determined to make the best of it. We had the photo op and autograph ticket with Sigourney Weaver, and autograph ticket with  Bill Paxton. We had a plan to try to get as many autographs and pictures with the rest of the Aliens cast before the photo op with Sigourney Weaver.

Paul got right in line to meet Bill Paxton. He couldn’t get a picture because Paxton had an expensive photo op, so the selfie option wasn’t available. Paul still got the autograph, so, it was great…and the line was short, so Paul could ask him the question he wanted.

Paul got in the lines to meet William Hope, Mark Rolston, and Janette Goldstein. He got pictures and autographs with all three, and he got the questions he had, answered. I was so happy for him!!


Eventually, we had to make our way over to the Sigourney Weaver photo op. The line was obnoxious, expectedly. Once we found the line (it was meshed in with the line to meet Charlie Hunnam), it moved pretty quickly. When it was finally our time, we went in, shook Sigourney Weaver’s hand and got our picture. As per usual, we were rushed out and then we picked up our photo.


Is this real life?!?!?! 😁

Later in the day, was the Alien panel. The entire cast answered different questions. So cool to see them all together.



The last thing we had to wait in line for was the Sigourney Weaver autograph line. It was insane. Nothing to exciting happened in line, other than us waiting 2 hours. Like the photo op, it was a very quick autograph and then we were shooed away. But it was totally worth seeing Paul meet her.

There aren’t many more stories to tell, but I have some other pictures. Like I said, Paul and I will more than likely be making a YouTube video. We had a fantastic time. I would definitely do it again!!!!!










Off to Texas!

Hi all,

Quick announcement!!

In approximately 11 hours, my husband and I will be boarding a plane to Houston, Texas for Comicpalooza.

My husband is a huge fan of the Alien movies, and the cast of Aliens will be there, along with a ton of other cool people! There will also be a bunch of self published and traditionally published authors and panel discussions on writing and publishing.

I will definitely make a blog post about the experience when we get home, but I am also going to use this as a chance to finally create a YouTube account. I’ve been saying for almost a year now, that I wanted to Vlog, and I finally have something to force me to do it. Not entirely sure what else I will be doing on youtube – my thought would be to do videos on similar topics I cover on this blog, to reach different audiences.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Bye for now!


Switching Genres

Hi all,

Can you write in different genres? Are your readers going to be confused and furious if your first few novels were romance and all of a sudden the new novel is a horror story?

A lot of this might come down to traditional vs self publishing. I’ve chosen to self publish, so this might be a little bias.

My simple answer? I don’t think you’re going to sell books because you stick to one genre or you jump around in genres. You’re going to sell books because you’re story is good. Your readers are smart. They will pick up your book, read the synopsis and decide whether they want to read it. They probably won’t shun it automatically, just because it’s in a different genre than your other books. Not all readers stick to one genre, and many people, myself included, like a variety of stories as long as they are compelling.

If you’re not interested in dipping into other genres, that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some people have a million ideas in their head, and they all fall into the same genre.

If you’re like me, and you have a million stories floating in your head that aren’t all necessarily in one genre, it changes the game. I think if I forced myself to write in the same genre over and over, I would lose creativity and my stories would start sounding the same.

If you love your genre and you’re good at it, keep going. If you like change, switch it up. Follow your own path, rather than the path someone tells you to follow. Write a good book, market yourself well, and readers will find you, regardless of your genre.

Until next time-


Illuminae – The Illuminae Files 01 Book Review

Hey all,

I didn’t expect to be reviewing this book so quickly, because it’s 599 pages, and I started it yesterday… if that doesn’t shed some light on how incredible I thought this book was, I don’t know what else would.

In fact, it was so good, I’m giving you my rating before I even start the review.


Yes. You read that correctly. I found absolutely nothing wrong with this book. It was FANTASTIC. Now go read it. Seriously.

Alright…alright…I’ll give a little more thorough review, since you asked so nicely.

Illuminae – The Illuminae Files 01
October 20, 2015
Aime Kaufman
Jay Kristoff

Kady Grant lives on Kerenza. When her planet is attacked by BeiTech, she escapes the planet on one of three rescue ships (Hypatia). With her mother Copernicus and her ex boyfriend, Ezra on Alexander, she must rely on an IM and email system to keep in contact. Relief of being rescued does not last long when the fleet realizes one of BeiTech’s ships, the Lincoln is still in pursuit of them.


Am I merciful?

Illuminae is told through messages, journals and files, and each new piece of information given is a new piece of a very complex puzzle. It is 599 pages, but it is so gripping and fast paced that I never felt overwhelmed or bogged down by details I didn’t need. Every thing you read is important to the story. I never felt like I was reading filler.

Are you afraid?”


“Energy never stops, remember. It just changes forms.”

“I am still afraid.

I loved Kady and Ezra’s relationship. It felt real. Vulnerable and relatable. I really love the dialogue…which is great since most of the story is dialogue. Some conversations were funny and some were serious, but every one seemed to have its place, either driving the story or developing the character.

That’s so not your business it almost punches clean past the event horizon of Not Your Business and becomes Your Business again.

Short review for an incredible, fast paced, adrenaline pumping ride unlike anything I have read before. I could go on and on, but I dont want to spoil anything. I recommend you pick this book up and enjoy the experience of reading it. I can’t wait to pick up the second book, which is definitely going to be my next book purchase.

I had no idea how safe I was, because I’d never been unsafe.

Side note: I signed up for a free trial of audible, which gives you 3 free audiobooks. I decided to get Illuminae because I thought it would enhance my reading experience. It did! I’ve never really listened to an audiobook before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Every character was voiced by a different actor, and I just thought it was cool to listen to voices while I read through interviews, journal entries and memos. It enhanced my imagination as I read through this story. Audiobooks seem to be super expensive, so I probably wouldn’t do it again unless it was free, but it was super cool. If you have the free trial or you feel like shelling out the cash, I’d definitely recommend this one as an audiobook as well!

Let me know what you thought of Illuminae in the comments. I’d love to get different perspectives on it!

I’m guessing this will be my last book review post for a while since I have lots of other things I’d like to talk about, but you never know. 🙂


The Last Star Book Review

Hey all,

Two blog posts in one day!!! Crazy! I have a very long summer reading list, and plan to review all of the books…I find I have a hard time moving into a new book if I have a review to write about the previous book, so I’m getting these done. 🙂

Please remember these are just my opinions. If they differ from yours, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Our differences in opinions make us who we are. Embrace it. 🙂

I tried my best to avoid spoilers. It might be best to read the book before this review because it is difficult to review it without spoiling.

The Last Star
Rick Yancey
May 24, 2016

This is the final book in the 5th Wave series and I can honestly say, I LOVED IT. Yes, there were flaws, but I looked past them and saw a story about humanity and people pushing through, farther than they ever thought  they could possibly go.

I don’t want spoil, but it takes a lot of courage for an author to end a series the way Rick Yancey ended this series and as sad as I was reading it, I love how realistic and heartbreaking it was. Good stories don’t always have the happiest endings and I hope throughout my writing career, I am brave enough to make choices in my story that might not sit well with every reader, because in the end it makes the story better.

Every character in this book had a place. The development of each of them was truly great and I felt like, more than ever, each character had a unique and honest voice.

The one issue I had with this book, (I am going to re-read to see if maybe I just read too quickly), was I felt like some of the questions weren’t fully answered. I think i understand the invasion but I’m not 100% sure I fully got it. A lot went down in the final pages, and it might have just went over my head.

The writing is beautiful in this. I realize it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I felt like every sentence was unique and enticing. I love that about Yancy’s style in this series.

The Last Star was entertaining, funny, sad, irritating…a mix of emotions that wrapped up this series beautifully. I don’t want to write much else in fear of completely spoiling it. Read this one, it’s worth it.

Hello, Earth.
So this is how God sees you, sparkling blue against the dullest black. No wonder he made you. No wonder he made the sun and the stars so he could see you.



Infinite Sea Book Review

Hey all!

Another review!  Please remember these are just my opinions. If they differ from yours, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Our differences in opinions make us who we are. Embrace it. 🙂

I tried my best to avoid spoilers.

The Infinite Sea
Rick Yancey
September 16, 2014

This was a fantastic second book. I read it in one night…couldn’t put it down until I was finished.

Sometimes the second book in a series falls prey to what I like to call the “middle book syndrome.” The middle book doesn’t have enough story to stand alone, and just ends up being a bridge between the first and last book. It ends up being the weakest of the three.

In this case, I don’t think “middle book syndrome” was much of an issue. There was a ton of action, character development was fantastic, and the mystery of the book was still very strong.

This book does a great job of continuing that sense of dread and paranoia from the first book. We never get a straight answer about the aliens, Vosch, or the Silencers. We get a lot of interesting back story on some of the characters- a lot of Ringer back story and a little Evan back story.

Cassie is still the main character, but this book focuses much of the story on Ringer. She switches from secondary character to main player. She’s polar opposite of Cassie, which is why I find it so interesting flipping back and forth between their POVs. Where Cassie is compulsive, Ringer is calculated. When Cassie is emotional, Ringer is logical. In the Infinite Sea, we get quite a bit of back story on Ringer, and learn a bit about why she is the way she is. A lot of the action of this book revolves around Ringer as well. The paranoia and questioning plays a huge role in Ringer’s story- her encounters with Vosch bring more questions than answers and it really makes you want to read the final book as quickly as possible.

No hope without faith, no faith without hope, no love without trust, no trust without love. Remove one and the entire human house cards collapses.

All in all, I think this was a fantastic second book. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil this for anyone. My suggestion is to definitely read this. I don’t think it will disappoint!



The 5th Wave – Book vs. Movie Review

Hey all,

This is going to be a comparison review. Please remember these are just my opinions. If they differ from yours, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Our differences in opinions make us who we are. Embrace it. 🙂

I tried my best to avoid spoilers.

The Book:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy was released May 7, 2013.

Cassie “Cassiopeia” Sullivan is our main character. When the book opens, we get some back story on Cassie’s life. She was just an average teenager going to high school, with a crush on a boy, Ben Parish, who didn’t even know she was alive. Then, theAlien invasion happened. Fast forward to present day, Cassie is alone, trying to survive Wave 4 and find her brother who was taken to a military base. Waves 1-3 were a hoot. Wave 1 knocked the power out, Wave 2 destroyed the coast lines with tsunamis, and Wave 3 was a virus spread by birds that wiped a crap ton of people out. The Wave Cassie is struggling through now is the 4th. It involves Alien snipers, otherwise known as “Silencers.”

This book switches charter POVs a lot. It’s all in first person, and sometimes it took me a few paragraphs into a chapter to figure out who’s head I was in. After a while, I found it easy to figure out when it was Cassie, but every time a new character was introduced, I found myself confused. I didn’t find this too distracting though. I actually enjoyed the struggle a little. Weird, I know.

Once I knew the characters, I loved them. Cassie is my favorite, by far. She isn’t terribly whiney, she is super sarcastic, and I love her determination to find her brother. Even at her lowest, she pushes through for her brother. The rest of the characters are great in their own right. Zombie is smart, Ringer’s attitude is fantastic, even Bear (yes, the teddy bear), has some great moments with Cassie. All around, I didn’t find myself thinking any of these characters sounded the same. They each had their own, unique voice.

Sarcasm doesn’t appear to work on him him. If that’s true, I’m in trouble: It’s my normal mode of communication. – Cassie

I enjoyed Rick Yancy’s writing style. I found Cassie’s parts, in particular, to be really great. She spoke like a teenager. Just because she’s in a book, and going through an alien invasion, doesn’t mean she would stop speaking and thinking like a teenager.

What were they thinking? ‘It’s an alien apocalypse! Quick, grab the beer! – Cassie

Over all, this book had me questioning everyone, frantically turning the pages to get more answers, and even laughing. I didn’t find the twists to be too obvious. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the answers the entire book. Sure, the POV switches were  a little confusing at times, but otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


The Movie:

Release date: January 22, 2016
Starring: Chloe Grace Martez

Ugh. That’s it. End of review…

Just kidding. Sort of. I’m so mad at this movie. It stripped away everything, and I mean everything, that made the book so great. The characters were dwindled down to their basic forms…their personalities were just…gone. I ended up finding most of the movie boring.

In the set up scenes where we learn about Cassie’s past, she’s at a party…that isn’t Cassie. She wouldn’t be at a party. Then she leaves the party and runs into Ben Parish and they have this awkward conversation about his phone case. THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN…and it’s stupid that the writers put it in there. Ben didn’t know Cassie existed. WHY ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT A PHONE CASE?!?!

Fast forward to later in the move and there is a scene with Evan in the lake with his shirt off, strictly to have the audience ogling at him. Ugh. I almost shut the movie off at this point.

The acting was okay. I enjoy Chloe Grace Martez. I didn’t really like the guy who played Evan, but I did like the guy who played Ben. The kid who played Sam was a good fit as well. I didn’t find any of their performances horrendously hard to watch (like Twilight…), but I also didn’t find them Oscar worthy either.

Some of the scenes were really nice, visually. I thought it was shot well, and the dark mood of the story line was portrayed well. This might be the movie’s only good point.

Normally, I go into these book to movie adaptations and try to look at the movie as a separate entity from the book. Like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Maze Runner. Things changed in those movies, but I found them all entertaining enough that the changes didn’t bother me. Yes, even The Maze Runner. But that is a whole other review.


That’s all folks. I’d love to hear your opinions in the comment section. 🙂