The Princess is here – what’s next?

It feels like it took forever to get The Princess Prophecy out into the world. From the idea to it finally being live was almost three years. And it’s not a long book. Procrastination isn’t my middle name for no reason. Of course it was the fear that made me do other things instead of the writing I should have been doing. Anything else was so much easier than getting words on the page and revising those words. No matter how many times I told myself the books can’t make money if they’re just sitting on my hard, I still put the writing off. Oh, I did some here and there. Wrote short stories for anthologies. Made notes on other stories. Plotted stories. Printed and reprinted manuscripts so I could go back and revise. But I still wasn’t doing the work I should have been doing to release works under my own name. Releasing under a pen name, that only a select four know, is so much easier.

But I did it! The Princess is finally out there on major retailers. The audio book is underway and hopefully will be up by April. I can’t wait to hear what my narrator does with the story. Luckily, she loves the story and her characterizations are great. And I’m not just saying that because she’s my friend. She’s very talented.

Now that I have one project off my plate, there are a whole lot more on there that need work. So next up is Almost Normal, book one in one of my urban fantasy series. That one has been done for ages too but it’s a lot messier than The Princess Prophecy was. This new one was written out order, before I started doing outlines. I don’t know what’s missing, what makes no sense, what scenes need to be added. But I’m slowly getting through it, making notes, revising sections, fixing the time line. It feels good to be doing actual work again and I know revising is work. However, I’m looking forward to writing new words, on a new book so that one can be finished too. Before that can happen I need to get Almost Normal off my plate.

Forgot what The Princess Prophecy was about? Here’s the blurb again and finally a buy link! It takes you to a page that lists everywhere the book is so you can pick your preferred store.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

Available at the major retailers: https://books2read.com/theprincessprophecy

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Countdown to a prophecy

My first step to starting the year right was to send my book to my editor. After a nail-biting week I received the file back and to my relief she liked it. There weren’t major changes and the story was pretty solid. I accepted the grammar changes and fleshed out scenes she thought needed a little bit more. The file is back with her and my wait started again.

In the meantime I created a Facebook cover photo featuring the book. Also updated Twitter with a cover photo. Once it goes live I’ll post everywhere I can think of. I will be so happy once it’s out in the world, finally. It’s been a long time coming.

I first conceived the story in July 2015. Yes, almost three years ago. Why did it take so long to actually write it and get to a point where I can release the story? Fear. I’m releasing it under my name. If the story is horrible, if people hate it, they’ll know I wrote it. For my other stories it didn’t matter because they’re under pen names. No one will know it’s me if they don’t like them. I have twenty of those out there. But I vowed to stop hiding behind those names and release stories under my name. Start advertising them, tell family and friends, and hopefully at some point be able to do this writing thing full time.

The cover I posted before is now the old cover. I’ll keep it for something else perhaps. Maybe something that is more romance than science fiction. Or maybe I’ll add a spaceship to the cover and use it for a different scifi romance. I have a new cover! It’s below with the blurb again!

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Mission accomplished – Sort of

The key to having a successful year in 2018 meant I had to start the year off right. I hung out with my husband and our cat. It was low key. Partiers we are not. We watched TV, had a drink, and totally missed that it was the New Year until six minutes after the hour. For me it was perfect.

In the morning I got down to business. My first goal of the New Year was to get my science fiction romance, The Princess Prophecy, to my editor. Releasing it on target (January 18) hinges on me getting it to her on time. I still had revisions to key before sending it to her. I found some errors I missed during the first two passes. But, I finally got it sent! Now I wait nervously to get her edits back and hope she didn’t hate the story or find huge problems that will take me more than a week to fix.

I thought that would be the last thing I needed to do. After all, I had the cover done ages ago. Or did I? I love the cover I have for it but I think it screams romance and only whispers science fiction. I’ve been thinking about redoing the cover. Given the short description below and the current cover, what do you think? Go with this cover or get a new one? Keeping in mind future books in the series will still feature the same couple.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Boxing Day – A day to relax and plan

I love Boxing Day almost as much as I love Christmas. The day after Christmas is a chance to relax, visit with more relatives, catch up on things around the house, or (for me) taking advantage of the holiday to get to work on the writing. The lead up to Christmas usually means I don’t get a lot of writing done. But Boxing Day is a chance to catch up a little. With the day off from the day job, I have nowhere to go except my office.

This year I’ll be working on revisions of The Princess Prophecy. I’m starting the New Year off right by getting the novella to an editor (finally). To take a break from the revisions I’ll be plotting the first book in my angel series. I have the covers for all four and I can’t wait to get this series written and start telling people about them. The covers are AWESOME.

If there’s time today after the revising and the plotting I’ll also be working on the business plan. I usually start it much sooner than this but the month has been quite busy and I haven’t had time to even think about the plan for next year yet in much detail. I have figured out a release schedule that I would like to stick to. And I have started putting information into a tracking software I also use at the day job so I figured it might help with the writing. The actual business plan will take a different form this year than it did last year. The plan I’ve been using was not created with the writing industry in mind so a lot of sections in it did not apply to me. I’ve since found a few more examples of business plans that I will merge together to come up with something that works for me.

What are you doing on this day after Christmas? Is it a holiday for you too?

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A Supernatural Follow up

Back in October 2016 I posted about a Supernatural Dream Come True. I was finally going to meet the stars of the show I’d watched for over a decade. When I initially purchased the ticket I went gold because I figured it would be the only chance I had to go to one. At the time of posting the website said they weren’t coming back to Toronto again. With gold came a few perks like autographs from the two major stars which you couldn’t purchase separately.

Two weeks before the convention, auctions went up for meet and greets with the stars. And a VIP pass. Since I probably wouldn’t be going to anymore I figured I should go all out. I wanted to meet the starts but the meet and greets bought separately (if you won the auction) could add up to a lot of money. The VIP pass included meet and greets with all the stars, though only ten minute meetings with each as opposed to the thirty minute ones if you bought a meet and greet. Still, with the VIP pass I wouldn’t have to pick and choose who I wanted to meet. I could meet them all. IF I was one of the winners of the VIP pass. There were ten up for auction. Happily, I did win. A few days later they announced they would be coming back to Toronto in 2019. So if I liked the convention it wouldn’t be my last one after all.

I LOVED it. I don’t know if any others I attend will live up to this one though. It seemed like everything was perfect for this convention. VIP was awesome. I never had to wait in line for my photo ops. One of the perks of VIP was going to the front of the line for everything. One of the other perks of course was the meet and greets. The stars of the show are all so nice. I loved having a chance to chat with them in a more intimate setting than the full length meet and greets.

I will be going back in 2019. And I want to do VIP again. Now that I’ve done it once I don’t think I could do the convention any other way. I loved not waiting in lines. I loved the VIP lounge. I loved hanging out with the other VIPs. They were a great group and I can’t wait to see them again at future conventions. I’m starting to save already because I want to do more photo ops. And maybe even some of the full length meet and greets.

Do you have a favourite show you would attend a convention for?

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Six Nights, Six Beds

Earlier this month my husband and I went to WorldCon75. The World Science Fiction convention happens every year, in a different city. This year it was in Helsinki. We’d planned it a year ahead of time because we were super excited to be finally going to Finland. Since my brother-in-law lives in England we decided to stop there first and stay for a few nights. We got married in Woodstock (the real one in England) in 2014 so our plan was to wake up there on our anniversary. When we finished the planning we realized we would be sleeping in six different beds over six nights.

Of course, I had to document them all with pictures! This post will be picture heavy, and mostly of beds.

Night One

Bed for night one!*

Our plane was leaving Friday, August 4th so our last night in our own bed for two weeks was Thursday. Nothing exciting about the night before the trip. We hadn’t even finished packing because we spent the evening visiting with family. Our flight the next day wasn’t leaving until almost 10 PM. Plenty of time to get everything sorted.

This picture is our bed*. It would feel like ages before we slept in it again.

Night Two

Bed for night two.

Due to circumstances, airline points, and lots of saving on our part we flew business class to England. I was excited about many of the perks including the use of the lounge at the airport. But the thing I was looking forward to the most was being able to sleep on the plane in an almost proper bed.

And here we have bed two! Using the controls on the side the seat reclines all the way down and the foot stool at the other end completes the “bed”. It wasn’t the most comfortable but it was better than having to sit up for six hours. Even though I thought I slept, my FitBit did not agree. It did not register sleep at all for me that night.

 

Night Three

Bed for night three.

Saturday morning we arrived at Heathrow relatively on time. My brother-in-law was there to pick us up. Instead of going to his place, we drove 3.5 hours to Bradford to take in a football match with a friend who attended our wedding. My husband’s team is Bradford City and it was their home opener. We got there half an hour late but there had been a delay in the game due to an injury. The seats were high up. It felt like we literally had a bird’s eye view of the football pitch. We won the game!

After the game we headed to our friend’s studio. He’s a musician. The long day was getting longer but there was an end in sight. After a quick tour of the studio we drove to our hotel in Bradford. Here is a picture of bed number three!

 

Night Four

Bed for night four.

Sunday was a whirlwind. We woke up and went to our friends’ place for breakfast. A full English that was delicious (and vegetarian). After we ate, we headed in the general direction of my brother-in-law’s but we stopped in Haworth, at the Oxenhope station so we could take a ride on a steam train. It was a chance to see a few stops, have a drink, see the scenery in a relaxing atmosphere.

On the platform before you leave there are musicians playing. There’s a stationary train car that serves up light meals. There’s a schedule of course and it’s mostly adhered to. The trip to the last stop and back didn’t take us very long. I want to say two hours but I could be remembering wrong. It feels like it was ages ago now.

After the train we hit the road again. Stopped at services to use the facilities but also pick up donuts! Then we continued onto my brother-in-law’s place. And there we had bed four!

Night Five

Bed for night five.

Monday started off as a lazy-ish day. We didn’t get up too early. Had coffee and leftover donuts for breakfast. August 7th was our trip back to the scene of the crime (wedding). Before going there we stopped at a mall to pick up a few things. I went overboard with the purchasing of Wonder Woman merchandise. There was a cute kiosk on the third floor where you could customize bottles of alcohol. We intended to go back there before coming home but didn’t get around to it.

When we were shopped out my brother-in-law left us his keys for the car and took a train home. My husband and I piled into the car and pointed it in the direction of Woodstock. I would not attempt to drive in England. Thankfully my husband is from there, learned how to drive there, so it was second nature for him to whisk us across the countryside.

Woodstock is a beautiful town. Small, with friendly people. Lots of pubs. And a hotel that has been around since the middle ages. That’s where we stayed. It was home base for the wedding and we wanted to wake up there on our anniversary.

This was the third time I’d stayed at the hotel, and the fourth room I’d been in. Here is bed number five!

Night Six

The adventure of getting to bed six is still fresh in my mind. England is famous for having a lot of rain. What they don’t talk about is the pressure that precipitation causes in people with sinus problems. My troubles probably started Monday night but I didn’t notice them. By Tuesday morning after breakfast my sinuses hated me. Due to circumstances I rescheduled our flight from Heathrow to Helsinki to be later in the day August 8th. That gave us time to find something to eat for lunch and hopefully some relief for me.

Bed for night six!

The pharmacy in Woodstock is small. And they actually care about the people they serve so when I was truthful about being on blood pressure medication they wouldn’t sell me sinus medication (it tends to raise the blood pressure). Instead they gave me allergy pills. They didn’t work.

 

It was a long and arduous day/evening. All I wanted to do was curl up in a ball on a bed until the pressure and pain went away. We had to trek through the airport and endure a three hour flight.

We finally landed in Helsinki. It was so late, and we were so tired, we didn’t get to appreciate the city at night. The taxi whisked us to our apartment hotel. I am not an apartment kind of person. We live in a house. I’ve always lived in a house. But I fell in love with our apartment. And bed number six!

In the end

After all the different beds we finally had the same bed for a week. It was super comfortable. The apartment made me want to move in for good. Too bad we don’t have the money to move to another continent. Maybe one of these days. We took in some of the sights in Helsinki while also attending WorldCon. The panels were packed and I ended up not being able to attend most of the ones I wanted to hear.

I took way too many pictures to post them here but here are a few from some of our adventures.

Woodstock Town Hall – Where the magic happened three years ago.

 

 

View of London from The Shard.

Have you been on a vacation recently? Where did you go?

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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.
From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw

 

*Not really our bed because our room is a mess. This is a photo to represent our bed.

Prepping for Publication

One of my promises to myself this year was to release books under my name instead of hiding behind secret pen names. Having books out under my name have the added bonus of me being able to market them, talk about them, show my parents I am actually writing and publishing. To that end I am preparing a book for publication! The Princess Prophecy will be the first of many releases for this year if I can stay on track and get all the work done.

The obvious first step was writing the book (novella actually). Check. Finished writing that last year and of course procrastinated doing anything else with it because releasing it into the world under my name is scary. To prepare for publication I am working on revisions. I’ve read through the story, noted where things don’t work and I’m in the process of keying those changes into Scrivener.

The next scary step is to send it to my editor. She’s super busy so I might not be able to release the story by the end of April like I’d hoped but that’s okay. Once it’s in her hands I know I will be releasing it as soon as I make the necessary corrections.

Other preparations for publication include Facebook ads to gain mailing list subscribers. To increase visibility I will also be attempting the A – Z Blogging Challenge again this year. Since my April release is science fiction romance my theme for the challenge will be speculative fiction. Why not science fiction? Or science fiction romance? Because I have a lot of releases planned and most fall into the broader speculative fiction category.

And now I will do the cover reveal for The Princess Prophecy!

 

I will be back later with the description. Right  now I wanted to show off the cover. There will be other stories in the series that I can’t wait to work on.

What do you like to see from authors leading up to a book launch?

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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.

From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw

Keep the Promises You Make to Yourself

CindyCarrollESome promises take longer to keep than others but promises you make to yourself are important. Promises for me come in different forms. Goals I set for myself every year. Daily, weekly, or monthly promises I’ll make. They’re easy to off handedly say, “I’ll read more this week.” Or “I’ll watch what I eat.” Even promises to take better care of yourself are easy to think and forget. This year I’m doing a better job at keeping those promises I made to myself.

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The first promise I make to myself every year is to lose weight and get into better shape. But this time the promise had another one attached to it. Something I desperately wanted to do but not if I was overweight. So maybe that promise was promise number one. In any case, I’ve stuck to my weight loss plan because I had the other promise in mind. The Supernatural convention in Toronto this year has been a goal since I found out they had the conventions in Toronto. This year’s is even more important because they aren’t coming back to Toronto next year. I didn’t know this when I made the initial weight loss goal so I’m glad I stuck to the weight loss plan all these months. As of last weigh in I’m down 42.6 pounds. Those photo ops I have planned should turn out really well!

Another promise I make every year is to save money. But what does that look like? How much money? I tended to be vague but this time I knew I needed the money for something specific. The Supernatural convention. Targets help a lot. I had a weight loss target for a specific date so I’ve stayed on track. I had a monetary target so I could go to the convention and do the photo ops I wanted so I went without shopping, specialty coffees, buying lunch at work so I could save.

I promised I would actually publish something longer than a short story. I still haven’t done that yet but that’s in the works. Success at publishing can’t happen unless you release your work into the wild and let people read it. For the longest time I’ve been concentrating on getting words written. Have to get more words done. Have to write when I get home. Have to take a week off to write. But I wasn’t revising works that were already written and releasing them. After a talk with my husband and a good friend who is also a writer I realized I’m afraid to release something in my name. I have over twenty stories up under pen names. But only four short stories under mine, three of those are in anthologies. I made the decision to work on revisions of two completed stories so I can release those. Then I’ll work on new words.

I promised I would read more this year and so far I’m on track but I’m still behind where I wanted to be. So far this year I’ve read two books. I was hoping to be at four by now at least. The year is still young and I can do more to read more.

What promises have you made to yourself? Are you keeping them?

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newcomer-coverI have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.

From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw

The Sims as Reward

CindyCarrollEI love video games but I’m mostly a loner when it comes to playing. I don’t go for the online multi player games where I have to deal with other people even if it’s only through their avatar or their character. I’m always afraid as a newbie to those types of games that I’ll make a mistake. And when someone tries to chat with me using the chat feature I don’t know what to say. I can’t multi task while playing. So I stick to games on my computer or the PS4 that don’t require others.

screenshot-1083My game of choice has been for a long time now The Sims. I loved the original Sims even though I came late to the party on that one. They’d already released The Sims 2 when I started playing. I bought all the expansion packs for the Original Sims. I loved the ability to send my Sims on vacation. I loved that they could practice magic. I downloaded hundreds of mods so they could do other things not possible with the base game like be vampires, go to an adoption agency, work other odd jobs that the original game didn’t have. I played it for a long time to the detriment of my writing. The thing about the Sims is that it’s real life, simulated. You create your Sims, have them learn skills, get jobs, pay bills, make up stories around them. I loved creating them and giving them back stories and something to accomplish in game.

Then The Sims 3 came along. I bypassed Sims 2 and went right for 3. It was cleaner, with a more polished look that the original. A lot more options when creating your Sims. They added a lot of expansion packs so your Sims could go on vacation, go to university, have pets, become vampires, fairies, ghosts, witches, werewolves. There’s even an expansion pack that let’s you have an invisible friend. I don’t have that one installed yet but it’s on my list.

screenshot-3411The problem is I can play The Sims 3 for literally the whole day. I get sucked into sending my Sim on quests to fulfill their aspirations and their lifetime wish and before I know it the whole day has zipped by and it’s time for bed. And no writing got done. I’ve tried convincing myself I’ll only play for an hour. But that never pans out. So now I must use playing the Sims 3 as reward for finishing my novels. Notice I wrote novels not novel. Once I have a few novels completed and at least one published I will reward myself with a Sims 3 marathon.

Do you play video games? Is there something that keeps you from your to-do list?

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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.

From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.

The stories are:

Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw

A Supernatural Dream Come True

CindyCarrollEThe TV show Supernatural debuted on my birthday in 2005. I’d seen the commercials for it and thought it looked like something I would love. It appeared to be a show that would be like a mini horror movie every week. I love horror movies. And the two stars weren’t hard to look at either. I watched that first episode and fell in love with the series. I’ve been watching ever since, all eleven seasons. And season twelve has just started.

I’m a Dean girl. Both brothers are great but there’s just something about Dean that appeals to me. He’s funny, cocky and extremely sexy. He’s such a great character. The show works because of the relationship between the brothers. Family is everything for them and they just have each other.

sn16-300x250I didn’t realize until relatively recently that there were Supernatural conventions. I joined a bunch of SPN groups on Facebook and people were posting pictures of themselves with the stars of the show. I loved seeing the pictures and envied the people who got them. I quickly found out they were taken at conventions. Fans purchased photo ops. Years ago I wrote a piece on my own blog about me not agreeing with paying for pictures with stars. All the pictures I’d taken of celebrities had been free. Some of the stars that appear at conventions make quite a lot of money from the photo ops and autographs. Unless I sell a screenplay and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester on the show) ends up starring in it, AND I get to be on set, there was no way I was going to meet him. Unless I went to a convention and got a photo op.

supernaturaltvguideSo…I bought a ticket to the Toronto Supernatural Convention! I bought photo ops and everything. I figure it will be my one and only chance to meet the cast so I went all out. The package I bought includes autographs. I’m trying to figure out what I should bring for them to autograph. I have a few options. A TV Guide from October 2005 with the stars on the cover. A Supernatural bag my husband got me for my birthday last year. One of the scripts I wrote for the show that were just for me. Or something else.

What about you? Would you go to a convention for your favourite show? What would you bring to have autographed?

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ReflectionsFinal2A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest.

Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. A little run down, it hides a supernatural horror. A curse that replaces people with their repressed alter egos forces the friends to fight for their lives. Duplicates who lack restraint, crave gratification emerge from the mirrors. Too late they realize they didn’t know each other as well as they thought.

One by one, Lena’s friends learn the truth about their repressed emotions, their suppressed violent urges.

What doesn’t kill them can only make them stronger.

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