Aspiring Author Spotlight- Katy Runyon (June 2016) (AAS #28)

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It’s been about a year now since I first met Katy.  Katy-san was sitting, waiting for Samurai Dan and Jillian’s beloved “Cards Against Humanity” panel (18+, yes) at Cosplacon 2015 last year.  There was like a two hour delay from the start time to when the panel actually was (super long, confusing for all parties story), but I did not want to lose my second row spot since Dan and I are tight and I wanted him to see me (I brought a sparkly hat for him to wear).  Miles and Derrick bored quickly and went to explore the hotel or chill in the hotel room upstairs. I was watching a video on my phone and Katy-san was sitting in front of me, commenting on something the video said, and we just hit it off! We talked about my magical girls shirt, Yu-gi-oh, cosplay, Samurai Dan, and so much more, watching videos together, Katy-san showing off some awesome swag, and just having a hooting time those two hours. We became Facebook friends right away after the panel started and Katy, Tabby, and I were on the same “Cards Against Humanity” group.

Katy-san (known as KuroBakura on the web), has so much passion for her fandoms and makes them creative in fanfiction, never giving up despite challenges. It is such an admirable spirit; even myself and authors bigger than me struggle with this at times. Katy-san’s laugh is infectious; keep dreaming! =D Let’s give Katy-san a welcome!


Aspiring Author Spotlight Questions

  1. When you wake up in the morning, how do you see life?- Well, for me, it depends on the how I feel when I wake up. Most of the time, I feel like life is exciting but other times. When I feel alone and have no energy, I try not to let it get to me, though as much as I can. I live my life one day at a time and to the fullest as much as possible.
  2. How did writing find its way into your life?- I discovered my first fanfic when I was about ten, but I did not write my first one until 2005. After reading it for years, I decided one day to give it a try, but after getting a lot of negativity, I quit writing it for years, but then started back up again in December of 2014. Now, I have written about 150 fanfics/works since and even started to write original stories works as well.
  3. What does writing do for you?- Writing not only helps with my stress and issues (I am autistic and it helps me keep calm and it is soothing to me), but it also helps me see how my ideas look like when written out, both story and character wise . With fanfiction, it helps give me a different perspective on the characters, such Sherlock Holmes (BBC version) and Loki (Marvel movies).
  4. What sort of genre or type of writing do you do?- I write fantasy, LGBT/slash, hurt/comfort, action/adventure and Alternative Universe (fanfiction term). I also write crossovers (which is another fanfiction term).
  5. Do events in your life or people you know affect your writing?- Oh, yes. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. I mostly write for myself, but my friends and family encourage me to write. Having a support system is a wonderful thing and helps me push forward and keep going.
  6. What are you currently working on or what was the last thing you wrote?- I am working on so many stories and fanfiction at the moment, but the most recent one that I have done is of Sherlock and John from Sherlock (BBC version) taking a trip to Japan and experiencing certain cultural things and events. The last thing I wrote was another Sherlock fanfic where Sherlock and John have a daughter who was adopted and Sherlock is at an event with their daughter. I am also planning a few other Sherlock fanfics as well and an original story, too.
  7. Can you tell us a little about it and its inspiration?- Well, for the fanfic about Sherlock and John going to Japan, I have had the idea to write it for a while, but the inspiration to write got stronger after listening to a song in a videogame that I was playing on my Playstation 3 one day. I tend to find inspirations and ideas from random things, such as pictures, music, or even just from a certain emotion.
  8. What are your goals for the future?- Well, my goal is to write and complete my first original novel (with no time limit). Another goal of mine is to make a cover for the novel as well. I actually have been drawing longer than I have been writing, but I love doing both things.
  9. What are your interests or hobbies?- Interests: Anime/Manga, comic books (mainly Marvel), music, art (any kind of art), writing, cosplay and collecting things such as comic books and movies I have a huge collection of Marvel, Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit and movies with Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, and/or Martin Freeman in them.  My Hobbies are drawing/painting, writing, playing video games, watching movies anime, and TV shows. I also like to sing as well.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what are your powers and how would you use them to help the world?-  I am not really sure actually. I never thought of myself as being a hero or what it would be like to be one.
  11. What advice would you give people who want to write?-  Never let the negativity from others get to you and if you love to write then go for it. Writing is not about what other people think or that you should have to write what they want. If you love to write and want to do it, then do not let others stand in your way and/or bring you down. Do it for yourself and/or follow your dream. In the end, there are people who will love your work and support you, no matter what.
  12. If you could be remembered for one thing or thought, what would it be?-  I guess for me, it would be just always being there for people when they need help or advice about something. I am the type of person who will help and be there for you if you need it and try to make you feel better.

Work Sample:

“I’m Sorry”

A Tony Stark and Steve Rodgers Fanfiction*

Note: This fanfiction, although the content is PG, does contain and/or suggest some yaoi themes (a boy liking another boy).  For those who are sensitive to the topic, this warning has been in placed.

It was a breezy Saturday night. Tony was in his laboratory, working on some paperwork for an order of parts for his new suit he is working on. Tony suddenly heard his lab door open and looked up. Steve (who has been living with Tony for less than month but they have known each other for about three now) walked in to the lab, still wearing his suit. He walked over to Tony and then stood right in front of him.

“Mr. Stark.” Steve suddenly said in a serious tone.

“Captain.” Tony replied, in the same tone.

“We need to talk.” Steve told him.

“There is nothing to discuss. Now, please leave.” Tony said, turning around. Suddenly, Tony heard something break behind him. Steve had thrown Tony’s coffee cup on the floor, shattering it. This made Tony a bit irritated.

“You broke my cup.” Tony said. Steve suddenly feel like he could not hold it back anymore. Steve just let it out of his system.

“Yeah, I broke your cup, Tony. Just like you broke my damn heart!” Steve replied.

“So, this is what all of this is about. Hmm, I see.” Tony said. Tony walked away from his desk and towards the entrance.

“So, you are not even going to talk about this at all?” Steve asked.

“You just answered your own question, Rogers.” Tony replied. Steve turned around and grabbed Tony’s arm.

“Tony, please listen to me.” Steve said. Tony slapped Steve’s arm away from him.

“Don’t touch me, Rogers.” Tony said back to him. Tony turned again and then continued to walk over to the door. That is when Steve decided that he needed to be more serious if he wanted to get his point across.

“DON’T YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE’S FEELING BUT YOUR OWN?!” Steve shouted. Tony stopped and turned to Steve, again.

“Of course I do!” Tony replied.

“Since when?!” Steve asked.

“Since I met you!” Tony said. Steve blushed.

“…What?” Steve said, calmly. Tony sighed.

“Steve, before I met you, I was all about myself and thought myself as “high and mighty.” But when I met you…all of this changed. Yes, I do have my flaws and moments, but I am only human. Ever since I have met you, I have changed…a lot. You were the one who taught me to care about others and be compassionate. I am sorry that I still can not be as open as you want me to be, Steve.” Tony told him.

Steve didn’t make a sound or say any thing.

“Well, if that is all…I would like you to please leave.” Tony said. Steve began to walk over but stopped in front of Tony. Steve leaned forward towards Tony. Suddenly, Tony was caught off guard; he felt Steve’s lips press against his. After Steve stopped, Tony looked at Steve, wide-eyed and in shock.

“Tony, I know and I should be more understanding about you as well. I guess, maybe, I care too much, but like you said, I am only human…What I am trying to say is…I am sorry, Tony, and…I love you.” Steve said. Tony held Steve close to him.

Tony sighed, relieved and flustered from the way this disagreement had turned. “I am sorry, too. I guess we both are different, but we also get along well. And hey, love is not always nor can be perfect. Steve…you are my Avenger.” Tony said. Steve smiled at Tony.

“Love you, too, by the way.” Tony replied, then kissed Steve quickly, both of them were smiling afterwards.

“Tony?” Steve suddenly said.

“Yes?” Tony replied.

“…Lets just forget about this whole incident. Is that okay with you?” Steve asked.
“Of course.” Tony replied. They let go of each other and held hands.

“Well, I guess there only one other question to ask…” Tony said. Steve blushed and felt his heart race.

“Oh?” Steve asked.

“Steve…want to get some dinner?” Tony asked. Steve began to chuckle.

“What’s so funny?” Tony demanded. Steve looked up at him.

“Oh sorry. It is nothing.” Steve replied.

“Steve…” Tony said. Steve took a breath.

“…I thought you were going to ask me to marry you.” Steve told him. Tony blushed.

“Really?” Tony asked. Steve nodded his head a couple of times, still ensnared in laughter.

“…Uh…woo. Well, ahhh…” Tony stuttered. Steve cackled again.

“Tony, it’s fine. I am not upset or anything, but to answer your actual question. Yes, I would like to get something to eat.” Steve answered.

“Chinese?” Tony asked.

“Sure! Let me go change and then we will head out.” Steve replied.

“Okay, I will meet you downstairs, then.” Tony said.

About the Author:


Hi! My name is Katy and/or KuroBakura. I am huge fan of Sherlock, The Hobbit/Lord of The Rings, Marvel, anime/manga, Jpop/Jrock/Kpop and a lot of other things/fandom as well. I also love Japanese culture and learning about the history of Japan (past events and such) and am starting to learn more about the past history of Korea as well. I write mostly fanfiction and plan to write a novel. I love to write, draw and play videogames.


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Top Twenty R.W.B.Y. Characters (Top Ten #50!!! WOOT!)

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50 Top Tens! I can’t believe it! How amazing it is! To honor this, I wanted to do a Top Twenty of a gem of a show that I like a lot and that is my brother’s fan boy media: R.W.B.Y.  The characters are very engaging and you can see the passion the creators (rest in peace, Monty) put into it. The one liners crack me up SO much! >.<  Anyway, enjoy R.W.B.Y. and be Combat Ready! =D

To see ALL my other Top Tens and Reviews (conventions and games), click on my Top Tens and Morgan’s Reviews Page for the complete list.

  1. Penny
  2. Yang Xiao Long
  3. Jaune Arc
  4. Nora Valkyrie
  5. Ruby Rose
  6. Qrow
  7. Pyrrha Nikkos
  8. Neptune
  9. Zwei
  10. Mercury
  11. Coco Adel
  12. Weiss Schnee
  13. Lie Rin
  14. Dr. Oobleck
  15. Flyant and Neon
  16. Velvet
  17. Shopkeeper
  18. Professor Ozpin
  19. Glenda Goodwitch
  20. Winter Schnee


Author’s Gold (A.U.) Excerpt with Dan Wright (late May 2016)

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Hello glorious people and secret Dragonkin! Dan Wright is back on my blog, this time sharing an awesome excerpt from his latest work, his re-mastered and re-leased pride and joy, Trapped in Draconica, the first in his Draconica series!  ^_^ I signed up to be apart of his Enchanted Book Promotions blog tour, but he had so many wonderful hosts wanting a piece of it, I did not get to! Awesome job though friend for being so popular! So, I promised him that when his tour ended, which was last week, I would extend it with a post on my author site and…ta-dah! 😀 Here we go!


Chapter Two

Not In Canterbury Anymore

Cool breezes kissed Ben’s forehead as he slowly began to open his eyes. The light stung his eyes and nearly blinded him again, closing his eyes quicker than opening them. “Ow! Turn the flipping lights off will you?”

He lay back, the ground feeling surprisingly comfortable, despite the moist feeling, as if it had been raining for a few days. It was quite soft and he felt like he could go to back to sleep for a few hours. His head burned like it had the mother of all hangovers. The fresh smell of pure grass graced his nostrils – the wonderful sensation making him forget the pain in his head.

Then he realised that something wasn’t right.

Wait… Grass?

Ben picked himself up and took in his surroundings. All he could see was lush woodland and tender grass beneath him, the sun warming him with calming light. It was a complete contrast to where he was a moment ago.

The last thing he remembered was being chased in an alley. Then a flash… and that was it. How did he end up here?

He checked himself, noticing he was still wearing his school uniform and he still had his backpack. Instinctively he opened it up and looked inside to see if anything had been taken. Everything was still there – the cigarettes, his mobile phone, iPod, schoolbooks and the World Soccer magazine he had pinched. Ben took his phone and searched through his list of contacts for Clive, calling him to see if they got away. The phone wouldn’t connect. After checking it, Ben realised he had no signal. He tried again and again to call. Nothing.

He slung his bag over his shoulder and held his phone up in the hopes of finding a signal. He didn’t know if it was the trees that were blocking his signal or not, but no amount of walking he did helped. “Argh, stupid thing!” Ben cursed as he moved around. “Why won’t you work? Most powerful phone network my…”

He stopped when he heard a low growl from behind. At first he thought it was his stomach rumbling, but then the growl came again. Very slowly, he turned round. He gulped when he saw a large dog, roughly the size of a great dane. Its crimson red fur standing on end and its glinting, yellow eyes looked towards Ben with the apparent intention of making him its next meal. Ben always had a fear of dogs since he was attacked by a Jack Russell a few years ago, but a dog this size made him twice as apprehensive.

“Nice doggie…” he said in panicked tones, backing away. “Nice doggie…”

With every step Ben took back, the huge dog took a step forward, glaring with blazing eyes that could light up the darkness of a cave. The dog snarled at Ben, opening its mouth to show rows of razor sharp teeth.

“Oh bum!”

Ben turned and ran through a grove of trees. The dog followed in hot pursuit, matching him every step of the way. Ben’s escape plans were foiled when he tripped over a root hidden amongst the dirt, landing chin first.

The dog was on top of him moments later, Ben felt as if a huge weight had been placed on his back. It let out a terrible howl and grabbed the back of Ben’s shirt, tearing into it and missing his flesh by a hairsbreadth. It tore off the fabric and spat it away, leaving Ben’s neck exposed. Ben was terrified, of all the ways he thought he would die, he never expected being mauled to death by a rabid dog to be one of them.

Suddenly, the creature stopped. All traces of anger and discomfort appeared to leave it. It turned to its side and Ben noticed a girl no older than him and of the same black skin tone. She wore grass-green dress, with flowers attached for decoration. She reached out to the dog and instantly it leapt off Ben, relieving the crushing pain on his back. It ran into the girls’ arms, whining like a puppy. The girl stroked it just behind its ears and talked to it in soothing tones as if it was her own pet. Then the dog creature ran off into the forest. The girl walked over to Ben, holding out a hand.

“You all right?” Her voice sweet and childlike, lacking any malice.

“What… what…” Ben gasped as he tried to get his breath back. “What was that thing?”

“A blood wolf,” the girl told him.

“A wolf!” Ben screamed in shock. “Since when does Canterbury have any wolves?”

He saw that the girl was still holding her hand out, so he took it and she helped him to his feet. “What were you doing being chased by a blood wolf?” the girl asked him. “You didn’t act afraid near it, did you? You silly boy!”

“Yeah, it’s a little hard not to act afraid when it’s slobbering all over your back and all!” Ben yelled back.

“Didn’t they teach you anything about the wild? Blood wolves sense of smell is so acute that they can detect the subtle changes in emotions. They’re very sensitive to negative emotions so you don’t act afraid around them.”

“Where did you read that? Wikipedia?”

The girl appeared a little perplexed by Ben’s manner of speech, but remained polite. “What’s your name?”

“Er… Ben…” he replied, dusting himself off.

“Nice to meet you,” the girl said, smiling. “I’m Erowin. What are you doing in this forest all alone?”

“Looking for Bear Grylls,” Ben replied sarcastically. “What do you think?”

Erowin seemed mildly offended by what Ben said at first, then burst into a spontaneous giggle. “You’re funny!”

“Yeah… Er… listen, don’t supposed you could tell me… where am I?”

“Where are you?” Erowin asked, sounding a little shocked. “You’re in the forest!”

God, this girl’s a whack job! Ben thought. “Well thank you very much, Ms-Explain-The-Bleeding obvious, but can you be a little bit more specific?”

“The Forest of Celt, silly,” she chuckled.

“Where the hell’s that? Newcastle?”

“New castle?” Erowin placed a finger to her chin and her eyes rolled back thoughtfully. “There aren’t any new castles that I can think of. Unless any have been built recently.”

This chick’s clearly on something, Ben thought. “Right, see ya!” He turned and walked away in the opposite direction to Erowin, moving as fast as he could.

“Where are you going?” Erowin cried, running after him. “I’m sorry if I offended you.”

Ben ignored her and took out his phone again and dialled the same number he had been trying for ages, still he got no response. The phone didn’t even ring. “Argh! Stupid thing!” Ben cursed. “How do I get a signal in this place?”

“Signal?” Erowin asked. “For what?”

“For my phone!” Ben said, holding up his mobile.

Erowin’s eyes widened, acting as if she had just been shown the most unusual piece of jewellery in her life. She took the phone from his hands.

“Hey! Give that back!”

Erowin looked over the alien device in her fingers, feeling it up and down with her thumbs. It felt smooth against her touch, but a bit heavy for its size. “What a curious little device,” she mused. “What is it?”

“It’s a mobile!” Ben shouted, snatching it back from Erowin. “More to the point it’s a mobile that cost around a hundred odd quid, so keep your grubby mitts off it! Oh you scratched the screen!” He shut his phone off and put it back in his bag. “Look, just point me in the direction of the train station and I’ll make my own way back home!”

“Train station?”

“You don’t even have a train station?” Ben groaned. “Fine, I’ll just have to walk it then.”

“Wait! I can help you find your way home!” Erowin said, following after Ben as he walked away. “This forest is dangerous and I would hate it if you got hurt.”

“Thanks, but no thanks!” Ben sternly replied. “I think I’m capable enough to navigate my way through a…”

As he turned a corner he was met with a roar of sound that made him fall back and land on his backside. He was greeted with a sight that made his encounter with the blood wolf seem small by comparison. The roar came from a bear, at least eight feet tall and with two bull-like horns protruding from its head. It roared again when it saw Ben, yet it did not move to attack. For Ben, two shocks in one day were more than he was prepared to take. “What the hell is that?”

“It’s a torobear!” Erowin cried, rushing to his side. “Don’t get too close to it! It seems angered!”

“You think?” Ben cried sarcastically. “What kind of messed up place is this?”

Erowin could sense a great rage coming from the creature, but she did not think it was directed at them. She knew torobears were generally gentle creatures who did not attack unless provoked. And Ben had not done anything to provoke the creature that she could see.

“Stay here,” she said to Ben. She walked toward the torobear, which dwarfed Erowin.

“What you doing you crazy bird?” Ben shouted.

Erowin moved closer to the bear and closed her eyes. The bear continued to roar, but Erowin did not flinch. “It’s in pain,” Erowin said, her voice sounding a little distant.

“What?” Ben asked.

Erowin looked down at the bear’s back legs, which were caught in a huge mantrap. The jaws of the horrific contraption had dug deep into its bone, tearing into its leg further as it struggled to free itself.

“You poor thing,” Erowin gasped. “Here, let me help you.”

The beast took a swing at Erowin with huge claws that looked like they could tear a man in half with one blow. Erowin lunged back to avoid the creature’s swing. “It’s all right,” she said in soothing tones. “I’m not going to hurt you.”

The bear’s roar changed to painful breathing. Erowin knelt down beside the trap. Looking at this device made her feel sick. It was a thing that was not only made to trap its prey, but also to cause it as much pain as possible. She tried not to flinch from the smell of blood in her nostrils as she reached for it, but stopped when she felt the cold steel of a blade underneath her chin.

“‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello,” came a sinister, yet highly common voice from behind. “What ‘ave we got ‘ere then?”

Erowin turned round slowly, spotting a man, dressed in fur from creatures he had previously slain. His lips raised in a mischievous grin. “Tryin’ to steal our catch of the day?”

The torobear let out a roar on seeing its captors. Two more men, dressed similarly to their leader grabbed Ben. “Hey, let me go, you creeps!” Ben cried out.

“Now then, sweetheart, ‘ow about you stand up and walk away from the bear so that we can ‘ave ourselves a little chat?” the Captain said. Erowin did what she was told while the Captain kept his blade to her chin. “Search her buddy!”

Another man appeared from the trees and walked over to Ben’s bag. He fumbled around to try and find some way of opening it, having never seen a bag like this before. Eventually, he found the zip and pulled it open, pouring the contents on the ground.

“Oi!” Ben called out. “That’s my stuff! Leave it out!”

“Why are you trapping this torobear?” Erowin asked. “Can’t you see it’s in pain?”

“We were waitin’ for the stupid creature to bleed to death so we could get to its horns,” the Captain replied. “Probably would have passed out if you hadn’t given it that scare!”

Erowin’s face dropped and her eyes widened as far as they could go. “You’re poachers!”

The man looking through Ben’s bag had come across his iPod and looked at it, totally confused by its alien design.

“Hey! You put that down!” Ben cried out. “You break that and I’ll… I’ll… I’ll sue!”

“But torobears are an endangered species!” Erowin cried. “Taking their horns is illegal!”

“Torobear horns fetch a good price on the market,” the Captain sneered. “Easy way to make a bit of coin for us.”

“Nothin’ good here, chief,” the poacher looking through Ben’s stuff replied.

“Ok then,” the Captain said in a snide manner. “Cut his throat. We can bleed him out and say his blood is unicorn blood or somethin’.”

“Gotcha!” The poacher drew out a huge machete.

“Er… say now…” Ben stuttered. “Let’s – let’s not be hasty…”

“You can’t!” Erowin cried fearfully.

“Oh, don’t worry, babes!” the Captain exclaimed. “We’ll be… humane!”

He grabbed Erowin by the hair and pushed his blade closer to her neck, but Erowin refused to give him the satisfaction of seeing her scared. “Now you’re a pretty little thing, aren’t ya?” he growled. “Shame to hurt ya, but you’ve seen too much. Can’t have anyone tell on us can we?”

“Just you wait until my sister hears about this!” Erowin cried. “When she finds out about this, she’s going to give you such a beating!”

The Captain let out a huge chortle, his saliva striking Erowin’s face. “I like you, girl. You make me laugh,” the Captain chuckled, moving his blade away from Erowin’s neck. “Because you made me laugh – I’m gonna make sure you die quickly!”

Suddenly, the handle of his blade became hot, as if it had been dipped in lava. The Captain cried aloud and dropped his blade, also letting go of Erowin. An imprint of the handle had been burned into his flesh and his flesh was smoking.

“You should have heeded my sister’s warning!” came a voice from above.

Everyone looked up. Erowin was the only one smiling at this point. “Daniar!”


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20083 Weather: Raining and thundering like crazy off and on all day

Working on: HA! Where to begin…? Odds and ends for around the house cleaning, organizing school stuff, and bills, final school work, edits for my Spirit Vision 3 bonus feature, updating my website, a little con planning, and, oh yeah! Recalling it’s summer! LOL!

Currently Watching: Derrick and I just are halfway through re-watching The Legend of Korra, season 4. We are still watching the newest Sailor Moon: Crystal episodes. I just finished season 1 of the  magical girl Fate anime, am going to finish The Comic Book Artist and His Assistants today, then re-watching all of the Magic Knights: Rayearth anime for cosplay research.

Currently Reading: I have a manga and a half to finish today to get my May manga goal, “The Trails of Apollo,” that Derrick got me for an early anniversary gift! MAN! It is a gem! Uncle Rick, you did it again! xD

Currently Playing: I never got to get super far in the GBC Pokémon: The Trading Card game for mine was glitched, so I downloaded it on my 3-DS for $7 a few months ago.  MAN! The pre-made deck I have is not good at all and I’m losing to all these rookie trainers! >.<

Wallpaper: Archer from Fate Stay/Night, wielding his two swords and looking epic as usual!

Icon: I rewatched the re-dubbed classic “Sailor Moon,” season 1, not too long ago (FYI: Johnny Yong Bosh as Artemis was too wonderful for words!), so I went with an old school Sailor Moon icon and since it IS summer, ice cream is a must! 😀

Quote: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.-” Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Hey Pokémon masters, book nerds, outstanding otakus, and relieved school teachers! School is out for summer and…I still have a crabstick ton of work to do! xD Nevertheless, I will find ways to enjoy myself! I hope everyone is having a grand time so far!

 “WWPPP: World of Writing, Publishing, Promotions, and Paper Crane List!” ^-^


#1. Thank you for being so patient everyone, but the wait is now over…“Fallen Star Dust,” is now in E-BOOK format! =D A copy of my latest collection in any e-format will be $2.99 (a copy of the paperback is $10.00).  You can get it for your Nook, Kindle, I-device, and other e-book readers. You can get your copy from several retailers and a list of all these retailers (for both formats) are on my heavily updated “Fallen Star Dust” book page! ^_^

Also, to go along with this, Paper Crane has added a few more retailers for you to get your book fix! 😀 So, my “Spirit Vision,” book page, “Spirit Vision 2: New Beginnings,” book page, AND “A Sweet, Little Dream,” book page.  I tweaked/bettered for format and added a review to the “New Beginning” page.


#2. UPDATE ON “SPIRIT VISION 3!” We are doing something different this time: I have decided that for my second edits, I will use Beta Readers. Beta Readers read a book, looking for flow issues, mechanics, and rating the work for audiences before the book is released. This gives the author time to change things if necessary to make it successful. I have to admit, this is nerve-wrecking and I have some tough-love readers, but it will be an experience.  Several modern writers haves used Beta Readers, so, here is goes for me! ^_^

Right now, they are Beta Reading the bonus feature for “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” and yes, it does take time with the type of feature it is. It will be tricky, but I am going to try to finish my first edits for the manuscript of the main book by the end of July, so my Beta readers can have two months to read and comment on it.  Then, a month of final edits and then formatting, so my plan is to have “Spirit Vision 3,” released at the end of October, just in time for Halloween! ^_^ Wish me luck!


#3. This month, I joined with Enchanted Books Promotions, the group who set-up my “Spirit Vision 2: New Beginnings tour,” to be a tour spot for the blog tour of the YA author, Reuben Miles, and his latest work, “The Boy who Spoke to Stars.” Stars AND my brother’s name?! I knew it was fate! ^_^ He wrote a wonderful guest post for the tour stop about how stars inspired him and his work. I look forward to more partnerships with Enchanted Books Promotions in the future!


#4. For my Aspiring Author Spotlight post in April, I asked my writing buddies from school, Morgan W and Kate, and my amazing friend Casey, to give me their progress on their woks for April’s Camp Nano (through Nanowrimo) and moments they wanted to share. You can check out this spotlight here. It includes a SNEAK PEEK from my latest manuscript that is NOT “Spirit Vision” as well! 😉 I also got to help the middle school writing club a bit and have more fun with girl’s writing day. Looking forward to more this summer.

Come back next week, June 6th, for my May Author’s Gold segment (A.U.) with friend and author, Dan Wright, and an excerpt from his latest work, the re-release of “Trapped in Draconica.”


#5. THREE Top Ten’s to catch you happening peeps up on: Top Ten Sailor Moon attacks, Top Ten Manga that Need to be Turned into an Anime, AND Top Ten Oriental Singers/Groups! Let the fun begin! ^-^

#6.  We are still on the search for a narrator for “Spirit Vision!” If you are or know anyone who has experience or a talent for voice acting/narration, please contact me at for information. We really want to bring “Spirit Vision” verbally to life.

#7. Summer Writing: My summer writing will be made-up of edits for “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” and its bonus feature so we can make our October deadline, but I HOPE to write more of my other work that I began during November. Still, some form of ‘writing’ will be involved with me this summer.


#8. In ‘horror’ of my defeat at the hands of Dan in our “Disney Couples: Reshuffled” event we did back in March, we did a Disney Song Challenge! Dan started off with three points since he had three couples in the final four and I only had one (I had no points), but we could get a point either by saying the title of the song, the film it was from, AND/OR, the first few lines of the song, so, up to three points per round. We each chose some karaoke tracks for the other of animated Disney movies and let the contest begin! Let’s just say…the results are interesting! xD You can watch/listen to the whole Disney Song Challenge now!

Dan and I have both been exceedingly busy with work, but we are recording a new Top Ten for you guys this Sunday. It should be up on Moon Panda Power very soon and we will continue to add videos over the summer, so please check those out, share, subscribe, and love! ^__^ We just did one on our top 5 each favorite animes! The first one should be out at the end of next week. =)

#9. April and May were busy months for me book wise! I had many book events:


      • My first one was April 28th, where I went to the Villainous Grounds comic book store and coffee shop in a town about forty minutes from mine.  My buddy Andrew went with me in his beloved and famous Deadpool attire and I as Sailor V.  They are wonderful, kind people, and the shop is darling in every way! =) I was upstairs in the Mad Hatter tea room (the coffee shop is downstairs and the shopping upstairs, but you can have your coffee and desserts, all delish by-the-by, upstairs in that room).  It sadly was very rainy that day and an unusual slow day even though they advertised heavily.  I still met some grand people, some for books, some for the cosplay.  I took pictures with many kiddos, two little boys knowing I was Sailor V, not Moon! o.0 It made my heart swell! I nerded out, inspired a shy cosplayer to wear her outfit, and had a great time with Andrew and the staff.  I did sell four books and some other book products. My Sailor V costume was on three Facebook profile images of parents for a while and I even got an e-mail from a 13 year old who read my book and adored it, her mom thanking me heavily. 🙂  Every event is eventful and a good experience and what a fun one this was! <3 I can’t wait to go back! OH! I sold one of my new Pokémon hair flowers too! YEAY!
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      • I went back to Villainous Grounds the next Saturday for their May Fest and it was the shop’s first ever Free Comic Book Day. I dressed in my new cosplay: Umi from CLAMP’s Magic Knights: Rayearth. No one knew who I was, but I got some smiles and my cape was so fun blowing in the wind. This time, my bestie, Evan, went with me! =) I helped at the shop for about two hours, opening doors, directing people, locating which free comic book they wanted, and talking to customers, some recalling me from my book signing (even though I was in a blue wig).  Sadly, I had to leave early for I was feeling ill. 🙁 Evan and I did check out the fairgrounds and the booths before we left and we did ride the Tilt-A-Whirl twice, our favorite ride that you never see at our Country Days any more! He also won me a little green dinosaur and got me six wooden roses. <3 Our conversations was always a blast: from ‘honeymooning’ through a town with like a church and three houses and an RV park that came out of no where, then was gone, Bible stories, quoting RWBY and theorizing season 4, and just being awesome! Andrew/Deadpool was there as well (we even danced once), borrowing my pink unicorn, Phillip, my frilly pink apron, a jacket and top hat, and a tutu, all for fun! He is now apart of this fantastic group called Heroes for Autism. People dress-up as superheroes (the leader, Mr. Lonnie, is a wonderful Superman and Gambit), and they interact with kids, pose for pictures, sell and raffle things, go to Relays for Life, kids birthday parties, and such, all to raise money for autism and it is great! They have asked me to join, but manga is not really a super hero, still, I support them any way I can. So does Villainous Grounds. It was a successful day for the shop, the heroes, and fun to help out a little and test my cosplay with my bestie in tow! ^_^ Evan won me the little dinosaur below (I named him Greenie and when we went into Gamer’s Bazaar to get Pokémon cards once we got back into our town, Waffles, the dog, kept being cute, but trying to steal Greenie!) He also got me wooden roses. 🙂
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      • On May 11th, I returned to my beloved FMS to do my third annual book tour in the library, ran by the incredible Mrs. Kate. I only had a few groups sign up, but I still saw many kids, got to work on some needed school data, window shop with Kate for library supplies, eat lunch with Kate and Morgan, and talk to many students who came in to see me about anime and such. These students were…gems! Not only were they well-behaved for young teens, half even listening right away when I said “criss-cross, applesauce” like I do to my little ones, but their questions were grand, they were so attentive, interactive without being too goofy, and I could tell they had fun. I had several come up to me, asking me to sign the back of my business card for them, asking me writing and nerd questions, laughing, smiling, and thanking me. I got hugs, a dozen tell me I inspired them with honesty in their eyes (a few popping in to see me throughout the day), and four e-mails from students a few days later, some for writing, one for an anime question.  It was one of the best days I have had this year; I had a blast and I felt like I provided a service to these kids. Yes, I am not super famous as a writer yet and I know I am not the best, but I will never give up because, I write now, for them as much as myself.
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      • About a week later, on May 17th, after school, I got to be apart of the FMS end of the year Extravaganza event, where they show art, science projects, snacks, the book fair, and more! I wasn’t expecting to sell much here because, and I mean this nicely, middle school students are very forgetful. I only sold 3 books and some odds and ends last year, and it was all to one person. Plus, it was super rainy outside. But, I got to play with Kate’s adorable kiddos and that was worth it. ^-^ Still, after a slow start, I was amazed that by the end of the night, I sold 11 books, a bracelet (only have 2 left now), 2 posters, two buttons, and some bookmarks! Many of the students remembered I was coming and asked their lovely guardians for money or had their own. I was able to talk to a good handful about anime and manga (a gaggle of four girls squealing when I told them how I met J. Michael Tatum and Vic last October and their pride that I could make jokes about the Death Note). I got to hand out at least six to seven flyers too for the anime night I am co-running with the public library in June and they all flipped out! All-in-all, it was a blessed and rockin’ event!


    • On May 28th, after sadly a rough night with hernia pain, I had my long awaited second book signing at my public library. I arrived at 10:15 to set-up my big meeting room and get familiar with their high-tech set-up, all the workers there super kind.  At 11:30, I dressed in one of my Chinese outfits, did my hair like I did for Chinese New Year, and wore a red hood and cape (Socks in a woven basket) to read, “Little Ninja Red Riding Hood” and later, I undid my hair and tied it in front of my face for “Moose-tache.”  I only had two little pre-school age girls with a bound of energy, but their families were super nice and I am glad they had such spirit. ^_^ I had my book signing from 1 to 3:30.  Tabby came at 12:30 to hang with me for a bit, Jolleen (my mother-in-law) at 1, and my dad around 2:30.  It was nice to have such support! I made all my sales and meet-and-greets, but one within that first hour. I sold 11 books and have 2 on reserved (I had to re-order more), am now officially sold out of all my unique bracelets my friend Sherry made me two years ago, am sold-out of all my chibi buttons, and I even sold some Pokémon hair flowers and good luck charms! So, I did pretty good here as well considering and I knew a good handful of people that came in. It was fun. 🙂 At 4:00, I did a presentation for writing. I only had four people come, but there were serious about being writers someday.  It was a good time. I hope I educated them somehow. My dad said he was impressed with it, which means a lot. It was a great experience and I cannot wait to work with them again
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That was the last of the major book signings I have planned. I may try to do some more. 😉

#10. My “Links” page is updated with two local authors! 🙂

#11. My “To Be a Nerdy Otaku” page is updated with the current anime and manga I have finished.

#12. I will still be working on getting my E-bay page updated AND thinking about setting up an Etsy page for the Pokémon products I am making along with my “Spirit Vision,” bookmarks and more. ^_^ Stay tuned for that!

Con Review Alert:


On April 16th, my good buddy Andrew and I went to Cape Comic Con (a large city about 90 minutes south of us). Andrew does a fantastic Deadpool, costume, voice, personality, randomness, and love for his fans. His goal is to be a pro-Deadpool cosplayer one day.  He asked if I would attend with him for the Saturday, and I was honored too. In tow with my Sailor V cosplay, we headed off early. He introduced me to the Villainous Grounds crew (the owner and her youngest daughter, also named Morgan, had a booth there) and I ended up getting a Sebastian POP figure there (they have an anime and manga section). We took some funny photos, got some coffee, and set off!


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So, what did we do? Well, there really wasn’t many panels going on, but they had a HUGE vendor and artist room, over 70! It was too crowded sadly, but there was a good verity and everyone there was really nice. ^_^ I DID get to chat with five authors, discuss writing with them and exchanging business cards (I added their companies and a few of the other venders to my links page).  I even will get to do a book exchange with two authors sometime this summer! =) That was incredible to me! I felt badly they were all spread out and the artist too. I felt like they should have had a row of authors and a few of artists and then everyone else together. That way, people can navigate easier and there was plenty of room to do this. Villainous Grounds did well at their section! Yes, I did buy some things: beadies mostly (I have issues, but I did get something I am SUPER PROUD OF! It is below) AND I got to meet the actor who played Eddie Munster in the classic show, “The Munsters!” He was such a chill, kind gentleman.  ^^ He was confused on why I asked him to hold Artemis (Sailor V’s cat companion), but he did anyway. I am very proud of my photo of him and grandpa, signed of course.



There were a lot of unique cosplays and I got some glorious photos! Andrew got asked over 130 times to get pictures taken with him. He got proposed to three times and got some gifts and stalkers. =D He got a balloon Deadpool with little balloon swords. Some girls got him a handmade Pinky Pie from My Little Pony plush hat with a built-in-scraf that has built in pockets. It was about…$45. 0.0 Andrew also bought a Hello Kitty hat and I let him carry my Hello Kitty swag tote; everyone loved this. =^-^= He even gave his rose he got from a Belle to a girl who was having her birthday that day. Her darling little face was so red with delight! The parents were beaming, taking pictures, and the littlest girl was staring at me (I was bent down to adjust my stocking).  She then hid behind her dad and she refused to take a photo with me. It then dawned on me: she was one of my kindergarten students! 0.0  I asked her if she knew who I was and she whimpered, telling everyone I was her library teacher! >.< I was in a blonde wig and mask and she recognized me! She refused to even LOOK at me for a whole week! I was so embarrassed, although her parents thought it was rockin! We re-met some friends from Max Con and former FHS classmates.

cape86We danced A LOT, for over an hour in the intersection of the two vender rooms by the ticket table (it was the coolest), we took some goofy pictures with each other and I got to meet the wonderful family in charge of the “Heroes for Autism” program Andrew is apart of.  We were giving business to Villainous Grounds table as well. Andrew also gave away a hand-knit Deadpool to a winner and would model any product that was Deadpool to promote the tables. I got to meet some Moonies and lots and lots of adorable kids! Andrew is so good with kids, even letting them hit Deadpool. One got his face pretty good though…0.o Many parents complimented us on how good we were with kids, making them smile. I got about 80 plus photos taken with me or of me, which was super impressive (only a few knew I was Sailor V, but most of the kids just thought I looked cool ^_^).  When we were not looking at items, talking to people, getting stalked or photographed, or fanned over, we would just walk around the vender rooms (a few times in the other room), interacted with people, were goofy, and singing whatever we wanted (Andrew and I were in song sync like 1/3 of the time, which was amazing).  He had a catch phrase: “That’s how I do, ah, that’s how I do!” I was saying that for three weeks afterwards, because I would follow and repeat after him.  We were there for about six hours. Yes, they did have a cosplay contest, but it was way too hard to get through the lobby.


OH! Deadpool eating a hot dog with his mask on was interesting, especially with high school kiddos giggling, snapping pictures, and commenting on how they are going to edit it by us. We got a few chuckles out of it later. ;)-


So, how did it fair as a con? Well, Andrew and I would give it about a 5 or 6/10.  There just was not a lot of panels or other activities beyond shopping and cosplaying. For families, there target audience, it was a great way to get your nerd on if you have little ones or are not a hard-core nerd, but for us, it was okay. I already discussed my issues with the vender’s room arrangements and crowdedness; that messed up the atmosphere for us at times.  It was near impossible to move around and it was not overly crowded often! I suppose I like a little bit of everything in all I do: teaching, writing, conventions, that way everyone is included in some way. The venders either were really reasonably price or super pricey, but that can be anywhere. I did like how they interacted with us and went with the flow. The community was pretty fabulous.  And we agree they need a bigger venue or to use all of the building.


Thank you Cape Comic Con for allowing us to express our weird-selves to the max (Andrew got me out of my shell a lot this day).  You gave me some great items, new friends, and wonderful memories! Anytime I can cosplay, be with one of my dear friends, and meet others fans and make kiddos smile, it is a win! 😀

More fun pictures are at the end of this post and there are some more on my Author Facebook page too.


Normal Life:

In early April, we had our fourth Girl’s Writing Day. It was a cheese fest, since I just got diagnosed with my chest hernia, so my diet had to change a lot. Thank gosh I can still eat cheese! I got to work on my new story, the one that is in the sneak-peek on my April Aspiring Author Spotlight.  It is always a thrill to hang out with Kate and Morgan W; they are the best writing and nerd and lovely friends I could ever ask for! 😀

I got to in late April go to the middle school’s Anime Club (Morgan W is the staff sponsor for it), on the day of their cosplay contest. It was so kawaii with how the students were trying to set it up! They were super giggle, would walk onto the stage super fast, and there was no music. Almost all of the cosplays were closet, but it was still darling. ^_^ I was the guest judge. One clever boy was Light from Death Note and he winked at me to get himself brownie points. I rolled my eyes (OH! I WAS IN MY SAILOR V COSPLAY AND THEY LIKED HOW MUCH DETAIL THEY HAD) and told him, “Honey, that’s not going to work on me; I’m already married.”  He got out his Death Note notebook and flipped his hair, asking all smoothly, “Okay, but, out of curiosity…can I ask your husband’s name?” I was so impressed and laughing so hard that I did give him some extra points! Even Derrick said that was good. xD They then went outside and played a game like “duck, duck, goose,” called “apple, apple, shinigami.” But, I not only taught them the word for apple (ringo), but what a shinigami really was and then they changed it to spirit, sort of freaked out! HA! It was a nice experience and I am so thrilled these kiddos have a place to nerd out, some I did not have until college.


School was pretty busy the last two months. We had our usual MAP testing at elementary, but it did not affect me too much, numerous field trips, but several got canceled due to all the rain, to the dismay of our students (many of our field and fun days did too). We had food days for teacher appreciation week the first week of May (this was also my third book fair, a Buy-One, Get-One Free).  I had many fantastic volunteers and we made $2,600, which is great for a BOGO, all the money we raised to help with next year’s school budget! I also got to order over 160 new books for Truman next year! ^_^ I bet the students will be thrilled. I had to finish popcorn parties for the winning class for the coin charity challenge, cleaning my spaces, the library website update, library and tech meetings, data recording for keyboarding, making end of the year posters for each of my buildings to thank them, get all our missing books collected or fines accounted for, inventory for the library (where I had to scan each book), and I was in charge of the duck pond carnival game at kindergarten’s fun day and, man! My voice was shot afterwards and I got wet! I still need to go in and process some of the new books that are trickling in for next year, but I am thrilled with what was accomplished and so proud of these students, especially seeing my second graders get reading awards and some of my fourth graders working hard at their annual talent show. =) They will go far! Thanks for a great year, fiends!

I also got many pictures and some cards from students and parents, including a $20 Pizza Hut card, a $10 Wal-mart card, some candy, and a free Applebee’s molten cake dessert card! <3 I felt really loved!


We did have a tragedy hit our elementary school: one of our second graders, named Makenna, lost her fight with cancer. She had been fighting so hard in her little life. I only worked with her a few times, but I knew one of her siblings from keyboarding. It really affected our community hard. I want to send a prayer to her beautiful soul and her family.  Rest now, sweet one.


Well, speaking of school…It looks like the ‘cat’ is out of the bag…It will not be official until June 8th (as long as there is no issue), but as of then, I will be an employee of the Fredericktown school district! It is a smaller, but proud and caring school district in my state, about 30-40 minutes away from where I live.  I had an interview for the position I have now, but I was their second choice (which still is good, I know).  That was in March. Well, the week before school let out, I got a call from the school’s principal, him informing me someone else has transferred from his building, so they moved the first choice into that slot and he offered me the slot I had originally interviewed for! It was…the hardest decision so far in my life. I have been trying for five years to get a job in the hometown I love so much, and have done numerous things for them, but I always got over-looked. I even got three interviews for three different positions with my hometown this year, but never got picked. The only reason was I did not have teaching experience.  But, the age old questions: how do you get that experience? I have my two degree fields for teaching (working on a third) and my state teaching license and have been teaching in the classroom in some format for over seven years, but I have gotten aide pay and status for five years. Do I want to leave my lovely library and precious kindergarten and pre-school students? No, but I need to prove I deserve teaching status, income, and my own classroom. ^_^ I have heard many fantastic things about my new district, so, other than the drive and trying to meet new people, I am looking forward to this new adventure.

I will work at the early childhood (kids ages six to seven) teacher at their alternative school. These kiddos need a lot of love and support and they believe I am the person to do just that. 🙂 The school also has a small library that they want me to make wonderful AND a mascot dog that lives outside and gets lots of treats and affection: a three-legged dog named Tripod. He is so sweet. ^.^ It looks like plushy Socks and I are getting our claws next school year so we can be Blackcat ready! 😀 At least my school colors are still the same, lol!


Since I was sick with my hernia around my brother Miles’ birthday, at the end of April, my mom got him a special treat: a big-screen showing of the entire first season of R.W.B.Y. in St. Louis! It was on a Wednesday evening, which was odd and I was so tired the next day, but, I have to admit, it was epic! He was quoting the whole thing! There were some cosplayers, and a sneak-peek of the first episode of the new series, “RWBY CHIBI” on the movie theater screen! I forgot how funny the one-liners were.  I was astounded by how quiet the crowd was except for the humorous parts. Poor mom fell asleep during the whole thing.  Before that, we walked down the parking lot to a fancy Italian restaurant. I love my pastas and cheese bits, but everything was smothered in fancy olive oil and it was not good at all, but pricey! I DID meet an awesome waiter, who turned out to be a champion level Pokémon handheld player and we exchanged friend codes! Even though I did not get home until late, it was great. They announced at the showing that they were going to do one of those for the other two seasons of RWBY; Miles told mom to be prepared… -_-;; And yes; we both wore our RWBY shirts and sock caps.

aprilpoke1We had two Pokémon events since the last update: the April one was very small and just a normal spring event, with just six of us crew members and a dozen trainers, but it was a fun time. The 18th of April was Nathan and Tabby’s first year wedding anniversary, so Julie and I planned and gave them two pidgeys cuddling on a tree branch (one with a ribbon necklace and the other in a top hat) to give to them for the occasion. 🙂 Even though we did not have too many players, it was a nice, relaxing event. I even got to help two of my former middle schoolers make decks from scratch (one had his binder super organized) and Julie and I taught them how to play. We had a grand ole’ time!


Our May one was to welcome in summer! It was a good-medium sized group, especially since most of my Poke Crew members were super late for some maypoke11reason! 0.o The Crew members wore leis, we had cookies Julie made, gave our youngest member, the Annihilator, a gift since she just graduated, and we had a water balloon throwing event! The kids each got four water balloons that Evan handed them and they got to throw them at any of our three targets: Brown, Tabby, or Alesha. They had a blast, especially our little three year old who would charge to Alesha to dunk her head! 😀 The kids were laughing and still talking about it to me later. ^_^ I am glad we can do things like this for them. We got to train a new trainer, meet some new ones, and I also have a championship match next time with my former co-worker.  😉

Our next one will be June 25th! There will be none in July due to me having to teaching College for Kids, but we will do one before school starts again in August (most likely the second Saturday).  We look forward to seeing everyone then!


So, even though I am exceedingly busy as always, I wanted to tackle the task of making my own Lolita style dress. I was inspired by this little cherry hat I got at our local summer fair, Country Days, but I never found a good time or outfit to wear it with.  I got fabric a while ago and went to get some accessories (ribbon, lace, buttons).  On May 22nd, Tabby let me crash at her place and gave me sewing machine lessons. It had been 13 years since I had used one! For my first time, I think it went okay. Sadly, I only got about 85% of the skirt finished (it has three layers. I need to sew the final side, put in the waistband, and trim it with some lace). I did cut out the heart shaped apron top and straps to at least get a little more ahead last night. MAN! I did not realize how easy it was to get your bobbin and thread tangled or how jacked up your back would become! It was so sore for over a week. Still, it was an adventure. I want to finish the cosplay this Sunday for Cosplacon. It will probably look awful, but at least I can say I made something myself.  Afterwards, when Brown and Derrick were off, we went on a double date to get Yum-Yum noodles at our Shoguns restaurant. We were the last ones there, but we had great service.sewingattempt1

The title of the outfit is: Hello Kitty Picnic. =^_^= So, lots of reds, pinks, cupcakes, strawberries, cherries, and, of course, Hello Kitty! ^_^


On May 24th and 25th, Derrick and I went to St. Louis to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Our anniversary is officially on June 18th, but that is always the week of Cosplacon (a Saturday this year; Friday last year) and we love the event, but we figured five years was a big deal and, no offense to our loved ones, but we can’t really be alone at Cosplacon. ^_^ So, we planned this little two day trip.


We went to the zoo and history museum on Tuesday, making good time for both.  At the zoo, we were there around 10:00 and stayed until 4:00. I was in charge of buying all the food and admission tickets. We got the wristbands, which was a great deal (they were $13 each, but with all the stuff we did, we would have spent $25 each without them, so they more than paid for themselves).  I, sadly, wore a dress, trying to be cute (with a hat. With my high ANA, I am not supposed to be in the sun longer than 10 minutes without sun screen. I, of coarse, put some on and bug spray since bugs love me, but I still did not want to risk it).  Because of this, I could not ride the merry-go-round, the one thing I really wanted to ride. 🙁  I was so sad. I also got super sick from my hernia on these two days, unable to eat more than like three bites then intense pain for over an hour and getting nervous during the ride did not help. I felt like I ruined our trip, but Derrick was kind to me. It was a nice, cloudy day for it. We were early enough where the penguins and stingrays were not too crowded at all (they even had two baby stingrays! Derrick loves to pet them. They had a shark too that liked Derrick, but we could not touch them since it was in mating season. The penguins were getting fed when we went and two of them kept fighting. I told Derrick they were married most likely and he laughed). We got to see finik foxes (so kawaii) and jellyfish! There were elephants and giraffes (who DO have dreams), and a new butterfly house that was so neat. We rode the tram three times because I was getting sick, but it was a cool way to see the sights. It was a great time! ^_^ Expensive food wise, but still fun.


OH! I did meet two new friends: this little boy with an elephant backpack came over when we were looking at the elephants. He was so excited, holding an elephant figure. I noticed he had some medical device in his backpack attached to him and his head was shaved. 🙁 I told him I liked his backpack and he showed me his figure. I asked him what the name of his friend was, and he said, “I don’t know.” I told him that was a name I had never heard of. He then told me that elephants have trunks and we saw one picking up in the rocks. I asked him what elephants ate. He thought deeply and then said, “Grass.” I asked, “Are you sure it’s not cookies?” He blinked at me, confused, and said, “Noooo…but, circus elephants eat peanuts!” Just as we mentioned there was a baby hiding behind its momma, the momma moved so the little boy could see him and he was so happy. We started talking about big elephant ears before Derrick and I gave him our front row looking spot to venture onward. Just as we stepped away, a little blond boy zoomed out of no where, had the biggest grin on his face, and asked, “May I have some popcorn, please?” I was so confused on where he came from that it took me a while to register I had a big bag of popcorn in my hand. I am so used to responding at school with, “We have to wash our hands first,” that I had to stop myself. Derrick shrugged, and was about to tell him we had to ask his parents, when his mom came running over, apologizing. I told her if my hands weren’t dirty and she was okay with, it would not have bugged me. I did tell him where I got it from and he dashed away. All the parents near us were laughing. I met a little two-year-old girl too who dropped her pink zoo hat. Mom didn’t notice. I went over to her, and asked her, “Hello there, princess. You seemed to have lost your hat. Can I put it back on you?” Mom was super nice and thanked me, telling the little girl to blow me kisses. She stuck her lips out like a fish and made kissing noises. It was so precious! =D Derrick grabbed my arm and told me firmly, but smiling, “I can’t take you anywhere, can I? I told you not to talk to kids!” I told him, pouting, “I didn’t talk to her; I helped.” Still, I seem to make friends easily. 😉


We left at four and went to the history museum across the park. I love this place, but Derrick was getting tired and they only had one changed section: black dresses throughout the ages. I took many pictures and Derrick was so cute, going through which ones would look best on me and designing one for me on a computer interactive section they had, right on many of the choices. He took it so seriously! 😀 It was fun to see, but we were only there an hour.


We went to our hotel, a super fancy place that gave us free bottles of water (hey! Gotta enjoy the small things), relaxed and unpacked, watched “Chopped” on TV, then went to the restaurant downstairs attached to the hotel. It was a nice place and the service and food was good, but my lord! It was SLOOOOOW! We were there for over an hour and 45 minutes, 10 of it to give me change. There was hardly anyone there and they may have been short staffed, but it sort of made it less fun for me. I was up sick for an hour after this and slept, zoned, for an hour or two with “Chopped” in the background. The room DID dry our my stuffy nose I had had for a few days.


On Wednesday, we ate our free breakfast (it was an impressive spread and all looked good, but tasted genetic, not bad, just…normal, like other nice hotels I have been to. They must have a shared recipe. I didn’t each much since I still felt bad).  We went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite places ever. Other than us parking really far away, it was a lovely day for it: overcast, although I was told by everyone it was going to rain. It was steady, with private school graduations everywhere, but still fairly calm for such a big place (that is why I wanted a weekday before Memorial Day).  Not too much had changed, but most of the flowers were in full bloom. I still played in the water. It’s more fun with Miles, but it was still relaxing. Derrick was fairly tired this day, but he did enjoy himself. I forgot my quarters for the Koi fish and did not realize I could have gotten a bag of feed for 60 cents at the gift shop! GRRRR! I couldn’t win! >.< The Japanese gardens are stunning as ever! <3 I kept reading it was going to rain around noon, a super fast shower. The wind picked up right after we left the Japanese gardens at 11:45 (got to the place at 10:30) and then when we went to the Agricultural gardens next door, it started pouring at 11:50 put of no where. Luckily, we ran and found a little wooden enclosure nearby where we could see the rain, chatting with the locals. It was buckets, but it stopped after three minutes; no slowing down, just ceased. After that, it was a tad muggy, but all was well. We walked the whole gardens, somehow, while resting and taking our time, in two hours! 0.o I have NO clue how that happened!


We decided to head home early, going to a Cracker Barrel about 25 minutes away. I got some tote bags I REALLY needed on sale, 3 for $5, and they are super kawaii and nice. OH! I did get three stuffed animals at the zoo, of coarse (my tradition is every time I go to a zoo, I have to get at least one stuffed animal, a different one.  I got a polar bear, a baby stingray, and an otter this time. I got silver chopsticks with cherry blossoms and pink butterflies at the top from the Botanical gardens).  Then, we got home around 3:00, unpacked, watched Korra, and I slept for like…14 hours! I felt SO much better, unable to sleep well the past few weeks with my hernia, work, and my stuffed up nose.


Derrick, you are the love of me life, the light that makes me shine and every day, I get flutters around you still. Thank you for being mine and happy five year anniversary! ^_^ Thanks for taking us to our ‘bookshelf’ too… 😉

On Sunday, we had a BBQ at Derrick’s parents’ house and with our good friends Tabby and Alesha (Brown came over for a bit after work).  It was nice chatting and being goofy outside and being with loved ones. Jolleen made Elk burgers, which was interesting. After we ate, I got sick…again, and had to sit up, so we watched Mythbusters re-runs. Everyone had some really sweet smelling watermelon, but I didn’t want to get worse. Still, it was great to be with everyone! ^_^

Sadly, on bitter news…we have a leak in our sink! Many of our towels were destroyed and some other cleaning products, from mold. But, it went into some of the other lower sinks and got some of my rare American Girls and Japanese cookbooks AND I get to throw away two of my lovely bento bags my Oneechan got me years ago, authentic ones from Japan! I am NOT HAPPY! >.<


Socks is doing well! =^_^= It is hard to imagine that she will be two years old in a few weeks! I know when I was saying good-bye to my kindergarteners, they all wanted to pet Socks more than hug me good-bye. *Sighs* ^_- Poor baby has gotten a mild case of fleas. 🙁  We are trying to get rid of that, but other than her being overly loving and snuggly at times and whining about everything with her cute little meow, she is still my box and Amazon paper obsessed, sitting for a treat, goofy little girl that is so precious to us. We love her so very much. =) She HAS finally started sleeping in her bed, after us only trying for a year and a half! ^_^


Like always, I do have a lot going on beyond my new job and the normal College for Kids Prep…


On June 14th, two days before we leave for Cosplacon, I am helping the Events Director at the local library do an Anime Night for Teens. I got to advertise a lot when I went to visit FMS, and getting it hyped-up. ^_^ They will be watching “Spirited Away,” making candy sushi, sampling new manga the library got and discussing some I have brought, drawing manga with drawing books I have, a cosplay event, training how to play the Pokémon TCG, and more otaku awesomeness! It will be a grand time! ^_^

I had a goal in May: to read all my mangas by the end of the month, and I just made it! ^_^ However, I have more entertainment goals for myself:

  • 102 episodes of anime to finish by August 10th.
  • 10 books to finish by August 14th.

Wish me luck! 😀

And now, time for my Summer Plans (other than the needed Organizing my files and office):

  • June 1st- Drive-In movie,
  • June 3rd- Country Days,
  • June 5th- Making cosplay,
  • Both in June presently- At least two specialist appointments (one for hernia and one for ANA),
  • Early June- Car getting new belts and hoses (will clean out majorly before that; poor thing needs it),
  • June 14th- Public Library Teen Night
  • June 15th- Anniversary day and gifts with Derrick/Father’s Day gifts for dad,
  • June 16th to 19th- Cosplacon,
  • June 21st- Scholastic Summit for librarians
  • June 25th- June Pokémon Event
  • July 4th- Fourth of July
  • July 11th to 29th- College for Kids
  • Early August- Pokémon Event
  • Girl’s Writing Sleepover and game night
  • Day with Missa
  • Dinner with the Mahans
  • Antiquing and Family Adventures

Working on…

  • Spirit Vision edits and website updates,
  • Lesson plan making for CFK,
  • Lesson plan making and classroom moving,
  • Moon Panda Power Recordings,
  • Max-Con prep (the con is in September)
  • Fallen Star Dust Blog Tour in the fall?


Well, that’s all for now folks! Heat up a chimichanga, dance a ballet to the sounds in your head, and catch the dust particles that block your dreams! See you guys soon! 😀

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Top Oriental Pop Singers/Groups (Top Ten #49)

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Ah! Summer is here! 😀 Last year, I did my top Youtubers and now, here are my top ten favorite Oriental Pop singers and groups! J-Pop, K-Pop, and C-Pop infuses my soul, makes me smile, makes me wonder, and fills me with intensity and happiness. I owe them and I want to share their awesomeness with them. Look them up (I have their Youtube channels or playlists provided by Youtube linked to their names) and I know you’ll be jamming too! ^_^

  1. Yui Horie (Japanese voice actress and singer of many openings and original songs. I own ALL her albums and she is my favorite)
  2. Orange Caramel (Adorable K-Pop Singing Trio)
  3. BoA (Loved her since I heard her sing “Every Heart,” opening 4 for InuYasha. Amazing singer)
  4. Secret (A very diverse and wonderful K-Pop group of four girls)
  5. SHinee (K-Pop boy band…Hmmm…They are the bomb!)
  6. Jolin Tsai (Chinese Pop Singer I discovered when doing research on modern Chinese music for a summer class. So in love with her sound!)
  7. Ayaka Komatsu (Sailor V/Venus for the live action Sailor Moon show, model, and she sang many songs in the show. She’s a role model to me)
  8. Pig Star (I know them for the singers of all the Jonjou Romantica themes, but they rock!)
  9. Big Bang (Fantastic Baby is my jam!)
  10. Utada Hikaru (Singer of the Kingdom Hearts one and two openings in Japanese and English. A super talented star!)
  • PSY is pretty great too; he cracks me up! There are SO many opening songs and singers I like, but these are the ten I ALWAYS come back to and stick in my mind as a group or individual, not just a show or concept. =)


Tour Spot with Guest Post and Excerpt from Reuben Miles’ “The Boy Who Spoke to Stars.”

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Hello everyone! I am so honored to be able to give back to “Enchanted Book Promotions,” the book tour group that sponsored and set-up my “New Beginnings,” blog tour last year, but by being a tour host for them now! ^_^ And what an amazing way to start this journey! As you know, I have always had a connection to the stars, between my love of the night sky and obsession  to my first anime/manga, Cardcaptor Sakura, and my beloved Sailor Moon. In fact, many of you know this simply by the fact that the main character in my book series, “Spirit Vision,” is named Stary Moon. Conscience? I think not!

Today, I have a treat for all my star-gazers and dreamers: a guest post and excerpt from Mr. Reuben Miles’ work: “The Boy Who Spoke to Stars.”  In this guest post, he explains to us how stars influenced not only his YA book, but his life.  Take it away, sir!

P.S. His last name is my brother’s first name: it’s fate! =D

enchantedbooksboywho1How Stars Influenced my Life and Their Roles in the Story:

There’s this place I like to go with my closest friends. It’s miles away from any town or city, where the air is fresh and the night sky is the deepest, darkest black. I’ve been going there since I was a little kid. We wait for the sun to go down and build up a fire, and just sit and gaze on the stars. Even from a young age I was staggered by the enormity of it. Impossible distances. Impossible possibilities floating above my head. We would make up stories about all the things that might be happening.

My favourite thing about science is how freely it admits to not knowing everything. I’ve always been suspicious of anything that claims to know the absolute truth. There is still so much we don’t understand about the universe, about galaxies, about stars. Why pretend we have all the answers? If we had all the answers, we’d just stop asking questions. Imagine how boring that would be. Some people say ignorance is dangerous because it’s a fertile ground for mistakes to grow in. I think that depends entirely on what you plant in the soil.

In The Boy Who Spoke to Stars I try to fill some gaps in our current knowledge with imagination. That’s where I think the best stories come from – they attempt to explain things we don’t yet fully understand. We learn a little bit about what stars are in Kasper’s world, but there’s much more to say as the story unfolds. There’s a quote from one of my favourite authors, Paolo Coelho that puts it better than I ever could:

‘Forget everything you’ve ever learned about the stars and they’ll once more be transformed into angels, or into children, or into whatever you want to believe at that moment. It won’t make you more stupid – after all, it’s only a game.’


Excerpt from “The Boy Who Spoke to Stars.”

It felt like a good dream turning sour. Kasper stood in the field at the back of Malt Wood, blinking. Something wasn’t right. The grass was knee-high, and motes of pollen spun in the evening light. Pine and larch edged the meadow along the north side. Their roots and trunks were blue with shade. The low sun cast a long shadow off a distant sycamore, its boughs groaning like cellos as they swung in the breeze, calling sorry warnings.

… And a gloom roamed underneath the larches, drumming on a carpet of dead pine needles.

Thud, thud, thud.



Like a tiger’s purr.

And Kasper knew it wanted him. The darkness wanted him. It always did.

About the Book:

enchantedbooksboywho2Title: The Boy Who Spoke to Stars

Author: Reuben Miles

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Book 1 of The Astral Strings Series

Secrets. Forgiveness. Death.

Nothing has been right in Kasper’s life for quite some time. Then the eclipse comes, and his father is stolen away. When the police arrive, instead of trying to help, they drag off his mother too. Down at the station later, the desk sergeant claims to know nothing about Kasper’s mum, and insists that the detective who arrested her doesn’t exist.

Loki, Kasper’s cousin, is the only one who really understands him. Her parents promise to keep him safe until his mum and dad return, but soon they are gone as well. There’s no-one for Kasper and Loki to turn to – except Tenrō, a dangerous older boy who knows more than he should, and claims to be a star…

As they set off into the night, they have no way of knowing what they will have to face. The secrets they are about to uncover will change their lives. Their actions will seal the fates of every living thing in the universe.

Somewhere in the dark, the truth is waiting. And the stars are watching.

About the Author:

enchantedbooksboywho3Reuben Miles grew up in London until his parents decided that they needed fresher air. They bundled themselves up and drove to Devon, which is in the South West of UK. He spent the rest of his childhood climbing trees and telling stories and writing music in a tumbledown cottage with friends.

Reuben studied Artificial Intelligence and Psychology in Bristol, followed by a degree in Music and Engineering. In 2008 he moved to Brighton to play in a band. When it became clear that no one really wanted to listen to their music, he started working for Children’s Centres and writing stories instead.

Reuben is a dog person. He thinks that if you prefer cats there is probably something very wrong with you. Possibly the cat has brainwashed you, in which case it’s not really your fault, but you should seek help all the same.


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Top Ten Mangas that need to be Turned into Anime/Live Action (Top Ten #48)

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Ah…mangas; one of my deepest loves! The drama, the action, the love, the life lessons, the art…I can’t get enough! I may not be a comic book nerd, but a manga otaku, I am and I excel at it. 😀 However, with how the world is today, every good book or comic is turned into a movie or series, and manga is no different. I would say at least 80% if not more of animes are based of a manga first, or, if the anime comes first, you can bet your life savings it will be made into a manga within two years. But, it is interesting the approach anime companies take these stories and expands the array of audience members to these memorable characters to people who would rather watch TV than read.

In honor of National Free Comic Book week (HEY! It counts to me), here are the top ten mangas that deserve to be animes OR live-action shows and need to be shared with more of the world (this is an obvious note, but I do want to clarify that these mangas do NOT have anime already).


  1. Man of Many Faces (I am aware part of the story was includes in two episodes in “CLAMP School Detectives” but this is the cutest, heartfelt love story ever! A 2 hour movie or a mini OVA series (Live Action in my mind), would be grand for it! THEY MUST HAVE IT! I quote this manga TO THIS DAY and learned so many life lessons from it!)
  2. Stepping on Roses (one of the best shojos I have ever read! The thrills! The chills! The romance!)
  3. Code Name Sailor V (straight manga adoption! 13 episode series! Perfect!)
  4. Muilleiuem Snow (Such a darling story!)
  5. Tokyo Mew Mew: A La Mode (this two volume side manga warms my heart every time I read it and I don’t think Berry makes an appearance in the anime; so sad!)
  6. Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross (such drama!)
  7. A.I. Love You
  8. Monkey High
  9. Drama Con (HA! What a riot!) AND Amazing Agent Luna (kicking butt, American manga style).
  10. Pixie Pop OR Cyber Idol Mink

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Camp NANO 2016 Cabin/Friend Overview (An Aspiring Author Spotlight special):

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Hello world! Back in November, I worked with a group of friends and co-workers for National Novel Writing Month (NANOwrimo) and it was amazing the numbers and results they turned in! In April, Nano does another program called Camp Nano, similar to November, but the goals are a little more independent.  Most of my friends continued on works they were already working on. In November, I was doing personal edits “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” and working on its companion bonus feature for the most part, but I still helped when I could (so, I did not do the 50,000 word goal is what I am trying to say, but that was not my mission). Many of you are also aware that I do girl’s writing days with my friends Kate and Morgan W from the middle school I used to work at.  It has been great and between those adventures and April for Camp Nano, I have been working on a new novella story, separate from “Spirit Vision.”  I did not try to meet a huge goal, but I joined their cabin and helped maybe just a hair. Casey joined the public library cabin and I wanted to join both, but Camp Nano only let’s you pick ONE cabin! >.<

I have had all THREE lovely female writers on my site before for “Aspiring Author Spotlight.”  For today, I will do something similar to what I did in November for NANO: The ladies will be giving an overview of their progress this month, what they are working on, and maybe an experience or sneak peek they would like to share.  Who knows what could happen… 😉


bookimagesymbol#1. Mrs. Casey Blumenstock:

I spent this month working on my manuscript called To Ignite a Phoenix. It will fall under the dystopian category and is the first book in a planned trilogy. I made a loose goal of writing 15,000 words during the month of April, but my main intent was simply to work on this project and make some progress. I was able to attend a write-in with my writing group that actually turned into a plotting extravaganza. They asked me questions regarding my story that I wouldn’t have thought to ask myself. It was very helpful and opened so many new possibilities within the plot. I’m currently at 2,400 words for the month, but I did a lot of outlining and plotting for the overall story that will help me in the long run, so I’m definitely calling this Camp NaNo a success.

bookimagesymbol#2. Mrs. Kate Dillon:

Word Count: 29,024

About Project: Girl who weaves time. Boy who mentors her. Bad evil. Resolution.

bookimagesymbol#3. Mrs. Morgan Wilson:

Title: Wolf Hunt
Words in April: 58k just about

It was easier than I thought it would be to get back into writing every day after procrastinating.

Scene you left on: My main character was off running in the woods and caught wind of a scent she didn’t recognize. While she lost the scent, she came across a blood trail, following that she was led to a recent kill but couldn’t discern what had brought it down there were no tracks or scents to tell her. Before she could investigate further howling back at the house drew her attention and she knew she was wanted back, considering she’d gone off without permission.

bookimagesymbolAnd me…?

Like I stated above, I was working on a new novella separate from “Spirit Vision.”  And to celebrate the end of a grand Camp Nano, I am sharing a SNEAK PEEK of my new manuscript, known for now as, “H and B” (I have the title, but I don’t want to reveal it yet: Sorry! ^_-).:

Total Words Written on this project: 10,000 (I know! It was strange how it was exact! HA!)

Genre: Supernatural Fiction (Monster Fiction sub-genre): Adult

Surprise with this work during Camp Nano?: I got to do research on monsters from all over the world and make a lore on why there are monster hunting/guardians in the world we live in and I am amazed on how many different monsters there are from every land! It was incredible and a mass wealth of knowledge! It is fun to be a little more violent and crud than I am used to since I am not that type of person…;)

Sneak Peek:

My head ping-ponged between this short, but what felt like an eternity eye lock. I sensed something was sizzling invisibly from myself and Dork-ulous between our two bosses, but that could have been a mis-digiouness on my part. Being the only two leaders of the two American monstrum groups, one would assume they had similar attributes and stresses to running it, a connection others would not comprehend.

Jeremy leaned forward, his eyes intense with sudden interest, “Father Stillman, you look as fetching as ever in your forest green sweater vest…”

Urgh! Why is it every time this bozo opens his pie hole, I want to slam a pie down his throat?

Mr. Stillman did not miss a beat, “Thank you. I got it at Kohl’s.”

“And I am sure it was a tremendous deal, but I would like to please be informed as to why we are having a meeting here and what it entails. Ms. Hemmingway, although as pretty as a picture, needs to change her clothes.” He gave me a look of innocence, that his comment was all for my safety, but by the way he crinkled his nose and his eyes skipped like a trickster leaving town with a bag of gold, his honest, for my sake intent was all a pony and stage show.

Unclear by his meaning, I glanced down to inspect my outfit. My purple flared long sleeves peasant top and beige knee-length skirt with light brown leggings was spotted with splashes of internal organs,  blood prickles, and grime and mud that looked like it was mixed with…mucus? You know what, I did not want to know. I had a small snag on the embroidery of my skit, a rip the length of my thumb on my right shoulder, and my shoes were crusted with gunk. I suppose I should have inspected myself closely in the pitch black van. At least I flattened my hair from its winded tangled ungodliness.

I just hope I did not smell, like rotten eggs or vomit or even lemon pledge. Yuck!

“I mean, it doesn’t really seem…combat ready, if you ask me.” He voiced as he rocked on his heels, his eyes pretending to be interested in the ceiling like he was mapping out constellations.

I puffed up my cheeks like a Jigglypuff after she gives a concert and everyone rudely falls asleep. How dare he question my fashion sense and look closely enough to even make a comment? The nerve of this ape! “I was at a P.T.O. meeting and fundraiser for a new creative arts room in a school closest to my town, helping to pass out cookies to our visitors when I got the call, thank you very much. It’s none of your business about my clothing choices, any way.” My lips puckered in a sour and I shifted my vision a centimeter to give him the cold shoulder without looking like a non-team player. I felt his body stiffen next to me, his annoying natural heat radiating away from me with my action.  I did not realize I had adopted to his body heat being in close quarters with mine to begin with. Stupid Jeremy!

Chief stood up taller, looking massive now despite her small structure and frame. “To answer your question, Mr. Darington,,” she hissed out before she continued, “we have strong suspicions that local abductions in the area, although not close enough to be on the immediate target for police nor following a pattern of areas, people, gender, or social classes, are due to an intelligent monstrum…

“A lamia.”


Useful Links:

Casey’s Aspiring Author Spotlight Interview AND Guest Blog Post

Kate’s Aspiring Author Interview

Morgan W.’s Aspiring Author Interview

November 2015 NANOwrimo AAS Special


Top Ten Sailor Scout Attacks! (Top Ten #47)

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Sailor Moon has given me so much: belief in true love and friendship, confidence, the be myself, that magic is real and you can look lovely kicking baddie tail! I was already obsessed with stars from Cardcaptor Sakura; Sailor Moon gave me my love for the moon, making me a celestial fan for life, fighting evil in the moonlight. For season S coming out for Sailor Moon: Crystal this month, I wanted to list my favorite attack for each of the ten main Sailor Scouts, a different approach to a top ten, but MAN! It was hard! >.< And, I did not put an attack for Sailor Uranus and Neptune on here. Please don’t blast me with Luna P! *bows* I love their characters, but I have been a fan of their attacks.

Anyway, enjoy my list Sailor Soldiers! Strike a pose and get your make-up ready to transform.

Top Ten Sailor Scout Attacks:

  • Sailor Moon: Moon Gorgeous Meditation
  • Sailor Mercury: Mercury Aqua Rhapsody
  • Sailor Mars: Mars Celestial Fire Surround/Burning Mandala
  • Sailor Jupitar: Jupiter Oak Evolution
  • Jupiter Coconut Cyclone (manga only)
  • Sailor Venus: Venus Love and Beauty Shock
  • Sailor Saturn: Silence Wall
  • Sailor Pluto: Dead Scream
  • Sailor Chibi Moon: Twinkle Yell

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A College Con, Test, and Springtime Beginnings

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93537jp94v2ixy6Weather: Starting to get to be nice and springy with the flower tree budding. Although, we did have snow on Palm Sunday…AGAIN! Silly Missouri!

Working on: Getting better (been really sick for two weeks:super sore throat and ears, arm pain, chest pain, stomach pain. Went to the ER last week. They ruled out blood clot and heart, but I still have tests to go through), Sunday school lesson plans, updating the author website, school curriculum plans, and outlining my current writing project.

Currently Watching: With Derrick, season 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the current episodes of Once Upon a Time! Man, Hades is deviously evil. I like his wit! I have been watching classic Yu-Gi-OH, season 1. I’ll have to buy season 2: Battle City, baby! =D

Currently Reading: Haven’t had time lately, but I did win some manga, so I shall start there and then get on track with my regular books.

Currently Playing: Yu-Gi-Oh has inspired me to go back and get my Battle City Gameboy Advance game out. MAN! This game has been with me for so long. This is one of those games that I never get tired of and feels like home, like Pokémon Pinball or Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2. ^_^

Wallpaper: Luputa, the castle from Castle in the Sky, My brother and I’s favorite Studio Ghibli film.

Icon: A picture of my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! character, Seto Kiaba, looking all deep. I have been so busy these past few months and lots of things have happened, all making me see I need to take a step back and truly see myself the way I see me, not how the world does.

Quote: “I am a writer; I dream when I am awake.” I found this on my Facebook newsfeed. I am not sure who said it, but credit and love for your insightful and meaningful words.

Hello rainbow connection peeps, all its lovers, dreamers, and…cheese? xD Sorry; “Muppets Most Wanted” reference! Konnichiwa to my star-crossed friends! Well, after months and months of planning and being flexible, you patient, good people do not have to wait ANY LONGER! It’s finally here…I can OFFICALLY announce that my latest book/collection, “Fallen Star Dust,” is RELEASED! =D Thank you so much for all the support, for my publisher Sheenah for going through this, what it seemed at times, “Lord of the Rings” like journey with me (didn’t she make a STUNNING cover for me?!), and my buddy Dan Wright, for stepping in and helping for edits for a bit; you are a white wizard in my eyes. ^_^

FallenStarDust--FrontCoverMarch 16th will be its official release date. =D This is my second collection of poems, short stories, scripts, essays, and other literary works, similar to “A Sweet, Little Dream,” but oh so different, for, you see, these works were written in my college and first few years of teaching (until early 2014). There are an array of topics and styles, some embarrassing, some romantic, some that make you think, and some that have broken the hearts of those involved of helping me compile it. There is something for everyone (including some more doodles that I did AND information on the work by me).

For now, you can only get “Fallen Star Dust” in paperback (we had to do the process backwards this time for I was premiering this book for the first time EVER at Wild Con, so the physical copy had to be done first), on either Amazon OR Barnes and Noble for $9.99 each.  The E-book will be released soon. You can see updates for “Fallen Star Dust” either on my author Facebook, “Fallen Star Dust’s” page on here, or my Amazon author page. I hope when you read the book, you can connect to the power of believing in yourself and see just how much you shine to me.

Here is the official blurb: “When I reached the point where adult life began to make its presence known right after high school graduation, I looked to the sky. I hoped to see a shooting star that would light my way and I wished that it would leave a trail of star dust behind to remind myself to stay young at heart. Thanks to writing, the enchantment of youth has never left me. In the next chapter of my life, I began college to follow my dream of being an educator. I developed my career, found out who I was an independent being, stopped hiding my passions, figured out my role in my lifelong relationship with my now-husband, and realized that it was okay to question the world. There was darkness that needed to be seen as well as the light. The poems, short stories, scripts, essays, and other works in this second collection are my everything: the shoulders I cried on, my joys, my bravery when the road became too twisty or too safe. It led me to a waterfall of creativity. That fallen star dust gave me the drive to become who I am today: a teacher, an author, a nerd, and a person of morals, love, and magic.”


That was my biggest news, but I do not want to leave anyone hanging. As many of you are aware, I have been talking about Wild Con, a one day convention at Wildwood University, the first university/college I spoke to a class in my life. They are incredible people and staff.  I was one of their guests this year and since it was only one day, instead of doing a whole blog post on it, I wanted to share it here. So, here’s where our tale begins:


Dad accompanied me this trip (I am not a confident highway driver and this area was close to the St. Louis area). We left around 9:00, wanting to make sure we allotted for time in case we got lost. It was a smooth ride, us chatting, dad prepared with an ice cooler of snacks in the back since I would not have time to leave to eat like a regular convention (and we had no idea how close we would be to any food establishments). We were doing so fantastic…until we were five miles away and close to Six Flags. We followed our map guide exactly, but somehow, took a wrong turn and ended up in a twisty land where all the streets were named after foxes (I swear to BOB, I am not making this up!)  I got my phone out and was able to get us on an older, round-about highway and, again, it was good. We even got INTO the town of Wildwood and the main four way stop…but, we took too wrong turns again and once, ended up at a dead end apartment complex and another time, on another highway! Boy…this place was like trying to find a wild Entei! Maybe the college roamed… Anywho, third time was the charm as they say and we got there, around 11:25. We wanted and would have been there at 10:50 without all the crazy! We parked, took five minutes to breath and munch on some cooler lunch, and headed inside (the con was not until 1:00, but they told me I could set up at noon. I was still the first guest there and got done setting up at 12:15 WITH talking to people, so it was all good).

wildcon1This was dad’s FIRST convention because he is very conservative (mom went to hers back in October of 2015). He was a big help though, getting boxes and moving things for me. Mr. Mahan (Chris), the faculty sponsor who invited me and the son of my favorite teacher/friend, Ms. Mahan (and my dad TAUGHT him in high school! We made a funky rectangle) greeted us, all smiles. He came and hung out with us several times that day and bought a lot of stuff from me. He’s a gem. 🙂 He wants to learn how to play Pokémon and that will be my job at our events. I mean…he sponsors Otaku club, the ones who made this convention, so it made sense. Dad DID wear his Star Trek shirt when I asked him too, but he was too scared to show it, afraid to stand out or start a nerd war…oh dad… ^_- That is also his first SELFIE ever! He smiled too big, so I matched it. I’m such a good daughter! They had a Smash Bros competition as well and projected it on the big main screen. Dad said he had never heard of it, so he watched and was stunned, asking, “Why is Link beating up on Sonic?” I explained it to him, how it was a melee style game with Nintendo characters. He nodded deeply, still watching, then asked, “So, it’s like that Mario racing thing you do…Mario Kart?” I didn’t know what to say. Parents are precious! 🙂          wildcon2

It was all in one massive room, so you could see everything and everyone. They had venders, art raffles, lots of different themed baskets to raffle on, Smash Bros, quiz shows for prizes, guest tables, cosplay, a psychic palm reader, and tables for those who wanted to play games. It had a little bit of everything and although it was a small convention run by college students, they were very professional and kind to the guests, asking us if we were okay, informing us when our panel times had changed and were extended since five of their people for other panels did not show up (man! I felt badly for them there).  I was very impressed and made sure to tell them so.


I met so many amazing people. My fellow guests, Rori! and Ink and Drink Comics were so cool and made me feel so refreshed and relaxed at our Creator’s panel we had from 5:00 to 6:00. The crowd asked us questions and it was a lot of fun. They are so talented, wise, and good, good people. They were on my right. On my left, I was next to the steampunk webseries group, Steam works and Shadows. I have seen them as guests at so many Missouri/Illinois cons and been to two of their panels, but to be NEXT to them was unreal. I was too shy to tell them how radical they were. The main character with his shiny armor did strode in and pass dad and I, all B.A. like always. I was in awe and dad arched his eyebrow and informed me, “Now that’s a costume! You should have done something like that.” *Sighs* Not sure how to take that one. One of the guys, I ran into when I was getting popcorn. He was so kind and I told him how much I admired the show. The lovely seller girl asked for my picture when I was in my cosplay that evening and she was so nice too! They are wonderful people as well as talented (and popular! They were selling things left and right!).  Find them on Youtube. My other guests’ links are on my “Links” page here.


I met two sweet teenage girls who were dolled up in original cosplay, thrilled at all the wonderful, their mom so supportive. They were dears and I am glad they kept seeing me over and over again. I was introduced to several of the professors at the college, all polite and some buying a lot as much as Chris. Chis even gave dad a FULL college tour, a 40 minute one. I was a little jelly I didn’t get to go, but Chris seemed thrilled to be giving us old teacher a tour of his turf and dad really enjoyed himself. So, thank you. 🙂 The venders there were so neat! I met some sweet kids who had their Pokémon cards for sale (I was twitching SO hard because the cards were in a big pile. My desire to organize them was STRONG). I asked them if they knew how to play the card game, and they said kind of, that they have been playing for a little over a year. I told them casually that I have played for 16 and if they ever wanted a refresher, to come to my table. I waved bye and no sooner than I made a sale and signed a book to a sweet pre-teen, they came running up, their mouths agap and all ears! They did a really good job listening and were so polite, even when I had to talk to people stopping by my table. Dad was smirking at how kids still just come up to me with excitement. I guess it’s a gift? I did buy a gift for a friend a blue knit rabbit. It looks like an all blue Azulmarril! ^_^ I even made a contract with AM Trading Co in St. Louis to sell a few of my books, “Spirit Vision,” there for a good commission! The guy was so awesome and he had blue hair! What could be better?! I FINALLY have my works at a local St. Louis shop! I have been trying for years, but most of the shops have strict policies and I live too far away. I look forward to working with him n the future. Their shop is on my “Links” page too.


I changed into my cosplay (Hungary from Hetalia) after the panel. They maybe had…8-10 people cosplay and only four for the judging. I did not win, but I had several people upset I didn’t because I looked cool, and, quote, “Hetalia is too epic not to win!” Thank you, I suppose, for defending me? But, I lost to a fourteen-year-old first time con girl with an original costume. She was so sweet. I did not regret it at all. 🙂 I also WON the super popular Anime and Manga basket! I was in the middle of a sale and I, ummm…sadly, I unprofessionally, dropped the money on the table in front of two professors and my dad, yelled super loud, and sprinted on stage. I felt bad now from the looks I got, but everyone chucked a bit later. I still made the sale. 😉 I got 11 volumes of manga, 2 DVDs, 3 buttons, some candy, a great wooden basket, and a NEW X/Y plush Pikachu. I never win anything, so this was a treat.


We were the last ones to clean up and leave. I was asked back again next year by the club’s presidents (they are twins) and left Chris with a warn farewell and helpful tips so we would not get lost on the way home in the dark. It sprinkled a bit and dad and I were tired, but we both had a good time, only stopping once to get some McDonald’s halfway there because we were so hungry. My dad likes to people watch and he said he saw a lot of neat things today. That means a lot to me. It was a good bonding experience on top of interacting with others, selling books, spreading wisdom, and showing my nerd and writing love. Thank you Wild Con and I look forward to next year! 😀

Now, on to our regular “World of Writing, Publishing, Promotions, and Paper Crane List!” ^-^

#1. Like stated above, “Fallen Star Dust” now has a page AND the “Links” page is updated with my new friends from Wild Con and others.

#2. During March, Dan and I had our second annual Disney event, this time around having randomness play cupid! We forcefully split up all the cannon Disney couples, gave them random numbers, and had a random number generator get our pairings. We called it *drum roll please:* Disney Couples: Reshuffled! And man! It was an intense competition! >.< From the agony Dan suffered through not getting Flynn Rider, to him GETTING a confirmed and beloved couple randomly, to me having to deal with three beastly couples and make them G rating, and your votes, it was a fanfare for the records! Below are all the videos and links for you if you want to get caught up or stroll down memory lane. The competition IS over, but Dan and I worked hard and would love it if you guys showed some love:


Thank you to EVERYONE who voted and made this event a smash! A huge amount of love to our friend, Franz AKA Penguin, for making our first eight initial matches banners (Dan made the final pairings banners), and Dan for doing another MASSIVE blog event with me! <3


It looks like I have to do the penalty…0.o *Dramatic sighs* But, the challenge we have to it SHOULD be entertaining and test my stuff! xD Check out Moon Panda Power AND Dan and I’s social medias for the challenge and more info on that in mid to late April!

#3. For my March author interview spotlight, I did an Author’s Gold (A.U.), segment instead of the usual Aspiring Author Spotlight because my buddy, Dan Wright, re-released his FIRST book, Trapped in Draconic book recently! Find out about the re-rerelease, Dan’s favorite character, who would win if two loveable Pixar characters collided, and a darling picture of his furry baby at Dan’s A.U. Interview here.

#4. We are still on the search for a narrator for “Spirit Vision!” If you are or know anyone who has experience or a talent for voice acting/narration, please contact me at for information. We really want to bring “Spirit Vision” verbally to life.

#5. I am still working on “Spirit Vision 4,” but currently, I am getting into a novella/story I am working on with the Max Con cameo winner (I wrote on this on the girl’s day I will be talking about later), has pushed it back. And “Spirit Vision 3” is finished; that will be my next major project to edit. <3 I love my SV characters after all!

#6. April and May will be busy for me with promoting my writing. Here is where I am at/what is happening:

  • On April 7th, I will be going to the high school for my third annual traveling book tour, reading a sample from my latest book, “Fallen Star Dust,” and answering questions.
  • On April 30th, I am going to Villainous Grounds Coffee Shop 40 minutes away from my town with my buddy Andrew/Deadpool to have a book signing. We will be cosplaying (me not maybe the WHOLE time), selling things, pictures, playing Pokémon for those who want to challenge us, sign things, and loads more. They are super nice here and I hear have amazing drinks as well as comics! Come say help to us! The picture below is all my books on their shelves. They even made a bookmark about me for customers! ^-^
  • In early May, I will be touring some classes at my old workplace/my local middle school, doing the same thing I am at the high school.
  • On a Saturday in May, I will be doing a book signing/selling at my public library. I haven’t done one in almost two years and have two books out since then, so I am excited!
  • I am OFFICALLY on the Max Con 2016 schedule as well as a guest in September! 🙂 I am slowly getting some exposure.


#7. For my top ten this time, I had to go fast and collect those rings! I went Sega Style and listed my Top Ten Favorite Sonic the Hedgehog characters!

#8. Missed any videos from Moon Panda Power beside our Disney Couples: Reshuffled (all those are above in the clickable links)?  Here you go:

#9. My lovely “Spirit Vision” artist, the loved and kawaii Ms. Suzy Zhang AKA Cherriuki is releasing her SECOND original art book this month! I own more prints, posters, and key chains of hers than healthy, but she is so talented and I adore all of her work and art books. This one is a STEAL at $20 for pre-order price (shipping is $10 for us United States folks since she’s in Australia), but it is flawless quality, signed by her, and comes with free stuff! What more could you want! Click the image of “Asteria” below to go to the link to pre-order her work! <3


#10. The Poke Crew page is updated as well. For all the pictures from our January 23rd Starter Pokémon Event. Go to my Author Facebook page, the Pokémon Events Album #2. (I made a second one because it’s the new year and our other album has almost 600 photos in it from the past two years of events). I will go into a little more detail below! ^_^ Gotta catch em all!

#11. Want to know about my busiest time of year with job applications, Valentine’s Day, a new library, and more. Check out the February to March MASSIVE update on my site to be informed of all this and MUCH more!

My “Normal” Life:

marchgirlswritingdayOn March 5th, I had my third girls’ writing day with my good friends, Morgan W. and Kate. We went to Kate’s house this time and our food theme was Italian. We got our Camp Nano accounts ready to go (starymoon07 is my user name if you want to add me), got fancy sodas at the new hardware store down the road, got Morgan W. hooked on Project Runway, ate LOTS of yummy food (Kate’s pasta con broccoli was my favorite; so creamy), and, of coarse, chatted. There was some writing there too. 😉  It was a blast and we are planning on in April, at my place next time. ^_^  I like where my story is going so far and having great friends to share the experience with helps. Good luck to all those who are doing Camp Nano (starymoon07 is mine if anyone wants to add me). Our next Girl’s Writing Day is April 10th! =)


feb201642We had two Pokémon events since our last update! On February 27th, we celebrated Pokémon’s 20th Anniversary and we had 72 people there between all my Crew members, trainers, kids, and parents! THE WHOLE store was packed and I was running around like a Charmander avoiding getting his flame wet, but we made it work! Everyone had a good time. We TCG and handheld battled, I baked some of my homemade Valentine’s Day chocolates for everyone, we had raffles and door prizes, a lovely birthday card Julie made and everyone signed and we hashtagged it to Game Freak and The Pokémon Company like mad! I had other things planned too, but there was no time! Still, it was FAB-TASTIC! 😉 OH YEAH! Since it was February, we called our event “FAB-URARY,” AND it was also our two year anniversary of running Pokémon events at Gamers’ Bazaar! Fabio and I selected who dressed the most Fabulous for a very special set of 4 limited edition 20th anniversary Pikachu figures and our Annihilator won! Fabio sprinkled rose petals on her and she just was in love! I sported my very popular “Link-A-Chu” riding a SHINY Ponyta shirt Evan got custom made for me for Christmas, and my knit Pokeball hat.


Thank you everyone who came to our event, especially my buddy Chris Mahan, the faculty chair and son of my favorite teacher. He even had Steak N’ Shake with the Crew and I afterwards as we talked about Wild Con, nerdy stuff, and school. It was a great event! Our friend Nathan Brown AKA Christian has now returned to Missouri and joined us! 😀 YEAY!


March 26th was our “Topsy-Turvy” Event, where the kids/trainers were the gym leaders for an event and had badges (stickers) we had to go and earn. They were so tickled pink to get to be gym leaders and in charge of our fate. ^_^ It was darling! They did such a good job and it was a great event. About 28 including all of us, so big enough, but I actually got to sit twice and work on reminder notes for the next event! ^_^


I DID have a six-on-six Championship battle (meaning that they beat four of the Poke Crew in one event) and it was against another fine young man named Derrick (that’s my hubby’s name); go figure! It was a 45 minute battle, us down to one prize left, neck and neck and I had his EXs and Megas blocked, but he drew the one card he needed (the heart of the cards was strong) and won. Still, we had such an amazing time and I know I made a new friend. He is now officially a member of the Poke Crew and we will get a profile up for him as soon as possible! Congrats, pal! =D


Our next event will be on a Sunday this month due to scheduling, April 24th, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m, $2 to enter. If you want to view all the photos from the event, check out our my Author Facebook page, the Pokémon Events Album #2. Also, Gamers’ Bazaar will be hosting its first competitive Pokémon TCG tournament on Saturday, April 16th, at 5:00 p.m. with lots of prizes and it is free, but you must have a legal deck.  I will not be entering or running this event for I have no desire or the income to rotate my cards for competitive all the time, but we may be stopping by for fun. ^_^


March 7th to 11th was my second time running a book fair AND my first time combining both pre-school and kindergarten for it. It was in my new library and man! We pulled out all the stops! The theme was “Under the Sea,” and we had colored fish and bubbles the kids made, ocean animal cut-outs from Scholastic, raffles, How many Seashells in the Jar guessing contest, snacks of Goldfish crackers and blue Kool-Aid for our Grand Afternoon, lantern jellyfish, umbrella jellyfish for pictures, Clifford there for two events (the kids love him), our Coin Challenge for Charity class jars were decorated like aquariums, class fish in the hallway, the art teacher made us a paper light up aquarium for the lobby, and, my favorite, a whale around our door with blue streamers coming out of his mouth, looking like you had to swim INSIDE the whale’s mouth to get to the book fair! I had so many wonderful volunteers, staff members, parents, and my family. It was a lot of work, especially since I had to miss the final day for Wild Con, but it went well and we made $6,000 as a school! We don’t get to keep that much, but hey! That is WHALE-TASTIC!


I can do a Buy-One, Get-One Free now to help get more books in the kids’ hands for summer! That will be May 2nd-6th, but no theme.

On March 19th, I took my library media specialist Praxis test. I studied decently the week before (I had been studying for about two months, but not nearly as much as I wanted to due to everything with all my jobs).  Dad took me up there to the testing center and it was VERY thorough with making sure I had no way to cheat; I even had to give my dad my sacred chap stick because it could be a drug…-_-;; The test was challenging, but I know with how I read through it, I did the best I could. Some topics I had no clue on because I am so new, but I just hope I pass since it costs so much money and it gets me one step closer to being a librarian although, in my heart, I think I am one. ^-^

I sadly NOW have to take ANOTHER test that cost more than it should to be able to be certified in library in Missouri. It was a huge mess to deal with and my school and I are still miffed, but I suppose it is just a major pothole in life. That test, the MEGA, will be on April 19th after school for me (then I have to attend the kindergarten “Three Billy Goats’ Gruff” musical that evening). Any luck would be much appreciated! The quote below is how I feel on why they are making this so bloody difficult!


I had Spring Break a few weeks ago and let’s say…it was INSANE! I got really sick with a random throat and ear infection the day AFTER my Praxis (I suppose my body could not take it anymore) until that Wednesday, and then I had extreme chest and stomach pains. I had to sleep over at mom’s two nights because I could not sleep in our bed with my arm throbbing.  I finally had enough a week later, swearing I had a heart attack or blood clot. Although I am STILL paying off bills from August, I went and everything was okay, but I KNEW something was wrong. Went to my doctor for my follow-up a few days later and it turns out I have a hiatal hernia. I am grateful I know now, but it still hurts badly. I have to change my diet a lot, see specialists to see if they can/will push it back down, get a wedge for my bed so I can sleep propped up. *Sighs*

Here is what I did for Spring Break other than get ill:

  • Sunday school two times (one Palm Sunday, where it snowed, and one Easter),
  • Brown and Tabby double date at Shoguns, a Japanese restaurant, and Cards Against Humanity afterwards.
  • Wednesday: Game Night (more Cards Against Humanity) with my in-laws at their place. We watched the Easter Ice Age special too. 🙂
  • Dentist appointment super early Thursday morning after I was sick at mom’s. All was good though. After the appointment, mom and I went shopping for errands and she got me some clothes I needed. We picked up Miles for a meal at Colton’s. After that, Miles and I visited with grandma and watched a show I am obsessed now: Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots!” The kids are so kawaii! ^_^ Then, Miles and I went down to his room and played our Might Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie game for the Sega that we LOVED growing up, Mario Kart for the Wii, and Timon and Puumba Mini Games for the Playstation.  It was a blast!
  • I did order my cosplay for Cosplacon this summer. It was not the one I had originally planned, but I saw this one and I HAD to have it! =D I will look so B.A. in it and I cannot WAIT to wear it!
  • Saturday was our March Pokémon event.
  • I had Easter lunch with my dad’s whole family on Easter Sunday and it was nice to see everyone.

I wanted to write a lot, but since I got sick, I tried to nap and take things easy, which I hated. I still have Sunday school lessons and some cleaning to do as well. Slowly, I will get back to normal, but I want to take care of me too.


The first week in April, I have three birthdays to celebrate: Miles, Gabby, and Grandma’s. Miles’ is April 2nd and he turned 23! Mr. Big Shot! I was still super sick when I went to visit, but we are going out for his birthday to make-up for it in a week or two. Gabby is my dad’s Westie and she turned 14 on April 4th. Love you Gabbers, my feisty little girl! ^_^ April 5th was my grandma, who turned 87, but her heart is still 16. She has made me who I am today and I owe her so much. She has been so worried about me being sick. But, I surprised her with a balloon, colorful flowers, her favorite box of snack crackers, a card, and I signed a copy of “Fallen Star Dust” in front of her. She boo-hooed three times. She is such a crier! 🙂 My uncle, aunt, cousin, and little cousin Tate came over to see her with her cake and play. Tate and my mom were so adorable together and Tate didn’t want me to go after I told him about kindergarten and did a Pikachu voice (along with get him interested in the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python…) I WISH I had his energy…

Happy Birthday to these beautiful, amazing people/animals in my life!

And Socks is doing well. She’s been my little nurse when I lay down sick and has been going NUTS playing with the packing paper they put in Amazon boxes! HA! I love her! ALSO…HAPPY ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ON April 18th, to our best friends’, Nathan and Tabby! Here is the post last year ALL about their wedding! =D


All right friends! Keep your thoughts big, your flame war comments small, and dig into a giant bowl of pie! And watch Sailor Moon Crystal: S! Moon Crisis…OUT! 😀