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Friday favorites: Friendship and Fangirling

Last week I spent a few days in Las Vegas with dear friends.

We took a spin on the High Roller — which is even taller than the London Eye — to get a bird’s eye view of Vegas at sunset.

We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental and explored the Strip.

We soaked in the sun at Rio’s Voodoo Beach.

And we fangirled at the Supernatural con!


The con was EPIC. But the best part of all was hanging out with friends I’ve known and loved since childhood.

Can’t wait to do it again!

Con fun — The Walking Dead edition

This past weekend I attended Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con with Tara Hudson. We went for Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead) but got so much more than we bargained for!

First, some context — I can’t handle the big cons anymore. I get too panicked, claustrophobic, and angry. But since this one was entirely contained within the Cox Convention Center, I hoped it would be more manageable. As it turned out, the Tulsa Comic Con far exceeded my expectations.

Our first adventure was the photo op with Norman Reedus. The wait wasn’t too long, and once he arrived they moved people through pretty quickly. Clearly, I was delighted to meet him! (I just WISH I’d thought to put on my sunglasses and mug at the camera along with him.) Later we stood in line for his signature for a loooong time, but I couldn’t really begrudge the wait because he was taking great pains to shake hands and chat with each person who came through. I was pleasantly surprised by his patience and consideration. (Random aside: when looking for a Tulsa Comic Con graphic I found this photo — how adorable is that?)

Shane is one of my favorites from TWD — I do have a soft spot for the bad boys — so I was pleased to discover that Jon Bernthal, who often seems to play dark/devious/tormented characters, is very charming and easygoing in real life.

Michael Rooker (Merle in TWD, Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.) was a hoot. Very friendly and chatty. Sweet with little kids and, um . . . fiesty with the ladies!

[Another random aside: in the above photo you can see my orthopedic boot. I fell back in September — was in a hurry, not paying attention, and the toe of my wedge heel got caught in a clump of grass. Down went Sonia! Anyway, I was sure it was a sprain. When it didn’t seem to be getting better, I got an x-ray at Urgent Care. No fracture. But the pain just kept plaguing me. So I got an MRI and they found a nondisplaced fracture along with bruising and a sprained ligament. Hence the boot. It was a challenge to get around the con, but Tara was very patient with me, and all the guests kindly asked about it. Tara and I decided that next year we should each have some sort of injury AND carry a baby/toddler dressed in a hand-sewn costume. Then we’d get ALL THE ATTENTION. Heh.]

One of my favorite moments was meeting Scott Wilson (Hershel). He’s just as warm and fatherly in real life as on the show. He gave each of us a hug and after the photo he reminded me how to properly use my crutch. (He should know, right?)

We capped off the day with a visit to rising star Jerry Bennett, who gives so much to Oklahoma SCBWI and is an amazing artist. He even gets quoted in this NPR feature about the con. Yay!

We only attended on Sunday — not the craziest day, I’m sure — but things still got pretty busy. The staff, however, were patient and cheerful, the attendees polite, and the guests exceptionally gracious. It was Tara’s first con, and I think she had a blast. We’re definitely on board for next year!

Flying my geek flag at DragonCon — a recap

What a weekend! Huge fan conventions like this can be very taxing for an introvert. There were times when I was torn between rage and panic at the teeming hordes, not to mention the soul-sucking heat and humidity. Fortunately, I had my best buddies with me, and I could always hide in the hotel room when things got too sweaty or overwhelming.

Highlights included:

Seeing my pals in their costumes. Above are Glenda and De as Sam and Dean from Supernatural, along with Michelle as the 5th Doctor. (Michelle had a photo op with Peter Davison, and he was quite impressed by her duds!)

Chatting and canoodling with Ioan Gruffudd (Horatio Hornblower!). SWOON. (Okay, so I paid for the photo. That doesn’t cheapen the moment one bit! Well, not much anyway. . . I also had this photo taken with Julian Sands, whom I loved as George Emerson, Percy Shelley, and more!)

Finally meeting Robin Bridges and buddying up during the “Historical and Steampunk YA” panel. (We were the token historical writers.)

Having a laugh during the “Dark Themes in YA” panel with Victoria Schwab (seen above), Jonathan Maberry, and Michelle Hodkin. I was prepared to be intimidated, but it turned out such fun! (Photo courtesy of elisquared.)

Running into this Sherlock-costumed fellow, who was appropriately aloof and even put on a decent English accent.

Question: if you were to attend a fan convention, which actor/actress would you most like to meet? Which character would you like to dress up as?

I also was fortunate to meet many fabulous YA authors (in addition to the ones listed above) at various events–many of them IN COSTUME. It was kind of like a retreat, but we didn’t even have to pretend that we were getting work done!

Two days of recovery, and then it’s the YA AdVANture Tour!!!