Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Topic For Today

For Day 3, we want you to share your positive experiences of using your blog to get involved in your community. This can involve partnerships with the local literary scene, attending author events and signings, or getting together with bloggers in your area. We want to hear it all! 

Well alrighty.....this is my answer to todays topic.
Theatre group acted out a scene
I have only attended a few signings due to where I live , and distance to travel,  in the two years blogging. But, I left no stone unturned when it came to Cassandra Clare coming to Australia. I hot footed it onto a plane to Melbourne and attended a most awesome event in an old theatre. 

Me, Cassandra and Josh
I have the 'Adventure' up on the blog complete with vids and images. I taped the whole Cassandra Clare Q & A session and some sneaky pics as there were far too many people, over 300 attended, for Cassandra to spend the time having a photo with everybody.

I am trying to snap away sneakily
Cassandra was soooo nice. I applaude the time she spent talking to everybody who attended. Her hubby Josh sat next to her for a bit. For those of you who don't know, 'Simon', her character from The Mortal Instruments is modeled, looks wise, on Josh, as I understand it.

I met up with Miss Suzi Midnight , only second time meeting in real life and Carolyn ( I shared hotel room with her, met first time..ha!, I do laugh at my cyberspace friendships, not in a bad way, just who knew?)

We had a blast. I had tweeted Cassandra prior to her coming to Australia and asked about her signing blog stuff and she ended up taking it to her hotel room and we picked it up couple days later. She was just so nice! She really does enjoy talking with her book fans, she gave me a kind of 'Hi five' air handshake, and said "HellloooOOooo Michelle", yes I know you had to be there,  I was a tad giggly, I mean this is Cassandra Clare people!!!! She wrote Jace!!

Rachel Caine - Dymocks - QLD 2011
I have met Rachel Caine , author of several series, the series she was promoting at time was The Morganville Vampires. I love this YA series. Great group of characters. My son Liam came with me, whinged the whole way.  1.5hours of whinging is a lot, but when he got there, and saw what his mum gets so excited about, he said he had a great time and wants to go to another. He actually asked a question, knowing my sons bad humor, I thought oh dear lordy, what is he about to say, but he asked a really cool question and he was really loving the event. Proud mum:)

Suzi Midnight and Becca Fitzpatrick - Melbourne signing
Becca Fitzpatrick was another absolutely adorable author. Smiling, talking, dancing, just very much into the fans. I got to meet Caroline the publicist at Simon & Schuster, who was lovely. 

I keep asking Jana Oliver to come to Australia as I just want to meet her, she is soooo nice and willing to talk to the book fans. Every now and then I pop over to her web page and leave a little comment.  

I have networked to a small degree and now Miss Suzi Midnight has some book cover designing paid work, under her belt. Tim O'Rourke is currently working with Suzi on his Doorways book covers and a whole line of wallpapers for his main characters in his Kiera Hudson series. I haven't really done a lot of networking. I have been more reading /reviewing getting to know a pile of publishers and working with them on some awesome projects. 

I am trying to put some images up here but darn it, blogger is misbehaving tonight, so, I will add them tomorrow .

Happy Armchairing!!



  1. I died when i heard Cassie came to Australia last year. I found out about 2 weeks ago. I LIVE NEAR SYDNEY! :( I met Becca and her publicist Caroline last year at the Black Hand Ball though - that was amazing :) I also met Claudia Gray, author of Evernight. Claudia is so lovely to her fans, and loved hearing us gush over her characters :)

  2. What great stories. I really enjoyed reading them. Thanks for visiting my blog, and you are right there will NEVER be enough time to read everything we want to...just keep plugging along! Have a great BEA!

  3. You got on a plan to meet Cassandra Clare? I am impressed! That's a superfan. :D

    If you have the time, I’d love to hear from you at my armchair BEA post.

  4. That is so awesome!! I love Cassie Clare's writing!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  5. How cool! There's not a lot of author signing where I live, but I hope to go to more! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  6. Very cool! I hope I get to see Cassandra Clare at YALLFEST this year.

  7. @ Ruby97 It was a great event. I missed out on seeing Claudia Gray here for the second time , I will eventually meet her:D

    @annette I think this week has been my busiest on the blog, I need several heads and fingers. I am running about all over the!!

    @Melanie Oh yes I was a super fangirl, totally had a blast!!

    @kate Cassandra's writing, I always know I am going to have a wonderful experience:D

    @Jana You are welcome:D We don't get many where I am , but I try to get to them:D

    @ Laura Say hello from Novels On The Run if you get to see Cassandra at YallFest..that would be cool:D:D Have fun!!

    Thanks for your comments everybody and keep on having fun Armchairing!!



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