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Monday, September 28, 2009
There’s a joke in southern
We spent a day in Cape May, socked in by inclement weather, then headed out at noon the next day for a passage to
Sunday, September 20, 2009
When we were coming north in July, my (Anne's) sister, Linda, and her kids came to the
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is a great stop. Great protection, long beaches to walk on, and an interesting town. Provincetown was the area where the Pilgrims first landed, before they headed across the bay to Plymouth. The Pilgrim Monument is a tower that can be seen from far offshore (see in the picture above). We recommend the museum at its base, as admission ($7) includes access to the tower. It’s built entirely of granite, and along the interior walls are polished blocks with the names of Massachusetts towns and cities and their dates of incorporation (Quincy, 1625). Eat your Wheaties for breakfast, though, as it’s a long climb up lots of stairs and ramps (here’s the view from the bottom of the stairs, but don’t look up before you climb), but the views are so worth it. You can actually see Boston in the distance to the northwest!
Provincetown also has some amazing architecture, like this house that to me resembles a bride, and artwork. How cool is this wharf house, adorned with lovely pictures of old women!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
One of the great things about DragonCon is the energy...and the views. Tens of thousands of people attend, and probably half of them are in costume. Some are simple, some elaborate; if you have a Facebook page, you can see pictures of some of the great costumes at this link. On Saturday morning, they shut down several blocks of streets in downtown Atlanta for a costume parade, always well-attended, with just about every science-fiction, fantasy, and anime character represented. For example, they have whole squadrons of Star Wars storm troopers, as well as Darth Vaders and Jedi knights. All weekend, people wear their costumes around, and there are areas in each hotel specifically for photographing those in costume. For Lord of the Rings fans, there was a totally awesome Sauron, shown here with Anne. He really was that tall.
Chris participated in several panels at the con, which he really enjoys doing for the interaction with other writers and publishers, as well as guests and fans. Book sales went well, and lots of previous customers returned to find out what new books had had. It's so gratifying when someone comes up and says that they love your work! We met up with our friends, Joe and Kim, from Tampa, whom we miss greatly, and Chris got to meet his Dragon Moon Press editor and cover artist. All in all, a great time!