There’s Something About Print

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Box full of books – MY books!

For someone like me who grew up reading, collecting and loving books long before Amazon was a gleam in anyone’s eye, there’s a particular thrill in seeing my own story in print. Don’t get me wrong. I love eBooks. I currently own 2 Kindles and most of the books I buy these days are on those devices.

There are very definite advantages to owning eBooks. First, they’re cheaper, often free. That means if I buy a book I end up not liking very much, I’m not out much money and I don’t have to make a trip to the thrift store to unload it. Second is the convenience of plopping one slim, lightweight item in my suitcase instead of lugging around anywhere from 1 to 5 books. I’m petite and not very strong so having a lot less weight to drag around airports and hotels¬†is a big deal. Finally, I like the idea that because of the popularity of eBooks we aren’t slaughtering as many trees as we once did.

But, every now and then, I wander into a library or a bookstore just for the visceral pleasure of smelling and touching printed books. And, when I find a book I love, I will often go out, or order online, a paper copy of said book.

Print is struggling these days, but not because people have lost their love for paper and ink books. It’s because the big 5 publishers are unable to break old habits. Bookstores are nowhere near being dead, but the Mega Stores are. The return to smaller indie bookstores is wonderful to hear about and I for one, even if I never hit the shelves of a brick and mortar bookstore, will always publish my books in both formats.

One day I hope to have an entire shelf in my personal library dedicated to my books. Wouldn’t that be grand?

San Francisco Comic Con 2016

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The con took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco on Friday, September 2 through Sunday the 4th. This is a shot of the lounge and information area on the 2nd floor. Panels and games were spread out over the 3 floors directly above this one. The exhibitors/dealers room was 3 escalators rides down into the basement.

We got there Friday afternoon and stayed in the hotel for the weekend and I’m glad we did. Commuting via Cal Train each day would have exhausted this old bird even more than I already was. (Still in recovery mode to be honest) And the place was packed all 3 days which was made more noticeable by the fact that the venue was just too small.

But, honestly, none of that matters when you’re having a great time. I shared an elevator to a few other con goers and we naturally chatted a bit. A¬†gentleman asked me what my favorite part was. My answer was easy – it’s the people I meet. That and spending time with my family. Now, I’ve only been to 2 conventions, but at both of them I have met some of the nicest, friendliest people ever.

I spent some time this last weekend sitting on a couch just enjoying watching people walk by. During one of these breaks something occurred to me. When you spend time in a room full of people who are doing what they love, you can’t help but have a great time right along with them.

So, without further ado, here are my pictures from the con.

San Francisco Comic Con

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This is me saying Hi to Iron Man at the Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento.

The Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento was my first. Not my first convention. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since the original show aired in 1968. (Yes, I’m that old.) And I’ve been to a few of those cons. This was my first comic book convention, and man, was it fun. Just as much fun and the Star Trek cons were back in the day. Only this time, I actually had money to spend on swag. Even better!

Anyway, I had so much fun at the Wizard World con that I asked my son “when’s the next one?” Turns out, it’s this weekend. So, tomorrow afternoon I will be headed to San Francisco with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter for the San Francisco Comic Con. It’s being held at the Marriott Marquis where we will be staying Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there!

I’ll be posting pictures on Monday. In the meantime, here are some shots from Wizard World.