Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | September 29, 2014

Chibi Neko

So, I have undertaken another endeavor in the con world – ha, yeah, as if my plate isn’t full enough as it is right!?!? lol

Anyways, a couple months ago, dh came to me and told me about Chibi Neko (it’s for kids 10 and younger – part of a local anime con, NekoCon) telling me that it wouldn’t be available this year if no one stepped up to run it – they needed someone reliable to run it. Well, it’s for the kids – right? I couldn’t see them sad and unhappy – right? and seriously, how hard could running this little track be – right?

Ummm…yeah…it’s not so little and oh yes, it’s time consuming and oh yes, yours truly said ‘ok, I’ll do it’ – duhhhhh…when will I ever learn to simply say ‘no’. Period…no ‘maybe’… no ‘we’ll see’ – just good old fashioned – NO.

Fast forward to now. I’ve since gotten staff, planned a schedule (thanks to a friend coming over late one night making me do it…lol) and have quite a few fun activities planned. The theme this year is ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ (think Alice in Wonderland) so I’ve worked out a Tea Party and Flamingo Croquet Game with another dept, the kids are going to be making their own Mad Hats, Cheshire Smiles and Tissue Roses – white and red of course …lol… I’m also going to have coloring sheets, videos, movie and pj’s and oh yes, a cosplay contest just for the kids in which ALL the kids are winners…smile…oh and I even have the local 501st and the Mercs stopping by to talk to the kids about joining the ‘Galactic Academy’ – that is gonna be awesome!! …lol…

All, I can say is, I hope this year is a success and the kids have an awesome time – the con isn’t til Nov 7th – Nov 9th but still…got more time to finish up the little stuff and make sure everything is ready to go…and yes, I am kinda excited too…lol…

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | September 27, 2014

6 years ago…

6 years ago my life changed forever. I lost my one and only sister way too early and honestly, my life never went back to normal. But then, what is normal – other than a word. Who says what is normal? Especially when dealing with the heart and emotions and love.

In the past I’ve celebrated her by watching her favorite movies and eating Chinese – this year I decided to not do that and just do whatever came to mind. I didn’t work today but, that’s ok. I got to spend the morning with dh and this evening dd and I went shopping for craft stuff. It was a good day as I spent it with my family.

I will probably always hate this date – and those who know me know that I will go from being bubbly and smiling to silent and withdrawn and will understand why. There is never a good time to lose a loved one – even for those who have time to plan and say good-bye – it’s never enough.

To my beloved sister, Kelly…I miss you and love you so very much…

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | August 13, 2014

Robin Williams…America’s Sweetheart

Ahhhh what a true tragedy. I usually don’t post anything on celebrities that died etc…but…this time is very different. Robin Williams was to me, America’s Sweetheart. He was loved by everyone. Respected by everyone. Enjoyed by everyone.

His ability to step into whatever role he was cast was inspiring. He was the same man who was a hilarious Mrs. Doubtfire and the Genie from Aladdin. I remember him in ‘Mork & Mindy’ (nanu nanu) and loved him in Jumanji, Flubber, Birdcage – seriously, I can’t think of one movie I saw him in that I didn’t enjoy…he was a man of many talents and could seamlessly step into any role as if he was already that person…as if he was born for it.

Robin Williams fought depression…he had inner demons that he hid from the world. Many of us can relate. I have seen comments stating that he was ‘selfish’ or a ‘coward’ – to those people, I say ‘nanu nanu’ – committing suicide is a permanent action to a problem that seems hopeless…daunting…you leave behind people that love you and want to help but perhaps don’t know how – you are in pain and want to rid yourself of that pain – perhaps in a desperate act you don’t think of the people you love that will miss you and the pain caused by your death…you just want release from a pain that won’t end.

My heart breaks at losing such an awesome person. I can only hope that he has indeed found peace and that his family / friends / fans will remember and treasure the actor, comedian, husband, friend, father that he was.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 25, 2014

Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen (book promotion)

For those who love fantasy fiction, you are gonna love this book!!

Marlene’s debut novel, “Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen” is now out online for pre-order! You can get it for 50% off at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/458953) if you use the coupon code FE66B! Go to her website at http://www.marlenewynn.com for more information!

About the Author:
Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend. She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of Virginia Beach, VA and has been there ever since.

“Chandrea – The Return of the Avatar Queen” won 6th place in the 2012 Critique My Novel – Writing Contest.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | July 10, 2014

Sweetheart Rules (book promotion)

The Sweetheart Sisters are ready to give some old school lessons in love…

Rescue Bay veterinarian Diana Tuttle is a great single mom, but she has a harder time taking care of herself. Having been burned in the past by her son’s non-committal father, the last thing she wants is a man who isn’t in it for the long haul—until a foolish one-night stand from her past walks back into her life.

Coast Guard Lt. Mike Stark has never wanted to settle down. But when his ex-wife leaves their two small children on his doorstep, he is forced to become a family man in a hurry. His return to Rescue Bay and fatherhood isn’t easy but reconnecting with Diana makes the challenge all the more worth while. Except becoming the long-term lover she has in mind may be one commitment too many…

Luckily, when Diana’s and Mike’s pasts begin to threaten their future, the Sweetheart Sisters have the perfect scheme to make this second chance last a lifetime.

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

Visit her website at http://www.shirleyjump.com or read recipes and life adventures at http://www.shirleyjump.blogspot.com.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | May 28, 2014

Strawberry Parade!!

Saturday I got to drive in my first parade!! It was awesome!! I had spent the days prior cleaning the cab and getting it waxed and then Saturday morning we put a large strawberry cupcake put on the roof. I met the company walkers at the parade and we were lined up behind a pink fire truck – my cab is pink for breast cancer awareness.

It was so much fun driving thru the parade waving and smiling and seeing everyone having a great time. I managed to talk my daughter into hopping out of the car and grabbing a plate of funnel cake – yummmm!!!

I am looking forward to driving in the parade next year!!!
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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | May 24, 2014

Cheating to Survive (book promotion)

Can Cheating on Your Husband Bring Unimaginable Pleasure or Completely Destroy Your World?

To her three daughters, Heather is a fun-loving, silly mom. Her co-workers at Norlyn Plains Hospital think she has it all, including a handsome lawyer husband. But when a flirtatious new doctor chooses Heather to spend his down time with, he reminds her of the man she regrettably gave up so many years before. Each interaction breathes new life into her and she gives in to the doctor’s seductions, threatening her fifteen year marriage. Her co-workers Victoria and Catherine, are stunned by her actions, but when they see the positive transformation in Heather, and question their own crumbling marriages, they wonder if she has the right idea.

Can cheating on their husbands bring the three of them happiness? Or will they be destroyed by the consequences?

About the Author:
I’m a registered dietitian/personal trainer who writes contemporary romance novels in my spare time. When weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes wasn’t enough, I decided to fulfill a dream I had as a child: to write a book. I’ve lived in New York my entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have the beaches, the bay and the city, all a half hour away. I’ve built memories here with my husband, two silly daughters and a bunch of crazy friends, all whom I love very much.

Website: http://christine-ardigo-author.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christine.Ardigo.Author

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | May 17, 2014

Local Author’s Book Fair

So today I went to a local author’s book fair and had a great time. I met and chatted with quite a few authors and oh yes, even did some networking for my local writer’s group and of course, ROFCON Literature Track :)

This was my first author fair and I didn’t know quite what to expect but was not let down. I enjoyed the different genres and openness of the author’s – they were all very approachable and very nice. I did not make it to any of the discussions (panels?) that were offered but I did leave with several new books to enjoy!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | March 23, 2014

Divergent (movie)

Today the family and I went to see the hot new movie Divergent starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James. I first glimpsed Shailene when she starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and I think she is a talented rising star.

The movie was…AWESOME!!! It held my interest the entire time – warning, it is 2hrs 20min so be prepared!! The story was actually decent and the ending left me wanting more.

Divergent is about a young girl, Tris (Shailene Woodley) who has to decide where in society she fits in. Which faction she is suited for. After her decision is made, she realizes there is more to the factions than what was being shown/told/believed and it’s up to her and Four (Theo James) to discover the plots before it’s too late. Tris and Four heat up the screen and together they keep you hanging til the end.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | March 22, 2014

Shobou Con 2014

Soooooo today I was at a small local free anime con held at a library. I was there as a vendor just like last year. I have to say, this is one of my fav cons even though it’s small. Why? Because I get to sit and everybody comes by my table so I get to see all the awesome cosplay without the traffic…lol…

My table (FurrVille) did amazing this year!! I was so pleased with the success and the encouraging comments from the cosplayers. They did ask about other items that I did not bring with me – duh – but they took my business card so hopefully that will bring in more business for me…smile…I actually sold out of my hats so that deserves a big WOOT WOOT…lol…

I am hoping to have a table at this con again next year – gotta start sewing and designing more inventory now!!! …lol…

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