The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Valentine’s Dog Kissing Contest

There are lots of jokes about kissing dogs on Valentine’s Day, but these folks really did celebrate by kissing dogs.

I’m really hoping you wonderful readers got to kiss something besides a dog yesterday, though dogs can sometimes be the best sweethearts.

image by Jlantzy, wikimedia commons

image by Jlantzy, wikimedia commons

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

A Party in Your PJs–PAJAMACON, the Ultimate Writer Fantasy. WANAMama Kristen Lamb is hosting WANACon, an online writers conference on February 22-23. World class authors, publishers, and attorneys will present classes on writing craft, publishing, and publishing law. As a special treat, Kristen will be topping off the event with PAJAMACON on Sunday, when she will teach her special jedi magic in her pajamas. Should be a great event!

Top 10 Rules of Bacon

Great info for authors from David Gaughran. The Author with the Biggest Mailing List Wins 

Rhonda Hopkins hosts Kassandra Lamb in Authors Give Back: Kassandra Lamb and Autism Speaks.

Harem Colin Falconer

At Write on the River, NYT Best Selling Author Bob Mayer and Jen Talty’s site, Colin Falconer tells us about Life in an Ottoman Harem. Fascinating!

Best Valentine’s Day story ever from Nigel Blackwell, and all the more better for being true. Is this a Sign?

Marcy Kennedy explores the question, Are Small Things as Valuable as Grand Gestures?

This has to be the coolest video I’ve seen all week. Stop action art creation from Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi.

And for our Campaign Style Poll Daddy of the week . . .

All the best to all of you for a week of satisfying kisses.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

Where Were You?

image from US Navy

I woke up to hear a voice on the radio saying that two planes had crashed into the twin towers. I knew instantly it was no accident, but I had no way to compute the information with my pre-9/11 mindset. Then I turned on the TV, and I knew our world was changed forever. And I held my children close and wept.

Where were you?

Never forget.

Piper Bayard

Fun at Denver Comic Con

By Piper Bayard

DD and her friend, Livi, pulled me to my first Comic Con, and it was a hoot!

We arrived almost two hours late, and the lines to get in were still substantial.

DD and Livi dressed as UltraViolet and a bow-tied Dr. Who fan, respectively, on the first night.

DD went steampunk on Day Two.

Two of the first celebrities we saw were Han Solo and Princess Leia.

We also saw Star Gate Command . . .

Iconic cars . . .

And a number of people who once more proved that Spandex is a privilege, it is not a right. I spared myself (and you) those pictures.

We also found evidence that typos are not limited to my blogs or even to this plane of existence.

This isn’t a great picture of the poster. . . . Perhaps with another whetstone.

There were a number of outstanding costumes, but the best ones seemed to be on the guys.

But the biggest hit of the night? Had to be the Peeping Tom Bear outside the convention center. This bear had nothing to do with Comic Con, and everything to do with our taxpayer dollars at work. Oh, well. It gave me a laugh.

Have you ever been to a Comic Con or anything like it? 

Speaking of science and science fiction, my friend and New York Times best selling author of the Sigma Force series, James Rollins, will be holding a live chat session tomorrow, June 19, at 3 p.m. EST. A rare chance to hang out with this veterinarian turned world famous author and ask him any questions you like. See below for links and more specific time information.

All the best to all of you for maintaining appropriate use of Spandex.