I’ve mentioned in the past that although my parents and my generation were born in Cuba, all my grandparents were from the North of Spain in the province of Galicia. Galicia is one of the Celtic nations and it has its own traditions and costumes, much like the other provinces of Spain have their unique identities.
This is a photo of my mom taken during a very early visit back to Spain. She is dressed in the traditional costume of Galicia and in fact, I have a doll that was given to me by my grandparents that has this same outfit. The doll was made just for me, so it had my lighter hair color and green eyes. I will have to take a picture of it for you some day!
I love Halloween and it’s not just the paranormal romance author in me that loves it. It’s the kid who couldn’t wait to dig through the family closets to try and put together an outfit to go out and get some tricks or treats. I loved the fantasy of it, of pretending to be something that I wasn’t.
I love decorating for Halloween and greeting the kids at the door, usually with something costumey on. One of my fondest memories is of answering the door with a wolf paw on one hand and a fake bloodied bandage on the other. An adorable little princess was on the other side and she looked at me wide-eyed and said, “I think you need to go to the doctor.” LOL!
Today’s Throwback Thursday is a shot of my house with the Halloween decorations. We had a lot of kids that year, including that little princess, I think. I’m hoping we’ll have more kids this year. Last year was kind of a disappointment.
2. Special Halloween Kit Kats (they’re white chocolate on the outside with chocolate on the inside).
3. Seeing little kids in their Halloween costumes.
4. Seeing parents and older kids in their Halloween costumes.
5. LOL! Dressing up myself. When my daughter was in elementary school they would have a Halloween Hop and all the parents went in costume. Here’s one of me, my sis and my future hubby at one Halloween party.
6. Taking a hayride and going out into the pumpkin field to pick a pumpkin.
7. The smell of leaves in the air.
8. The bit of a nip which lets you know fall is finally here.
9. Decorating the house for Halloween and checking out the decorations on the other homes.
10. Watching scary movies late at night.
11. Having Halloween fall on the weekend so I can see all the kids that are coming by.
12. Caramel apples.
13. Reading spooky books.
Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to add any of your favorite things about Halloween in the comments section.
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The last day of DragonCon is daunting. Only the strong have managed to make it this far after all the days of running around heading to panels and enjoying the various parties for the attendees.
I’ve been busy at the booth in between walkarounds to check out all the costumes. The last day was mostly in the booth besides a nice panel with some science fiction writers. We talked about staying afloat in publishing and it was an interesting discussion.
Afterward, back to the booth to knock it down and give away all the last of the goodies. We even signed and gave away all the banners and posters we had.
Today it’s just a few hours of resting and checking e-mails before heading back home and to work tomorrow.
Sharing the last few photos with you. As you can gather, not as many since many people were leaving and I was busy at the booth. But the fun part of the day was getting to meet Dave Tango from Ghosthunters. He was really nice and we had a talk about some “spirit orbs” I’ll show you on another day!
Today’s Guilty Pleasure Monday is an unknown DragonCon attendee who was kind enough to pose for me. There was nothing fake about all those abs and arms!
We’re starting to wind down here, but there are still lots of interesting costumes to see. There are some who really went out of their way to do different things and you’ll see them in this album – a lady from The Birds movie, two young black and white ladies from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a Terminator that was absolutely amazing.
Whoa! Starting to get tired. Been busy manning our booth (#707 if you’re in the area), meeting fans, taking photos for all of you as well as video of the parade on Saturday morning. The parade started in Woodruff Park and then made its way back to the Marriott. Recorded as much as I could and I’ll be putting it up in spurts as there is a 10 minute limit on Youtube.
Had a great time on Saturday. Went all around, refilled our areas where we’ve put out posters, bookmarks and other goodies. Managed to also finish the next book in THE CALLING vampire novels!
Here are lots more photos for you to check out. The album cover is of fellow friend and author Raz Steel and Margie, one of our wonderful volunteers.
For the photos, click here or cut and paste this linke:
Heaven. . . I’m in heaven . . .
‘Cuz were out together dancing geek to geek.
Okay – I’m out of the closet and proclaiming my inner geekdom. It’s always been there, but now I’m out! Of course, I think you kind of knew I was that way when I told you I was a science major in college.
The conference is totally amazing! I am so impressed by the costumes people have put together and the way some of these people just slip in and out of character. Awesome.
Steampunk seems to be all the rage this year. Lots of people dressed up in Victorian-style clothing with all the alternate weaponry/technology attached.
Some interesting Celtic, Alternative and Goth bands playing music in the common areas.
And total fan girl moment — I saw James Marsters (formerly Spike on Buffy) on his way into the elevator! Couldn’t move fast enough to snap his picture, but boy, was he handsome!!! 😯
I’ve got a mess of pictures for you. You can watch this slideshow or use this link to visit the album: