Thursday, July 31, 2014

Random Paris

Beautiful Paris. This is an uncurated slew of photos from our May/June trip, mostly not of famous monuments (though a couple sneak in!) I should be putting up pics of Comic Con (which was so much fun!) but this is quick and easy and I need to get photos of my hard drive because my laptop is FULL and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Life can't function if computer can't function. Don't want to go into my technical difficulties (I have a "genius" meeting this afternoon, aren't they so modest?) but I hope to be fully functioning again later today!

Near the Pompidou:

Needs no explanation: 

Puss in Boots at the Tuileries, part of a statue of Charles Perrault:

Tuileries carousel:

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The Latin Quarter

We stayed on a mega-touristy street in the Latin Quarter, but high up on the 7th floor where we couldn't hear the chaos. It was a fantastic location; we could see Notre Dame from our window, and my new favorite monument in Paris, the Fontaine St. Michel, was a block away. It has seraphim and chimaera, guys!

(photo by Clementine :-)

I couldn't pass it without taking pictures. Also mere steps away from our apartment:

I may have bought a book I could easily have gotten in the States, just to get this stamp:

Oh man, this street (Rue St. Jacques), just around the corner from Shakespeare & Company and in sight of Notre Dame. LOVE: 

Wonderful restaurant on Rue St. Jacques, La Fourmi Ailee.

In the window, the eponymous winged ant:

Rue St. Jacques/Rue St. Germain are ground zero for bandes dessines (graphic novels, comic books) stores, like the magnificent Album, which has three locations in the immediate area: 

(Fans of Stephanie Perkins will recognize Album as where Isla and Josh shop for bandes dessines!)

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The menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes (and the whole garden) was lovely. This was the first time we've made it there. So worth it. There's also the Natural History museum and the most unique carousel in Paris.

(the second flamingoes not at the menagerie, ha ha, but in the window of Antoine et Lili)

The famous Dodo carousel:

It's all extinct and endangered animals.

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Les Puces, or the Clingnancourt mega flea market! 
I hadn't been since high school. It's not the place to look for bargains, but it was very picturesque.

This flying saucer in one of the permanent pavilions. 
I want it to fly to my backyard to be my writing studio!

Isn't this table amazing? It can ride back in the flying saucer.

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Another place we made it for the first time: the Canal St. Martin neighborhood, and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, a bit off the tourist path.

The Guignol at Buttes Chaumont:

Those two tall dads going in, they sat in the front and blocked everyone's view. Tools.

This park, not well known to tourists, is gorgeous. It's got ravines and waterfalls and this temple on an outcropping. Very cool.

And our last night, we thought, well, we might as well see the Eiffel Tower once...
And made it just in time for the lighting.

This carousel, very worth it. 

Oh, Paris.

 More (less random) pics to come.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Comic-Con 2014

Woo! It's almost Comic-Con time! Hope to see some of you there! I have a couple of awesome panels; can't wait! 

Here's the schedule:

Thurs 1:30-2:30 pm, Room 24ABC

Waiting for the next book in your favorite series to release can be agonizing...and yet oh so worthwhile. Whether you've suffered through the wait time for each installment or held out until the release of the last book to binge read, bestselling series authors succeed at keeping countless readers hooked, book after book! Panelists discuss the trials and tribulations of plotting multi-novel story arcs, keeping momentum going between books, and knowing when (if ever) to end a bestselling series.

With: Laini Taylor, Lev Grossman, Leigh Bardugo, Jonathan Maberry, Ben H. Winters, Lynn Flewelling, and Kresley Cole
Moderator: Maryelizabeth Hart

SIGNING to follow 3-4 pm at table AA09.

Fri 1-2 pm, Room 25ABC

Veronica Roth, author of FOUR: A Divergent Collection, joins authors as they divulge what led them on the road to writerdom. From books to movies to comics and more, what are these authors geeking out about? Hear about their literary muses, their author crushes, and all things awe-worthy that inspire them to write the books they write. Panelists will dish on their evolutions and revolutions. 

With: Veronica Roth, Walter Jury, Leigh Bardugo, and Laini Taylor
Moderator: Aaron Hartlzer

SIGNING in Little Brown booth (#1116) 2:15-3 pm

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