Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Morning Update: Cocktails, Junior Mints, and Chunky Girls For The Win


Junior Mints Steph, Penny, and Vicki at NJRWA conference, hard at work. :^)


1. ALWAYS THE CHUNKY BRIDESMAID, NEVER THE CHUNKY BRIDE...

I wrote a review for Ros Clarke's FLIRTING WITH THE CAMERA for the new blog Love In The Margins. I really loved this book. It has a chunky girl heroine who has good self-esteem and thinks she's beautiful. How 'bout them apples? Please check out this cool new blog, leave some heckling comments for moi if you so desire, and enjoy my pics of Queen Latifah, Barbie, and a NKOTB video.

Here's the linkie--->My post is called ALWAYS THE CHUNKY BRIDESMAID, NEVER THE CHUNKY BRIDE. Enjoy!



What? You looking at me? I totally represent real women. Come on.

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2. I attended a conference this past weekend. Here are my photos...


Blueberry Martini...felt like drinking bootlegged grain alcohol...I may have lost 5 or 10 minutes of my life after consuming this one.




Wine, mojito, and totally kick-ass strawberry basil alcoholic lemonade. 



The Beach Martini, with the cool layers you could swirl around.


What? You're asking if I did anything else besides drink during the conference? Um...Um...Of course I did, dammit!

See photo at top of post...I am discussing literature with my friends.

Also, here's another photo, where Bobbi Baby (Bobbi Ruggiero) and Victoria Morgan and I are having a conversation about how to add conflict into your story.



And here are me, Stephanie Funniest-Woman-In-The-World-Most-Likely-To-Be-Struck-Down-By-A-Bolt-Of-Lightning and Bobbi Baby-Don't-Touch-The-Silken-Curtain-Of-Perfection-Or-I'll-Bite-Your-Hand-Off having a super serious discussion about the state of publishing...




And...something else REALLY EXCITING HAPPENED!

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

My bud Victoria Morgan was a finalist for the Golden Leaf Best First Book Award for her super fabulous debut novel FOR THE LOVE OF A SOLDIER. And guess what!!!!!!

SHE WON!!!!!!



We may have made a bit of a ruckus screaming and yelling and cheering at the time. I'm not sure. (Penny looks super innocent).

And now I have 12 days until the INDIE AUTHOR SYMPOSIUM with Marie Force! I cannot wait. It's going to be an incredible conference, and it's not too late to register. If you are interested in getting more information about how to be the master of your own destiny, check out the website and sign up.

I highly recommend it. 

Happy Monday!

Penelope

6 comments:

Victoria Morgan said...

It was the best!!!! Of course, I remember our erudite conversations on the state of publishing and plotting a new anthology while drinking martinis. It wasn't all partying down fun. That's my story and I'm sticking to it....

Geekamicus said...

I gotta move back east. I never get in on any of those intellectual conversations here.

Penelope said...

VICKI!!!!! We *are* extremely erudite. This is true. Hee.

Penelope said...

Geek--of course conferences in New England will be intellectual. Just goes with the territory.

Julia Barrett said...

What gorgeous photos! You look fab and so do your friends and cocktails! I want 'em. Now I have to head to the other blogs.

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! Thanks babe!