Saint Gabriel García Márquez, the Smirker

My phone was bursting with the sound of Rommy’s uncontrollable laughter. There was joy (and a touch of Latina mischievousness) in her mirth.

“Speak now, or forever hold your pieces,” I said. This usually entices her to start singing my name in a mixture of terrible opera and exaggerated Spanish accent (yes, we have issues). But on this occasion, it had no effect. She just giggled… and snorted. “What is it, woman?”

“Candles!” she said. “I found a shop that sells candles of sainted writers. Oh my gods, Magaly, wait until you see Saint Gabriel. They don’t have Terry Pratchett, but Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling have also been sanctified. I’m getting Gaiman and Rowling. I have to.”

She sent me the link to Saint Gabriel’s candle, and the moment I saw his smirking haloed face, I roared until I nearly choked. I mean, look at that expression!
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If you’ve read Love in the Time of Cholera, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, One Hundred Years of Solitude… or pretty much any of García Márquez’s tales, you probably already know that his dance with religion—particularly South American Catholicism—was always bedecked with layers upon layers of satire and humor.

“I think he would have found the idea of himself as a saint completely hysterical,” I said to Rommy. “I’m getting him.”

In the end, we decided to make things extra special: I got Saint Rowling and Saint Gaiman for Rommy, and she got Saint Gabriel for me.

I’ve placed my smirking sainted writer candle next to my little brother’s ashes. Something tells me that both, my little brother and Gabriel García Márquez, would find the whole thing amusing… And nothing is holier or nobler than good old jollity that makes the belly rumble.
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After the thought of this post first kissed my mind, I spent some time wondering if anyone would find the idea of a sainted writer candle offensive; and if so, why might they feel that way? What do you think, my Wicked Luvs? Speculate away… and don’t forget to wave at Saint Gabriel García Márquez, the Smirker.
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As Deliciously Geeky as Me

My Piano Man and I had a fantastic day at BookCon 2015. We’ve been sharing this kind of bookish experience for years, but I’m always surprised by what it means. I think many of us often go through life believing that we’ll never find another person whose tastes, wants and needs are as deliciously geeky as our own.

We left the house relatively early, after packing a bag with grapes, cherries, nuts, yogurt… and my medications *cough*. Because Lady Luck has a crush on my Piano Man—I’m sure of it—we got to stand under yummy shade as we waited for The Javits Center to open its doors.
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One of our first missions was to check out the length of a particular line (we wanted to get an autographed book for a friend). You can see most of the autograph lines… The picture was taken more than two hours before the authors arrived.
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Yes, I nearly died of fictitious shock…
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Aside from the ridiculous amount of swag we got to take home, my day was brightened by the presence of author Kay Williams. I’ve never read any of her work; but dear goodness, my Wicked Luvs, this lady has spirit. I want to be her when I grow up: hair gloriously white, a smile on my lips, a pen in my hand, and a vibe of joy surrounding people waiting for a book. The image of her sharing with her readers brings a warm grin to my face every time.
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If the covering of that roll of parchment had been red, my Piano Man and all of BookCon’s security guards might not have been able to remove the thing from my mad-writer’s hands.
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I was ecstatic after receiving my Certified Geek button. Now, the world knows!
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And because people who don’t share the yum are certainly the slime of at least 2.5 galaxies, here is a post BookCon giveaway:
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To enter the giveaway
, tell me what part of this post (if any) made you smile, and why?
• The Matryoshka Murders, by Kay Williams
• Garlic, an Edible Biography, by Robin Cherry
• Winter Turning (Wings of Fire, Book 7), by by Tui T. Sutherland
• The Girl Next Door, by Selene Castrovilla
• The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, by Max Wirestone
• Black Widow: Forever Red (sampler), by Margaret Stohl
• Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs, by Erik Didriksen
• Practicing Peace in Times of War, by Pema Chödrön

– Enter before June 9th, 11:59 EDT; the winners will be announced the next day.
– There will be three winners, selected via Random.Org.
– One title per winner (please choose a first, second and third title).
– Most of the books are advanced readers copies (ARCs); three of them are signed by the authors; two of the autographed books were signed to me (so you can tell people that you beat me silly and have a book to prove it *I’m keeping my Piano Man’s copies, so I can tell people that I beat him silly and have his books to prove it… bad to the bone, I tell you*); Black Widow: Forever Red is a sampler—the complete book won’t be out until this fall.
– Open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.
– Canadian winners, before claiming a prize, you must be ready to use your 3rd grade math.
* Best of luck, my Wicked Luvs.

This is the entire booty. So yes, there will be other giveaways in the future…
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