Dorothy Is Hispanic, Toto Is a German Shepherd, and the Wizard of Oz…

…is from New York. Yes, my Wicked Luvs, the wonderful Vincent D’Onofrio is the Wizard of Oz… And Dorothy speaks Spanish… And the Munchkins are huge! And I’m completely in love with the Witch of the East’s red and black dress. I really enjoyed the screening of the series, can you tell? I haven’t watched anything in real time for quite some time, but January shall find me watching this one on TV. I suspect this might be one of my favorite retellings of L. Frank Baum’s story.

NYCC was magnificent this year. We had a bit of a false start—information about schedules and locations was a bit… unclear—but all was well after I devoured an enormous guava (the brilliant panels and the abundance of swag might’ve helped too *cackles-infused giggles*).

I only attended two panels this year: the screening of Emerald City (as you might have figured out by the abundance of Oz squealing filling the 1st paragraph) and the Scream Queens: Female Horror/Thriller Writers panel. The 1st promised a yummy TV series and the 2nd added at least 13 more books to my to-be-read pile.

On the health front, I was nervous about attending Comic Con this year… I was concern about bathroom availability (Crohn’s Diseases and other tummy inconveniences make access to clean bathrooms a bit of a big deal). But I managed just fine—the lines were long, but the stalls were clean and plentiful.

Also, while at Comic Con (not in the bathroom *cough, cough*), I learned that a friend who has been out of publishing commission for 4 years or so (due to chronic illness) is back at it again. She just signed a contract for 3 books, and I will probably be blabbering about her fantastic tales as soon as she tells me that it’s all right to do so. Her recovery makes me super happy and gives me all kinds of hope for my own situation.

I didn’t take as many pictures as I’ve taken in the past, but you can click here and here to see two of my favorites on Facebook. I must show you the swag though… which I, of course, will share with you… some during Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World (have you joined yet?), and I will offer more in giveaways as I finish reading them.
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Oh, and yes, I predict some serious cosplay in the future…
the black and the red (and the expression on East’s face) make cosplaying inevitable.
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At Sleepy Hollow with My Piano Man

Every year, my Piano Man and I celebrate the anniversary of our first date by recreating said first date. This year, our anniversary coincided with the day New York Comic Con tickets went on sale. Our anniversary is very important to us, but Comic Con is, well… freaking Comic Con! So we stayed home until we were able to get tickets, and then we headed to Sleepy Hollow for a pre-anniversary date celebration (we will go on the real ferry-riding deal in the fall).

It was early afternoon, when we got to Sleepy Hollow. The weather was appropriately creepy—lots of sun, with darkish clouds dancing in front of it. We park between Van Ripper…
1. Van Ripper Ave

…and Crane.
2. Crane Ave

We walked through woods, where nature did her best to strangle herself…
3. Trees and Vines

…and crossed a creek, in order to visit the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
4. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

We found an enormous rock…
5. Stone Coffin at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

…that was actually a coffin.
6. Stone Coffin at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

We ran into a tomb-swallowing tree…
7. Tree and Grave at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

…and, of course, a bird feeder in the middle of the graveyard—the dead like birdsong, too.
8. Bird Feeder at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

On our way out of the cemetery, we met a friend…
9. Chipmunk at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

…then climbed some half-rotten steps that took us to a forking trail.
10. Stairs and Trees

We chose the Witch’s Spring Trail, but found no evidence of other witches…
11. Witch Trail

…not until we were driving away from Sleepy Hollow. I know what you are thinking—New Yorkers, who insist this is just a structure no longer used by the local aqueduct—but I don’t care what you say. I know a witch lives in there. If not… then I’m totally moving in! 😀
12. Dream Witchy Home
13. the Witch and the Piano Man 2016