Off to Melbourne and Auckland

Well today is the big day of travel! I love Melbourne, a very young vibrant city with cool coffee shops, art galleries and an impressive amount of non-chain stores still up and running. I look forward to walking along the streets and perhaps glimpsing the Yarra river..It will be nice to finally meet a bunch of people I have been working with but never met and of course to see the Aussie and NZ fans again...New Zealand is also absolutely gorgeous and I wish I had more time to stay but my trip was cut short by a week due to work obligations so I will be returning home the 24th of October, I do hope the fans in NZ know that I will be leaving after the Sunday autograph session!
This year has been a great year of traveling; Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, NYC, England and now this trip! I have met some wonderful people along the way and have been able to spend time with people I hold dear. This Holiday season I intend to stay close to home and do the one thing I have not done in 6 years...have a Christmas tree! yay!I cannot wait to have holiday parties and hike in Griffith Park and catch up on all of the great books I want to read. I hope it rains a lot so we can light fires and wear sweaters....:)

Charlotte and fried pickles

Well another weekend another convention...this time we flew directly to Charlotte North Carolina and discovered immediately the meaning of "Southern Hospitality". Everyone is nice, from the waitresses to the desk clerks at the Hilton. The con was mostly a gaming convention, in fact the only media guest they had ever had was the storm trooper who said "These are the wrong Droids" in Star Wars so I think having Richard Hatch and I there was a first for them. Richard is an amiable fellow. This is really the first time we have ever had a chance to chat and he was very nice. It was also the first time we used "The Square" a new device which enables you to take credit cards on your iPhone or iPad :
It works really well and was appreciated by many...I think Mr. Hatch will be signing up for one soon.
The humidity in the south is reminiscent of the humidity I suffered through as a kid in Connecticut boy is it brutal when you're not used to it! I tried fried pickles and BBQ, met a tiny sci fi fan and did an interview for Fox News which was really fun:
all in all we had a great time and the fans seemed to as well. I was also serenaded by a filk singing harpist and hung out with a ghostbuster...all in a weekend's shameless promotional weekend!