Monday, June 30, 2014

Hanging Coffins

Voices chase you. They come from everywhere.  A cliff blocks your path. Your light explores the rocky surface. It shines on hundreds of tattered coffins resting on stakes above you. Chairs hang beside these wooden terrors. They sway back and forth as though someone is sitting in them, watching you. The ghostly voices stop. Trees rustle behind you. Twigs snap. A pained creek sounds above you. You shine your flashlight. People are sitting in the chairs.

I find the custom on handing coffins fascinating. It's amazing inspiration for a horror story. It's also good for world building. Burial customs can reveal a lot about a culture. If this comes up in the culture or race you're creating, you don't have to rely on common methods like burying underground or in tombs. Your people could hang coffins from cliffs. This is one of the reasons I love researching. You find unusual information. It stretches your imagination.

Hanging coffins can be found in various locations, including China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In China, they are known as Xuanguan, which also means "hanging coffin".

The hanging coffins in Echo Valley, Sagada, in the Philippines, are reserved for Igorot elders with families because it is believed that the younger generations will benefit spiritually from the success of the burial. The coffins are said to be carved by the elderly before they die. If an elderly person is too weak or ill to do so, their son, or a relative would, do it for them. When the person dies, they're placed in the coffin in a fetal position 

Family members may also wish to carry the corpse to its waiting coffin at the cliff edge in order to be contaminated by the bodily fluids which are thought to contain the talent and luck of their dead relative.

The coffins are traditionally carved out of a single log or piece of wood. They are decorated ornately and painted, often in bright colors. Families have plots of rock face with a line of ancestors hung one above the other, though not everyone qualifies for this special type of burial.

One of the most common beliefs behind this practice is that moving the bodies of the dead higher up brings them closer to their ancestral spirits. A schoolteacher of the Igorot tribe believes there are other contributing factors. “The elderly feared being buried in the ground. When they died, they did not want to be buried because they knew water would eventually seep into the soil and they would quickly rot. They wanted a place where their corpse would be safe.”
Photo Credit: Funzug.com

The Unique Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines

Friday, June 27, 2014

Commenting on Reviews

I was reading through this Goodreads discussion and found that some authors comment on 4 or 5 star reviews of their book. They thank the person or "like" the review. I know we don't respond to negative comments, but I never thought about positive ones.

I don't pay much attention to comments for positive reviews of other authors' books, so I have no idea if this is a common practice. I actually read another Goodreads discussion awhile ago where people said they didn't like it when authors responded to reviews.

I don't see a review, positive or negative, as an invitation to start a dialogue. If a person wants to talk to me about my book, they can email me or contact me through my social media accounts.

On the other hand, I do see authors re-tweeting positive reviews. That's cool. I could get behind that. I've had authors comment on book reviews I've posted here. I was real excited about that.

What do you think? Do you respond to positive reviews for your book? Should this be something more authors do? Would it better to comment on a positive blog posts about your book while leaving the Goodreads and Amazon reviews alone?

I did some research on it and here's what I found.
The one thing an author should never, ever do.
When should an author respond to reviews?
Should authors comment on reviews?- You should also check out the comments to this post

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Libraries and B&N- A New Chapter

This is an interesting time to be in the book business. The Digital Revolution has forced bookstores, libraries and publishers to change the way they do business. They're looking for non-traditional ways of serving their customers/community.
People have been questioning the point of libraries. "Why do I need the library when I can just Google it?" The library is more than just a place to get books. It uses its resources to best serve the community. While getting my MS in Information and Library Science, I learned different ways libraries were reaching out to the community- ways that had nothing to do with books.

Just learned about this one today.
"Both the Chicago Public Library and New York Public Library are starting up large-scale projects that lend WiFi hotspots to households with little to no internet access, giving them a chance to pursue internet education programs that would otherwise be off-limits." (Endgadget)
This is an amazing idea. I hope it works. This could lead to more libraries doing similar things. It's also an awesome way of showing people the power of the library.
  ...
The state of B&N has given those in the industry some grey hairs. B&N is the Amazon of print books. It helps a lot with discoverability. We need this store to thrive. Now, the bookstore is making some changes.
"The bookstore chain announced Wednesday that its board has approved a plan to split into two separate public companies: one for Barnes & Noble's retail operations and another for its Nook efforts. The plan is to finalize the split by the end of the first quarter of 2015." (Mashable)
I wonder if/how this would effect publishers and authors.The Nook hasn't been doing nearly as well as Kindle and B&N closed some stores last year. I'm glad, though, that Barnes & Noble is still hanging in there.
"Splitting off the Nook business is the latest chapter in Barnes & Noble's ongoing saga to compete with technology giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google." (PC World)
Amazon has cornered the ebook market. Let's see if this split can make the Nook a competitor. I've no problem with Amazon. It's the reason I've been able to publish my books. I also don't want them to continue being the biggest ebook retailer. Amazon has been letting all that power go to their heads.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Haunted Island of Dolls

Decaying dolls handing by the neck from trees, strung up on lines stretching across an island, stuck to the walls of an old hunt. They own the island- waiting at every path, beckoning you to join them. Their ancient bodies falling apart. Plastic limbs cover the ground.  Their skin peeling, discolored. Their dead eyes always looking at you. Their blank stare haunts you even after you leave the island. As much as they scare you, pity stirs. You can't help noticing how much they look like abandoned children. 
I don't watch much reality TV. But, I love Destination Truth. I don't know if Syfy canceled it. They haven't had a new episode in awhile. In this show, a team of people travel to remote places in the world to investigate the supernatural- not just ghosts, unusual creatures too. One of my favorite episodes is the Island of The Dolls.


The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) sits in the canals south of Mexico City. It's the current home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls. The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. Shortly after the girl's death, he began finding dolls in the canal. He feared that these were a sign from an evil spirit. He believed hanging the dolls on trees would protect him from evil spirits and the girl's ghost.

One doll in a tree, however, was not enough to ease Santana’s troubled mind. He continued to fish dolls and doll parts out of the canal whenever he saw them, hanging each one on the island. He began scavenging more from trash heaps on his trips away from home. Later in life, he began trading his home-grown fruits and vegetables for dolls.
Over half a century, he collected more than 1,500 dolls. The oldest is still there, hanging in a shed by the entrance.

Santana died of a heart attack in 2001, and a small white cross near the water marks his grave. Some claim that Barrera died under mysterious circumstances, and that the spirit-inhabited dolls murdered him. Others swear that they’ve witnessed the dolls become alive at night and that after Barrera’s death, they assumed his role as the island’s caretaker. 

His cousin, Anastasio, now lives on the island, running it as a tourist attraction. “The spirit of the little girl is still here,” he says. “It’s important not to remove the dolls.” At night, he says, they come alive. “They will move their heads and whisper to each other. It’s very spooky, but I have gotten used to it.”

Each doll supposedly moves and whispers to travelers, offering an invitation to their home. You must bring an offering of a doll, candles and hard candy to appease the spirit when you visit the island. 
Image credit: Jekyll Hyde
This is straight out of a horror movie. I'd like to go there one day. Talk about inspiration. Can you imagine what this place is like at night?!

Sources
Mexico’s Creepiest Tourist Destination: Island of the Dolls
Welcome to the Island of the Dolls, the Creepiest Place in Mexico

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Real Diagon Alley!

I am having a total nerd moment. I visited Hogsmeade last year and went bananas. Can't image what kind of damage I'd do if I got a chance to visit Diagon Alley. How can I get a job here? This is the coolest thing ever.
"Diagon Alley won't officially open until July 8, but the first photos of Universal's new expansion of the Harry Potter Wizarding World show details that may as well put you inside the Leaky Cauldron. The theme park's Diagon Alley features the pub -- yep, there's Butterbeer -- Ollivander's wand shop, Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes and the Hogwarts Express." (Huffington Post)
Writers, we need to take a moment to soak this all in. They took a place from a book and turned it into a theme park. I first read Harry Potter when I was 14. Now, I'm about to turn 29. The power of a book, a fantasy book!

I'm just amazed at the amount of detail they put into everything. This looks amazing.

   

I just found this out while looking up info on Diagon Alley.
"...you can pass through Platform 9 ¾™ and board the Hogwarts™ Express* from King’s Cross Station in London, located inside Universal Studios Florida® theme park, and travel to Hogsmeade™ Station, located inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure®theme park (right next door to Universal Studios®). Or you can ride the train in the other direction!" (Universal Orlando


Diagon Alley in Florida. Hogwarts Express in London. Why do they have to be so far away? *sigh* One day.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Creating a Fantasy Community

In Chains of the Sciell, new villages/towns/communities have cropped up between book 1 and 2. I'm in the process of fleshing out each new place. Here are some things to keep in mind when creating a village/community.


Location
People need food and water. When deciding a location for your village, remember, it needs to be by a water source. It doesn't have to be located in the middle of the forest. A group of people could have taken over an abandoned town, they could make a home in an underground cave or in a mountain. I drew a map, along with rivers, and placed my communities near those rivers. Location will also determine what type of food people have easy access to. Check out the post Fantasy Maps: Crops

Draw a Map
As mentioned above, a map shows you where the water sources are. If you're creating more than one village, it also helps you to not put villages on top of each other, or too close to something dangerous. Or, you can put it near something dangerous- as long as you're aware of it. In Chains of the Sciell, a Wall of Darkness has grown around heavily populated cities. Many people left the cities to make a home as far away from the Walls as possible. Also, my country has a desert that's impossible to cross. I can't put anything near there.

Weather
This goes along with location. Does the village get heavy rain, which leads to flooding? Is it in an area that gets a lot of snow- so much that there are certain periods where people can't/don't leave their homes? The weather will determine lifestyle. If winters are brutal, people will probably spend most of the year preparing for it.

Building Materiel
What are the homes made of? Mud, stone, wood, brick, steel. Just because this is fantasy, doesn't mean the world has to be set in medieval times. It would take a bit of work to create new villages in a modern world, but it's possible. It's pretty easy if your story is post-apocalyptic. Chains of the Sciell is in the middle of an apocalypse. The world hasn't ended. It's changed so much that it's possible for people to build new communities undetected. You don't have to build the village from scratch. As mentioned earlier, your people could settle into previously occupied villages. You'll still have to flesh out how people make it livable.

Layout
What does the village look like? I created a couple of Pinterest boards for each of my villages. Looking at images also stretched my imagination. Though I write fantasy, I got stuck in making the villages "normal." The images broaden my view of what these villages could look like.

Follow Auden's board Sciell Village: Isla on Pinterest.
Follow Auden's board Sceill Village: Keep Tryst on Pinterest.

People
Who lives here? How many? Is this a village of people in a certain professional trade? What's their daily life like? How important is education and religion? This could give you an idea of the villager's appearance. In my community, Keep Tryst, life there is labor intensive. This means the people, both male and female, are muscular. Are they human? If not, does this effect the village. In Raesul, the community of non-human beings in The Sciell, book 1, the characters' power played an important role in how the village was run/protected.

Defense
It's highly doubtful your village will be completely safe. How do the people defend the village? Do they have a group of people who are skilled fighters? Does everyone know how to use weapons? In my book, each village has a series of invisible shields over them. Only the residents can get in and out of the shields safely. (Most of the time).

Trade
It's highly unlikely your village will create everything it needs. More than likely, there will be a fair amount of trading going on. What does your village specialize it? What do they get from other places? If they don't have anything of value to trade, flesh out how they survive on their own. Do they send out a group of people to more remote places in search of food and supplies?

Ruling Body
You can create a village with no leader. You'd have to make that clear. Most will have a ruling body- a group of people (or one person) who manages trade, grievances, law, politics etc.

Here's a good article on this topic:

Creating a Fantasy City, Part 1

Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D

I’ll often say a movie is fun or entertaining. I'm rarely in the theater going "this is the most amazing movie ever." How To Train Your Dragon 2 was beyond amazing. You don’t have to worry. I did the first movie justice. I don’t usually go to the theater to see animated movies, but I had to see this one. I loved the first one. The sequel was worth the money.

It takes place several years after the first movie. Watching it, I kinda felt like the family member who hasn't seen the child since they were knee high to a June bug. When did they turn 20? How do they have facial hair? What happened? They were so little the last time I saw them. Hiccup and co. are grown-ups. It's cool how they aged them. The first movie came out in 2010.


Toothless was as silly as ever. He was so adorable. There was this one scene when Toothless discovered a new ability. He was so excited. He kept jumping around showing it off to everyone. I like that Toothless isn't just adorable and silly. He can fight like a monster. He’s protective of Hiccup. Anyone looks at Hiccup wrong and he's ready to go. Toothless was a beast!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 knew how to hit you in the gut. It got you emotionally invested in the characters. It had a twist that nearly killed me. This movie broke my heart. The ending was epic. No other word to describe it. You felt, happy, sad, worried, inspired right along with the characters.

This isn't just a kid’s movie. I’m 28 and I loved it! The themes resonate with adults and children. Hiccup had a moment where he was slightly irritating. I like, though, that he kept to what he believed it. He didn't follow what others said he should be. He ignored those who said his plan was impossible. He wanted to find out what he was supposed to be/do himself. I can relate to that.

The first movie centered around Berk and the dragons' nest. In the second one, we saw more of the world and other people in it. The bad guy…wasn't a likable bone in his body. He was just evil. Everything about him was just wrong. His name was even Bloodfist. That was fine. This movie wasn't about him. He was there to show how awesome the characters and their dragons were.


The flying scenes. Oh, the flying scenes. That alone made paying the extra money for 3D worth it. The animation was gorgeous. It wasn't overdone. It didn't get high off its own awesomeness. They showed us what we needed to see and nothing more.

I can’t think of a bad thing about How To Train Your Dragon 2. A definite must see.


Friday, June 13, 2014

The Full Moon's Power

Friday the 13th. A horror lovers dream. To make this day extra chilling and  fun, there's going to be a full moon tonight. According to articles, we won't see a moon like this until 2049. Friday the 13th and werewolves- in one day. Come on! How awesome is that. Wouldn't be surprised to see some bats about. This would be the worst (or best) day to visit a haunted house.

The moon will officially turn full at 4:11 Universal or Greenwich Mean Time (12:11 a.m. EDT) on June 13th. So, if you live in the Atlantic or Eastern Time zones of the United States and Canada, the full moon will indeed occur on Friday. However, if you live farther to the west and your clock observes Central, Mountain or Pacific Time, then the moon will turn full on the previous day …Thursday, the 12th. (Full Moon Rises Early for Friday the 13th: Live Webcast Tonight)
I might check this out. I love a full moon. I can't help but stare every time I see one. There's something fascinating, inspiring, haunting about a full moon.


"It was said that witches spells and incantations were performed in the nights with full moon, because that moon was believed to bring a major influence on human body and mind. Sometimes, witches could be seen flying in the night skies marked by full moon. Black magic and devil worship were, they say, usual activities in the full moon nights."



"Over the centuries, people have associated the full moon with the paranormal and supernatural. It would seem that the full moon phase can be a very favorable time to ghost hunt." 




"The full moon has been linked to crime, suicide, mental illness, disasters, accidents, birthrates, fertility, and werewolves, among other things. Some people even buy and sell stocks according to phases of the moon, a method probably as successful as many others."


"In astrology the Moon, whether male or female, is seen as having great power. Astrologers spend part of their time predicting what the effects of that power will be on human and terrestrial activity. Astrologers encourage people to observe the power of the planets to do things at certain times- when the stars are propitious. Inevitably, this leads to speculation to whether the same power can be harnessed. At this point astrology tips over into Magic."

Monday, June 9, 2014

World Beneath the Surface


What if only a few people saw the world the way you did? What if, to your eyes, everyone looked like the picture above? Fantasy allows you to explore this. That's why I love this genre. In Book 2 of my Merging Worlds Trilogy, Chains of the Sciell, the characters can see a person's aura. It's an array of flowing colors surrounding everyone.

Clear and bright colors indicate good health. Muddy and dark color indicates an unhealthy or negative state. It reveals a person’s emotions as well as their true personality. A person's aura infects inanimate objects too. Heavily populated areas become a kaleidoscope. I'm debating on whether to keep it as an "aura." I'll probably come up with a different name.

The characters didn't have this ability in the first book. It developed between Book 1 and 2 as a way for the power to protect the person. The characters can spot someone who means to do them harm by examining their aura.

The world's gotten dangerous. Violent crimes aren't exactly legal in Book 2. However, 99% of the time, these crimes go unsolved. Most people are insane. They look normal, but could turn into psychopaths at night.
Image Credit: Lou Cameron
This new gift started as an experiment. When I first created it, the characters didn't see physical appearances. They saw the world only in an array of colors. This was interesting to write. As I developed the story, I realized this would also drive the reader insane.

How would readers know what the characters looked like? I dialed back this ability. Now, the characters see the physical and the aura. When they open all their senses (something they don't do often), the world becomes nothing but colors.

Nothing and no one is ever just one color, unless something is wrong.

I researched the meaning of colors and created a cheat sheet. Some meanings I made up. The aura has an age line. At each milestone, the line changes color. For instance, 18 is ash grey. 21 is gold. For someone who's 20, the line would be an even mix of gray and gold.

Each characters has to teach themselves what each aura color means by getting to know as many people as possible, examining their aura and looking for patterns.

I had a lot of fun finding out the meaning of colors. I didn't keep track of my sources, unfortunately. You can find a ton of articles on this by Googleing things like "meaning of colors" or "color and emotions". Here are some things I found:


Red

Action, confident, courage, vitality, emotional intense color, excitement, passion, aggression power, strength, life force, anger, assertive, determined and action oriented. They take charge. Not timid about letting others know where they stand with them. They thrive in competitive environments.

They like to be the center of attention - in fact all reds crave attention - other people are drawn to the vitality and sense of excitement they emit. Red people can be aggressive and easy to anger, often exhibiting a violent temper. They flare up instantaneously but calm down quickly.



Blue

Youth, spirituality, truth, peace, tranquil, can be cold and depressing, trust, freedom, safety, protection. Sensitive to needs of others, sincere, express appreciation, cooperative, collaborative, creative. People person, engages others. Blues aren't impulsive or spontaneous - they always think before they speak. They act and do everything at their own pace.  

They are generally fairly even-tempered, unless their emotions take over - then they can become either moody and over-emotional, or cool and indifferent. While they don't like to have conflict in their lives, they're often the cause of conflict with others. They can be quite manipulative. A blue's deepest need is to live their life according to their own ideals and beliefs without having to change their inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.


Purple

Royalty, mystery, sophistication, appear artificial, transformation, arrogance, cruelty. Mourning, wisdom, enlightenment, spiritual. Their feelings run deep. Purples can be quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although they would never show it. They have a peaceful and tranquil quality. They love the unconventional.

They are generous givers. They can be secretive, with even their closest friends not really knowing them well. Being the free spirit, purples love to travel to experience different cultures and meet new people. They are a good judge of character.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mythical Creature: Werehyena


Image Credit: Cara Jane Mitten
You always hear about werewolves. I didn't know werehyenas existed. They sound far more interesting than the shapeshifters we often read about. Common in legends from Morocco to Angola, werehyenas are the North African equivalent of the werewolf.

In Ethiopia, it's traditionally believed that every blacksmith, whose trade is hereditary, is a wizard or witch with the power to change into a hyena. These blacksmith werehyenas are believed to rob graves at midnight and are referred to as bouda (also spelled buda). They're viewed with suspicion by most countrymen.

Belief in the bouda is also present in Sudan, Tanzania and Morocco where some regard the bouda as a man or woman who nightly turns into a hyena and resumes human shape at dawn. They're cannibalistic monsters that terrorize people, especially lovers. Unlike their werewolf counterparts, they don't need a full moon to transform.

It is said the bouda has the ability to mesmerize victims with its eyes or with its pheromones, which sends their victims into a hypnotizing trance. It's more common for a female to transform, than male. Women are the alphas of the pack, but this varies by region. In human form, they're portrayed as a powerful healer, blacksmith, or woodcutter, but recognizable through signs like a hairy body, red and gleaming eyes and a nasal voice.

Those transformed into such hyena men and woman and children are said to be different in appearance from a normal hyena in the wild. They're always described as huge sometimes hairless except for a tuft of hair on the upper back. They walk or stand on their back legs. Their large golden eyes glow red right before they attack, and they have a strange rotted corpse smell that alerts you that they are near. They're also known to bury their half dead victims alive and come back and feast upon them at their leisure.

Another take on this legend are the creatures called hyena men. They have two mouths were they can talk and eat at the same time. They have a never ending appetite and are always looking for their next meal. A magician can make them from a person who has tasted human flesh. They tend to abide by cemeteries and eat the dead but they also prey on the living. Some appear handsome while others appear strange and have the smell of hyena in their human form. To catch one, one must lay down a naked beautiful woman whose sight will captivate the Hyena Man with lust. At this moment they are vulnerable to an attack.

The haunting laughter-like calls of the Spotted Hyena inspired the idea in local cultures that they could imitate human voices and call their victims by name.


Sources:
Myth Beast: Hyena Men
Wikipdeia: Werehyena 
A Werehyena Is Not A Laughing Matter!
Werewolf legends in Southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Story Cartel Experience

Story Cartel makes your book available to readers for free for a limited time. Readers download it in exchange for an honest review. A review get readers entered into Story Cartel's monthly contest where they can win things like an Amazon gift card.
"The books you see on Story Cartel are all offered free by generous authors in exchange for your honest review. For book lovers, Story Cartel is a resource to discover great books and fresh authors; for authors, it's a platform to build deeper relationships with readers. As long as it meets our guidelines, any author can launch their book on Story Cartel."
I mentioned before that I was trying this out with The Sciell. I didn't have to pay anything because of BookBaby. To put one book on Story Cartel, you need a token which costs $30. Not bad.

The Sciell was on Story Cartel for 20 days and I got 2 reviews out of it. Given that reviews are so difficult to come by, I'd say Story Cartel worked. Now, these reviews are 3 stars, which means they have no effect on my book sales. But, that's how the publishing industry works. Everything is a gamble.

I would say Story Cartel is not for someone who doesn't have a significant fan base. The site doesn't do anything, for free, to tell readers about your book. You have to do that yourself. To get the word out, I:

  • Talked about it on Twitter
  • Blogged about it
  • Ran 2 Facebook ads
  • I change my book's message from "Darkness isn't evil just angry" to "Family runs deeper than blood"
  • I mentioned it on 2 Goodreads groups I'm active in
Overall, I'm reluctant to say my Story Cartel experience was a success because reading case studies, I learned that some people got thousands of downloads and over twenty reviews. The reviews I got haven't led to book sales or increased word of mouth. As mentioned earlier, from other Story Cartel experience I've read, people have gotten a lot of positive reviews through this site. I would say Story Cartel is worth a try. 


Here are some more Story Cartel stories
The Story Cartel Experience 
How I got more book reviews using Story Cartel
My Story Cartel Experience

Monday, June 2, 2014

#BEA14

It was amazing. It was madness. It was exhausting. I don't know what it is about manning a booth. We were only there for three days and it wiped us out.

 
I had a book signing for The Sciell  from 10:30 to 11:30. After that, we had planned on selling signed copies of my book. Never occurred to us that we'd give away all 50 books within an hour. I actually had to turn people away because we ran out! On top of that, people asked for my book all day. If we had more, we could've sold some! I had a line of people waiting to get my book!

 I designed the flyers. People ate them up! And, we had wall chargers with the blue butterfly on it. People loved those. Glad I took one for myself.

We had to set up the booth on Wednesday. It went pretty smoothly except for the fact that we had to walk from one end of the conference center to the other with our heavy stuff. My back was killing me after that. To make things even more fun, navigating the conference center was like a maze. People were blocking the aisles while they set up.

This year, I saw some of my favorite authors and a few celebrities. 

R.L. Stine

Heather Graham

Jason Segel


When I stood in line for David Baldacci, I never expected I'd take a picture with him. This and meeting R.L. Stine- some of my favorite BEA moments.

The line to get a picture of Grumpy Cat was a monster. I like her memes but I wasn't about to stand in line for hours just to get a good picture. After the long waits for Jason Segel, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Heather Graham, I was done with lines.
This year, BEA decided to do things a little different. On Saturday, they held BookCon. Thousands of book lovers in one section of the conference center. It was good traffic for our booth. But, it was madness. I'm used to crowds, but this was ridiculous. I didn't walk around as much on Saturday because of this.
Still, three days at BEA, I got some good swag. 
For more pics, visit my Facebook page.