Shark Week 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I look forward to this week all year. All you have to do is check my social media. I love Shark Week. Hell, it was on the TV in the delivery room while I was in labor. No lie. I don't remember much, other than some Air Jaws between contractions, but it. Was. On. I wasn't going to watch something else in the middle of night while suffering. Nope. It was SHARK WEEK!

My daughter was born on August 4th 2009. It was the happiest day of my life.

And I managed to get though my contractions while watching giant great white sharks fly out of the water while trying to eat fake seals. It was amazing. If those massive creatures could launch themselves from the water, then I could get through the birth of my gorgeous daughter.

I eagerly await Shark Week each year. I set up my DVR as far in advance as possible. There are snacks planned ahead of time. At some point I'm going to host a really kick-ass Shark Week party. Complete with awesome cupcakes, shark fin hats, shark inspired snacks. Oh yes, it's going to happen.
And when I do have this party, it will be awesome.

Shark week is this wonderful bit of TV that shows us how beautiful (and terrifying) nature can be. Without realizing it, hundreds of thousands of people sit in front of the TV soaking up real-life facts. They're watching television and learning. (And deciding how they would fight off a shark attack of course.) This is a huge deal. With all of the misleading information on the internet this is your chance to flush your audience with truth. The Discovery Channel should continue it's legacy of education. Show the world how amazing our planet truly is.

But I've got to take my enthusiasm down a notch and tell you that I was so disappointed by the Megalodon crap. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Mermaid Mock-umentary. Loved it. (I write about mermaids, so duh, I love them!) But uh, mermaids have no real evidence. Megalodon actually existed at one point. So all of these people that were open to receiving fun facts and instead were given a load of B.S.

I get it. You've got to keep Shark Week fresh, interesting, give the people something new.

So, last night as I set up my DVR I thought of a couple topics that might be fun to look into for future shows. Ready? Here I go:

  • Prehistoric sharks. (Hey, Shark Week/ Discovery Channel PR people? You totally dropped the ball here. Jurassic World came out this summer. People are LOVING dinosaurs right now. They're hot. My daughter would have loved a show about sharks/shark types that were alive with dinosaurs and what dinosaurs they would have eaten. You could have possibly even done some promo with Jurassic World. How cool would that have been?)
  • Has global warming affected sharks and their habitat? We hear more and more about bull sharks farther up rivers. Have they always been there? Or is this a new development?
  • What about baby sharks? Where do all of the little baby sharks live? What do they eat? Where are do they hide and for how long?
  • What about animals that sharks are wary of? Can dolphins really kill a shark? Would they protect people? What about orcas? Will they hunt sharks?
  • I'm sure I can come up with more ideas. Those only took me like five minutes.

If you ever want talk ideas, hit me up. ;) Seriously, I just love Shark Week. But can we save the mock-umentaries for another time? You know what was an awesome *documentary*? The one about the giant squid. I still watch it when it comes on t.v. (Yeah, I'm a dork, but the good kind of dork.)

So, I guess the main point of this post is that I want to see more of the awesomeness that is nature and less of the trumped up fake shows.

Now, excuse me while I go make sure that my snacks are lined up and my schedule is cleared for next week.

This looks like my toothy grin
as I prepare for my favorite
week of the summer.
P.S. Readers, please be careful if you decide to go swimming in North Carolina. Maybe Shark Week can tell us what's up with that. ;) Also, avoid swimming on Tybee Island or Hilton Head Island--There is a warning about bacteria in the water. Just an FYI.

My (late) RT recap (and lots of pictures)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I know that everyone has already done their recap of the awesomness that is the RT Convention.

You guys, it was SO much fun. So. Much. Fun.

And I was completely exhausted afterward. My flight home was delayed (waah) and I missed my connection. Then I got home and immediately slipped into mommy mode because my munchkin graduated kindergarten. Myyyy baaaabbbyyyy is growing up too fast!

But you want to hear about all he fabulous things at RT, so prepare yourself for pictures. I feel like I didn't take enough last year, so worked to make up for it this year.

These are from my panel on Wednesday morning. I was so nervous but I loved having these ladies sitting with me, chatting about the things I loved. I don't think I did too terrible, despite being incredibly nervous.

I also had the privilege of being on a panel with my rock star agent Rebecca Friedman and fantastic publicist KP Simmon of InkslingerPR.

I also had the chance to hang out with some of my favorite people.
(Below is my awesome sister (glasses) and brilliant Elizabeth Hunter.)

The delightful Tammara Webber! 
My sister and the gorgeous EL James.

And I *FINALLY* had the chance to see Killian McRae in person.

One of the highlights of the trip? Dinner at Mortons with Tammara Webber, Ruth Clampett, Daisy Prescott, Colleen Hoover, EL James, Colleen Hoover, Murphy Rae, Vilma Gomez, Killian McRae, and my fantastic sister Becki Perkins.(<--- a="" business="" consultation="" for="" is="" p="" starting="" who="" wildlife="" writers="">
Another of my favorite parts of RT is the giant Avon Book signing. Tons and I do mean tons of FREE books.
Before the chaos of the signing!

All the people! I was so happy to see and meet everyone that came to my table.

Oh, and I got to meet MEG FREAKING CABOT!
And yes, we're both wearing tiaras.

The giant RT book fair. Whoa. The amount of people was insane. INSANE.

Oh. And this happened again. Only this time I got to share the moment with my sister.
For those of you that don't know, Tamora Pierce is one of my literary heroes. And I got to see her! She was on a panel before one of mine and I spoke to her. Probably something stupid, if I managed to speak English at all. Then again at the giant book fair I had the chance to grab a picture with her and I don't look like I was crying. (Unlike last years.)

In other words, RT was freaking fantastic. I'm so glad I had the privilege of attending RT while meeting so many readers and friends and making new ones. Such a great trip. And I wouldn't have traded any of it for anything. <3 p="">

If you saw me at RT I'd love to see any pictures you took.

Sending love!

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