Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fan Art

I like to check Deviant Art sometimes to see what people have drawn based on my books. Here are some I've found recently. If YOU have a drawing, you can always send it directly to me!! :) I love to get them!

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi by ~BlueFireFoxChibi on deviantART

Gamer girl cover by ~Darkness-Rakiri on deviantART

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More Romantic Times Convention

A couple more pics from the Romantic Times Convention in Orlando.

What romance book covers looked like in the eighties. Ew!! Mustache!!

ME - as RAYNIE THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!! w00t!!! (With and without mask...)

Staking author Leanna Hieber as she attempts to do her edits.

Texting fairies

Back from the Romantic Times Convention

I'm back from the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention where I spent a week hanging out with readers and writers - giving workshops and going to costume parties. So much fun! Plus it was in Orlando so the weather was amazing! Got to go swimming and on my last day I went to Disney World! w00t!

I'm waiting for my friend Liz to post pics so I'll have more to show you. Here's a couple I found from other people's sites. The first is me and Liz dressed as gothic lolita fairies. (Everyone thought I was a french maid though!)

And here's me - much more conservatively dressed! - at the booksigning.

I moderated the Young Adult Writing Panel and had some terrific panelists. Melissa Marr, Rachel Vincent, Stacey Kade, Jennifer Lynne Barnes, Lucienne Diver, and Caitlin Kittredge. I love when I am on panels where I learn something myself!

There was also a great urban fantasy panel I participated in, moderated by Richelle Mead of Vampire Academy fame. She is so pretty - I love her red hair! It was a fun panel as well.

Speaking of hair, Caitlin Kittredge had amazing pink streaks in hers. Which was completely awesome. She's working on a Steampunk book for teens - can't wait for that!

Melissa Marr told me when she grew up she wanted to dress just like me. Which was funny since a few hours before I said to my friend, "When I grow up I want to write just like Melissa Marr." I think she has a better chance of my wardrobe than I do of equaling her literary prowess, but oh well. She was so nice and interesting and smart. I would have loved to take her class back when she was teaching. I'm reading her third fairy book - Fragile Eternity - now. If you haven't started reading this series, you really should!

More to come soon...including video!!! :) For now, I'm exhausted and glad to be home! Still - I can't wait for next year!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Went hiking yesterday up by Cold Spring, NY. It was a 5.9 loop that followed the Three Lakes trail and part of the Appalachian Mountain Trail. It was a decent hike, but I think if I did it a second time, I'd do it backwards. The first part was very beautiful, with a nice large lake to sit by and let Molly swim in. The second part was more hilly and rocky and less scenic. You don't want your major climb to be at the end of your hike. But in all, it was very nice - beautiful weather, too! Couldn't ask for a better day. Molly got very muddy so we gave her a bath afterwards. She wasn't thrilled.

We got home and ordered pizza (Jacob gets his with no cheese!) and watched Return of the Living Dead Part 3, which was actually a decent horror movie. Much better than the first two, which tried to be funny and ended up just being silly/cheesy. It's okay if horror movies are unintentionally funny cause they're just so bad - but when they TRY to make them funny, they just fall flat. With the exception of Shaun of the Dead. That was truly funny. Oh and Evil Dead is pretty funny, too. In any case, we're going through all the zombie films because I'm currently writing a zombie story for a romantic comedy anthology called "My Zombie Valentine" which will be out in January. My story takes place on the set of a zombie film.

It's supposed to be yucky and overcast today - I guess we get only one day of good weather at a time. At least I'm going to Orlando on Tuesday for the Romantic Times Convention. Of course you know the second I get there, the weather in New York will get nice. That's always how it happens. But hey, then at least Jacob can benefit!


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eileen Fulton

Also wanted to post this Eileen Fulton of As the World Turns segment I did for Better TV, as I talked about it before. Got to love the old time soap clips!

Weekly wrap-up

Sorry for the lack of blog updates. I think my twitter obsession is making blogging feel like a chore. I mean, why write a whole post when I can just update with a one-liner on Twitter? Which reminds me, I'm mariannemancusi on Twitter if you want to follow me. :)

For those of you following old skool style on the blog, here's my week in a nutshell.

Easter - good. Bought a honey baked ham and brought it to Chris's for dinner. For the record, I don't like ham. But I know everyone else does and so I made the ham sacrifice. I filled up on delicious potatoes and vegetables and two helpings of ice cream sundaes so don't feel bad for me! :)

Tuesday I shot a segment at Rosa Mexicano on Cinco de Mayo food and drinks. Yum! They made some Ceviche with tuna that was extremely delish! I love that place - Jacob and I last went there for Valentine's Day. Dying to go back already!

Tuesday night I met up with Leanna and we went to Vynl - this hipster diner on the west side that features classic musical memorabilia. The menus are made out of old record covers and the bathrooms are shrines to various musicians like Elvis or Boy George. (They even play a song by the featured musician in the stall!)

Tuesday was the only night I didn't go to the gym, by the way. Have turned into a regular gym rat with the fitness center right downstairs from my apartment. I ran five miles on Monday! Signed up for a 5k race in June through my company, too.

Jacob's been going to the gym with me too. Except for last night, after him and his friends had a contest as to who could eat a triple king Fatburger the fastest. That's 1.5 pounds of hamburger, people! Jacob got third place and was kind of ill the rest of the evening. I feel sick even thinking about it!

This weekend we're going to try to go hiking up in the Cold Spring area on Saturday since we FINALLY have some good weather on the way!! It's supposed to be 70 and sunny. Fingers crossed! Molly will definitely enjoy a romp in the woods.

Speaking of Molly, she's been a vast help at devouring the leftover honey baked ham. I guess I owe her one!

That's about all for now! I'll try to post again soon!


Friday, April 10, 2009


And it's good. ;-)

Been a busy week, but what else is new, right? I've also been working out a storm these last few weeks. Doing five workouts a week down in my apartment's fitness center. Today I went and took a spin class at lunch at Equinox. Man, my thighs are jello now! Makes me realize I need to not cross-train a bit more.

Today I'm participating in a makeover segment for my show. Going to get my hair cut and colored. And guess what? I'm totally chopping it all off. I'm sick of long hair and need a change. Will post some pics when it's done.

Things have been going swimmingly for The Camelot Code 3.0 - my agent says it's my best work yet! It's a challenge, that's for sure, but I'm feeling good about it - learning a lot! It's funny - some books are so easy to write and some are just bears. This is a bear. A grizzly. But it may just end up being my best book. Yay!

Less than two weeks for the RT Convetion in Orlando. Can not WAIT. Not only do I love the RT convention, but I love my friends who live in Orlando even more.

That's about all for now - wish me luck on the haircut!! :)

HAPPY EASTER! May the Easter bunny bring you lots of peeps! (He already sent me some in the mail!! Thank you Easter Bunny!!!)


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Just ordered this Gothic Lolita dress...

For the RT Convention. Most likely will wear it to the vampire party.

You like? Will post pics of me actually wearing it when I get to the con.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Dog Abuse

This makes me LOL.

Friday, April 03, 2009

As the World Turns

Today I got the special treat of interviewing Eileen Fulton who has played bad girl Lisa on the As the World Turns soap for nearly fifty years. Eileen lives in a gorgeous apartment on the Upper East Side and insisted we have tea and cookies before we began our shoot. (Which was absolutely fine with my cameraman and I!)

She told tales of what it was like in the old days of soaps where married couples had to sleep in twin beds and you couldn't say the word "pregnant" on the air. (She threatened to say it once - insisting her character wouldn't say "since I'm with Bob's child" when talking to her on-screen mother in real life. She got the suits all in a fuss - remember it was live TV back then! - and it could have gotten them taken off air.) She also talked about how fans, especially back in the early days, couldn't recognize that the actors weren't actually their characters in real life and how that led to her getting punched in the face by a woman in a Chanel suit who didn't like Lisa's bad girl antics.

Anyway, it was fascinating to hear her stories - many of which were similar to those I've heard in the past from my own step-grandmother, Kathryn Hays, who incidentally has also been on As the World Turns for more than thirty-five years.


It's sad to think that soaps are a dying institution (Guiding Light being the latest casualty) and the cheaper reality TV is fast taking their place. I guess why bother paying writers for storylines when you can just point a camera at someone and they'll conjure up real life, unscripted drama at the drop of a hat. Yet, there was a certain glamour to the soaps that is not easily replicated by reality stars and I hope someday things will turn around again and make them relevent to a new generation.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Gamer Girl in Associated Press article!

Gamer Girl got a nice mention in an AP article today on Scholastic Book Fairs. Pretty cool!

You can read the whole article here. But here's the blurb for my part:

They purchased Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" novels, the latest "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and Linda Gerber's "Death by Latte," a mystery set in part at a Seattle coffee shop. Ashley Zhang, another seventh grader, bought Mari Mancusi's "Gamer Girl," featuring a lonely high-schooler who becomes a star when playing online games.

"I borrowed it from a friend and thought it was fascinating. I like that it's about a girl who really wants to fit into the world," Zhang says.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Zombie Shoes!!

Megan sent me a link to these! LOVE! I wish they had my size...