hello and good morning to you. it’s another day of working on Love You to Death — Season 2 for me, which involves such difficult difficult tasks as thinking long and hard about TVD, reading and watching cast interviews for interesting tidbits I may have missed first time round, and watching such films as Brigadoon! High fives to those of you who know why I would watch Brigadoon for a book on The Vampire Diaries. Fun fact: leaving Brigadoon out of the first book was made my stomach turn when I realized I’d forgotten it. (I was surprised my Amazon.com reviews aren’t all, “But what about Brigadooooon?” jokes.) It’ll be a sentence or two, max, on the movie but there is a reason to include it! And Love You to Death 2 will be Brigadooned up.
As some of y’all already know, I made my first trip to Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend for the first ever EyeCon Vampire Diaries convention. And gods willing it will be the last EyeCon convention ever. There are a gabillion reviews of how effed up it was that you can read (I think I’ve spent approx 900 hours reading them this week); to get a very good idea of my personal experience, read Vee’s at Vampire-Diaries.net. (We were table-mates in the vendor room; I am one of the ‘grumpy girls.’)
The trip was far from a bust, though. I’d really recommend attending some sort of fan convention in the future, but I’d just be more careful about checking into who’s organizing it.
Here’s the other thing I learned this weekend (which may actually motivate me into the world of online dating in the not-too-distant future): the people I’ve met online who are flipping awesome, hilarious, and clever are even more so in real life. It was so wonderful to meet my Twitter pals and make new ones. Thank you so much to everyone who came by the table to say hi, who bought a book or brought their copy with them, and who wanted one of our posters. It was so encouraging to meet you!
It was also inspiring and heartwarming to see Vampire Support in action — I picked up a Team Caroline bracelet from their table, the money from which will got to organizations that promote Lyme disease awareness — and their Activist t-shirts were the unofficial uniform of attendees. Check out Chloe’s interviews with Michael Trevino and Ian Somerhalder and the Canvas Warriors/Vampire Stalkers auction of pimped-out Chuck Taylors.
The day after EyeCon, Sarah D and I traveled to Mystic Falls a.k.a. Covington, GA, to take the Mystic Falls Tours with Jess of the VRO, Vampire Stalkers, and Vampire Support fame. We arrived early and I nearly collapsed with joy when I saw the clock tower. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but a glimpse of the dreamy TVD actors didn’t make me swoon — the Mystic Falls town square did. It was very cool to stand in front of the Grill or to wander around and be like, Oh hey that’s where Caroline and Matt had their epic kiss after the Decade Dance. Jess is an amazing tour guide — she knows tons of details about the filming and has hilarious stories from her set “stalking” experiences. We got to wander around the Lockwood estate — the owner of that property is just about the nicest man ever; he protected us from Steven the Swan, a BAMF if ever there was one — and we saw some locations from upcoming episodes. (Oh yes — be warned, spoilerphobes: you’ll likely hear things that you can never un-hear.) I’ve posted some of my pics on Facebook for y’all to see. If ever you’re in Atlanta, or even the state of Georgia, the Mystic Falls Tour is a must.
And Covington itself is charming as can be: you can have coffee at the Square Perk afterward (free wifi!). Other recommendation: sandwiches at Plain Nuts (apparently they also cater weddings, etc.). At the Covington Visitors Center, there is a hilarious plywood stand-up of “Damon” as well as other fun memorabilia from the various movies/shows that filmed in Covington over the years — and some excellent postcards for sale.
May the next Vampire Diaries convention feature the genius women of the show.