Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

You may be surpised to hear this, but Halloween is not my favorite holiday. As someone who dresses up at various events all year long, it sort of seems like amateur hour. Nothing against it, mind you, it's just I like to save my truly unique, creative costumes for bigger events like DragonCon or ComicCon, where people take costuming seriously.

In any case, I pulled this costume off, last minute, with things I already owned. (I have a bit suitcase full of costume items at my apartment.) In case you can't tell, I'm supposed to be a Catholic School Girl cat. ^_^ Figured it was kind of mangaesque.

Sadly, in this photo, you can't see my tail. But check out my Skelanimals skirt! I LOVE the skelanimals!! The hat is something I bought handmade from last year's New York Comic Con. Label says "Boshi-Basiik". It's sooo cute, huh? The shirt belongs to Jacob, as do the rosary beads, from his days in Catholic school.

What did you guys dress up as?

Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rayne's Letter to Vlad!

So turns out Rayne has been busy, while waiting for sister Sunny's BAD BLOOD to come out. She's writtten an open letter to a boy named Vlad, the half-vampire, half-human star of the amazing Heather Brewer series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd. It seems Rayne thinks she's got the perfect solution for Vlad's vampire problems.

Check it out here. Do you think Vlad will respond? What should he say?


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get Goosebumps!

For all you fans of Goosebumps out there, just in time for Halloween, I went to an event at the Scholastic headquarters and got to meet R. L. Stine, creator of the Goosebumps series. (As well as many other fine series!) He was really great - so funny and nice. And he really seems to love his readers.

His advice to those of you who want to become writers? Read a lot and write everyday - even if you're just writing in a journal. Good advice - that would be mine as well! You can't write if you don't read. :)

Here we are together. Notice he's not smiling. That's because he's supposed to be scary!!! :) You can't see him in the picture but right behind him was Slappy the puppet!

Mari Mancusi and R. L. Stine

If you want to check out the webcast I went to, you can do that on the Scholastic website.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Have you applied to join the Blood Coven yet?

I just got a sneak peek of the beautiful Blood Coven Vampire in Training membership cards! Have you signed up to join the Blood Coven yet to get yours?? You can do so online at

Tell Lord Magnus I sent you.


Monday, October 19, 2009


All this lovely wedding talk makes me want to post something completely gross and disgusting! And since I'm off to see Zombieland at the movies tonight, what better than to post a photo of me dressed up as ZOMBIE BO PEEP from DragonCon. Yes, I found my sheep and ate their brains!! MWAHAHHAA.

Scared? You should be!! :)

I love zombies. I've written two Zombie stories. A post-appocalyptic pilgramage to a zombie-infested Disney World called RAZOR GIRL and a story called ZOMBIEWOOD CONFIDENTIAL for an upcoming anthology called "MY ZOMBIE VALENTINE."



My Zombie Valentine

Razor Girl came out last summer. My Zombie Valentine is out in January!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The brand new Blood Coven website!!!

I've been waiting for this day for a while now! I have a gorgeous new Blood Coven website launching today! It was designed by the amazing Kim Ku - web diva extraordinaire.

There's lots of info and downloads and othe fun stuff. Including a Bad Blood countdown like I have on this blog. So go check it out!!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Or something more princessy?

Here's another wedding dress option. It's much more fancy than the first one I posted. It's also more fitted and the skirt is fuller. On one hand, I'd LOVE to feel like a princess and I'm sure this dress would do it. On the other, it's Texas, outside and hot. Is this too formal?


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Another wedding poll

You guys had great thoughts on wedding cakes so here's round #2.

Yay or nay to this dress?

The reasons I like it: It's simple but classy. My wedding is going to be outdoors so I need something light and breathable, unlike a big fancy ballgown you might get if you were getting married in a cathedral. Also I like lace rather than satin because I think it looks more vintage--almost victorian. I might even go for ivory instead of white if I got this one.

Thoughts? :)


Need a Favor!!

Hey guys -

If you got a second, can you go post a comment over on my YouTube video page? Tell readers you like the Blood Coven series!!! And if you have YouTube accounts - plz plz favorite and add to your page!!! I'm trying to spread the word before the re-releases and Bad Blood comes out!!!

Thanks -- you guys rock!

xoxo MARI