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So I've been using Livejournal since it first came to be, but I haven't been here much lately since my Twitter is my lazy substitute for blogging.

But IMDB refuses to list my Twitter account on my IMDB Profile Page unless I also list a blog RSS feed link to go with it. I have a very hard time believing that all the actors that have IMDB pages also link to their blogs, but whatevs.

I'm not sure I'll be blogging here much since most of my fellow bloggers blog on their own web pages, or on their company's community areas, or Facebook, or pretty much EVERYWHERE but poor old Livejournal. But I promise to pop in here everyone once in awhile to dust out the cobwebs and say hello.
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Me talking about mean girls, Goth geese, Meow Mix, shag carpet and minty grasshoppers
at Writers With Drinks at The Make Out Room in San Francisco - Sept. 11, 2010.

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Do you see the puppet-potential in old socks? Wondering what to do with all your tattered Star Wars T-shirts? Get out your Force-sensitive scissors for The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton, coming out later this year from Del Rey.

What began in 2004 as a regular crafts feature on is now a book. While fans might recognize some crafts from, the book is also jam-packed full of brand new projects that cater to both beginners and advanced Jawa-level crafters. The book features fully-detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos for each craft.

While this book won't show fans how to make a working Death Star, the book does include tutorials on how to make Star Wars art, puppets, dolls, pet toys, stationary, holiday decorations, scarves, house wares, jewelry, journals, planters, working volcanoes and more. Most supplies in the book can be found in any craft store, around the house, outdoors and even the recycling bin. There are handy tips throughout on how to get the most out of crafting, as well as interviews with other fans that have made their own crafts that would impress even Darth Vader.

"One of my goals for this book is to inspire fans to see craft projects in items they would normally throw away," author Bonnie Burton explains. "A holey sock gets a new life as a Wookiee puppet. Shrunken sweaters become coffee cup cozies. Strips of newspaper become an area creature from Attack of the Clones. An empty oatmeal container becomes a R2-D2 pinhole camera. An extra-large Star Wars T-shirt at the bottom of the closet can finally be useful as a tote bag. Once you know how to make something ordinary into something special, crafty inspiration will follow you everywhere."

Some of the crafts in the book include Jabba the Hutt Body Pillow, Hammerhead Sock Doll, Admiral Sackbar Puppet, Creature Plates, Mounted Acklay Head, Bith Band Spoon Puppets, Bossk Bean Portrait, Star Wars T-shirt Blanket, Felt Bantha, Washcloth Wampa, Wookiee Birdhouse, Emperor Apple Doll, Space Slug Door Draft Blocker, Action Figure Wreath, Bounty Hunter Guitar Strap, Chewbacca Velvet Painting, Ewok Fleece Hat, Jedi Wrist Cuffs, Jawa Sand Painting and many more!

Read the full story here:
First Look: Star Wars Craft Book
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Kid Test Labs Review Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars

This video MADE MY YEAR! The parents and kids at Kid Test Labs shot a video reviewing my new book (illustrated by Grant Gould) Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars published by Klutz Books. The video interviews various kids as they attempt to draw everything from General Grievous to battle droids using the tutorials and tracing pages.

Seriously, how cool is it that actual kids went through my book with their parents to show them how to use it, and why the tutorials improved their drawing skills!? I'm very flattered they took the time to test out the book from cover to cover, and their suggestions and thoughts really meant a lot to me.

I especially liked that one kid decided to draw a fairy princess General Grievous, complete with gnomes! Most impressive!

Thanks young Padawans!

Read the full review here:
Getting Klutzy Wit It
(via Kid Test labs)
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My Next Book Announced: Generation Star Wars

News about my next book has finally been made public! I can't wait to promote it once we're done writing it. My co-workers and good friends Mary Franklin and Pete Vilmur (who are Star Wars experts in their own rights) are writing the book with me. So far it's been fun interviewing fans about their experiences, showing off all the different costuming groups, droid makers, online bloggers, podcasters, celeb fans and more. We're excited to put the book, and quite frankly a book celebrating the passionate fans who make the Star Wars community special and fun is LONG overdue. I hope you all like it when it comes out!
In the history of popular culture no community of fans has endured as Star Wars fans have endured -- not simply surviving, but thriving for more than 30 years. When the first Star Wars movie opened in theaters in 1977 it inspired a loyal following that has grown far beyond a Sci-Fi flick fad.

Star Wars fandom is a worldwide phenomenon made up of generations of kindred spirits who share the stories, comics, costumes, games, and even the experience of waiting in line for the next event. They are celebrities and rock stars. They are politicians, artists, teachers, scientists, parents, and writers. What is more, their generous acts of charity, creativity, and community service, all in the name of their shared passion, are legendary.

In the forthcoming Generation Star Wars book, authors Bonnie Burton, Mary Franklin, and Pete Vilmur, employees of Lucasfilm with unique access to fandom and its history, reveal insights into a group of individuals you might have thought you understood. Far more than fanboys and fangirls, Generation Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with, and a force to enjoy. The book is scheduled for release from Del Rey next summer.

Full article here:
Coming 2010: A Celebration of Generation Star Wars
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Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer

When you draw R2-D2, does he look more like a watermelon on roller skates than a cool droid? Does the Yoda you see in your head look nothing like the green blob that ends up on paper? Don't go to the dark side yet! Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook -- Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- from Klutz.

Written by the editors of Klutz and Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton, and illustrated by Star Wars artist Grant Gould, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap.

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars hits stores in October 2009.
Here's the trailer to Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Enjoy!

WATCH VIDEO: Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars Book Trailer

Read more about the book here:
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First Look Inside My New Book: Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars

When you draw R2-D2, does he look more like a watermelon on roller skates than a cool droid? Does the Yoda you see in your head look nothing like the green blob that ends up on paper? Don't go to the dark side yet! Learn to draw like a Jedi Master with this hands-on workbook -- Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- from Klutz.

Written by the editors of Klutz and Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton, and illustrated by Star Wars artist Grant Gould, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars is packed with tips and techniques, practice space to draw right in the book, and translucent overlays that make tracing a snap.

Master the art of drawing from within -- beginning with stick figures, then on to basic shapes, and finishing with details. Learn to draw 20 different Clone Wars characters, including C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, and others.

The book comes with everything you need, including a black marker, double-tipped metallic colored pencils, and an always-sharp mechanical pencil. Of course, we also include perhaps the most essential tool for any artist -- an eraser; because sometimes even a Jedi Master could use a do-over.

Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars hits stores in October 2009.

Here's a sneak peek inside the Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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Wired mag: GeekDad Blog Reviews my book Girls Against Girls!

Read the interview here:
Girls Against Girls - Figuring It Out with Bonnie Burton
(via Wired: GeekDad Blog)
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TresSugar Blog Reviews My Book Girls Against Girls!

Read the full review here:
Book Bag: Girls Against Girls
(via TresSugar Blog)
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Jezebel gives me a shout out about my book:
Girls Against Girls (via Jezebel)
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Blogcitics review of my new book: Girls Against Girls

The first review of my new book Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change came out and I couldn't be more thrilled. Lisa Solod Warren over at Blogcritics Magazine reviewed my book and said some really nice things about it.

Here's an excerpt:
Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change is sort of a self-help manual for any girl caught up in the cycle of envy, gossip, bitterness, and meanness that grabs hold of most pre-teens and teens as they navigate the waters of puberty. Author Bonnie Burton does a damned good job of weaving common sense, real life situations, good advice, and quotes from artists, rock stars, and writers into an appealing whole that is a very quick read with a lasting impact.

She divides the book into six sections: "Why We Hurt Each Other," "Methods of Our Meanness," "Bearing the Brunt of It," "Calling in Reinforcements," "Stopping the Cycle," and "Teaming Up Instead of Tearing Each Other Down," and at the end she offers a good set of resources. Her "whys" include science (the fact that the teenage brain is still growing, hormones) the way we are raised, and competitiveness; the "methods" include boyfriend stealing, gossiping, the silent treatment; "the brunt" tells you how to cope, if you can; "calling in the reinforcements" tells you what to do if you can't. You get it. It's all spelled out nice and neat, but it’s not pat. Burton has done her homework.

Let the moms and dads read the longer, harder stuff. This book is for their daughters. And I highly recommend that parents buy a copy for each of their girls aged 10 and above. The sooner the better.

Read the full review here:
Book Review: Girls Against Girls - Why We Are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change
(Blogcritics Magazine)
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While some people think of November as a month full of good food and holiday shopping, some of us are hunched over our laptops attempting to write a novel in 30 days. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty started the group to inspire would-be authors to quit talking about writing the next Great American Novel, and just do it. Participants attempt to write 50,000 words of an entirely new novel, with little or no planning -- all in one month!

For those of you who want to be the next J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman this is a great opportunity to work on your writing chops and have a support group of fellow NaNoWriMos to cheer you on. chats with Chris Baty and gets some advice for sci-fi writers who want to try their hand at penning a book in a month.

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Awhile back I wrote a short story about a vampire for the LJ community [ profile] mcgriddlefanfic and wanted to re-post it here just in case the community ever went away...

Bad Taste
By Bonnie Burton


"Dammit, this doesn't help at all!" Henry growled. He spit out the cheap whiskey shot and placed the dirty glass back on the bar with a loud thud.

"Sorry mate, it usually works for your lot, maybe you should give some tequila a go," the bartender smirked from behind the counter.

"Nah, forget it. I'm not much of a drinker anyway," Henry sighed. He never liked the taste of alcohol much before, so he wasn't too optimistic that this would do the trick. Spinning slowly on his bar stool, Henry looked to the back of the bar. Not many patrons at 1 am, but enough to keep him from feeling completely alone. Ever since he left the military, making friends didn't exactly come easily.

"Fancy a little company, love?" Henry didn't bother turning towards the cigarette-coo of the barfly who decided to sit next to him. He smelled her dank lilac perfume the minute he walked in. In fact, the dishelved woman smelled more like death than he did, and that was saying something.

"Sorry, not interested." He got up quickly and walked towards the Men's Room, but the odor from toilets that undoubtedly weren't scrubbed for a few decades, made him turn a sharp left towards the payphone. He walked up to the open wooden booth and closed the door behind him. He sat on the small seat and closed his eyes. The smell of the mahogany wood was calming and for once he could think without hearing the dull murmur of thoughts around him.

Henry fumbled in his pocket for a few coins and decided to pick up the phone and call the only person left he knew who could be of any help -- Morty. Around the 5th ring, a gruff voice answered the phone, then it seemed dropped it and picked it up again.

"What?! Who is this? Whatyawant?" Morty yelled.

"It's me, Henry. Hey, why are you asleep? Aren't you supposed to be out and about, lurking in the shadows and chasing after your prey or something?"

"I just got in a little while ago after a big snack. Didn't realize my dinner date was loaded up on Valium. Man that crap can knock you right out. So what do ya want?"

"Look I'm kinda new at this so I need your advice," Henry started. "I just drank and I can't get this awful taste out of my mouth."

"You're kidding, right?" Morty laughed hard. Henry was anything but amused.
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Restless Hero: Milo Ventimiglia
Geek Monthly - Aug. 2008 issue

Words: Bonnie Burton

As the big-hearted Peter Petrelli, who has the ability to absorb one useful power after another to help his character ultimately save the world in NBC’s hit TV show Heroes, actor Milo Ventimiglia has a habit of immersing himself in a multitude of skills which include acting, directing, writing and publishing, just to name a few.

“Though I can’t fly, bend space and time or heal myself,” Ventimiglia explains on the phone during one of his rare breaks on the Heroes set. Considering how many powers his character has gotten the chance to show off, it begs the question, which skill would Ventimiglia like to have in real life?

“I used to say that I wanted the power of persuasion so I could walk into a foreign country and end a war with just the right words, or if I was so inclined, I could start a war,” Ventimiglia reveals. “But now I go for the practical choice—to be able to control space and time so I could teleport to Orange County and have dinner with my parents, and then pop right back into Los Angeles for a meeting.”

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My profile with Milo Ventimiglia in GEEK Monthly

If you see the August 2008 issue of Geek Monthly, please check out my interview with actor Milo Ventimiglia. We chat about his role as Peter Petrelli on "Heroes," his darker roles in the film Pathology and the upcoming film Game, as well as his new comic book project Rest.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:
"I'm a huge fan of comics; I was raised in that world," Ventimiglia says. "Batman and G.I. Joe comics were favorites of mine, as was the Sub-Mariner -- who was a bit more badass than Aquaman. I suppose I've always been drawn more to anti-hero characters. Exploring the darker side of humanity is something that I always love to do in every character that I play, whether he has the kindest of hearts, like Peter, or a dark, disgusting character like I've had in past films. Getting into that darker side, I'm interested in what is set in motion that makes the character bad. With peter, there's definitely a side that was show in the first season where here's in the future, and he's this kind of hardened warrior who has physically and emotionally been scarred by events and he's not quite likeable. The darker side of Peter is something that is explored this year -- what drives that, what causes him to see things from a shadowed heart. He is a nurturer and giver, and a hopeful kind of character. But to have that darker side, I think, is always so much fun to play with."

You can see a sample of my interview here.

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Photo: Jacob Appelbaum

Awhile back I interviewed BoingBoing co-editor and BoingBoingTV host Xeni Jardin for Geek Monthly magazine. They haven't put the profile up on their blog, so I figured I would here so y'all can read about how rad Xeni truly is!

PROGEEK: Xeni Jardin
(Geek Monthly magazine: Oct. 2007)

Words: Bonnie Burton

Xeni Jardin (pronounced /SHEH-nee zhar-DAN/) isn't your everyday journalist. She's a blonde bombshell superhero with a Wiki-like-brain full of info on computers, emerging technologies, video games, international politics, space travel and truly bizarre web culture. A technology contributor to National Public Radio's "Day to Day" program, a writer for Wired magazine and a regular tech commentator for news networks like CNN, ABC, and Fox News -- Jardin keeps busy jet-setting across the globe for stories worth reading – all with a geeky-cool twist.

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When I first started interviewing bands long, long, LONG ago for my college radio station KUCB and then on TV on Teletunes in Denver, and later for various music magazines and Web sites, I remember being so excited to chat with some of my heroes in music. I had some really amazing conversations with folks from Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, the Decemberists, Legendary Pink Dots, Idaho, Therapy, Catherine Wheel, the Cramps, Primus and so on.

And even when things go wrong (which they often do), I've still managed to turn it around into something worth reading or watching. We didn't have anywhere quiet to video tape, so I interviewed Budgie from Siouxsie and the Banshees in the waiting room of the women's bathroom. When Front 242 ditched me at the computer store so they could upgrade their Macs instead of talking to me, I interviewed the guy who sold them computer parts instead. I interviewed Shonen Knife on TV in the back alley of a concert which would have been fun if they knew English -- but at least I got them to say hello and do the Twist. I made do.

But sadly I've also had some incredibly BAD interviews that couldn't be saved. I've had music icons get mad at me because they couldn't smoke during the TV interview. Blur mocked me -- "Is this your real job?" -- and tried to set fire to the table using candles that had been placed around for "mood lighting" during a power outage. I've had shot glasses of bourbon thrown at my head, been chased around a tour bus by an oversexed punker and been told to stop listening to their music because I was making it uncool by association.
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