I Will Be Your Superman

Reservations are now being taken for the 2004 Somewhere In Time Weekend at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Filmed in 1979, Somewhere In Time, starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, was supposed to be Superman’s transitional role from super hero to super romantic lead. Unfortunately, the film did less than super at the box office, only to find a cult following upon release on cable and video. Nearly 25 years after its original release, this schmaltzy tale of true love and a certain magic penny has a legion of fans who make the annual journey to Grand Hotel in full costume to watch the film, listen to panel discussions and meet members of the SIT cast and crew. Jane Seymour made an appearance at the SIT Weekend in 1999, but no word yet if she’ll be around this year.

When: October 29 - 31, 2004
Where: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
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Don't Fence Me In

Now here's a place where pronouns are obsolete. The Southern Comfort Conference (SoCo) is the largest gathering of transgendered people and those who love them in the United States. Every gender variation is represented and celebrated in this weeklong series of panel discussions and social events for post-, pre- and non-op trans-people. Rooms are booked years in advance for this conference, so get your reservations now for the prime suites.

If you can't make it to Atlanta, but want to gain insight into the transgendered world, seek out the 2001 documentary, Southern Comfort. This remarkable film recorded the last year in the life of gender pioneer Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer, whose only wish was to live long enough to make it to another SoCo.

When: September 29 - October 2, 2004
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
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Love Fool

I suppose I can admit that there was a time when I was around 13 that I believed Judith Krantz novels were the most interesting books ever written. Princess Daisy? Genius! Scruples? Don’t have any! Forget the tame soft porn of Danielle Steele and give me some of that graphic Krantz trash talk! Unfortunately, my mother believed otherwise and took the unprecedented action of forbidding me to possess or obtain any more Judith Krantz books. I never read another romance novel after that.

It's easy to understand why romance fiction outsells most other genres. These books are the literary equivalent of Chinese food: delicious going down and leave you hungry for more an hour later. Most women (and I am safe in assuming that this is the overwhelming audience) read many romance novels and quickly, hence the huge sales, and thus the making of literary General Tso's chicken.

Enterprising and unscrupulous writers (You talkin' to me?) should plan on attending the 24th Annual Romance Writers of America Conference in Dallas to get the inside scoop on cashing in on the romantic delusions of American women. How romantic.

When: July 28 - 31, 2004
Where: Adam’s Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas
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Love Hangover

If annabelle had a travel budget, I’d vote for an all-expense paid trip to check out Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica. Any resort that bills itself as the "Original Party Naked Destination" sounds like a good place to witness the sexual behaviors of Drunken fratboyid and Middleaged divorcée, not to mention Annoying trolliod (of the genus Annoying middleagedtroll).

After observing the mating rituals of drunk and naked specimens, we, the staff of annabelle, would safely ensconce ourselves on the "prude side" of the hotel which is the sparsely populated pool area opposite the "nude side." Though we celebrate nudity in the privacy of our own homes, we burn easily. Scientists say that the elusive Homo sexysecretarius has been seen at this resort, but we resent the implication.

When: Year-round
Where: Hedonism II Resort, Negril, Jamaica
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-Alisa Welch

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