October 20th, 2011

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a blog post!

Probably a blog post of tiny proportion, because it is dependent on how long Young Indiana naps, but I’m going to make a try for it! :)

NYCC and its surrounds were terrific. I met a lot of readers (and missed a few, which is absolutely tragic, and if you were there and I missed you I’m terribly sorry). Among some of the highlights were my honest-to-God first fan ever, someone who read the teaser chapter for URBAN SHAMAN off Jim Butcher’s website before the book was even out, and who emailed me to say he was looking forward to it, pgwfolc who I did not have nearly enough time talking with! and the lovely woman who came to my Saturday evening signing and, um, was forced to spend the whole hour talking to me. I wouldn’t let her go. :) And lots and lots of others, a lot of whom went to specific trouble to locate me and oh, I’m so happy to have met all of you, that was terrific. <3!

Also very splendid meals with agents, editors and friends (with a particularly grateful look at Laura Anne, who took pity on my "I accidentally walked 12 miles on Thursday and am utterly wrecked" self and took me to a diner in midtown instead of to our previously arranged uptown Turkish meal). A lot of business got discussed and a lot of fun was had, which is pretty ideal, if you ask me. :)

I had two--no, three--celebrity sightings. One was Seth Green, who was walking behind me just as I glanced over my shoulder. Cleverly, I said, "That's Seth Green!" and everybody who was with me said "WHERE" but the crowd had eaten him by then, because he is very small. But cute! And Eliza Dushku was signing at the booth next to mine on Saturday evening, and people kept saying to me, "You're on that side of the table, do you think they'd throw you out if you went over to say hi?" I didn't know, but I didn't try, either. :) She's prettier IRL than on TV, I think. And tiny.

The best and funniest one, though, was the guy who was at the table I was supposed to be at on the Saturday. They were hanging out a bit late, and I wasn't going to be pushy and chase them off, but Kirby, who was like #1 Entourage Lad, TOTALLY DID. It was some guy from 30 Rock, a recurring character, and Kirby was all like "This is the new talent, all y'all get outta here," and they apologized (and the actor fella shook my hand), and Kirby got to tell him he enjoyed his work, and then chased them away. It was awesome. :)

I totally had an entourage. Kirby, Mary Anne, Spidey & Lei Ann all basically came up to hang out with me (though Lei Ann had the good sense to go get pictures with, like, Jason Momoa and stuff instead of just hanging out with me), so I had People, and the People actually went and did stuff for me, which was really kind of awesome. :) And it was great to have people to hang out with when I wasn't on duty and was just walking the floor, and they all totally understood that if business erupted they should step away for a bit, and did just that, so it was about as great as it could get.

I didn't see Belle Chere, which is too bad, but I got a bunch of pictures of cosplayers (including an *awesome* Tenth Doctor), and I’ll get them posted…as soon as I can. :) There were a few other people I also didn’t manage to connect with, but I *tried*.

*laughs* I don’t know how many pictures of me got taken that wold emphasize this, but my friend Mary Anne, after seeing me on a panel with my Rogue stripe and hair up in a pony tail and all, said, “…actually you know, you kinda look like Anna Paquin for real!” Which I’d heard before and then heard again over the weekend, but Mary Anne’s known me forever, so hearing it from her particularly was nifty. :) (I don’t really look like Anna Paquin, but I do sort of. She’s got much more jaw, but we both have good cheekbones and kind of small features and full mouths and similar noses, so…yeah, there’s a resemblance, and the Rogue thing plays it up.)

This picture, however, does not play it up:

I’m sure there’s a lot I’m failing to write about, but I’m going to close out with saying I have VERY EXCITING NEWS ABOUT ELECTRICITY! and I will be giving more details as soon as, um, as soon as I’ve talked to Fred a bit about it, but VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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dissolving day

This day’s plans have been sort of dissolving from the get-go. I checked email (or at lest Twitter) this morning and in the course of doing so experienced a catastrophic hard drive failure on my netboo from which I have not yet been able to recover. This would be vastly more upsetting if I didn’t have a pretty up-to-date Dropbox backup and a reasonable amount of confidence that I haven’t lost anything irreplaceable. Let’s hear it for off-site storage. o.O Now I’m blogging from Ted’s Asus tablet, which I am totally unfamiiar with and keep making tyops, but at least Ive got net while the baby naps. :)

The part where we brought books to Title Wave in exchange for tiny amounts of cash worked pretty well. More cash would have been nice, but, well, realistically these books have been in storage for six years and a few quid is nicer than nothing. Their new policy meant we didn’t get to bring all of the books in, but we only ended up with about half a box we couldn’t trade in, so that mostly worked.

We also brought a large amount of 2nd Edition D&D stuf to the comic shop, where, if we’re lucky, they’ll give us tiny amounts of cash for it and at least take the rest away. Right now we’re quite big on Just Take It Away.

Sadly, the part where we met family for lunch fell apart entirely. Turnagain Pass was, I suspect, very bad, and my cousin was still an hour outside of Anchorage (which her sister in Portland called the Bear’s Tooth to tell us, because we had no other way to get hold of each other: ah, isn’t living in the future grand? :)) at the point Young Indiana was turning into a I-need-a-nap pumpkin, the knock-on effects of which more or less obliterate dinner plans beause of late lunches and rescheduled meet-ups with family. OTOH, said family may be taking the literally thousands of comics back to Kenai with them, where they can be enjoyed by all the nieces and nephews and various and sundry, which is a much more pleasing fate than donating or dumping them. Ted got into comics as a kid because somebody gave them a giant drawer full to read, and he’d love to pass it on down the line. So would I, for that matter. :)

Also last night we failed to meet up with other friend for dinner, which is basically making us say we really need to get down to Anchorge for just a purely social visit. We have terribly faint hope of coming over nezt summer, since here will be over-the-pole flights, but we may have to sell a kidney or two to afford it so possibly not. :)

Oh! and I forgot the Total Fail from B&N this morning.

So we went over to see if Barne & Noble in nchorage would like me to sign stock. I went and got a copy of WAYFINDER and went to theinfo des and aid “this is me, want me to sign books?” and the kid behind the desk looked panicked and called somebody else and said I wanted to set u a signing (“No,” I said, “I’m just offering to sign stock.”) and after a minute got off the phone and said I’d have to talk to their community relations manager, and he tried to give me her email address because she wasn’t in. “No,” I said, “I’m only in town for a few minutes, really, and I know she doent answer that email as I’ve tried contacting her through it a number of times.” The kid looked flustered and I said forget it, because really, if they have to get a PR person to okay signing books, that’s just sort of way beyond worth it for me.

(But if you’re wondering why there wasn’t a signing at the Anchorage B&N, that’s why: we’ve been tryin for months to get one set up, and no one would respond. When we got the Facebook event page set up for the one in Fairbanks, an Anchorage B&N employee said “I wish that was at my store!”, and throughher we actually managed to get a response from the community relations person, which was “We need 1-2 months advance notice to set up an event like that.” At that point we were like “….”)

Anyway, so it’s been sort of a strange day, and it appears that this trip to Anchorage is really not about the socializing. Ah well! :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)