Archive for November, 2010

Tacoma Tonight

November 30, 2010 - 6:52 pm No Comments

Today – 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library – I will be there, attempting to be entertaining! I’ve never been to this particular library before, though I’m looking forward to it; and I’m looking forward to seeing all you readers who might be persuaded to show up despite the (frankly kind of awful) weather.

Or maybe it’s waaaaay different in Tacoma. But here in Seattle it’s windy and messy, and I’ll drive through it – you just watch me.

It is my intention to leave at 5:00, which might seem like overkill … but there’s a huge spread when it comes to how long it takes to get between these two cities. I’ve made the drive in as little as thirty minutes, and as much as 2-1/2 hours. Since I’m leaving around rush hour, I’m planning for something close to the worst. If it turns out that I’ve been overly cautious, that’s okay – I’ll find a Taco Bell and make myself comfortable until showtime.

See you tonight!

Advance Warning: Tacoma

November 24, 2010 - 9:51 pm No Comments

The holidays are upon us (at least, the first of the two big winter jobbies) and I’m eyeballs deep in work – so no, I’m not being super-great about maintaining my blog-type duties. My apologies! But Hellbent won’t revise itself, and nor will this Thanksgiving meal come together unattended. Such is life.

However, I do want to give an advance heads-up regarding my very last public event this year. That’s right, folks – just one more left! And after that, there’s nothing on my docket until the end of January. Then, of course, the whole book promotion hoopla begins anew. At present, I have events pending for January (Detroit), February (Houston), March (Tuscon, San Francisco), April (Oklahoma City, Atlanta), and May (D.C., Phoenix). So as you can see, I’m totally taking it easy in 2011.*

But first, there’s this final appearance at the Tacoma Public Library on November 30th, at 7:00 p.m.

Though this is not technically a bookstore event, books will be available for sale – courtesy of Garfield Books (or so I am told). So if you’re in the neighborhood, and if you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, I sure could use some awesomely signed and personalized books for holiday gift-giving …” well then. You know where to find me!

* Hardy har har, yes I know – and never mind the local events that are lining up. But believe it or not, I’ve already turned down 5 other out-of-state events for 2011, so I’m actually quite serious. I’m trying to keep my schedule a little more open next year – while still hitting up some of the cities I’ve missed thus far.

Richmond, VA – At the Fountain Bookstore

November 14, 2010 - 5:05 pm No Comments

Tuesday, November 16th – come out and catch me at The Fountain Bookstore (1312 E. Cary St., Historic Shockoe Slip, Richmond). Reading, Q&A, and general chatter on my part begins at 6:30 p.m., and of course I’ll sign your stuff and answer all your pressing zombie science queries.

While I’m there, I’ll also be appearing on your local CBS affiliate, CBS 6 WTVR, though whether I’ll be live in the morning or they’re taping a piece for later, I couldn’t say. All I know is that I’m showing up very, very early (for me, on West Coast time) and I shall try to hide the fact that I won’t yet be so much awake.*

So, yes – tomorrow bright and early I’ll be flying out, and then I’ll be back on Wednesday night, in order to get ready for SteamCon, which is this coming weekend. No rest for the wicked, or so they tell me … but at least SteamCon is more or less here in town.

* My ride is picking me up at 7:50 a.m. Knock three hours off of that, and that’s what time I have to be out of bed and TV-ready.

Madison or Bust!

November 3, 2010 - 10:39 pm No Comments

Heads up, Wisconsin for I AM INCOMING, oh yes. My main event out in that fine land of dairy products and other assorted varieties of awesome: TeslaCon. The very first of its kind, actually. I am rather stoked, I don’t mind telling you! A weekend of dressing up and goofing off in steampunkland? Yes, please!

But also – while I’m in the area, the organizers of this event have kindly partnered with a local B&N and Borders, both of which I will be visiting during my time in your cheese-producing midst. (Yes, I know that there is much more to be found in Wisconsin than cheese, but I really freaking love cheese.)

These will be public events, not affiliated with the convention – so you do not have to be a participant at Teslacon in order to show up, hang out, get your stuff signed, and hear some corny jokes from yours truly. As follows:

    Friday, November 5th – Barnes & Noble – East Towne Mall location, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Yes, that’s earlier than most of my other signings and whatnot, and I do apologize – but the store is working around convention programming.

    Sunday, November 7 – Borders – East Madison location starting at 5:00 p.m. and running ’till whenever. Hopefully, this will allow some of you who are working on Friday to catch me while I’m around.

I am always (and I do mean always) happy to meet readers, and as one of my LJ icons states so bluntly – I will talk with anyone about anything. I am a talker. Furthermore, I am a talker who works at home alone all day, so when I get to actually LEAVE THE HOUSE for convention-type shenanigans, I am usually very wound up about it and very excited to have people to talk to.

[:: imagines husband nodding with undue seriousness ::]

Anyway! Now the time has come for me to do all those tiny travel things that add up to an evening’s worth of work. Printing all pertinent docs, making sure I have all the phone numbers I need, deciding what precisely I’m going to wear so that I can cram my +5 Carry-On of Holding to the limit, charging all electronics, performing pet maintenance, go to the bank, go to Walgreens, and the like.

I will have my laptop in Madison, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for updates. If you’re terribly interested in following my out-of-town shenanigans, Twitter is your best bet. I can send pictures via Twitter, and I rather enjoy doing so.

Thanks for reading, everyone – and I hope to see some of you in Madison later on this week!

Fun and Silly

November 3, 2010 - 6:15 am No Comments

To be filed under “Fun Acts of Frivolity”: If any of my books were ever made into a movie – who would you, the readers, cast? Discuss it here. I’d be interested in hearing/seeing your thoughts.