If I had to make a guess, I’d say that I’ve done over 200 signings since The Name of The Wind was first published back in 2007.
Maybe more. Maybe 250 or so.
I’ve done them in libraries and bookstores. At conventions and universities. I’ve done them in at least seven different countries.
I’ve done events where three people showed up (two of whom were friends) and I’ve done events where 900 people showed up.
And honestly? I’ve enjoyed them all. Big or small. Cosy or Chaotic. I really like getting together with my readers and hanging out. Because the vast, vast majority of my readers are genuinely cool people.
Every event has something that makes it unique. Some reader that was exceptionally kind, or a venue that was exceptionally cool, or a question that was particularly fun or insightful. Many times it’s all three of these.
And every time something like this happens, I think to myself, “I’m going to have to tell folks about this on my blog…”
But I rarely do. What usually happens is that after the signing, I’m exhausted. Then the next day, I’m either traveling, or segueing straight into a convention. Then after that I have to catch up on my e-mail and sleep and spend some time with my boy….
And by the time I’m caught up again, it’s usually been several days and I’m tangled up in another project, doing writing, or otherwise busy.
But last night I had another signing in Kansas at Mysteryscape, and some fun things happened, and I had a few spare hours today before ConQuesT kicks off, so I’ve decided to share a couple stories…
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The first of these stories isn’t from last night though. It’s from earlier this month in Little Rock, when I did a reading at Heifer International’s headquarters.
After a couple hours of signing, a pair of young women came to the front of the line. They said, “We knew we couldn’t match wits with you, so we decided to match beards instead.”
Then they pulled out beards they had knitted, and put them on.
Here we all are, stroking our respective beards thoughtfully…
They were even kind enough to give me one of the beards as a gift, so I could take it home and give it to Oot.
I honestly don’t know what to make of his expression here. He looks a little dolorous, which is only appropriate for a dwarf, I guess. Sarah, who took the picture, assured me that he thought it was really cool.
I think we’re going to be wearing that a lot this upcoming winter….
The second story is a familiar theme with an unexpected twist….
One of the things I hear a lot from people is how they found my book, or how they’ve shared it with other people.
This always warms my bitter old heart, not just because I like selling more books, (though I do) but because reccomending a book to a friend is one of the most sincere forms of flattery there is. If you read someone I wrote and like it enough to tell a friend, that means I’ve done something right. That means more to me than any sort of professional review….
So last night, someone got to the front of the line and they didn’t just tell me how word of my book had been spread around their circle of friends, they *showed* me…..
Nobody’s ever done this before…. and it was really cool to see how one person liking a book and talking about it can start a sort of avalanche. And it’s also fun to notice things like the fact that everyone seems to have teamed up on Timothy over on the left side there….
Even cooler was the fact that these folks showed up en mass and we all got to do a picture together. Here’s the one where I said, “Let’s do Crazy Eyes.”
You should really click this to embiggen it, if for no other reason than to see the little girl sitting next to me. She’s *into* it.
Lastly, some lovely folks noticed a facebook post a while back where I commented on how I liked some photgraphy tricks people were doing.
So they came out and helped me do some of my own….
I lost a little power because my heel came up, but generally speaking, I think this is pretty good for my first Hadouken.
The force choke comes at little more naturally to me. I worry what that might signify….
That’s all for now, folks.
P.S. I haven’t had time to write up a properly detailed blog about our kickstarter yet. But I thought I’d put a link up here now, as the limited edition decks are selling out pretty fast….