It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get a solid blog up, so I thought I’d remedy that today, especially as there’s some news that’s a little time sensitive….
First and foremost, I’ve got a few readings and Q&As coming up in places I don’t visit very often.
- Charleston, West Virginia
This Saturday (October 29th) I’ll be in West Virginia for the West Virginia Book Festival.
I’m going to be giving a talk on the importance of reading. (Where hopefully I’ll find something to say other than just shouting DUH! really loud.) I’ll also do some Q&A, and then have a signing for everyone who’s interested.
And if that isn’t enough for you, I’ll even be introduced by Justin McElroy, West Virginian and co-host of the awesome podcast “My Brother, My Brother, and Me.” It’s one of my newest loves, and if you don’t listen to it, you should. It is a source of genuine delight.
Here’s all the info for the event itself:
October 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Dr
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
If you’re in the area, come say hi. And if you happen to be in a different area…
- Madison, Wisconsin
Despite the fact that I only live a hundred miles away, I’m doing my first event in Madison in years. Even better, I’ll actually be doing *two* different events, both with some Q&A and books available for purchase, though the first is primarily a reading and Q&A, and the second is primarily a keynote speech.
The first one is next week Thursday…
November 3, 2016 at 5:00 PMReading and Q&AAgriculture Hall, Room 1251450 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
And the second is going to be on Friday night…
MADISON, WINovember 4, 2016 at 7:00 PMTalk and Q&A272 Bascom Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Both events will have books for purchase from A Room of One’s Own, one of my favorite bookstores in Madison. So if you’re all signed-book-wanty, this would be a great place to get one without paying shipping costs from our online store…
For those of you who aren’t in West Virginia OR Wisconsin, there’s some cool internet things I’ve been up to as well….
- Moana Screening in New York
And a couple weeks ago, his happened. For real.
I’ll probably gush about this more in the future. But the short of it is that I got to see an early version of Moana, and it was stunningly good.
More than that. Honestly? I think it might be the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen. Though honestly, with Lin Manuel Miranda involved, that shouldn’t really be a surprise.
Super good, folks. Seriously.
- Podcast: “I’m Not Here to Judge You Chickenf*ckers.”
The most recent episode of Unattended Consequences is up, and it was a pretty good one. We recorded it live at NerdCon: Stories, and the audience did a good job reining us in. We even said some not entirely stupid things.
— Amer. Library Assn. (@ALALibrary) October 15, 2016
Give it a listen if you’re so inclined. And be aware some of the stories I don’t have time to write up on the blog these days end up on the Podcast instead.
And finally, here’s the most time sensitive of the announcements:
- A delightful kickstarter that will help you friendship better.
Yesterday, I agreed to write five cards for Jenn and Trin’s Friendship Postcards Kickstarter Project:
You should really check this out. It’s a wonderful idea. The campaign includes cards like “Wow, that thing you did to your hair is super cool!”, “You make the internet a happier place,” and my favorite, “I said some shitty things (That’s not really how I feel, and I’m sorry.)”
I don’t talk about it a lot on here. But I have a hard time making and maintaining friendships these days. It used to be so easy for me. You just met people, they came over to your house. You watched movies and played games. You were friends.
Then I got published. I got busy. My friends moved away to pursue jobs and relationships. And I wasn’t in college any more. Wasn’t teaching any more. Wasn’t meeting people socially any more. Which means that friends don’t just happen to me any more. Which means… for about a decade now, I really haven’t had a lot of close friends.
But this last year, I’ve made a really good friend by the name of Thera. She’s better at being a friend than I am. And she’s taught me a lot about how to be a good friend as an adult (As opposed to just being a sort of an older maladjusted post-collegiate manbaby.)
So we’re writing these cards together. Me and my friend. Not only does this make me happy. Not only does this mean they’ll be better than if I did them myself. But it also means they’ll probably get done on time….
Here’s the downside, the project ends Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 PM CDT.
Yeah. Today. There’s just a few hours left. So if you want a set of postcards you should hop to it.
Be good to each other,