Also, Not That Anyone Asked Me

But I still think Florida and Michigan should get bupkus. Just saying.

If We’d Been Abducted By Aliens, The Internet Would Dim for a Week

(picture by Ron Hogan of Galleycat)

Here you see Patrick Nielsen Hayden, me, Markos Moulitsas and Cory Doctorow on that BEA panel about writers and their online communities. Yes, I talked about you. Yes, I said only good things about you, and said you were a wonderful online community. Except for that one time. Let us not speak of that one time. It still wounds me. Let’s move on. The panel went very well, I thought; we talked about some of the challenges of building and maintaining communities and also what impact having such active sites had on our writing of books and our overall careers, and it seemed most folks found it interesting.

Tor brought Cory and my books to the panel, so we briefly did a quick signing (should have been there, folks, you could be reading Zoe’s Tale right now) at which I met Jessica Harper, who was in one my favorite comedies of the 1980s (My Favorite Year), so I told her “Give me a second; I’m having a fan boy moment.” Because she has Merle Oberon’s eyes, you know. As it turned out she had a book, too (a kid’s book), so we exchanged books. It’s fun to meet people.

Today: More meetings, and book-related stuff, and so on, and I think I might stalk David Anthony Durham, because he’s supposed to be at the Convention Center today and it’d be fun to meet him. Shhh. Don’t tell him I’m stalking him. I’d hate to ruin the surprise.