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January 25, 2007

Reminder: Cincinnati, Here I Come

Remember that if you live in or near Cincinnati, and you are wondering what it is you should do with yourself this evening, that I'll be at the Joesph-Beth bookstore tonight starting at 7pm. What will I do there? Well, I figure it will be a delightful melange of over-caffeinated blatheration, followed by a mime show based on the State of the Union. You know, the usual. Honestly, I never prepare for these things. I just show up and ask people how they want me to entertain them. The Joseph-Beth Web site maintains that I'm going to sign books, so I guess I'll definitely do that. Provided, you know, people buy books and want me to sign them. Otherwise I'll just sit there with a pen and an expectant look on my face as people walk by, trying to avoid making eye contact. We authors live for that.

Also, as a reminder, I'm planning to give away something while I'm there to one of the people who shows up view me in my discombobulated glory. Which person will it be? How should I know? I haven't the slightest idea who will show up. But if you don't show up, I can say it won't be you.

Hey, look! Apparently there's "a lot of buzz" around my appearance tonight, according to Cincinnati.com's Sara Pearce. Why, yes. Yes, there is. See, now you definitely want to come out. It's where all the cool kids will be. Because the kids, they love a State of the Union mime show.

Posted by john at January 25, 2007 11:23 AM

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Steve Buchheit | January 25, 2007 11:55 AM

" followed by a mime show based on the State of the Union."

Aw, man. If it isn't interpretive dance, it ain't nothing. Besides, I'm fresh out of pickle loaf, so no mimes.

That and I'm way too far away. Hope it's a great time. Don't forget, (insert theme from Jaws) the furries are waiting (bwa ha ha ha).

If anybody is on the fence (the furries?), John, in person, is five times the fun of double-mint gum. Plus, there's also the skull-kissing thing.

Chang, father of pangolins | January 25, 2007 12:02 PM

I suggest a drinking game at the event. Every time john says, "Uh..." you drink. Every time john says "bacon" you drink twice. Every time john says
"gorilla pose" you drink from the opposite side of the glass.

This'll kill, I swear.

Chang, father of pangolins | January 25, 2007 12:06 PM

And is it true John's publishing a new book called "Soldier of Furrie"? I don't know, I just heard.

Steve Buchheit | January 25, 2007 12:09 PM

Chang, the All Father, "This'll kill, I swear"

Yeah, alcohol poisoning.

Chang, father of pangolins | January 25, 2007 12:10 PM

Okay, so every time he says "furrie" you have to drink 2 liters of water!

Todd Stull | January 25, 2007 12:31 PM

Wish I lived near Cincy. I assume your mime show will involve lots of smoke of mirrors, a puppet Dick Cheney, and drool coming out of the speaker's mouth?

Steve Buchheit | January 25, 2007 01:19 PM

Chang, after seeing the look of sheer terror in John's eyes as he related that story to me, I don't think he can say that word out loud anymore.

Steve Buchheit | January 25, 2007 01:21 PM

Todd, it's the Journey Soundtrack that really makes John's mime show work. The mirrors and smoke are just to enhance the laser lights.

Fred Kiesche | January 25, 2007 01:43 PM

How are you getting there is you misplaced your wallet?

Fred Kiesche | January 25, 2007 01:46 PM

Oy. "How are you getting there IF you misplaced your wallet" would have made more sense. Must. Consume. More. Coffee. Before. Posting. Comments.

John Scalzi | January 25, 2007 01:50 PM

Well, I've found my wallet now. And it has been disciplined. Harshly.

Christopher Rowe | January 25, 2007 02:01 PM

Y'know, coincidentally, Robert Charles Wilson is signing SPIN at the Joseph-Beth here in Lexington tonight. What to do, what to do...

John Scalzi | January 25, 2007 02:06 PM

Well, Robert Charles Wilson is closer. Tell him I said hi.

Todd Stull | January 25, 2007 02:15 PM

"Don't stop believin' John, HOOOOLLLLD ONNNNNN!"
Yeah. Journey's the best.

Cassie | January 25, 2007 03:28 PM

How does one discipline a wallet?

Spank it? Jeez, you already sit on it. What more can you do?

John Scalzi | January 25, 2007 03:58 PM

You take away its credit cards.

Gary Pilkington | January 25, 2007 04:11 PM

Yes, I do live in Cincinnati so I can certainly understand the excitment and "buzz". Unfortunately, I have an appointment this evening. Though I will be reasonably near Joseph Beth this evening, I fear that by the time I arrive, the puppet show will be over, the books will be signed and there will be nothing left to see save for empty ink pens and crumpled book purchase receipts.

Do have a fun time though!


hugh57 | January 25, 2007 04:47 PM

I too, alas, have another commitment tonight and so will be unable to join in the fun. But I did just see you last week at ConFusion, so I can't complain too much.

At least my prior commitment spares me from the agonizing choice of your signing or Robert Charles Wilson's.

Have fun!

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