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May 06, 2007

Minneapolis and Detroit Say Hello...

...However, at the moment I don't have "people waving" pictures of either to show you because in the case of Minneapolis I didn't have a camera with me, and in the case of Detroit (actually Novi) I had the camera with me, but not my flash card, and the picture I took is in the camera's internal memory and I need a special cable to extract it. Which, alas, I do not have with me. I will retreive that picture later.

Suffice to say that both cities were full of lovely, vivacious people doing interesting and exciting things. Such a time we had! I wish you could have been there.

Also, I have been relatively quiet here because over the last couple of days I spent more time with real world friends than being online. Hey, I will do that sometimes, especially since in at least case the real world friend was someone I haven't seen in the better part of a decade. I hope you understand.

However, now I am passionately interested in what's going on with you. Really, how the hell are you, anyway?

Posted by john at May 6, 2007 04:37 PM

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Mris | May 6, 2007 05:02 PM

I am up to my proverbial ass in proverbial alligators (but very nice proverbial alligators, mostly), or I would have made it to the Mpls signing. Still, glad it went well.

Jon | May 6, 2007 05:05 PM

I just finished the copy of The Android's Dream I bought at the signing. I need to acquire more bookshelves. And find the next volume of Transmetropolitan.

Nathan | May 6, 2007 05:07 PM

I spent a lovely day on the golf course. Terrible score, but lovely day and course.

BTW, I got around to reading "The Durant Chronicles: Crisis at Tlada" last night. Someone should really pay you to finish it. (I know some of the folks who might do that hang around here...pony up dammit.)

Joe Hass | May 6, 2007 05:09 PM

I hung out at a book reading by this short, shaved-head guy who chuckled graciously at my dumb joke.

Steve Buchheit | May 6, 2007 05:11 PM

So far behind in chores and work that I shouldn't be blogging. It's a sickness of a kind, but I can quit anytime I want. Really.

It's a nice day outside (which in NE Ohio is unique enough that it's an acceptable excuse to call of work) so I spent time out working in the storage shed (which has a skylight). Also walked around our "woods" and knocked down some of the widow-makers from the winter (big branches caught in other branches, just waiting to crash down on someone).

Old friends are the best to hang around with. I'm thinking of spending this summer's vacation doing that.

Justin | May 6, 2007 05:27 PM

I'm about to finish The Last Colony. Why do all good things have to come to an end? :-( Well, at least I still have The Android's Dream. Can't wait to get into that one!

Annalee Flower Horne | May 6, 2007 05:39 PM

I'm quite well, thanks. On my way back to the States tomorrow-- getting back to DC just in time for your appearance at Olsson's (by which I mean a day before-- I'm not a *total* lunatic).

If you'll have your laptop at the signing, I can let you borrow a mini-usb cord that will probably work for your camera-- it works for pretty much everyone else's.

Tracey C. | May 6, 2007 05:40 PM

75% packed; movers on Thursday. House closing on Tuesday. Then two weeks to unpack, drive from North Carolina to Columbus to see you talk there, then the next day drive to Madison for Wiscon (yay!).

Tracey C | May 6, 2007 05:51 PM

Oh, and I read Ghost Brigades until 1:30am last night, my first real post-first-year-of-grad-school book. Everything else, packed. Can't wait to read Last Colony!

Joe Sherry | May 6, 2007 06:00 PM

Almost had the chance to make it to the Minneapolis one, but unfortunately there were a few things going on that would have messed with the reading. :( Maybe next time.

Gina Black | May 6, 2007 06:01 PM

It's been so quiet on Planet Whatever that I was beginning to wonder. You're usually good for several distractions a day.

What am I doing? Revising, revising, revising...

Karen | May 6, 2007 06:02 PM

Attempting to start a 20-page research paper due tomorrow on Ivy League admissions policies and the elite class. Bashing my head against the screen instead. Yuck.

Sorry to have missed your Minneapolis visit. I'll be flying home to there in a week.

Jim Hall | May 6, 2007 07:39 PM

After taking in your signing in Novi, I went home and did some much needed spring lawn care. Which was great as it is beautiful here today. By the way, it was great to see you in Novi, and your reading was great.

Jim Hall | May 6, 2007 07:47 PM

After taking in your signing in Novi, I went home and did some much needed spring lawn care. Which was great as it is beautiful here today. By the way, it was great to see you in Novi, and your reading was great.

Brian | May 6, 2007 07:51 PM

Finished Naomi Novik's Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2) last night, started in on TGB... really liking it thus far.

And, I'm almost done getting my new (to me) Toshiba Portégé 3500 Tablet PC set up the way I want it. Talk about portability – only 4.1 lbs! And, the "ooh, nifty, I can write on the screen" factor is darn cool, for sure. :-D

Cassie | May 6, 2007 09:04 PM

What? I want a new picture of the bald guy with the beard. I think he's stalking you.

Tatiana | May 6, 2007 09:06 PM

I came to the Novi reading but didn't stay to have anything signed, as I am one of those cheap bastards who gets your books from the library. Instead, I went to BigAss Mall and bought my mom's Mother's Day gift, since she is visiting next weekend from San Diego and I will look like a chump if she comes 2800 miles and I have no present for her.

Now I am treating the mild sunburn I got yesterday when my housemate forced me to help her in the garden. Tomorrow I plan to skip out of work for a while and hear a friend I've known for 20 years give the keynote address at an education and technology conference.

Dr. Phil | May 6, 2007 09:12 PM

Revising a hard military SF story for an anthology editor continues. Doing a few pages at a time -- this is the third set of pages.

Took my new 8GB iPod nano and dumped 632MB of newly compressed CD content onto it. Oooh, new toy. Black. Shiny. Color display. Oh and it plays music, too.

Sinuses getting better. Last two nights have been able to sleep horizontal. Mmm... sleep.

Dr. Phil

Matt | May 6, 2007 09:36 PM

I've got a lunch meeting with a Naval Officer Recruiter tommorrow. It was nearly impossible to get ahold of the guy, so I'm looking foward to this. Also, I've decided to reread 'Jarhead' as if I read that and still want to join the Navy, then I'm probably pretty set on this decision

(And yes, I know Jarhead is about the Navy. But I take it as a 'worst case scenario' of military service. If I can accept stuff like that happening to me, I'll be fine. Hopefully).

Also, I bought a PS2 along with Guitar Hero today. That means everything I want to get done over the next week will not get done, no matter what.

Soni | May 6, 2007 10:13 PM

Yesterday, running errands, finishing some subcontracted press releases, writing and sending out a contracted newsletter, moving forward on a chapter outline for a book I'm going to be ghostwriting and generally working my ass off on a Saturday because I got all time-warped and thought it was Sunday all day, and the weekend was all the time I had for my bill-paying freelance writing work this week.

So today, it was all shopping for basil plants, planting out tomato starts, playing with the cats and having dinner with the hubs at a nice Thai place, since my work all got done a day ahead of schedule. Go me!

J | May 6, 2007 10:14 PM

I was actually at today's Detroit appearance... it was awesome. Sounds like The High Castle is going to be an awesome book.

David Kirkpatrick | May 6, 2007 11:10 PM

I got soaked getting back to my car after your Minneapolis signing, then spent the rest of the afternoon getting stuff ready for my daughter's ninth birthday party and writing questions for a final exam I need to give next week. Today I managed to not make a complete ass of myself on roller blades at said birthday party, which was held at the local skating rink, and then finished constructing a retaining wall on the hillside at the front of the house.

Hope you finally got some sleep,

Regards, David

Tim Morris | May 7, 2007 10:09 AM

Damn! I had planned to go to the Novi signing but life got in the way, Saturday, and drove everything else out of my mind until late Sunday afternoon when I came upon number one son watching some drag racing competition on a new (to me, anyway) cable channel called "VS". Why, you ask, would drag racing bring John's signing back to my mind? Because the race on the screen at that moment was won by one Gary _Scelzi_ who appears to be one hot funny car driver.


Must be a branch of the family, no?

As to Nathan's suggestion that someone should pay you to finish The Durant Chronicles -- I'm in for $5. Set up the PayPal account and set a targent minimum number of orders/cash in hand for an ebook edition and see what happens. Or cut a deal with Amazon to use their don't-take-the-money-until-the-product-ships system to avoid all the hassle of returning funds if you don't hit the target.

Time to inovate, sir. Time to inovate.

David Huff | May 7, 2007 11:04 AM

You were at Uncle Hugo's, yes ? I've never been, just used them for mail-order stuff, and yet I still think they're one of the coolest bookstores anywhere :)

Oh, and started reading my paperback copy of TGB this weekend. Can't hardly put it down :) Great stuff!

Ann Vallier | May 7, 2007 11:17 AM

How am I? I'm fine, thanks for asking. Still geeking out about getting a couple books signed by their author. Other than that, everything's fairly normal. ;)

hnu | May 7, 2007 12:15 PM

Been better, but thanks for asking. Preparing for the summer bookfair in Bucharest... proofreading a translation of a thriller by Andreas Eschbach... tweaking the cover design for the same... and planning ahead for my first international con, the Utopiales in Nantes (France) in November. Any plans to stop by there? I have a couple of beertime-slots available :)

Ann S. | May 7, 2007 12:28 PM

David Huff: Yes, Uncle Hugo's is one cool store; however, they were not set up for a reading. We missed hearing any of The High Castle in John's dulcet tones. Bummer!

John: hope you are better rested. Enjoy the last two days of tour.

Anna | May 7, 2007 01:12 PM

(My name is still Anna :)

Loved your reading in Novi! My dad and sister and I really enjoyed it all, and I agree with previous commenters, the High Castle sounds like it'll be a riot. And your reading of that first chapter was fabulous.

Now Dad and I are back to our respective homes on the other side of the state - it was lucky timing that you were there the weekend he was going to visit his family, and I had the time to tag along (Mom wished she could've been with us, but she was busy, unfortunately).

Pat Logan | May 7, 2007 04:50 PM

Tornado alerts + severe thunderstorms all night = tired.

Other than that things are going well.

Dan Bailey | May 8, 2007 09:23 AM

Thanks for visiting! And for the signatures! Hope you enjoyed Minneapolis.

Lyda Morehouse | May 8, 2007 04:02 PM

Hanging out with you, if I recall.

Finished Old Man's War, BTW. Loved it. Plus, it was baptized. I dropped it in the tub about three pages from the end. ARGH.

Nick | May 11, 2007 06:54 PM

Thanks again for signing my books. I just got a hardcover edition of Old Man's War so hopefully you'll tour again some day and I can complete the signed set. I really enjoyed the reading, can't wait for The High Castle.

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