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Well, I won't call the first stop on the Murder & Mayhem Tour an unmitigated disaster. It was far from it. The entire event was a success. Really. Tons of people showed up, drank good coffee, participated in the raffle and enjoyed the music. No, the only actual disastrous part about the event was the reading. My reading in particular.

I have a soft voice. It was an unfamiliar mic. Wayward Coffeehouse (which I adore) was packed to the gills… with no AC… and lots of equipment. So, it was about 100 degrees up at the front. I read three vignettes from the collection and did not realize until after I was done that no one past the 3rd row could hear me until the second story. (Rory, I did get a huge laugh at "Then I'd get perky stuck in my teeth…" line.) After that, the audience was more engaged.

Seanan, who realized just how disastrous reading would be after I was done, decided to forego her TEoP reading in favor of a bright, cheerful family story. I totally don't blame her. It was high energy and she has no problem commanding a room.

Lessons learned:
• Readings and music don't mix that well unless you are reading AND singing.
• Your friends will jump through hoops for you even if they are miserable. (Thank you, Lily, Heather, Drew, Ron.)
• Good coffee is worth a lot.
• Sometimes, it is best to flee early.
• My husband is awesome.

Broenwynn, the owner of Wayward Coffeehouse, has already invited me back for an author's only event. Having done readings there before for Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, I know author events are successful. I will take her up on the offer. I will probably drag another author friend along for the ride, too. We'll see.

On the good side of things, it was so nice to see the people I knew and see them enjoying themselves. I also got to meet a couple of editor-authors, Phil and Sandy; I'd wanted to meet them for a long time. I got to see Jen and Jessie, too. So, all in all, I had a good time.

Plus, the San Francisco leg of the tour cannot be any worse. I am secure in this knowledge. It is at Borderlands, is just a reading and there will be an alien kitty, Ash. If you love me at all, and live in the Bay Area, you will come to the second leg of the Murder and Mayhem Tour and make my month. There will be cupcakes.


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Jul. 11th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
But I do love you! I'll just be in SLO next week. 8(
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I know. You're excused but I'm still sad.
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you and so am I. I've already got Norwescon on the calendar for next year since a number of people have said that I should attend, so I'll see you then if not before.
Jul. 11th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Put on your list of accessories for readings:
Friends in the first rows who know the secret hand signals to tell you to Speak Up.

We were going to try to come and cheer you on (and drink good coffee) but the sun and mosquitoes from the picnic conspired to wash us out.

Good luck in SF.
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks bunchs, Cheryl. Probably better that you didn't come. It was so packed. August, for the author's only event.
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Next time for an author's only event, for SURE, even if I have to dope myself to the gills on antihistamines first!

-- C.
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yepyep. I looked for you but I couldn't remember what you looked like. If you were there, I'm sorry I missed you.
Jul. 12th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Saw you at one of the center tables, but didn't have a chance to bip in and say hi when you were between conversations, and then my allergies took over, ugh. So, yeah, next time!

-- C.
Jul. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm on the wrong side of the country for this tour, but otherwise I'd have been at the SF stop. Once we're back in CA, I'll make sure to catch up with you. Are you coming out this way in the next 14 months? (after that we move back)
Jul. 12th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I visit CA about 1-2 times a year. I'm sure, if you live in the Bay Area, we can meet up.
Jul. 12th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I live in NJ at the moment :) But once I've moved back to CA next summer I'll let you know.
Jul. 12th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Rory, I did get a huge laugh at "Then I'd get perky stuck in my teeth…" line.
Awesome! I really enjoyed that story when you first wrote it. Now I just need to buy the book. :)
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm not quite sure what I did to help, but I'm always glad to do so.

If you have it somewhere, you should post a list of all of us you killed and in which stories. I can probably sell a couple dozen copies based on the fictionalization of my death.

Are you going to be at the game Saturday?
Jul. 13th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
No game for me. I'll be in SF doing another reading.

Also, I don't think I murdered you... though, I did have you murder someone.
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