Well, I'm here at the airport watching the sun rise through the departure gate window, so I reckon it must be!
So this marks the end of the road-trip portion of my Summer of Shenanigans, and the beginning of the jet-setting phase. Last weekend I drove up to SoonerCon in Oklahoma City - and let me tell you, it is a hell of a production.
It's a real family-oriented con, for one thing -
|You know what they say: the family that crushes the Rebellion together, stays together.|
- and they let a horde of us authors absolutely tear up the ballroom for a mass koffeeklatch -
|THEY EVEN SERVED COFFEE. And pastries! And fruit!|
I'm pretty sure that has literally never happened before.
|Basically, my new life-goal is to become a Mark Finn sommelier.|
"Elegant, yet unpretentious. Honest, yet gracious. Erudite, yet perfectly
comfortable bringing up 'the meat-sweats' in casual conversation."
- but for me, the real highlight was getting to stay with Jeannette Cheney for the duration. For one thing, it's a real treat to stay in high nerdy style -
|For the record, that's a framed copy of Tolkien's "The Road" poem,|
a Dalek pillow, and a dog hair roller. I defy you to find this splendor at any hotel.
|These are my newest and most favorite host-dogs, Penny and Al!|
Okay, rant over. But seriously: you know, there are times when nobody comes to your reading, when you and your fellow panelists outnumber the audience two-to-one, when you can't help but wonder whether any of this even matters. But this friend-network of mine is growing and deepening month by month, year over year, and it is unbelievably life-sustaining. So much of this whole low-rent show-business thing we do is random and unpredictable, and it is absolutely vital to hang on to the one thing you can directly, reliably influence - which is to say, the people you meet and how you treat them.
And now, my friends, it is nearly time to go find some of my most favorite folks! CONvergence is about to converge, and I could not be more jazzed. My actual official events listing is a short one this time around: