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Virginia Festival of the Book and Home

My panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book went very well.  It was moderated by Chris Oakley, owner of Oakley's Gently Used Books in Charlottesville, and she did a fine job of introducing my fellow panelists (L.E. Modesitt and Steve White) and me.  Each of us spoke briefly about our work and what drew us to science fiction and fantasy, and then we threw it open to questions from the audience.  We got great questions, which generated enough discussion to fill the rest of the hour and then some.  After that, Chris and her husband, Jim, took the three of us plus Steve's wife, and author Peter David to dinner.

I had been thinking about staying in Virginia for the Author's Reception Saturday night.  It's apparently a big event with great food.  But I wound up driving back home on Saturday instead.  I have a lot on my plate for the coming week, and getting home late Sunday would have left me exhausted and tense.  And besides, I really wasn't up for an evening of shmoozing with people who, for the most part, I didn't know.

I got home in time to read to my younger daughter before she went to bed, to catch up with my older daughter and hear about the end of her school week, and to watch the UNC-Louisville game with my wife.  None of these things did much to further my career, but they made for a perfect Saturday night.  It's good to be home.


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Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that your panel went well! All of the ones that I attended were well-done, with lots of interesting author-perspectives and questions from the audiences. Moderators seemed particularly well-schooled in asking questions to bring out shy participants.

I'm even *more* glad that you didn't go to the Saturday gathering - I decided not to go (after a full day of attending other panels, and with an NCAA-mad husband, eager to watch UNC win), but I worried about not finding another few minutes to talk to you. Truth be told, though, the gathering was *very* crowded a few years back; I doubt we'd have been able to shout to each other... We'll have to find another event where we can actually talk, in the not too distant future!
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so relieved that you weren't there looking for me! I thought about you about halfway home and felt terribly guilty! I figured it would be crowded and not nearly as pleasant as a quiet evening with my family.

Will you be at WorldCon or WFC? Maybe we can find time to chat at one or the other.
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