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Friday, June 29th, 2012

Coming Up Next: July!

OK! I’ve been home for a week and a half now. I’m starting to recognize my kids on sight instead of just snapping my fingers and pointing. Screw this. I’m going back on the road.

This time: Florida. I’m reading in Miami on July 11th, then I’m spending the rest of the week at Ascendio, the Harry Potter conference in Orlando.

This means that, for the first time in four years, I won’t be going to Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, because they’re the same weekend. Which was a tricky choice. But love it or hate it — I do both — bottom line, Comic-Con isn’t really about authors. It’s about directors, actors, screenwriters, comics artists, costume designers, animators, and people who design disposable novelty tote bags. After that, it’s about authors. As a novelist at Comic-Con you kind of have to fight for oxygen.

I needed a break from that. I mean, I knowingly signed on for it: fighting for oxygen is what novelists do. But sometimes it’s nice to go to a convention that’s about books first, where everybody is glad you’re there just because you’re a writer. Ascendio is such a conference, and I am stoked for it. (LeakyCon, which I’ll be at in August, is another such conference. So is Readercon, which unfortunately is the same weekend as Ascendio.)

As soon as I get back I’m on for a couple more events in New York City: a conversation with G. Willow Wilson on July 17, and a conversation with Erin Morgenstern on July 18th. Both of those evenings will be deeply awesome. As regular visitors to this blog know, I have a habit of getting onstage with people who are smarter than me. I’ll be happily continuing that grand tradition.

I have nothing else to add except that Metric’s Synthetica is, like, destroying me with its goodness right now.


6 comments on “Coming Up Next: July!

  1. Heather Head says:

    Have fun! Chances are, you’ll still know the kids’s names when you get back, you just may not remember which is which. Of course, I never remember which is which in our house either and I haven’t even been on a book tour this year (ever).

  2. Jaimie says:

    Have fun! Whatever, you’re the smartest. (That is re: getting on stage with people smarter than you.)

    I read Niven’s The Wishing Game this week, and I didn’t really find it sad. It was definitely awesome though and I’m going to be reading more of him. His style is so clean. I like his ideas best.

  3. Stina says:

    Readercon next year! I want to go to that one too. But I can’t wait to see you at Ascendio.

  4. book_mage says:

    Hope you stay out of the heat. Florida is SO HOT, it’s gross.

    Also, I accidentally got sent a magazine that was meant for you at work the other day. Had your name and everything. It was the coolest thing ever! Totally made my day.

  5. As long as you’re headed down here to Florida, you should read some books about Florida (and especially Florida weirdness). Hiassen’s fiction, of course, has its pleasures (he’s got a new kids’ book out called “Chomp”) as do the books of his followers. Those are the obvious choices. But you might also consider a new non-fiction book: “The Scent of Scandal,” about a bizarre orchid-smuggling case that led to criminal charges against a scientific institution in Sarasota. Strangest story I’ve ever covered.

  6. Brad says:

    Try Phantogram, Mr. Lev. Phantogram is where I was hoping Metric would go. Instead of listening to Synthetica, I’ve been listening to Phantogram for 3 straight months.

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