BookFest 2018 (and FAHF)

Blog No. 309

bookfest 2018 002Last weekend was BookFest 2018. While I didn’t have time to be on the committee this year, they were nice enough to invite me to be a host for one of the panels. It’s not a glamorous job, but it can be an important one. Mostly you are just there to give pertinent information and pull the plug if they go over time. Since they are sometimes back to back, they had me clear the room too. Once the panel was over, I hung around and tried to help out where I could (but other than move some boxes, I mostly just got in the way). It’s a very stressful and exciting time for the organizers. For me, it was interesting and fun. I think I lucked out and got the best panel too. Everyone involved in the festival is welcoming and excited about the event. They mostly want people to come and enjoy it and take part in everything. Even with just my small part, I was invited to everything. Continue reading “BookFest 2018 (and FAHF)”


Knocking off the List

Blog No. 257

cover-final-smallThe crazy weekend that was BookFest 2017 is over and along with it went the layout for All These Crooked Streets and the final episode of Flags and High Fives Season One. Time is still quickly running out for the book launch, but it’s nice to feel like I can take a breath. The flurry of activities are still ongoing (and will be through November with the day job ramping up along with it) but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And really, most of the work is done (or the stuff that was the most work is done) and when the book launch is finished, it will feel a lot more like just a regular busy month. Still, I’m so super tired and can’t wait for December which I have told myself will be filled with writing and little else (even though I know that’s not going to happen). Continue reading “Knocking off the List”

BookFest Windsor Part Two

Blog No. 256 is the start of BookFest 2017, and things are hectic. No matter how much planning you put into something (and I mean the committee did the planning, not me) there are always last minute things that come up. Then there are those dreaded things that can’t be done until the day of the event. It’s always stressful, but thankfully all I have to worry about it a Friday night Panel at Phog (8:30 pm). Other than that, I’ll be volunteering for the rest of the Festival. I’ll do some ticket sales, some moving of heavy things (I’m guessing), some running around, and maybe some driving. It will be a busy, crazy, fun, interesting weekend and I’ll be exhausted by the end. Continue reading “BookFest Windsor Part Two”

A Lot of Endings

Blog No. 255

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BookFest (Part One, Maybe)

Blog No. 254

Even though BookFest proper is happening at the end of the month, events started this week. Yesterday morning was the launch announcement event (which I had to miss due to the day job) and a reading/music/launch thing happened at Phog last night. It was a pretty familiar thing for me (having done the launch if No Light, several readings, and the ChiSeries Readings there). Kind of being a helper on the sidelines was new though, but in a good way. It was nice to be able to take part (in a small way) and then sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening. I say the rest, but I had to take off right near the end due to more day job stuff (that is in fact a night job sometimes too). All in all, it was a good kickoff to the month’s events. Continue reading “BookFest (Part One, Maybe)”

Time to go to Many Events

Blog no. 207

hqdefaultI’m worried that I’m going to mess this one up and forget something, because I seem to have a lot of events on the horizon. Often I’ll go to one or two a month (I try to get at least that regularly) and sometimes an opportunity arises and I’ll take on a third, but this is starting to get exciting. Events are being planned as far out as February, which seems farther than it actually is, but that’s still only four months. Plus there may be one or two private things happening where it’s an event for me, but you aren’t invited. Continue reading “Time to go to Many Events”