Martin was very outgoing during the press conference; journalist were told two questions were off-limits - he wasn't to be asked about his next book, and his health.
|Patricia with George R.R. Martin Saturday night.|
It was one of the better events I have ever attended as a "genre" journalist.
The trip to Nacogdoches Saturday was half the distance; Patricia came with me. Martin signed books at the local Hastings from 11 to 1, and Patricia and I arrived right at 1. I didn't need to cover the book signing, but Hastings had the press passes. As we arrived, Karen Lansdale was driving Martin off, and Patricia stopped and chatted with both of them in the parking lot while I went inside and got my pass. Joe left separately because he was on a 1 p.m. panel.
I spent the afternoon attending panels at the downtown art center, and that evening, the panel at the SFA student center. That panel had Joe Lansdale, Martin, Howard Waldrop and Michael Cassutt, and again, it was one of the best panels I have ever attended.
In addition to covering the film festival I interviewed Kasey Lansdale at the downtown art center for a musician-profile story.
That makes three stories gathered up in two days - the A&M gift, the film festival, and Kasey Lansdale. The game plan right now is to use them in the first print issue of C-Spot, to come out in April.
It was good to see Howard, as usual; he's holding up but showing his age. Then again, aren't we all?
In the case of A&M, I drove in later Thursday and stayed overnight before driving back Friday. Nacogdoches was a day trip.
Spent most of Sunday sleeping, cleaning up and unpacking.