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With my location and schedule being what it is, I don’t do a lot of signings, but for anyone interested I will be at the Vicksburg Public Library (700 Veto Street, Vicksburg, MS) tomorrow, Saturday, July 27th from Noon to 4PM, signing copies of Southern Haunts along with Alexander Brown, Diane Ward, and possibly more contributors to the anthology. I’ll have copies of several of my own books as well, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by.

Also, last week my contributor’s copies to the Clarkesworld, Year 4 compilation anthology arrived last week, which includes my story, “Night, in Dark Perfection” in addition to others by a lot of other people, you know, Hugo and Nebula winners and that ilk. Check it out.

A Writer’s Gotta Do What a Writer’s Gotta Do

MPF-Table-LeftThis was a working weekend, and I don’t mean mowing the yard, even though it does need it badly. I spent the past two days at the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora. For those who don’t know, this is a privately owned park at a spot where, about 300,000 years ago, some really large trees got swept down a river in some past deluge and deposited to turn into stone. There’s a stone and fossil museum, gift shop, and a nature trail that takes you past some of the logs that have eroded out of the loess cliffs over the centuries. If you’re at all interested in such things—I am—it makes for an interesting walk.

This weekend they were having their 50th Anniversary and celebrated with crawfish, live music, and…book signings? Yep. Part of the eclectic assemblage of all day events. Along with flint-knapping demos, geode cracking, and sessions with metaphysical and holistic healers. I was dubious of course. I always am, about pretty much anything. It’s my nature and annoys my wife no end. But she was participating and I was invited too and I thought, why not?

Okay, for those who have not done this before, a signing can take many forms, but usually it will involve you, in a more or less trafficked spot, behind a table piled with your books—a small pile or a large pile, depending—being friendly and talking to people, two things that everyone who knows me will concede are not my inclinations. It doesn’t even necessarily involve selling and signing books, though that’s the premise and the way it tends to work with the right venue and the right crowd. I knew going in that this was not my venue or crowd, but I didn’t mind. I figured that the worst that could happen was that I’d have a couple days to catch up on my reading, and at least I’d get some practice at self-promotion under less than ideal conditions.

Which just goes to tell you how little I know. Continue reading

Signing at the Quisenberry Library

My Stuff

Saturday,  February 4th, a gang of local and near-local authors held a signing in the new Quisenberry Library in Clinton, Mississippi. I wish I’d been able to get some exterior shots of the building itself, because it’s rather attractive as buildings go, set in a wooded area with a nature/walking trail on the grounds. The problem was that the cold front that should have been here weeks ago finally arrived and dumped buckets of water everywhere and it was pouring rain for most of the afternoon. Not the best of conditions when you want people out and about and coming to such local events, but it wasn’t a bad afternoon despite that.

Glen and Melanie Being Casual

J. Mulvihill Setting Up

As one would expect from a general signing, there was quite a range of subject matter on display, from cookbooks to thrillers to the science fiction and fantasy end of the spectrum. Authors in attendance other than me were Cynthia Leavelle, Melanie Atkins, Glen Stripling, Luther Knight, J. Moffett Walker, and Jennifer Mulvihill. Jennifer was the organizer, coordinating with Karen Sims, the President of the Clinton Friends of the Library. Aside from the authors, there was the Editor/Publisher of a new magazine, Real Girl Magazine, aimed at Teen Girls. I confess when I learned the editor’s name was Elizabeth Bennett my first reaction was “Seriously?” Yes, syrsly. It’s her married name

Elizabeth Bennett

and yes, she takes some ribbing for it. You can check it out at Real Girl Magazine.

As part of the event, an all-volunteer musical group, The Clintones, put on a set of jazz and bluesy numbers and I have to say they were pretty good, and any glitches in the set order or occasional mic problems were met with patience and good humor.

All right, that’s for that. So how did it all go? About as well as could be expected. The ad that was supposed to run in the local paper before the event, didn’t, so hardly anyone knew about it. That and the weather kept a lot of library patrons away. Even so, I’d do it again. I sold a fair number of books, including all the extra copies I had of THE HEAVENLY FOX, I met the President of the Friends of the Library and may be doing a presentation to the group at some point down the road. I also slipped away from the signing to visit the library book sale which happened to be going on at the same time and scored a copy of WAY STATION by Clifford Simak, which has been on my to-read list for a while. I sold more books than I brought home new ones, so I consider that a win.

Yuletide Souls Fest of Vicksburg

In one of my rare personal appearances (I’m not reclusive. Just scarce) I’ll be at the Vicksburg, MS, Library this Saturday, December 3rd, as part of the Yuletide Souls Fest of Vicksburg. There will be artists, mystics, and other authors, of course. This is Mississippi. You can’t kick a can without hitting a writer. Just for the record, I blame Bill Faulkner and Miz Eudora equally for that.
If you’re in the area, stop by. There will be books, entertainment, and a raffle to benefit the local chapter of CAP (Child Abuse Prevention).  Last time there were even cookies. No promises, though.

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event Page. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi.