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Last Year (Travel and Conventions)

January 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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I did a lot of travelling last year. Probably too much. You don’t have to chide me about that. I know, believe me, I know. I am trying to cut down on travel this year and in subsequent years, at least until Ice & Fire is done.

But it’s a struggle. I love travel — not the flying, but being there, seeing other parts of the world, meeting my readers. As a kid, I never went anywhere at all except in my imagination, so now, when I have the means, travel is hard to resist. It’s a big wonderful world.

Also, I am not getting any younger (some of you love to remind me of that). Travel is fun, but it can also be taxing. I am all too aware that if I don’t take some of these trips now, age and health may preclude my ever taking them. Who knows what awaits me (or you, or you, or you) five years or ten years down the road?

Some of the travel I did in 2015 was for business, or to attend conventions that I had committed to two, three, four, even five years ago. Other travel was more spontaneous. A nephew’s wedding. An invitation to the SuperBowl. The last Grateful Dead concerts. People keep making me offers I cannot refuse… and not just Don Corleone…

Anyway… I travelled, and mostly I am glad I did… I wrote a couple of pages about my various trips and conventions in the Lost Post, and included plenty of pictures. I am not going to bother redoing any of that. I fear that only a few of you are interested in my travels. Many would rather I never ever got up from my computer.

So no rehash of the rehash.

I will say that I had a great time in San Francisco at the GAME OF THRONES premiere parties, that ConQuest in KC was something special, and that my summer trip to Germany, Sweden, and Finland was one I will long remember and cherish. Stockholm is a gorgeous city that I want to see again, and I had a fantastic time in Hamburg hanging with the beautiful and talented Sibel Kekilli, her guy Andreas, and my old agent and friend Werner Fuchs. The con was fun too; Finnish fans are tops, and I look forward to Helsinki in two years.

As for worldcon… I have been going to worldcons since 1971, it is always one of the highlights of my year, and Sasquan was no different, despite the whole state seemingly being on fire, and the tensions created by the Recent Unpleasantness With Young Dogs. The Hugo Awards were… ah… a mixed bag, but I was pleased to reclaim my Hugo Losers Party. We kicked ass there, yes we did, and I’m only sorry Gardner Dozois was not with us in Spokane to be part of it.

Travel and cons. ‘Nuff said.

Hot Night on Montezuma

October 2, 2013 at 10:20 am
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The Neil and Amanda Show last Sunday night was a great success.  (Sorry if you missed it).

Neil Gaiman read stories, Amanda Palmer sang her hits and played her ukelele, and from time to time the they did duets.  They opened the night with a memorable version of "Makin' Whoopee" and Amanda closed it with "The Ukelele Song," bringing the whole audience to its feet.   After the concert Amanda and Neil adjoined to the concessions lobby to sign books and CDs… and sign, and sign, and sign.  Strong wrists, those two.  And good hearts.

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Every seat was filled.  No surprise there.  The concert sold out within hours of our announcing it.  "I need a larger theatre," as I wrote to Neil and Amanda, after tickets had been on sale for a few hours, "at least when you two come to town."

All box receipts went to two worthy Santa Fe charities, Warehouse 21 and the Food Depot.   Warehouse 21 works with local youth, while the Food Depot feeds the homeless and the hungry.  The concert raised more than $9000, which will be split between them.  To find out more about their work, go here http://www.warehouse21.org/ and here http://www.thefooddepot.org/    And CONTRIBUTE!

Neil and Amanda regularly fill large halls and auditoriums with thousands of fans.  It was incredibly kind of them to take time out of their busy schedule to visit Santa Fe and play our modest venue.  Though I am delighted to report that they thought the Jean Cocteau was cool.  (It is).

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For those locals who could not get tickets to the show (sorry for that, they sold out very quickly)… well, Neil signed large stacks of his books and comics for us before he took off, and we have Amanda's CDs in stock as well.  So drop by the Jean Cocteau at 418 Montezuma, and you too can score an autographed Neil Gaiman book, or the latest CD from Amanda.  But come soon… stocks are limited.

(We also have a handful of signed copies of Michael Chabon's KAVALIER AND CLAY left, from his visit here, as well as autographed copies of many of my own books).

(Sorry, we are not set up to do mail orders)

Lots more cool stuff coming up at the Cocteau: movies, author appearances and booksignings, live music, magic, comedy.  If you want to keep on top of that, signed up for our weekly email newsletter.  It's free.  Go here:

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