Well, I didn’t look like an asshole last night. At least, not for the reason I feared. I would guess we had 20 or so readers show up at Lillie’s Victorian. It could have been more, because the hostess screwed up the reservations and had us at the front of the bar instead of back by the fireplace. But no matter, we had a blast.
I want to thank everyone for showing up and for being so damned awesome. The best part of the night, for me, was looking up and seeing former strangers talking about everything not-Wool. The group just gelled.
It also turned into something of an all-star author meet-up. Matthew Mather (author of the fantastic ATOPIA series) made an appearance, as did Dave Cullen, who wrote one of my favorite books, COLUMBINE. Kristin Nelson, my dynamite agent, stayed for a while. And Tim O’Connell, one of the rising stars at Knopf/Random House, stayed until after midnight.
I look forward to everyone sharing the pics they took, hearing what they thought of the evening, and seeing how fast all the spoilers I doled out permeate the interwebs. Yeah, the meet-up crowd knows more about the Wooliverse than anyone other than me. I believe a napkin full of schematics was smuggled out of the joint at some point…
It was a magical night for me. It must’ve been: I never stay up past midnight. So thank you to everyone who made it and to everyone who really wanted to be there but couldn’t. One of the highlights of my journey thus far, without doubt.