Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Power to the People!

I can’t believe we put the event at Powell’s together with two days notice. Thanks so much to the Powell’s staff and to everyone who came out. I can’t imagine this tour without having come here.

During the talk last night, I spoke briefly about how meta the event was. Just like with the first WOOL, there was an outcry from the audience, which led to a change in my plans. The novel that hit bookstores this past week had an origin similar to yesterday’s tour stop. I love this interplay between reader and writer. You can affect what stories I choose to invest my time in; you can divert my flight plans.

To take the metaness one level deeper, isn’t this what WOOL is all about? Someone at dinner last night said that it was very cool of me to spend so much time with readers and to have the attitude I do on fan fiction, DRM, and piracy. It’s difficult to hear these sorts of compliments, because I can’t imagine doing anything differently. I aspire to be like Jules, perhaps. Willingly and willfully naive. Let the truth out. Do the right thing for its own sake. And suffer the consequences rather than suffer living any other way.

9 replies to “Power to the People!”

“Let the truth out. Do the right thing for its own sake.”

If only our government (I.T.) and everyone else believed the same.

We love hearing about your adventures, Hugh. Keep ’em coming.

Maybe that’s why Jules feels so real and accessible to all of us. You modeled her after your own core values and beliefs. Good man, Hugh.

Thanks for letting us wreck your only day off Hugh. I had a great time meeting you and learning magic tricks for kids. I think you turned Maddy into an author last night. Congratulations on your well deserved success.

Thanks for adding us to your busy schedule. It was great to see the person behind the book a little. I would have loved to come along to Henry’s, but previous plans interfered. Come back to Portland soon.

A… Thanks for spending your day with us in PDX.
B… Thanks for going out for beer, burgers and meatloaf with a bunch of strangers.
C… Thanks for being you.

Hope to see you soon, when you get back to the city of roses.

Keep Portland weird.
Lonnie

“I aspire to be like Jules, perhaps. Willingly and willfully naive. Let the truth out. Do the right thing for its own sake. And suffer the consequences rather than suffer living any other way.”
—–Brought tears to my eyes.

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