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When Irish eyes are smiling, run! Patricia Bray and friends at Waldenbooks, 1/17/09

Yesterday's signing at Waldenbooks was a blast. Store manager [livejournal.com profile] fireun and her staff outdid themselves, and fellow signees (signers?) [livejournal.com profile] scbutler, Barbara Campbell, and [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow were great fun to hang out with. Customers were already waiting as we were setting up, and for the first hour there wasn't even a lull to check our watches.

In addition to the pic I snarfed above for my first ever Lolcat, [livejournal.com profile] fireun has posted more photos on her LJ here.

Fox40 News stopped by to document the festivities. Alas when they were there I was so busy talking with customers that they didn't get a chance to interview me, but they did get a chance to talk to Joshua when he took a break to get more books.

We topped off the signing by a swing by Fat Cat Books so Sam and Barbara could sign books, and then dinner at the Lost Dog. All in all, a great day.
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Well, [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and I survived yesterday's brush with fame as we appeared on the local 6PM news.

The good news is that the segment producer Frank Dirig and the anchor Steve Craig were both great, and the station promoed the heck out of Saturday's signing, with loving shots of book covers, and putting up the details front and center on the screen and then on their website.

On the other hand, I had a stunned-ox moment as the interview started off with questions that hadn't been anywhere in the pre-interview prep discussion, followed by random thoughts that sounded like I'd been replaced by one of those Turing test machines. Joshua, who had lost his voice and borrowed one from a nearby frog, came off better. Then again, Joshua is also the one who at the last second told Steve to start with me--next time I'm making Joshua go first.

Oh, yes, and we played the interview straight rather than going for YouTube fame.

That said, if you want to see local writers performing on live TV here's the link. Link now fixed! You have to wait through a commercial and a local news story before our interview is cued up.

And if you want to meet us in person, along with co-conspirators [livejournal.com profile] scbutler and Barbara Campbell, the place to be is Waldenbooks at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, NY, from 2PM till 4PM on Saturday (1/17).
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Next week [livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow and I will be interviewed for the local evening news, as we're promoting the booksigning on January 17th. We did this last year and played it fairly straight-- well as straight as we could, given that we were interviewed on live TV while standing in a busy mall.
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Tonight's TV interview may be seen on the web here http://www.newschannel34.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=c8c9cb8b-df17-4272-ab75-f6cdfa7b753b . Click on "Sci-fi booksignings" to watch.

It's raw! Unscripted! Three deer in the headlights, about to be mowed down!
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Found a new must see program-- Dexter on Showtime. Totally by accident I caught episode two last night, and then hunted around till I found episode one via cable on demand. If you haven't heard of it, Dexter's a serial killer who happens to work for the Miami police department as a blood spatter analyst. He enjoys his work analyzing blood spatter almost as much as he enjoys his hobby of ridding Florida of criminals that the police can't touch.

Dexter's an incredibly vivid character who springs immediately to life in all his twisted glory. I wish I'd created him. The series is based on the book Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. Now I want to read the book, but think I'll wait a bit, so I don't taint my initial impressions of the TV series.

The first two episodes are available for viewing at Showtime's website.

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