Sunday, October 13, 2013

Between a Book and a Hard Place

Awaiting the green flag for the panel discussion to officially begin
This afternoon, I took part in an enjoyable spooky-themed panel discussion at the Eva Perry Library in Apex, NC, along with NC authors Jenna Black, Clay & Susan Griffith, and Lisa Shearin. I wasn't sure whether a Sunday afternoon literary panel would draw much of a crowd, but we ended up with standing room only. From answering the staff moderator's questions about our influences, our favorite authors and literary works, and our work habits to addressing audience questions about our views on self-publishing and how much influence authors' have in the actual presentation of their published works, the lively, hour-long discussion exceeded my expectations all around. The library itself appears to be a well-run, well-stocked facility with a capable staff. I've been impressed with the Wake County library system from previous events I've attended, and I'd be quite happy to participate in any future events they see fit to present. Most pleasant was to see my old friend Greg Hill, once owner of the late, much-lamented Lazy Lion Bookstore in Fuquay-Varina. Haven't seen Greg in the flesh in most of a decade, and it was kind of him and his SO, Mary, to face the horror and visit with us for a bit.

Naturally, a trip over to the Triangle wouldn't be complete with some geocaching and a spot of wine. Much to my satisfaction, there was a cache right there at the library — "Between a Book and a Hard Place" (GC3BEN1). After the panel, Kimberly and I made our way to the Chatham Hill Winery in Cary, which proved excellent, with an exceptional selection of dry reds — the Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Trinity blend being the most notable — as well as a few decent white and sweet wines. Finally, we had a delicious dinner at Ted's Montana Grill, where bison is the specialty and about which I can hardly holler to high heaven sufficiently.

And here comes the bleepin' work week again. Not sure how that happens.

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