And A Good Time Was Had By All
Well, just recovering after the fantastic event that was Black Library Live! 2012. The best year so far, by my reckoning. Here are a few things that I really enjoyed – in no particular order:
-The smooth operation of the entire event. Hats off and deep thanks to all the Black Library crew who ensured that everything ran like clockwork.
-Meeting so many people and signing so many books. It’s a personal best for me. I really loved talking to everyone on the day. Thanks for asking me to add a few more words in the front of your books! Such a fantastic group of people – interesting, passionate about their reading and an absolute pleasure to meet.
-The Seminars: I enjoyed these a great deal. All three were really interesting and benefitted from a wealth of great questions from the audience. I hope I was even half as interesting back! Would do these again in a heartbeat!
- Spending time with the Black Library authors and artists. Always a pleasure. We should meet up more often. A big ‘Nice to see you again’ to Sarah Cawkwell, Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe, Nick Kyme, Christian Dunn, Andy Smillie, William King, Josh Reynolds, John French, Andy Chambers and Neil Roberts.
-Work is always a pleasure and never a chore at BL and so between signings and seminars it was great crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s with Laurie Goulding and Graeme Lyon on a few projects.
-Meeting both new and old friends in the bar afterwards! I had a great time shooting the breeze with the people that make Black Library Live really come to life. I enjoyed meeting all of you! Particular shout outs go to some of the Bolt Hole crew: Xisor, Squiggle and Schaferwhat‽ (with whom I put the world to rights over a pint of Bugmans), Narrativium and Shadowhawk (who does not let oceans and continents come between him and an excellent event!). Internet monikers have been used to protect the innocent. I also shouldn’t forget Phil ‘You didn’t forget me’ Thorogood. Don’t worry, Phil – you are unforgettable. There were others – but I can’t put all the monikers to faces – but know that I enjoyed meeting you too! Oh yes – Reds8n, thanks for the Dakka-dice! When asked to do something, I can genuinely no longer say, ‘No dice...’ If I've missed anyone out - feel free to embarrass me in the Comments. I really wish I could have spent more time with those that came to the event. I look forward to next time!
Well, it’s now back to work for me. The keyboard is calling and I have a bunch of cool new projects to get into.