The reading at the MSFC seemed to go well last week. Here’s a pic of me looking scruffy and serious:
Which was about the time I warned the audience about the gory beginning, and told them if they wanted to put their hands over their ears and sing ‘lalalalala’ I would signal to let them know when the gory bit finished.
I was impressed that nobody covered their ears and sang ‘lalalalala’. The MSFC are a tough bunch.
They’re also wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic, and bought lots of books, which made my friendly local specialty sf bookshop owner very happy. The reading part took about 20-25 minutes and I managed to resist editing my own work in the middle of it (though I did find a few things I’d like to tweak). There were questions and the signing of books, and a nice hot cup of tea to finish with.
So thank you to Natalie and Murray, who organised the event, Justin from Slow Glass Books for catering to the book buying attendees, and to everyone who came along to listen to me read the first chapter of The Magician’s Apprentice.