Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Thrillerfest bound

I can’t believe it’s time for Thrillerfest again – how did that happen?

I’m one of the ones who grumbled about it being in NYC again this year – not that I don’t love New York, I mean, please! - but last year’s con was very – UN-intimate compared to that magical first one in Phoenix. (To be fair, last year I was having a rough time personally – a longtime friend of mine had died that week and I felt like an open wound.)

Even though I’m just past ALA and not inclined to do much of anything at all, really, I know I will snap into party mode as soon as I get off that plane, and it’s always a great thing to get face time (and bar time!) with my uber-fabulous editor and agent.

I’m as usual doing way too much at this con this year:

- Singing for the banquet with the Killer Thriller Band again, always more fun than is legal – down and dirty garage style this time…

- Meeting with the St. Martin’s crew.

- Meeting wit Eric Raab, my editor on the almost-out THE DARKER MASK anthology

- A book reading/signing at Borders on Thursday at 7 pm (461 Park Ave – at 57th) called “Quick Thrills from Out-of-Towners, with Michelle Gagnon, Laura Benedict, JT Ellison, Mario Acevedo, Shane Gericke and Tim Maleeny, emceed by James Bond… I mean Lee Child…

- A spiritualism/parapsychology panel with Heather Graham and Wendy Corsi Staub, Friday night at 7 pm. (REALLY looking forward to that one…)

- Dinner with Scott Miller and the Scott Miller posse (we do have the coolest agent on the planet…)

- A screenwriting panel – “Screen vs. Page: What Can Each Learn From The Other?” with Lorenzo Carcaterra, Paul Levine, Thomas Sawyer, Jon Land, and John Gilstrap, Friday at 3 pm.

- An interview with NPR.

- Plus all the usual conference magic and madness…

Well, now, looking at all that I guess I’m not so surprised that I’m feeling some slight resistance about going to New York tomorrow. It’s not that I’m being lazy, it’s simply that some rational part of my brain is screaming at me – “Are you crazy? You’re one person. What are you THINKING?”

It’s a good thing New York has its own natural high. I know I can count on that buzz to fly me through.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

5 comments:

Michelle Gagnon said...

Yay! Can't wait to see you, and your panels sound amazing! I'll be there...

JD Rhoades said...

can't wait to see you again, Alex!

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Hey Michelle - yeah, I think a lot of the panels seem superior this year. Which is a drag for me because I know won't get to many of them, but I'm going to try.

Dusty, I didn't know you were going! Now the fun really starts...

R.J. Mangahas said...

Wow, sounds like you have a busy time ahead of you Alex. I REALLY wanted to go this year, hell there are a lot of events I wanted to go to this year but ThrillerFest was one of my top choices. Oh well. Maybe next year.

Maryelizabeth said...

Please let Eric know I'm still disappointed that THE DARKER MASK won't be out in time for Comic-Con, even though the editors and some contributing authors will be there. :: sniffle ::

And hey, you're friends with Jess Winfield? (Speaking of Comic-Con...)