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28 May 2024

So Pumped that the Spanish Barn Won't Be Empty!

So Pumped that the Spanish Barn Won't Be Empty!

So relieved — and excited! — that tickets to my presentation at the International Agatha Christie Festival are selling. Whew!

I suspect every author has had one of those events where it's just them in an empty room. And if you haven't experienced this yet, you probably will one day. Neil Gaiman tweeted in 2022 about the time he and Terry Pratchett spent two hours at a book signing for Good Omens and no one ever showed up. Can you imagine?

I've been trying to stay cool about all of this because I'm a bit of a pessimist, according to "some people." (Not naming anyone!) Even so, I admit that I've checked the available tickets a few times since they have become available. Ten people would have made me happy, but I would like to do better for the Festival organizers. According to the website, it looks like about 40 people will be in attendance. 

Now all I have to do is give a really, really good presentation so those 40 people will be glad they came. Back to work on my slides!

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