Tuesday, October 3, 2006

The Jagster to the rescue!

James Alan Gardner is a great science-fiction writer, and one of my best friends. And tonight, he was there for me when I needed him.

The repercussions of the car accident involving one of my family members that I mentioned yesterday are continuing, and I spent most of today back at the hospital. In total, I got maybe three hours' sleep between yesterday and today.

But tonight was my long-scheduled first public seminar at the Kitchener Public Library as the Tenth Annual Edna Staebler Writer in Residence there. It was a two-hour event on the basics of getting published -- Heinlein's rules, finding a market, manuscript format, agents, copyright, etc. Normally, I could do that easily, but I was just so shagged today that during the hour-long drive to Kitchener, I called Jim Gardner and asked him to come along and co-present the material with me.

It came off brilliantly. I told the audience why I was off my peak, and they were very supportive. And Jim and I played off each other very well. It turned out to be a very pleasant evening, with lots of wonderful audience participation. Many thanks, Jim!

Exhausted now. Bed.


At October 04, 2006 12:03 AM , Anonymous Nick Matthews said...

Hey Rob,
as a member of the audience tonight, I would like to thank you for inviting Jim to help you present. It was a great discussion, and I'm glad he was there to help you out.

Thanks once again, and I trust that everyone is recovering. Get some rest.


At October 04, 2006 2:35 AM , Blogger Drakkenfyre said...

What an excellent human being he is.

At October 04, 2006 8:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad he was there for you, I'm sure he was a wonderful help... Now get to bed!

At October 04, 2006 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I was at your seminar last night and was just floored by how composed, humourous and informative both of you were. Your information was practical, simple and bang on the money (I hope). :)

Thank you both so much for being there for us aspiring writers, particularly given your crisis.

My husband and I have signed up for your at your next seminar at KPL. We look forward to seeing you there.

I do hope your mother recovers quickly.

Cristina Romero-Sierra

At October 04, 2006 8:28 PM , Anonymous Robin said...


I'm so sorry. I didn't realize anyone ended up in the hospital. How nice of Mr. Gardner to help you out. What a good friend. I hope things look better soon.

Take care.

At October 04, 2006 8:58 PM , Anonymous don said...

I hope that things are getting better with those in the accident.

I'm glad too that you could count on Mr Gardner to help you out.

I know, as does he, that you'd do the same for him.


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