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I messed up the caption on Tumblr, but these two photos are actually from Thursday night, the Cushing library fundraiser dinner. Friends of ours did the table decorations, and they were all themed around the different houses from Game of Thrones.

Friday I got to tag along to lunch with George R. R. Martin and Ty Franck (he writes as James S.A. Corey with Daniel Abraham), Dianne who was Martin's guest host, her husband Scott, and Cait and Todd from Cushing. At the end our waiter asked Martin to sign a book, and I have no idea how he happened to have a book with him since the reservation was in Dianne's name. I think when the waiter realized who was here, he must have called someone to hurry and bring it to the restaurant.
These are from George R. R. Martin’s book signing on Friday afternoon. It was scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00, and people, mostly students, started lining up at 8:15 in the morning. (They wanted to start lining up on Thursday night, but were told they really shouldn’t do that.) The line went down the side of Cushing Library all the way down and around the front of Sterling Evans Library.
This is from the talk and episode screening Friday night. It was held in Rudder Auditorium, a 2500 seat hall. Tickets were free, but had to be requested in person at the Rudder box office, so students and University staff would have a better chance at getting them. The place was packed. We got seats up near the front, in the two rows reserved for people with the VIP badges. While we were waiting for it to start, they let George R. R. Martin peek around the curtain to see the size of the crowd and I think he was a bit shocked. The Dean of University Libraries, David Carlson, spoke briefly (I missed that photo), then Larry Mitchell, the director of Cushing Library, then Cait Coker, curator of the Science Fiction Research Collection. Then George. Then there was a short Q&A with George being interviewed by Todd Samuelson, the curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for Cushing. (The exhibit was designed and installed by Cait and Todd.) Then they showed the first episode of season 3 of Game of Thrones.

Afterward there was a reception put on by HBO for the staff and the people who had the VIP badges from the fundraiser dinner. Again, the food was incredible. There was a free wine bar plus waiters carrying around plates of appetizers. I wish I was one of those people who take beautiful pictures of food but usually by the time I realize I should take a picture it's already half-eaten. I'd have lots of pictures of half-eaten food and empty plates. There were lamb chops with mint sauce, little bison sliders with fried onions, seared tuna with slaw on crackers (this was probably the tastiest thing of all the tasty things), bacon-wrapped shrimp, beef and sausage skewers, and fruit tarts. It was after 9:00 by this point and we had been on campus since before 4:00, and hadn't had dinner, so we were starving, and pretty much everybody else was too. The waiters were probably wondering why all these university people were eating like starving tigers.
This is the goodie bag from the VIP dinner, the exhibit catalog, and some art cards with John Picacio's art.

The post with links to the exhibit photos is
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We had a fantastic time at the opening of the Deeper Than Swords exhibit.

We got to Cushing Library about 6:00, signed in at the VIP table to get our badges, and met up with our friends who were there on the first floor of the library, where the pre-exhibit party was. There were about a hundred people there, mostly people who had bought the tickets to the fundraiser portion of the event, plus staff and university officials and special guests (me!).

The whole thing was catered by Chef Tai, who had made food based on the Song of Ice and Fire cookbook. The food was pretty incredible. (For the party, I think it was almond-chestnut soup, chicken meatballs with cumin and yogurt sauce, and steak and onion skewers. There was also wine but I didn't have any because I didn't want to spend the rest of the night falling down stairs.) We went upstairs to look at the exhibit, and I took some photos, before my stupid camera battery failed:

set 1:

set 2:

set 3:

John Picacio had given permission for them to use his artwork for the Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, and you can see some of it displayed on the walls.

George R. R. Martin got there at about 6:30, and chatted with people and took pictures, and I don't think he got to see the exhibit. At 7:00 we all walked to the MSC for the dinner, which was held in one of the ballrooms. There were a few brief speeches about the history of Cushing, the SF/F Special Collection, how George decided to choose it as a repository for his papers, but it was mostly about the food. I don't think I've been at an event with food this good before. It was a buffet, with several different vegetables, three entrees, salads, potatoes, a little lemon tart cake and a blueberry cream. I'm not sure what all I ate. It was sort of like you got to the three entrees and panicked because they all looked good and you wanted all three but that seemed greedy.

Tonight is the VIP autographing, and then the free lecture and screening of the first episode of season 3. (It's free, but you had to get a ticket in advance, because it's in Rudder Theater which only holds about 750 people, and I think all the tickets are gone.) The food truck will be there with more Song of Ice and Fire food, which is where we're planning to have dinner. I've recharged my camera battery, so I should have more photos.
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This has been kind of a stressful couple of months due to foundation work, plumbing explosions, publishing issues, money issues, and so on, but I have been really looking forward to the opening of the Deeper Than Swords George R.R. Martin event at Cushing Library.

We had our tickets to the free lecture and episode screening on Friday night, but we couldn't afford to go to the special library fundraiser dinner on Thursday. But then we got this from the Dean of University Libraries:

(Yes, the white feet in the upper lefthand corner is Jack trying to tear the box apart.)


So thanks to our friend at Cushing, we will be going!

(And some people have asked if I will be at AggieCon: I wasn't invited, so I won't be at the convention.)

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013 08:56 am
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I'm at ConDFW! It's a new hotel this year, and very nice. I didn't do much last night except do my reading and hang out and talk to people.

If you're a Kobo person, you can preorder The Death of the Necromancer there now. It will also be on Kindle and Nook (and I did submit it a bit early so it would work it's way through the systems by Tuesday, so you may want to check if it's showing up there yet.)

The first chapter and more info about the book is on my website here.

The other cool news is that I got a formal invitation by the Dean of University Libraries to go to the exhibit preview and dinner for the Deeper Than Swords event with George R.R. Martin at Cushing Library TAMU. It came with a little metal replica sword, too! So I'm pretty excited about that.
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I've been trying to keep up with the Story I Haven't Written Meme but people had a lot of good suggestions. I'll be trying to fill in more today and tomorrow.

Some cool stuff:

This is the cover for the The Other Half of the Sky anthology that I have a Raksura story in. It's an anthology of SF stories with female protagonists.

Barnes and Noble Nook ebooks are now for sale in the UK. My UK Nook ebooks are here.

Someone linked to this and I really liked it: 10 Ways Your Cat Shows She Loves You


Deeper Than Swords George R.R. Martin will be appearing at Texas A&M University as part of the opening for the Deeper Than Swords exhibit on the Game of Thrones books at the Cushing Special Collections Library. (Cushing did a big exhibit on their SF/F collection last year, and it was awesome.) There is more information on the Deeper Than Swords Exhibit web site but here are the three events where he'll be appearing:

Free event: On Friday, March 22 at 6:30 he will be doing a lecture and reading. The tickets to this are free, but you have to pick them up in person at the Memorial Student Center Box Office. (Touring the exhibit itself is also free and it will be open from 4:00-6:00 pm before the lecture.)

There are also two fundraising events for the library:

Thursday, March 21: Dinner with George R.R. Martin Guests will begin the evening with a preview of the George R.R. Martin exhibit and finish with a themed meal featuring dishes from Martin's "Ice and Fire" series. The preview and dinner are hosted by George R.R. Martin himself and tickets are limited. $275 if purchased before Jan. 2, 2013 $350 if purchased after Jan. 2, 2013.

Friday, March 22, 4:00: Book Signing Book signing at the Cushing Library with George RR Martin. George R. R. Martin will be available to autograph up to two (2) items. Tickets for this are $25.

Here's the web site for the event: Deeper Than Swords


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