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Today we went to The Toronto Comic Arts Festival and ended up buying a lot of comics. Next year, I'll know to bring a bag. It soon became awkward holding a stack of comics and trying to browse others. We got to meet some of the artists, who signed their work. Michele Laframboise even drew a picture of one of the characters where she signed. I love that!

Then we headed to Bakka (bakkaphoenix, where we heard Elizabeth Bear (matociquala) read a really fun story. I picked up Whiskey & Water, Undertow, and The Chains That You Refuse. While signing my books, E. Bear tried to make a bit of smalltalk with me, but I'm too shy to say much of anything to someone I admire. Probably just as well, because by the time she was done with the three books, there was a big line-up behind me.

One thing I couldn't help wondering again - when authors and editors "friend" me back on LJ, are they actually reading what I have to say? Are they keeping an eye on what fans might be saying about their publications? Or are they trying to make fans feel good? Every time someone in the industry "friends" me, I get super-excited for a few minutes - but shortly after, I doubt that the person is really reading my posts. After all, if matociquala read all the posts of the 1500+ people on her friends list, she wouldn't have time to write. But I'm filled with enough self-doubt that I wonder why even those with a smaller friends list would want to read my posts.

Although now I feel more comfortable blogging, it took me a long time before I even started this first blog. I still sometimes find it hard to believe that anyone but my friends would want to read about my personal experiences.


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Aug. 19th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
I don't think authors and editors keep track at all, really. It would be too much work and too much to expect :).

Matociquala is wonderfully kind to her fans, though, isn't she? She posts so much and such neat things. Jay Lake is the same way. Very awesome!

I believe that, besides the list you gave, some people do the 'mutual friend' thing in order to share when they have new work coming out. A built-in list of shoppers, you might say, but maybe that's too cynical.
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
*g* I am VERY bad at keeping up at my friends list at all.


But I do check through it occasionally.
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
(And I fairly-frequently check in on people who comment frequently on my blog.)

Also, it was quite nice chatting with you.
Aug. 19th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Awww, see, isn't this the nicest thing?! :)
Aug. 19th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
I like to read what fellow Liberty Hallers are doing so I check around periodically.
The above set of comments are hilarious (in the nicest way)
I'm Wolf at LH BTW
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Yes, she's a very sweet bear. :-)
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comments. I am so pleased that you really are reading my LJ from time-to-time.

Maybe next time we meet in person, I'll feel up to saying something a little more coherent.
Aug. 20th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
;-) Well, I'm always incoherent at signings, so....
Aug. 20th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun -- wish I could have joined you!
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
We'll just have to do something fun next time we meet :-)
Aug. 21st, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
I always wondered the same thing re: MySpace. Some authors have thousands of people on their friend list. There's seriously not enough time in the day to visit them all. I don't know if they put them on some kind of visiting rotation or if they never do visit. Hard to say.

The comic festival sounds like a blast! =)
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Did you see matociquala's comments? She has many many people on her friends list, but does read blogs of people who comment frequently on hers. Perhaps others are like that.
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think that's very cool.

If I had a MySpace with a bunch of friends, I'd probably do the same thing (visit the blogs of all the frequent commenters). =)
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