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The Americas and Black Sheep

I will be in New York in November this year. A travel agent waylaid me in an alley, raped me for my beautiful money, and left me tickets and a note saying that, when I went through customs, I would be finger printed.

Since it's November, I'll be at the con in New York, possibly with a tin cup, begging. This will be your chance to toss me some cash and make me feel welcome.

Or, seriously, if you're going to be there, come by, say hi. I think I'll be doing a reading, but otherwise I've not bothered with trying to get onto any panels, since I figure my vast and impressive anonymity will ensure that I can tour round in the background of the whole event, meeting the few friends I got who will be there, and just chilling. Generally speaking, I kind of don't dig conventions: I'm an anti-social sort, really, and three or four days of strangers jammed around me tends to give me the shits; but people have been hassling me to get out and head into the Americas for a while, and I've a bit of cash at the moment, so it's the plan. Likely I'll do the convention once, and then be some kind of reclusive in two countries. Though, really, I fail to see how I can be that reclusive with my online presence here. Just cause I can't stand you all in the flesh don't mean I don't dislike you...

Wait, is that what I want to be saying?

Don't. Dislike. Well, whatever. I'll be in the Americas. Come say hi. Bring a chair to carry me upon.

In other news, here is Ben Payne (benpayne) with my book:



Every now and then, people confuse me for Ben Payne (and vice versa). When he was an editor for Potato Monkey people would cite me as the editor. When he edited Aurealis, I got questions about submissions. When he ran the Aurealis Awards, I got thanked for a good job. I always liked telling Payne about these. It made me feel as if I was doing a good job. It was very easy being a likable editor and publisher, I decided.

For his part, Payne would just send me photos from inside hospital wards. It was hard being an author, it seemed.

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shadowsandice
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Dude, LAX is going to shank you good.
benpeek
Jul. 16th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
cannot.wait.
ex_benpayne119
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
It was when my parents started to refer to me as Ben Peek that I began to think things had gone too far...

benpeek
Jul. 16th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
it's cause they started loving you more, innit?
deborahlive
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
You'll always have a home at the WP table in the dealer room with your anti-social publisher. We don't have to talk or nothing. Bring your laptop. We can IM.

:)

benpeek
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
reckon i'll be leaving my notebook at home, but we can swap pieces of paper on the table. i'll write things like, 'she so skanky,' whenever famous authors pass us by.
deborahlive
Jul. 17th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
OMG! R doze Orcs?
benpeek
Jul. 17th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
naw, dog, that her face.
deborahlive
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)

:)


ex_chrisbil
Jul. 18th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
Or like last year, when I wander up to your stand, nod twice, you nod once, I nod twice... n' you slip an I Hate Ben Peek badge across the table to me...

(that was how it happened, right?)
nballingrud
Jul. 16th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you there. I've never understood the writers who were good at socializing; they seem like imposters to me. If you ask me, you get to be a writer or you get to be charismatic. You are not allowed to be both.
benpeek
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
yeah, and those writers, ever notice how they suck? every. single. one. of. them.
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benpeek
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
i don't mind panels. i actually give a fairly decent interview, and i do well in the public speaking thing. i'm just not deluding myself about any kind of interest from others over there :)
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benpeek
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
hate? irl? wha?
bodhichitta0
Jul. 24th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh my GOD. Ben in New York. Damn your sorry ass! I was just there in January! I will TRY. I have other LJ friends and... HATE YOU. Detroit, damn you, DETROIT. Chicago. I'm west! West! WEST!
benpeek
Jul. 24th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
haha
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