So, I’ve been in Columbus, Ohio, for a couple days now and Ohioans, you people know how to party!
My first night in town I was part of the Indianola Stroll, a community business/art walk on Indianola Avenue. I hung out at the offices of Columbus Creative Cooperative, a writers resource business, where I met folks coming by and chatted about writing. Later, I did a Q&A about Hagridden and my experience with my agent and with Columbus Press.
We also set out props from our upcoming Rougarou: Journey to the End of the Night event:
Yesterday, at the Bexley Public Library, I held a small workshop on writing fiction, in which I talked about creating a broad, connective fictional universe and how to beat writer’s block:
After the workshop, we spent the day setting up for the rougarou chase.
The JEN event was huge. Long before we were set to begin, people had begun turning up in the dozens upon dozens!
Those people called other people, or shared the news on Tumblr and Reddit, or just wandered by and got swept in by the excitement! By the time we’d gotten set up and ready to start, we had something like 150 people!
Meanwhile, we had the rougarou locked safely in a cage nearby:
I’m old and slow, so I passed on the chase and headed straight for the afterparty, where we had special drinks based on Hagridden.
I tried all four drinks — I even made up a story for the order I drank them in: I started in the bayou, where I received a wolf bite, suffered a dark and stormy night, and ended up a rougarou!
Meanwhile, we were setting up for the after-race party, complete with the repaired rougarou cage, the tshirt company Outfit Good on hand to screenprint brand new rougarou tshirts, and my book display near the bar:
We had a lot of people who made it through the race still human, but many, many more got turned into rougarous along the route. Everyone seemed to have a great time, though, and I met a lot of great people and signed a lot of books. And otherwise we all just hung out, drank drinks, talked about the race or the novel, watched a werewolf movie, and finally, in the theater, gave away prizes!