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I've Been There...

... though not recently (thank the gods).

A hilarious video that brings back memories of the day I signed next to Douglas Adams at a Chicago Worldcon ("No waiting for George R.R. Martin"), or that time in Dallas when I went up against Clifford, the Big Red Dog.

All I can say to Mr. Hall is -- keep at it. Twenty or thirty years from now, I'm sure you'll be an overnight success like me.


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May. 24th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
I feel compelled to point out that that is not in point of fact a Walden Books. In every shot of him in a bookstore it's Barnes and Noble.

I'd recognize the green and gold scheme and the font on the signs anywhere. Mostly because I spend 8 hours a day in a B&N.
May. 24th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can do you one better. That is MY B&N! I strongly suspected based on the shots of the event space, but once I saw the shot of the exterior I knew for sure. It's the Nobel at 82nd and Broadway here in NYC. Side note: this was hilarious.
May. 24th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Aww!!! As a writer, I always joke my biggest fear would be nobody coming to my signing and me just sitting there at an empty table.. It especially sucks if they put you with someone really established whom everyone had come to see.. But I guess we've all gotta climb that ladder, eh?

(Wow, you've signed with Douglas Adams? It must have been lots of fun meeting him!)
May. 25th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Douglas Adams
Today is the 10th anniversary of his death (and therefore the 10th annual Towel Day).
May. 24th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
hahaha! I love it.
May. 24th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Isn't the fledgling author supposed to promote those kinds of things?

Either way, he should've got his publicist to get him a signing at a B&N. They at least have Starbucks in there.
May. 24th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
This is gold.

And Mr. Hall's video has gotten me intrigued in his books.
May. 24th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Aw, that was cute. Too bad I'm not a mystery buff (except for Sherlock Holmes and Brother Cadfael), or I'd be tempted to buy one of his books.
May. 24th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
If you can resist a title like Puzzle Lady VS. Sudoku Lady, you're made of sterner stuff than I am.
May. 24th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
Hah. Very amusing. Hall's got a great sense of humor (and a great accent for this sort of joke). Not really a mystery reader, but that piqued my interest.
May. 24th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
Ah, we've all been there!

(A personal low: being at one end of a row of signing tables. Me: tumbleweed blowing past. To my right: China Mieville. Every couple of minutes somebody would approach him with a book in hand. To China's right: Tanith Lee. Tanith had a short queue at all times -- half a dozen people waiting for her. To Tanith's right ... Neal Gaiman! Whose queue required marshals, stretched out of the room and round the block, was about an hour deep at all times, and eventually required a second overflow session after we ran out of time.)

Comparing a queue for Neal with a queue for George ... I think Neal's would be a little longer, this year. Once the TV series airs, who knows?

Either way, I wouldn't want their carpal tunnel syndrome ...

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May. 24th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh and cringe at the same time.
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May. 24th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I'm shocked—shocked!—that there's a "Notability?" tag on his Wikipedia article.

ETA: Not meant to be a commentary on Parnell Hall's actual notability but on the Wikipedia community's rabid approach to deleting articles.

Edited at 2010-05-24 02:03 pm (UTC)
May. 25th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I just added a couple references I found on Google and saved the page to my watchlist so I remember to work on it later. Once there's some actual info written, there shouldn't be any problem removing the tag. :)

If you're able to find reviews of his books or articles about him, could you please add them to the wiki page?
May. 24th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
How sad and bleak. But if you want to sing the blues, ya gotta pay your dues, and ya know it don't come easy.
May. 24th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
I want to buy his books now, just because it's obvious he has a sense of humour.

We get authours signing in front of the PX on the military post we live on, and i always stop and talk to them and buy a book. Even when the book isn't up my ally, i stop and chat and buy....because i know from my writer friends how hard this can be to do. If they look like they're about to put their head in the oven, i'll run in to the Starbucks or to the food court and swing back to bring them a coffee or a coke.
I've got a small collection of these books now, most of them ones i honestly would not have bought otherwise. One of those is an author who's career i'll be following, it was excellent, and i suspect he will only get better.
May. 24th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Heh. I spent several years (long ago, now) working in a Waldenbooks, and was the employee who ended up in the Clifford the Big Red Dog costume (though not in a store in Dallas). I also had to be Franklin the Turtle and Waldo from Where's Waldo. Waldo was the worst, by the way.
May. 24th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
"Do me a favor. Just kick my ass, okay? Kick this ass for a man, that's all. Kick my ass. Enjoy. Come on. I'm not asking, I'm telling with this. Kick my ass."
May. 24th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Guy
I watched this at work without sound, so I wasn't able to pick up on the humor mentioned in the posts above. It just seemed sad to me.
May. 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Hah! Very entertaining, but... more than a little depressing. ^_@ I remember the story of you vs. Clifford, back when you did the signing for Feast at Page One here in Albuquerque. But hey, at least you can look back at this sort of thing and smile - a lot of us still have that to look forward to! *grin*
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