Today at the PGA Championship, when Rory Sabbatini started up the line opposite the line we were standing in, signing things:
Matthew (young son of a friend of mine): Awwwwwwww
Rory: (Turning to look at Matthew) There’s no crying in baseball. (He keeps walking up the other line)
(Matthew hangs his head)
Rory, walking over: I will sign her’s (pointing to Matthew’s sister, Erin) but not yours because you whined. (As adults, we can tell he’s joking, but Matthew plops down, dejected)
Rory: (after repeated attempts, finally gets Matthew to stand up and signs his hat) When we don’t stop to sign things, it’s not because we don’t want to stop, but because we may not have the time. Do you understand?
(Matthew nods his head)
Rory: Have fun the rest of the day, Matthew.
How cool is that? It should be pointed out, the whine worked.
This week the PGA Championship is being held at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Right in my backyard. This week I will be out at the course everyday checking out some of the best golf on the planet along with several great friends. On Monday, I filmed two pieces of video on my iPhone. Here is video number one, the kind you expect at a golf tournament. Ernie Els and his group on the 15th tee during a practice round on Monday.
And one you wouldn’t expect. A young gal showing excellent dance moves at the Omega tent.
After a long hot day walking the golf course, seeing her showing such enthusiasm was a great way end things. Thank you!
Things got started right with the opening bell with TheHobbit: Book versus Movie panel. People do love their hobbits. The panel discussion was lively and turns out I’m the only one who liked the movie better than the books (I loved The Hobbit, but it’s a kids book and I liked the more adult themes brought out int he movie).
I followed this up with the Comics: Then and Now panel. Both the audience and my other panel partners were incredibly knowledgeable about every aspects of comics. I did my best to hang with them and learned I have a lot to learn.
And of course there was no shortage of Cos Players. Look for my “Anatomy of a FandomFest Book Signing” in the next day or so.
Panels! Day two of FandomFest found me sitting on two panels: Game of Thrones, TV versus the Books, and Marvel versus DC Comic Throw Down. Both were great fun. The Game of Thrones people really knew both their books and show. The discussion was lively and we were asked great questions by the audience.
The Marvel versus DC panel was epic. The place was packed, with it standing room only at one point. For the record, I’m a Marvel guy. The discussion ranged from favorite movies of each house (Captain America Winter Soldier and Batman Dark Knight were my picks) to the worst movies of each (Batman Forever and Howard the Duck, ouch), to what characters we would like to see in future movies. Lively debate all the way around.
And it wouldn’t be a comic con without Cos Players. And they were out in force. Greatly looking forward to tomorrow.
The first day FandomFest 2014 was a blast. Great sales, fun neighbors and, of course, plenty of Cos Players. Hydra Publications is located in spot 225. We sold quite a few copies of both The Hand of Godand The Watchers. Can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow. Here are a few pictures from day one.
Vote for your favorite character in the Victor McCain series. Do you love the kick ass main character? The sultry female heroine? Perhaps one of the zany sidekicks? I’m writing book three and while this poll won’t necessarily keep you favorite character alive, it can’t hurt.
I met Pedro Barrento a year or so ago through social networking. A native of Mozambique, his newest novel is Marlene and Sofia. Pedro is one of the more engaging writers I’ve met and I recommend you check out his newest offering.
About Marlene and Sofia
A writer struggles to finish a book that someone else started writing,
battling to weave his own characters and plot into the pre-existing
A group of well-off old people in a retirement home seek relief from
boredom by using an internet service which allows them to live out
their fantasies virtually. Two working-class men, one young and
disenfranchised, one a lifelong Communist, discuss their differing
world views. An unstable computer genius and a control freak banker
form an uneasy alliance to launch a new internet sensation, while the
free-spirited girlfriend of one of them, Marlene, wreaks havoc
wherever she goes. In the midst of this confusion, her best friend
Sofia searches for a kinder, simpler way of life.
All these stories gradually interconnect in the most unexpected ways…
By turns cynical and romantic, satirical and unexpectedly sweet,
Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story reflects the sexual and
political contradictions of contemporary living as well as introducing
a whole new concept of eroticism for the twenty-first century.
About Pedro Barrento
Pedro Barrento was born in Mozambique in 1961. He has written two
books: The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale and Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story.