The reading was actually quite fun - I had no problem finding a_muse_d and getting inside, where last-minute reading recruit ampliatum was inside holding us seats. It seemed like I knew about one out of every ten people there - LJ apparently has a strong presence among Gaiman fandom. I can't even do a roll call other than to mention that the elusive motomotoyama was there, which is worth mentioning as we had quite the good visit while I inched my way through the lengthy signing line.
The reading: about ten pages from Anansi Boys, then a bunch of questions, most of which seemed to be about his various movie deals, but were nonetheless answered in such a charming fashion that we all were quite entertained. a_muse_d was sighing and leaning on my shoulder and being quite the fangrrl - just as charming as her Neal was, actually. Bless her heart for getting tickets to the reading early - there were over 500 people at the reading and her "golden tickets" got us in the first group for the signing, and back out again by a little after 9.
By this time the lack of food and the trip to Pilates before the reading had me feeling shaky, and I ducked out and got a nibble at Chipotle (taco and really good guac). So the evening has me home with a new book to read, a gift for someone, a recommendation for a book, and lots of promises to hang out with people, like seeing the live-action version of Flashdance with motomotoyama and the ballet with ampliatum. Speaking of which, next Tuesday is drag karaoke at the Crescent: anyone interested? Here's the writeup: Terror-oke with Terra Hymen
(CLUB NIGHT) For years, the Crescent Tavern has patiently watched far fancier queer bars rise and fall. A new day has dawned for the Crescent, and although her face is still grubby, undying irony and karaoke have transformed her into the belle of the big gay ball at last. Most nights are packed karaoke carnivals of fresh queerdom, and Tuesday's Terror-oke with DJ "Terra Hymen" is the very best of them all.</a>