A quick blog this morning as we clear away the fog. Had a fine time Sunday morning at the Standard brunch at Swift’s Attic. First up as we came in the door, Kelly Truesdale of Standard and Samantha Howe of Blurb. It was nice to attach faces to the names of the cool people we’ve been coordinating with for SXSW and the whole E-Publishing thing. Standard is a very, very cool online magazine of style and art, and Blurb is a publishing/print-on-demand platform and new model publishing concept for writers, photographers, artists and other creative types seeking new ways of getting their work before the public. On hand were print editions of the latest Standard, showcasing the excellent print quality Blurb has to offer, and it wasn’t until we got home that I really, really looked at the magazine and found photo essay profiles of the Standard people we dined with.
[Note: For more info on this, read my post THE 7 STAGES OF E-BOOK GRIEF].
Walking into the room, I heard that unmistakeable shimmering tone of a Collings guitar, which was being played by a singer / songwriter type, name unknown to me, as he serendaded the guests. I wanted to grab the guitar and treat the folks to my rendition of Death Letter, but alas, he wasn’t playing in Open G and I’d left my set of slides at home. Collings are made right here in Austin and the man behind Collings, Steve McCreary, was also one of the guests, giving life to the photo essay on his fine company.
Expect to see these people at the E-Book MeetUp hosted by my terrible self and Nettie Reynolds Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 at Proof Annex. There will be copies of this magazine available, and also, if you are interested, you can see my the very FIRST print edition of my latest novel, GRAVE DIGGER BLUES. I’ve ordered a very small print run of special editions that I’ll be signing at events around Austin in the near future.
Also, be aware that the digital versions of the Martin Fender mystery novels, set in Austin in the 1980s, are free to Amazon Prime members today and tomorrow only. That’s ROCK CRITIC MURDERS, TOUGH BABY and BOILED IN CONCRETE.
The next MURDER BALLAD MONDAY at The Buzz Mill, featuring my terrible self and special guest Bruce Salmon, an early show, 7:30-9 PM, will be April Fool’s Day. That’s April 1, 2013 for all you newbies.
One final quick note:
Please check out this temporary page of photos by Bill Leissner. Be warned, however, that you might get tired of seeing my face, as all the photos in my collection are of bands I was in during the 1980s. That includes The Skunks reunion show 1985, plus Secret Six, Flex and Hang Em High. Those last 3 bands covered a total of about 4 years and 18 truck loads of Aqua Net hair spray.