Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Post-Game, and Onward

A list of things that I learned/had reinforced at Bouchercon 2008:

- Noir is about disillusionment.
- Charles Ardai hugs everybody.
- Marcus Sakey and Sean Chercover are about the two G-D nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.
- In a mystery, everyone is lying.
- Trey Barker is fun to hang out with.
- Charles Benoit can bring any room to life.
- A protagonist becomes who he must become to do what he needs to do by the end of the book.
- Judy Clemens is the definition of Grace Under Pressure.
- If Megan Abbott wasn't already cool enough, she's a Doctor to boot.
- Setting is a character.
- Eddie Muller makes good films.
- Lawrence Block is a god.
- Setting is both geographic and emotional.
- Laura Lippman is an incredible speaker.
- Mark Billingham is funny as hell.
- Attack your writing with arrogance and ignorance.
- Harlan Coben is a great interview.
- Jim Huang has great ideas.
- The style of writing can be influenced by the setting.
- Making new friends is one of the best parts of any Bouchercon, so I need to say "Hi" to: Kat Richardson, Sheila Connolly, Stefanie Pintoff, Meredith Cole, Sandra Parshall, Lori G. Armstrong, Jodi Compton, Beth Wasson,
- Christa Faust is so cool.
- Whether the protagonist is amateur or professional, they become amateur so that they can learn about the subject matter along with the reader.
- A PI is often discovering himself, and hiding from his own past.
- Charlaine Harris is the basis for TRUE BLOOD. Well, her books are.
- Harry Husicker is a fan of Magnum, PI.
- Sisters are sisters, but Guppies are awesome.
- Brett Battles is a temporary Rays fan.
- Robert Gregory Browne didn't have to come back, but he did.
- I need a smaller camera.
- Austin Camacho works for the Defense Department.
- Dan Wagner is a good friend.
- Keeping in touch with old friends is a good idea.
- Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards prepared me well.
- There's more to do than you can actually get done.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Hi Jared. I wonder if you'd like to write about a forgotten book for my blog project. You can see it at http://pattinase.blogspot.com
It's been going for six months if you want to check the archives. Patti Abbott

Austin S. Camacho said...

Hey, Jared! I am SO flattered to be mentioned in such company. thank you.

And you can get a slightly different perspective on Bouchercon at my blog, http://ascamacho.blogspot.com.

And now, I must run off to list Jared's blog on my blog roll.

Jared said...

When I first read your comment, I thought there was no way I was knowledgeable enough to do a post like that, but I think I have an idea now. So, yes, I will write one this weekend, with an eye on the 24th.


Meredith Cole said...

It was great to meet you, too! My head is still whirling from the trip, and my TBR stack is intimidatingly high.

Sandra Parshall said...

Jared, it was great to meet you in person. I hope you and Jeri Westerson's husband enjoyed being the only guys at our Friday lunch!

Jared said...

Enjoy being surrounded by beautiful women? My wife would never allow such a thing. Don't tell, OK?