Well, David and I survived our black belt test this past weekend; now we just have to wait for the results, which should arrive at the end of the month. The test was long (almost seven hours, from start to finish), but we were prepared for it, so I’m feeling reasonably optimistic.
In the meantime, here are a few events I’ll be part of during the next month or so.
October 16, 5-7pm
Children of Lovecraft reading:
50 Avenue B, New York, New York 10009
This celebration of Ellen Datlow’s latest anthology will feature readings by several of its contributors, including Livia Llewellyn, Laird Barron, Siobhan Carroll, Maria Dahvana Headley, Richard Kadrey, John Langan, David Nickle, and A.C. Wise.
October 22, 10am-4pm
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival 2016
Haverhill Public Library
99 Main St., Haverhill, MA
Join us as we celebrate books this Halloween season! 36 Authors and Artists gather to present panel discussions on New England horror traditions, ghost stories, why scary stories are good for kids, and much more! Authors will be selling and autographing their books. This event is sponsored by River City Writers and Jabberwocky Bookshop!
You can find a list of the writers attending and some of what we’ll be doing here.
October 28, 9pm-12am
November 16, 2016, 7-9pm
This weekend, David and I will be heading to Connecticut to test for our black belts in Tang Soo Do. This is not the kind of thing I would have predicted myself doing at 47; that I am makes me quite happy, and that I’m doing so with my younger son makes me happier still. The last several months have been devoted to ever-more-stringent training, which has taken up most of my time and attention. Thanks to everyone at Triumph Karate in Kingston and Saugerties, NY, for helping David and I in our preparation, especially Sa Bom Nim Rodney Batista.
Once the test is past, more normal service at this blog will resume.
David regards my feeble efforts to spar him with the skepticism they so richly deserve…