Sunday, April 22, 2012


And so we come to the conclusion of the second annual Pulp Ark convention in beautiful Batesville, Arkansas.

The day began with another complimentary breakfast at the hotel. I was already there eating when Felix Silla walked in. The man sat down at my table and we had a brief chat over our respective meals before each of us had to get ready for Day 3. I have no idea what I ever did to earn or deserve his friendship, but I hope I'm always worthy of the honor.

My first and only panel of the day was discussing Gumshoes and Flatfeet: Private Detectives, Flatfeet (police officers), and others in pulps with Ashley Morgan, Sean Taylor, Del Garret, and myself.
Then the bulk of my final convention hours involved manning the Pro Se Press table, meeting fans, selling (and autographing when appropriate) books, and saying goodbye to friends old and new as they packed up in the later hours to head home, rest, and prepare for whatever convention they are scheduled for next.

The very last thing that happened at the convention was a concert by a young singer named Ryan Hoyle. I do not know much about him beyond the fact that he's a local Arkansas talent, but he can sing, with a song list that includes Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and other crooners. If you ever get the chance to hear him perform, do so!

Afterwards it was back to the hotel for a little dinner and a brief nap before hopping on the Internet to post these words you're reading now.
Tomorrow is the flight home, layover and all.
Sometime later this week, I am hoping to be able to find some photos to post here to make up for my own digital camera not surviving the flight here.
So until then...

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