My weekend started Friday evening at Borders Books in Silver Spring, MD. It was a great event, aside from finding a couple dozen new readers. First, new pal James Grady stopped by. Jim started his writing career in 1974 with "Six Days of the Condor," which became a brilliant film starring Robert Redford. His new book is "Mad Dogs." Not much later, another author friend came through the store - Con Lehane, who writes a brilliant mystery series starring world-weary bartender Brian McNulty. McNulty's latest mystery is "Death at the Old Hotel." Anyway, having a few minutes to chat with those guys made it a special signing.

Saturday's event at Ukazoo Books was another chance to spend time with other writers. Seven other authors who contributed to "New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers" read from their stories, essays and poems. It reminded me of what good company my own short story is in. It put me in a great mood for the party Saturday night.

Then yesterday, I had another signing at the Borders Express in Dulles Town Center Mall. I'm sure the fact that it was the last weekend before Christmas helped make this the most successful event ever at that store for me. That really capped an especially cool weekend for me.

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