“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

I am tired!
Sunday, October 5, 2008

Yesterday I spent the day participating at the Crossroads Writers Conference in Macon. I gave two talks, one of them titled "She drove a Camaro and dyed her hair blond" ... which is a lesson in how to create convincing characters. I get them to think about the type of physical details people unconsciously surround themselves with: the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, the places they shop, etc. For example, a Camaro owner probably isn't going to be wearing a Harry Winston diamond on her finger ... and the man with a gun under his carseat most likely doesn't send money to National Public Radio.

After my talks, we all headed over to the Hummingbird Bar on Cherry Street downtown. It was a mess. There had been a big party the night before, and the manager hadn't cleaned things up yet. The place looked like a frat house after an all-nighter. So ... I asked if I could help. "Can you clean the bathrooms?" he asked. "No," I answered. "I cannot."

So he asked me to get behind the bar and start serving drinks. And I did. And the first one I made was for me: A MARTINI! Well, everyone heard the shaker of ice and the line soon formed, and before you know it I was making martinis for everyone. I think I've found my calling. I felt like THE DUDE behind that bar. Very fun. That's one of the things I love about southern culture: they are very laid back about the rules. I doubt a manager in a bar in Cleveland or Denver would have let me behind the bar like that.

Today I visit with friends and head over to a Barnes and Noble in North Macon for a book-signing. You need to know that I'm always a little nervous about coming back to Georgia, where my novel "Southern Living" was a best-seller for months...and it was a best-seller because it was so controversial. The good thing about southerners, though, is that they avoid confrontation as if it were the plague, so no one is "ugly" to my face.


Blogger Carter said...

Thank you for doing Crossroads. You made a lot of new readers, and my TBR stack just got a little bigger.

I loved both of your workshops, but U did not get to see your pre-conference presentation, which makes me a little sad. I'm a working stiff, though, so I can only do so much.

Hope your signing went really well.

October 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Thanks, Carter....I had a great time with y'all.

October 5, 2008 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's one of your newest callings. I was first on your martini line. I know.
People can't stop talking about you, Ad. You were a huge hit. Again.

Thanks for being so generous with your time and making the whole thing such damn crazy fun.


October 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger GRLucas said...

Yes, I enjoyed your presentations and getting to chat with you further. Good times.

As for the martinis: I heard they were great. Here's a photo of you in action. Cheers!

October 6, 2008 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, maaaaaaan, I've GOT to remember to UNTUCK MY SHIRT!!!!!
Too old and fat for that look.

October 6, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger heather (errantdreams) said...

Sounds like the bar trip was a lot of fun! And you're right; it's odd how different parts of the country can be so different about such things. I used to live in the Vermont/New Hampshire area, and moving just to Maryland was a bit of a culture shock for me!

Hope you don't mind that I snitched your author photo for my review.

October 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Wow. Not at all. Thanks, Heather. I'm flattered you included me on your great site.

October 6, 2008 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great meeting you at the Crossroads Writers Conference. Looking forward to reading more about your gums, outer suburbia and mid-life crises. Thanks for the great advice,encouragement and reminding us "we not crazy; we are just writers." Take Care.

October 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, all....if you write you are NOT crazy....you are just special individuals.


October 6, 2008 at 10:00 PM  

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